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Best season : December to April

Opening Dates

  • April

14 Apr - 19 Apr 2024

20 Apr - 25 Apr 2024

27 Apr - 02 May 2024

28 Apr - 03 May 2024

Overview

Kedarkantha Trek Uttarakhand is a popular winter trekking destination located in the Uttarakhand region of India. The trek starts from a small village called Sankri located in the Tons Valley of Uttarkashi district. This 6-day trek is a round-trip trek covering a distance of approximately 20 km through the lush forests of Govind National Park, valleys, and snow-covered meadows.

Kedarkantha is a mountain peak in the Uttarakhand region of India, standing at an elevation of 12,500 feet. The trek is a perfect blend of adventure and scenic beauty, making it an ideal destination for nature enthusiasts.

The trail offers a picturesque view of the surrounding Himalayan ranges, making it one of the most sought-after treks in India. The highest point of the trek is Kedarkantha Peak, situated at an altitude of 12,500 feet above sea level. On reaching the top, trekkers are rewarded with a breathtaking view of the surrounding peaks like Swargarohini, Bandarpoonch, and Kalanag.

The Kedarkantha trek is suitable for people of all age groups, including beginners, as it is moderately difficult. The trail offers a mix of steep ascents and descents, making it a challenging yet thrilling experience. The kedarkantha trek can be done throughout the year, but the best time to go is from December to March when the trail is covered in snow, adding to the charm of the trek.

Itinerary

Day 1: Drive from Dehradun to Sankri (around 7-8 hours) and stay overnight in Sankri.

You will be picked up from Dehradun in the morning and driven to Sankri, which is the base camp for the Kedarkantha trek Uttarakhand. The drive takes around 7-8 hours and passes through beautiful mountain scenery and small villages. You'll arrive in Sankri in the evening and check into your accommodation for the night. On the way to sankri, you will pass through the Queen of Hills “Mussoorie”, Kempty Fall and on the way you will be followed by the Yamuna River. 

Day 2: Trek from Sankri to Juda-ka-Talab (around 4-5 hours) and camp overnight at Juda-ka-Talab.

After breakfast, you'll start your trek from Sankri to Juda-ka-Talab. The trek is around 4-5 hours long and is a gradual ascent through dense forests of oak and pine trees. You'll also pass through small villages and get a chance to interact with the locals. Juda-ka-Talab is a beautiful campsite located by a small lake and surrounded by lush greenery. You'll camp here for the night.

Day 3: Trek from Juda-ka-Talab to Kedarkantha base camp (around 4-5 hours) and camp overnight at the base camp.

Today's trek is around 4-5 hours long and takes you through a scenic trail with stunning views of the snow-capped peaks. You'll pass through meadows and forests of rhododendron trees before reaching the Kedarkantha Trek base camp. The base camp is located at an altitude of around 10,600 feet and offers stunning views of the surrounding mountains. You'll camp here for the night.

Day 4: Summit day! Trek from Kedarkantha base camp to the Kedarkantha peak (around 3-4 hours) and then descend to Juda ka Tal campsite (around 3-4 hours).

Today is the most challenging day of the trek as you'll be summiting the Kedarkantha peak. You'll start early in the morning and trek for around 3-4 hours to reach the summit. The trail is steep and involves walking on snow and ice, so make sure you have the proper gear and follow your guide's instructions. Once you reach the summit, you'll be rewarded with stunning panoramic views of the Himalayan range. After spending some time at the summit, you'll descend back to the Juda ka Tal campsite, which takes around 3-4 hours. You'll camp here for the night.

Day 5: Trek from Juda ka Tal campsite to Sankri (around 4-5 hours) and Drive back to Dehradun.

Today is the last day of the trek. After breakfast, you'll pack up and Descent back to Sankri and drive back to Dehradun, which takes around 7-8 hours. You'll say goodbye to your trekking companions and guides and be dropped off at your desired location in Dehradun, where the trek ends.

NOTE

The above itinerary is subject to change depending on weather conditions, group size, and other factors. It's always best to check with your trekking company for the most up-to-date itinerary and any changes. Additionally, it's important to ensure that you are physically fit and acclimatized before attempting the Kedarkantha trek, as it involves high altitudes and strenuous trekking.

