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Kedartal Trek

9 Days
  • 10,052 ft
  • Moderate
  • Summer - May to June, Autumn - September to October,
  • Able to run 5 km in under 38 mins before your trek.
  • Haridwar Railway station
  • Tata Sumo/Mahindra Bolero
  • Comfortable Camping tents with sleeping bags and mats/Guest house/Home stay
  • All meals during the trek
  • 10
  • 60

About Kedar Tal Trek

The Kedartal Trek is a captivating journey that takes you to the pristine Kedartal, also known as Shiva’s Lake, situated in the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand, India. This high-altitude glacial lake sits at an elevation of 4,750 meters (15,580 feet) and offers breathtaking views of the surrounding Himalayan peaks.

Historically and religiously, Kedartal holds immense significance. It is believed to be the meditation site of Lord Shiva and is considered sacred by Hindu devotees. The trek takes you through stunning landscapes, including dense forests, meadows, and rugged terrains, providing a spiritual and adventurous experience.

The trail begins from Gangotri, following the mythical Gaumukh (the source of the Ganges River) and traversing through majestic mountain ranges. Trekkers can witness the stunning Thalay Sagar, Meru, and Bhrigupanth peaks, among others, adding to the allure of the journey.

The Kedartal Trek is a challenging endeavor, suitable for experienced trekkers due to its high altitude and rough terrains. Proper acclimatization and physical fitness are crucial for a successful and safe expedition.

Embarking on the Kedartal Trek offers a chance to immerse yourself in natural beauty, discover the spiritual essence of the region, and witness the awe-inspiring grandeur of the Himalayas.

Kedar Tal Trekking Tour Highlights

  • Trekking to the sacred Kedartal, a glacial lake nestled in the Himalayas.
  • Breathtaking views of the surrounding peaks, including Thalay Sagar and Meru.
  • Traversing through pristine alpine meadows and dense forests teeming with wildlife.
  • Witnessing the awe-inspiring Gangotri Glacier, the source of the Ganges River.
  • Camping amidst serene landscapes and starry nights at high altitudes.
  • Soaking in the spiritual ambiance of the region, believed to be Lord Shiva's meditation site.
  • Interacting with local Himalayan communities and experiencing their unique culture.
  • Challenging yourself with a high-altitude trek that rewards with unmatched natural beauty.

Kedartal Trek (Detailed Itinerary)

In the morning catch an AC train for Haridwar at 06:50 hrs from New Delhi train station. After arriving in Haridwar meet our guide and drive to Rishikesh which will take 45 minutes, and check into your hotel. Evening time is free for leisure activities. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Undertake a drive towards Uttarkashi along the narrow valley of Bhagirathi. Today we will pass some beautiful hill towns like Chamba, Tehri, and Chiniyalisaur. Arrive at Uttarkashi by afternoon and check in at a hotel in Uttarkashi for a night stay. One can visit the famous Kashi Vishwanath temple in Uttarkashi.

Drive to Gangotri. Gangotri is one of the Chota Char Dhams of Uttarakhand. It holds a great place in the Hindu religion. It is the place that marks the birth of the Ganga on earth. There is a Gangotri Temple where Goddess Ganga is worshipped. The river originates from the Gangotri glacier at Gaumukh, which is about 18 km from Gangotri Town, at this stage, it is known as Bhagirathi. A day’s trek can take one to Gomukh. Night stay in a hotel.

Post breakfast begins the trek towards Bhoj Kharak. The 8 km long trail goes by the banks of the Kedar Ganga River and consists of a dense cover of Cedar and Birch (Bhoj Patra) forests. It is a little hard trek but respite keeps coming in the form of scenic waterfalls and beautiful views of nature. Reach Bhoj Kharak (named after Bhoj Patra trees), and set up camp.

Embark on a steep ascent that takes us through a pleasant forest of birch trees. As the tree line is crossed, we will reach beautiful meadows, which will also be the site for our camps. The whole landscape becomes more alive with the presence of Bhirgupanth Peak, which stands in the background. Meadows are frequented by shepherds, who come here to graze their sheep. Camps will be pitched near the banks of a lovely stream. The total distance covered today is just about 4/5 km, but the trek is strenuous because of its various steep climbs.

Trek leading to Kedar Tal is difficult and goes through a trail that is strewn with loose rocks and boulders. It will take a good amount of determination to carry on the trekking. But what awaits you at the end of the trek is one of the most marvelous works of nature. Kedar Tal is a glacial lake and has the majestic Thalay Sagar Peak behind it to form a perfect look. At the time of sunset, the place looks heavenly. A blessed night in the tents near the lake.

