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Kedartal Trek - 7 Days

Kedartal Trek
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Garhwal Himalayas are a famous trekking destination and people from different countries come here to explore them. There are many places which nobody has yet stepped on and many are explored. Kedartal is a high altitude Lake amidst the tall gigantic mountains in the Garhwal Himalayan region at an altitude of 4,912 m.

Kedartal is the source of “Kedar Ganga” and this is the contribution of Lord Shiva to Bhagirathi River so it is also known as “Shiva’s Lake”. Mt. Thalay Sagar, Mt. Meru, Mt. bhrigupanth; snowfall over them feeds Kedar Tal. The trek starts from holy city Gangotri which is famous for a pilgrimage and is one of the Char Dhams.

Excellent beauty of Gangotri will be anticipated in the best way, when you go for Kedar Tal trek. The route is not for the novice, especially, if you go there in the winters. However, the summer trek is good one, with ample floral beauty on both side of the trek route. Aspiring meadows on both the side of the route is having excellent art and craft, naturally maintained by nature, is going to greet you in all of your turns. So, you will never feel tired, although the route is tough and steep. Kedartal, the extension of the Kedar Ganga has enough mythological merits, although that is covered well with utmost care from nature god alone. She is protecting the precious myths in her air, flora and the peeping snow covered hill tops. In fact, the snow covered peaks on all sides will seem to be protecting the Bhagirath Shila from all sides.

The trek starts from Uttarkashi. Till Gangotri, the trek route is really tough one, with lots of turns, climbs and rocky surfaces. The meadows and the shades with unparalleled beauty of nature god will never allow you to feel the tiredness. The route till Bhoj Kharak and from there to Kedartal Lake is filled with excellent flora. You will feel the beauty and the admiration for heaven, once you go there in the autumns. Outstanding lake view and ridge view are attracting photographers just like the flower pollen grains do to the bees. Excellent backdrop, from nature shows how much motherly affection she is having.

Beauty throughout the trek has been awesome in all words. As you will cross all the levels, you will feel that your stock of words is at the bottom-most level, to explain the beauty of nature. Meadows and alpine forest that you will face in the trek route will give the refreshment that you need from the nature mother. She is always ready to give you the love and blessings – sometimes as nature and sometimes as the protector of the ancient mythological holiness. Once you reach the Lake of Kedartal, you will just feel to be in the heaven.

The lake is regarded to be the gift from Lord Shiva to Ganges, as a token of blessings, for she reached the earth. Putting Gangotri and its mythological stories apart, you will also find the inspirational rock, called Bhagirath Shila, where Bhagirath sat and prayed for Lord Shiva's blessings. The panoramic view of the place, especially the ridge that Shiva presented will just take away all words and senses from your heart. You will feel blessed to reach heaven, even in this body, after you go through the accentual beauty of the place. Its essence, affluence and odor will just make you fall in childhood love for nature. The spirits, who are beyond all the mythological understandings, reaching at this place, feel the touch of god. So, heaven it is and you are going to explore that very soon.

Best Time to Visit

Best time to travel to Kedar Tal Trek is in summers (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.

After Post monsoon: Serenity and solitude are at its best during post monsoon at Kedar Tal Trek. The region is blessed 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

Day 1
Dehradun to Gangotri (10,055 feet) (Drive 241 km / 8-9 hrs)

Day 2
Acclimatisation day at Gangotri (10,055 ft)

Day 3
Trek from Gangotri (10,055 ft) to Bhoj Kharak (12,402 ft); 5-6 hours, 8 km

Day 4
Bhoj Kharak (12,402 ft) to Kedar Kharak (14,000 ft); 5-6 hours, 4 km.

Day 5
Kedar Kharak (14,000 ft) to Kedartal (16,116 ft) and back to Kedar Kharak; 8 hours, 8 km.

Day 6
Kedar Kharak (14,000 ft) to Gangotri (10,055 ft); 8 hours, 11 km.