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Things to Carry

If you are planning to go on the Kedarkantha trek, here are some essential items that you should carry with you:

  • Backpack: A sturdy backpack with a capacity of at least 40-50 liters to carry all your essentials.
  • Trekking Shoes: Good quality trekking shoes with a good grip and ankle support.
  • Warm Clothes: It is essential to carry warm clothes as the temperatures can drop significantly at night. Carry thermals, fleece jackets, down jackets, gloves, and woollen socks.
  • Rain Gear: Carry a raincoat or poncho to protect yourself from rain and wind.
  • Sun Protection: Carry sunglasses, sunscreen lotion, and a hat to protect yourself from the harsh sun.
  • Headlamp or Torch: A headlamp or torch with extra batteries is necessary as there will be no electricity on the trek.
  • Water Bottles: Carry at least two water bottles with a capacity of 1 litre each to stay hydrated throughout the trek.
  • First Aid Kit: Carry a basic first aid kit with medicines for headaches, stomach upsets, and other common ailments.
  • Trekking Poles: Trekking poles provide stability and support and reduce the strain on your knees while descending.
  • Miscellaneous: Carry a camera, power bank, and pocket knife for emergencies. 

Make sure to pack light and carry only the essentials to avoid unnecessary weight on the trek.

How to Reach

The Kedarkantha trek is located in the Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand, and the nearest city is Dehradun. You can reach Dehradun by air, rail, or road. From Dehradun, you can hire a taxi or take a local bus to reach Sankri, the starting point of the Kedarkantha trek.

Nearest Rail Head: Dehradun (Approx 200 KM) from Sankari village.

Nearest Bus Stand: Dehradun (Approx 200KM) 

Nearest Airport: Jollygrant Airport, Dehradun (Approx 230 KM) from Sankari Village 

Dehradun is well connected by all three major modes of transportation. One can easily board Train, Bus, or Plane from most of the major cities of India.

Safety & Security

Here are some safety tips that you must keep in mind while on the Kedarkantha trek:

  • Always carry a first-aid kit with you, including medicines for altitude sickness
  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water and fluids
  • Listen to your body and take breaks when needed
  • Follow the instructions of your trekking guide and do not venture out alone
  • Respect the local culture and traditions

Cancellation Policy

We understand that planning an outdoor trip brings a lot of excitement and joy. However, we also know that cancellations can be disappointing. While Hello Hikers rarely cancels treks due to our efficient ground operations, cancellations can happen due to unforeseen circumstances such as weather conditions, government regulations, or any other factors beyond our control. In such cases, the following cancellation policy will be applicable.

To ensure a hassle-free experience, we recommend making your booking at least two months in advance. If you do need to cancel your trek, please inform us in writing. Cancellation charges will be effective from the date we receive written advice.

Our cancellation policy is as follows:

We have designed a cancellation policy that is fair, feasible, and convenient for all our customers. The procedure is as follows:

  • If you cancel your trek 21 or more days before the start date, we will deduct 10% towards GST and transaction charges and refund 90% as a trek voucher valid for 1 year.
  • If you cancel your trek 15-20 days before the start date, we will deduct 30% towards GST, transaction, accommodation at base, ration, etc., and refund 70% as a trek voucher valid for 1 year.
  • If you cancel your trek 7-14 days before the start date, we will deduct 50% towards GST, transaction, accommodation at the base, ration, trek leaders, permits, equipment, etc., and refund 50% as a trek voucher that is valid for 1 year.
  • If you cancel your trek 1-6 days before the start date, we will deduct 100% as all arrangements have been made, and we are ready to take you on the trek.

We also have some terms and conditions for the trek voucher:

  • The voucher will be valid for 12 months from the date of issuance.
  • The voucher can be used for any trek with Hello Hikers.

Thank you for choosing Hello Hikers, and we hope to see you on our treks soon!

FAQS

Is the Kedarkantha trek difficult?

The Kedarkantha trek Uttarakhand is a moderate-level trek, making it suitable for both beginners and experienced trekkers. The trek involves steep ascents and descents, so it is essential to be physically fit and mentally prepared for the challenges. It is recommended that you start preparing for the trek at least 2-3 months in advance by following a regular exercise routine. 

Some people may get altitude sickness since the walk begins at an altitude of around 6,000 feet and rises to a maximum altitude of 12,500 feet. In order to prevent altitude sickness, it is essential that one should properly acclimatize and adopt the necessary precautions.

Overall, for those who are ready for the challenge and prepared for the physical demands of the walk, the Kedarkantha trek can be an enjoyable one.

How much does a Kedarkantha trek cost?

The cost of the Kedarkantha trek varies depending on the season, the type of accommodation, and the mode of transport. On average, the cost of the trek ranges from INR 7000-10000 per person, which includes transportation, accommodation, meals, and trekking guide fees. It is recommended that you carry some extra cash with you for emergencies.

How many days to climb Kedarkantha?

The Kedarkantha trek typically takes about 6 days to complete, covering a distance of approximately 20 kilometres. However, the duration may vary depending on the trekker's pace and the weather conditions.

Can Kedarkantha be done in 2 days?

