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Kedartal Trek

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Duration

7 Days 6 Nights

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

15 people

English,Hindi

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Overview

The Kedartal Trek has been known as one of the sought after treks present in India that provides the participants with a great view of the mountains. The trek is definitely not for the faint-hearted as it is difficult and only the people with great physical endurance are able to take part in the trek. The trekking trail takes people through some of the best pine forests that one can experience. It is also the trek that provides the trekkers with an opportunity to sight the bharals or the blue sheep. The moderate to difficult trekking trail makes it even more adventurous mostly for the youth who want to experience adrenalin rushing through their veins. The trek does last for 7 days on an average, so it is a great way to explore one’s need for adventure.

About Kedartal Lake

The Kedartal Lake is also known as ‘Shiva’s Lake’ which is a glacial lake present at the height of 15,580 ft. or 4,750 meters above the sea level. It is located in the Gharwal region of the Himalayas. The lake is mostly famous because it is the source of Kedar Ganga and it is mainly fed by the snowfall from the nearby peaks of Meru, Thalay Sagar and others present in its vicinity. Due to the belief of Hindu’s that Kedar Ganga originated from Shiva and fell on earth due to Bhagirath, this is a holy lake for the followers of Hinduism. The lake is present near Gangotri and every year several people trek to see its beauty. The descent is quite steep which makes it a difficult trek but it provides an exceptional view of the flora and fauna of the area. Kedartal trek difficulty is to be kept in mind while availing this trek.

How to reach Kedartal Lake?

  • By Train: When you are looking forward to your trek to the Kedartal Lake, you will need to travel till Rishikesh which is often the beginning point of the journey. For that, you will need to take a train to the Haridwar Railway Station which is well connected to the rest of India. From there one needs to book a car or travel by bus to Rishikesh and then travel to Uttarkashi and continuing to Gangotri, which is the base camp for the Kedartal Lake.
  • By Road: If someone is travelling by car, then they should drive towards Haridwar and then to Rishikesh following which they can pass Uttarkashi to finally reach Gangotri. They have to keep a few days for completing this path as it does occupy a lot of time. The drive from Uttarkashi to Gangotri lasts for 95 KM and it provides a spectacular view. If you are coming from Delhi to Kedartal, then a road trip to Haridwar is also a great option.
  • By Air: The Jolly Grant Airport present in Dehradun is the nearest one to Rishikesh. So, after landing at the airport, one has to book a car towards Rishikesh and they will also have to make a stop at Uttarkashi to finally reach Gangotri.

The Kedartal trek Uttarkhand begins at the Gangotri base camp and on the first day, they need to trek till Bhoj Kharak which takes about 4 to 5 hours on an average. On the second day, they will trek till Kedar Kharak which again takes 5 hours on an average and a person needs to pass lofty terrains. On the third day, a 5-hour take finally helps a person to reach the Kedartal Lake where they get to make a stop and then they start the descent on the next day. Take help from a Kedartal trek route map to know more.

Kedartal Temperature

  • Summer Months from May to June: 10 to 12 degrees Celsius during Daytime and 6 to 8 degrees during Nighttime
  • Monsoon Months from July to August: 14 to 18 degrees Celsius during Daytime and 6 to 10 degrees during Nighttime
  • Post-Monsoon Months from September to October: 10 to 9 degrees Celsius during Daytime and 0 to -2 during Nighttime
  • Winter Months from November to April: -6 to -4 degrees Celsius during Daytime and –20 to -11 degrees Celsius during Nighttim

Facts of Kedartal Lake Trek:

  • Region: Garwhal Region of the Indian Himalayas, Uttarkhand
  • Trek Altitude: 4,750M
  • Trek Difficulty Level: Moderate to Difficult
  • Trek Duration: 7 Days
  • Distance: 32 KM
  • Start Point: Gangotri
  • End Point: Gangotri
  • Base Camp: Gangotri
  • Temperature: During summer months, the average temperature during the day is 10-12 degrees Celsius and the average temperature at night is 6-8 degrees Celsius. People who are visiting after monsoons can find the temperatures dipping to -2 degrees Celsius at night. During the harsh winters, the temperature can even fall to -20 degrees Celsius.
  • Nearest Railway Station: Haridwar Railway Station
  • Nearest Airport: Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun
  • Last ATM: Take out your money at Haridwar
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HIGHLIGHTS

  • This trek has the most ancient and most beautiful forest trails.
  • You get to see a spectacular view of the forests.
  • Last but not the least, in this trek mountain views are what die for. You will see superb mountain views from the starting of this trek.
  • Camping and staying in comfortable tents.
  • Experienced leaders will guide you through this trek.

Itinerary

Day 1: Pickup from Dehradun Railway Station and Drive to Gangotri

Total distance 258 km – 10/11 Hours journey

Mode of journey – By taxi

Altitude – Uttarkashi – 3415 Meter

Night stay – Hotel on twin share basis

Rockclimber organizes transport for trekkers from Dehradun Railway Station in the morning which will leave for Gangotri around 6:00 am to 7:00 am.
Get in the vehicle from Dehradun and enjoy the picturesque journey along Bhagirathi River’s bank and forest stretches to reach Gangotri base camp . It is the base camp of Kedartal trek.
Dehradun is the capital of Uttarakhand and one of the most beautiful places in India. The main attraction of this place is Rajpur road go through it and get a glimpse of Dehradun’s beauty.

Reach Mussoorie after an hour which is also known as “Queen of Hills”. People visit it heavily during vacations with their family and friends.
After half an hour, stop at Suwa kholi Have breakfast there and witness people from different parts of the world. The break will be of maximum 1 hour.

