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Auden’s Col Trek is a high altitude trek In Uttarakhand

Auden’s Col Trek is one of the famous treks in Indian Himalayas. This trek was discovered by Mr.John Bicknell Auden in 1935, that’s why this trek is known as Auden’s  Col trek.

It connects Rudugaira valley and Bhilangana valley. Auden’s col trek is situated 5490 Meters above sea level. Auden’s  Col is a mountain pass that connects the ridge of Gangotri and Jogin. The last point of this trek is Kedarnath.

Auden”s Col  trek come under Gangotri National park. No doubt, the Himalayas have enchanting beauty, bracing climate, and desirable soothing green meadow. So, what else can be better than spending some days here in the serenity!

Why Auden’s col Trek ?

Auden’s Col, at 5490 m, is a high altitude mountain pass that connects the Rudugaira and Bhilangna valleys. The pass is named after John Bicknell Auden of the Geological Survey of India, who discovered it in 1935 and crossed it in 1939. It connects the ridge from Gangotri III peak on the north-west to the ridge from Jogin I on the east, as well as a glacier from Jogin I on the north side of Rudugaira valley and the dangerous Khatling glacier on the south side of Bhilangna valley.

Auden’s col trek is considered to be one of the difficult treks in the Himalayan region. As the trail ascends with time, the challenges become more and more. We highly recommend for trekkers planning on Auden’s col expedition to only travel with local experts and strongly familiarize themselves with the expected difficulties and challenges.

With explosively difficult challenges comes a victory of abundant rewards; on a clear day, the majestic sight of the Gharwal Himalayas from the trek is one that trekkers will remember for the rest of their lives. The awe-inspiring sights of Gangotri and Bhagirati peaks differentiate this trek from others. Trekkers aiming for many higher peaks of 6000m and above will be able to take all of their experiences from this trek and use them to guide them through their other difficult ascent treks. Also, if desired, one can trek from Gangotri to Kedarnath, two of the holiest Hindu temples, by crossing Auden’s Col and then Mayali Pass.

Best Time to Do Auden’s Col  Trek ?

Audens Col trek  is a very beautiful and an uphill Difficult trek in the Uttarakhand Himalayas, The Auden”s col Trek is great for those people who have a great passion for Expedition mountaineering or Difficult trek and consider it a special purpose in their life. Auden”s col is such a trek where you get to see more than one Himalayan mountain range.

We are the local people in uttarakhand District of Uttarkashi  who are doing Auden”s col for years, we have every experience related to this trek.

The right time to do Auden”s col is from May 2nd week to the last of June and then from the last of August to the 2nd week of  October. every year

specially in the months of may,  and June, snow is found in abundance here, which makes your trek very memorable and also a  difficult after Gaumukh Glacier. So this trek should not be considered too easy


Explore the Auden’s Col Trek

You will get a chance to see the holy pilgrimage sites and shrines with some mind-boggling views at the backdrop. There are dangerous parts of this trek, like narrow cliffs, moraines, and crevassed glaciers. Only professionals can go for this expedition because of the difficulty level.

It is a challenging trek and requires being fit and has experienced a difficult trek.

Due to the difficulty of this trek you need experienced trekking community and guide, who has vast experience of this trek.

And you must need a technical guide, technical equipment,  good quality sleeping bags, and tents.

The trek starts from Dehradun the route through thick alpine forests, snow-capped mountains, and lush green meadows covered with various species of flowers, dense Deodar tree forests, flora and fauna Rhododendron, pine forests and through beautiful villages.

This is one of the most scenic walks in the Himalaya.

The campsite offers closer views of Gangotri or Bhagirathi peaks.

There are steep climbing, rock falls zone and river crossing on the way of Auden’s Col trek.

So enjoy this challenging trek with local, and experienced trekking community like Himalayan Hikers who have vast experienced 28 to 30 years.

Some of the trek highlights of Auden’s Col Trek

Auden’s col trek is considered extremely dangerous due to its unpredictability. This trek is only for experienced trekkers who have trekked over difficult terrain such as glaciers and arduous peaks. This trek is a difficult journey through morrains, ice crevasses, landslide prone areas, and sliding grounds.

