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  • 6 Days/5 Nights
  • Easy
  • 12500 ft./3810 m
  • 12 Participants
  • November-March
  • Uttarakhand

Kedarkantha Trek Overview

Kedarkantha trek is a popular winter trek in Uttarakhand that spans over six days, including travel to and from the base camp. This beginner-friendly Himalayan trek offers a rewarding winter experience, with abundant snow and an unparalleled summit climb experience. From December to February, trekkers flock to Kedarkantha to witness the winter wonderland. 

Perfect winter trek with splendid mountain views 

The summit offers an exhilarating view of the big mountains, including Bandarpoonch, Swargarohini, Kala Nag, and Ranglana. Kedarkantha offers a wholesome experience for trekkers with trails full of forests, snowy paths, green meadows, and beautiful views. At the summit, you can enjoy stunning views of the arc-shaped chain of snow-capped mountains and the first ray of sun seeping through those towering mountains evokes your emotions in different ways.

Experience diverse local culture 

The trail begins from the quintessential village of Sankri and is followed by breathtaking campsites, remote villages, and glimpses of the rich and diverse local culture. Kedarkantha offers a complete package of fun and adventure with a beautiful forest cover, allowing for an immersive wilderness experience with campsites and snow-covered forests.

If you are looking for a winter trek that offers mountains, snow, and wilderness, Kedarkantha must be on your bucket list. The mountains with white snow, perfect sunrises, and fringes of pine trees adorn the beauty of the snow on the Kedarkantha.

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Inclusions 

  • Meals 
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinners (Day 1 Dinner to Day 6 Breakfast)
  • Accommodation 
    • Tents, Homestays/Dorms
    • Cloakroom Charges 
  • Highly Experienced Leaders and Guides 
    • Trained and Qualified Guides
    • Certified Outdoor Leaders
  • Permits
    • National Parks and Sanctuaries
    • Forest Permits and Entry fees 
  • Camping Equipment
    • Kitchen Tent
    •  Toilet Tent
    • Dome Tents 
    • Sleeping Bags
    • Mattresses
  • Technical Equipment
    • Wilderness Medical Kit
    • Climbing Rope 
    • Climbing Accessories
    • Ice Axe
    • Microspikes
    • Oxygen Cylinder
    • BP Meter
    •  Oximeter, Thermometer etc.

 

Exclusions 

  • Cab charges to and from Sankri – OWLS Basecamp.
  • Meals during transit to and from Sankri – OWLS Basecamp.
  • Personal expenses 
  • Offloading charges 
  • Cost incurred due to change in the itinerary 
  • Additional services  (including mules, assistance, health-related support etc.)
  • Anything not mentioned in the Inclusions list.

Kedarkantha Trek Itinerary

Day 1 : Dehradun (2,150 ft.) to Sankri (6,400 ft)

You will start from Dehradun at 6 am to reach the basecamp, Sankri village. The journey today traverses through meandering mountain roads. The route will be refreshing and pass through beautiful pine forests. You will reach Sankri late in the evening around 6 to 7 pm.

Day 2 : Sankri (6,400 ft.) to Juda ka talaab (9,100 ft.)

Kedarkantha trek starts from the village of Sankri and leads along beautiful green and lush paths through dense forests to a frozen lake and campsite at Juda ka talaab. You will cover approximately 4 km in 4 to 5 hrs.

The trail today traverses through some steep ascents and a gradual walk up to Juda ka talaab. You will cross a few small streams on the way. On the way to Talab there is a small dhaba where you can rest for a bit and indulge in a hot cup of tea.

You will reach the campsite at Juda Ka Talab in the afternoon. The talab remains completely frozen during the winters.

Day 3 : Juda ka talaab (9,100 ft.) to Kedarkantha summit camp (11,250 ft.)

From Juda Ka talaab the trek to Kedarkantha Base Camp follows a steep slope through dense pine and oak forest. The forest covers slowly start to disappear and the clearing opens. The amount of snow on the ground gradually increases as you climb higher to reach the summit camp.

Day 4 : Kedarkantha summit Camp (11,250 ft.) to Hargaon (8500 ft.) via Kedarkantha Peak (12500 ft.)

The day starts before dawn. OWLS team leaves the Juda Ka talaab campsite around 3 am to witness the first ray of sun from Kedarkantha summit. From Kedarkantha campsite, you will have to undertake a challenging 4 km uphill hike to reach Kedarkantha summit which is located at an altitude of 12,500 feet.

After experiencing the breathtaking sunrise and grandeur of the big mountains you will start descending from the summit. You will reach the campsite at Hargaon after walking continuously for 7 to 8 hrs.

Day 5 : Hargaon (8,500 ft.) to Sankri (6,800 ft.)

You will start your day after breakfast from Hargaon. Sankri, the base camp is around 5 km from argon. You will reach Sankri in the afternoon just in time for hot lunch. You can explore the Sankri village in the evening to understand the local culture and experience the local way of life in this remote village.

