05 Night/06 Days Trekking Tour - Ex DehradunKedarkantha Trek

A 360-degree window for the adobe of the great Himalayas.

Kedarkantha Trek is the way to the point where you can see the world from the above. Because this peak is surrounded by mighty Himalayan peaks so you can have an amazing view from the Kedarkantha peak which is situated 3800 meters above sea level. Kedarkantha peak is a part of the Govind Wildlife Sanctuary in the Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand. The hike to Kedarkantha peak starts from Sankri village that is an adobe to lush green forested mountains.

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Kedarkantha Trek

Kedarkantha top, arranged in the mountains of the Tons waterway valley is a lovely edge top; effectively available whenever of the year. Experiencing the Govind National Park, the trek is grasped with an assortment of widely varied vegetation, making it considerably all the more engaging, gutsy and satisfying.

camping at kedarkantha

The summit lies at a height of 3850m above ocean level and arriving at the summit feels remunerating as you get a 360-degree perspective on pinnacles of Uttarakhand like the Swargarohini, Bandarpoonch, Black pinnacle, Ranglana among the Yamunotri and Gangotri ranges. Extending beneath, the Har Ki Dun valley shows up.

sunrise at kedarkantha

On the north-west, scopes of Himachal Pradesh – that reaches out into Kinnaur ranges are obvious and the Rupin valley advances toward Himachal on the west. What’s more, towards the east, towns like Purola and Mori are obvious. The trek is suggested for all the fledglings who are enamored with a day of high elevation!

Kedarkantha Trek (Detailed Itinerary)

Day 01: Dehradun – Sankari (190 km/8 hrs by cab) 1920 M
The drive to Sankri from Dehradun takes you through towns and villages like Mussoorie, Nowgaon, Purola and Mori. After gaining height at Mussoorie, we continue our drive inwards and, soon, are joined by the river Yamuna a few kilometers ahead of Kempty Falls. The drive goes through a dense pine forest engulfing you into sweet but strong scent of pines. After you drive through the length of pine forests, you enter Mori. The Tons River starts accompanying you from here, which happens to be the biggest tributary of Yamuna and is well known for rafting activities. The picturesque drive starts early in order to reach Sankri by evening. The 190 km long drive takes around 8-9 hours to complete. For the night, we stay at a guesthouse before starting our hike the next day.

Day 02: Sankari – Juda Ka Talab (3 km/2-3 hours trek) 2774 M
We leave early from Sankri post breakfast and start trekking towards Juda Ka Talab. The path from Sankri to the base camp is a happening one. With kids on their way to the school and local village women starting their daily errands and chores, the trek starts from the village crossing another village, Saud, before you reach the trail that leads to Kedarkantha. The trail takes you into the pine forest and starts to climb sharply until you reach a ridge after a while. On the ridge, the trail evens out and widens. The density of the forest makes the walk very cool for the sun is not able to penetrate through the thickness of the pine and maple trees. You will finally reach Juda Ka Talab, which is a small lake famous for three landmasses floating on it. For the night, we come by the lake and enjoy the dinner under the gleaming presence of billions of stars!

Day 03: Juda Ka Talab – Kedarkantha Base Camp (3 km/2-3 hours trek) 3429 M
Moving past Juda Ka Talab, a trail takes you deeper into the dense pine forests. Continue walking and you will finally hit a meadow dotted with shepherd’s huts. After climbing another thousand feet, you will reach the destination of the day – Kedarkantha base camp. It takes about 2-3 hours to complete this part of the trek. The trail from Juda Ka Talab till the base camp is indescribably beautiful and mesmerizing. It is the perfect location for photographers and nature lovers! The base camp is colder than the summit because of lack of insulation. Even from the base camp, the famous peaks of Uttarakhand are visible at a stretch, making it the perfect spot to camp at.