The trek begins with an easy and manageable terrain from Gangotri Valley to Rudugaira Valley, passing through some landslide zones and thick snow patches. The narrow slopes just before and after the last trail to Auden’s col are a risky walk that should only be attempted with extreme caution and equipment skills. As trekkers descend from the summit, they will have the opportunity to visit the holy site of Kedarnath just before their final stop at Gaurikund.

The bad weather, heavy snowfall, and low visibility along with the challenging terrain are just a few of the issues we concern hikers about. The route acclimatization and the stop days will be added as needed to base on the weather and the condition of the trekkers.

The altitude covered in Auden’s col trek 

Dehradun to Gangotri -10100ft.

Nala Camp-12335ft.

Rudugaira Camp-14800ft

Auden’s Col base camp-16000ft.

Khatling glacier camp-16800ft.

Zero points-12700ft.


Masar Tal-14960ft.

Vasuki Tal-14435ft.

Mayali Pass-16900ft.


Best Time to Visit  Auden’s col Trek

Both the ascent and the descent of Auden’s col are challenging. The best time to hike these paths is from June to September and again in the first week of October. The snow sheets and patches observed in this area may vary depending on the length of the previous winters. The temperature typically ranges from -2 to -5 degrees Celsius. Because the weather over the top is frequently unpredictable, trekkers may or may not be able to camp near the top.


1) Detailed Itinerary

2)Is it safe

3)Difficulty level

4)Weather conditions

5)Things to carry

6)Connectivity and transaction

7)includes and excludes


Must Read about Auden’s Col Trek

Duration: 14 Days from Dehradun to Dehradun)

Best Season: June and September or October 1st week


Highest Point: 5,490 meters

Trekking Distance (total) – 115 km

Weather: It is unpredictable and can change anytime so do keep an extra day in the itinerary

Temperature:(-2°C to -5°C)

Key Points About Auden’s Col Trek

Level: Difficult (so first-timers trekkers should avoid)

Proper conditioning & training of body required

Need proper gear & clothing for sub-zero temperatures?

Shoes are the single most important equipment

High Altitude requires proper acclimatization

Post monsoon or pre-monsoon is the best time. During rains, the region is prone to landslides

Phones don’t work on the trek

The beautiful landscape so carry good photo gear (I couldn’t carry my best equipment)

light (my backpack was heavy at about 10 kg to 12 Kg )

Keep an extra day in your itinerary for crossing the pass to account for bad weather

If you choose Good and local trekking company Himalayan Hikers than it is better for you because Himalayan Hikers is a local company our mission is safe treks, growth of locals.

Short Itinerary of Auden’s Col Trek

Day 1 – Drive from Dehradun to Gangotri (10100 feet) (245 km) (10/11 Hours) overnight stay hotel

Day 2- Acclimatization Day at Gangotri

Day-3 Gangotri to Nala Camp (12335 feet) (7 km)

Day 4- Nala Camp to Rudugaira Camp (14800 feet) (4 km)

Day-5 Acclimatization Day at Rudugaira Camp

Day 6- Rudugaira Camp to Auden’s Col base camp (16000 feet) via Gangotri base camp (7 km)

Day 7– Auden’s Col base camp to Auden’s Col (18000 feet) and Khatling glacier camp (16800 feet) (5 km)

Day 8- Khatling glacier camp to Zero points (12700 feet) (10 km)

Day 9- Rest Day + Acclimatization

Day 10- Zero point to Chowki (11750 feet) (7 km)

Day 11- Chowki to Masar Tal (14960 feet) (8 km)

Day 12- Masar Tal to Vasuki Tal (14435 feet) via Mayali Pass (16900 feet) (12 km)

Day 13- Vasuki Tal to Kedarnath (11800 feet) (7 km)

Day 14- Kedarnath to Gaurikund ((14 km) Same day to Rishikesh or Dehradun by taxi

Is it safe Trek 

Set amidst the high altitude ranges, concerns regarding Auden’s col trek safety are indeed very valid questions. We have all the possible probabilities calculated if anything goes off the schedule. At every stop point of the journey, trekkers will be going through a proper guided session informing them about the upcoming terrains. All our professional strive their best to provide trekkers with the best experience possible.

