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Kedar Tal Trek - A Rare Adventure Among Big Mountains

  • Region : Utarkashi, Uttarakhand
  • Duration : 7 Days
  • Distance : 17km
  • Altitude : 15584 ft.
  • Grade : Difficult

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Overview

Located at a high altitude of 15,485 ft. Kedar Tal is one of the most beautiful glacial lakes in the world. The lake is surrounded by a mesmerizing 360 degrees view of the major peaks like Manda, Bhagirathi, Gangotri, Bhrigupanth, Mt. Meru and Thalay Sagar. The lake captures the beautiful reflection of Mt. Thalay Sagar. The lake sits perfectly in the barren landscape with white snow clad mountains in the background.

Kedar Tal Trek is considered to be a difficult trek because of the rocky trails, boulder zones, steep ascends and thin ledges. The path is complicated and keeps getting difficult as we get closer to our destination. Therefore, if you are an experienced trekker, you should definitely embark upon this journey.

You will be picked up from the Dehradun Railway Station and we will be driving to Gangotri. The holy river Ganga originates from Gangotri and therefore it is one of the most visited pilgrimage places in India. Gangotri is also one of the Char Dhams and is located at an altitude of 10,200 ft. The drive will take you on an adventure-filled journey through the mountains and across dense forests. The 240 Km. long ride to Gangotri will take 9 hours to complete. Overnight stay will be at a guest house.

Brief Overview of the Day

  • Driving Distance - 240 Km.
  • Driving Time - 9 Hours
  • Max Altitude - 3,100 m.
  • Network - Available
  • Night stay at a guest house

Today we will be spending the day exploring Gangotri and getting acclimated to the high altitude weather conditions. Try to stay outdoors, you can visit the Gangotri Kund, Ganga Arti and the Surya Kund. There are many temples and caves around the area to keep you occupied outside.

Brief Overview of the Day

  • Acclimatization Day
  • Explore Gangotri
  • Night stay at a guest house

We will start walking towards our next destination at Bhoj Kharak. The trail is 9 Km. long and will take about 6 hours to complete. This is the only path that leads to Bhoj Kharak and therefore sometimes it gets crowded. 

On the trail you will find yourself walking in the shade of Bhojpatra Trees with Kedar Ganga flowing to your left. As we get closer to the destination, the path will start to get difficult and extremely narrow. After climbing a sharp ascent of 60 degrees on the inclined rock face and crossing another narrow trail, we will reach our campsite at Bhoj Kharak.

The campsite is a perfect resting place with Bhoj trees and Purple Rhododendrons growing in abundance. Along with this you will be able to spot Mt. Thalya Sagar in the distance.

Brief Overview of the Day

  • Trekking Distance - 9 Km
  • Trekking Time - 6 Hours.
  • Max Altitude - 3,900 m
  • Overnight stay at camps

Today’s hike starts with a steep climb up to a meadow. It is not going to be a difficult trail like yesterday and it's a short hike of 4.5 Km. The trail is pretty much simple with slight descents and ascents throughout the path.

This place is well known for spotting beautiful birds like Blue sheep or Bharal. At the end of the trail we will cross over to the other side of Kedar Ganga river and reach the campsite with a spellbinding sight of Brighupanth Peak. Overnight stay at camps.

Brief Overview of the Day

  • Trekking Distance - 4.5 Km
  • Trekking Time - 5 Hours
  • Max Altitude - 4,350 m.
  • Night stay at camps

The most awaited day has finally arrived and we will be visiting Kedar Tal today. The trail to the tal is difficult. We will be walking over barren rocky paths and crossing three ridges to reach our destination. Apart from the trail, the weather at this high altitude is very unpredictable and therefore it is vital to stick to the schedule.

After trekking on a dusty path filled with boulders to the final steep ridge. Once we climb up the final ridge, you will be able to catch the glimpse of beautiful Kedartal and the reflection of Mt. Thalya Sagar in it. You will also be able to get a 360 view of various mountain peaks like - Mt. Manda, Brighupant, Gangotri, Thalaysagar, Bhagirathi and Mt. Meru. After spending some time at the lake we will climb back down to Kedar Kharak.

Brief Overview of the Day

  • Trekking Distance - 10 Km (Total Distance)
  • Trekking Time - 8 Hours
  • Max Altitude - 4,700 m.
  • Overnight stay at camps

We will wake up early in the morning for the long day as we will be trekking 13 Km all the way back to Gangotri which will take about 9 hours. Night stay will be at a guest house.

Brief Overview of the Day

  • Trekking Distance - 13.5 Km.
  • Trekking Time - 9 Hours
  • Overnight stay at a guest house.

Today is the final day of the Kedar Tal Trek and we will leave for Dehradun in the morning. It's a long ride and you will be dropped at Dehradun Railway Station by evening so plan accordingly.

Brief Overview of the Day

  • Driving Distance - 240 Km.
  • Driving Time - 9 Hours.

