The Kedarkantha trek is a 6 days and 5 night’s round trip trek which starts and ends at Dehradun. The difficulty level of the trek is moderate and is a great option for all those who do not have much experience trekking.
Kedarkantha Terrific Snow Trek for Beginners
With the advent of the New Year, I, like a billion other people, decided to turn my life around this year. And what better way to do that, than escaping right into the lap of Mother Nature i.e. The Himalayas to break free from my boring, mechanized, city life and rejuvenate. Because of my quest for adventure and unforgettable experiences, and my lack of trekking experience, The Kedarkantha trek seemed like the perfect option. The Kedarkantha trek is a 6 days and 5 night’s round trip trek which starts and ends at Dehradun. The difficulty level of the trek is moderate and is a great option for all those who do not have much experience trekking. Kedarkantha is a beautiful rounded peak situated in the picturesque tons river valley. It is located in the Singtur range of the Himalayas in Uttarakhand, India and is elevated at a height of 3800 meters above the sea level.
DAY 1: I was travelling from Delhi with a few friends but we were lucky enough to meet some of our trek mates on the train itself which gave us more time to interact before the trek began. Upon reaching Dehradun, we easily found the Cab that was to take us to the camp site at Sankri. The drive was absolutely beautiful and gave us a taste of what lies ahead. Driving along the tons river was definitely a highlight of the trip. Upon reaching Sankri we were divided into groups and allocated our tents for the night.
DAY 2: The next day of Kedarkantha trek we began with a 6 AM wake up call, followed by super fun exercise session. Today was a little cloudy and the entire setting looked straight out of a travel magazine. (One of those 1000 things to do before you die articles) After a heavy breakfast of cornflakes, masala chai and paranthas, we began our trek at 8 AM sharp. We trekked through dense pine forests with some sensational views. Our Kedarkantha trekking instructor familiarized us with several techniques to minimize breaks and reaching the next camp site in time. From spotting wild boars, hares and langoors to drinking the sweetest water from the brooks, this day gave us memories that we will cherish forever. Upon trekking for a few more hours we reached our next camp site at Juda ka Talab. As the sun set and the stars came up over this picturesque view of snow clad mountains and the lake in the centre, we made our tents and food. Although I should’ve been exhausted from all the walking and trekking, sleep did not come to me for a long time. I kept thinking about this poem by Sanober khan:
“I do not want to sleep,
For fear I might miss the twinkle of the brightest star.
For fear I may never know,
How the moon glimmers in the darkest hour.”
DAY 3: I woke up early in the morning to see the magical sunrise at the Juda ka Talab with the golden glow spreading over the snow clad peaks and reflecting over the lake spreading warmth all over the clearing. A morning this beautiful always makes me retrospect, makes my city life problems seem so trivial, and makes me want to believe in a god for only he could’ve thought of something as divine as this. Today was a comparatively lighter day. We were given ample amount of time to enjoy and explore the wilderness. Being a photography enthusiast I managed to get some fantastic shots of the scenic beauty around me. After a lunch of delicious dal chawal and Aaloo Sabji, prepared by our cook Mr. Atar Singh ji (with our help of course), we trekked for 4 hours to reach the next campsite that is the Kedarkantha base camp.
DAY 4: Today, after an early breakfast, we started trekking to summit the Kedarkantha peak. We cleared several meadows covered in gorgeous wild flowers and grazing cattle. Despite the exhaustion, the feeling of summiting a peak is so exquisite, that it almost instantaneously filled us with energy. The mountain was summited with the 15 of us running full speed towards the top, yelling on top of our lungs! The view from the peak was, for lack of a better word, DREAMY! We had the best lunch of our lives in this mesmerizing setting of snow clad peaks around us and only the sound of our laughter filling the air. After observing, exploring and photographing this peak, we spend the night camping at the base.
DAY 5: We followed a stone market trail in Hargaon which led us to a dense pine and walnut forest. The minute we entered the forest, all our senses were heighten. We could smell the fresh fragrance of the leaves, we could hear the birds chirping, I also spotted a carcass of a wild boar I think! The walk was always accompanied by the jokes and funny banter between us. We got a few glimpses of the Har-ki-dun valley also and spent the night at Sankri.
