Kedartal Trek

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Trek Grade

Moderate to Difficult

Highest Altitude

15,500 ft

Base Camp

Gangotri

Best Time

May, June & Sept, Oct

Kedartal Trek

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. When you start reaching up, you will be mesmerized by the snow-covered peaks of Thalaysagar, Manda Parvat, Brighupath, Gangotri, Bhagiratji, Mount Meru, and many other mountains. You won’t find many villages or people and few trekking groups on this trek. The trek is filled with tricky terrain, whether passing through boulders or going steep uphill and downhill, which checks your physical and mental endurance. Also, you will pass through some of the beautiful nature sights like Bhoj Forest.

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Acute Mountain Sickness is a medical condition that can occur when individuals travel to high altitudes, typically above 8,000 feet. It is caused by the decrease in air pressure and oxygen levels in the air as altitude increases. Symptoms of Acute Mountain Sickness may include headache, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, and difficulty sleeping. To avoid Acute Mountain Sickness, it is important to gradually adjust to high altitudes and seek medical attention if symptoms worsen. To learn more about this condition, check out the videos by Trekup India.

Day Wise Detailed Itinerary of Kedartal Trek

Day 1: Dehradun to Gangotri by Road

  • Stay – Overnight stay at the hotel.
  • Meal – Dinner
  • Distance – 240 km
  • Time Taken – approx. 8 hrs
  • Altitude – Dehradun (2100 ft / 640 mtr), Gangotri (10,200 ft / 3100 mtr)
  • Altitude Difference – 8100 ft / 2460 mtr
  • Trek Grade  None

On this day, we would travel from our respective places and arrive at Dehradun; depending on the location from where we are travelling, we could come one day in advance to rest. 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. The Trekup India driver will drop us off at the hotel where we will stay, and a delicious dinner will await us later at night.

Day 2: Rest amd Acclimatisation Around Trails Of Gangotri And Market.

Day 3: Gangotri to Bhoj Kharak by Trek

  • Stay – Overnight stay at the campsite.
  • Meal – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Distance – 9 km
  • Time Taken – approx. 5 hrs
  • Altitude – Gangotri (10,200 ft / 3100 mtr), Bhoj Kharak (12,500 ft / 3810 mtr)
  • Altitude Difference – 2300 ft / 710 mtr
  • Trek Grade – Gradual to Moderate

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; we could then see the GMVN lodge on the right. On the trek ahead, we would visit the ashrams of a few sages; the trail would then lead uphill. After crossing the ashrams, you would reach the forest trail, and the trek would steeply ascend. The trek would become rocky, and you must pass through here carefully. We would now start hearing the roaring Kedar Ganga River. The trail becomes narrower as you walk ahead, but after walking for a short while, you will come up to a clearing where you can walk easily. There would be a few streams where you could drink and fill your water bottles; you would then soon reach a spider wall. We should be cautious when passing through the spider wall because it stands 60 degrees straight. Trekup India Team will help you cross these problematic areas; after crossing this difficult terrain, you will reach the Bhoj Kharak campsite. Here, you would spend the night with Bhoj and Rhododendron trees, and Thalaysagar Peak will come into view.

Day 4: Bhoj Kharak to Kedar Kharak by Trek

  • Stay – Overnight stay at the campsite.
  • Meal – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Distance – 5 km
  • Time Taken – approx. 5 hrs
  • Altitude – Bhoj Kharak (12,500 ft / 3810 mtr), Kedar Kharak (14,280 ft / 4352 mtr)
  • Altitude Difference – 1780 ft / 542 mtr
  • Trek Grade – Moderate

We would begin our morning with a delicious breakfast and a hot cup of tea, with branches cracking in the gushing cold breeze. Today’s trail will be less treacherous than the previous day, with a few steep ups and downs. Walking towards Kedar Kharak, we will see the trees disappear and the vast grassland in the distance. You might see some flowers bloom as well. The trail will then be steep uphill, and while walking, if you are lucky, you might catch sight of blue sheep or Bharal, Himalayan Black Bear, Goral, and various birds found in the area. As soon as you reach the campsite, you will be mesmerized by the scenic camp in the middle of the meadows and the majestic Brighupanth peak looming above. You would have crossed the last stream on the trail, and the weather here will get colder. We would be spending the night at such a stunning scenic campsite.

