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Kedar Tal Trek


Winter : -2°C to -5°C
Summer : 5°C to 12°C


8 days from Dehradun to Dehradun



Kedartal Trek – Trek to a unique glacial lake

Kedartal is a high altitude Lake amidst the tall gigantic mountains


Garhwal Himalayas are a famous trekking destination and people from different countries come here to explore them. There are many places which nobody has yet stepped on and many are explored. Kedartal is a high altitude Lake amidst the tall gigantic mountains in the Garhwal Himalayan region at an altitude of 4,912 m.


Why Kedartal is known as “Shiva’s Lake”?


It is the source of “Kedar Ganga” and this is the contribution of Lord Shiva to Bhagirathi River so it is also known as “Shiva’s Lake”. Mt. Thalay Sagar, Mt. Meru, Mt. bhrigupanth; snowfall over them feeds Kedar Tal. The trek starts from holy city Gangotri which is famous for a pilgrimage and is one of the Char Dhams.


No other feeling can match the pleasure of getting here


Trek to Kedartal varies from moderate to difficult because the trail takes you through steep ascends and landslide prone areas, trek to this thrilling lake is an adventurous one. It takes a lot of energy to reach there but it is worth your every effort because no other feeling can match the pleasure of getting here.


Close mountain views


This place was found by shepherds and not everyone can go for this trek, it is not at all for beginners; people with prior trekking experience must go for the experience of this  exhilarating trail. The close mountain views from here are entrancing and is mostly missing on many treks. Mt. Thalay Sagar, Meru, Bhrigunath, Mt. Gangotri and Manda Parvat welcomes you with their majestic close views which leaves people visiting there spellbound.


Duration: 8 days from Dehradun to Dehradun


Best Season:  Throughout the year


Level: Moderate


Highest Points, Altitude: 4912 m Kedar Tal


Trekking distance: (56 km)


Weather: Nights are cold and day temperature is pleasant during the season


Winter temperatures:-2°C to -5°C


Summer temperature: 5°C to 12°C


Location Chart: Drive – Dehradun, Mussoorie, Uttarkashi, Gangotri, Bhoj Kharak, Kedar kharak, Kedartal


It is located in the north-eastern part of Uttarakhand starting close to China border, heading east and then south.


Kedartal Trek Short Itinerary


Day 1: Reaching Gangotri (base camp) (10/12 hours)


Day 2: Gangotri to Bhoj Kharak (08 km) (12436 feet)


Day 3: Bhoj Kharak to Kedar Kharak (05km) (14050 feet)


Day 4: Kedar Kharak to Kedartal (5km) (4912 Mt/16160 feet)


Day 5: Rest Day, Trek around Kedartal – (Thalay sagar base)


Day 6: Kedar Tal to Bhoj Kharak (8km)


Day 7: Bhoj Kharak to Gangotri (8km)


Day 8: Back to Dehradun/Rishikesh/haridwar (10/12 hours)


Kedartal Trek Details Trek, Itinerary


Day 1: Reaching Gangotri (base camp) (10/12 hours)


Our pick up point is Rishikesh or Dehradun Railway Station, it will take 10 to 12 hours maximum to reach there. Gangotri is a holy city, the temple is one of the Char Dhams and people from different places come here to visit this city.


You will see Tehri Lake on your journey, the drive is picturesque along the River Ganga’s bank and the views of The Great Himalayas and Harshil are fetching then drive through mesmerising green forest and reach Gangotri.


In the evening do attend “Ganga Aarti” crowd will be there as the arti there is very famous, know about the traditions of people and their religious values then go back to hotel have your dinner and overnight stay there.


Day 2: Gangotri to Bhoj Kharak (08 km) (12436 feet)


Start your trek from Gangotri and today’s ascend is steep till Bhoj Kharak there are very less descends, cross a bridge over Bhagirathi river after crossing the bridge start ascending you will find loose rocks on the way and the climb is steep so you may get tired, take rest breaks and continue your trek.


Then walk through the dense forest and the trees accompany you, there you can hear the sound of Kedar Ganga which flows below, it is Lord Shiva’s contribution to river Bhagirathi. The steep path gets levelled for some time and further becomes steep again, it sometimes get difficult to walk you can take rest breaks and walk gradually. Now, you will be crossing two mountain walls you can cross them easily with the help of your guide then you will reach Bhoj Kharak campsite.


Bhoj Kharak is a campsite on side of a narrow path this valley is not very big, you have to clear up some area to place the tents but camping on mountains gives an immense feeling. Relax in your tents enjoy your meal and night stay in tents.


