Kedartal Trek

Kedartal Trek

Uttarkashi, Uttarakhand, India
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Kedartal Trek Highlights

  • Enjoy snowfall over Thalaisagar, Meru and Bhrigupanth
  • Bonfire Night
  • Touch The holy water of Gangotri

Kedartal Trek Overview

Kedartal Trek is for adventure lovers. Kedartal also known as ‘Shiva’s Lake’ is one of the highest lakes in Uttarakhand. This immaculate glacial lake is seated at an elevation of 4,912 meters above sea level in the Uttarkashi district. Kedar Tal Lake is formed by the melting of the Kedar glacier, thereby giving birth to the Kedar Ganga River which is an important tributary of the Bhagirathi River.

A challenging trek towards the lake demands an exquisite mountaineering experience and here is a 6-day-long trek to the holy site of Gangotri and Kedartal which goes through the rough trails encircled by fir and bhoj trees in plenty. The trail is also extremely remote. There is no human habitation at this altitude. And you find very few trekking groups on this trail. The Kedar Kharak campsite is on a vast dry meadow, hemmed in by mountains on all sides. A wide stream runs through this meadow. This setting makes the sunsets at this campsite exceptional. When the sun sinks behind the snow-clad Bhrigupanth, the entire meadow turns orange and then turns grey, and fades into the inky blackness of the night.

About Kedartal:

Kedartal, at a distance of 17 km from Gangotri, is a popular trekking destination. Starting from Gangotri the route involves a steep rocky climb along the narrow Kedar Ganga gorge en route to Bhojkharak, 8 km away. From there it is 4 km to the next available camping site of Kedarkharak, and a further 5 km to Kedartal. The route passes through scenic Himalayan birch forests but is made hazardous in places by falling rocks, high altitude, and segments of steep ascent.

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Itinerary For Kedartal Trek


Day 1 - Arrival in Gangotri - A Spiritual Beginning

Your journey kicks off in the sacred town of Gangotri. Here's how your first day unfolds:

Upon Arrival in Dehradun:

  • Start your adventure by arriving in Dehradun, where the Himalayan experience begins.
  • Catch a shared cab from Rispana Pul in Dehradun to Uttarkashi.

Scenic Drive to Gangotri:

  • Embark on a breathtaking 5-6 hour drive via the Mussoorie Bypass Road, offering spectacular views including the mesmerizing Tehri Dam Lake.
  • Continue your journey towards Chilyanisaur.
  • Take a brief pause at Uttarkashi to rejuvenate before heading to Gangotri via Harsil, a four-hour drive.
  • From Uttarkashi, hop on another shared cab to reach the spiritual haven of Gangotri.

Exploring Gangotri:

  • Upon your arrival in Gangotri, pay your respects at the Gangotri Temple by participating in the evening aarti.
  • Obtain permission to enter the Gangotri National Park.
  • If time permits, consider a serene hike to Surya Kund.
  • Spend your night in comfort at a hotel in Gangotri.

Day 2 - Hiking Towards Bhoj Kharak - A Thrilling Ascent

Your second day is filled with adventure and exploration:

Morning Ritual:

  • Begin your day with a visit to the sacred Gangotri shrine and explore the local markets.

Starting the Trek:

  • Cross the bridge over the Bhagirathi River and commence your ascent on the right side.
  • Maintain a steady and unhurried pace as you climb the steep trail, allowing you to conserve energy.
  • The path takes you through pine forests and transitions into a mixed vegetation zone of fir and Bhoj trees.
  • Along the way, catch glimpses of the quietly flowing Kedar Ganga deep down in the gorge.
  • The mystical Thalaysagar mountain gradually reveals itself with every step.

The Spider Wall Challenge:

  • Before reaching Bhoj Kharak, encounter a steep and narrow rock section known as the "Spider Wall" among trekkers.
  • Successfully traverse this challenging section, and you'll arrive at the small campsite of Bhoj Kharak, situated at an elevation of 3,780 meters above sea level.

Day 3 - Trekking to Kedar Kharak - Unveiling Rugged Beauty

Your third day takes you deeper into the heart of Gangotri National Park:

Exploring Varied Terrains:

  • Embark on a 5-kilometer trek that traverses complex and rugged terrains, leading you to Kedar Kharak.
  • Witness the ever-changing serenity of the landscape; the journey begins with a lush flora-filled trail, offering glimpses of the Manda peaks.
  • Enjoy mesmerizing views of the Bhrigupanth Peak.
  • Cross the Gila Pahar zone, and if conditions permit, take the trek route down to Kedar Ganga, crossing the river.
  • Continue hiking against the river's flow until you reach the Gila Pahar intersection, then return to the trail leading to Kedar Kharak.

Arrival at Kedar Kharak:

  • The trek concludes at the stunning meadow of Kedar Kharak, nestled at an altitude of 4,280 meters above sea level.
  • Spend the night at Kedar Kharak, one of the most enchanting campsites in the Gangotri National Park region.

