Journey to India's High-Altitude Gem
The Kedartal Trek is an extraordinary high-altitude adventure that takes a traveler to the heart of the Himalayas. Nestled in the serene state of Uttarakhand, India, this trek is often hailed as one of India’s high-altitude experiences.
At the heart of this journey lies the mystical Kedartal Lake, lovingly known as Shiva’s Lake, cradled in the shadow of the awe-inspiring Mount Thalaysagar. This trek also offers a unique opportunity to witness the striking presence of Mount Brigupanth, affectionately called “Briggu,” with its distinct and captivating silhouette.
In the sacred town of Gangotri, the Kedartal Trek spans approximately 30 kilometers, divided over four days of hiking. The route encompasses several base camps, including the renowned Mount Thalaysagar Base Camp, Kedarkharak, and Bhojkarak, each offering a distinct perspective of this breathtaking terrain.
The true highlight of this expedition is the close encounter with Mount Thalaysagar and Briggu, providing a chance to marvel at their grandeur up close. Kedartal Lake itself is a marvel, nestled at a staggering altitude of 15,500 feet, making it one of the India’s highest glacier lakes.
This trek is not for the faint-hearted, as it presents a formidable challenge. With gradual ascents, steep sections, the renowned Spider Wall, and the risk of altitude sickness, it’s tailor-made for experienced trekkers with a high level of fitness and prior trekking experience.
As you traverse this landscape, you’ll be treated to a captivating array of flora and fauna, including bhojpatra, oak, deodar, cedar, and the enchanting Brahma Kamal (September and October). Wildlife enthusiasts can spot creatures like ibex, and the region is a haven for birdwatchers.
Rated as a level 4 to 5 difficulty trek due to the challenging gradient slopes and rapid altitude gain, the Kedartal Trek promises not only adventure but also moments of sheer beauty.
17,999 INR / Per Person
From Dehradun to Dehradun
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- Start your journey from Dehradun, heading towards the sacred town of Gangotri.
- The drive to Gangotri takes two days, allowing for gradual acclimatization to the altitude.
- Overnight stay at Gangotri to prepare for the trek.
- Explore the Gangotri market before setting off on the trek, where you can find necessary items and stock up on dry rations.
- Begin your trek from Gangotri to Bhojkarak, covering a distance of approximately 8 kilometers.
- The trail takes you through dense forests, rocky terrain, and steep ascents, providing an initial taste of the trek’s challenges.
- Don’t miss the famous “spider wall,” a challenging section of the trek with spiders above your head and a cave to crawl through, adding to the adventure.
- Arrive at the scenic Bhojkarak campsite for an overnight stay.
- Resume your trek from Bhojkarak to Kedarkharak, a relatively simpler leg compared to the previous day.
- Enjoy breathtaking views of the Himalayan landscape as you make your way to Kedarkharak.
- Kedarkharak serves as your campsite for the night.
- Kedarkharak, in addition to being a campsite, offers views of Gangotri Glacier and the flowing Kedarganga River.
- The most awaited day of the trek as you trek from Kedarkharak to Kedartal and return on the same day.
- As you progress, you’ll be treated to clear views of Gangotri Valley and distant peaks like Mount Thalaysagar and Mount Briggu.
- Witness the stunning emerald green Kedartal Lake with the magnificent Thalaysagar peak reflecting in its waters.
- Enjoy the exceptional sight of the sunset at Kedarkharak and the breathtaking reflection of Thalaysagar peak in Kedartal Lake.
- It’s a challenging yet immensely rewarding journey.
- Bid farewell to Kedartal’s enchanting beauty and descend back to Gangotri.
- Relish the last moments of the wilderness as you return to Gangotri, where you’ll spend the night.
- On the final day, depart from Gangotri and head back to Dehradun.
- Reflect on the incredible experiences and memories gathered during this high-altitude adventure.
