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Overview

  • Altitude: 12500 Ft.
  • Trek Length: 20 Km.
  • Duration: 5 Days
  • Difficulty Level: Easy to Moderate
  • Base Camp: Sankri
  • Nearest Town: Mussorie
  • Pick & Drop: Dehradun to Dehradun
  • State: Uttarakhand

About

Elevated at 12,500 ft. Kedarkantha is one of the majestic peaks of the great Himalayan range.  One of the most popular winter treks, Kedarkantha fascinates numerous hikers and trekkers from all over the country and is perfect for both beginners and experts.  

This 4 night 5 day trek is curated after keeping in mind the wishes of people who love the serenity as well as the adventure that nature, with its unpredictable trails and mystical valleys can provide them. 

Popular because of the spectacular view of snow capped mountains that it offers after finishing the trek, some of the ranges that are visible from the summit are Blackpeak, Swargarohini, Gangotri and Yamunotri ranges etc.

The subject of many mythical stories and legends that are mostly associated with Lord Shiva, the name of the summit translates to “The throat of Lord Shiva”. The local myths and folklores just add more to it’s charm and make the experience even better. 

On this long weekend trip to Kedarkantha,  we begin our journey from Dehradun to make our way to the small village of Sankri which is the base camp for this 20 kms long trek. We will spend a night at our designated homestay or hotel, introducing ourselves and exchanging stories before retiring to bed for the night.

The next day, after a briefing session from our trek leader, we will proceed towards our first checkpoint Juda ka Taal and spend a leisure day at the campsite, having lunch as well as dinner. We will have an amazing view of the ridges of Swargarohini mountains. 

The next morning, we will begin our trek to the Kedarkantha base camp which is elevated at a height of 11,200ft above sea level. After feasting on hot lunch and indulging in fun activities like snowball fights, we will prepare for an overnight stay at the base camp itself. 

Finally, after witnessing the highs and lows of this brief trek and watching magical sunsets, we will begin our trek to the Kedarkantha summit before dawn pours all over the sky as the best part about this entire Kedarknath trek package is the early sunrise that you get see after reaching the top. Trust us, it makes you forget all about your exhaustion and you will feel entirely at peace with yourself. 

One thing that separates the Kedarkantha trek from the rest of the treks is that it falls under the category of a moderately difficult trek. So, it is beginner-friendly and it rewards you with a mesmerising 360 degree view of the great Himalayan ranges, making the experience satisfactory all over. 

The coldest area along the trek route has to be Juda Ka Taal with the Taal being completely frozen during the winter months. The sunlight glistens on the surface like diamonds giving it a golden illumination. Even after that, the path only becomes more beautiful and you can enjoy picturesque  views all along the way. You might encounter snowfall if you are lucky enough but it depends entirely on the weather which can be unpredictable. 

People who come to Kedarkantha can never stop themselves from coming back over and over and it’s not just because of the summit, but also because of the local culture and of course the cuisine. The famous Red Rice that is homegrown in Kedarkantha regions keeps the body warm and is a must try when going on this trek. 

It is advised not to carry electronic devices that could only be used with network connections or are majorly dependent on them. The reason being that the network vanishes just before reaching Sankri Village, which is the starting point of the whole trek.

So, if you’re carrying all that electronic stuff such as a phone, laptop, wifi dongles, then there’s a high chance that they’ll end up getting discharged and would only add to the extra baggage, weighing you down.

Although Kedarkantha trek is accessible all year long, the majority of people prefer visiting during winters to witness the ivory snow, mainly in the month of December and January but the best time to visit Kedarkantha is from November to February.

Kedarkantha trek is one of the few places where one cannot capture the full essence of the experience on their first visit and hence, trekkers repeatedly keep coming back here.

Lastly, going by the popular opinion and the mass appeal for Kedarkantha Trek, one can easily categorize it as ‘The Best Winter Trek to do In India’. So, if you’re overwhelmed with multiple choices of winter treks to do in India and are confused about ‘what to choose’, then Kedarkantha should be an easy choice.

