One of the most popular winter treks in Uttarakhand, Kedarkantha Trek is a trekker's delight
Region : Uttarkashi uttarakhand
Duration : 6 Days
Level : Moderate
Trekking distance : 24 Kms
Max Altitude : 3800 Meters
Pickup Point :Dehradun
Drop Point :Dehradun
Best Season :Round of the Year
KedarKantha Peak is located in Govind National Park of Western Garhwal, surrounded by a number of panoramic river valleys, snow-laden mountains, remotely located small villages with a rich flora-fauna. It is one of the easiest treks in Himalayas to experience the snow covers. Winters snow here sets in the middle of December and lasts till the middle of April. Snow will come across after crossing the height of 10,000 feet and the campsites of this trek boosts magnificent beauty.
The drive from the base camp of this trek (Sankri Village) to Kedar Kantha is one of the most panoramic and picturesque drives in Himalayas which takes you through Mussoorie, Naugaon, Purola, Mori and Naitwar. The snow covered path and the patch of meadows will give you a perfect glance of the Himalayan Crown. Silent and soothing streams with peaceful lakes will treat your hard trekking tiredness, giving you a feeling of being in mother's lap. If you know skiing, that's even better. It will help you to get the glance of the heavenly landscape from a good height. Rich forests lamented with snow will give you a pleasant experience and sooth your eyes. Humbleness of the regional people will impress you completely.
One who has an experience of trekking can do it, and it isn’t even hard for the first timers, but enough fitness is required, though anybody with a decent Fitness can trek to Kedarkantha and this could be the most magnificent and incredible winter trek for the trekkers.
Is it suitable for children’s?
Yes, the trek is favorable for children’s up to 5 years of age, but there is unwavering additional logistical support that we recommend for children’s.
Is it a good option for the first time trekkers /or families?
Yes, this Himalayan trek, we recommend for those who have a less or no prior experience in trekking, this trek does not have tricky patches, and a well-planned itinerary will not making it tiring and uncomfortable for you to trek.
One can attain a maximum altitude of 12,500ft. Subject to his endurance and other conditions such as a climate, temperature. The trek brings us to the winter wonderland that serves as an excellent destination for skiing during winters. The fourth day of the trek is destined to conquer the Kedarnath Peak.
The trekkers need to hike an elevation from 11,250ft. to 12,500ft. The schedule of the day includes hiking to Kedarkantha peak and then again descending back till Hargaon camp which is at 8900ft. always take care about the fitness as it is so much required because one has to ascend.
Season, Kedarkantha is best known for winters only, A trek to this worthy destination can be planned from December to March when in winters this resplendent destination is always wrapped into the blanket of snow, and it is the most recommended treks for first-timers. Although the trek to Kedarkantha is open for trekkers all year round, the best season for Kedarkantha trek is during winters - from December to March. At Kedarkantha, the snow starts to set in by the middle of December and stays until March last week. Snow covers the whole destination so with each step on can feel that they are strolling in the paradise.
The average temperature in the day time will be 8°C to 15°C, and in the night time, it will fall to -5°C to 3°C.
One must bring enough pair of clothes and better quality trekking shoes so that a trekker can be covered thoroughly and does not face any difficulty during the stay at this temperature; there is a vast difference in the city and mountain temperature so it might be possible that one can encounter a little difficulty during acclimatization.
It is essential to bring all warm enough, and that may not even affect the backpack too much.
Kedarkantha trek is a perfect picturesque trek in the lap of the Himalayas of Garhwal. The overall return trek is around 24 Km from Sankri, which is covered in a span of over 4 days. The trek takes you up to the summit of the Kedarkantha peak at 3800 m. The view from the top offers spectacular panorama the region and other lesser known peaks, valleys and villages of the area. The Dhauladhar range of Himachal, Rupin valley, Har Ki Dun valley and views that goes down to the dense settlement of Purola, are all visible. The snow cover on the surrounding peaks makes all the mountains and sharp points appear like a dominating high peaks.
On the top, you feel like an eagle with a bird's eye view of the surrounding, amid summer and autumn, the trek is delightful with rich green knolls; woodland cover with a delicate waving water of the Juda ka Taalab, KedarKantha is a standout amongst the best winter snow trek existing in the whole Himalayas. The whole trek is secured by a thick layer of crisp white snow. The perspective of woodland shrouded in snow is extremely fantastic and a sight which just pop your heart and keeps you energized all through. The mountain additionally offers you the fundamental experience of a Summit Trek.
Altitude: 6,400 Ft.
