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Ayontika Nath


Awesome experience throughout this trekking journey. It was a dehradun to dehradun itinerary. The trek leader, your guide and the entire team was full ...


smita sahni


I just completed my kedarkantha trekk a few days bck. Overall it was one of the most memorable treks I have been on. The views from the base camp and t...

Kedarkantha Winter Trek Overview

Popular known as the winter trek, Kedankantha trek is one a must do the trek for you during the winters. Beautifully covered by the falling snow and surrounded by the pine trees this trek is a standout among the other treks in the world. The trek is from easy to moderate where you will pass through many steep paths and boulders.  You will start your trek from Dehradun, your drive from here will be the most enchanting one with some of the best views of the nearby places. You will pass through Mussoorie, as you slowly take the road you will the scenic beauty of the region till you reach 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. As you will slowly reach the Kedarkantha summit, you will feel as if you have touched the sky and you will have the whole view right in front of your eyes. 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. 

On your trek, you will come across the snow-capped Himalayas, the verdant greenery, lush landscapes, a myriad collection of flora and frozen ponds. Watch the high mountain passes and then also the local people residing in this region. Kedarkantha snow trek gives you that perfect trekking experience that you have been long waiting for.

About the Destination:

Fringed with pine trees and adorned with the beauty of snow, the Kedarkantha Winter trek is one of the most sought-after snow-trekking destinations in the country. Situated at a height of 3,800m above the sea level, the trek to this mountain pass in Uttarakhand offers various levels of challenges to the trekkers. Offering an enthralling trekking experience, Kedarkantha winter trek usually originates from Sankri; which can be easily reached from Dehradun and takes the trekkers through the immaculate beauty of the vicinity. 

From snow-capped Himalayan peaks to a frozen pond, meadows covered with snow to some of the other mesmerizing peaks, this trek offers all the marvels, a trekker can wish for. Not just for the trekkers, Kedarkantha winter trek is also an ideal trek for the nature lovers, shutterbugs and other classes of travellers as well. Within the 6 exciting days of this expedition, the trekkers are rewarded with magical views, exhilarating experiences and delightful moments. 

Get ready to make spend some time close to nature while you head out for this one of a kind trek. As the name goes this winter trek will take you across the snow-covered trails with hundreds of pine trees, dense forest and stunning mountains.  Another best part of this trek is that you will come across some of the beautiful campsite surrounded by pine trees. Spend some time admiring the beauty of nature with the frozen lakes and the valleys. 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. As for the photography lovers, you can shot some of your best shots while on this trek.

Kedarkantha Winter 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.

- Get a chance to witness the vivid flora and fauna of the region as you continue your trek.

- 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.

- 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.

Quick Facts:

Temperature: Day: 8°C to 15°C and Night: -5°C to 3°C

Trekking distance:  20 km

Maximum Altitude: 12,500 ft

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

Kedarkantha Winter Trek Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Drive from Dehradun to Sankri (2,000m)

    Upon your arrival in Dehradun, drive along the scenic vicinity of Mussorrie and the stunning Yamuna River to reach Sankari; within the route, have lunch. All through this long jounrey, the pictorial pine forests, snow-clad peaks and the scenic views will keep you engrossed with fun and excitement. Post arrival in Sankari, check-in into the hotel and relax for the day. As the temperature during the trek might get to the minimum level, it is also important to get acclimatised with the atmosphere; overnight stay in the hotel.

  • Day 2 - Trek from Sankri to Juda-Ka-Talab (2,700m) & Juda-ka-Talab to Shepherd Camp (2,900m)

    Today will be first day of the Winter trek to Kedarkantha! After having a delicious breakfast in the hotel, begin with a slow and gradual hike to the Saur Village, from where, the trek will continue trailing upwards. Climbing uphill from Saur hamlet, reach the Juda-ka-Talab, a small yet quintessential pond that freezes completely during the winters.

    From the banks of the lake, you can also enjoy the panoramic views of the snow clad peak of the mighty Himalayan range and continue hiking through the scenic locales and arrive at the campsite called Shepherd Camp. The camp is called such as when the meadows flourishes during the summers, the local shepherds use them as a grazing ground for their sheep; overnight stay in tents.

