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Kedarkantha Trek Complete Details
Kedarkantha trek is one of the most popular treks in the Indian Himalayas in Uttarakhand where trekking is possible for more than 10 months in a year except July and August (i.e. especially during the rainy season trekking in kedarkantha is avoided.) The mountains are covered with snow, the mesmerizing view from the top attracts most of the treks. Kedarkantha is located in Govind Wildlife sanctuary in Uttarkashi district. Kedarkantha trek height is 12,500 ft approx. The parent range is Garhwal Himalaya. There are numerous reasons why this kedarkantha trek is so famous among Indian himalayan ranges. The most popular reason is for The Summit climb. As you start your trekking right from the base camp the summit looms large. As you start climbing in the early morning the beauty of the world just opens around you.
The trekking is not so easy as you get closer to Summit it gets tricky also. But the big mountains of The himalayan range in upper himalaya accomplanises until you reach the summit. As you reach the summit the view provides you a great sense of satisfaction , boosts your confidence that you finally accomplished your goals. The feeling is so pleasant that’s not definable.
Apart from the summit, this trek is also very famous for its beautiful clearing and campsite. This trekking is full of clearing on different routes; these are just at the right location giving you proper direction and appreciate the track and its views.
Another important reason which makes this trekking more famous is the beautiful forest from all 3 routes . The forest is dense and full of green and amazing views that makes your experience on trekking explore the beauty of nature more deeply.
Kedarkantha Mountains are photogenic
Kedarkantha trekking is one of the famous trekking routes to Indian Himalayan ranges which lie in Uttarakhand. The trek begins from a traditional village called Sankri. The sour village is covered with mountains covered with snow, the sparkling tons and the river flowing from it. The charm and beautifulness of nature is the most beautiful thing about this place. Houses are made of wood, which makes that place more delightful and adorable. The sour village has its own customs , rituals and conventions. The people there wear traditional dress and cook traditional foods .
The beauty of this entire trek can be seen in Himalayan ranges. There is one point to be kept in mind that kedarkantha is a triangle -shaped mountain which makes this trek more adventurous and explosive. Every Year a huge fair is organised in kedarkantha on 15 th june.
This is a special moment when people celebrate this festival with local music and drums.
View from kedarkantha Summit
The most interesting fact about Kedarkantha trek is that the beautiful Himalayan ranges are clearly visible . which are Swargarohini peak I,II,III (6300 m), Black Peak (6387m), Bandarpunch Peak (6300m) apart from this all the mountains such as Rupin pass,Supin range,Kimloga peak, Baradas lake range etc are clearly visible.
From the kedarkantha trek all other views in Indian HImalayan ranges are clearly visible such as Har ki dun valley,Ruinsara valley bail, Borasu pass , Sarutal pass , fachu kandi pass etc.
The view of the mountains and forest during the entire trek are so beautiful that it induces every trekker to capture the beauty of the view and have good snap of this beautiful environment to keep with themselves throughout their journey of life in the remembrance that once in life the got an opportunity of explore the beauty of Himalayan ranges.
Starting Point of kedarkantha trek
Trekking for kedarkantha peaks beagans from a small village called Sankri. There are 13 peaks of Himalayan ranges which are easily visible from Kedarkantha peak. There was a lakh called Juda-ka-talab, the localite believes that lord shiva has once stayed in kedarkantha. It is believed that lord shiva hair has fallen once during his medication to form this lake named as Juda -ka -talab The difficulty level for climbing it ranges from low to medium.
It basically takes 6 days and 5 nights to complete your kedarkantha trek. For trekking you need to carry with yourself an oxygen cylinder as you reach at high altitudes the intensity of oxygen is less at higher level of altitude so to maintain your oxygen level in your body you need to carry an oxygen cylinder with yourself, first aid box, necessary medical equipment and stretchers.
Temperature of Kedarkantha
During the day the temperature of kedarkantha fluctuates between 8 degree celsius to 15 degree celsius while at night the temperature reaches to -3 degree celsius sometimes experiencing cold chill winter’s night to 5 degree celsius.
Best time to visit Kedarkantha Trek
Best time for kedarkantha trek is between April and November however you can go trekking for 10 months a year except during the peak rainy season i.e. between July and august.
Kedarkantha In December, January and February
Kedarkantha is most popularly a winter trek. The mountains during this season are beautifully covered with snow and an adventurous summit climb attracts anyone to go weak on knees. You get to trek in a dense forest covered with snow, you need to learn how to camp on thick moulds of snow.