Time taken: 220 Km drive - approx 10 hrs
Water sources: Bring you own water Bottles
Post your arrival at Dehradun; you will be head to the Sankri which at the distance of 220 km via Mussorie. This high drive from Dehradun to Sankri that takes you along the Yamuna exquisite offers the feeling of joy where After 8 hrs of the journey to Sankri, you’ll find yourself in the Uttarkashi District which will be trailed by a spell-bounding beauty of valleys and forest cover. Full of heritage beauty with under the unite trail. Uttarkashi states for ‘Kashi’ in the south which is one of the holy places in India. It has its rich mythology behind the site. GMVN is very active in this valley for tourism, which is a good sign for trekkers to get availabilities.
Prior reaching to Sankri about 22 km before trekkers get the most fantastic feeling of serene Himalayas and greenery as the path passes through Govind national park which is famous for its avid collection of Flora, finds only in this region and nowhere in the country.
Altitude: 6,400 Ft. to 9,100 Ft.
Time taken: Approx 5 hrs
Trek Gradient: Easy to Moderate
Water sources: You may get but must carry your own water bottles
Your trek will begin today where you’ll head towards the Juda Ka Taal having an altitude of 9100 Ft. covering approx. 5 km till afternoon that may take 5 hrs depends on the trekker's capability, witnessing numerous adventures on the trail. Ice and slush would bother you a bit while walking, but you’ll perform well with our expert guide. The trek will begin with a beautiful pine &, maple forest which will ascend alongside the wildlife and meadows. Gradually trailing upwards, you’ll spot some hut alongside the fields. Its soft surface of grassland where localities do swimming on summers, wizardry you’ll get Luke warm water all around the lake and rest will be the colder. And in winters you can see a sheet of ice instead of water. Through one big natural tunnel provide the same water to villagers. You can stroll because high-altitude sickness may affect you on a snow track. In the absence of electronic music, birds tweet can take the place of it once the trekker crosses the village the path turns into full curves and Climbs.
Initially, the climb would be through Bridges, and the most exciting thing one can witness is the Himalayan Languor, though they are shy animals so you may only get the Glimpse of them, apart from it boars, martens and hares are also visible in the region. Juda ka Tal is a mesmerizing destination one find themselves in Between the Giant lake and the thick pine and oak forest, and this will be the destination for today to set a camp and enjoy the beauty in the lap of Mother Nature.
Altitude: 9,100 Ft. to 11,250 Ft.
Time taken: Approx 2.5 hrs
Trek Gradient: Easy to Moderate
Water sources: Carry your own water bottles
Juda Ka Taal is a magnificent lake surrounded by the pine trees which gets a freeze during winters and became a spot for adventures and fun activities for the trekkers like gliding or walking on ice. The trail will be getting steeper as you move forward where your trek guide can teach you some skills for snow slopes and also do listen to him; he might assist you regarding how big you footsteps should g. The destination of this day is Kedarkantha base camp lies at an altitude of 11,250 Ft. which is approx 4 km from Juda ka Taal and may take 2.5 hrs to reach though depends on the trekkers walking speed.
The journey again starts from the dense forest of pine and oak trees, and also the trail passes through the steep ridges, and a much more dense area, while walking on the way trekkers can witness many shepherds’ huts and can get the instinct of how the Mountaineers survive in all the hard time.
The view is so mesmerizing, and the culture that Shepherds follow the hard work they do and the politeness of the natives can never upset the trekkers.
Walking towards the path and at an altitude of 10,400 Ft. one can witness the snow traces and imagine the whole scenarios of the destination.
The breathtaking view is still waiting to shock the trekkers to the core as just before reaching the base camp trekkers can witness the appealing view of arc-shaped ranges covered with snow such as Bandarpoonch, Swargarohini, Kala Nag and Ranglana standing with pride in a lap of Mother Nature.
Altitude: 11,250 Ft. to 12,500 Ft.
Time taken: Approx 7 hrs
The day will be a long one as you would be heading towards Kedarkantha Peak today's elevation is from 11,250 Ft. to 12,500 Ft. and may take around 6km trekking that might be cover in 7 hrs and the trail will be steeper, and the pavements will be knee deep into the snow. Albeit it will be fun being there, but on the same side there would be a lot to discover and being watchful on your steps. Glimpse will be there in between sunlight and a maple tree, after reaching Kedarkantha summit. During the trek, you’ll see the magical colors of nature. You'll be joyful with the majestic view of many ranges like Rupin and a lot more. The reason for calling it Kedarkantha, hearsay from villagers is; 1st they try to build Kedarnath temple in that peak, but they heard some animal's sound which is an omen for a spiritual event.