Day 7
Gangotri to Dehradun (Drive 241 km / 8-9 hrs)

Day 1:- Dehradun to Gangotri 

  • Altitude: 10,055 feet
  • Drive:  241 km (8 hrs)
  • Time taken:  Start at 06.00 am Reach Gangotri by 3-4 pm.
  • Stay: Check in Hotel

Assemble at the Dehradun Railway station by 6.30 AM. Our journey begins as soon as we hit the road from Dehradun. This is a long but very beautiful drive specially after Uttarkashi as you enter the upper Bhagirathi valley. We check into a guesthouse/lodge at Gangotri and savour the spectacular surroundings. In the evening visit the mother Ganga (Gangotri) temple and take a stroll in the Gangotri market. Overnight in the lodge.

Day 2:- Acclimatisation day at Gangotri (10171 ft) 

Gangotri Temple

After have breakfast you can enjoy the entire day just being alive in the religious vibes. Now that you are at 10171 ft height, today is the day for acclimatization. Acclimatization is like health supplement to your body to get used to the environmental and low temperatures. While doing that, you can take the advantage of being in Gangotri, one of the four Char Dhams.

Day 3: Trek from Gangotri  to Bhoj Kharak

  • Altitude:  12402 ft
  • Drive: 1 hour drive
  • Trek: 8 km, 5-6 hrs trek
  • Trek gradient: Moderate-difficult. Steep ascent all the way. The terrain is rocky in many parts
  • Water sources: Carry sufficient water from Gangotri. You can refill your water bottles from streams on the way.
  • Stay: Overnight stay in tents.

Start your trek from Gangotri and today’s ascend is steep till Bhoj Kharak there are very less descends, cross a bridge over Bhagirathi river after crossing the bridge start ascending you will find loose rocks on the way and the climb is steep so you may get tired, take rest breaks and continue your trek. Then walk through the dense forest and the trees accompany you, there you can hear the sound of Kedar Ganga which flows below, it is Lord Shiva’s contribution to river Bhagirathi.

The steep path gets levelled for some time and further becomes steep again, it sometimes get difficult to walk you can take rest breaks and walk gradually. Now, you will be crossing two mountain walls you can cross them easily with the help of your guide then you will reach Bhoj Kharak campsite.

Bhoj Kharak is a campsite on side of a narrow path this valley is not very big, you have to clear up some area to place the tents but camping on mountains gives an immense feeling. Relax in your tents enjoy your meal and night stay in tents.

Day 4: Bhoj Kharak to Kedar Kharak

  • Altitude:  14,000 ft
  • Trek: 5-6 hours, 4 km
  • Trek gradient: Moderate-difficult.
  • Water sources: Carry sufficient water. There are sources on the way where you can refill your water bottles.
  • Stay: Overnight stay in tents.

Today is a trek to beautiful meadow “Kedar kharak”, the colorful blooming flowers add beauty to this place and the glance of Mt. Bhrigunath welcomes you when you enter this alluring meadow.

Today’s trek is a mixture of ascends and descends, ascending gets steep and further it eases, here you can spot animals in this region and hearing the chirping of birds adds pleasure to your walk, as this place is rich in Fauna so it is common to spot animals here.

When you go upwards you gain altitude and there you can see ice crystals and the weather gets cold now you are about to reach Kedar Kharak; a small meadow with beautiful blooming flowers. Don’t miss out the captivating sunset from here, the view of mt. Bhrigunath is fetching from there. Setup you tents and enjoy food and overnight stay in tents.

Day 5: Kedar Kharak to Kedar Tal and return to Kedar Kharak

  • Altitude:  16,116 ft
  • Trek: 8-9 hours, 9-10 km
  • Trek gradient: Difficult. Continuously ascending trail over a rocky terrain.
  • Water sources: None. Carry at least 2 litres of water.
  • Stay: Overnight stay in tents.

The final step to the beautiful Kedar Tal is through three ridges, primarily composed of deposited boulders and an occasional dirt trail running at the top of each. Cairns of rock towers dot the surface, reminding you where the trail is headed.

Summiting the two ridges gives you a sneak-peek at that final ridge, forcing you to wonder what sights lay beyond it. After climbing the third ridge, Kedar Tal lake sits like a frozen emerald below. The gigantic views of Thalaysagar and other peaks make all your problems seem insignificant.

The Kedar glacier flows motionlessly on your left, the origin of the river you have now become so accustomed to flowing by your side. Biding farewell to the divine Kedar Tal, we descend and head back to Kedar Kharak. Overnight stay in camps.

