Kedarkantha Winter Trek (December 2020)
Sankari, Uttarakhand, India
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Did you know that Kedarkantha peak (12500 ft) in the Himalayas is a terrific trek in the month of December and January. In fact the beauty of snow covered mountains is so mesmerizing that it is also known as one of the best winter trek of the Himalayas during that period. To let you know why you should take this journey with us, let us give you a few reasons:
Picturesque landscape :- Passing through the Govind National Park, the snow covered trail to the Kedarkantha peak is a treasure house of flora and fauna such as leopards, bears, musk deer and many birds! And of course, from the summit, the arresting 360 view of the snow clad peaks like Swargarohini, Bandarpunch and Black Peak is intoxicating and beyond words to be penned down. Nature is found in abundance here, as though welcoming each of us with a warm smile.
Perfect for Beginners :- With the distance covered each day being not much (having a consolidated distance of 20kms) and the altitude gain being comfortable, the trek to the Kedarkantha Peak is the chance for beginners to put on their trekking shoes and go exploring.
Beautiful campsites :- There are very few places that can compete to the beautiful campsite that comes complimentary with the Kedarkantha visit. The Juda- Ka- Talab campsite, surrounded by pine trees is like a picture out of a postcard and the surrounding view of snow capped peaks from the open meadows of the base camp is a delight to the eyes.
Perfect way to end the Year:- What a memorable experience it would be to end the Year in the mountains with your newly made friends. Our dates coincide perfectly with Christmas and this adventure is a celebration worth being a part of.
So are you ready to Escape With Us?
A 200 km drive from Dehradun take us to the quaint town of Sankri. It is advisable to start as early as 6:00 am to warrant enough buffer time to reach Sankri by late evening. The route is picturesque with the Yamuna Valley on one side and the blue Pine forest on the other. Passing through towns such as Mori and Purola we eventually reach Netwar, from where necessary forest permits need to be acquired to enter the Govind National Park. From here follow the course of the Supin river through conifer forest, apple orchards and farming fields to Sankri.
With around 200 houses, Sankri is a start point for multiple treks in that region. Most of the people are either trekkers or support staff, gearing up for their respective treks.
Famous for the beautiful sunset over the Swargarohini Peak, our evening will be spent exploring this beautiful town, interacting with the locals and acquainting with your fellow trekkers. Night stay in homestay/hotel on sharing basis.
The trek to Juda Ka Talab starts from Sor, an offset of Sankri. The ascending trail is of moderate gradient passing through sparse conifer forests. After crossing a cement bridge, the trail splits into two. Taking the left trail for an hour, we reach an open ground inside the forest, our halfway point of the trek. A single walnut tree stands tall in the middle and we take a well deserved rest here.
After a good rest, we continue climbing up and cross two meadows covered with lush green carpet of soft grass or snow during winters. Turning right from the last meadow, we climb another 20 minutes to reach our Juda Ka Talab campsite.
Juda Ka Talab is a really pretty campsite with undulated wavy meadows amidst a dense Maple-Oak forest. At the left corner of the clearing there is a small lake which remains frozen most of the winter.
The lake is famous for an urban legend. The locals claim the lake to be connected with a well in Sor village. Many years ago, a shepherd boy got drowned in the lake. The little boy loved his flute and would carry it around with him wherever he would go. A week after the tragedy, the flute was found in the well at Sor.
A clearly defined trail starts from Juda Ka Talab to the Base Camp. A 10 minute climb takes us to a vantage point from where the Juda Ka Talab lake is clearly visible. On climbing further we will see a ridge to our left. Follow the trail going over the ridge for an hour till we come across a solitary shepherd hit. Another hour of gradual ascent will take us to our destination of the day. The Base Camp is a vast opening with few desolated shepherd hut. A magnificent view of snow capped mountains such as Bandarpoonch, Swargarohini, Kala Nag and Ranglana can be seen from here. And to top it all, the triangular Kedarkantha Peak can be seen right above the tree line. Spend sometime outside, enjoying the view, capturing these moments. Sleep early tonight as we need to wake up as early as 2:00 am for our summit attempt tomorrow.
