Uttarakhand | 7 D/6N | 16,115 Ft.
May – June and September – October
(Above mentioned cost is for a fixed departure)
- Reviews 3934.9/5
- Vacation Style High Altitude Trek
- Activity Level Difficult
- Group Size Medium Group
All about the Kedartal Trek.
Duration: 7 Days
Difficulty Level: Moderate to challenging
Maximum Altitude: 16,115 ft
Approximate Trekking Km: 36 kilometers
Trekking is a few things that challenge you, it’s one thing that enables you to break loose your standard lives & therefore it’s one thing that changes you. It will cause you to feel a lot of live & rested. Adventures will be sought-after in varied ways in which like mount, watercourse rafting, trekking, skydiving, skin-dive, etc. Even exploring new individuals & cities will be thought of as a journey. Trekking is what people seek when they want to live a vibrant and happening life. Everyone during some phase of life has a douse for adventure. For some, it may be their way of living lives while for others it can be an escape from usual life. So, let the gentle breeze from unblemished land caress you, let the voice of chirping birds bless your ears, let the rays of rising sun beyond horizons persuade you to shine bright, let the hard climb up the mountain test your determination, as everyone needs a little adventure in their lives, whatever counts for you is up to you. In order to experience this feeling, we introduce you to the astounding Kedartal trek.
Kedartal referred to as ‘Shiva’s Lake’ is one amongst the very best lakes in Uttarakhand. This immaculate glacial lake is sitting at an elevation of 16,115 ft on top of the water level within the Uttarkashi district. Kedar Tal lake is made by the melting of Kedar ice mass, thereby parturition to Kedar Ganga watercourse that is a very important tributary of Bhagirathi watercourse.
The 18 km trek to Kedartal from Gangotri is arduous. Kedartal trek needs previous trekking expertise within the mountains thanks to its moderate troublesome terrains. Kedartal could be a well-liked trek in Uttarakhand and is understood for its difficult trek route yet because of the exciting views of snowy peaks, lush inexperienced depression, and cascading watercourse streams and waterfalls. No surprise kedartal trek is one amongst the foremost profitable trek in Uttarakhand.
Kedartal is enclosed by Thalay Sagar, Bhrigupanth, Jogin 1, Jogin 2 and different mountain chain peaks. Since the region is diverse, the lucky ones will spot Bharal (Blue Sheep), Goral, mountain chain black bear and varied species of birds throughout the trek. Kedartal lake holds crystal water, is placed at the bottom of the Thalay Sagar Peak and Brigupanth Peak. The read of the reflections of Thalay Sagar peak on Kedartal is really attractive.
• An exceptional sight to watch the sunset at Kedar Kharak. As the red ball of fire descends behind the snow-clad Bhrigupant, the entire meadow looks orange and turns grey at dusk.
• Thalay Sagar Peak casts a mesmerizing reflection in the waters of Kedar Tal.
• Wild, up-close views of not one, not two, but five massive Himalayan peaks are exclusive to the Kedar Tal trek. There are very few other treks that can promise you that.
• With the neighboring mountains maintaining such a close watch over your trek, what entails is some truly exceptional and impressive views!
The Kedartal trek is not for everyone. It is a difficult trek. What this means is that it requires a considerable amount of fitness to do the trek. What it gives in return is a truly supernatural trekking experience. The trek mounts to the glacial Kedartal lake. On our other treks, we get terrific mountain views. But not as near as the ones on the Kedartal trek. You have Mt Thalaysagar, Mt Bhrigupanth, Manda Parvat, Mt Jogin, Mt Gangotri rising up right in front of you. These are no small mountains.
The trek in itself is fantastic. Climbing out of Gangotri through splendid pine forests, the trail enters high altitude pastures. The camps along the way give tremendous views of the great mountains surrounding these settings. This is one of our few treks where you always sight the blue sheep or bharals. The diversity of the trek, grand views, and terrific mountain settings make this one of the great treks in India.