Day 6 : Sankri (6,800 ft.) to Dehradun (2,150 ft)

You will leave for Dehradun from Sankri early morning. Dehradun is around a 10 to 11 hrs drive away from the base camp.

How to reach the basecamp of Kedarkantha trek?

✈️Nearest Airport – Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun

🚉 Nearest Railway Station – Dehradun Railway Station

The Basecamp of the Kedarkantha Trek is Sankri, a remote village near Uttarkashi. To reach the base camp, plan your travel to the nearest airport or the railway station well in advance. The base camp is around a 10 to 12-hour drive from Dehradun city. 

OWLS arranges pick-up from Dehradun to Sankri for the participants. The pick-up will be available at the Inter-State Bus Stand, Dehradun (ISBT Dehradun).  Reach the pickup location at 6 a.m.

Note: The cab costs Rs.7,500 for an SUV and Rs.10,000 for a Tempo Traveler. This amount can be shared among the participants and paid directly to the driver

Travel Plan to Dehradun

The base camp Sankri is around 190 km and is an 8- 9 hrs drive from Dehradun.  Dehradun is easily accessible by air, train and road. The nearest airport is Jolly Grant International Airport in Dehradun. You can book your tickets well in advance till Dehradun to avail of tickets at cheaper rates. You can choose to travel by air from any metro city to Dehradun. The other option is to reach Delhi by air and travel by train or bus from Delhi onwards. 

Here is a guide on how to plan your travel step by step to reach Dehradun

  • Reach Dehradun directly by air or train on Day 0
  • Fly to Delhi and board a bus or train to reach Dehradun on Day 0
  • OWLS pickup from Dehradun on Day 1 at ISBT, Dehradun 

Travel Plan A – By Air till Dehradun

 If you are reaching Dehradun by air, here are a few options for planning your travel. Dehradun Airport is well connected with all the metro cities. Book a direct or connecting flight to Dehradun. If you intend to arrive in Dehradun by air make sure your flight lands in Dehradun on Day 0. 

Dehradun city is 32 km away from the Jolly Grant Airport. It takes 1 hour to reach the city. You can opt to hire a cab/auto directly from the Airport. The other option is to exit the Airport complex and book an auto. The charges for prepaid cabs at the airport are exorbitant.  Another low-cost alternative to get to Dehradun city is to travel on a city bus. Walk towards the Dehradun – Rishikesh highway and hop on a shared auto or city bus. You will have to wait for the bus. Regular city buses run between Dehradun and Rishikesh almost every half an hour. 

If you land in Dehradun on day 0, book a hotel or dorm near ISBT, Dehradun.  Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam’s hotel is 10 minutes away from ISBT and offers rooms at reasonable rates. They have economical as well as deluxe rooms. 

Travel Plan B by train/ bus from Delhi

This option will be economical for you. Flight to Dehradun will be slightly priced higher than flight to Delhi. To cut down your travel budget, fly to Delhi, then get on a bus or train from Delhi to Dehradun. 

You can book and find bus options at UTC Online or Redbus. Another option is to go to Kashmere Gate and book a bus offline. Board a bus or train which will arrive in Dehradun on the evening of Day 0. Reaching Dehradun on Day 0 helps you to rest before your trek starts on Day 1. 

If you want to travel overnight, Nanda Devi Express runs daily and departs from H. Nizamuddin at 11.35 p.m. and arrives at Dehradun early at 5.40 a.m. Overnight Volvo AC buses also run frequently between Delhi and Dehradun. It takes 6-7 hours to get to Dehradun from Delhi. 

How to plan your return flight/train to Delhi 

Your Trek takes 6 days, including travel to and from the base camp. The team will be back in Dehradun on Day 6. You reach Dehradun in the evening, between 7 to 8 pm. 

While returning, you can fly directly out of Dehradun to your city. The second option is to travel by bus or train to Delhi. 

If you go with the first option, you can book a direct flight from Dehradun to your city on Day 4. 

The second option requires you to travel to Delhi by train or bus.  Once you reach Dehradun in the evening, you can head to ISBT Dehradun and book an AC Volvo bus to Delhi and travel comfortably. The other option to reach Delhi from Dehradun is to book a train. 

If you prefer the second option then book a flight that departs late morning or early afternoon. The overnight buses from Dehradun arrive in Delhi in the wee hours. Book a flight that departs in the afternoon to avoid rushing.

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Kedarkantha Trek FAQ

What is the distance of Kedarkantha Trek?

The total distance of the Kedarkantha trek is 25 km. You walk an average of 4 – 5 hours daily.

Is Kedarkantha trek suitable for beginners?

Beginners with adequate physical fitness can participate in Kedarkantha trek.  As the trail is comfortable, participants between the ages of 8-60 years can opt for this trek. 

What is the difficulty level of the Kedarkantha trek? 

