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Kedarkantha

Kedarkantha

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Kedarkantha Trek is no doubt the best winter trek in India. No other Himalayan trek can match the pulchritude of panorama views offered by the summit. Wander in the wild forests of Kedarkantha and rest in its fascinating campsites.

Region: Uttarakhand

Duration: 6 Days

Highest Altitude(3800 m)

Best Time: Throughout the year

Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

Summer Temp: (5° C to 15° C)

Winter Temp: (-2°C to -5° C) (-5°C to -10°C)

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Why This Trek?

Kedarkantha Trek – The best winter trek in the Indian Himalayas

Nestled in Garhwal region of Uttarakhand, Kedarkantha is considered the best winter trek in the Himalayas. Perched at an altitude of 3,800 meters, Kedarkantha trek offers amazing adventure with taste of its magnificent beauty.

Kedarkantha Peak is a great snow destination in India. The journey starts from Dehradun and proceeds through picturesque Mussoorie till Sankri, which is the base camp of more than 22 Garhwal Himalayan treks.

Do not miss to add Kedarkantha Trek in your bucket list and experience trekking on virgin snow from December to April.

On the way to Kedarkantha

Amazing drive through the Remote Route

Start the journey from Dehradun, Sankri lies 7 to 8 hours’ drive away. Go through some picturesque places i.e. Mussoorie, Naogaon, Purola, Mori and Netwar. This remote route is extremely beautiful and this journey will be your one of the best in the Garhwal Himalayas. Peep out of your window especially after Purola till you reach the basecamp; Sankri.

Idyllic Setting

Forest Walks and Wide Clearings

The region is highly rich in Flora and Fauna. The trail has walnut and pine trees lined up on the sides which makes the trek pleasing, as you go ahead the wide clearings amid dense forests will surprise you. On Kedarkantha trek witness the one of the best forests found in Uttarakhand region.

Great Views

Fascinating Campsites

The campsites of Kedarkantha trek are unmatched, every campsite present here every-time has something different to offer. The first one is famous ‘Juda Ka Talab’ it is a wide forest clearing with a unique holy glacial lake. Ahead from Kedarkantha base get cosmic views of Kedarkantha peak.

Unmatched Panorama Views

The best part about Kedarkantha trek is the exotic panoramic views. The towering famous peaks of Garhwal are visible from the base and summit.

Get views of snow-capped Black peak, Swargarohini (I, II, III), Baraadsar range, Bandarpoonch, Phulara Ridge, Bali Pass, Rupin and Supin and Sarutal.

Presence of Someshwar Devta’s Temple on Kedarkantha Summit

Kedarkantha has religious beliefs, villagers every year visit this place during their festival and worship Someshwar Devta. There is one more temple dedicated to Ganesha worshipped by the villagers. Witness these high altitude temples, feel the spirituality and get refreshed in the fresh aura of Kedarkantha.

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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 Time – Throughout the year

Difficulty – Easy to Moderate

Highest Altitude – (3800 m)

Winter temp – (-2°C to -5°C) (-5°C to -10°C)

Summer temp – (5°C to 15°C)

Region – Uttarakhand

Starting point – Sankri, Uttarkashi

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 Covered Per Day

Sankri – (1920 m)
Juda Ka Talab – ( 2700 m)
Kedarkantha base camp – ( 3400 m)
Kedarkantha summit – ( 3800 m)

SHORT ITINERARY

Day 1– Reaching Sankri from Dehradun

Distance – 210 km (Drive)
Time taken – 7/8 hours
Altitude – 1920 m

Day 2– Sankri to Juda Ka Talab

Distance – 5 km
Time taken – 4/5 hours
Altitude – 2700 m

Day 3– Juda Ka Talab to Kedarkantha base

Distance – 4 km
Time taken – 3/4 hours
Altitude – 3400 m

Day 4– Kedarkantha base to Kedarkantha summit and descent to Hargaon

Distance – 3.4 km (ascent) 5 km (descent)
Time taken – 6/7 hours
Altitude – 3800 m

Day 5– Hargaon to Sankri

Distance – 6 km
Time taken – 5/6 hours
Altitude – 1920 m

Day 6– Sankri to Dehradun

Distance – 210 km
Time taken – 7/8 hours

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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.

We suggest:

– 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)

Kedarkantah Trek Rainfall Chart
Rainfall Chart of Kedarkantha Trek
Things to Take

Mandatory Documents

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)

Necessary Items:

  • 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”

  • Backpacks
  • Trekking Shoes
  • Jackets
  • Poncho
  • 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
  • Sunglasses
  • Slippers
  • Woolen and Waterproof Gloves
  • Socks (Woolen and Regular)
  • Sunscreen
  • Torch
  • Hiking pole
  • Personal Toiletry Items (toothpaste, toothbrush, toilet paper, sanitizer etc.)
  • Personal Medical Kit
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Rent Equipment

Personal toiletry Items and Personal Medicine kitPersonal Insurance

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)

– ORS

– Band aid

– Cotton

– Stretchable/elastic bandage

– Gauze

 

Note-

 

– 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.

 

FITNESS: –

 

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.)