Day 3: Bhoj Kharak to Kedar Kharak (05km) (14050 feet)


Today is a trek to beautiful meadow “Kedar kharak”, the colorful blooming flowers add beauty to this place and the glance of Mt. Bhrigunath welcomes you when you enter this alluring meadow.


Today’s trek is a mixture of ascends and descends, ascending gets steep and further it eases, here you can spot animals in this region and hearing the chirping of birds adds pleasure to your walk, as this place is rich in Fauna so it is common to spot animals here.


When you go upwards you gain altitude and there you can see ice crystals and the weather gets cold now you are about to reach Kedar Kharak; a small meadow with beautiful blooming flowers. Don’t miss out the captivating sunset from here, the view of mt. Bhrigunath is fetching from there. Setup you tents and enjoy food and overnight stay in tents.


Day 4: Kedar Kharak to Kedartal (5 km) (4912 mt/16160 feet)


Today is the main day of your trek as you are going to reach your destination today so have your breakfast early in the morning and leave for Kedartal. The trail to Kedartal isn’t easy and it takes a lot of strength to reach that point there are only ascends and very less descend, the trail is not in a very good condition, there are rocks on the way so be careful while walking so that you do not get slipped.


When you go higher the land gets barren and there is no vegetation. Be ready for the changes in weather, it can change at any time rainfall and snowfall can occur and it gets cooler when you go higher. Further you will reach a ridge from where Thalay Sagar peak will welcome you with its grand views standing tall amongst all the mountains, when you cross this ridge now you are about to reach Kedartal.


Kedartal is at an altitude of 4,912m, this place is divine and is also known as “Shiva’s Lake”. When you reach there spend time relishing the beauty amidst the mountains. Then setup your camps as tomorrow you are going to explore this campsite so have your meal and relaxing stay in tents.


Day 5: Rest Day, Trek around Kedartal – (Thalay sagar base)


Today is the exploration day or rest day, wake up early and witness beautiful sunrise and the morning view of peaks close to you, these close sights are prepossessing.Have breakfast and you can go to Thalay sagar base which feeds Kedartal, capture these moments as tomorrow you are going to descend down, have a look at all the peaks glimmering there from a distance.


You can ask about the stories of Kedartal from local guide and know about this place more. Come back to your camps, have your meal and enjoy night stay in tents at this high altitude idyllic place.


Day 6: Kedartal to Bhoj Kharak (8km)


You will descend down today to Bhoj Kharak which was your campsite on Day 2, the path is rocky and confusing, the paths look alike so follow your guide and be aware while descending. The trek is 8 km long but descending takes less time, reach your campsite. Set up your camps here bid goodbye to the mountains and have relaxing stay at tents.


Day 7: Bhoj Kharak to Gangotri (8km)


Today’s trek s from Bhoj Kharak to Gangotri,this is the last day of your trek. Descend down through forest under the shade of trees and reach Gangotri. In the evening visit Ganga Aarti and then in hotel have your food and overnight stay there.


Day 8: Back to Dehradun/Rishikesh/haridwar (10/12 hours)


After having breakfast leave for Dehradun. (270km)

The most common question asked is “What things to carry on a Trek?”


First of all trekkers must bring the documents mentioned below –

  1. Government ID proof, carry original and a photocopy of any of these – (Driving License, Adhar Card, Pan Card, Voter Id etc.)
  2. Medical certificate by a doctor
  3. Risk certificates


Foremost Requirements

  • Strongly built Trekking Shoes
  • Backpack (50 to 60 liters)


To reduce your expenses HPMA offer trekking items on rent at nominal prices. Make a special renting request before the trek to get trek gear on rent.


Things you can get on Rent

  • Trekking shoes
  • Backpacks
  • Hiking Pole
  • Poncho


Clothes to Carry On A Trek


Carry clothes according to the season. In winters there is chilly cold and in summers the temperature remains cold. (Day and Night temperature varies)




Take at least 2 jackets with you, it should be warm enough to protect you against chilly cold.


-Trekking Pants


You should have 2 – 3 trek pants on a week long trek and take more for longer treks.




At night the temperature lowers and to keep yourself warm and sleep comfortably wear thermals.


-Warm clothes


Keep enough woolen layers and fleece according to the season.


-T- shirts


To avoid sunburns always carry full sleeved t shirts which dries easily and covers neck and arms properly.




They are useful during rain and snowfall.


Necessary Items

  • Water Bottle
  • Gloves (Waterproof and woolen)
  • Cap
  • Socks (Regular and woolen
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking Pole
  • Torch
  • Toiletry Items

(Toilet paper, Sunscreen, Toothpaste, Toothbrush, Moisturizer, Lip balm, Face Wash, Sanitizer etc.)


