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Kedartal with Patangnidhar and Rudugaira Valley Base Camp Trek

8 Days / 7 Nights
Harsil to Gangotri
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This 8 days trekking tour involves drive to Gangotri , the ancient source of the holy river Ganga and trek to the finest high altitude Himalayan lake, Kedartal (4780 mts) and further Patangni Dhar punctuated with breath stopping close view of Greater Himalayan peaks e.g. Thalayasagar (6904 mts), Brigupanth (6772 mts) and Jogin Group of peaks , Gangtri group, Rudugaira Valley base camp with Patangnidhar and others . 

You can also encounter a good variety of high altitude fauna e.g. Bharal (blue sheep), Goral, Himalayan black bear with a great variety of birds. 

Package Highlights

  • Visit the sacred Gangotri Temple (one of the Char Dham)
  • Magnificent views of Thalaysagar and Bhrigupanth Peak
  • Camp in front of the pristine Kedartal
  • Patangni Dhar - trekking on ridge
  • Small batch size with freedom to explore more

Tour Itinerary

Day 1 : Arrival at Harsil

Drive235 kmsStayHomestay

Uttarkashi is one of the major towns of Uttarakhand thus; buses and shared cabs are easily available from Dehradun. You can board shared cabs to Uttarkashi from Rispana Pul in Dehradun. This 5-6 hrs drive passes through Mussoorie Bypass Road offering scenic views. The massive Tehri Dam Lake also comes into view as you proceed towards Chinyalisaur.

After a short break at Uttarkashi continue another 3 hours drive to reach Harsil. If you start from Dehradun at around 6 am then you will probably reach Uttarkashi by 12 Noon. Take another shared cab to Harsil from Uttarkashi. Explore Harsil and its beauty, night stay in Harsil Homestay.

Day 2 : Harsil - Gangotri – Bhojkharak

Trek8 kmsAltitude3,780 mtsStayCampsDrive20 kms

Visit the sacred shrine of Gangotri in the morning; also buy all the necessary items from the market. Cross the bridge over Bhagirathi River and start the climb on the right. First few kilometres of the trek are very steep so try to walk with a slow yet constant speed. The trail initially passes through pine trees then enters a mix vegetation zone of fir and bhoj trees. While trekking you’ll see Kedar Ganga flowing on your left, deep down in the gorge. The cascading sound of the furious river and the whispering sound of trees are a treat to ears.

Soon you’ll witness the first glimpse of Thalaysagar and every step will take you closer to this mystical mountain. Just before reaching Bhoj Kharak there is a steep and slant rock amidst the trail with space of just a few steps, it is also known as Spider Wall amongst trekkers. But while it may seem daunting in the pictures, it is not that difficult to traverse this section in the absence of snow. During early June or late October if the rocky face is covered with snow then it will require some skills to cross this section because one slip can drag you to few hundred feets below. Cross this section and you’ll reach Bhoj Kharak.

Situated at the elevation of 3,780 mts above sea level Bhoj Kharak is a small and an average looking campsite. If you are fit and managed to reach Bhoj Kharak at around noon then try to push and reach Lower Kedar Kharak on the same day.

Day 3 : Bhoj Kharak – Kedar Kharak

Trek5 kmsAltitude4,280 mtsStayCamps

This 5kms stretch passes through some patches of complicated rugged terrains. After every half an hour into the trek, you’ll see a pleasant change in the scenery. Initially it starts with a flora rich trail with numerous Bhojpatra trees and colourful wild bushes around. Soon the view changes with Manda peaks revealing itself.

Stunning views of Bhrigupanth peak will also catch up as you trek nearer to Kedar Kharak. Concentrate on every step while you cross the land sliding zone of Gila Pahar. If this section of Gila Pahar is in very bad shape then try and trek down all the way to Kedar Ganga, cross the river and hike against the river flow until you cross the Gila Pahar intersection then cross the river again and hike back to the original trail that leads to Kedar Kharak.

