Kedartal Trek

Kedartal is an immaculate lake holding crystal clear water. The picturesque Kedartal is situated at the base of the Thalay Sagar (6,904 mts) and Brigupanth Peak (6,772 mts). The view of the reflections of Thalay Sagar peak on Kedartal is truly enchanting.

Kedartal is  one of the highest lakes in Uttarakhand, situated at an astounding altitude of 4,912 mts above sea level in Uttarkashi district . This emerald lake is the source of Kedar Ganga, an important tributary of Bhagirathi River.

The 17 km trek to Kedartal from Gangotri is arduous but the beauty and experience is worth giving a try. This trek requires previous trekking experience in the mountains. The trekking trail goes along with Kedar Ganga, sliding zones, rugged and rock terrains. 

Kedartal is surrounded by Thalay Sagar, Bhrigupanth, Jogin 1, Jogin 2 and other Himalayan peaks. You can see a rich variety of high altitude fauna like Bharal, Ghoral, Fox and the Himalayan Black Bear during the trek.

Kedartal Travel Guide

Distance from Delhi: 471kms + 17km (trek)

Best season: May to November

How to reach Kedar Tal?

The trek to KedarTal commences from Gangotri. This 17 km trek is advised to complete in three days so that you can acclimatize well at high altitude. But you can also complete this trek in two days. The camping points of the trek are Bhoj Kharak, Kedar Kharak and Kedartal.

Kedar Tal Trek Itinerary

Kedar Tal is a popular trek in Uttarakhand and is known for its challenging trek route as well as the breathtaking views of snow-clad peaks, lush green valleys and cascading river streams and waterfalls. The majestic Thalay Sagar peak (6904m), Brighupanth (6772m) and Jogin twin peaks exuberate tranquility that envelope the region. One can also spot various high altitude fauna such as bharal (blue sheep), Goral and Himalayan black bear. No wonder Kedar Tal trek is one of the most rewarding treks in Uttarakhand.

Trek Difficulty: Moderate

Duration: 6days

Kedar Tal Trekking Route

Dehradun– Uttarkashi – Gangotri – Bhoj Kharak – Kedar Kharak – Kedar Tal – Bhoj Kharak – Gangotri – Dehradun


Day 1: Dehradun – Uttarkashi

Dehradun is the starting point of the journey to the lofty mountainous interiors of Uttarakhand. A cab ride takes trekkers amidst the verdant valleys carved by mighty Bhagirathi River. Devprayag is a small town en-route to Uttarkashi which is famous for the confluence of Alaknanda and Bhagirathi River that gives rise of the mighty Ganges. The scenic view of the journey is refreshing. Overnight stay will be at hotel in Uttarkashi.

Day 2: Uttarkashi – Gangotri

Uttarkashi is the last major market town before we proceed further up to the hilly region of Gangotri. Trekkers can purchase items they need for the trek from here. From Uttarkashi is one reaches Gangotri, the holy town dedicated to Goddess Ganga. Every year, large number of pilgrims visits the Gangotri shrine. Overnight stay will be at hotel/guesthouse.

Day 3: Gangotri – Bhoj Kharak

After a scrumptious breakfast, trekkers start trek towards Bhoj Kharak which is located at a distance of 8 kms. Trekkers ascend alongside the cascading Kedar Ganga while the lush green pine and deodar tress greets the visitors. Take out your camera and capture the gorgeous landscapes that unfold right in front of your eyes! The overnight camps will be held aside the rivulet at verdant meadow under the starry sky.

Day 4:  Bhoj Kharak - Kedar Kharak

After breakfast, trekkers ascend towards Kedar Kharak which is situated at a distance of 4 km from Bhoj Kharak and will take around 4-5 hours. This short albeit steep trek takes one through Birch forest which clears to make way for the majestic Bhrigupanth peak in the background of a beautiful meadow. Overnight stay will be at tents.

Day 5: Kedar Kharak – Kedar Tal

Kedar Tal is located 5 kms from the Kedar Kharak and the trek towards the glacial lake demands an arduous journey amidst the difficult terrain laden with boulders and rocks. However, the trek rewards the trekkers with an unparalleled view of the misty azure Kedar Tal with towering Thalay Sagar peak in the background. A mere glance at the majestic mountain will make you forget your tiring journey to reach here. Spend some time exploring the region. Overnight stay will be at tents.

Day 6: Kedar Tal – Bhoj Kharak

Get up early than usual and enjoy the view of sun-kissed Himalayan when the sun rises. After taking the beautiful memories of Kedar Tal with us, we head back to Bhoj Kharak. A 9-km trek to Bhoj Kharak will take around 5-6 hours. Trekkers will stay in tents overnight.

Day 7: Bhoj Kharak – Gangotri – Uttarkashi

The easy 8 km descent from Bhoj Kharak to Gangotri town is a walk in a park and will take around 3 hours. From Gangotri, we drive back to Uttarkashi and arrive in 5-6 hours. After a tiring day, check into a hotel for overnight stay.

Day 8: Uttarkashi - Dehradun

After a lip smacking breakfast, we bid adieu to the town of Uttarkashi and drive towards Dehradun which will take around 5-6 hours. Take a flight, train or bus according to your convenience to your respective destinations.

Staying in Kedartal

Kedartal is a popular winter trek which attracts adventurous souls to this place. There are no hotels, resorts or guesthouses en route to Kedartal. The trekkers usually take camping equipments along with them and camp along the trail when they halt at night. Tents can also be rented from the town close to the base camp. The tour operators generally provide the camping equipments. 

Road Route from Delhi:

Delhi - Meerut - Haridwar - Rishikesh - Chamba - Uttarkashi - Gangotri - Trekking (17 kms) - Kedar Tal

Accommodation in Kedar Tal?

Gangotri is the last point where you can get accommodation facility while traveling to Kedar Tal. During entire trekking route you must carry your own camping tents for accommodation.  

Nearby Tourist Places

Do visit Gangotri Dham before starting journey to Kedar Tal. Gangotri is one of the char dhams of Uttarakhand state. While coming back from Kedar Tal one nights halt at Harsil is recommended.

  • Kedartal trek is a little strenuous trek as compared to others and thus a perfect trek for experienced trekkers. Proper fitness physically and mentally is required.
  • Since this trek requires one to travel to a height of 5,000 meters in few days, acclimatization is necessary to avoid high-altitude sickness. Camping overnight after every few thousands metres is advisable.
  • Hire an experienced trekking guide to accompany you in your trek. These guides have much knowledge and expertise about the route.
  • Trekking in monsoon season should be generally avoided, especially by novice trekkers, as the region sees incessant rains which could lead to cloudbursts, landslides and roadblocks. Check with local authorities before you plan your journey.

What is Kedartal famous for?

Kedartal is famous among tourist as Trekking .

Kedartal is recommended destination for Foreigners, Groups, Solo.

Kedartal is popular destination for following activities/ interests - Lakes, Trekking.

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