Kedar Tal Trek

Temperature

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

Duration

8 Days | 7 Nights
Dehradun to Dehradun

Level

Moderate

Kedartal Trek – Trek to a unique glacial lake

Kedartal is a high altitude Lake amidst the tall gigantic mountains. The Garhwal Himalaya is a famous trekking destination and people from different countries come here to explore them. There are many places that 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.

Trek Highlights

Duration: 8 days from Dehradun to Dehradun

Best Season:  Throughout the year

Level: Moderate

Highest Points, Altitude: (4912 m)

Trekking distance: (56 km)

Weather: Nights are cold and the 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 mesmerizing green forest and reach Gangotri.

In the evening do attend the “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 the 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 leveled 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 the 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 “edar 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 on 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 a 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 a local guide and know about this place more. Come back to your camps, have your meal and enjoy the 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 a 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 the 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)

What to carry on a Trek?

The most common question of all Trekkers is what we carry on a trek or what to carry on a trek so if you plan to go for trekking, so here is about what you should 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

1. Strongly built Trekking Shoes

2. Backpack (50 to 60 liters)

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)

Jacket

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

Trekking Pants

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

Thermals

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 dry easily and covers neck and arms properly.

Poncho/Raincoat

They are useful during rain and snowfall.

Necessary Items

1. Water Bottle

2. Gloves (Waterproof and woolen), Cap

3. Socks (Regular and woolen

4. Sunglasses

5. Hiking Pole

6. Torch

7. 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 the mountains make sure you bring them back with you.)

Medical Kit is Mandatory

(Use medicines only after prescribed by the doctor) (In case of 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

01. Avomine for treating motion sickness

02. Diamox for treating altitude sickness

03. Avil to treat allergies

04. Saradon to cure headache

05. Combiflam to relieve pain

06. Crocin for treating fever and headache

07. Digene to cure acidity

08. Norflox TZ and Lomofen to prevent Diarrhoea

09. Betadine (Antiseptic cream)

10. ORS

11. Moov/Volini spray for treating sprains

12. Band-aid

13. Elastic bandage

14. Gauze

WE CARE FOR YOURSAFETY AND IT IS OUR PRIORITY

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.

Oxygen Cylinder for trekkers safety

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 for some people, the risks are enormous but we minimize them by providing the best quality equipment which is changed on a 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 topmost 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.

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Include & Exclude In This Trek

Transport from Dehradun to Dehradun

Forest Permit and entrance fee

Accommodation in Hotel

Accommodation in tents on twin share basis during trekking.

All meals, Breakfast, Day Pack, Lunch, Pack Lunch, Tea,Coffee, Snacks, Soup, Dinner

All camping gear including

Separate Tent, High quality

Liner, Pillow, Separate Toilet tents, Dining Tent, Chair, Dining table

your uploading

Guide, Porters, cook, Helper

Mules, Kitchen team

Good Experience local Trek Leader guide

Walkie Talkie, for contact each other’s

Gaiters

Micro crampons

Hiking Pole

Personal Toiletry Items

Personal Medical Kit

Medical Certificate

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