  • Day 3 - Trek from Shepherd Camp to Kedarkantha Basecamp (3,400m)

    Today's trek will take you through a magnificent trail that leads to Kedarkantha!

    After having breakfast in the Shepherd Camp, begin with the day's trek through lush snow fields with sparse green patches between them. The charm and allurement of this trail is truly a delight for the shutterbugs! Traversing through the snow covered vicinity; you will reach a campsite at the base of Kedarkantha that is fringed with snow-clad trees and offers stunning views of Swargarohini, Bandarpoonch and Kalanag peaks. Check-in into the campsite and retire for the day; overnight stay will be in tents.

  • Day 4 - Trek (to and) form Base Camp to Kedarkantha (3,800m)

    Waking u today morning, prepare yourself for an exhausting trek to Kedarkantha summit. Though today's trek won't be a long one, it requires time, energy and the spirit to ascend forward!

    Starting early morning from the basecamp, trek over the hard blanket of snow and after 4-5 hours, you will reach the Kedarkantha Peak.

    Enjoy awe-inspiring views from the peak; witness panoramic views of the Yumnotri, Gangotri, Kinner Kailash and other Himalayan Ranges. Spend pleasant and overwhelming moments at the summit before embarking on the back trek to the basecamp; overnight stay in tents.

  • Day 5 - Trek from Kedarkantha Basecamp to Sankri (2,000m)

    Today will be last day of this astounding snow trekking to Kedarkantha! After having breakfast in the campsite, start with the down trek to Sankri. Though the trek will be comparatively easier, one need to be careful as the descending slopes also offers slippery trails at times. On arrival in Sankri, check-in into a cosy hotel and enjoy the day with scenic views all around; overnight stay at the hotel.

  • Day 6 - Drive from Sankri to Dehradun (6-7 Hours)

    Post today's breakfast in the hotel, you will be driven back to Dehradun. With your arrival in Dehradun, this stunning snow trek to Kedarkantha expedition will come to an end.


  • Standard Hotel in Sankri on single/double occupancy
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  • Tents on sharing basis across other destinations


  • Veg. Nutritious Meals


  • Trekking
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  • Camping

Other Inclusions

  • Camping equipment and charges
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  • Expert and trained trek guides and instructors
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  • All guide and trainer charges
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  • Porter and mule charges only to carry camping equipment and rations
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  • Entry charges or any other permits required during the trek
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  • First Aid / Medical Kit


  • Transportation from Dehradun (start) to Dehradun (end) can be availed at an extra cost (choose 'Including Transport' while booking the package). Toyota Innova, Mahindra Xylo, Mahindra Scorpio, Tempo Traveller or similar kind of vehicle.

Things To Carry

  • Warm clothes: fleece jackets, tee-shirts, pullovers and thermals
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  • Raincoats and windcheaters
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  • Water bottles and towels
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  • Backpack with plastic or waterproof linings
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  • Trekking shoes, slippers, extra pair of socks and gaiters
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  • Waterproof gloves, scarf/muffler and walking stick
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  • Sunscreen lotions, ointments, lip balms and UV-protected sunglasses
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  • Torch/flashlights with extra pair of energy cells
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  • Toiletries, personal medications (if any) and energy bars


  • Do not consume alcohols or any other intoxicating products during the trek.
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  • Always pay heed to the trek guides or instructors.
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  • Try not to leave the group under any circumstances.
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  • Avoid trekking during the nights as it is extremely dangerous.
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  • Avoid using earphones as that might hinder your hearing.
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  • Do not participate or encourage littering of the places in any form.
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  • While visiting the local villages and religious sites, obey the local guidelines and instructions.
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  • Do not harm or interrupt the local and religious sentiments of the places.
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  • Charges for a porter/mule to carry personal bag throughout the trek (not more than 10 kgs):Rs. 1250

Kedarkantha Winter Trek: Cancellation Policy

  • If cancellations are made 30 days before the start date of the trip, 25% of total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees.
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  • 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.
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  • 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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  • In case of unforeseen weather conditions or government restrictions, certain trips or activities may get cancelled. In such cases operator will try their best to provide an alternate feasible. However a cash refund will not be applicable for the same.
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  • Cancellations are strictly subjected to cancellation policies mentioned on the website & are irrespective of the date of booking.

