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Mayali Pass Trek in Uttarakhand Himalayas

The Mayali Pass is a heavy duty trek with the intent to cross the glacial landscape at Mayali Pass. Those seeking absolute adrenaline and cherish what Himalayas has to offer will find this trek an out of the world experience. The best part about Mayali Pass trek is its remoteness. It will difficult to trace another trekker on the route, except, maybe for Shepherds.

Mayali Pass trek in Uttarakhand is a legendary trail been used for many thousand years by shepherds, pilgrims and merchants. The trail is a path less traveled and not attempted often, thus making it an perfect hideaway for those seeking peace and serenity amidst nature. A large portion of Mayali pass trek goes alongside Bhilangna river that originates from Khatling Glacier. You also get to view a number of high rise peaks of Uttarakhand Himalayas while attempting Mayali Pass.  

 Chowki to Masar tal - Mayali Pass Trek

Mayali Pass Trek Statistics

Region -- Garhwal Himalayas - Uttarakhand, India

Highest Altitude -- Approx 5300 m above Mean Sea Level

Grade -- Difficult Trek

Best Time -- May to June and September to mid October

Trek Route -- Ghuttu > Reehi > Gangi > Kharsoli > Chowki > Masartal > Mayali Pass > Vasuki Tal > Kedarnath > Gaurikund.

Trek Distance -- 90+ km

Lakes Covered -- Masartal (4590 m) and Vasuki Tal (4135 m).

Days -- 11 Days trek (including 2 days drive)

Enroute Mayali Pass -- View from Chowki campsite with Thalaysagar peak (6904 m) and Khatling Glacier in background. You will find detailed information about the Mayali Pass trek on our parent website, link given below:

Mayali Pass Trek

Mayali Pass Trek Itinerary and Route

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.


Gangi village in Uttarakhand


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

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.

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The elongated version of Mayali Pass can be combined with Auden’s Col trek, a mesmerizing walk through the core of Himalayas.
When starting from Budha kedar the Mayali pass trek would also cover the sacred trek of Sahastra tal lakes – the land of hundreds lake.