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.