If you are looking for a perfect winter trek, then Kedarkantha is the one. The unparalleled views and serene environment are enough to add this trek in your “must do” list.
Kedarkantha Trek Fee:
Rs 7000 (Includes GST and all costs of the Trek from Sankri to Sankri)
Duration: 6 Days
Highest Point: (3800 m)
Best Season: Throughout the year
Level: Easy to Moderate
Summer Temperature: (5° C to 15° C)
Winter Temperature: (-2°C to -5° C) (-5°C to -10°C)
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Prominent winter trek in Garhwal Himalayas
It lies in the Garhwal Himalayan region in Govind Wildlife Sanctuary of Uttarkashi district in Uttarakhand at an altitude of 3,800 m. This is one of the best destination to plan a trek, it remains covered in snow at the time of winters. The trail takes you through undulating meadows and soothing dense forest. Beauty of Kedarkantha captures complete attention of the people visiting there because of the magnificent peaks and fetching greenery all around.
This trek starts from Sankri which is the base camp of more than 20+ treks, it remains busy by the hustle and bustle of trekkers. On the top of Kedarkantha there is a temple of Lord Shiva and Ganesh where spirituality can be felt. The fresh air and serene environment are enough to add this trek in your “must do” list. Villagers every year visit this place at the time of their festival to worship “Someshwar Devta”.
Extraordinary Panorama views
This majestic valley offers some extraordinary sights of Swargarohini – I, II, III (6300 meter) Bandarpoonch peak (6316 meter) and Black peak (6387 meter) all together. The other eye catching views are of Rupin & Supin valley, Baraadsar Range, Kanasar Lake, Phulara Ridge, Bali Pass and Sarutal.
The splendid sights of snow covered mountains welcome you from a distance and the views are breathtaking. The 360 degree view is extraordinary because you cannot catch such alluring sight on other treks.
– Snowfall starts from December and is there till April, there are all snow covered meadows at that time, trekking becomes fun and adventurous, the thrill is increased which makes it the best winter trek.
– The beautiful forest clearings and celestial meadows of Kedarkantha are incomparable. Such idyllic settings are hard to find but this trek offers the best places to camp. One of the best camping spot is “Juda Ka Talab” it is a wide clearing amidst forest.
– This wide clearing has a unique crystal clear Lake named “Juda Ka Talab” at an altitude of 2,700 m. It is believed that this Lake was formed by the water which dropped from the hair of Lord Shiva when he opened his hair locks a little. This Lake freezes in winter season and is very captivating, the reflection of trees can be clearly seen on the upper surface.
– Boredom can never strike you while traveling to Kedarkantha because the drive takes you through Mussoorie “The Queen of Hills” and some Himalayan villages i.e. Nowgaon, Purola, Netwar and Mori.
– On this trek you can explore the culture and tradition which people follow in Himalayan villages. They wear different jewellery and dresses, have their traditional food and know them firmly.
– The panorama views cannot be left when someone asks, “Why Kedarkantha?” the sights are spectacular with amazing 360 degree views.
Kedarkantha has turned a true Wonderland in these years!
There are many treks in Uttarakhand and Kedarkantha is the fable one amongst all. It lies in Govind Wildlife Sanctuary of Uttarkashi district in Uttarakhand and has turned a true wonderland in these years. Himalayan Hikers gives you every information of this trek: Trek details, photos, maps, temperature, weather, level, essential things to take on a trek, how to reach there and best time to go.
Key Points of Kedarkantha Trek
- Level: Moderate
- Proper conditioning & training of body required
- Need proper gear & clothing for sub-zero temperature
- Shoes are the single most important equipment.
- High Altitude requires proper acclimatization.
- Beautiful landscapes so carry good photo gear & Extra battery backup.
- Travel light
- The backpack should not exceed 10 kg.
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Duration – 6 Days
Best Season – Throughout the year
Level – Easy to Moderate
Highest Point – (3800 m)
Trekking distance (total) – (23 km)
Weather – Nights are cold and day temperature is pleasant during the season
Winter temperature – (-2°C to -5°C) (-5°C to -10°C)
Summer temperature – (5°C to 15°C)
Location Chart – Dehradun, Mussoorie, Kempty fall, Purola, Mori, Netwar and Sankri
Starting point – Dehradun
This is a Great Trek for Beginners
No other trek can be compared to this trek when it comes to trekking in the serenity of Garhwal Himalayas. This trek has no risks, here are no landslide prone areas and frightening river crossing which makes it suitable for beginners.
