Gangotri Kedar Tal Trek

Area : Garhwal HimalayasGangotri Kedartal Trekking
Duration : 8 Days
Max. Altitude : (4912 mts/16110 ft)
Grade : Moderate to challenging
Season : Mid April - June & August - Mid Oct

Kedar Tal sited at an altitude of 4912 from sea level in the Gangotri area of Garhwal Himalayas. One gets to see astounding views of the Greater Himalayan peaks such as Thalayasagar (6904 mts), Bhirgupanth (6772 mts) and Jogin Group of peaks. The pea green lake formed by the melting of Kedar glacier gives birth to the Kedar Ganga, a tributary of river Bhagirathi, considered as Lord Shiva's contribution to Bhagirathi. One can observe Bharal (blue sheep), Goral, Himalayan black bear and a great variety of birds during this trek. Though a bit challenging at times, the completion of the trek offers some very rewarding moments!

Day 01: Delhi - Haridwar (By Train) - Rishikesh (24 kms/40 mins)

In the morning board the Ac train for Haridwar at 06:55 hrs. Arrival at Haridwar by 11:25 hrs and then meet our representative. Transfer to hotel at Rishikesh. Evening, free to explore the area. The Ganga Aarti - a prayer to mark respect and show gratitude to Mother Ganges is a moving experience, with a grand show of Vedic chanting, massive oil lamps, and floating butter lamps, performed at sundown, on the banks of the river Ganga. Overnight stay in hotel.

Day 02 : Rishikesh - Gangotri (265 kms/9-10 hrs/3048 M/10000 ft)

Post breakfast, drive to Gangotri via the scenic Harsil valley, covered by a dense Cider forest, and known for its architecture, and the famed "Wilson Apples" & the hill town Uttarkashi, known as the Kashi of Uttarakhand, and oft mentioned in our religious scriptures. Enroute, take a holy dip in Gangnani hot water springs. Driving along the torrential Bhagirathi river, the route zig zags over the Sukkhi top ridge, and presents a staggering view of the wide river valley beyond. The mountain sides surrounding the valley are densely covered by tall Cider and Pine trees. The arrival on the base of the valley beyond Sukkhi village brings one to the narrow glacial valley where Gangotri is located. Arrival at Gangotri by evening. Check in to hotel for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 03 : Gangotri - Bhoj Kharak (3780 mts/12436 ft) Gangotri Kedartal Trekking

The day begins with a steep ascent through Fir forests before traversing the Kedar Gorge to reach camp. The trek follows an uphill climb along the steep walls of the valley. One is required to trek 8 km (5-6 hrs) as one follows the Kedar Ganga (Lord Shiva's contribution to Bhagirathi), all the while enjoying the thundering sound of the river emerging from Kedar Tal. Overnight stay in tents.

Day 04 : Bhoj Kharak - Kedar Kharak (4270 mts/14050 ft)

The steep climb lasting 4 kms (4 - 5 hrs) passes through a beautiful birch (Bhoj) forest, before crossing the tree line and arriving at the campsite. The Bhirgupanth peak provides a stunning backdrop as one makes his way across the long meadow, which is used by shepherds to graze their sheep and cattle. The day's trekking distance, though less, but has its steep stretches at times! Overnight stay in tents.

Day 05 : Kedar Kharak - Kedar Tal (4912 mts/16160 ft)

The 5 km (4-5 hrs) trek up to Kedar Tal is laborious, and crosses very difficult terrain strewn with boulders and loose rocks. Walking through the maze of rocks looks very confusing and one might be tempted to turn back before getting lost, but if one looks closely one will be able to see little cairns that have been placed on the route to the lake. Kedar Tal is one of the most enchanting glacial lakes with the majestic Thalayasagar looming behind it. Thalayasagar, a quartz mountain, is also known as Sphatik (quartz) and is truly a delight to see at sunset! Overnight stay in tents.

Day 06 : Kedar Tal - Bhoj Kharak

Be sure to get up extra early to catch the magnificent sunrise and reflections off of the lake and surrounding peaks! The trek on this day covers 9km (5 hrs) down to Bhoj Kharak, with beautiful pictures and memories of Kedar Tal still etched in the mind. Overnight stay in tents.

Day 07 : Bhoj Kharak - Gangotri - Uttarkashi

The trek covering 8 km (3 hrs) back down to Gangotri, is by comparison to going up, a leisurely affair, and gives ample opportunity to the trekker to rest and take many beautiful pictures. On arrival at Gangotri meet our driver and drive towards Uttarkashi and check in to hotel. Check in at Hotel. Overnight stay in hotel at Uttarkashi.

Day 08 : Uttarkashi - Haridwar (2000 kms/6 hrs) - Delhi

Post breakfast drive to Haridwar. On arrival transfer to railway station to board the Dehradun Shatabdi train for Delhi at 18:05 hrs. Arrival at Delhi by 22:45 hrs.

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