This trek is considered to be one of the toughest treks in India. With a total distance of almost 100km, you pass through natural lakes, rough glaciers, valleys and crevasses while on this trek. Kalindi Khal Pass itself is located at an altitude of 19,500ft and you never get below 13,000ft after day two until the last day. The trek begins from Gangotri and ends at Badrinath after a minimum of 12 days.
How to reach Gangotri
This Hindu pilgrim destination is filled with crowd of devotees. It is well connected with rest of the big cities of Uttrakhand but not connected to Delhi directly. You will have to reach Haridwar from Delhi and from there you can take bus or taxi for Gangotri. There is also an option of shared jeeps to reach there.
This trail just gained popularity amongst trek enthusiast, before 2011 the administration was skeptical about even giving out permits to do this trek because of high causality rate. Crossing Kalindhi Khal Pass is a challenging task which requires basic knowledge of mountaineering as well.
This trek is strictly to be done with professionals and proper gear. Organisers like Bikat, Tourmyindia and Thrillophilia do this trek, starting from ₹85000, Gangotri to Badrinath, inclusive of all the equipment, guide, camping, support staff and meals.
Gangotri - Bhojbasa - Gomukh - Tapovan - Nandvan - Vasuki Tal - Khara Pathar - Kalindi Khal Base - Kalindi Khal Pass - Raja Parv - Arwa Tal - Ghastali - Mana
When to do it
The ideal season for this trek is from July end to mid October. For the rest of the months it is impossible to access the pass because of snow.
Before commencing on this trek it is very important to check the weather since things can change drastically at such high altitude.