KedarTal Trek

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Description

Kedar taal (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 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).

Kedar taal, at a distance of 17 km from Gangotri, is a popular trekking destination. Starting 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 Kedar taal. The route passes through scenic Himalayan Birch forests, but is made hazardous in places by falling rocks, high altitude and segments of steep ascent.

Short Itinerary

Day 1 : Dehradun to Gangotri  (240 kms road distance)

Day 2 : Gangotri to Bhojkharak (8 kms trek distance)

Day 3 : Bhojkharak to Kedarkharak (4 kms trek distance)

Day 4 : Kedarkharak to Kedar Taal ( 5 kms trek distance)

Day 5 : Kedar taal - Bhojkharak - Kedarkharak - Gangotri (17 kms descent)

Day 6 : Gangotri - Dehradun (240 kms road distance) 

Fixed Departures

2nd May to 7th May Open {2nd May (Saturday) 06:30 AM to 7th May (Thursday) 08:00 PM}

16th May to 21st May Open {16th May (Saturday) 06:30 AM to 21st May (Thursday) 08:00 PM}

13th Jun to 18th Jun Open {13th Jun (Saturday) 06:30 AM to 18th Jun (Thursday) 08:00 PM}

27th Jun to 2nd Jul Open {27th Jun (Saturday) 06:30 AM to 2nd Jul (Thursday) 08:00 PM}

Itinerary (Gangotri to Gangotri)

  • 1

    Day 1 : Dehradun to Gangotri  (240 kms road distance)

    Reach Dehradun early morning by taking overnight volvo/train from New Delhi. We start our day 1 from Dehradun after having morning tea at 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 final checking of our backpacks and other important things required for the trek.

  • 2

    Day 2 : Gangotri to Bhojkharak (8 kms trek distance)

    After having early breakfast, we leave 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 spider wall. After setting up 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.

  • 3

    Day 3 : Bhojkharak to Kedarkharak (4 kms trek distance)

    Although easy for 1st km, the trek to Kedarkharak is mixed with rough trail, steep portions, sighting of blue sheep, etc. Kedarkharak is our 2nd base camp site on the meadow. The meadow offers mesmerizing sights of Garhwal Himalayan peaks such as Bhrigupanth, Thalaysagar, etc.

  • 4

    Day 4 : Kedarkharak to Kedar Taal ( 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 Kedar taal surely negates all the aches and pains of the body.

  • 5

    Day 5 : Kedar taal - Bhojkharak - Kedarkharak - Gangotri (17 kms descent)

    After breakfast, we leave Kedar taal and start our descent to Gangotri. Packed lunch on the way to Gangotri. We reach Gangotri by evening. Night stay in Gangotri.

  • 6

    Day 6 : 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.

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Inclusions

Stay in Gangotri on 1st and 6th day.

Dome type camp stay on double sharing basis.

All Meals during the trek.

Permissions from DFO Gangotri.

Tents, sleeping bags, sleeping mats.

Guided trek with experienced trekker.

Exclusions

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.

Any alcohol/soda/beverage.

Travel insurance.

Anything not included in inclusions.

Cancellation Policy

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.

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