Why This Trek?
Kedarkantha Trek is a classic winter trek. The trek provides a great opportunity for trekkers to see the scenic beauty and experience the life of remote villages of Garhwal Himalayas. Kedarkantha Trek lies in the Govind Wild life Sanctuary and National Park in Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand.
Kedarkantha Trek lies in the Govind Wild Life Sanctuary and Givind Pashu National Park in Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand. The drive to Sankri (from where the Kedarkantha trek starts) is one of the most picturesque drives in the Himalayas through Mussoorie, Purola, Mori, Netwar, along with the Tons River. Kedarkantha trek is one the easiest treks in the Himalayas to enjoy thick snow cover. The Kedarkantha trek campsite is great for birding and surrounded by beautiful snow peaks.
Destinations Covered in the Kedarkantha Trek : Dehradun, Purola, Sankri, Govind Wild Life Sanctuary.
What’s Included :
- 02 Night Homestay / Guest House / Hotel accommodation in Sankri on triple / quad sharing basis.
- 03 Nights tented accommodation on triple sharing basis.
- All Veg Meals from day 1st Dinner to till Day 6th Breakfast.
- Morning – Evening Tea/Coffee with light snacks.
- All fees and Permit (for Indians).
- Basic First Aid Medical kit wit Oxygen cylinder and Oxi meter.
- Crampons if required.
- Camping Logistics.
- Qualified and experienced Trek Leader , Trek Guide and support staff.
- Transport from Dehradun to Sankri and return.
What’s Not Included :
- Meals during transit.
- Any expenses of personal nature.
- Any fees and permits ( for non-Indians).
- Cost Escalation due to natural reason.
- Anything which is not mentioned in above inclusions.
More Information On Garhwal:
- About Garhwal
- History of Garhwal
- History of Garhwal Himalayas
- Geographical region of Garhwal
- Flora and Fauna in Garhwal
- Districts in Garhwal Region
- Famous peaks of Garhwal
More Information On Uttarkashi:
- About Uttarkashi
- History of Uttarkashi
- Geography of Uttarkashi
- Best Season to Visit Uttarkashi
- Places to visit around Uttarkashi
- Demographics of Uttarkashi
- How to reach Uttarkashi?
- Hotels at Uttarkashi
- Weather of Uttarkashi
- Flora and Fauna in Uttarkashi
- Religious Places in Uttarkashi
- Travel routes from Uttarkashi to nearby places
- Treks starting from Uttarkashi
- Attractions in Uttarkashi
Brief Kedarkantha Trek Itinerary :
Day 1: Drive from Dehradun to Sankri (6,450 ft).
Day 2: Trek from Sankri (6,450 ft) to Juda Ka Talab (9,100 ft).
Day 3: Trek from Juda Ka Talab (9,100ft) to Kedarkantha Base (10,600 ft).
Day 4: Trek from Kedarkantha Base (10,600 ft) to Kedarkantha Peak and back to Kedarkantha Base.
Day 5: Trek from Kedarkantha Base (10,600 ft) to Sankri.
Day 6: Sankri to Dehradun Drive back
Detailed Kedarkantha Trek Itinerary
Day 1: Drive from Dehradun to Sankri (6,450 ft, 220km, 8 hours)
We will leave from Dehradun by 6:30 am and reach Sankri approximately by 5:00 pm. Sankri is a beautiful small village which has a few small dhabas and shops. We would be staying overnight in a guesthouse slightly up the road. We would reach Sankri at the time of sunset, which makes for a beautiful setting, as the Swargarohini peaks stand over the ridges beyond Sankri.
Day 2: Trek from Sankri to Juda Ka Talab (9,000 ft, 4km, 5 hours)
Today, we will leave for trekking and reach our campsite, Juda ka Talab. We will leave at around 9:00 am after a sumptuous breakfast at the guesthouse. We will leave Sankri passing through another small village of Saur, from where the trail takes us to Kedarkantha. The path goes through pine forest until we reach a ridge, which opens up into a wide trail. After we have completed almost a quarter of our trek, we would catch up to the stream, we have been hearing. This is the last spot to fill water bottles until Juda ka Talab. As we carry on the same trail, we go through pine and maple forests and the trail becomes dense and narrow again until you reach Juda ka Talab. Juda ka Talab makes for a perfect campsite with a large lake on the left and dense pine and oak forests on the right. The lake was once two lakes that are now conjoined to make one. Enjoy the sunset with evening snacks and explore the area.
