Climb To The Glacial Kedartal Lake Amidst The Cauldron Of Massive Mountains
Embark on this challenging trek to test your limits and gather new experience
Hike to one of the most fabled glacial lakes in the world- the Kedar Tal Lake, also known as Shiva’s Lake, situated at an altitude of 4750 meters
Relish a route that is most preferred by pilgrims who want to seek the blessings of the river Ganga in the Gangotri temple
Camp in the shadow of the towering Mt. Thalay Sagar and Mt. Bnrigupanth while hiking to Kedartal
Observe the greatness of other mighty Himalayan peaks like the Manda Parvat, Mt. Jogin, etc.
Enjoy the extraordinary experience of the fabled Gangotri Base Camp
Dehradun is the closest hub for several adventure activities across Uttarakhand and North India. Hence reaching Dehradun should be the foremost requirement before you begin any adventure. The Jolly Grant Airport is the nearest airport to the hub, enjoying regular flights from Delhi NCR as well as Mumbai. Air India, …
Dehradun is the closest hub for several adventure activities across Uttarakhand and North India. Hence reaching Dehradun should be the foremost requirement before you begin any adventure. The Jolly Grant Airport is the nearest airport to the hub, enjoying regular flights from Delhi NCR as well as Mumbai. Air India, Spicejet, Jet Airways, and other eminent aviation companies have regular flights reaching the Jolly Grant, which is just 20 kilometers from the hub. You can hire a taxi or take public transport to reach the hub within 40 to 45 minutes, depending on the traffic. Dehradun enjoys excellent railroad connectivity to metros and other major Indian cities like New Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Mumbai, Lucknow, Varanasi, Ujjain, Allahabad, etc. There are regular train services to the Dehradun Railway Station (DDN) with the Jan Shatabdi Express, the Shatabdi Express, the Doon Express, the Dehradun AC Express, and the Amritsar Dehradun Express making their way to the station every week. If you are still unsure, you can take a train from anywhere in India to reach Delhi NCR and then aboard another train to reach the Dehradun Railway Station. The station is located just 1 to 2 kilometers away from the city center. The Dehradun Interstate Bus Terminus (ISBT), situated near Clement Town, enjoys frequent bus service from every significant North-Indian city like New Delhi, Agra, Haridwar, Rishikesh, Mussoorie, etc. You can either avail of the Uttarakhand State Transport buses that are relatively cheap or go with the pricey option of the private bus service and avail Volvos and other deluxe and semi-deluxe buses. The Dehradun ISBT has buses leaving every 15 minutes, and hence it is an excellent bet to travel via road to reach this adventure hub. Furthermore, the Dehradun area has a couple of other crucial interstate bus terminals, like the Mussoorie bus station near the DDN Railway Station and the Delhi Bus Stand near Gandhi Road.
Since Dehradun is a central hub and the starting point of several adventure activities in Uttarakhand and North India, the place multiple accommodation options. Starting from budget hotels, homestays, and backpackers’ hostels, the place features guest houses and exquisite luxury and boutique hotels. Though nearly every accommodation in this tourist-friendly …
Since Dehradun is a central hub and the starting point of several adventure activities in Uttarakhand and North India, the place multiple accommodation options. Starting from budget hotels, homestays, and backpackers’ hostels, the place features guest houses and exquisite luxury and boutique hotels. Though nearly every accommodation in this tourist-friendly hub offers captivating views of the hills, the amenities depend on your accommodation prices. Starting from as low as USD 7 (INR 500) per night, the prices might go up to USD 135 (INR 10,000) and more depending on the range of amenities and add-ons you choose. However, pre-booking via notable websites and booking apps will help you cut down on accommodation costs since it is quite natural for accommodation prices to soar during the peak tourist seasons.
If you have had experience trekking the Himalayas and want to engage in a bit more challenging endeavor, you should definitely take part in the Kedartal Trek. You will encounter a series of abrupt ascents and descents across immensely challenging terrain within a brief span that makes it one of the most difficult adventures to take part in. Apart from the tranquil Kedartal Lake, you get other rewarding reasons like trekking through vast, high-altitude and colorful meadows, beautiful Bhoj forests, and getting the view of some of the Greater Himalayan peaks like the Mt. Gangotri, Mt. Bhrigupanth, Mt. Jogin, Manda Parvat, etc.
The Kedartal Trek best time lies around the pre-monsoon/summers and the post-monsoons/autumns. The summer season stretches from mid-May to mid-June and offers snowy trails, a frozen Kedartal Lake, and occasional bursts of bad weather. On the other hand, the post-monsoon/autumn season has the most danger-loving trekkers and seasoned hikers embarking on this journey because of several superb offerings. These include the reflection of Mt. Thalay Sagar on the quiet waters of the Kedartal, excellent mountain views amidst clear blue skies and pleasant weather, and a rare chance to witness Bharal.
It is a one-way trail type, starting and ending at the pilgrim town of Gangotri, with the 50-kilometer trekking distance taking you to a maximum elevation of 4750 meters at the Kedartal across a span of 7 days. You need to hike for four days and have at least one day for high-altitude acclimatization. While you are hiking the trail, the only place to stay is in campsites. Traveling with a reputed tour guide or operator will ensure that your Kedartal Trek cost includes accommodation and meals.
Amongst the list of essentials that you need to carry on the Kedartal Trek, a pair of sturdy, well-made hiking boots with defined ankles and good grip is the most important. You will encounter a steep hike across the rock face of the Bhoj Kharak, and your shoes should be made to endure all that strain. A 50-60-liter backpack, warm clothes including a couple of full-sleeved quick-dry shirts, three insulation layers- 2 light fleece layers and one light, full-sleeve sweater, an outer, regular padded/shell jacket on the outside keeps the wind out, raincoats/ponchos, windcheaters and a pair of quality hiking pants made from the same quick-dry, waterproof material as your full-sleeved shirts should comprise your packing list.
Carry other essentials, including a pair of sunglasses for UV protection, suncap, balaclava, synthetic and woolen hand gloves, a few pairs of underwear, extra pairs of socks, and a sports bra (for women), rain cover for the backpack, a smaller daypack for offloading, etc.
Right from day one, the Kedartal Trek consists of rocky paths, boulders, steep ascents, and descents, and these continue for 3 to 4 days. There is a thin ledge on a 60-degrees rock face, and the trek’s difficulty keeps on increasing. Hence, carrying a pair of well-made trekking poles is essential. Apart from these, take basic toiletries consisting of biodegradable soaps, excess toilet paper rolls, moisturizers, lip balms, etc., along with medicines and first-aid kits. It would be best to carry water bottles and hydration packs to avoid polluting the Greater Himalayas with disposable plastic. Pack for all eventualities, yet keep your luggage lightweight.
There are several tour operators and acclaimed travel agencies offering the Kedartal trek package. But all of them insist that this is not a trek for the faint-hearted. Only seasoned campaigners who have done several high-altitude adventures and Himalayan expeditions can participate in this trek. Therefore, the trek demands you to stay in maximum physical and mental fitness. You can keep increasing your physical fitness through cardiovascular endurance exercises like swimming, jogging, staircase jumping, light running sessions along with custom indoor fitness routines, irregular-terrain climbing, etc. You should also do strength and conditioning exercises to stay at the peak of your fitness levels.