Kedarkantha Premium Trek

duration Duration 5 Days / 4 Nights
altitude Maximum Altitude 12,500 ft
visit Best time to visit Oct - Apr
age Minimum Age 7+
Camp Base Camp Sankri
Camp Accommodation type Dual Sharing
About the Kedarkantha Premium Trek

Kedarkantha Winter Trek Package - Kedarkantha is a trendsetter as well as one of India's most popular and greatest winter treks. It not only offers an unrivaled view of the cosmos, lush meadows, snow trails, attractive villages, aromatic pine forest, sky-scraping peaks, and quiet rivers, but it also whispers a mythological story along the way.

Even the name Kedarkantha is derived from two words Kedar + Kantha, which is translated as– ‘Throat of Lord Shiva’. Spend day 1 of the trek in a well-sanitized homestay in Dehradun followed by a hike to the base camp of Sankri. Enjoy an effortless hike through the knee-deep snow in winters, loading all your luggage on the pre-paid backpacker mules. Ensuring maximum comfort with this premium package.

Also See: Brahmatal Trek, Uttarakhand


Kedarkantha Trekking is considerably more than it appears in images on your computer screen. Not to be confused with the divine trek to Kedarnath, the Kedarkantha trek is a completely different trek. You will journey alongside the peak views of Swargarohini, Kalanag, Bandarpunch, and Draupadi ka Danda, throughout your Kedarkantha trek.

Pitch your tents beside the frozen Juda Ka Talab. According to legend, the lake was created when a drop of Ganga fell here when Lord Shiva opened his dreadlock. Enjoy a fun night of bonfire and stargazing followed by a warm and cozy sleep in your sanitized dual shared tent. Wake up in your spacious tents and head out to the Kedarkantha Base Camp with your designated hiking kits.

The best part about the Kedarkantha Trek Package is hiking in small batches. With a maximum of just 12 hikers, we assure social distancing as the COVID safety protocol. Even at the Kedarkantha height of 12,500 ft from sea level. Besides, with a less crowded batch, you can enjoy more. Rise early for the last climb to the summit peak, which is the most adventurous part of the Kedarkantha Trek Itinerary. Witness the sunrise at the Gharwal region and enjoy your time at the summit top.

Once done, descend back to the base camp to fill up your empty stomachs with hot lunch. Rest for a few more minutes and descend back on the same path to reach Dehradun via Hargaon and Sankri. Ending the Kedarkantha Premium Package.

It is one of India's first commercial winter treks to be discovered. Originally, the site served as a pasture ground for shepherds and a community temple. It has grown in popularity among trekkers and has become a bustling tourist destination. Thank you, thrill-seeking Indians! Millions of Indian trekkers have been captivated by the Kedarkantha summit. It's pure beauty mesmerizes everyone.

Also See: Chadar Trek, Ladakh


Best time to visit Kedarkantha Trek

To be honest, the optimum time for this trek is mostly determined by the trekkers. The walk is wonderful in itself, but the experience changes with the seasons. Summer is an excellent season to go on this walk for those who enjoy hiking in a green area with pleasant weather. However, if you want to enjoy some snowy action crossing trees blanketed in fresh snow, then Kedarkantha Winter Trek is the right choice for you. Though it's tough to pinpoint a specific month as the ideal for this trip. In general, trekkers opt for the winter months to conquer this mountain.


How difficult is the terrain throughout the trek?

The walk begins with a strong climb for a short distance before leveling down in the middle. The Kedarkantha trek path crosses multiple tiny streams, and the terrain can get muddy and treacherous at times.

The terrain has some rocky areas, and you may encounter a few boulders along the way. The final kilometer of ascent to the summit is the steepest and takes the most time.

The flora and animals that you come across along the journey are the nicest part of this environment. There are numerous oak, walnut, chestnut, maple, and apple trees throughout the trip path.

The Kedarkantha trek distance is straightforward for the most part, but it does occasionally become a little more difficult to ascend. Especially during the summit ascent, when the trail becomes steep. Still, because you have plenty of time, trekking over that trail is not an issue.

 

What about your stay and washroom facilities?

The entire 5 days and 4 nights treks are covered with a properly sanitized homestay on day1 and rest in the dome tents with super comfy mattresses with extra foam and high-quality sleeping bags. Not to mention all of them have a proper functional lavatory system.

