The three passes trek blog [ Auden’s Col – Mayali Pass – Patangini Dhar ]3 min read

Auden’s Col – Mayali Pass – Patangini Dhar [The three passes trek ] photo blog by Anshul Chaurasia

Auden’s Col is a mountain pass which connects Jogin I (6465m) and Gangotri III (6580m) and is reportedly situated at a height of around 5400m. It also binds two glaciers on the opposite sides. One is Khatling glacier and the other one looks like the glacier belonging to Jogin I. Auden’s Col is approachable from Gangotri and one can trek up to Kedarnath following Auden’s Col and Khatling glacier. The pass is named after John Bicknell Auden of the Geological Survey of India, who first discovered it in 1935 and crossed it in 1939. Mr Harish Kapadia and Mr Romesh Bhattacharjee from the Himalayan Club repeated Auden’s explorations in the late eighties.Normally pass and the Khatling glacier are heavily infested with crevasses.However, we crossed the pass in early June and encountered few creavasses due to heavy snow cover. To read more about the expedition please visit this blog written by Neelima Vallangi on National Geographic Traveller. Sridevi Nair has alos written a brief account of Auden’s col trek expedition 2018.

Sudershan Parvat, Garhwal Himalayas
Sudershan Parvat
A male Bharal ( Himalayan blue sheep )
A male Bharal ( Himalayan blue sheep )
The sun sets over Mandakini range
The sun sets over Mandakini range
Onwards to Kedar Tal ( Gangotri National Park )
Onwards to Kedar Tal ( Gangotri National Park )
Bhrigupanth - Thalay Sagar - Jogin towering over Kedar Tal
Bhrigupanth – Thalay Sagar – Jogin towering over Kedar Tal

Mandakini peak [ Gangotri National Park ]
Mandakini peak [ Gangotri National Park ]
Thalay Sagar peak (6904m) [ Gangotri National Park ]
Thalay Sagar peak (6904m) [ Gangotri National Park ]
Bhrigupanth and Thalay Sagar [ Gangotri National Park ]
Bhrigupanth and Thalay Sagar [ Gangotri National Park ]
Thalay Sagar peak (6904m) [ Gangotri National Park ]
Thalay Sagar peak (6904m) [ Gangotri National Park ]
Kedartal lake [Thalaysagar peak visible in the background] - Auden's col trek
Kedartal lake [Thalaysagar peak visible in the background]
Climbing Auden's col [The three passes trek Auden's col - Mayali pass - Patangini Dhar]
Climbing Auden’s col

The Auden's col blog
The Auden’s col
Huge icefalls near Khatling Glacier [Auden's col trek]
Huge icefalls near Khatling Glacier
Climbing Auden's col
Climbing Auden’s col
Sheer vastness of the Khatling Glacier [Auden's col trek]
Sheer vastness of the Khatling Glacier

Tiny humans on Mayali Glacier [Auden's col trek]
Tiny humans on Mayali Glacier
First view of Mayali Glacier [Auden's col trek]
First view of Mayali Glacier
Masar top, Enroute Mayali pass [Auden's col trek]
Masar top, Enroute Mayali pass

Flowers of the Gangotri Nationa Park
Flowers of the Gangotri Nationa Park

 

Itinerary :

Day 0: Reach Gangotri (2940m), acclimatization trek, visit temple

Day 1: Trek to Bhoj Kharak (3415m)

Day 2: Trek to Kedar Kharak (4315m)

Day 3: Trek to Kedar Tal (4760m) and back to Kedar Kharak

Day 4: Trek to Patangini Dhar base camp site (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 camp site (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 camp site (3630m)

Day 10: Trek to Masar Tal (4550m)

Day 11: Trek to Masar Top (4695m), Cross Mayali Pass (4990m) and camp (4335m) near Vashuki Tal

Day 12: Trek Vashuki Tal (4210m), trek to Vashuki Top (4480m), and descend to Kedarnath (3530m)