Day 4 - Discovering Kedar Tal - A High-Altitude Gem

Day four promises a journey to the pristine Kedar Tal:

Trek to Kedar Tal:

  • Embark on a 5-kilometer trek from Kedar Kharak to Kedar Tal, mostly featuring moraines and glaciers covered with moraines.
  • If you're trekking in June, be prepared for snowy stretches in the final kilometers leading to Kedartal.
  • Cross a frigid brook and navigate steep, rocky terrain.
  • Follow the cairn markings to ensure you stay on the right trail.
  • Upon reaching the final ridge, marvel at the views of the Kedar Bamak Glacier, along with other lakes in the distance.
  • The foot of Mt. Bhrigupanth and Mt. Thalaysagar merging with the Kedar Bamak Glacier is a sight to behold.
  • Trek for another hour to reach the magnificent high-altitude lake, the immaculate Kedar Tal.
  • Kedar Tal sits at an elevation of 4,780 meters above sea level.
  • Explore the Jogin Advance Base Camp and return to Kedar Tal around noon.
  • Stay overnight in tents near Kedar Tal.

Day 5 - Return to Gangotri - A Long and Scenic Trek

Day five involves a return journey to Gangotri:

Beginning Your Trek Back:

  • Capture the breathtaking sunrise views early in the morning.
  • Prepare for a challenging 7-8 hour hike back to Gangotri.

Option for Stay:

  • If you reach Bhoj Kharak by 03:00 PM, you can proceed to Gangotri or choose to camp at Bhoj Kharak.

Day 6 - Farewell to Dehradun - Departure

Day six marks the end of your memorable adventure:

Final Sunrise Views:

  • Wake up early to savor the sunrise views.
  • Bid farewell to the Himalayas as you journey back to Dehradun.

Arrival in Dehradun:

  • Arrive in Dehradun with a heart full of adventurous memories and a pocketful of experiences.

Your journey from Gangotri to Dehradun concludes here, leaving you with cherished moments and a sense of accomplishment.

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Water bottle
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Hand gloves
Personal medications (if any)
Essential toiletries
UV Protected Sunglasses (Advisable)
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Kedartal Trek Reviews




It has been a great pleasure to deal with Shubham and the other guys... Our first experience over the magnificent Himalayan mountains has been extremely fulfilling! All the organization has been well planned and exceptionally dealt with! Looking forward to other adventures with them.




This was a great experience. November was a great time to go as long as you have warm clothes. Sunny the guide thought of every little detail. The food was fantastic!! Highly recommend this trip and company!!




Amazing trip! Our guide, Sunny, was an excellent guide and host. He was extremely knowledgeable, easygoing, and fun to hang out with. Everything was extremely well organized and professional and we were extremely spoiled with delicious, healthy homemade veg food. We camped by the lake our first night and enjoyed excellent sunrise views of Chaukamba and more.




We did the Kedartal trek last month with our guide - it was a stunning experience and they were a pleasure to be with and guided us professionally along. The trek is not simple but the efforts and “hardship” was worth it - the views are out of this world, the Shivas lake so so beautiful- and the food prepared and his team was really good and tasteful, impressed,)




Wonderful. Hiking is meditation.... the lesson I learned during our trip. This a lesson I use during every step of my life. This is not only An amazing trip, challenging and full of excitement! It is also combined with spiritual growth and meditation.




The trek was difficult, but these guys make sure to check safety and enjoyment at the same time. The guides are so knowledgeable, the food is amazing, plus the incredible views of the Himalayas. Oh! I'm already missing the mountains. I'm coming back definitely.!!




The Trek was super interesting and unique with rich&special experiences, locations, people, and breathtaking views. Nevertheless, it was not an easy trek... as we were two couples in our, in OK shape... the day walking 8 hrs in the jungle and the walking in the dark are not for everyone :) . but are surely worth going!




The Trek was super interesting and unique with rich&special experiences, locations, people, and breathtaking views. Nevertheless, it was not an easy trek... as we were two couples in our, in OK shape... the day walking 8 hrs in the jungle and the walking in the dark are not for everyone :) . but are surely worth going!




All in all, was amazing, really the place and the experience we got from this tour were very special and memorable.




Perfect for a picnic and get-together plan, a good place to visit on a weekend for family fun, the place is clean and truly fun there, we enjoyed the place and end up with good photos and an unforgettable experience.

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  • Any cancellation made 25 days before the date of departure, would levy 15% of the total tour cost as cancellation charges.
  • Any cancellation made within 15-25 days before the date of departure, would levy a 25% of total tour cost as cancellation charges.
  • Any cancellation made within 7-15 days before the date of departure, would levy 50% of the total tour cost as cancellation charges.
  • Any cancellation made within 0-7 days before the date of departure, would levy 100% of the total tour cost as cancellation charges.
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  • Carry minimum weight. 
  • Do not litter. 
  • Alcohol and smoking are not allowed. 
  • The decision of the trek leader will be final and binding. 
  • Delays may occur due to weather conditions 
  • Any person with health conditions like Asthma etc. is advised not to go for this expedition. However, if they so decide, it is at their own risk. 
  • Do not wander off on your own.
  • Please take care of your baggage.
  • Please keep yourself hydrated throughout the trek and fuel yourself with some energy bars, protein bars, or any snacks to maintain your energy level.
  • Involve yourself in some physical activities like jumping, running, and stretching, as it increases the stamina and strength of the body.
  • People with any physical ailments are advised not to come on the trek.
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