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Elevated at 12,500 ft. Kedarkantha is one of the majestic peaks of the great Himalayan range.  One of the most popular winter treks, Kedarkantha fascinates numerous hikers and trekkers from all over the country and is perfect for both beginners and experts.  This 4 night 5 day trek is curated after keeping in mind the wishes of people who love the serenity as well as the adventure that nature, with its unpredictable trails and mystical valleys can provide them. Popular because of the spectacular view of snow capped mountains that it offers after finishing the trek, some of the ranges that are visible from the summit are Blackpeak, Swargarohini, Gangotri and Yamunotri ranges etc.The subject of many mythical stories and legends that are mostly associated with Lord Shiva, the name of the summit translates to “The throat of Lord Shiva”. The local myths and folklores just add more to it’s charm and make the experience even better. On this long weekend trip to Kedarkantha,  we begin our journey from Dehradun to make our way to the small village of Sankri which is the base camp for this 20 kms long trek. We will spend a night at our designated homestay or hotel, introducing ourselves and exchanging stories before retiring to bed for the night.The next day, after a briefing session from our trek leader, we will proceed towards our first checkpoint Juda ka Taal and spend a leisure day at the campsite, having lunch as well as dinner. We will have an amazing view of the ridges of Swargarohini mountains. The next morning, we will begin our trek to the Kedarkantha base camp which is elevated at a height of 11,200ft above sea level. After feasting on hot lunch and indulging in fun activities like snowball fights, we will prepare for an overnight stay at the base camp itself. Finally, after witnessing the highs and lows of this brief trek and watching magical sunsets, we will begin our trek to the Kedarkantha summit before dawn pours all over the sky as the best part about this entire Kedarkantha trek package is the early sunrise that you get see after reaching the top. Trust us, it makes you forget all about your exhaustion and you will feel entirely at peace with yourself. One thing that separates the Kedarkantha trek from the rest of the treks is that it falls under the category of a moderately difficult trek. So, it is beginner-friendly and it rewards you with a mesmerising 360 degree view of the great Himalayan ranges, making the experience satisfactory all over. The coldest area along the trek route has to be Juda Ka Taal with the Taal being completely frozen during the winter months. The sunlight glistens on the surface like diamonds giving it a golden illumination. Even after that, the path only becomes more beautiful and you can enjoy picturesque  views all along the way. You might encounter snowfall if you are lucky enough but it depends entirely on the weather which can be unpredictable. People who come to Kedarkantha can never stop themselves from coming back over and over and it’s not just because of the summit, but also because of the local culture and of course the cuisine. The famous Red Rice that is homegrown in Kedarkantha regions keeps the body warm and is a must try when going on this trek. It is advised not to carry electronic devices that could only be used with network connections or are majorly dependent on them. The reason being that the network vanishes just before reaching Sankri Village, which is the starting point of the whole trek.So, if you’re carrying all that electronic stuff such as a phone, laptop, wifi dongles, then there’s a high chance that they’ll end up getting discharged and would only add to the extra baggage, weighing you down.Although Kedarkantha trek is accessible all year long, the majority of people prefer visiting during winters to witness the ivory snow, mainly in the month of December and January but the best time to visit Kedarkantha is from November to February.Kedarkantha trek is one of the few places where one cannot capture the full essence of the experience on their first visit and hence, trekkers repeatedly keep coming back here.Lastly, going by the popular opinion and the mass appeal for Kedarkantha Trek, one can easily categorize it as ‘The Best Winter Trek to do In India’. So, if you’re overwhelmed with multiple choices of winter treks to do in India and are confused about ‘what to choose’, then Kedarkantha should be an easy choice.So, make some room for Kedarkantha Trek in the year of 2022 travel bucket list you have on your wall and keep your backpack ready for this winter season. 

