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Kedarkantha Trek

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One of the oldest and most popular treks in India, Kedarkantha trek is an ideal trek for beginners and is also considered as the best winter trek in India. This trek has gained its popularity from the fascinating mythological stories and 360 degree views of mesmerizing peaks from the top. Kedarkantha is the combination of 2 words ‘Kedar’ which is another name of Lord Shiva and ‘Kantha’, which means throat. This trek has mythological importance and there are various stories related to it. 

Situated in Govind National Park, the trek starts from Sankri- a scenic little village nestled deep into the mountains of Himalayas. The 8-hour drive to this village from Dehradun will keep you fascinated as you drive along Yamuna and Tons river.

The 20 km long trek to Kedarkantha offers awe struck views of Swargarohini, Bandarpoonch, Kala Nag, Draupadi ka Danda peaks from the top as you climb to an altitude of 12,500 ft. As you push yourself to the summit, you will be delighted with a feeling of accomplishment. The trek is one of the few treks in India that has so many clearings, offering multiple stops for campsites with eye-catching views. From knee-deep snow in winters to green forest and golden meadows in summer, the trek offers you a unique experience in each season.


Kedarkantha Trek Quick Info:
Kedarkantha trek distance: 20 km
Kedarkantha trek temperature:
Winter- Dec to Feb: 8 to 10 degree in day, 0 to -5 degree at night
Spring- Mar to Apr: 15 to 20 degree in day, 0 to 5 degree at night 
Summer- May to June: 18 to 24 degree in day, 3 to 8 degree at night
Autumn- Sept to Nov: 10 to 15 degree in day, 0 to 3 degree at night
Kedarkantha trek best time: November to April
Kedarkantha trek height: 12,500 ft
Kedarkantha trek difficulty: Easy to moderate


Detailed Information
Kedarkantha Trek Distance-
Cover a distance of 4 to 5 km daily during your four trekking days as the total trek distance is almost equally distributed on all four days. From Sankri to Juda ka Talab, trek for a distance of 4 km on your first trekking day which will take you around 4 to 5 hours. On your next day while trekking through the dense forests of pine and oak and some meadow clearings to reach Kedarkantha Base camp, cover the distance of 4 km in a span of 4 hours. On your summit day, the trek from Kedarkantha base camp to Kedarkantha peak and descend to Hargaon campsite takes 7-8 hours where the total distance covered is 7 km. From Hargaon, cover a distance of 5 km as you reach Sankri village.


Kedarkantha trek height- Kedarkantha peak is situated at a soaring altitude of 12,500 ft.
The altitude gain throughout the span of 4 days would be as follows:-
On your first day, you will gain an altitude of 6400 ft as you reach Sankri from Dehradun.
The next day while trekking to Juda Ka Talab, you will gain an additional altitude of 2450 ft as the lake is situated at an altitude of 8850 ft. Climb to the height of 11,250 ft as you reach the Kedarkantha base camp which is the last campsite for this trek. On your summit day, climb the peak situated at an altitude of whopping 12,500 ft.


Kedarkantha Trek Difficulty- Kedarkantha trek is one of the easiest treks in the Uttarakhand region with an easy to moderate difficulty level.
Kedarkantha trekking starts from Sankri as you pass through the forests of pine and maple and many streams on the way to Juda Ka Talab. The trail is quite broad and ascends gradually for 2-3 hours. During winters, the trail is covered in snow and gaiters are used to navigate the path properly which gives this trek an exciting difficulty attracting thousands of trekkers across India.
The trekking route from Juda Ka Talab to Kedarkantha base camp opens into the clearing as you walk for 1 km through the forests. You will get introduced to the next clearing after covering another kilometer. The trail is steeper than the previous day and becomes steeper as it gets closer to the campsite. 
The trek to the summit is comparatively longer as it begins by crossing the dense forests of pine and oak and is gradually inclined and steep towards the end, testing your fitness and skills a little. The descent to Hargaon campsite and then to Sankri is quite easier and faster as you pass through the forests and gurgling streams opening into the ridge and offering you a bird eye view of the Har ki Dun valley.