Kedarkantha Winter Trek: Refund Policy

  • The applicable refund amount will be processed within 10 business days
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  • All applicable refunds will be done in traveller's thrillophilia wallet as Thrillcash

Kedarkantha Winter Trek: Booking Confirmation Policy

  • The customer receives a confirmation voucher via email within 24 hours of successful booking
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  • In case the preferred slots are unavailable, an alternate schedule of the customer’s preference will be arranged and a new confirmation voucher will be sent via email.
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  • Alternatively, the customer may choose to cancel their booking before confirmation and a full refund will be processed.
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    Story by Ayontika Nath

     Rated : 5.0

    Awesome experience throughout this trekking journey. It was a dehradun to dehradun itinerary. The trek leader, your guide and the entire team was full of energy. Day 1 and Day 2 was full of views and then you experience the summit. The view from top can't be explained!

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    Story by smita sahni

     Rated : 5.0

    I just completed my kedarkantha trekk a few days bck. Overall it was one of the most memorable treks I have been on. The views from the base camp and the summit were simply amazing. Our trekk leaders mr. Pramod rana and ms. Neelam were very helpful and took great care of us. The only issue I had was that there weren't sufficient number of tents for toilets according to the number of people in the group. Rest everything was good.

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    Story by Rohan Dhawan

     Rated : 4.0

    Kedar Kantha Trek is just about awesome. Here the snow is there till April. Thus we can take this tour even in Feb or March. I took this in Feb and it was awesome. Snow treks are fun, but they always seem costly. I got this through a deal and it was very affordable. The trek was out and out fun. The level of difficulty is moderate. As we keep going uphill, we feel very weird due to the changes in climate. yes the climate is really bad, it was really cold through out but worth doing it. if you like snow and cold a must do trek The river valley we encountered during this trek was brilliant.

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    Story by Anal Embranthiri

     Rated : 5.0


    We made a group booking for the Kedarkantha Snow Trek through Thrillophilia, and received the best discount offers. The after-sale policy here was also impeccable. The trek itself was a wonderful experience. We availed for the package that included pick up and drop off from Dehradun. The service was extremely timely and trouble free. The entire experience with Thrillophilia was absolutely hassle-free, and it is something I would recommend to all my friends.

    Story by Gita Agarwal

     Rated : 5.0

    The trek was was very good. i went as a solo traveller, a bit scared being a girl and also it was first time i was travelling alone. the people were amazing, the trek consisted of 12 members plus guides and helpers. it was the best time i had in my life. will cheerish this time and the people i meet. i have bonded so well that i feel i knoe them since ages. but amazing time and a beautifu place sorry no word to describe the place .

    Story by Acharyanandana Sethi

     Rated : 4.0


    My friends and I made a booking for the Kedarkantha Winter trek through Thrillophilia. We had been searching for a budget-friendly deal for a long time now, and finally chanced upon the perfect offer on this site. Unlike most online booking sites, booking the tickets through Thrillophilia proved to be completely smooth and hassle-free. The trip experience too, was fantastic. The staff was extremely friendly and supportable and the group leader offered the best possible leadership.

    Story by Bhima Mishra

     Rated : 5.0

    Thank you so much for everything the tour operators provided i had a mind blasting experience will be back next year. :)

    Story by Aslesha Talwar

     Rated : 5.0

    Trekking over 34 kms is not an easy task, even for professionals such as us. We had an absolutely amazing time during this trek and got to see the beautiful 3,850 ft mountain peak that really looked breathtaking. We engaged in river crossing as well during the trek, Wow! And trust me when I say you should carry enough winter protection, it can sometimes get really cold.

    Story by Devangana Somayaji

     Rated : 4.0

    While trekking kedarkantha in january, it was very cold but the cold was worth for the amazing landscape covered in white. trek was difficult but an amazing exoereince. Get the right clothing and equipments you are just in the right place. i had an incredible time in amazing himalayas.

    Story by Ekdant Agarwal

     Rated : 4.0

    After a year of working and not taking a break, i needed one. Being an avid Trekker i really wanted to do one winter trek, Trust me winter treks are not easy, they are difficult because you literally have to walk in snow and frezzing cold. but it was so worth it and i realized what i wanted to do in my life. i explored myself and also an amazing part of india. a life changing experience. i would just wanted to thanks the trek guides specially bhju bhai and my fellow trekkers. cheers!!