Best Time for Kedartal Trek
Best time to travel to Kedar Tal Trek is in summer (May – June) and Post Monsoon (September – mid-October)
Summer: The weather of Kedar Tal Trek remains salubrious and pleasing during summers. The Himalayas are distinctly visible and the cool breeze adds charm to the vacation. Carry woolens with you.
Post Monsoon: Serenity and wilderness are at its best during post monsoon at Kedar Tal Trek. The region is blooming with snowfall during winters and the accommodation options also remain few. But you can see the best of Kedar Tal Trek during post monsoon as it looks like Heaven on earth.
HOW TO REACH
BY AIR: Jolly Grant airport is the nearest airport which is around 30 km from Dehradun. It connected to the major cities that have flights every now and then.
BY RAIL: Dehradun Railway Station is the nearest railway station from where we will pick you up. Dehradun is well connected through rail from major cities of India like New Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, and Kolkata.
BY ROAD: Through the National Highway, Dehradun is accessible from most of the parts of India. Also, the Dehradun bus stand has enough network of buses available from New Delhi and Chandigarh.
Kedartal Detailed Itinerary
Day 1 : Report to the Base camp Dharali
Today’s journey will be from Dehradun to Dharali which will take around 10 to 12 hour’s drive. The drive is complemented with an amazing sight of rising Himalayan peaks. Dharali is also the base village for the Kedartal Trek. A beautiful, tiny village, situated at an altitude of 8,792 feet in the Gangotri Himalayas, Dharali is located between Uttarkashi and Gangotri (about 20 km before Gangotri and 3 km after Harshil). Higher above, on top of the mountain, are the mythological Seven Lakes. The beautiful river Bhagirathi flows alongside the village. About 100 meters from the edge of the road, flows the holy Bhagirathi River. The waters of the Bhagirathi, originating from the Kedartal glacier, are icy cold and magically pure. Rising above the opposite bank of the river is another side of the mountain, on which stands the Mukhba village.
Dharali is buried in snow from November to March and the temperature plunges to -15 C. The river freezes and most Dharali families move into small rented tenements at Uttarkashi. Dharali comes alive in April, Indian/foreign tourists visit Dharali for sightseeing and to experience the breathtaking, tranquil, grandeur and magnificence that the mighty Himalayas behold; far from the madding crowd.
Spend the day exploring Dharali village, and preparing yourself for the start of the trek. Stay overnight at Dharali.
Altitude: 8,792 ft
Distance: 222.9 km
Time Taken: 11 – 12 hours from Haridwar/ Dehradun
Day 2 : Drive from Dharali to Gangotri; Trek to Bhoj Kharak
It is a 30 min drive from Dharali to Gangotri. The trek begins early in the morning from Gangotri. Begin from the Gangotri market, walk into the market. There are public washrooms here if you would like to use them before setting off on the trek.
Around fifty meters from the washrooms, take the steps taking place to the Bhairav Ghati bridge across the Bhagirathi stream. The path to Bhoj Kharak begins as before long as you cross the stream. The path weaves through gorgeous woods, and ascends steeply, resulting in Bhoj Kharak. You’ll additionally pass the ashrams of a number of sages. When two hundred meters, take a path that climbs up sharply, on the facet of another ashram. This brings you to the forest path to Bhoj Kharak. Here one, the path ascends steeply most thanks to Bhoj Kharak. Below you, you hear the Kedar Ganga stream thundering past. On top of you’re branches of the fir trees you discover during this forest. The depression becomes narrower as you go deeper. There are short stretches of flat walks that permit you to catch your breath however the climb is relentless. After an hour and a half of climbing, the fir tree gives way to birch or bhoj. The barks of those trees shed suppose sheets that fit the paper. Because of the sturdiness and texture of this bark, most of our ancient Indian texts were written on these. The locals use it in their shoes as insulation from the cold. Although the piece of ground is strenuous, ‘rhythmic trekking’ takes the sting off it. It’s vital to require tiny sips of water at equal intervals to stay well hydrous. The path crosses 3 water points from wherever you’ll refill your water bottles.