Getting up early today will gift you incredible views. As the sun rises, the changing shades of the rays over the Thalay Sagar and its reflection in the lake are just super! Till lunch, explore the area; one might get to see the Himalayan Ibexes over here. Have lunch, and start on the previous route to go back to Bhoj Kharak. Night stay in tents at Bhoj Kharak.

Early breakfast we will trek down to Gangotri town and from here drive to Uttarkashi via Harsil. On arrival check in to the hotel. Dinner and overnight stay at Uttarkashi in the hotel.

In the morning after breakfast drive to Haridwar and from here catch the AC train for Delhi at 18:05 hrs. Arrival at Delhi by 22:45 hrs.

Physical Fitness

Who can participate

1. Age; 10 years.
2. First timer can apply; previous trekking experience is more appreciated.
3. The climber must be fit and have sufficient stamina to cover 5 km of distance in 30 minutes without stress.
4.  The climber should be able to carry a 10-15 kg backpack.

Health Awareness

1 Pulse rate at rest must be between (60 to 90 beats per minute)
2. Blood Pressure Reading must be in between (DIASTOLIC 75 – 85, SYSTOLIC 100 – 130 mm Hg)
3. The respiratory rate at rest must be between (12 to 20 breaths per minute)
4. Should not have Liver and kidney issues
5. Should not have Diabetes Mellitus, Bronchial Asthma, Epilepsy, Heart problems, Very High blood pressure, etc
6.No pacemaker implant
7. People with Sinus issues please contact to trek coordinator before booking the trek
8. If your BMI is not normal, Please contact our Trek coordinator before Trek booking.

Note

1. Junior trekkers (below 15 years) should have the company of a parent/guardian.
2. Trekkers between 15 to 18 years can come solo with the disclaimer form signed by a parent/guardian.

What's Covered and What's Not

The Cost Includes

  • 1. Pick-up or Drop-off service from Rishikesh to Joshimath (in our own vehicle)
  • 2. Food all along the trip (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and a cup of coffee or tea)
  • 3. Trek equipment (Sleeping bag, mattress, Kitchen & dining tent, crampon, utensils, tent)
  • 4. Accommodations during the trip in the lodge with a family environment
  • 5. First Aid Medical Kit(Your guide will carry the Medical Kit but we also advise you to bring yourself for your own use, as far as possible)
  • 6. All the required permits and paperwork and entry fees
  • 7. Dedicated customer support team is available 24/7 to assist clients with any issues or concerns that they may have during the Tour.1. Pick-up or Drop-off service from Rishikesh to Joshimath (in our own vehicle)
  • 2. Food all along the trip (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and a cup of coffee or tea)
  • 3. Trek equipment (Sleeping bag, mattress, Kitchen & dining tent, crampon, utensils, tent)
  • 4. Accommodations during the trip in the lodge with a family environment
  • 5. First Aid Medical Kit(Your guide will carry the Medical Kit but we also advise you to bring yourself for your own use, as far as possible)
  • 6. All the required permits and paperwork and entry fees
  • 7. Dedicated customer support team is available 24/7 to assist clients with any issues or concerns that they may have during the Tour.

The Cost Excludes

  • 1. Porter/Mule charges for carrying personal luggage.
  • 2. Personal expenses like tips, telephone calls, laundry, etc.
  • 3. Food during transit.
  • 4. Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances like landslides, roadblocks, bad weather, etc.
  • 5. Alcohol, soft drinks, beverages, etc.
  • 6. Your travel and medical insurance
  • 7. Services not mentioned or not promised by the agent/agency
  • 8. Airfare or train tickets to reach the starting point of the tour

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Is prior trekking experience necessary for the Kedartal Trek?

Yes, prior trekking experience and good physical fitness are necessary due to the challenging terrain and high altitude.

What is the maximum altitude reached during the Kedartal Trek?

The maximum altitude reached during the Kedartal Trek is approximately 4,750 meters (15,580 feet) at Kedartal.

What is the best time to do the Kedartal Trek?

The best time to do the Kedartal Trek is during the months of May to June and September to October.

Is Kedartal Trek suitable for beginners?

No, the Kedartal Trek is a challenging trek and is not suitable for beginners. Prior trekking experience is recommended.

Are permits required for the Kedartal Trek?

Yes, permits are required for the Kedartal Trek, which can be obtained from the local forest department.

Is camping equipment available for rent during the trek?

