Upcoming Himalayan Treks: Everest Base Camp, Kedarkantha Peak, Har Ki Dhun
Upcoming Himalayan Treks: Everest Base Camp, Kedarkantha Peak, Har Ki Dhun

Kedarkantha Peak – The Classic Winter Snow Trek

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  • 6 Days / 5 NightsDuration
  • Feb, Mar'24travel dates
  • 15-55 yrs.Age Limit
  • 15 max.Group Size

Highlights

  • The best snow trek of the HimalayasThe best season from December to march
  • Conquer the 3,810 m high peak
  • Magnificent view from the Kedarkantha peakTouch the sky and get an eye-level view of famous mountain peaks
  • A surreal hike in the sparkling white snow-capped mountainsIt is one of the most beautiful treks in Uttarakhand
  • The frozen Juda Ka TalabNestled in a clearing of oak and maple forests and makes a perfect campsite
  • Astronomy and astrophotography are at their best hereWhere twinkling stars and the sprawling milky-way adorn the night sky
  • Trek for allRecommended for beginners with good fitness

Key Info

  • UttarakhandLocation
  • SankriBase Village
  • Dec to MarBest Season
  • ModerateGrade
  • 3,810 mMax. Altitude
  • Daily 4-5 hrs.Walk (approx.): Total 25 km
EnduranceMedium: 6/10

Kedarkantha Peak (3,810 m) is best as a winter trek - December to March. It is a full snow trek during these months.

While trekking from Sankri to Juda Ka Talab, you will see the first snow on the first day of the trek.

Moreover, Kedarkantha is one of the few treks accessible in winter. The Himalayas are not always accessible in winter – most of the trails are heavily snowed and the weather is unpredictable, making the entire trek impassable. But the Kedarkantha Peak promises a fair amount of snow and at the same time gives you access to a peak of 3,810 meters!

Experience beautiful campsites, where each site is unique in its way and unmatched in beauty by any other campsites on the trip. Also, get a chance to camp around the frozen Juda Ka Talab which was once a place of meditation for Lord Shiva.

The Kedarkantha peak is marked by an arrangement of stones with tridents pointing to the sky. Climbing the peak at sunrise is a heavenly feeling. The majestic peaks around us have a unity of beauty and a wonderful golden light that seems to have come from another age. It is a sight beyond all superiority!

Folk TellKedarkantha Peak - Lord Shiva’s Retreat

Kedarkantha is also known as Bal-Kedar and according to a local legend; it was supposed to be the site of Kedarnath. It is said that when Shiva was wandering at Kedarkantha in his bull avatar, to hide from the Pandavas, the local dwellers disturbed his peace. Therefore, he fled to the present Kedarnath site.

The villagers of Sankri believe that the trident of Lord Shiva, erected at Kedarkantha protects them and keeps the Himalayan Rivers replenished.

Detailed Itinerary

Day-wise Schedule

Day 1, Sun
Drive from Dehradun (640 m) to Sankri (1,920 m)

The drive from Dehradun to Sankri takes you through picturesque towns and villages like Mussoorie, Nowgaon, Purola, and Mori. The scenic route takes you through a dense pine forest, filling the air with the sweet aroma of pines. After driving through the forests, you’ll reach Mori, where the Tons River joins you on the route. The Tons River is the biggest tributary of Yamuna and is well-known for rafting activities. The 190 km long drive typically takes 8-9 hours to complete, so it’s advisable to start early to reach Sankri by evening. You’ll spend the night at a guesthouse before starting your hike the next day.


Day 1, Sun: Highlights

• Altitude: ⇑ 1,280 m / ⇓ 0 m
• Drive (approx.): 190 km, 8-9 hrs. 🚌
• Accommodation: Guesthouse
• Meal: Dinner

Day 2, Mon
Sankri to Juda Ka Talab Trek (2,775 m)

We start our trek towards Juda Ka Talab early in the morning after breakfast from Sankri. The trek is eventful as we pass through local villages, such as Saud, and encounter kids heading to school and women starting their daily chores. The trail takes us through a dense pine forest, which gradually steepens until we reach a ridge. After walking on the ridge for a while, the trail evens out and widens. The thick forest provides a cool environment, shielding us from the sun’s heat. Finally, we reach the famous Juda Ka Talab, a small lake adorned with three floating landmasses. We camp by the lake, savouring a starry dinner.


