Duration: 6 Days/ 5 Nights

Altitude: 3810M

Pickup: Dehradun

Difficulty: Easy-Moderate

Duration: 6 Days/ 5 Nights

Pickup: Dehradun

Altitude: 1950M – 3810M

Difficulty: Easy-Moderate

Kedarkantha Trek is the finest and most famous winter trek in India. And the Kedarkantha Peak is the fascinating peak you will be beholding while being on this trek. As the snow starts falling from December, scores of trekkers throng this trek to enjoy the fantastic landscape that this trek offers. It offers an attractive view of the Himalayas with the snow-capped peaks and all around the white landscape of snow. The trek covers around 20 km and is at a height of 3810m.

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 Fixed Departure DatesEvery day of February, March and April.
INCLUDED
Accommodation:Guest house, Home stay, camping during Trek.Transport: Dehradun to Sankri and Return.Meals while on trek. All veg.
All necessary entry fees and permits.Mountaineering qualified & professional trek Leader, guide, cook and Support staff.First aid medical kits, stretcher and oxygen cylinder.
Trek equipments: Sleeping bag, mattress, tent (twin sharing) etc.Porters/mules to carry central equipment.
NOT INCLUDED
Any kind of personal expenses.
Food during the transit.
Mules or porter to carry personal luggage.
Insurance.
Any kind of emergency evacuation charges.
Anything not specifically mentioned under the head.

Short Itinerary

Day 01: Dehradun to Sankri 

  • Time taken: Full Day
  • Drive Distance: 220 km

Day 2: Sankri to Juda-ka-Talab

  • Altitude: 1,950m to 2,773 m
  • Time taken:5 hours
  • Trek Distance: 4km

Day 3: Juda-ka-Talab to Kedarkantha Base

  • Altitude: 2,773 m to 3,413m
  • Time taken: 3 hours
  • Trek Distance: 4km

Day 4: Kedarkantha base to Hargaon camp via Kedarkantha peak

  • Altitude: 3,413m to 2,700m via Kedarkantha Peak 3,810m
  • Time taken: 7 hours
  • Trek Distance: 6km

Day 5: Hargaon camp to Sankri

  • Altitude: 2,700m to 1,950m
  • Time taken: 4 hours
  • Trek Distance: 6km

Day 6: Sankri to Dehradun

  • Time taken: Full Day
  • Drive Distance: 220 km
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Day 1: Dehradun to Sankri

  • Time taken: Full Day
  • Drive Distance: 220 km

You will have to reach Dehradun from your place. The journey of this trek starts from Dehradun from where there is a drive to Sankri. You can take a shared cab or avail our transportation facility. You need to be available at Dehradun at 6;30 in the morning. As the drive is day-long, you will be stopping around noon time for the lunch break.

Prepare yourself for the long drive of 220 km. The road is bumpy and rough in some places. The drive is rewarding though as the views are quite scenic traveling in the last 20 km via Govind National Park which is quite famous and home to varied flora.

Once you reach the Sankri, you will be staying overnight at a hotel or homestay that you will have to book in advance. In Sankri, the mobile network is weak. You will reach this place by 6 p.m and enjoy the sunset view as the sun sets on Greater Himalayas.

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Day 2: Sankri to Juda-ka-Talab

  • Altitude: 1,950m to 2,773 m
  • Time taken:5 hours
  • Trek Distance: 4km

This is the first trekking day. Start early in the morning after taking a nice breakfast. Full your water bottles and get ready for the trek with proper gear. Your trek leader will guide you through the trail.

The trail starts at Sankri village and blends well into Sor. Immediately after the village, there is a steep climb. You will see the river stream and that is the trail you will have to follow to reach Kedarkantha. The climb has a few bridge crossings that go through dense forests of maple and pine trees. This walk in the middle of the forest while you hear the sound of the shimmering water stream.

Further up, you will see highland village people, villagers will be seeing ferrying their wooden logs, sticks and carrying their home essentials. The walk also gets you to see Himalayan Languars hanging from tree branches and hopping from one branch to another. Himalayan Languars are shy in nature, so they quickly jump from one tree to another to avoid any direct confrontation with strangers. There are other animals in this area like boars, hares, martens, etc.

