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Kedartal Trek

Kedartal Trek 2022 – The Magnificent Lake

  • 7 Days / 6 Nights
  • Group : 8-15 People
  • Guided Trek
  • Difficulty : Moderate
  • Start: Dehradun
  • Altitude
    Altittude: 4,750 m

The Kedartal trek is for those who have a love for adventure. It is a difficult trek, but it is well worth the effort. The trek climbs up to the glacial Kedartal lake, which sits amid a cauldron of big mountains.

Famous mountains of our country rise in front of you in this cauldron, including Mt. Thalaysagar, Mt. Bhrigupanth, Manda Parvat, and Mt. Jogin 1, Mt Jogin 2. You will camp in the shadow of the mighty Mt. Thalaysagar and Mt. Bhrigupanth. The Thalaysagar peak can be seen perfectly in the reflection of the emerald-coloured waters of the Kedartal Lake. It is a remote, challenging trail that offers trekkers a measure of solitude in comparison to other, more crowded trails.

The trail climbs to an altitude of 15,580 ft in just a few days, presenting trekkers with steep ascents and descents on tricky terrain as the journey includes hiking along a narrow ledge with a 60-degree incline. This can be not easy to manage while also trying to catch your breath at high altitudes, so you need to be in good physical and mental shape before attempting the Kedartal trek. 

With no human habitation at such high altitudes and very few other trekkers on the trail, you’ll feel like you have the whole mountain to yourself. You will be rewarded with beautiful views of the bhoj forest and high-altitude meadows. The trail to Kedartal is rocky with some difficult sections like the spider wall and requires trekkers to be careful where they step, but the views along the way are well worth the effort.

The serene Kedartal lake is a sight to behold, and trekkers who complete the trek feel a sense of accomplishment.

It is a great choice for those looking for a challenge. With its steep climbs and treacherous terrain, Kedartal is sure to test your limits. But if you’re up for the challenge you’re sure to have an unforgettable experience.

Departure & Return Location

Dehradun I.S.B.T (Google Map)

Departure Time

6 A.M

Price Includes

  • Activity: Trekking, Camping, etc
  • Accommodation during Trek (Camping)
  • Meals during Trek (Veg)
  • All season Camping tents on twin sharing basis, Sleeping bags with adequate sub-zero temperature rating, comfortable mattress
  • Safety Equipment includes static rescue rope, seat harness, carabiners, pulleys, ice-axe, micro-spikes, slings
  • Forest Permits/Camping Charges/Permits, Trek Permit Fee/IMF Permission – up to the amount charged for Indian Nationals.
  • Mountaineering course certified Trek Leader with First Aid knowledge
  • Experienced Local guide, cook, helpers
  • Porters or mules for carrying common luggage
  • Exhaustive First Aid kit including portable oxygen cylinder, oximeter

Price Excludes

  • Transportation from Dehradun
  • Meals during the road journey
  • Any expenses of personal nature
  • Mules or porter to carry personal luggage. (extra luggage, if any can be left at the base camp with the authorities)
  • Cost Escalation due to natural reasons
  • Any expense not specified in the inclusion list
What to Expect
  • Spectacular reflection and views of thalay sagar in Kedartal The Thalay Sagar Peak is a mesmerizing sight, with its reflection in the Kedar Tal lake. The tranquil green waters of the Kedartal lake can put you into a trance.
  • Negotiating spider wall & Scree section The spider wall, which only allows for a tiny passage to pass through, will also be encountered during the journey. You'll have to watch out for the rocks in the rockfall section, and also be careful where you step in the scree section.
  • Gangotri pilgrimage siteGangotri is one of the most sacred places for Hindus. It is a pilgrimage site filled with religious and cultural traditions. It is the source of the Ganga River, locally known as the Bhagirathi river before it merges with the Alaknanda river and becomes the river Ganga. The area is also home to several temples, including the Gangotri Temple, which is one of the most important pilgrimage sites in Hinduism.
Kedartal Trek Itinerary

Day 1Arrival in Gangotri

Distance: 241 km
Time Taken: 12 hours (Drive)
Altitude: 3,415 m (10,319 ft)

Gangotri is a holy town in Uttarkashi and the birthplace of the river Ganga, one of the holiest rivers in the country. Every year, thousands of people come here to undertake the Char Dham Yatra, a sacred pilgrimage.

If you book your transport with us, our vehicles will pick you up at Dehradun I.S.B.T at 6:30 am and transport you to the stunning Gangotri. You can expect to reach your destination by evening. Get ready for an unforgettable journey through winding mountain roads!

The journey to Kedartal is an amazing experience that takes you through some of the most beautiful forests in the country. As you reach Gangotri in the evening, take some time to relax and get ready for the trek ahead.

