This trek is not for beginners, it falls under moderate to difficult category, hence sufficient amount of experience and good fitness is required for this trek. The results are beyond your imagination and expectation. This trek takes you closest to the higher Himalayas and snow-clad mountains than any other trek. Kedartal is an emerald color gem carved in the silver metal called snow in the Himalayas. It is a beautiful glacial lake which offers stunning and closer views of Mt. Thalaysagar (6.904 meters), Mt. Bhrigupanth (6,772 meters), Mt. Jogin (6133 meters), Mt. Gangotri (6992 meters), Mt. Meru (6,672) and fed by the water coming from these mountains. Kedartal is a famous destination located in the district of Uttarkashi, Garhwal region. This trek is also considered a spiritual one as one can find their true self at this place; hence trekkers and mountaineers from all over the world choose this trek. Kedartal trek covers forest of birch, alpine meadows, gushing streams, glaciers and towering mountains. This journey will definitely change you and your imagination.
Best Time to visit:
The best time to visit Kedartal is from May, June and Sep, Oct and early November.
Day 1: Dehradun to Gangotri via Uttarkashi
Time: 8 to 9 hours
Distance: 241 Kms
Altitude: 3,415 meters | 11,204 feet
After arriving at Dehradun at early morning, board the vehicle to Uttarkashi and start your journey. This picturesque journey will take through the beautiful mountains where you’ll witness the beauty of higher Himalayas. This unforgettable adventure begins when you enter the land of Shiva known as Uttarkashi. There are a lot of things to explore in this beautiful town of Shiva with lots of legends and stories. Vishwanath temple and the legendary trident (which is mentioned in Skand Puran, which is the largest Mahapurana, a genre of 18 hindu religious texts) of Shiva is located in Uttarkashi. One of the pioneer mountaineering institutes of India, Nehru Institute of Mountaineering is located in this town. You can check this town from your list while coming back. Beautiful landscapes and mesmerizing views of Harsil village and Bhairon ghati will keep you refreshed. En route see the bird’s eye view of river Ganga flowing through the valley from a bridge of Bhairon ghati. 3 to 4 hours is the time to reach Gangotri. Gangotri is a small town located at the banks of Bhagirathi river, which is also known as the origin point of Ganges. As per hindu legend, this is the place where Goddess Ganga descended when this mighty river was released from Lord Shiva’s hair locks, the temple is built to represent the seat of Goddess Ganga. A beautiful and peaceful place located on the greater Himalayan range. After reaching Gangotri, check in to your hotel and visit the holy temple in the evening. Join the team after the exploration before dinner for short briefing and message from trek leader and guide. All the necessary equipment will be distributed to every individual during this meeting. Overnight stay and dinner in hotel.
*Transport will be arranged for the group on the actual cost sharing basis. Please make your own arrangements or inform us in advance to arrange a vehicle for you. A vehicle for 5 to 6 person will cost you 7,500/- which will directly be given to the transporter.
Day 2: Gangotri to Bhoj Kharak
Time: 5 to 6 hours
Distance: 8 kms
Altitude: 3,780 meters | 12,450 feet
Today is the day when this magical journey starts. After the breakfast, start the ascent towards today’s destination, bhoj kharak. After crossing the river, you will see many ashrams and GMVN guest house. After few hundred meters, a trail that ascents sharply after an ashram to the right is the way to take for Bhoj Kharak. The trail is steep almost all the way till bhoj Kharak, however there are few flat patches which help trekkers to take rest and energize for the remaining journey. Kedarganga will accompany you on this trek. Initially trail will take you through the dense forest of fir trees which will be replaced by birch trees shortly. Birch trees are called bhoj trees in hindi. The bark was used to write ancient writings and it is called ‘bhoj patra’. This tree holds a huge importance in hindu mythology and culture. Locals put this bark in their shoes for insulation during cold. There is a belief according to which keeping bhoj patra at your home brings good energy. After 4 to 5 hours of strenuous walk the forest will bid adieu and the real challenge of today will welcome you called ‘Spider wall’. It is a 60 degree rock face which has limited natural carvings (rock layers) to put in a step at a time. Give full attention while stepping and making a stable point. You’ll cross it comfortably however this will kick your adrenaline for sure. After a short climb and one last spider-wall crossing, you will arrive at your today’s destination. The valley is narrow hence you’ll get limited views but it is all for you, explore the area. Overnight stay in tents.
