Adorned with ravishing beauty of falling snow and fringed with pine trees, The Kedarkantha Peak is one of the most sought after snow trekking destinations in India.
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Easy
Group Size Large Group
Looking for an escape? We have a perfect one for you! The Himalayan winter trek of Kedarkantha is one such amazing experience for beginners who wish to get the best views without much hustle and hard work. The field of vision which the place has in store is just incomparable compared to the efforts which one might put to complete the trek.
The paranoma of the remote villages, vast stretches of meadows, snowcapped mountain peaks is sure to give birth to the new photographer in you! Kedarkantha lies in the Govind National Park of Western Garhwal in Uttarakhand. The summit to the Kedarkantha peak is challenging and rewarding all at the same time. The most mighty peaks of Swargarohini, Banderpooch, and Ranglana are sure to leave you speechless once you reach the mountain top of the Kedarkantha peak.
In springs or early winters in India, one will feel mesmerized finding himself in layers of fresh snow amidst the tall pine forests and the white snowy meadows. The first fresh snow is something one cannot just afford to miss. Get into some soul searching in the calmness and serenity of the place.
Kedarkantha trekking is pretty strenuous and is steep at places. You are in the middle of white desert. Gaiters are must if you are trekking in the snow for the first time. The scenery on the way to the summit is captivating and you can never get enough it. A 360 degree view of the Himalayan Garhwal Range, winds blowing at 70 kmph and the Shiva Trishul define this place.
Take up this trek and thank us later as you look back to the scenic memories of the trip, while promising the mountains to be back soon.
Grade – Easy
Duration – 6 days
Max. Altitude – 12500ft
Total trekking – 20kms
Region – Garhwal, Uttarakhand
- Accommodation during trek on twin/triple (Guest House/Homestay/Camping)
- Transport from Dehradun to Sankri and return in MUV / Tempo Traveller
- High-quality and Sanitized trekking gears (Tents, Sleeping Bags, Gaiters, Crampons, Liners, Cutlery)
- All veg meals while on trek (Veg) Breakfast, Lunch, Evening tea with snacks, Dinner
- All necessary permits, camping charges and entry fees
- First aid medical kit with Thermometer, Oximeter and Oxyden Cylinder
- Qualified and experienced Trek Guide and support staff
- All taxes
- Any meals during transit
- Personal expenses
- Travelling insurance
- Cost Escalation due to unforeseen reason
- Mules or porter to carry personal luggage
- Any early return travel costs or accommodation except for the days as per the itinerary
- Anything not specifically mentioned under the head
Drive from Dehradun to Sankri (6450ft)
Depart to Sankri by 7 am. This place is criss-crossing over the hills and valleys, where the experience is not just in the destination, the road to the place are all part of it. The first sight of this place resembles an old hill stations before they became over built messes – a few scattered houses, the little bazaar, patches of forest and wide open views. We will reach Sankri by evening. The majestic view of the mountain ranges can be seen from this place and the sun setting behind these ranges looks marvelous. Our instructors will brief all the participants about the trek and its route, temperature to expect, do’s and don’ts. Overnight stay in guest house.
Trek from Sankri – Juda-ka-Talab – Shepherd Camp (9100ft)
Start your day early with a hot cup of tea and tuck in some breakfast. The trail continues through Saur village which is a mild climb followed by steep gradient trail of 4-5 hours with level walks through the dense wooded alpine forest and opens into a grassy meadow. The snowcapped barren mountain looks beautiful. You will enter to a flat landscape covered with glimpse of snow where bright sunlight was filtering through thick oak trees. After trekking for few hours we will arrive at a meadow which is used by shepherds during the summer season. Camp here for the night.
Trek from Shepherd Camp to Kedarkantha Base (11250ft)
After the breakfast we will commence the trek towards Kedarkantha Base. The vast snow fields and green patches between them are a visual delight. The pine and cedar trees are covered with snow. Walking on the soft, crystalline and dry snow will be the most enjoyable part of the trail. Today’s trail will be much steeper through dense forests of pine and oak trees. You can try your hand in skiing on this snowy path. However the scenic beauty of the trail & the rewarding view of mighty Kala Nag, Swargarohini, Bandarpoonch keeps rejuvenate the hikers. We will arrive at Kedarkanta base which offers one of the best views of the night sky.
Trek from Base camp to Kedarkantha and back (12500ft)
The first rays of the sun will wake you up with an enchanting view around you. There is a white blanket of snow all around. After few hours of the trek we reach Kedarkantha summit. The scenic view of Yumnotri and Gangotri range, Kinner Kailash range and other ranges are exhilarating and a visual delight. The peak had stones arranged in the form of a small temple, with a small trishul facing the sky. It was Lord Shiva’s abode.Spend some time and descend back to the base camp. (We may camp at Hargaon base if the weather permits). End your day with a sumptuous dinner and retire for the night in the tents.
Trek from Base camp to Sankri
Today is the last day of our trekking and its all the way down to Sankri. On the way we pass through dense pine forest and a series of switch backs, farms and a ridge. Another hour of hike will take you to the cement bridge which we crossed on the first day of our trekking. Saur is not far from here. It takes maximum one hour to reach the Saur village from here and another 5 minutes to Sankri. If you have any more energy left, explore the Saur village or just stroll around Sankri bazar. Overnight stay in lodge/homestay.
Depart for Dehradun
Indulge in some sumptuous meal and thereafter we start driving back to Dehradun. We reach Dehradun by evening. Kedarkantha trek ends here.
- Backpack with rain cover(40-60lts)
- Daypack/Knapsack – Optional
- Floaters or Sandals
- Trekking Shoes – Medium or High ankle length(Get a pair and “break-in” well in advance that you don’t face any sores/blisters once you are on mountains)
- 2 Pairs of Quick Dry Tees and Track Pants
- 3 Pair of sports Socks and 1 pair of woolen
- Woolen Gloves
- Full Sleeve Sweater or Fleece Jacket
- Windproof Jacket
- Sun Cap
- One Scarf/Balclava
- Quick dry towel/Light towel
- Lip Balm
- Cold Cream & Sun Screen (SPF 40+)
- Water Bottle 1 Lt – good quality plastic bottle
- Headlamp or torch with fresh pair of batteries
- Personal Toilet Kit and toilet paper
- Personal Medicine Kit –
- General medicines comprising of headache, fever, vomiting, stomach upset and pain killer
-Anti-inflammatory -Nurofen or diclofenac sodium
- Dark Sunglasses
- Trekking Pole
- CAMERA with huge memory card and fully charged with extra batteries.
- Extra Polythene bags.
- Dry fruits/Energy bars
P.S You may use and share common kit for toiletries and medicines if travelling in a group