Kedarkantha trek weather- 


Kedarkantha trek in Autumn (October and November)
During these months, the weather in Kedarkantha is pleasant with the temperature ranging from 0°C to 12°C. The temperature rises as in the month of November but the terrain and views remain beautiful for the trekkers.


Kedarkantha trek in Winters (December to February)
Kedarkantha trek in December to mid February is thrilling with temperatures ranging from -15 degree celsius to 5 degree celsius. The snowfall in this region starts from the month of December and usually lasts till the last week of February. The trek is most popular during winters as the trekking trails are submerged under a blanket of snow and along with the snow-covered alpines, the trek offers a right proportion of beauty and adventure.


Kedarkantha trek in Spring (March and April)
This is the great time to experience the last of the winter snow. In these months, the temperature ranges from 3-15 degree celsius. The trekking trail is full of rhododendrons trees and the freshly exposed grasslands as the landscape comes alive after the winters.


 

Ice-breaking session Fun games Trek briefing Fitness session

Public Transport

Tempo Traveller, Suv

Homestay

Twin sharing

Lunch, Dinner

(Complimentry snacks)

Get on the Kedarkantha trek journey from Dehradun at 8 AM
Take a shared cab from Dehradun railway station
Stop for breakfast(self-sponsored) after crossing Mussoorie
Drive on the road covered by pine forest along Yamuna and Tons river
Make another stop for lunch(self-sponsored) at around 2 P
Reach Sankri by evening and checkin to the homestay
Have dinner and retire for the night.

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Juda Ka Talab Trekking gear briefing Stay in Camps

Trek

Tents

Twin sharing basis

All Meals

(Three meals + Evening snacks(Veg))

Get up early and have your breakfast on your first morning in the mountains
Get briefed from your guide and meet your co-trekkers
Start your trek at around 9 AM to your first campsite- Juda Ka Talab
Pass through the dense forest as your trail is covered with pine forests and maple leaves.
Kedarkantha trek route allows you to make a few stopovers at Dhabas available on your way while you admire the views of your surroundings
Reach Juda Ka Talab in the afternoon and hear fascinating stories about the lake from your guide
Check In to the camps situated a few meters away from the lake
Have evening snacks and stroll around the lake to explore the area
Have dinner and retire for the night.

Hike day Fun Games Group Activities Camping

Trek

Tents

Twin Sharing Basis

All Meals

(Three meals + Evening snacks(Veg))

Get up in the middle of mountains and enjoy your breakfast.
Start your trek towards Kedarkantha base camp
Trek through the dense forest which opens into beautiful meadows and small huts
Get the first views of Swargarohini, Bandarpoonch, Kala Nag peaks which will take your breath away
Reach the campsite and enjoy your evening snacks
Explore the area in the evening and enjoy a mesmerizing sunset
Have dinner and retire early for the night.

Trek Day Summit Expedition Group activities Camping

Trek

Tents

Twin Sharing Basis

All Meals

(Three meals + Evening snacks(Veg))

Get up early at 4 AM to start your ultimate adventure
Have breakfast and start your trek in the dark
This is the day on which you will reach Kedarkantha trek height of 12,500 ft
Pass through oak forests and witness the unfiltered sun rays as you come close to the summit
Witness the most amazing sunrise of your life on your way
Reach the summit and gaze at a 360 degree view of Himalayas.
Get to know about all the peaks visible from your guide.
There is also a small temple at the top, dedicated to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati
After spending some time at the summit, start your journey down to Kedarkantha base camp
Have lunch and start towards Hargaon campsite which is around 2 km from the base camp
Reach the campsite by evening and enjoy evening snacks
Have dinner and retire for the night.

Trek Day Group activities Camping

Trek

Tents

Twin Sharing Basis

All Meals

(Three meals + Evening snacks(Veg))

Get up in the morning and enjoy your breakfast
Start your descent back to Sankri
Walk through the forests with the views of snow capped mountains
Reach down in the afternoon and have lunch
Explore the local area in the evening and enjoy evening snacks
Have dinner and retire for the night.

