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Kedarkantha Trek, Uttarakhand

Most popular and Instagramable trek of India, one of the best treks in Himalayas to start your trekking adventures

Kedarkantha Trek, Uttarakhand

Duration

6 Days/5 Nights

Pickup Point

Dehradun railway station

Accomodation

Tent, Home Stay

Overview

One of the oldest and most popular treks in India, Kedarkantha trek is the perfect option 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. Situated in Govind National Park, the trek starts from Sankri- a scenic little village situated 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.

Kedarkantha trek offers the spellbinding 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 top and take in the views from the summit, you will be delighted with a feeling of accomplishment. This 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 unique views in each season.

Quick info:
Kedarkantha trek distance: 21 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

Brief Itinerary

Day 1: Dehradun to Sankri

  • Distance- 195 km, Time- 8 to 9 hours drive
  • Altitude- 1410 ft to 6400 ft
  • Meals- Dinner
  • Stay- Guest house/homestay

Day 2: Sankri to Juda Ka Talab

  • Distance- 4 km, Time- 4 to 5 hours
  • Altitude- 6400 ft to 8900 ft
  • Meals- Breakfast, Lunch, Evening Snacks, Dinner
  • Stay- Camps

Day 3: Juda Ka Talab to Kedarkantha Base

  • Distance- 4 km, Time- 4 to 5 hours
  • Altitude- 8900 ft to 11250 ft
  • Meals- Breakfast, Lunch, Evening Snacks, Dinner
  • Stay- Camps

Day 4: Kedarkantha Base to Kedarkantha Peak; descend to Hargaon Camp

  • Distance- 8-9 km, Time- 6 to 7 hours
  • Altitude- 11250 ft to 12500 ft to 8900 ft
  • Meals- Breakfast, Lunch, Evening Snacks, Dinner
  • Stay- Camps

Day 5: Hargaon Camp to Sankri

  • Distance- 4 km, Time- 4 to 5 hours
  • Altitude- 8900 ft to 6400 ft
  • Meals- Breakfast, Lunch, Evening Snacks, Dinner
  • Stay- Guest house/homestay

Day 6: Departure day (Sankri to Dehradun)

  • Distance- 195 km, Time- 8 to 9 hours drive
  • Altitude- 6400 ft to1410 ft 
  • Meals- Breakfast

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival at Sankri

  • 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 PM
  • Reach Sankri by evening and checkin to the homestay.
  • Have dinner and retire for the night.


Day 2: Sankri to Juda Ka Talab

  • 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.


Day 3: Juda Ka Talab to Kedarkantha Base

  • 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.


Day 4: Kedarkantha base camp to Kedarkantha peak; descend to Hargaon Camp

  • 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.


Day 5: Hargaon Camp to Sankri 

  • 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.


Day 6: Departure day (Sankri to Dehradun)

  • 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.

 

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 like Delhi, Haridwar, and Rishikesh. It's situated at a 6 hours drive from Delhi.

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

Inclusion

The Kedarkantha trek package includes:

  • Accommodation (Guest house, Home stay, Camping)
  • Meals while on trek (Veg)
  • Trek equipments: Sleeping bag, mattress, tent (twin sharing), kitchen & dining tent, toilet tent, utensils and crampon (if required)
  • All necessary permits and entry fees.
  • First aid medical kits, stretcher and oxygen cylinder.
  • Mountaineering qualified & professional trek Leader, guide and Support staff.
  • Mules to carry the central luggage. Extra charges for personal luggage.

Exclusion

The Kedarkantha trek package excludes:

  • Personal essentials
  • Equipment - Gumboots, trekking poles, etc.
  • Insurance - Personal and travel insurances. 
  • Beverage - Mineral water bottles/bottled or canned beverages 
  • Snacks - Chocolate, dry fruits, protein or nutrition bar. 
  • Entertainment - Camera or drone fees. 
  • Transportation - The charges of transportation on day 1 and 6 are to be borne and shared between the trekkers. 
  • In case if your trek remains incomplete or uninitiated because of "force majeure" or by personal choice 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 you. 
  •  Any additional cost incurred due to changes in Government Guidelines related to travel/trek/COVID-19 will be borne by the trekkers. 
  •  Loading and unloading of personnel luggage. 
  •  Anything which is not included in Inclusion.
  •  Any kind of emergency evacuation charges

Advisory

  1. Pickup and Drop from base to base: We can arrange pickup for you at additional cost from Gostops Rishikesh at 5 AM. Minimum number of people to avail this service is 2. (Pricing will be updated soon) 

  2. Rent gear: You can reduce your hassle of buying gear like trek pants, jackets, shoes and rent them for the trek at additional cost. (Pricing will be updated soon)

  3. RT PCR negative certification: Mandatory for Gostops treks. Without it you will not be allowed to trek. You are exempted only if you’ve had two doses of vaccine or were infected with COVID-19 in the last three months. We can arrange the test two days prior to the trek at Gostops Rishikesh at additional cost on request

Cancellation Policy

  • If cancellation are made 30 days before the date of travel then 25.0% of total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees.
  • If cancellation are made 15 days to 30 days before the date of travel then 50.0% of total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees.
  • If cancellation are made 0 days to 15 days before the date of travel then 100.0% of total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees.

Frequently Asked Questions

Kedarkantha trek best time is from November to April. You can also opt for the trek in other months except for monsoons(July to September). Kedarkantha trek route offers different views on different months making it one of the best trekking experiences in India.
Kedarkantha trek difficulty level is easy to moderate. It’s the best option for beginners and also the most popular trek in India.
Kedarkantha trek temperature changes from season to season. 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
The total Kedarkantha trek distance is around 21 km. The average distance covered each day is 5 km which takes around 5 hours to cover. The trail is easy to moderate and you’ll have 2 guides with you who keep guiding and motivating you throughout your journey.
All the members of support staff are certified in wilderness first aid and are trained for all concerns related to high altitude. The staff will be carrying a first aid kit, a stretcher, and an oxygen cylinder. All these precautions will be included in the Kedarkantha trek cost.
The trek is led by professional trek leaders who have completed basic and advanced mountaineering courses. There will be one guide who leads the group and another guide who will be walking at the end of the group.
Usually, the Kedarkantha trek group consists of 20-24 people in one batch including males and females. We need a minimum of 6 people for a fixed departure, but for the customized trip, the group size doesn’t matter and will have customized Kedarkantha trek cost.
Absolutely. The safety of girls is of foremost importance to us. We always create a friendly environment on the trek. All our guides and other support crew are carefully chosen for your trips who are very experienced and reliable.
No. Female trekkers share tents with female co-trekkers. If you are the only girl on the trek, you get a separate tent for yourself.
The age group for the trek is 14 to 60 years.
Vegetarian Indian food is served during the trek making sure that you have enough energy to continue your trek.
The best suited shoes for the Kedarkantha trek route are the ones that are breathable and light in weight. Also, ankle support is a very important thing to take care of while buying the perfect pair of shoes. You can go for brands like- Decathlon, Wildcraft, Quechua, etc. In the winters, you’ll require gators or gumboots which you can rent from the base village.

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