Uttarakhand | 7 D/6N | 16,115 Ft.
May – June and September – October
(Above mentioned cost is for a fixed departure)
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- Vacation Style High Altitude Trek
- Activity Level Moderate
- Group Size Medium Group
All about the Kedartal Trek.
A tryst with the mountains – that’s what the Kedar Tal trek is about. Though it is a moderately challenging excursion, the rewards are truly incredible. Kedar Tal is a glacial lake cradled by magnificent Himalayan giants like Mt. Bhridgupanth, Thalaysagar, Gangotri, Jogin, and Manda Parvat looming right beside your campsites. While many other treks boast of spectacular mountain views, Kedar Tal promises a close-up view of not one or two, but five mountain peaks! The trail meanders through beautiful forests of pine, and past several alpine pastures and meadows. All this while, the surrounding Himalayan behemoths stand tall through the trek, bearing witness to your magical journey. It is also common to spot the elusive Himalayan blue sheep. Final word on the Kedar Tal trek – Do it for the closely rising Himalayan peaks, and stunning mountainous views, above everything else.
Max. Altitude – 4,912 meters
Duration – 8 days
Level – Moderate to challenging
1. Wild, up-close views of not one, not two, but five massive Himalayan peaks is exclusive to the Kedar Tal trek. There are few other treks that can promise you that.
2. With the neighboring mountains maintaining such a close watch over your trek, what entails is some truly exceptional and impressive views.
Day 1 Report to the Base camp Dharali.
Sitting about 20 km away from Gangotri, Dharali is the base village for the Kedartal trek. The beautiful river Bhagirathi flows alongside the village. Spend the day exploring this village, and preparing yourself for the start of the trek. Stay overnight at Dharali.
Altitude: 2,680 m
Time Taken: 11 – 12 hours from Haridwar/ Dehradun
Day 2 Drive from Dharali to Gangotri; Trek to Bhoj Kharak
The trek begins early in the morning from Gangotri, which is an hour’s drive from Dharali. Start from the Gangotri market, and make for the Bhairav Ghati bridge over the brilliant Bhagirathi river, which leads you to the trail towards Bhoj Kharak. The trail weaves through stunning woods, and ascends steeply, leading to Bhoj Kharak. The Bhoj Kharak campsite is a beautiful place cradled by a forested valley, and requires crossing a spider wall. Though the valley itself is quite lovely, the views are not too great owing the tapering stretch of the valley. Camp here for the night.
Altitude: 3,780 m
Trekking Distance: 6.5 km
Time Taken: 1 hour drive, 5 – 6 hours trek
Day 3 Trek from Bhoj Kharak to Kedar Kharak
Today’s trek is relatively easy, in view of the fort day of the trek. A handful of difficult patches wait you, but nothing that a few minutes of determination can’t do away with. The trail follows gentle ascents and descents, post the initial steep ascent from Bhoj Kharak. As you leave behind the tree line, the trail gives way to beautiful meadows which sit under a vibrant carpet of flowers, with the majestic Mt. Bhrigupanth overlooking it. Past the meadows, the trail is quite mild, with few steep inclines. A few more hours of gentle trekking brings you to the Kedar Kharak campsite, which sits nested in a meadow beside a gurgling stream. Camp here for the night.
Altitude: 4,267 m
Distance: 4 km
Time Taken: 5 – 6 hrs
Day 4 Trek from Kedar Kharak to Kedar Tal and back to Kedar Kharak
The most awaited day of the trek, which naturally means it will be quite strenuous. Don’t let them dampen your spirits, for the destination will pale all exhaustion you may feel. Since it is a longish day, we begin early in the morning. Kedartal sits atop a staggering 16,116 ft. With not a single patch of greenery in sight. There is mountainous and rugged terrain throughout. The trail to Kedar Tal includes follows steep ascents with few descents, which requires a great deal of stamina and strength. It is also easy to lose your way, so it is imperative that you stay with your trek mates.
Altitude: 4,912 m
Distance: 8 km
Time Taken: 10 hrs
The first sun rays of the day bathe the campsite in a golden hue, while the fiery Thalaysagar peak casts a mesmerizing reflection in the waters of Kedar Tal. The emerald colored waters of the lake are serene enough to put you in a trance. Feel the exhaustion and fatigue of the trek leave your body, as you lose yourself amidst this surreal paradise. Spend some time exploring around Kedar Tal, and capture albums full of memories to take away. After that head back to Kedar Kharak campsite.
Overnight Stay in camps in Kedar Kharak.
