Kedartal Trek

duration Duration 6 Nights / 7 Days
altitude Maximum Altitude 15,485 ft
age Minimum Age 8+
Camp Thrill Level Extreme
Camp Tour type Group
About the Kedartal Trek

If you have done some easy to moderate level Himalayan treks and now you feel ready to take the next step in high altitude trekking and wants to see some of the most beautiful Himalayan peaks up close then this is the trek you must go on.

Kedartal is one of the most beautiful glacial lake you will ever see, it is situated at an altitude of 15,485 ft. in the foothills of some magnificent peaks. The lake is the best place to see peaks like Thalaysagar (6,904 m), Bhrigupanth (6,772 m), Meru (6,672 m) and many more. The lake is fed by the glaciers of surrounding peaks and it is also a source of Kedar Ganga river, which is considered as a Lord Shiva's contribution to river Bhagirathi. Excited! Our trek leader will tell you the complete mythology at the shores of the lake with the backdrop of some mighty peaks.

When your neck get tired of looking up at the peaks but your eyes don't want to move away from them, for that let me tell you, you can also see the enchanting reflection of these mighty peaks in super still emarald water of Kedartal. Also one more fact, Mt. Thalaysagar is considered the second most beautiful peak in Indian Himalayas and it will be standing right in front of you at Kedartal and gives you a whole time in the world to soak its beauty in your eyes. We understand this part and that is why we make you camp at Kedartal so you can can catch its beauty under the shining stars also see it glowing with the first light of sun. I bet, you will never get over with that view in your whole life.

On this Trek you will also visit Gaumukh which is the origin source of river Ganges, considered as the holiest river in Hinduism. Which makes Gaumukh one of the most holiest place in hindu culture, also a magical sight which is not to be missed.

This is one trek where you will have experience of walking through dense forests, walking on glaciers, walking on moraine, watching glacial lake and have a close encounter with the most beautiful and mighty Thalaysagar peak. On this trek you will encounter a magical forest of Bhoj Patra trees, whose bark was used as a paper in ancient times and most of the ancient hindu scriptures was written on them and still surviving. You can collect those barks to give them to you loved ones as a symbol of the eternity of your love.

This is a difficult trek because of the terrain and altitude gain and only recommended for experience trekkers, however we believe in nothing is impossible, so any person with good physical fitness without prior trekking experience can go for this one.

Day 1: Arrival at Gangotri


Altitude: 11,204 ft

Drive: 240 km (8-10 hrs drive)

Meals Included: Dinner

Stay type: Stay at guest houses on a double / triple sharing basis.

  • Pickup will be arranged from Dehradun Railway Station at 6 am.
  • During your journey to Gangotri enjoy the scenic drive and have breakfast and lunch on the way (at your own expense).
  • Gangotri is one of the Chaar Dham and holds an important place in the heart of hindu devotees.
  • If you don't get any traffic issues on the way and arrive as scheduled, you can enjoy the evening aarti at Gangotri temple.

 

Day 2: Gangotri to Bhoj Kharak

 

Altitude: 11,204 ft to 12,800 ft

Trek: 9 km (5-6hrs)

Meals Included: Breakfast - Lunch - Evening Snacks- Dinner

Stay Type: Stay at Bhoj Kharak campsite in alpine or dome tents on dual sharing basis

  • After a nutritious breakfast get ready for the unforgettable journey.
  • Today you will be walking on a rocky terrain. You will have steep ascent in most part of the treks.
  • After few kilometers into the trek you will find Kedar Ganga river flowing on your left, Kedar Ganga river originates from Kedartal.
  • Today is the day when you will see the glimpse to Thalaysagar Peak.
  • You will be crossing Bhojpatra trees, the bark of these trees used as paper in ancient times by sages to write scriptures.

 

Day 3: Bhoj Kharak to Kedar Kharak

 

Altitude: 12,800 ft to 14,300 ft

Trek: 4.5 km (4-5hrs)

Meals Included: Breakfast - Lunch - Evening Snacks- Dinner

Stay Type: Stay at Kedar Kharak campsite in alpine or dome tents on dual sharing basis

  • Wake up to a chilly morning and get ready for the journey.
  • Today will be an easy day as compared to yesterday as todays trek is a mix of gradual ascend and descend.
  • Today you will cross the tree line and will walk on vast open meadows.
  • As you go beyond tree line, you will get the clear views of gangotri range.
  • Reach campsite by afternoon, have a hot lunch and retire for the day.

 

Day 4: Kedar Kharak to Kedartal

 

Altitude: 14,300 ft to 15,485

Trek: 5 km (4-5hrs)

Meals Included: Breakfast - Lunch - Evening Snacks- Dinner

Stay Type: Stay at Kedartal campsite in alpine or dome tents on dual sharing basis

  • Wake up have breakfast and get ready to get the reward for which you have come on this trek.
  • Today is the day when you will reach Kedartal, it would be a difficult day as you will be walking on rocky terrain with continuous steep ascent and no greenery around.
  • Today is the day when you will encounter Thalaysagar, Bhrigupant and Meru face to face, get spellbound by seeing their reflection in emerald water of Kedartal
  • We will camp at Kedartal so you can get more time to soak in the beauty of this majestic place, so you can see the peaks shining under glittering stars and see them glowing with first ray of sunlight.

