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Kedarkantha Trekking is to reach the Kedarkantha peak in the mountain range of the Tons River valley. It is India's most beautiful rounded peak and the most sought-after snow trekking destination. Even in winter, a trek to Kedarkantha is possible as the trail path is through the dense forests and vast meadows. 

One will get soaked into the aura as we walk through the protected area of Govind national park. Our destination path is full of pictorial views nestled at 3810 meters height above sea level, covering a consolidated distance of 20 km.

It is a delightful marvel for all trekkers with its verdant greenery, lush landscapes, myriad collections of flora, frozen ponds, and the sights of mesmerizing peaks. Himalaya Trekking hidden jewel is the best winter season hike. Kedarkantha trek booking kindly chats with us for any questions. 

The Kedarkantha trek's best time is during the winter months, from December to April. This period offers snowy landscapes, pleasant weather, and a breathtaking experience amidst the pristine Himalayas.

The Kedarkantha elevation is approximately 12,500 feet or 3,810 meters above sea level. It is a popular trekking destination in the Uttarakhand region of the Indian Himalayas, offering stunning panoramic views, a must-visit beautiful winter trek.

The Kedarkantha trek package includes Dehradun to Dehradun bus travel, guided trekking through mesmerizing landscapes, camping under the stars, local permits charges, and a comfortable stay at Sankri. Embrace the thrill of adventure while enjoying the breathtaking beauty of the Himalayas in this all-inclusive package.

From the Kedarkantha summit, you can witness a spectacular panorama of several prominent peaks in the Himalayas. Some peaks visible from Kedarkantha top view include Swargarohini, Bandarpoonch, Black Peak, Ranglana, and Gangotri ranges. Each peak adds to the awe-inspiring beauty of the surrounding landscape, making the trek a truly unforgettable experience.

 

Highlights

  • Location: Garhwal Himalayas, Uttarakhand.
  • Duration of Kedarkantha Trekking is 6 days and 5 nights
  • Maximum Kedarkantha altitude 3800 meters / 12500 feet above sea level
  • Grade: Easy to Moderate
  • Kedarkantha Tour Package Rs.7999/- Per person from Dehradun to Dehradun
  • Kedarkantha trek India distance is 20 kilometers 
  • Kedarkantha trek height is 3810 meters
  • Kedarkantha trek best time is December to January
  • Kedarkantha base camp height is 3430 meters or 11,250 feet

The journey will start at 7.00 am from Dehradun Railway Station to Sankri and it will take around 9 hrs. We will drive via Dehradun and Mussoorie, alongside the Yamuna, and also passes by beautiful pine forests. On reaching Sankri, we will explore the scenic hamlet to prepare for the trek. Overnight stay at Sankri.

Our trek commences today for a distance of four km. We will start our trek to Juda-ka-Talab by moving out of Sankri, towards Sor, and upwards on an inclined road that moves parallel to a beautiful stream. We cross many babbling brooks amidst the dense forest, whilst walking on a lush carpet of maple and pine leaves. The sounds of the streams mingled with the Twitter of birds and the calls of the langur greet your eyes. Juda-ka-Talab is a pristine lake surrounded by pines. It is situated at a height of 9100 feet. Overnight stay in tents.

Today we start our trek to the Kedarkantha base camp which is at a height of 11,200 feet and is 3.5km away from Juda-ka-Talab. The distance can be covered at a leisurely pace post breakfast. We enter the beautiful forest once again and as we climb higher, the ridge gets steeper. As if to compensate for its steepness, the landscape is dotted with charming not meadows. We will reach the campsite in the afternoon. Overnight stay in tents.

This is the day you've been working hard for! The trek from the Kedarkantha base camp to the summit is six kilometers. On reaching the summit, your jaw will drop, and your eyes will not blink. The Kedarkantha peak is marked by an arrangement of stones with a Trishul that points to the sky. 