Altitude we are going to cover
- Sankri (1920 m)
- Juda Ka Talab ( 2700 m)
- Kedarkantha base camp ( 3400 m)
- Kedarkantha summit ( 3800 m)
Day 1– Dehradun to Sankri (210 km) (7/8 hours) (1920 m)
Day 2– Sankri to Juda Ka Talab (5 km) (4/5 hours) (2700 m)
Day 3– Juda Ka talab to Kedarkantha base (04 km) (3/4 hours) (3400 m)
Day 4– Kedarkantha base to Kedarkantha Summit (3.4 km) (3800 m) and then to Hargaon (5 km)
Day 5– Hargaon thach to Sankri (6 Km) (5/6 hours) (1920 m)
Day 6– Sankri to Dehradun (210 km) (7/8 hours)
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✅ Forest Permit and entrance fee
✅ Accommodation in Hotel Sankri
✅ Accommodation in tents on twin share basis
✅ All meals: breakfast, packed lunch, tea, coffee, snacks, soup and dinner
✅ (All camping gears)
✅ High quality tents
✅ Sleeping bags
✅ Separate Toilet tents – Ladies and Gents
✅ Dining Tent
✅ Dining Table
✅ Kitchen team
✅ Radio Walkie Talkie for Communication
✅ Good Experience Trek Leader guide and Technical guide
✅ Medical Kit
✅ Oxygen Cylinders
✅ Crampons and Gaiters
❌ Personal Insurance
❌ Medical Certificate
❌ Personal toiletry Items and Personal Medicine kit
❌ On first day En Route to base camp the Breakfast and Lunch are Not Included
❌ Last Day En Route Lunch and Dinner are Not Included
Full payment confirms your booking
We serve three meals a day including snacks and soup. A variety of delectable and healthy food is provided which includes; Indian, Chinese and other Western meals. They are nutritious and keeps you fit and healthy on your trek.
How to Reach the Basecamp Sankri?
– If you are coming from Bangalore and Ahmedabad then you can directly board flight to Dehradun.
Bangalore -> Dehradun-> Sankri
Ahmedabad -> Dehradun-> Sankri
– If you are coming from Delhi
Delhi -> Dehradun -> Sankri
BY TRAIN: –
Take the night train from Delhi to Dehradun.
– Nandadevi Express
– DDN Jan Shatabdi
BY BUS: –
You can reach Dehradun from Delhi by a bus, board it from (Delhi) ISBT, it is good if you pre book the seats.
(Reach Dehradun Railway Station between 5:00 am to 6:00 am and vehicle will be arranged from there.)
Reach Sankri by yourself
– Take a bus from Railway station of Dehradun, the first one leaves at 5:30 am, the other one at 6:30 am and the last bus leaves at 7:00 am. So reach there on time.
– You can also hire a taxi from Dehradun Railway Station, the fair is Rs 5500 from Dehradun to Sankri (210 km)
Reviews of Happy Trekkers ☺
“I had never been to Himalayas and Kedarkantha was my first trekking experience. I did not know much about the places and what things to carry, but thanks to Mr Kuldeep who helped a lot. It was once in a lifetime experience, the steep climb was very hard for me but the support and motivation by our trek leader “Mahendra” was enough to boost my confidence. When I reached the summit I felt out of this world and words are less to explain them! The towering mountains looked extremely captivating and the peaceful aura of this place is unforgettable. Thanks to all the mates and team members for being so kind and helpful.” – Ritwik, Mumbai
I am sharing my wonderful experience of Kedarkantha trek – “I believe myself to be very lucky because the things which I spotted during the trek were exceptional. On first day to Juda Ka Talab, the lake looked gorgeous and at night the shooting star was feast for my eyes. The cooks made mouth-watering food and at night they served delicious gulab jamuns, I was so shocked and surprised to see how they were cooking for us at this high altitude. On Day 3, I woke up early and witnessed the best morning till now at the base of Kedarkantha, the mountains looked serene and I spent at least half an hour gazing at the beauty this place possesses. When I reached the top, the feeling I got was beautiful like I was living for this moment and I want many more of these. This all happened because of the efforts made by team of “Himalayan Hikers” – Neeta Godambe, Pune
“I was a solo trekker so I joined fixed departure on 10 December 2018. The whole group was so friendly that I forgot I did not know them from before it was all because of the leader and team. When I checked in hotel Mr Chain Singh ji introduced the hotel staff, kitchen staff and the people who were going along with us on the trek. We all got familiar and we all were very comfortable with each other. The same schedule was being followed as we were told and everything went very smooth. Since then I have trekked with them many times and planning more” – Priyanka Pai
“I did Kedarkantha trek to overcome my phobia of height, since childhood this fear stopped me from going to high places. I decided to conquer my fear and go on this trek. It was very hard for me to scale 3,800 meters. Till the base of Kedarkantha everything was fine but when I realised that I’ve covered 3400 meters and when I was on the ridge my legs started shaking and then Ramesh our trek leader held my hand and told me not to look down, he motivated me a lot and helped me throughout the trek to come out of this fear. Somehow I reached the top all because of the leader and I still remember his words “Look forward, just keep going and you will succeed.” – Sakshar, Kalkata
Dehradun to Sankri
Elevation – 1920 m
Distance – 210 km
Time taken – 7/8 hours
We can arrange vehicle from Dehradun railway station and it will leave for Sankri at 6:30 am.
