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#1 Jan 18th, 2006, 21:34
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Hi Everyone,
Can any guru share info about the trek over Auden's Col (Ghuttu to Gangotri OR Gangotri to Ghuttu) ?
Preferably someone who has done it.
Info regarding permits, good guide (name & address), best time, duration & rest days, minimal technical gear (snow), maps, costs, etc. and route planning would be of great help.
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Joe,

I dont qualify for your condition (i,e, I havent done it myself).

My guide who took me for trek to mayali pass had done it. But lemme tell you that the group of foreigners whom he was taking, landed in India in October.. So, they had to return from the base of Auden due to very heavy snowfall for 3 days.

What i heard from him is that its a technical climb to Auden's col. You need to have some prior exp of climbing and should have done some mountaineering course.

No permits are needed for doing it.. I dont think maps for it may be available in India.
Best time is August or 1st week of september.

The whole trek need to be planned as a mini expedition..

Now without putting anymore from my side, lemme direct you to the guide.
His name is Shambhu Rawat..based in joshiyara pul near utarkashi..
you can contact him at 01374-226631. This is the number of an STD PCO.. call him around 8:30 in the morning.. he is normally there at that time..

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1995-till date: Saraswati Valley(Dweep Tal, Saraswati Tal, Ratakona, Jagraon), Auden's Col, Khatling Glacier, Mayali Pass, Patangini Dhar, Pin Parvati Pass, Kalindi Pass, Ronti Saddle, Mt. Yunum(Aborted), Kedar Tal, Roopkund, Junargali pass, Sundardhunga Valley, Tapovan, Rudranath, Chandrashila peak, Beas Kund, Triundh, Chudhar peak,Dodital.

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Hi Jyoti
Thanks a lot for the reply. This is a good beginning to a build up of extensive R&D data.
I plan to go in September and yes, it will be a 'mini expedition'.
What would be very useful is a daywise logistical information. This greatly helps in planning for the the next day so to speak. And I guess the 1:50000 maps by Survey of India would be the only source because of India's sentimentality/sensitivity about the Himalayas.
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We did this long back. Really fantastic. The route we took is:
Gangotri - Mala by bus 73Km.
Mala - Saurikgad(5 Km) - Phyalu(3 Km) - Chunnachati(3 Km) - Belak(4 Km) - Pangrana(5 Km) - Jhala(4 Km) - Budhakedar(9 Km) - Bhairochatti(3 Km) - Ghuttu( 9Km) - Panwali Bugyal( 10Km) - Triyuginarain( 12Km).
The whole trek is through enchanting meadows, brooks, forests & view of snow peaks. The Bugyals of Belak & Panwali are simply wonderful. Hire a couple of ponies from the ponny owners union in Mala. Carry good provisions & tent. Your trip be unforgettable!
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Jyotirmoy,

The route you did was from Malla to Triyugi narayan via belak khal, panwali kantha and ghuttu.

Yes, Panwali is a beautiful meadow.. offlate few movies have been shot there.. the whole crew flew by a helicopter to panwali..

but Auden's Col appears nowhere in the route mentioned by you.. its further up after crossing the khatling glacier..
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A movie shot in Panwali? Things have changed a lot it seems. We had to fire crackers at night to scare away the panthers.
In Belak one bitter cold night we were just preparing to go to sleep when 2 naga sadhus with no covering what so ever came barefooted to ask for a matchbox. We were brewing some tea so we treated them to tea. After that they walked away in to frosted landscape. Me & my family would never forget this incident.
Yes Auden's col is where you said, I think i might have touched on this at my post on Khatling.
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Joe,

I dont think that 1:50000 maps of Survey of India would be available for that area.. They r fussy abt sharing any map on himalayas..

If its available, do let me know..

Have a look of the Col and the path at Google earth Map.. it looks amazing..

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Thanks again Jyoti. I agree with you 1:50000 maps may not be available to the general public- will get back if/when I can get more details. And yes, GoogleEarth (though bandwidth-hungry) is superb.

Jyotirmoy - You had me foxed by your Mala-Triyuginarayan route. That was a west-east trek. However, Auden's Col is generally a south-north trek along Khatling Glacier crossing onto Rudugaira Glacier before ending at Gangotri. It may also be done from north to south. Thanks anyway for sharing.

