7 Days - 6 Night
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Kedar Tal, also known as Shiva’s Lake, is a glacial lake in India’s Garhwal area that sits at an elevation of 4,750 meters (15,600 feet). The lake is fed by snowfall on the surrounding peaks of Mt Thalay Sagar (6,904m), Meru (6,672m), Mt Bhrigupanth (6,772m), and others, which are also the source of Kedar Ganga, which is considered Lord Shiva’s contribution to Bhagirathi in Hindu mythology (a source-stream of the Ganges). The proximity to majestic peaks, as well as the view that this trek provides, will make you believe in magic. The lake is a true gem of Uttarakhand, with crystal-clear blue water and the coolest drink of water you’ll ever find. Read More The trailhead of Gangotri, where the trek starts, as well as the holy town of Gangotri, which is said to be the source of the Ganges River, add to the allure of this trek. During the yatra season, the city comes alive with markets, temples, nightly aartis, and forests teeming with sadhus. After your trek, set aside a few days to explore the region. The months of May, June, September, and October are ideal for the Kedartal trek. Continue reading for more information about the Kedar Tal trek, including a route map, itinerary, temperature chart, photographs, and videos.
The trailhead of Gangotri, where the trek starts, as well as the holy town of Gangotri, which is said to be the source of the Ganges River, add to the allure of this trek. During the yatra season, the city comes alive with markets, temples, nightly aartis, and forests teeming with sadhus. After your trek, set aside a few days to explore the region. The months of May, June, September, and October are ideal for the Kedartal trek. Continue reading for more information about the Kedar Tal trek, including a route map, itinerary, temperature chart, photographs, and videos.
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Day 1: Drive from Dehradun to Gangotri (242 Km)
Your road trip starts from Dehradun & ends in Gangotri, Uttarakhand, which is the starting point for the trek to Kedartal. Arrive in Gangotri by 3 p.m. for a debriefing and a round of team introductions. Visit the Holy Temple, stroll through the pine woods, browse the local market, strike up a conversation with a Sadhu, explore the underground cave, and enjoy a delicious dinner. Staying at a nearby guest house for the night.
Day 2: Gangotri to Bhoj Kharak (8 Kms trek)
Trek starts after a healthy breakfast from Gangotri. You do some serious ascending for the day with the Kedar Ganga faithfully trailing you on your left. The fresh pines fade away as you ascend, replaced by a dense grove of birch trees. This leads to our first campsite, Bhoj Kharak. The purple rhododendrons wave in the distance, and the birch trees provide much-needed shade. Thalaysagar’s stunningly jagged façade entices you from afar, beckoning you to discover what awaits you on Day 3. The Spider Wall is the day’s final challenge, a 60-degree slab of rock with only enough footing to get you to the other end. At Bhoj Kharak, you will spend the night in a camp.
Day 3: Bhoj Kharak to Kedar Kharak (7 Kms trek)
Today is an exciting day. As you continue to climb slowly, you’ll note that a landslide a few years ago washed out a 100-meter section of the original trail, and it’s up to us to find a new route around the mountainside. Following that, you’ll come across a safe path that leads you down to the Kedar Gunga riverbed, which you must partially cross before returning to solid ground on the other side, which now leads to your next campsite, Kedar Kharak. A truly stunning campsite nestled between the Drigubanth, Thalaysagar, and Jogin 3 hills. Herds of blue sheep regularly visit Kedar Kharak.
Day 4: Kedar Kharak to Kedar Tal to Kedar Kharak (8 Kms trek)
The last leg of the journey to the stunning Kedar Tal is a climb up three ridges, which are mostly made up of deposited boulders with an occasional dirt path running through them. Cairns of rock towers dot the landscape, showing the trail’s course. After summiting the two ridges, you get a glimpse of the final peak, which makes you wonder what sights lie beyond it. Kedar Tal lake, which sits like a frozen emerald below after ascending the third ridge, looks like a frozen emerald. The massive views of Thalaysagar and other peaks make all your problems seem trivial. On your left, the Kedar glacier, the source of the river you’ve grown accustomed to flowing by your side, flows motionlessly. We descend and return to Kedar Kharak after bidding farewell to the divine Kedar Tal. Camps are where you will spend the night.
Day 5: Kedar Kharak to Gangotri (15 Kms trek)
We’ve completed the difficult part and are on our way home! The trail to Gangotri is almost entirely downhill, considering the considerable distance to travel. Back in Gangotri, you’ll be rewarded with a soft, warm bed and a chance to see the famous aarti. The next morning, head home.