 

Day 5: Kedartal to Bhoj Kharak

 

Altitude: 15,485 ft to 12,800 ft

Trek: 9 km (5-6 hrs)

Meals Included: Breakfast - Lunch - Evening Snacks- Dinner

Stay Type: Stay at Bhoj Kharak campsite in alpine or dome tents on dual sharing basis

  • Wake up early to see the play of first rays of sunrise with Himalayan peaks.
  • Take some time to say goodbye to this magical place, we know it will be hard but you have to, as you need to descend to Bhoj Kharak campsite.
  • Today's trek will be a little easy as you will be descending the whole way.
  • Packed lunch on the way will be provided
  • Reach Bhoj Kharak campsite and retire for the day

 

Day 6: Bhoj Kharak to Gangotri

 

Meals included: Breakfast - Lunch - Evening Snacks- Dinner

  • Wake up early and get ready for the last day of the trek
  • Today it will be a complete descend till Gangotri
  • Reach Gangotri by late afternoon and check in to the guest house
  • Get freshen up and you can explore gangotri temple and market in the evening on your own.

 

Day 7: Gangotri to Dehradun

 

Drive: 240 Kms (8-9 hrs)

Meals Included: Breakfast

  • Leave early from Gangotri
  • Breakfast and Lunch will be on the way (not included in the package)
  • Reach Dehradun by 5 pm, Arrival time may increase due to heavy traffic. To be on the safer side make your further travel plan from Dehradun only after 8 pm.

The trek ends here.

Air: Take a flight to Dehradun airport directly as it has good connectivity from all metro cities, If you find the flight to Dehradun is expensive then take a flight to Delhi and take train/bus from Delhi to Dehradun.

Rail: Take a direct train to Dehradun or take a train to Delhi or Haridwar and take a bus from there to reach Dehradun.

Road: Dehradun has good road connectivity, You can drive your own car or take a Bus from your city.

Pickup on Day 1 from Dehradun railway station will be at 6 am, so plan your journey accordingly. We recommend you to arrive at Dehradun on Day 0, a day before the trek starts as it will avoid the last minute hassle also gives you the much needed rest for the trek.

1. Shirts / T-shirts –2/3, Jeans / Trekking Pants -2

2. Windproof jacket of decent quality (no flimsy wind cheaters please!) preferably with a hood

3. Warm and thick Fleece / Full-sleeve Woollen sweater

4. Thermal inner wear (upper & lower), Scarf/muffler (optional)

5. Woollen cap, Woollen gloves, Woollen socks & regular socks (3-4 pairs)

6. Comfortable Trekking/Hiking shoes (Waterproof shoes with a thick sole are recommended)

7. Lightweight floaters/sandals/slippers

8. Raincoat / Poncho, Small quick dry towel

9. Water bottle (sturdy ones, no empty Bisleri bottles!!)

10. Cap / Hat to keep the strong sun away from your face

11. Sun glasses (polarized/UV Protected), Walking stick / Trekking pole

12. Sunscreen Lotion, Lip Balm, Torch / Flashlight (with extra batteries)

13. Medicines, if requiring any specific medication

14. Personal toiletries

15. Day pack/small bag in case if you are planing to offload your regular backpack

16. Hand Sanitizer

17. Extra face masks

Inclusions:

1. You will be greeted by our trek team with a welcome drink on your arrival at Gangotri.

2. All stays included from Gangotri to Gangotri on double / triple sharing basis:

 (i) Guest house on day 1 & 6 on dual / triple sharing basis

 (ii) Alpine / Dome tents on day 2, 3, 4 & 5. on dual sharing basis

3. All meals included from Day 1 dinner to Day 6 dinner Vegetarian meals will be served throughout the trek.

4. Skilled local staff who have ample knowledge of the route

5. Hot water in buckets can be provided on request depending on availability, while staying at guest houses in Gangotri only.

6. Kitchen, dining and toilet tents will be used during the trek.

7. Cooks/Helper for carrying common equipment like rations/tents/utensils/groceries.

8. All permit and entry fees

9. All trek essentials included–

 (i) Accommodation - tents, sleeping bags, sleeping mats etc.

 (ii) Safety equipment - micro spikes, gaiters as per requirements and basic first aid kit with a portable oxygen cylinder.

 (iii) Permit - forest and camping fee included.

 

Exclusions:

1. The above trek charges does not include the GST charges (5%).

2. Personal essentials -

(i) Insurance - Personal and travel insurances.

(ii) Beverage - Mineral water bottles/bottled or canned beverages

(iii) Snacks - Chocolate, dry fruits, protein or nutrition bar.

(iv) Entertainment - Camera or drone fees.

3. Transportation - The charges of transportation on day 1 and 7 (Dehradun to Gangotri and Gangotri to Dehradun) are to be borne and shared between the trekkers.

4. In case if your trek remains incomplete or uninitiated because of ""force majeure"", medical emergency or by personal choice after you arrive at the starting point, you will not be able to get refund, reschedule or replace any services that remain unutilized by you.

5. Any additional cost incurred due to changes in Government Guidelines related to travel/trek/COVID-19 will be borne by the Guest.

6. Anything which is not included in Inclusion.

1. If cancellations are made within 48 hours prior to the start of the trek, 100% advance will be charged as cancellation fee.

2. If cancellations are made between 2-7 days prior to the start of the trek, either 75% of paid amount will be returned to the guest or whole advance amount can be adjusted against any trek within next 6 months.

3. If cancellations are made prior to 7 days from the start of the trek, 100% of total advance will be refunded.

4. If you book the trek by paying 25% of booking amount and fail to make the 100% payment before 25 days from date of travel. In this case your booking will get cancelled automatically and can only be reconfirmed once you make the full payment, depending on the availability of slots.

5. In case if your trek remains incomplete or uninitiated because of ""force majeure"", medical emergency or by personal choice after you arrive at the starting point, you will not be able to get refund, reschedule or replace any services that remain unutilized by you.

6. Cancellations are strictly subjected to cancellation policies mentioned on the website & are irrespective of the date of booking.

7. The applicable refund amount will be processed within 10 business days.

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