After 5 hours of trekking, the path emerges out of the forest. Here, you get your 1st ‘spider wall’ or a slim path on a close to the vertical rock face. The path has merely enough house to stay afoot at a time. specialize in the ensuing step and don’t look down – you’ll be ready to cross this path well. Climbs for one more fifteen minutes before you reach the second spider wall. Cross this and you’ll reach the campground at intervals 5 minutes. Camp here for the night.
Altitude: 12,401 ft
Distance: 6.5 km
Time Taken: 30 min drive, 5 – 6 hours trek
Day 3 : Trek from Bhoj Kharak to Kedar Kharak
The trek from Bhoj Kharak to Kedar Kharak is comparatively straightforward compared to the previous day’s climb. Although there are a number of grim patches, the piece of ground has uniform ascents and descents. The trek to Kedar Kharak, located at 14,000 ft, is 4 metric linear unit and takes around 5 hours. The ascent is kind of steep as before long as you began of the campground at Bhoj Kharak. When one metric linear unit trek although the Bhoj forests the path leaves the line associate degreed enters meadows that are multi-colors in time of year – an astounding setting for photography with the snow-lined peak Bhrigu Path. It’s during this stretch that you just could get an opportunity to encounter high altitude fauna like bharal (blue sheep), goral, Himalayan black bear and a spread of birds. The climate gets chillier as you gain altitude. Don’t be stunned if you notice a skinny layer of ice up the stones within the streams. when passing concerning 2 additional water points you reach Kedarkharak.
The camp is about a huge dry hayfield with a number of sparsely distributed boulders beside a large stream. It’s associate degree exceptional sight to observe the sunset at Kedar Kharak. Because the red ball of fireside sinks behind the snow-clad Bhrigupant, the complete hayfield appears orange and turns gray at crepuscule. Camp here for the night.
Altitude: 13,999 ft
Distance: 4 km
Time Taken: 5 – 6 hrs
Day 4 : Trek from Kedar Kharak to Kedar Tal and back to Kedar Kharak
On this day the thrill level among the trekkers is typically at its peak, with the avidity to create it to the emerald lake taking up any exhaustion from the previous days’ treks. begin early as this stretch is that the most grueling of all. At a height of 16,116 ft, the ‘Tal’ is a five metric linear unit slog from Kedar Kharak through the range with completely no verdure around.
Despite the barrenness, the piece of ground will be quite exhilarating. With vigorous ascents and really few descents, it demands a good deal of energy and energy to be ready to reach the destination on time, considering the unpredictable weather, with the likelihood of snow and rain being quite high throughout this season. The path will best be delineated as a rocky maze with only one or 2 tiny streams that aren’t close, therefore it requires you to hold adequate water.
If not careful, one will simply get rotated and it takes a jiffy to understand that the route is astray, thus it’s imperative that you just stick with your trek mates. For this reason heaps of cairns ( piles of stones) are placed on the way to the Tal to signifies the proper direction. When concerning 5 hours of trekking, and 0.5 kilometers aloof from the lake, you’ll see the mighty Thalay Sagar Peak, casts a hypnotic reflection within the waters of Kedar Tal. The emerald-colored waters of the lake ar serene enough to place you in an exceeding trance. Feel the exhaustion and fatigue of the trek leaving your body, as you lose yourself amidst this surreal paradise. Stay a while exploring around Kedar Tal, and capture albums filled with recollections to require away. The temperature falls drastically at Kedartal. Although the water is very cold, it’s quite an expertise to wet your fingertips within the emerald inexperienced lake. Stay a while here and soak within the scenery before turning back to Kedar Kharak on a similar route.
