Embellished with stunning scenes of snow set on the trail and decorated with trees, trek to Kedarkantha is one of the most popular winter treks in the Indian Himalayas. The views of falling snow from sky and trees are just mesmerizing and adding to this, the views of Himalayan peaks make this trek a wonderful one. The peak stands at an elevation of 3810 meters above the sea level and the trail covers a distance of around 20 km. The difficulty level of the trek is moderate and is recommended for beginners as well as experienced ones. The journey to the summit offers breathtaking views of snowcapped mountain peaks, rampant greenery along the trail, beautiful landscapes, extensive variety of flora and much more.
Situated in the Western Garhwal region in the Uttarkashi district, the trek starts from a small village called Sankri. The trek can be done throughout the year but the best experience that one can get by doing this trek is during winters (December – April)
Drive from Dehradun and Arrival at Sankri
Trek from Sankri to Juda Ka Taal (9050 Feet, 4 Kms)
Juda Ka Taal - Kedarkantha Base Camp (11200 FT, 4 Kms Trek)
Kedarkantha Base Camp- Kedarkantha (12,500 FT)- Hargaon Camp( 8900 FT, 6 Kms Trek)
Hargaon-Sankri- Dehradun (6 Kms Trek)
Our vehicle will pick you from Dehradun and we will drive to Sankri .
The trek to Kedarkantha peak starts from Sankri village. Sankri, a small village situated in the vicinity of Govind Pashu Wildlife Sanctuary. It is located at a distance of 210 km from the state capital, Dehradun. The road journey is scenic and it passes through the towns of Nainbagh, Purola and Mori. The maximum drive is along the Yamuna River until you reach the Tons valley. Sankri is a small but scenic village and is the starting point of number of treks such as Har Ki Dun, Bali Pass, Borasu Pass and Kedarnkantha.
After reaching the village, relax and overnight stay in a hotel/guest house.
Today we will hike up to Juda Ka Taal campsite. The trail starts from a point which comes after a short walk towards Taluka. The initial trail passes through the dense pine forest which gets covered with snow during winter season. The trek is a bit steep in the beginning and mild steep till you reach the campsite. The name of the campsite is based on a small pond situated near the campsite. The pond is serene and it gets frozen during winters. The distance from Sankri to Juda Ka Taal is just 4 km and it takes around 3-4 hours to reach there.
Dinner and overnight stay in camps.
Wake up to a fresh and cool morning and get ready for your uphill trek to the base camp of Kedarkantha. The trail to the basecamp is bit steeper than the previous day’s trail. After walking for about an hour, you will see a way to a small meadow. Then you will come at a point from where you will start seeing snowcapped Himalayan peaks. It takes around 3-4 hours to reach the base camp.
Enjoy the beautiful campsite and views.
Today is the most important day as we go up to the summit, which is at around 3210 meters. We recommend that one should start quite early and reach before or by sunrise. The dawn from the summit is mesmerizing and one of the best dawns you will ever witness. Once you are done with the sunrise, start nourishing your knowledge about various Himalayan peaks of Garhwal region and Kinnaur region. Some of the peaks are Gangotri, Swargarohini, Banderpooch, Kinner Kailash, etc. After all this, We will start our descend and move towards Hargaon camp.
Dinner and overnight stay in camps at Hargaon.
This will be your final trek day. We will start our downhill trek from Hargaon camp to reach Sankri. The trek is 6 km long and the descent is quite steep. The trail becomes slippery during winter season. It will take 4 hours and you will reach Sankri. At Sankri, you trekking will end. Board your vehicle to Dehradun. Reach Dehradun by evening.
Transport - Dehradun to Dehradun
All Meals (breakfast, lunch, snacks, dinner)
Guide , Trek Lead
Sleeping bag , mattresses
Any expenses for optional activities or tickets, unless quoted in Inclusions.
Insurance, Items of personal nature like porterage, tips, laundry etc
Any Entry Fees
Any additional expenses arising out of unforeseen circumstances like cancellation / roadblocks/landslides/ strike or any other natural causes out of human control or any emergency evacuation expenses.
Anything not mentioned in Inclusions
Any Kind of Expense for Loss / Misplaced / Theft of personal belongings.