By Air :-

Jolly Grant Airport is the airport serving Dehradun, located about 25 km from the city. There is a daily flight from Delhi to Dehradun

By Train :-
Take the overnight train to Dehradun from Delhi
Nandadevi Express - Train no: 12205 (Departure 11:50pm; Arrival - 5:40am)
Dehradun Express - Train no: 12687 (Departure - 9:10pm; Arrival - 5:00am)

By Bus :-
There is regular bus service from Delhi to Dehradun, from Delhi ISBT Kashmere Gate.
We would suggest you to take only government buses from ISBT Kashmere Gate. Private buses ply from outside ISBT and they are not trust worthiness.
Usually buses drop you at Dehradun ISBT. From there you have to come to Dehradun Railway Station
• TTH’s Tata Sumo or similar vehicles will pick-up you from Dehradun Railway Station at 6:00 am.
• Pick-up is included in the cost of the trek.
• You will reach Gangotri by 5:00 pm.

Inclusions :-
  1. Accommodation. (Home stay, Camping)
  2. Meals while on trek (Veg.+ Egg)
  3. Trek equipments: Sleeping bag, mattress, tent (twin sharing), kitchen & dinning tent, toilet tent, utensils and crampon (if required)
  4. All necessary permits and entry fees.
  5. First aid medical kits, stretcher and oxygen cylinder.
  6. Mountaineering qualified & professional trek Leader, guide and Support staff.
  7. Transport from Dehradun to Sankri and retorn (According to itinerary)
  8. Mules to carry the central luggage
 
Exclusions :-
  1. Any kind of personal expenses.
  2. Food during the transit.
  3. Insurance.
  4. Mules or porter to carry personal luggage.
  5. Anything not specifically mentioned under the head.
  6. Any kind of emergency evacuation charges.
Basics Gear
Back pack & rain cover (50 - 60 ltr) with comfortable shoulder straps
Day pack + rain cover 20 - 30 ltr (If hire a mule or porter)
Walking stick Advisable (At least one)
Head torch 1 Nos.
Water bottle/Hydration pack 2 bottles of one litre each
  People who use hydration pack
  1 hydration pack and 1 bottle of one liter
  Carry at least one thermos flask
Snacks Energy bars, dry fruits, electral/ors
Personal Medical Kit Consult your doctor
Be comfy at the Kedar Taal Trek 
T-shirts 2 Full sleeves (Non-cotton)
Fleece T-shirts 1 Nos.
Fleece jacket 1 Nos. (Alternative: a woollen sweater)
Down feather / Hollofil jacket 1 Nos.
Wind & waterproof (jacket & pant) 1 Pair
Thermal inners (upper and lower) 1 Pair
Trek pants 2 Synthetic (avoid shorts, fitting denims, capris)
Poncho 1 Nos.
Think about your head
Sun cap 1 Nos. (One that covers the neck as well)
Woolen cap 1 Nos.
Balaclava 1 Nos.
Neck-gaiters 1 Nos.
Sunglasses Dark with side cover, it should be U/V protected.
        People who wear spectacles- 
  (A)- Use contact lenses. (Not for Chadar trek)
  (B)- Photo chromatic glasses. 
Mind your step
Trekking shoes 1 Pair (Waterproof, high ankle with good grip)
Floaters/flip-flops 1 Pair (Optional)
Cotton socks 5 pairs
Woollen socks 3 pairs
Gaiters 1 Pair (The Crazy Mountaineers team will notify you if required)
Keep these handy
Waterproof gloves 1 Pair
Fleece/woollen gloves 1 Pair
Personal Utilities
Sunscreen cream Hand sanitizer
Moisturiser Antibacterial powder
Toilet Paper & wipes Toothbrush and toothpaste
Lip balm Quick dry towe
In the event of cancellation of trek/adventure activity services due to any avoidable / unavoidable reasons we must be notified of the same in writing. Cancellation charges will be effective from the date we receive advice in writing, and cancellation charges would be as follows: -

Cancellations prior to 24 days from the start of the trek

Book any other trek till one year or get 95% refund (Note: If the trek charges are more, the balance needs to be paid by the trekker)

Cancellation between 24 days and 14 days to the start of the trek

Choose to go for the same trek, with any other batch, till year or get 70% refund

Cancellation between 14 days and 10 days to the start of the trek

Choose to go on the same trek, in the same season, with any other batch or get 50% refund.

Cancellation less than 10 days to the start of the trek

Transfer your trek (same trek, same batch) to your friend. No cash refund.

Note:-

  1. Change of trek batch is dependent on the availability of seats in the batch.
  2. In case of transferring a trek to a friend, he/she should satisfy all the mandatory requirements put forward by THE CRAZY MOUNTAINEERS.
  3. THE CRAZY MOUNTAINEERS holds the right to change/cancel the policies, without prior notice.

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