Day 2, Mon: Highlights

• Altitude: ⇑ 855 m / ⇓ 0 m
• Walk (approx.): 4 km, 3-4 hrs. 🚶
• Accommodation: Campsite
• Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3, Tue
Juda Ka Talab to Kedarkantha Base Camp Trek (3,430 m)

From Juda Ka Talab, the trail leads deeper into dense pine forests until reaching a meadow with shepherd’s huts. Climbing further for another thousand feet, trekkers will finally reach the Kedarkantha base camp, taking around 2-3 hours to complete. The trail from Juda Ka Talab to the base camp is incredibly stunning, providing an ideal setting for photographers and nature enthusiasts alike. Despite being a bit colder due to the lack of insulation, the base camp offers panoramic views of the famous peaks of Uttarakhand, making it an ideal spot for camping.


Day 3, Tue: Highlights

• Altitude: ⇑ 655 m / ⇓ 0 m
• Walk (approx.): 4 km, 3-4 hrs. 🚶
• Accommodation: Campsite
• Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4, Wed
Kedarkantha Base Camp to Kedarkantha Summit (3,810 m) to Juda Ka Talab Trek

Day 4 is the day you’ve been waiting for!

The trek to the summit from the base camp is not long, and upon reaching the top, you’ll be rewarded with a jaw-dropping 360-degree view of the Uttarakhand peaks, the Chaainsheel Pass, and the Kailash ranges of Himachal. You can even see the Har Ki Dun valley below.

The Kedarkantha summit is marked by an arrangement of stones with a Trishul pointing to the sky. Legend has it that the peak was meant to be the original Kedarnath temple, but Lord Shiva, who was disguised as a cow hiding from the Pandavas, was disturbed during meditation by the villagers. The interruption made him change his location to the present Kedarnath temple.

After spending time on the summit, we hike back to the base camp and head towards Juda Ka Talab (2 km trail) post-lunch, where we will spend the night before bidding farewell to this beautiful place.


Day 4, Wed: Highlights

• Altitude: ⇑ 380 m / ⇓ 1035 m
• Walk (approx.): 8 km, 5-6 hrs. 🚶
• Accommodation: Campsite
• Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5, Thu
Juda Ka Talab to Sankri Trek (1,920 m)

Today is the final day of our trek and we will descend from Kedarkantha to Sankri, which is a 4 km trek taking 2-3 hours. Once we reach Sankri, you can take the rest of the day to explore the charming village and nearby villages like Gangad and Osla, which are known for their warm hospitality and traditional Pahari culture. Sankri is also the last road to the Govind Balabh Pant Wildlife Sanctuary.


Day 5, Thu: Highlights

• Altitude: ⇑ 0 m / ⇓ 855 m
• Walk (approx.): 8 km, 5-6 hrs. 🚶
• Accommodation: Guesthouse
• Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6, Fri
Drive from Sankri to Dehradun

Going back home is always a bittersweet moment, but the journey is made easier by taking the same picturesque road back to Dehradun. As we leave behind the dense pine forests and descend towards the city, the landscape slowly changes and opens up into wider roads. Finally, we arrive in the bustling city, bidding farewell to the serene mountains and valleys of Uttarakhand.


Day 6, Fri: Highlights

• Altitude: ⇑ 0 m / ⇓ 1,280 m
• Drive (approx.): 190 km, 8-9 hrs.🚌
• Accommodation: N/A
• Meal: Breakfast

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Inclusions

What's Included?
  • Transport From/To DehradunBy private vehicle & driver allowance
  • 2N in Guesthouse at SankriStandard room, on a triple sharing basis
  • 4N at Campsite during the TrekTent stay, on a triple sharing basis
  • 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 5 Dinners(Dinner on Day 1 to Breakfast on Day 6)
    We provide simple, nutritious vegetarian food
  • Camping EquipmentHigh quality tents with sleeping bags & mats, kitchen tents, toilet tents with portable toilet seats
  • Camping PermitAll trek permits, camping charges & all necessary paper works
  • Professional Guide, Cook & Support StaffPorters/Mules support to carry camping equipment
  • Porters/MulesTo carry personal luggage (max. 10 kg.)
  • Trekking InsuranceBenefits: Disability Covered, Medical Expenses & Many More
  • Safety Equipment & EmergencyFirst aid kit, oxygen cylinders, oximeter etc. will be at the campsite as well to deal with emergencies
  • GSTAll Applicable Taxes

Exclusions

What's Not Included?
  • Any Kind of Personal ExpensesLike shopping, mineral water, etc.
  • Food during TransitAny food you have during your travel to & from the base camp is in your own expense
  • Personal Trekking GearsLike trekking poles, down jackets, etc.
  • Tips for Guides & Porters
  • Anything Specifically Not Mentioned in the Inclusions List
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