Day 5 Trek from Kedar Kharak to Bhoj Kharak
We begin the trek to Bhoj Kharak early in the morning from the Kedar kharak campsite post breakfast. The trail is descending, and not very strenuous. Enjoy the beautiful surroundings as you descend leisurely.
Altitude: 3,780 m
Distance: 7 km
Time Taken: 5 – 6 hrs
Day 6 Bhoj Kharak to Gangotri. Drive to Dharali
Day 7 Depart for Dehradun/ Haridwar.
- Accommodation: All accommodation on the trek will be on twin sharing basis in Tents or Homestays. Any accommodation in a hotel/guest house/hostel (if mentioned in the itinerary and not mentioned in exclusions) will be in a 2-3 star accommodation unless mentioned otherwise. Accommodation in Yuksom is included in the package.
- Trek Leader and Guides: A team of an experienced and certified Trek Leader, as well as a professional guide, will accompany you for the trek.
- Services of a Professional Trekking Team: A team of an experienced Cook, Camp Staff, Porters/Mules will accompany you for all the arrangements on the trek.
- Meals: All Meals on the Trek are included. We will serve Vegetarian Indian food on the trek which will be cooked by our high altitude chefs. It will be a five meal plan including Morning Tea, Breakfast, Lunch, Snacks and Dinner. You will be provided with clean mountain water from the streams to drink. You can carry water purification tablets if you deem necessary but we advise otherwise.
- Trekking and Safety Equipment: All the camping equipment such as Tents, Sleeping bags, Toilet Tents, Dining Tent, Mattresses, and other things will be provided by us and we guarantee the quality. Safety Equipment including Medical kit, Oxygen Cylinder, Oximeter, Crampons & Gaiters(if required) will be provided by us. We recommend you to bring your own sleeping bags if possible.
- Permits and Forest Camping Charges: Only for Indian Clients, All the applicable trekking permits, Camping Charges, Forest Entry Fee etc will be paid by us. Foreigners have to pay these charges if not mentioned.
- A Life Changing Experience: We assure you that by trekking in the Himalayas you will have a life changing experience and we will do everything we can to provide you with the best services and make your venture in the wild an unforgettable one.
- GST and Other Taxes: The goods and services tax is not included in the price mentioned with the trek. They will be charged once you add the trek in your cart. They are subjected to change according to government rules of India.
- Food and Stay in Dehradun/Rishikesh: Food and stay in Dehradun/Rishikesh is not included in the package. We can recommend a few good options.
- Flights and Transportation: Flights or other means of transport is not included in the package. Transportation from Dehradun/Rishikesh to Dharali and vice versa is not included in the package. We can arrange a cab for you according to your requirements but you will be liable to pay for the same. Any expenses occurred during the journey are not included in the package cost.
- Personal Trekking Equipment: Your Rucksack, personal clothing, shoes, trek poles, and other personal trekking gear is not included in this package. You have to bring your own gear according to that weather and difficulty of the trek.
- Portage of Personal Bags(Offloading): We highly advise you to carry your own burden (your rucksack) but due to any reason if you wish to not carry your rucksack, we can arrange for a porter/mule to carry it. For this service, you will be charged over and above the trek cost. The charges for offloading vary with every trek.
- Travel Insurance: Travel Insurance is not included in this package. We recommend you to have travel insurance before opting for such adventures.
- Personal Expenses: Any personal expenses incurred (laundry, Bottled Water, Beverages, snacks, orders tea houses or dhabas, Tips for guides etc) are not included in the package.
- Emergency Expenses: Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as accidents, bad weather, landslides, road conditions and any other circumstances beyond our control are not included in the package.
- Anything not mentioned in Inclusions of the package.
Whom is the trek for?
The level of this trek leans more towards difficult, which naturally demands exceptional physical fitness, stamina and endurance. It is strongly advisable to have prior trekking experience of scaling at least 3,500 meters before you approach this trek, which means beginners should stay away. Also, proper acclimatization is key for successful completion of the trek.
Which is the best season for this trek?
The months of September and October are ideal for this trek.
What weather conditions can be expected on the trek?
During daytime, temperatures range from 17 to 20 degrees Celsius, while nights dip to about 3 to 4 degrees. Nights and high altitudes see harsher temperatures on this trek. It is imperative to carry a minimum of 4 warm layers.
What things are needed to be carried?
Rucksack, high ankle trekking shoes, one fleece jacket, one down feather / hollofil jacket, 3 pairs of quick dry T-shirts and trek pants, 5-6 pairs of socks, balaclava, a day pack, sunscreen SPF 50+, scarf, towel, lip balm, headlamp / torch, 2 water bottles of 1 litre, and personal medicines.