There are a lot of crevasses around the col and the col itself needs to be tackled technically. If one starts from Ghuttu, Auden's Col has to be climbed up. But if Gangotri is the starting point, one will have to rappel down the Col.

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Joe,

If u r thirsty for adventure, then I would advice you to start from Gangotri, cross Auden Col and end up either at malla via Belak khal and shastru Tal. You may even want to end up kedarnath via mayali pass and vasuki tal..

I personally wont recommend travelling all the way down from khatling to ghuttu.. This was certainly not among the beautiful routes that I have seen in my himalayan career.

I hope you got the message.

Did you get a chance to speak to my guide?? Give my reference and he should quote reasonable prices.. I know him since last 3 years..
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Jyoti,
Sorry for not posting a reply earlier. Your suggestion seems to be quite a good one, especially the mayali pass - vasuki tal route.
It even seems to be marginally shorter, is it ?
Altitude gain/loss along this route will also be much less. Please confirm.
The only flaw may be the starting point ie Gangotri because Auden's Col is supposed to be the high point of the whole trek. By starting from Gangotri, the Col would be crossed probably on the third day or so leaving the rest of the trek to be mundane. Also, the question of acclamatization would have to be considered.
However, please clarify - thirsting for adventure - how/what do you mean ?

The section you are advising to avoid is along the Bhilangana/BhilanGanga river. I've seen slides of the entire route (Ghuttu-Gangotri) and I know what you mean.

I will certainly speak to Shambhu Rawat at a more opportune time when things take on a more concrete pattern. My team is yet to finalize on embarking on this route. You may have seen my other post in kalindikhal and we will be choosing among these.

Elsewhere, i've read that you've marked routes of the Khatling area on GoogleEarth. Can you please email me that section ? My id is joemondal@yahoo.com. Thanks again.
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Joe,

Shambhu rawat is a regular visitor to kalindi.. he takes atleast one group across kalindi every year.
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I'm looking also for further infos about this pass, especialy about the founder of this route: J.B.Auden - 1940
Who knows more? - I've found only one commercial offer in the web about this pass: http://footloosetravelguides.com/Ked...viaUdenCol.htm

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Hi all

Andreas,
I found the following article in IM. Am posting it as is. And this provides the best information so far...

Hats off to the guys who did it. I met both the guys at their slide show of the same subject. I also happen to know the 'old man Mr.Bidyut Sarkar' who is mentioned in their article. Mr. Bidyut Sarkar is an outstanding personality in this field. He is one of those rare people who has done a trans-Himalayan trek, alpine style, lasting for about 6 months.

The article is a bit detailed and I apologise for taking up this much space.
So here goes...happy reading and Guten Tag!

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Auden's Col
(Another historic crossing from Khatling side)
Sabyasachi Bose

The most practical and feasible connection between two pilgrim centres Kedarnath and Gangotri ‑ is through Maiali Pass and Auden's Col. Maiali Pass has become a regular trek route to reach Kedarnath from Ghuttu. But Auden's Col is not like that. The col is situated on the connecting ridge of Gangotri III (6577m) and Jogin I (6465 m) ‑between Rudugaira glacier and Khatling glacier. One of the Early visitors here was Dr. J.B. Auden, in around 1939‑40. He crossed the col from Rudugaira side and descended to Bhilangana valley via Khatling Bhamak (glacier), for the first time. And the col had been named after him.

Approach to the col is little easier from Rudugaira side. But descending through Khatling glacier is tough as a part of the glacier has become an ice fall and all adjacent glaciers are broken up. Still, once in a blue moon explorers descend through Khatling as a probable route could be chalked out from upper reaches of Khatling. But approaching the col from Khatling side was an extremely difficult task, as one would have to face the ice fall on way to the crest. Records say that there were a few expeditions from Rudugaira side. Only two expeditions have been recorded till date from Khatling side. First one was 21 years back, in 1983, when two explorers from Kolkata ‑ Ranjit Lahiri and Arun Ghosh did the daunting task (H.J. Vol. 40 Page‑ 164). In 1985 the same route had been taken by an RAF trekking party, but no information was available on that, except a mention in 'Indian Mountaineer'. In the year 1983, there was another crossing from Rudugaira side. We met one of them Mr. Bidyut Sarkar. The old man gave us some information on the route out of his faded memory. Still the story was 21 years old.

