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Chardham Yatra

GANGOTRI TO SRI KEDARNATH VIA KHATLING GLACIER TREK

The trek to Sri Kedarnath from Gango tri via Khatling glacier is a high altitude cross country most enchanuting but at times strenuous. The trek passes Chardham yatra through a number of beautiful high altitudes glacial fed lakes such Masar Tal, Panya Tal and Vasuki Tal. The most fascinating and glittering glacier, the Khatling glacier, is the main attraction enroute Sri Kedarnath. The trek offers fabulous views of Himalayan ranges.

There is no accommodation facilities enroute and one has to make shelter in caves or to pitch tent. The trek shall be well planned and provision has to be made in advance and the services of local guide is available.

Guides, porters,equipment,rations etc can be hired and bought from local tour operators based at Gangotri.

Gangotri to Sri Kedarnath via Khalting Glacier Trek

The trek begins from Gangotri 248 km from Rishikesh. From Gangotri to Rudugaria Kharak is a 6 km steep ascent all along the Rudugairagad. From here to Chauki bugyal is a 18 km down hill trek through glaciers, morains and rough terrain. A few caves are available at Chauki bugyal for night stay. From here to Khatling glacier is a 3 km slight gradual ascent. One has to cross the Bhilangana river to continue journey to Kedarnath. It is not possible to cross the Bhilangana at Khatling. It is better to cross it before Khatling from the Bridge and continue on to Khatling glacier and Masar Tal lies 6 km beyond. It is a camp site. Beyond Masar Tal the trail is rather strenuous and one has walk through glacier, loose slippery boulder and steppy rocky terrain. Vasuki Tal is 15 km from Masar Tal via Mayali Pass (5400). Panya Tal (4880m) and Teen Tal. From Vasuki Tal to Sri Kedarnath it is a 8 km down hill trek through bugyal.

Gangotri to Sri Kedarnath via Khatling Glacier Trek

PlaceAltitude(m)Distance (km)accommodation

Rishikesh340-Hotels, TRH

Gangotri3140248 motor roadHotels, TRH

Rudugaria Kharak 41336 trek Camping ground

Chauki bugyal350018 trekCaves, Camping ground

Khatling glacier37173 trek–          —    —

Masar Tal36756 trekCamping ground

Vasuki Tal415015 trekCamping ground

Sri Kedarnath35838 trekHotels, TRH

Best Season  :  May to June and September to October

Trek Grade   :  D

Duration  :  10 Days.

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