(Avoid using wet wipes and sanitary napkins during your trek because they are not biodegradable and cause harm to the environment. If you use them in mountains make sure you bring them back with you.)


Medical Kit is Mandatory


(Use medicines only after prescribed by the doctor) (In case if any problem arises during the trek follow the instructions given by your trek leader because they are certified in First Aid Mountaineering courses.)


Carry These Medicines in Your Medical Kit


  • Avomine for treating motion sickness
  • Diamox for treating altitude sickness
  • Avil to treat allergies
  • Saradon to cure headache
  • Combiflam to relieve pain
  • Crocin for treating fever and headache
  • Digene to cure acidity
  • Norflox TZ and Lomofen to prevent Diarrhoea
  • Betadine (Antiseptic cream)
  • ORS
  • Moov/Volini spray for treating sprains
  • Band aid
  • Elastic bandage
  • Gauze

Har Ki Dun Protection and Mountaineering Association is Making Your Trek Safe




  • We have a team of more than 80+ guides to serve in the mountains and they are professionally trained from Nehru Institute of Mountaineering (NIM) Uttarkashi, Hanifle Centre; Mussoorie and Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF) Delhi. We also have Kitchen staff to serve in the mountains and supporting staff goes along to manage the activities.
  • The trek leaders are certified in courses of Mountaineering. On every high altitude trek we carry oxygen cylinders and First Aid kits. We take proper care of everything and make sure you feel safe and comfortable with us.
  • Getting to high altitude can be a problem to some people, the risks are enormous but we minimize them by providing best quality equipment which are changed on regular basis.
  • We do every possible thing to make your treks safe because if you trust and choose us then it becomes our responsibility to make your safety our top most priority. The risk factor can never be abolished but it can be reduced and if you have a heart of mountaineer then this “risk factor” is the real pleasure and we can help you overcome every risk successfully without fear by taking proper care of your safety.




  • Transport from Dehradun to DehradunYES
  • Forest Permit and entrance fee YES
  • Accommodation in HotelYES
  • Accommodation in tents on twin share basis during trekking YES
  • All meals, Breakfast, Day Pack, Lunch, Pack Lunch, Tea, Coffee, Sneaks, Soup, Dinner YES
  • All camping gear including YES
  • Separate Tent, High qualityYES
  • Liner, Pillow, Separate Toilet tents, Dining Tent, ChairYES
  • Dining tableYES
  • your uploadingYES
  • Guide, Porters, cook, HelperYES
  • Mules, Kitchen teamYES
  • Good Experience local Trek Leader guideYES
  • Walkie Talkie, for contact each other’s YES
  • Gaiters YES
  • Micro crampons YES
  • Hiking PoleYES
  • Personal Toiletry ItemsNO
  • Personal Medical KitNO
  • Medical Certificate NO

Rs. 25,000 Per Person

(Includes all costs of the trek from Dehradun to Dehradun)(5% GST Extra)

Note: – The cost is for minimum 5 people in a group and if the group size increases the price will decrease.


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Short Itinerary



Day 1- Reaching Gangotri (base camp) (10/12 hours)


Day 2- Gangotri to Bhoj Kharak (08 km) (12436 feet)


Day 3- Bhoj Kharak to Kedar Kharak (05km) (14050 feet)


Day 4- Kedar Kharak to Kedar Tal (5km) (4912 Mt/16160 feet)


Day 5- Rest Day, Trek around Kedar Tal – (Thalay sagar base)


Day 6- Kedar Tal to Bhoj Kharak (8km)


Day 7- Bhoj Kharak to Gangotri (8km)


Day 8- Bhoj Kharak to Gangotri (8km)




This board by Forest Department is the appeal for trekkers to only go with local tour operators.

“Most of the people seek adventure and choose this great adventure sport Trekking, but the common mistake committed by the people is wrong choice of a company which further lead to accidents. Now, as you can see the board by Forest Department, they had made an appeal to go with the local tour operators on any trek of your choice because adventure is risky and to reduce these risks no other company can help you like the locals”.

Cancellation Policy


It is wise to make your booking at least two months in advance. In the event of cancellation of trek/adventure activity services due to any avoidable / unavoidable reasons we must be notified of the same in writing. Cancellation charges will be effective from the date we receive advice in writing, and cancellation charges would be as follows.


Up to 30 Days: 90% cost is refundable

Between 21–30 Days: 50% cost is refundable

Less than 20 – No Refund


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