Walking further up, crossing river streams you will be at last reaching your Jadu Ka Talab. This place is a view to behold. To the left is the big lake contrasting with the thick oak and pine forest towards your right. One cannot ask more breathtaking campsite than this. You will see trekkers capturing this fascinating view with their phones and camera. Later in the evening, trekkers gossip and enjoy around a bonfire while taking hot tea or coffee. You will hear cheerful voices from all the trekkers basking in nature.

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Day 3: Juda-ka-Talab to Kedarkantha Base

  • Altitude: 2,773 m to 3,413m
  • Time taken: 3 hours
  • Trek Distance: 4km

This is the day you will be trekking towards the base of Kedarkantha. The trail follows almost

a straight path and can be seen from far. The trail commences through thick pine and oak forest. The trail gets you to see highland life as there will be many nomad and shepherd houses in the sprawling meadow before you. On the way, one sees a magnificent view of Bandarpoonch, Kala Ng, Ranglana mountain peaks all covered in snow. The view is rewarding for all nature lovers. This is the view that you will be craving for once you will be back in cities and hustle-bustle of life.

Shortly, you have arrived at the Kedarkantha base. You will be served food. Relax and get immersed in the beauty surrounding you. In the night enjoy the starry night and wonder at the natural bounties and beauties of life.

Stargazing is also one of the striking features of this trek. In the night you will be gazing and wondering at the Milky Way up above stretching far and wide. These sights you never get in pollution-filled cities where all the time sky is obscured with pollution and haze.

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Day 4: Kedarkantha base to Hargaon camp via Kedarkantha peak

  • Altitude: 3,413m to 2,700m via Kedarkantha Peak 3,810m
  • Time taken: 7 hours
  • Trek Distance: 6km

This is the summit day. This is the day for which Kedarkantha is mostly famous and people across the country come. On this day you will be summiting the Kedarkantha Peak.

You will have to leave early from your campsite. Right after breakfast and readying yourself with proper trekking gear, you will start your trekking for the day. The trek will consume your entire day. Most of the trekkers leave as the first rays of sun hit your campsite. As you will see the sunrise, which we hardly face in our homes, you will see the divine and amazing beauty and effect these rays will have on you. The vibe and aura are other-worldly and for long you will cherish these moments well spent.

There are many trails from the base that reach for the summit. However, the best among all is the most frequently followed trail which has a steady climb. This trail again snakes through an oak forest. Slowly from far, you will see the Kedarkanth peak becoming nearer to you. This will give you the motivation and allure you to walk towards the peak. However, the trail becomes a bit difficult near the summit.

Once you reach the top of the summit, you will see a gorgeous temple located there. The temple is dedicated to Shiva and Parvati. It is quite a devotional scene up here. It also houses a small shrine of Ganesh. The summit gives a fantastic 360 view of the snow-covered mountains. This view is beyond any expression. You would want to spend more time here, getting more of this divine beauty. Take as much time as you can here and rejuvenate your body and soul.

Shortly after the summit, you will have to descend back to the next base camp. The trail once again takes you via a forest of maple, pine, and oak trees. There will be shepherd houses and frozen streams all along.

Once you have reached your base camp Hargaon, relax and enjoy. This will be followed by food and overnight stay in tents.

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Day 5: Hargaon camp to Sankri

  • Altitude: 2,700m to 1,950m
  • Time taken: 4 hours
  • Trek Distance: 6km

This is the last trekking day. You will have to leave the base camp and head towards Sankri. This day is your descend day.

Start your day with breakfast, get ready in your trekking gear, and follow the well definite trail. The trail is well marked and is stony.

Walking through the rich forest which is the trademark of this trek, you will see the magnificent river streams cascading down jubilantly. Shortly afterward, you reach a ridge that gives a breathtaking panoramic view of Har ki Dun valley. This valley is rightly called the valley of gods. The valley is quite rich in flora and fauna. You will see almost all the trekkers stopping at this panoramic view and getting enough of their photography skills. They take as much time as they can to capture this beautiful moment.

As you will descend from this view, you will shortly see the villagers and then you will reach Sankri. This marks the end of your trekking days for Kedrkantha Trek.

Once you have settled in your hotel room, you can in the evening roam around the village and explore the village life. Buy some souvenirs from here and see the local population that still lives by traditional standards. Life seems to have stopped here at Sankri which gives you a peaceful feel about this place. The place has farming as the occupation and people are quite religious.

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Day 6: Sankri to Dehradun

  • Time taken: Full Day
  • Drive Distance: 220 km

This is the last day of your Kedarkantha journey. The bus will take you from Sankri to Dehradun.