Day 6: Kedar Kharak to Gangotri

  • Altitude:  10,055 ft
  • Trek: 8 hours, 11 km.
  • Trek gradient: Moderate. Continuously descending trail over a rocky terrain
  • Water sources: Carry sufficient water.
  • Stay: Accommodation in Guest House

The hard part done, we are homeward bound! While the distance to cover is a little long, the trail to Gangotri is almost entirely downhill. Your reward is a soft, warm bed back down in Gangotri and a chance to catch the famous aarti. Head back home on the next morning.

Day 7:- Gangotri to Dehradun (Drive 241 km / 8-9 hrs)

Morning Breakfast and then we start our Drive from Gangotri to Uttarkashi at lunch and then drive to Dehradun 170km. At evening trek tours service ends as we reach the station.

The Trip Cost Includes

  • All accommodation during trek. (Guest house, Home stay, Camping).
  • Services from Dehradun to Dehradun.
  • All meals during trek.
  • All necessary permits and entry fees to Gangotri National park and first aid medical kits.
  • Qualified and experienced mountain guide, and support staff.
  • Oxygen Cylinder and stretcher for emergency case.
  • High altitude rescue expert trek leader.
  • Necessary equipments for climbing, ropes, ice axe and other technical gear for climbing.
  • Mules to carry the central luggage.

The Trip Cost Excludes

  • Any type of personal expenses
  • Hotel accommodation in Dehradun.
  • Extra snacks and meals during trek from shop.
  • Insurance of the trip
  • Things not mentioned under Inclusions.
  • Mule or porter to carry personal luggage.
  • Personal gear, and equipment

Trekking Gear

  • A rucksack with rain cover
  • A water bottle or a hydration pack
  • A Hand/Head Torch with spare batteries
  • UV Protection Sunglasses
  • A trekking pole

Clothing:

Since it is a high altitude trek, at least 3 layers of clothing is mandatory. A full sleeve shirt, a fleece jacket, and a padded jacket are imperative. An additional layer (Thermal bodywarmers) for the evenings in the high altitude campsites are strongly recommended

  • Quick Dry Warm lower or Track Pants - 2
  • Full sleeves T-shirts - 2
  • Thermal Bodywarmer Upper & Lower - 1
  • Fleece Jacket - 1
  • Padded Jacket -1 (Goose down or feather is preferable)
  • Full sleeves sweater - 1 (Needed if you feel cold at high altitudes despite 4 layers)
  • Rainwear (Jacket & Pants) - 1
  • Thick woolen socks -  1 pair
  • Cotton socks - at least 2-3 pairs
  • Undergarments - 1 for every day of trekking
  • Pair of Warm Gloves - 1
  • Woolen cap - 1

Footwear

  • Hiking shoes (Preferably ankle high) -1
  • Pair of lightweight Slipper/Sandals - 1 pair.

Toiletries

    • Sunscreen lotion, lip balm, toothbrush, toothpaste, hand sanitizer, toilet roll, cold cream, small towel.
    • Anti-fungal cream: Carry an antifungal cream if you are sensitive to sweating and prone to skin irritations around genitals or groin area due to lack of bathing.
    • For women:
      • Tampons or sanitary napkins,
      • 2-3 zip pouches to dispose off non-biodegradable waste
      • Vaginal wash to avoid any irritation due to lack of bathing.

Miscellaneous

    • Water bottle
    • Camera (optional)
    • Personal medicine kit. Though our trek leaders carry a fully equipped first-aid kit, make sure you consult your doctor before the trek in case you have any special ailment.
    • Dry fruits, energy bars

Fitness Required for Kedartal Trek

At high altitude as the air gets thinner oxygen becomes less abundant.The percentage saturation of hemoglobin with oxygen determines the content of oxygen in our blood. After the human body reaches around 2,100 m (7,000 feet) above sea level, the level of  oxygen in our hemoglobin begins to plummet. However, the human body has both short-term and long-term adaptations to altitude that allow it to partially compensate for the lack of oxygen. The Kedartal Trek is an challenging trek suitable for trekkers with prior experience in high altitude treks is recommended.