Wake up early as 2:00 am and don yourself in a warm jacket, windproof top and gloves. The first hour of the trek takes us through dense oak forest. However as we keep on climbing up, the forest recedes and we come across a shepherd hut with two trail leading to the top. Depending on the snow condition, we shall take the left one while climbing and the right one for descending. From here the trail gets steep and we need to climb a steep ridge to the top. Climbing up for an hour on a slushy, icy trail, through switchbacks we will find ourselves right in front of the shrine.The belief says that this shrine was supposed to be the original Kedarnath temple but Lord Shiva, who disguised himself as a cow hiding from the Pandavas was disturbed during meditation by village men and disappeared to the present Kedarnath. Another few more minutes from here takes us to the summit.
Celebrate here, for it is a cause to celebrate. Enjoy a majestic view of high peaks like the Gangotri and Yamunotri ranges, Swargarohini, Kaland, Hati Parvat and Ranglala. Spend some time on the summit enjoying the view then head back down via the other trail.
For the first half an hour we retrace our steps to the Shepherd hut where we took a good rest while reaching the base camp. From here we take a different route through dense Maple-oak forest to the opening of Hargaon campsite. From the clearing the entire Har Ki Dun river valley is distinctly visible dotted with villages on both the sides of the carving Har Ki Dun nallah.
Another hour of hike will take you to the cement bridge which we crossed on the first day of our trekking. Saur is not far from here.
Private vehicle will be booked based on total count and cost will be equally shared
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We need to bid goodbye to this beautiful valley . A pick up for the team shall be arranged from Sankri itself. On reaching Dehradun we all disperse but with fond, cherishable memories.
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Established in the year 2016, TGE travels was founded by Reetu Yadav and Jamila Kapasi, two expert mountaineers who had more than 6+ years of experience in mountaineering and the outdoors. TGE Travels is infact one of the rare travel and outdoor companies wholly owned by women with a vision of adding more women leaders in the unconventional outdoor leadership roles. What started as just a trekking company, TGE Travels has evolved into a more wholesome style of traveling by adding experiential traveling as one of its primary services. Our team at TGE Travels are a bunch of travel experts who want to add a meaning to your excursions. We are a strong unit of on ground team leads, backend supports and partner vendors who work cohesively to make your trip smooth and memorable.
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Even before Corona, we have firmly believed that traveling in small groups is the best way to form connections and gain experiences. Now more than ever, we are committed to limiting the group size. Our travelers might meet as strangers but we ensure that they leave as friends.
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We select our accommodation partners meaningfully. Our stays should have a story to tell. This encourages us in going beyond the standard hotels and instead delving into a wide range of accommodation options where we can choose from authentic homestays, which to us is one of the best ways to learn about the culture of a place, to beautiful resorts that are situated at the perfect picturesque locations to boutique hotels that are elegant and charming.
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Just like our accommodation partners, we give a lot of importance in choosing the right transport partners. Most of our journey is on road and we ensure our travelers are comfortable in the vehicle. Our drivers become a part of the group and it's amazing to see how our travelers treat them as just one of their own.
When it comes to bike trips or Scooty trips, we ensure the two wheelers are well serviced and maintained. Apart from that we always have a support vehicle with us throughout the journey
Food is an integral part of our itineraries. Hence all meals are planned in advance allowing our travelers to taste the unique cuisines of the regions that they travel to. We encourage our travelers in trying out local delicacies but never hesitate to deliver something comfortable immediately if the local food does not suit their palette.
We firmly believe in responsible tourism. Apart from the standard no littering policy, we encourage our travellers to be sensitive to the local communities.
