Kedar Taal Trek
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Kedar Taal Trek

Kedartal (also known as Shiva's lake) is a glacial lake situated at an altitude of 4,750m (15,600 feet) in the Garhwal region of the Himalayas in India. The lake is fed by the snowfall over Thalay Sagar (6,904m), Meru (6,672m), Bhrigupanth (6,772m) and other surrounding peaks, and is the source of Kedar Ganga, which in Hindu mythology is considered to be Shiva's contribution to Bhagirathi (a source-stream of the Ganges)


1 Duration 7 Days
2 Region Garhwal
3 Accommodation Type Camps (Triple sharing) while trekking and hotel on twin sharing basis
4 Grade Classification Moderate Plus
5 Maximum Elevation 15,748 Feet
6 Best Season Mid May-June & Mid August -October
7 Food Nutritious food suited for trekking / 3 meals a day
8 Max Group Size 15
9 Road Head Gangotri
10 Getting to/ From starting point & Trek end point Gangotri can be reached by shared jeeps departing from Uttarkashi, about a 4 hour drive (99km). Uttarkashi can easily be reached by numerous buses or shared jeeps from Dehradun (144km). You can book this transport with us also for convenience, check the add-ons section.
11 What is included in the fee Meals during the trek
Forest Permits/Camping Charges (upto the amount for Indian nationals)
Tents, Sleeping bags, mats
Safety Equipment
Trek guide, cook, helpers, porters & mules for carrying common luggage
Services of a Certified Trek Leader
2 night Hotel stay in Gangotri
12 What is not included in the fee Meals during road journey
Meals during Hotel stay
Carriage of Personal Bags during the trek
Any kind of Insurance
Any expense of personal nature
Any expense not specified in the inclusion list

Trek Fee

14500

Gangotri to Gangotri

GST @ 5% is applicable on the fee.


You Can Save Upto 25% On this Trek
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Trek Dates

23-09-2017 - 29-09-2017(Open)
07-10-2017 - 13-10-2017(Open)

Itinerary

Day 01: Dehradun - Uttarkashi - Gangotri (243 Kms/8-10 hrs)

Arrive in Gangotri by early evening for debrief and introductions with your new crew (your family for the next 6 days). Enjoy all that Gangotri has to offer, it truly is a special place. If you arrive earlier in the day, talk a walk through the pine forests, browse the market, have a conversation with a Sadhu or two, find the secret cave, enjoy a delicious dinner and make sure to visit the holy temple that thousands of pilgrims come to visit annually. Gangotri can be reached most easily by share jeeps departing from Uttarkashi, about a 4 hour drive (99km). Uttarkashi can easily be reached by numerous buses or share jeeps from Dehradun (144km). You can book this transport with us also for convenience, check the add-ons section.

Day 02: Gangotri (9,576 feet) to Bhoj Kharak (12,893 feet) - 8 Kms trekking


Get ready to climb, this trail is ready to go places! No funny business, you’ll get some major ascent in the first day. The Kedar Gunga faithfully follows you along your left-hand side all of today, thundering down in the deep, pine-studded gorge it has carved its way through for thousands of years. As you climb, the fresh pines recede and are replaced with a thick grove of birch trees- giving Bhoj Kharak, the trek’s first camp, its name. They provide much welcomed shade as you move onward toward the tree line, but not before the purple rhododendrons greet you with their bright colors. The stunningly jagged façade of Thalaysagar appears off in the distance, beckoning you closer with its blue ice, hinting at what Day 3 has in store for you. Your final task of the day is the Spider Wall, a 60-degree slab of rock with just enough footing for you to reach the trail that continues at the other end. Enjoy the evening at Bhoj Kharak just above the treeline, nestled in this valley.

Day 03: Bhoj Kharak (12,893 feet) to Kedar Kharak (14,468 feet) - 7 Kms trekking


Today is an adventure. As you continue to ascend steadily, you face a new challenge. Like a puzzle, a landslide several years back has erased a 100 meter portion of original trail, and it’s up to us to find a new way to traverse the mountainside. The pathway now traveled takes you across the stable area to travel, and then guides you down to the Kedar Gunga river bed to be partially crossed before heading back up onto solid ground on the other side. The trail, which has now returned, guides you to your next campsite, Kedar Kharak. A truly spectacular campsite situated among the towering, snowcapped of peaks of Drigubanth, Thalaysagar and Jogin 3 Ridge that have now revealed themselves, Kedar Kharak is a pristine, high-altitude meadow frequently visited by herds of grazing blue sheep.

Day 4 - Kedar Kharak (14,468 feet) to Kedar Tal (15,748 feet) - 4 Kms trekking


Today is the day! This is what you came for. After a short walk across Kedar Kharak’s far meadow, the trail takes on a new form. The final maneuvers standing between you and the majesty of Kedar Tal are three ridges, primarily composed of deposited boulders and an occasional dirt trail running along the spine at the top of each. Cairns of rock towers dot the surface, reminding you where the trail is headed. Summiting each of the first two ridges gives you a quick peek at that final ridge- and you wonder what sights lay beyond it. One final ridge climb, and there it is. Kedar Tal lake sits like a frozen emerald below you, Thalaysagar and the other peaks make you feel like a small figurine in comparison and the Kedar glacier flows motionlessly on your left, the origin of the river you have now become so accustomed to flowing by your side. Enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime campsite, it truly has few rivals in terms of pristine beauty.

Day 05: Kedar Tal (15,748 feet) to Kedar Kharak (14,468 feet) - 4 Kms trekking

While we have to bid the beautiful Kedar Tal farewell this morning, we aren’t quite done soaking in the spectacular views this little piece of Heaven has to offer. An easy day on your legs, we head back (downhill, yay!) to Kedar Kharak for a restful and gorgeous afternoon in the meadow and welcomed sunshine.

Day 06 : Kedar Kharak (14,468 feet) to Gangotri (9,576 feet) - 15 Kms trekking

Today we are homeward bound! While the distance to cover is a little longer today, the trail back to Gangotri is almost entirely downhill- hard part is done. Somehow it seems that, even though it was only a few days back, these adventurous landslide navigations, slanted Spider Wall, swaying birch trees, rhododendron bushes and the final pine forest farewell seem nostalgic. Great journeys tend to turn a week into a lifetime. Your reward is a soft, warm bed back down in Gangotri and a chance to catch the famous aarti carried out at the temple that night before heading home in the morning. Enjoy it, you’ve earned it.

Day 07 : Gangotri - Uttarkashi - Dehradun (243 kms)

After breakfast, get ready for the drive back to Dehradun in a vehicle. If you have booked the transport with us, then the vehicle will pick you up from Gangotri and drop in Dehradun by evening.


Trek Story

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This ain't your grandma’s Sunday afternoon walk.

Kedar Tal is rated as a moderate hike, but don't let labels fool you- this one is feisty, throwing some curveballs to those who choose to take the journey up to that glittering lake.

So what makes Kedar Tal the perfect amount of adventure for all of those adrenaline junkies and challenge-seekers out there? What could it have hidden up its sleeve?

Three things, to be exact.

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