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One of the most beautiful treks I have ever done is Kedarkantha trek in Uttarakhand. I went there with a group of 4 people. My cousins and I. That was ...
What a place is Kedarkantha. I was surprised to watch the place and the serenity. It was snow everywhere and saw many people doing skiing there. I was ...
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About the Destination:
In the celestial like the state of Uttarakhand, lies the snowy delight of Kedarkantha trek which is another beautiful trek. Close to the famous Har ki dun valley, this place is lesser visited. Steeped in unsurpassed beauty, over here you find charming villages, vast stretches of meadows, snow paths and magnificent views of the great Himalayas. The people of the region are said to be friendly and follow a unique culture and practice. Uttarakhand, permeating nature’s glory offers a dramatic landscape dotted with lovely lakes, tranquil rivers, mountains and rising Himalayan peaks.
With Kedarkantha trek route, delights in a windy trail through rich forests, snow-laden trail with patches of green, meadow used by shepherds during the summer season and witness several peaks and ranges. The thrill and excitement do not end here. Learn how to ski and feel the glee as you glide through frosty slopes. Feel the thrill as you walk through some of the beautiful views of the region. Spend some time staring at the mesmerizing beauty of the mountains.
You are likely to come across snow just as you cross the 10,000 ft mark and walk through a snow bed with full of pine trees. Along the trek, you will find some of the most beautiful campsites. Not all treks can boast of the beauty of their campsites like the Kedarkantha trek. This trek is considered as the most beautiful trek in the world. The Juda-Ka-Talab campground sits in a clearing encompassed by huge pine trees; the Kedarkantha Base campground is on an open glade with snow tops all around. It is practically as though every single one of them contends with the other for the delightful setting.
This is one trek which should not be missed by the adventure seekers who loves to take some challenges. This trek is an ideal destination for the nature lovers to bask in the prettiness of intact nature and enjoy wonderful and heavenly moments with exhilarating experiences.
About the Trek
For those of you who are looking for some thrilling adventure then Kedarkantha trek is perfectly made for you. Decorated with a beguiling magnificence of falling snow and bordered with pine trees, The Kedarkantha Peak is a standout amongst the most looked for after snow trekking destinations in India. You will start this trek from Dehradun which is another beautiful destination. The drive to Kedarkantha takes you through Mussoorie, and some of the scenic beauty of the region till you reaches Sankri.
Although it is a remote route but the beautiful drive will definitely make you stare at it for long. Right from the Kedarkantha base camp, you'll see dazzling 360-degree perspectives of well-known mountain summits. This is stunning. When you get to the Kedarkantha summit, it is as though you have touched the sky and every one of the summits is at your eye level. Get mesmerized by the views as you continue walking through the magical grounds. Perched at a height of 3810 meters which is about 12,000 feet this is a perfect trekking trail which covers a consolidate distance of 20 km.
During your trek, you will come across some of the majestic sights of the snow-capped Himalayas, the verdant greenery, lush landscapes, a myriad collection of flora and frozen ponds. As you continue your trek you will also see remote towns where ladies and children are busy taking, bundles of wooden logs, wooden sticks and dry leaves to use them for cooking and set up bonfires at night. Kedarkantha trekking package gives you that perfect trekking experience that you have been long waiting for.
Kedarkantha Trek Highlights:
- Kedarkantha Trek is one of the most beautiful treks which take you to the land of some of the best views which you will cherish for a lifetime.
- This winter trek will take you through a journey of some of the unknown places with the best views of the mountains.
- During your trek you will trek across some of the most beautiful sights with snow-capped mountains, verdant valleys and frozen ponds.
- Get a chance to witness the vivid flora and fauna of the region as you continue your trek.
- Each of the campsites is known for its amazing surroundings with the beauty of pine trees.
- Soak in the amazing beauty of the region while you continue trekking through the lush meadows, dense pine forests, cascading beautiful streams, and gorgeous maple trees.
Temperature: Day: 8°C-15°C and Night: -5°C-3°C
Trekking Distance: 20km
Maximum Altitude: 12,500ft
Difficulty Level: Easy To Moderate
Railway Station: Dehradun is the nearest railway station
Airport: Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun
Base Camp: Sankri (10 hrs drive from Dehradun)
ATM: Purola has the last ATM point before your trek begins.
