Kedartal Trek – Shiva’s Lake in the Himalayas, India
Kedartal also known as ‘Shiva’s Lake’ is one of the highest lakes in Uttarakhand. This immaculate glacial lake is seated at an elevation of 4,912 metres above sea level in the Uttarkashi district. KedarTal lake is formed by the melting of Kedar glacier, thereby giving birth to Kedar Ganga River which is an important tributary of Bhagirathi River.
The Kedartal trek commences from Gangotri at 3,415 meters. Gangotri is one of the popular Hindu pilgrimage sites and also one of the four sites in the Chota Char Dham pilgrimage circuit. The shrine that is dedicated to Goddess Gangotri is the major attraction. The trek to Kedarnath from Gangotri turns to Bhoj Kharak at 3,989 meters. Thereafter, the route follows a strenuous walk uphill that leads to Kedar Tal. For the campers it is the most unforgettable experience. From the vicinity one can capture the spectacular view of the massive Himalayan peaks that flank the lake from all sides. Being in its vicinity one will surely talk about it as a part of heaven.
The Kedartal trek, being one of the moderate treks in the Garhwal Himalayan region, is recommended for trekkers having prior trekking experiences. The Kedartal trek is not for everyone. It is a difficult trek. What this means is that it requires a considerable amount of fitness to do the trek. What it gives in return is a truly magical trekking experience.
Kedartal Trek Difficulty Level
The 7-day Kedartal trek in the state of Uttarakhand is a moderately difficult one. Physically fit, high on stamina, and experienced trekkers capable of independently negotiating the terrain can undertake it. Sharp inclines, scree, boulders, the altitude of over 15,000 ft., and covering all this within 5 days without much break can test you well. So, you need to be ready for long distances and challenging terrains each day.
Best Time for Kedartal Trek
May-Mid June and September-October are the best months to go for this trek. Much of the snow is away during this time. For the remaining months, the weather can get extremely cold.
Best Time for Trekking – May, June, Sep, Oct.
Highest Altitude –14600ft.
Region – Uttarakhand.
Type – Moderate to Difficult.
Length – Approx 45km.
Duration of trek – 7Days.
|DEPARTURE DATE||12th July & 26th July|
||18th July & 1st August|
Here are a few details that need to be kept in mind for this trek :-
- Itinerary can be changed en route, depending on health and weather conditions.
- Consumption of Alcohol during the entire trek is not allowed.
- Accommodation on the trail will be in tents ( camping)
- The group size would be 10 members per batch.
- ID cards is required for forest permissions