Who Can Go:-

Here are the fitness criteria for conquering Kedartal Trek:

  • Experience of any high altitude trek at least 1 trek
  • The climber must be fit and have sufficient stamina to cover 5 km of distance in 30 minutes.
  • Trekker should be able to carry a 10 to 15 kg bag pack
  • Heart problem, high blood pressure, asthma, and epilepsy cannot be reconciled on this mission. Trekker must not have these conditions mentioned above

Breathing exercises

If you’re trekking to Kedartal Trek , note that the temperature drops to around -8 to 10 degree Celcius at night. During the day, the temperature will be at around 10 to 15 degrees. While going for summit the extreme temperature could make breathing slightly difficult. Doing breathing exercises before the trek will help. Expand your lungs and learn to breathe deep. This will help you inhale more oxygen and help you breathe comfortably.

Fitness exercises

  • Jog/Run for 5 Kms in 25-30 mins or Walk continuously for 10 km (with 3-4 small breaks) on plain terrain (slight incline is better)
  • Hold your breath for 40 seconds
  • 3 sets of Climbing 30 – 40 steps in one stretch
  • Push Ups – 10
  • Lunges & Squats – 15 X 2 sets

To reach Kedar Tal, one can either take four days or five days, it all depends on how well you acclimatize at high altitudes. Trek to this beautiful high altitude lake commences from Gangotri.

The Kedartal Trek is graded moderate-difficult. If you have registered for this trek, then here is some information that you must know in order to have a safe trek. At SYTH, we believe that as long as you are well-informed and well-prepared, you can survive easily at high altitudes.

This trek starts at an altitude of 10,055 ft. You are already in rarefied air and will be covering long distances. With significant altitude gain there are chances of being hit by Acute Mountain Sickness. An average trekking day here covers a distance of 10-13 km. The trail to Kedartal Trek is especially tricky. The route on the glacier keeps changing and having an experienced guide here is a must. Most of the trek has glacial residue of moraines and scree – which is difficult to walk on.

Monitoring health on a trek

Any abnormal reading will be paid special attention to and action will be taken immediately.

On the trek, your Trek Leader will be monitoring two aspects a day.

  • Oxygen Level
  • Pulse Rate 

High Altitude Medical Kit

Your trek leader will also be carrying a full-fledged high altitude medical kit. This will include basic medicines and specific medicines catering to altitude sickness – Diamox, DexamethasoneYour Trek Leader will also be carrying a portable oxygen cylinder throughout the trek. In addition to that, there are oxygen cylinders installed at all high campsites for any emergency situations.

Acclimatisation in high  altitude

This is one of the most important aspects of travelling in the high Himalayas and cannot be ignored or set aside. Acclimatisation basically means our body adjusting to lower levels of oxygen (rarefied air) & reduced air pressure as me move up. In case one does not acclimatise properly there are chances of the person facing extreme discomfort and this can be fatal in extreme cases. While there is no set route to getting properly acclimatised there are a general precautions and steps that one can take to initiate good acclimatisation.

By Air :- 
Jolly Grant Airport is the airport serving Dehradun, located about 25 km from the city. There is a daily flight from Delhi to Dehradun

By Train :- 
Take the overnight train to Dehradun from Delhi

  • Nandadevi Express - Train no: 12205 (Departure 11:50pm; Arrival - 5:40am)
  • Dehradun Express - Train no: 12687 (Departure - 9:10pm; Arrival - 5:00am)

By Bus:- 
There is regular bus service from Delhi to Dehradun, from Delhi’s ISBT Kashmere Gate.
We would suggest you to take only government buses from ISBT Kashmere Gate. Private buses ply from outside ISBT and they are not trust worthiness.
Usually buses drop you at Dehradun ISBT. From there you have to come to Dehradun Railway Station

 

 

Price From INR14,500 INR13,700/person
13,700
Total 13,700 INR

Trip Facts

  • Garhwal Himalayas of Uttarakhand
  • 7 days
  • Moderate To Difficult
  • 16,116 ft
  • Day time: 12°C-17°C; Night time: 2°C-7°C 12. Can drop to -2°C--3°C at Kedartal
  • 55-60 Km
  • May – June and September – October
  • 10-15 trekkers
  • Dehradun to Dehradun
  • Meals while on trek (Veg + Egg)
  • Guest house, Camping
  • Dehradun, Haridwar & Rishikesh is the nearest rail head to the base camp
  • Jollygrant airport is the nearest airport

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