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Kedarkantha Trek

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Plan The Unplanned brings you one of the finest Himalayan Winter treks out there suitable for those looking to attempt their first Himalayan trek as well as the more experienced trekkers looking for a quick Himalayan getaway.

If you have been longing for a high altitude Himalayan trek through the snowfields and gaze at the mighty peaks kissing the sky, then this surely is the thing for you! There are very few treks in the Indian Himalayas which boasts of being an easy summit trek.

Summit climbs are generally arduous and need technical mountaineering skills as well as require a lot of preparation. But Kedarkantha, definitely, is one of those rare summit treks which can be done by beginners and even during peak winters. Very few treks can be done during the winters and this is what makes the Kedarkantha trek very enticing. The whole landscape is magical with snow falling over numerous pine trees which makes Kedarkantha one of the most sought after treks in the Indian Himalayas.

Trekkers can enjoy the Snowy campsites and also fresh snowfall during the winters. And the feeling of summiting a peak is unparalleled which also makes it very adventurous.

Trek Details

  • Trek Type: High Altitude Trekking
  • Trek Grade: Easy-Moderate ( Recommended for Beginners)
  • Trek Altitude:  12,500 ft
  • Trek Distance: 21 km ( Average 5 km/day )
  • Trek Duration: 4 Nights/5 Days ( Dehradun – Dehradun )
  • Trek Region: Garhwal Himalayas, Uttarakhand
  • Trek Start Point: Sankri

Kedarkantha Trek - An Overview

Day 1: Drive from Dehradun and Arrival at Sankri

Day 2: Trek from Sankri to Juda Ka Taal (9050 Feet, 4 Kms)

Day 3: Juda Ka Taal – Kedarkantha Base Camp (11200 FT, 4 Kms Trek)

Day 4: Kedarkantha Base Camp- Kedarkantha (12,500 FT)- Juda ka Taal(9050 FT, 10 KM)

Day 5: Juda Ka Taal – Sankri- Dehradun (6 Kms Trek)

Price Inclusions

  • To and fro transport from Dehradun to Sankri and Sankri to Dehradun in a sumo/tempo traveller depends on the number of people
  • Camping in tents on all the days during the trek on twin/triple sharing basis. Accommodation at Sankri
  • All meals since arrival at Sankri till the dinner on Day 5. During the trek – Breakfast, Lunch, Evening Snacks and Dinner will be provided. Tea will be a part of breakfast and evening snacks. The food will be vegetarian and eggs may be provided.
  • Trekking Equipment: you will be staying in high quality tents and sleeping bags in all the camps. We provide high altitude sleeping bags which can stand temperatures as low as - 10? c. We also provide ropes, micro spikes, gaiters etc. As required.
  • Safety Equipment: First aid, medical kit, oxygen cylinders, Stretchers etc. will be available at all campsites to deal with emergencies.
  • Trek Leader and Local Guide
  • Experience that you gain

Price Exclusions

  • Any meals not included above
  • Any kind of personal expenses
  • Any kind of insurance (health, medical, life accidental,etc )
  • Anything not included above
  • Any Entry Fees
  • Any additional expenses arising out of unforeseen circumstances like cancellation/roadblocks/landslides/ strike or any other natural causes out of human control or any emergency evacuation expenses.

How to Reach Dehradun?

One can easily reach Dehradun from Delhi by bus or train, that run overnight and offer comfortable travel experience. The distance from Delhi to Dehradun is approx 280 km, which can be covered in 5 to 6 hours. You can check out the IRCTC Website to know more about the trains or RedBus to find out the best options! Please note that you need to reach Dehradun before 6 AM on Day 1, or you can reach the previous night, as per convenience.

 

Things to Carry

  • Trekking shoes: Carry waterproof trekking shoes with good grip and ankle support. Do not carry sports shoes.
  • Three layers of warm clothes: Carry two or three-layer jackets, fleece jackets and a padded jacket.
  • Two/Three trek pants: Carry light cotton trek pants. Denim/jeans and shorts are not suitable for trekking.
  • Three t-shirts (collared/dry-fit): Full sleeved t-shirts that prevent sunburns on the neck and arms. Carry one or two dry-fit t-shirts.
  • Thermals: Carry thermals (top and bottom).
  • Sunglasses: Sunglasses are mandatory. There will be a lot of snow on the trek and can cause snow blindness.
  • Cap: At high altitude, the sun is extra harsh so carry a cap to protect yourself.
  • Waterproof hand gloves: Carry waterproof gloves and avoid woollen gloves as they will get wet if you touch snow.
  • Socks (3-4 pairs) and a pair of woollen socks: Apart from two sports socks, you can take a pair of woollen socks for the night.
  • Headlamp/LED torch: Mandatory
  • Raincoat/Ponchos: At high altitudes, snowfall and rain are quite common and it’s mandatory to carry a poncho so that you don’t get wet. The trek will continue as planned even during rainfall. Your poncho should protect you from the rain. Carry a backpack cover for extra protection from rain for your belongings.
  • Documents – ID (Driver’s License, AADHAR Card, Voter ID:: Passport and Visa copy for Foreign Nationals)
  • Day Pack ( Small Bag of 10 litres to carry necessary stuff for the day )