From Dehradun, drive to Sankri via Mussorrie. Lunch will be had along the way. The drive is a delightful one as the path takes you along the Yamuna, exquisite Tons river and pine forests. Once you reach Sankri that is steeped in natural beauty, check into the hotel. In the evening, enjoy a stroll in the charming village and warm up for the Kedarkantha trek to come ahead. Overnight can be spent in the hotel.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Rated : 5.0
One of the most beautiful treks I have ever done is Kedarkantha trek in Uttarakhand. I went there with a group of 4 people. My cousins and I. That was the best time I had. The camping we have done during the trekking trip was the major factor which made the trip extremely adventurous. The serenity and the beauty of the place were unimaginable. Most of the routes were going through forest ranges and some of them were filled with bushes and tall trees. Small villages came up in between with small huts and some kids playing in front of their houses. That was an eye catching visual. The whole trip was delayed for hours because of the rain happened at regular intervals. I was getting frustrated then. But when we reached the Kedarkantha, I was really stunned. The tall mountain peaks were arranging some amazing sights for us and we saw the Yamunotri and Gangotri ranges. Very peaceful location. The organizers arranged beautiful camp sets at the base points. The tents were of good quality and the sleeping beds were also of good quality. Since it was raining, the cold atmosphere was there all the time. But it did not kill the fun of the trip. Campfire was not there since every evening, it was drizzling. We missed the fun hidden in that. Otherwise, the trek and the walking around the place was admirable. I am not exaggerating but telling the truth. Kedarkantha is a joyous place for family trips and adventure special activities. I want to try skiing on the snow next time.
Rated : 5.0
What a place is Kedarkantha. I was surprised to watch the place and the serenity. It was snow everywhere and saw many people doing skiing there. I was not prepared to do that much adventure. Hence tried the trekking trip to the top of the snow-covered peaks. It was overwhelming. We started the trip from Delhi in a tempo traveler. I and my family, my cousins, and three friends were in the group. Everyone was really excited. From Dehradun, the tour provider was also there with us. Food was from the hotels and shops we saw on the roads and accommodation was in the hotels which the tour organizer had business with. At two places we did camping. That was the best camping experience. The snow cover was thick but the tents were of good quality so that the chilling atmosphere was away from entering the tents. Blankets, extra bed sheets, jackets and sweaters. Oh my god, we looked like Eskimo. Skking was something really amazing to watch. A lot of people were there doing skiing on the thick cover of snow. We were not prepared for the activity. Still we had the heart to do that adventure. But we kept it for some other time. Yamuna and Tons Rivers were seen in the beginning of the trip towards Sankri. Those rivers were flowing so beautifully as the pine forests on their shores were standing as the protectors. All the mountains peaks we reached were standing tall with their heads high and the views from the top were amazing. We waited for a long time to see sunrise. But due to the heavy fog in the morning, sunrise was not so good to watch. But sunrise from the riverside was really amazing. It was the best photograph among the photos I clicked. A picture perfect place is Kedarkantha and I think everyone should plan at least a short trip to this marvelous site.
Rated : 5.0
Skiiinnngggg!! Zoooommeeedd past landscapes till they were a blur! It was brilliant and trek was also not that tiring. Skiing with this trek is just an icing on the cake. It is one of the best trips i have ever had. Very pleased and proud that such a great place exists in India.
Rated : 5.0
it was so amazing to ski on those icy mountains. i am professional skier and for the first time in India i had such an amazing skiing experience. Also the trek was good. It was moderate level trek and i had an amazing experience during the tour. Above all what made my trip was the beauty of the place, it was a brilliant place to experience what mother Earth has to offer us!
Rated : 5.0
lvd it. nice trekking experience. mountains were full of snow and we even got snow fall during the trek. Actually that made the trek even more thrilling and adventurous. skiing wz a little difficlt in the beginning but after few hours of practicing you will manage to get a balance on snow. And once you've learnt you will just love it!
Rated : 5.0
Kedarkantha!! What a magical place yaar! Truly nature at its best. Beautiful landscape dotted with lovely lakes, tranquil rivers, mountains and rising Himalayan peaks. I seriously had a really great time here! I am very happy I chose to go on this trek. Had a great experience!
Rated : 5.0
Skiing is absolute fun guys!!! I guess I've fallen in love with Kedarkantha trek. Skiing was a thrilling experience - this was my first skiing time and God I loved it. Its so much fun and well not that easy but who cares...I loved it.
Rated : 5.0
Snow, snow everywhere! /never n my life I have been to such an awesome place. This was my first time in skiing and damn it was the best part of this entire expedition. Loved the entire experience. Had a great time!
Rated : 5.0
world class experience and that too in our own country! The skiing was extremely well managed and all the authorities had such good patience! They were very fit and very efficient. Good job,guys! Onlu cuz of u I could complete the trek.
Rated : 5.0
Nervousness that turned into excitement that turned into worry and back to total happiness! What a roller coaster ride! Everything was right in place and all the safety equipment too was adequate and nice. I had a great time.
What is the best time to go Kedarkantha Trek?
You can go for the trek throughout the year. However, it is recommended that you avoid going for the trek during the monsoon which is between June to September.
Will I find snow on Kedarkantha Trek?
