Auden’s Col is a pass connecting Rudugaira valley and Bhilangna valley, named after John Bicknell Auden, a British Geographical Survey officer. Itinerary of the trek includes three passes and infamous Khatling glacier.
Auden’s Col: The 3 Passes Trek Expedition
The summit is at 5490m altitude and it connects the ridge coming from Gangotri III (6580m) peak on the north-west and the ridge coming from Jogin I (6465m) on the east, and also binds a glacier coming from Jogin I on the north side of Rudugaira valley, and infamous Khatling glacier on the south side of Bhilangna valley.
Rudraganga stream or Rudragairu (gairu means deep) or Rudugaira gad drains Rudugaira glacier and eventually flows into the Bhagirathi river near Gangotri, and Bhilangna river originates from Khatling glacier and meets the Bhagirathi near Old Tehri in Garhwal region.
First, we take a side trip to visit Kedartal at a height of 4,780 meters. Then we climb atop Patangani Dhar (4,900 meters) to get down into Rudragaira valley which provided access to Auden’s Col. Auden’s Col at 5,345 meters is nestled between Gangotri and Jogin mountain ranges.
We can manage to cross Auden’s Col and Khatling glacier in a single stretch and then descend down to Chowki campsite the next day. From Chowki we take a left turn upwards and reach Mayali Pass (5,050 meters) in the next two days, and then camp next to Vasuki Tal. From there we descend down to Kedarnath shrine and back into civilization.
What is Col?
The word ‘Col’ is a geographical term for a saddle-like depression in a ridge between two peaks.
What does Auden’s col trek cost?
The Cost estimation is based on the number of factors like the group size, pick-up place(Dehradun/Uttarkashi) and add-ons needed(like backpack offloading, accommodation before and after the trek; drop off point(Dehradun/Haridwar). Drop an email to avail group offers & early bird discounts.
The regions of Garhwal and Kumaon borders on China and Nepal and are the most famous for their holy sites including Gangotri, the source of India’s most sacred River Ganga. Located at the very center of the great Himalayan chain, Garhwal and Kumaon contain a host of 7,000-meter peaks such as Nanda Devi, Kamet and Trishul, and sub-7,000-metre expedition peaks such as the stunning Shivling, as well as over 250 peaks above 5500 meters.
The Garhwal Himalayas are characterized by unsurpassed mountain scenery with soaring ridges, deep valleys and huge glaciers and this trek takes us right into the heart of the area.
Auden’s Col Trek Itinerary:
- Day 0: Reach Gangotri (2940m). Acclimatization trek, visit the temple
- Day #1: Trek to Bhoj Kharak (3415m)
- Day #2: Trek to Kedar Kharak (4315m)
Kedar Kharak during dusk! Beautiful & One of the Best Camp-sites we stayed for 2 days during 3 Passes Trek – Patangini Dhar, Auden’s Col & Mayali Pass. This Camp-site is Base Camp-site for 2 Magnificent Treks of Gangotri National Park – Kedartal (4614 Mtr) & Patangini Dhar (5085 Mtr). With Magnificent views of Bhrigupanth, Thalay Sagar; Other Mountains of Gangotri National Park, this Camp-site will become one of the lifetime experiences for any adventure seekers for sure!
- Day #3: Trek to Kedar Tal (4760m) and back to Kedar Kharak
- Day #4: Trek to Patangini Dhar base campsite (4540m)
- Day #5: Cross Patangini Dhar (5085m) and reach Dhabba Camp Site (4685m) in Rudugaira valley
- Day #6: Trek to Rudugaira / Auden’s Col Advanced Base Camp (4975m)
- Day #7: Cross Auden’s Col (5490m), trek on Khatling and reach Khatling campsite (4970m)
- Day #8: Trek rest of the Khatling, cross waterfall area (4300m) and reach Khatling Base camp (3765m)
- Day #9: Cross Bhilangna river (3480m), and reach Chowki campsite (3630m)
- Day #10: Trek to Masar Tal (4550m)
- Day #11: Trek to Masar Top (4695m), Cross Mayali Pass (4990m) and camp (4335m) near Vasuki Tal
- Day #12: Trek Vasuki Tal (4210m), trek to Vasuki Top (4480m), and descend to Kedarnath (3530m)
- Day #13: Buffer day. It is mandatory to have this extra day as any bad weather or rain will delay your pass crossing. In case we use the buffer day, the trekkers would have to pay extra.
NOTE: Trekkers must reach the base camp of the trek at their own expense and everyone should keep 2 buffer days in an event of (Bad weather etc)
Criteria For A High-Altitude Trek.
You must have done at least one high altitude Pass trek before. Those who do not have requisite trek experience of high altitude passes should not apply
You must be physically fit to do the 12-day Himalayan trek. The trek climbs to 17,000 ft. At this altitude the air is thin and the rigors on the body high. You must give yourself sufficient time to prepare yourself for the trek
NOTE: Trekkers are required to bring a medical certificate deeming fit for high-altitude trekking at the start of the trek.
Backpack carrying: A porter will carry your backpack, please do not bring extra items but only the essentials needed for high altitude trek, the weight should be 15kg of your offloading backpack.
Besides good planning, logistics, food and good equipment packing a backpack and carrying essential things play a key role in the success of an expedition.