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Kedarkantha Trek
most beautiful rounded peak and most sought after snow trekking destinations

TEMPERATURE

min -5°C  to  max +15° C

DURATION

6 Days 5 Nights (Dehradun to Dehradun)

ALTITUDE/LEVEL

12,500 ft./Easy to Moderate

BEST SEASON

Through Out the Year

COST

8,000 ₹ (Include all taxes and Transportation)

Trek Highlights

The snow-capped mountain peaks surrounding this placekeeps you thrilled with fun and excitement.

You cross several bridges during the trek which are made of wooden logs. This makes the gradual hike more exciting.

After reaching JudaKa Talab, you notice a small pond ofwater with surroundings of oak and pine trees.

After arrival at the Kedarkantha base camp, enjoy the splendid view of snow-capped Bandarpoonch, Swargarohini and Kalanag peaks.

The majestic view of Kinner Kailash, Yumnotri, Gangotri, and other Himalayan ranges is a divine pleasure. Kedarkantha gives a 360-degree view of Himalayan ranges.

Kedarkantha trek is to reach the peak in the mountain of the Tons river valley. It is the most beautiful rounded peak and most sought after snow trekking destinations in India. Even in winter, a trek to Kedarkantha is possible as the trail path is through the dense forests and vast meadows. winter, the Kedarkantha trek is your absolute best bet. For about five months, from December to April, Kedarkantha is covered in layers of snow and astonishingly wide clearings in the forests. That makes it conducive for camping as well as trekking.

As you cross the 10,000 feet mark, you will see snow lying on the forest floor among pine trees. When you reach the meadows, a huge blanket of white snow will welcome you in every direction. Also, Kedarkantha boasts of the prettiest campsites in the Himalayas. Each campsite is unique in its beauty: the Akroti Thach campsite is set on a clearing surrounded by walnut and pine trees whereas the Pukhrola campsite is on an open meadow with the Kedarkantha summit in full view.

As if that were not enough, the drive to Kedarkantha takes you through scenic places like Mussoorie, Nowgaon, Purola and Mori before finally halting at Sankri. It is such a remote and exquisite route that you'll be blown away even before you get to the base camp. Also, right from the Kedarkantha base camp, you ll see stunning 360 degree views of famous snow-clad mountain summits. They're jaw droppingly gorgeous; but it's when you get to the Kedarkantha summit, the feeling of having touched the sky is unparalleled.



The beauty of trekking here is that the trail goes through dense pine forests where you navigate by walking over beds of brown dried leaves and snow, with a constant stunning view of the Himalayas in sight. Although you can trek here throughout the year, summer months should be avoided because then you won't see huge dollops of snow at the base of the pine trees that add to the whole experience. The trek happens in Western Garhwal in Uttarakashi district, and is known to be one of the easy treks that can be enjoyed both by beginners and seasoned trekkers.

Geographical Info

Region: Uttarakhand 

Duration: 6 Days

Grade: Easy 

Max Altitude: 12,500 Ft. 

Trekking Km: 20 Kms.

Trail Type: Round trail. The trek starts and ends at Dehradun

Rail head: Dehradun is the nearest rail head to the base camp

Air Port: Jolly grant airport Dehradun Base Camp: Sankri (6-7 hrs drive from Dehradun)

Best Season: Round the year except monsoon. More snow in the winter months until April.

Snow: December to April

Batch Size: 15 to 20 trekkers including Male and female.

Services from: Dehradun to Dehradun

Day 01: Arrival at Sankri

The exotic and fascinating Kedarkantha Trek commences from Dehradun city. The trekkers for the trip should reach Dehradun on the day before the trip commences or before 6am of the commencing date. The trekkers will be received warmly by the authorized personal from Dehradun at 6:30am for a onward journey to Sankri. Sankri is located at a distance of 220kms on the National Highway 123. It’s a long scenic drive on a Tata Sumo or a similar vehicle providing absolute comfort to the trekkers so that they can enjoy the beauty of the location. It is the scenic surroundings which increases the pleasure of reaching the destination and exhilarates the joy of the thrilling tour that remains yet to be experienced.