I decided to approach the col from Khatling side in the year 2001. But I had to come back from the Khatling ice fall, due to food shortage. In 2002, I couldn't move ahead of Gangi, due to persistent bad weather. In this year (2004) I and my friend Amitava Dutta prepared ourselves for another attempt to Auden's Col from Khatling side.

September 14th 2004, we reached Ghuttu in the morning via, Haridwar, Tehri and Ghansali. Tirappan Singh Bartwal and Bhagwan Singh Chauhan came to meet us as was scheduled earlier. 15th September morning we started our plod towards the settlement of Reeh keeping Bhilangana at our right. It was raining, at interval. We reached Reeh Bungalow in the after noon. Late evening rain was quite uncomfortable.

After an early morning rain next day, we started for the village Gangi. On the way, we crossed village Nalhan and Lala. Rain was still at intervals. We took our shelter at Gangi bungalow in the evening.

It was a long journey from Gangi to Kharsoli. The 16 km trek through forests, slide zone and soft muddy trail with heavy loads was tiring. So, the movement was slow. A dense mud flow in a slide zone scared us. When we pitched our tent at Kharsoli it was dark and light rain was still there.

Next day, though we had planned to go to Khatling cave, we couldn't make it due to heavy loads and deteriorating weather. At Tambakund cave we called it a day.

We had a plan to undertake a light trek to Khatling cave next day to freshen up ourselves before getting into the Khatling glacier. But next morning, for the first time in the trek, sky was clear with bright sunrays everywhere and we changed our mind to go ahead of Khatling cave. Motto was not to waste one good day. So, we moved ahead of Khatling cave, crossed leftover lateral moraine of receded Khatling glacier and pitched our tent on a little‑high flowery land among the multi-stream Bhilangana. The view was spectacular. We could see the hanging glacier of Ratangrian, little far ahead of us. Right above was Satling glacier and Satling spire was peeping over the clouds. One thing had been noted that, though according to the Survey of India map Khatling glacier's snout was supposed to be in front of Khatling cave, we found it had been receded many miles.

On 20th September morning we started for Khatling glacier. We could see the snout little far off. When we reached near by, we were stunned to see the dual snout of the glacier. I found that feature of the lower reaches of Khatling glacier has been changed a lot compared to 2001, during my last visit to the glacier.

It was neither practical nor advisable to get on to the glacier from snout itself, as it was full of moraine, debris and broken ice. Bare and stable ice was no where in that lower end of the glacier. So, we climbed about hundred feet through the moraine at our left and started negotiating towards the upper reach of Khatling glacier. Extremely loose boulders with underneath ice our movement had to be slow and careful. We could see the starting of the bare ice on the glacier ahead of us and had a plan to pitch our tent over there. Just above the intended place the ice fall was standing dreadfully. Far ahead we could see the beautiful peak of Jaonli. Suddenly, weather deteriorated and we found any movement further in that weather condition could be fatal. There was absolutely no place for pitching tent among the moraine. We started climbing up through the moraine zone and thankfully got a tiny sandy land for pitching our tent. Though ice was underneath the sand, it was a safe place. When weather improved, we could observe the lower reaches of Khatling ice fall.

21st morning we climbed down to the bare ice of the glacier in an effort of one hour. The tail end was undulated but flat. It was easy going. So we approached towards the ice fall. There was a central moraine on the glacier. But we were trying to avoid it as it was on a suspicious zone of broken underneath ice. Reaching the ice fall we found massive crevasses running everywhere. Solid ice walls and seracs were standing on a steep slope. We had to put our crampons on. Negotiating through ice walls, avoiding the crevasses was quite daunting. We crossed a few potentially dangerous regions. We climbed for two hours and finally got stuck to a place where immensely sized crevasses blocked our way. Unable to cross those we tried to find other way within the ice fall, but it was not there. So, we had to retreat to the base of the ice fall all the way.

We started negotiating the central moraine ‑which I didn't want to. Ice walls to ice walls, we had to move through the loose moraine. Extreme caution was required, so we were. I had to negotiate this zone in the year 2001, during my first attempt to the Auden's col. Surprisingly, I found that the number of ice‑walls we had to climb by cutting steps that time, has been diminished. This time we didn't have to cut a single step while moving up through ice wall ridges and moraine debris. Though the view of surroundings were absolutely scaring than ever before and our movement was slow due to heavy load, it was quite smooth. The serac‑full ice fall was at our left and series of ice walls with bare ice and endless bottom were at our right. It seemed a huge Earth quake made a total turbulence and annihilation within the glacier. At the right side of the glacier a huge rock wall from Ratangrian was running all through. Glaciers were hanging from it and a few water falls were hitting the unseen burgshrund between ice walls and the rock wall.

