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Kedartal And Mt. Thalaysagar Base Camp Trek

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  • Trek through the great Himalayan Range to the base of Mt. Thalaysagar (7000m)
  • Camp on the banks of Kedartal Lake at 5059m
  • 5-days of intense trekking in Garhwal Himalayas
  • Visit the holy shrine of Gangotri
KedarTal is an emerald lake situated next to Kedar Bamak Glacier at the foot of the enormous Thalaysagar (6,904m) and Brigupanth Peak (6,772m). Kedar Bamak Glacier is the source of Kedar Ganga which acts as an important tributary of Bhagirathi River. At 4780m above sea level, Kedartal is one of the most beautiful high-altitude lakes in India.

This challenge Kedartal trek will be an amazing opportunity for adventurous travellers. The trek requires previous trekking experience in the mountains. The holy town of Gangotri is the base camp for the trek, and the trekking route is open to trekkers from May to October. Gangotri National Park remains closed during winters as it is prone to heavy snowfall.
12 hours Guest house
Uttarkashi is one of the major towns of Uttarakhand thus buses and shared cabs are easily available from Dehradun. You can board shared cabs to Uttarkashi from Rispana Pul in Dehradun. This 5-6hrs drive passes through Mussoorie Bypass Road offering scenic views. The massive Tehri Dam Lake also comes into view as you proceed towards Chilyanisaur.

After a short break at Uttarkashi, continue another 4-hour drive to reach Gangotri via Harsil. If you start from Dehradun at around 6 am then you will probably reach Uttarkashi by noon. Take another shared cab to Gangotri from Uttarkashi.

Perform evening aarti at Gangotri Temple and obtain the permits to enter Gangotri National Park. If possible do an acclimatization hike to Surya Kund. Overnight in Hotel.
5 hours Camping
Visit the sacred shrine of Gangotri in the morning, also buy any necessary items from the market. Cross the bridge over Bhagirathi River and start the climb on the right. First few kilometres of the trek are very steep so try to walk with a slow yet constant speed. The trail initially passes through pine trees then enters a mixed vegetation zone of fir and bhoj trees. While trekking you’ll see Kedar Ganga flowing on your left, deep down in the gorge. The cascading sound of the furious river and the whispering sound of trees are a treat to ears.

Soon you’ll witness the first glimpse of Thalaysagar and every step will take you closer to this mystical mountain. Just before reaching Bhoj Kharak there is a steep and slant rock amidst the trail with space of just a few steps, it is also known as Spider Wall amongst trekkers. But while it may seem daunting in the pictures, it is not that difficult to traverse this section in the absence of snow. During early June or late October if the rocky face is covered with snow then it will require some skills to cross this section because one slip can drag you to few hundred feets below. Cross this section and you’ll reach Bhoj Kharak.

Situated at 3,780m above sea level, Bhoj Kharak is a small and an average looking campsite. If you are fit and managed to reach Bhoj Kharak at around noon then try to push and reach Lower Kedar Kharak on the same day.
5 hours Camping
This 5km stretch passes through some patches of complicated rugged terrains. After every half an hour into the trek you’ll see a pleasant change in the scenery. Initially it starts with a flora rich trail with numerous Bhojpatra trees and colourful wild bushes around. Soon the view changes with Manda peaks revealing itself.

Stunning views of Bhrigupanth peak will also catch up as you trek nearer to Kedar Kharak. Concentrate on every step while you cross the land sliding zone of Gila Pahar. If this section of Gila Pahar is in very bad shape then try and trek down all the way to Kedar Ganga, cross the river and hike against the river flow until you cross the Gila Pahar intersection then cross the river again and hike back to the original trail that leads to Kedar Kharak.

A wide valley opens up as you proceed towards Lower Kedar Kharak (4100m) and the trek ends up at the beautiful meadow of Kedar Kharak situated at an elevation of 4,280m above sea level.

