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  • UttarakhandLocation
  • 6 Days / 5 Nights Duration
  • Easy - ModerateDifficulty
  • 12,100 ftAltitude
  • 24 KMDistance
  • SankriBase Camp
  • DehradunPickup Point

Description

Set up in picturesque hills of Uttarakhand, Kedarkantha is the most popular winter trek in India. It is a Six-day trek full of thrilling snow adventure and majestic Himalayan view. 

The trek starts from Sankri, which is a popular trekking destination in Uttarakhand. From Sankri, one needs to enter Govind Balabh Pant Wildlife Sanctuary to venture on the Kedarkantha trek. 

During the trek, one passes through one of the most beautiful forests and campsites in Uttarakhand. Specifically the Judda Ka Talab campsite. It is a small lake that will mesmerize you with its beauty.

Another major attraction on the trek is an unparalleled 360-degree view of the mighty Himalayan Peaks from the summit. One will get to see the snow-capped peaks of Swargarohini, Black Peak, and Bandarpoonch.

Itinerary

Day 1: Dehradun to Sankri

  • Drive from Dehradun To Sankri
  • Pick up Location – Dehradun Railway Station
  • Pick up time –: 6:30 am
  • Total Drive Distance – 190 Km
  • Time Taken – 7-8 Hours
  • Accommodation: Homestay / Guest House
  • Altitude – 6,398 ft

The journey will start at 6:30 am from Dehradun Railway Station, where Hike Brothers representatives will pick you.

The scenic drive to Sankri passes through Mussoorie (The Queen Of Hills), Nainbag, Purola, and Mori. Throughout the journey, you will be accompanied by the gushing Yamuna river till Naugoun and then Tons (a tributary of Yamuna) to Sankri. 

You will reach Sankri by 5-6 pm. On reaching Sankri, you will be allotted accommodation.  

Then after some rest, you can explore the Sankri, a small village famous for trekking. It is the base for many treks like Har Ki Dun, Bali Pass, Borasu Pass, Ruinsara Tal, and Bharadsar lake.

Day 2: Sankri To Juda-Ka-Talab

  • Trek from Sankri To Juda-Ka-Talab
  • Trek Distance: 4 Km (approx)
  • Time Taken: 4-5 hrs
  • Accommodation: Tents
  • Altitude: 6,400 ft to 9,100ft

The second day of the trek starts after a delicious breakfast. Today you will trek for 4km to reach Juda Ka Talab.

The trail starts from the village and climbs up into the picturesque pine forest after 10 min. While traversing through the pine forest, you will come across a variety of flora and fauna. But during winter, one can rarely see any wildlife due to heavy snow.
Continuing on the trail, you will ascend gradually in a zig-zag manner and reach a point where the forest opens up to a large meadow. Here, you will find some local shops around and halt for some time.

After rest, you will continue your journey and will reach Juda Ka Talab by lunchtime. Juda Ka Talab is a beautiful lake with dense oak and maple forest on its side, giving it a beautiful contrast. Today you will spend your night at this campsite under the spectacular sky. From this campsite, you can also see the mighty Himalayan peaks, specifically Swargarohini.

Day 3: Juda-Ka-Talab to Kedarkantha Base

  • Trek from Juda-Ka-Talab to Kedarkantha Base
  • Trek Distance: 4 Km (approx)
  • Time Taken: 3 hrs
  • Accommodation: Tents
  • Altitude:  9,100 ft to 11,250  ft

From Juda Ka Talab campsite, you will continue to trek inside the dense Pine and Oak forest. While traversing, you will come across the number of Shepherd huts on lush green meadows. But during winters, these meadows are covered under the glittering snow. From these meadows, the trek will be easy, as it will hardly take 2 hrs to reach the Kedarkantha Base camp.

After reaching the camp, you will engage in tent pitching and other outdoor activities. In the evening, dinner will be served earlier in comparison to other days. As you will wake up at 2 am for the summit climb.

Day 4: Kedarkantha Base To Kedarkantha peak to Hargaon camp

  • Trek from Kedarkantha Base To Kedarkantha peak and descend to Hargaon camp
  • Trek Distance: 6 Km (approx)
  • Time Taken: 7 hrs
  • Accommodation: Tents
  • Altitude: 11,250  ft to 12,500 ft to 8,900 ft

Today it will be a long day, as you will conquer the Kedarkantha Peak and then descend to Haragaon Camp. Hence, the day will start early at 2 am with a delicious breakfast.

