Overview

    • Journey Starts From: Dehradun
    • Trek Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
    • Trek Height: 12,500 ft.
    • Total Trekking Distance: 20 Km
    • Duration: 6 Days 5 Nights
    • Region: Uttarakhand
    • Trek Starting Point: Sankri
    • Trek Finishing Point: Sankri
    • Trail Type: Round trail as it ends where it gets started
    • Best time to visit: October  to April
    • Base Camp: Sankri
    • Nearest Railway Station: Dehradun Railway Station 
    • Nearest Airport: Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun
    • Last ATM Point: Purola, which is near Sankri
    • Kedarkantha Temperature: Daytime temperature remains cool while at night temperature goes down. In winter season: -10°C to 2°C and in summer season: 6°C to 17°C

Description

Kedarkantha trek is one of those that come to your mind if you think about the idol winter trek as a beginner. Situated in the Himalayas of Uttarakhand, this is the perfect trail for those who are initially planning for their first trekking experience in winters. From sunrise to sunset, dense forest, frozen lakes, panoramic views of Himalayan peaks, camping under the stars, bonfires,s and a perfect but unforgettable experience of trekking in the Himalayas, Kedarkantha is the perfect journey for you.

This mesmerizing trek is surrounded by the beauty of mountains. Covered in sparkling magnificent white snow, the trek presents a breath-taking view of the majestic and enormous mountain ranges. The unseen beauty of nature, the remotest villages, the meadows, and the snow-covered paths all comes within the beauty of this trek.

Adorned with the ravishing beauty of mountains the place is located in the altitudes of Uttarakhand, nested at a height of 3819 meters i.e. 12,500 feet.

The distance is not much challenging and is neither difficult nor too easy, which enables the very first-time trekkers to venture into this beauty of nature at its best. Kedarkantha Trek is the perfect journey for all nature lovers to bask in the beauty of dazzling mountains covered in snow. The Trek is located in the Garhwal region in Uttarkashi district. Also known as one of the easiest treks of the country.

The panoramic natural view of the mountains gives a thrilling experience to the trekkers where you can see beautiful mountains in Dehradun. The 10 hours’ drive from Dehradun to Sankri will never make you feel exhausted rather you will be enchanted by the serenity of the mountains. There comes along Govind National park in the way, which is quite known for its flourishing flora and fauna.

The thrilling drive leads you to the base camp Sankri. Located at an altitude of 6,455 feet. Sankri nestled deep in the ranges of the Himalayas. The view of you surrounded by the mountains will make an everlasting impression on your mind.

The trek commences from Sankri towards Juda ka Talab. Situated at an altitude of 9,100 feet, this place is nearly 4 kilometers away from Sankri. The journey takes you to the dense forest covered with maple and pine trees.

Another eye-catching view is the Himalayan langurs swinging all the way round to the highest trees.

Moving forward through crossing a few streams, one can view Juda ka Talab, which remains frozen during winters.

Summers make this Talab surrounded by which more greenery, giving an exquisite view of the area.

This trek is the perfect trek for all nature lovers. It's just an ideal destination for camping. Bright stars make the place perfect for the night camps, shining stars are treat to the eyes as well.

As you continue to trek through the pine forest, you will sight the summit of the Kedarkantha. The elevated trek of 6 kilometers, can be quite challenging but gives a 360° view of the amazing ranges of Kedarkantha. The scenic beauty of this trek leaves everyone awestruck.

From the Kedarkantha Summit, the famous peaks of Bandarpoonch, Kalanag, Swargarohini, Gangotri, Yamunotri, and Dhauladhar Ranges may sway you off. The picture-perfect with each frame is so beautiful and wonderful that it becomes one of those sights which stays within you forever. This trek is the one that should not be missed by the adventure seekers who love adventures and are ready to take on some challenges. It is more than a perfect place for nature lovers to bask in the beauty of nature and to enjoy blissful & heavenly sceneries with exhilarating experiences.

Highlights of the trek

Campsites

The Kedarkantha Trek has impressive campsites and scenery one could never find anywhere else. Juda-Ka-Talab campsite gives you an opportunity to camp near a frozen lake, covered with a dense forest of pine trees and maple trees. The wild camping night under a sky covered with stardust gives unforgettable pleasure to your soul. You can find other campsites at some distance below the summit and it provides scenic views of wide land covered with white enchanting snow. The sunrise and sunsets from this campsite can be seen as the best views ever, however, sunrise is more mesmerizing when seen from the top of the summit. On the way to your return, you can find another pleasant campsite, from where one can see the splendid views of Har Ki Dun Valley.

