Kedarkantha Trek - A Popular Trek in Lap of the Himalayas

There is a famous line - If the Ganges is the mother, Himalayas is the father. One nurtures and nourishes, the other provides and protects. The great Himalayas have been always fascinated tourists all across the world for their beauty, and some unnamed force or power. Situated in the heart of the Indian state of Uttarakhand, Kedarkantha is a glorious mountain peak of the Himalayas standing at an altitude of 12,500 feet.

The Kedarkantha trek starts from a tiny village named Sankri and leads to a great adventure in the middle of the Himalayas. Kedarkantha trek is one of the most preferred treks in the Uttarakhand region. One of the easiest treks in the Himalayas, the winter trek in Kedarkantha, is a delight for snow lovers.

The trek stretches through an amazing landscape that passes through beautiful villages, snow-covered fields and breathtaking views of the majestic Himalayas. Feel lucky looking at the great mountain ranges, such as Swargarohini, Bandarpunch and Black Peak. It's a great getaway from Delhi. Do not forget to make a snowman.

Almost every youngster in late teenage or early twenties is fascinated with the idea of clubbing. But those who have passed this phase know better. More youngsters are heading towards mountains rather than partying with their friends and the reasons vary from staying fit to breaking the norm! Himalayas are addictive. There will forever be a yearning, a call that drives you back to them again.

In life it is not necessarily to be strong, but to feel strong to measure yourself at least once. Trekking provides you that chance for which you don’t need any prior skills. Realizing how hard it is to really survive there, you put aside all pretense and ego and reveal the raw You. And knowing even a small mistake can be end of your story, you push your mind and body to the limits you never knew.

Walking amidst the century old forests, beautiful and ferocious at the same time, your mind goes into a meditative state. The journey and surroundings organically takes you to a blissful state. In subtle ways you start thinking like a monk.

Kedarkantha trek guide

Is Kedarkantha Trek Difficulty

The difficulty level of this trek is moderate to difficult in winters as snow makes the path slippery.

In monsoon, it is not advisable to do this trek as roads are blocked and all kinds of adventure activities are suspended. In summer, the place stands at its best. The beauty of Kedarkantha is worth visiting. The beauty of the place enhances in winters when the whole place is covered with snow and those snow-clad peaks, beautiful terrains, grasslands, farmlands and rivers will take your heart away.

How Do You Trek Kedarkantha

Sankri is the base camp of Kedarkantha trek. The trek is 30 kilometre long and It takes 3 to 4 days to complete the distance. Kedarkantha comes under the Govind Wildlife Sanctuary. The journey from Sankri to Kedarkantha is an unforgettable one! From Kedarkantha you will spot at least 13 peaks of the Himalaya.

The trail to the top is full of adventure, fun, greenery and new experiences. You will be passing through green oak trees, dense forests of alpine trees and rhododendrons and a massive variety of birds and animals.

Sankri to Juda ka Talab - Get all pumped up and ready to begin the trail. The trek will begin with the tickling sensation in the stomach and happiness on the face. Your first campsite will be Juda ka Talab which is 4km away from Sankri.

Juda ka Talab to Kedar Kantha base camp- The campsite is no less than the dream as it is surrounded by pine trees, oaks, rhododendrons and frozen lake. Set your camp near the lake and get inside and gaze at the night sky and the view beautiful! From Juda ka Talab ascend towards the Kedar Kantha base camp which will take around 3 hours to reach passing through by the beauty of humongous mountains, a carpet of snow and green trees in between white snow.

How To Reach Kedarkantha

To reach Kedar Kantha, you need to take a bus from Delhi to Dehradun and from Dehradun,you need to reach Sankri, the base camp. Sankri is a small but very pretty village which has some amazing views to offer to its visitors. If you plan to fly to Dehradun, there are other modes of transport available like via Air. Jolly Grant Airport is the nearest Airport at a distance of 25 kilometre from Dehradun.

If you are travelling on a train, the nearest railway station to Sankri is Dehradun which is well connected by all the major cities of India via road, air and rail. Sankri is easily accessible from Dehradun. Upon reaching there you can take local transportation (bus) or hire a cab to reach Sankri. The route to Sankri from Dehradun goes through some very pretty towns.

Accommodation in Kedarkantha

If you are travelling without any travel company, then also you will find hotels and guest house to stay. If you are travelling with a trek company, they will take care of your stay.

Kedarkantha Trek Highlights

Living in such challenging isolated environment, the local folks are very different from city dwellers. They are incredibly hard working, unbelievably strong, very warm and innocent. Tibetan culture is ancient and prayer flags, prayer wheels, mani stones, stupas accompany you every step of the way. Himalayas are stunning. The landscape is divine and seems out of a fictional world.

Things to Carry for Kedarkantha Trek

The weather at Kedarkantha is not constant and is always changing. Carry winter clothes always irrespective of the season, the temperature tends to fall in the night.

  1. Thermal inner wears and Thermal inner pants
  2. Comfortable trekking pants
  3. Fleece jacket and Down jacket
  4. Waterproof windbreaker
  5. Pair of woolen socks and gloves
  6. A warm hat, Monkey cap and Sun cap
  7. Sunglasses and sunscreen
  8. Portable charger, Power Bank, Headlight with extra batteries and Camera with extra memory cards
  9. A small bottle of shampoo, Facial mist, Lip balm and body wipes - as showers are limited
  10. Moisturizer, Toilet paper, Toothpaste and toothbrush
  11. Sleeping bag, tents, mattresses, trekking shoes and trekking pole
  12. First aid box with all the necessary medicines

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