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Kedartal Trek

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The Kedartal Trek is a captivating journey that leads adventurers deep into the heart of the Garhwal Himalayas, offering a blend of natural beauty, spiritual exploration, and physical challenge. Here's an overview:

Location: The trek begins from Gangotri, a revered pilgrimage site in Uttarakhand, India, and culminates at the pristine Kedartal Lake, nestled amidst towering peaks.

Duration: Typically spanning 6 days, the trek involves ascending through diverse landscapes, crossing glacial streams, and navigating rugged terrain to reach the final destination.

Trek Info

Trail Type : Round Trail. The trek starts and ends at Gangotri

Rail Head : Dehradun Railway Station

Airport :Jolly Grant Airport

Base Camp :Gangotri

Best Season :May, June / September, October

Service From :Gangotri to Gangotri

Meals :Veg

Stay :Camping/ Hotel

Region :Uttarakhand

Duration :7 Days

Grade :Moderate to Difficult

Maximum Altitude :15600 Ft

Approx Trekking KM :37 Km

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(Uttarakhand To Uttarakhand)
Day :1 Reach Gangotri from Dehradun - Drive distance: 242 km | Drive Duration: 8 hours
    The journey from Dehradun to Gangotri will be long and in the hills. The Himalayan region’s changing panoramic views from the vast plains to the high hills.
Day :2 Trek from Gangotri (10,052 ft) to Bhoj Kharak (13,220 ft) Trek distance: 6 km | Trek Duration: 5-6 hours
    We would be woken up by the sound of the gushing river Ganga and the fresh and clean air of the mountains. Today will be the first day of our trek, beginning from Gangotri, and we will camp at Bhoj Kharak. As we started our trek, we would cross the Bhagirathi River via the Bhairav Ghati Bridge.You will see a GMVN lodge to the right. You will also pass the ashrams of a few sages. The trail here has already begun to ascend. After 200 meters, take a trail that climbs up sharply to the right, along the side of another ashram. This brings you to the forest trail to Bhoj Kharak. This frequently trekked route is the only path available to reach Bhoj Kharak. Here, the trail ascends steeply almost to Bhoj Kharak.
Day :3 Bhoj Kharak (13,220 ft) to Kedar Kharak (14,240 ft) Trek distance: 4 km | Trek Duration: 3 hours
    The trek from Bhoj Kharak to Kedar Kharak is relatively simple compared to the previous day’s climb. Though there are a few grim patches, the terrain has uniform ascents and descents. The trek to Kedar Kharak, situated at 14,000 ft, is 4 km and takes about five hours. The ascent is quite steep as soon as you set out of the campsite at Bhoj Kharak. After a 1 km trek through the Bhoj forests, the trail leaves the tree line and enters meadows which are multi colours in autumn – an astounding setting for photography with the snow-covered peak Bhrigupanth in the backdrop. The next 2 km feel like a relaxing stroll as there are fewer steep ascents. It is in this stretch that you may get a chance to encounter high altitude fauna like Bharal (blue sheep), Goral, Himalayan black bear and a variety of birds. The climate gets chillier as you gain altitude. Do not be surprised if you notice a thin layer of frost over the stones in the streams. After passing about two more water points you reach Kedar Kharak.
Day :4 Kedar Kharak (14,240 ft) to Kedartal (15,500 ft) and back to Kedar Kharak (14,240 ft) Trek distance: 5.40 km | Trek Duration: 8 hours
    On this day the excitement level among the trekkers is usually at its peak, with the eagerness to make it to the emerald lake taking over any exhaustion from the previous day’s treks. Start early as this stretch is the most laborious of all. At a height of 15,500 ft, the ‘Tal’ is a 5 km slog from Kedar Kharak through rocky mountains with absolutely no greenery around.
Day :5 Kedar Kharak (14,240 ft) to Gangotri (10,052 ft) Trek distance: 8.50 km | Trek Duration: 8 hours
    Start the descent to Gangotri right after breakfast. Trace the same path back and cherish the surroundings one last time. Since most of the trail is descending, it should take you lesser time to reach. Be mindful of loose rocks on the trail.
Day :6 Gangotri to Dehradun Drive distance: 242 km | Drive Duration: 8 hours


1. Meals while on trek (Veg).

2. All necessary entry fees and permits.

3. Accommodation:- Guest house, Home stay, camping during Trek.

4. Mountaineering qualified & professional trek Leader, guide, cook and Support staff.

5. First aid medical kits, stretcher and oxygen cylinder.

6.Trek equipment: Sleeping bag, mattress, tent (twin sharing), kitchen & dinning tent, toilet tent, utensils and crampon (if required)

7. Staff Insurance.

8. Porters/mules to carry central equipment

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1. Any kind of personal expenses.

