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Kedar Tal- Trekking in Garhwal Himalayas
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Takeover Point:
Delhi/Haridwar
Maximum Elevation: 4912m
Season: May to October
Grade :
Strenuous
Duration:
10 - 12 Days
Standard Trekking Plan

A ten days trip which involves drive to Gangotri , the ancient source of the holy river Ganga and trek to the finest high altitude Himalayan lake, Kedar tal (4912 mts) punctuated with breath stopping close view of Greater Himalayan peaks e.g. Thaleysagar (6904 mts), Brigupanth (6772 mts) and Jogin Group of peaks. The emerald lake with melting snow of Kedar glacier originates kedarganga, a tributary of Bhagirathi, considered as lord Shiva,’s contribution to Bhagirathi. One can encounter a good variety of high altitude fauna e.g. Bharal (blue sheep), Goral, Himalayan black bear with a great variety of birds. The trek is bit strenuous, but the rewards are very high.

DAY 01 ARRIVE RISHIKESH . OVERNIGHT HOTEL

DAY 02. RISHIKESH/UTTARKASHI DRIVE 5-6 HRS OVERNIGHT: TOURIST BUNGLOW
Early morning after breakfast drive to Uttarkashi. Situated on the bank of roaring Bhagirathi, this town is famous for its institute of mountaineering. The drive to uttarkashi is beautiful and along the bhagirathi river. Arrive Uttarkashi and transfer to tourist bungalow for meals and overnight stay.

DAY 03. UTTARKASI/ GANGOTRI DRIVE : 5-6 HRS OVERNIGHT : TOURIST BUNGLOW
Morning after breakfast drive to Gangotri. Lunch enroute at Gangotri, with a hot refreshing bath in hot spring. Arrive Gangotri and transfer to tourist bungalow for meals and overnight stay.

DAY 04. GANGOTRI/BHOJ KHARAK TREK: 5-6 HRS OVERNIGHT : CAMP Morning after breakfast trek to Bhoj Kharak. The steep ascent to Bhoj Kharak starts as we leave the camp. After an hour climb we travers kedar gorge to reach Bhoj kharak. The entire trek is along Kedar Ganga , through fir (cedus ) and Bhoj (birch) trees. The bark of birch was used as paper for ancient manuscript in Inida. Arrive Bhoj Kharak and camp. Meals and overnight camp.

DAY 05. BHOJ KHARAK/ KEDAR KHARAK TREK: 4-5 HRS OVERNIGHT: CAMP
Today we leave the tree line and trek through a long meadow with Bhrigupanth peak in backdrop. Arrive and camp near the gushing stream in the meadow. Meals and overnight camp.

DAY 06. KEDAR KHARAK/ KEDARTAL TREK: 4-5 HRS. OVERNIGHT: CAMP
Today the trek is very steep and through boulders and stones. After 3-4 hrs walking on difficult terrain we reach Kedartal . Arrive and camp. Enjoy an excellent sunset on Thaleysagar peak with its reflection in the lake. Meals and overnight camp.

DAY 07. KEDARTAL / BHOJ KHARAK TREK:: 4-5 HRS. OVERNIGHT: CAMP
Early morning witness special sunrise on the peaks and lake. After breakfast trace your steps back to Bhoj kharak. Lunch at Kedarkharak. Arrive Bhoj kharak and camp. Meals and overnight camp.

DAY 08. BHOJ KHARAK / GANGOTRI TREK: 4- 5 hrs. OVERNIGHT : TOURSIT BUNGLOW
Early morning start trekking down to Gangotri . Witness evening prayer at Gangotri temple, dedicated to Goddess Ganges. Meals and overnight tourist bungalow.

DAY 09. GANGOTRI/ RISHIKESH DRIVE : 9-10 HRS. OVERNIGHT : HOTEL
Morning after breakfast drive towards Rishikesh. Lunch at Uttarkahsi. Meals and overnight Hotel.

DAY 10. RISHIKESH OUT
Morning after breakfast proceed for onward destination. Tour terminates.

ALTITUDE: Rishikesh: 360 mts. Uttarkahsi: 1158 mts. Gangotri 3140 mts. Bhoj kharak: 3780 mts. Kedar Kharak :4270 mtd. Kedar tal: 4912 mts.

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