Kedarkantha Trek with Camping in Winters 2021, Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India

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Description

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 walking.

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:

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.

Tips:

  • 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

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.

Do’s

  • 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. 

 

Location

One can find Kedarkantha in Government wildlife Sanctuary which is in the Uttarkashi district. Sankri is the small village from where the climb starts. 

 

Difficulty Level

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.

 

Climate

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. 

 

 

Other perks

  • 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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Itinerary

Day1: Reach Sankri

#Meet us in Dehradun early in the morning. We will start the beautiful drive from here to our base camp in Sankri, located at 6,400 ft above sea level. You’ll pass the beautiful settings such as Mussoorie, Naitwar, and much more during your drive. It will be the picturesque push to reach the base camp for a lifetime. Alongside the beautiful landscape, and the scent of pinewood and the Himalayan fauna, you will also experience nature throughout the journey.

#The trip takes approximately 7-8 hours. The magnificent and magnificent drive takes you from the beginning. The woods of Pine and Oak greet you as your path walks along the roaring river Yamuna and Tons. It will shine in full flow as you see the water. Water would sometimes be milky white, sometimes blue and sometimes natural green. It makes you know how nature’s mother blessed humanity by giving humanity these last gifts.

#You can take the check-in at your hotel before you go on a walk through the quaint little hamlet of Sankri. You can leave your baggage. This is a small, natural hamlet in the Himalayas. A place among trekkers and nature enthusiasts is well known. As a trekkking hub, Sankri is well known. There are 11 treks from the camp in Sankri, where Kedarkantha Treks and Har Ki Dun are the most popular treks. Also popular in this place are shutterbugs where photography thirst can be quenched.

Day2: Trek from Sankri to Juda-ka-talab | 4 km

#Begin early in the morning with a delicious breakfast. We will then start our journey to Ka Talab Jadu, at 9,100 ft above sea level. The journey takes up to five hours.

#We’ll walk along the bubbling river and turn to a path, which is surrounded by a lush pine and maple green forest.

#We’ll go over several suspension high-altitude bridges and small villages along the way. We reach our destination after crossing a few streams.

#You can enjoy your pleasant dinner after refreshing and go into your nighttime tents.

Day3 : Trek From Juda Ka Talab to the Kedarkantha base | 4 km

#Start early, enjoy the magnificent sunrise. We will start the tour at the Kedarkantha base in an altitude of 11,250 ft. After tucking in at a delicious breakfast.

#The tour will take approximately 3 hours with sufficient breaks. At the start of the trek, the trail is almost flat and marked.

#It soon enters into a dense pine and oak forest and opens in beautiful wilderness, covered with small shepherd’s huts. You will breathe straight away from the majestic views over the snow-capped Himalayan peaks of Bandarpoonch, Swargarohini, Kala Nag and Ranglana. These peaks are famous for their magnificent views. You will feel that no space is between these peaks, as you see the top of those peaks. These summits are the wonders of nature. These are the unprecious natural gems. This impresses your thoughts and souls when you see the view. The view of these peaks will never be forgotten. The Swargarohini peak is 6,252 meters above sea level, Bandarpunch 6,316 meters high, Kalanag 6,387 meters high, and Ranglana 5,554 meters high. The Garhwal Himalayas are all these peaks. 

#Once you reach the campsite, you will be able to enjoy your delicious dinner and retire for the night to your tents. Enjoy the experience with your fellow travelers. You may find friends between your fellow travelers for life.

Day4: Trek from Kedarkantha Base to Kedarkantha peak followed by a descent to Hargaon camp | 6km

#Treat yourself to your pleasant breakfast and to the brightness of the sunrise. We’ll start our trek to the 12,500 ft above sea level Kedarkantha peak. The walk begins with a steep slope and progresses up to a steeper slope.

#We start with a walk through the pine and oak woods. We hear the sound of a river bubbling along as the leaves crunch under our foot and we feel the mossy smell of the forest, although it is not seen.

#We see that we are now very near to the peak as the forest opens. This is when the way becomes a little harder as the track climbs.

#However, it is more than enough the reward at the end of the struggle to make up for it – the amazing Himalayan view. The temple of Lord Shiva, deity Parvati, and Lord Ganesh are also located on the top. This place is a sacred place and has been blessed once and for all by the presence of Lord Shiva. That’s a legendary fact. Believe it or not, but there’s something special that binds you to it and attracts you to visit it as much as possible. There you can look for God’s blessings. Your lost inner tranquilly is best to find because of your everyday routine.

