Kedarkantha – Uttrakhandfrom
Kedarkantha has an endearing setting: the campsites, the summit views, the forest walks. The better prepared you are, the more you will enjoy this trek. Join us to experience the thrill of a summit climb. Snow time recommended.
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Snow & Ice
Activity Level Challenging
TIME OF THE YEAR :- ROUND THE YEAR TREK
DURATION: 5 days
DIFFICULTY: Moderate for amateurs. Easy for professionals.
HIGHEST ALTITUDE: 12,500 ft
AVERAGE TEMPERATURE: Day time: 8°C-15°C; Night time: -5°C- 3°C
Not many know that on the Kedarkantha trek, the winter snow sets in by the middle of December and lasts until the third week of April. You are likely to come across snow just as you across the 10,000 ft mark, lying on the forest floor among the pine trees. When you reach the meadows, a huge blanket of white is likely to surround you in every direction.
Three Reasons to Visit Kedarkantha –
- Best drive in the Himalayas – The drive to Kedarkantha takes you through Mussoorie, Nowgaon, Purola and Mori before finally bringing you to Naitwar.
- Prettiest campsites – This trek has the prettiest campsites in the Himalayas. Not all treks can boast of the beauty of their campsites like the Kedarkantha trek. Each campsite is unique in its beauty.
- Snow peaks all around – This is a huge perk of trekking to Kedarkantha. Right from the Kedarkantha base camp, you’ll see stunning 360 degree views of famous mountain summits. This is jaw dropping.
- Meals while on trek (veg)
- Permits (except for foreign nationals)
- First-aid medical kits
- Qualified and experienced trek guide, and support staff
- Personal expenses
- Cost escalation due to any circumstances
- Personal porters
- Anything not mentioned in the inclusions
- Transport arrangement s can be made from the Dehradun or Delhi too on additional cost
Arrive at Sankri
Arrive at Sankri (6,450 ft). Stay with dinner.
Arrive at Sankri Village, meet the trek guide and way to hotel/homestay in Sankri. If time permits you can explore the village or just walk around Sankri.
Reach Lower Kedarkantha Base Camp
5kms Trek from Sankri (6,450 ft) – Juda ka Talab (9,100 ft)
Gear up for the first day of trek. Walk for a couple hundred meters towards the road that leads to Taluka and you will see a big hoarding of Uttarakhand Tourism. The route to Kedarkantha gets a diversion on the right after walking for another 5 minutes.
There is a steep climb involved as soon as you take right. The trail goes through the beautiful forest of oak, birch & deodar. The sound of some minor streams flowing through rocks will please your ears. It just takes around 3 hours to reach Juda ka Talab but when the trail is well laden with fresh snow it might take up to 4 hrs (in winters). Juda ka Talab is a beautiful lake surrounded with trees on one side and lush green elevated meadow on all the other sides. It is situated at an altitude of 2800 mts above sea level. The lake remains frozen during winters. At times the ice layer on the lake becomes so thick that you can even walk over the frozen Juda ka Talab.
After spending some tome time Juda ka Talab, we will trek towards Kedarkantha base camp.
The trail passes through tree line and will be covered with snow (during winters). You’ll encounter couple of picturesque spots that are ideal for camping. After roughly walking for an hour and a half you’ll reach Lower Kedarkantha Base Camp. This campsite is often occupied when there is heavy snowfall at the upper area of Kedarkantha, the summit of Kedarkantha is clearly visible from this region.
There are a couple of shepherd huts in this region which are often used as kitchen area.
Continue walking uphill through a patch of dense forest and after climbing for an hour you’ll reach Kedarkantha Base Camp perched at an elevation of 3450mts above sea level. Watch out for the sunset as it is a spectacularly beautiful sight to see the mountains painted with golden hues.
Reach Kedarkantha base camp
Trek from Juda ka Talab (9,100 ft) – Kedarkantha base camp (11,200 ft)-
Kedarkantha Summit (12,500 ft)
Start trekking early from Kedarkantha Base Camp because it is The Summit Day. The climb is moderately steep and the views are rewarding. The trail goes pierces through the oak forest and opens up to a straight climb through northern ridge. In roughly less than two hours time you’ll reach Kedarkantha Summit from Kedarkantha Base Camp.
A wide view of Himalayan peaks will greet you at the summit, spent quality time there. Gangotri & Yamunotri ranges are also distinctly visible from the peak. The Kedarkantha Summit is situated at an altitude of 3900mts above sea level, equivalent to several peaks in the French Alps. Try and spend a good time at the summit if the weather is clear. Descend to Base Camp, night stay at Kedarkantha Base camp.
Reach the Summit and Return
Trek from Base Camp – Hargaon(8,900 ft) – Sankri (6,450 ft)
During the trek to Hargaon, you will encounter couple of frozen streams during winter season.
The trail is beautifully laid on the gentle slopes between oak and pine forest. It will take around 2 hours for you to reach Hargaon Campsite from Kedarkantha Base Camp. Continue the decent till Sankri, enjoy the scenic beauty. Spend quality time in the evening at our homestay in Sankri.
Drive to Dehradun/Delhi.
After breakfast in the morning, Board a cab/bus and leave for Dehradun. Our trek services will end at Sankri.
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Meals while on trek (veg)
Permits (except for foreign nationals)
First-aid medical kits
Qualified and experienced trek guide, and support staff
Cost escalation due to any circumstances
Anything not mentioned in the inclusions
Transport arrangement s can be made from the Dehradun or Delhi too on additional cost