Kedarkantha base camp to summit distance is six kilometers. The summit offers an astonishing 360-degree view of the peaks of Uttarakhand and the Chaainsheel Pass and Kailash ranges of Himachal. You can also see the Har Ki Dun Valley below from the top. 

The story behind Kedarkantha is an interesting one. The name means the Throat of Lord Shiva, Kedar refers to Lord Shiva, and Kantha means Throat. The legend is that this peak was supposed to be the original Kedarnath temple. Still, Lord Shiva, who disguised himself as a cowhiding from the Pandavas, was disturbed during meditation by the villagers. 

The interruption made him change his location from this peak to the present Kedarnath temple. We hike back to the base camp after spending a good time on the summit. Post lunch, we head towards Hargaon, a six kilometers trail. Hargaon is a large camping area en route to Sankri. An overnight stay is required before saying goodbye to the beautiful place.

Today we head down to Sankri. It takes about 2-3 hours to finish this 4 km trek route of the day. For the rest of the day, you can explore the village of Sankri, which is known to be the heart of the Har Ki Dun valley, along with other villages like Gangad and Osla. Sankri is a typical “Pahari” village, with unbeatable hospitality offered by the locals. It is also the last road heading to the Govind Ballabh Pant Wildlife Sanctuary 

We will check out after breakfast by 8 am and start our return journey towards Dehradun. We will reach Dehradun by evening. The glorious trek ends here.

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Inclusions

  • All meals starting from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on last day
  • Accommodation on double occupancy for 5 nights
  • Transport from Dehradun onwards
  • Tempo Traveler with Push Back seats
  • Mules to carry camping equipment
  • Camping equipment
  • Camping tents, dining tent, Kitchen tent
  • Toilet tents with portable toilet seats
  • Camping stools, table
  • Sleeping Bags
  • Foam Mattresses
  • Gaiters, Micro-spikes if needed
  • Forest entry for Indian national
  • INR 1,500/- additional for Non Indian Citizens
  • GST @5%
  • Dedicated experienced guide, cook and support staff
  • Certified Guide with BMC certified & First Aid course
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Exclusions

  • Any Expenses or services not mentioned in the above inclusions
  • Trek Insurance
  • INR 390 PER Person Add On Cost
  • Coverage for
  • Medical Evacuation
  • Hospitalization due to Illness or Injury during the trek
  • Can be upgraded for Missed flights, cancellations, baggage loss
  • Any costs incurred due to bad weather or roadblocks
  • Baggage Offload Charge
    • INR 350/- for one bag up-to 12 KG per day
    • INR 1,400/- for the complete trek

THINGS TO CARRY

  • Valid Identity Proof (Passport / Voter ID Card), along with 5 Photocopies for each document.
  • 5 Passport Size Color Photographs
  • Water Bottles
  • A light-weighted Haversack or Backpack, and a smaller Day Sack
  • Good pair of trekking shoes, and a pair of flip-flops
  • Woolen Gloves, woolen socks, Monkey Cap/Balaclava, Neck Scarf
  • Thermal Inners
  • Snow Jackets and Fleece Jackets
  • Waterproof gloves and windcheater/poncho
  • Personal clothing (Dressing Moderately is mandatory to visit Monasteries and Dzongs)
  • Cap, sunglasses, scarf
  • Camera, Binoculars (Optional)
  • Toiletries – Sunscreen, Moisturizer, Light towel, Lip balm, Wet wipes, Toothbrush, Toothpaste, Hand Sanitizer
  • Extra Polythene Bags (To segregate used/ unused garments, wet/ dry clothing)
  • Any medicines that you consume normally, post consulting a doctor
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Snacks & Biscuits to munch on (Optional)
  • Enerzyl Powder or Glucon D powder



Policy and Terms

  • If you cancel the trek due to any reason, it is mandatory to notify us. Cancellation charges will only be effective from the date we get your request to cancel the trek.