Day 3: Bhoj Kharak to Kedar Kharak
Time: 4 to 5 hours
Distance: 4 kms
Altitude: 4280 meters | 14,041 feet
Today’s journey will provide you many opportunities to fall in love with mountains all over again. Picturesque alpine meadows, Kedar ganga, birch forest, river crossing, massive Mt. Bhrigupanth and you in this setup. After breakfast start the journey to Kedar Kharak which is situated at 4280 meters (14,041 feet). There will be a steep climb as soon as you start the trek. After a kilometer the timber line will be visible. The next couple of kilometers comprise of ascents and descents, hence this becomes the easiest section of today. It also provides a beautiful location for pictures as you’ll see Mt. Bhrigupanth in backdrop of alpine meadows. You will witness a section of the trail which was washed away in a landslide few years back. Follow your trek leader for traversing this section from a different route. Here is your chance to encounter with Himalayan animals, i.e., blue sheep (bharals), Himalayan black bear and goral. The trail will take you to the river bed of Kedar ganga which will take you to your campsite. This is a beautiful dreamy campsite. The sunset from here is one not to be missed. When you see the sun goes behind the Mt. Bhrigupanth, you will see the game of colors in the whole valley. Witness the sunrise as well as it will be a different game of colors. Explore the area and overnight stay in tents.
Day 4: Kedar Kharak to Kedartal
Time: 6 to 7 hours
Distance: 5 kms
Altitude: 4750 meters | 15,583 feet
The final day is here and the excitement will win over the thought of tiring routine. This will be the most arduous day of this trek, hence an early start will provide you enough time to explore the emerald lake and the trail. There are very few descents in this route. The route today is barren with no sighting of green foliage. It is a trail consisting of loose rocks and cairns have been put to inform the proper route. There are chances one can easily lose track of the route hence don’t go ahead of the group. After strenuous trekking for around 6 to 7 hours, a descent will take you to the beautiful lake. Views of and from this glacial lake will take away all your pains and the towering mountains will make you realize how tiny you and your problems are. Camps will be pitched few meters above the lake. The beauty of this place will leave you spell bound, it will also provide you a spiritual experience. The peace and serenity of this place can’t be explained in words, it can only be experienced. Don’t miss to witness sunset and sunrise from this place. Overnight stay in tents.
Day 5: Kedartal to Bhoj kharak
Time: 5 to 6 hours
Distance: 9 Kms
Altitude: 3,780 meters | 12,450 feet
The time has come to gather all your memories of this place and say goodbye. The journey back to Bhoj Kharak is from the same route and all downhill. The route may look different to you as it is filled with achievement now. After 5 to 6 hours of descent, the destination will arrive. The thing to do today is take rest and look at the memories you have created on your phone/camera. Overnight stay in tents.
Day 6: Bhoj Kharak to Gangotri
Time: 3 to 4 hours
Distance: 8 Kms
Altitude: 3,415 meters | 11,204 feet
The day has come to bid adieu to this beautiful mountain affair. You will take the same route again today and will get one last opportunity to trek the same route. You can also click some pictures which you may have missed to click while going. After 3 to 4 hours of trekking you will reach Gangotri temple. A journey to the heaven and back is what people call it, but you can call it “Kedartal trek”. Tour and services ends here.
*We will arrange vehicle from Gangotri to Uttarkashi on prior notice, the cost of the vehicle will be borne by the trekkers.
Read carefully the following Terms & Conditions before registering for a trek:
- The trek fee includes all costs of the trek from the start at Wan to the end of the trek at Wan.
- Offloading: Himlook anticipates members to carry their backpacks during the whole journey. However, due to any circumstances, if you wish to not carry your backpack, you can pay an additional charge and offload your pack.**We don’t allow partial offloading, hence please choose accordingly.
- Offloading cost for the entire trek is 1,500/-. This charge may vary at the base camp. Offloading is a factor which is totally dependent on the availability of mules or porters; hence Himlook reserves all rights to refuse or accept it. The bags weigh cannot be more than 10 kg. Duffel bags, suitcases, day bags, strollers are not allowed for this service.
- Emergency condition: Emergency situation may arise during any trek. If the condition doesn’t get stable and you are sent back then Himlook holds the responsibility of making arrangements back to the base or the nearest road head. We will send you with a member of our support team. It is not promised that he’ll be a trained person. Handling emergencies or evacuation is a difficult and time-consuming process in the mountains. Difficulty level increases with the seriousness of an emergency. It takes a lot of time to evacuate a sick person. Doctors don’t travel with a group and neither will you get one at base camp or road head (depends on a trek where the last road head–which is a base camp–is a big town or village). However, Himlook trek leaders are trained in handling emergencies in the mountains and administering first aid. But keep this in mind that they are not doctors. Opting/Booking this trek is an agreement/understanding that you are well aware and understand the risks and difficulties involved in the trekking at high altitudes.