Day 6: Gangotri – Uttarkashi – Dehradun (242 km)
After breakfast, check out. If you’ve made a reservation with us, the vehicle will pick you up from Gangotri and drop you off in Dehradun in the evening.
Frequently asked question
- Footwear: The trekking boots which must be waterproof and snow proof, normal boots, floaters, and woolen socks.
- Backpack: (50 ltr), Daypack (20-30 ltr), Duffel bag.
- Clothes: Jacket and trousers that are both waterproof and breathable. Jacket (synthetic or down feather fleece), synthetic insulated trousers, poncho, sweatshirt, inner thermal (upper & lower), fleece, t-shirts, cotton trekking pants, shorts
- Season wise Clothes:
- Hand and head protection includes liner gloves, bandannas, sun hats, woollen caps, and face masks, among other things.
- Accessories: Sunglasses/goggles, anti-glare lenses, water bottle, hydra bag, and headlamp with spare bulb and extra batteries are all recommended.
- Trekking Gears: Toolkit for an emergency. Sunscreen, a toiletry pack, water purification pills, Ziploc packs, ear plugs, first-aid kit, and the necessary medications are all recommended.
- Camping Equipment: Sleeping bags of lining (extreme -5 to +5 Celsius if you have one), trekking sticks, and so on.
- Warm top/light micro fleece pullover/full sleeve T shirt – 2/3
- Water resistant/repellent trekking pants with an inner lining for added warmth- 2 High-quality windproof/water-resistant outer shell (jacket) with a proper hood
- Thick Fleece / Full-sleeve Woollen Jumper, Down Jacket with at least 600 fill capacity Innerwear with a thermal component (upper and lower)
- Woolen hat, inner fleece gloves, and outer water-resistant gloves
- 4–5 pairs of thick woollen socks and standard socks, scarf/muffler (optional)
- Waterproof Trekking/Hiking shoes with a thick heel and high ankles that are comfortable to wear. Sneakers/sport shoes are ideal for camp.
- Poncho or raincoat. A small, light-weight towel
- A hydration pack and an insulated water bottle (optional)
- Sunglasses with UV cover and the potential to cut light, as well as a cap or floppy hat to shield the strong sun off your skin (important when traversing through snow)
- Trekking pole or sturdy walking stick Lip Balm, Sunscreen Lotion
- Flashlight / torch (with extra batteries) Medications, if any special prescription is needed Toiletries for personal use
- Carry a rain cover over your luggage • Day pack/small bag that you can carry on your back all day to keep your essentials in
- Keep a few poly bags or plastic containers in your bag to place your things in if you need to in case of heavy weather.
Personal Medical Kit (MANDATORY FOR ALL)
- 10 Diamox tablets (to prevent AMS)
- Nifedipine – 5 pills Dexamethasone – one strip
- 6 tablets of Crocin (fever)
- 4 tablets of avomine (motion sickness) 4 capsules of Avil 25mg (allergies)
- 4 tablets of Combiflam (Pain killer)
- 6 tablets each of Norflox TZ and Lomofen (diarrhea) 10 tablets of Digene (acidity)
- 10 Omez/Rantadine capsules (antacids) 3 to 5 metres of crepe bandage
- 1 tiny roll of gauze 10 strips of bandage 1 small roll of cotton 10 packets of ORS
- Moov spray Betadine or other antiseptic cream (aches, & sprains)
- If you're vulnerable to knee injuries, you should wear a knee cap. Powder with antifungal properties
- Cancellation: If a trek is cancelled at the last minute due to a natural disaster or unforeseeable circumstances (such as floods, earthquakes, landslides, attack, or bandh), Discoveryhike will have a trek voucher for the full number. The voucher can be used for the same or a different trek over the next year.
- In case you wish to cancel the trek, then please be aware of these things:
- Cancellations made within 30 days of the trek's launch date will include a complete refund.
- If you cancel within 30 and 20 days before the hike, you will get a 50% refund.
- There will be no refund if you cancel less than 20 days before the trek begins.
- Please keep in mind that if you get a refund, there will be a reduction of 4% (Cancellation charges) from the overall amount you pay. In addition, if you purchased trek insurance, you would not get a refund.
- Discoveryhike assumes no responsibility for any malfunction or injury to your clothes, supplies, or other belongings while on the trek. The trek fee covers all expenses associated with the trek from start to finish.