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Kedarkantha Trek

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Plan The Unplanned brings you one of the finest Himalayan Winter treks out there suitable for those looking to attempt their first Himalayan trek as well as the more experienced trekkers looking for a quick Himalayan getaway.

If you have been longing for a high altitude Himalayan trek through the snowfields and gaze at the mighty peaks kissing the sky, then this surely is the thing for you! There are very few treks in the Indian Himalayas which boasts of being an easy summit trek.

Summit climbs are generally arduous and need technical mountaineering skills as well as require a lot of preparation. But Kedarkantha, definitely, is one of those rare summit treks which can be done by beginners and even during peak winters. Very few treks can be done during the winters and this is what makes the Kedarkantha trek very enticing. The whole landscape is magical with snow falling over numerous pine trees which makes Kedarkantha one of the most sought after treks in the Indian Himalayas.

Trekkers can enjoy the Snowy campsites and also fresh snowfall during the winters. And the feeling of summiting a peak is unparalleled which also makes it very adventurous.

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An early start from Dehradun.
Altitude 6,400 feet.
210 km drive
10 hours of Travelling, Expected arrival time at Sankri – 5:00 pm.
Accommodation and food in Guest House.
The drive from Dehradun to Sankri is an enchanting hill drive of 10-11 hours stretching over approx 210 Km ride via Mussoorie, Damta, Naugaon, Purola, Mori, and Natwar. A pick up will be arranged at Dehradun and the pick-up points and timings will be coordinated by email prior to your bookings of the trek. The booking excludes lunch for the day and the transportation from Dehradun to Sankri. And from Sankri, we will be taking care of your food and lodging.

Distance: 4 KMs
Time: 5 Hrs
Wake up early on your first day at the mountains to start the journey towards Sankhri and then towards our first campsite of Juda Ka Talab which is based at an altitude of 9100 feet. It’s a 4km walk and we will be reaching the campsite for a hot lunch. The trail climbs steeply between the dense jungle with a thick carpet of Maple and Pine leaves under every step.



The trail also passes through a lot of bridges which are very picturesque, especially when it is covered in snow. The trail is wide and one can hear the sound of running streams all through but out of visibility. On the trail, the trekkers will be crossing few streams while ascending sharply through a dense oak forest. In about 5 hours, the walk comes to an end at the beautiful pictorial Juda Ka Talab which is the highlight and campsite for today’s stay.

Juda Ka Talab is a frozen lake with a small island in the middle, thick pine and oak forest in the background, and an alpine meadow to camp on. This set up makes this Lake one of the perfect locations to spend the evening and set up our camps. After lunch, one can take a nature walk around the lake and explore the campsite before it gets dark. On a clear night, it will be a good idea to come out of your tents and look out for some shooting stars, just make sure you are well layered as the evenings will get very cold.

Distance: 4 KMs
Time: 3 Hrs

The walk continues today where we head towards the Kedarkantha base which is at an altitude of 11,250 feet. It is a 4kms walk from Juda Ka Talab to the Basecamp which will be covered in 3-4hrs. We hit the trail after breakfast and the trail today comprises of gradual ascends throughout and the further trail is quite visible. Most of the walk is through the dense forests of pine and oak trees and through steep climbs.

Along the way watch out for many shepherd huts in open meadows as the trail continues to the Basecamp. In the middle, one can take a long break to re-energize the body and get the enthralling view of the natural extravaganza of the area. While one is about to arrive at Kedarkantha Base, the fascinating views of an arc-shaped range of mountains comprising of Bandarpoonch, Swargarohini, Kala Nag, and Ranglana are visible. After reaching the base, we relish the hot lunch served at the camp. The evening sky is equally beautiful with glowing stars and shining planets. As the night grows it is time again to stargaze and spot a few shooting stars and some night photography.

Overnight sleep at the tent.

Distance: 6 KMs
Time: 7 Hrs
Altitude : 11,250 feet to 12,500 feet to 8,900 feet

Today is the most important and the toughest day of the trek as we head to conquer the Kedarkantha Peak. Being Summit Day, the day will start earlier than usual and mostly before the first rays of sun hits the sky. Also, this will be longer than other days as we descend all the way to Hargaon campsite located at an altitude of 8,900 ft. The trail to the summit is through portions of the oak forest but the journey through this trail is much easier and faster. Climbing through the forest till its end, one can find the Kedarkantha peak much closer. As the summit gets closer it gets strenuous just before the peak and the trekkers start climbing the boulders above the treeline. This section is very adventurous and thrilling with a lot of suspense before reaching the peak. However, trekkers can soak into the amazement of having made it to the top with 360 degrees of Himalayan Ranges at their disposal.

One can relax at the top for some time and enjoy the magical beauty of nature and then descend towards base camp.

We break for lunch at the base camp and rest for a while post which we set out to descend further to Hargaon camp. The walk back is again through dense oak forests, pine and maple trees, shepherd huts, and frozen streams. On reaching the campsite, cherish the feeling of completing the summit and relax for the evening.