Day 3: Trek from Juda Ka Talab to Kedarkantha Base (10,600 ft, 4km, 4 hours)
Today, we start our day with hot tea and breakfast and then head towards Kedarkantha Base. As we leave Juda ka Talab, the trail is straight and rises to an elevation at the edge of the lake and goes into the dense pine forest. As we continue to walk on the ridge for another half an hour, the ridge opens out to another open field. You will find a shepherd’s hut here where you can take a break and relax for a while as we have less than a thousand feet to climb to the Kedarkantha base. After a short climb, in the shadows of oak trees, the route opens up into a field again. Look behind to absorb and enjoy the panorama of snow ranges surrounding Kedarkantha peak. As we climb up higher, usually over snow, we reach our destination, Kedarkantha base camp site. Snow- capped mountains like Ranglana, Kala Nag, Swargarohini, Bandarpoonch, stretch from your right to your left.
Day 4: Trek from Kedarkantha Base to Kedarkantha Peak and back to Kedarkantha Base (12,500 ft, 6km, 7-8 hrs)
We wake up a bit early for the beautiful sunrise from the Kedarkantha base; the Kedarkantha peak is clearly visible from the base. We then move forward with our day with a hot cup of tea and breakfast.
There are many trails to go up to Kedarkantha Peak, the best route is from the northern elevation of the summit, it takes 3 hours to climb the summit from the campsite. The mountain top is marked by a trishul-like arrangement of stones that points to the sky. The mountain top gives a 360° view of the snowy mountains of Uttrakhand. The Gangotri and Yamnotri , Chansil and Kinnaur Kailash are a few of the ranges that are visible from the top. There is a straight forward descent from the peak to the Kedarkantha base, the route we would take is full of oak and pine trees and many frozen streams. We reach back in the evening and finally relax after an eventful day.
Day 5: Trek from Kedarkantha Base to Sankri (6400 feet, 6km, 4-5 hrs)
Today, we head back to Sankri after we fill our stomachs with sumptuous breakfast. The path to Sankri is filled with stones and is basically a descent through pine trees with a stream on our left which is a good spot to fill water. We start on this path walking past the cluster of four huts and through deep dark pine forest that engulfs the route as it moves further away from the ridge. The hike route gets even more beautiful as it spirals down to a pine forest that leads to Hargaon. The trail evens out and progressively goes downhill through pine forest to come to another ridge. From this elevation point, we can view the open Har ki Dun valley and as we climb down, we encounter apple orchard and potato farms. The trail divides numerous times and each division leads to a different part of Sankri. In the evening, we reach the guesthouse and enjoy dinner there before we head to our beds to rest.
Day 6: Sankri – Dehradun Drive back (220km, 10-11 hours)
We start our 10 hour long drive from Sankri to Dehradun after breakfast. The drive would be one a kind with pine forests and rivers as your view as your drive down. We will stop for lunch in between to enjoy food in the midst of such beauty. We will reach Dehradun by 8:00 pm.
Fitness Required for Kedarkantha Trek
At high altitude as the air gets thinner oxygen becomes less abundant.The percentage saturation of hemoglobin with oxygen determines the content of oxygen in our blood. After the human body reaches around 2,100 m (7,000 feet) above sea level, the level of oxygen in our hemoglobin begins to plummet. However, the human body has both short-term and long-term adaptations to altitude that allow it to partially compensate for the lack of oxygen.
The Kedarkantha Trek is an easy trek suitable for first time trekker with basic fitness
Trekking Experience: Ideal trek for a beginner.
Fitness Required: The Kedarkantha Trek falls in the category of Moderate treks. The trail is fairly laid out path and has very few steep ascends or descends. Water is available through out the trail. But still if you are thinking of your first big Himalayan trekking experience its better to be prepared. Here is the training schedule to prepare for the trek.
Our treks are generally planned in a way that on an average you have to cover around 9 Kms in 6 hours although there may be slight variation depending on the terrain. This works out to roughly 1.5km per hour which is equivalent to walking in the plains at 6km per hour.
