Kedarkantha Trek is one classic gem of winter treks in Garhwal Himalayas that never stops to attract trekkers with mesmerising views along the climb up to its summit point. There are a total of 13 peaks of the Himalayan range visible from the Kedarkantha peak.
There are many mythological stories surrounding Kedarkantha. It is believed that the temple Kedarnath was originally located here, but while disturbed by the villagers, the Pandavas went away from the place to the present Kedarnath location. Local people believe that the place is still the residing place of the lord.
Based in Western Garhwal in the Uttarakashi district, the Kedarkantha Trek is known for being one of the easy treks of the country which can be attended by people who are inexperienced trekkers and have no knowledge of prior trekking.
This trek is easily accessible any time of the year and gives trekkers a different serene experience in different seasons. In winters this trek is spectacularly beautiful, also what it is famous for. The trek passes through the Govind national park and gives you ample time to soak in the vast beauty of this reserved area.
The view from the top offers a spectacular panorama of the region all around. Other lesser known peaks of the Supin Range, villages located nearby, valleys of Himachal and Garhwal. From the top of the Kedarkantha Summit, you can also view the Dhauladhar range of Himachal Pradesh, The Rupin valley, Har Ki Dun valley and views that go down to the dense settlement of Purola. You will get to see Godly peaks like Swargarohini, Black Peak, and Bandarpoonch during Kedarkantha and come back absolutely thrilled and refreshed. The best time to do Kedarkantha Trek (for snow) is December to February.
The highlights of Kedarkantha trek are: The beautiful campsites, snow-covered pine forests, 360-degree view of the mountains, Saud Village (traditional way of life without modern technologies), Juda Ka Talab is a mesmerising pond, surrounded by lush pastures, and forests of maple, oak and Morinda spruce trees and the chance to stand on top of one of the easiest trekkable peaks in the Himalayas.
With charming and captivating sights of snow capped Himalayas, the verdant greenery, lush landscapes, myriad collection of flora, frozen ponds, to the sights of mesmerizing peaks, this trek has all the delightful marvels that a trekker wishes to experience and view in his journey.
However physical fitness is required where one should be able to jog for at least 4 kms in 30 minutes before committing for the trekking tour. As the altitude rises, the air becomes thin and people need to carry backpacks too, which can all be very difficult, without proper physical fitness.
The trekkers are rewarded with magical views, exhilarating experiences and delightful moments!