Note: The fare is directly payable to the driver (Rs 1100 per person)
The journey is 7-8 hours long with plethora of sceneries. Yamuna River and Tons valley are visible across the Yamuna Bridge en route.
Go through beautiful hilly areas i.e. Mussoorie, Damta, Nowgao, Netwar and Purola. In some of these villages you can see people working in fields and have a glimpse of their lifestyle. When you go through the forests, peep out of your window and look at the combination of dark and light greenery, it looks picture perfect.
Ahead cross an entry gate of Govind Wildlife Sanctuary, Sankri lies there. When the Baraadsar mountain range and other snow-capped mountains comes into sight then in 15-20 minutes you can reach Sankri.
Sankri is a small village with less number of houses, there is a famous mini market of with few wooden huts serving traditional and delicious food. From here some mountain ranges are visible. We own a hotel named “Swargarohini”, enjoy your dinner and relaxing stay there.
Sankri to Juda Ka Talab
Elevation – 2700 m
Distance – 5 km
Time taken – 4/5 hours
Post breakfast head towards Juda Ka Talab. The trail is covered by trees from both the sides. This place is rich in flora as well as fauna and colourful Himalayan birds in this region can be easily spotted, it is great for bird watching. You will love the trek through forests because abundant of pine trees accompany you all along the way.
Sight of water streams and waterfalls make the trail look more beautiful, cross a steep climb by taking some rest breaks and the scenic beauty will motivate you to go higher. After having lunch and coming half your way to Juda Ka Talab you will re-enter a dense forest of pine and maple trees.
Continue your trek and after an ascent come across Juda Ka Talab. It is a glacial present in a forest clearing and an ideal campsite surrounded by pine trees. At night it looks ten times more beautiful because of sparkling stars, if you are lucky you can spot a shooting star.
Relax yourself; sit and observe the beauty of nature. At night have dinner and spend your night in tents.
Juda Ka Talab to Kedarkantha base
Elevation – 3400 m
Distance – 4 km
Time taken – 3/4 hours
You can opt for little steep climb of Baniya Thach, which is a beautiful path with amusing views. Trail of Juda Ka Talab is straight forward and you have to trek through the forest of pines, go higher and the trail pops out at a ridge.
Again go through forest of oaks and after half an hour ridge opens up to a meadow. Continue your trek and snow ranges will be visible which surrounds Kedarkantha summit. Enjoy the picture perfect scenery and spend some time there relishing its beauty.
Walk over snow under dry oak trees and you will reach Kedarkantha base camp. This basecamp offers extremely ravishing sights of Bandarpooch, Swargarohini, Kala Nag and Rangnala, it is hard to take your eyes off them. There is chilly cold in winters but the beauty of the mountains will give you the warmth of pleasure.
Kedarkantha base to Kedarkantha Summit and descent to Hargaon Thach
Elevation – 3800 m
Distance – 8.4 km
Time taken – 6/7 hours
Witness the sunrise from Kedarkantha base it will brighten up your day. Today the trek is to Kedarkantha peak which is clearly visible from the campsite.
There are many trails which lead to the top, and you can choose any one. Maronda thach the biggest bugyal, Pokhrola thach on a gradual ascent offers extraordinary views of the snow-covered mountains and sight of valleys with huge waterfalls. This area is home to a number of rare species of beautiful Himalayan birds, animals and colourful flowers.
