Embellished with stunning scenes of snow set on the trail and decorated with trees, trek to Kedarkantha is one of the most popular winter treks in the Indian Himalayas. The views of falling snow from sky and trees are just mesmerizing and adding to this, the views of Himalayan peaks make this trek a wonderful one.
The peak stands at an elevation of 3810 meters above the sea level and the trail covers a distance of around 20 km. The difficulty level of the trek is moderate and is recommended for beginners as well as experienced ones. The journey to the summit offers breathtaking views of snowcapped mountain peaks, rampant greenery along the trail, beautiful landscapes, extensive variety of flora and much more.
DAY 1: Drive from Dehradun and Arrival at Sankri
DAY 2: Trek from Sankri to Juda Ka Taal (9050 Feet, 4 Kms)
DAY 3: Juda Ka Taal - Kedarkantha Base Camp (11200 FT, 4 Kms Trek)
DAY 4: Kedarkantha Base Camp- Kedarkantha (12,500 FT)- Juda ka Taal(9050 FT, 10 KM)
DAY 5: Juda Ka Taal - Sankri- Dehradun (6 Kms Trek)
DAY 1: DRIVE FROM DEHRADUN AND ARRIVAL AT SANKRI
Our vehicle will pick you from Dehradun and we will drive to Sankri.
The trek to Kedarkantha's peak starts from Sankri village. Sankri, a small village situated in the vicinity of Govind Pashu Wildlife Sanctuary. It is located at a distance of 210 km from the state capital, Dehradun. The road journey is scenic and it passes through the towns of Nainbagh, Purola, and Mori. The maximum drive is along the Yamuna River until you reach the Tons valley. Sankri is a small but scenic village and is the starting point of a number of treks such as Har Ki Dun, Bali Pass, Borasu Pass, and Kedarnkantha.
After reaching the village, relax and overnight stay in a hotel/guest house.
DAY 2: TREK FROM SANKRI TO JUDA KA TAAL (9050 FEET, 4 KMS)
Today we will hike up to Juda Ka Taal campsite. The trail starts from a point that comes after a short walk towards Taluka. The initial trail passes through the dense pine forest which gets covered with snow during the winter season. The trek is a bit steep at the beginning and mild steep till you reach the campsite.
The name of the campsite is based on a small pond situated near the campsite. The pond is serene and it gets frozen during winters. The distance from Sankri to Juda Ka Taal is just 4 km and it takes around 3-4 hours to reach there.
Dinner and overnight stay in camps.
DAY 3: JUDA KA TAAL - KEDARKANTHA BASE CAMP (11200 FT, 4 KMS TREK)
Wake up to a fresh and cool morning and get ready for your uphill trek to the base camp of Kedarkantha. The trail to the basecamp is a bit steeper than the previous day's trail. After walking for about an hour, you will see a way to a small meadow. Then you will come at a point where you will start seeing snowcapped Himalayan peaks. It takes around 3-4 hours to reach the base camp.
Enjoy the beautiful campsite and views.
DAY 4: KEDARKANTHA BASE CAMP- KEDARKANTHA (12,500 FT)- JUDA KA TAAL(9050 FT, 10 KM)
Today is the most important day as we go up to the summit, which is at around 3210 meters. We recommend that one should start quite early and reach before or by sunrise. The dawn from the summit is mesmerizing and one of the best dawns you will ever witness.
Once you are done with the sunrise, start nourishing your knowledge about various Himalayan peaks of the Garhwal region and the Kinnaur region. Some of the peaks are Gangotri, Swargarohini, Banderpooch, Kinner Kailash, etc. After all this, We will start our descend and move towards Hargaon camp.
Dinner and overnight stay in camps at Hargaon.
DAY 5: JUDA KA TAAL - SANKRI- DEHRADUN (6 KMS TREK)
This will be your final trek day. We will start our downhill trek from Hargaon camp to reach Sankri. The trek is 6 km long and the descent is quite steep. The trail becomes slippery during the winter season. It will take 4 hours and you will reach Sankri. At Sankri, your trekking will end. Board your vehicle to Dehradun. Reach Dehradun by evening.