The trek can be categorised as easy to moderate, considering the duration and altitude of Kedarkantha. 

What is the best time to visit Kedarkantha trek?

The best time to visit Kedarkantha trek is winter. Kedarkantha remains accessible throughout the year, except during the monsoon season. 

Read more about the season guide on the best time to visit Kedarkantha trek. 

What will be the temperature in Kedarkantha during winter? 

In the winter months, Kedarkantha’s temperature dips to sub-zero. The winter temperature in Kedarkantha ranged between 5 to 6  C at night. 

Read more about Kedarkantha temperature here

Will there be snow on the trek?

Yes. Kedarkantha is a renowned winter trek. You will find snow in abundance between December and March. 

What is the cost of the Kedarkantha trek?

The Kedarkantha trek cost is Rs 9950/-

The trek cost covers your experience from basecamp to basecamp. 

Where is the base camp of the Kedarkantha trek?

Sankri village in Uttarkashi is the basecamp of Kedarkantha trek. 

What is the duration of Kedarkantha Trek?

It takes 6 days to complete the Kedarkantha trek, including travel to and from the base camp. 

Where is Kedarkantha Trek located?

Kedarkantha Trek is in Uttarakhand. The trek starts from a small village called Sankri in the Uttarkashi district. 

What is the altitude of the Kedarkantha trek?

The trek is at an altitude of 12,500ft. 

FAQ

How should I prepare to avoid AMS?

The most important thing to do on a trek to avoid AMS is to drink water, more than your daily intake. Water is an excellent way to avoid AMS. Along with this, you should also have all the nutritious meals we provide on the trek. If you still are sceptical about getting AMS, we would advise you to carry Diamox tablets with you. However, according to the situation your Outdoor leader will advise whether or not you should take it.

I have a medical condition. Can I join the trek?

We encourage everyone to trek, even if or not they have a medical condition. We have an in-house doctor at OWLS with whom you can discuss your medical condition and accordingly, we can help you better prepare you for the trek.

What document do I need to carry?

Please keep the following documents ready before filling out this form

  1. ID proof
  2. Health form (for all participants of Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh treks) and (for all participants <15 and > 60 years of age)
  3. RTPCR for children <15 years/Vaccination certificate for adults (for Nepal treks)

Should I bring snacks to eat on the trek?

Although we provide filling breakfast, lunch, and dinner along with morning tea and evening snacks, you can carry some light snacks for munching on the trail. You can carry protein bars, dry fruits, and homemade snacks like Shakkarpara to help you give that extra energy on the trek. 

Who will be leading my trek?

All our Outdoor Leaders are trained and experienced leaders. They have completed basic Mountaineering Course, and are equipped with basic first-aid knowledge. Our leaders are certified Wilderness First Responder course

Do I need to get my medical kit for the trek?

You don’t need to carry your medical kit. If you have your prescribed medications, you need to carry them on the trek

What kind of arrangement is available for accommodation on the trek?

The accommodation will be on twin sharing basis. One tent will be shared by two trekkers. 

Is there any arrangement for offloading on the trek?

Yes. Communicate your requirement to the trek leaders beforehand, as it will be difficult to arrange to offload at the last minute. The offloading charges will be Rs 350 per bag, and your bag should not weigh more than 9 kg. 

Note: At OWLs, we suggest our participants carry their backpacks and avoid offloading. However, in case of pressing circumstances, you can opt for offloading.

Is there any option to keep our luggage at the base camp?

Yes, you can leave the extra luggage at the base camp. However, do not leave valuables like laptops, jewellery, or any other expensive items in the base camp. 

What will be the toilet facilities on the trek?

The OWLS team will set up a toilet tent near the campsites. The toilets will be dry toilets and you will have to use toilet paper. There will be a pit dug by the team and you will have to cover your nature’s call with dry soil. Avoid using wet wipes, as they are not biodegradable. At OWLS, we thrive to leave no trace in the mountains. 

At the base camp, you will have regular concrete toilets.

What will be the food arrangement on the trek?

The food offered will be as per the nutritional requirements. As you will be walking every day for 4-6 hours, you will be burning a good amount of calories. The team makes sure that the food you will be offered is healthy and helps you sustain through the day. The regular meal comprises eggs, locally grown vegetables, rice, roti, and pulses. The menu changes from day to day. 

What will be the status of the mobile network on the trek?

You will have access to most of the mobile networks at the base camp in Sankri. We suggest our participants make important calls while at the base camp. There will be no signals throughout the trek. 

Are there any ATMs at the base camp?

The last ATM will be in Uttarkashi. 

Carry a sufficient amount of cash with them. Since the base camp is situated away from the cities and lacks basic facilities like ATMs and digital payment options, it is always better to be prepared. 

You can carry the cash for cab fare and food to and from the base camp. We suggest carrying a minimum of 5-6k to ensure you have enough funds for your journey.