Altitude: 8,900 feet to 6,400 feet.
6 kms trek, approx 4 hours
Descend 2500 feet through dense pine forests.
Today we will be heading towards Sankri from where it all started approximately 6 kms long trail counting about 4 hours. After breakfast, we will descend through a more marked well paved route, laden with stones. A trail further the trail leads to a ridge from where you get a splendid view of Har ki Dun valley. And by the evening we reach Sankri. Small handmade goods, wooden toys and wooden home décor items can be bought from here. Local delicacies can be tasted here for a memorable experience. Overnight stay at the hotel.

210 km drive, approx 10 hours.
Travel Back From Sankri to Dehradun
You will be dropped at Dehradun station in a pre-booked vehicle or cab.
We will be arranging a vehicle for your drop to Dehradun.

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What’s life without adventure? Isn’t the real purpose of life to travel, to experience new places, and witness the sunrise from new mountaintops?

This thought is what united Jatin and Tarun over a cup of chai, in spite of being from two unrelated backgrounds (CA and IT). They knew each other since the time Jatin was helping Tarun learn the ways of the wilderness through weekend treks and outings with another traveling group. Their love for traveling and trekking together motivated them to start something of their own. Thus was born “Plan The Unplanned”, where travel goals come true. Under the Companies Act, Plan The Unplanned is incorporated as Unplanned Journeys Private Limited

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Inclusions

Food: Day-1 Dinner to Day-6 Breakfast.
● Homestay/Hotel: Day 1 & Day 5
● Accommodation: 3 nights of Camping during the trek on Sharing Basis
● Tents
● Mattresses
● Sleeping Bags (-10 degrees)
● Toilet Tents – Dry Pit Style
● Kitchen Tent, Equipment & All Rations
● Trek Leader & Assistant Trek Leader / Local Guide
● Support team
● Cook
● Helpers
● Porters / Mules (for Equipment)
● Mountaineering Course Qualified Trek Leader
● Crampons / Micro-spikes to the Trekkers (if Required)
● First-Aid Medical Kit with the Team
● Forest entry fee
● Oxygen cylinder (All campsites & trek leader)

Exclusions

Transportation from Dehradun to Sankri and Back- Additional Rs 1000/person ( One-Way) charge (for 7 sharing), 1200 (for 5-6 sharing)
Meals During Transportation and any kind of personal expenses
Any early return travel costs or accommodation except for the days as per the itinerary.
Any expenses for medical treatment of injury or accident before, during, or after the trek.

THINGS TO CARRY

Basic Essentials

  • Day Bag(20-30 liter) with Rain Cover (If you hire mule or porter)
  • BackPack(50-60 liter) with Rain Cover
  • 2- water bottles
  • Personal Medical kit (If you required)
  • Hiking Shoes-water proof and ankle support
  • Torch With extra batteries
  • Original ID Card
  • Glucose, Chocolates, biscuits, and nuts

Clothing Essentials

  • Thermal Wear
  • 2-jacket (1 Fleece, 1 Down feather)
  • Warm Inner-wears
  • 2-Gloves (1 Woollen, 1 Waterproof)
  • 2-Trek Pants (which is a comfortable full day)
  • 4-T-shirts (2 Full Sleeves, 2 Half Sleeves)
  • 2-Sweater (1 Fleece, 1 Woollen)
  • 5-Socks (3 Cotton, 2 Woollen)
  • Rain Coat / Poncho
  • Handkerchief/towels

Protect Your Head

  • 2- Caps (1 Sun Cap, 1 Woollen Cap)
  • UV sunglass
  • Balaclava

Personal Utilities

  • Cameras
  • Sunscreen Cream
  • Tooth Brush & Paste
  • Lip Balm
  • Quick Dry Towel
  • Body Lotion
  • Sanitizer



Policy and Terms

Here's the cancellation policy for Himalayan Treks/Backpacking Trips/Road Trips

  • If you cancel before 30 days - 90% of amount will be refunded
  • If you cancel between 20 -30 days - 75% % of amount will be refunded
  • If you cancel between 15-19 days - 50%  will be refunded
  • If you cancel between 7-14 days - 25 % amount will be refunded
  • If you cancel between 0- 7 days before the departure date - No amount would be refunded.

Note: For All The Above Refund Cases Transaction Fees/Internet Handling Charges will be dedcuted from the overall amount and balance amount shall be refunded. You can transfer your ticket to anyone so that you could save your hard earned money

For other trips and travels with us, and detailed terms and conditions check the      following link : https://www.plantheunplanned.com/refund-cancellation-policy

Frequest Questions

1. What will be the group size for Kedarkantha Trek ?

Usually, we take a maximum of 12 - 15 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.

2. 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. 

3. What are the washroom/toilet facilities like on the trek?

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

4. 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.

Cancellation Policy:
Here’s the cancellation policy for Himalayan Treks/Backpacking Trips/Road Trips

  • If you cancel before 30 days – 90% of amount will be refunded
  • If you cancel between 20 -30 days – 75% % of amount will be refunded
  • If you cancel between 15-19 days – 50%  will be refunded
  • If you cancel between 7-14 days – 25 % amount will be refunded
  • If you cancel between 0- 7 days before the departure date – No amount would be refunded.

     

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