Starting from 15th dec to mid january the kedarkantha trek becomes an extremely crowded area. As more and more people come to explore this beauty of nature.
Kedarkantha in March and April
During the March season the snowfall is quite residual which means less snow will be there as compared to the winter season. The snow is visible only in the region which is higher than the campsite towards the Summit. Due to the spring season, you will also see the fresh blooming grasslands and trees in the forest are covered with fresh green leaves , flowers and fruits.
This is a view when you want to see nature full of colours in contrast to snowfall on the mountains.
In April, as the beginning of summer season is marked, the snow begins to melt due to the scorching sun rays. Kedarkantha in April is visited by people to see the beautiful landscape after the extremely cold winters. The weather during this season is pleasant to start your trekking and full of colours on your way to kedarkantha trek.
Kedarkantha In May and June
Trekking during this season is marked by bright sun in the morning and nights are not so cold as compared to other months of the year. During June there is occasional rainfall marking the arrival of the monsoon season.
During this season the crowd is less as more and more people begin to trek at higher altitudes. Although it is a good time to start your kedarkantha trek if you want to explore nature and make your trek adventurous in isolation then this season is considered as the best one to start your trek.
In monsoon season i.e. during July and August kedarkantha trekking is not suitable nor allowed because of heavy snowfall in this area, landslides and other natural calamities can take place which can cause serious accidents to the lives of people.
Kedarkantha In September, October And November
After the monsoon the entire kedarkantha trek starts in September. The pasturelands,water meadows and forest are fresh and alive in September and continue till October. During this season the mornings are mild and nights are extremely cold. There is mild rainfall till the end of september. The air is crisp and the view of the upper himalaya is clearly visible. The trek also continues in the November season. With the beginning of the Winter season. The views and beauty of nature still remains crisp for the trekkers.
Throughout the year, 7 months are considered ideal and best for kedarkantha trek.
Weather on kedarkantha trek
The weather on kedarkantha trek remains the same as other treks in Uttarakhand . the weather of kedarkantha during different seasons are –
Kedarkantha during Winter season
With the winter season it is marked with fresh snow, cold days and extreme cold nights.
During the day the temperature ranges between 8 degree to 10 degree celsius , while during night the temperatures drop between 0 degree to -5 degree celsius. You can tackle the winter trek with the right gear.
For those who want to experience trekking in snow can plan their kedarkantha trek during mid january and february during this period the place is not too crowded you can enjoy your trekking experience in isolation with snowfall.
Kedarkantha during Spring season
With the beginning of spring, the grasslands begin to lush with greenery covered with fresh leaves, fruits and flowers with melting snow. The sun is brighter days and nights are still cold but not so extreme;ly cold as compared to winter season. Temperature in day is between 15 to 18 degree Celsius and nights between 0 to 5 degree celsius.
Those who are planning for trekking with lush green grasslands and forest and melting snow can plan their trek during this season.
Kedarkantha during Summer season
In the summer season you will see bright sunny days and mild cold nights. If you want to do your trekking in a comfortable temperature then you can plan your trek during this period.
The temperature during summer season fluctuates between 18 degree to 24 degree celsius in day and at nights it fluctuates between 3 degree to 8 degree celsius.
Kedarkantha during Monsoon season
In Monsoon season it is hard to continue your trekking as in monsoon season due to heavy rainfall, landslides , slippery areas etc.
In this season, kedarkantha trek is mainly recommended to avoid trekking between July to mid September.
Kedarkantha during Autumn
This time period is considered as the ideal one for trekking if you are looking for a crisp view of mountains, lush green grasslands, forests begin to change their colour marking the arrival of the winter season. This is a beautiful time if you plan to trek.
You can also see some small streams of fresh water. As we move forward to the winter season you can see the days get shorter and nights much colder and longer.
Temperature in the morning is expected between 10 to 15 degree celsius and night’s temperature often drops to zero.
Age limit for kedarkantha trekking
- People between the age limit of 5 years to 60 years are allowed and should go for kedarkantha trekking.
- It is also necessary that a person should be completely physically fit and fine to start his trekking.
- During winter trek in kedarkantha people between the age group of 10 years and 55 years should be allowed.
- Kedarkantha trekking boosts up the energy level and confidence among the trekkers . They are full of enthusiasm for this trek.
- Visitors who go trekking for the first time are so excited to get the better opportunity to explore the beauty of nature .
Difficulty level during kedarkantha trek
Kedarkantha is a beautiful and uphill trek in the Uttarakhand Himalayan ranges . This trekking is great for those people who have the passion and desires of mountaineering, adventures, exploring the beauty of nature.