Map Of The Trail
Price Inclusion & Exclusion
- Transportation: Transportation from Dehradun to the basecamp and back to Dehradun is included in the package.
- Accommodation: Enjoy comfortable stays during your trek with accommodation in hotels, guesthouses, or dormitories, offered on a twin, triple, or dormitory sharing basis. When camping, rest in spacious tents on a double or triple sharing basis.
- Meals: We provide nourishing and delicious vegetarian meals. Our meals are designed to keep you energized throughout the trek.
- Camping Fees/Permits: All necessary trekking permits and woodland camping fees are included in the package, ensuring a hassle-free experience.
- Trek Equipment: We provide essential trekking equipment, including dining tents, kitchen tents, sleeping tents with mattresses, and sleeping bags. Utensils, ropes, micro-spikes, and gaiters (if required) are also part of our equipment offerings.
- Mules and Porters: Mules and porters are available to carry central equipment, easing your load and allowing you to focus on the trek.
- Qualified Team: Our team comprises experienced and qualified guides, cooks, helpers, and porters who are dedicated to making your trek safe and enjoyable.
- Basic First Aid: A basic first aid kit with an oxygen cylinder and a helmet (if required) is available to address any potential health concerns during the trek.
- Expert Assistance: You can always reach out to our experts for any queries or assistance during your trekking journey. Simply contact us at +91-8089693825.
- Backpack Offloading: If you prefer to offload your backpack, an additional fee of INR 1050 per bag applies.
- Mules or Porters for Personal Bags: The service of mules or porters to carry personal bags is not included and can be arranged at an extra cost.
- Emergency Costs: Any expenses arising from emergencies during the trek are not included in the package.
- Tips: Tips for the trekking team are optional and not included in the package.
- Items Not Mentioned: Any expenses or items not mentioned in the inclusion section are not covered.
- Stay at Dehradun: Accommodation and meals in Dehradun on the last day of the trek are not included.
- Meals During Transportation: Meals during transportation are not included.
- GST: A 5% Goods and Services Tax (GST) is applicable and not included in the package.
Things To Carry
- 45-60 Ltr Bag Pack With Rain Cover & Comfortable Straps: Choose A Spacious Backpack With A Rain Cover And Comfortable Straps To Carry Your Essentials.
- Hot & Cold Water Bottle Like Borosil & Milton: Stay Hydrated With Hot And Cold Water Bottles, Such As Borosil And Milton, To Keep Your Beverages At The Right Temperature.
- Snacks Like Energy Bar, Dry Fruits & ORS: Pack Energy-Boosting Snacks Like Energy Bars, Dry Fruits, And ORS (Oral Rehydration Solution) To Keep Your Energy Levels Up During The Trek.
- Personal Medical Kit: Bring A Personal Medical Kit With Essential Supplies For Any Minor Health Concerns That May Arise.
- At Least 3/4 Full Sleeves (Non-Cotton): Opt For Non-Cotton Full-Sleeve Shirts To Protect Your Arms From The Elements.
- 1 Full Fleece T-Shirt: A Fleece T-Shirt Provides Warmth And Comfort In Chilly Weather.
- 1 Fleece Jacket (Woollen Or Sweater): Keep Warm With A Fleece Jacket Or Woollen Sweater.
- 1 Down Feather/Hollofil Jacket: A Down Feather Or Hollofil Jacket Offers Excellent Insulation Against The Cold.
- 1 Waterproof Jacket/ Poncho: Be Prepared For Rain With A Waterproof Jacket Or Poncho.
- Thermal Inners (Upper And Lower) - 1 Pair: Thermal Inners Provide An Extra Layer Of Warmth.
- 2 Trek Pants (Avoid Shorts & Denim Pants): Trek Pants Are Comfortable And Suitable For Trekking Conditions.
- 1 Pair Waterproof Gloves: Waterproof Gloves Keep Your Hands Dry And Warm.
- 1 Pair Woollen Gloves: Woollen Gloves Provide Additional Warmth.