Trek route

Kedarkantha trek starts from Sankri and a journey elevated up and then you return via another route but finish at the same point where you get started which is Sankri. The most dazzling and enjoyable thing about this route is you find the prettiest views, that every path leads you to. As you move up towards Kedarkantha, you can see yourself facing some challenges, such as walking in the deep snow which becomes very thick as you climb up. Snowfall is the prettiest thing about the trek, which only the lucky ones can witness. This trek is best between Mid-Decembers to Mid-February where the chances of snowfall are very high. Filled with river streams, rocky clads, rough climbs, wide meadows, and dense forest, this trek makes your journey more exciting and thrilling. You'll be engrossed in the amazing beauty of the region while trekking through the lush meadows, dense forest of maple and pine trees, and crossing the wild streams.

Kedarkantha Summit

The incredible view is experiencing mountains and their beauty from the summit. Kedarkantha summit gives you an amazing 360-degree view, of the Himalayan ranges. This scenic beauty can't be expressed via words. You may get to feel Goosebumps when you set foot on top of the summit and that feeling is inexpressible. The views from the peak are insanely gorgeous.

Sights can be viewed from the Kedarkantha summit -

Kedarkantha summit presents you with a 360-degree view, which is the most mesmerizing scenic beauty you will have ever seen. Views can't be explained via words. The ravishing view will give peace to your soul and is worth getting Goosebumps. 

These are as follows-

    • Swargarohini: Situated in Garhwal and is a part of the great Himalayas located at an altitude of 6,560 ft. (2000 meters). As its name suggests, Swarg means heaven and Rohini means path, therefore Swargarohini means the path to heaven. Legends believe that it truly provides a path to the heavens which was followed by the Pandavas but only Yudhishthira was able to reach the top.
    • Kalanag: The highest peak in the Bandarpoonch mountain range. Kalanag literally means 'Black Cobra'. The top of the mountain peak looks like the hood of a black cobra, hence the name Kalanag is given. It is also known as 'Black Peak'.
    • Gangotri: these mountain ranges are a subdivision of Garhwal Himalayas of Uttarakhand. You will be able to witness the Gangotri glacier from the Kedarkantha peak. These ranges have their own religious significance.
    • Yamunotri: You'll also be able to witness the Yamunotri mountain ranges from the summit. Yamunotri mountain ranges are located in Garhwal Himalayas. You can see these ranges if the weather is clear otherwise the clouds make it quite difficult to witness these.
    • Bandarpoonch:  located on the western edge of the High Himalayan Range. It comes under the Sankri range and is located within the Govind Pashu Vihar National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary. Bandarpoonch means 'Tail of the Monkey', significant to Lord Hanuman, who is known as the monkey god and the almighty warrior, who went to its peak to extinguish the fire that caught his tail in battle alongside Lord Rama. 

Har ki dun valley and Rupin range are also visible from the summit if the weather is clear.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 - Dehradun to Sankri (9 hours)

    • The journey begins today from Dehradun to reach Sankri. The drive from Dehradun to Sankri is an enjoyable hill drive of approximately 9 hours, via Mussoorie, Damta and Naitwar.
    • The whole journey will be covered by enchanting valleys and forest covers. Sankri located in the Uttarkashi district of uttarakhand will be our place of stay for the day on sharing basis. The trail again will initiate next early morning.

Day 2 - Sankri to Juda-ka-Talab (Located at 9000 ft.)

    • The day 2 marks our journey from Sankri to Juda Lake. Juda-Ka-Talab is located at 2700 ft. of altitude and is 4-5 hours of trek within the dense pine and maple forest.
    • Juda-Ka-Talab will be our camping site for the day and it is all surrounded by tall pine and oak trees and mountain slopes.
    • The camp for day 2 will be here for night where you will be enjoying the serenity of nature.

Day 3 - Juda-ka-Talab to Kedarkantha Base Camp

    • The third day is the most exciting one as we will be moving towards Kedarkantha base camp. Kedarkantha base camp is located at an altitude of 11,250 ft. and it will be our Destination for the day. It is a 2-3 hours trek to reach the open meadows of the summit. The undoubted mesmerising serenity of the bounty nature will be captivated by your minds forever. You will be captivated by the mighty Dhauladhar ranges. This campsite will be perfect for picturesque views and the main highlight of this trek.