Day 5: Kedar Kharak to Kedartal and back to Kedar Kharak by Trek

  • Stay – Overnight stay at the campsite.
  • Meal – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Distance – 5 km
  • Time Taken – approx. 5 hrs
  • Altitude – Kedar Kharak (14,280 ft / 4352 mtr), Kedartal (15,580 ft / 4749 mtr)
  • Altitude Difference – 1300 ft / 397 mtr
  • Trek Grade – Difficult

Today is the day for which we came on this trek, for we would be trekking on the deserted trails. You will climb very steep trails on this trek with very few descents depending on the season you are visiting; you might find snow if you are visiting in the summer season. You must know the equipment if you are trekking in the snow season. The Trekup India team will be there to assist us with that. The trails would be filled with boulders, loose rocks, and mud. You would be passing by a few streams. We would reach the lake after crossing a steep ridge, and upon reaching it, you would be captivated by the sight of emerald water, blue Kedartal, and Thalaysagar in front of you. You would also catch 360-degree views of mountains like Manda, Gangotri, Bhagirathi, Brighupant, and Meru. After you have enjoyed the vistas Kedartal offers, you will return to Kedar Kharak, where you will be camping for the night.

Day 6: Kedar Kharak to Gangotri by Trek

  • Stay – Overnight stay at the hotel.
  • Meal – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Distance – 14 km
  • Time Taken – approx. 8 hrs
  • Altitude – Kedar Kharak (14,280 ft / 4352 mtr), Gangotri (10,200 ft / 3100 mtr),
  • Altitude Difference – 4080 ft / 1252 mtr
  • Trek Grade – Gradual to Moderate

Begin our morning by waking up early and eating a healthy, warm breakfast with the view of the sunrise in front. On today’s trek, the trail will be descending the hill, and it will take time, so you should be well prepared. You would be seeing the beautiful sight of the mountains before getting down, and you would be passing through the rough trail. This would be the last day of trekking, and by the time you reach Gangotri, it would be late, so that you would be spending the night here.

Day 7: Gangotri to Dehradun by Road

  • Meal – Breakfast and Lunch
  • Distance – 240 km
  • Time Taken – approx. 8 hrs
  • Altitude – Gangotri (10,200 ft / 3100 mtr), Dehradun (2100 ft / 640 mtr)
  • Altitude Difference – 8100 ft / 2460 mtr
  • Trek Grade  None

The last day marks the end of your journey, and we will be driving today after having breakfast. It’s a long journey which takes approximately 8 hours to reach. You would enjoy the scenic views of the hills one last time before going to our home. You would be taking in your journey and cherishing it as these experiences help you in many ways.

Kedartal Trek Route Map

We’ve prepared a comprehensive Trek Route Map for your upcoming adventure to Kedartal Trek, which outlines the entire journey including all stops and trails. This map provides detailed information on the terrain, distance between points of interest, and estimated travel time to help ensure a safe and enjoyable trek. We’ve carefully curated the map to ensure that you have all the necessary information at your fingertips. Please take a moment to review it thoroughly, and don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or concerns.

Kedartal Trek Altitude Chart

The Trek Altitude Chart is a useful tool for Trekkers to monitor their altitude changes during their rides, allowing them to plan their routes more efficiently and track their progress over time. This Kedartal Trek chart is beneficial for both casual and experienced Trekkers, helping them make the most out of their Trek experience.

Trek Cost Inclusions

  1. Stay 3 Nights in tented accommodation at respective campsites of Trekup India on a sharing basis and 3 days in a hotel.
  2. Meals: Trekup India provided cooked meals during the trek, starting with Dinner on Day 01 to tea, coffe on day 6 (Meals are simple, nutritious, and vegetarian and non-repeated meals)
  3. Transport: Dehradun to Gangotri and return on sharing jeeps
  4. Trek Insurance (Optional): Trekup India recommends that all trekkers consider getting trek insurance. This is optional, but highly recommended. Trek insurance covers unexpected events that may occur during your trek. The cost of the insurance starts from INR 210. Please read more about what is included in the coverage and why it is mandatory on treks.
  5. Trek Equipment:  Sleeping bag, Sleeping tents, Kitchen tent, Dining tent, Toilet Tent.
  6. Amenities: All utensils, sleeping mattresses (Black foam mats), Crampons, and Gaiters for snow.    
  7. Health & Safety:  First Aid Box, Oxygen Cylinders, Stretchers, Oxi meters, BP Machines, health.
  8. Permits: Forest Permits and Camping Permission Fee 
  9. Trek Crew: High Altitude Chef, Helpers, Trek Leader & Guides, and other support teams.
  10. Potters & Mules: Potters and Mules are to carry all trekking equipment, ration, and vegetables.