The last climb to reach Kedarkantha Peak is a steep one, after a hard ascent relish mesmerizing views of Swargarohini Peak (I) (II) (III), Har Ki – Dun and Kala Nag with many other towering peaks. The summit offers majestic 360 degree panorama views.
At the top there are temples of Lord Shiva and Ganesh, you can feel the serenity in the environment. Spend some time there and descent to Hargaon Thach through forests of Oaks and pines by crossing some streams on the way. Reach there set up your camps and retire for the night.
Hargaon Thach to Sankri
Elevation – 1920 m
Distance – 6 km
Time taken – 5/6 hours
Bid adieu to the blooming meadow of Hargaon and head towards Sankri, the trail is clearly marked by stones. There are numerous trails to reach Sankri but one of them is frequently used.
After you cross a dense forest Har Ki Dun will be clearly visible and ahead are local apple orchards and some farmer huts lined up on the right side.
There you can know about the traditions and culture of local villagers. Descent and reach Sankri, it is the end point of this trek. Arrangements will be made in hotel Swargarohini.
Sankri to Dehradun
Distance – 210 km
Time taken – 7/8 hours
Post breakfast leave for Dehradun early to reach there between 6:00 – 7:00
pm and have lunch en route.
Note: The fare is directly payable to the driver. (Rs 1100 per person)
Please carry the documents given below
- Original and photocopy of government photo identity card- (Aadhar Card, Driving License, Voters ID, etc)
- Medical Certificate (First part should be filled by the Doctor and Second part by the Trekker)
- Risk Certificates
Many trekkers commit the same mistake of carrying unnecessary items on a trek which only makes the backpack heavy. It is important to know the right items to carry.
It differs from season to season if you are trekking in summers then carry less layers of warm clothing and if you are trekking in winters carry enough layers to protect yourself against chilly cold.
Summer Temperature: Day (5° C to 15° C) Night (2° C to 5° C)
Winter Temperature: Day (-2°C to -5° C) Night (-5°C to -10°C)
- Backpack (40 to 60 liters)
A strongly built backpack with good support is compulsory for a trek. (Rain cover is important)
- Sturdy Trekking Shoes
The shoes should be strong enough with good support. The people ask if sports shoes would be comfortable but it is good to bring the right trekking shoes.
The Clothes You Should Bring On a Trek:-
Avoid keeping extra clothes because it only makes you backpack heavy.
- Trek Pants –
The jeans are never suitable for a trek so you need at least 2-3 trek pants for treks like Kedarkantha, Dayara Bugyal, Rupin Supin etc. Carry more for longer treks.
- Jacket –
Jackets are very important to carry on a trek it protects you against the chilly weather. So carry 2 jackets on a week long trek.
- Layers of warm Clothing –
Carry warm woollen layers or fleece. Carry more layers during winter season (at least 4 to 5) and less during summer.
- Thermals –
The Temperature decreases at night so you might be need thermals for Night.
- T- Shirts –
Bring those t shirts which dry fast.
- Poncho –
They are needed if you are trekking on a Rainy day to keep you dry.
Get these items on rent from “Himalayan Hikers”
- Trekking Shoes
- Hiking Pole
To get these on rent, all you have to do is just make a special renting request before your trek.
Trekkers Must Bring
- Water Bottle
- Cap or Balaclava
- Woolen and Waterproof Gloves
- Socks (Woolen and Regular)
- Hiking pole
- Personal Toiletry Items (toothpaste, toothbrush, toilet paper, sanitizer etc.)
- Personal Medical Kit
Trekking demands a good investment and this extremely expensive activity is the passion of many, so we have a great announcement to make which will be a great relief to your pockets. Now get your Trek Gear on Rent and all you have to do is make a special renting request while booking your trek. That’s it! We have kept it simple for you.
We carry first aid kits but it’s necessary to carry a personal medical kit.
(Carry minimum 5 tablets and maximum 10)
– Diamox – (prevents altitude sickness)
– Digene – (it cures discomfort in stomach, acidity)
– Crocin Advance – (cures fever and headache)
– Aspirin/Combiflam – (Pain reliever)
– Disprin/Saradon – (cures headache)
– Avomine – (prevents motion sickness)
– Avil – (it treat allergies)
– Norflox TZ & Lomofrn – (prevents Diarrhoea)
– Ranitidine – (reduces the amount of acid in stomach)
– Volini/Moov spray – (for sprains)
– Betadine/Savlon – (Antiseptic cream)
– Band aid
– Stretchable/elastic bandage
– Use medicines only when prescribed by the doctor in case you face any problem in your trek, take advice from Professional guide before taking any medicine.
