During the month of February, most trekking sites in North India are covered in thick layers of snow. This makes winter trekking inaccessible to most trekkers. However, if you want to spend time trekking in the snow, and are only a beginner trekker, you should plan Kedarkantha trek in February. It is one of the only easy to moderate treks in North India that is open all year round.
Located in the Garhwal Himalayas, Kedarkantha is accessible through the Govind Wildlife Sanctuary. During the winter months, the trail is covered in a thick blanket of snow, so you should be prepared to face sub-zero temperatures in February. The entire trail consists of gradual ascends and descends. From the viewpoint of the summit, you can see around 13 peaks, including the crown of the Garhwal Himalayas – Swargrohini.
How is Kedarkantha Trek in February?
The trek route begins from a small village by the name of Sankri which is situated at an altitude of 6,500 ft. You can reach Sankri by hiring a car or boarding a bus from Dehradun which is located at a distance of 220 km. Since Dehradun is well-connected by air, train, and road to all major cities in India, you won’t face any problems getting there.
From Sankri, you will begin a 10 km uphill trek to reach Kedarkantha peak. It is worth mentioning that Kedarkanta weather in February can get harsh, with sub-zero temperatures and strong winds. Therefore, you must be well prepared to brace the cold by wearing warm clothes. In order to reach the summit, you will have to trek for a minimum of 4 km, daily. This means that you will have ample time to relax at the campsite before beginning another leg of the journey.
Throughout the trail, you will be able to experiences some of the great things that are part of a winter trekking experience. You will walk on ridges while bracing yourself from the strong winds, cross wide-open meadows, camp at beautiful locations surrounded by alpine forests, and walk on frozen lakes and streams. The trail ends at the peak which is situated at an altitude of 12,500 ft. Although trekking in snow can be difficult, the trail has a perfect blend of ascends and descends so that anyone who is physically fit can go on this trek.
Some Information About The Logistics
Now let us look at some useful information pertaining to the overall Kedarkantha trek distance. Once you begin your trek from Sankri, you can reach the first campsite near Juda Ka Talab in a matter of 2-3 hours. During February, the lake will be completely frozen, making this winter trekking experience all the more mesmerizing.
The next day, you will begin your trek to Kedarkantha base camp from where you begin to see the surrounding peaks. The trek route from Juda Ka Talab to the base camp isn’t strenuous. You can easily complete the uphill climb and rest for the remaining day. From the base camp to the summit, the route gets a little difficult and is described by avid trekkers as moderate. On reaching the summit, you can enjoy 360-degree views of the Garhwal Himalayas. You can return to Sankri via the same route, or take any one of the numerous trails leading to Sankri.
If you’re planning to take a Kedarkantha trek in February, you must be prepared for the cold temperatures, and also carry the right equipment. If you are a beginner looking for more information or if you wish to embark on this trek and want to discuss your requirements, please click here.