Day 4 - Kedarkantha base camp (3,429 m / 11,250 ft.) to Kedarkantha Summit and back to Hargaon (9 hours)

    • It will be a long and exhausting day today, but the joy of the journey and will to reach the peak would much more worthy compared to the challenges that would lay ahead for us. As soon we move towards the dense forest, the trails surrounded by Pine trees will start to disappear. After 2 hours we will be reaching and there, you will be surrounded by mountain valleys and ranges. Panoramic sights of the great Himalayas range along with the clouds scattered, will be the most magnificent view you would have ever seen. You will be able to catch the glimpse of the Dhauladhar range, Chainsheel Pass, Har ki Dun valley and Rupin valley. After spending some time on the top, we will head back to the campsite, will have lunch in between the trek and head towards Hargaon. Our night will be spent in the camps between the valleys.

Day 5 - Hargaon to Sankri (3 hours)

    • It will be the last day of our trek today and you will be commencing towards Sankri that is an approximately 6 km long journey, taking about 3-4 hours. We will be descending through the stone path after having our breakfasts. Moving ahead we will be passing a ridge that will give us an awesome view of Har Ki Dun valley. We will be reaching Sankri by noon and will settle in our camps for the night. And this will add another adventurous chapter to our book called life.

Day 6 - Sankri to Dehradun

    • This is the last day of our journey where we will be going back to Dehradun from Sankri. We will sign off from Sankri by early morning towards Dehradun. We will be going by Cabs or SUV.
  Accommodation
  Meals (Veg/Egg)
  Permits & Fees
  Medical kit & Oxygen cylinder
  Porters or mules to carry camping equipments
  Camping
  Hiking Gaiters, Micro Spikes, Trekking Pole
  Qualified and Professional Trek Leader & Staff
  Personal expenses
  Food during the transit
  Insurance
  Mules or porter to carry personal luggage

How To Reach

    • By Road: As Dehradun is well connected with major cities of North India such as New Delhi, Lucknow, Haryana, etc. So you'll easily get transport for Dehradun from these cities. Also, some buses depart from ISBT Kashmiri Gate (Delhi) to Dehradun on a regular basis. The overnight journey might be good.
    • By Train: Dehradun Railway Station is well-connected with major railway stations like New Delhi Railway Station, Lucknow Junction, Kolkata Railway Station, etc. Overnight journey via train would be a great choice.
    • By Air: Jolly Grant Airport is the only Airport in Dehradun. And, it is well connected with daily flights from Delhi.

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    • Cancellation by guests Cancelled before 45 days from the trek start date – 70% refund
    • Cancelled before 20 days from the trek start date – 50% refund
    • Cancelled before 10 days from the trek start date – 25% refund
    • No refund for cancellation within 10 days from the trek start date.
    • Cancellation before start date – Due to any foreseen circumstances (natural disasters, strikes, weather conditions, etc.) Seller may cancel the trip. In such cases, the mountain hoppers will refund 50% in cash and issue credit against the rest of 50% to the customer’s Eventskite Wallet which can be used in the future.
    • Cancellation/change after the trip has started – For the safety of guests or reasons mentioned above, an ongoing trip may be canceled or the itinerary might be changed midway. In such cases, we will try our best to co-operate with you however, no refunds will be made. If the changed itinerary (agreed upon by guests) is longer than the original, extra costs (reasonable) will be borne by guests.
    • In case of cancellation, the mountain hoppers or Eventskite will not be responsible for any incidental expenses, collateral losses, or damages that guests may have incurred while booking the trip (for example Visas fees, flight expenses, etc.)
    •  The mountain hoppers or Eventskite will not be responsible for any change in itinerary because of nature-related causes and the decision of the trek leader for various aspects of the trek will be final (during the trek).
    •  If the trek route alters from the itinerary because of any damage to the route, the mountain hoppers or Eventskite will not be responsible for that.
    • We always urge guests to keep a buffer day for mountain treks for such cases.
    • If any guest has to return from mid-way during a trip/ trek because of medical/ physical or any other concerns not related to The Mountain Hopper or Eventskite, we will not bear the cost of transporting him/ her back to the nearest base camp.
    • Decision a trek leader during the trek will be considered final. 
    • Change of trek batch is dependent on the availability of seats in the batch.
    • In case of transferring a trek to a friend, he/she should satisfy all the mandatory requirements put forward by the mountain hoppers.
    • The mountain hoppers holds the right to change/cancel the policies, without prior notice.
    • Any kind of emergency evacuation charges will be paid by the customer.
    • Normally the seller expects to carry your personal luggage on your own, if you wish to offload your backpack, you can give it to Mule. Charges of offloading backpack: -
      • INR 1500/- if you make an online payment to the the mountain hoppers, 10 days in advance.
      • INR 1800/- if you inform the mountain hoppers after reaching Sankri.
    • The backpack cannot weight more than 11 kg. The backpack should have a waterproof cover. Suitcases/trolleys/bags will not be allowed.
  • Any refund applicable will be processed within 14 business days.
  • Any refund claims need to be done within 15 days of the date of travel