  • 90% refund if notified via phone conversation 30 or more days prior to the event date.
  • 50 % refund if notified via phone conversation 21 to 29 days prior to the event date.
  • No refund if the cancellation requested is less than 20 days prior to event date
  • No show No Refund.
  • Event Tickets cannot be transferred to another date against cancellation.
  • Event Tickets cannot be transferred to another person against cancellation.

 

Terms and Conditions

  • Kindly carry one Identity proof, at least for the trek with your address.
  • We all are going for an adventurous and exciting trekking expedition; please Do Not misinterpret it as a PICNIC or LEISURE TOUR.
  • The leader's decision will be final, and all the members should abide by it.
  • We do not destroy or dirty the archaeological, historical monuments, natural habitat on the trek.
  • Swimming is not allowed in the lake or water tank on the forts. Locals use that water for drinking.
  • Putting your feet in water tanks or on the canon is not allowed on our treks.
  • Any addiction is strictly prohibited, e.g. drinking, smoking, chewing tobacco anyone caught doing it will have to exit the trek without a refund and travel back on own expense.
  • People caught smoking or drinking alcohol will be asked to exit the event on an immediate basis.
  • Please do not carry or wear any valuables, ornaments, jewellery, etc. If carried, then we Do Not take any liability for the same.
  • Rock Climbing, Rappelling, Trekking, or any adventure activity is potentially risky. For all these events, you are at your own risk. Organizers are not responsible for any accident or compensation in whatsoever manner.
  • We should strictly follow the code of conduct to avoid troubling our fellow trekkers or other people from our group or outside.
  • Listening to music on earphones or Bluetooth speakers is not allowed while trekking.
  • Bluetooth speaker not allowed inside the homestay or camping tents.
  • Drinking/smoking,/eating is not allowed inside the tents.
  • If you damage the tent, break the tent poles, you will have to pay us for the whole new tent on MRP.
  • If you are late for the bus pickup and are not reachable on the phone during your bus pickup, the trek leader will leave without you, and we will provide no refund.
  • Please check things to carry and wear trekking shoes on our treks. 

Frequest Questions

Question.  How difficult is the Kedarkantha Trek? Best Himalayan Treks in Uttarakhand?

Answer.  Kedarkantha Trek in comparison is easy to moderate difficulty with another high altitude trek. Trekking in India is popular during the summer and winter seasons. During the night on the Kedarkantha trek, anticipate cold temperatures, often dropping below-freezing points, and snowfall. Bundle up in warm layers, huddle around campfires, and gaze at the dazzling starlit skies. The tranquillity of the mountains, accompanied by distant calls of wildlife, creates a magical and unforgettable experience.

 

Question.  How much distance do we have to cover on each day during the Kedarkantha Hike?

Answer.  The Kedarkantha Base Camp is located on open terrain. On average, we cover roughly four to eight kilometers between our camping stations. The Kedarkantha trekking distance is about 20 kilometers long. It is one of the well-known winter treks in India. On your ascent to the Kedarkantha peak, indulge in the breathtaking Himalayan beauty, alpine thickets, scintillating sunsets, and an enchanting journey.

 

Question. Kedarkantha Tour Package

The Kedarkantha Tour Package offers a 6 day/5 night stay in the Garhwal Himalayas of Uttarakhand. The maximum altitude that will be reached is 3800 meters (12500 feet) above sea level, but the grade is considered easy to moderate. Kedarkantha is a great place to enjoy the outdoors with plenty of opportunity for hiking, camping, and other activities.

 

Question.  What will happen if a Winter trek is extended?

Answer.  Beyond our controllable reasons when the trek is extended, then additional charges tend to be applied. Kedarkantha package includes Dehradun to Sankri to Dehradun bus transfer. Trekking, Permits, Guides and camping charges. 

 

Question.  Who will be our lead guide person? 

Answer.  The lead guide person is a certified and experienced personnel. These guides are locally sourced and have other team members, including local guides, cooks, helpers, and porters. He would have to trek the Himalayas many times before and has experience of summiting Kedarkantha Peak. 