Day 6: This was the last day of the trek and we were driving back from Sankri to Dehradun. We had to say our goodbye’s to our trek instructors here only. As we drove through the same scenic road between Sankri and Dehradun, I thought of how many changes I see in myself in only 6 days. Everything from my appearance to my thought process has changed drastically. The air in the bus was filled with hope. Hope of staying in touch, hope of meeting again in the future, hope of having many more such life altering experiences! It was indeed my best new year’s resolution..YET.
Here are our Upcoming treks for Kedarkantha Trek and Kedarkantha Winter Trek batches
DEPARTURES (All departures for Kedarkantha Trek are ex Sankri)
1st Batch : 8th October – 13th October 2016
2nd Batch : 15th October – 20th October 2016
3rd Batch : 22nd October – 27th October 2016
4th Batch : 29th October – 3rd November 2016
5th Batch : 5th November 2016 – 10th November 2016
6th Batch : 12th November 2016 – 17th November 2016
7th Batch : 19th November 2016 – 24th November 2016
8th Batch : 26th November 2016 – 1st December 2016
Snow Leopard Trek in Hemis National Park gives you the best opportunity for Snow Leopard Photography and ideal months are February and March. Snow Leopard the most elusive cats can be spotted throughout the Hemis National Park and near Rumbak there are several spots famous for Snow Leopard Photography. Snow Leopard Trek in Ladakh gives you an opportunity of spotting other famous wildlife of Ladakh like Nyan, Tinetan Argali, Himalayan Blue Sheep (Bharal), Napo, Uriel, Asiatic Ibex, Red Fox, Tibetan Wolf and many others.
Snow Leopard Trek – Photographers Delight
SNOW LEOPARD TREK ITINERARY
Day 1 Snow Leopard Trek: Arrive at Leh and Rest for Acclimatization
Day 2 Snow Leopard Trek: Drive to Zingchen & Trek to Rumbak
Day 3 Snow Leopard Trek: Trek from Rumbak to Yurutse Via Stok La
Day 4-7 Snow Leopard Trek: Snow Leopard Trail Exploration Days
Day 8 Snow Leopard Trek: Drive back to Leh
Day 9 Snow Leopard Trek: Return Flight to Delhi
TREK DURATION: 9 DAYS 8 NIGHTS
What’s Included :-
Accommodation (Camping & Guest House Stay)
Meals while on trek (Veg)
First aid medical kits
Qualified and experienced guide and support staff.
Transport from Leh and return (as per Snow Leopard Trek itinerary)
What’s Not Included :-
Porters to Carry Personal Gear
Foreigner Permit Fee
Mineral Water & any kind of beverages
Batch1: 20th February 2016
Batch2: 5th March 2016
Snow Leopard TrekCost: Rs 39750 + 3.6 Service Tax (Leh to Leh)
Snow Leopard Trek Itinerary Day 1: Arrive at Leh and Rest for Acclimatization
Arrive at Leh & transfer to your hotel after the welcome tea. Rest for acclimatization and after lunch join our local crew for a briefing session and after that you are free to explore Leh market on your own but please ensure that you keep it physically light. Overnight in the hotel.
Day 2 Snow Leopard Trek: Drive to Zingchen & Trek to Camp
We drive on Leh Manali Road and after crossing the bridge at Phey start the snow leopard trekking towards the Zingchen Gorge. This gorge forms the entry gate to the Snow Leopard’s high altitude home in Hemis National Park. Enroute the snow leopard trekking trail once can see pug marks and signs of other wildlife. Camp at wildlife study camp. Trekking time: approx 5-6 hrs. Elevation: 12,400′
Day 3 Snow Leopard Trek: Wildlife Viewing
During the winter months snow leopard descend to lower altitude so there are high chances that you will see signs of Snow Leopard during today’s full day tracking of snow leopard. Hemis National Park is home to other wild life of Ladakh like Blue Sheep, Argali, Ibex, Tibetan wolf and other migratory birds. After the full day exploration we return to camp share our experiences over the hot cup of Tea and Snacks. Overnight Camp.
Day 4-7 Snow Leopard Trek: Snow Leopard Trail Exploration Days
We will betrekkingto nearby sites where Snow Leopard have been sighted recently and visit village Rumbak and stay overnight in cosy Ladakhi Homestays.