Trek Cost Exclusions

  1. GST 5% (it is Mandatory)
  2. Any Meals/accommodation beside the itinerary or not mentioned in the program.
  3. Any Bus / Airfare to/from trek start/end point 
  4. Personal Medical expenses do carry your medication. 
  5. Any personal services such as Laundry, phone calls, liquors, mineral water, etc.
  6. Any still / video camera fee 
  7. Any Entrance fee Monuments, Monasteries, Museums, Temples – Pay directly on the spot. 
  8. Mules or porter charges to carry private baggage (Offload Charges for bag 365 per day, per bag if paid online (at base camp 2,550). Note: Bag weight should not be more than 10 kg.
  9. Any emergency evacuation charges
  10. Any services that are not mentioned in the cost inclusion section.

What should you pack for the Kedartal Trek

Kedartal Trek is a high-altitude trek. The trekking gear you have to have for this particular trek differs from normal treks. Thus, read this whole segment. There is an important question that the trekker who is doing trek asks, like what all things to carry while trekking. Below, we have provided the details on everything you should take; an easy way to remember is by Head to foot or foot to head. We have prepared from Head to foot.

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Head Gears

When trekking it's important to carry headgear to protect your head and face.

Heading out for a trek? Don’t forget to carry headgear to protect your beautiful face and head from the sun, wind, and dust! It’s an essential accessory that keeps you safe and comfortable throughout your adventurous journey. So, make sure you pack it before you step out into nature!

  1. Head Lamps – When trekking at night, headlamps are essential to illuminate your path while keeping your hands free. Headlamps come in different sizes and lumens, so it is essential to choose one that suits your needs.
  2. Hats or Cap – Caps or hats are also necessary when trekking in different weather conditions. Caps protect your head from the wind and freezing temperatures at night, while hats provide shade and protection from the sun during the day. It’s essential to ensure that your hat has a strap to prevent it from being blown away by the wind.
  3. Sunglasses – Sunglasses are also essential for trekking. Your sunglasses should protect your eyes from harmful UV rays and fit your face perfectly to avoid falling off while climbing, jumping, or crossing obstacles. The glass of your sunglasses should also be designed for different weather conditions to provide optimal visibility.
  4. Buff / Balaclava – Lastly, a buff or balaclava is a must-have to protect your mouth or neck from extreme temperatures and keep them warm. Buffs and balaclavas come in different materials, thicknesses, and designs, so it’s important to choose one that suits your needs and preferences. Depending on the weather conditions and your activities, you can wear them as neck warmers, face masks, or headbands.
With these essential items, you can enjoy trekking safely and comfortably, no matter the weather or time of day.

Clothes

When trekking in high altitudes, prepare for cold weather by wearing layers. Layering traps heat, keeps you warm, and allows you to easily adjust your clothing as temperatures fluctuate.

Layering is important for different seasons when trekking. When planning a high-altitude trek, it is important to prepare for the cold weather. Wearing layers is the best approach as it provides both protection and flexibility when the weather changes frequently in the mountains. Layering helps to trap heat and keep your body warm, while at the same time allowing you to easily adjust your clothing as the temperature fluctuates. By wearing layers, you can enjoy your trek comfortably and stay safe in the unpredictable mountain weather

  1. For spring, summer, and monsoon treks, consider wearing three layers: a woollen sweater, a fleece, and a padded jacket.
  2. For autumn treks, add one more fleece layer to make it four layers.
  3. For winter treks, you may need five layers with thermals, a woollen sweater, two fleeces, and a padded jacket.
  4. T-shirt/sleeve shirt– Bring three T-shirts and two quick-dry trek pants, wearing one and carrying the others. Long sleeve shirts help to protect from sun UV rays. We recommend synthetic T-shirts as they get dry quickly when they get wet.
  5. Hiking / Trekking Jacket– down jackets (-5 to-10 C) or two-three-layer jackets.
  6. Thermals– at least two pairs of thermals help keep the body warm during cold weather.
  7. Undergarments– you can carry them according to your habitual and hygiene requirements.
  8. Gloves– 1 pair of gloves will keep your hand warm and nice.
  9. Trek Pants– Bring 2 to 3 comfortable trekking pants. Trekking pants play a significant role, as they are designed for comfort and mobility, making trekking easier. It should be Synthetic so that it gets dry quickly when wet.
  10. Rain Wear– you can carry a raincoat or Poncho. During long rains and snowfalls, the waterproof jackets start leaking. Still, the Poncho and raincoats keep you dry, so choose accordingly.

Tip: If you choose a raincoat on your trek, carry a small waterproof cover so things inside your backpack can’t get wet. If you carry a Poncho, you don’t need to worry. It protects both you and your backpack.