*In case opted for 5D/4N Package:- Day 5- Hargaon Camp to Sankri and back to Dehradun*

Private Vehicle

Sumo/Tempo

Stay Not Applicable

Breakfast

Have your breakfast in the morning and say goodbye to your guides
Start your journey to Dehradun
Reach Dehradun by evening as your memorable Kedarkantha trek experience comes to an end.

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Inclusions

The Kedarkantha trek package includes
Accommodation (Guest house, Home stay, Camps
Meals while on trek (Veg
Trek equipments: Sleeping bag, mattress, tent (double/triple sharing), kitchen & dining tent, toilet tent, utensils and crampon (if required
All necessary permits and entry fee
First aid medical kits, stretcher and oxygen cylinde
Mountaineering qualified & professional trek leader, guide and support staff.

Exclusions

The Kedarkantha trek package excludes
● Personal essentials
(i) Equipment - Gumboots, trekking poles, etc
(ii) Insurance - Personal and travel insurances
(iii) Beverage - Mineral water bottles, bottled or canned beverages
(iv) Snacks - Chocolates, dry fruits, protein or nutrition bar
(v) Entertainment - Camera or drone fee
● Transportation - The charges of transportation on days 1 and 6 are to be borne and shared between the trekker
● In case your trek remains incomplete or uninitiated because of "force majeure" or due to personal reasons after you arrive at the starting point, you will not be able to get a refund, reschedule or replace any services that remain unutilized by yo
● Any additional cost incurred due to changes in Government Guidelines related to travel/trek/COVID-19 will be borne by the trekker
● Loading and unloading of personnel luggag
● Any kind of emergency evacuation charges

THINGS TO CARRY

  • Rucksack (Min 55 Ltrs with rain cover)
  • Trekking Shoes, Floaters or Sandals
  • Quick Dry Tees
  • Track Pants
  • Cotton socks
  • Pair of woolen socks
  • Rain jacket or Poncho 
  • 1 Full Sleeves Sweater or Fleece Jacket,1 Heavy Jacket, 1 Pair of Thermal
  • Quick-dry towel
  • Windproof Jacket
  • Woolen Cap
  • Gloves
  • Sun Cap
  • Scarf
  • Lip Balm
  • Cold Cream & SunScreen (SPF 40+)
  • Packed food
  • Water Bottle 1 
  • Powerbank
  • Headlamp or torch with fresh pair of batteries
  • Personal Toiletries 
  • Personal Basic Medical Kit
  • Sunglasses
  • People who use spectacles (Use Photochromic glasses instead of contact lenses)
  • Trekking Pole
  • Extra Polythene


PICKUP LOCATIONS

Dehradun railway station



HOW TO REACH

● By Air: Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun that is 20km away from the city. Visitors can take a direct flight to Dehradun from Mumbai or Delhi or connecting flights from anywhere in India. Local vehicles can be availed from outside the airport to reach Dehradun by road from that will take around 40-45 mins to reach the city depending upon the traffic
● By Train: Dehradun Junction Railway Station is well-connected to all the major cities. The Dehradun Railway Station is located 1-2 kilometers away from the city centre and should take you only ten minutes, depending on traffic. Visitors can easily find frequent trains from Delhi to Dehradun
● By Road: Dehradun is well connected by roads to all major cities and towns, It is well connected by road to cities like Delhi by the NH 58 and 72 is approximately a 4 hour drive. Dehradun is also well connected to cities like Haridwar and Rishikesh.

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Policy and Terms

  • If cancellation is made 30 days before the date of travel, 25% of the total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees
  • If cancellation is made 15 to 30 days before the date of travel, 50% of the total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees
  • If cancellation is made 0 to 15 days before the date of travel, 100% of the total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees
  • The applicable refund amount will be processed within 10 business days

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