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Mayali Pass - Khatling Glacier Trek

- Popular Names: Mayali PassKhatling Glacier

Mayali Pass - Khatling Glacier Trek

- Popular Names: Mayali PassKhatling Glacier

A Himalayan High Experience
  • Duration: 10 days/ 10 nights , Haridwar to Haridwar
  • Highest Altitude: 5300m
  • Grade: Strenuous ( learn more )
  • Best Time: May, Jun, Sep, Oct
  • Terrain: Meadows, snow field, glacier, bouldery
  • Activity Type: Trek
  • Trail Type: Different Entry Exit Point
  • Starts At: Ghuttu
  • Ends At: Gaurikund
  • Region: India - Uttrakhand
  • Country: India
  • Nearest Airport: Jolly Grant Airport, Dehraoon, Uttrakhand
  • Nearest Rail Head: Rishikesh, Uttrakhand
  • Mobile Network: BSNL, sparsely, not on the entire trek
  • Internet Option: No
  • Temperatures:
  • Is Cloak Room Available: No
  • Generic Food Menu: Indian,Garhwali

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Introduction To The Mayali Pass - Khatling Glacier Trek
- Popular Names: Mayali PassKhatling Glacier

The Mayali Pass is a high pass of over 5000 meters and takes you from the Bhilangana Valley to Kedarnath and the Mandakini Valley. It falls on the legendary trek route to trek from the holy shrine of Gangotri to the holy shrine of Kedarnath - 2 of the most coveted pilgrimage destinations for the Hindus.

For those few trekkers who wants to do this legendary trek route from Gangotri to Kedarnath, the approach is via the Auden's Col starting from Gangotri. The trek route is considered a semi technical route requiring to negotiate not just the high altitude, but most importantly the crevasses and the treacherous and deadly Khatling glacier. Once they enter the Bhilangana valley, they then meet the slightly easier Ghuttu - Mayali Pass trek route and then cross the pass to reach Kedarnath.

The Mayali pass trek can also be approached from the village of Ghuttu, near Uttarkashi. Comparatively, this trek is a easier one. We approach the Mayali Pass form Ghuttu passing by the villages of Reah and Gangi and then to the small picturesque medows of Kharsoli, Kalyani and then then to the grand meadow of Chowki with breathtaking views all round of some of the elegant mesmerisers of Garhwal Himalayas. A side excursion to Sahastra Tal can be added from Kharsoli.

From Chowki, the Mayali Pass Trek changes its grade and its colour too, reaching the serious high altitude zone of the Himalayas. We take some time acclimatizing and exploring this beautiful site. A side trek to explore the fear striking, crevasse filled Khatling Glacier.

The Mayali Pass trek really reveals itself from beyond Chowki where the terrain gets rougher. It then heads towards the mighty Mayali Pass getting tougher, steeper, passing through the treacherous boulder laiden terrain from Masar Tal, Masar Top and then to the top of the Mayali Pass. Snow and most importantly - thin layers of ice on these type of terrain can make things really tricky and having a safe step, basic set of equipment and a good knowledgeable guide who knows the terrain well, is very much advised . You also need to be well equipped with all necessary gears to negotiate such terrain depending on the season and the condition of the terrain when you are doing this trek.

The descend from the top of Mayali Pass is sharp and climbs down to the pious lake of Vasuki Tal ( not to camp by the lake ). This terrain is too boulder-laiden and eases out gradually. From Vasuki Tal, the trek eases out comparatively to get us to the holy shrine of Kedarnath.

If we like to trek in the wild, away from the rush and crowded trails, this is one of the best option for you. The villages on this trail give you an insight of the local culture. The twin holy lakes of Masar Taal and Vasuki Taal will leave you silent and peaceful. The sight of crevasse filled Khatling glacier might leave your spines chilled. Achieving the top of Mayali Pass and views from the top will leave you ever excited whenever you speak of this trek to others. 

This trek is not an easy one and a good physical fitness and mental stamina is much required. Previous experiences help, as often the weather God might show its agony and your plans might fall apart.