Advisory

    • Avoid smoking and consumption of alcohol while trekking.
    • Do not disturb local people or animals during trekking.
    • Do not try to harm nature in all terms.
    • Pay attention carefully to the trek guides and instructors so that you can enjoy trekking safely.
    • Do not trek during nights, this might lead to mishappenings.
    • Do not throw plastic bags here and there and try to maintain the decorum of the Himalayas.
    • Never take any medicines without consulting the trek guides.
    • If you don't know much about the place then don't roam around without a guide because mountains are unpredictable.
    • Avoid any kind of anti-religious comments and activity to respect the local religion, local people as well as your batch mates.
    • Carry your identity proofs like Aadhaar card, PAN card, Voter ID etc.
    • Follow the Guidelines issued by the State-Government during your whole journey.
    • Maintain social distancing in all manners.
    • Frequent hand sanitisation and use of mask recommended.

Things To Carry

  Raincoats And Rain Covers
  UV Protected Sunglasses
  Basic Medicines
  Body Care Essentials
  Facemask
  Hand Sanitizer
  Trekking Shoe
  Rucksack
  Torchlight or Flashlight
  ID Card
  Personal Toiletries

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q.  How much weight will I have to carry?
    A. 

    It is advisable to carry a 6L backpack, the weight to be carried will depend on your requirements and capacity.

  • Q.  Will there be mobile connectivity on Kedarkantha Trek?
    A. 

    Most of the mobile networks do not work for most part of this trek. Vodafone and BSNL are the only mobile networks that work in patches along the way (but are inconsistent).

  • Q.  What type of winter trek is this? Do we need to walk in a lot of snow?
    A. 

    When it comes to trekking in India in winter, the Kedarkantha trek would be your best bet. From December to April, Kedarkantha makes for a terrific trek in virgin snow, with pretty campsites and astonishingly wide clearings in the forests. You are likely to come across snow just as you cross 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.

  • Q.  What kind of fitness is required for this Kedarkantha Trek?
    A. 

    This trek begins easy but gets moderately difficult with every passing day. It makes a lot of sense to spend some time before coming on a trekking holiday getting some additional exercise. The fitter you are, after all, the more enjoyable you will find the experience. For this trip you need to be aerobically fit and also comfortable with walking up to 7 hours on some days. Though, this trek is very beginner-friendly and falls in the easy category.

  • Q.  What kind of medicines should I carry before going for this trek?
    A. 

    Carrying medicines is important while trekking anywhere in the world. Though basic first-aid can be provided if you ask to your trek guide. During the trek you may not have access to pharmacies. So it’s better to have your medications ready.

  • Q.  When is the best time for Kedarkantha Trek?
    A. 

    Kedarkantha peak winter trek is a great trek to do in winters during the month of December to April & in May also. During this time you can see the clear view of the region and snow filled campsites. Each campsite turns into a fairyland in the snow. During the springtime too this trek can be done as the forests come alive in this season, and the snow stays in parts all the way until April.

  • Q.  What kind of shoes I should have for the Kedarkantha Trek?
    A. 

    You should carry high-ankle trekking shoes. Different shoes are suitable for different kinds of treks, depending on the weather, trail condition as well as duration of the trek. For this particular trek, shoes with thick souls are recommended.

  • Q.  What will be the facility of food and water on this trek?
    A. 

