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Kalindi Khal Expedition

Gangotri, Uttarakhand, India
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Kalindi Khal Expedition


-0 to 25°C





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12 days




Kalindi Khal is one of the most challenging himalayan trekking expeditions. Kalindi Khal situated at 5,950 metres elevation connects two holy shrines Gangotri and Badrinath. This expedition is meant only for experienced high altitude trekkers.

Swami Probodhanandawas, inspired by John Bicknell Auden, organized the Kalindi Khal expedition and crossed the pass with Guide Dileep Singh on 22 July 1945. Kalindi Khal offers spectacular views of great himalayan peaks like Kamet 7756m, Abi Garmin 7355m, Mana 7272m, Mukut Parvat 7242m, Avalanche Peak and Tibetan plateau on the other side of Mana Pass.

During Kalindi Khal expedition trekkers need to rope up, which also necessitates the use of ice axes, crampons and other technical equipment. The Trek is mostly over the moraines and glaciers with deep crevasses and gives the ultimate opportunity to camp by some small glacial lakes. Trek starts from the holy place Gangotri and ends at Gastoli, which is close to Mana Pass. From Gastoli, drive to Badrinath. Rishikesh is 300 km, which takes 10-12 hours from Badrinath.

How to Reach

Gangotri is the base village and trek starting point. Gangotri is 250km from Dehradun and 265 km from Rishikesh. Dehradun is well connected to all major cities of the country.

Nearest Airport: Joly Grant Airport, Dehradun is the nearest airport. Which is 20km from Rishikesh.

Nearest Railway Station: Rishikesh is the closest railway station.

Road Connectivity: Rishikesh is well connected with the national capital Delhi through the highway. Delhi is 251km from Rishikesh, 275 km from Dehradun. Booking a cab to reach Rishikesh/Dehradun or overnight Volvo bus is the most convenient mode of travel to reach Rishikesh/Dehradun from Delhi. You can take a shared cab to Uttarkashi.

Facts About Kalindi Khal Expedition

Region: Garhwal Himalayas

Route: Gangotri-Gaumukh-Vasuki Tal-Kalindi-Gastoli
Total Duration: 12 Days | 100 kms
Altitude: 5950m |  19,520 ft
Grade: Challenging
Best Time: September
Last ATM: Harshil, better to withdraw from Dehradun or Uttarkashi

Temperature: -0 to 25°C

Trek Begin: Gangotri

Trek End: Gastoli, Badrinath

Documents Required

– Valid Govt. ID  (Aadhar Card/Passport/Driver’s License/Voter’s Card)
– Valid Insurance (min. 2 lakh), Passport Size Photo
– Medical Certificate by registered medical practitioner min MBBS
– Previous High Altitude Trekking Experience


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Day 1: Arrive Uttarkashi, drive to Gangotri

* Altitude: 3100 m | Gangotri
* briefing/orientation about Expedition, check list
* Shop/Rent essentials at Uttarkashi
* transfer to Gangotri | 100 km, 3 hours
* Check-in & rest. Phone network available Jio, Airtel & BSNL
* Dinner & stay

Day 2: Trek to Bhojwasa | 3792m

* Altitude: 3792m
* visit to Gangotri Temple
* breakfast and packed lunch
* trek 14 km, 5-6 hours
* few water points enroute
* establish camps, relax
* Dinner & stay

Day 3: Trek to Nandanvan | 4500m

* Altitude: 4500m
* wake up, tea time and get ready
* breakfast and packed lunch
* trek 10 km, 6-7 hours
* two water points enroute
* be careful on moraines, rocky trail
* establish camps, relax
* Dinner & stay

Day 4: Trek o Vasukital | 4880m

* Altitude: 4880m
* breakfast and packed lunch
* trek 6 km, 6 hours
* few water points
* climb with help of fixed rope before to Vasuki tal campsite
* establish camps, relax
* Dinner & stay

Day 5: Rest Day/Acclimatization Day

* Altitude: 4880m
* breakfast, Hot Lunch, Dinner
* Acclimatization Walk nearby
* Session about technical equipment and gears, mountain manners & behaviors
* Relax and Enjoy

Sleeping in tents during daytime strictly not advisable

Day 6: Trek to Khara Patthar | 5400m

* Altitude: 5400m
* breakfast and packed lunch
* trek 6 km, 6 hours
* water available enroute
* moraine-filled path
* Dinner & stay

