Auden's Col - Mayali Pass - Patangani Dhar Trek

Auden's Col - Mayali Pass - Patangani Dhar Trek

Trip Details

  • Trip Type: Trekking Holiday India

  • Region: Garhwal - Uttarakhand

  • Grade: Challenging

  • Duration: 12 days

  • Max Altitude: 5490m

  • Batch Dates: Custom Trips only

Auden's Col - Mayali Pass - Patangani Dhar Trek Overview

The Auden's Col - Mayali Pass - Patangani Dhar Trek traverse's through the upper reaches of the Garhwal mountains which give rise to the Ganga in the Garhwal Himalayas, this trek goes through three pases - Patangani Dhar, Auden’s Col and Mayali Pass over the course of 13 days. Auden’s Col, the highest point (5490m) on this trek is named after John Bicknell Auden of the Geological Survey of India, who first discovered it in 1935 and crossed it in 1939. 


The trek connects two of holiest sites for Hindus - Gangotri and Kedarnath and the towns are thronged by thousands of pilgrims every summer.


We start the walk at Gangotri with an ascend towards the glacial lake Kedartal - cradled between Bhigupanth, Thalaysagar and Jogin peaks. Crossing Patangani Dhar we make our way to the glacier coming from Jogin I and cross over Auden’s Col to get onto the Khatling Glacier. We traverse the glacier to reach Vasuki Tal and a final ascend to the Mayali Pass and descend to Kedarnath. 

Trip Cost

This is a custom departure tour. Please write to us for prices and more info on this trek. 

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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Haridwar/Dehradun - Harshil (2850m)


Arrive in Haridwar in the morning and transfer to vehicles. We drive along the Bhagirathi/Ganga all day to reach Harshil village. Overnight in a guesthouse. 


Day 02: Harshil - Gangotri - Bhoj Kharak (3415m)


We start the day early with a short drive to Gangotri town and start our trek with the Kedar Ganga flowing beside us. We quickly leave the valley floor to walk through pine forests. As we ascend, the forests change to higher altitude birch forests. On a clear day, one can see Thalaysagar peak in the distance. 


Day 03: Bhoj Kharak - Kedar Kharak (4315m)


The trail today is steep and narrow in parts but also affords panoramic views of the valleys below. We leave the Birch forests of Bhoj Kharak behind and make our way above the treeline to the meadow at Kedar Kharak 


Day 04: Kedartal (4760m) visit and move to Patangani Dhar Base Camp (4540m)

Duration: 5 hours

We take a short detour today to the source of the Kedar Ganga - the Kedartal Lake. It is snow fed emerald lake surrounded by Thalaysagar(6904m), Meru (6672m), Bhrigupanth (6772m) and other peaks of the Gangotri range. The trail is mostly through rocky moraine. We spend some time at the lake and return to Kedar Kharak for the night. 


Day 05: Kedar Kharak (4315m) - Patangani Dhar Base Camp (4540m)


We make our way on gradual terrain from the meadows of Kedar Kharak onto the scree to reach the base camp for the first pass on the trek.


Day 06: Patangani Dhar (5085m) & Dhabba Camp (4685m)


An early start today as we make our way up to the rocky Patangani Dhar Pass. The trail is steep in parts and covered with loose scree. A 500m ascent brings us to the top with stunning views of the Garhwal Himalayas. We make our way down through scree to the Dhabba Camp.  


Day 07: Dhabba Camp (4685m) - Auden's Col Base Camp (4975m)


Walk through the Rudugaira Valley and take in the stunning vistas. The trail to get to Auden’s Base Camp is covered in loose rocks. Teams attempting Auden’s Col also have the option to take an alternate direct route from Gangotri and get to Auden’s Base without crossing Patangani.


Day 08: Auden's Col Base Camp (4975m) - Auden’s Col (5490m) & Khatling Camp (4970m)


An early start today with our mountaineering gear on. We get onto the glacier and steadily make our way to the highest point on the trek. The pass itself has a few rocky outcrops and we spend some time here before making our way downslope to the Khatling Glacier. Depending on the snowpack and the season, rappelling might be required over small sections. 


