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“Kedartal” The Spiritual Trek To The Lake of Lord Shiva

Kedartal is a lake in the Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand. Situated at an elevation of about 4,750 meters (15,580 ft) above sea level in the Garhwal region of the Himalayas this glacial lake is popularly known as “lake of shiva”, Kedar Tal is one of the most beautiful lakes in Uttarakhand. Located at a distance of 18 km from Gangotri, the distant Kedar Tal in the Garhwal Himalayas is definitely an ideal place for adventurers and nature lovers. Nearby are the famous Mt. Bhrigupant, Mt. Thalaysagar, Manda Mountains, Mt. Jogin, and Mt. Gangotri which reflect the beauty of the rhythm with its peaks. The Kedarganga originates from Kedartal, a tributary of the Bhagirathi. Somewhere calm and serene, this river makes its way through huge boulders and rocks. It joins Bhagirathi near Gangotri and calls itself the full-grown Ganges. Quite spectacular and breathtakingly beautiful, the trek to Kedar Tal in Uttarakhand is a strenuous one.

  • Area – Garhwal Himalayas
  • Trek Duration – 7 days
  • Trekking Grade – Difficult
  • Altitude – 4750 m.
  • Trek Length – 50 km

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About Kedartal Lake

Kedar Tal Lake is famous for its divine beauty in the mountain peaks 30 km from Gangotri, the supernatural lake in this high Himalayan region is a wonderful structure of nature. It is said that after drinking the poison emanating from the sea churning of Kedar Tal with pure blue water, Lord Shiva calmed the fierce flame of his throat by drinking the water of ‘Kedar Tal’.

Kedartal Trek Difficulty Level

Kedartal trek in Uttarakhand state is a bit difficult. Physically fit, high on endurance, and able to negotiate the terrain independently, experienced trekkers can do it with less difficulty. Located at an elevation of over 15,580 feet, and too many breaks can take up to 7 days to cover the trek. Therefore, you need to be prepared for long distances and challenging terrains each day.

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The journey of 18 km from Gangotri to Kedartal is difficult. The Kedartal trek requires previous trekking expertise within the mountains, thanks to its moderately troublesome areas. Kedartal trek is a well-liked trek in Uttarakhand and is known for its difficult trek route due to the snowy peaks, lush green terrains, and the gushing waterfalls and thrilling views of the waterfalls. No wonder the Kedartal trek is one of the most profitable treks in Uttarakhand.


Kedartal Trek, Uttarkashi

One of the famous trekking destinations of Uttarakhand, it attracts trekkers from all over the world. Kedar Tal is also a trekking base camp for Thalaysagar, Jogin, and Bhrigupanth. You can also plan a trek from Kedartal to other Himalayan peaks. As you know that this trek is quite difficult and you must have a guide to be with you on your journey.

This trek in itself is spectacular. Exiting Gangotri through magnificent cedar forests, footpaths enter high-altitude pastures. The camps along the way give tremendous views of the great mountains surrounding these settings. The beauty of the trek, gorgeous scenery and high mountain settings make it one of the great treks in India.

Kedar Tal Trekking Route

Dehradun – Uttarkashi – Gangotri – Bhoj Khark – Kedar Khark – Kedar Tal – Bhoj Khark – Gangotri – Dehradun

Activities To Do At Kedartal

Trekking- The trek to Kedartal in the Garhwal Himalayas of Uttarakhand is the most thrilling and rewarding trek. At an altitude of 4,900 meters, Kedatala is one of the highest lakes in Uttarakhand.

Camping – Camping in the clear blue sky, under the grand peaks of Mt. Thalaysagar and Brigupanth is always a memorable experience. A bonfire can be lit and stories and laughter can be shared among fellow adventurers.

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Photography – Panna Lake of Kedaratal with the installation of Mt. The bag in the background makes for a perfect shot with the ocean lens. Hobbyists as well as professional photographers can click some breathtaking photos during this trek.


Best Time To Visit Kedartal Trek

May-June and September-October are the best months to go on this trek. During this time most of the snow is away. For the remaining months, the weather can be extremely cold.

How To Reach Kedartal

You can reach the base cam easily by choosing the most comfortable option as per your budget.

Airport – The nearest airport is Jolly Grant Airport, from which the distance of Kedartal is about 295 kilometers. From Jolly Grant Dehradun, you can easily go by taxi or car.

Railway Station- Nearest railway stations are Dehradun railway station. The distance from here to Kedartal is about 259 kilometers. From here you can easily go by taxi or car.
from the way

Road- Regular bus service is available from Delhi ISBT Kashmiri Gate which keeps government buses safe and you can trust them more than private buses. To reach Gangotri, you have to take a bus or cab.

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