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Considered as one of the best winter treks in the country, Kedarkantha is also one of the few summit-climbs available during the winter. It’s a Popular trek amongst seasoned trekkers as well as beginners because of its knee-deep snow, the captivating view from the top and the isolated trail.
The term “Kedar” (One of Lord Shiva’s names) and “Kantha,” which signifies throat, are combined to form the phrase Kedarkantha, meaning lord shiva’s throat.
The ascent to Kedarkantha’s top is quite gratifying. Though the summit is clearly visible from the trek’s base camp, the world starts to open up even more around you once you set out on your trip in the early morning and gradually ascend the snowy slope.
The hike is distinctive not only for the peak but also for its lovely clearings. Rarely on a walk will you see such spectacular clearings that give way to lovely campsites. On every route during this hike, there are these ideal places, or meadows in the middle of the forest providing you with stunning vantage points to enjoy the walk and its mesmerizing sights.
The entire trek goes through a lush green forest. Surrounded by ancient, tall conifer trees, it’s easy to lose every thought in your brain and just observe everything magical around you.
The area was formerly used just as a community temple and a place for shepherds to graze their sheeps. However, over time, it has grown in popularity among hikers and developed into a bustling tourist destination. Although over the years this place has become one of the most commercial winter treks in the entire country, one can still easily see the glimpse of the old local culture and the traditional lifestyle through the local villagers and their harmonious way of living in sync with mother nature.
Kedarkantha through the seasons :
The summertime temperature ranges between 10 and 20 degrees Celsius. Landscapes are lush and green, and trees are covered in leaves and blossoms as a result of the warm weather and abundant sunshine. Summer is a fantastic time to go on this walk if you enjoy hiking in a natural setting with pleasant weather.
In the winter, the temperature drops to -5 degrees and the air becomes bitterly frigid. The temperature feels like -10 to -15 degrees because of wind gusts. Winter is the best season to visit if you’re looking for some action. A fantastic time to visit the area is during the winter when there has just been a fresh snowfall and the trees are blanketed in snow.
Key things to know :
Start/ End Point of the Trek – Sankri village
Duration – 6 Days/ 5 Nights
Kedarkantha Difficulty Level – Easy To Moderate
Maximum Altitude – 12,500 ft
Temperature – Day (5°C to 10°C) / Night – (-8°C to 2°C)
Nearest Airport – Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun
Nearest Railway Station – Dehradun
Trek Necessities :
- A decent-quality windproof jacket (no flimsy wind cheaters, please!) preferred with a hood. Thermal inner clothing (upper and lower), a scarf, and a muffler.
- Wool socks, a wool cap, wool gloves, and ordinary socks (3-4 pairs),Rain cover.
- Comfy hiking or trekking shoes (Waterproof shoes with a thick sole are recommended)
- Lightweight slippers, sandals, and floaties
- A cap or hat to protect your face from the harsh sun.
- Polarized/UV-protective sunglasses, a trekking pole, and a walking stick
- Lip balm, sunscreen, a water bottle and a torch or flashlight (with extra batteries)
- Guest house/homestay/camping accommodations
- Meals while trekking (Veg.)
- Gear for hiking, such as a cozy sleeping bag, a firm mattress, a separate kitchen and dining tent, crampons, and utensils
- All required entry fees and licenses
- An oxygen tank, first-aid supplies, and a stretcher
- Qualified professional trek leaders, guides, and support personnel.
- Employee insurance.
- All trek essentials included– Accommodation – tents, sleeping bags, sleeping mats etc.
- Safety equipment – microspikes, gaiters as per requirements and basic first aid kit with a portable oxygen cylinder.
- Permit – forest and camping fee included.
1.) The stated trek costs do not include the GST taxes (5%).
2.)Transportation – The trekkers must each pay their own portion of the transportation costs on days 1 and 6.
3.) After you reach the beginning site of your trek, you will not be eligible for a refund, rescheduling, or replacement of any services that you have not used due to “force majeure” or personal decision.
4.) The guest is responsible for paying any additional expenses brought on by modifications to government regulations relating to travel, expeditions, or COVID-19.
5.) Anything that is not listed as being included.
6.) Separate tents upon request will incur an additional fee (INR 1,500 per tent)
Dehradun to Sankri
Drive Time: 6-7 hours; Elevation gained: 1950 meters; Distance Traveled: 187 km
- As you reach Dehradun, begin traveling in the direction of Sankri village. The trip to the campsite will take around 6 hours.
- Enjoy the grandeur of nature at its finest as you travel along the Yamuna and Tons rivers while being surrounded by vast conifer forests.
- Sankri serves as the starting point for several of Uttarakhand’s treks, the two most well-known of which being Har ki Dun and Bali Pass.
- After the pleasant trip, arrive at Sankri and register at our cozy campsite.
- Be prepared for a mouthwatering dinner with some local cuisines at the campsite.
