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Experience Type : Trekking
Duration: 6 Days
Max Altitude: 12,500 Ft.
Trekking Km: 20 Kms.
Trail Type: Round trail. The trek starts and ends at Sankri
Rail head: Dehradun is the nearest rail head to the base camp
Air Port: jolly grant airport Dehradun
Base Camp: Sankri (10 hrs drive from Dehradun)
Best Season: Round the year except monsoon. More snow in the winter
months until April.
Snow: December to April
Batch Size: 18-22 trekkers including Male and female.
Services from: Dehradun to Dehradun
Food: Meals while on trek (Veg.+ Egg)
Stay: Guest house, Home stay, Camping
About the Experience:
with ravishing beauty of falling snow and fringed with pine trees, The Kedarkantha Peak is one of
the most sought after snow trekking destinations in India. With falling winter
snow it’s a mesmerizing pictorial view and what’s more attractive, is the view
of the Mighty Himalayas from the trails right to the top. Nestled at a height
of 3810 meters which is about 12,500 feet this is an ideal trekking trail which
covers a consolidated distance of 20 kms. The distance is not much and the
trekking trail is neither very difficult which enables even the first time
trekkers to set on the adventure and enjoy the beauty of nature at its best.
With charming and captivating sights of snow clapped Himalayas, the verdant
greenery, lush landscapes, myriad collection of flora, frozen ponds, to the
sights of mesmerizing peaks, this trek have all the delightful marvels that a
trekker wish to experience and view in his journey. Not only for the adventure
seekers and trekkers, to enjoy thrilling challenges, the Kedar kantha
trek is an ideal destination for the nature lovers to bask in the
beauty of undisturbed nature and enjoy delightful and blissful moments with
in Western Garhwal in the Uttarakashi district, the Kedarkantha trek is known
for being one of the easy treks of the country which can be attended by people
who are inexperienced trekkers and have no knowledge of prior trekking. However
physical fitness is required where one should be able to jog at least for 4 kms
in 30 minutes before committing for the trekking tour. As the altitude rises
the air becomes thin and people needs to carry backpacks too, which can all be
very difficult, without proper physical fitness.
Day 1: Arrival at Sankri
220 km drive - approx 10 hours.
Trekkers will be picked from Dehradun at 6:30am in a Tata Sumo or a similar
Expected arrival time at Sankri – 5:00 pm .
BSNL network erratic
Day 2: Sankri to Juda-ka-Talab
6,400 feet to 9,100 feet.
4 kms trek, approx 5 hours.
The trail passes through dense pine forests, maple trees, few streams and
finally opens out to beautiful meadows.
Stay in tents.
Day 3: Juda-ka-Talab to Kedarkantha Base
9,100 feet to 11,250 feet.
4 kms trek, approx 2.5 hours.
Most of today’s trail is on a ridge, under oak trees.
You will also pass through some meadows where you can spot shepherd log huts.
Peaks :- Bandarpoonch, Swargarohini, Kala Nag and Ranglana stand among the
Stay in tents
Day 4: Kedarkantha base to Kedarkantha peak; descend to Hargaon camp
11,250 feet to 12,500 feet to 8,900 feet.
6 kms trek, approx 7 hours.
Spend some time at the summit and descend back to the base camp by noon for
Post lunch, descend down to Hargaon.
Reach Hargaon by evening.
Stay in tents.
Day 5: Hargaon camp to Sankri
8,900 feet to 6,400 feet.
6 kms trek, approx 4 hours.
Descend 2500 feet through dense pine forests.
Day 6: Departure day (Sankri to Dehradun)
220 km drive, approx 10 hours.
You will be dropped at Dehradun station in a Tata Sumo or a similar vehicle.
Note: On Day 6, you’ll reach Dehradun between 6 pm and 7 pm. You
can book your travel any time after 8 pm.
Day 01: Arrival at Sankri
exotic and fascinating Kedarkantha Trek commences from
Dehradun city. The trekkers for the trip should reach Dehradun on the day
before the trip commences or before 6am of the commencing date. The trekkers
will be received warmly by the authorized personal from Dehradun at 6:30am for
a onward journey to Sankri. Sankri is located at a distance of 220kms on the
National Highway 123. It’s a long scenic drive on a Tata Sumo or a similar
vehicle providing absolute comfort to the trekkers so that they can enjoy the
beauty of the location. It is the scenic surroundings which increases the
pleasure of reaching the destination and exhilarates the joy of the thrilling
tour that remains yet to be experienced. The journey is a long one and takes
about evening to reach the destination. In the midst one can enjoy the lunch
break at the popular eateries having some local food and homemade spices. The
last 22 kms to Sankri is all the more exciting since it travels through Govind
National Park which is famous for its avid collection of flora typical of this
region and not found in any other location of the country. The expected time to
reach Sankri is 5 pm but since in some areas the roads are a little bumpy and
rough, the time can be a little longer. However on reaching the destination one
can check in to the prior booked hotel and our representative can help with the
check in formalities. After freshening up, since the evening is free for
leisure one can enjoy indoors and relax or can set out to explore the beautiful
Sankri village where there are local shops and small market selling mostly
daily goods and a collection of few dhabas. The BSNL network is quite erratic
here so getting the phone lines can be a little difficult. However the scenic
beauty of the setting sun on the Greater Himalayas from Sankri is a fabulous
sight to savor. One can have dinner at the hotel premises or can enjoy dinner
at the dhabas to taste some local flavors and experience the cuisine of the
area. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 2: Sankri to Juda-ka-Talab
the tour starts from Dehradun but the trekking trip commences from Sankri only.