A wide valley opens up as you proceed towards Lower Kedarkharak (4100mts) and the trek ends up at the beautiful meadow of Kedar Kharak situated at an elevation of 4,280mts above sea level. Even though this trekking stretch is just 5kms long, it demands good physical strength and endurance from trekkers. However, in the end it is a well paid off effort because Kedarkharak is one of the most beautiful campsites in the Gangotri National Park region. In addition, Bharal (Blue Sheep) often visit here for grazing, making it a picture perfect location for photographers. The sight of Bhrigupanth and Thalaysagar peaks standing high together is like a surreal dream.

Day 4 : Kedarkharak – Kedartal – Jogin ABC – Kedar Tal

Trek10 kmsAltitude4900 mtsStayCamps

It takes another 5kms to reach Kedar Tal from Kedar Kharak and most of the route is on moraines and glacier covered with moraines. If trekking in June you might have to trek on snow for last couple of kilometres before Kedartal. Cross the brook carrying icy cold water and climb the steep rocky terrain. Keep following the cairn markings to ensure that you are on the right trail.

After climbing the final ridge, Kedar Bamak Glacier comes in the view along with its glacial lakes. The foot of Mt. Bhrigupanth and Mt. Thalaysagar merges with the Kedar Bamak Glacier. An hour further into the trek reveals a beautiful high altitude lake, the immaculate Kedar Tal. The view of Thalaysagar peak reflecting on the still water of Kedartal is mesmerizing.

Kedar Tal is situated at an altitude of 4780mts above sea level. AMS is quite common at such altitude so it is better to go for an acclimatization hike. Exploring Jogin Advance Base Camp is the best possible option. Leave from Kedartal at around noon and trek towards Jogin ABC (4900mts). This hiking stretch will not only get you well acclimatized but it will also showcase the best views of Thalaysagar peak, its West Ridge will open up and you’ll see the Thalaysagar Icefall from near. Also Jogin group of peaks will reveal itself. Trek back to Kedar Tal. Overnight in tents.

Day 5 : Kedar Tal – KedarKharak – PatanginiDhar Base Camp

Today we will climb through the ridge of Patangnidhar. The entire route is quite strenuous through bolder zone. The entire Kedar Basin and the surrounding mountain range will much more prominent from the pass. On a clear day one can also easily point out Auden's Col from the pass.Overnight at camp.

Day 6 : PatangiiDhar Crossing – Camp in Rudugaira Valley

Through the Rudugaira Nala we have to cross the glacier to base of Mount Rudugaira .The camp site offered excellent views of the snow peaks around. We had the Rudugaira peak to the South-West, Gangotri I, Gangotri II, Gangotri III to the South and the Jogin Ito the South-East. We will also see the the first glimpse of Auden’s Col from the campsite.

Day 7 : Rudugaira Valley – Gangotri

Wake up early in the morning for a glorious sunrise and absorb as much beauty as you can. It is one long and tiring hike back to Gangotri this day which takes around 7 hrs to complete. Rest in Gangotri with evening aarti at the temple.

Day 8 : Departure from Gangotri

Drive back to Dehradun after breakfast. Our trek services will end at Gangotri.

Package Inclusions

  • Accommodation in Harsil and Gangotri
  • Shared Jeep from Harsil to Gangotri
  • All Meals during the Trek
  • Trek Fees, All Trekking equipments (Tents, Sleeping Bags. etc)
  • Porter, Cook & Mule charges (for trekking equipment)
  • Forest Camping Charges, Entry Fees & Permits
  • Mountaineering Certified Guide with Services of Experienced Trek Leader

Package Exclusions

  • Transportation
  • Any other personal expenses
  • Anything not mentioned above
  • Taxes Extra

Important Information

Note: Important Things to Carry during trekking
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Cancellation Policy

  • Within 15 days of Arrival Date/ No Show: No Refund
  • 15 Days to 30 Days prior to Arrival: 50% of the total package cost.
  • 30 Days & More: 10% of package cost (and taxes are not refunded in any case)
  • Note: No refunds in case of Road Blocks, Accidents, etc
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