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Question.  Is this trek safe for girls on Winter Himalayan Treks?

Answer.  Our treks are planned with a male: female ratio. As an organizer, we make sure that their tents are shared only with other female trekkers.

 

Question. How long is kedarkantha trek?

Answer. One of the most well-known trekking routes in India. Kedarkantha trekking distance is about 20 kilometer long. Enjoy the breathtaking Himalayan scenery, alpine thickets, spectacular sunsets, and an enchanted journey as you ascend to the Kedarkantha peak.

 

Question.  Many people in a tent?

Answer. Our tents are all three-person tents. Jungle camp in the snow amazing experience for hikers. 

 

Question.  What is the level of fitness expected from the trekkers?

Answer.  Good physical and mental fitness is expected to complete the Trek. Kedarkantha Trek is ideal for beginners to familiarize themselves with similar high-altitude treks.

Kedarkantha stands as one of the most famous treks in India due to its irresistible charm and awe-inspiring beauty. Nestled in the heart of Uttarakhand, this India trek offers a perfect blend of adventure and scenic vistas. 

Snow-capped peaks and dense pine forests within Govind Wildlife Sanctuary in Uttarkashi and its picturesque landscapes make it a favourite among trekkers of all levels. The relatively moderate difficulty level and accessibility throughout the year contribute to its popularity. 

Moreover, there are several legends around Kedarkantha and Juda ka Talab, a high-altitude lake; the trek leads to the mesmerizing Kedarkantha summit, providing breathtaking panoramic views of the Himalayas, leaving trekkers with an unforgettable experience etched in their memories. 

 

Question.  Typical Food menu during a trek?

Answer.  We make sure that wholesome and nutritious breakfast, lunch and evening snacks are served. We believe and serve only vegetarian food as it is easy to digest and preferable in high altitudes.

 

Question.  What if we encounter a medical emergency?

Answer.  We are trained to manage emergencies in high altitudes. Our lead guide is professional and experienced. Our team do carry emergency first aid kits and oxygen cylinder.

 

Question.  What is the Kedarkantha Temperature? 

Answer.  Kedarkantha temperature varies from 14 degrees to -3 degrees during winter. Trekking In December during snow season weather can reach -3 degrees. Lowest temperature in kedarkantha can go as low as -10. 

Kedarkantha experiences snowfall during the winter months, typically from November to March. This period is the best time to witness the mesmerizing snowy landscapes and enjoy the thrill of trekking in the snow. Kedarkantha snow time is a famous phrase as the trek remains open in the winter weather. 

 

Question.  Kedarkantha weather throughout the year? 

Answer. During summer, the weather is pleasant from April to June. During the monsoon, it is difficult to trek in Uttarakhand. Autumn months: October, November, the look of Kedarkantha changes. It is the best time for new trekkers. Winter is the best time for snow treks at Kedarkantha in the Himalayas from December to January and February to March.

 

Question.  Kedarkantha Location in India?

Answer.   Kedarkantha Winter Trekking is a popular trek in the Himalayas in the state of Uttarakhand, India. Kedarkantha peak is located at 12,500 feet above sea level. Kedarkantha is situated inside the Govind Wildlife Sanctuary in Uttarkashi district. The Kedarkantha India hike will start from Sankri Village. Sankri, a beautiful village, is the starting point of many treks in Uttarakhand. Sankri to Kedarkantha Summit trek is every hikers dream in India. 

Kedarkantha lake, which is 2,700 metres above sea level, is a beautiful place to visit. Kedarkantha peak, a majestic mountain in the Uttarkashi region of Uttarakhand, rises at a height of 3,800 metres and is found in the Govind Wildlife Sanctuary.

 

Question.  Best winter treks in India?