Kedarkantha trekking is from easy to moderate level. If you start the trekking from Sankari village then it’s quite tricky also.
Not just this, the duration of the trekking is quite long also. It takes around 7- 8 hours on the summit trek day (5 hours of steady trekking & 2 to 3 hours of fast descent). This puts a challenge before legs and a person should be physically fit to complete the trek.
After viewing all the points, kedarkantha trekking is marked as easy to moderate trekking.
However it must be noted that the easy trek can turn into a difficult one if the person is not physically fit and fine.
Safety level in kedarkantha trekking?
Kedarkantha trekking is a very safe one. This can be determined on a variety of factors which includes terrains, altitude and weather.
Safety of trekking on the basis of Terrain
When the question about terrain rises, kedarkantha is considered as the safest one. On the basis of following factors-
- Well maintained routes
- Easy and multiple well maintained exit points
- Well maintained campsites
- Well maintained trails
There are hardly any sections which are difficult during the routes . However, the only section that is tricky is The Summit, one which requires technical assistance.
Safety of trekking on the basis of Altitude
Kedarkantha trek elevation is around 12,500 ft . During the first 3 days of the trek the person trekkers tek around 6300ft in the later half it covers rest distance.
Points to be kept in mind regarding AMS
- The campsites are placed within the normal altitude each day. Keeping a little pace increases the chances of getting AMS .
- The second day is shorter in length and altitude gain. This provides you an opportunity to rest before a long Summit terk.
- On the third day, you trek a lot of height . This requires help to recover from the AMS symptoms that might take place on the Summit day.
The trekker can get hit by AMS from the first day of trekking; most common symptoms are headache and tiredness which is perhaps due to lack of sleep. The medicine which could be given is a curative course of diamox which is 250mg.
The earlier these symptoms are treated the higher the chances of finishing the trekking on time increases.
As you trek higher and higher towards kedarkantha peaks after11000 ft there are chances of HAPE/ HAC to occur as well this must be also cured on time.
Safety of trekking on the basis of Weather
On the basis of weather, kedarkantha trekking is safe for 10 months in a year. However the trekking becomes tricky and slippery when there is a lot of snow. It can be managed with the help of various equipment such as microspikes, gaiters etc.
The trekking also becomes difficult due to extreme cold winters as it can cause various injuries related to extreme colds.it can be tackled with wearing the right winter costume especially designed for trekking, right technique of layering etc.
Why should you choose kedarkantha trek ?
Although there are varieties of reasons to go for kedarkantha trek but few of the main things which describe how beautiful and exciting it is for you to choose kedarkantha trek –
- Drive to the basecamp
This is one of the most beautiful drives which you have ever experienced on any trek. This is an 18 km stretch of dense pine forests after Paroula and the drive through the Morin valley alongside River Tons you will experience it for a long time during your trekking.
- The Homestays
During kedarkantha trek you can see the houses of people are made of wood, they wear traditional dresses, the rituals and custom of kedarkantha is different yet that culture attracts the trekkers more. The closer you get, the closer the experience of the place ,custom, culture and people you have.
However on your kedarkantha trek you spend both your first night and last night of the trek in Gaichawan Ghao.
- The Forests
When you are in the forest, especially from Gaichawan Ghao to Summit you get a strong feeling of oneness with the surroundings there.
Many factors which help you to feel like closely attached to the place-
- The forest is less travelled by the people hence is not a crowded area . Apart from the villagers, only the trekkers to kedarkantha use this route. If you are not careful during the route you can easily get lost in the forest.
- The forest is extremely dense . The sun plays hide and seek and this makes trek more interesting and adventerous.
- Along with being dense the forests are diverse. Also in Dedar, Pine and Oak you can see a variety of trees and shrubs on the way which you have never seen before.
The forest during the kedarkantha trek from Gaichawan Ghao to the Summit with its diversity of colours, grasslands, shrubs etc. make this trek more adventurous and enhances the beauty of nature.
- The clearings
Kedarkantha trek has many clearings from all the sides. These clearings make this trek more beautiful. Infact, it is the only one trek in the entire Himalayan ranges where you have no dearth to camp. Due to these clearings, there are only multiple routes on this trek.
Other factors which make claerings more special are-
- Every clearing on this trek is different from one other. While khujey gives you the feeling of trekking along with clif, Juda ka talaq immerses you in a lake.
- The view from each clearing is simply outstanding and awesome.
- The trekkers each day feels complete with both forest and clearing. During the trek, the trekker can find a clearing every 2 hours during their trek.
