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:
The best time to visit the Kedarkantha trek is in the months of December to April. The entire region is covered with sparkling white snow and the base of alpine trees is half-submerged with it. If the snowy mountains attract you then this the best time for you to witness the true beauty of nature. The months of June to September are the monsoon months and one must avoid trekking at this time. The trekking route remains open in the summertime but the beauty in the winter months is truly paradisiacal that makes it the best time to visit Kedarkantha.
Quick Facts About Kedarkantha Trek:
Temperature: Day: 8°C to 15°C and Night: -5°C to 3°C
Kedarkantha Trek Distance: 20 km
Maximum Altitude: 12,500 ft
Kedarkantha Trek 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.
- Transport from Dehradun – Sankri & Return
- Accommodation during the Kedarkantha trek (camping)
- All meals – vegetarian
- Campfire at Camps (If Available)
- Trekking permits and forest camping charges
- Trekking equipment (Hiking Pole, Crampons,
- Gaiters, tents, sleeping bags, ice axes, ropes, etc.)
- Services of an expert trek leader for Kedarkantha trek (qualified in basic/advanced mountaineering courses)
- Services of an expert trek team (guides, cooks, helpers, porters/mules)
- Safety equipment (first aid, medical kit, oxygen cylinders, stretcher, etc.)
- Achievement Certificate of Kedarkantha trek
- Memories of Life Time of Kedarkantha trek
- GST 5% (Service Tax)
- Transport from your place to the Delhi
- Backpack offloading charges (Rs.250 Per Day/Per Bag)
- Food during transport from Dehradun to Sankri & Return
- Backpack offloading charges (Rs. 250/day/bag)
- Personal expenses of any kind
- Anything apart from the inclusions
DAY 1: DEHRADUN TO SANKARI DRIVE (210KM)(1920MT)
Drive from Dehradun to Sankri/Saur (1920mt) through the Yamuna and Tons valleys across the Yamuna bridge and eye pleasing view of beautiful dense pine forests. Trekkers will reach Sankri in the evening, which is the best time to look out for the sun setting behind the mountain ranges. Sankri base camp gives a beautiful view of all the four peaks in swargarohini range. Overnight camping in sankri under the clear sky covered with millions of stars.
Sankri (1,950 m / 6,400 ft.) to Juda Ka Talab (2,773 m / 9,100 ft.)
Initially, the trek from Sankri village to Juda Ka Talab will give you altitude rise of about 2700 ft., this is about 4-5 hours of the trek through the dense forest trees and the thick carpet of maple and pine leaves all brown in color and witness the captivating beauty of nature. The trail goes through Saud village and which is a mild climb. Juda Ka Talab campsite will be surrounded by tall pine and oak trees and mountain slopes. Camp here for an overnight stay, enjoy the serenity scattered around this place with evening sunset and glittering sunrise in the morning.
KedarKantha base becomes our destination for the day and we start for it post breakfast. Today will be a busy day for the shutterbugs as the trek route is beautiful with open views on all side and vast snow fields decorated with green patches.
However, our destination is even more impressive. Imagine a vast open, snow fields, the size of two football fields, a stream running by and misty mountains forming the background – this is the KedarKantha base where we will camp overnight in tents. We told you it was impressive!
Day 4: Kedarkantha Base Camp (3,429 m / 11,250 ft.) to Kedarkantha Summit (3,810 m / 12,500 ft.) and descend to Hargaon (2,575 m / 8,450 ft.)
It is a long day today, 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 climb is steep however absolutely worthwhile and one with rewarding views. As soon as you move slowly dense forest trails surrounding by Pine trees start to disappear slowly. It takes about 2 hours to reach there. On the summit, you are surrounded by mountain valleys and ranges. Panoramic sights of mighty Himalayas range mixed with dark blue and white clouds scattered like a painting sketched by nature just for you. You will see the Dhauladhar range, Chainsheel Pass, Har ki Dun valley and Rupin valley. Swargarohini also comes into view along with Black Peak and Bandarpoonch. Some of the other peaks you see include Gangotri, Jaonti, Yamnotri, Jorkanden and Draupadi ka Danda. After spending some time on the top, you head back to the campsite, have lunch at a middle point of descending at the basecamp and head towards Hargaon. After a wonderful day, spend the night in tents.
DAY 5: HARGAON TO SANKRI BY TREK (6KM) (5/6HRS)
The trail down to Hargoaon/ Bainya Bugiyal passes through a series of switch backs, farms, and a ridge. It is one of the most beautiful descending trails that Himalayas has to offer. This trial offers you the view of entire Himalayan range for one last time. After trekking for 6 km you will reach Sankri.
Day 6: Drive to Dehradun from Sankri
Sign off from Sankri early in the morning, preferably before 07:00 AM since the journey takes 8-9 hours. The Cab will be arranged at an additional cost from Sankri to Dehradun Railway Station at 07:00 AM.