Mayali Pass Trek - Uttarakhand
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The Mayali Pass trek from Ghuttu to Gaurikund is a medium-hard category trek, where you cross the Mayali pass at approximately 5300 meter above MSL. The trek offers an extraordinary experience of Indian Himalayas. The remote Indian villages of Gangi, bear infested forests, Bhilangna river Catchment, Thalay Sagar peak, Khatling glacier are your highlights of Mayali Pass trek. The trek also gives you an opportunity to witness two holy lakes - Masar tal and Vasuki tal - both sacred to Hindus. These lakes are true nature's marvel that leaves you into tranquility. The trek is amongst the most isolated ones one would find in Himalayas. Those looking for absolute peace of mind must consider Mayali Pass in their to-do list.
The legendary Mayali pass connects midway to Auden's Col trek at Chowki - photo below.
Chowki Campsite - Khatling Glacier in background
Mayali Pass Trek Overview
Day 1 – Ghuttu to Reehi
Start from Ghuttu and gently hike to Reehi – our first day of camp. The trek profile is gentle climb of about 10-km.
Day 2 – Reehi to Gangi
Start from Reehi and trek to Gangi – a remote village of strong cultural heritage. The trek profile is mostly gentle climb of about 10-km, with slight steepness in the last few kilometers.
Day 3 – Gangi to Kharsoli
Start from Gangi and go through the zig-zag climb to reach Kharsoli camp site - where a Nallah is confluencing with Bhilangna river. The total distance is about 15-km.
Day 4 – Kharsoli to Chowki
Start from Kharsoli and reach Chowki Campsite. The total distance should be about 14-km (a coupla km here or there) and height gain is not very dramatic. We camp on the banks of Doodh Ganga River facing south side of Hanging Glacier, otherwise known as Khatling Glacier. We are at an altitude of 4000 m.
Day 5 – Rest Day... aahhh
Today we take a breather and rest and perhaps visit the Khatling Glacier, which is close to Chowki Campsite.
Day 6 – Chowki to Masar Tal
Start from Chowki and reach Masar Tal campsite - a beautiful and unknown lake.
Day 7 – Masar Tal to Vasuki Tal via Mayali Pass
“The Mayali Pass” – Today we cross the Mayali Pass at an altitude of 5300 meters. Hike through the pass is slightly technical and needs excellent guidance of an expert mountaineer. Once crossing the Pass we reach Vasuki Tal – another pristine lake of Garhwal Himalayas.
Day 8 – Vasuki Tal to Kedarnath
Start from Vasuki Tal and reach Kedarnath – the shrine of Lord Shiva. Retire in a guest house and not camp today.
Day 9 – Kedarnath to Gaurikund
Start from Kedarnath and reach Gaurikund – which is the road-head. Trek terminates here and we drive back to civilization.
A glimpse of gangi village
Map of Mayali Pass Trek
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Trek to Mayali Pass
Mayali Pass Trek preparations
It is a hard trek so come well prepared. What's needed?
- Robust trekking shoes
- Winter clothing
- Walking Poles
- Sun protection for eyes
- Well-equipped backpack
- Head Lamps
Mayali Pass Trek Stats:
Trek Route: Ghuttu - Reehi - Gangi - Kharsoli - Tambakund - Chowki - Masartal - Mayali Pass - Vasukital - Kedarnath - Gaurikund
Trekking Months: May/June and September/October
Highest Altitude: 5300 meter above MSL
Temperatures: 20 to 0 in May/June and 5 to -20 in Sept/Oct
Days: 11 Day including two days drive