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:
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.