The journey is a long one and takes about evening to reach the destination. In the midst one can enjoy the lunch break at the popular eateries having some local food and homemade spices. The last 22 kms to Sankri is all the more exciting since it travels through Govind National Park which is famous for its avid collection of flora typical of this region and not found in any other location of the country. The expected time to reach Sankri is 5 pm but since in some areas the roads are a little bumpy and rough, the time can be a little longer. However on reaching the destination one can check in to the prior booked hotel and our representative can help with the check in formalities. After freshening up, since the evening is free for leisure one can enjoy indoors and relax or can set out to explore the beautiful Sankri village where there are local shops and small market selling mostly daily goods and a collection of few dhabas.

The BSNL network is quite erratic here so getting the phone lines can be a little difficult. However the scenic beauty of the setting sun on the Greater Himalayas from Sankri is a fabulous sight to savor. One can have dinner at the hotel premises or can enjoy dinner at the dhabas to taste some local flavors and experience the cuisine of the area. Overnight stay at the hotel.

  Day 2: Sankri to Juda-ka-Talab

Though the tour starts from Dehradun but the trekking trip commences from Sankri only. Having an early start after a healthy breakfast at the hotel it’s a journey straight towards Juda Ka Talab which is based at an altitude of 9100 feet. It’s a 4km trekking journey and the approximate time for reaching the same is around 5 hours. The journey begins by moving out of Sankri village through an extension called Sor. Once the village is crossed the road takes a wide curve and climbs sharply. Moving along the stream this is the road that moves towards the Kedarkantha.

The initial climb would be climbing several bridges through dense forest trees and thick carpet of maple and pine leaves all brown in color. It’s an exquisite vision and a pictorial view that leaves all mesmerized. The trail is wide and one can hear the sounds of running streams all through but may not be in view till much further. On the way one can view remote villages where women and kids are found carrying bundles of wooden logs, wooden sticks and dry leaves to utilize them for household cooking and setting up night fire. While crunching the dried maple and oak leaves on the way up one can also view Himalayan Languars swinging from one branch of trees to another.

Though they are somewhat a shy animal it’s difficult to have a gallant view of them as they move quickly from the vision’s range. Apart from this, boars, martens and hares can also be spotted in this region. The scenario however changes a lot in the summer months when the luscious meadows remain verdant green with hilly flowers of unique kind. Crossing few streams and continuing through the trail and rising sharp through dense oaks one can reach the beautiful pictorial spot of Jadu Ka Talab which can never be missed by any trekker due to its sharp contrasting and unique beauty. Jadu Ka talab is a too perfect a destination.

The sharp contrast of a giant lake on the left and thick pine and oak forest on the right is a fascinating setting the lap of Mother Nature and an ideal campsite to spend a perfect evening. One can engage in activities like photography or nature walk to explore the area at the best. At the night time campfire can also be a good idea to share the light supper some warm drinks underneath the clear sky. The night sky however is a treat to the eyes with bright and shining stars creating a magnificent aura which is enjoyable for all trekkers. Overnight sleep is arranged in tents.

  Day 3: Juda-ka-Talab to Kedarkantha Base

The intoxicating journey continues day where the trekkers are destined to trek towards Kedarkantha base which lies at an altitude of 11, 250 feet. The distance from Jadu Ka Talab to this destination is about 4kms and in a moderate speed it takes about 2.5 hours to reach the place. After having the morning breakfast set out for the next journey where the trail is somewhat straight forward and quite visible. The track again begins through dense forests of pine and oak trees only and through steep ridge and much more dense areas. In this trail one will come across many shepherd huts in open meadows which are equally delightful to see.

At an altitude of about 10,400 feet one can visualize traces of snow in and around the track only if it is the winter months trekking. With winding roads meandering through dry oak forests, stretched meadows and through lanes around shepherd huts the trail continues to Kedarkantha Base. In the midst one can take a long break to reenergize the body and get the enthralling view of natural extravaganza in the area. Just before reaching the Kedarkantha Base one can enjoy the fascinating views of arc shaped range of snow clapped mountains comprising of Bandarpoonch, Swargarohini, Kala Nag and Ranglana standing out proudly showcasing their beauty.

After reaching the base, set up the tent in a preferred selected place which is open and one can enjoy a clear view of the night sky. However it is advisable to be based in close group rather than in much scattered way in the dark. The evening sky is equally beautiful with glowing stars and shining planets ornamenting the sun. As the night grows the sight becomes more charming with the Milky way stretching from one end to the other, the dense network of stars and glistening peak of the mountain all come together to provide an awe striking view that remains imprinted in mind. However in such a height it is possible to cold waves so proper woolens should be carried for protection. Overnight sleep at the tent.

