Kedarkantha is a classic journey. The journey provides a great occasion for pedestrians to see the scenic beauty and experience the life of remote townlets of Garhwal Himalayas. Kedarkantha journey is one the easiest journeys in the Himalayas to enjoy thick snow cover. The Kedarkantha journey campground is great for birding and girdled by beautiful snow peaks.
Deemed to be one of the stylish downtime treks in India, Kedarkantha is one of those rare Himalayan journeys that remains accessible indeed during layoffs. Suitable for those looking to begin their trip into the Himalayas or indeed endured pedestrians looking for a quick flight, the Kedarkantha trek offers a unique experience to journey across snowy trails and get a regard of life in the mountains indeed in the nothingness of layoffs.
With a trail dotted with thick oak and pine timbers, wide-open green meadows, serene lakes, picture-perfect campgrounds and panoramic views of majestic Himalayan peaks, the Kedarkantha journey offers the perfect blend of challenge, adventure and stirring views.
Best Time to do the Kedarkantha Trek
Although the Kedarkantha journey can be done throughout the time, it’s one of the many Himalayan journeys accessible during layoffs and hence it’s best done during the downtime months between December all the way towards the end of April giving pedestrians an occasion to not just substantiation its snowy geographies but also the experience of touring on the crackling snow. With just the right quantum of snow and devoid of extreme temperature changes, the Kedarkantha journey isn’t too grueling and hence suitable for indeed first- timekeepers.
Day 1: Dehradun to Sankri Base Camp
Leave Dehradun beforehand in the morning (6 AM) and reach Sankri by evening to catch the beautiful evening from this antique little vill steeped in natural beauty. This also gives you ample time to do some last- nanosecond medications and get some good rest before starting the journey the coming day.
Distance 220 km
Duration 10 – 11 hours
Day 2: Sankri to Juda Ka Talab
Distance 5 km
Duration 5 hours
A roughly 5 km trail from the base camp through green meadows and thick pine and oak timbers takes you to the picture-perfect Juda Ka Talab campground. Juda Ka Talab as the name suggests is a serene frozen lake which formerly used to be two lakes but has now conjoined as one.
Day 3: From Juda ka Talab to Kedarkantha Base Camp
Distance 4 km
Duration 3 hours
From Juda Ka Talab, a 4 km journey originally through thick pine timbers later opens up to lofty mountain views leading you to the Kedarkantha Base Camp located at bases. From then one can enjoy panoramic views of the girding snow-clad peaks including Bandarpoonch, Swargarohini, Kala Nag, and Ranglana to name a many. The Kedarkantha peak is also easily visible from then.
Day 4: From Kedarkantha Base Camp to Kedarkantha peak to Hargaon
Distance 6 km
Duration 6 – 7 hours
Altitude bases to bases
The Kedarkantha peak, marked by a Trishul pointing to the sky, is around 2 hours down from the base camp. It can be reached through several routes. It’s judicious to start the journey before dawn (as beforehand as 3 AM) in order to catch the mesmerizing daylight ( generally around 7 AM) from atop the peak. Although the trail starts off with a gradational lift, as you get near to the peak, the trail becomes further grueling with nearly 80- degree inclines at many stretches.
Piecemeal from the stirring daylight, the Kedarkantha peak offers 360- degree views of the girding Himalayan ranges including Gangotri, Yamunotri, Chanshal Pass, and Kinnaur Kailash ranges.
From the peak descend back to the Kedarkantha base camp and further down towards the Hargaon campground.
Day 5: Hargaon to Sankri/ Dehradun
Distance 6 km
Duration 4 hours
The trail from Hargaon to Sankri is well pronounced along a gravestone-paved route and takes a fairly low time owing to the descent. You also get some splendid views of the Har ki Dun vale along the way. Formerly back at Sankri, you can either choose to spend the rest of the day at Sankri and explore the beautiful Himalayan village or head back to Dehradun the same day you came by your own transport or private hack.
Motorcars are only available from Sankri to Dehradun at 5 AM & 7 AM every day and take around 10 hours to reach.
Effects to Know Before Trying the Kedarkantha Trek
- There are no ATMs after Mori, so carry a sufficient quantity of cash from Dehradun itself for the entire journey.
- There’s no mobile connectivity after Purola. Only a meager BSNL network is available in and around Sankri.
- Pre Booking of accommodation, attendants, and outfit is mandatory in the peak season between November to January.
- Pack light as you’ll have to carry your pack for the entire journey. It’s judicious to keep your pack weight under 10 kgs.
- Choose a train trip to Dehradun while coming from Delhi as the same is more comfortable and avoids detainments.
- Hydrate yourself all throughout the journey starting from the time you wake up.
- You can conclude the journey by yourselves along with an original companion or choose to go with one of the numerous associations that conduct the Kedarkantha journey. The ultimate ensures that all your accommodation, food, and other formalities are taken care of for a hassle-free trekking experience.
- Be a responsible mountaineer and make sure you don’t litter the trail and girding areas and to bring back any waste or plastic particulars and dispose of the same responsibly.