Kedarkantha base camp to Kedarkantha Summit (3,810 m) and back to Hargaon (2,713 m) (8 km/6-7 hours trek)

This is the day you’ve been working hard for! The trek from the base camp to the summit is not a long one. On reaching the summit, your jaw is going to drop and your eyes will not blink. The Kedarkantha summit is marked by an arrangement of stones with a Trishul that points to the sky. The summit offers an astonishing 360-degree view of the peaks of Uttarakhand and the Chaainsheel Pass and Kailash ranges of Himachal. From the top, you can also see the Har Ki Dun valley below. The story behind Kedarkantha is an interesting one. The name literally means the throat of Lord Shiva (Kedar refers to Lord Shiva and Kantha means Throat). The legend has it that this peak was supposed to be the original Kedarnath temple but Lord Shiva, who disguised himself as a cow hiding from the Pandavas was disturbed during meditation by the villagers. The interruption made him change his location from this peak to the present Kedarnath temple. We hike back to the base camp after spending good time on the summit. Post lunch we head towards Hargaon (2 km trail). Hargaon is a large camping area en route to Sankri. An overnight stay is required before saying goodbye to the beautiful place.

Day 05: Hargaon – Sankari (4 km/2-3 hours trek)

Today we head down to Sankri. It takes about 2-3 hours to finish this 4 km trek route of the day. For the rest of the day, you can explore the village of Sankri, which is known to be the heart of the Har Ki Dun valley, along with other villages like Gangad and Osla. Sankri is a typical “Pahari” village, with an unbeatable hospitality offered by the locals. It is also the last road head to the Govind Balabh Pant Wildlife Sanctuary.

Day 06: Sankari – Dehradun (190 km/8 hours drive)

Going back home always feels great. But the drive will not make it easy for we take the same alluring road back to Dehradun. The landscape slowly changes from pine forests to wider roads as we head back towards Dehradun, finally opening up into the bustling city life.

Tour & Services End.
  • Transport support from and to Dehradun: starting from pickup on day 1 to drop on day 6.
  • Guide and cook fees.
  • Rent for camping equipment.
  • Forest entry charges.
  • Porter and mule support to carry camping equipment.
  • Please note that personal luggage can be carried by mules and/or porters on a chargeable basis.
  • All veg meals starting from lunch on day one to lunch on day two.
  • Tented accommodation throughout the trek.
  • Transport to reach Dehradun from hometown.
  • Personal expenses like tips, personal medicines, phone calls, etc.
  • Any transport support during the trek apart from what is included above.
  • Accommodation in Dehradun.
  • Personal luggage with mass not exceeding 12 kg per bag per person can be carried by porters/mules @ Rs 300 per day per bag.

Things to carry for Kedarkantha trek.

  • Trekking Boots: Waterproof, high ankle with good grip.
  • One Raincoat/Poncho
  • Windproof Jacket
  • Wind & waterproof pant
  • 1-2 t-shirts/shirts – preferably quick dry
  • 2 trousers (avoid shorts, fitting denim, capris)
  • Warm Fleece, Alternative: a woolen sweater
  • Extra pair of socks
  • Waterproof Rucksack or Rucksack with rain-cover
  • Water Bottle
  • Slippers/Sandals/Floaters: Non-slippery
  • Hat or sun protection cap
  • Woolen cap/scarf
  • Head Torch (hand torch would be an alternative)
  • Sunglasses (it should be UV protected.) or use Photochromatic glasses.
  • Identity cards
  • Personal Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, etc)
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Wet and dry tissues
  • Toilet paper roll
  • Towel
  • Personal medical kit
  • Sunscreen cream/moisturizer/lip balm

Wildlife you can see during this trek.

Mammals

  • Langur
  • Wild Fox
  • Indian Crested Porcupine
  • Yellow throated marten
  • Wild boar
  • Black bear
  • Ibex

Birds

  • Black Francolin
  • Koklass Pheasant
  • Kalij Pheasant
  • Brown-fronted Woodpecker
  • Himalayan Woodpecker
  • Scaly-bellied Woodpecker
  • Great Barbet
  • White-throated Kingfisher
  • Crested Kingfisher
  • Slaty-headed Parakeet
  • and many more…

Himalayan peaks you can see during this trek.

  • Black Peak/Kalanag (6,387 m), Swargarohini I (6,252 m), II and III and Banderpoonch are visible from Kedarkantha top. Jaonli, Gangotri, Draupadi ka Danda and Jorkanden are also visible from the top. Swargarohini can be seen from Sankri and other points in the trail as well.
  • Dhauladhar range and Rupin valley can be seen from the meadow camp till the summit. Har ki Dun valley and its villages are visible from the top.

Rivers you can see during this trek.

  • Yamuna during first and last day’s drive.
  • Tons and Supin during first and last day’s drive.
When to book Kedarkantha Trek?

You should book Kedarkantha Trek two months in advance in order to get ample amount of time to prepare well for trekking 3800 meters above sea level.