Difficulty level

Because the top is relatively high in elevation, we recommend a reasonable level of physical fitness. We strongly advise trekkers to be physically and mentally prepared for an endurance process as the arduous journey throws obstacles at every step and inch. Throughout the course, all groups will be guided by our experts for trekking equipment and any impending terrain.

Weather conditions

Weather conditions depend on the time of the year trekkers are travelling. Months from May to October experience moderate temperatures during the day with substantially colder nights.

During the day the temperature of Auden’s col trek is around ( 3°C to 8 °C  and during the night the temperature comes down to -5 °C  to – 8°C  which is not easy trek

Things to carry

1) Because nights at elevations tend to be considerably colder, we suggest having well-graded, warm and comfortable clothing along with good quality shoes.

2) Despite the fact that we handle medical crises, we urge individuals to keep their emergency kits at hand in any case of personal underlying illnesses.

3) Since the journey provides you with a picturesque view of many peaks, don’t forget to bring your camera along with extra batteries.

4) All the trekking gears will be provided by our teams hence we recommend carrying only the important luggage with essentials

Connectivity and Transactions

1) Because connectivity along the route is unpredictable, we urge people to do all of their work ahead of time.

2) Trekkers will be provided with walkie- talkies beforehand in case of emergency

3)last ATM transactions available will be at Dehradun but we recommend travellers to collect cash beforehand or while in Dehradun as ATM available at other places might not dispense cash at times

Will there be electricity in Auden’s Col trek

Let me tell you that there is no electricity in the forest area of Auden’s col trek. Here we use Stobe Light and or Solar Light, candal light at the nights

If you come on this trek, then you should bring your own head light and your camera with full charge, if possible, it would be good to bring extra battery backup, and also bring the phone after full charge, today people most of the phone use the same

Note :- Day 1 Electricity available at Gangotri base Camp charge your all phone and camera here

Your Travel Plan for Auden’s Col Trek

You can book the train, air flight, and bus tickets for your journey only according to the information given by us.

The Auden’s Col trek will be of 12 days and 02 days of your journey total of 14 Days from Dehradun to Dehradun in Uttarakhand.

First of all, all the trekkers will have to book their flight and train bus according to our time table as our pick up is from 6 am to 7 am, you will have to reach Dehradun in the morning.

A taxi from Himalayan hikers will link you to the Dehradun railway station.

Himalayan Hikers organize transport to Gangotri base camp from Dehradun railway station. Our vehicles leave at 6:00 am to 7:00 am sharp from Dehradun. The taxi costs include your package for a Tempo Traveler.

At Dehradun railway station you will get our staff that will arrange transport for you. The contacts no Transport coordinator or our office team will give you a week ago to your departure.

Please you guys book your transport facility according to your own time table, after Himalayan Hikers take all the responsibility of Dehradun from Dehradun, that you will not face any problem.

What to pack for  Auden’s Col trek

Warm clothes, sleeves, wind shelter, comfortable clothing, and extra warm clothes so that you can enjoy trekking. A raincoat is the necessary

Footwear: A well-fitted trekking footwear shoes are highly recommended. If you wear an uncomfortable pair of shoes, your feet will be hurt.

Self-Certificate of Emergency Breakout

What we do during an emergency breakout in the Auden’s col trek Trekking?

Trekking in the Himalayas is not a cup of tea but it is a rewarding experience. However, it’s important to keep things in mind when it comes to Safety. One must know about the weather conditions, the altitude gain, fitness and other factors that can wreck your experience. In such adverse conditions, you are solely responsible for your wellbeing and act maturely.

Also Read About – Safety Tips For Safe Trekking.

Preparations before the Trek

You’ve to understand that treks are away from cities and medical help is not always easily available. So, if you are heading for an adventurous trekking trip, stick to certain trekking guidelines and tips. Following these simple tips will help make the trek more fun and experiential for you as well as your fellow trekkers.

These tips and guidelines cater to useful and requisite information about your fitness training, packing and health precautions to be taken before and during the trek.

