The state of Uttarakhand in India has natural surprises, including high mountain peaks, natural paths, dense forests and animal species, flora and fauna. From there, you can see multiple Himalayan ranges. This land is called “Devbhoomi,” God’s own land. Another one that makes it popular is trekking or adventure trekking. Some of the treks are both adventurous and religious. Walks depend on the season but there are only a few walks like the all-weather walk Kedarkantha trek.
If we have a winter trekking tour to choose, the Kedarkantha trek is the best way to find fresh powder-soft and sparkling snow. It is a wholesale walk, but famous and popular for winter walks. For lovers of trekking, this is the best option for winter trekking, where adventure trekking is guaranteed in a simple way. It consists fully of natural wonders and one of Uttarakhand’s most popular excursions.
This trek has mythological significance and some believe it relates to an old script – “The word Kedar” is the alias Lord Shiva and Kantha means “thorn.” This trek is mythological insignificance. There are different stories. Some believe these stories and others do not but one thing is certain that you will experience inner peace while you are on this journey. You will follow the road closer to you.
On the Kedarkantha trek, you reach a peak at an altitude of 12.500 ft. The peak of Kedarkantha. Once upon a time, the trek is in the Western Garhwal in the district of Uttarakashi. In the summer months of April to June, temperatures in Kedarkantha rise to 20 degrees. However, winter’s weather is full of uncontaminated white snow in the mountains, making it an exciting place for winter sports or even for hiking! With the cold weather from November through February, the temperature can be as low as 10°C.
It is one of the only treks in the Himalayas that allows trekkers to experience snow until April! Which is this trek’s main specialty. It is under the National park Govind Ballabh Pant also known as the National Park of Govind. It is a natural reserve for endangered species such as snow leopards, golden eagles, brown bears, musk, westerly tragedies etc. this National Park provides a great deal more. It is a natural reservation. The path crosses the thick pine forest from the dense pine forest. In winter, therefore, the route is covered by dried brown leaves like a tapestry. Another type of experience is to walk on those brown leaves. This walk will give you a panoramic view of the Himalayan peaks. When you look at these amazing peaks, you can see why Uttarakhand is called “Devbhoomi.” The height of these summits seems to touch the sky. The scene is like a large picture of God’s canvas. You will look for Lord Shiva’s blessing on the Kedarkantha trek, on the basis of which the name of this trek is based. The campsite is another feature of this trek. All treks have campgrounds, but they are, compared with Kedarkantha Trek, less beautiful.
Sankri, a scenic small hamlet nestled deep in the mountains, is the base camp for this trek. There is another type of specialty at this place. Locals from nearby sites thought they were the Kauravas’s successors. In the vicinity of Osla is a place. There’s a Duryodhana temple that local people worship and celebrate. Osla is actually part of another Sankri trek, Har ki-dun trek, that also belongs to Uttarkashi, the Govind Ballabh Pant National Park. You are being blushed by the drive from Dehradun to the base camp itself. You can watch Mussoorie, Naitwar, Nowgaon, Mori and Purola majestic sights on Dehradun drive. This drive is the most exotic in the Himalayas up to the base camp. The tour offers its visitors amazing things – including a spectacular view over the Himalayas covered by snow and wide open wetlands covered with pristine white snow. This trek will explore the Kedarkantha forests, and reveal the rare flora and fauna of the Alps. The Juda Ka Talab walk is the cake icing on this magnificent trek. The Kedarkantha Trek’s difficulty varies between seasons. Summer and autumn are great months to start for beginners, but winter can make the trek difficult. Especially during the monsoon period, the trek should only be undertaken by experienced trekkers. Although the journey distances covered by this trip are short and the distance covered in total is only 23 kilometers, the trek is of a moderate level of difficulty due to the long duration of the trek (6 days).
You will camp in tents, on multiple shared bases, under the stellar sky. Also, you can stay in a guest house/hotel during your stay in Sankri or enjoy the local culture in a guesthouse.