At around 3 p.m. we reached the place where I had pitched our tent in 2001. I was happy to see the place intact. Fog started coming down and we decided to pitch our tent right at that place. The view from the tent was almost unchanged. Surrounded by huge ice walls, and seracs were almost at handshaking distance. Sound of dislodged boulders getting into the crevasses, were coming at intervals. Light snowing was there in the evening.

22nd morning we found the weather extremely foggy and any movement through ice‑walls and crevasses could prove fatal. The fog was not getting cleared and we decided to stay back at the camp. At around 12 noon the whiteout cleared a little. We three went out keeping Amitava inside tent for having a look and feel of route ahead. We went up a little bit but came back early as the weather was deteriorating fast. After entering the tent snowfall started. There was no stopping at all and as the time was passing by snowfall was increasing constantly. Sticky flakes were coming down in huge amount. Temperature had fallen drastically. We had to put off the deposited snow from the tent by knocking from inside. And huge snow was getting deposited at the periphery of the tent. One of us had to go out of tent to clear up the snow, every half an hour. We were extremely scared of the situation. The deposited snow started distorting the tent. We had a hard fight to keep it intact. But situation was going beyond our control. We knew, the moraine zone, we had come through would be absolutely impossible to negotiate after the snow fall. So, it was absolutely impossible to go back. And ahead of us, more crevasses, more ice walls are waiting on an unknown region. And this time almost all the crevasses will be snow covered and hidden. So there will be more danger awaiting us. Even the place where we were inside the tent is not safe in this weather condition, especially within this ice fall. We were in serious thought of saving our life. It was pitch dark out side and we were sleepless. Only at an interval of half an hour one of us was coming out to clear up the surrounding snow of the tent. And the snowfall was restless. We were at the pity of the Himalaya; we were on our knees to pray for our life.

At around 1:30 at night, snowfall stopped. We slept with extreme tiredness, which creped in after a relief from extreme anxiety. We slept like rocks.

Next morning when we came out of tent, it was difficult to recognize the surroundings. It was white, every where, with a deposit of more than one feet thick snow. We had to dig out our sacks and utensils from the snow. Route ahead of us was snow covered and the danger of hidden crevasses was every where and sky was still not very clear, though some fractional sunrays were hitting here and there. But we were happy to see ourselves intact. The nightmare of last night put us on a firm decision to leave the place immediate and move ahead.

We roped up and started climbing through the ice walls. It was thick snow covered every where. Only the undulations of the snow letting us know the existence of crevasses. And we were trying hard to avoid those. It was difficult to move through the soft snow as the feet were dipping into the snow as we were putting body weight on feet. Extreme right rock wall was running all through. At left a glacier came out between two ridges, to join Khatling. One ridge went up to a beautiful peak. We pitched our tent on snow after crossing over that junction zone. Ahead of us undulated snow covered area was little less steep than before. But danger of hidden crevasses was still there clearly. Far ahead we could see the beautiful peak of Jaonli. The continuation of the right ridge of Jaonli was gone beyond the huge rock wall at right. So, there was still no sign of the famous Rabbit's Ear, told by J.B. Auden (Two side by side rocky humps, looking like Rabbit's Ears. Auden's Col is just right side of that. Rabbit's Ear is an indication of the col). At left seracs within the ice fall was dreadfully beautiful.

Night was windy but magical as the sky was clear and moon was on its full flow.

Next morning, when we started climbing, scorching sunlight was every where. On white snow, the temperature rose so high, we started feeling the burning sensation. Still we went ahead through small ice‑walls, avoiding crevasses, though everything was thoroughly snow covered. It was guess work all the time. And thankfully we didn't take a single wrong step as we were too cautious. The rock wall at our right was coming down as we were moving up through the glacier slowly. Suddenly the Rabbit's Ear came to our sight, though extreme far off, at north‑west end of the glacier. We were joyous. At our left ice fall zone was over. Moving further weather started deteriorating. When it started snowing, we were on a flat snow field with underneath boulders. It was difficult to find any tent zone. Still we managed a place to pitch our tent somehow. Light snowing continued for one hour. When weather cleared we could see the Rabbit's Ears, spectacular but far off. Jaonli's right ridge continued to make another unnamed peak. After that the ridge came down to make the Rabbit's Ears. Gangotri III was peeping behind that unnamed peak. We were planning to pitch our next day's tent at the base of the col.