So, make some room for Kedarkantha Trek in the year of 2022 travel bucket list you have on your wall and keep your backpack ready for this winter season. 

Short Itinerary

1st Day: Drive From Dehradun To Sankri Base Village (198 Kms, 8 Hours Drive )

2nd Day: Trek from Sankri to Juda Ka Taal (9050 Ft, 4 Kms)

3rd Day: Juda Ka Taal To Kedarkantha Trek Base Camp (11200 Ft, 3 Kms)

4th Day: Trek To Kedarkantha Peak (12,500 Ft) and Back To Hargaon (9050 Ft) ( 9 Kms Trek)

5th Day: Hargaon To Sankri Base Village (4 Kilometer Trek) and Back To Dehradun (08 Hours Drive)

Batches

29th Jan to 2nd Feb Filling Fast {29th Jan (Saturday) 07:00 AM to 2nd Feb (Wednesday) 08:00 PM}

5th Feb to 9th Feb Open {5th Feb (Saturday) 07:00 AM to 9th Feb (Wednesday) 08:00 PM}

12th Feb to 16th Feb Open {12th Feb (Saturday) 07:00 AM to 16th Feb (Wednesday) 08:00 PM}

19th Feb to 23rd Feb Open {19th Feb (Saturday) 07:00 AM to 23rd Feb (Wednesday) 08:00 PM}

26th Feb to 2nd Mar Open {26th Feb (Saturday) 07:00 AM to 2nd Mar (Wednesday) 08:00 PM}

5th Mar to 9th Mar Open {5th Mar (Saturday) 07:00 AM to 9th Mar (Wednesday) 08:00 PM}

12th Mar to 16th Mar Open {12th Mar (Saturday) 07:00 AM to 16th Mar (Wednesday) 08:00 PM}

18th Mar to 22nd Mar Open {18th Mar (Friday) 07:00 AM to 22nd Mar (Tuesday) 08:00 PM}

26th Mar to 30th Mar Open {26th Mar (Saturday) 07:00 AM to 30th Mar (Wednesday) 08:00 PM}

2nd Apr to 6th Apr Open {2nd Apr (Saturday) 07:00 AM to 6th Apr (Wednesday) 08:00 PM}

9th Apr to 13th Apr Open {9th Apr (Saturday) 07:00 AM to 13th Apr (Wednesday) 08:00 PM}

Price

Dehradun to Dehradun:

Tempo Traveler
Triple Occupancy 9000 / Person

Delhi to Delhi:

Volvo - Tempo Traveler
Triple Occupancy 10600 / Person

Itinerary (Dehradun to Dehradun)

  • 1

    1st Day : Drive From Dehradun To Sankri Base Village (198 Kms, 8 Hours Drive )

    • The group will assemble at the pickup point at 06:00 AM.
    • We'll drive towards Sankri, which is the starting point for the trek.
    • Reach Sankri by evening. Arrival assistance followed by the introduction of our Trek leader and Support staff.
    • Check-in to our designated hotel/homestay, the rest of the day is at leisure and you're advised to relax and prepare for the journey ahead.
    • The dinner will be served in the evening followed by an overnight stay in Sankri Village.
       

    *The pickup point can be Dehradun Railway Station or Dehradun ISBT.
     

  • 2

    2nd Day : Trek from Sankri to Juda Ka Taal (9050 Ft, 4 Kms)

    • The day will start with morning Tea at around 06:00 AM.
    • Afterwards we will have breakfast and receive a briefing session from the Trek Leader.
    • Then, we'll start our trek from the Dense Pine Forest.
    • The first checkpoint for the day will be Juda Ka Taal Campsite, which is at a lower altitude than the Taal itself.
    • Upon reaching Juda Ka Taal Campsite, we'll have lunch.
    • The rest of the day is at leisure.
    • Dinner will be served in the evening followed by an overnight stay at Juda Ka Taal Campsite.

    *Midway we will get a wonderful view of Swargarohini  massif.

