Kedartal Trek is located in Uttarkashi and is the nearest trek to the holy River Ganga. Adventure enthusiasts love to trek the Kedartal Trek Base Camp (also known as Gangotri) which is one of India’s most popular treks. In recent years, India has seen a surge in trekking. People are trying all kinds of outdoor activities. The Kedartal Trek can be done starting in May and ending in June.
How do you get there?
It is a long trip from Delhi to Dehradun. To reach Gangotri, you will need to either take a flight or train to Dehradun. If you have to choose between flying or taking a train, I prefer the train. It’s more enjoyable and also cheaper.
You will need to hire a taxi to get to Gangotri from Dehradun. Because it is cheaper to hire a taxi for groups of 8 or more, you should choose cabs that can accommodate them all.
The Kedartal Trek is one of Garhwal Himalaya’s most challenging treks.
The Kedar Tal Trek route takes you through dense forests of pine trees, meadows, and snow peaks. The trek to Kedarnath via Gaurikund via Kedartal Lake has been ranked as one of the most difficult in Garhwal Himalayas.
Who can make the Kedartal trek?
-Must be in good health and fit
A person who has done the kedartal trek before is at a lower risk of getting acute mountain sickness (AMS).
Kedar Tal can be climbed by those who haven’t done the trek, but this is not recommended. It is possible to get AMS.
Mid-summer through the end of summer is the best time to climb Kedar Tal. The weather is usually cool and dry during this time. These months are also dry and there isn’t any snow or rain.
Where can you stay?
There are many places to stay when you go trekking in Kedartal. The Sarvaiya Lake Resort offers spacious rooms with stunning views of the surrounding mountains and lake. It also boasts a private beach, a gym and a library with books about nature and wildlife.
There are many other options for those who don’t have the budget. If you are traveling with a large group, there is an alpine shelter near Kedartal lake which can sleep 50 people.
You can also rent tents that you can use anywhere along the trail. You can camp at the alpine shelter, which is located on a rocky outcrop with a view of the valley below. However, if you are looking for something more private and/or personal, you could rent one from a local village shop. It will cost you about 400 rupees per day.
The kedartal Trek
You’ll be passing through snow-covered hills as you travel to Uttarkashi. There will be small towns like Chamba, which has an old palace, and Tehri, which is known for its lake. You might want to deviate from the main road and visit Chinyalisaur, a village famous for its biodiversity. You can also stop at beautiful spots along the road to Uttarkashi, all of which can be reached by road.
It takes approximately 95 kms to complete the drive. The time it takes is dependent on how many stops are made along the route. You will be driving on dirt roads for the last few kilometers.
Gangotri is home to only 500 people. They are mostly involved in Hindu pilgrimage, tourism, and although Gangotri is not as busy as other places we’ve been to, it still has its charm. It is well-maintained, including the temple from which the Ganges River is thought to have flowed. There are also a few other temples in the area. You can also find everything you need to trek or return to civilization at the active market. Make sure you get some good hiking boots while you are there.
It takes approximately 23 km to reach kedartal. It is relatively short in distance and easy to walk. However, the snow and ice make the path narrow and slippery. You will find yourself in a new place, where no one has ever been before. This makes it more exciting.
You can do this trek in 2 days, but it’s better to do it in 3 days. This will allow you to enjoy the stunning views of Nandanvan ghati and Gaumukh on your way. The trail begins in Gangotri and ends at Kedartal via Shivling pass. You will find many waterfalls along the route, including Trishul jhanguli (Gomukh), Devgiri, and others.
Because there is no accommodation after Gomukh, you will need all your camping gear.
The kedartal trek can be visited 4 times per year
January to February: This season is for flowers, greenery and beautiful views. The cool breeze can be felt and you can see the fogged mountains.
March to May: This time is the best for weather. While hiking, it is neither too hot or too cold.
August to October: Cool winds bring with them the monsoon, making it all the more pleasant. This is the best time to visit the kedartal trekking area. You should remember that it could rain at any time and heavy snowfall may make this a poor season to trek.
November to December: This season is winter. Although there is a chance of snowfall, most tourists avoid the kedartal trek in this season. It can be extremely cold and freezing.
This is an amazing trek that is underrated and not well-known. You will need to have some mountain trekking experience, but it isn’t difficult. There are many unexplored areas in the valley that offer spectacular views.