Having an early start after a healthy breakfast at the hotel it’s a journey
straight towards Juda Ka Talab which is based at an altitude of 9100 feet. It’s
a 4km trekking journey and the approximate time for reaching the same is around
5 hours. The journey begins by moving out of Sankri village through an
extension called Sor. Once the village is crossed the road takes a wide curve and
climbs sharply. Moving along the stream this is the road that moves towards the
Kedarkantha. The initial climb would be climbing several bridges through dense
forest trees and thick carpet of maple and pine leaves all brown in color. It’s
an exquisite vision and a pictorial view that leaves all mesmerized. The trail
is wide and one can hear the sounds of running streams all through but may not
be in view till much further. On the way one can view remote villages where
women and kids are found carrying bundles of wooden logs, wooden sticks and dry
leaves to utilize them for household cooking and setting up night fire. While
crunching the dried maple and oak leaves on the way up one can also view
Himalayan Languars swinging from one branch of trees to another. Though they
are somewhat a shy animal it’s difficult to have a gallant view of them as they
move quickly from the vision’s range. Apart from this, boars, martens and hares
can also be spotted in this region. The scenario however changes a lot in the summer
months when the luscious meadows remain verdant green with hilly flowers of
unique kind. Crossing few streams and continuing through the trail and rising
sharp through dense oaks one can reach the beautiful pictorial spot of Jadu Ka
Talab which can never be missed by any trekker due to its sharp contrasting and
Ka talab is a too perfect a destination. The sharp contrast of a giant lake on
the left and thick pine and oak forest on the right is a fascinating setting
the lap of Mother Nature and an ideal campsite to spend a perfect evening. One
can engage in activities like photography or nature walk to explore the area at
the best. At the night time campfire can also be a good idea to share the light
supper some warm drinks underneath the clear sky. The night sky however is a
treat to the eyes with bright and shining stars creating a magnificent aura
which is enjoyable for all trekkers. Overnight sleep is arranged in tents.
Day 3: Juda-ka-Talab to Kedarkantha Base
intoxicating journey continues day where the trekkers are destined to trek
towards Kedarkantha base which lies at an altitude of 11, 250 feet. The
distance from Jadu Ka Talab to this destination is about 4kms and in a moderate
speed it takes about 2.5 hours to reach the place. After having the morning
breakfast set out for the next journey where the trail is somewhat straight
forward and quite visible. The track again begins through dense forests of pine
and oak trees only and through steep ridge and much more dense areas. In this
trail one will come across many shepherd huts in open meadows which are equally
delightful to see. At an altitude of about 10,400 feet one can visualize traces
of snow in and around the track only if it is the winter months trekking. With
winding roads meandering through dry oak forests, stretched meadows and through
lanes around shepherd huts the trail continues to Kedarkantha Base. In the
midst one can take a long break to reenergize the body and get the enthralling
view of natural extravaganza in the area. Just before reaching the Kedarkantha
Base one can enjoy the fascinating views of arc shaped range of snow clapped
mountains comprising of Bandarpoonch, Swargarohini, Kala Nag and Ranglana
standing out proudly showcasing their beauty. After reaching the base, set up
the tent in a preferred selected place which is open and one can enjoy a clear
view of the night sky. However it is advisable to be based in close group
rather than in much scattered way in the dark. The evening sky is equally
beautiful with glowing stars and shining planets ornamenting the sun. As the
night grows the sight becomes more charming with the Milky way stretching from
one end to the other, the dense network of stars and glistening peak of the
mountain all come together to provide an awe striking view that remains
imprinted in mind. However in such a height it is possible to cold waves so
proper woolens should be carried for protection. Overnight sleep at the tent.
fourth day of the trek is destined to conquer the Kedarnath Peak.
Today the trekkers need to hike an elevation from 11,250 feet to 12,500 feet.
The schedule of the day includes hiking to Kedarkantha peak and then again
descending back till Hargaon camp which is based at 8900 feet. The total
journey comprises of 6kms altogether and takes about 7 hours of time in a
moderate speed. Ideally it is a long day but the excitement of the journey and
conquering the peak would be far greater and much more worthy in compared to
the challenges that lay ahead for the visitors. The day begins early with a
filling breakfast and enjoying the sunrise from the Kedarkantha meadows which
is a simply amazing, pure and divine. One can bask in the first rays of the
morning sun and gain as much energize possible for the day ahead. One can even
visualize the beautiful peak from these meadows which elevates the excitement.