Who will carry my backpack?

There shall be pony/porter that can carry your backpack while on trek; you only need to carry your knapsack.

What will be the group size for Kedarkantha Trek?

Our group size is minimum 4 people and maximum 12 people.

What is the minimum age required for Kedarkantha Trek?

Kedarkantha Trek is an moderate trek with a maximum altitude of 3800 meters, so the minimum age required is 8 years. Anyone above 8 years with normal physical condition can trek to Nag Tibba peak.

What will be the minimum temperature at Kedarkantha peak?

Between the months of April and June the temperature rages between 5 degrees to 15 degrees and in the winter time from November to February it falls between -10 degrees to 10 degress.

What will happen if a trek is extended because of landslides or any other reasons?

If the trek duration had to be increased due to the reasons which are beyond our control then additional charges may apply for the hotel stay and food.

Is it safe for a female to go on a trek?

Safety is of prime importance for us that is why the tours are managed by us personally. Thus, we assure that the trek is absolutely safe even for solo female trekkers, who can join us for fixed departure treks.

What kind of shoes will be required?

Trekking shoes with ankle support are a must for any trek in the Himalayas. Quechua is a good shoe brand with value for money.

What should I pack for Kedarkantha Trek?

Things to carry for Kedarkantha Trek.

  • Trekking Boots: Waterproof, high ankle with good grip.
  • One Raincoat/Poncho
  • Windproof Jacket
  • Wind & waterproof pant
  • 1-2 t-shirts/shirts – preferably quick dry
  • 2 trousers (avoid shorts, fitting denim, capris)
  • Warm Fleece, Alternative: a woolen sweater
  • Extra pair of socks
  • Waterproof Rucksack or Rucksack with rain-cover
  • Water Bottle
  • Slippers/Sandals/Floaters: Non-slippery
  • Hat or sun protection cap
  • Woolen cap/scarf
  • Head Torch (hand torch would be an alternative)
  • Sunglasses (it should be UV protected.) or use Photochromatic glasses.
  • Identitiy cards
  • Personal Toiletries (toothbrush,toothpaste etc)
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Wet and dry tissues
  • Toilet paper roll
  • Towel
  • Personal medical kit
  • Sunscreen cream/moisturizer/lip balm
What kind of food will be served during the trek?

We serve nutritious simple vegetarian food during the trek. We maintain variety in lentils, vegetable and breakfast. At times, we also treat our trekkers in the Himalayas with delicacies like Pakora, local dishes etc.

Is it safe to drink water from the stream?

Himalayan stream water is safe to drink as well as for cooking but we also have water filters, and chlorine tablets in case of an emergency.

Which vehicle do we use for transportation?

Most of the Himalayan roads towards the trek are in bad shape, so vehicle with high ground clearance likw Mahindra Bolero, Tata Sumo, Scorpio, Max, Tempo Traveller etc are used for transportation.

How do you deal with emergency situation?

Our trek leaders are certified mountaineers with knowledge of first aid in wilderness and they carry necessary first aid kit. At each camp they asses your condition and can take relevant and prompt action in case a rescue is required. Please note in the case of a rescue, all the additional cost will be borne by the trekker.

Kedarkantha Trek

Cost Per Head

– For Existing Group Departures

INR 9,000 PP

(Dehradun to Dehradun)
GST @ 5% Extra

For Private/Customized Trek
Price on Request- varies based on group size, itinerary and amenities
Short Itinerary

Day 1: Dehradun to Sankri (1,920 m) – 8 h drive

Day 2: Sankri to Juda Ka Talab (2,774 m) – 2-3 h trek

Day 3: Juda Ka Talab to Kedarkantha Base Camp (3,429 m) – 2-3 h trek

Day 4: Kedarkantha base camp to Kedarkantha Summit (3,810 m) and back to Hargaon (2,713 m) – 5-6 h trek

Day 5: Hargaon to Sankri – 2-3 h trek

Day 6: Sankri to Dehradun – 8 h drive

Additional Infomation

Total trek distance: 22 KM

Difficulty level: Moderate
This trek can be done by anyone with moderate fitness level and children over 8 years of age!
Maximum Altitude:
3,800 meters
Temperatures
15° Max/ 5° Min - Summers
10° Max/ -10° Min - Winters
Best Time to visit
April to June
September to January
Possible in other months subject to weather conditions

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