Kedartal, situated at about 19 kms away from the Gangotri, is one of the most sought after treks in India, for the sake of its religious importance, inspite of the difficult nature of the trail. Etched in between the rugged mountains at a height of 4,912 m, this glacial lake is fed by the melting snow of the Thalaysagar (6,904m), Meru (6,672 m), Bhrigupanth (6,772 m) and other surrounding peaks as well as the Kedar glacier. It is also known as the “Shiva’s lake”, and is the source of Kedar ganga, which according to Hindu mythology is Lord Shiva’s contribution to the Bhagirathi. The jade green waters of the tal mirrors a awe-inspiring view of the Thalaysagar peak.
The trek starts from gangotri and follows a steep rocky climb along the Kedar Ganga, enroute to Bhojkharak. From there a further 4 Km climb, leads to Kedarkharak, and finally, another 5 Km of ardous trek, finds the destination of the emerald waters of the Kedartal. He route passes through Himalayan Birch forests. The Kedartal encompassed by beautiful green forsts, are home to some rich fauna like the Bharal or Blue ship, Goral and the Himalayan Black Bear. Kedartal is also the base camp of various himalayan expeditions. Though a bit strenous, this trek has much rewards to offer, and provides with a memory, which is forever etched in the mind.
Day 1 : Rishikesh to Gangotri
Day 2 : Gangotri to Bhoj Kharak
Day 3 : Bhoj Kharak to Kedar Kharak
Day 4 : Kedar Kharak to Kedar Tal
Day 5 : Kedar Tal to Bhoj Kharak
Day 6 : Bhoj Kharak to Gangotri and Drive to Uttarkashi
Day 7 : Uttarkashi to Rishikesh
• Transport from Haridwar to Haridwar.
• All necessary permits
• Accommodation (trekkers hut, Home stay, camps, Tents) with sleeping bag and sleeping mat
• Food while on trek (Veg.+Non Vegl)
• Trek Leader, Guide and Support staff.
• First Aid.
• Entry fees
• Food during the transit.
• Any kind of personal expenses.
• Personal equipments : axe, trekking pole, crampon,
• Mules or porter to carry personal luggage.
• Anything not specifically mentioned.
1. Backpack (45-55 L) with sturdy straps and supporting frame.
2. Knap pack (20L) optional
3. Trekking shoes – no sports shoes. (With Rubber Sole, high ankle)
4. 3 trek pants
5. 4 tees with collar
6. Full sleeves sweater (not too thick).
7. A full sleeves fleece jacket.
8. A full sleeve thick jacket or something similar.
9. 1 pair of thermal inners (optional)
10. Sports socks.
11. Woolen monkey cap
12. Wind cheater Or a light rain coat/poncho.
13. Woolen hand gloves + synthetic glove (water proof).
14. Sun glasses (polarized or UV protected)
16. Cold cream & sun screen lotion (SPF 40+).
17. Lip balm.
18. Carry 2 Water bottles (1 L each).
19. Personal toilet kit and toilet papers
20. Personal medicine kit
a. Coca 30 – 30 ml
b. Crocin – 6 tablets
c. Avomine – 4 tablets
d. Avil 25mg – 4 tablets
e. Combiflam – 4 tablets
f. Disprin – 6 tablets
g. Norflox TZ– 6 tablets
h. Crepe bandage – 3 to 5 meters
i.Band aid – 10 strips
j. Eno – 6 Satches
k. Cotton – 1 small roll
l. ORS – 5 packets
m. Betadine or any antiseptic cream
n. Volini Spray(small)
21. Small repair kit consisting of safety pins, needle, thread and string
22. LED Torch with 2 extra set of cells.
23. Camera, memory-cards, batteries etc (carry enough spare batteries. Electricity is not available on the slopes or at the base camp)
24. While packing, use plastic bags to compartmentalize things and carry few extra plastic bags.
25. Trekking pole/Stick is mandatory.
26. Carry lots of dry fruits, chocolates combinations as snacks. Chewing gums
27. Travel coffee mug n plate
28. Soap Strip
29. One Candle , lighter