  Day 4: Kedarkantha base to Kedarkantha peak

descend to Hargaon camp. The fourth day of the trek is destined to conquer the Kedarnath Peak. Today the trekkers need to hike an elevation from 11,250 feet to 12,500 feet. The schedule of the day includes hiking to Kedarkantha peak and then again descending back till Hargaon camp which is based at 8900 feet. The total journey comprises of 6kms altogether and takes about 7 hours of time in a moderate speed. Ideally it is a long day but the excitement of the journey and conquering the peak would be far greater and much more worthy in compared to the challenges that lay ahead for the visitors. The day begins early with a filling breakfast and enjoying the sunrise from the Kedarkantha meadows which is a simply amazing, pure and divine.



One can bask in the first rays of the morning sun and gain as much energize possible for the day ahead. One can even visualize the beautiful peak from these meadows which elevates the excitement. The way to the top can be made through several trails but it is better to take the main trail as its keep rising at an even level. On this route, the trekkers need to again cover a few portions of oak forest but the journey through this trail is much easier and faster. Climbing through the forest till its end , one can find the Kedarkantha peak much closer. Towards the end of the trail and close to the top the trek becomes a little difficult and can be a little strenuous especially for the first time trekkers.

However the view from the top and the amazing location is worth the effort. At the top of the peak there is a beautiful yet small temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and goddess Parvati. There is a small shrine of Lord Ganesh too. The arresting 360 view of the snow clad peaks of Uttarakhand is intoxicating and beyond words to be penned down. One can relax at the top for some time and enjoy the magical beauty of nature and then descend towards base camp by noon time. After reaching the camp take a break for lunch and refreshments. Once relaxed, set out for descending furthermore to Hargaon camp. This time again, it’s a journey back through dense oak forests, pine and maple trees, shepherd huts and frozen streams.

Savoring the beauty of the location and enjoying the regular clearings, which is unique of Kedarkantha trip descend further to Horegaon campsite. On reaching the campsites set the tent and mark the end of another delightful day with dinner and overnight sleep at the tent. However for the enthusiasts travelers there’s option of setting up a campfire here and enjoying the night time ambience chatting and having good time with the journey friends together.

  Day 5: Hargaon camp to Sankri

Today the schedule is marked for descending further to Sankri which descending from 8900 feet to 6400 feet. The time for descending this approximately 6 kms long trail takes about 4 hours or more at a moderate speed. The first morning sun from Horegaon campsite is the nexus of thick wood pine forest is equally beautiful. After having the breakfast, pack the backpack to descend furthermore through a more clearly marked well paved pathway, laden with small stones. Meandering through rich dense pine forests one can view the sight of streams flowing by in a slow and steady way. One can fill in water here for the rest of the track. A little further down the trail comes to a ridge from where it gives a splendid view of Har ki Dun valley or the Valley of Gods in its blissful and harmonious view.

One can explore the place more and enjoy photographing the lovely valley from the distance. One can also enjoy the sights of the lovely flora and fauna and take quick snaps of the same to retain the memories of the beautiful placed captured for future. Descending a furthermore through the dense forests one can see the first signs of habitation and by evening one can reach Sankri. The last 2500 feet is filled with dense pine forests. On reaching the base, get back to the hotel and freshen up and get settled for the day. If the enthusiasm stays, one can again get out exploring the village to collect some local items to keep as a souvenir of the location. Though not many products are available here but one can always have small hand made goods, wooden toys and wooden home décor items for friends and families.

Get to know the locals and know more about their lifestyle here. Life moves at a slow pace in Sankri which is home for about 120 families. Potatoes, rice and apples are the main ingredients here and people leave in wooden houses to protect from colder weather. The belief in religion is quite strong here and regular melas or fairs are organized here with entertainment being done with folk songs and native dance. Dinner can be tasted at the dhabas based here serving local food or one can enjoy delicious North Indian and Western cuisine at the hotel premises. Overnight stay at the hotel.

  Day 6: Departure day (Sankri to Dehradun)
The last day of the trip is the departure day where the trekkers need to travel back to Dehradun.