Altitude: 16,115 ft
Distance: 8 km
Time Taken: 10 hrs
Day 5 : Trek from Kedar Kharak to Bhoj Kharak
We will start our day early in the morning to see the changing shades of the rays over the Thalay Sagar as the sunrise. The hard part is done, we are homeward bound! Start the descent to Bhoj Kharak right after breakfast. The day is free at leisure to explore the scenic beauty of the place. It will take about 3 to 4 hours of trekking. Travel the same path back and cherish the surroundings one last time. Since most of the trail is descending, it should take you lesser time to reach. Take delight in camping stays in tents at Bhoj Kharak. Jobs fill your pockets but trekking fill your soul”. Most people view trekking as something that is undertaken as a break from the mundane routine, for others it is a way of life. Trekking is all about making memories, gaining more knowledge, learning new things about the surroundings and about one’s own self and making lots of great stories. Going for an adventure camp is the best way to get all of these as it punches one to get out of their routine lives and try new things. Trek camp basically means spending the nights in tents and doing various activities at the camp-site. There are many activities included in camping to make it more exciting and interesting.
Amateur, as well as professional photographers, could cluck some breathtaking photos during this trek. So make sure you collect all the moments in your heart and cherish the beauty of nature.
Altitude: 12,401 ft
Distance: 7 km
Time Taken: 5 – 6 hrs
Day 6 : Bhoj Kharak to Gangotri. Drive to Dharali
Today, we will have an early breakfast and thereafter, we will walk down to Gangotri town, which will take about 3 to 4 hours. Gangotri is a Hindu pilgrim town on the side of river Bhagirathi and origin of river Ganga.
Follow the same route that you climbed up. Notice the amazing blue pine and silver birch trees around you. And then you gradually leave a vegetation zone of fir and bhoj trees. From Gangotri town, we will drive to Dharali. On reaching, check-in at the already booked hotel in Dharali and enjoy a delicious dinner followed by an overnight stay.
Distance: 18.7 km
Time Taken: 30 mins
Day 7 : Depart for Dehradun/ Haridwar.
Nature is an art performing and evolving all the time so beautifully. The connection with nature has a calming effect that heals us. The freshness and purity of nature rejuvenate us. When we experience loneliness in nature we feel real peace and tranquility of nature. One needs to lose deep into nature to feel the heart of nature. The beauty and richness of nature are beyond words and beyond imagination.
Wrap your journey and say goodbye to hills. Take the memories of the trek with you and drive back to Dehradun/ Haridwar.
The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.
- 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.
FAQs and Reviews
What is the best season to attempt the trek?
The Kedartal trek, being one of the moderate treks in the Garhwal Himalayan region, is recommended for trekkers having prior trekking experiences. The best time to hit the trailing tracks to Kedartal is from the month of May - June, and September - early November.
How difficult is this trek?
The Kedartal trek is a Moderate-difficult one. Ideally, you should be only gaining 2,000 ft a day. However, the Indian Himalayas climb very quickly. There are difficult sections to be crossed in addition to steep climbs. Irrespective of your previous experience, it is essential that you be very fit and well prepared for the trek.
How much fitness is required for this trek?
Kedartal is a high altitude trek. This trek demands you to trek for 7 days so you need to have proper physical fitness, lots of stamina and endurance. As there are difficult sections to be traverse in addition to steep climbs. Also, it would be better if you do some exercises for 1 to 2 weeks before the start of the trek. Irrespective of your earlier experiences, it is essential that you be very fit and well prepared for the trek.
Is it safe for first timers ?
Kedartal is a high altitude trek. There are tricky sections to be crossed in addition to sheer climbs. Irrespective of your previous experience, it is important that you be very fit and well prepared for the trek, it would be difficult for first-timers.
What will be the temperature like on this trek?
