Are you an adrenaline rush lover? Do you seek the thrill of stomach-churning adventures? Are you the kind who loves to commune with nature? If you are, then you must be looking for Auden’s Col trek.

It is deemed one of the most hazardous treks. Now, if you want to trek Auden’s Col, you must prepare yourself physically, mentally, and emotionally as not only does crossing it require acclimatization (adjustment to altitude, temperature, humidity, etc.) it also requires the strength of will and presence of mind. You must take with you the fighting spirit and determination to finish it to the end. Note that you will be passing through a lot of the perilous moraines (glacial debris), stony and snaky paves, and slender cliffs.

It is said that Auden’s Col is included in the wish list of high altitude places to trek for mountaineers. The exhaustion is worth it since it offers a regal outlook into the natural beauty of the Himalayan mountain range.

Location of Auden Col’s Trek

Auden’s Col is located along the Himalaya Mountain Range, specifically in the Garhwal Himalayas area. It was named after the man who discovered it (in 1939), John Bicknell Auden, an officer of the British Geographical Survey Office. It has an altitude of 5490 meters and is one of the high altitude mountain passes in the Indian Himalayan area. It connects the Jogin I ridge and Gangotri III ridge together, forming a mountain bridge.

Best Time to Trek Auden Col’s

Summer (May-June) and post-monsoon (September- mid-October) are the best times of the year to enjoy Auden Col. In summer, you can visibly see the Himalayan range. Post-monsoon, expect snowfall, but it is worth it because of the lovely view of the mountains.

Auden’s Col Trek Itinerary :

It takes about 16 days to complete the trek. An average day’s trek could take up to 7 hours on foot.

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Day 01 - Haridwar-Rishikesh

From Haridwar, you will be assisted to Rishikesh, where you can check in a hotel for the night. You can explore the city and enjoy the local attractions for the rest of the day. (Note: If you are coming from Delhi, you need to take the overnight train to Haridwar)
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Day 02 - Rishikesh-Uttarkashi (1110m) 5-6 hours

From Rishikesh, you will leave for Uttarkashi in the morning, right after breakfast. It takes about 7 to 8 hours of driving time to get to Uttarkashi. There, you check in for the night and can have the rest of the day to yourselves.
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Day 03 - Uttarkashi-Gangotri (3050m) 4-5 hours

The drive to Gangotri will take about 4-5 hours. Along the way, you will pass by Harsil, where you can find the famed apple orchards that follow the course of Bhairon Ghati. You will say another night in Gangotri. There, you can experience the Aarti ceremony in the temple along the river Ganges.
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Day 04 - Acclimatisation day in Gangotri (3050m)—rest day

Once you’ve had your morning meal, you can opt to see the sights of Gangotri: the lake of Kedartal, Pandav Caves, and Ashrams (to experience Hindu culture). After a day’s excursion, you will have dinner in your hotel and then have your respite.
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Day 05 - Gangotri – Nalla Camp (3760m) 8km trek

On this day, you will be climbing slowly uphill to Nalla Camp. On the way, you go through maple and birch forests, until you reach the picturesque area where you can have a view of the Kedartal and Jogin range. Night stay in tents near the Rudragaira River.
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Day 06 - Nalla Camp – Gangotri 1 Base Camp (4500m) 7 km trek

This day you will be trekking a ridge, passing by a meadow, then through a river, and then over a glacial moraine up until you reach Gangotri 1 Base Camp. You stay there for the night.
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Day 07 - Rudraigaira Base Camp—A day to acclimatize

In the Rudragaira Base Camp, the climate is different. This is why you will need one whole day to acclimatize to the conditions. You can go around the camp to explore. It is recommended that you take a good rest for the coming trek days.
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Day 08 - Auden’s Col Base Camp (4800m)

On Day 8, you will be trekking towards the upper end of the valley, with a view of the Gangotri (G1, G2, G3) and Jogin (J1 and J2) ranges along the way. Moraine also lines the way towards the camp. You will be camping at the foot of the Col.
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Day 09 - Cross Auden’s Col (5400m) & descend to Khatling Glacier Camp I (5110m) 12km trek

The climb will be steep as you cross over the snow, taking about 4-5 hours. At Auden Col, you will have the opportunity to appreciate the Khatling Glacier, and the Kedarnath, Jaonli, Gangotri, and Jogin mountain peaks. You need to stock up on energy upon arrival at the camp, for the following day.
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Day 10 - Glacier Walk, Khatling Glacier Camp II to Zero Point/ Waterfall Camp (4210m)

You will need technical gears to pass through the stretch of glaciers, and end again through moraine. This day you will be trekking to the muzzle of the Khatling Glacier, and trail on to the waterfall camp. You will be at the Himalayas’ heart. Overnight stay at the camp.
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Day 11 - Waterfall Camp/ Zero Point To Chowki- 8 Kilometres

For three kilometers, you will be trekking to a meadow, and for another four kilometers, you will walk to Chowki. It is a beautiful site for camping. Overnight therein.
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Day 12 - Chowki To Masar Tal - 8 Kilometres

From Chowki, you will trek another eight kilometers until you reach the ridge of a valley, and then will end at Masar Tal, where you will stay overnight at the side of a lake.
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Day 13 - Masar Tal To Vasuki Tal – 12 kilometers

For three kilometers, you will walk from Masar Tal until you arrive at the ridge. You will continue trekking uphill and downhill until you reach your destination, Vasuki Tal, another lake. Tent camping overnight again.
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Day 14 - Vasuki Tal To Kedarnath – 5 kilometers

The day’s trek leads to Kedarnath, the sacred pilgrimage, that takes around 3 hours downhill, covering 5 kilometers. You will then go to the Kedarnath temple. Camp overnight.
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Day 15 - Kedarnath To Gaurikund (14 Kilometres) To Rudraprayag

You will have to get up early since you will be trekking for 14 kilometers, along with a 6-foot wide path. On the way, you will pass by the Rambara village. There, you will find restaurants you can try. Thereafter you will continue to Gaurikund, then another 4 hours to Rudraprayag. Rudraprayag is a religious spot where you can say your graces. You will be billeted at a hotel in the area.
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Day 16 - Rudraprayag To Rishikesh

Have your morning meal and then you will be hopping on a drive to get back to Rishikesh. Along the drive, you will be sightseeing various rivers. Upon arrival in the city, you can opt to partake of the stunning local attractions

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