- Multiple Routes
In Kedarkantha trek , the trekkers get the opportunity to start their trek and reach the summit from different routes. The trekker can choose routes which are less tricky or more tricky one, choosing the route according to the weather condition, etc. This provides an opportunity to trekkers to explore different routes as per their wish. However there are multiple routes to reach Summit.
- Sunset View
This trek offers the most beautiful views of sunsets which are so p[leasing and pleasing no words to describe the beauty of such views. They are so appleing that they remain in the eyes of the trekkers throughout the journey of their life. This also makes the kedarkantha trek more famous.
- The Summit
Kedarkantha trek is basically famous for its Summit. This trek is one of 2 summit treks; the rest are all passes or high points of Himalayan ranges.
Kearkantha trek is itself a special one as soon as you pass the treeline the summit is more clearly visible to you. So from the beginning of kedarkantha trek the trekkers know that they are on the correct route and eagarlerly this builds their confidence and enthusiasm to reach to Summit as soon as possible( that destination is no longer to them).
The kedarkantha trek slope is steady at an inclination of about 45degree to 60 degrees. At many times, put a challenge in front of experienced trekkers also. The view from the Summit of the upper Himalayan ranges is just mesmerising which adds a charm to the entire kedarkantha trek.
How to reach Kedarkantha ?
You can reach kedarkantha using various means of transportation depending on the mode which suits your pocket-
By road – Dehradun has a well connected road network. Any person by booking a cab or by self driving from different states such as Up, Rajasthan ,Delhi ,Haryana can easily reach Dehradun.
By train – Trains from all parts of India are also available to reach dehradun. Express like Nanda devi Express, Doon express, Mussoorie Express, Dehradun Shatabdi Expressetc.
By Air – Direct flights from different parts of India are available for Dehradun. Jolly Grant Airport serves Dehradun domestically for flights coming from different regions of India.
Distance to reach kedarkantha from other states
There are multiple options available to cover kedarkantha trek distance
- To reach Dehradun from delhi by flight is 207kms and Dehradun airport to Sankri 217km by taxi andSankri to Kedarkantha 23 km by foot.
- The distance between Delhi to Dehradun by Train is 302kms and Dehradun to Sankri 190kms by taxi and Sankri to Kedarkantha 23 km by foot.
- The distance between Delhi to Dehradun by taxi or bus is 249kms and Dehradun to Sankri 190 kms and Sankri to Kedarkantha 23 km by foot.
- To reach dehradun from Bangalore (by air is 1924 km),(by train is 2371 km) and Dehradun to Sankri is 217km by taxi and Sankri to kedarkantha by foot is 23km.
- Distance from Dehradun to Sankri is 190 kms.
- Distance from Mussoorie to Sankri is 160kms.
Multiple Exit points
Kedarkantha is a trek with multiple routes and multiple exit points . You can exit from kedarkantha trek from Sankri, Kotgaon or Ghaiwana Ghao . In case of emergency the closed hospital exit point ican be from Ghaiwana Ghao.
Nearest Hospital in Kedarkantha
For mild or normal medical help the nearest hospital can be found in Mori and thn in Paroula.
- Government hospital mori sankarai rd, Uttarakhand
- Primary health center Mori Uttarakhand
However, for major health issues the nearest hospitals are Dehradun and Mussoorie which are 8 to 9hrs away from the base camp of the trek.
Documents which are necessary to be carried For kedarkantha Trek
You need to carry with yourself original as well as photocopy of government Id proofs such as passports, aadhar card, voting Id, pan card, driving license etc.
Before starting the trek you need to submit the Id proofs to the forest departments otherwise you will not be permitted to continue trekking to kedarkantha by the officiers.
Other Information about Kedarkantha trek
Phone connectivity and transactions
Only the BSNL network works in Sankri base camp but many times it fails. For good networks the trekkers have to wait until they reach Mori OR Purola.
For emergencies the trekkers carry walkie-talkies with themselves to connect with their team.
ATM – ATM Facility is only available in Dehradun or Purola . It is always advisable to the trekkers to deposit their cash before or while in Dehradun as in other locations during the trek this facility is not available.
Electricity- if you are on kedarkantha trek then you should bring your own torch ,camera charger, if it is possible then you should bring extra battery for makeup with yourself because the last electricity connection which you will get is at hotel Sankri base .
Despite all the fact, Kedarkantha trek is one of the most beautiful trekking to Himalayan ranges, a way to explore and mesmerise the upper Himalaya.
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