  • 3

    3rd Day : Juda Ka Taal To Kedarkantha Trek Base Camp (11200 Ft, 3 Kms)

    • The day will start with a morning tea followed by breakfast.
    • The Trek Leader will give you a briefing about the day before we proceed. 
    • Afterward, we'll start the trek towards the Kedarkantha Base Camp, which takes about 3-4 hours.
    • Upon reaching and checking into the campsite, we'll have a warm lunch.
    • The rest of the day is at leisure and we'll relax by indulging in activities like snowball fights and other fun games. 
    • Lastly, we'll have dinner at the campsite followed by an overnight stay at Kedarkantha Base Camp.
  • 4

    4th Day : Trek To Kedarkantha Peak (12,500 Ft) and Back To Hargaon (9050 Ft) ( 9 Kms Trek)

    • We will finally begin our trek towards Kedarkantha Peak.
    • We'll get up at 02:00 AM in the morning as we'll be needing an early start.
    • Afterwards, the group will trek up to the Kedarkantha Summit.
    • After reaching the summit, we'll enjoy the view from the top and witness the beautiful sunrise from the summit..
    • Shortly afterwards, we'll head back to the Kedarkantha Base Camp once again.
    • Upon reaching, Lunch will be served at the campsite.
    • It's last night at the campsite so we will have a farewell bash.
    • Overnight stay at Hargaon Campsite.

    *Additionally, you get a 360-degree view of the whole Himalayan Region from the Kedarkantha Top. Some of the peaks are Gangotri, Swargarohini, Banderpooch, Kinner Kailash, etc.

  • 5

    5th Day : Hargaon To Sankri Base Village (4 Kilometer Trek) and Back To Dehradun (08 Hours Drive)

    • After an early morning breakfast, we'll head down towards the Sankri Village from Hargaon Campsite
    • Upon reaching Sankri, we'll stop and freshen up at our designated hotel, lunch will be provided.
    • Shortly afterward, we'll proceed towards Dehradun. (Reach Dehradun by late evening.)
    • The group will disassemble here and be on their separate ways with a heart full of content and mind full of memories.

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Inclusions

Accommodation: 1 Night in a Hotel / Homestay on a triple sharing basis. 3 Nights accommodation in  a tent on a triple sharing basis.

Transportation: Surface transfer from Dehradun - Sankri -  Dehradun by Sumo / Bolero / Tempo Traveller ( Depends on the number of travelers).

Meals: All Meals from (Day 1 Dinner to Day 5 Lunch) are included. We provide simple nutritious vegetarian food on all days of the trek.

Snacks: Morning / Evening Tea / Coffee with light snacks and soup while on the trek.

Camping logistics: Tent, Sleeping bags, Mattresses, Dining tent, Toilet tent, Sitting Stools.

Trek Leader Qualified and Experienced Trek leader and support staff.

Permits: All necessary fees and permits.

Trekking Equipment: Gaiters, Micro Spikes, and Rope if required.

Safety Equipment: Basic First Aid kit with Oximeter and Oxygen Cylinder.

Guide ratio: 1:10

Exclusions

Any expenses of personal nature.

Meals during transit.

Insurance of any kind. 

Unscheduled delay due to landslide.

Cost Escalation due to “ Force Majeure and Evacuation charges”.

Anything not mentioned explicitly in the above program.

*You can apply for travel insurance prior to the trek.

Cancellation Policy

No cancellations will be taken over the call or WhatsApp message. Please reply to the email of the payment receipt that you have received at the time of booking.

Free Cancellation up to 45 days before the departure date

44 Days to 30 days of Departure date. 10% of the total trip cost. (Booking amount is non-refundable)

 29 Days to 20 Days of Departure date. 25% of the total trip cost.

 19 Days to 10 Days of Departure date. 50% of the total trip cost.

 9 Days to 6 Days of Departure date. 75% of the total trip cost.

 5 Days to Trip Departure date. 100% of the total trip cost.

 No Show. No refund.

In case of government orders, harsh weather conditions, protests, landslides, or any other unforeseen circumstances, we work out the best possible alternate plans or trips/treks. At times even certain activities are canceled, the organization provides the best alternative but no refunds are provided.

