Uttarakhand | 8 D/7N | 16,115 Ft.
May – June and September – October
(Above mentioned cost is for 8 or more people)
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- Vacation Style High Altitude Trek
- Activity Level Moderate
- Group Size Medium Group
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.
- All accommodation during the trek on sharing basis in tents.
- All meals during the trek – Vegetarian
- Tents, Sleeping bags and all other Camping Gear (Dining Tent, Tiolet Tent etc)
- Safety Equipment (Medical kit, Oxygen Cylinders, Oximeter etc.)
- Services of our expert Trek Leader
- Services of an Expert Trekking Team (Guides, Cooks, Helpers, Porters/Mules)
- Trekking Permits and Forest Camping Charges
- A Life Changing Experience
- GST and Other Taxes (As applicable, Subjected to change according to Govt. Rules)
- Backpack Offloading Charges
- Personal Trekking Gear
- Travel Expenses to and fro Dharali from home city/Dehradun
- Food during transit from Dehradun to Dharali and vice versa
- Tips for local team
- Expenses of personal nature like Laundry, Phone Calls, Alcohol, Cigarettes, Camera Fee, Bottled Water etc
- Any Requirement for Single Room/Single Tent Accommodation
- Travel Insurance and other Emergency Expenses
- Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, landslides, road conditions and any other circumstances beyond our control
- Anything which is not mentioned in Inclusions
- 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
The most awaited day of the trek, which naturally means it will be quite strenuous. Don’t let the 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. The striking beauty of Mt. Thalaysagar chaperones your campsite at Kedartal.
Altitude: 4,912 m
Distance: 5 km
Time Taken: 6 – 7 hrs
- Day 5 Rest day at Kedar Tal
The first sun rays of the day bathe the campsite in a golden hue, while the fiery Thalaysagar peak casts a mesmerising reflection in the waters of Kedar Tal. The emerald coloured 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 the day exploring around Kedar Tal, and capture albums full of memories to take away.
- Day 6 Trek from Kedar Tal to Bhoj Kharak
We begin the trek to Bhoj Kharak early in the morning from the Kedar Tal campsite post breakfast. The trail is descending, and not very strenuous. Enjoy the beautiful surroundings as you descend leisurely.
Altitude: 3,780 m
Distance: 9 km
Time Taken: 5 – 6 hrs
- Day 7 Bhoj Kharak to Gangotri. Drive to Dharali
- Day 8 Depart for Dehradun/ Haridwar.
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.
The months of September and October are ideal for this 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.
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.