Kedartal

About Kedartal

Perched at an elevation of 4,750 meters (15,580 ft) in the Garhwal region of the Himalayas in India, Kedartal, also known as Shiva’s Lake, stands as a captivating glacial expanse. Nourished by the snowfall from majestic peaks such as Thalay Sagar (6,904 m), Meru (6,672 m), and Bhrigupanth (6,772 m), this pristine lake serves as the origin of Kedar Ganga. In Hindu mythology, Kedar Ganga holds profound significance as Shiva’s contribution to Bhagirathi, a vital source-stream of the Ganges.

Located 17 km away from Gangotri, Kedartal emerges as a sought-after trekking destination. Setting out from Gangotri, the journey unfolds with a challenging ascent through the narrow Kedar Ganga gorge en route to Bhojkharak, situated 8 km away. Continuing the trek, the path spans 4 km to Kedarkharak, the next available camping site, and then advances an additional 5 km to reach the enchanting Kedartal. Along this route, trekkers traverse scenic Himalayan birch forests, all the while exercising caution due to potential hazards like falling rocks, high altitudes, and segments of steep ascent. The Kedartal trek, with its varied terrain and awe-inspiring views of Thalay Sagar, Bhrigupanth, and the Jogin massif, promises an unforgettable Himalayan adventure.

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