Answer.  Here are some of the best winter treks

  • Brahmatal trek
  • Chadar Trek
  • Roopkund Trek
  • Goecha La Trek
  • Kedarkantha Trek
  • Kuari Pass Trek
  • Har ki Dun
  • Nag Tibba Winter Trek
  • Panwali Kantha Trek
  • Dayara Bugyal Trek
  • Pangarchulla Peak Trek
  • Markha Valley Winter Trek
  • Spiti Winter Homestay Trek
  • Khopra Ridge Trek
  • Sham Valley Trek
  • Snow Leopard Trek Kibber Spiti Valley

Embark on the ultimate adventure Kedarkantha Trekking the most beautiful trek in India. Discover the enchanting beauty of Uttarakhand with our Kedarkantha winter trek, rated as India's top destination for the most picturesque India treks. Immerse yourself in the snow-capped wonders of the Himalayan peaks, traverse through the pristine forests of Govind Wildlife Sanctuary, and witness breathtaking panoramas. Join us for an unforgettable journey into nature's embrace!

 

Question.  Uttarakhand Temperature during winter trekking season? 

Answer.   Weather will be cold with high to moderate snowfall. During the trek, it will be pleasant and cold at night during your tent stay. We provide you with good sleeping bags and sleeping material to make you comfortable during your Uttarakhand camp stay. 

 

Question.  Is Kedarnath and Kedarkantha Trek the same?

Answer.  Kedarkantha to Kedarnath distance is 91.3 kilometers. They are two different treks and should not be confused as the same destination. Most travelers feel they are both the same destination. Kedarnath is a six-day journey in Uttarakhand's Govind Pashu Vihar National Park, distinct from the well-known Temple of Kedarnath.  Kedarkantha is six days, including the days spent traveling from Dehradun to the basecamp and back. One of the most popular treks in India, Kedarkantha, is well-liked by both experienced and novice hikers.

 

Question.  Best Time and Weather for Kedarkantha Trek?

Answer.   Kedarkantha Best time to visit are in the winter months of December, January, February, and March,  when there is the most snowfall. During this time, Kedarkantha is very cold. In the winter, snow-covered mountain slopes and spectacular scenery draw intermediate and experienced trekkers to Kedarkantha. The Kedarkantha winter trip is for thrill-seekers.


Question.  Can you tell me about Kedarkantha Climate and Temperature?

Answer.  The world-famous Kedarkantha, at 3,850 meters, is a classic hike. This place's year-round cold temperatures attract thrills. Kedarkantha's year-round temperature range of -2 to 17 degrees Celsius gives different charms each month. This mountain location has something for travellers year-round.

Kedarkantha tour has breathtaking green meadows in the summer, blossoms with beautiful flowers in the monsoons, and forms the most spectacular walk in the winter. The Kedarkantha climate invites travellers year-round.


Question.  Kedarkantha trek difficulty level for beginners?

Answer.  The Kedarkantha Trek ranges from easy to moderate in terms of its level of difficulty. As the weather in the Himalayas is particularly unpredictable, temperatures might drop to -10 degrees. From April through June, temperatures range from 0 to 20 celcius. These months are temperate, breezy, and pleasant, making the walk easier than in winter. The Kedarkantha Trek's difficulty can be decided by the weather and terrain. Winter is the best season for trekking in India.

 

Question.  What is the Kedarkantha trek elevation and altitude?

Answer.  Kedarkantha altitude is 12,500 feet above sea level. It's a high summit in the Himalayas in Uttarakhand, India.

Day one: Kedarkantha base village at Sankri Base Village, gained 6455 feet.

Day two: Sankri Kedarkantha base village to Juda-ka-Talab a trek of 4 kilometers at 9100 feet.

Day three: Juda-ka-Talab to Kedarkantha Base camp, a trek of 2.5 kilometers at 11200 feet.

Day four: From the Kedarkantha base camp to the summit Kedarkantha trek night and back to Hargaon at 2,713 meters.

Day five: Hargaon to Sankri it takes two to three hours to finish this trek.