    People Also Ask About Kedarkantha Winter Trek

    1. When is the best time for Kedarkantha Winter Trek?

      Kedarkantha Winter trek is a great trek to do in winters during the month of October to December & in May also. During this time you can see the clear view of the region and snow filled campsites. Each campsite turns into a fairyland in the snow. During the springtime too this trek can be done as the forests come alive in this season, and the snow stays in parts all the way until April.

    2. What level of fitness is expected from me?

      This trek is begins easy but gets moderately difficult with every passing day. It makes a lot of sense to spend some time before coming on a trekking holiday getting some additional exercise. The fitter you are, after all, the more enjoyable you will find the experience. For this trip you need to be aerobically fit and also comfortable with walking up to 7 hours on some days.

    3. What all things I should carry for the trek?

      The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. Hiking boots Trainers or sandals for river crossings and camp use Walking socks (3 pairs) Spare laces Trekking trousers Waterproof overtrousers Underwear Thermal baselayer - leggings Baselayer shirts (short sleeve and 1 long sleeve) Shirts or T-shirts Fleece jacket or warm jumper Waterproof jacket Sunhat Warm hat Sunglasses Gloves or mittens Daypack 30 litres Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.) Headtorch and spare batteries Water bottles 1 litre (x2) Sleeping bag (comfort rated -10ºC) (minus 15ºC for late November and December trips)* Washbag and toiletries Antibacterial handwash Small towel Basic First Aid Kit including: antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), altitude (Diamox), painkillers, plasters and blister treatment, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite). Small padlock (to lock your KE

    4. What kind of shoes I should have for the Kedarkantha Winter Trek?

      You should carry high-ankle trekking shoes. Different shoes are suitable for different kinds of treks, depending on the weather, trail condition as well as duration of the trek. For this particular trek, shoes with thick souls are recommended.

    5. What will be the facility of food and water during the Kedarkantha Winter Trek?

      There are proper meals with subsequent nutritional values planned for the people coming in for the trek. All meals will be provided. This would include nutritional vegetarian meals, with the addition of tea and coffee during breaks.

    6. What all medicines I should carry at Kedarkantha Winter Trek? Can I take diamox?

      Carrying medicines is important while trekking anywhere in the world. Your first-aid should have anti-diarrhea medicine such as loperamide but make sure that you don't take it unless getting to a toilet isn't an option. During the trekking you may not have access to pharmacies. So it’s better to have medications ready. Yes, you can carry diamox and can be taken too if having sickness/nausea.

    7. Will there be mobile connectivity on Kedarkantha Winter Trek?

      Indian mobile networks do not work for most part of this trek. Vodafone and BSNL are the only mobile networks that work in patches along the way (but are inconsistent).

    8. What type of winter trek is this? Do we need to walk in a lot of snow?

      When it comes to trekking in India in winter, the Kedarkantha trek would be your best bet. From December to April, Kedarkantha makes for a terrific trek in virgin snow, with pretty campsites and astonishingly wide clearings in the forests.

      You are likely to come across snow just as you cross the 10,000 ft mark, lying on the forest floor among the pine trees. When you reach the meadows, a huge blanket of white is likely to surround you in every direction.

    9. What will be the Kedarkantha snow trek temparature?

      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.

    10. Is Kedarkantha Winter Trek a good trek for first timer?

      This trek is begins easy but gets moderately difficult with every passing day. It makes a lot of sense to spend some time before coming on a trekking holiday getting some additional exercise. The fitter you are, after all, the more enjoyable you will find the experience. For this trip you need to be aerobically fit and also comfortable with walking up to 7 hours on some days.

    11. What type of vehicles will be used for transportation at Kedarkantha Winter Trek?

      Transportation from Dehradun (start) to Dehradun (end) can be availed at an extra cost (choose 'Including Transport' while booking the package). Toyota Innova, Mahindra Xylo, Mahindra Scorpio, Tempo Traveller or similar kind of vehicle.

    12. What all places we will cover during Kedarkantha Winter Trek?

      Kedarkantha winter trek usually originate from Sankri; which can be easily reached from Dehradun and takes the trekkers through the immaculate beauty of the vicinity. From snow-capped Himalayan peaks to a frozen pond, meadows covered with snow to some of the other mesmerising peaks, this trek offers all the marvels, a trekker can wish for!

