kedartal trek



The Kedartal trek is a challenging and captivating high-altitude adventure located in the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand, India. This trek is known for its breathtaking natural beauty and the beautiful Kedartal lake, a stunning emerald glacial lake nestled in the lap of the Himalayas at an elevation of approximately 16,000 feet (4,800 meters) above sea level

Kedartal trek begins from Gangotri which is famous for being the source of the holy ganges. Starting from Gangotri the route involves a steep rocky climb along the narrow Kedar Ganga gorge en route to Bhojkharak, 8 km away. From there it is 4 km to the next available camping site of Kedarkharak, and a further 5 km to Kedartal. The route passes through scenic Himalayan birch forests, but is made hazardous in places by falling rocks, high altitude and segments of steep ascent

The lake is surrounded by snow-capped peaks, and the water is crystal clear, reflecting the majestic mountains. It’s a place of serene beauty and tranquility. Kedartal lake is fed by the snowfall from  the towering peaks of Mt. Thalay Sagar (6,904 m), Meru (6,672 m), Bhrigupanth (6,772 m) and other surrounding peaks,

The Kedartal trek is not easy, and it’s important to be prepared with proper gear and acclimatization to the high altitude. But the reward is well worth the effort, as you’ll be surrounded by the unspoiled beauty of the Himalayas. It’s a chance to connect with nature and witness one of the most stunning alpine lakes in India. So, if you’re up for a challenging yet incredibly rewarding adventure, Kedartal trek is a must-do for nature lovers and trekking enthusiasts.


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  Number of Days: 05 Days/ 06 Nights

  Kedartal Trek distance : 38 kms

  Category : Moderate to Difficult Adventure

  Area: Gharwal Himalayas, Uttarakhand, India

  Highest point: 4800 meters

  Kedartal Trek best time: May to June, September to October



 Day 1- Rishikesh – Gangotri (10,052 ft) (248 km, 7-8 hrs drive)

Morning start drive towards one of the most revered places in Uttarakhand, Himalaya, The Gangotri Dham. Drive along the Tehri lake, breakfast and lunch on the way. Arrive in Gangotri, the base camp for Kedartal Trek. Evening visit to Gangotri temple and explore the holy town of Gangotri and its famous temple. Dinner and overnight stay in hotel.

Day 2- Gangotri – Bhoj Kharak (13,220 ft)

Start trekking from Gangotri to Bhoj Kharak, The trek is 7-8 km long and very unique. The Bhoj path is rocky and this is the only way to reach the forest. Kedar Ganga will remain on your left and there are an abundane of Bhojpatra trees on today’s trail. Trek through dense Bhojpatra forests and enjoy the scenic beauty of the region. Set up camp at Bhoj Kharak for the night, dinner and overnight stay.

Day 3- Bhoj Kharak to Kedar Kharak (14,240 ft)

Trek to Kedar kharak begins with a steep climb at the start. Kedar Kharak is about 5 km from Bhoj Kharak campsite. Witness the flaura and fauna, breath taking views of Mt Thalay Sagar and other Himalayan peaks. Explore the surroundings and camp near the pristine Kedar kharak.

Day 4- Kedar Kharak to Kedartal (15,500 ft) and Back to Kedar Kharak (14,240 ft)

Spend a day visit to Kedartal. A stunning glacial lake surrounded by snow-capped peaks. Explore the area, enjoy photography, and soak in the serene atmosphere.

 Day 5- Kedar Kharak to Gangotri (10,052 ft)

Descend from Kedar Kharak to Gangotri. Reach Gangotri and dinner and overnight stay at hotel.

Day 6- Gangotri to Rishikesh

Drive back from Gangotri to Rishikesh

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) – Kedartal Trek with Mapping The Himalayas

Welcome to Mapping The Himalayas! We understand that planning a trek to Kedartal can bring up many questions. To make your trekking experience smooth, here are some frequently asked questions about the Kedartal trek:

  1. What Makes Kedartal Trek Special? Kedartal is a pristine glacial lake nestled amidst majestic Himalayan peaks. It’s renowned for its spiritual significance and breath taking beauty. The trek offers a unique blend of adventure and serenity, making it special for trekkers.
  2. Is Kedartal Trek Suitable for Beginners? The Kedartal trek is challenging and not ideal for beginners. It demands a good level of fitness and previous trekking experience. If you are a beginner, we recommend starting with easier treks and gradually progressing to challenging ones like Kedartal.
  3. When is the Best Time to Go on the Kedartal Trek? The best time to embark on the Kedartal trek is during the summer months, from May to June, and then again in September to October. During these periods, the weather is relatively stable, offering clear views and comfortable trekking conditions.
  4. What Should I Pack for the Kedartal Trek? Pack wisely! Essentials include sturdy trekking shoes, warm clothing, a rain jacket, a sleeping bag, and a first aid kit. It’s also important to carry high-energy snacks, a water bottle, a hat, and sunglasses. Don’t forget your camera to capture the stunning landscapes!
  5. Are there Accommodations on the Trail? The trek involves camping in tents. Our team will provide high-quality camping equipment, including tents, sleeping bags, and sleeping mats. You’ll be spending nights under the starlit Himalayan sky, surrounded by the sounds of nature.
  6. Is Altitude Sickness a Concern on the Kedartal Trek? Yes, altitude sickness can be a concern due to the high altitude of Kedartal. It’s crucial to acclimatize properly, stay hydrated, and listen to your body. Our experienced guides are trained to recognize the symptoms and will assist you accordingly.
  7. How Do I Book the Kedartal Trek with Mapping The Himalayas? Booking your Kedartal trek is easy! Our friendly team will guide you through the booking process, answer your queries, and provide all necessary details for your trekking adventure.

We hope these FAQs provide clarity about the Kedartal trek. If you have more questions or need assistance, don’t hesitate to get in touch. We look forward to guiding you on this exhilarating journey to Kedartal!