    There are proper meals with subsequent nutritional values planned for the people coming in for the trek. All meals will be provided. This would include nutritional vegetarian meals, with the addition of tea and coffee during breaks.

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Manil Agarwal

Well recommended! The best part is the food they serve during the trip & tour. All the best guys.

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Nandana Acharjee

If you are looking for some soulful travel ideas and a customized itinerary fitting all your preferences "The Mountain Hoppers" can help you the best. Happy traveling.

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Ashish Kothari

From the top of this mountain, you can see 360 degree View of mountains. From top, you can see many mountain like bandarpuch, savrgarohini, black pike, etc...In the winter season first fire of sun between the Mountains range you can see very beautiful. Thanks to the trek guide & team who makes my trek amazing.

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Amit Dhakre

Thanks a ton to mountain hoppers & eventskite for giving me an unforgettable experience of my first trekking ..waiting for my next trek with you.

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Surani Bhargav

The perfect winter trek for beginners. The best time to visit this place is end of december. If u are lucky then get the fresh snow. For going to on peak of the mountain u should wake up early at 3:00 Am to see sunrise. It's the best thing u can feel.

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Harish Kumar

The best trekking experience I ever had in my life. The views were astonishing and the weather was great. The last and the final summit climb was the highlight of the entire trek. I thank eventskite and our tour operator for providing an excellent food and stay one could ever give and making my Kedarkantha summit dream happen.

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Suvarna Barve

I did Kedarkantha with them...After my experience with them I can definitely say that these people have made my mountaineering a pleasant journey...Trust me, I can do number of treks with these people and can still say they are the best... additional skills which they possess is, “they all know to cook”, trust me it’s way tastier than u would ever imagine it to be...

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Jaskiran Kalkat

My experience with the team mountain hopper has been the best one in terms of service, support, fun, interactive, learning, everything. I would love to continue trekking with them for the kind of caring and motivating atmosphere provided by the Team, and special thanks to eventskite for providing me the best offer which was the cherry on the cake for me!!!

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Sheezan Ahmad

Best company I must say! I went to kedarkantha by mounatin hopper. I got very good assistance guidance and support. Our guide was best in his job. He helped us alot. Thanks for the wonderful experience!

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Manav Namata

It was my first trekking experience and yes it was the best. Our Trek leader Manoj Bhaiya, Rohit Bhaiya, Poonam Ji and all the supporting staffs were just great and were so cooperative all the time that it made our journey too easy and the kind of motivation they gave throughout the journey was just mind blowing.

Thank You for giving us such a lovely experience.

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RITIKA DANI

Had an amazing experience with this company, the guides were too generous, the food was hella amazing, the trail was eco and beautiful. Overall it's worth of money.

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Preeti Verma

I have been on two trek, my first trek was Harkidun Trek and the second one was kedarkantha. After the first trek I decided that if I ever go for a trek with a group it would be The mountain hoppers. From the moment I met the team at the pick up point, everyone were very welcoming and by the time I left they felt like a family. Everything from the accommodation, the tent, organic food, safety, etc was excellent. It was an amazing experience to trek the Himalayas with them. I will definitely be doing more treks in the near Future with them and would highly recommend them to anyone looking to explore the great outdoors in North india.

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Ankit Bansal

Best Trekking Company in India

The trek experience with the team was amazing. We were given the best possible luxury facilities. The organic food provided was always hot and tasty. The trek leader was a fun to go around with. And special thanks to Eventskite for providing great package.

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Sarang

Very well managed.

Good quality of food and provided very well equipments related to trek. Excellent trek leaders. All staff members were so co-operative and helpful.

It was best experience with them

Hope so see them with one more adventurous activity!

Thanx to the team...!!

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Anamika Maheshwari

We were 11 ppl, went on 2nd March 21 from Delhi & joined our trek leader and other staff on 3rd March from Dehradun for Kedarkantha Trek. It was really unforgettable experience with them...

"Wo beautiful nazara aur hath me chai,

Wo khula aasmaan aur sath me tasty khaana*...

waah maza hi aa gya"

Trekking is the most amazing thing we can do.

Please go with them, I hope ki agr next time treking karenge to aapke sath hi karenge.

Nazrein zami pe rakh, hum aasma pe ja pahunche ...#with_the_mountain_hopper

Thanks for guidance #Rohit_Bhaiya #Devashish_Bhaiya

Special thanks to Uncle & Aunty for the delicious food.

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