Easy To Moderate
|Suitable for:||10+ years|
|Experience:||First timer can apply, previous trekking experience is more appreciated.|
|Fitness:||cover 5 km of distance in 30 minutes without a stress.|
Why Kedarkantha Is A Must Do Trek
Perched atop an altitude of 12,500 ft, Kedarkantha Peak Trek is one of the most popular winter treks and is known for its magnificent beauty. The easy endurance of the trail makes it suitable for both beginners and seasoned trekkers. The spellbinding views from the summit make the 12,500 ft climb totally worth it. Experience the enchanting beauty of the Himalayas, its lush meadows, towering peaks, snow-covered trails, frozen lakes, and a kaleidoscopic sky, in this wonderful winter trek.
The trek also consists of some of the most beautiful campsites, in the vicinity of pine covers and amidst the snow. You can witness stunning sunrises and sunsets from your campsites and bask in the tranquility of nature. The view from the summit is unlike anything you’ve ever seen. You can view the majestic Yamunotri and Gangotri peaks along with the Black peak, Bandarpoonch, and the Swargrohini group of peaks.
The best time to do the Kedarkantha trek is during the months of December-January and March-April as you will find an abundance of snow during the time, making for a magical experience. An ideal trek for both adventure and nature lovers, this beauty of the trek will leave you speechless.
The trek also showcases some of the best Himalayan flora. En route, you will cross stunning Rhododendron, Oak, Pine, Walnut, and Chestnut covers. The popular Red Rice is also homegrown in the Kedarkantha region. You also get to see the lives in remote villages during the winter months, which is a unique experience in itself. This trek holds the heart of many trekkers in the country.
The Kedarkantha peak also has some mythology attached to it. The locals say that Kedarkantha was supposed to be the site for Kedarnath. When Lord Shiva was hiding from the Pandavas and roaming around in his bull-form at Kedarkantha, the village dwellers disturbed his peace and thus he fled to where Kedarnath is today. Villagers in Sankri will tell you that the trident of the Shiva, erected in the Kedarkantha Peak protects the people and also nourishes the Himalayan Rivers.
About The Trek
Kedarkantha is located in the Govind Pashu Bihar National Park in Uttarakhand and this 6-day long trek will take you on a scenic adventure-filled journey in the embrace of the Himalayas. You will see a change in terrains and witness some of the best sunrises and sunsets along your journey. Kedarkantha being a standalone peak, there are many ways to reach the summit. We will take the route via Sankri while climbing and descend via Hargaon.
Our journey for the Kedarkantha trek begins at Dehradun, where we will drive to Sankri village located at an altitude of 6400 ft. It takes about 10 hours to reach Sankri, so it’s a long journey but the road to the village is equally mesmerizing. From Sankri we will begin our trek the next morning.
Trekking from Sankri to Juda Ka Talab, our next camping spot at 9100 ft, you will go through scented pine and maple covers and spot some cascading streams on the way. We will spend a leisure day at the Juda Ka Talab campsite with wonderful views of the Swargrohini group of peaks.
The next day we will trek to the Kedarkantha base camp, which rests at an altitude of 11,250 ft and the trek distance is about 4.5 kms. Today, you will pass through the lush Himalayan meadows, which are knee-deep in snow during the winter months. From here, you will begin to see panoramic views of Himalayan peaks all around you.
The following day, we will make our trek to the Kedarkantha summit. Spectacular views of snow-capped mountains await you. Once you reach the summit, it truly feels like being on top of the world, you will see 360 views of the Himalayan ranges all around. The summit is situated at an altitude of 12,500 ft and today’s trail can be a little challenging as compared to other days. The breathtaking views that you get from the summit make up for the long trek to the top.
Relish the scenery in front of you and after spending some time at the summit, we will begin descending towards Hargaon, our next campsite. Hargaon lies at an altitude of 8900 ft and we will reach the campsite by evening.
The next day we will trek back to Sankri through coniferous forest covers. Staying the night at Sankri, we will drive back to Dehradun the next day, ending our beautiful journey. From Dehradun, you can make further bookings for your journey.
What To Expect At The Trek
The entire trek is 20 km long and is a beginner-friendly trek. From the summit, you will get a 360-degree view of the Himalayan peaks. The change in terrains and the steady climb, which is not so difficult unlike many other treks, and the noteworthy views, make the trek overall very satisfactory. You get to experience the beauty of the Himalayas, its challenges, and close interaction with the local lives in such remote areas.
There will be no network coverage after Sankri and if you are carrying electronic devices like laptops, cameras, mobile...
phones, etc. the batteries will drain out quickly. All the campsites in the trek, including Juda Ka Talab, are pretty scenic and the trail remains covered in snow from December to April.