Camping equipment such as tents and sleeping bags can be rented in nearby towns or obtained through trekking agencies.

Are there restroom facilities along the trek?

Restroom facilities are limited along the trail. Trekkers usually use natural surroundings while practicing Leave No Trace principles.

Is it safe to drink water from natural sources during the trek?

It is recommended to carry water purification tablets or a water filter to ensure safe drinking water during the trek.

What should be included in the packing list for the Kedartal Trek?

Essential items include trekking boots, warm clothing, a sleeping bag, a backpack, a water bottle, sunscreen, and a first aid kit.

Is mobile network connectivity available during the trek?

Mobile network connectivity is limited along most of the trek, with intermittent or no signal in remote areas.

Are there any medical facilities available during the trek?

Basic medical facilities are limited along the trek. It’s important to carry a first aid kit and any necessary personal medications.

Can the Kedartal Trek be done solo?

It is recommended to undertake the Kedartal Trek with a guide or a trekking group for safety reasons.

What is the level of difficulty for the Kedartal Trek?

The Kedartal Trek is considered to be of moderate to difficult difficulty due to the challenging terrain and high altitude.

Is altitude sickness a concern during the Kedartal Trek?

Yes, altitude sickness can be a concern during the Kedartal Trek due to the high altitude. Proper acclimatization is crucial.

Are there any age restrictions for the Kedartal Trek?

There are no specific age restrictions, but participants should have a reasonable level of fitness and be able to endure long trekking days.

Are there any emergency evacuation options during the trek?

In case of emergencies, helicopters can be arranged for evacuation from Gangotri or nearby areas.

Are there any wildlife sightings during the Kedartal Trek?

The Kedartal Trek offers opportunities to spot Himalayan wildlife such as Bharal (blue sheep), Himal

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Trek Policies and Guidelines

Why trekkers should take Trek  Insurance?

If someone falls or gets hurt during a trek, the appropriate course of action would depend on the severity of the injury and the location of the trek.

Note: – dbtrekker will not pay for any trekker’s rescue or medical expenses on trekking

All this cost will have to be paid by Trekkers or by whom you have got insurance done.

But we will do every measure to give safety or comfort to our trekkers, Himalayan Hikers team will help by calling the rescue team for trekkers and taking them to the main road head hospital

Guideline for Trekkers 

If the injury is minor, such as a cut or scrape, the trek can usually continue with basic first aid treatment. The injured person should clean and bandage the wound and take any necessary pain relief medication. If the injury is more serious, such as a sprain or broken bone, the trek may need to be paused, and the injured person may need to be evacuated to receive medical attention.
The responsibility for paying for any costs associated with a trekker’s injury or accident will depend on a number of factors, such as the terms of the trekking company’s insurance policy and the specific circumstances surrounding the incident. In some cases, the trekker may be responsible for their own medical expenses, while in others, the trekking company or insurance policy may cover some or all of the costs.
It’s important to carefully read and understand the terms and conditions of any trekking company or insurance policy you’re considering and to ask questions if anything is unclear. Additionally, taking steps to minimize the risk of injury, such as following safety guidelines and being prepared with appropriate gear and supplies, can help reduce the likelihood of needing to pay for medical expenses.

However, in general, it is important to have travel insurance that includes coverage for medical expenses and emergency evacuation in case of injury or illness during the trek. This is especially important when trekking in remote areas like the Himalayas. It is the responsibility of the trekker to ensure that they have adequate insurance coverage and to be aware of the risks involved in trekking at high altitudes

Refund & Cancellation Policy

Here is the Cancellation Policy of dbtrekker

Make your booking one or two months prior in advance. If you cancel the trek due to any reason, it is mandatory to notify us. Cancellation charges will only be effective from the date we get your request to cancel the trek.

If the trek gets canceled from our side due to any reason (heavy snowfall, rainfall, natural disaster, etc.) then the refund will not be initiated but we will arrange another trek.

The cancellation charges are as follows –(Bank charges deducted are not Refundable)

Up to 30 Days – 90% cost is Refundable

Between 21 to 30 Days – 50% cost is Refundable

Less than 20 Days – No Refund

(Refund is initiated within 7-8 business days)

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  • 10,052 ft
  • Moderate
  • Summer - May to June, Autumn - September to October,
  • Able to run 5 km in under 38 mins before your trek.
  • Haridwar Railway station
  • Tata Sumo/Mahindra Bolero
  • Comfortable Camping tents with sleeping bags and mats/Guest house/Home stay
  • All meals during the trek
  • 10
  • 60