During the daytime, Kedartal 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. In the month of May & June, the temperature during the trek can go as low as 3 Degree Celsius during the night and September – Mid October also in minus by night and morning which will further decrease the temperature.
When will there be snow on this trek? Can it be done in snow?
Kedartal can also be visited during September it is again one of the pleasant months. The scenery at this point in time is at its best with snow around. There will be snow at the higher altitudes of Kedartal. It is surrounded by lofty peaks namely Thalaisagar, Meru, Bhrigupanth and Jagin and melting snow from these peaks sustain like lakes that make it one of the best treks in India and kedartal trek best time is in mid-September. Yes, it can be done on snow with all the winter gear.
What things do we need to carry?
For Kedartal trek, you need to carry some important items. Generally, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. Hiking boots Trainers or sandals for river crossings and camp use Walking socks, Spare laces, Trekking trousers, Waterproof overtrousers, Underwear Thermal baselayer, leggings Baselayer, T-shirts Fleece jacket, waterproof jacket, hat, Sunglasses, Gloves or mittens Daypack 30 litres Sun protection (including total block for lips, nose etc.) Headtorch and spare batteries Water bottles 1 litre (x2), Washbag and toiletries, Antibacterial handwash, Small towel, Basic First Aid Kit including antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), altitude (Diamox), painkillers and blister treatment, and rehydration salts (Dioralyte).
What type of food is served during this trek?
We will provide highly nutritious food during Kedartal trek in order to keep you away from any kind of health problem. It’s generally not advised to carry your own food during the trek. There are proper meals with subsequent nutritional values planned for the people coming in for the trek. Vegetarian meals will be provided to trekkers every day because non-vegetarian food has a high amount of protein which is difficult to digest. We don\'t compromise on the food quality. So enjoy your trek fully without worrying about the food.
How do I book this trek with you?
All you need to do is go to search for Kedartal Trek, then you will find a \"Book now\" option. Click on it and fill in all your details that are asked. That is it. Now start preparing for your amazing trek. For any further queries, you can mail or call us on the number provided on the website. Our executive will assist and guide you.
Will backpacks, raincoats and other Equipments be available for rent?
On the journey of Kedartal, backpacks and raincoat including other items will not be available for rent by us. You can check our website to make sure that you know about all the things that you need to carry by yourself on this trek. It is advised to carry all those things for your own convenience. The only accessories that we will provide on rent for this trek a trek poles and ponchos. All the other items or types of equipment are not available for rent by us.
Who will be there with us on the trek?
Kedartal is a High Altitude Himalayan trek. Certified and experienced trek leader, assistant trek leader, Certified guides, Co-guide, cook, mules, mule’s men. A bunch of people who have booked for the Kedartal trek on the same date of departure. You are assured to get an amazing company of wanderlusts alongside, from different spheres of life joining each other on an isolated trek might seem like a thrilling adventure.
What are the toilet facilities like on the trek?
Kedartal demands you to do it in the wilderness. So, what we do for the washroom/toilet facilities on the trek is that a toilet tent is put a little far away from the campsite. The toilet tent has a hole dug right into the earth. You do your business and then cover it with dirt. We can assure you that it won’t be a problem.
What are the interesting places to visit if I have time before or after the trek?
For Kedartal we will pick you up at the Dehradun railway station in the morning and drop you back to Dehradun after the completion of the trek. Prior to the trek, you can spend a day acclimatizing in Dehradun if you are somewhere from the plans. You can go for local sightseeing and enjoy the local cuisine. The interesting places in and around Dehradun include Sahastradhara, Tiger Falls, Robert\'s Cave, Mindrolling Monastery, Tapkeshwar Temple, and many more. All these places are amazing and if you have an extra day, we suggest you go out and explore the beauty of Uttarakhand. The scenic beauty and impeccable natural landscapes are something to look out for.
How to get safe drinking water on the trek?