Day 8 Snow Leopard Trek: Trek to Zingchen and drive back to Leh
It’s time to say goodbye to the superb hospitality of Ladakhis and trek down to same snow leopard trail to the road head drive back to Leh. In the evening we will meet at bonfire to share our experiecens and feedback. Overnight in a hotel.
Khalia Top trek is an easy trek and considered best beginners’ trek. Khalia trek provides you an opportunity to experience the Himalayan flora, fauna & pristine Himalayan outdoors. Located near small town of Munsiyari in Pithoragarh district of (Kumaon region) Uttarakhand. Munsiyari is situated at an altitude of 2250 meters and Khalia top is the highest point at an altitude of 3500 and gives you uninterrupted views of the snow-clad peaks including Panchachuli, Rajrambha, Hardeol, Nanda Kot, and Nanda Devi all standing tall and marvelous views. Khalia Top Trek Duration : 5 Days 4 Nights
Destinations Covered during Khuliya Top Trek Trek : Khathgodam, Munsiyari, Almora
Special Offer (Book Now): Rs 9500 per person + 3.5% Service Tax (Ex Kathgodam)
What’s Included :
Accommodation during Trek(Camping & Guest House)
Meals while on trek (Veg)
Transport from Kathgodam as per the Itineray
First aid medical kits
Qualified and experienced Guide and support staff.
DEPARTURES (All departures for The Khuliya Top Trek are ex Kathgodam)
Arrive at Kathgodam Railway station and start the scenic drive to Munsiyari. Munsiyari is a small town located at an altitude of 2250 Metres (7380 Feet) above from sea level in Pithoragarh district and about 290 Kms from Kathgodam. Drive to Munsiyari from Kathgodam is scenic one. One can see various trees of Chir, Deodar, Pine, Oak and rhododendrons. You pass through Almora, Bageshwar Kausani, Choukhori and Thal check it out. The road winds itself all the way up to Kalamuni top at a height of 9027 ft before descending into the glorious Munsiyari valley surrounded by snowcapped peaks.
Day 02: Trek from Munsyari to Bhujani (10000Ft.)
The trek to Bhujani is 4 kms takes about 5 hours. We walk through rhododendron and oak forests and climb up to 10000 ft. The trek to Bhujani is a steep and gradual climb to the campsite. The Bhirti falls enroute is an added attraction. The campsite is amidst the oak forests with the stunning view of Panchachuli peak. You can experience the thrill of Valley crossing half up the trek. Overnight camp at Bhujani.
Day 03: Trek from Bhujani to Khalia Top (11500Ft.)
The trek to Khalia Top is 6 kms long and takes 5 hours. As you leave Bhujani the open sky with vast meadows beckon you. Khalia top is a vast meadow in the Kumaon Himalayas and it offers a panoramic 360 degree view of the mountain ranges and the snowline that covers them. Overnight camp at Khalia top.
Day 04: Khalia to Balanti (9600 Ft.)
The descend from Khalia top to Balanti is gradual. Once you leave the skyline the oak forest surrounds you and the greater Himalayan ranges loom ahead in front. Overnight camp at Balanti.
Day 05: Drive from Balanti to Kathgodam
From Balanti the road head is 2 kms walk and takes about 2 hours to reach and you drive back to Kathgodam. Reach Kathgodam in the evening take return transport for your onward journey.
Pindari Glacier trek is an easy trek in the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand. This trek offers well-defined trails with only one minor pass crossing en route to the Pindari Glacier. The views from the pass– the Dhakri Khal (2830m) – are particularly impressive and include the many snow-capped peaks that form the southern rim of the Nanda Devi Sanctuary. The views from above the Pindari Glacier are also striking, particularly for the first-time trekker.The Pindari Glacier is the source of the Pindar River which meets with the Alaknanda River at Karnaprayag. Pindari Glacier trek is situated at an altitude of 3353 Metres which makes it an easy glacier trek in comparison to other glacier treks.
The best time for this trek are the Pre Monsoon Season: May to June and the Post Monsoon: Mid August to October
Pindari Glacier Trek Details
TREK DURATION: 7 DAYS 6 NIGHTS
DESTINATIONS COVERED ON THE PINDARI GLACIER TREK: Almora, Bageshwar, Kathgodam, Loharkhet, Khati Village
Accommodation (Camping & Hotel Stay)
Meals while on trek(Veg)
First aid medical kits
Qualified and experienced Trek Guide and support staff.