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Inclusions

1 Night in a Hotel / Homestay on a triple sharing basis. 3 Nights accommodation in  a tent on a triple sharing basis. Surface transfer from Dehradun - Sankri -  Dehradun by Sumo / Bolero / Tempo Traveller ( Depends on the number of travelers). All Meals from (Day 1 Dinner to Day 5 Lunch) are included. We provide simple nutritious vegetarian food on all days of the trek.Snacks: Morning / Evening Tea / Coffee with light snacks and soup while on the trek.Camping logistics: Tent, Sleeping bags, Mattresses, Dining tent, Toilet tent, Sitting Stools.Trek Leader Qualified and Experienced Trek leader and support staff.Permits: All necessary fees and permits.Trekking Equipment: Gaiters, Micro Spikes, and Rope if required.Safety Equipment: Basic First Aid kit with Oximeter and Oxygen Cylinder.Guide ratio:

Exclusions

Any expenses of personal nature.Meals during transit.Insurance of any kind. Unscheduled delay due to landslide.Cost Escalation due to “ Force Majeure and Evacuation charges”.Anything not mentioned explicitly in the above program.*You can apply for travel insurance prior to the trek.

THINGS TO CARRY

Backpack (Min 55 Ltrs with rain cover): A good quality backpack from a good brand and try it before buying. Day backpack: 20 – 30 Ltrs.Floaters or Sandals: When you are at the camp, they help you to move freely.Trekking Shoes: Always invest in good quality high ankle trekking shoes. They are lightweight, have a good grip, are sturdy, and are easily available throughout India. 3 Quick Dry Tees2 Track Pants3 Pair of Cotton Socks1 Pair of Woolen Socks1 Poncho1 Full Sleeve Sweater or Fleece Jacket1 Heavy Jacket1 Pair of ThermalQuick-dry towelWindproof JacketWoolen CapSun Cap1 ScarfLight towelLip BalmCold Cream & SunScreen (SPF 40+)Water Bottle 1 Lt.Headlamp or torch with fresh pair of batteriesPersonal Toiletries Personal Basic Medical KitDark Sunglasses / People who use spectacles (Use Photochromic glasses instead of contact lenses)Trekking PoleExtra PolytheneCAMERA with good storage. Make sure it's fully charged with extra batteries.



Policy and Terms

No cancellations will be taken over the call or WhatsApp message. Please reply to the email of the payment receipt that you have received at the time of booking.Free Cancellation up to 45 days before the departure date44 Days to 30 days of Departure date. 10% of the total trip cost. (Booking amount is non-refundable) 29 Days to 20 Days of Departure date. 25% of the total trip cost. 19 Days to 10 Days of Departure date. 50% of the total trip cost. 9 Days to 6 Days of Departure date. 75% of the total trip cost. 5 Days to Trip Departure date. 100% of the total trip cost. No Show. No refund.In case of government orders, harsh weather conditions, protests, landslides, or any other unforeseen circumstances, we work out the best possible alternate plans or trips/treks. At times even certain activities are canceled, the organization provides the best alternative but no refunds are provided. If a trek is called off at the last moment due to a natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rain, snowfall, earthquake, landslides, strike, etc.), JustWravel will issue a trek voucher for the full amount and if possible will provide an alternate trek. The voucher can be redeemed up to the same amount for the same trek or another trek in the next 365 days from the trek departure date. But no refund would be provided. Any extra expense due to any natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rain, snowfall, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh, etc.), will be borne by the customer. The company will not be liable. Cancellations policy will differ during the peak season and for popular destinations

Frequest Questions

Q. What will be the group size of Kedarkantha Trek?

Usually, we take maximum of 15-18 people in one group. We believe bigger groups have less fun and less coordination so that’s why we prefer smaller groups.

We need at least 6 people to operate our fixed departure tours/treks.

Q. Who all will go along with us on the Kedarkantha Trek?

All our treks are led by professional trek leaders who are certified, mountaineers. Apart from them, there will be one local guide, cook, helper, porters and other staff.

All our trips are led by professional trip coordinators who have a good experience in leading groups.