  1. Firstly, when you start, target 5 km in 40 minutes
  2. Then gradually increase your pace by running at least 4 times a week. Then try to bring it down to 5 km in less than 37 minutes
  3. If you are a person who prefers cycling over running then your target must be 22 km means you should be able to cover 22 km in 60 minutes.
  4. Walking is a great exercise that gives great shape to your legs and your body. It helps in burning calories and cut down excess weight and strengthens the heart.
  5. Jogging is effective in increasing the human lifespan and makes your lungs stronger. It is an aerobic activity that requires a lot of oxygen. This is a great exercise for fighting obesity and staying healthy.
  6. Squats are the best form of functional exercises to improve stability. They also strengthen your legs, thighs, hips, and hamstring.
  7. Another great cardiovascular exercise is pushing your body upstairs after stairs. This is regarded as the best exercise for increasing strength and power

What we do during an emergency breakout in the Auden’s Col trek

First of all, the safety of trekkers is much more for us, if you see in the trek, then there are all the risks, which I do not think about.

Himalayan Hikers worry more about you that no one should ever have any problem in the trek.

What should we and you keep more safety in the trek

  1. Whenever you are going for any high altitude trek, it is very important that you go completely fit and ready.
  2. The trek is not difficult, if you make your feet and your mind calm and strong, you will find the trek very easy.
  3. While trekking, keep in mind that you are walking on the right route or not always with your guide.
  4. Most people look somewhere and where they are walking, this can cause twitching in your legs, which can ruin your entire trek.
  5. It is important to ask your doctor if you have any medical problems
  6. I should always keep my medical kit with me, it is very important.
  7. Himalayan Hikers always keep a medical kit with you, such as oxygen cylinders, Diamox ablate , medicine to be given in emergency on the trek and Technical equipments
  8. If any trekkers have any more problems, then they are brought back to the base camp by laying them in the stretcher.
  9. Our camp in Audens col trek around the 9,000 feet to 17,000 feet where you can not have any big  problem of oxygen
  10. In case of any medical problem, the help of your guide or a well-informed trekkers should be taken
  11. If there is major health problems in Auden’s Col trek , then Nearest Hospital is in Uttarkashi which is about 149  Kms away from Auden’s Col Expedition trek
  12. Along with the trek we keep getting acclimatization


Day 1 – Dehradun to Gangotri (10100 feet) (245 km)

Our vehicle picks you up from Dehradun then leaves for Uttarkashi through the route of Mussoorie. Tehri Lake can be seen during the journey.

Drive to Gangotri is along the right bank of River Ganga (Bhagirathi) in the middle of the way visit Gangnani, hot spring you can take sulphur bath in it. On the way, you will get the views of Great Himalayas, Harshil and alluring green forest. Check-in a hotel and in the evening visit holy city Gangotri, at 7 pm attend Aarti of River Ganga, it is worshipped by the Hindus.

In the evening you can explore this place on your own to have dinner and overnight stay in the hotel


Day 2 : Acclimatization Day at Gangotri

Acclimatization is necessary because prevents Altitude Motion Sickness. Today you can explore the nearby surroundings and go for a hike towards Gaumukh.


Day 3 : Gangotri to Nala Camp (12335 feet) (7 km)

After breakfast leaves Gangotri and descends through the valley for around 2 km then you will enter Rudugaira valley. Ascend gradually through the dense forests of oaks and birch, cross a nallah and trek to the valley’s right.

Now, you can see the receding treeline and from here head towards the wide meadows and grounds which are used for grazing. Before you reach the campsite have a glance at overwhelming sights of Gangotri III and Join II.

The campsite is next to Allah where you can set the camps and relax for the night.


Day 4 : Nala Camp to Rudugaira Camp (14800 feet) (4 km)

The climb today is steep but short, ascend all the way to Rudugaira camp. Bid adieu to the campsite of Nallahand starts heading towards the upper grazing fields.

There are multiple streams on the way, cross them and then a sheer climb starts which lead to the Rudugaira camp, you will reach the base today.

The campsite offers alluring views Gangotri group of peaks and Join. Enjoy the overnight stay in tents.