Dual occupancy tents are one of our specialties. We equip you with the best alpine dome winter camps in India, with a maximum capacity of two trekkers in one tent. This ensures more space and social distancing at the same time. Of course, if you wish to stay in a triple occupancy tent, we can surely arrange that for you.

The night sky is the nicest part of a hike. You may satisfy your stargazing desires with a sky full of stars that you seldom see in a city sky at 12,000 feet and clear skies. You may also enjoy the perfect stargazing moment with our strategically located campground places.

Trekking in the wilderness also teaches us a lot. One of them is the ability to adapt to the most dangerous conditions. There is no permanent structure and simply dry toilet facilities at high altitudes.

Day 1: Dehradun to Sankri

Altitude:   6,455 ft.

Drive:   6-7 hrs. (187 km)

Meal:   Dinner

Stay:   Stay at a guesthouse on a sharing basis.

  • Take a shared cab from Dehradun and reach Sankri, it will take 7 hours to reach the campsite.

  • Enjoy the drive covering the pine forest section along with river Yamuna on your side.

  • Sankri is the base camp of many treks of Uttarakhand, out of which the most popular are Har ki Dun and Bali Pass.

  • 22 km before Sankri the Govind National Park area starts which is famous for its avid collection of flora.

  • After reaching Sankri, freshen up and step out of the guest house to explore the village on your own.

 

Day 2 : Sankri to Juda Ka Talab

Altitude:   8,859 ft.

Trek:   4 km (4-5 hrs.)

Meals:   Breakfast - Lunch - Evening Snacks - Dinner

Stay:   Stays in tents on a sharing basis.

  • After a healthy breakfast at the guest house and start your journey towards Juda ka Talab.

  • After crossing Sorh the journey takes a wide and sharp curve moving along the stream, the initial climb will pass you through the dense forest, brown leaves of Maple and Pine crushed under the foot.

  • After crossing a dense forest section you will reach Juda ka Talab, try taking a walk around the fascinating lake.

  • A few meters from the lake we will pitch our tents and will retire for the day.

 

Day 3: Juda Ka Talab - Kedarkantha Base Camp

Altitude:   11,250 ft.

Trek:   4 km (3-4 hrs.)

Meals:   Breakfast - Lunch - Evening Snacks - Dinner

Stay:   Stays in tents on a sharing basis.

  • After morning breakfast starts your trek towards Kedarkantha Base, on a straight guided path.

  • After crossing 10,400 ft. you can visualize the snow traces with winds meandering around the track.

  • A few meters from today’s destination enjoy the views of arc-shaped snow-capped mountains, Swaragarohini, Bandarpoonch, Kala Nag, and Rangala standing in the front.

  • After reaching the campsite, pitch the tents and enjoy the clear views of the night sky filled with twinkling stars, planets, and satellites.

  • Enjoy a hot meal at the campsite and retire ASAP as the next day’s climb will start as early as 4 am.

 

Day 4: Base Camp to Kedarkantha Top, Descend to Hargaon

Altitude:   11,250 ft. - 12,500 ft. - 8,900 ft.

Trek:   6 km (6-7 hrs.)

Meals:   Breakfast - Lunch - Evening Snacks - Dinner

Stay:   Stays in tents on a sharing basis.

  • The most exciting day of the trek begins as early as 4 am, today you will conquer Kedarkantha Peak.

  • During the trek, you will pass through a few portions of Oak forest with the ascend to as high as 12,500 ft.

  • The last climb to the peak is adventurous, spot a small temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati overlooking the region.

  • Enjoy your time at the top, descend back to the base camp to fill up your empty stomachs with hot lunch. Rest for a few more minutes and descend to Hargaon.

  • Once again it's the journey covering the dense Oak, Pine, and Maple forest with many shepherds’ huts at different spots, Reach the campsite, pitch the tents and mark an end to the delighted day.

 

Day 5: Hargaon to Sankri and back to Dehradun

Altitude:  8,900 ft - 9,100 ft

Trek:   4 km (2-4 hrs)

Drive:   187 km (7-8 hrs)

Meals:   Breakfast

  • After a relaxing breakfast, start your descend back to Sankri.

  • After an hour into the trek you will reach a ridgeline from there you can spot some splendid views of Har Ki Dun Valley, enjoy your moment by the photography of the route from a distance.

  • After reaching the base get into your taxi and head towards Dehradun

Trek ends here!!