Technically, it is possible to complete the Kedarkantha trek in 2 days, but it is not recommended due to the steep ascents and descents involved, which can be physically demanding. The trek involves covering a distance of approximately 20 kilometres, and attempting to complete it in just 2 days would require walking long hours without rest, which can be exhausting and potentially dangerous. It is advisable to take at least 5-6 days to complete the trek, which allows for adequate acclimatization and rest breaks, ensuring a safer and more enjoyable trekking experience.

Kedarkantha trek distance

Depending on the actual route chosen, for the trek, the hike to Kedarkantha Peak is  20–22 kilometres (12–13.5 miles). The trek usually takes 4-5 days, covering 5–6 kilometres (3–3.7 miles) on average each day. Depending upon the starting location, the route taken, and the pace of the trekker, the total distance may change.

Kedarkantha trek best time

The best time to go for the Kedarkantha trek is from December to April. During this time, the trek offers stunning views of snow-covered mountains and the surrounding landscapes. However, the trek can be quite challenging during the winter months, with temperatures dropping to sub-zero levels. It is important to pack warm clothing and carry appropriate gear to tackle the cold weather. The summer and monsoon months are not recommended for the Kedarkantha trek as the region receives heavy rainfall, which can make the terrain slippery and dangerous to traverse.

Kedarkantha trek in December

The Kedarkantha trek in December is a great option for adventure enthusiasts and nature lovers. During this time, the entire trail is covered with snow, offering a magical experience of trekking amidst the snow-capped mountains. The temperature in Kedarkantha during the month of December ranges from -5°C to 10°C, so it’s advised to carry warm clothing and suitable trekking gear to avoid cold and related illnesses. The trek to the Kedarkantha peak can be challenging, but also rewarding as it offers the views of snow-covered Himalayan peaks, dense forests, and frozen streams making it all worth it. It is advisable to go on the Kedarkantha trek with an experienced guide who has knowledge of the local area and can ensure your safety and also provide you with the necessary guidance throughout the trek.

Kedarkantha trek route

The Kedarkantha trek usually starts from the village of Sankri, which is located in the Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand. From there, the trek begins and passes through dense forests of pine, oak, and rhododendron, offering stunning views of the Himalayan peaks. The route passes through several scenic campsites such as Juda-ka-Talab, Kedarkantha Base Camp, and Hargaon, each campsite of Kedarkantha trek offering breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and valleys.

Kedarkantha trek height

The Kedarkantha Peak is situated at an altitude of around 12,500 feet (3,800 meters) above sea level. Although the height of Kedarkantha trek Uttarakhand Peak is not extremely high, it is still important to take necessary precautions to avoid altitude sickness and acclimatize properly before starting your trek. Trekkers are advised to carry appropriate gear and clothing to tackle the cold weather at such high altitudes.

Fitness level required for Kedarkantha Trek

The Kedarkantha trek is a moderate-level trek, making it suitable for both beginners and experienced trekkers. However, it is essential to be physically fit and mentally prepared for the challenges that come with the trek. It is recommended that you start preparing for the trek at least 2-3 months in advance by following a regular exercise routine.

How to reach Har ki Dun

By Air: Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun, about 215 km from Har Ki Dun, is the closest airport. To get to Sankri, where the walk begins, you can take a bus or a taxi from there.
By Train: Dehradun train Station, located around 200 km from Har Ki Dun, is the closest train station. It has good connections to important Indian cities. To get to Sankri, where the walk begins, you can take a bus or a taxi from there.
Major cities in Uttarakhand are easily accessible from Har Ki Dun through road. Sankri, the starting site of the trek, is reachable via cab or bus from Dehradun or Rishikesh.

Clothing and gear required for Kedarkantha Trek

The Kedarkantha trek requires warm clothes, including thermals, fleece jackets, and down jackets. Trekking shoes with good grip are also essential for the trek. It is recommended that you carry sunglasses, sunscreen, and a hat to protect yourself from the sun. Toiletries, including wet wipes, tissue paper, and hand sanitiser, are also necessary.

What is the best time to go on the Har Ki Dun trek?

The best times to complete the Har Ki Dun trek are from April to June and again from September to November.
These months are good for trekking because they typically have bright skies and a comfortable temperature. Typically, the sky are clear, allowing for breathtaking views of the mountains and neighbouring areas.
The walk is particularly beautiful from April to June, when the meadows are in full bloom and the temperature is nice. Though it might be congested at this hour.
The post-monsoon season, which lasts from September through November, is dry and clear, giving way to superb visibility of the snow-capped peaks.

Opening Dates

  • April

14 Apr - 19 Apr 2024

20 Apr - 25 Apr 2024

27 Apr - 02 May 2024

28 Apr - 03 May 2024

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