Kedartal or Kedar Tal is a high altitude trek from Gangotri. Situated about 17km away from Gangotri and at an altitude of 4912m above sea level, this trek is both physically and mentally challenging and is definitely not meant for beginners. The destination offers stunning views of the Jogin massif, Thaley sagar, Bhirgupant & Manda. The 17km trek is spread over 5 days owing to its altitude and trail.
Day 1 :
Arrival at Gangotri 3000m
You will arrive at Gangotri Dham today and check in to the hotel. In the evening, visit the temple and witness the Ganga arati.
Day 2 :
Acclimatization Day at Gangotri
We take acclimatization very seriously and believe that it is a major contributor for the success of any trek. So today, you will acclimatize yourselves. We’ll take you on a short hike to Pandava Gufa. We encourage you to walk around in and around today.
We wake up early today and after breakfast, we embark on our trek to Bhoj Kharak. The trek to Bhoj Kharak is a steep ascent right from the start. After an hour's climb we traverse the Kedar gorge to reach Bhoj Kharak. The entire trek is along the Kedar Ganga , through fir (cedus ) and Bhoj (birch) trees. The bark of birch was used as paper for writing ancient manuscripts in India. Today, we'll set our camps here.
Today we leave the tree line and trek through a long meadow with the Bhrigupanth peak in the backdrop. We arrive at Kedar Kharak and camp near a gushing stream in the meadow. Overnight at camp.
It's going to be challenging today! The trek is very steep and through boulders and stones. However, this grueling climb is worth the effort as we are soon greeted by the pristine and crystal clear waters of the Kedar Tal. You can see the Thaleysagar peak from here with its reflection in the lake. We set our camps here.
Wake up early today if you do not want to miss the spectacular sunrise! After breakfast, we trace your steps back to Bhoj kharak via Kedarkharak where we stop for lunch. Overnight at camp.
Today, we start trekking down to Gangotri . After reaching, we'll help you check into a hotel/guest house. You can spend the evening at leisure or simply to assimilate the beauty of the lake that you had just witnessed a day back!
Day 8 :
GANGOTRI TO DEHRADUN (9-11hrs)
leave Gangotri early in the morning today after breakfast and drive towards Dehradun