Are you ready to step out of the ordinary and trek into a realm of breathtaking beauty with an adventurous rush? If yes, then you must enter the realm of the Kedarkantha trek! A trek is famous for winter trekking not only in Uttarakhand but also in the whole of India. The Kedarkantha promises adventure and a rendezvous with nature in its purest, most awe-inspiring state.
Kedarkantha is about 3,800 meters in the Garhwal Himalayas of Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand. It is an excellent winter trek destination woven by the artful hands of nature. Treks are a great way to face the challenges of nature and strengthen yourself physically and mentally. This site associated with Hindu mythology was the main abode of Lord Shiva’s meditation. Along with the spiritual heritage, Kedarkantha is also associated with the mysteriously frozen lake of Juda Ka Taal, which attracts every trekker towards it. Its main attraction at the trek’s final stop, the Kedarkantha peak, has stunning views of the Himalayas, including the Nanda Devi, Trishul and Chaukhamba peaks. If you, too, yearn for the magical views of the Garhwal Himalayas, then the Kedarkantha trek is a must.
Here are some of the things you can expect from the Kedarkantha Trek:-
The Kedarkantha trek takes six days to complete. The trekking starting point is Sankri village in Uttarkashi, 187 km from Dehradun. After opting for the Kedarkantha trek package from Trip Tradition, you can quickly proceed with trekking without falling into any trap. We arrange hotel & guest house accommodations with entire transport and provide food, camping and an experienced trek guide during trekking. After reaching Dehradun, our team will drive you to Sankri village, where your trek will start.
Kedarkantha is a winter trek, with the cooler months being the best period to explore. The Kedarkantha trek begins on 25 December and lasts about two months until March. This timeframe aligns with clear skies, making Kedarkantha an ideal destination. Several factors justify the decision to opt for a winter Kedarkantha trek:
Trip Tradition offers Kedarkantha trek in just Rs.7,500/- to Rs.9,999/- per person. Under this package, we provide best-class services to our trekkers, including transport, camping accommodation, food, trekking gear, guide and forest permits.
Day 1: Arrive Day, Leave for Sankri
The itinerary for the Kedarkantha trek starts from Dehradun. First, arrive at Jolly Grant Airport/Bus Stand/Railway Station of Dehradun, where our representative will meet you and leave for Sankri via Mussoorie, Lakha Mandal, and Purola. Sankri is 187 km from Dehradun, which takes approximately 7 to 8 hours to reach. Night stay at hotel (Sankri village).
Day 2: Ready for Trekking; Next Trek Stop will be Juda ka Taal
Next morning after breakfast, we will be ready for trekking, where your trek leader will guide you about trekking, weather, health and other critical trekking tips. You will receive complete trekking gear, including waterproof shell outer, hiking shoes with extra laces and strick. After getting ready, your next stop will be at Juda Ka Taal Base Camp, where you can explore the famous Freezon Lake - Juda Ka Talab. Night stay and food will be in the Juda Ka Talab.
Day 3: Start the trek from Juda Ka Tal to Kedarkantha Base Camp
The freshness of the morning will welcome you; as soon as you come out of the camp, you will find yourself in the dense forest with snow. It will be the day to leave for Kedarkanatha Base Camp. Tea and hot breakfast will await you before departure; we will proceed to the Kedarkanatha Base Camp after breakfast. Night stay at Kedarkantha Base Camp.
Day 4: Kedarkantha Base Camp to Summit and back to Hargaon Camp
This day will be the most special for you as it will be the peak day of Kedarkantha! After breakfast, you will leave Kedarkantha Base Camp and find yourself at Kedarkantha Peak. This stage can be strenuous, so trek taking rests occasionally. On reaching the summit, you will be awestruck by the 360-degree views of the Himalayas. Spend some time at the summit enjoying the surrounding beauty. After some leisure and exploration, depart for Hargaon. Night stay at Hargaon for camping.
Day 5: Hargaon Campsite to Sankri Village
After breakfast, start the descent towards Sankri. Enjoy the descent down through the forests and grasslands you have trekked through. Reach Sankri by afternoon and rest for some time at accommodation. You can exchange your experiences with the local people to discover the culture of Uttarakhand. Night stay at Sankri.
Day 6: Final Day - leave for Dehradun
On the last day, say goodbye to the Sankri Village and its beautiful landscape. With memories of your trek, we will drop you off at Dehradun, where your journey will end.
You must pay 30% of the booking amount to book a journey. Upon receipt of this payment, you will receive a confirmation shortly. The balance amount should be paid on the day of arrival before commencing the journey.
Refund Terms: If your booking is canceled, any applicable refunds will be processed within 10 business days using the original payment method.
The total distance of the Kedarkantha trek is around 20 to 25 km, starting from Sankri Village, covering Joda Ka Taal - Kedarkantha Base Camp - Kedarkantha Summit - Hargaon - Sankri Village.
The Kedarkantha trek is of moderate difficulty in terms of distance. The daily distance covered during the trek is manageable, but it becomes a bit more challenging from the Kedarkantha base camp.
Yes, beginners with a basic fitness level can attempt the Kedarkantha trek. Try to prepare yourself physically and mentally before leaving for the trek.
There are designated rest stops and campsites on the Kedarkantha trek route. These places provide facilities for the trekkers to rest, eat and spend the night; these include Joda Ka Taal, Kedarkanatha Base Camp, Hargoan and other small halts where you can rest.
The peak of Kedarkantha is generally around 4 to 5 km from the Kedarkantha base camp.
On average, the cost is around Rs.5500/- to Rs.9880/- per person; the Kedarkantha trek can also be reduced to reduce the cost.
No, the Kedarkantha trek cannot be completed in 1 day. The trek takes about 4 to 6 days to complete, including days of ascent, descent, and acclimatisation.
Although it is possible to attempt the Kedarkantha trek alone, it is advisable to go with a guide or as part of a group, especially if you are unfamiliar with the route and conditions. Tracking with others increases safety and provides a better experience.