Kedartal Trek Overview

The beautiful lake of Kedartal near Gangotri is one of the most blissful destinations in Uttarakhand. Resting peacefully between the big Himalayas, the Kedartal lake is situated next to Kedar Bamak Glacier. This is a high-altitude lake at an elevation of 15,583 ft encircled by Bhoj and Alpine trees. The Kedartal trek takes you through a remote and rough trail with steep ascents and descents that place a lot of challenges across the journey. The trail of this trek is the most enthralling part with steep climbs and slant rocks, famously known as Spider Wall in the world of mountaineering. Possessing the utmost beauty of Glacial valleys, the trek is worth taking every step for. The Kedartal lake offers you a glimpse of sacred Gangotri and reflects the mountains of Thalaysagar and Brigupanth peaks. Throughout the trek, you will witness rare flora and snow-covered mountain peaks. The campsites will be near exceptional places that will present you with colossal mountain views. After succeeding through all the hurdles and steep obstacles, you will witness the Kedartal lake showcasing its emerald shades that reflect one’s soul. As you trek back, you can seek blessings from Goddess Ganga in the sacred temple of Gangotri.

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  • Hike to one of the most astonishing glacial lakes in the world - witness magnificence of huge peaks from closest
  • Relish a pilgrim route and seek blessings of goddess Ganga in Gangotri Temple
  • Exceptional campsites to grand fantastic views of the colossal mountains encompassing the settings
  • Enjoy captivating trail with myths in the air, flora and the peeping snow-covered hilltops. A perfect weekend trek for the pro trekkers and adventure enthusiasts
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Must Know Before You Go
  • Climatic conditions in the high altitudes vary from the plains; take adequate time to get acclimatized to high altitudes.
  • Consult a physician before undertaking the trek. Carry basic medications and a first-aid kit during the trek.
  • Pay heed to the trek guides and instructors in order to enjoy a safe and sound trek.
  • Avoid consumption of alcohol or any other intoxicants during the trek.
  • Water is very precious, so conservation is appreciated.
  • Do not encourage trekking during the night unless it is a part of the itinerary and a guide is with you; this might lead to unforeseen mishaps.
  • Avoid using earphones during the trek; this might hinder your audibility.
  • Avoid using plastic bags and maintain the ecological balance of the destinations.
  • In case, the trek needs to be cancelled, the authorities should be informed beforehand.
  • Guidelines issued by the State-Government is to be followed. Social distancing to be maintained. Frequent hand sanitisation and use of mask recommended.
  • Please provide a valid ID at the time of check-in.
  • The exact location will be shared with you post-booking.
  • Professional guide(s) are available to ensure high safety and more information and personal attention which are necessary to appreciate a trek.
  • Neat and clean vehicle for the journey with experienced driver especially for hilly terrains available.
  • All the activities depend upon the weather.
  • Camping is very basic in nature. One must not expect luxuries. Electricity may be available only at a few locations.
  • Mobile & laptop charging points may/may not be available on campsites at a common point.
  • Any personal expenses, items of personal nature, meals not mentioned, etc. will not be in part of the package.
  • Carry dry snacks/food from home (you will save a lot of money). Carry water bottles with you, so that you can refill.
  • Keep your luggage minimum; the more you carry, the more you hassle.
  • Children below the age of 7 years are not recommended for this trek.
  • The management reserves all the right to modify the Kedartal trek during any emergencies or natural calamities.
  • It is recommended to carry enough warm clothes and the right kind of shoes for the Kedartal trek.
  • Permit charges are not included in the Kedartal trek package.
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Brief Overview of the Kedartal Trek

Brief Overview of the Kedartal Trek

Kedartal Trek is one of the highest treks that take you to an altitude of 4780 ft meters. The trek takes you through steep and slant rocks- the 8 kilometer long Spider Wall trail, Gila Pahar zone, snow, moraines, and glaciers. The nearest railway head to the trek is Rishikesh at 234 kilometers. Jolly Grant airport is the nearest one at 250 kilometers. The best season to experience the breathtaking trek is around Autumn from mid-September to mid-October. You will find snow every time as this place witnesses heavy snowfall even in summers with the Kedartal lake being frozen.

Maximum altitude- 15,583 ft.

Trek Difficulty- Moderate

Duration- 5N/6D

Trekking distance- 38 km

Trail type- Moderate

Rail head- Rishikesh

Airport- Jolly Grant Airport

Snow Season- All months

Best season- May, June, September and October

Region: Uttarakhand

Who can participate: People above the age of 7 years with high physical fitness.

Short Itinerary for Kedartal Trek

Day 1- You will travel to Gangotri via Dehradun and take blessings from the sacred temple. If time allows, you can take a quick hike to 500 meters high Surya Kund.

Day 2- You will go on the thrilling 8-kilometer-long spider wall trek to reach Bhoj Kharak.

Day 3- You will trek to the 5-kilometer long Kedar Kharak trail and witness the mesmerizing views of Bhrighupanth peak.