After breakfast, you will start climbing towards the summit of Kedarkantha. From the camp, the trails climb up and meander on the slopes up to the summit point. In between, there are many sections where it is very steep, but the view in the backdrop makes for it. During the winter season, these slopes are full of snow, which increases the thrill of climbing two times. Continuing on these steep slopes, you will reach the summit around 6 am.

On reaching the summit, you will be spellbound by the 360-degree view of the mighty Himalayan peaks, with the sun rising in the background. Among all prominent peaks visible from the summit are Swargarohini, Black Peak, Bandarpoonch, Gangotri, Yamunotri, Har Ki Dun, and Rupin mountain ranges.

After spending some time on the top, you will start descending towards base camp for lunch. You will follow the same root as taken while ascending.

Post lunch, you will move towards the Hargaon camp, which will take an hour and a half. You will spend today’s night at this camp.

Day 5: Hargaon camp to Sankri

  • Trek from Hargaon camp to Sankri
  • Trek Distance: 6 Km (approx)
  • Time Taken: 2 hrs
  • Accommodation: Homestay
  • Altitude: 8,900 feet to 6,400 feet

The fifth day of the trek is an easy one, and you will get a lot of time to explore the Sankri village. After breakfast, you will descend to sankri, that will take 2 hrs. The trail from Haragaon camp to Sankri is well laid out and passes through dense pine forest.

At Sankri, spend your day exploring the village and a small market.

Day 6: Sankri to Dehradun

  • Drive from Sankri to Dehradun
  • Drive Distance: 190 km (approx)
  • Time Taken: 7-8 hrs

After breakfast, you will depart from Sankri and will reach Dehradun by 6-7 pm. From here make sure you plan your journey well after 8 pm.

Inclusion & Exclusion

What's Included ?

  1. Accommodation- Tents ( Double Sharing)
  2. Meals while on trek (Veg.) –
  3. Transport from Dehradun To Sankri and return.
    Mode Of Transport will be a comfortable Bolero, Tata Sumo Or Max.
  4. Trekking permits
  5. Trek equipment (Tent, sleeping bag, mattress, kitchen & dinning tent, toilet tent)
  6. First aid medical kits
  7. Mountaineering qualified trek leader and support staff

What's Excluded ?

  1. Meals during transit from  Dehradun To Sankri and return are not included.
  2. Any personal expenses.
  3. Mules to carry personal luggage.
  4. Anything not specifically mentioned under the head.

Cancellation Policy

The following refund shall be payable to the user in case of valid cancellation of a booking:

  • If the cancellation request is received before 30 days from the commencement of the trip, the whole amount paid for the trip will be refunded.
  •  If the cancellation request is received within 20 to 30 days from the commencement of the trip or package 75% of the trip cost shall be refunded.
  • If the cancellation request is received between 10 to 20 days from the commencement of the trip, 50% of the trip cost shall be refunded.
  • In cases where the cancellation request is not received before 10 days from the commencement of the trip Hike Brothers shall not be liable to pay any refund.
  • Cancellation for booking made within 10 days of departure date will not be liable for any refund.

FAQ

  1. Is Kedarkantha trek easy?
    Yes, Kedarkantha trek is an easy to moderate level trek, with a total trek distance of 23 Km. It is a round trail with a max altitude of 12,500 ft and perfect for beginners.
  2. Is Kedarnath and Kedarkantha same?
    No, Kedarnath and Kedarkantha are two different destinations. Kedarnath is a renowned Hindu temple, located near the Mandakini river in Rudraprayag district. Whereas, Kedarkantha is a mountain peak of the Himalayas, within Govind Wildlife Sanctuary in Uttarkashi district.
  3. What should I bring to Kedarkantha Trek?
    Once you book your trek, we will send you the list of items, according to the weather.
  4. Which are the best months to do Kedarkantha Trek?
    Kedarkantha trek is open throughout the year except for monsoon( July & August). But if you want to trek in the snow, then December to April are the best months.
  5. How cold does it get on Kedarkantha trek?
    During winters, the day temperature will range from 10-15 degrees Celsius. However, the nights will get cold, dropping the temperature to 0 to -8 degrees Celsius.
  6. Should I take Diamox?
    You are not advisable to take Diamox. In case you want to take Diamox, then you must consult your doctor.
  7. What will be the group size?
    The group size will be between 12-15.
  8. If I am only female in a batch, is it safe?
    Yes, it’s completely safe as everything will be taken care of by the Hike Brothers team.
  9. What are the mandatory documents required on the trek?
    You are required to carry your identity proof (Original + Photocopy).
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