This trek has two alternatives – one from Dehradun to Sankri and one without. This trek has two alternatives. You just have to meet us at Dehradun, if you chose the alternative that includes transportation. You can take a direct flight to Dehradun from Delhi to Jolly Grant Airport. You can use your convenience also a direct train or even a bus from Delhi. Alternatively, direct bus rides between Dehradun and Sakri will allow you to reach Sankri Base Camp directly.
The distance over the entire Kedarkantha trek is approximately 23 km and the terrain remains gentle, decreasing, and is also ideal for a first-day trip.
Best Time to Visit Kedarkantha trek:
The Kedarkantha Trek has all-weather, but it looks different in every weather, like in the summers, it looks lush green in the spring, it has the fragrance of wildflowers and the aroma of the pinewood. You and your senses are fascinated by the entire countryside. The whole countryside, flora, and fauna covered by virgin snow, is gently white in winter. Due to the snow and the large snow-covered pines, the greenery of the trail in winter is white. The whole country looks like a white sheet covered by someone. When you are on a full-moon trek, you forget a while that you are on Earth, because the reflection of the moon on the snow has a miraculous impact. You are camping on another planet all over the campsite. The Kedarkantha Trek is a famous tour with hikers and nature lovers due to those specialties. The best time is from April to June, but from September to April, because of heavy rainfall during the monsoon season. If you’re particularly interested in snow, it’s after the beginning of December when snow covers this area.
Although the destination remains cold throughout the year, the months of winter which are December, January, February, and March bring the maximum snowfall in and make this the best time to trek on this mountain. During this time, the place remains cold and the temperature drops below the freezing point.
As the region receives frequent and very heavy snowfall, the weather of this place becomes absolutely chilly and wet. Even though this makes trekking a little bit difficult, yet the excitement, thrill, and adventure become double. The lofty snow-capped mountain trails along with the enchanting vistas, attract a large number of tourists and trekkers to the destination during this part of the year.
Due to the challenging trail, the Kedarkantha winter trek is also the perfect adrenaline rush experience that all adventure junkies seek.
- If you fill up the bag casually without thinking, the items you want to take with you wisely increase the weight that might hinder you, otherwise you may forget to carry necessary items that may create difficulties.
- You feel very cold in the winter so you carry a lot of woolen clothing, a jacket, thermal wears and socks.
- It has to be inside with a wool lining and better if the resin lining exists externally when you are wearing a track suit.
- Instead of ordinary gloves, the best option is good quality leather gloves. It will supply heat to your hands from inside and help you to grip if necessary.
- There may be more chances of rain than good rain equipment. It saves you from moisture. Because the rainwater temperature is extremely cold at that height.
- Bring with you some trash bags to help you resolve waste. One thing, however, is that you should not waste without thinking, because the hike is part of the National Park.
- You will feel more comfortable in comparison with the ones rented or provided when you have your own bedding bag. It’s going to be hygienic.
- Carry a wet and dry pack and sprinkle with your junk paper napkins. You can easily cleanse your hands and face. Due to the difficulty of finding water at normal temperatures in the winter.
- Extra dry batteries will be useful since a trail is located in the forest during the walk so it will be very difficult to find a replacement there if you lose your batteries.
- The best to transport UV-protected sunglasses if you have one. It saves your eyes from the sharp snow blindness
- Sunlight may damage the skin in the winter because of its acuity so that the sunscreen lotion has a good quality.
- Good body lotion is used to protect the skin against coldness.
- Trek isn’t linear, as you’ve got to climb some time and go down at some point. It will be very difficult to walk during snow, so you can carry trekking poles. You can lease it from base camp Sankri if you have your own, and if you do not, then you can lease it.
- Don’t try to pick your own way, as in the National Park Area, so that wild animal may be confronted with the group.
- Then keep the group decorum as you walk in the group. It helps you enjoy the journey.
- Finally, follow your guide or group leader in accordance with the guidelines. This helps you avoid problems.
Do’s & Don’ts
- This region is an ecologically sensitive area so watch out for warning signs concerning wildlife.
- Do not in all respects try to harm nature.
- Not litter here and there. Do not litter here and there. If the waste has to be disposed of, ask your tour guide about the same thing.
- Do not attempt, because it may lead you to a sort of trouble, to escape the way your guide says.