Tata Sumo or a similar make car will be provided for a travel back of 220 kms to the city. Start the day early by enjoying the morning sun once again from Sankri and then enjoy a healthy and relishing breakfast at the hotel. Pack the bags and take all the belongings and check out of the hotel by 8 am approximately so that the journey to Dehradun can be started early. The distance takes about 10 hours to reach excluding the break times so the earlier one starts its always the better. The return will again be through NH123, though there are other routes available too through Mori Sankari Road or through NH72. However it’s better to take the initial NH123 route only as it is the shortest and have much less traffic.

Scenic ambience and lovely surroundings mark the roads back to Dehradun city. Cherish the picturesque beauty of the location, the avid beauty of nature, the stretched landscapes, the verdant meadows and splendid ambience that pleases the heart in every way. The best part of the trip, is that the trip is well balanced and smartly packaged so that travellers get ample rest and relaxation and enjoy the beauty at every stop without hurrying at any place. It is a trip well designed to take care of the comfort and facilities of the travellers.

The trip back to Dehradun reaches around 7 o clock evening time. The vacationers can be off boarded either at the railway station or at the airport as per their requirement.

From here they can plan the next journey by booking a travel well after 8 pm. For all those who wish to stay in Dehradun and enjoy the place for a day or more can book a hotel in the city and spend some more lovely days in midst the beautiful Himalayas

Packing Refuge Based Keep it simple and minimal “A heavy pack is a pack filled with anxiety.” Freud.Keeping your pack weight to a minimum is the key to a successful trek. We recommend people joining any of our treks where you will be sleeping in gites (hostels) or refuges be equipped with the following:

 

Technical equipment Comfortable walking boots or shoes (3 or 4 season)

Walking poles (definitely two) Clothing suggestions

Fleece Waterproof jacket (or big plastic poncho)

Waterproof over trousers

Lightweight puffer jacket for evening comfort in the higher refuges

Warm gloves and hat (for early starts)

Sun hat or peaked cap

Sunglasses

One pair shorts

One pair lightweight walking trousers

Two T-shirts

Good quality walking socks

Other essential items

40 – 60 litre Rucksack

Light weight towel

Waterproof ruck sack cover or waterproof bags to keep your things dry

Sun block for face and lips (Factor 50)

Personal First Aid kit (plasters, Compeed for blisters, paracetamol)

Roll of toilet paper

Water bottle or Platypus type hydration system – 1.5 to 2 litres

Penknife

Head torch for use in refuges

Survival blanket (light foil blanket to keep injured people warm).

Optional items Change of clothing to include:

underwear, tracksuit bottoms, dry shirt, spare socks (think of things that you can wear to both dinner and bed so you don’t need to change)

Camera Paperback novel (light!)

Snack bars/dried fruit/chocolate

Waterproof map case

Ear plugs (there will inevitably be snorers in the refuge)

Buff – good for blocking out light and noise while sleeping, keeping your neck warm, holding your hair etc.

Additional items for Independent Groups

Compass, Altimeter, GPS or Mobile phone with GPS

Day 1: Arrival at Sankri

Day 2: Sankri to Juda-ka-Talab

Day 3: Juda-ka-Talab to Kedarkantha Base

Day 4: Kedarkantha base to Kedarkantha peak; descend to Hargaon camp

Day 5: Hargaon camp to Sankri

Day 6: Departure day (Sankri to Dehradun)

INCLUDED

Food as per menu on the trek.

Forest Camping charges

Safety Equipment

Hiking Equipment

Trek guide,

cook,

helpers

mules for carrying common luggage

Transportation if Specified in Itinerary

Food as per menu on the trek.

Forest Camping charges

Safety Equipment

Hiking Equipment

Trek guide,

cook,

helpers

mules for carrying common luggage

Transportation if Specified in Itinerary

ACTIVITIES

Trekking

Camping

Village tour

NOT INCLUDED

Meals during road Journey

Any kind of Insurance

Any expense of personal Nature

Any expense not specified in the inclusion

list Carriage of personal luggage during the trek

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If cancellations are made 30 days before the start date of the trip, 25% of total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees. If cancellations are made 15-30 days before the start date of the trip, 50% of total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees. If cancellations are made within 0-15 days before the start date of the trip, 100% of total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees.

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