Q. I am the only girl in the group, is it safe to travel/trek solo?

Yes definitely it is, the safety of girls is most important for us. All our guides and other staff are carefully chosen for trips/treks. They are honest and reliable but we also advise you to take care of your personal belongings.

Q. What are the things that we need to carry on the Kedarkantha Trek?

Once you confirm the trip/trek and done with the booking, we will send you the packing list according to the trip/trek.

Q. What type of ground transportation will be used on the trip?

We hire taxis such as Innova, Tempo Traveller, Bolero, Tata Sumo, etc. from our vendors.

Q. I cannot carry my rucksack/bag on the trek, can I offload it?

We always recommend that you carry your rucksack during the trek because it helps in maintaining your body posture. In case if you cannot, then we can provide you a mule/porter to carry your rucksack. You will have to tell us at least 1 week before the trek. The charges for offloading would be INR 300 per person per day.

Q. Which shoes should I buy?

Shoes are your lifeline on the trek. It is highly advisable to buy trekking shoes of a good and known brand. You can consider companies like Quechua, Columbia, etc. A waterproof shoes with ankle support will work good.

Q. What are the washroom/toilet facilities like on the Kedarkantha Trek?

During the treks, separate toilet tents will be set up on each campsite.

Q. What will be the type of accommodation?

It depends on the tour. If it is a trek then you will be staying in dome tents or if it is a road trip the the accommodation can be in hotel/alpine tent/dome tent/home stay.

Q. Will you provide sleeping bags and mattresses?

Yes, we will provide sleeping bags and mattresses during the trek. Our sleeping bags can withstand temperature as low as -10 degree.

Q. How many trekkers will be in one tent?

It totally depends on group dynamics. If there is a couple, we can give them a separate tent or if there are odd number of people, then there would be triple sharing.

Q. How can I book Kedarkantha Trek with you?

After selecting the trip/trek, you can book by clicking on the book now button or you can contact us and we will guide you in booking.

Q. What type of food is served during the trek?

We provide nutritious and healthy food during the treks. We always serve Indian vegetarian food and eggs.

Q. How to get safe drinking water on the trek?

Himalayan water is considered the purest water and safe to drink. But for safety purpose, we sometimes boil the water and then use it for drinking and cooking.

In case you find any clean water on the trek, always fill your water where the water is running not where the water is stable or is in rest.

Q. Can we change the itinerary?

Yes, you can give suggestions. We will look into that and if we find it feasible then we will apply it.

Q. Can you customize the Kedarkantha Trek?

Yes, we can customize any trip/trek as per your needs and as per the feasibility.

Q. Will doctor accompany us on the trek?

No, but our trek leaders are certified in Wildlife First Aid course and they always carry first aid kit and oxygen cylinders on high altitude treks.

Q. Do you prefer I should bring some medicines with me?

Yes it is advisable that you carry your own medication on the trek.

Q. Diamox is advisable or not?

Well, it totally depends on person to person. Usually, there are no side effects of Diamox but if you are having any prior medical conditions then it is better to consult your doctor.

Our itinerary is designed in a way that we take sufficient time to get acclimatized. In case if you are having problem on the trek then tell your trek leader about your condition as soon as possible.

Q. Can I take my child along on this trek? What is the age limit?

It depends on the difficulty level of the trek. Minimum age for eligibility is 14 years.

Q. What will we do if it rains?

If it starts raining slowly while trekking then we will continue our trek as per the plan. Your poncho will keep you dry. In case if it is raining heavily then we will try to find any shelter and wait for the rain to stop or slow. If it rains at the campsite then there would not be any problem because all our living tents, kitchen tents and toilet tents are waterproof. You will stay dry inside.

Q. Why is the trekking pole necessary?

Differs from person to person. If you think that it would help you maintaining balance while trekking then do bring the pole. Some people think that trekking pole disturbs the walking rhythm. So it’s upto you.

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