Khatling Glacier is a hidden gem nestled between a group of mesmerizing snow capped mountain peaks in the Tehri District. Khatling Glacier is at an elevation of 15,000 feet and is considered sacred by a lot of people. The glacier is surrounded with variegated moraines which looks as if the place is circumscribed with walls of gravel and mud. This place is covered with shining white snow which makes the place look like heaven. The various tall mountain peaks visible from this place proffers picturesque beauty. The valleys and lakes that come in the between the way up to this glacier is nothing short of perfection and are replete with verdant trees and meadows.
Flora and Fauna
Due to intense cold, there are not many animals that can be seen. Goats who are live at high altitudes can be seen roaming around. The beautiful and colourful munal can be spotted in pairs. Yaks can also be seen lazing in the meadows.
Places to Visit
1. Masar Taal
This cool and clear lake is located at an altitude of 3680 meters and at a distance of 5 km from Khatling Glacier. Masar Taal is surrounded by vast green meadows and is a great place to relax and spend some quiet moments. From here, the scenic beauty of this landscape is visible at its beast and it will leave you awestruck. The clear blue water of the lake is great to take a dip and rejuvenate your body.
2. Sahasratal? Taal
The Sahasratal Taal is a well kept secret of the place located amidst thick and dense woods. The beautiful lake is located at an elevation of 4570 meters and is spread over 1.5 km. The Sahasratal Taal is surrounded by lush green trees with blooming flowers. The beauty of this place is simply mesmerizing. You can sit along this lake while dipping your feet into the cold water and spend some peaceful time.
3. Bhilangana River
River Bhilangana is a beautiful river which originates from Khatling Glacier. Myth has it that the Bhilangana was an enchanting and pristine women which once attempted to tempt Lord Shiva. She was not able to capture the attention of him. She was then cursed by Lord Shiva that she will flow in liquid form. Hence the river is named after her. The river is considered sacred amongst the locals. This river is quite a sight to see as the water bubbles from the white ice making it look pristine. The locals even have their own fables for the origination of the river. Make sure to interact with them and listen to their interesting stories.
4. Vasuki Taal
Vasuki Taal is another pious lake that comes on the way up to Khatling Glacier. This lake is replete with clear and cold bubbling water. The lake is so clean that people directly drink water from here to quench their thirst. The lake is surrounded by picturesque scenic beauty which magnifies its beauty. This place is ideal to sit around and relax.
5. Bhilangana Valley
While visiting Bhilangana valley you will feel as if you are in the lap of nature. This valley is full of endless green meadows and lush green trees who are filled with colourful blooming flowers. A lot of animals can be seen lazily roaming or grazing in the meadows. The picturesque beauty of this place makes it important that you spend some time relaxing and taking its beauty. From here the peaks of snow covered mountains are visible that makes the whole place look magical.
6. Kedarnath Temple
Kedarnath Temple is a very important pilgrimage for the Hindus. It is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas dedicated to Lord Shiva and is considered to be very sacred. The temple is believed to be at least a thousand years old. The temple is beautifully constructed with intricate architecture. The place is visited every year by plethora of people who come here to pray and seek blessings. The piousness of this place will purge your soul from negativity. This place also offers picturesque beauty of the a whole place. Make that you pay a visit to this temple.
Things to Do
Khatling Glacier is a heaven for people who love trekking. Throughout the route of the trek you will witness some of the most scenic and mesmerizing beauties of nature. The treks are filled with verdant trees and green meadows. The view of snow covered mountains will accompany you throughout the trek making the difficult journey worth it. ?
You would not want to miss capturing the enchanting views of the nature that this place provides. Make sure you capture each and every scenic beauty because you never know when you will get to witness something so magical again.
Camps are set up at the pious Sahasratal Taal, Masar Taal and Vasuki Taal. You can spend a night or two surrounded by white snow on the banks of these enchanting lakes. Imagine waking up to the view of misty snow capped mountains and lush green meadows or sleeping under the twinkling stars. Camping in this beautiful place would be something you will cherish throughout your life.
If you want to try something fun and exciting, skiing is just the activity for you. Skiing is bound to pump up your adrenaline level. Skiing amidst the shining white snow will be a great experience and will add the element of thrill in your trip.
Khatling Glacier is a great escape from the hustle bustle of the city. This place will let you relish the beauties of nature. A visit here would boggle your mind and rejuvenate your soul. The trek will bring you close to nature.