Khedatal Bhukki Trek


Trek Location: – Garhwal Himalayas/Uttarkashi

Trip Duration: – 7 nights / 8 days

Trek Grade: – Moderate

Total Trek distance – 20 kms (Bhukki road head and back)

Highest Point: – 3400m (Khedatal-lake)

Highest Camping Point: – 3700m (Base Camp Dokrani Bamak)

Best Time to Go: – Mid February to June & September to last December


Khedatal Trek – Reaching for an untouched Gem in the Himalayas

Khedatal Trek takes you to one of the most untouched Himalayan landscapes in Garhwal Himalayas. This destination is one of those which very fortunate few have been on. This is not just one of those treks which are physical. There are many metaphysical elements to this journey. This journey takes you through places of great spiritual significance. You get to experience extremely unique Himalayan customs which are endemic to this area in Garhwal Himalayas. Khedatal is located 26 kms from Bhukki village, which is the last road head. Bhukki village is about 182 kms from Dehradun. There are a lot of factors that make this trek one of the most unique and exhilarating experiences for the one who chooses to walk this trail.

The history and the legends

This holy land is filled with stories pertaining to spiritual and religious history. The local inhabitants of this area have a firm belief that “Kalia Nag” used to live in this lake. There is also an ancient small temple by the lake. It has been there since ages and no one really knows how old it is. A local deity is worshipped by the village people and anyone who heads into the mountains asks for blessings here. Another interesting fact about the lake is that it its water is very clear and you will not find any leaves on it despite being around trees.

According to another story, long time ago, a priest went into the mountains and was lost for months. To everyone’s surprise, he returned after three months in the deep of winter when the whole area is covered with snow. Miraculously, he did not have a single scratch on him. He was healthy and bathed in the pure bliss that he had experienced in these mountains.

Praying to the rain gods

There is a local custom that when there is less or no rainfall in the region which is necessary for agriculture, the village folk gather at this small temple by the lake and do various rituals to invoke the rain gods. It is believed, that every time these rituals are performed, it has rained. Garhwal Himalayas is filled with immense mysticism and mysteries and this is your chance to experience it all.


We will meet in Rishikesh and you will be picked up after breakfast. Today we are going to cross some of the most popular and beautiful hill towns of Uttarakhand. We will pass through Tehri Dam and see the Dobra Chanti suspension bridge. We will reach the temple town of Uttarkashi which means Kashi of the north. It has an ancient Vishwanath temple which holds supreme reverence among devotees from all across the country. Uttarkashi is also home to Nehru Institute of Mountaineering. We are going to reach Uttarkashi and check into our hotels and rest. You can explore the temple town and visit the temple. You can also enjoy strolling in the local market and enjoy some street food.

This morning we will leave early. We have to reach Bhukki Village which is about 39 kms from the town of Uttarkashi. We will enjoy our breakfast enroute. We will be crossing many small towns and temples on the way. We will cross Bhatwari which is the last market where you can get all the essentials that you need for the journey ahead.
We will reach Bhukki village which is a very picturesque village nestled amid mountains with a uniquely preserved culture. To reach the village, we have to cross a hanging bridge which is built over the Bhagirathi River. You can feel the immense force of the river as you cross the bridge with the river flowing beneath you.
We will cross the Bhukki village and walk 1.5 kms and climb our way to reach the Tehl camp through the forest trail. This day can be a bit tiring since it is your first day walking uphill. However, you will get some of the most exhilarating views all through this route. We will reach our campsite and pitch our tents in the forest. You will be thrilled to explore the natural beauty of this place. You can sit and relax for the rest of the day.

Wake up to a gorgeous sunrise and look at the forest as it lights up with golden sunlight. Post breakfast, we shall start our trek for the day. The first five kilometres are easy to walk and will not strain you. We are going to walk under the forest line. We are going to walk from Dingad valley and cross one valley to reach another. After the first five kms, we have to climb 4 kilometres. We will reach our destination for the night. Prepare to be left speechless at this gorgeous campsite. It is right out of a fairy tale. You will see Gujjar huts in green meadows with clear streams flowing through. Spend your time exploring the campsite and get together for a delicious dinner. Overnight in camps.