Day 7: Trek to Sweta Glacier Camp | 5500 m

* Altitude: 5500m
* breakfast and packed lunch
* trek 5 km, 5-6 hours
* Two water points
* moraine-filled path
* Dinner & stay

Day 8: Kalindi Khal Base Camp | 5620m

* Altitude: 5620m
* breakfast and packed lunch
* trek 5 km, 6 hours
* one water point enroute
* moraine-filled path, roll over glaciers with crevasses
* Dinner & stay

Day 9: Ascent to Kalindi Khal, descent to Raja Padhav

* Altitude: 5950m - Kalindi Khal
4910m - Raja Padhav
* breakfast and packed lunch
* trek 13 km, 9-10 hours hours
* water available after crossing glacier
* Roped up the entire team
* demanding trek to Kalindi Khal
* Jaw-dropping great himalayan views from Kalindi Pass
* hidden crevasses, moraines, glaciers, snow slopes
* Dinner & stay

Day 10: Trek to Arwa Tal/ Nallah | 3900m

* Altitude: 3900m
* breakfast and packed lunch
* trek 13 km, 5-6 hours
* water available enroute
* 3-4 river crossings, gradual descent, moraine, rocky path
* Dinner & stay

Day 11: Trek to Gastoli, drive to Badrinath

* Altitude: 3700m
* breakfast and packed lunch
* trek 13 km, 5-6 hours
* water available enroute
* 3-4 river crossings, gradual descent, moraine, rocky path
* ITBP Checkpost, transfer to Badrinath
* Dinner & stay at Badrinath

Visit Badrinath in the evening

Day 12: Departure Day

* early morning visit to Badrinath Temple
* transfer to Rishikesh, drive 10-12 hours
* Drop at Rishikesh by 7pm, rest depends on road and weather conditions
* Services ends here

Note: Please spare a buffer day in case of unforeseen events like road block, bad weather or anything beyond our control. Buffer day not included in the package.

  • - ILP (Inner Line Permit) for Indian residents
  • - Trek Fee Gangotri to Badrinath
  • - Forest, National Park Permit & Fee
  • - Gangotri stay on shared basis with dinner & breakfast
  • - Badrinath stay on shared basis with dinner.
  • - Camping & trekking permit and fee
  • - High Class Camping equipment camps, sleeping bags, mattress, dining & kitchen tent & utensils
  • - all meals during trek, starting from Day 1 dinner to day 11 dinner at Badrinath
  • - Expert Expedition Leader. Experienced & certified with 'A' grade in advance Mountaineering Course from NIM, Uttarkashi
  • - Mountain Cook, helper, porters for carrying ration supplies, camping equipment & gears
  • - Participant equipment like boots, crampons, rope, carabiners, harness, & sling etc.
  • - Mountain First Aid kit with Oximeter & portable oxygen
  • - camping on shared basis
  • - Safety Equipment and Gears
  • - High Altitude Porters to carry supplies, Equipment and Gears
  • - Anything not mentioned in the inclusions
  • - Any Insurance, Transportation, cost of Rescue, Hospitalization, Tips.
  • - Any costs arises due to unforeseen events, landslide, road blockage, extra or emergency halt, acts of God or anything beyond our control to be borne by you directly
  • - Backpack off-loading charges extra, ask while bookings
  • - Expenses personal in nature like staff tips, mineral water, drinks, snacks/meals, refreshments not mentioned in the inclusions
  • - Any travel/transportation to reach Uttarkashi or beyond Badrinath.
  • - IMF, Forest & National Park Fee for foreign nationals
  • - taxes
  • Wind & Waterproof Jacket (lightweight).
  • Fleece-2, Trek Pant -2, Full Sleeve T-shirt-2, T-shirts – 2, Warm nightwear set.
  • Warmers/Thermal-1 pair (Top & Lower).
  • Woolen Cap, Neck-Warmer, Waterproof Gloves, Woolen Socks-2, Normal Socks-5, Sun Cap, Early-Dry Towel.
  • Poncho/Rain Suit (Mandatory).
  • Waterproof Trekking Shoes with Good Grip.
  • Cold Cream, Sunscreen Lotion, Lip Balm/ Lip Guard, Personal Toilet Kit and Toilet Paper.
  • Personal Medicines.
  • Water bottle – 2 (Mandatory).
  • Goggles – 1, Trekking Pole – 1 (Mandatory).
  • Personal Medications
  • Backpack 45 Ltrs.
  • and most important the Adventure Spirit.
– Trekker has to carry his/her bagpack by own if someone requires a off-loading or personal porter, ask while bookings so we can arrange accordingly. Charges extra.
– Please don’t come with Sports Shoe, Trolley Bags, & Jeans.
– Pack light as much as you can or ask HRI expert to help you.
  • Secure Bookings: We at Team Heaven Riders India work with a safe & secure bookings gateway. Don’t worry about your credentials. Our expert team will help you to book your next Himalayan experience.
  • Safety: We breathe in the term ‘Safety’ as this is our utmost priority. A suitable environment for all members so don’t no worry in that case. We have tremendous experienced leaders where all of them are well-trained professionals. They’ve memorized the safety procedures like the back of their hands. Also, our support staff is well-behaved & they respect all.
  • Smaller Batches: We believe in the concept of Small batches’ that improves quality & focus. also helps our Leader to get connect all members.
  • Itinerary: Our team of experts crafted all the itineraries very carefully so all the travelers can acclimatize properly & refined from our experience of leading hundreds of expeditions.
  • Equipment: While organizing trekking in Himalayas Team Heaven Riders uses high-quality equipment as per the guidelines of IMF Indian Mountaineering Foundation. From tents to sleeping bags to ropes and other technical gear like roped, microspikes, and gaiters, everything is tested and certified. HRI trek leaders always carry portable Oxygen & Basic First-Aid Medical Kit, Oximeter with them.
  • Clean Trails: Team Heaven Riders is a firm believer in the Leave No Trace philosophy, and we encourage all of our riders to not toss trash or plastic rapers on our rides. Our goal is also to improve the well-being of local people and to keep the Himalayas clean and green. We value nature and are attempting to improve it at the same time.

