One of the best treks in India Kedarkantha is a fun winter trek that takes the seriousness out of trekking. It is almost like going on a 5-day active vacation. The trek is recommended for all adventure souls who like snow and high mountains, irrespective of the prior experience. Beginners are more than welcome. Kedarkantha Trek starts from Sankri in Uttarakhand which is one of the best trekking places in India. The highlights of Kedarkantha trek are the beautiful campsites, snow-covered pine forests, 360-degree view of the mountains and the chance to stand on top of one of the easiest trekkable peaks in the Himalayas. The total Kedarkantha trek distance is 23 Kms. The height of the Kedarkantha peak is 12,500 ft. You will get to see Godly peaks like Swargarohini, Black Peak, and Bandarpoonch during Kedarkantha and come back absolutely thrilled and refreshed. The best time to do Kedarkantha Trek(for snow) is December to February. On this page, you will find all the essential information like – Kedarkantha Trek Temperature, Weather, Route Map, Photos, Videos, and Reviews. Scroll to the end to read Kedarkantha trek blogs.
We will assemble early morning (7 AM) in Dehradun and drive towards Sankri. Overnight in guest house/hotel in Sankri. Sankri is a small village in Uttarakhand located at a distance of 180 km from Dehradun. When it comes to trekking In India Sankri is quite a popular trailhead as a lot of treks starts from here like – Har Ki Dun, Bali pass, Borasu Pass, Ruinsara Tal, Bharadsar lake. If you reach early – go for some bird watching.
On this day, begin your trek from Sankri to Juda Ka Taal. Your trek leaders will provide you with spikes and gaiters before you start and give you a demonstration of how to wear them. You will cover a total of 5 km of distance today. The trail starts in a beautiful pine forest, just a short 10 minutes walk away from the village. The gradient of the trail is easy, ascending all the way to Juda Ka Tal campsite. You will make your ascent gradually, walking at a steady pace in a zigzag manner. It’s hard to come across wildlife on this trek during winters, but as you walk along the pine trees, keep an eye out for woodpeckers. They are quite common in this region. Mid-way the forest clears up to a large meadow, where you’ll see two small tea huts that serve omelets, Maggie, and hot beverages. You can have your packed lunch here. The campsite is just an hour away from this point, and as you gain altitude, you’ll start seeing the beautiful Himalayan ranges in the background. The most prominent peaks that you’ll see throughout the trek is Swargarohini, try to spot it along the way. By early afternoon you’ll be at the first campsite of Kedarkantha trek. Camp overnight at Juda Ka Taal.
You first stop today would be Juda Ka Tal, a lake surrounded by pine forests, that freezes during winters. You can easily walk on the ice sheet on the lake or try gliding on it and it is an absolutely thrilling experience. The gradient of the trail today is a bit steeper than yesterdays. You continue to walk in a pine forest which opens up to a beautiful meadow an hour later. Sometimes your trek leaders take up the opportunity to teach you ascending and descending techniques on the snow slopes here. It should take you about 2-3 hours to reach your next campsite, which is absolutely stunning. At night, the snow-clad mountain peaks shine brightly as the moon, and you will clearly see Kedarkantha Peak from your campsite. After an early dinner, try to get a good night’s sleep as you will be waking up at 2 AM for breakfast and will start your summit attempt around 3 AM in the morning. Pack your daypack with the necessary items like waterproof gloves, water bottle, snacks, and your camera before you sleep. You can leave your backpacks inside your tent and collect them after returning from the Kedarkantha summit. Camp overnight at Kedarkantha base camp.
Today is the big day, the summit day. You will start your Kedarkantha summit attempt before the break of dawn so have your head torches ready. You walk as a team in a zigzag manner on the snow slopes and an hour and a half later, you will come across two small huts that offer refreshments on the way back from the summit. Kedarkantha altitude is 12500ft. From here, it takes you about two and a half hours to reach the summit. The trail starts to get steeper from here on and sometimes you will find yourself in knee-deep snow. As the sun rises, you’ll see a dramatic show of colors in the sky and the transformation leaves you speechless. Try to make it to the summit before the sunrise and admire the 360-degree views of the majestic Himalayas surrounding you. The most prominent peaks visible from the top are Swargarohini, Black Peak and Bandarpoonch peaks. You will also see Gangotri, Yamunotri, Har Ki Dun, and Rupin mountain ranges from the top. It tends to get quite windy on the top, so keep moving to keep your body warm. The descent from the top is initially as steep as the ascent, so be careful with the first 1 km. The Himalayas continue to sparkle in the background on your way back and it’s the perfect opportunity to take some memorable pictures. You will also get a chance to glissade along the way. You can stop at the tea hut on your way for some light refreshments and make your way back to the base camp for a warm meal. You’ll head to Hargaon campsite after lunch, which takes about an hour and a half from the base camp. Camp overnight at Hargaon.
Today is your last day on the Kedarkantha trek, and it is also the most laid back as the distance is short. Wake up early morning to catch the sunrise at your last super gorgeous campsite and make your back to Sankri. You’ll walk in a pine forest throughout the way and will get an aerial view of the neighbouring villages. It should take you about 2 to 3 hours to reach Sankri. After a short break at Sankri, we leave for Dehradun.
- ₹ 10550
- Dehradun to Dehradun
- GST @ 5% is applicable on the fee.
This trek is apt for the first-timers. Those coming for the first time should prepare and read extensively about the trek. A basic knowledge of how to use a sleeping bag, toilet tents, sleeping tents, and mountain mannerisms will help.
Since it Kedarkantha is a beginner’s trek, you need no special prior experience. Although one is required to have mental preparedness and stamina before he begins the trek. Running is recommended.