Kedarkantha - A Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Get started: Dehradun to Sankri 

Distance : 220 KMs
Time: 8 to 10 hrs
Altitude: 6,400 feet

The journey to reach the base camp of any trek is certainly one of the highlights of trekking in the Indian Himalaya and Kedarkantha is no exception  The journey commences from Dehradun and the trekkers will be received at 6 AM on Day 1 of the trek. The trekkers are advised to reach a day before or by 6 AM on Day 1 for the onward journey to the quaint village of Sankri which is the base camp of this exotic trek. Sankri is about 220 KMs from Dehradun on NH 123 and it is an exhilarating drive.

Mountain drives are long and that is the reason to start early in the day. Expect to arrive at Sankri only in the evenings as the roads are winding and chances of any roadblocks are high. The ride will give you a sense of adventure and thrill that you are about to experience in the coming days. The drive takes you into the Govind Pashu Vihar National Park in the last leg as the village is set inside the National Park. The National Park is famous for its diverse collection of flora and fauna which are typical of this region and not found in any other location of the country. Reach the village in the evenings and check into a homestay or guest house. Roam around in the village of Sankri and enjoy the view of your first Sunset of this tour. Food en route to Sankri is not part of the standard itinerary so feel free to stop over at any Himalayan Dhaba to savor the local cuisine.

Day 2: Trek from Sankri to Juda Ka Taal (9050 Feet, 4 Kms)

Distance: 4 KMs
Time: 5 Hrs
Wake up early on your first day at the mountains to start the trek towards our first campsite of Juda Ka Talab which is based at an altitude of 9100 feet. It’s a 4km walk and we will be reaching the campsite for a hot lunch. The trail climbs steeply between the dense jungle with a thick carpet of Maple and Pine leaves under every step.

The trail also passes through a lot of bridges which are very picturesque, especially when it is covered in snow. The trail is wide and one can hear the sound of running streams all through but out of visibility. On the trail, the trekkers will be crossing few streams while ascending sharply through a dense oak forest. In about 5 hours, the walk comes to an end at the beautiful pictorial Juda Ka Talab which is the highlight and campsite for today’s stay.

Juda Ka Talab is a frozen lake with a small island in the middle, thick pine and oak forest in the background, and an alpine meadow to camp on. This set up makes this Lake one of the perfect locations to spend the evening and set up our camps. After lunch, one can take a nature walk around the lake and explore the campsite before it gets dark. On a clear night, it will be a good idea to come out of your tents and look out for some shooting stars, just make sure you are well layered as the evenings will get very cold.

Day 3: Juda Ka Taal - Kedarkantha Base Camp (11200 FT, 4 Kms Trek)

Distance: 4 KMs
Time: 3 Hrs

The walk continues today where we head towards the Kedarkantha base which is at an altitude of 11,250 feet. It is a 4kms walk from Juda Ka Talab to the Basecamp which will be covered in 3-4hrs. We hit the trail after breakfast and the trail today comprises of gradual ascends throughout and the further trail is quite visible. Most of the walk is through the dense forests of pine and oak trees and through steep climbs.

Along the way watch out for many shepherd huts in open meadows as the trail continues to the Basecamp. In the middle, one can take a long break to re-energize the body and get the enthralling view of the natural extravaganza of the area. While one is about to arrive at Kedarkantha Base, the fascinating views of an arc-shaped range of mountains comprising of Bandarpoonch, Swargarohini, Kala Nag, and Ranglana are visible. After reaching the base, we relish the hot lunch served at the camp. The evening sky is equally beautiful with glowing stars and shining planets. As the night grows it is time again to stargaze and spot a few shooting stars and some night photography.

Overnight sleep at the tent.

Day 4: Kedarkantha Base Camp- Kedarkantha (12,500 FT)- Juda ka Taal

Distance : 6 KMs
Time : 7 Hrs
Altitude : 11,250 feet to 12,500 feet to 8,900 feet

Today is the most important and the toughest day of the trek as we head to conquer the Kedarkantha Peak. Being the Summit Day, the day will start earlier than usual and mostly before the first rays of Sun hits the sky. Also, this will be longer than other days as we descend all the way to Hargaon campsite located at an altitude of 8,900 ft. The trail to the summit is through portions of the oak forest but the journey through this trail is much easier and faster. Climbing through the forest till its end, one can find the Kedarkantha peak much closer. As the summit gets closer it gets strenuous just before the peak and the trekkers start climbing the boulders above the treeline. This section is very adventurous and thrilling with a lot of suspense before reaching the peak. However, trekkers can soak into the amazement of having made it to the top with 360 degrees of Himalayan Ranges at their disposal.

