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.
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)-Hargaon Base Camp (8900ft)
Day 5: Hargaon Camp – Sankri- Dehradun (6 Km Trek)
● Food: Day-1 Dinner to Day-6 Breakfast.
● Homestay/Hotel: Day 1 & Day 5
● Accommodation: 3 nights of Camping during the trek on Sharing Basis
● Sleeping Bags (-10 degrees)
● Toilet Tents – Dry Pit Style
● Kitchen Tent, Equipment & All Rations
● Trek Leader & Assistant Trek Leader / Local Guide
● Support team
● Porters / Mules (for Equipment)
● Mountaineering Course Qualified Trek Leader
● Crampons / Micro-spikes to the Trekkers (if Required)
● First-Aid Medical Kit with the Team
● Forest entry fee
● Oxygen cylinder (All campsites & trek leader)
Mule charges Rs.1,200/- per bag for the trek (Kedarkantha/Brahmatal), irrespective of the number of days. Bag max wt limit 10 kg.
Adventure insurance shall be available at an additional cost. Kindly get in touch with us for the same
Sankri is the base camp of Kedarkantha trek. To reach Kedarkantha you need to reach Sankri from Dehradun. The distance of Sankri from Dehradun is around 200 km and it takes around 8 to 10 hours to cover this hilly trail.
To reach Kedarkantha from Dehradun, one can opt for the government bus which starts at 8 in the morning from Mussoorie Bus Stand (just outside Dehradun Railway Station). The bus drops you at Sankri in around 10 hours.
Another alternative to reach Sankri from Dehradun is boarding a taxi. Cabs can be boarded either from the same Mussoorie Bus Stand and also from Dehradun ISBT. There are a number of cabs leaving for Sankri from Dehradun in the morning hours. So if you arrive early and board one of them, you can split your cab fare with your fellow travellers. But if you arrive a little late, there are chances that you won’t find any co-travellers for Sankri and you might have to bear the cab fare all by yourself.
Reaching there is pretty easy. The trek commences from Sankri village which is a 10-11 hour drive of approximately 210 kms. from Dehradun. It takes 4 days to reach the summit and come back to Sankri village. There is a proper motorable road till Sankri; beyond that, you walk your way through the scenic terrain.
The drive from Dehradun to Sankri is an enchanting hill drive of 10-11 hours stretching over approx 210 Km ride via Mussoorie, Damta, Naugaon, Purola, Mori, and Natwar. A pick up will be arranged at Dehradun and the pick-up points and timings will be coordinated by email prior to your bookings of the trek. The booking excludes lunch for the day and the transportation from Dehradun to Sankri. And from Sankri, we will be taking care of your food and lodging.
Distance: 4 KMs
Time: 5 Hrs
Wake up early on your first day at the mountains to start the journey towards Sankhri and then 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.
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.
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 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.
Today we will be heading towards Sankri from where it all started approximately 6 kms long trail counting about 4 hours. After breakfast, we will descend through a more marked well paved route, laden with stones. A trail further the trail leads to a ridge from where you get a splendid view of Har ki Dun valley. And by the evening we reach Sankri. Small handmade goods, wooden toys and wooden home décor items can be bought from here. Local delicacies can be tasted here for a memorable experience. Overnight stay at the hotel.
We will be arranging a vehicle for your drop to Dehradun.
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/
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.
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.
Here’s the cancellation policy for Himalayan Treks/Backpacking Trips/Road Trips
Note: For All The Above Refund Cases Transaction Fees/Internet Handling Charges will be deducted from the overall amount and the balance amount shall be refunded. You can transfer your ticket to anyone so that you could save your hard-earned money
If a trek is called off at the last moment due to a natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rains, snowfall, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh, lockdown etc.), Plan The Unplanned will issue a trek voucher for the full amount. The voucher can be redeemed up to the same amount for the same trek or another trek in the next one year.
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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.
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.
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!! 😀 :