Brief Description

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)

Why Bikat?

  • Learning Experience: We do not just focus on completing the trek but also help you develop basic trekking skills like:
    • Packing a rucksack
    • Morning Yoga & Evening stretching
    • How to pitch and dismantle a camping tent and properly use a sleeping bag
    • Ascend and Descend on a mountain trail
    • How to ensure camp safety and hygiene
    • Identify trail signs and signals
  • Loyalty Programs: Join Bikat community and enjoy benefits of our vouchers and referral programs.
  • Personalized attention: We have small batch size (max. 15) and we maintain a healthy ratio of 8:1 (Participants: Leader) on all our batches to enable individual focus and monitoring.
  • Best Expedition Leaders: Our leaders are advanced mountaineering course qualified, specially trained in rescue procedures from NIM and certified first-aid responders. Even our local guides are certified first-aid responders.
  • Safety norms: We have mapped every region with an emergency evacuation plan and safety protocols maintaining a zero accident record so far. We carry an extensive first-aid kit including oxygen cylinders and high altitude medicines.
  • Safety equipment: Our trek leaders carry UIAA certified rescue equipment like static rope, ice ax, harness, carabiners, jumar, pulley, short and long slings.


Show detailed itinerary
1 Day 1
Day 01: Arrive in Gangotri
2 Day 2
Day 02: Gangotri (9,576 feet) to Bhoj Kharak (12,893 feet) - 8 Kms trekking
3 Day 3
Day 03: Bhoj Kharak (12,893 feet) to Kedar Kharak (14,468 feet) - 7 Kms trekking
4 Day 4
Day 4 - Kedar Kharak (14,468 feet) to Kedar Tal (15,748 feet) - 4 Kms trekking
5 Day 5
Day 05: Kedar Tal (15,748 feet) to Kedar Kharak (14,468 feet) - 4 Kms trekking
6 Day 6
Day 06 : Kedar Kharak (14,468 feet) to Gangotri (9,576 feet) - 15 Kms trekking
7 Day 7
Day 07 : Gangotri - Uttarkashi - Dehradun (243 kms)

Big Questions

Eligibility: Is this trek good for me?

Kedar Taal Trek is a difficult glacier trek with highest altitude of 4750 meters. The difficult terrains and steep ascent makes it a challenging expedition. This trek is appropriate for the seasoned trekkers and for those who have done moderate level treks before. For details on trek difficulty level, please read on Bikat Rating Scale

Eligibility: Experience required

One should have at least 7-10 trek days in the Himalayas in their kitty and have done at least one moderate plus level trek before.

Eligibility: Fitness benchmark

Jog/Run for 5 Kms in 25-30 mins Or Walk continuously for 10 kms (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 If you are meeting these benchmarks, please use the preparation schedule to improve your fitness till you achieve the above benchmarks.

Connectivity: How to Reach the base of the trek & how to go back from the end point?

The start and end point of Kedar Taal is Uttarkashi. Dehradun is the best point to reach Uttarkashi. Though there are no buses from Dehradun to Uttarkashi, one can hire a shared taxi from Dehradun to Uttarkashi which takes about 5 hours to reach (150 km). Dehradun is easily accessible through road, rail, and air transport. By Road You can take overnight UKRTC buses and Volvos available between Delhi ISBT and Dehradun. You can book your bus tickets online through or any other bus services available. The distance from Delhi to Dehradun is about 247 km. You can also hire a taxi or outstation cab from Delhi to Dehradun. By Rail The nearest railway station to is 187 km away in Dehradun. There are a number of trains running between Delhi and Dehradun like Dehradun Express, Mussoorie Express, Nanda Devi Express. It is advisable to make your train bookings a month in advance. By Air The nearest airport from Uttarkashi is Jolly Grant airport in Dehradun which is 180 km away from Uttarkashi. There are frequent flights between New Delhi and Dehradun. Make sure you have your flights booked well in advance.

Nearby attraction: What are the nearby attractions that I can explore?

Uttarkashi is a beautiful tourist point with so many places to see. Visit Vishwanath Temple, the oldest and most sacred temple located on the banks of Bhagirathi River. Kuteti Devi Temple is another highly regarded religious place in town. Manekari Dam is a concrete marvel of Uttarkashi. Experience the village life in Sangem Chhati, a half an hour drive from Uttarkashi district. Nehru Institute of Mountaineering is also located in Uttarkashi. Gangotri is also an ancient town of utmost religious importance to Hindus.

Connectivity: What is the cellular network connectivity for this trek?

BSNL and Airtel have a good connectivity in this region. One can expect a network on these sims only till Gangotri or Gomukh on this trek.

Best Season: What are the best months to visit this trek?

May - June, September-October.

Eligibility: Requisite Skills

How to use basic mountaineering equipment like gaiters & micro spikes Ascending & Descending on snow Basics of Mountain Sickness Basics of Mountain Hazards How to cross small water streams How to cross large water streams Basic principles of acclimatization

Packing List: What to pack

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Terms & Conditions

What's Included

  • Meals during the trek
  • Forest Permits/Camping Charges, if any
  • Tents, Sleeping bags, mats
  • Safety Equipment includes static rescue rope, seat harness, carabiners, pulleys
  • Trek guide, cook, helpers, porters & mules for carrying common luggage
  • Services of a Certified Trek Leader

What's not Included

  • Meals during road journeys
  • Meals during Hotel/Guest House 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.

Cancellation Policy

Cash Refund
  • Cancellations up to 30 days prior to departure date - 5% deduction
  • Between 30 days to 15 days prior to departure - 50% deduction
  • Less than 15 days of departure - No Cash Refund
Voucher Refund
  • Cancellations up to 5 days prior to departure date - No deduction
  • Cencellations within 5 days prior to departure - No Refund
*Cash refund is applicable only in case of bookings made without using any promotional offer code or vouchers.
*Please note that this is only a brief of cancellation terms. For finer details please refer Detailed Cancellation Policy

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