Even though this trekking stretch is just 5km long, it demands good physical strength and endurance from trekkers. But in the end it is a well paid off effort because Kedar Kharak is one of the most beautiful campsites in the Gangotri National Park region. Also, Bharal (Blue Sheep) often visit here for grazing, making it a picture perfect location for photographers. The sight of Bhrigupanth and Thalaysagar peaks standing high together is like a surreal dream.
7 hours Camping
It takes another 5km to reach Kedar Tal from Kedar Kharak and most of the route is on moraines and glacier covered with moraines. If trekking in June you might have to trek on snow for the last couple of kilometres before Kedartal. Cross the brook carrying icy cold water and climb the steep rocky terrain. Keep following the cairn markings to ensure that you are on the right trail.

After climbing the final ridge, Kedar Bamak Glacier comes in the view along with its glacial lakes. The foot of Mt. Bhrigupanth and Mt. Thalaysagar merges with the Kedar Bamak Glacier. An hour further into the trek reveals a beautiful high altitude lake, the immaculate Kedar Tal. The view of Thalaysagar peak reflecting on the still water of Kedartal is mesmerizing.

Kedar Tal is situated at an altitude of 4780m above sea level. AMS is quite common at such altitude so it is better to go for an acclimatization hike. Exploring Jogin Advance Base Camp is the best possible option. Leave from Kedartal at around noon and trek towards Jogin ABC (4900m). This hiking stretch will not only get you well acclimatized but it will also showcase the best views of Thalaysagar peak, its West Ridge will open up and you’ll see the Thalaysagar Icefall from near. Also Jogin group of peaks will reveal itself. Trek back to Kedar Tal. Overnight in tents.
6 hours Camping
Wake up early in the morning for a glorious sunrise and absorb as much beauty as you can. It is one long and tiring hike back to Gangotri this day which takes around 7-8hrs to complete. If you manage to reach Bhoj Kharak by 3pm then proceed towards Gangotri, else camp at Bhoj Kharak.
12 hours
Drive back to Dehradun and to Delhi
what’s included
  • Accommodation for 2 nights in Gangotri (day 1 and 5)
  • Accommodation in camps while trekking (twin sharing)
  • Mountaineering-Certified guide throughout the trek
  • All meals during the trek ( veg meals + egg meals)
  • All necessary permits, forest camping and environmental charges.
  • All trekking equipment (tents, sleeping bags. etc), including porter(s) for food, cook & mule for kitchen equipment
  • Services of an experienced trek leader
  • All transfers using Volvo Bus from Delhi to Dehradun and Dehradun to Delhi
  • All Transfers From Dehradun to Gangotri and Gangotri to Dehradun using sharing cabs.
Optional Addons (Available during check-out)
  • Backpack Offloading Charges
what's excluded
  • Any rescue service expenses
  • Porters for personal luggage
  • Meals during the road transfers
  • Any personal expenses such as personal trekking gear, bar & beverages, laundry, telephone, tips, etc
  • GST of 5% as per updated Govt Regulations
  • Bottled water during the expedition
Tour details
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Booking Type Instant Booking  
Duration 6 days
Tour Type Group Tour - Max 12 participants
Age Requirement 5 +
guiding method Live guide/instructor
Guide Language English
Maximum altitude 5000 meters
Trek difficulty Hard
Starts/Ends New Delhi, India/ New Delhi, India
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A deposit of 20% is required when booking this tour. The remaining balance will be charged 45 days prior departure. For any bookings within 45 days of departure, the full tour amount will be charged upon booking.

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Other Practical InformationThis trek is a high-altitude expedition and involves risk. Each individual will have to sign an indemnity form before joining the expedition. There is no personal porter assigned to carry your luggage. However, if you wish to add a porter to your itinerary a charge of 400 / per day per porter will be levied. Since the treks take you to most arduous regions of the country, please keep in mind that you will not be provided with luxury facilities. You will not have access to hot water for bathing on trek days. Please note, due to lack of huge accommodation issues in these regions there may be times that we accommodate 3 people in one room. The food provided to you is veg + egg during all days of trek. The meals are designed to provide you with enough nutrition for the trek.
CancellationFree cancellation up to 45 days prior departure, but the 20% deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applicable within 45 days of departure.
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