KedarTal is an emerald lake situated next to Kedar Bamak Glacier at the foot of the enormous Thalaysagar (6,904) and Brigupanth Peak (6,772mts). Kedar Bamak Glacier is the source of Kedar Ganga which acts as an important tributary of Bhagirathi River. At 4780mts above sea level, Kedartal is one of the most beautiful high altitude lakes of India.

Kedartal trek requires previous trekking experience in the mountains. The holy town of Gangotri is the base camp for Kedartal Trek. The Kedartal Trek  trekking route is open for trekkers from May to October. Gangotri National Park remains closed during winters as it is prone to heavy snowfall.

  • Total Duration of the trip: 06 Days
  • Type: Diffucult Trekking Overland Expedition
  • Maximum Elevation: 16600 ft
  • Difficulty level: Moderate to Difficult
  • Starting Point of the Trek: Gangotri
  • Price for Foreign Nationals is € 800 per person ( Read FAQ's, Inclusions and Exclusions for further details)

Per Person Cost

₹14,000.00

All Inclusive: Accommodation, Meals, Trek Guide, Equipments, Transfers. Excludes Service Tax of 9% as per updated Government Regulations

Itinerary

Day 01: Dehradun – Uttarkashi – Gangotri: Drive 258 Kms, 10 hrs

Uttarkashi is one of the major towns of Uttarakhand thus buses and shared cabs are easily available from Dehradun. You can board shared cabs to Uttarkashi from Rispana Pul in Dehradun. This 5-6hrs drive passes through Mussoorie Bypass Road offering scenic views. The massive Tehri Dam Lake also comes into view as you proceed towards Chilyanisaur.

After a short break at Uttarkashi continue another 4 hour drive to reach Gangotri via Harsil. If you start from Dehradun at around 6am then you will probably reach Uttarkashi by 12 Noon. Take another shared cab to Gangotri from Uttarkashi. Perform evening aarti at Gangotri Temple and obtain the permits to enter Gangotri National Park. If possible do an acclimatization hike to Surya Kund. Overnight in Hotel.

Day 02: Gangotri – Bhoj Kharak: Trek 8 Kms

Visit the sacred shrine of Gangotri in the morning, also buy all the necessary items from the market. Cross the bridge over Bhagirathi River and start the climb on the right. First few kilometres of the trek are very steep so try to walk with a slow yet constant speed. The trail initially passes through pine trees then enters a mix vegetation zone of fir and bhoj trees. While trekking you’ll see Kedar Ganga flowing on your left, deep down in the gorge. The cascading sound of the furious river and the whispering sound of trees are a treat to ears.

Soon you’ll witness the first glimpse of Thalaysagar and every step will take you closer to this mystical mountain. Just before reaching Bhoj Kharak there is a steep and slant rock amidst the trail with space of just a few steps, it is also known as Spider Wall amongst trekkers. But while it may seem daunting in the pictures, it is not that difficult to traverse this section in the absence of snow. During early June or late October if the rocky face is covered with snow then it will require some skills to cross this section because one slip can drag you to few hundred feets below. Cross this section and you’ll reach Bhoj Kharak.

Situated at the elevation of 3,780mts above sea level Bhoj Kharak is a small and an average looking campsite. If you are fit and managed to reach Bhoj Kharak at around noon then try to push and reach Lower Kedar Kharak on the same day.

Day 03: Bhoj Kharak – Kedar Kharak: Trek 5 Kms

This 5kms stretch passes through some patches of complicated rugged terrains. After every half an hour into the trek you’ll see a pleasant change in the scenery. Initially it starts with a flora rich trail with numerous Bhojpatra trees and colourful wild bushes around. Soon the view changes with Manda peaks revealing itself.

