Kedartal also referred to as ‘Lord Shiva’s Lake’ is a glacial lake adorned in the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand. The pristine lake is situated at an impressive altitude of 4,750 metres about 15,600 feet above sea level. The Kedartal is fed by snowy mountain ridges of Thalay Sagar (6,904 m), Bhrigupanth (6,772 m) and other surrounding peaks. Kedar Ganga river, which according to Hindu mythology is considered to be Shiva’s contribution to Bhagirathi (a source-stream of Ganges) is the major source of this lake. The surface elevation of this river is 5,000 metres above sea level. The best season to visit Kedatal is mid May-June and between mid August-October.
The strenuous but exciting Kedartal trek:
Kedartal located at a distance of 17 km from Gangotri is a popular trekking destination. Hikers hailing from different parts of the country come to bond with the gorgeous Himalayan vistas around the lake. Amidst the trek, one has a fair chance of spotting Bharal (blue sheep), goral, Himalayan black bear and varied Himalayan birds that are found in this region.
How to Reach:
The travelers can commence their journey from Delhi and reach Gangotri by bus. From Gangotri the route involves arduous terrains and climbing along the narrow Kedar Ganga gorge en route to Bhokharak about 8 km away. The hikers can camp along Kedarkharak about 4 km away, and then a further 5 km will lead to Kedartal.