For Kalindi Khal Trekking Expedition, you have to be very good in terms of physical fitness. It requires a high-altitude trekking experience of up to 6000 meters. You can gain your physical fitness with workouts & breathing sessions. This expedition goes up to such altitude, there’s sudden altitude gain for that you need to have strong lungs. Also, your body needs to be active in such high-altitude weather.

Begin by jogging 4-5 times each week and gradually increase the pace. As a result, cardiovascular endurance exercises are highly vital for making your lungs stronger. You can improve your physical fitness by stairs climbing, running, cycling, and doing strength-building workouts. Calculate your BMI

The Workouts

  • Walking with a 10kg rucksack strapped on your back is a terrific way to shape your legs and body. It aids in the burning of calories, the reduction of excess weight, and the strengthening of your body.
  • For high ascents, stair climbing is the finest workout. Include it in your training routine.
  • Jogging can help you live longer by strengthening your lungs and improving your lifetime. It’s a high-intensity aerobic activity that necessitates a lot of oxygen. This is an excellent activity for preventing weight and maintaining good health.
  • Squats are the most effective functional exercise for improving balance. Legs, thighs, hips, and hamstrings are also strengthened.
  • Pull-ups, push-ups, sprints, mountain climber, burpee, jumping jacks, and 60-second plank (3-5 sets each).
  • Pushing your body upstairs after stair climbing is another fantastic cardiovascular exercise. This is often considered to be the most effective workout for improving strength and power. Carrying an 18kg pack also helps a lot.
  • Finally, remember to pamper your body with some breathing exercises, Yoga, and Meditation.
  • For the best outcomes, eat well, stay hydrated, and get enough rest.

Take proper rest and sleep before coming to Kalindi Khal Trekking Expedition

We totally understand that unforeseen circumstances might need you to change plans, and so HRI cancellation policy makes it easier to do that. Please read them very carefully.

  • Cancellations up to 30 days prior to departure date – 10% deduction (payment gateway & bank charges).
  • Between 30 days to 15 days prior to departure – 50% deduction.
  • There will be no refund if you cancel within 15 days before your departure.
  • In any case, the Booking money is non-refundable under the partial payment arrangement.

In case of any unforeseen weather conditions, government restrictions, road blockage or any other unavoidable circumstances beyond our control, certain activities during the expedition or the event itself may be cancelled/skipped, or there could be change in the itinerary.

In such instances, we will do our utmost to find an alternative activity or offer you with a voucher (in the case of event cancellation or rescheduling).

However, there would be no financial refund for the same. You will receive a full refund if the trip is cancelled by us due to a lack of a minimum number of individuals in the batch. Additionally, if you purchased trip insurance, rentals, off-loading, or other activities, you will not receive a refund. The booking cost is non-refundable in any case while using the partial payment mechanism.

