Grade 3Kedartal, India

Duration 14 days (Delhi to Delhi)

6 car days, 5 trek days and 4 rest days (last trek day is also a drive day)

Grade 3 (there is a long section of landslide which has to be traversed)

Season May June / Sep Oct

Highest Point 4,912m/16,160ft

Trek Distance 34km

Day 1: New Delhi Arrive in New Delhi late evening, and drive to Mussoorie (about seven hours) A lovely hill station, which gives you your first views of the snowy peaks. Upon arrival, check in at guesthouse, rest and have a late breakfast or early lunch. The day is yours to unwind and acclimate to your new Surroundings. Yoga class will be held in the afternoon before dinner.

Day 2: Mussoorie (1,921m/6,320ft) Optional walking tour to Cloud's End or Everest House. Return to Mussoorie by motor transport after having lunch. Overnight in guesthouse

Day 3: Uttarkashi (1,158m/3,809ft) Drive (approx. 7hrs) from Mussoorie North on a beautiful ridge road through Devdar and Dhanolti groves, and then along the banks of the Bhagirathi River to the holy town of Uttarkashi. Uttarkashi is a famous destination for Pilgrims going to Gangotri and an important center for yogis and sadhus. Check into guesthouse

Day 4: Uttarkashi Group will walk to main temple in Uttarkashi (5km) and return to Guesthouse after darshan stay over night. Overnight in guesthouse

Day 5: Gangotri (3,048m/10,000ft) Drive 5 hours to Gangotri, halting on the way at the hot springs of Gangnani, where we will take a soak. The road to Gangotri was built by the Border road organization as it goes to Nelang Pass bordering Tibet. On this Drive, we will pass through absolutely breathtaking landscape. Once at Gangotri, you may visit the famous temple of the Goddess Ganga, which is open from May to November, due to heavy snowfall. There is a settlement around the temple mainly consisting of ashrams. Check into guesthouse

Day 6: Bhoj Kharak (3,780m/12,436ft) Morning yoga at 6:30 before breakfast The day begins with a steep hike through fir forests before traversing the Kedar Gorge to reach camp. We will trek 8km (5-6 hrs) as we follow the Kedar Ganga (Lord Shiva's contribution to Bhagirathi), all the while enjoying the thundering sound of the river emerging from Kedartal. Overnight stay in tents

Day 7: Kedar Kharak (4,270m/14,050ft) Morning yoga at 6:30 before breakfast We will trek 4km (4-5 hrs) passing through a beautiful birch (bhoj) forest, before departing from the tree line and arriving at camp. The Bhrigupanth Peak provides a nice backdrop as we make our way across the long meadow, where the shepherds come to graze their sheep and goats. The day is short in distance, but it has its steep sections, so pace your self. Overnight stay in tents

Day 8: Kedartal (4,912m/16,160ft) The 5km (4-5 hrs) trek up to Kedartal is considered to be laborious, and crosses very difficult terrain of boulders and stones. It is a maze of rocks and relatively easy to get turned around, but if you look closely you will see little cairns that have been placed on the route to the lake, Kedartal is one of the most enchanting glacial lakes with the majestic Thaleysagar looming up behind it. Thaleysagar is also known as Sphatik as it is quartz mountain, and is truly a delight to see at sunset! Overnight stay in tents

Day 9: Bhoj Kharak Be sure to get up extra early to catch the magnificent sunrise and reflections off of the lake and surrounding peaks! Today we will trek 9km (5 Hrs) back down to Bhoj Kharak, with the awe inspiring memory of Kedartal still etched in our mind. Overnight stay in tents

Day 10: Uttarkashi Trek 8km (3 hrs) back down to Gangotri, have final darshan with Swami Sundaranand and drive (4-5 hrs) back to Uttarkashi. Check in at guesthouse

Day 11: Uttarkashi Rest day to be used however you like. A trip to the NIM (Nehru Institute of Mountaineering) Museum and campus can be arranged for those who are interested. Overnight in guesthouse Day 12: Mussoorie. Pack up and depart by 10:00 for the drive back to Mussoorie. Check in at guesthouse

Day 13: Mussoorie Spend day relaxing and gathering things for return home. We will enjoy an evening celebration to end our journey together. Overnight in guesthouse

Day 14: New Delhi We will say our goodbyes and depart for Delhi. Most flights leave between midnight and 2:00AM, so you can rest for a while at the Radisson Hotel and wash up before going to the airport.