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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.


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.


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


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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