You can train yourself to run 3 kms in 30 minutes as per the schedule given below. Remember always start your training program with stretching and warm up exercises.
Follow this training schedule for trekking fitness required.
Week 1: Start with 10 minute of brisk walk and then jog for 10 minutes and finally 10minutes of easy walk.
Week 2: 5 minutes of brisk walk 15 minutes of jog 5 minutes of easy walk
Week 3: 5 minutes of brisk walk 15 minutes of jog 5 minutes of easy walk
Week 4: 5 minutes of brisk walk and jog for 25 min and cool down your body
Things to carry for Kedarkantha Trek
Poncho, Rain Coat or Umbrella any one is must
Backpack (Min 55 Ltrs)
Floaters or Sandals
2 Pairs of Quick Dry Tees and Track Pants
3 Pair of Socks
2 pairs of woolen socks
2 Full Sleeve Sweater or Fleece Jacket
One down feather Jacket
Cold Cream & Sun Screen (SPF 40+)
Water Bottle 1 Lt
Headlamp or torch with fresh pair of batteries
Personal Toilet Kit and toilet paper
Personal Medicine Kit
CAMERA with huge memory card and fully charged with extra batteries !
What is the Kedarkantha Trek?
Kedarkantha Trek is an easy high altitude trek done throughout the trek and is particularly enjoyable during winters. The trek is situated in the Uttrarkashi district of Uttarakhand on the Himachal Uttarakhand border.
When is the best time to go to for the Kedarkantha Trek?
The best time for Kedarkantha Trek is during the during the winter months of December,January,March, April and May. But this trek can be done and is enjoyable throughout the year
How difficult is the Kedarkantha Trek?
Kedarkantha Trek is considered by comparison an easy high altitude trek. But you need to have good physical fitness to complete this trek. Doing cardio vascular exercises is very helpful for preparing for this trek.
What are the temperatures during the Kedarkantha Trek?
During the Kedarkantha Trek temperatures vary between -15 to 10 degree celcius.There will be considerable variation between night and day and in the direct sun and shade, so it is important to plan accordingly.
How much we have to trek each day?
Normally our trek are designed in such a way that we reach our camp by lunch time and on an average trekking distance is roughly 6 Kms each day and it takes around 6 hours by an average trekker to cover that distance.
What medicines should I carry during the trek?
Below is a list of basic medicines you should carry for a high altitude trek.
Crepe bandage – 3 to 5 meters
Band aid – 10 stripsGauze cloth – 1 small role
Leukoplast – 1 small roll
Cotton – 1 small roll
ORS – 5 packets
Crocin – 5 tablets
Avomine – 4 tablets
Avil 25mg – 4 tablets
Diamox – 15 tablets
Combiflam – 5 tablets
Disprin – 10 tablets
Norflox – 10 tablets
Digene – 10 tablets
Diamox – 10 tablets
Is Diamox advisable ?
Diamox help in acclimatization but we do not advise it please consult your Doctor before taking it.
Who will lead and who all will go along with us ?
All our treks are led by certified & Experienced Trek Leaders/Guides. We believe in sustainable adventure eco-tourism which in effect means that our teams are locally sourced. Other than a Trek lead we in our team we will have local Guides, Cook, Helpers and Porters.
How big are the groups ?
We make it a point not to have more than 15 people in a trekking group as we believe that the best way to enjoy adventure is in small sustainable groups.
What is the minimum number of Trekkers required for Fixed Departures ?
Our Fixed departures are guaranteed and a promise to our customer that even if there is a Single trekker we will proceed with the trek at a loss.
I am the only girl in a trek, is it safe ?
We generally have a ratio of Male:Female of about 2:1. Mountains on the whole are much safer than the plains. Lots of solo female trekkers join us and we make it a point that only female trekkers share the tent with other female trekkers.
What thing we need to Carry for the trek?
You can follow the list at things to carry
Can I offload my backpack on a mule/porter. What are the charges for the same.
When you are in the mountains you should be self-sufficient and you should carry your own backpack. The charges to offload a backpack of roughly 9 kg or less is about 300 per day.
Which type of shoes should I buy ?
Good trekking shoes are a must for the valley of flowers Trek. Read more at “How to Buy Trekking Shoes”
How many trekkers will be in one tent ?
We generally have 3-man tents were we accommodate anywhere between 2-3 people.
