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