- 1 Sun Cap: Protect Yourself From The Sun With A Sun Cap.
- 1 Woollen Cap: Keep Your Head Warm With A Woollen Cap.
- 2 Pairs Of Sunglasses (U/V Protected): Sunglasses With UV Protection Shield Your Eyes From Harmful Rays.
- 1 Waterproof & High Ankle Trekking Shoes: Quality Trekking Shoes With Waterproofing And Ankle Support Are Essential.
- 1 Pair Of Floaters: Comfortable Floaters Are Perfect For Resting Your Feet After A Day Of Trekking.
- 4 Pairs Of Cotton Socks: Bring Cotton Socks For Comfort During The Trek.
- 1 Pair Of Woollen Socks: Woollen Socks Provide Warmth In Cold Conditions.
- Hand Sanitizer & Sunscreen Lotion: Maintain Hygiene With Hand Sanitizer And Protect Your Skin With Sunscreen Lotion.
- Toothbrush And Toothpaste: Basic Dental Hygiene Items Are A Must.
- Toilet Paper And Wet Wipes: Carry Toilet Paper And Wet Wipes For Convenience During The Trek.
- Quick Dry Towel: A Quick-Dry Towel Is Compact And Useful For Freshening Up.
- Lip Balm & Antibacterial Powder: Protect Your Lips With Lip Balm And Maintain Hygiene With Antibacterial Powder.
- 2 Neck Gaiters (Buff): Neck Gaiters, Like Buffs, Keep Your Neck And Face Covered.
- Moisturizer: Keep Your Skin Moisturized In Varying Weather Conditions.
- First things first, start working out! You need good stamina and strong muscles for this trek.
- Go for runs, take long walks, and do some squats and push-ups to get your body in shape.
- Keep a positive attitude and be ready for some tough moments.
- During the trek, go up slowly to avoid feeling sick because of the altitude.
- You'll need some good trekking gear. Get comfy hiking boots, light clothes, warm layers, and rain stuff.
- Since you'll be carrying your backpack, keep it light. Only bring what you really need.
- Go for compact, lightweight stuff, so your bag isn't too heavy.
- Eat a balanced diet with carbs, proteins, and fats to keep your energy up.
- Bring snacks like nuts and dried fruits for quick bites on the trail.
- Drink enough water, but don't overdo it, especially at higher altitudes.
- Ensure you have all the papers and permits you need for the trek.
- Remember to take care of the environment. Don't leave trash behind, and respect the mountains.
- Learn about the cultural and historical significance of Kedartal Lake, associated with Indian Hindu mythology and the River Ganga.
- The trek offers opportunities to spot diverse flora and fauna, including Bhojpatra, Oak, Deodar, Cedar, and Braham Kamal, as well as wildlife like Ibex and various bird species.
- Kedartal Trek is rated as level 4 to 5 in difficulty, primarily due to the steep gradient slope and the rapid gain in altitude over just two days.
- A moderate BMI level of around 26 is recommended for this trek, and prior trekking experience is highly advised. This trek is not suitable for first-timers.
- The best times to visit are mid-May to end June and mid-September to mid-October, but May, June, September, and October are generally considered the prime months for this challenging adventure.
How To Reach
The nearest airport to Dehradun is the Jolly Grant Airport, located approximately 25 kilometers from the city center. Several domestic airlines operate regular flights to and from Dehradun. Upon landing at the airport, you can hire a taxi or take a pre-booked shuttle to Dehradun.
Dehradun is well-connected to major Indian cities by train. The Dehradun Railway Station is the primary railway station serving the city, or you can also come to Haridwar Railway Station. You can book tickets on various trains connecting Dehradun to places like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and more.
You can opt for a road trip to Dehradun also. National highways connect Dehradun to major cities like Delhi and Chandigarh. The road journey offers beautiful views of the Himalayan foothills.