Day 5 : Acclimatization Day at Rudugaira Camp

You drastically gained altitude in the last two days so allow your body to acclimatize according to the environment. Today you can for a short hike towards Rudugaira peak and from above you can have a glimpse of Auden’s Col.

Come back to the Rudugairacampsite, rest and retire for the night.


Day 6 : Rudugaira Camp to Auden’s Col base camp (16000 feet) via Gangotri base camp (7 km)

Leave theRudugaira campsite, after a short hike you will exit the valley slopes and the moraine climbing starts. Ahead lies two moraine ridges that are not very big in size, ascend to the top of the ridges and after descending reach the Gangotri base camp.

You’ve reached the half part of today’s trek and you have to go for half more that is Auden’s Col base camp. Cross Sukha Tal, it is a unique clear blue lake hidden behind the moraines.

The camping site is on a small flat of moraine and from here the trail to Auden’s Col is visible. After setting the camps and having sumptuous food retire for the night.


Day 7 : Auden’s Col base camp to Auden’s Col (18000 feet) and Khatling glacier camp (16800 feet) (5 km)

You have come to the main day to traverse Auden’s Col, ascend through the moraine section to reach the glacier. The beautiful views of Gangotri and Jogin peaks can be seen on both sides. Reach the glacier and go to the flat part.

Take out your ropes and start climbing the slope, this is the time-consuming part of the trek which will take 3 hours. Use equipment and skills, follow your trek leader and cross this section.

Reach the top of this pass and enjoy the overwhelming views of Rudragaira, Bhagirathi peaks, Kedar Dome and Join. After spending some time at the top plan descend, it is going to be steep through a snow-ice gully of 70 degrees.

Reach the mid part of this gully which gets flattened and wide, there you can see the huge glaciers and high peaks that surround the valley. Descending through the glacier will lead to the KhatlingGlacier campsite.

After successfully climbing the toughest pass in the Garhwal region celebrate with your teammates. Have delicious food and retire for the night.


Day 8: Khatling glacier camp to Zero points (12700 feet) (10 km)

From Yesterday’s trek was a strenuous one but today’s trek is going to be the longest one. Walk down the glaciers for 2 km and reach the moraine area.

From this point there are no cairns and trail isn’t market till the glacier’s snout. The terrain has scree and loose rocks and you can see black ice sometimes. Leave the glacier before reaching snout and descend towards the valley’s stream.

Climb up the slopes of the valley and after some time of trekking, you will reach the well-made trail, follow this trail and come to the campsite, you will set up camps at the Khatling glacier’s snout. After having food retire for the night.


Day 9 : Rest Day

At this campsite rest for today because yesterday’s trek was a long one.


Day 10: Zero point to Chowki (11750 feet) (7 km)

Post breakfast start You will trek along the river valley, walk for 3 km and a meadow will unfold in front of you. Take a rest break there and then head towards Chowki.

Chowki’s campsite is 4 km away from the meadow, reach there it is all green and is very soothing. Pitch your tents here and admire the beauty of this place, delicious food will be served then you can retire for the night.


Day 11: Chowki to Masar Tal (14960 feet) (8 km)

Today ascend is going to be steep but the views of ThalaySagar will not leave your side. Cross a ridge which is right above the valley, the route is well defined until you reach Masar Tal.

Masar Tal is a beautiful Lake, nearby you can pitch your tents and retire for the night.


Day 12: Masar Tal to Vasuki Tal (14435 feet) via Mayali Pass (16900 feet) (12 km)

Start ascending as soon as the trek starts, it is a steep climb on a ridge over boulders to reach Masar Top. When you reach the Top, rest for some time then descend before you climb the glacier.

Climb the glacier which leads to Mayali Pass. From Mayali Pass Mt. Thalaysagar and Kedar Dome are visible, descend is going to be steep just like descend through Khatling side.

Continue descending, you may need ropes to get down depends on the conditions. Reach Vasuki Tal your campsite for today. Setup the tents and retire for the night.