Day 09: Khatling Camp (4970m) - Masar Tal (4550m)


After a night spent on the glacier, we rope up again to make our way across the Khatling Glacier - the source of the Bhilangana River. 

Cross the glacier and head  to Masar Tal Lake. We camp near the lake for the night. 


Day 10: Masar Tal (4550m) - Mayali Pass(4990m) - Vasuki Tal(4210m)


Steep ascent to Masar Top and onward to Mayali Pass, our last pass on the trek. View the expansive Garhwal Himalayas from the top of the pass. We make our way down to another lake - the Vasuki Tal and camp near the lake for the night.


Day 11: Vasuki Tal (4210m) - Kedarnath


Our final trekking day. We make our way to Vasuki Top and then all the way to the pilgrim town of Kedarnath. Overnight in a hotel in Kedarnath.


Day 12: Kedarnath - Haridwar

Drive Kedarnath - Haridwar. Trip Ends.

  • Camping Tents, Kitchen tents, Sleeping bags (Holofill) and Carry mats.
  • Nutritious, high calorie vegetarian food will be served for the whole trek.
  • Guide, cook and camp helpers.
  • Porters/ Horses to carry loads on  the whole route.
  • Participants are not expected to carry any loads other than a small daypack with camera, some trail layers and some trail food.
  • Two people will be accommodated in one tent.
  • Transport Haridwar to Road Head and back to Haridwar.
  • Hotel accommodations in Harsil and Kedarnath after the trek.
  • All expenses of personal nature like drinks, tips, telephone calls, mineral water etc.
  • Sleeping Bags. (We recommend to get bags which are comfort rated to - 5 to - 8 deg C)
  • Accommodation and food in Haridwar.
  • Medical and evacuation expenses, we strongly recommend purchasing a suitable insurance cover.

- Backpack 40 - 50 Lts with rain cover.This you will need in case you choose to offload your larger pack onto a horse/porter
- Day Pack 15 - 20 lts - You will use this to carry your camera, water bottle, Trail layers, trail food etc.
-Trekking Shoes: Please do not wear sports shoes as on most treks as we go higher it gets harder to use the sports shoes. We recommend shoes with a good hard sole and also ankle support preferable water proof. While we do not subscribe to any particular brand you can try the Quechua forclaz 100, 500 or 600.
- 2 -3 pairs of cotton socks.
- 2 pairs of woolen socks ( these are ideal to sleep in and best to use when in camp. We do not recommend them while trekking).
- Pants: 3 pairs (including the ones you wear) - Ideal are the quick dry light weight synthetic pants. Alternatively track pants are also comfortable to trek in. We do not recommend you get Denims or Jeans as they get hard to trek in.
- Tshirts 3 pairs (including the ones you are wearing) - Preferable cotton t-shirts that are full sleeves. You can also choose to get T-shirts with collars, they offer extra protection for the neck from sun burns.
- Synthetic Fleece Jacket - 1 pair.
- Wind proof/ Water proof Jacket - 1 pair.
- Down filled / Hollow fiber fill insulated Jacket - 1 -pair ( optional - get this if you want to stay extra warm at camps.)
- Thermal liners - 1 pair upper and lower (optional).
- Raincoat/ Poncho - what ever you get make sure it is something that will cover your daypack and camera too.
- Warm Beanie - make sure it is something that covers your ears. You can also use buffs, scarfs etc in addition to your beanie.
- Gloves - Lightweight synthetic gloves made of Fleece or you can also use woollen gloves.
- Sun Cap- 1 no
- Sun Glasses with good UV protection.
Other necessary things that we recommend you get:
- Toiletries - Sunscreen SPF 40+, Moisturizer, Lip balm, Soap, Toilet paper.
- Repair Kit (needle and thread).
- Headlamp/ Torch.
- Camera.
- Water Bottle- Ideally keep two bottle 1 litre each.
- Trekking Pole - Optional.
- Plastic Packing covers. (Please pack all your gear in waterproof plastic bags so that your clothes etc do not get wet while on horses or porters. Also carry extra plastic bags in case you need to pack wet clothes.)