It's always a pleasure travelling with TGE! The one thing I love most is their attention to detail, which ensures that your trip is a memorable one. Travelling with TGE is a wholesome experience, you see the larger more iconic places with no compromise on the little things. Travel with them if you want to interact with the people of the place, eat their food, in short experience their lives. These guys do a superb job of making everyone comfortable and everytime I travel with them I make beautiful bonds with all the other travellers. I would 100% recommend TGE to everyone who has the travel bug. It doesn't get better than this! ☺️❤️
I have known Reetu and Jamila for many years and have worked with them in the past. But this was the first time I decided to travel with them as a participant. When Reetu told me about exploring Spiti in winters I was completely on board. The itinerary sounded exciting and the pricing less. S my friend Manish and I immediately signed up for it. One of the best decisions I ever took. Spiti in winters in beautiful. The 7 days with the team was wonderful. We spent our days driving around the valley and our evenings dancing to pahadi songs. The planning was perfect with utmost care given in the choice of stay and comfort. Of course the highlight of the trip was spotting a snow leopard. Overall it was an amazing trip and I am looking forward to join many more with The Great Escape
Shravan Kumar Poshetty
Should I describe with “perfect planning” / “meticulous coordination”/ “cordial organiser”...might be with all of it.
Flawless execution is what makes them unique and organiser Reetu Yadav has let all of us experience it with her executional capabilities...
Clarity n flow of communication:-5/5
Comfort in Mode of Travel:-5/5
Action in Emergency:- very swift 5/5
Team has proved that its not all about the commercial trip but also the cause which is concealed in their carryings. What we pay at Flemingo Resort at Dholavira goes to educate and for taking care of more than 400 students and their boarding facilities as well.
Its not over yet, you will be pleased to meet the gifted souls from remote villages who are manifested in their respective disciplines like Rogan Art (Hon’le prime minister himself have gifted one to Barack Obama), Wood Art and Bell Art, Textile etc.
You will get to eat the delicious food made out of love from the local (A1 class food).
Off all, well planned itinerary and the execution is commendable. We RoK team who departed on 12th Dec’19 are truly happy with the onsite organiser Reetu Yadav and the offline backbone Jamila Kapasi who took good care of each of us at every stretch.
Their intact affirmative relation and proper delicacy in their execution makes then unique.
My best friend is much impressed with their proceedings and that makes me much happier than ever.
Last but not least, am fortunate to have rest 13 of the participants as part of my extended family. Again the credit goes to TGE.
Kudos to the team and i look for further association with “THE GREAT ESCAPE” ( you have already give our team a great escape from the routine.
Way to go TGE team!!!
Kumar Tarur Parameswaran
Such great detailed planning at micro level and being open and upfront about the tour details impressed me at the very start. They lived up to their promise in every which way.
TGE’s expression of their solidarity towards the cause of the villagers by getting travellers to interact with them in a lively way and help the villagers in their livelihood was one of the primary reasons I chose to travel with TGE.
TGE means immersive experiential travel and what you get in return and come away with are unforgettable lifetime memories.
Looking forward to many more tours with TGE. Reetu and Jamila pull your collars up. Way to go! You will go miles!
The great escape recently took care of my 10 days family trip to Bhutan. We were 9 of us, including 2 kids and 2 elderlies. Each detail of the trip was so beautifully planned and coordinated. Jamila was personally in touch with drivers, hotels and homestay owners to ensure we ar getting the best of experience. We never even had to look for directions, call hotel or tell driver about anything. Everything was already taken care of and we were just the guests in very true sense. Such a wonderful trip it was. Everything was so beautiful including all the places where we stayed.
Much thanks to Jamila and the great escape team to make it work like magic for us!
All expenses from Sankri to Sankri which include:
- Stay in tents/Homestay/Hotel on sharing basis
- Breakfast + lunch + dinner
- Evening snacks + Tea
- Expert Guides
- Sleeping bags + Mat
- Transportation cost to and fro Sankri
- Food expenses until Sankri
- Personal expenses of any kind
- Individual mule + Porter charges.
Policy and Terms
20 days before the event start date: No Refund 20-45 days before the event start date: 50% Refund Before 45 days of the event start date: 75% Refund If you replace yourself wih a substitute, we will refund the entire amount less any unrecoverable/non transferable charges.