Stunning views of Bhrigupanth peak will also catch up as you trek nearer to Kedar Kharak. Concentrate on every step while you cross the land sliding zone of Gila Pahar. If this section of Gila Pahar is in very bad shape then try and trek down all the way to Kedar Ganga, cross the river and hike against the river flow until you cross the Gila Pahar intersection then cross the river again and hike back to the original trail that leads to Kedar Kharak.

A wide valley opens up as you proceed towards Lower Kedar Kharak (4100mts) and the trek ends up at the beautiful meadow of Kedar Kharak situated at an elevation of 4,280mts above sea level. Even though this trekking stretch is just 5kms long, it demands good physical strength and endurance from trekkers. But in the end it is a well paid off effort because Kedar Kharak is one of the most beautiful campsites in the Gangotri National Park region. Also, Bharal (Blue Sheep) often visit here for grazing, making it a picture perfect location for photographers. The sight of Bhrigupanth and Thalaysagar peaks standing high together is like a surreal dream.

Day 04: Kedar Kharak – Kedar Tal – Jogin ABC – Kedar Tal: Trek 10 Kms

It takes another 5kms to reach Kedar Tal from Kedar Kharak and most of the route is on moraines and glacier covered with moraines. If trekking in June you might have to trek on snow for last couple of kilometres before Kedartal. Cross the brook carrying icy cold water and climb the steep rocky terrain. Keep following the cairn markings to ensure that you are on the right trail.

After climbing the final ridge, Kedar Bamak Glacier comes in the view along with its glacial lakes. The foot of Mt. Bhrigupanth and Mt. Thalaysagar merges with the Kedar Bamak Glacier. An hour further into the trek reveals a beautiful high altitude lake, the immaculate Kedar Tal. The view of Thalaysagar peak reflecting on the still water of Kedartal is mesmerizing.
Kedar Tal is situated at an altitude of 4780mts above sea level. AMS is quite common at such altitude so it is better to go for an acclimatization hike. Exploring Jogin Advance Base Camp is the best possible option. Leave from Kedartal at around noon and trek towards Jogin ABC (4900mts). This hiking stretch will not only get you well acclimatized but it will also showcase the best views of Thalaysagar peak, its West Ridge will open up and you’ll see the Thalaysagar Icefall from near. Also Jogin group of peaks will reveal itself. Trek back to Kedar Tal. Overnight in tents.

Day 05: Kedar Tal – Gangotri: Trek 18 Kms

Wake up early in the morning for a glorious sunrise and absorb as much beauty as you can. It is one long and tiring hike back to Gangotri this day which takes around 7-8hrs to complete. If you manage to reach Bhoj Kharak by 3pm then proceed towards Gangotri, else camp at Bhoj Kharak.

Day 06: Gangotri – Uttarkashi – Dehradun: Drive 258 Kms, 10 hrs

Drive back to Dehradun.

FAQ's

Question 1- Is this Trek Safe for Amateurs

Some Degree of Fitness is required to Complete this trek. An experience into High Altitude Trekking Expeditions is required and can safely complete this trek with in the designated time.

Question 2- What is the maximum Altitude Covered

The maximum altitude covered during the trek is 16100 ft. (Kedartal)

Question 3- What are the place covered in this trek.(Important)

The places covered are Rishikesh,Gangapani, Gangotri, BhojKharak, Kedar Kharak , Kedar Tal

Question 4 - What peaks are spotted during the trek

Please Spotted are

1- Mt. ThalaySagar
2- Mt. BhriguPanth
3- KedarBhamak Glacier

Question 4 -How will we deal with altitude acclimation?At higher altitudes

The kind we experience frequently on our treks- your cardiac and pulmonary systems are affected by lower oxygen density. Our bodies must adjust to the mountain elevation gradually, or we can become ill. Physical symptoms can range from general breathing difficulties all the way to acute mountain sickness (altitude sickness, soroche, or "the bends"). To avoid altitude-related maladies, we pace our treks appropriately and incorporate acclimatization days throughout the itinerary. There are points throughout many treks during which trekkers may choose to either tackle additional hikes/day trips or rest and relax as their bodies demand.

