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!
Parent range: Garhwal Himalaya
Mountain range: Sivalik Hills, Garhwal Himalaya
Grade: Easy to Moderate
Max Altitude: 12,500 Ft. (3800m)
Best Season: Round the Year
Approx Trekking Km: 20 Kms.
Winter temperatures - Kedarkantha Winter Trek– 3°C to – 5° C – And Base Camp Kedarkantha / -5°C to -8°C - Winter December to January
Summer temperatures – Kedarkantha Winter Trek base +5° C to +20° C
Day 1: Arrival at Sankri, 220 km drive - approx 10 hours, Altitude: 6,400 feet.
Getting to the Basecamp Sankri. We start early morning from Dehradun railway station at around 6.30am. (We expect you to reach Dehradun the previous night) Drive from Dehradun to Sankri is very scenic and an adventurous journey which takes 8/9 hrs time. Reach sankri around 5.30pm, Sankri is a very popular place because few famous treks start from here like Har Ki Dun, Bali pass, Borasu pass. You need the full day for this as it is a longboard journey. Overnight stay in Homestay/Guesthouse.
Day 2: Sankri to Juda-ka-Talab, Altitude: 6,400 feet to 9,100 feet, 4 kms trek.
Today’s trek starts with narrow trails starting from Sankri and entering into dense forest meadows which sometimes give you ghetto feelings. Going further and crossing the broad Oak, Pine tree forests, it takes you to moor area of the forest near a glacial mountain lake, surrounded by giant pine and oak trees standing tall in an organised way. Today’s trek is fairly easy, few sections and gradual ascends are there. The path is well defined all the way till camp. On the way we stop for lunch then again start our journey towards Juda ka talab camp. Overnight stay in tents.
Day 3: Juda-ka-Talab to Kedarkantha Base, Altitude: 9,100 feet to 11,250 feet, 4 kms trek.
Your journey further starts after having breakfast. Today the walk is through the jungle with Oak and Pine trees surrounding you, you will be amazed with different types of wild flowers and the colour of the Rhododendron flowers will add more beauty to it.
You'll find shepherd huts once you reach open meadow, one can go higher into the vast mesmerising fields of greenery. This entire meadow is under snow from January to March.
Day 4: Kedarkantha base to Kedarkantha peak (12,500), descend to Hargaon camp 8900ft, 6 kms trek.
Today you will be walking approx. 6km from Kedarkantha base camp to Kedarkantha Peak and back to Hargaon camp. We start early in the morning after having breakfast. The path is quite steep and it tests your fitness physically and mentally, keep the pace steady. Carry enough water with you because there is no water point on the way. Once you reach the top then you will realize that all the pain was worth taking, to be where you are!
It is a beautiful and picturesque place you can spend hours looking at the peaks and keep clicking photos. You can take 180-degree panoramic view of high Himalayan peaks surrounding, and the deep valleys as seen from the pastures. After exploring the Kedarkantha peak and spending a couple of hours we will start back our return journey towards basecamp. Once you descend towards basecamp you will have a hot lunch, pack your personal luggage and we will start our return journey towards Hargaon camp. Overnight stay in tents.
Day 5: Hargaon camp to Sankri, Altitude: 8,900 feet to 6,400 feet, 6 kms trek.
Today is an easy and short walk, you can enjoy the scenery and natural beauty around. Getting down is easy but sometimes we have to be careful, especially for people who have knee pain. Path is through Govind national park and gives you ample time to soak in the vast beauty of this reserved area.
Day 6: Departure day (Sankri to Dehradun), Distance: 220 km drive, approx 10 hours.
You can start early in the morning after having tea so that you can reach Dehradun at 5pm. We advise you to keep one extra day in your plan so that you can avoid missing flights or trains. We will arrange the vehicle (on request) to reach Dehradun and vehicle charges payable in cash to the driver directly.