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  • The twin lakes of Masar Taal and Vasuki Taal. Holy, Picturesque and Serene.
  • The roughness offered by the Khatling glacier and the terrain beyond Chowki.
  • The remote villages of Uttrakhand 
  • Mayali pass at 5300 meters offers great views of Thalay Sagar, Kedar dome and other peaks of Gangotri region
  • The holy shrine of Kedarnath

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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1From Rishikesh To Ghuttu, Via - New Tehri, Chamba

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Early morning we board our cab to begin our eventful and picturesque drive to reach Ghuttu. Witness the vivid charm of Uttrakhand today as a part of our journey. We have breakfast and lunch on the way and once we reach Ghuttu, we check in to our guest house and take a tour of the place, if time permits.

Accommodation: Hotel
Meals: Evening Snacks, Dinner

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Day 2From Ghuttu To Reeh

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A gradual and picturesque trek from Ghuttu takes us to Reeh, a beautiful green village. We have GMVN in Reeh stay there for the night. We also have the option to camp.

Accommodation: Hotel / Homestays / Tents
Meals: All Meals

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Day 3From Reeh To Gangi

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A long day through the forest and occasional openings with multiple ascends and descend brings us to the village of Gangi. Gangi is a small village with few houses. We can either camp or stay in rest houses.

Accommodation: otel / Homestay / Tents
Meals: All Meals

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Day 4From Gangi To Kharsoli, Via - Kalyani

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A long day through the forest and occasional openings with multiple ascends and descend

Accommodation: Homestay / Tents
Meals: All Meals

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Day 5From Kharsoli To Khatling Camp

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A short but a good trek to the Khating Camp crossing multiple landslide and rockfall zone. Be greeted by the inspiring views of Thalaysagar.

After taking some rest, we set out to explore the Khatling glacier and the snout of the Bhilangana river. We come back in time to our campsite again for the night halt

Accommodation: Tents
Meals: All Meals

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Day 6From Khatling Camp To Chowki

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We shift our campsite to the other side of river Bhilangana to take ourself on the route to Mayali Pass. Time and energy permits, we explore Bheel Sarover towards Khatling 

Accommodation: Tents
Meals: All Meals

Photos From The Day:

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Day 7Extra Buffer / Reserved / Contingency Day

Brief Details Of The Day: Rest Day
Accommodation: Tents
Meals: All Meals
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Day 8From Chowki To Masar Tal

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The trek now has taken its full color and today is one wonderful and important day. After an acclimatization day, we are fully recharged for the day. A trek over the rough rocky terrain and we gain rapid altitude today.

With views of Khatling behind, we slowly reach the campsite of of Masar Tal. It gets very cold here.. so be prepared.

Accommodation: Tents
Meals: All Meals

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Day 9Pass Crossing Day. From Masar Tal To Vasuki Tal, Via - Masar Top, Mayali Pass

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A difficult day. It begins with a steep climb to Masar Top over a boulder zone. Snow makes it further difficult. From the top we descend down slighty and then climb the glacier to the top of Mayali Pass.

A dedicated trek through the difficult terrain take us to the top of the Mayali Pass and with that we reach the climax of our trek.

Well, getting down is important too ! After spending satisfying time on top ( if weather allows ), we start our steep descend down to Vasuki Taal. It tests your knees and an exhausting trek finally ends the Vasuki Tal camp. We camp few hundred meters before Vasuki Tal, as camping near the holy Vasuki Taal is prohibited.

Accommodation: Tents
Meals: All Meals

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Day 10From Vasuki Tal Camp To Kedarnath

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A 2 kilometer climb to Vasuki Top via Vasuki Taal and then descend to the holy shrine of Kedarnath.

Accommodation: Hotel
Meals: All Meals

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Day 11From Kedarnath To Gaurikund

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Trek ends in Gauikund

Accommodation: Hotel
Meals: All Meals

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Day 12From Gaurikund To Rishikesh

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  • Gaurikund: 1989 meters / 6564 feets
  • Rishikesh: 370 meters / 1221 feets
  • Approximate Time: 9 hours
  • Day's Activity: Drive
Brief Details Of The Day: Drive down to Rishikesh
Accommodation: None
Meals: Breakfast

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