About Kedarkantha trek - Complete details
The Kedarkantha Peak is one of the most sought after snow trekking destinations in India. With falling winter snow it’s a mesmerizing pictorial view and what’s more attractive is the view of the Mighty Himalayas from the trails right to the top. Nestled at a height of 3810 meters which is about 12,500 feet this is an ideal trekking trail which covers a consolidated distance of 20 kms. The distance is not much and the trekking trail is neither very difficult which enables even the first time trekkers to set on the adventure and enjoy the beauty of nature at its best. With charming and captivating sights of snow capped Himalayas, the verdant greenery, lush landscapes, myriad collection of flora, frozen ponds, to the sights of mesmerizing peaks, this trek has all the delightful marvels that a trekker wishes to experience and view in his journey. Not only for the adventure seekers and trekkers, to enjoy thrilling challenges, the Kedarkantha Trek is an ideal destination for the nature lovers to bask in the beauty of undisturbed nature and enjoy delightful and blissful moments with exhilarating experiences.
Juda Ka Talab, the first campsite, is the picturesque campsite located at an altitude of 9,000 feet. Juda Ka Talab captivates with a beauty so serene that you blink twice to feel if the place really exists. A thicket of mighty oak and tall pine trees with colossal mountains in the background surrounds the glacial lake imparting the look of a protective shield. Juda Ka Talab weather ranges from -12 to -1 in winter months, 3 to 12 degrees in spring and summer months and -8 to 12 degrees in the fall season.
From Juda ka Talab you trek around 4 km through pine and oak trees to reach the open highlands just below the Kedarkantha summit. Just as the forest ends, you reach a wide meadow which is Kedarkantha base camp. Located at an elevation of 11,250 feet, Kedarkantha base camp is the second campsite in the Kedarkantha trekking trail.
Trek starts from Sankri - sour Village which cultures & lifestyles are traditional around Sour – Sankri which is in the Govind Wildlife Sanctuary national park. Our village is quite beautiful with snow covered mountains and the sparkling Toms River flowing through it. If you visit it once, then no doubt you will definitely visit here again. The charm is the most beautiful thing about this place. The Sankri is a delightful place set apart by the mountains and chilly climate & Weather. Houses made of wood look very beautiful and adorable. In our village there are various conventions, fairs , and rituals. The people of the village wear traditional costumes and cook traditional food. Folk dances( Naati, raas, and taandi) of the area are a part for amusement and entertainment.
This trek can be seen in the beauty of the Himalayas. The altitude of the Kedarkantha trek is 3800 meters. Kedarkantha is a triangle-shaped mountain. Which makes this trek more exploring with the view 360 mountains and sunrise
Kedarkantha: Get Ready to Travel the Most Popular Winter Snow Trek Sankri Range / Uttarakhand
Fringed with pine trees and decked with the prettiness of snow, Peak is often considered the best snow-trekking destination in India . Kedarkantha is Located at an altitude of 12,500 ft. above sea level, Kedarkantha trek is quite special because it has stunning views and it provides the best views of the entire mountain's cape.
If you want to experience nature at its best and enjoy a wonderful trek then this Winter Snow Trek is definitely for you. During the trek, you will pass through mesmerizing picturesque views, rich forests, fields as well as snow tracks.
You need to know that Kedarkantha Summit is nestled in Govind wildlife National sanctuary Park of Sankri Uttarakhand . This beautiful peak is encircled by several scenic river valleys, this valley is also known as Sankri Range in Western garwal,
Kedarkantha is considered as the top most winter snow trek in India, beginners can also do this trek in the Himalayas that you need to experience at least once in your life. Best time to do this trek is from the first week of November to the last week of March. You can find a lot of snowfall here.
The campsites of this trek are beautiful. All camps are covered with snow after mid november.
Although every trek in the Himalayas is special and known for its own beauty. Trekking often gives you a dose of nature which is not possible in the cities and also offers you the chance to stretch your psychological & physical limits.This Trek is one of those treks in the Himalayas that induce you to witness the beauty of nature that too in its pure form. Right from snow-capped mountains, green pasture forest, frozen lake to a pleasing divine summit, it offers everything that you wish for as a trekker.The summit ascent of trek is extremely rewarding and sure to give you amazing memories. All these views are seen from the starting point of Sankri base camp till summit.
As you begin your trek in the early hours of the morning and gradually climb up the steep hill, you will experience breathtaking nature views. Kedar Kantha is popular mainly as a winter trek that starts right from a famous village called Sankri. This beautiful village is almost 210km away from Dehradun.