We will wake up to a beautiful sunrise. After having hot tea and biscuits we will leave for Khedatal. Today we have a short beautiful hike ahead of us. We will leave the Gujjar huts and cross a small river by walking over a wooden bridge. We will reach the Khedatal campsite shortly and you will be served delicious breakfast. We are going to see the highlight of our journey. The astounding view of the Khedatal amidst meadows leaves one mesmerized. You have to hike down to reach the lake. The lake’s water is crystal clear and no leaves fall on the lake. Even though there are a lot of trees surrounding the lake, the lake is always clean. Enjoy this sight and notice this interesting phenomenon. This is the day when we have no more exertion ahead. You can enjoy by the lake and explore the rich meadows which have several Gujjar huts. Overnight in camps.

This is the day when you can fully relax and unwind. Feel free to shoot time lapses of your favourite mountains as clouds pass by. You can explore the meadows and fully immerse in the true beauty and splendour of this place. This Himalayan lake is a sight to behold. You can also meditate at the temple and immerse in the spiritual environment.

The sunrise at the lake is a sight to behold and enjoy. To make this experience unforgettable, we will enjoy a hot cup of tea by the lake. We will have a sumptuous breakfast and leave for our next base. Today, we have to ascend to reach the NIM (Nehru institute of Mountaineering) campsite. We have to walk up the valley today. Fortunately, after yesterday’s rest, you should be fully recovered to do this with ease. We will have lunch once we reach the campsite, which is not very far. Enjoy this evening and you have a lot of time. Overnight in tents.

Today, we have to go all the way down to Telh camp. We will descend through the meadows to the forest. We have to descend so make sure you don’t get overexcited and run. Take care of your knees while you descend. We will leave after breakfast and enjoy our lunch on the way. We will reach the Telh camp which you have seen before. This is your time to relax and rejuvenate. Overnight in Camps.

We will leave early morning since we have a long day ahead. Today is the day we head home with a bag full of memories. We will have tea and biscuits to begin. We will have breakfast enroute and board the vehicle at the road head from where we started walking on day 1. We will cross the temples we visited on Day 1. We will stop to thank the deities for making our journey safe and smooth. We will now drive to Rishikesh from here. We will cross the same Himalayan towns that we did to reach here. However, you are not the same. Now you have familiarity and experience. With loads of happy memories, we bid you goodbye and hope to see you again. Drop in Rishikesh. Please plan for your journey from here.

Day 9 :
What should you carry on your trek?

Carrying the right type of gear is the first priority whenever it comes to mountain travelling. In this case, we will be going to high altitude areas and through areas of deep wilderness. It is not possible to find or buy everything you need in the villages where we start our treks. This is why we request all participants to pack essential items what they could need during their trek.
If you are not aware of what to carry on your trek, here is a list that we have compiled for you.
Shirts / T-shirts
Windproof jacket with hood preferred
Warm and muffled Fleece / Full-sleeve Woolen sweater
Thermal inner wear (upper & lower)
Synthetic trekking pants
Raincoat / Poncho
Woolen cap
Woolen gloves
Woolen socks & regular sports socks
Lightweight floaters/sandals/slippers
Comfortable Trekking/Hiking shoes with good grip and padding
Small light weight towel (Quick dry)
Thermos flask/Insulated water bottle
Cap / Hat for sun protection
UV protection sun glasses
Walking stick / Trekking pole
Sunscreen Lotion (SPF 50+)
Lip Balm or Vaseline
Flashlight / Headlamp
Medicines if you are on any specific medication
Personal toiletries
Rain cover for backpack as it might rain any time
Garbage bags to carry any garbage that you might produce
You can choose what to bring from this list according to the weather/season. It should be noted that weather is highly unpredictable in the Himalayas. It can change any time so it is better to come prepared. The equipment for summer treks compared to winter treks will be different. You can either use your discretion or contact us for further information.

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Khedatal Bhukki Trek
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