The way to the top can be made through several trails but it is better to take
the main trail as its keep rising at an even level. On this route, the trekkers
need to again cover a few portions of 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. Towards the end of the trail and
close to the top the trek becomes a little difficult and can be a little
strenuous especially for the first time trekkers. However the view from the top
and the amazing location is worth the effort. At the top of the peak there is a
beautiful yet small temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and goddess Parvati. There
is a small shrine of Lord Ganesh too. The arresting 360 view of the snow clad
peaks of Uttarakhand is intoxicating and beyond words to be penned down. One
can relax at the top for some time and enjoy the magical beauty of nature and
then descend towards base camp by noon time. After reaching the camp take a
break for lunch and refreshments. Once relaxed, set out for descending
furthermore to Hargaon camp. This time again, it’s a journey back through dense
oak forests, pine and maple trees, shepherd huts and frozen streams. Savoring
the beauty of the location and enjoying the regular clearings, which is unique
of Kedarkantha trip descend further to Horegaon campsite. On reaching the
campsites set the tent and mark the end of another delightful day with dinner
and overnight sleep at the tent. However for the enthusiasts travelers there’s
option of setting up a campfire here and enjoying the night time ambience chatting
and having good time with the journey friends together.
Day 5: Hargaon camp to Sankri
the schedule is marked for descending further to Sankri which descending from
8900 feet to 6400 feet. The time for descending this approximately 6 kms long
trail takes about 4 hours or more at a moderate speed. The first morning sun
from Horegaon campsite is the nexus of thick wood pine forest is equally
beautiful. After having the breakfast, pack the backpack to descend furthermore
through a more clearly marked well paved pathway, laden with small stones.
Meandering through rich dense pine forests one can view the sight of streams
flowing by in a slow and steady way. One can fill in water here for the rest of
the track. A little further down the trail comes to a ridge from where it gives
a splendid view of Har ki Dun valley or the Valley of Gods in its blissful and
harmonious view. One can explore the place more and enjoy photographing the
lovely valley from the distance. One can also enjoy the sights of the lovely
flora and fauna and take quick snaps of the same to retain the memories of the
beautiful placed captured for future. Descending a furthermore through the
dense forests one can see the first signs of habitation and by evening one can
reach Sankri. The last 2500 feet is filled with dense pine forests. On reaching
the base, get back to the hotel and freshen up and get settled for the day. If
the enthusiasm stays, one can again get out exploring the village to collect
some local items to keep as a souvenir of the location. Though not many
products are available here but one can always have small hand made goods,
wooden toys and wooden home décor items for friends and families. Get to know
the locals and know more about their lifestyle here. Life moves at a slow pace
in Sankri which is home for about 120 families. Potatoes, rice and apples are
the main ingredients here and people leave in wooden houses to protect from
colder weather. The belief in religion is quite strong here and regular melas
or fairs are organized here with entertainment being done with folk songs and
native dance. Dinner can be tasted at the dhabas based here serving local food
or one can enjoy delicious North Indian and Western cuisine at the hotel
premises. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 6: Departure day (Sankri to Dehradun)
last day of the trip is the departure day where the trekkers need to travel
back to Dehradun. Tata Sumo or a similar make car will be provided for a travel
back of 220 kms to the city. Start the day early by enjoying the morning sun
once again from Sankri and then enjoy a healthy and relishing breakfast at the
hotel. Pack the bags and take all the belongings and check out of the hotel by
8 am approximately so that the journey to Dehradun can be started early. The distance
takes about 10 hours to reach excluding the break times so the earlier one
starts its always the better. The return will again be through NH123, though
there are other routes available too through Mori Sankari Road or through NH72.
However it’s better to take the initial NH123 route only as it is the shortest
and have much less traffic. Scenic ambience and lovely surroundings mark the
roads back to Dehradun city. Cherish the picturesque beauty of the location,
the avid beauty of nature, the stretched landscapes, the verdant meadows and
splendid ambience that pleases the heart in every way.
best part of the trip, is that the trip is well balanced and smartly packaged
so that travellers get ample rest and relaxation and enjoy the beauty at every
stop without hurrying at any place. It is a trip well designed to take care of
the comfort and facilities of the travellers.
trip back to Dehradun reaches around 7 o clock evening time. The vacationers
can be off boarded either at the railway station or at the airport as per their
requirement. From here they can plan the next journey by booking a travel well
after 8 pm. For all those who wish to stay in Dehradun and enjoy the place for
a day or more can book a hotel in the city and spend some more lovely days in
midst the beautiful Himalayas.
1. Accommodation. (Guest house, Home stay, Camping)
2. Meals while on trek (Veg.+ Egg)
3. Trek equipments (Sleeping bag, mattress, Kitchen & dinning tent,
crampon, utensils, tent)
4. All necessary permits and entry fees.
5. First aid medical kits, stretcher and oxygen cylinder.
6. Mountaineering qualified & professional trek Leader, guide and Support
7. Services from Loharjung to Loharjung.
8. Our Staff insurance.
1. Any kind of personal expenses.
2. Food during the transit.
4. Mules or porter to carry personal luggage.
5. Anything not specifically mentioned under the head.
Note : Normally we expect to carry your personal luggage on your
own, if you don't want to carry your backpack so you can give it to porter, but
you have to informe us in advance and have to pay Rs. 300/- extra
per day per bag