 If a trek is called off at the last moment due to a natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rain, snowfall, earthquake, landslides, strike, etc.), JustWravel will issue a trek voucher for the full amount and if possible will provide an alternate trek. 

The voucher can be redeemed up to the same amount for the same trek or another trek in the next 365 days from the trek departure date. But no refund would be provided.

 Any extra expense due to any natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rain, snowfall, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh, etc.), will be borne by the customer. The company will not be liable.

 Cancellations policy will differ during the peak season and for popular destinations

Things To Pack

Backpack (Min 55 Ltrs with rain cover): A good quality backpack from a good brand and try it before buying. 

Day backpack: 20 – 30 Ltrs.

Floaters or Sandals: When you are at the camp, they help you to move freely.

Trekking Shoes: Always invest in good quality high ankle trekking shoes. They are lightweight, have a good grip, are sturdy, and are easily available throughout India. 

3 Quick Dry Tees

2 Track Pants

3 Pair of Cotton Socks

1 Pair of Woolen Socks

1 Poncho

1 Full Sleeve Sweater or Fleece Jacket

1 Heavy Jacket

1 Pair of Thermal

Quick-dry towel

Windproof Jacket

Woolen Cap

Gloves

Sun Cap

1 Scarf

Light towel

Lip Balm

Cold Cream & SunScreen (SPF 40+)

Water Bottle 1 Lt.

Headlamp or torch with fresh pair of batteries

Personal Toiletries 

Personal Basic Medical Kit

Dark Sunglasses / People who use spectacles (Use Photochromic glasses instead of contact lenses)

Trekking Pole

Extra Polythene

CAMERA with good storage. Make sure it's fully charged with extra batteries.

FAQs

Yes, it is always advisable to carry your own medical kit with medications for headaches, nausea, etc.

 

 It’s extremely important to make sure that you eat nutritious food so you can maintain your energy during the trek. We serve eggs to make sure you get proper protein intake and serve different kinds of Indian cuisine.

 

Yes, we can make changes to some extent but only if we find your suggestions and demands feasible.

 

Yes, it’s customizable but it depends if what you are asking for is something we can afford to deliver.

 

Not, it’s not but if you are taking it, then make sure that it’s prescribed by your doctor.

 

There are many reasons why ‘Kedarkantha Trek' is considered to be one of the best winter treks but some of the most significant ones are that this trek is easy to do, is budget friendly, and ends with a picturesque view of snow-capped peaks that leaves the travelers feeling content. It also gives you an opportunity to learn more about Pahari customs and culture. 

 

Himalayan water is considered the purest water there is and is totally safe to drink. But for health purposes, we boil the water or use chlorine tablets before drinking or cooking with it.

In case you find a clean resource for water while trekking, make sure that you store it from a place where it’s running from instead of from a stagnant water body.

 

Yes, you can. The minimum age of eligibility is 10 years.

 

After selecting the trip/trek, you can book your slots by clicking on the 'Book now’ button or you can contact us directly and we will guide you through the process.

 

Depending on the number of participants,  We use cars like Bolero / Sumo / Innova / or Tempo Traveller.

 

In Sankri base camp, we have Homestay with Western toilet facility. During the trek, we use separate dry pit toilets for Males and Females.

 

No, but all of our trek leaders are certified and have done the Wilderness First Aid course. They always carry a first aid kit, Oximeter and oxygen cylinders on high altitude treks. 

 

It depends entirely on the group dynamics. If there is a couple traveling with us, we can give them a separate tent for privacy reasons. If there are an odd number of people, then there would be triple sharing.

 

We always recommend that you carry your rucksack during the trek because it helps in maintaining your body posture. In case you cannot, then we can provide you a mule/porter to carry your rucksack to relieve you of your baggage.. You will have to inform us at least 1 week before the trek and the charges for offloading would be INR 1200 per person per bag for the entire program.

 

All our expeditions are led by professional trek leaders who are certified mountaineers and have years of experience. Apart from them, there will be a local guide, cook, helper and other staff for your convenience. 

 

Definitely! One of the most integral priorities of our treks and trips is the safety of women.  Every person going on this excursion is carefully handpicked to avoid any kind of trouble. However, you will still need to take care of your personal belongings.