Generally, in the mountains, winter is quite harsh when it comes to weather. When the snowfall begins, the temperature drops down to minus that further blocks several roads, making most areas unreachable.
All these things often make trek exciting and popular because here you can actually experience what winter feels like in the mountains.
The temperature here drops to 10 degrees at night and even less but remember such kind of temperature is bearable only with a bit of carefulness. This is the reason why several tourists head towards the base village of this trek called Sankri, especially in the month of December, January, February, and March each year.
The drive from Dehradun to Mussoorie and to sankari is one of the most stunning and charming drives in the Himalayas. So, don’t forget to carry your camera. On the way, you will come across the paths filled with snow as well as meadows that are going to offer you a mesmerizing glimpse of the Himalayan Peaks. The silent and peaceful streams along with tranquil lakes are sure to treat all your trekking tiredness and give you a tenderness in nature.
You can ski, if you are good at skiing then make sure you try it during the Winter. Skiing will give you the chance to experience an amazing view of the meadows of himalayas covered with snow.
Get ready to experience the pleasant view that will definitely soothe your eyes because while trekking you will come across rich forests that are wailed with recent snowfall in month of december. Not only this, but the gentleness and kindness of the Local people will surely impress you.
This Trek is also considered as the place of Shiva, the ancient Hindu Lord, this trek is no less than a paradise. Silence, as well as the peacefulness of this trek, gives you an amazing feeling and even makes you feel like you are in heaven.
The paradise sky sight, and sky-knocking mountains, are sure to give you a feeling like you are standing on the edge of the earth. When it comes to this trek, there are several mythological stories behind it.
Kedarkantha Trek Length
The Kedarkantha trek length is 20 Kms which is covered in the span of 6 days. Kedarkantha Trek is a moderate to difficult grade trek which can be done by beginners or the first-timers also if they have the basic fitness level. The trek from Sankri to Juda ka Talab is approximately 4km from there and another 4km trek to the Kedarkantha base camp. The next day you will be trekking 6km in total from basecamp to summit and summit to Hargaon. On your return to Sankri, you will be trekking to a length of 6km from Hargaon.
Kedarkantha Trek Best Time
Kedarkantha is an all-season trek that captivates you with a distinct beauty in each season. Spring and summer boast of clear skies and fresh landscapes that treat your senses with the fragrance of blooming flowers. The fall season offers a unique experience; trekking on the trail bedecked with dried multi-hued leaves is an amazing experience.
However, winter is still considered the best time to visit KEDARKANTHA Peak Trek. The snowy trails lined with tall snow-drifted trees, frozen mountain lakes incandescent in the moonlight and snowy peaks glittering at dawn and dusk in amazing hues of golden and red;
The trek is famous for its summit and is rightly so. First is that, this is a proper summit marked by cairn. Of all the 12,500 ft treks in the Himalayas, Kedarkantha is one of the two summit treks. The rest are all mostly passes or high points on a range.
This itself is special. Second, is the route to the summit. As soon as you clear the tree line, the summit is right in front of you. So, right from the beginning of the trek, you know where you are trekking to and it creates an instant aspiration. This builds the challenge of the trek right from the beginning of the summit day.
Kedarkantha Temperature And Weather
This snow trek operates between Dec to mid-April when the region has had good snowfall. Contrary to popular belief, winter is a good time to be in the mountains if one is equipped properly. Most locals inhabiting higher reaches of the mountains don’t mind the problems associated with snowfall and seem to have a good time during these months. Also there are lots of local festivals in these months. In these months the weather is generally clear most of the days. Day time is normally pleasantly warm with one getting to enjoy sitting out in the sun. Temperature would be around 12-17 °C. Evenings are quite cold and one would need to be inside a tent/room or sitting outside next to a fire with proper winter clothes. The evening temperatures will be around – 3 to 5 °C. Nights can be very cold with temperatures in the range of – 7 to 0 °C. Please keep in mind that the above information is not exact and does not account for sudden changes. Whatever the temperatures and conditions rest assured we will be prepared to handle it with ease as we use equipment of very high specifications
Climatic conditions in the high altitudes vary from the plains; take adequate time to get acclimatized to high altitudes.
Pay heed to the trek leader or instructor in order to enjoy a safe and sound trekking experience.
Do not consume alcohol or any other intoxicants during the trek.
Before undertaking the trek, consult a physician.
Carry basic medications and a first-aid kit during the trek.
The trek takes place through eco-friendly zones; we do not encourage littering the local sites or campsites.