What is included in the tour
- Activity: Trekking, Camping, sightseeing etc
- Tented Accommodation
- Guest house accommodation (at basecamp) on sharing basis
- All meals while on trek (Veg)
- Permits (Foreign national need to pay extra on spot)
- Basic First aid medical kits
- Qualified and experienced Trek Leader, support staff, Helpers
- Camping Tents, Kitchen tents, Dining Tent and Sleeping bags and Carry mats.
- Local route guide
- Transportation from Dehradun to Dehradun.
What is NOT included in the tour
- Meals during transit
- Mules or porter to carry personal luggage.
- Cost Escalation due to natural reason.
- Unscheduled stay due to landslide.
- Ruck Sack : Compulsory to carry strong and steady rucksack, Between 55 to 60 Litre
- Ruck sack cover : Protect your things from quick rain or snowfall
- Day Pack : Optional, carry only if you are planning to offload your bigger bag. If you are offloading your bigger backpack then you have to carry your personal valuable things, water bottles, pack lunch, raincoat/poncho etc.
- Trekking Shoes: Good quality rubber soul shoes with ankle support is advisable. Please make sure that shoes are well use before trek. Note: Sports shoes are not recommended but you can carry as additional back up shoes.
- T-shirts: As per your need, carry at least one quick dry type, avoid too bright/dark colours T-shirts. Cotton T-shirts avoid especially while walking. Full sleeves T-shirts are recommended.
- Track Pants: As per your need, one synthetic quick dry type track pant is highly recommended.
- Warm Jacket: Highly recommended, one thick fleece jacket/ Down feather jacket is must to carry. You can use this when you cool down at camp.
- Windproof Jacket/ Windcheater: We advised to carry, it is resisting wind chill/snowfall and quick burst of light rain.
- Thermal Wear: You can use this once you reach at campsite. Thermal keep your body warm especially during harsh winter temperatures.
- Towel: One medium size light weight towel quick dry type
- Raincoat/ Poncho: Raincoat/ ponchos is a water-resistance to protect the body from rain.
- Woollen Cap / Balaclava: Mandatory to carry woollen cap or balaclava to protect from cold.
- Sun cap / Hat: To protect you from direct sunlight
- Undergarments: As per your need.
- Socks: Hiking socks has ability wick moisture and keep feet dry. Full length socks are advisable.
- Hand Gloves: Compulsory to carry, few gloves are constructed of water resistant or waterproof material that keep your fingers dry.
- Walking stick / Trekking pole: Trekking pole provide useful literal stability on rough terrain and give balance while descending also reduce pressure on knee.
- Water Bottle/ Hydration pack: Compulsory to carry, please do not carry packaged drinking water bottles.
- Sunglasses: Compulsory to carry. It is protecting from snow blindness. Person who use spectacle need to carry custom make powered sunglasses.
- Head Torch / Torch: It is mandatory to carry with extra batteries. Head torch is advisable to keep your hands free while walking.
- Sunscreen Lotion: Optional, advisable to carry sunscreen lotion (SPF 50+ and more)
- Chapstick/ Cold cream: Optional, As per your need
- Toilet Kit Must to carry, Personal toilet kit (toilet paper)
- Sandals / Slippers: Optional, to walk around camp
- Small Lunch Box & Tea mug: Compulsory, sometimes we give pack lunch so you can carry pack lunch items in it (one small leak proof lunch box is the best one), also carry one tea mug/glass
- Dry Fruits / Energy Bars: We provide healthy adequate food on trip. Some do feel very less energetic compare to others, so you carry energy bars, dry fruits etc.
- Repairs Kit: Must, one small repair kit which includes safety pins, needle, thread and string
- Personal Medical Kit: Must to carry small basic first aid. If you are taking any specific medicine from your doctor please inform us in advance. There will be a basic first kit will be available throughout the trek. Our Instructor has done a first aid course.
- Camera: Optional, to capture your lifetime memories.