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Kedarkantha Trek

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Description

Kedarkantha Trek is one of the finest gems in the Himalayan range situated in Uttrakhand and the trek to the Kedarkantha summit is a wonderfully redeeming experience. 

No wonder that it is one of the most popular treks in Indian during winter. The serene beauty and clear openings combined with a sheet of snow on top is a treat for nature lovers and make up for a great Instagram story as well.

Kedarkantha trek distance is about 20 Kilometers long and the Kedarkantha summit is at a height of 12,500 ft above the sea level, which makes up for a great view from the top of the climb.

Kedarkantha was supposed to be known as ‘Kedarnath’ but while sculpting the Lord Shiva’s sculpture, a mishap happened and the sculptures were only able to construct up until Shiva’s neck, hence calling it ‘Kedar-Kantha’ meaning Lord Shiva’s neck.

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. It is a  beginner-friendly trek yet the view from the top of the summit has a mesmerizing aura and sometimes can be more appealing as compared to treks that are labeled with hard difficulty.

Although, Kedarkantha trek is open for trekking all year long yet the majority of people prefer visiting during winters for the aforementioned reasons, mainly in the month of December and January. The best time to visit Kedar Kantha is from November to February.

The Kedarkantha Trek starts from a small village called Sankri and then move onto Juda Ka Taal. From there the group heads onto the Kedarkantha base camp finally reaching the Kedarkantha summit at last. The trek lasts for a total of 5 days and covers a variety of attractions on the way including one of the most sensational sunsets/sunrise views.

Kedarkantha trekking 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.

So, make some room for Kedarkantha Trek in 2020's travel bucket list, you have on your wall and keep your backpack ready for this winter as you are so going to have a view which is also known as ‘heaven on earth’ while you trek to Kedarkantha with JustWravel.

Short Itinerary

Day 1 : Drive from Dehradun and Arrival at Sankri

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

Day 3 : Juda Ka Taal - Kedarkantha Trek Base Camp (11200 FT, 4 Kms Trek)

Day 4 : Kedarkantha Base Camp- Kedarkantha (12,500 FT)- Juda ka Taal(9050 FT, 10 KM)

Day 5 : Juda Ka Taal - Sankri- Dehradun (6 Kms Trek)

Fixed Departures

24th Oct to 28th Oct Open {24th Oct (Saturday) 07:00 AM to 28th Oct (Wednesday) 05:00 PM}

25th Oct to 29th Oct Open {25th Oct (Sunday) 07:00 AM to 29th Oct (Thursday) 05:00 PM}

31st Oct to 4th Nov Open {31st Oct (Saturday) 07:00 AM to 4th Nov (Wednesday) 05:00 PM}

1st Nov to 5th Nov Open {1st Nov (Sunday) 07:00 AM to 5th Nov (Thursday) 05:00 PM}

8th Nov to 12th Nov Open {8th Nov (Sunday) 07:00 AM to 12th Nov (Thursday) 05:00 PM}

15th Nov to 19th Nov Open {15th Nov (Sunday) 07:00 AM to 19th Nov (Thursday) 05:00 PM}

22nd Nov to 26th Nov Open {22nd Nov (Sunday) 07:00 AM to 26th Nov (Thursday) 05:00 PM}

29th Nov to 3rd Dec Open {29th Nov (Sunday) 07:00 AM to 3rd Dec (Thursday) 05:00 PM}

5th Dec to 9th Dec Open {5th Dec (Saturday) 07:00 AM to 9th Dec (Wednesday) 05:00 PM}

6th Dec to 10th Dec Open {6th Dec (Sunday) 07:00 AM to 10th Dec (Thursday) 05:00 PM}

12th Dec to 16th Dec Open {12th Dec (Saturday) 07:00 AM to 16th Dec (Wednesday) 05:00 PM}

19th Dec to 23rd Dec Open {19th Dec (Saturday) 07:00 AM to 23rd Dec (Wednesday) 05:00 PM}

20th Dec to 24th Dec Open {20th Dec (Sunday) 07:00 AM to 24th Dec (Thursday) 05:00 PM}

24th Dec to 28th Dec Open {24th Dec (Thursday) 07:00 AM to 28th Dec (Monday) 05:00 PM}

25th Dec to 29th Dec Open {25th Dec (Friday) 07:00 AM to 29th Dec (Tuesday) 05:00 PM}

26th Dec to 30th Dec Open {26th Dec (Saturday) 07:00 AM to 30th Dec (Wednesday) 05:00 PM}

27th Dec to 31st Dec Open {27th Dec (Sunday) 07:00 AM to 31st Dec (Thursday) 05:00 PM}

30th Dec to 3rd Jan Open {30th Dec (Wednesday) 07:00 AM to 3rd Jan (Sunday) 05:00 PM}

31st Dec to 4th Jan Open {31st Dec (Thursday) 07:00 AM to 4th Jan (Monday) 05:00 PM}

2nd Jan to 6th Jan Open {2nd Jan (Saturday) 07:00 AM to 6th Jan (Wednesday) 05:00 PM}

3rd Jan to 7th Jan Open {3rd Jan (Sunday) 07:00 AM to 7th Jan (Thursday) 05:00 PM}

9th Jan to 13th Jan Open {9th Jan (Saturday) 07:00 AM to 13th Jan (Wednesday) 05:00 PM}

10th Jan to 14th Jan Open {10th Jan (Sunday) 07:00 AM to 14th Jan (Thursday) 05:00 PM}