You will stay in tents and guesthouses along the journey and the meals during the trek will be provided by us. The trek has a steady ascent and becomes a little challenging during the summit, where it’s a steep ascent accompanied by gushing winds.
The Kedarkantha trail has diverse vegetation and landscapes throughout and the gradient gets steeper every day. The trail to the summit, however, is quite easy to navigate. You will be required to cover 4 to 5 km every day, with the only exception being the summit day when you will cover about 9 kms.
Snow can be encountered a little after Sankri Village and depending on the thickness of snow, you may need to wear microspikes or gaiters to navigate the treks properly. The temperature in the trek lingers between 10 degrees C to 3 degrees C so dress appropriately. The weather at Kedarkantha is usually very calm but once in a while the weather can be unpredictable so dress accordingly. We always monitor the weather conditions and in case of inclement weather, we take the necessary measures for the safety of everyone.
The Pine and Oak forest covers in Kedarkantha is one of the Kedarkantha trails. This adds to the beauty of the trek and creates an aura of serenity. These are some of the most pristine alpine forests and being a forest cover at such a high altitude, they do not appear manicured, rather have a wild touch to them. In some places, the forest cover is pretty dense giving a very surreal feel to your climb.
Sunsets from the Kedarkantha trail are quite unsurpassed and there are very few treks that offer such wonderful sunset views as Kedarkantha. Since the Kedarkantha peak is located in the western part of the Garhwal Himalayas, you can get an untarnished view of the setting sun in all its glory. The golden hour when the snow changes its color from blue-white to that of molten gold is indeed a mesmerizing sight to behold.
The Kedarkantha summit is undoubtedly one of the most rewarding ones. The trek is quite popular for its summit and the unparalleled panoramic view of the mountain it offers. On your route, you can witness the summit looming over and ahead, which fills you with a sense of accomplishment and joy, once you make it to the summit.
Our journey starts from Dehradun where we will pick you up in Tata Sumo or similar vehicles at 6:30 AM. You are requested to report at the pickup point by the time. From Dehradun, we will drive to Sankri, which is at a distance of 220 km from Dehradun. It may take about 8 - 9 hrs or more to reach Sankri as the mountain roads can be quite bumpy at times. However, the road to Sankri is quite scenic.
On your way, you will cross picturesque places like Mussoorie, Mori, and Naitwar, etc. You will drive along the beautiful Yamuna and Tons River with pine trees lining the road. The River is milky white in some places and clear green in others. The fragrance of pinewood and the beauty of nature will make up for the long ride to Sankri. The last stretch of the road, about 22 km from Sankri, is even more beautiful as you enter the Govind National Park, famous for being home to much exotic flora and fauna. On reaching Sankri, we will check-in at our hotel. After freshening up, you can spend the evening at the quaint hamlet of Sankri at your leisure.
You can head out for a stroll through this charming village. Sankri is a trekkers’ hub as it is the base camp for not one or two but 11 Himalayan treks including popular treks like Har Ki Dun. At Sankri BSNL network is available but it is very erratic. You can also watch a beautiful sunset at Sankri Village in the backdrop of the Himalayas, a great opportunity for shutterbugs to capture all the beauty around. At night, you can have dinner at your hotel or in the local village dhabas to get a taste of the local flavors. Stay overnight at Sankri and we will start our trek the following day.
Trekking for the Kedarkantha summit starts at Sankri, our base village for the trek, and today we will trek from here to Juda Ka Talab, a beautiful alpine lake. Start your day early, have your breakfast and head out straight towards Juda Ka Talab. The lake is situated at an altitude of 9100 ft and the trek distance is about 4 km. It will take approximately 5 hours to reach the Lake.
As you begin your trek out of Sankri village, you will venture into the village extension Saur and from here you will walk along a stream, and then we will take a turn towards the forest of pine and maple, climbing sharply. We will cross many suspension bridges and small mountain villages on our way to Juda Ka Talab.
The trail today is quite broad and ascends gradually for about 2-3 hours. During summers, the trail is full of greenery and you will spot many wildflowers on your way. A carpet of maple and pine leaves covers the trail and opens up to lush green meadows. During winter, the trail is covered in snow, and depending on the snow conditions, you may need gaiters to navigate the path properly. As you trek uphill, you may also spot wildlife in the trail like the Himalayan Languors. While they are quite shy, they move pretty quickly, swinging from branch to branch, so it's hard to catch a proper glimpse of them. Apart from this, you may also spot boars, hares, and martens.
The Juda Ka Talab campsite is extremely scenic with an alpine lake on one side and a pine forest on the other, it almost feels surreal here. In the lap of mountains and the middle of pine and snow, the surreal beauty of Juda Ka Talab is simply otherworldly. During peak winters, a sheet of ice forms on the lake, creating a picture-perfect view. The lake also has a natural tunnel that provides water to the villagers nearby. The locals consider the lake as sacred and believe that Lord Shiva meditated at Kedarkantha and droplets falling from his hair formed the lake.
