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About Auden’s Col

Situated in the Central Garhwal region, Auden Col Trek goes throgh high mountain pass which connects the mountain peaks Jogin I (6465m) and Gangotri III (6580m) and is at an altitude of 5490m. This pass joins Rudugaira valley along with Bhilangna valley as well as bridges two glaciers on each side, Khatling glacier on the south-west and Jogin Glacier over the north-west.

The Auden Col Trek path from Gangotri to Kedarnath and Gauri Kund through Auden’s Col along with Khatling Glacier is known as Auden’s Col Trek. Auden’s Col is affably among the hardest and least researched treks in Garhwal Himalayas. This pass is the old route for Gangotri and Kedarnath pilgrims. The pass is called after John Bicknell Auden of the Geological Survey of India, who found it in 1935 and crossed it at 1939.

About The Auden Col Trek

Passes through high elevation, perilous ridges, narrow rivers, stony and snowy paves, Auden Col trek is a fantasy trek for nearly every trekker. The hiking trail goes through the thick woods of freshwater trees; meadows sprinkled with diverse species of flowers; countless gushing streams; enchanting villages secluded from town city of Garhwal Himalaya; along with many temples which reflect the spiritual importance of the Garhwal area.

The journey has a majestic view of high mountain peaks like the Rudragaira, Jogin group, Bhagirathi group of peaks and Kedarnath.

The Auden Col Trek begins from Gangotri in 3,048 meters, and this is among the major Hindu pilgrimage websites. From Gangotri, there is an easy upward trail of 8 Km to Nala Camp. From a beautiful walk through a Pine and Birch forests with breathtaking views of some of the Himalayan peaks, this trek offers you everything that trekkers quest for. Thereafter our way turns into the base of the Gangotri valley of their peaks and additionally combines to Auden’s Col.  Through Khatling Glacier, Chowki, Masar Tal and Vasuki Tal, this trail finally leads to Kedarnath and Gauri Kund. Auden Col trek will take you through a number of unsafe glacial deposit, narrow hills and stony, snaky and twitchy paves.

Trekking to Auden’s Col craves both skills and courage as this trek offers an unrivaled experience of the guileless power of nature. You have to be physically fit to do this tough trek because you have to walk over ice on this trek. Each year Auden’s Col Trek is enjoyed by daring trekkers from throughout the world. This trek has become the most adventuresome in the Garhwal region.

Highlights For Trek To Auden Col

  • A passage through a handful of remote Garhwali villages.
  • Altitude of Auden’s Col is 5490m and links Bhilangana and Rudragaira valley.
  • Rudragaira peak (5818m)
  • Khatling glacier
  • Camping on snow drifted forest floor.
  • Gangotri – The sacred place where Ganga origins.
  • Jogin peaks, Bhagirathi peaks and Kedar Dome.
  • Various temples which reflect the religious importance of Garhwal
  • A day of easy clamber through Pine and Birch forests.

Key Facts About Auden Col Trek

  • Region: Central Region of Garhwal Himalayas, Uttarakhand
  • Duration: 16 Days
  • Difficulty: Challenging
  • Trekking Distance: 115 Km
  • Highest Altitude : 5,490m (18,012ft)
  • Best Time: Mid May to October except for July and August
  • Trip Starting Point: Haridwar
  • Nearest Railway Station: Haridwar
  • Nearest Airport: Dehradun


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