In Kedartal, Gangotri town, through which the Bhagirathi flows. Kedartal also is known as ‘Shiva’s Lake’ is one of the highest lakes in Uttarakhand. Water points are available at different intervals of the day to day trail. The water that we take from streams is safe and uncontaminated. But still, if you want it to be 100 percent pure, you can carry chlorine tablets with yourself. You can get it easily at any kind of medicine store.
Is the trekking pole necessary?
For Kedartal, the trekking pole is one of the key components as well as a companion during the trek when you’re ascending towards summit. It helps you in balancing through the sloppy paths and slippery streams. Carrying a trekking pole may sound irritating but it’s of major use at high altitudes.
What is the starting and ending point of this trek?
Kedartal starts at Dehradun and ends at Kedar Tal. We will pick you up at the Dehradun railway station in the morning and drop you back to Dehradun by 6 pm after the completion of the Kedartal trek. Dehradun is well connected by roadways, railways and air networks.
How to reach the base camp of this trek?
Kedartal, journey will be to Dharali from Dehradun which will take around 10 to 12 hours\' drive. The drive is complemented with an amazing sight of rising Himalayan peaks. Dharali is also the base village for the Kedartal Trek. Dharali is a picturesque hamlet nestled on the tranquil banks of river Ganges. This village is perched at an altitude of 2125 feet above sea level and lies in Rajgarh tehsil or block. The fairy hamlet of Dharali is located at a distance of 3 km from the main town. Dharali is famous for its glittering apple orchards & Rajma cultivation. The lofty trees of pine and deodars encircle the village thereby, making the landscape surreal.
Can i take my child along on this trek? What is the minimum and maximum age limit?
Yes, the trek of Kedartal allows you to carry your children with you, but it totally depends on the difficulty level of the trek, for some treks the age limit is below 12. If you think that you are fit enough for this trek and your legs can carry you till the summit and then back to the campsite even after reading the itinerary, you are most welcomed to experience this trek with us. Just make sure that they don’t have any kind of lung or heart problems.
When it gets really cold can I consume alcohol?
During the Kedartal trek, alcohol and smoking are strictly prohibited under any circumstances. Dizziness and other issues may arise due to alcohol, which may attract a number of lethal outcomes that would not be good for your health and would hamper the trek experience as well.
What kind of Tents and Sleeping bags are provided to us on the trek?
On the trek of Kedartal, talking about the tents, we are using 3 men Coleman, husky and Vango tents which are 5000 mm waterproof. When it comes to sleeping bags, we have custom A shape Columbia sleeping bags especially made for expeditions. It can withstand up to a maximum of minus 20 degrees centigrade. We never compromise on the quality of all items that we provide for treks. The tent and sleeping bags are of impeccable quality and you can blindly trust on us on all the equipment that we provide on the trek. All you need to do is just enjoy the beautiful landscapes, leaving everything else on us.
Can I leave the travelling clothes in basecamp behind and collect them after the trek?
Kedartal trek allows you to leave the traveling clothes in the basecamp. However, carrying your belongings along with you is a wiser option as you don’t know what demand may arise during the trek and if you don’t want to drag the additional weight while trekking you may opt for offloading which will be charged accordingly.
Would we be able to expect rain during the trek to this trek? What will we do if it rains?
If it starts raining while you’re trekking, we will continue on the journey of Kedartal as planned. Your poncho should shelter you from the rain. Carry a backpack cover for protection from rain for your belongings. When it rains at the campsite, we normally get together in the dining tent and play games. The tents that you will be staying in, the dining tent, kitchen, and toilet tents are all waterproof, so you will stay dry inside.
Is there a doctor going with us on the trek?
Trekmunk doesn’t have a doctor along with us on the Kedartal trek. But our trek leaders are very experienced and they have knowledge about all the necessary things that need to be taken care of during a trek. Our trek leaders have enough medical knowledge and experience to handle any kind of medical emergencies that can happen on a trek. There’s another plus point of having oxygen cylinders along with us and your oxygen level will be checked daily. This will make sure whether you are fine enough to proceed for the further trek or not.
