Kedar Tal, also known as Shiva's lake, is a glacial lake situated at an altitude of 4,750 meters (15,600 feet) in the Garhwal region of the Himalayas in India. The lake is fed by the snowfall over Mt Thalay Sagar (6,904m), Meru (6,672m), Mt Bhrigupanth (6,772m) and other surrounding peaks, which are also the source of Kedar Ganga, which in Hindu mythology is considered to be Lord Shiva's contribution to Bhagirathi (a source-stream of the Ganges). The proximity with magnificent peaks and the view this trek offers will make you believe in magic. The lake itself is crystal-clear blue, the coolest drink of water you'll ever find and a true gem of Uttarakhand. Adding to the allure of this trek is the trailhead of Gangotri, where the trail begins, and also the holy town said to be the origin of the Ganges River. The place bursts to life during yatra season, with markets, temples, nightly aartis and forests full of sadhus. Save a few days to explore here after your trek. The best time to do the Kedartal trek are the months of May, June, September and, October
Kedar Tal sited at an altitude of 4912 from sea level in the Gangotri area of Garhwal Himalayas. One gets to see astounding views of the Greater Himalayan peaks such as Thalayasagar (6904 mts), Bhirgupanth (6772 mts) and Jogin Group of peaks. The pea green lake formed by the melting of Kedar glacier gives birth to the Kedar Ganga, a tributary of river Bhagirathi, considered as Lord Shiva’s contribution to Bhagirathi. One can observe Bharal (blue sheep), Goral, Himalayan black bear and a great variety of birds during this trek. Though a bit challenging at times, the completion of the trek offers some very rewarding moments!Day 01 : Haridwar/Rishikesh - Gangotri (265 kms/9-10 hrs/3048 M/10000 ft)
Post breakfast, drive to Gangotri via the scenic Harsil valley, covered by a dense Cider forest, and known for its architecture, and the famed “Wilson Apples” & the hill town Uttarkashi, known as the Kashi of Uttarakhand, and oft mentioned in our religious scriptures. Enroute, take a holy dip in Gangnani hot water springs. Driving along the torrential Bhagirathi river, the route zig zags over the Sukkhi top ridge, and presents a staggering view of the wide river valley beyond. The mountain sides surrounding the valley are densely covered by tall Cider and Pine trees. The arrival on the base of the valley beyond Sukkhi village brings one to the narrow glacial valley where Gangotri is located.Arrive at Gangotri by evening. Check in to hotel for dinner and overnight stay.Day 02 : Gangotri - Bhoj Kharak (3780 mts/12436 ft)
The day begins with a steep ascent through Fir forests before traversing the Kedar Gorge to reach camp. The trek follows an uphill climb along the steep walls of the valley. One is required to trek 8 km (5-6 hrs) as one follows the Kedar Ganga (Lord Shiva's contribution to Bhagirathi), all the while enjoying the thundering sound of the river emerging from Kedar Tal. Overnight stay in tents.Day 03 : Bhoj Kharak - Kedar Kharak (4270 mts/14050 ft)
The steep climb lasting 4 kms (4 - 5 hrs) passes through a beautiful birch (Bhoj) forest, before crossing the tree line and arriving at the campsite. The Bhirgupanth peak provides a stunning backdrop as one makes his way across the long meadow, which is used by shepherds to graze their sheep and cattle. The day’s trekking distance, though less, but has its steep stretches at times! Overnight stay in tents.Day 04 : Kedar Kharak - Kedar Tal (4912 mts/16160 ft)
The 5 km (4-5 hrs) trek up to Kedar Tal is laborious, and crosses very difficult terrain strewn with boulders and loose rocks.Walking through the maze of rocks looks very confusing and one might be tempted to tutn back before getting lost, but if one looks closely one will be able to see little cairns that have been placed on the route to the lake. Kedar Tal is one of the most enchanting glacial lakes with the majestic Thalayasagar looming behind it. Thalayasagar, a quartz mountain, is also known as Sphatik (quartz) and is truly a delight to see at sunset! Overnight stay in tents.Day 05 : Kedar Tal - Bhoj Kharak
Be sure to get up extra early to catch the magnificent sunrise and reflections off of the lake and surrounding peaks! The trek on this day covers 9km (5 hrs) down to Bhoj Kharak, with beautiful pictures and memories of Kedar Tal still etched in the mind. Overnight stay in tents.Day 06 : Bhoj Kharak - Gangotri - Uttarkashi
The trek covering 8 km (3 hrs) back down to Gangotri, is by comparison to going up, a leisurely affair, and gives ample opportunity to the trekker to rest and take many beautiful pictures. After a final Darshan with Swami Sundaranad, one drivese back to Uttarkashi and arrives in 5 – 6 hours! Check in at Hotel. Overnight stay in hotel at Uttarkashi.Day 07: Uttarkashi - Haridwar/Rishikesh (170 kms/5 hrs)
Post breakfast drive to Haridwar/Rishikesh. On arrival transfer to railway station to board the Dehradun Shatabdi train for Delhi at 18:05 hrs. End of the trek.
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