This is the same journey that you followed on your first day. This is the day-long drive to your next and last spot. The drive goes through some scenic ambiance and beautiful surroundings. Cherish these last views of your journey. There are picturesque landscapes and a magnificent ambiance that you will see on your drive back to Dehradun.

You will reach Dehradun by 7 p.m.

What is the distance of Kedarkantha Trek?

The total trek distance of the Kedarkantha trek is 20km. It involves a drive from Dehradun to Sankri and then back to Dehradun on the last day. The drive is 220km one way.

Kedarkantha Trek Temperature?

  • Winters: The night temperature goes below zero degrees and the day temperature hovers around 10 degrees.
  • Summers: The night temperature is around 5 degrees and the day temperature is around 15 degrees.

Kedarkantha Trek location?

This trek is located in the Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand. The trekking starts from the Sankri village and ends in the same village. You will have to drive to Sankri from Dehradun.

Kedarkantha Trek in December?

This trek starts well from December. This is the start of the winter in the Himalayas. However, it sometimes doesn’t snow during the first weeks of this month and you will have to do this trek without the snow trail. In this month the grade of this trek is easy.

Is Kedarkantha Trek safe?

This trek is safe. As the level of difficulty is easy to moderate, this trek doesn’t have sharp and steep climbs and the trail doesn’t follow some fatal passes. There is no life-threatening wildlife and no fatal trail maneuvering.

How much does the Kedarkantha trek cost?

This trek is one of the few treks in India that are very much cost-friendly. The five-day itinerary typically costs around INR 5000/. This includes your camping, food, trekking equipment, and trekking staff while on the trek.

Is Kedarkantha trek for beginners?

Yes. This trek is highly recommended for beginners. In terms of both ascend and distance, the grade of the trek is easy. It gets to a moderate level of difficulty when it has heavy snow. This is also doable by beginners.

How to Reach

By Air

  •  Dehradun is a well-connected airport through all the major airports. This is around 25kms from the city. Almost every day there is a flight scheduled from Delhi to Dehradun.
  • By Train

The overnight train leaves from Delhi to Dehradun. You can book either Nandadevi Express and Dehradun Express

  • By Bus

Like train service, there is a regular bus going from Delhi to Dehradun. You can either take the government-run bus service or get a shared cab.

What is the best time to do Kedarkantha Trek?

Kedarkantha Trek is the best winter trek. Its best season is from December to April. This trek is most enjoyed and famous for snow. This is also one of the few treks which are accessible during winters. Most of the trek gets closed down because of heavy snow and rough weather.

Kedarkantha, however, offers a balanced level of snow which makes trekking in snow possible and rewarding. The summit of this trek is most rewarding giving the view of an entire Himalayan range in its surrounding with snow-peaked mountains.

Here is how it looks in these winter months.

  • December to January

During these months the night temperature goes below zero degrees and during the day the temperature hovers around 10 degrees.

If you want to enjoy your Christmas and New Year then these are the best months. You will see snow all along the trail.

However, during the first weeks of December, it doesn’t snow. December is quite the start of the winter and as the days go into the end of December and January it offers good snowfall.

  • March to May

The snow starts to melt starting from March-end. By the time you get to May, you won’t be seeing the thick snow trails as in January and February. The temperature during the night goes above zero and during the day it hovers around 15 degrees.

How difficult is Kedarkantha Trek?

This trek is an easy trek if done during summers. However in winters when there is snow, the trek becomes moderate. Overall the trek can be categorized as an easy to moderate level trek. There are no overhanging cliffs or fatal maneuvers during this trek that will risk any life. It has a definite trail and is well maintained. If you haven’t done any trek before but want to explore trekking then this trek is ideal for you.

Kedarkantha trek gains an altitude of 6,500 ft over a total of four days of the trek. This gain is not challenging. In most other treks which are categorized as difficult, the altitude gain is more and there are sharp ascends and descends which is not the case for this trek. The gain in the Kedarkantha trek is gradual with less steep ascends and descends.

The terrain of this trek is easy. The trail goes through forests that have a definite and well-cut path. The trekking trail is definite all along the trek. It can be done even by solo trekkers. The ascend to Kedarkantha summit is all in snow during winters that offer a slight difficulty if you are not trekking with the guide. However, the trail is quite visible and there are no chances of getting lost while being on the trail.