Kedarkantha is one of Indian’s best winter treks, and is still accessible even in winter. One of the rare Himalayan walks. The Kedarkantha Trek is suitable for those looking for a quick getaway to start their journey through the Himalayas or even experienced hikers, and is a great experience for hikers on the snowy trails and even for wintertime in the mountains.
Kedarkantha Trekking offers a perfect combination of challenges, adventures, and amazing views, with a path dotted with splendid oak and pine forests, wide-open green wetlands, serene lakes, pictorial campsites, and panoramic views of magnificent Himalayan peaks.
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Kedarkantha Trek at a Glance
The trek Kedarkantha starts at a height of 6,000 feet from the picturesque village of Sankri in Uttarakhand. The Kedarkantha trek takes you through thick pine and oak trees, frozen lakes, and snowy trails up to the Kedakantha peak located at about 12,500 feet above sea level with panorama of snow-covered peaks throughout the entire trail. The whole trip takes 4 days from Sankri and back, except for extra days from Dehradun and beyond.
Mythology of Kedarkantha
Kedarkantha is no difference as it is with most of the destinations in the vicinity of Uttarakhand. In his bull Avatar, Lord Shiva took refuge in Pandava and meditated on it in the valley, but after he was disturbed by the local, he then fled towards Kedarnath. The most popular reference in the place comes straight from the Mahabarata. It was also believed that Lord Shiva Trishul was built at its peak to protect the valley and its inhabitants.
Best Time to do the Kedarkantha Trek
Though Kedarkantha can be done all year long, this is one of few Himalayan walking tours that can be reached during the winter months, and thus the best way to witness trekking on snow-crossing snow is during the winter months between December and the end of April. The Kedarkantha trek is not too challenging, and therefore suitable for even first-time travellers because the correct amount of snow and without extreme temperature changes.
Dehradun leaves early in the morning (6 AM) and reaches Sankri at noon to catch the sunset in this picturesque, natural beauty village. It also gives you plenty of time to prepare for the last minute of the trip and rest before the next day begins.
The photo-perfect Juda Ka Talab Camp is situated about 5 km from the base camp through the green wetlands and thick pine and oak forests. As the name suggests, Juda Ka Talab is a serene, frozen lake, once a two-lake, now a single lake.
Juda ka Talab to Kedarkantha Base Camp
A four-kilometer walk initially through large pine forests opens up from Juda Ka Talab to high mountain views that lead you towards Kedarkantha Base Camp 11,150 meters away. The surrounding snowy summits, including Bandarpoonch, Swargarohini, Kala Nag, and Ranglana are just some of the places from here to take panoramic views. Also clearly visible from here is the Kedarkantha Peak.
The summit of Kedarkantha, with a Trishul pointing towards the sky, lies approximately 2 hours from the base camp and can be reached via several routes. The trek before dawn (from 3 a.m.) is advisable to start, to catch the sunrise from the top of the peak (usually around 7 AM). The trail begins with a gradual ascent, but as you approach the peak, with almost 80-degree pitches at few sections, the trail is more challenging.
Around 360-degree views of the Himalayan areas, including the range of Gangotri, Yamunotri, Chanshil Pass, and the ranges of Kinnaur Kailash, are available on the Kedarkantha Summit.
A steep paved trail from Hargaon to Sankri takes relatively less time as a result of a descent. You can also enjoy a magnificent view of the Har ki Dun valley. Back in Sankri you can either spend the rest of the day in Sankri exploring the beautiful Village of the Himalayas or return to the village of Dehradun if you arrive by car or private toboggan.
Accommodation Options During Kedarkantha Trek
Stay at Sankri
Sankri is a remote town with only a small number of residences and a small number of hotels. Homestays are more budget-friendly and offer you an authentic Himalayan way of life experience. In the winter months from December to March, pre-booking becomes compulsory, because this is the highlight in this region. Note that Sankri has no ATMs or banks, so before your arrival here you can bring enough money.