#We start the descent to the base camp after enjoying the view. The downhill is easier and quicker. After we have reached the base camp, we will continue our descent to the Hargaon camp, which is 8,900 ft above sea level. The name Hargaon refers to Har village, means Lord Shiva village. Har means Shiva, according to Hindu mythology. A Camping Hargaon is again a beautiful place for you, your teammates, to enjoy your stay.

#When you arrive at the campground, make a marvellous dinner at the end of the day and retire to the camps for the night.

Day5: Trek from Hargaon to Sankri | 6 km

#Get up to the sun and enjoy your breakfast in the splendor of the Himalayas. We start our descent to Sankri and then we have time to leave the campsite at Hargaon. The journey lasts about 4-5 hours. This walk will be a new type of tour for you and Mother Nature will walk along this trek that remembers the last four days you have spent under the lap.

#As we walk through the forest, the silence of a river flowing across our path can be enjoyed. Throughout the way, the forest leads to a ridge, which offers an excellent view over Har Ki Dun or the Gods valley. Take the green slopes of the valley in the pure brilliance, before going down further. The time you are going to spend on this trip is the best time of your life.

#The wild forest surrounding the trail becomes denser before the village of Sankri finally opens.

#You can check-in and drop your bag before you go back to visit the city, if you want. This is the time for local people to interact and enjoy local cuisine and culture.

#As the final moment of your trekking this night makes your colleagues more enjoyable, as this will be your memory for life after this evening. You can also share your contacts with newly formed friends in order to keep in touch forever. It will help you to plan with known faces your next trip.

Day6: Drive From Sankri To Dehradun

#Start the day on the morning crack to enjoy your last journey at sunrise. Absenting our lovely moments of life from the place we have been. It’s such a difficult time. However, this is the reality of new destinations and new goals you have to move forward. This is the last day you leave at the base camp Sankri, a beautiful little hamlet in the Himalayas. After breakfast, the hotel will take you back to Dehradun by 8 am to start the long journey.

#The journey takes up to 11 hours, with sufficient breaks for meals, so starting early is best. Today’s drive is a special drive for you at some point you will get sad to leave this celestial location for a busy day and at some point, you will gladly remember it all over your life. If you remember those moments in your life and see the photographs you took during your trip, it will give you a happy feeling. Every memory runs along with you during your drive. Nothing will look strange to you when you pass this route from Sankri to Dehradun. You will feel that your own part is the river, arborescence, flora, and fauna. This will motivate you to always visit this place.

#Get to Dehradun by 7 in the night when your trip with us ends.

Stay Type

Stay at Sankri, on day 1 and on day 5 you will stay at the hotel/guesthouse.

The walk also allows you to spend time in Dual / Triple shared camps in Juda ka Talab, Kedarkantha Base camps, and in Hargaon (depending on weather conditions).

Sleeping bags and tents of high quality will be provided.

Meals

We’re going to cover your dinner on the first day.

For the remainder of your trek, we will give you complete meal cycles.

Breakfast included, lunch, dinner and tea and coffee snacks.

We’ll cover your breakfast on the sixth day.

All of the food that we offer is healthy and nutritious.

It is made up of Indian cuisine.

Advisory

It will save your physical effort with minimum weight.

The trails cross the forest to ensure that any activity that contradicts the law is avoided.

The hiking area is an ecologically sensitive area, so that plastic waste cannot be disposed of without information. Ask the team leader/guide/group leader if it is urgently necessary.

Don’t litter here and there, here and there.

Read it carefully and follow the same sign or warning board if there is any.

The rules of an authority are respected.

Follow the rules for the group.

There are two variations in the trek package: transport and transport free.
It is not permitted to use alcohol or smoking.

It is forbidden to use drugs and any kind of toxicant. If someone is found, the trip will immediately be cancelled without reimbursement.

The trek leader’s decision will be final and binding.

Then follow the rules that he has made and explained.

It is up to Trek Leader to make the journey fun and safe, in order to cooperate freely with the whole group.

Delays can occur because of the weather, so please be patient and cooperate in all cases if there is difficulty due to that.

It is recommended not to go for this expedition for anyone suffering from health conditions such as asthma etc. But it’s at your own risk if you so decide.

Don’t wear thermals while hiking regardless of how cold it is.

Grab your own baggage, please.

Before boarding the trek, consult a doctor.

If you choose a house, respect the hosts and communicate with them!

Connection is not available on this walk so that you should better inform your loved ones or relatives of the situation before going up from the base camp so they won’t worry about you.

Check it properly whether it is working or not before renting some kind of trekking gear.

Keep yourself hydrated but not overflowed with water. Drink a sip of water, which helps to climb the trail and avoid dehydration.

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