Getting to Gangotri, the starting point of the Kedartal Trek, from Dehradun is approximately a 240-kilometer journey. You have a few convenient options for this trip. You can either use our pickup service, hire a private taxi, or take a bus to Uttarkashi from Dehradun.
Once you reach Uttarkashi, you can easily book a local taxi to reach Gangotri. During this road journey, you’ll get to enjoy the beautiful rural landscapes of Uttarakhand, making it a scenic and memorable experience.
Best Time To Travel
If you’re planning to take the Kedartal Trek, timing is crucial to ensure a safe and enjoyable journey. This trek is among the highest-altitude adventures in India, offering stunning views and thrilling challenges. Here’s when you should consider setting out on this remarkable journey:
1. Mid-May to End of June: This period marks the onset of summer in the Himalayas. During these months, the weather is relatively stable, and the snow starts to melt, revealing breathtaking landscapes.
The temperatures are generally pleasant, making it an excellent time to trek. The lush greenery and clear paths make for a delightful experience.
2. Mid-September to Mid-October: This is the post-monsoon season when the region starts to regain its natural beauty. The skies are clear, and the surroundings come alive with colorful flora.
You’ll come across various trees like bhojpatra, oak, deodar, cedar, and the beautiful Brahma Kamal in September and October. It’s an ideal time for those who prefer a slightly cooler climate. Plus, the trail is less crowded, allowing you to savor the tranquillity of the Himalayas.
More Info about Kedartal
- The Kedartal trek isn't just about scenic beauty; it's deeply rooted in Hindu mythology. Kedartal Lake is believed to be a gift from Lord Shiva to the Bhagirathi River.
- According to legend, King Bhagirath prayed to Lord Shiva to purify the souls of his 60,000 sons. Shiva granted this wish by asking Goddess Ganga to flow through these mountains. This mythological connection makes the trek spiritually significant.
- Similar to how people collect Ganga Jal (holy water from the Ganges) in Gangotri, trekkers who follow Shaivism hold a deep interest in Kedartal. They often collect water from Kedartal, considering it sacred, just like the Ganges water. This practice is a spiritual ritual for them.
- According to legends and historical texts, during the churning of the ocean (samudra manthan) by gods and demons, various precious elements emerged, including poison (vish). To protect the world from this poison, Lord Shiva consumed it, which caused his throat to burn. In order to cool his throat, Lord Shiva drank water from a distant lake, which was around 18 kilometers away. This act of Lord Shiva transformed the lake into Kedartal, and the stream flowing from it became known as Kedar Ganga. Kedar Ganga is considered the sister river of the Ganges and holds deep spiritual significance.
Himalayan birch trees, deodar, blue pine, birch, rhododendron, and juniper are abundant, and the rare sighting of white leopards, also known as snow leopards, can be experienced in the Harshil Valley. The national park is home to Bharals (Himalayan blue sheep), Himalayan monal, Himalayan snowcock, snow partridge, golden eagle, Himalayan griffon, black eagle, kalij pheasant, and snow pigeon.
- Gaumukh and Tapovan: Just a few kilometers from Gangotri, Gaumukh is the source of the sacred river Ganges. It's a mesmerizing sight where the river emerges from the Gangotri Glacier. Nearby, Tapovan offers breathtaking views and is a popular meditation site.
- Auden’s Col: For seasoned trekkers, Auden’s Col is a challenging high-altitude pass that connects the Gangotri and Kedarnath valleys. This trek offers a unique perspective of the region.
- Patangini Dhar: A trek to Patangini Dhar offers pristine landscapes and the chance to witness the region's rich flora and fauna. It's a relatively unexplored trail with serene beauty.
- Thalay Sagar Expedition: If you're an experienced mountaineer, the Thalay Sagar peak presents a formidable challenge. It's one of the technical climbs in the Garhwal Himalayas.