Air: Take a flight to Jolly Grant (Dehradun) airport and from there take a Shared / Private cab or a local bus to reach Dehradun.

 

Road: Volvo transfers are available from Delhi to Dehradun, It takes around 6 hrs to reach Dehradun from Delhi. 

 

Rail: Dehradun has a railway station so book a train to Dehradun railway station direct and if there in no direct train available from your city then book a train to delhi and from there either you can book another train or take a bus to Dehradun.

 

Before booking a cab or bus to or from Sankri, it is advisable to contact the trek operator first as they have the local transport facility running which usually borne and shared between the trekkers. 

1. Shirts/T-shirts –2/3, Jeans/Trekking Pants -2

2. Windproof jacket of decent quality (no flimsy wind cheaters please!) preferably with a hood

3. Warm and thick Fleece/Full-sleeve Woollen sweater

4.  Thermal inner wear (upper & lower), Scarf/muffler (optional)

5. Woollen cap, Woollen gloves, Woollen socks & regular socks (3-4 pairs)

6. Comfortable Trekking/Hiking shoes (Waterproof shoes with a thick sole are recommended)

7.  Lightweight floaters/sandals/slippers

8.  Raincoat/Poncho, Small quick dry towel

9.  Water bottle (sturdy ones, no empty plastic bottels bottles!!)

10. Cap/Hat to keep the strong sun away from your face

11. Sun glasses (polarized/UV Protected), Walking stick/Trekking pole

12. Sunscreen Lotion, Lip Balm, Torch/Flashlight (with extra batteries)

13. Medicines, if requiring any specific medication

14. Personal toiletries

15. Day pack/small bag in case if you are planning to offload your regular backpack

16. Hand Sanitizer

17. Extra face masks

18. Camera if you like (with fully charged batteries) 

Inclusions:

 

1. You will be greeted by our trek team on your arrival to Sankri.

2. All stays included from Sankri to Sankri on a sharing basis:

Guesthouse on day 1

Alpine/Dome tents on days 2, 3, 4

3. All meals included from Day 1 Breakfast to Day 5 Lunch. Vegetarian meals will be served throughout the trek.

4. Transportation from Dehradun to Sankri on Day 1 and Sankri to Dehradun on Day 5.

5. Mules / Porters to carry your personal backpacks.

6. Rentals – Shoes/Jackets and Trekking Pole.

7. Skilled Trek leader with a minimum of 5 years of experience in Mountaineering.

8. Kitchen, dining, and toilet tents will be used during the trek.

9. Cooks/Helper for carrying common equipment like rations/tents/utensils/groceries.

10. All trek essentials included–

Accommodation - tents, sleeping bags, sleeping mats, etc

Safety equipment – micro-spikes, gaiters as per requirements, and basic first aid kit with a portable oxygen cylinder

11. Permit - forest and camping fee included.

 

 

Exclusions:

 

1. The above trek charges do not include the GST charges (5%).

2. In case if your trek remains incomplete or uninitiated because of "force majeure" or by personal choice after you arrive at the

The starting point, you will not be able to get a refund, reschedule or replace any services that remain unutilized by you.

3. Any additional cost incurred due to changes in Government Guidelines related to travel/trek/COVID-19 will be borne by the Guest.

4. Anything which is not included in Inclusion.

1. If cancellations are made 25 days prior to the start date of your trek/tour/activity, no cancellation fee will be charged.

2. If cancellations are made between 4-25 days prior to the start date of your trek/tour/activity, EITHER 75% of the total booking amount will be returned to the guest (25% of the total booking amount will be charged as cancellation fee) OR whole advance amount can be adjusted against any trek within next 12 months.

3. If cancellations are made within 4 days from the start date of your trek/tour/activity, 100% of the total booking amount will be charged as a cancellation fee.

4. If you book the tour/trek/activity by making a partial payment of the total booking amount and fail to make the 100% payment before 30 days from the date of travel. In this case, your booking will get canceled automatically and can only be reconfirmed once you make the full payment, depending on the availability of slots.

5. In case if your tour/trek/activity remains incomplete or uninitiated because of "force majeure", medical emergency, government policy changes, local strikes, or by personal choice after you arrive at the starting point, you will not be able to get a refund, reschedule or replace any services that remain underutilized by you.

6. Cancellations are strictly subjected to cancellation policies mentioned on the website & are irrespective of the date of booking.

7. The applicable refund amount will be processed within 10 business days.

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