We will camp here for the night. You can click some beautiful pictures here and also take nature walks in the area. At night, a bonfire is a great idea to relish your dinner and warm drinks, chatting up with your fellow trekkers. The night sky is simply breathtaking with an assortment of the brightest stars dazzling the sky. Sleep overnight in your tents.
Starting the day early, we will begin our day with a warm breakfast and a glorious sunrise view and begin the trek towards the Kedarkantha Base Camp. The base camp is located at an altitude of 11,250 ft and the distance from Juda Ka Talab to the base camp is 4 kms. Walking moderately, you can reach the base camp in about 3 hrs. The trail is marked quite well so it is quite easy to navigate. The trail is a little steeper than the previous day and it gradually becomes steeper as you get closer to the summit.
Walking through this trail, you will soon enter a forest Pine and Oak which soon opens into expansive meadows. The meadow is lined with shepherd huts and as you move forward you will catch the sight of towering Himalayan peaks Swargrohini peaks, Bandarpoonch, Ranglana, Kala Nag, etc. The splendid views are enough to render you speechless. The peaks appear as if natural jewels adorned by Mother Nature and the views will be forever imprinted in your memory.
The Kedarkantha trail is fairly easy and beginner-friendly and even in the peak winter, it isn’t as strenuous as other treks making it enjoyable for everyone. You can see the trail covered in snow here during the winter months, in summer it is luscious green. Once you reach the campsite, you can rest and refresh yourself and take small walks around the campsite. At night enjoy a nice and hot dinner and observe the beauty of the clear night sky with an abundance of twinkling stars, glowing brightly.
At such a high altitude, the cold waves can be pretty high, so it is recommended you layer appropriately for protection against cold. Retire in your tents early, to get proper rest for the summit trek the next day.
Today we will trek to the Kedarkantha summit reaching an elevation of 12,500 ft. Today’s trekking schedule involves trekking from the base camp to the Kedarkantha summit and descending to the Hargaon campsite. The journey to the summit and down to Hargaon is about 6 km and it takes about 7 hr.
After a pleasant breakfast in the morning, we will set out for the Kedarkantha summit. The trek is a gradual incline, however, it gets pretty steep in the end and might test your skills and fitness a little. Today also your trek will begin by crossing a forest of towering Oaks and Pines. The leaves strewn on the ground, scrunching your feet and you can also hear the faint sounds of streams gushing by.
Soon the forests open up and you are much closer to the peak now and from here the path will begin to get difficult as a sharp incline lies in front of you. But the struggle to reach the top is worth it once you make it to the summit and the marvelous views of the Himalayas await you. You will literally feel like being on top of the world and filled with a sense of accomplishment and inner peace. The astounding views will rejuvenate you after the strenuous journey. There’s also a small temple of Lord Shiva, Goddess Parvati, and Lord Ganesha at the summit.
After enjoying the picturesque views and basking in nature’s abundance, we will start descending and trek downhill to the Kedarkantha base camp where we will have our lunch, and post-lunch we will begin descending downhill, all the way to Hargaon. The descent is quite easier and faster and soon you will reach the campsite at Hargaon, descending to an elevation of 8900 ft. Reaching the Hargaon campsite marks the end of our day, we will set up camps here, enjoy a nice dinner and retire in our tents for the night.
The final leg of the trek involves descending from Hargaon to Sankri. We will descend from an altitude of 8900 ft to 6400 ft and the trek distance is about 6 km. It takes around 4 km to complete the descent.
Rise with the sun and enjoy a scrumptious breakfast. The sunrise in the Himalayas has a unique splendor, which is quite hypnotizing. After breakfast, we will begin our descent towards Sankri. You will trek through forests and gurgling streams. You can fill your water bottles in the streams. Soon the forest opens up to a ridge from where you get a bird's eye view of the Har ki Dun Valley.
The brilliance of the lush green slopes of the Valley is simply wonderful. Relishing the view, we will descend further as the forest grows denser once again and finally opens up at Sankri. At Sankri we will check-in at the hotel once again. You can freshen up and in the evening, you can head out to explore the village.
Although there aren’t many shops at Sankri, you can still buy wooden handicraft items, toys, and home decors as souvenirs of your journey. Interact with the locals and get more ideas about the local lifestyle. Life at Sankri is pretty slow-paced and the religious belief is quite strong here. There are about 120 families in Sankri who live in wooden huts to protect themselves from the cold and the staples are potato rice and apples.
At Sankri they also hold regular fairs or melas where entertainment takes place in the form of singing and dancing to native folk songs. For dinner you can visit the dhabas, they serve some delicious cuisines or you can have dinner at the hotel premises as well. Stay overnight in the hotel after a tiring yet wonderful journey.