    13. What is the difficulty level Kedarkantha winter trek?

      The difficulty level of the Kedarkatha Trek is from easy to moderate. Kedarkantha is suitable for beginners and experienced trekkers alike. Anyone who is physically fit can do this trek easily. You will need an optimum level of fitness for this trek. Each day you will be trekking for 5 to 6 hours during the trek.

    14. How much do we have to trek each day at Kedarkantha Winter Trek?

      We will cover anywhere between 8-15kms a day barring the days left out for sightseeing, travelling and other tourist activities.

    15. Is Kedarkantha Winter Trek a safe trek for girls?

      For girls, trekking is extremely safe. Vendors have highest regards for women safety and will ensure that they're safe during the entire trek. If there is only one girl in the trip, then she will be provided with single tent to sleep alone. If there are more girls, then they can sleep under one tent. Always make sure that you are never left on your own. Understand your pace and be with the group.

    16. Where is the maximum elevation of Kedarkantha snow trek?

      Highest altitude will be 12,500 ft.

    17. Where does Kedarkantha Winter Trek start?

      The Kedarkantha Winter trek tour starts from Dehradun. However, the trek itself starts from Sankri. From Sankri, the trekking trail makes its way to the Kedarkantha Base Camp through Juda Ka Talab, and then makes its way back to Dehradun again.

    18. How can I reach to Kedarkantha trek?

      The trekking journey commences from Sankri. One can reach Sankri from Dehradun via a drive through Mussoorie. It takes around ten hours to travel from Dehradun to Sankri by car.

    19. How long does it take to trek Kedarkantha in winters?

      It takes around 7 days to complete the Kedarkantha trek in winters, between the months of December and April.

    20. What is the height of Kedarkantha Winter Trek?

      The Kedarkantha peak sits at a height of 3810 meters, that is 12,500 feet above the sea level. The trek itself sprawls across 20 kilometers, making its way to scenic alpine forests.

    21. Is Kedarkantha Winter Trek dangerous?

      The difficulty level of the Kedarkantha Winter trek is deemed to be moderate. Owing to its staggering height, the uphill ascent may prove to be beset with challenges for first time trekkers. The first 10,000 feet is pretty easy to scale, and the difficulty of the trek increases gradually.

      The trek may prove to be somewhat strenuous when you get closer to the Kedarkantha peak, as this area is especially steep and difficult to scale compared to the previous distance.

    22. Is it safe to do Kedarkantha snow Trek in December?

      Yes, it is absolutely safe to do the Kedarkantha Snow Trek in December. In fact, it is recommended to do the trek during this time. During this time, the mountains are clad with snow, and the beauty of the scene is unparalleled.

      However, the temperature during these months generally tends to drop below freezing level, and one must take precautions by donning adequate clothing for the trip.

    23. Can I do Kedarkantha Winter Trek solo?

      No, the Kedarkantha Winter trek cannot be done solo, neither is it recommended. The trek is generally done in a big group, and led by an experienced trek guide.

    24. How much does Kedarkantha Winter Trek cost?

      There are a number of different packages deals available online for the Kedarkantha trek in Winters. The best deal, however, can be availed right here, when booked through Thrillophilia. The trek tour offered by Thrillophilia, spanning across 6 days and 5 nights, costs only Rs. 8,200/- per adult person, with special discounts on group bookings. The price is inclusive of meals, stays, transport as well as other amenities.

    25. Can we take kids to Kedarkantha winter trek?

      Yes, it is possible to take kids to the Kedarkantha Snow trek. Owing to its moderate difficulty level, the trek would not be terribly tough for children. In fact, it is an ideal tour for kids who want to enjoy the sight of the snow for the first time.

      However, it is recommended not to bring along children who have to be carried by a parent to the trek. This would make the climb more strenuous and difficult for the concerned parent.

    26. Is Kedarkantha Winter Trek worth visiting?

      Yes, Kedarkantha Winter Trek is an absolute must-visit for both trekking enthusiasts as well as beginner trekkers who are looking for a perfect first experience. The Winter Trek trail takes its trekkers through one of the most scenic trekking trails, across Alpine forests and snow-clad mountains. The trek itself is easy to moderate, and can be attempted by everyone.

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