 

Kedarkantha trek comes in the easy to moderate category and the variation depends entirely on the weather.

 

Generally, transportation from Dehradun to Sankri and back is included in Justwravel Package but if you opt for traveling on your own, then you will have to reach Sankri village, which is the base camp for the Kedarkantha Trek. In order to reach Sankri Village, you can take a Private cab/Sharing vehicle from Dehradun Railway station. Public Buses are also available in the morning but in limited numbers and are often unreliable.

 

We share an extensive list of all the necessary items you will need for this trek once your booking is done.

 

Good quality shoes are always recommended for trekking. You need to be careful about your purchase and make sure that the soles have a good grip and that the shoes are water repellent/waterproof with high ankle length.
We recommend you to check out Decathlon.

 

Kedarkantha trek is located in Sankri region in Uttarkashi district (Uttarakhand).

 

Except for the monsoon season, there aren’t any restrictions when it comes to this trek. The ideal time is from December till the middle of March. For snow fanatics, the best time is from December till the middle of April.

 

The distance that we cover in this trek is around 20 Kms.

 


Reviews

Abhijit Pai
Abhijit Pai

10 Stars: The trek guides Abhishek and Prashanth along with Surinder, were just AWESOME!!!! They made the trip all so fun and interesting. Everytime we felt like giving up on the to the peak, they were always very encouraging and helped every single one of us get to the top. The trek was BEAuuutiful. The food was veryyyy tasty and the cooks were friendly too. This was my first trek and I have thoroughly enjoyed myself. A special thanks to Prashanth for always sticking with us and getting our spirits up when we started getting exhausted. Overall JustWravel was AWESOME in all ways that I can think of, right from the time they picked us up to the time that they dropped us back. Thank you very much!! :D :)

Divyangna Choudhary
Divyangna Choudhary

Another awesome trip with you guys.. great arrangements, awesome trek leaders and everything else made this winter trek super enjoyable. Looking forward to take next trip with just wravel soon ??

Dhairya Gulati
Dhairya Gulati

Another trip with JW, another amazing experience. I have done so many trips with JW and everytime I enjoyed being a part of their trip. Kedarkantha trek was like no other trek and thanks to our trek leaders - Abhishek, Manas & Prashant - it went really well. Well managed, great support and guidance made it a comfortable trek. Already planning next trip with them :)

Punit Kumar
Punit Kumar

The trek was full of new experiences and it was really entertaining. I literally forgot there is a world exist beyond the mountains. It was a memorable experience and will echo through the memory lane for a lifetime as it was my first winter trek. The arrangements and the way trek was organized was really appreciable. Thanks to our Trek leader Shadab who helped to make this trek a memorable one and for guiding us throughout the trek. Th only disappointment was the washroom part during the trek as it was really unhygienic and can be just made little better by modification in the current scenario. Also we were informed about the portable washrooms which was not there.

Kamlesh Vala
Kamlesh Vala

Awesome trip, Full support by Tushar..... will come for another adventure.

Huma
Huma

Just can't thank enough the team for a lifetime experience that i had and will always come back to justwravel for my next treks/trips. Though we could not summit but the trek lead Mr. Shan ensured that he is well aware of the situations n consequences because of bad weather conditions. Our group had an amazing experience and with no casualties thanks to well organised and proactive trek lead along with the other helpers. thank you????

Kapil Gautam
Kapil Gautam

I booked a trip with JustWravel for the kedarkantha trek. We were briefed on the essential things to take on the trek and our doubts were cleared by the JustWravel team. The whole package was from Dehradun and back. On the trek, our trek lead,Nishant was very enthusiastic and informative. It was fun to be around him and It became one of the best treks I have done due to their arrangements and proper planning. Food was served hot and had variety. Micro- spikes were provided from Base camp to the summit.