- Jaonli Peak Expedition
- Gangotri Temple: Don't miss the Gangotri Temple in the town of Gangotri itself. It's an important pilgrimage site for Hindus and holds historical and religious significance.
- Harshil Valley: This picturesque valley, located not far from Gangotri, is known for its apple orchards and tranquil ambiance. It's a great place to unwind and soak in the natural beauty.
- Nelong Valley
The Kedartal Trek is considered challenging and not recommended for beginners. Its difficulty level is typically rated between 4 and 5, which signifies a high difficulty level.
One of the primary challenges of the Kedartal Trek is the rapid gain in altitude. In just two days, you ascend from Gangotri to the Kedartal Lake, reaching a maximum altitude of around 15,500 feet (4,724 meters). This quick altitude gain can lead to altitude sickness, a condition that can be serious if not managed properly. Adequate acclimatization is essential to reduce the risk of altitude-related issues.
The trek involves steep sections and rocky terrain, particularly on the first day as you ascend from Gangotri to Bhoj Kharak. These steep sections can be physically demanding, especially if you're not accustomed to such terrain.
The trek also features a famous and challenging section known as the "Spider Wall." This is a narrow and near-vertical rock face with limited space for footing. While it can be crossed safely with care and focus, it adds to the overall difficulty of the trek.
Cold temperatures and potential snowfall can make the trek more challenging, especially if you're not adequately prepared with appropriate clothing and gear.
Due to the strenuous nature of the trek, it's essential to be in excellent physical shape. Regular exercise, cardio fitness, and strength training can help prepare your body for the demands of the trail.
Previous trekking experience, especially at high altitudes, is recommended for this trek. Familiarity with trekking techniques, equipment, and the challenges of high-altitude trekking can significantly enhance your safety and enjoyment.
The Kedartal Trek starts and ends in Gangotri, Uttarakhand. You can reach Gangotri by road from Dehradun, which is well-connected to major cities.
No, it's not advisable for kids as Kedartal Trek is challenging and can be dangerous due to steep terrain and altitude.
From Kedartal, you can witness the majestic peaks of Mount Thalaysagar, Mount Bhrigupanth, Manda Parvat, Mt Jogin, and Mt Gangotri
Yes, trekking in late October can be done, but check the weather forecast before leaving for the trek.
Yes, Kedartal is a glacier lake, one of the highest in India.
Nearby attractions include Gaumukh Tapovan, Auden’s Col, Patangini Dhar, Thalay Sagar Expedition, Jaonli Peak Expedition, Gangotri Temple, Harshil Valley, and Nelong Valley. Apart from this, you can explore Gangotri temple, and Gangotri National Park.
The trek from Gangotri to Kedartal covers a distance of approximately 30 kilometres.
The best months are mid-May to end June and mid-September to mid-October for a safe and enjoyable trek.
Kedar Ganga originates from the melting Kedar Glacier and flows into the Bhagirathi River.
Kedartal Trek is rated as level 4 to 5 (difficult) due to steep gradients and rapid altitude gain. It's suitable for experienced trekkers.
Yes, you can do it. Auden’s col connects Gangotri to Kedarnath. One can do Auden’s col from Nala, but you can also add Kedartal to your itinerary. It will need 2-4 days more.
Absolutely, since the trek is within Gangotri National Park, a permit is required for entry. Don't worry we handle all the permit arrangements to ensure your hassle-free experience.
Mobile networks are limited, once you start your trek from Gangotri, you will get disconnected from the network. While rooms at the base camp have plug points for charging electronic devices, there are no charging facilities once you leave Gangotri. It's recommended to carry spare batteries for cameras and a power bank with a capacity of more than 10,000 mAh to ensure you have enough power for the entire trek. Cold temperatures can drain batteries faster, so keep them warm in a pouch inside your sleeping bag.
Uttarkashi has ATMs where you can withdraw cash. However, cash availability can be limited, so it's wise to make last-minute cash withdrawals in Dehradun before starting the trek.