- Duration: 6 Days
- Diffculty Level: Challenging
- Pick & Drop: Rishikesh to Rishikesh
- State: Uttarakhand
Trek to KedarTal (also known as Shiva's lake) is an emerald green coloured glacial lake situated at an altitude of 4,750 metres (15,580 ft) in the Garhwal region of the Himalayas in India. The Kedartal lake is fed by the snowfall over Thalay Sagar (6,904 m), Meru (6,672 m), Bhrigupanth (6,772 m) and other surrounding peaks, and is the source of Kedar Ganga, which in Hindu mythology is considered to be Shiva’s contribution to Bhagirathi (a source-stream of the Ganges).
Kedartal, at a distance of 17 km from Gangotri, which is a popular trekking destination. Kedartal Trek starts from Gangotri ,the route involves a steep rocky climb along the narrow Kedar Ganga gorge en route to Bhojkharak, 8 km away. From there it is 4 km to the next available camping site of Kedarkharak, and a further 5 km to Kedartal. The route passes through scenic Himalayan Birch forests, but is made hazardous in places by falling rocks, high altitude and segments of steep ascent.
1st Day: Dehradun to Gangotri (240 kms road distance)
2nd Day: Gangotri to Bhojkharak (8 kms trek distance)
3rd Day: Bhojkharak to Kedarkharak (4 kms trek distance)
4th Day: Kedarkharak to Kedartal ( 5 kms trek distance)
5th Day: Kedartal - Bhojkharak - Kedarkharak - Gangotri (17 kms descent)
6th Day: Gangotri - Dehradun (240 kms road distance)
Itinerary (Rishikesh to Rishikesh)
1st Day : Dehradun to Gangotri (240 kms road distance)
For Kedartal Trek reach Dehradun early morning by 6 am, taking overnight Volvo/train from New Delhi. We start our day 1 from Dehradun after having morning tea at the cab stand. Enroute Gangotri, we stop at various locations to have breakfast and lunch. By evening, we reach Gangotri after crossing beautiful apple village Harsil and also Bhaironghati, famous for its gorges.
We attend evening Ganga aarti at Gangotri temple. After having dinner, we do the final checking of our backpacks and other important things required for the trek.
Night stay at Gangotri
2nd Day : Gangotri to Bhojkharak (8 kms trek distance)
After having an early breakfast, we leave from Gangotri for Bhojkharak. The trail passes through Bhoj (Birch) trees. In ancient India, the bark of birch trees was used in writing many sacred texts.
We set up our camp after crossing the spider wall. After setting up a kitchen tent, we prepare tea, soup and other snacks and dinner for the day. Meanwhile, we take a walk nearby camp and take photographs of snow-laden peaks.
Night stay in Camps
3rd Day : Bhojkharak to Kedarkharak (4 kms trek distance)
Although easy for 1st km, the trek to Kedarkharak is mixed with rough trail, steep portions, the sighting of blue sheep, etc. Kedarkharak is our 2nd base campsite on the meadow. The meadow offers mesmerizing sights of Garhwal Himalayan peaks such as Bhrigupanth, Thalaysagar, etc.
Dinner and Night stay
4th Day : Kedarkharak to Kedartal ( 5 kms trek distance)
The trail to Kedartal is through rocky mountains with cairns assisting in finding the right trail to the lake. The trail is 5 km and generally takes 2-2.5 hours to reach the trail.
The view of Kedartal surely negates all the aches and pains of the body.
5th Day : Kedartal - Bhojkharak - Kedarkharak - Gangotri (17 kms descent)
After breakfast, we leave Kedartal and start our descent to Gangotri. Packed lunch on the way to Gangotri. We reach Gangotri by evening.
Night stay in Gangotri.
6th Day : Gangotri - Dehradun (240 kms road distance)
After breakfast, we leave for Dehradun. We reach Dehradun by evening. Take evening/night Volvo/train to New Delhi.
End of Kedartal Trek.
Accommodation: Stay is included from day 1 to Day 6 – you will be staying at guest house and camps on all days of trekking.
Meals: All Meals from day 1 dinner to day 6 breakfast are included. We provide simple nutritious vegetarian food on all days of the trek.
Camping Charges: All trekking permits and forest camping charges are included.
Support Staff: Trek Leader and Local Guide.
Trekking Equipment: you will be staying in high quality tents and sleeping bags in all the camps. We provide high altitude sleeping bags which can stand temperatures as low as - 10 deg c. We also provide ropes, micro spikes, gaiters etc. As required.
Safety Equipment: First aid, medical kit, oxygen cylinders, Stretchers etc. will be available at all campsites to deal with emergencies.
Transport from Dehradun to Gangotri and back
Any expenses for optional activities or tickets, unless quoted in Inclusions.
Insurance, Items of personal nature like porterage, tips, laundry etc
Any Entry Fees
Any additional expenses arising out of unforeseen circumstances like cancellation / roadblocks/landslides/ strike or any other natural causes out of human control or any emergency evacuation expenses.
Any Kind of Expense for Loss / Misplaced / Theft of personal belongings.
Meals apart from trek.
Anything not included in inclusions.
No cancellations will be taken over call or whatsapp msg. Please reply to the email of payment receipt that you have received at the time of booking.
Free Cancellation upto 60 days before the departure date
59 Days to 45 days of Departure date. 10% of total Trip cost. (Booking amount is non-refundable)
44 Days to 30 Days of Departure date. 25% of the total trip cost
29 Days to 15 Days of Departure date. 50% of the total trip cost.
15 Days to 8 Days of Departure date. 75% of the total trip cost.
7 Days to Trip Departure date. 100% of the total trip cost.
No Show . No refund.
Incase of government orders, harsh weather conditions , protests , landslides or any other unforseen circumstances , we work out the best possible alternate plans or trips/treks. At times even even certain activities are cancelled , the organization provides the best alternate but no refunds are provided.
If a trek is called off at the last moment due to a natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rain, snowfall, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh etc.), JustWravel will issue a trek voucher for the full amount and if possible will provide an alternate trek. The voucher can be redeemed upto same amount for the same trek or another trek in the next 365 days from the trek departure date.
If a trek or trip cannot be completed due to natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rain, snowfall, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh etc.). No refund would be provided.
Any extra expense coming due to any natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rain, snowfall, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh etc.), Will be beared by customer. Company will not be liable.
Cancellations policy will differ during the peak season and popular places.
Things To Pack
Down Jacket (Main jacket)
Tshirt or Fleece
Extra pair of Socks
Trekking/ Hiking Shoes (Forclaz 100 and above or Arpenaz 100. Checkout in Decathlon stores)
Rucksack (At least 40L)
Mufflers/ Neck Warmer
Extra pair of Clothes
First Aid Kit
*Add extra thermal layers and sweater during the winter season
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