Kedarkantha Trek is one of the classic gems of winter treks in the Himalayas. When it comes to trekking in India in winter, the Kedarkantha trek might be your best bet. With falling winter snow it’s an attractive pictorial view and what’s more attractive, is the view of the Mighty Himalayas from the trails right to the top lying at the altitude of 3,810 meters/ 12,500 feet. This trek is recommended for all adventure souls who like snow and High Mountains, irrespective of your experience. Beginners are more than welcome to go on this beautiful trek. This trek has the beautiful campsites in the Himalayas, where every site is unique in its own way and does not match the beauty with any other campsites in the journey. This summit is effortlessly accessible any time of the year and offers trekkers a different serene experience in different seasons. In the end, the trail leaves you at the best point of rocky snow included summit from wherein trekkers are rewarded with remarkable 360° bird’s eye views of DhaulaDhar ranges and Godly peaks like Swargarohini, Banderpooch, and Black Peak.
Best Time to Visit: Kedarkantha Trek is pleasant for all the year to visit. Best time of year include December to April, Expect trekking on the snow in the mid of December. During winters, Kedarkantha covered in the thick blanket of snow best for skiers.
What is included in the tour
- Transportation support throughout the trip in either a Tempo Traveller/Sumo/Bolero/Ertiga (depending on the size of the group) throughout the journey.
- Accommodation on a sharing basis.
- All meals (vegetarian), including everything from Dinner on Day 1 to Breakfast on Day 6.
- A well-experienced and certified trek leader.
- Supporting staff.
- Forest permit.
- Camping equipments like tent, sleeping bags ,gaiters and crampons (if required) will be
What is NOT included in the tour
- Anything that has not been covered in the inclusions mentioned above.
- Porters or mules to carry your personal luggage. The cost per bag (10/12 kg ) is 300 per day.
- Any kind of personal expenses.
- Any kind of personal medication.
Day 1: Drive from Dehradun to Sankri
Your day one starts from Dehradun at 6:30 AM. We leave for Sankri which is the closest town to start the Kedarkantha trekking. It takes approximately 11 hours (220 km) to reach Sankri from Dehradun. During this 11 hours journey there will be halt for morning breakfast and lunch at a local restaurant which comes on the way of the route. This journey will be amidst the hilly roads of mountains, so do eat your food accordingly that doesn’t harm you during this drive.
You will reach Sankri during the sunset time which makes your evening more beautiful setting. You can rest for the night as the next few days will require energy for you to trek on.
Day 2: Sankri to Juda Ka Talab
Today we start with our Kedarkantha trek route as we leave Sankri. After breakfast we leave Sankri and start the Kedarkantha trek to reach our campsite Juda Ka Talab. We trek through another small village Saur, from where the trail takes us to Kedarkantha’s first campsite. It’s a four km trail which will take around five hours for the trekkers to complete this. The whole trail is amidst the alpine trees and on the blanket of snow. It may be a tiring climb as it will be an incline trail which requires more energy.
As you reach your lake campsite, you will be astonished by the view this campsite has to offer you. On your left have the Juda Ka Talab and dense pine-oak trees on your left soothing the vibes. It is said that once there were two lakes which later conjoined to formed one. You can enjoy the view, explore the area and set yourself for the next day trek.
Day 3: Trek from Juda Ka Talab to Kedarkantha Basecamp
After hot tea and breakfast you leave for your journey towards Kedarkantha basecamp. The trail from Juda Ka Talab has dense pine forest. As we continue to walk on the ridge for another half an hour, the ridge opens out to another open field. You will find a shepherd’s hut here where you can take a break and relax for a while as we have less than a thousand feet to climb to the Kedarkantha basecamp. After a short climb, in the shadows of oak trees, the route opens up into a field again. Look behind to absorb and enjoy the panorama of snow ranges surrounding Kedarkantha peak. As we climb up higher, usually over snow, we reach our destination, Kedarkantha base camp site. Snow- capped mountains like Ranglana, Kala Nag, Swargarohini, Bandarpoonch, stretch from your right to your left.