Yes, if you are going for the trek from December to mid-April, expect a good snow fall.
I am a first timer. Should I go for this trek?
Absolutely, the trek to Kedarkantha is an easy one and for you, as a beginner, will be an amazing trekking experience
What are the clothing and equipments that need to be carried from our end?
As the temperature is cold throughout the trek with the possibilities of rain, we recommend that you carry woolen clothes, which can be full sleeves woolen sweater, thermal inner wear, windproof jacket, etc. along with a raincoat.
Which type of shoes should I bring?
Please do not carry the normal sports shoes. As you need the good traction during the trek, shoes from Woodland or Forclaz 500 is a recommended choice.
What kind of food will be provided during this trek? What about safe drinking water?
All meals, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner and safe drinking water is provided throughout the trek.
How much weight will I have to carry?
It is advisable to carry a 6L backpack, weight to be carried will depend on your requirements and capacity.
Will there be mobile connectivity on Kedarkantha Trek?
No, there will be no mobile connectivity during the trek.
How do we reach Sankri?
There are many ways to travel to Sankri from Dehradun. You can take a public bus which costs Rs. 300 and takes about 10 to 11 hours. It leaves early morning at 5 AM and 7 AM. You can also take a shared cab or a jeep which leaves at 8 AM. The ticket costs Rs. 600 for this ride and you can find them opposite the Grand Hotel near Prince Chowk, at the taxi stand. Another way is to hire a Sumo car which can be arranged for about Rs. 6000.
What is the temperature like during Kedarkantha Trek?
The temperature during the Kedarnath trek depends upon the time when you visit it. The best time to visit is from May to October and the temperature varies this way – • May: Weather stays moderately cold. The minimum temperature is 5 degrees and the maximum is 14 degrees usually at this time. The roads are clear during this month and pilgrims as well as trekkers visit. • June-July: The temperature varies between 18 (max) to 10 (min) degrees Celsius. June is partly clouded while July has mild showers. Jul y is the warmest month but is also dangerous because of monsoon and landslides. • September-October: This is yet another favorable time period. The temperature stays between 15 degrees Celsius (max) and 8 degrees Celsius (min) at this time. But sometimes in October, the roads are closed due to snowfall. Rainfall is uncommon during September and the natural flora and fauna flourish during this time.
How much distance will we cover each day?
There are new trek routes to Kedarnath. First of all, you will have to come from Dehradun to Sankri which takes about 7 to 8 hours and is 2000m. On the second day you will go from Sankri to Judaa Ka Talaab (2700m) and from there to Shepherd Camp – another 200m. The third day you go from 2900 m to 3400 m (Kedarnath Base camp). On the fourth day, you trek from the Base camp to Kedarnath – another 400m. On day five you come back from the base camp to Sankri – 2000. So, on the entirety, you are climbing down the most on the fifth day. Right from 3800m to 2000m. On the other days, you are only traveling 300m on an average.
What medicines should I carry?
If you require medicines then you should carry medicines. This means that if you are on prescribed medicines then only you need to carry additional medicines. In the travel package, you will have first aid kid. But you should carry one, just for safety. You should consider taking sunscreen, topical antibiotic creams, bandages and blister kits. Carry an Ibuprofen or Advil for acting as anti-inflammatory agents. Afrin is important to carry because those who are prone to bronchitis might have a clogged nose in the higher altitudes.
What sort of fitness is expected from trekkers?
Trekkers should, in general, be physically fit. This means that patients of lung problems and asthma are not allowed to trek. Also, if you have a bleeding ulcer, then trekking is prohibited by doctors. But many people overlook the dental checkup before going to trek. An abscessed tooth can put an end to the journey. In general, do not over train just before the trekking expedition. Take your training to the peak only 2 to 3 weeks before. After that, just maintain the fitness level. If you try to strain yourself at the last minute you will encounter fatigue. It is dangerous because it can lead to injury.
What type of vehicles will be used for transportation?
You might have to ride on mules when you reach at the higher altitude – close to your destination. From Dehradun, you can ask for a pickup ride at an extra cost and usually, a personal cab is provided to you for this ride. While coming down you are coming down on a ski ride. So there is not much of a vehicular use but you will have to go with the mountaineering habits. Later you can again take a cab or a jeep ride back home from Sankri.
What all things can we see along our way?
First of all, you will come across the Yamuna River while on your way to Sankri. At Juda Ka Talaab you will come across a small lake. This lake turns ice cold during the winters. You have to pass through a forest to reach till here. While traveling from Shepherd Camp to Kedarnath base you will come across vast snowy mountains – with green patches on them. You will find snow covered pine trees which will follow you all the way to Kinnar Kailash in the Gangotri range. Of course, the Kedarnath itself is a sight for sore eyes.
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