HIGH ALTITUDE TREKKING
For the more adventurous, and with fundamental knowledge of the mountains, an extension of the Nandavan trek eastward to Ghastoli and from there to Badrinath via Kalindi Pass (5967 m) and Arwa Tal provides a rare experience. It involves high altitude trekking and so preparations need to be made on a small expedition scale.
The trek is from Nandavan to Vasuki Tal after due acclimatization. It is a gradual ascent for 10 kms. Thereafter, the trek negotiates Khara- pathar at a height of 5456 m before camp is made at Kalindi base (5590 m). Crossing Kalindi Pass very early in the morning, the trek leads to Arwa glacier and Arwa Tal (3980 m), then to Badarinath via Ghastoli with two river crossings on the way.
GMVN will help to arrange this trek, which takes about 12 days to complete in normal weather conditions.
|Place||Altitude (M)||Distance (km)||Accommodation|
|Gangotri||3048||---||TB*, PWD*, F*, DS*|
|Vasuki Tal||500*||10 trek||TB*|
|Kalindi Base||5590||6 trek||TB*|
|Arwa Tal||3980*||14 trek||TB*|
|Badarinath||3110||17 trek||TB*, H*, DS*, PWD*|
* TB = Tourist Bunglow, H = Hotel, F = Forest Lodge, DS = Dharamshala, PWD = Public Works Department Rest House