A popular place to visit in Gangotri is the temple, where you can learn more about the history of the area. You can also explore the town, which is situated at an altitude of 3,415 m above sea level. With its stunning views and friendly people, Kedartal is certainly a place you won’t want to miss!

Are you coming to Gangotri directly? If so, you’ll want to start early tomorrow morning to make the most of your time here. You can get a shared taxi for Uttarkashi from Rispana Pul in Dehradun. These taxis usually run from 6 am to 6 pm, and you can expect to reach Uttarkashi by 12 pm. From Uttarkashi, you’ll need to take another shared taxi to reach Gangotri via Harsil.

Day 2Acclimatization day at Gangotri

After a long travel, we will be spending this day resting and acclimatizing to the high altitude.

We’ll be spending the night at a guest house in Gangotri and starting our Kedartal Trek the next day.

During our time here, we’ll be attending the evening aarti at Gangotri temple, and taking blessings for the successful completion of the trek. Today, we’ll be arranging forest permissions for the Gangotri National Park as well.

Day 3Gangotri to Bhoj Kharak

Distance: 7 km
Time Taken: 5 hours
Altitude: 3,780 m (12,400 ft)

We will be starting the Kedartal trek today after a healthy breakfast. The Kedartal trek is a challenging hike that passes through beautiful forests, with lovely views of waterfalls and mountains. On the third day of your trek, you will trek to Bhoj Kharak at a height of 3,780 meters above sea level.

Trekking to Bhoj Kharak is an amazing experience that provides significant height gain. Make sure you stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water throughout the trek. The trek begins when you cross the Bhagirathi River and pass by the ashrams of several sages on your way. 

Once you gain some height, take the path that climbs sharply up the side of an ashram. This will lead you to the forest path to Bhoj Kharak and below you, you’ll be able to hear the Kedar Ganga stream thundering past.

You have to take a forest trail to start your journey to reach Bhoj Kharak. You must be vigilant as the valley narrows. The coniferous trees become birch trees. The spider wall, which only allows for a tiny passage, will also be encountered during the journey. 

The camp is located in a flat area of Bhoj Kharak. To keep yourself hydrated, keep drinking water.

The trek takes about 4 to 5 hours depending on your fitness level and covers a distance of 8 kilometres. The trail passes through beautiful birch and cedar forests with lovely views of waterfalls and mountains.

The barks of the birch trees are used to make paper. Because of the bark’s durability and texture, many of our ancient Indian texts were written on the bark durability and texture. The locals also use it in their shoes as insulation from the cold.

Enjoy the stunning scenery and amazing views during the trek!

Day 4Bhoj Kharak to Kedar Kharak

Distance: 4 km
Time Taken: 3 hours
Altitude: 4,339 m (14,238 ft)

The trek from Bhoj Kharak to Kedar Kharak is relatively easy, compared to the previous day’s climb and is definitely worth it for the beautiful views of the sunset alone. The terrain is mostly flat, but it’s not a cakewalk. You’ll have to watch out for the rocks in the rockfall section, and also be careful where you step in the scree section.

It’s definitely going to take a lot out of you, but the birch forests and meadows along the way make it all worth it. 

The ascent is fairly steep at the beginning, as you leave the campsite at Bhoj Kharak. But soon enough, you’ll find yourself trekking through beautiful meadows that are alive with color in the springtime. This is an incredible setting for photography, especially with the snow-capped peak of Bhrigu Panth in the background.

You might also have a chance to encounter some high-altitude wildlife, like bharal (blue sheep), goral, Himalayan black bears, and a variety of birds. The climate gets colder as you gain altitude, so don’t be surprised if you see a thin layer of ice on the stones in the streams.

After passing two more water points, you’ll finally reach Kedar Kharak. The campsite is located in a huge dry hayfield, with only a few boulders and a large stream scattered throughout. It’s an exceptional sight to watch the sunset at Kedar Kharak.

As the red ball of fire sinks behind the snow-capped Bhrigupanth, the entire hayfield will take on an orange hue, before turning gray as night falls. camp here for the night.

Day 5Trek from Kedar Kharak to Kedar Tal and back to Kedar Kharak

Distance: 9 km
Time Taken: 8 hours
Altitude: 4,750 m (14,238 ft)

The trek today is an 8-hour journey that takes you to the Kedartal Lake and back to our Kedar Kharak campsite. This is the most difficult and challenging part of the trek, as you need to ascend up to 4,750 meters.

The trek is full of rocks and boulders, so it’s important to have decent trekking shoes. Once you reach the Kedartal, our guide will take you to explore the lake area and nearby Thalay Sagar Peak.

This is an amazing place that is free from city pollution and gives you a chance to see some of nature’s most beautiful creations. The weather can be unpredictable at times, so it’s important to be prepared for anything.