- Do not use plastic to the greatest extent possible to protect the environment and the dignity of this natural path
- As the authority is responsible for area and people’s management and security, do not wrong.
- Don’t comment on your fellow tourers personally. If you face problems or disturbances due to your fellow travellers, please inform your team leader.
- Try to avoid anti-religious comments and activities to respect both your local religion and your touring companions.
- Instead of obtaining an authorization from an unknown person, the government authorities will provide a permit that will easily be given to you by carrying out certain formalities.
- There is no activity that harms nature so the place is known for its natural beauty.
- To conserve the planet and the environment, try to avoid plastic bags as far as possible.
- Instead of plastic bags, you use cloths and paper bags. Dispose of plastic in any extreme condition at the right place.
- If you pass a religious place or building, keep the decorum
- Respect your mates’ views. If you don’t like anything, let them know in a courteous way instead of having a fight or heated comments.
- To avoid difficulties on the trip, follow the guidelines of the group leader/tour leader. Based on their experience, they will provide guidance that will not dominate you.
- Listen carefully to your guide, because he is fully aware of the area, and he tells you interesting things.
- Try not to talk to local people. Should you feel unsafe, inform your guide immediately. He is going to be the biggest assist.
- To avoid any danger, follow group rules by area.
- Respect local people and their traditions to bring you into harmony.
- Respect religious icons and deities since local people’s emotions are closely linked.
- Bring your identity evidence such as Adhar, Voter-Id, Office-Id.
Kedarkantha trek is often misunderstood as Kedarnatha trek but is as much as popular. The summit climb is one of the most reasons for the popularity of the trek. The climb is a little hard and steep and will require a lot of effort to complete. Outside the summit, it’s beautiful as well. The clearings, the openings, and the meadows make it all the more beautiful and visit-worthy. You’ll find beautiful forests everywhere throughout the trek. It is known as the best snow trek in India and it definitely justifies its title.
One can find Kedarkantha in Government wildlife Sanctuary which is in the Uttarkashi district. Sankri is the small village from where the climb starts.
It’s an easy-moderate trek. The trek is 6-7 days long. The altitude is at 14,000 ft. The climb is a little steep and you need to be careful.
During the summer months, the weather is cool and pleasant making it more ideal for sightseeing. During the Monsoon season, this region receives moderate to heavy rainfall and the temperature is relatively cooler than in summers. However, the place often experiences landslides around this time which makes it difficult to trek here and the trail also becomes sloppy. So monsoon is not preferred for trekking. During the Autumn seasons the temperature is very low. This is a pleasant time for trekking.
Winter is the best time to visit and brings the best of the Kedarkantha trek and welcomes trekkers from all over the globe. During this time, the temperature here remains in the range of -2 degrees celsius to 12 degrees Celsius and the place gets covered in thick snow. The whole region offers a great, surreal, and dreamy view, which is bound to captivate you.
In December, begins the fresh snowfall in Kedarkantha. As this place has easy accessibility, a huge number of people from far and near flock to this place during this period and enjoys themselves amidst the mesmerizing scenic beauty.
In January there is frequent snowfall in this place which adds thrill to this amazing experience. At this time, the slopes also make the place perfect for skiing. February has very high chances of snowfall which makes the experience even more memorable and thrilling.
The place gets scanty sunlight during this time of day time and the temperature drops drastically at night. The place remains covered with snow even during the month of March and trekkers get to enjoy the enchanting views of the snowy mountains.
- There are many clearings in Kedarkantha which make up for one the best campsites in the country. The view from the tent is worth all the overnight stays. You can stargaze at night and witness the beautiful sunrises and sunsets from camp.
- From the top of Kedar Kantha, you get a 360-degree view of the Himalayas. Along with Bandarpooch, Kalanag, Yamunotri range and Gangotri range, you get to see a lot of virgin ranges.
- Kedarkantha trek is waiting for you to unveil the untouched beauty with your eyes and capture them with your camera. If you’re an avid photographer, be sure that you’d have some amazing opportunities to capture breathtaking pictures. There’s snow, Pine trees, mountains, and meadows which make the pictures heavenly. You can get everything in one frame and that is indeed the best thing.
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