ABOUT KHATLING GLACIER TREK
This lateral glacier situated in Tehri district is the source of river Bhilangna. The glacier is surrounded by snow peaks of the Jogin group (6466 m), Sphetic Pristwar (6905 m), Barte Kauter (6579 m), Kirti Stambh (6902 m) and Meru. The moraines on the side of the glaciers look like standing walls of gravel mud.
The trek which starts from Ghuttu is easily approachable by motor from Dehradun, Tehri, Mussoorie and the Rishikesh railhead. One has to trek about 45 km and pass through remote villages with thick kharsao forest and wide open beautiful lush grassy meadows. The entry to the Bhilangna valley provides excellent spots for camping. Tents and adequate provisions need to be arranged in advance from Rishikesh, Tehri and Dehradun
- Stay in Camp with Proper Bedding.
- Neat and Clean Indian/Western Toilets with Flush & Running Water.
- Buffet Meals in Central Dining Area.
- Electricity with Power Backup.
- Large Conference Hall with Audio/Video Facility.
- Entrance fees and Guide charges.
- Any kind of insurance.
- anything not mentioned in the itinerary.
Start early morning for Rishikesh from Delhi by surface. Local sightseeing in Rishikesh. Overnight in a hotel.
Early morning start of Ghuttu by surface about 9 hours. Overnight in camp.
From Ghuttu the trek begins. The trail initially cuts through terraced first to Deolang village. From there it's an easy 1.30 hours climb through the forest to Reeh Channi village and a step climb for an hour to Buranschauri. From Buranschuari its a two hour climb to Gangi village at 2585 mts. Trek time : 5 hours.
The trail drops initially for an hour to Deokhri Channi, another winter settlement for the villagers from Gangi. From there its half an hour through the forest to where the trail forks, just beyond the Kalyani stream. The left trail leads to Sahastratal lake 4872 mts. which the trail to Khatling continues straight an open area known locally as Birodh. Legend has it that this place was either the site of the old Gangi village or a meeting place for all the Bhilong villagers. From here it is two hours to Kharsali, which is a large meadow surrounded by giant conifers and Oaks, and an ideal camping place. Overnight in camp.
Cross the bridge over the Kharsali stream and continue further along the forest track to Bhelbagi. Trail follows the river for about two Km. then rises steeply through thick bush passing Bhumkodaar cave to the left of the trail. A further 2 to 3 km. of climbing brings you to Tamakund cave in an area known for its Wild flowers. From there it is just an hour walk to another good camping ground at Bhedikharg. Trek time : 6 hours.
Around Khatling Glacier is 11 km. beyond Bhedikharg and it takes a full day to get to the glacier and back. There are a number of spectacular hanging glacier above the main glacial floor and good view of the peaks.
Retrace steeps to Gangi.
Retrace steeps to Ghuttu.
Start early morning for Dehradun. Overnight in a hotel
Early morning start by car for Delhi Tour ends here.