Question 5 -How do I Reach Gangotri

Gangotri being one of the Char Dhams can be easily accessed from Dehradun and Delhi. Regular Buses and Private Taxis Ply between Dehradun and Gangotri.

Question 6 -How do Foreign Nationals Make the Payment

Prices, Inclusions and Exclusions are different for Foreign and Indian Nationals.Please read the Inclusion and Exclusion thoroughly before making the payment
All Payment solution is available securely by Net banking, International Debit and Credit Cards and Pay pal.

Question 7- What physical criteria will ensure I'm fit enough to trek?

Good overall fitness, flexibility, and healthy will ensure you trek safely and comfortably. Those with acute or chronic health conditions impacting their stamina, range of motion, coordination, or balance may have difficulty completing the trek. If you are in doubt about your own physical readiness, consult a physician well in advance of booking your trip! General hiking experience and comfort with the idea of multi-day hiking will also ensure you are 100% ready to trek!

Question 7- What do I need to know about sun protection?

It may seem counter-intuitive, but your skin is in more danger of sun damage on the mountains than while at the beach! The sun's intensity increases dramatically as we rise in altitude, and fresh snow reflects exponentially more UV rays than does the sand. You will need to protect your skin with clothing and sunblock. A sunblock specifically for mountain conditions is recommended. If you wear prescription eyeglasses its recommend that you get your prescription fitted to sunglasses.

Question 8-What happens if I get sick or injured while trekking?

We take all possible precautions to proactively ensure the safety and wellness of our trekkers, but rest assured that our guides are trained and experienced in dealing with emergencies. Each guide is trained in first aid. In the case of altitude sickness, you will immediately be taken to a lower altitude. If necessary, your guide will rescue you to the nearest Sattelite town.

Question 9-Are solo female travelers safe on Himalayan treks?
We ensure the travel safety of all our trekking guests, both male and female. Indian himalayas, on the whole, is both very safe and welcoming of foreign visitors. We have longstanding, strong relationships with the lodges we frequent, and know them to be safe and reliable. In addition our guides are consistently mindful of all guests' whereabouts while trekking. We travel in small groups, all the better to easily maintain continual contact.

Question 10-What communication options exist while trekking?
What communication options exist while trekking?
It varies. Mobile coverage is expanding around the world rapidly, and the Himalayas are no different… did you know that 3G coverage is available all over Mount Everest? There is no guarantee of uninterrupted coverage.

Inclusion

  • Inclusions for Indian Travellers


  • 1. Accommodation for 2 Night in Gangotri and Accommodation during the trek.
    2. All Meals during the Trek( Veg meals)
    3. All Necessary Permits,Forest Camping and Environmental Charges
    4. All Trekking equipments (Tents, Sleeping Bags. etc),Porter for Food Material,Cook & Mule for Kitchen and equipment charges.
    5. Mountaineering Certified Guide throughout the Trek.
    6. Services of Experienced Trek Leader

  • Inclusions for Foreign Travellers



  • 1. Accommodation for 2 Night in Gangotri
    2. All Accommodation during the trek on Twin Sharing Basis.
    3. All Meals during the Trek( Veg meals+ Egg Meals)
    4. All Necessary Permits,Forest Camping and Environmental Charges.Cost of Mentioned Permits is different for Indian and Foreign Travellers.
    5. All Trekking equipments (Tents, Sleeping Bags. etc),Porter for Food Material,Cook & Mule for Kitchen and equipment charges.
    6. Mountaineering Certified Guide throughout the Trek.
    7. Services of Experienced Trek Leader
    8. Personal Porterage service Fees(One porter per person)
    9. All transfers using Volvo Bus from Delhi to Dehradun and Dehradun to Delhi
    10.All Transfers From Dehradun to Gangotri and Gangotri to Dehradun.
    11. Service Tax of 9% as per government updated Regulations