Day 13: Vasuki Tal to Kedarnath (11800 feet) (7 km)

Today the trek is towards a very famous Hindu pilgrimage site, Kedarnath “Abode of Lord Shiva”. From Vasuki Tal, it is 7 km away and you can reach there in 3 to 4 hours.

When you reach there to visit the temple in the evening and check-in a hotel at Kedarnath.


Day 14: Kedarnath to Gaurikund (14 km) same day Drive to Rishikesh/ Dehradun

The distance from Kedarnath to Gaurikund is 14 km reach 12 am road head same day drive to Dehradun.

Vehicles will be arranged for you till Dehradun, the drive is along the banks of River Ganga. Start after having breakfast and have lunch en route.

Things to carry on trek

Mandatory Documents

Please carry the documents given below

Original and photocopy of government photo identity card- (Aadhar Card, Driving License, Voters ID, etc,
Passport and Visa important to foreigners
Medical Certificate (First part should be filled by the Doctor and Second part by the Trekker)
Declaration Certificates

Note: –  Many trekkers commit the same mistake of carrying unnecessary items on a trek which only makes the backpack heavy. It is important to know the right items to carry.
It differs from season to season if you are trekking in summers then carry less layers of warm clothing and if you are trekking in winters carry enough layers to protect yourself against chilly cold.

Necessary Items for trekkers

carry on a trek

Backpack (50 to 60 liters)
A strongly built backpack with good support is compulsory for a trek. (Rain cover is important)

Sturdy Trekking Shoes
The shoes should be strong enough with good support. The people ask if sports shoes would be comfortable but it is good to bring the right trekking shoes.

The Clothes You Should Bring On a Trek
Avoid keeping extra clothes because it only makes you backpack heavy.

Trek Pants – The jeans are never suitable for a trek so you need at least 2-3 trek pants for treks carry more for longer treks.

Jacket – Jackets are very important to carry on a trek it protects you against the chilly weather. So carry 2 jackets on a week long trek.

Layers of warm Clothing 
Carry warm woolen layers or fleece. Carry more layers during winter season (at least 2 to 3) and less during summer.

Thermals – The Temperature decreases at night so you might be need thermals for Night.

T- Shirts – Bring those t shirts which dry fast.

Poncho –They are needed if you are trekking on a Rainy day to keep you dry.

Hiking Pole

Water Bottle 2

Cap or Balaclava



Woolen and Waterproof Gloves

Socks (Woolen and Regular)


Torch head light

Personal Toiletry Items –  (toothpaste, toothbrush, toilet paper, sanitizer etc.)

Carry Personal Medical Kit

Personal Medical Kit (Carry minimum 5 tablets and maximum 10)

Medical Kit

Diamox – (Prevents altitude sickness)

Digene – (It cures discomfort in stomach, acidity)

Crocin Advance – (Cures fever and headache)

Aspirin/Combiflam – (Pain reliever)

Disprin – (Cures headache)

Avomine – (Prevents motion sickness)

Avil – (It treat allergies)

Norflox TZ & Lomofen – (Prevents Diarrhoea)

Ranitidine – (Reduces the amount of acid in stomach)

Volini/Moov spray – (For sprains)

Betadine/Savlon – (Antiseptic cream)


Band aid


Stretchable/Elastic bandage


Note:- Use medicines only when prescribed by the doctor. In case you face any problem during your trek, discuss and take advice from the Professional guide.

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What is Included In This Trek?

Transport Facility Dehradun To Dehradun

Forest Permit and entrance fee

Accommodation in tents on twin share basis

All meals: breakfast, packed lunch, tea, coffee, snacks, soup and dinner

(All camping gears)

High quality tents

Sleeping bags




Separate Toilet tents – Ladies and Gents

Dining Tent

Dining Table




Kitchen team

Radio Walkie Talkie for Communication

Good Experience Trek Leader guide and Technical guide

Medical Kit

Oxygen Cylinders

Crampons and Gaiters

What is Not Include In This Trek?

Personal Insurance

Medical Certificate

Personal toiletry Items and Personal Medicine kit

On first day En Route to base camp the Breakfast and Lunch are Not Included

Last Day En Route Lunch and Dinner are Not Included

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