25th morning was clear with dark blue sky and scorching sunlight. Jaonli loomed above size. At left two glaciers were coming down to meet Khatling. The near one was Sangli Bhamak above which was Bhetiara-ka-Danda and the far one was Mecha Bhamak above which Draupadi-ka-Danda was clearly seen. It was a spectacular view. We started taking right turn through the snow field. Ice walls were over, but hidden crevasses were still there. Just in front of Jaonli a huge rocky hump was there. Both sides of which two excessively crevassed glaciers were coming down. After taking right turn towards the Rabbit's Ear we found a severe ice fall at our left. This was unexpected, in this upper reaches of Khatling. Thankfully we didn't have to negotiate it. At our right a new rocky ridge with full of loose rock was coming down from Jogin I. From which rocks were falling at intervals. But this ridge was far right and we were at safe distance. Jogin I was peeping through the cloud ‑ a spectacular peak. Due to oxygen deficiency, soft snow and dipping legs, our movement was very slow. To avoid the hidden crevasses we had to take many turn inside the glacier. Had to jump across a few. Basically we were under prepared to negotiate this soft snow day after day. We didn't have any snow boot. Our feet fingers got numbed on this long march through snow. We pitched our tent at the side of the ice fall in front of Jaonli. Rabbit's Ear was still far up the valley.

This was an emergency halt to tend to our feet. Outside our tent were crevasses. Night was quite windy, and we were little scared of the thought that it might uproot our tent. Moon was its full bloom. So, the scene outside the tent was absolutely spectacular. Again we were planning to cross the col next day.

26th, was again a clear day. The ground ahead of us was so crevassed that we had to move towards the ridge of Jogin. Initially we took the snow covered boulder debris, to move up. But to get into the side valley of Rabbit's Ears, we had to gain height. We started moving upward through the ridge of Jogin I. We had to be very cautious about the falling rocks and small avalanches hissing through our way. Somehow everybody was facing little breathing problem. Still we reached the side valley of Rabbit's Ears. We were welcomed by a crevassed field and some how we managed to negotiate those to reach a safer place. We were extremely tired for further movement. So, we pitched our tent. Rabbit's Ears seemed to be at stone throwing distance. We were excited.

A mild wind blew our plastic sheets and it got lost into a crevasse at the side of our tent. We were at an altitude of 17,300ft. Everybody was awaiting next morning. Rabbit's Ears were still teasing us overhead.


Celebration on Auden's Col. A Rabbit's Ear behind.

27th morning started with clear sky. We were hurriedly on our way towards the col. After an hour's walk we were at the base of Rabbit's Ear and could see Auden's Col at the right of it. But we were shocked to see a continuous bergschrund running throughout the base of the surrounding walls of the basin. Though a few ice bridges were there, but as they were covered by thick snow, it was difficult to judge which one is stable. We had nothing to do but to take a chance. We could see a steep climb through a gully of rock and snow mixed patch, was awaiting us. We took the ice bridge over the burgshrund nearest to the col's gully, with all safety measure possible. Thankfully, it was a stable one; at least it didn't break with our weight! Climb through the gully was moderately difficult, but with the effect of altitude and heavy load, it seemed to us extremely tiring. Small avalanches were coming down from the surrounding ridges at very short interval, though none of them were on our way. And after an effort of one hour, we were on the great Auden's col (17,979 ft).

This was my third attempt in last four year. I was emotionally shaken. Everybody was hugging each other with tears of joy. Though there was cloud on the Khatling glacier, the view towards Gangotri side was spectacular. On the col where plenty of flat snow covered places. At our right, Jogin range was peeping over the snowy slope of the col. Nearest left, one of Rabbit's Ear's was there, a very steep rocky hump. Far left, Gangotri III was peeping over the ridge from unnamed peak. Tirappan Singh worshiped on the col with coconut and kismis, kismis‑raisins which we were carrying all the way from Ghuttu. I took a few compass readings from the col and many group photos had been taken. Also we watched the feature of Rudugaira glacier. Far down, the glacier took a left turn and gone out of sight. The glacier seemed quite smooth with very few crevasses and easy slope. Central moraine ridges were seen from the col.