All refunds will be sent to the same bank account or credit card account that was used to make the purchase. Within 10 working days, the refund amount will be completed. The amount of the refund will always be computed based on the net amount paid* for the event booking and the Base Price of the event. (excluding all additional services transport, rent, portage, etc.). Any voucher issued would not include the service tax amount paid while making the booking. For more info : Terms & Condition

tineraries are subject to change and are dependent on information available at the time of preparation. As conditions permit, “Heaven Riders India” retains the right to change expedition dates, people, or itinerary. The cost of delays and/or other changes is the responsibility of the participant if a trip must be delayed or the itinerary changed due to bad weather, road conditions, transportation delays, government intervention, airline schedules, sickness, or other contingency for which HRI or its agents cannot make provision. For any reason, HRI reserves the right to refuse or accept any individual as a tour member.

– STRICTLY NO LITTERING take belongings back
– Carry original and copy of valid ID
– Insurance is mandatory for all
– Participants should be 15+ years old.
– Leader’s decision is final, and will have to be followed by all the climbers
– Behave well with staff and respect the locals & also their beliefs & rituals
– consumption of alcohol and smoking is prohibited during the trip/expedition/trek.
– Any tax/entry fee imposed by the Govt. budget, Administration, or new policy.
– On Expeditions, at Base Camp, ration and equipment equally distributed among the climbers for load ferry.
– All Technical Gears will be UIAA Certified. Any loss/damage will be charged @1.5 times of actual value to cover up shipping and custom duties OR you can arrange by you
– No show and trek changes/cancellation due to bad weather or natural calamity will be non-refundable
– In case reserve day for summit attempt is utilised, an additional amount would be charged.
– Our team reserves the right to change the plan/itinerary in case there is danger involved.
– Any additional costs due to weather/unforeseen situations, cost of rescue will have to be borne by the climber/you.
– Carry your personal luggage on your own, if you don’t wish to carry it, you can give it to the porter, but you have to inform us in advance and have to pay extra on the basis of per day per bag.
– Extreme Himalayan Trips require a good amount of physical fitness, stamina and endurance so prepare accordingly.
– In case of bad health, sickness/illness, AMS the participant would be sent back and no refund to be provided. Participant has to bear all the cost beyond.

For any further clarifications ask while bookings


What documents I have to carry?
The participant must bring both the original and a copy of a valid government ID. Id (Passport/Aadhar card/Driving License), Medical Certificate from registered medical practitioner MBBS min, NOC form (by participant), 2 passport size photos along with you and Also submit them in advance to obtain permits
I'm the solo female climber, is it safe?
Girls safety is important to us. Our entire mountain staff, leaders, guides are extremely trust worthy. Many solo woman travelers travel with us so there's no worry about it. We would advise all to take care of your belongings.
How can I book Kalindi Khal expedition with you?
After selecting the expedition, you can book by clicking on the book now button or you can contact us and we will help you in bookings process.
What things do I have to carry?
Please check things to carry/expedition essentials to pack in your rucksack. Please don't pack unnecessary things & don't forget to pack personal medicines kit.
What type of transportation will be using on the Friendship Peak Expedition Trek?
We use taxis like Bolero, Sumo, Force Tempo Traveler, Scorpio, Jeep, Innova or similar from our vendors. These vehicles are the best in the mountains.
Is Diamox advisable and I should bring some medicines with me?
No but in case you are having so please consult with doctor bcz there are lot's of myths about Diamox.

Yes, personal medicines are advisable during trekking expeditions.
What if the trip is cancelled or change in itinerary due to natural calamities?
Expedition preparations like IMF, Inner Line Permit, forest & other permits would done in advance. We will be offering you any alternate trip or voucher having similar value for money in case of natural calamities. In case of NO Show, non-completion of expedition or change in itinerary due to weather conditions, local developments etc there wont be any refund.

We reserve the rights to change any schedule in the interest of safety, comfort and general well being. Expenses arise unforeseen circumstances or Acts of God or beyond our control to be borne by you.
What type of food is served during expedition?
We serve healthy & nutritious Indian vegetarian food with eggs. Jain food also available on request, please ask while bookings. High altitude ration is separated from the main ration. Food packed provided above to ABC.
Eligibility: Is this trek good for me?
Kalindi Khal Expedition is only for experienced high altitude trekkers those who want to push their limits. It is not recommended to first timers or less experienced. Good Physical Fitness is mandatory.

Tour's Location

Gangotri, Uttarakhand, India


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