One can relax at the top for some time and enjoy the magical beauty of nature and then descend towards base camp.

We break for lunch at the base camp and rest for a while post which we set out to descend further to Hargaon camp. The walk back is again through dense oak forests, pine and maple trees, shepherd huts, and frozen streams. On reaching the campsite, cherish the feeling of completing the summit and relax for the evening and make merry at the end of another delightful day with dinner and overnight sleep at the tent.

Day 5: Juda Ka Taal - Sankri- Dehradun

Last day of the walk where we descend further today all the way back to Sankri which is at 6,400 feet. The path all the way is well marked through dense pine forest and small streams flowing by slow and steady. While we descend the valley opens up and one can see the splendid view of Har Ki Dun in all its glory. We also walk through a lot of Apple Orchards on the way and walk with the view of the valley instead of jungle trails.

On reaching the base, get back to the hotel and freshen up and depart to Dehrdaun.

FAQ

I'm a solo traveller, Can I join?

The interesting thing about traveling alone is that you get to meet new people from  diverse backgrounds, and towards the end you are no longer strangers. Hence solo travelers are always welcome to join us on our trips. Read more about solo travelling here and get inspired! https://www.plantheunplanned.com/solo-yet-accompanied/ 

Is it safe for Women/Girls?

Safety and security is our priority at all times. Hence it is absolutely safe for women/girls to join us on our treks and travels. Our trek leaders accompany the team at all times, and our campsites are secured and safe for accomodation. We also have female trek leaders who accompany on most of our treks.

 

What will be the group size?

Usually, we take maximum of 15-18 people in one group. We believe bigger groups have less fun and less coordination so that’s why we prefer smaller groups.

We need at least 4 people to operate our fixed departure tours/treks.

How do I avail discounts? 

Details for availing  discounts are mentioned in the following link, https://www.plantheunplanned.com/membership/

What is cancellation policy?

Here’s the cancellation policy for Himalayan Treks/Backpacking Trips/Road Trips

  • If you cancel before 30 days – 90% of amount will be refunded
  • If you cancel between 20 -30 days – 75% % of amount will be refunded
  • If you cancel between 15-19 days – 50%  will be refunded
  • If you cancel between 7-14 days – 25 % amount will be refunded
  • If you cancel between 0- 7 days before the departure date – No amount would be refunded.

Note: For All The Above Refund Cases Transaction Fees/Internet Handling Charges will be dedcuted from the overall amount and balance amount shall be refunded. You can transfer your ticket to anyone so that you could save your hard earned money

For other trips and travels with us, and detailed terms and conditions check the      following link : https://www.plantheunplanned.com/refund-cancellation-policy

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Notes

  • Consumption of alcohol, intoxicants, and smoking would not be tolerated during the entire course of the journey. Kindly co-operate with us to make the experience more fun.
  • Put Litter in its place, do not trash the mother earth.
  • In the case of traffic delays or breakdowns expect a few delays in reaching the destination.
  • All the meals will be Veg if included
  • Plan The Unplanned will not be responsible for any loss/ hamper of your possessions. We request you to be alert about whatever you carry.
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Jharna

Solo Traveller

I really enjoyed my first official trek with PTu Lodging provided was good. Food was surprisingly good considering we were camping out in the mountains. Proper Gear such as gaiters and crampons was also provided. Special thanks to Ankit (Trek leader) for all the fun and adventure.Overall i will recommend them.

November 22, 2019

Archana Singh

Solo Traveller

Another awesome trip with you guys.. great arrangements, awesome trek leaders and everything else made this winter trek super enjoyable. Looking forward to take next trip asap.

January 8, 2019

Abhijit Pai

Solo Traveller

10 Stars: The trek guides Abhishek and Prashanth along with Surinder, were just AWESOME!!!! They made the trip all so fun and interesting. Everytime we felt like giving up on the to the peak, they were always very encouraging and helped every single one of us get to the top. The trek was BEAuuutiful. The food was veryyyy tasty and the cooks were friendly too. This was my first trek and I have thoroughly enjoyed myself. A special thanks to Prashanth for always sticking with us and getting our spirits up when we started getting exhausted. Overall Team Plan the Unplanned and Local team Justwravel was AWESOME in all ways that I can think of, right from the time they picked us up to the time that they dropped us back. Thank you very much!! 😀 :

December 26, 2018