Ahead the peaks are visible and further you will come close
Further you will cross the small Chinyali saur of Dharasu Reach Uttarkashi around 1:30 pm and take a break there for lunch.

Day 2 : Trek from Gangotri to Bhoj kharak camp

Total distance 08 km – 5/6 Hours journey

Mode of journey – On foot

Altitude – Bhoj Kharak – 3780 Meter r

Night Stay – Our Camp site – on twin share basis

After breakfast From Gangotri the trail to Bhoj Kharak is through forest, you will reach that forest after crossing a bridge over Bhagirathi River.

It is steep ascend to reach Bhoj Kharak, you will find rocks on the way and you might get tired because of the steep and rocky climb, so carry enough water.
You will be walking under the shade of trees in dense forest and below flows Kedar Ganga. This place has a mythological story behind it and it is said that source of Kedar Ganga is Kedartal and contribution of Lord Shiva to Bhagirathi.

Path gets leveled for some-time and again gets steep, the trail is difficult but it will be worth your efforts when you reach your destination.

When you go further you will cross a mountain wall, cross this patiently, there will be a professional guide with you so will cross it without problems. Cross another mountain wall and after few minutes you will reach Bhoj Kharak campsite.

The trail is narrow and there is grass all around, so find a place to set your tents or just clear up some area. The valley is not vast so you will not get clearer or amazing views but you can enjoy the beauty of imperfections because it lies there. At night have your dinner and overnight stay in tents.

Day 3 : Trek from Bhoj kharak to Kedar kharak camp

Trek Distance 05 km – 4/5 Hours journey

Mode of journey – On foot

Altitude – Kedar Kharak – 4270 Meter

Night Stay – Camp site – on twin share basis

Kedar Kharak is a meadow which is not very big but has colorful blooming flowers and Mt. Bhirgupath can be seen in the back which looks extremely beautiful covered by snow.
The trail isn’t levelled but isn’t difficult, it has some ascends and descends, ascending is steep but further they get less steep, this place is rich in fauna so you can spot some animals there and also many variety of birds.

Reach the Lake, Brahma Kamal’s and fan kamal , laser,
As you go higher and gain altitude you will see ice crystals, it becomes cooler when you go upwards.

Today is an easy trek as compared to previous day, keep walking and you will reach Kedar Kharak, the meadow with blooming flowers.

Sunset from Kedar Kharak is captivating and looks mesmerizing from there, place your camps and enjoy these moments, it looks beautiful because the colours are changed during dusk and the sun sets behind Mt. bhrigupati. Dinner and overnight stay in tents.

Day 4 : Exploration Day Kedartal (4912 Meter) and thalay sagar back to camp (6/7 Hours)

Trek Distance 09 km – 6/7 Hours journey

Mode of journey – On foot

Altitude – Kedartal – 4912 Meter

Night Stay – Camp site – on twin share basis

Wake up early morning have some breakfast start trek from Kedartal is a unique glacial lake at high altitude (4912 m) it has a mythological story behind it. Trek to adventurous place with interesting story behind it makes it a popular trek; .
Today you are going to reach your destination, trek to Kedartal gets tough sometimes ascends gets steep with very less descends.

The trail is rocky and moderate and can become dangerous so you have to be careful while walking on that trail, there are loose rocks so put every step carefully so that you do not get slipped or don’t get your ankle twisted.

The land is barren and you will not find any vegetation there.
Weather is unpredictable and rain and snowfall can occur anytime so you need to be prepared for that, to reach Kedartal you have to cross a steep ridge from where you can see majestic Thalay Sagar peak which stand tall amongst all.

When you cross this ridge descend down towards Lake now, this is the only descend.

The temperature here gets falls and becomes too cold. Setup your tents at campsite, dinner and overnight stay in tents.

Day 5 :Trek from Kedar Kharak to Bhoj Kharak

Trek Distance 05 km – 3/4 Hours journey

Mode of journey – On foot

Altitude – Bhoj Kharak – 3780 Meter

Night Stay – Our camp – on twin share basis

Have breakfast and start your trek early, today is an descend but you need to be careful while descending down as the trail is rocky and you have to follow the same path, there are loose rocks on the way be attentive don’t get slipped.
Descending down is easy and it takes less time. Reach Bhoj Kharak, place your tents there, dinner and overnight stay in tents.

Day 6 : Trek from Bhoj Kharak to Gangotri Hotel

Total distance 08 km – 4/5 Hours journey

Mode of journey – On foot

Altitude – Gangotri Hotel – 3415 Meter

Night Stay – Our Hotel – on twin share basis

This is the last day of your trek, from Bhoj Kharak to Gangotri is an easy descend and can be completed in four to five hours. When you reach Gangotri hotel visit Gangotri temple and witness Ganga Aarti there.
Dinner and overnight stay in a hotel.

Day 7 :Drive from Gangotri to Dehradun by taxi (258 km) (10/ 11 Hours)

Today – It is your last breakfast on this trek with Rockclimber team. The certificates will be given and after some beautiful photos we will bid you all a good bye from Gangotri and kedartal trek .

scenic drive from Gangotri to dehradun you are reach dehradun 6 to 07 pm evening

Included/Excluded

  • Certified and experienced Trek Leader.
  • Supporting staff.
  • All meals on scheduled time (Vegetarian and Delicious Only )
  • Quality equipment’s for Trekking.
  • Fully equipped medical kit and safety equipment’s.
  • All kind of permits and camping charges.
  • Personal expenses done by the trekkers while on the trek.
  • Food items purchased by trekkers during the trek at local canteens or during the drive.
  • Mules or porters to carry personal luggage.
  • Anything not mentioned in Inclusions.

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