Q. What will be the group size?
Usually, we take maximum 12-15 people in one group. We believe bigger groups have less fun and less coordination so that’s why we prefer smaller groups.
We need at least 6 people to operate our fixed departure tours/treks.
Q. Who all will go along with us on the trip/trek?
All our treks are led by professional trek leaders who are certified mountaineers. Apart from them, there will be one local guide, cook, helper, porters and other staff.
All our trips are led by professional trip coordinators who have a good experience in leading groups.
Q. I am the only girl in the group, is it safe to travel/trek solo?
Yes definitely it is, safety of girls is most important for us. All our guides and other staff are carefully chosen for trips/treks. They are honest and reliable but we also advise you to take care of your personal belongings.
Q. What are the things that we need to carry on the trek/trip?
Once you confirm the trip/trek and done with the booking, we will send you the packing list according to the trip/trek.
Q. What type of ground transportation will be used on the trip?
We hire taxis such as Innova, Tempo Traveller, Bolero, Tata Sumo, etc. from our vendors.
Q. I cannot carry my rucksack/bag on the trek, can I offload it?
We always recommend that you carry your rucksack during the trek because it helps in maintaining your body posture. In case if you cannot, then we can provide you a mule/porter to carry your rucksack. You will have to tell us at least 1 week before the trek. The charges for offloading would be INR 300 per person per day.
Q. Which shoes should I buy?
Shoes are your lifeline on the trek. It is highly advisable to buy trekking shoes of a good and known brand. You can consider companies like Quechua, Columbia, etc. A waterproof shoes with ankle support will work good.
Q. What are the washroom/toilet facilities like on the trek?
During the treks, separate toilet tents will be set up on each campsite.
Q. What will be the type of accommodation?
It depends on the tour. If it is a trek then you will be staying in dome tents or if it is a road trip the the accommodation can be in hotel/alpine tent/dome tent/home stay.
Q. Will you provide sleeping bags and mattresses?
Yes, we will provide sleeping bags and mattresses during the trek. Our sleeping bags can withstand temperature as low as -10 degree.
Q. How many trekkers will be in one tent?
It totally depends on group dynamics. If there is a couple, we can give them a separate tent or if there are odd number of people, then there would be triple sharing.
Q. How can I book a trek/trip with you?
After selecting the trip/trek, you can book by clicking on the book now button or you can contact us and we will guide you in booking.
Q. What type of food is served during the trek?
We provide nutritious and healthy food during the treks. We always serve Indian vegetarian food and eggs.
Q. How to get safe drinking water on the trek?
Himalayan water is considered the purest water and safe to drink. But for safety purpose, we sometimes boil the water and then use it for drinking and cooking.
In case you find any clean water on the trek, always fill your water where the water is running not where the water is stable or is in rest.
Q. Can we change the itinerary?
Yes, you can give suggestions. We will look into that and if we find it feasible then we will apply it.
Q. Can you customize the trip/trek?
Yes, we can customize any trip/trek as per your needs and as per the feasibility.
Q. Will doctor accompany us on the trek?
No, but our trek leaders are certified in Wildlife First Aid course and they always carry first aid kit and oxygen cylinders on high altitude treks.
Q. Do you prefer I should bring some medicines with me?
Yes it is advisable that you carry your own medication on the trek.
Q. Diamox is advisable or not?
Well, it totally depends on person to person. Usually, there are no side effects of Diamox but if you are having any prior medical conditions then it is better to consult your doctor.
Our itinerary is designed in a way that we take sufficient time to get acclimatized. In case if you are having problem on the trek then tell your trek leader about your condition as soon as possible.
Q. Can I take my child along on this trek? What is the age limit?
It depends on the difficulty level of the trek. Minimum age for eligibility is 14 years.
Q. What will we do if it rains?
If it starts raining slowly while trekking then we will continue our trek as per the plan. Your poncho will keep you dry. In case if it is raining heavily then we will try to find any shelter and wait for the rain to stop or slow. If it rains at the campsite then there would not be any problem because all our living tents, kitchen tents and toilet tents are waterproof. You will stay dry inside.
Q. Why is the trekking pole necessary?
Differs from person to person. If you think that it would help you maintaining balance while trekking then do bring the pole. Some people think that trekking pole disturbs the walking rhythm. So it’s upto you.