Suggestion for Beginners:
“Never panic and don’t get nervous before you plan a trek because it only weakens you mentally. Think positive and everything will go well, the adventures await you but the risk factor and fears hidden inside stop you from exploring and watching the beautiful side of this world.
So before coming on a trek be mentally prepared that everything will go well. No one was born a mountaineer but their love for mountains and dedication to reach the top made them. You just need a mountaineer’s heart and same dedication to traverse mountains. Keep your excuses aside and explore the beautiful side.”
Come Mentally and Physically Prepared: –
– It is very important to be prepared physically and mentally both because the trails demand fitness and the challenges demand mental strength.
– Kedarkantha trek varies from Easy to Moderate and is an ideal trek for beginners. We are local community with professional staff serving with great experience in mountains and our guides help you every day of the trek and motivate you to go higher. But, you need to prepare yourself for a trek so follow the routine mentioned below.
Run Everyday: –
– It helps you get prepared for rough terrain of mountains by increasing the walking speed and boosts stamina.
– Start with a short mile and you can increase the distance day by day.
Do Stretching Exercises: –
– It strengthen your muscles and makes them flexible. Strong muscles also improves posture.
– If you train your body couple of months ago your trek then it will become easy to climb up the mountains relaxed.
Walking and Leg Cardio: –
– On your trek you will be walking a long distance so start practicing early and also involve the exercises which make muscles strong.
– If you train your body couple of months ago your trek then it will become easy to climb up the mountains relaxed.
(These exercises before coming on a trek will make the journey smooth by making your body fit.)
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Q 1. Which is the base camp of this trek?
Sankri is the basecamp of Kedarkantha and 20+ treks.
Q 2. How to reach basecamp (Sankri)?
Vehicle will be arranged from Dehradun Railway Station, meet there at 6:30 am.
Q 3. Where are we going to accommodate?
On Day 1 Day 5 in Sankri at hotel “Swargarohini” and rest of the days in tents.
Q 4. How many people stay in one tent?
We provide tents on twin share basis and 3 people can also accommodate.
Q 5. What type of food will be served?
We provide a variety of healthy and delicious food.
Q 6. What is the best time for the Kedarkantha trek?
Kedarkantha is an ideal winter trek and looks like a wonderland during the snow time.
Q 7. When can we find snow on this trek?
Snow is there from the month of December to April. Light snowfall may occur before December.
Q 8. What will we do if it rains there?
The tents are waterproof and if it rains while trekking then use rain cover for your backpack and poncho will keep you dry.
Q 9. Is this trek good for children and beginners?
Yes, it is a great trek for beginners and the child should be above 5 years to do this trek.
Q 10. Can we rent items?
Yes, you can rent jackets, trekking shoes, hiking pole and backpacks
Q 11. What if I want to offload my backpack?
If for some reason you are unable to carry your backpack then you can keep it at the office. Applicable charges are Rs 300 per Backpack for per day.
Q 12. Where is the last ATM point and will there be networks during the trek?
Purola is the last point where you will find ATM and ahead your device may receive BSNL and Vodafone signals at Sankri but the signal strength is intermittent.
Q 13. Will there be washroom facilities during the trek?
At Swargarohini hotel in Sankri there are concrete washrooms and during the trek we set up separate toilet tents for ladies and gents. There will be a deep pit, use it and cover it with help of a shovel. (Use toilet paper instead of wet wipes).
Q 14. Is Kedarkantha trek safe?
There are some risks on every trek but Kedarkantha is safest because there are no landslide prone areas or scary river crossing.
Q 15. How much altitude do we cover each day on this trek?
– Sankri (1920 m)
– Juda Ka Talab (2700 m)
– Kedarkantha base camp (3400 m)
– Kedarkantha summit (3800 m)
- Cancellation up to 30 Days: You will get Refund of 90 Precent of Trek/adventure program cost.
- Cancellation between 21 to 30 days– You will get refund of 50 Precent of Trek/Adventure/Tour/Travel/Hotel program cost.
- Cancellation in less than 20 days – No refund