- Enjoy the night under the beautiful night sky of the Dev Bhoomi Sankri.
Sankri to Juda Ka Talab
Trek Distance: 5 kilometers | Time Required: 3 to 5 Hours | Elevation Gained: 2889m
- After a wholesome breakfast, depart from the campsite in the direction of Juda ka Talab.
- After passing through a small village named Sorh, the route follows a wide, abrupt curve that turns towards a creek. As you climb at first, you will walk through a dense forest with brown Maple trees to the sound of Pine leaves crunching beneath your feet.
- We will pass via a number of high-altitude suspension bridges and little towns along the way. Enjoy these small man made wonders before we head to the deep forests.
- Once you get to Juda Ka Talab, you’re welcomed by an enormous lake. The story goes like this: Lord Shiva had opened a tiny lock of his hair and water had poured from it to create this Beautiful lake.
- Take some time to stroll around the intriguing lake to soak in its beauty. We’ll set up camp a little distance from the lake and call it a day. Enjoy the inimitable view of the cosmic sky before dozing off.
Juda Ka Talab to Kedarkantha Base Camp
Trek length: 4 kilometers | Total time: 4 to 5 hours | Elevation Gained: 3430 meters
- After enjoying your breakfast at Juda Ka Talab, proceed to Kedarkantha’s base.
- Enjoy the grandeur of the green meadows and snow-lined paths that line your route.
- Be prepared to lose your breath at the sight of the majestic snow-capped Himalayan peaks of Bandarpoonch, Swargarohini, Kala Nag, and Ranglana.Take in the panorama of the arc-shaped snow-capped mountains.
- When you arrive at the campsite, celebrate the end of the day with a delicious dinner before retiring to your tent for the night at Kedarkantha Base Camp.
Base Camp to Kedarkantha Top, Descend to Hargaon
Trekking distance: 6 km; Time required: 6-7 hours; Elevation Gained: 3800 m
- The most thrilling day of the expedition starts. At 4 am, you will summit Kedarkantha Peak today.
- It will take 7 to 8 hours to reach the top if you start out early at approximately 2 in the morning.
- You will experience the hospitable and filtered sun rays emanating from the Kinner Kailash, Yamunotri, and Gangotri ranges of Himalayas.
- Once you reach the summit and see the sun rise, it really is a breathtaking experience.
- Enjoy your time at the summit and then return to base camp for a nice lunch to satisfy your empty stomachs. Once, you’ve explored the summit descend to Hargaon.
- Arrive at the campsite and enjoy a fantastic dinner to cap off the day.
Hargaon to Sankri
Trekking distance: 6 km; Time required: 4 to 5 hours; Elevation gained: 1950m
- Enjoy the tasty breakfast served at the base camp.
- You will reach a ridgeline one hour into the journey, from which you can see some magnificent views of Har Ki Dun Valley. Make use of the time by taking photos of the trail from a distance.
- Prepare to hear some fascinating local tales as you descend to Sankri village from your guide.
- When you reach the tiny settlement of Sankri, meet your buddies for a cup of coffee and share your hiking experiences.
- Stay the night in Sankri village.
Sankri to Dehradun
Drive Time: 6-7 hours; Elevation gained: 640 meters; Distance traveled: 187 km
- After a delectable breakfast, get into the car and head back to Dehradun.
- Reach Dehradun around early evening.
- The Kedarkantha trip comes to a conclusion here with lovely memories for you to cherish for a long time to come.
- If a cancellation is made 30 days before to the scheduled departure date, a cancellation fee of 25.0% of the tour cost will be assessed.
- If a cancellation is made between 15 and 30 days prior to the departure date, a cancellation fee of 50.0% of the total tour cost will be assessed.
- If a cancellation is made between 0 and 15 days prior to the departure date, the full cost of the tour will be charged.
- The customer receives a confirmation voucher via email within 24 hours of successful booking
- In case the preferred slots are unavailable, an alternate schedule of the customer’s preference will be arranged and a new confirmation voucher will be sent via email.
What is the length of the Kedarkantha Trek?
The Kedarkantha Trek is a planned 5-day, 4-night journey. Over the course of three days, you hike around 18 kilometers; the remaining two days are spent traveling to Sankri and departing for Dehradun, respectively.
What is the best time for Kedarkantha trek?
Kedarkantha trekking can be done most of the year, but the best time is between November to April when the roads are submerged under a blanket of snow and the snow-covered alpines look beautiful! June to September are months to be avoided for trekking because it rains very heavily and walking gets difficult.
Will I find snow on Kedarkantha Trek?
Yes, the Kedarkantha Trek is a winter trek and during the months of late Nov. to February, you will encounter soft fresh snow.
What kind of food will be provided during the Kedarkantha trek?
You will be given appropriate vegetarian meals while on the Kedarkantha hike. We will give you a variety of seasonal local foods while keeping in mind the availability of supplies in the mountainous areas.