Transport from Kathgodam and return (as per Pindari Glacier Trek itinerary)
What’s Not Included
Meals in Govindghat and during the drive
Cost Escalation due to natural reason
Unscheduled stay due to landslide
COST PER PERSON: RS 14,500 + 4.5% Service Tax per Person (EX Kathgodam)
Pindari Glacier Trek Itinerary Detail
KATHGODAM (PINDARI GLACIER TREK) DAY 1 – DRIVE FROM KATHGODAM TO Khati VIA ALMORA (220 Kms, 10 HRS)
Pindari Glacier trek starts from the Loharkhet. We pick you up early in the morning from Kathgodam Railway station and drive from Kathgodam to Khati Village via Almora Bageshwar and Loharkhet . We will reach Khati in the evening. Overnight in Khati Village.
DHAKURI TOP (PINDARI GLACIER TREK) DAY 2 – TREK FROM LOHARKHET TO DHAKURI TOP (10 KM, 5 HRS)
Today we will begin our Pindari Glacier trek from Loharkhet after having breakfast.Through the first day savour the Great Himalayan Range , including the peaks of Trisul, Devtoli, Maiktoli and Nanda Khat that form the southern rim of the Nanda Devi Sanctuary. From Loharket (1760m) the trail winds through an evergreen forest of oak and horse chestnut before ascending to the small temple at Taladhakri (2300m). This is the halfway point on the ascent to the Dhakri Khal. Beyond Taladhakri the trail ascends across meadows and rhododendron forest that bloom by late April. The gradient lessens towards the Dhakri Khal. The meadow of Dhakri (2680m) lies just below the pass. Overnight stay in tents.
KHATI VILLAGE (PINDARI GLACIER TREK) DAY 3 – TREK FROM DHAKURI TOP TO KHATI VILLAGE (9 KM, 4 HRS)
Today’s trek is easy and a rewarding, peep into village life at Khati Village. Khati is the largest and last village on the Pindari Glacier trek and Kafni Glacier trek. Khati village is situated on the banks of Pindar Ganga River at an altitude of 2210m. Enjoy your stay in Khati Village by interacting with villagers and visiting the Khati Village temple.
PHURKIA (PINDARI GLACIER TREK) DAY 4 – TREK FROM KHATI TO PHURKIA TOP (16 KM, 9 HRS)
We start the Pindari Glacier trek with a good breakfast in Khati Village. Today’s trek is long. There are few small Dhabhas which run during the season where you can have Maggi and tea. The trek from Khati Village to Phurkia via Dwali is picturesque and full of natural beauty. Overnight stay in Tents.
ZERO POINT (PINDARI GLACIER TREK) DAY 5 – TREK FROM PHURKIA TO ZEROPOINT TO PHURKIA (10 KM, 8 HRS)
Today is going to be a big day. We start early for Pindari Glacier Zero point after breakfast. The views on trek from Phurkia to Zero point are superb, on your left views of Mt Baljuri, Mt Panwali Dwar are stunning. The point from where the Snout of Pindari Glacier is visible is called the Zero point.After enjoying the beauty of trekking in Himalayas visit Pindari Baba Ashram and trek back to Phurkia. Overnight stay in Tent.
KHATI VILLAGE (PINDARI GLACIER TREK) DAY 6 – TREK FROM PHURKIA TO KHATI VILLAGE (16 KM, 6 HRS)
Trek back to Khati village to Khati Village to enjoy one more day stay with hospitable villagers of Khati and share your stories of your trek.
LOHARKHET (PINDARI GLACIER TREK) DAY 7 – TREK FROM KHATI VILLAGE TO LOHARKHET (10 KM, 5 HRS)
After breakfast it’s the time to say goodbye to Khati Village and start the trek to Loharkhet via Dhakuri. We will have our lunch at Dhakuri with stunning views of Mt Maiktoli and then trek downwards to Loharkhet.
KATHGODAM (PINDARI GLACIER TREK) DAY 8 – DRIVE FROM LOHARKHET TO KATHGODAM (210 KM, 10 HRS)
Today’s is just to reach road head where our Jeep will be waiting to drive us to Kathgodam with treasured memoriesof the Pindari Glacier Trek.