- You have also taken time to understand the different types of problems one may get on high altitudes and also educate yourself on how to handle these sicknesses, i.e., AMS, HAPE, and HACE.
- Fitness: Considerable level of fitness is required during a high altitude Himalayan trek. You need to be in a good shape to opt for the same. Cardiovascular training plays an important role during these treks. Most important is that you need to be psychologically/mentally fit, strong and prepared. Your body must be in a shape to work average or above in less oxygen. We provide a fitness chart which helps you train for the trek. If you opt for this trek, we understand that you will undertake the aforesaid fitness program. Himlook reserves all the rights to reject members, at the base camp, not meeting the eligibility criteria.
- Himlook will not take any responsibility for any kind of damage or loss of your equipment, gears or other personal belongings on the trek.
- Smoking, drinking and consumption of any kind of drugs is strictly prohibited on a high altitude trek. Himlook reserves the right to cancel the participation right away if a member is found doing aforementioned anything.
- Payment: We receive debit/credit cards and transfers through net banking. In only those cases where a small payment is received in advance to book the slot, wemight consider taking cash per the situation, however we prefer online transfers for the same. We don’t accept drafts or cheque.
- Equipment: We will provide you the necessary equipment whenever the conditions require. However, after the issuance and till the return it is your responsibility to take care of the gears. Any wear and tear or loss will be borne by the person to whom gears were issued.
- We concentrate on the safety of our group members as a priority; hence we focus on the acclimatization. Most treks in the Himalayas gain higher altitudes quickly, there are several reasons as well attached to it, finding a good camp site is one of the main reasons apart from the terrain itself. During these scenarios/treks people may feel the effects of altitude sickness, in these cases trek leader holds the final decision whether to take you ahead or send you back. He will also make arrangements to send you at lower altitude. In this case no refund will be given.
- Himlook’s staff and trek leader(s) regularly check the health of all the members. We regularly check pulse, blood pressure, oxygen saturation level and we have an AMS scorecard which helps in checking the overall health. If the vital readings are below the norms for that altitude, Himlook reserves the right to cancel the participation of the trekker to go further without any refund. Norms are available with Himlook trek leader.
- All the treks take you through rough and rocky terrain. Some treks may take you through snowy terrains. Self assessment of your fitness level is as critical as important gears. You must be fit and confident to walk in the mountains. You must complete the journey within the appropriate time, both descents and ascents. Himlook holds the right to turn back any member if our trek leader believes that the member is unable to move ahead without additional assistance. In this scenario no refund will be provided.
- We have the right to cancel the departure, if minimum group strength is not met.
- Should you wish to customise the trip as per your preferred date, separate charges will apply.
- If a trek gets cancelled at the last moment due to natural disaster/calamity or due to any unforeseen circumstances (i.e., earthquake, heavy snowfall, rains, floods, landslides, strike, bandh etc), Himlook will provide a voucher of the amount recieved which can be used either for the same trek or another trek in the next one year.
- Itineraries are based on information available at the time of planning and are subject to change. Himlook reserves the right to change expedition/trekking dates, people or itineraries as conditions warrant. If a trip must be delayed or the itinerary changed due to bad weather, road conditions, transportation delays, government intervention, airline schedules, sickness, or other contingency for which Himlook or its agents cannot make provision, the cost of delays and/or other changes are the responsibility of the participant.
- Any additional costs due to weather / unforeseen situations, will have to be borne by the traveller.
- Himlook reserves the right to change the plan in case there is a danger involved for the group or whenever the trek leader deems it necessary.
- Final word of the trek leaders will have to be followed by all the members failing to which trek leader reserves the right to decline the individual as a trip member. In this scenario no refund will be given.
- No show will be non-refundable.
- If a trek gets cancelled after the commencement of trek due to any reason, no refund will be given.
- Himlook reserves the right to decline, or accept, any individual as a trip member for any reason.
- In the event of cancellation of trek/adventure activity services due to any avoidable/unavoidable reasons by you, we must be notified of the same in writing at email@example.com.
- Cancellation request will not be taken or taken into consideration over the phone. Cancellation charges will be effective from the date we receive advice in writing, and cancellation charges would be as follows: –
- Cancellations prior to 10 days from the commencement of the trek — full refund.
- Cancellations less than 10 days from the commencement of the trek — no refund.
- Bookings made between 10 days from the trek commencement date will not be liable for any refund. Eg: If a trek’s date is 11-9-17, anyone making booking between 1-9-17 and 10-9-17 will not be liable for any refund.
- Prior 10 Days- 30% of Trek/adventure program cost will be charged.
- Less than 10 Days- No rescheduling allowed.
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