23rd Jan to 27th Jan Open {23rd Jan (Saturday) 07:00 AM to 27th Jan (Wednesday) 05:00 PM}

24th Jan to 28th Jan Open {24th Jan (Sunday) 07:00 AM to 28th Jan (Thursday) 05:00 PM}

6th Feb to 10th Feb Open {6th Feb (Saturday) 07:00 AM to 10th Feb (Wednesday) 05:00 PM}

13th Feb to 17th Feb Open {13th Feb (Saturday) 07:00 AM to 17th Feb (Wednesday) 05:00 PM}

20th Feb to 24th Feb Open {20th Feb (Saturday) 07:00 AM to 24th Feb (Wednesday) 05:00 PM}

27th Feb to 3rd Mar Open {27th Feb (Saturday) 07:00 AM to 3rd Mar (Wednesday) 05:00 PM}

6th Mar to 10th Mar Open {6th Mar (Saturday) 07:00 AM to 10th Mar (Wednesday) 05:00 PM}

Itinerary (Dehradun to Dehradun)

  • 1

    Day 1 : Drive from Dehradun and Arrival at Sankri

    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 a 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.

  • 2

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

    Today is our 1st day of Kedarkantha Trek and we will hike up to Juda Ka Taal campsite. The Kedarkantha trail starts from a point that comes after a short walk towards Taluka.  The initial trail passes through the dense pine forest which gets covered with snow during the winter season. The Kedarkantha trek is a bit steep at 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.

  • 3

    Day 3 : Juda Ka Taal - Kedarkantha Trek Base Camp (11200 FT, 4 Kms Trek)

    Wake up to a fresh and cool morning and get ready for your uphill trek to the base camp of Kedarkantha Summit. 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 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.

  • 4

    Day 4 : Kedarkantha Base Camp- Kedarkantha (12,500 FT)- Juda ka Taal(9050 FT, 10 KM)

    Today is the most important day as we go up to the Kedarkantha 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 Juda ka talab.

    Dinner and overnight stay in camps at Juda Ka Talab.

  • 5

    Day 5 : Juda Ka Taal - Sankri- Dehradun (6 Kms Trek)

    This will be your final trek day. We will start our downhill trek from Juda ka Talab camp to reach Sankri. The trek is 5 km long and the descent is quite steep. Kedarkantha trek becomes slippery during the winter season in the months of December and January. It will take 4 hours and you will reach Sankri.

    At Sankri, our Kedarkantha trekking will end. Board your vehicle to Dehradun. Reach Dehradun by evening.

    Trip Ends.

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Inclusions

Accommodation: Stay is included from day 1 to Day 4 – you will be staying at hotel and camps on all days of trekking.

Transportation: Dehradun To Dehradun

Meals: All Meals from day 1 dinner to day 5 breakfast are included. We provide simple nutritious vegetarian food on all days of the trek.

Camping Charges: All trekking permits and forest camping charges are included.

Trek Leader and Local Guide.

Trekking Equipment: you will be staying in high quality tents and sleeping bags in all the camps. We provide high altitude sleeping bags which can stand temperatures as low as - 10? c. We also provide ropes, micro spikes, gaiters etc. As required.

Safety Equipment: First aid, medical kit, oxygen cylinders, Stretchers etc. will be available at all campsites to deal with emergencies. 

Exclusions

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.

Cancellation Policy

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

 Free Cancellation upto 60 days before the departure date

 59 Days to 45 days of Departure date. 10% of total Trip cost. (Booking amount is non-refundable)

 44 Days to 30 Days of Departure date. 25% of the total trip cost

 29 Days to 15 Days of Departure date. 50% of the total trip cost.

 15 Days to 8 Days of Departure date. 75% of the total trip cost.

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

 No Show . No refund.

Incase of government orders, harsh weather conditions , protests , landslides or any other unforseen circumstances , we work out the best possible alternate plans or trips/treks. At times even even certain activities are cancelled , the organization provides the best alternate 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, bandh etc.), JustWravel will issue a trek voucher for the full amount and if possible will provide an alternate trek. The voucher can be redeemed upto same amount for the same trek or another trek in the next 365 days from the trek departure date.

 If a trek or trip cannot be completed due to natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rain, snowfall, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh etc.). No refund would be provided.

 Any extra expense coming due to any natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rain, snowfall, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh etc.), Will be beared by customer. Company will not be liable.

 Cancellations policy will differ during the peak season and popular places.

Things To Pack

Down Jacket (Main jacket)

Raincoat/ Poncho

Inner Layer

Tshirt or Fleece

Track Pant

Extra pair of Socks

Trekking/ Hiking Shoes (Forclaz 100 and above or Arpenaz 100. Checkout in Decathlon stores)

Woolen Cap

Rucksack (At least 40L)

Mufflers/ Neck Warmer

Extra pair of Clothes

Undergarments

Slippers

Power Bank

Sunscreen Lotion

Sunglasses

Torch

Water Bottle

Tissue Roll

Hand Sanitizer

Personal Toiletries

Medicines

First Aid Kit

*Add extra thermal layers and sweater during the winter season

FAQs

Q. What will be the group size of Kedarkantha Trek?

Usually, we take maximum of 15-18 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 Kedarkantha 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, the 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 Kedarkantha Trek?

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 Kedarkantha 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 Kedarkantha Trek 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 Kedarkantha 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.

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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