Note: Distance, Altitude and Trekking hours are approximate and round off.
On the last day of our wonderful trip, today we will head back to Dehradun with so many beautiful memories. Tata Sumo or other similar vehicles will be arranged for you at Sankri to drive you back to Dehradun. After a delicious breakfast at Sankri, pack your bags and check out from the hotel by 8:00 AM so that we can begin the journey to Dehradun early. We have to cover a distance of 220 km and it will take about 10 hrs so the earlier we start the better.
We will again return through NH 123, enjoying the scenic beauty. Cherish the nature around with picturesque vistas stretching alongside far and wide. We will reach Dehradun by 7:00 PM so make your further bookings accordingly.
First of all everyone has to reach Dehradun, after that TTH will take care of your further travel plan.
Our pick-up location is Dehradun Railway Station at 06:00 AM
The distance from Dehradun Bus Stand (ISBT) to Railway Station is 6 km, without traffic it will take 15 minutes.
Options to reach Dehradun
1. Take an overnight train/bust to Dehradun, and then take a cab to the pickup point.
We always recommend to go for the govt. Buses over the private ones outside the bus station as based on the experience we have found that there are very high chances of delay involved with private buses. Also, govt. Buses are always more reliable. Whichever bus you choose, just make sure to reach Rishikesh at least by 05:30 am positively.
2. Take flight to Dehradun airport (Jolly Grant Airport) (25 km, 50 min), if coming by flight then come one day early.
Trekkers will be dropped at Dehradun Railway station by 06:00 PM, for onward journey from Dehradun it is advised to make arrangements after 08:00 PM.
The distance from Railway Station to Dehradun Bus Stand (ISBT) is 6 km, it will take approx 25 minutes.
1. Accommodation. (Guest house, Home stay, Camping)
2. Meals while on trek (Veg.+ Egg)
3. Trek equipments: Sleeping bag, mattress, tent (twin sharing), kitchen & dinning tent, toilet tent, utensils and crampon (if required)
4. All necessary permits and entry fees.
5. First aid medical kits, stretcher and oxygen cylinder.
6. Mountaineering qualified & professional trek Leader, guide and Support staff.
7. Transport from Dehradun to Sankri and retorn (According to itinerary)
8. Mules to carry the central luggage
1. Any kind of personal expenses.
2. Food during the transit.
4. Mules or porter to carry personal luggage.
5. Anything not specifically mentioned under the head.
6. Any kind of emergency evacuation charges.
Normally TTH expect to carry your personal luggage on your own, if you wish to offload your backpack, you can give it to Mule.
Charges of offloading backpack:-
INR 1200/- if you make an online payment, 10 days in advance
INR 1500/- if you inform us after reaching Sankri
The backpack cannot weigh more than 11 kgs. Backpack should have waterproof cover. Suitcases/strolleys/ bags will not be allowed.
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If you book a trek with Trek The Himalayas and are unable to complete the same or you have successfully completed that trek and want to do it again, you can repeat it multiple times without paying the cost of the trek.
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If by a rare consequence TTH calls off/cancels a trek:
At TTH, we almost never call off or cancel our treks. But in the rare event that we do call off or cancel a trek due to any unforeseen circumstances or natural catastrophes like continuous rain or snow, thunderstorms, snowstorms, landslides, floods, earthquakes, or any other natural calamity that prevents us from carrying out a trek in a safe manner, unforeseeable circumstances like local riots, curfews, pandemics, lockdowns, government orders, or any such situations that prevents a safe trekking experience, TTH will issue a voucher summing up to the same amount as your trek fee. The voucher can be redeemed on any of the treks over a period of the next year.
In the rare event that TTH shifts a trek:
As we mention always, weather conditions at high altitudes are extremely unpredictable and can change at any time of any day. Also, situations like natural calamities or political unrest, pandemics and lockdowns, etc are out of our control and if an event cannot run under any such circumstances that we do not directly have control over then we will try to give you an alternative trek, which means your trek will be shifted from one trek to another, which will be safer and more favourable.
In these cases, a voucher is issued to mitigate the difference in cost between the two treks. You can redeem the voucher at any time over a period of one year from the date of issue. A refund fee or refund of the difference is not applicable.
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Itineraries are based on information available at the time of planning and are subject to change. "Trek The Himalayas" reserves the right to change expedition dates, people or itineraries as conditions warrant. If a trip must be delayed or the itinerary changed due to bad weather, road conditions, transportation delays, government intervention, airline schedules, sickness, or other contingency for which TTH or its agents cannot make provision, the cost of delays and/or other changes are the responsibility of the participant. TTH reserves the right to decline, or accept, any individual as a trip member for any reason whatsoever.
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