What level of fitness is expected from the trekkers
Good physical fitness as well as mental fitness is required for the Kedarkantha Trek. This is an ideal trek for a beginner who wants to familiarize him/herself with high altitude treks.To get into optimum level of fitness you can go through our article How to prepare for a high altitude trek.
What is there in Food menu during a trek ?
We server wholesome and nutritious Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Evening Snacks. The food is vegetarian. Vegetarian food is preferable at high altitudes as it is easy to digest.
Is the water on the trek safe?
The advantage of trekking the Himalayas is that your trekking route is filled with fresh Himalayan streams. Your trek leader/guide will direct you to places where you can fill clean water from. We recommend this water but in case you are unsure you can carry water purifying tablets with you.
What type of vehicles are used for transportation ?
We use Sumo/Xylo/Tempo for transportation.
What do you do if we encounter a medical emergency during the trek?
Our team at Renok is trained in handling high altitude emergencies. Apart from being trained mountaineers they bring a wealth of experience with dealing with high altitude illnesses. We carry First aid kits and oxygen cylinders with us and in case of other medical emergencies we rescue the trekker till the road head. If any additional cost of evacuation is incurred it is borne by the trekker. Also before the trek it’s your responsibility to get a medical fitness checkup by a doctor which certifies you are fit enough for this trek.
Can we change the itinerary?
Renok Adventures LLP reserves the right to change the itinerary depending upon the weather conditions and other factors. If extra cost is incurred due to rescheduling the trekker is informed beforehand and extra cost if any is borne by the trekker. Please note that we operate treks in some of the most remote regions and harshest conditions where unforeseen events may force us to change the itinerary. In such cases, we or your trek leader will suggest the best alternative similar to your original itinerary.
Can you customize the Kedarkantha Trek?
Yes Kedarkantha Trek can be customised, if you would like to travel independently, you are invited to choose any of the trips at your convenient time for any number of people. The Cost for private customized trip is fixed on the basis of group size, trek area, duration and trek style.
What if trek is cancelled at the last moment due to ‘force majeure’?
All the arrangements for the tour are pre-planned and prepaid.
We will offer you alternate trek options of similar value depending upon the weather conditions if a trek is cancelled due to ‘force majeure’. In case of non-completion of the tour due to any reason whatsoever there will not be any refund for any unutilized services.
What is your Cancellation Policy?
Up to 24 Days :- 95% of Trek/Tour cost will be refunded.
Between 14-24 Day :- 70% of Trek/Tour cost will be refunded.
Between 14-08 Days :- 50% of Trek/Tour cost will be refunded.
Less than 7 Days :- No refund
What is your Rescheduling Policy?
We will reschedule your trek without any extra charge if this is conveyed to us in writing ateast 1 month before the trek starting date.
Between 07-24 Days before start of the trek :- 30% of Trek/Tour cost will be charged for rescheduling.
Less than 7 days:- 100% of Trek/Tour cost will be charged for rescheduling.
Dehradun is the base location for our Kedarkantha Trek. Our meeting point in Dehradun is the railway station. We will pick you up at 6:00 AM in the morning and start the drive to Sankri. The entire drive from Dehradun to Sankri takes around 8 Hours.
Reaching Dehradun by Flights
Jolly Grant Airport is the Airport in Dehradun and is situated on the outskirts of Dehradun. Taxis are easily available from Jolly Grant Airport to Dehradun.
Reaching by train
Dehradun is well connected by railway network with major destinations of India because it’s a major pilgrim centre.
Following is the list of useful trains to reach dehradun from Delhi:
12017 DEHRADUN SHTBDI
19565 UTTARANCHAL EXPRESS
22659 DEHRADUN EXPRESS
14309 UJJAINI EXPRESS
14317 IND DDN EXPRESS
12055 DDN JANSHTBDI
12687 DEHRADUN EXPRESS
14041 MUSSOORIE EXPRESS
12205 NANDA DEVI EXPRESS
For exact timings & Schedule of trains please check the Indian Railway official site.
Reaching Dehradun by Road (Bus)
Dehradun is well connected with comfortable Volvo buses run by government and private operators. You can catch luxury and normal buses to Dehradun which are available from ISBT Kashmiri Gate and Anand Vihar.
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