Day 4- You trek to the main goal of the trek, the emerald lake of Kedartal.

Day 5- Or the final day of the trek, your trek goes back to Gangotri, where you can pay your respects in the temple.

Day 6- You will head back to Dehradun, ending your Kedartal trek package.

Kedartal Trek Detailed Itinerary

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Day 2
Day 3
Day 4
Day 5
Day 6
Day 1

Transfer to Gangotri

  • Arrive in Dehradun and transfer to Rispana Pull in Uttarkashi.

  • Travel 5-6 hours through Mussoorie Bypass Road while witnessing Tehri Dam Lake.

  • Proceed to Chilyanisaur and reach Uttarkashi.

  • Take a small break at Uttarkashi before reaching Gangotri via Harsil in approx 4 hours. You will have to take a different shared cab from Uttarkashi to Gngotri.

  • Visit the Gangotri temple and be a part of the evening Aarti, after which you can explore the National Park of Gangotri.

  • If you still have time in hand then you can go for a quick hike to Surya Kund at 500 meters.

  • Stay overnight in the hotel in Gangotri.

What to Pack for Kedartal trek?

What to Pack for Kedartal trek?
  • Carry a backpack with a capacity of 35 to 40 liters.

  • Small 20-liter daypack (camera, and water)

  • Hiking shirts and pants

  • Hiking shoes that can be worn on any ground, especially snow

  • Thermal layers of sweaters, and pants

  • Woolen scarf, and ear coverings

  • Coat or sweater that is warm

  • Several pairs of socks and gloves

  • Raincoat—for when it rains

  • Flashlight and extra batteries

  • Sunglasses

  • Eatables- biscuits, protein bars, glucose-based chocolates, cup noodles, dry fruits, and quick energy bites.

  • Toiletry-Toothpaste, tissues, soaps, cold coral, moisturizer, hand sanitizer, and anti-fungal cream are among the toiletries.

  • Medical kit with medicines and first-aid supplies.

General Trivia About Kedartal Trek

General Trivia About Kedartal Trek
  • Kedartal lake is believed to have originated after the melting of the Kedartal Glacier.

  • The Hindu legend says King Bhagirath prayed to the lord for the deliverance of the souls of his 60,000 sons.

  • Lord Shiva blessed him and requested Goddess Ganga to release the water for purification of his soul and ashes.

  • Kedartal Lake is believed to be Lord Shiva’s contribution to the Bhagirathi river.

  • If you choose Kedartal Trek in may-June, you will witness thousands of pilgrims at Gangotri.

  • This is due to the Chardham Yatra season.

Know Before You Go to Kedartal Trek

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  • The trek is suitable for experienced trekkers as the terrain is extremely difficult.

  • Throughout Kedartal Trek, there is no village or no human population that you will come across.

  • The terrain is extremely difficult with steep climbs, slanty rocks, snow, and moraines.

  • You will encounter the infamous 'Spider Wall', watch and measure each footstep.

  • Visit a doctor prior to the trek to assess your level of fitness and to receive any necessary checkups.

  • After Gangotri, there wouldn't be a mobile phone network. Therefore, you should notify your family and close friends in advance.

  • As the atmospheric pressure drops at such high altitudes with less oxygen inhaled, practice ventilation techniques.

  • You will gain high altitudes in three days with increased chances of elevation and mountain sickness.

  • Uncomfortable symptoms like headaches, hypoxic conditions, vomiting, and many other medical issues may result from the sudden drop in oxygen levels.

  • So, keep medications on hand and take the necessary precautions to avoid them.

  • To ward off the cold, dress in thermal layers or several layers of clothing.

  • As cold waves hit your face and head, your body temperature will begin to drop.

  • Avoid climbing too quickly because it could wear you out or result in an unfortunate accident.

  • Since snow reflects the sun and can result in snow blindness, wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from UV damage.

  • Have 7-9 hours of quality sleep the night before your trek because moving around restlessly will make it difficult for you to travel and will make you uncomfortable.

  • You will witness snow plumes, the phenomenon of snow flying off a mountain cliff by the wind. Be careful as it can be intense enough to block your vision.

Why to Go for Kedartal Trek?

  • You must go on Kedartal Trek because this trek will reward you with the breathtaking look of the blissful lake with the reflection of the mighty Himalayas.
  • The trek takes you through difficult terrain, each step worth taking for the look of the world of glaciers and icy lakes.
  • You will get a boost of adrenaline by crossing the 8-kilometer long enthralling trail of steep and slant rocks, known as Spider Wall.
  • The Kedartal lake presents you with the looks of sacred Gangotri and reflects the mountains of Thalaysagar and Brigupanth peaks.
  • Throughout the trek, you will witness the rare mountain flora and snow-covered peaks.

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What fitness levels are required to do Kedartal Trek?

    The trek requires you to ascend and descend 38 km, walking an average of 8-9 km daily. For carrying out this trek and covering such distance, you need to be physically sound and active. You can start to train yourself a month prior to the trek by walking 10 km daily.

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