About Mayali Pass
The regions of Garhwal and Kumaon together forming gorgeous and venerable Uttarakhand hills, are known for their holy pilgrimage sites which attract many people from around the world. The two popular sites among these hills are Gangotri and Kedarnath, connected via. two challenging and beautiful treks Mayali Pass and Auden?s col. Mayali Pass Trek is one beautiful trek in the Garhwal Himalayas that was once used by pilgrims for their foot travels from Gangotri to Kedarnath. Still today, the trek is one of the most isolated walks on the trails you will find in the Himalayas. The Beauty of the trek lies in all its streams, high altitude lakes, and glaciers en route. The must-to-do itinerary includes one-day acclimatization stay at 4000 meters before attempting the Pass that leads you to Khatling Glacier. Apart from the high altitude pass, additional perks of the trek are an opportunity to witness two holy lakes Masartaal and Vasuki Taal. It takes you through dense mixed Himalayan forests, grassy meadows, shepherd encampments, and extremely remote villages providing dramatic views of the high mountains including Mt. Thalaysagar, Kedardome, Bhartekuntha.
- Mayali Pass
Day 1: Rishikesh - Guttu ( 140Kms )
Reach early at Rishikesh by 08:00 am and drive to Ghuttu by the transportation provided. Reach Ghuttu by afternoon. It is a small village on the banks of the Bhilganga River that finds it?s origin in the Khatling Glacier.
Day 2: Guttu- Reeh ( 10Kms / 2150 meters )
Initially for 7-8 km, the trail is mostly parallel along the river up to the Deolang Village and then for 2 km, it?s a little steep climb up to the campsite. Initially, the walk is through the dirt road that?s uncovered with tress, so the attempt is made to clear this path in the early morning to avoid the harsh sun. Afterward, the walk is in the forest covered with pine, Rhododendron and bamboo trees up to Reeh Chani village.
Day 3: Reeh-Gangi ( 12 Km / 2600 meters )
Today the trails lead to Gangi via Buranschauri. Gangi is a remote village. Initially, the trek is a gradual climb and then continues with little ups and downs.
Day 4: Gangi-Kharsoli ( 15 / 2900 meters )
A long day for trekking with beautiful views initially descents to Deokhri Channi village, villagers from Gangi migrate to this village in the winters. A short climb of 3kms further leads to Kalyani, a beautiful place for a campsite. There are some stretches on the way where landslides are common. So one has to be careful while crossing this section. Just before the Kalyani Nallah, the trail divides here, the other one leads to the Khatling Glacier. From Kalyani, Kharsoli is a two-hour walk, which is large pasture confined with Oaks and a stream flowing nearby.
Day 5: Kharsoli-Chowki ( 12 Km / 3650 meters )
Today reach a green pasture campsite next to Dodh Ganga river and surrounded by snow-clad mountains. The trail today includes the view of Mt Thalaysagar at a distance, and on the way, Bilan Ganga river is crossed by a temporary wood bridge.
Day 6: Rest Day/Acclimatization
Today at 4000 meters, acclimatization day is taken as a precaution considering the further steep ascents. As a part of acclimatization, we make an attempt towards Khatling glacier with a height gain of 250 to 300 meters and return back to the campsite.
Day 7: Chowki - Masartaal (6.5 Km/ 4550 meters )
The trail parallel to a water stream originating from Masartaal leads to the Masartaal campsite crossing through a lot of boulders. The ascent to Masartaal Camp will leave you breathless. It is a steep ascent of with a gradient of 60 degrees in the later part of the trail. After trekking some distance, the Khatling Glacier becomes visible behind, in the distance. Masar Taal lake is a high altitude alpine lake and is super cold, with a lot of places to make it an ideal campsite.
Day 8: Masartaal - Vasuki Tal via Mayali Pass(14 Km/ 5400 meters )
The day trekking through the Pass, as usual, summit day?s, begins early to avoid the slushy conditions. Hence with an early ascent to Mayali Pass at 5400 meters. Today's trek is slightly technical, with knee-deep snow and a steep ascent. But all the hard work is itself rewarding and it takes a while to make yourself realize the actual scenic beauty to be real. Mt. Thalaysagar, Kedardome, Bhartekuntha with many other peaks are on your sight at the pass. After crossing the Pass, the descent is itself a challenge as you cross the Mayali glacier with no defined path which further leads to another beautiful lake, Vasuki Tal. The campsite is at a little distance from the lake as the lake is considered sacred.
Day 9: Vasukital - Kedarnath (7Kms/ 3550 meters)
From Vasukital to Vasuki top is another steep climb of 2 km. Vasuki Top offers a beautiful view of the Mandani region. And from the top, it is a complete descent down to the Mandakini River and reaches Kedarnath by the noon. Transportation is provided further up to Rishikesh which is a 100 km distance and takes approx 5-6 hrs drive.