Day six: An eight-hour drive from Sankri to Dehradun

 

Question.  Why is the Kedarkantha trip simple for some people but challenging for others?

Answer.  Before going on a trip, it is important to do a pre-trip inspection of your body mass index, fitness level, current health status, and hiking supplies (shoes, jacket). One hiker may find the path to be easy, while another may find it to be challenging. 

 

Question.  Is Kedarkantha trek easy?

Answer.  If you've done your studies and are well-prepared for the journey, Kedarkantha is an easy-to-moderate walk for beginners. This is a streamlined Himalayan walk that ranges from 4-5 kilometers each day at a moderate elevation on all days of the trip. The harsh weather in December and January, as well as the low oxygen levels at high altitude, make the hike tricky.

 

Question.  How's Network and Connectivity at Kedarkantha winter trek?

Answer. Pack a BSNL/MTNL sim since Vodafone and Airtel won't function here. MTNL only functioned until Sankri Base Camp. Sankri has no ATMs. Therefore, withdraw cash at Mussoorie or Dehradun. Inform to your family/ friends about your trekking start and end date to not expect messages or calls incase if there’s no network.

 

Question.  How to get fit for the Kedarkantha trek?

Answer.   When you're in great shape, you can take in the scenery of your surroundings without being distracted by how tired you are. An excellent level of fitness before a hike also makes it less likely that you'll get affected by stress.

Cardiovascular Fitness-

Increase your daily 2-kilometer walk to 5 kilometers. Hard terrain walking prepares you for mountain hiking. Do this daily for three weeks.

Running : It improves walking speed and stamina on hilly terrain. You may build up from a little distance. The target should be four kilometers in 25 minutes initially.

Stretching : Stretching keeps muscles healthy and flexible. If you prepare your body months before your expedition, the mountains will be easy to climb.

Breathwork : Alongside your weekly workouts, make time to integrate some easy yet effective breathing exercises. Breathing exercises not only assist to raise your hiking lung capacity, but they also activate the parasympathetic nervous system (PNS), which gives you feelings of peace and calm.

Also, before the trek, check your body mass index to make sure you're in good health.

 

Question.  Why you should not drink alcohol or smoke on Kedarkantha trekking?

Answer.   Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) may arise from drinking alcohol and smoking which lowers your body temperature. In addition to being a significant health risk, this is also an extremely common illness among hikers. So it's advisable to not consume alcohol or smoke during trek.

 

Question. Kedarkantha Trek Permits and Local Guide

Answer. If you're planing a DIY trek choosing a local guide will be of great benefit.

Kedarkantha hiking permits are only provided if you're accompanied by a licenced local guide. The tour guide will also assist you secure forest permissions in Sankri.

Choosing a tour guide not only protects your safety by ensuring you stay on the proper track and dealing with emergencies, but also provides you insights into to the native culture and landscape. Peak seasons need pre-booking a local guide.

Kedarkantha Trek is India's Best! Majestic peaks, snowy landscapes, thrilling adventure. Experience the ultimate trekking bliss. Unforgettable memories await!

 

Question. Kedarkantha's Myths and Stories

Answer. Numerous myths surround Kedarkantha and Juda-ka-Talab, a lake near the summit in Uttarakhand's Uttarkashi district.

The stories focus on Lord Shiva's visit to Kedarkantha.

The legend dates back to the period of the Mahabharata. Following the conflict, the Pandavas traveled to the Himalayas to seek Lord Shiva's blessings. Lord Shiva didn't turn up to greet them. Instead, he disguised himself as a buffalo and misled the Pandavas. Bheem was tricked by the herd of buffalo. He stood on two rocks, his legs wide out. The buffalo were forced to pass beneath Bheem. One of the disguised buffalo refused to pass, culminating in a battle with Bheem. Bheem ripped the buffalo apart in this fight. The Pandavas later built Shiva temples in the locations where these pieces landed.

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