Do we get mobile network on the trek?
During Kedartal trek mobile networks do not work for the most part of this trek. BSNL network will be available at Gangotri. Make sure you inform family members about poor connectivity on the trek. Electricity charging points will be there at the guest house in Gangotri. However, its users rely on power supply in Gangotri.
Are smoking and drinking allowed on the trek?
No, Kedartal, strictly prohibits and may entertain severe outcomes.. Alcohol acts as a depressant and can reduce the frequency of breathing and even cause dehydration. Smoking can Drinking can help in the development of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) which can prove to be fatal at times and can cause an adverse effect on your body. It is very important to be fit and active both physically and mentally in order to complete this trek successfully
How big are the groups?
Kedartal’s batch or group generally consists of 16 people. However, there might be a change in numbers as per the availability and due to other reasons. We don\'t have bigger groups because they take away the joy of trekking. Less people interact with each other more effectively. And it is easier to make friends if you are on a solo journey.
Is it safe for female solo travellers to go in a fixed departure group with trekmunk?
For girls, Kedartal is extremely safe. The trekking company has highest regard for women’s safety and will ensure that they\'re safe during the entire trek. If there is only one female on the trip, then she will be provided with a single tent to sleep alone. If there are more females, then they can sleep under one tent. Always make sure that you are never left on your own. Understand your pace and be with the group.
I can\'t carry my bag can anyone carry it for me (Portage/ Offloading og bags)?
Yes, for Kedartal, we do have offloading facilities available for all the trekkers. Though we advise you to carry your own rucksacks because that is one of the major features of trekking in the wild, but if due to any unavoidable circumstances, you can definitely opt for a mule to carry your stuff. Let us know in advance if you wish to avail of this service as we need to make arrangements accordingly.
How many trekkers will be in one tent?
For Kedartal, a tent will be shared among, maximum of two people, however, a number may vary as per demand or the availability of the treks. If you want a tent that should consist of the same gender, we can do that also. You should always try to follow the norms of the tentmate etiquettes in order to have a warm and happy stay inside the tent.
Do you think I should bring some medicines with me?
Kedartal is a high altitude Himalayan trek, and thus it is highly recommended to keep your personal medicines (if any) along with you. Although our team will provide you with the medicinal kit, it will still be wise to keep your own little pouch of basic medicines like Paracetamol, Crocin, Diamox, Avil, Combiflam, Norflox, Crepe Bandage, Digene etcetera.
Can we change the itinerary?
For Kedartal, Trekmunk take a lot of members alone with us for a trek and it is difficult to change the plan at the last moment except if trek leaders feel like it needs to be changed due to bad weather or any other natural calamity. Moreover, when you do a high altitude trek, it becomes very important to have a planned schedule. Otherwise, things may get worse because there are many factors that can affect a trek. So, to have a successful trek experience, it is important to trust the trek leaders and follow the planned schedule. Just in case you have a personal batch, you can talk about this when you book and our back end team can figure out if there is any possibility of this.
What is AMS? How to prevent it?
Acute mountain sickness (AMS): Acute mountain sickness (AMS) is the result of the body of being in a high altitude environment. AMS is common at high altitudes, which is above 8,000 feet. Three-quarters of people have mild symptoms of AMS over 10,000 feet. Prevention Tips: Avoid alcohol, Drink water, Take it easy, Sleep lower, Medication. Try to climb slowly. Your body needs about two to three days of slowly going higher in order to adjust to the changes. Eat carbs. It\'s not often we\'re told to eat extra carbohydrates.
Can we customize this trek?
Yes, Kedartal trek can be customized according to you. Tekmunk provides you with this luxury of customizing the trek. The starting date, the itinerary, the food menu, everything can be set according to you in a tailor-made batch which is just for you and/or your friends and family.