Don’t forget to lift your head up and gaze at the sky above you. You will find yourself beneath a blanket of stars. Seeing the snow sparkling at night, feels like a magical thing. You can rest for the day as your next day will start a bit early then the usual one.
Day 4: Trek from Kedarkantha basecamp to Kedarkantha Peak; Decent to Hargao Camp
Day four starts a little early in the morning at 2 or 3 AM as we need to reach the Kedarkantha summit before the sunrise. It takes approximately 3-4 hours to reach the peak from the Kedarkantha basecamp. It will be dark outside so keep your head touch with you, it will be very useful. The beauty of the night will keep you moving. You could see the snow sparkling through the light of the moon and that’s the most magical thing of this trek.
As you reach the peak, watching sunrise amidst the clouds, from the mountains covered with snow is the most blissful feeling. Every pain will be worth, seeing that view from the Kedarkantha peak. The silence over the peak feels like presence of God. The cold breeze on face will feel like a blessing.
After the summit we return back to Kedarkantha Basecamp. The return journey will be very fun as it contains trails, which you can slide it down and enjoy the ride.
We stop at the Kedarkantha basecamp for lunch and then resume again out trek towards Hargao basecamp. As we reach Hargao, we set our tents and spend time with our fellow trekkers in the company of campfire.
Day 5: Hargao Camp to Dehradun
This day is for the return journey towards Sankri which starts after your breakfast. It’s just a four hours journey. This trail is filled with stones and stream on your left which acts a fresh source of water directly from the Mountains. The trail divides numerous times and each division leads to a dierent part of Sankri. As we reach Sankri we leave for a 10 hour drive towards Dehradun. The drive would be one a kind with pine forests and rivers as your view as your drive down. We will stop for lunch in between to enjoy food in the midst of such beauty. We will reach Dehradun by late evening. Trekkers looking to travel on Day 6 itself can be dropped at the bus stand or the railway station, as required. Anyone wanting to spend the night in the cosy city of Doon can make their bookings accordingly. For this time, our journey ends here with lots of happy memories.
1.What is the altitude of Kedarkantha trek?
Kedarkantha altitude is 12,500 feet.
2.How many days does it take to complete the Kedarkantha trip?
It takes six days to complete Kedarkantha trek in which a distance of 20 kms is covered.
3.Which is the nearest town to start Kedarkantha trek?
Sankri is the start point for commencing Kedarkantha trek. Sankri is a small town situated up on the hills of Uttarakhand. It is a beautiful village which serves as a base camp for Kedarkantha trek. It is also a gateway to the sensational Govind Pashu National Park, one of India's many biodiversity hotspots.
4.How to reach Sankri?
Haridwar (250) and Dehradun (196 km) are the two preferred railway station which helps the trekker to reach Sankri village. To reach Sankri from railway station you can hire a local vehicle or bus.
5.Which is the best time to start the Kedarkantha Trek?
Winter is the best time to opt for the Kedarkantha trek when the snowfall starts. In winter season you find yourself surrounded by snowcapped mountains and walking on the blanket of snow. During end of December and start of January you will receive fresh snow.
6.What is the difficulty level for Kedarkantha trek?
Kedarkantha trek is an easy level trek which can be done by beginners. If you going to do trekking for the first time then don’t think much and hop on Kedarkantha trek as it is most suitable one for beginners.
7.What is the washroom facility available during Kedarkantha Trek?
Except for Sankri, during the whole trek you will be provided with tent toilets.
8.Will electricity be available during the whole trek?
Once your trek starts from Sankri you will not have any source of electricity available near you. Sankri is the last point where you can charge up your electronics for the last time.
9.How can we hire gears for trekking?
In Sankri village there are shops from where you buy your gears on rental. You can visit these shops with the help of your trek leader.