There are no water sources along the way, so you will need to carry at least 2 litres of water with you. Cairns or small piles of rock can be seen along the route and act as markers to the Tal or lake so ensure you follow the trail. The Kedartal Lake is known for its beautiful emerald green hue.

Despite the challenges, this is an amazing and unforgettable experience that will give you a lifetime of memories. The enormous Thalay Sagar Peak, which casts a spellbinding reflection into the Kedar Tal lake, may be seen when you’ve trekked for 5 hours and are 0.5 kilometres away from the lake.

The emerald-coloured waters of the lake are serene enough to place you in a trance. Feel the exhaustion and fatigue of the trek leaving your body, as you lose yourself amidst this surreal paradise. Stay a while exploring around Kedar Tal, and capture albums filled with recollections to take away. The temperature falls drastically at Kedartal.

Although the water is very cold, it’s quite an experience to wet your feet in the emerald green lake. Stay a while here and soak in the scenery before turning back to Kedar Kharak on the same route.

Day 6Kedar Kharak to Bhoj Kharak

Distance: 4 km
Time Taken: 3 hours
Altitude: 4,339 m (14,238 ft)

We’re on our way back to civilization today after visiting the Kedartal Lake. After breakfast, begin the trek back.

Enjoy the beauty of the place at leisure during the day. We’ll start our day early to witness the changing hues of the sun over Thalay Sagar as it rises. Now it’s time to relax and enjoy the journey home. Trek down the same trail one last time and appreciate the scenery along the way.

Because most of the journey is downhill, you should be able to arrive at Kedar Kharak in less time. The trek between Kedar Kharak and Bhoj Kharak will take you approximately three hours. You’ll camp at Bhoj Kharak and can explore the other trails in the area.

Day 7Trek from Bhoj Kharak to Gangotri and Departure from Gangotri

Distance: 7 km
Time Taken: 4 hours
Altitude: 3,415 m (10,319 ft)

As you finish your trek to Kedartal, you will need to descend and trek to Gangotri base camp. It will take about 4 hours and a car will be waiting for you at Gangotri. It will take you to Dehradun and back to civilization.

Most people view trekking as something that is undertaken as a break from the mundane routine, but for others, it is a way of life. Trekking is all about making memories, gaining more knowledge, learning new things about the surroundings and about one’s own self, and making great stories. Going on an adventure is the best way to get all of these experiences, as it punches one to get out of their routine lives and try new things.

Nature is always performing and evolving in such a beautiful way. The connection we have with nature has a calming effect that heals us. The freshness and purity of nature rejuvenate us. When we experience loneliness in nature, we feel the real peace and tranquillity of nature. We need to lose ourselves deep in nature to feel the heart of nature. The beauty and richness of nature are beyond words and imagination.

You can take some breathtaking photos during this trek, so make sure you bring your camera along. Collect all the moments in your heart and cherish the beauty of nature, and the magnificent Kedartal Lake.

Kedartal Trek Map

Kedartal Photos

What is the best time to do Kedartal trek?

The best time and season to do the Kedartal trek is in pre-monsoon or post-monsoon seasons.
Pre-Monsoon: May to June 
Post-Monsoon: September to October

What are the requirements for participation for Kedartal Trek?

All participants are expected to be confident that they are physically and mentally fit and able to complete the itinerary of their chosen event as defined in the itinerary.

Any minors between 10 and 17 years of age must accompany their parent or guardian who assumes full responsibility for them to participate in the adventure activity or event. Any unaccompanied, underage minor will not be allowed to participate in the adventure activity.

How to make a booking with us?

You can make your booking at our website www.advenchar.com or you can contact us at hello@advenchar.com.

You must be at least 18 years old to make a booking with us. After the booking, our team will send you a confirmation of the booking.

We understand that you may have to change your travel plans due to the Covid-19 situation, so considering this we have introduced a Book Now, Pay Later facility for all the participants. However, you will be required to pay the full amount at least 15 days prior to the departure date.

How do I cancel/modify my booking?

If you wish to cancel/modify your existing booking, you can do so by logging in to www.advenchar.com, and pay through the dashboard or you can drop us a mail at hello@advenchar.com with all the details of your booking, and we’ll cancel it for you.

What is cancellation policy?

You can claim a 100% refund if you choose to cancel your booking before 15 days. The refund will primarily be in the form of a voucher valid for 12 months.  You can also opt for a cash refund provided the booking is not part of a promotional offer or a coupon code provided by Advenchar. 

Refund

  • Before 15 days from departure date – 100% refund.
  • Between 15 days and 7 days from departure date  – 70% refund.
  • Less than 7 days from departure date – You can modify your trek free of cost, and transfer it to a friend/family member.
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