So till then they construct lord Shiva’s statue till neck and in Hindi Neck is known as ‘Kanth’ and Lord Shiva is having lots of names, so Kedar is one of them. That’s why it’s “KEDARKANTHA.” In Kedarkantha peak you can treat your eyes with such following valleys are- SWARGAROHINI, GANGOTRI, KALANAAG, YAMUNOTRI & BANDAROOCH. Once you are on the summit the captivating view will balance your emotion and gradually turns it into the spirituality as at the top there is a small temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and goddess Parvati and a small shrine of Lord Ganesh too and the panoramic view if the Uttarakhand is beyond once imagination.
Time taken: Approx 3 hrs
Water sources: Fill your water bottles
The day has come where you’ll have to leave the majestic view of the Himalayas and snowcapped mountain ranges. We’ll be heading back to the Sankri today, and the trek will be relatively simple since the distance is short. Sankri is the stoppage village for more than ten treks; Known as Bali pass, Borasu pass, etc. The morning will welcome you with a spectacular sunrise between the pine trees which will proceed with the breakfast.
The camping Alpine tent that we provide is made using high quality cotton canvas and it is water proof. It is mostly used in hilly areas as the snow will not settle on the tent and make it damp. It is easy to lay out and one need not use a manual to set it up. It is in the shape of a house and can accommodate a lot of people inside. It is warm and cozy inside as it is weather proof including the harsh winds blowing in the hills and mountains.
People who go for trekking in the Himalayas use these tents as they protect them in the rough terrain. We offer it in different sizes and people of all height can fit in. It is offered at a competitive price.
Standard Rooms, Extra Bedding provided as per the Room Number of Person. All Rooms Has attached washroom with Western Style.Its A Budget Category Room and Meals Served in the Room of all guest
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Great Experience in Uttrakhand Trip. Thank you, Dinesh, for the 4 days you showed us around a part of the Himalayas. We enjoyed the time and everything we saw and heard about it. It was awsome days.
Thank you also for your support, regard and flexibility
An incredible trip that was both challenging and amazing all at once.
My sister and I trekked with Dinesh on a very short three day trip that he created especially for us. We LOVED every minute of it!!
This kind of excursion is not for someone looking for comfort or relaxation.It's hard work but worth every step.
- If you get car sick bring medication. The drive to the bottom of the mountain is long and incredibly windy and treacherous.
- We travelled the end of September. It was very cold. Make sure you pack enough warm clothes.
- There is no hot water so make sure you have enough dry warm clothes with you.
- The food is delicious home cooked Indian food. Everything is spicy. If you are a fussy eater bring protein bars and other snacks with you.
A trip we will NEVER forget!
Best experience ever with Dinesh, our guide and Amit our driver. My sister and I met them near Rishikesh - they picked us up at our accommodation (Glass House on Ganges) and we set out for the drive to Chopra. It is about 6-8 hour drive depending on the weather, road works and whether or not you get a flat tyre! The mountain scenery is beautiful (the roads and traffic is quite scary when you are used to well maintained highways etc) - what an experience! Cows, monkeys, old men, women carrying grass for their cows, goats, donkeys, motorbikes, trucks, massive "tourist" buses and people walking and cycling all jostle for space on the run down roads. We stayed in a "Lodge" the Meadows (on a meadow) and had dinner made for us by the local people who were lovely. We only had a couple of days to spare and Dinesh was kind enough to tailor the trek etc to our timing. Got up at 4.30am the next morning to trek to Tunganath and then on to Chandrashila. The trail is paved and easy to negotiate, it just goes up up up. Walking poles are essential. We had perfect weather and could not have asked for a better experience. Stopped for sweet chai in the home of a local man (literally sat on his bed drinking tea) and came back down - the pictures tell the story. We stayed another night in the lodge (very cold overnight - below 0 degrees) and back on the road to Rishikesh. Dinesh spent half a day with us in Rishikesh, showing us around and helping us not get ripped off while shopping. He then took us to the Beatles Ashram which was simply incredible - they wrote 40 songs in 7 weeks here (most of the White Album) - run down and crumbling ruins, the murals are in tact still. Just mind blowing. We then met our driver again and he took us on the most scary road trip of my life back to Delhi! Better than catching a train at midnight but please do not expect a highway - the road is terrible at best :) All in all some of the best days I have ever experienced travelling and I would HIGHLY recommend Dinesh and Tour Uttarakhand..