Shamanth M
Shamanth M

Amazing trek experience to Kedarkantha with justwravel, each and every arrangement was perfect and taken care with good concern, and our trek lead Nishant bhaiyya was awesome and he stood in position of elder brother, learnt alot of things from him, overall the experience was great ! I would highly recommend justwravel ! 5/5

Himanshi Singh
Himanshi Singh

A trek to kedarkantha with justwravel was an amazing experience. In terms of amenities; it was worth for money. Whole trek was very well planned basically in terms of timings and resting periods.

Saurish Kar
Saurish Kar

I really enjoyed my first official trek with JustWravel. Lodging provided was good. Food was surprisingly good considering we were camping out in the mountains. Proper Gear suvh as gaitors and crampons was also provided.Special thanks to Ankit (Trek leader) for all the fun and adventure.Overall i will recommend them.

MANOJ BANSAL
MANOJ BANSAL

@justwravel was the company this time I chose to trekking with, and it is simply amazing experience with the trek leads starting from best intro ever happened at with all the trek mates at Akshardham temple to our Tempo wale sonu bhaiya to our arrangements to Trek leads Mohit and Rohan and to peak summit. Spcly yeh gulab jamuns desert on the base camp was cherry on the ice.6 star compliment ke liye apko UBER app use karna padega. lol. It's not 5 but actually 6 Star compliments.We will see u soon on another trek.

Shubham Deora
Shubham Deora

JustWravel is just not a company but an absolute community that stands on all your expectations and specially the people, they're more than friends and thanks to my trek leader Abhishek Negi for being the most amazing person!

Priyanshu Raj Shrivastava
Priyanshu Raj Shrivastava

I went to Kedarkantha Trek from 29th Dec to 02nd Jan with Justwravel. This was my first trek as well as solo trip EVER, and I can't begin to explain how amazing and life time experience it was. Apart from breathtaking serene beauty of himalayas and the thrill of watching sunrise on 1st January 2019, the arrangements, services, guidance and itinerary of Justwravel is simply the best. Our guide, Nishant Bhardwaj is an amazing and experienced guy with great energy to keep the things upbeat. Everything from day 1 till the end was pre-planned and everything was as it was supposed to be. Food, stays, tents, water everything was top notch one could find at 10000 ft of altitude. After beginning the trek, I realized that this particular trek (of course being a winter trek) is not an easy one. I still completed it without any problem. One more thing that I loved about Justwravel is that they don't take huge groups. The strength of the group is just appropriate that it doesn't turns into a crowd. I highly recommend 'Justwravel' if want to go for a hassle free, transparent and perfect trek. can't wait for my next trek :)

Kapil Gautam
Kapil Gautam

I booked a trip with JustWravel for the kedarkantha trek. We were briefed on the essential things to take on the trek and our doubts were cleared by the JustWravel team. The whole package was from Dehradun and back. On the trek, our trek lead,Nishant was very enthusiastic and informative. It was fun to be around him and It became one of the best treks I have done due to their arrangements and proper planning. Food was served hot and had variety. Micro- spikes were provided from Base camp to the summit.

Shalu Sharma
Shalu Sharma

I have done 3 trips till now with justwravel and all of them have been great. First one was a solo trek and I can vouch for justwravel that any trip with them will become a great memory with new friends and experiences. Trek leads are accommodating and concerned. "Do Travel with justwravel" ????

Ramkaran Jandu
Ramkaran Jandu

My trip was to kedarkantha winter trek with Justwravel. It was great experience and all the arrangement were great and provided delicious food at every camp site.

Rohan Joshi
Rohan Joshi

Justwravel is not just a travel company,its a community.people are really good and helping here. Would love to go with them again. All the best.

Naveen Sharma
Naveen Sharma

super, wonderful experience

Manish Nagal
Manish Nagal

My first trip with justwravel is kedarkantha trekking and my experiance was amazing their food their hospitality is very good. It was the best trip of my life.

Anup Singh
Anup Singh

A five day trip to "Kedarkanth" couldn't be any better, thanks to superb organisation of your team. Fooding & lodging through out the trip was superb.

Vandana Aggarwal
Vandana Aggarwal

They are user friendly & take care of all your needs during travel. Thanks a lot to the team & especially Manu for making my trip to Kedarkantha so memorable.

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