Duration: 7 Days | 6 Nights
Best Season: May-Jun | Sep-Oct
Kedartal (also known as Shiva’s lake) is a glacial lake situated at an altitude of 4,750 metres in the Garhwal region of the Himalayas in India. The lake is fed by the snowfall over Thalay sagar (6,904 m), meru(6,672 m), Bhrigupanth (6,772 m) and other surrounding peaks, and is the source of kedar Ganga, which in Hindi mythology is considered to be Shiva’s contribution to Bhagirathi (a source-stream of the Ganges). Kedartal, at a distance of 17 km from Gangotri, is a popular trekking destination. Starting from Gangotri the route involves a steep rocky climb along the narrow kedar Ganga gorge enroute to Bhojkharak. The route passes through scenic Himalayan birch forests, but is made hazardous in places by falling rocks, high altitude and segments of steep ascent.
DAY 01: RISHIKESH – UTTARKASHI DRIVE (5-6hrs)Early morning after breakfast drive to Uttarkashi. Situated on the bank of roaring Bhagirathi, this town is famous for its institute of mountaineering. Arrive Uttarkashi and transfer to tourist bungalow for meals and overnight stay.
DAY 02: UTTARKASI – GANGOTR (5-6 hrs)
Morning after breakfast drive to Gangotri. Lunch enroute at Gangotri, with a hot refreshing bath in hot spring. Arrive Gangotri and transfer to tourist bungalow for meals and overnight stay.
DAY 03: GANGOTRI – BHOJ KHARAK (5-6hrs)
Morning after breakfast trek to Bhoj Kharak. The steep ascent to Bhoj Kharak starts as we leave the camp. After an hour climb we travers kedar gorge to reach Bhoj kharak. The entire trek is along Kedar Ganga , through fir (cedus ) and Bhoj (birch) trees. The bark of birch was used as paper for ancient manuscript in Inida. Arrive Bhoj Kharak and camp. Meals and overnight camp.
DAY 04: BHOJ KHARAK – KEDAR KHARAK TREK: 4-5 hrs)
Today we leave the tree line and trek through a long meadow with Bhrigupanth peak in backdrop. Arrive and camp near the gushing stream in the meadow. Meals and overnight camp.
DAY 05: KEDAR KHARAk – KEDARTAL TREK: 4-5 hrs
Today the trek is very steep and through boulders and stones. After 3-4 hrs walking on difficult terrain we reach Kedartal . Arrive and camp. Enjoy an excellent sunset on Thaleysagar peak with its reflection in the lake. Meals and overnight camp.
DAY 06: KEDARTAL – BHOJ KHARAK TREK( 4-5 hrs)
Early morning witness special sunrise on the peaks and lake. After breakfast trace your steps back to Bhoj kharak. Lunch at Kedarkharak. Arrive Bhoj kharak and camp. Meals and overnight camp.
DAY 07: BHOJ KHARAK – GANGOTRI (4- 5 hrs.)
Early morning start trekking down to Gangotri . Witness evening prayer at Gangotri temple, dedicated to Goddess Ganges. Meals and overnight tourist bungalow.
DAY 08: GANGOTRI – RISHIKESH ( 9-10 hrs.)
Morning after breakfast drive towards Rishikesh. Lunch at Uttarkahsi. Meals and overnight Hotel.