The day after Auden's Col on khatling glacier[Three passes trek : Audens-Mayali-Patangini Dhar]

Auden’s Col Expedition (& Khatling Glacier) Trek Blog

Patangini>Auden’s Col>Khatling Glacier Trek Expedition

Auden’s Col is a mountain pass, it is approachable from Gangotri and one can trek up to Kedarnath following Auden’s Col and Khatling glacier. Auden’s Col gets its name from J B Auden, a famous British geologist. He first explored the region in the year 1939. It connects the mountain peaks Jogin I (6465m) and Gangotri III (6580m) and is at a height of around 5242m. Auden’s Col separates two glaciers on either side – Khatling glacier on the south and Jogin Bhamak on the north.

The Three Passes Trek Of June 2018

It couldn’t have meant more than en route the three pass trek covering Patangini Dhar, Kedar Tal, Auden’s Col, and Khatling glacier (due to the fierce Bhilangna river in spate we couldn’t cross over to complete the last part of Mayali pass… and of which Auden’s Col I couldn’t cross without much help). But too much predictability and it’s no longer an adventure. And maybe that is why we throw ourselves to the elements to feel real, raw and alive. I’m glad I did.

Auden’s Col & Mayali pass trek map

All this wouldn’t have been possible without the expert organization of Raacho Trekkers. The coolest staff, the food was to die for (think mangoes and cake and pasta and thukpa at higher altitudes) and OMG did I mention the tents? We had a 2-inch foam mattress and it was like a real bed every night. I can’t do enough justice talking about our experienced dedicated leader Sonu Negi. Those who know him, know of his leadership, initiative, and knowledge of the terrain, wildlife, and what he is capable of those who don’t if you are to do a high Himalayan pass do it with Raacho trekkers – you will be in safe professional hands.

Cloud Carpet. Gangotri National Park. Uttrakhand
High meadows. Gangotri National Park
Near Bhoj Kharak campsite
Approaching Kedar Kharak campsite
En route Kedartal. Gangotri National Park.
First sightings – from left Bhrigupanth at 6772 m and ThalaySagar at 6904 m
Manda range from Kedar Kharak campsite
Views from Kedar Kharak campsite
Approaching KedarTal.
Kedartaal and ThalyaSagar. Gangotri National Park.
The magnificent Kedartal and Thalaysagar peak
Wonder what made this so smokey..
Contemplating by the Kedartal Lake.
The day my shoes broke near Kedar Tal.
Manda range, Bhrighupant, Thalay Sagar.
Gangotri National Park.
Raacho Trekkers team member Rajeev on the way up to Patangini dhaar…the day Manish taught me the zig zag
How many can you spot?
On Patangini Dhar 5085m
Vineet leading the expedition
Auden’s Col 5490 m.
Advance base camp before the Auden’s col
The Gangotri range
The day after Auden’s Col on Khatling glacier
Somewhere along Khatling Glacier
Endless Khatling Glacier
Waterfalls in the Bhilangana valley
The beautiful Bhilangana valley… full of wildlife and variety of birds species
Me, myself and the wild and tame creatures in Bhilangana valley
Last campsite. Bhilanganga valley
Houses of Bhilangana valley Uttrakhand
Houses in Bhilangana valley
Rubharb!!!! the original variety not wild but wild
Makeshift Bridge over Bhilangana river
View from the campsite.

Blog by Sridevi Nair


2 responses to “Auden’s Col Expedition (& Khatling Glacier) Trek Blog”

  1. Abhishek

    Auden col n mayali pas treck details pls

    1. Hello Abhishek.. the details have been sent.

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