2. Food during the transit.

3. Mules or porter to carry personal luggage.


5. Insurance.

6. Any kind of emergency evacuation charges

7. Anything not specifically mentioned under the head

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What to carry

Shoes and backpack

  • Trekking shoes with ankle support
  • Backpack with rain cover

Warm Layers and Clothes

  • Warm layers (PaddedJacket)
    - 3 layers if you're trekking in spring, summer and monsoon (1 woollen sweater, 1 fleece, 1 padded jacket)
    - 4 layers if you're trekking in autumn (1 woollen sweater, 2 fleece, 1 padded jacket)
    - 5 layers if you're trekking in winter (1 pair of thermals, 1 woollen sweater, 2 fleece, 1 padded jacket)
  • 3 Collared T-shirts (Wear one, carry two)
  • 2 quick-dry trek pants (Wear one, carry one)


  • Sunglasses
  • Sun cap with flaps
  • Waterproof gloves
  • Balaclava
  • Woollen socks (3 pairs)
  • Headlamp
  • Trekking pole
  • Rain jacket + pants / poncho


  • Sunscreen
  • Moisturiser
  • Light towel
  • Lip balm or vaseline
  • Toilet paper
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Reusable plastic covers (for used clothes)

Compulsory Documents to Carry
These files must be submitted to the Forest Department before your trek. With none of these, you will not be permitted to trek. Original and photocopy of government photo identity card. Carry Ids like Aadhaar, voter id, etc.

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How to reach

Book your air ticket to Delhi or Dehradun. If Delhi, book a night train/bus to Dehradun. Drive from Dehradun to Gangotri. It is a 10-12 hour drive from Dehradun. Gangotri is the base camp for your trek.

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Ques: 1 What is the best time to do Kedartal trek?

Ans: 1 The best time to plan the Kedartal Trek is in the months of May to mid-June and then September to October are considered to be the best months to go for this Kedartal trek.

Ques: 2 Can kids do Kedartal trek?

Ans: 2 No, Kids are not allowed to go for the Kedartal trek. Anyone below the age of 18 cannot avail this trek as it is considered to be moderately difficult.

Ques: 3 What is the difficulty level of Kedar Tal trek?

Ans: 3 Kedartal Trek is located in the Garhwal region of the Himalayas at 15,580 feet. The trek is a moderate-level trek, meaning that trekkers who have trekked before should do this as it will be a little tricky. This trek is a must-do as you would be hiking to the glacial emerald lake, which is astounding

Ques: 4 Is the Kedartal Trek safe?

Ans: 4 Yes, the Kedartal Trek is safe. The level of difficulty for the Kedartal Trek is moderate, so the route is not very dangerous

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Cancellation policy

Life is unpredictable and we understand sometimes you have to cancel or change your trip dates and it is our endeavour to make it as easy possible for you. However, please understand we plan everything including guide fees, permits, accommodation and ration in advance. Therefore any cancellation means inconvenience and certain losses to the people involved in various stages of programme. Keeping that in mind, our cancellation charges are as below-

Cancellation prior to 30 days from start of the event: Get monetary refund with 15% of cancellation charges on trek fee.

Cancellation between 30 days and 15 days to the start of event: 50% on trek fee is non refundable and the remaining 50 % will be given as cash voucher which is valid for 1 year.

Cancellation less than 15 days to the start of event: No refund.

Please note cancellation will be only accepted by email.

Note: The Himalayan Daredevils reserves the right to cancel a programme before departure in the event of logistical problems arriving due to natural calamities, strikes, wars on any other circumstances that makes the event inadvisable. In this case, we will refund 50% of the event fees.

Itinerary changes & trip delays:

We plan itineraries based on the information at the time of planning and in rare circumstances, there are subject to change. In the event that the itinerary is changes or delayed due to unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather conditions, transportation delays, government intervention, landslides etc. We will always aim to give you the best experience possible. However The Himalayan Daredevils are not be held responsible for the cost of delay or changes.

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