Kedarkantha Winter Trek
Easiest winter trek of India !
₹6000 + 5% GST
Transportation Cost (to be paid on the spot)
Dehradun to Sankri
+ Rs. 2000 on Sharing Basis
+ Rs. 3500 Backpack Offloading
+ Rs. 330 Outdoor Insurance
Difficulty Level - 2
Uttarakhand - 5 Days - 23 Km
Batches: December - March
Exploring the Magnificence of Kedarkantha Trek: A Winter Wonderland Adventure
Nestled in the Garhwal Himalayas of Uttarakhand, the Kedarkantha Trek stands as a testament to nature's unparalleled beauty and a paradise for trekking enthusiasts seeking an awe-inspiring winter adventure. Offering panoramic views of snow-laden peaks, dense forests, and serene campsites, this trek is a captivating journey into the heart of the Himalayas.
The Trail Unveiled
The Kedarkantha Trek, reaching an altitude of approximately 12,500 feet, begins from the quaint village of Sankri. The trail meanders through dense pine forests, ascending gradually amidst stunning landscapes blanketed in snow during the winter months. Trekkers are treated to breathtaking vistas of snow-clad mountains, frozen streams, and picturesque valleys along the way.
Scenic Landscapes: The trek takes adventurers through mesmerizing landscapes, including lush meadows adorned with snow, frozen lakes, and pristine wilderness that transforms into a winter wonderland.
Panoramic Summit Views: The summit ascent unveils a 360-degree view of the Himalayan range, offering glimpses of peaks like Swargarohini, Bandarpoonch, Black Peak, and Ranglana.
Cultural Encounters: En route, trekkers pass by remote villages and get a glimpse into the lifestyle and warm hospitality of the locals, providing a cultural experience amidst the natural beauty.
Winter Charms and Challenges
Trekking in the winter months, typically from December to April, presents its own set of charms and challenges. The trails are covered in snow, adding a layer of beauty and adventure to the journey. While the landscapes become magical, trekkers should be prepared for sub-zero temperatures and changing weather conditions. Adequate gear, proper acclimatization, and a seasoned guide are crucial for a safe and enjoyable experience.
The Kedarkantha Trek isn’t just about reaching the summit; it’s about immersing oneself in the breathtaking beauty of the Himalayas, embracing the challenges, and relishing every moment of the journey. It’s an experience that weaves together nature's magnificence, cultural encounters, and the thrill of conquering a challenging trail.
So, gear up, embrace the chill, and embark on an unforgettable journey into the serene and enchanting world of the Kedarkantha Trek – a trek that promises memories of a lifetime amid the snow-cloaked Himalayas with team Walking The Himalayas.
Q: What is the best time to do the Kedarkantha Trek?
A: The best time to embark on the Kedarkantha Trek is during the winter months, typically from December to April. This period offers stunning snow-covered landscapes and ideal trekking conditions.
Q: How difficult is the Kedarkantha Trek?
A: The Kedarkantha Trek is considered a moderate trek, suitable for beginners and experienced trekkers alike. While the trail involves some steep ascents, proper preparation and fitness can help adventurers conquer the journey.
Q: What is the altitude of the Kedarkantha Summit?
A: The Kedarkantha Summit stands at an altitude of approximately 12,500 feet, offering breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding Himalayan peaks.
Q: How many days does the Kedarkantha Trek take to complete?
A: The Kedarkantha Trek typically spans over a duration of 5-6 days, allowing trekkers to cover approximately 20 kilometers while experiencing the beauty of the Himalayas.
Q: Are there camping facilities available along the Kedarkantha Trek?
A: Yes, there are camping sites available along the trail. Trekkers usually camp at scenic locations amidst snow-clad landscapes and serene valleys, offering a unique and immersive experience.
Q: What gear and clothing are essential for the Kedarkantha Trek?
A: Essential gear includes trekking boots, insulated clothing, gloves, a sturdy backpack, trekking poles, and accessories suitable for sub-zero temperatures. Adequate preparation for the cold climate is crucial.
Q: What are the major highlights or attractions along the Kedarkantha Trek?
A: The trek showcases stunning vistas of snow-clad mountains, dense pine forests, frozen streams, and the panoramic summit view of the Himalayas. Trekkers also get to experience the local culture and hospitality of remote villages en route.
Q: Is the Kedarkantha Trek suitable for solo travelers or families?
A: The Kedarkantha Trek is suitable for both solo travelers and families, provided they are adequately prepared and acclimatized for trekking in the snow-clad Himalayas.
Q: Are there any safety tips or precautions to consider for the Kedarkantha Trek?
A: Safety precautions include proper acclimatization, staying hydrated, following the guide's instructions, and being equipped with necessary safety gear. Trekkers should also be mindful of weather changes and physical limitations.
Itinerary of Kedarkantha Trek
Day 1: Dehradun to Sankri/Taluka (7-8 hours/ Drive: 200 km)
After your arrival at Dehradun Railway Station or Airport, you will board the taxi. You will start driving towards Sankri village. On the way, you will pass through places like Vikas Nagar, Kalsi, Lakhamandal, Naugaon, Purola, Mori.
On the way to Sankri, you will be driving along Yamuna and Tons river. You will find yourself passing through dense pine forests. and then finally you will reach Sankri after a tiring 8 hours drive. You can check in to the homestay.
The last ATM is at Purola so please keep the case money as required. Stay in Lodge or Homestay.
Note* The booking will not include lunch for the day. It's all-inclusive from Sankri, we will take care of your meals and lodging.
Altitude: 1950 m
Day 2: Sankri to Juda ka Talab (4-5 hours/Trek: 4 km)
After having morning breakfast, you will start your trek from Sankri to Juda Ka Talab. You will cover 4 Kms and it will take you around 5 hrs.