After half an hour we set out to go down to Gangotri side through Rudugaira glacier. From col to glacier bed the slope was little bit steep. But thick snow made it less difficult. At 4:30 pm we reached a camp side just before the starting of central moraine ridge. It was snowing. We were in the mood of great satisfaction and joy. Dinner was a grand one.

28th, started with a sunny day. We set out further down through Rudugaira glacier. We were happy to realize that we would be out of snow soon, to a colourful world. At our left an ice fall from Gangotri III was there, At right the huge ridge of Jogin range was running after the span of the glacier. Map was showing a leftish movement to get to Rudugaira Kharak. We took the left most central moraine, debris of rock pieces. Upstairs behind us Auden's col seemed to bid us 'Goodbye'. Far in front, clouds and ridges of Ganges were jumbling up. Movement was through the snow covered moraine ridge. Soon we came out of the snow to a place of jumbled up moraine ridges. Every where and in every direction there were moraine ridges. Somewhere between ridges of bare ice walls water streams were running discretely. Since there was no definite path for movement, we were quite confused. Where to go! Map was showing we had to move left. But it was difficult to move left from that place as the bare ice walls and ridge structure were quite suspicious. So we move right to avoid the place. At that point of time a white out came down and snowing started. We tried to move fast through the moraine to get onto the Rudugaira base camp. It was no where. Within the snowfall and white out we moved a lot towards left to find the base camp. But visibility was nil in the white out. Tirappan fell ill with stomach pain. And we were in real soup. And after an hour of frantic search we found a tiny sandy place among the moraines to pitch our tent, at the side of a muddy water stream. We realized we were lost, within the moraine zone. We were anxious to get out of this place of no where. Our food was about to finish up. Somehow we managed the dinner.

Next morning, we started at 9 and climbed the hefty moraine ridge at our left to find out where we were. Most surprisingly we found the base camp zone of Rudugaira, right there. Also clear foot track was there. Due to shortage of food, we were eager to reach Gangotri at the end of the day. So, we started a marathon walk following the foot trail. Crossing Rudugaira Kharak, down the valley we were moving fast with Rudugaira nala at our right. We had to cross another stream down the valley. A long walk took us into a forest. We could see the rocky ridges of Gangotri. It was raining heavily at intervals and we were completely drenched. Light was getting low very fast and we were at the tail end of our energy level. Feet had blisters. We had to cross Rudugaira nala through a temporary bridge. When it was dark, we reached a flat plateau of forest and boulders where the trail got lost. Torches came out. Tirappan had never been on this route. Still with his magical sense of direction and excellent night vision had found a path in pitch dark. The darkness out side the light circle of our torch was absolute a blinding. We could realize the river Ganges was flowing straight down at our left. We could see the head lights of moving vehicles on road towards Gangotri on the other side of the river.

Suddenly, the narrow trail got wider and well constructed. We were at the stage of ultimate exhaustion. At 8 pm we entered Gangotri and took shelter in an Ashram. A new life, the joy of being in a locality again ‑ was there. Totally drenched, exhausted we people were relaxed to be back in the life again. But pain was every where in the body! Took dinner in a restaurant and slept like a rock.

30th morning we visited Gangotri temple and took a jeep for Uttarkashi. At Uttarkashi, we celebrated our success with a grand Dinner and song.

1st October morning we saw off the porters and came down to Haridwar. There we took two days rest and came back to Kolkata on 5th.

We didn't conquer anything; we merely crossed a pass from a side where people don't dare to go for. The difficulty level of the route was nothing less than any full phased expedition. It is Himalayas, which let us penetrate the zone. In the night of snow fall, we could die. Still he let us cross the col. And this is Himalayas the great. After all these, what we could say is "Mission accomplished and we survived." And nothing else!
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#14 Feb 19th, 2006, 15:47
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@joe: Guten Tag and Namaste...

Thanks for this report... interesting... hmmm, Auden's col seems to much for me...

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Thanks Joe..
This is an interesting report..

after reading it, I think I can now get rid of any remote dreams of doing this trek in future.
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