    Exclusion

  • Exclusions for Indian Travellers


  • 1-All transfers using Volvo Bus from Delhi to Dehradun and Dehradun to Delhi.
    2-All Transfers From Dehradun to Gangotri and Gangotri to Dehradun.
    3-Any rescue service expenses.
    4-Accompanied paramedic/ doctor.
    5-Any personnel expenses like, biking gears (optional), drinks, bar & beverages, laundry, telephone, tips, donations, video camera fees, room service, and anything which is not included in the above.
    6- Any Cost of Personal Clothing
    7- Service Tax of 9% as per updated Government Regulation

  • Exclusions for Foreign Travellers


  • 1-Any rescue service expenses.
    2-Accompanied paramedic/ doctor.
    3-Any personnel expenses like, biking gears (optional), drinks, bar & beverages, laundry, telephone, tips, donations, video camera fees, room service, and anything which is not included in the above.
    4- Any Cost of Personal Clothing

    Cancellation Policy

    Case 1- Cancellation from Customer's end

    1-30% of the deposit amount if cancelled 30 days prior to trip start date.
    2-50% of the deposit amount if cancelled 20 days prior to trip start date.
    3-90% of the Full amount if cancelled 10 days prior to trip start date.

    Case 2- Cancellation due to Natural Contingency,Political Turmoil, Disaster

    No Money will be Refunded in Case 2.

    Essentials List

    1 High Quality Winter Jacket
    3 High Quality Winter Fleece
    1 Rain Cover for Body
    2 Pair Warmers
    3 Pair Tre/Riding Pants

    Other Essential

    1 Winter Cap
    1 Pair High QualityGloves
    1 Scarf and Muffler
    1 Trek/Riding Shoe
    1 Think Outer and Thin Inner Socks
    12 Pair: Change Socks Everyday
    1-Back Pack (50-70 lt.)
    1-Rain Cover For Bags
    1-Sandals Slippers for Evenings
    2-Insulated Water bottles
    1- Trekking Pole

    Electronics

    2-Battery packs
    2 10000 MAH BATTERIES
    4-6 Camera Battery pack
    1-Head lamps

    Toilet Essential

    1 Winter Face Creme/Sun Protection
    1 Face Wash
    1 Hand Sanitiser
    1 Deodorant

    Documentation

  • Documentation for Indian Travellers


  • 1- Every Trekker has the responsibility for submitting the required documents within the below mentioned timeline.
    2- A scanned copy of Photo Identity to be submitted within 7 days of the date of booking the expedition.
    3- Signed and scanned copy of the indemnity form

  • Documentation for Foreign nationals


  • 1- Every Trekker has the responsibility for submitting the required documents within the below mentioned timeline.
    2- A scanned copy of Photo Identity to be submitted within 7 days of the date of booking the expedition.
    3- Signed and scanned copy of the indemnity form
    4- Self Attested scanned copy of Indian Visa 30 days prior to trip start date
    5- Self Attested scanned Copy of Passport 30 days prior to trip start date
    6-Schedule for Arrival and Departure in India.
    Available Dates
    Adults:

    What's so great about us!

    Extraordinary, Extreme and Breathtaking Himalayan Expeditions.
    Expert team of certified mountaineering guides.
    High Quality Camping Equipments, Technical Equipments for Climbing and Mountaineering.
    Highly Skilled Bike Leader/Sweeper and Mechanic for Motorbiking Expeditions.
    Huge fleet of Royal Enfield Bikes for Overland Himalayan Motorbiking Expeditions.
    Extensive knowledge of Himalayan Ecosystem and Geographical territory.
    Critical response team well trained for Altitude sickness, High Altitude Acclimatisation Problems and Emergency exits.
    Huge Network of Guesthouses, homestay and Hotels for extraordinary stay.
    Professional team of Film Makers and Photographers for Shoot during Travel.
    High Quality Goodies for Each traveller.