Nestled at a height of about 12,500 ft, covering a distance of 20 Kms, Kedarkantha is not just a trek beginner-friendly, it’s also adorned with breathtaking views of falling snow and engulfing scent of pine trees. December to February being the ideal time for the trek, you get to see the Godly peaks of Swargarohini, Black Peak and Bandarpoonch.
The sight of snow at the height of 10,000 ft lying on the base of pine trees even by the end of April makes it one of the best winter trekking destinations. Another reason for it to be a terrific trek among the enthusiastic travelers is the pretty campsites which is unique in its own way, the awe-inspiring summit views of the mighty mountain peaks and the forest walks among the pine tress treading over the bed brown dried leaves creating magnificent experience.
The trek begins from Sankri, making a stop at Jadu ka talab based at a height of 9,100 ft, to the destination which is approximately 4.5 Kms from there. With the charming and captivating views of the snow clad Himalayan mountains, the lush green flora and the frozen ponds, it’s a delight for the travelers seeking thrilling adventure !
Day 01: Dehradun – Sankri (220km Altitude: 6,400 feet)
The Exotic and appealing Kedarkantha Trek starts from Dehradun city with a morning pickup by authorized personal at 6:00 AM. Sankri is based up at a distance of 220kms on the National Highway 123. It’s a long scenic drive on a SUV providing sheer pleasure to the trekkers so that they can enjoy the beauty of the location. On Reaching the destination one can check in to the prior booked hotel and our representative can help you with the check in formalities. Since the evening is free for leisure one can enjoy indoors and relax or can set out to explore the beautiful Sankri village where there are local shops and small market selling mostly daily goods and a collection of few dhabas.
Day 02: Sankri – Juda-ka-Talab (Shepherd campsite 3.8km altitude 9,100)
After a healthy breakfast, it’s time to start the journey straight towards Juda-kaTalab. Approximate time to reach the same is around 5 Hours. Moving along the stream this
is the road that moves towards the Kedarkantha. The initial climb would be climbing several bridges through dense forest trees and thick carpet of maple and pine leaves all brown in color. Boars, martens and hares can also be spotted in this region.
Crossing few streams and continuing through the path and rising sharp through dense oaks one can reach the dazzling spot of Juda-Ka-Talab which can never be missed by any trekker due to its sharp contrasting and unique beauty. The sharp contrast of the Titan Lake and massive pine and Oak forest on the right is a appealing environment in the lap of Mother Nature and an ideal campsite to spend a perfect evening. Overnight sleep is arranged in tents.
Day 03: Shepherd camp – Base of Kedarkantha (4 km altitude: 11,250)
KedarKantha base is our destination for the day and we start for it post breakfast.
During the trek you would come across shepherd huts in open meadows which are equally delightful to see. Just before reaching the Kedarkantha Base one can enjoy the delightful views of arc shaped range of snow clapped mountains comprising of Bandarpoonch, Swargarohini, Kala Nag and Ranglana standing out proudly revealing their beauty. Post reaching the base, tents are setup in a preferred selected place which is open and one can enjoy a clear view of the night sky. As the night grows the sight becomes more charming with the Milky way stretching from one end to the other, the dense network of stars and shining peak of the mountain all come together to provide an awe-striking view that remains engrave in mind. However, in such a height it is possible to cold waves so proper woolens should be carried for protection. Overnight sleep at the tent.
Day 04: Base camp of Kedarkantha – KedarKantha – Sankri (8 km altitude: 11,250 Ft. to 12,500 Ft)
The final day of the trek is destined to conquer the Kedarkantha Peak. The day starts early with a healthy filing breakfast enjoying the sunrise from the Kedarkantha meadows which is a simply amazing, pure and divine. Moving along the Oak forest one can find Kedarkantha peak much closer. Towards the end the trek becomes bit difficult but however the view from the top and the amazing location is worth the effort. At the top of the peak there is a beautiful, yet small temple dedicated to Lord
Shiva and goddess Parvati. There is a small shrine of Lord Ganesh too. One can enjoy the sheer beauty for some time and then head back to the base camp by noon.
Once relaxed, set out for descending furthermore. On reaching the Sankri set the tent and mark the end of another delightful day with dinner and overnight sleep at the eco-tent. However, campfire is always an option to make the evening more interesting and gathering memories with friends together.
Day 05: Sankri – Dehradun (220km Altitude: 6,400 feet)
The first morning sun from campsite is the nexus of thick wood pine forest is equally beautiful. After having the breakfast, pack the backpack to descend furthermore. On reaching the base, get back to the hotel and freshen up. Have your hot lunch and get ready for Dehradun. You will reach Dehradun approximate by 8-9 p.m. You can book your further journey after that. For all those who wish to stay in Dehradun and enjoy the place for a day or more can book a hotel in the city and spend some more lovely days in midst the beautiful Himalayas.
Note: On Day 6, you’ll reach Dehradun between 6 pm and 7 pm. You can book your travel any time after 8 pm.
Price (Per Person): INR 7,000/- per Person.
Duration – 5 Days (Dehradun to Dehradun)
Best Season – Nov, Dec, Jan, Feb , March
Things to carry for the Kedarkantha Trek:
1) Woollen clothes like sweaters, thermals, pairs of gloves, caps, mufflers, socks:
Heavy and complete three to five clothing layers are minimal during Winters as the weather might get unpredictable. Light woolen is enough for summer trips.
2) Windproof jacket
3) Hiking shoes, Snow boots, sandals or slippers
4) Walking stick or a trekking pole
5) Accessories like sunglasses with UV protection, sunscreen lotions, lip balm, headlamp, torch with extra batteries.
6) Toiletries: Sanitizer, tissues, liquid soaps, paste and toothbrush
7) Medicines: Diamox for altitude sickness, essential medicines for headache, stomach upset, and regular medication if you are taking any, band-aids, volini spray, and anything else.
8) Phone chargers or power bank
9) Raincoat, extra shirts/t-shirts, and trekking pants
During Monsoons, please do not forget to carry a raincoat, an umbrella, and an extra pair of clothes.
10) Identity card and photocopies.
11) Water Bottle or insulated water bottle
12) Woollen fleece jackets
13) Few poly bags to keep any wet clothes.
14) Energy bars, biscuits, chocolates, dry fruits to munch, and ORS or Glucose to not drain energy.
15) Camera with extra memory cards, batteries, chargers