After a 4 km trek, you will reach your destination of the day "Juda Ka Talab". It is said that Lord Shiva opened a small lock of his hair here and when Lord Shiva dripped water from his hair that formed a huge lake and this is the reason this lake is named Juda Ka Talab.
Just outside your camps, you will witness the shining frozen lake.
Stay in camps at Juda Ka Talab campsite.
Trek: 4 km / 4-5 hrs
Altitude: 2800 m
Day 3: Juda ka Talab to Kedarkantha Base Camp (4-5 hours/Trek: 4 km)
Trek for around 4-5 hours and you will reach Kedarkantha Base Camp. The total distance you will cover today is around 4 Kms.
In today's trek, you will definitely submerge yourself in the beautiful patches of green grass surrounded by snow all around. You will find shepherd huts on the way to Kedarkantha base camp where you can comfort yourself during harsh climatic conditions.
The gorgeous view of the snow-capped Himalayan peaks of Swargarohini, Bandarpunchh, Kala Nag and Ranglana will take your breath away.
When you reach your campsite your day 3 will end with a delicious dinner served to you by our expert cooks.
Trek: 4-5 hours / 4 km
Altitude: 343o m
Day 4: Kedarkantha Base Camp to Kedarkantha Peak to Base Camp (6-7 hours / 6 km)
Today you will start climbing the peak and will come back to base camp again. It takes around 7 hours to complete.
You will have to wake up early around 2 am in morning and start your trek right away since it's going to take around 7 to 8 hours to get to the summit today. And we want you to see the mesmerizing sunrise from the mountains of the Yamunotri and Gangotri range. You can also see Kinner Kailash ranges.
Spend some time at the summit have your breakfast there. Talk to the unknowns as you will find yourself surrounded by a group of people. After spending few hours you will start descending the same way down to the Kedakantha Base Camp.
After reaching the campsite enjoy your evening in front of a bonfire and your day will end with a delicious dinner
Trek: 6-7 hours / 6 km
Altitude: 3800 m
Day 5: Kedarkantha Base Camp to Sankri (6-7 hours/ 7 km)
Today you will return after having your breakfast in the morning. The trek will be an easy trek today and you will reach Sankri by evening.
While trekking back to Osla, you will dive into the beauty of magnificent valleys, picturesque landscapes, a wilderness full of flora and fauna and etc.
After your arrival at Sakri, you will spend your nights either in the rest houses.
Trek: 7 km
Stay: Rest House
Altitude: 2950 m
Day 6: Sankri to Dehradun ( 7-8 hours / 200 km)
You will have a mouth-watering breakfast in the morning at Sankri and then you will board the taxi to Dehradun. You will drive on the same road along with the Tons and Yamuna river and you will arrive in Dehradun by around late afternoon or evening.
After reaching Dehradun your Kedarkantha trek comes to an end with beautiful memories.
Included in the package
Certified Trek Leaders are provided to you by Walking The Himalayas.
All the trekking essentials like Tents, Sleeping Bags, Gaiters, Crampons, Liners, Cutlery, etc.
All the staff members from team Walking The Himalayas are experienced that includes Guides, Cooking Staff, Helpers, Porters.
We promise our travellers to provide delicious, hygienic & nutritious meals during the trek that includes morning tea, breakfast, lunch, evening snacks & dinner).
Fully equipped medical kit, oxygen and safety equipment.
All forest permits and camping charges.
Not included in the package
Transport to and from Sankri – Walking The Himalayas will arrange shared taxis for trekkers. These shared taxis will pick you up from Dehradun Railway Station or Airport. Taxi from Dehradun to Sankri costs around Rs. 6000 - 7000 per taxi and Rs. 9000 - 10000 per tempo one way. So if you are in a group of 6 - 10 persons then a taxi/tempo will cost around 1000 per person for one side.
Food during transit to and from the base camp – Walking the Himalayas doesn't include meals purchased during the journey to Sankri and back.
Backpack offloading charges – If you wish to offload your backpack, there will be an additional charge of Rs. 1,500 - 2000. The backpack cannot weigh more than 9 - 10 kgs. Walking The Himalayas does not allow Suitcases/Strollers/Duffel bags during the trek, so if you are bringing these then you have to take care on your own. These charges can vary for last minute offloading in case you decide to offload your bag after reaching Sankri (Rs.350 per day inclusive of taxes).
Personal expenses - Your trekking package doesn't include any kind of personal expenses.
If your trek gets called off at the last moment due to a natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rains, snowfall, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh etc.) we will not refund your money. Instead of money, Walking The Himalayas will issue a trek voucher for the full amount. You can easily redeem that voucher for the same amount for any of the treks available at the same price.
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Cancellation charges are based on the total trek fee, irrespective of the amount paid either full or partial.
The cancellation policy of Walking The Himalayas is based on the original booking time and the original start date of the trek.
If you cancel a trek before 30 days of trek start date and get a full refund after deduction of 1.99% payment processing fee.
If you cancel a trek before 15 days of the trek start date and get a refund after a deduction of 20% of the total trek fee.
If you cancel a trek before 10 days of the trek start date and get a refund after a deduction of 40% of the total trek fee.
If you cancel a trek before 5 days of the trek start date and get a refund after a deduction of 60% of the total trek fee.
The Trek fee is non-refundable if you cancel within 4 days before the trek start date.
Trek cancellation due to weather:
In case of an incomplete trek due to weather conditions, you can opt for the same trek again throughout your lifetime on all our fixed departures for the same trek.
This attempt only covers the trek fee and will not include any rentals or the transportation amount paid earlier.
This is non-transferable.