5 Days - 4 Night
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When it comes to winter trekking, the Kedarkantha trek is the best choice because it features new powder-soft sparkling snow. It’s a year-round trek, but it’s particularly well-known and common in the winter. It is the best choice for winter trekking for trekkers who want to combine adventure with a straightforward approach. It is one of Uttarakhand’s most famous treks and is full of natural wonders. This trek is mythologically significant, and some claim it is linked to the ancient Indian epic “The Mahabharata.” Read More Lord Shiva’s alias name is Kedar, and the word Kantha means throat. There are several stories about it. Some people believe the rumors, while others do not, but one thing is certain: going on this trek will bring you inner peace. You will get closer to you if you follow the road. The Kedarkantha trek leads to the Kedarkantha Peak, which stands at an altitude of 12,500 feet. The trek takes place in Uttarakhand’s Uttarakashi district’s Western Garhwal. During the summer months of April to June, the temperature at Kedarkantha reaches 20 degrees. In the winter, however, the weather blankets the mountains in pristine white snow, making it an exciting destination for skiing or even trekking! From November to February, the temperature will drop to -10 degrees, with the weather staying cold. It is one of the few Himalayan treks that allows trekkers to witness snow before April! This is the trek’s main attraction. The Govind Ballabh Pant National Park, also known as Govind National Park, is where this trek takes place. This national park serves as a natural preserve for endangered Himalayan animals such as the snow leopard, Golden Eagle, Brown Bear, Moschus, Western Tragopan, and others. Even though the path began in a thick pine forest, it passes through it.
Lord Shiva’s alias name is Kedar, and the word Kantha means throat. There are several stories about it. Some people believe the rumors, while others do not, but one thing is certain: going on this trek will bring you inner peace. You will get closer to you if you follow the road. The Kedarkantha trek leads to the Kedarkantha Peak, which stands at an altitude of 12,500 feet. The trek takes place in Uttarakhand’s Uttarakashi district’s Western Garhwal. During the summer months of April to June, the temperature at Kedarkantha reaches 20 degrees. In the winter, however, the weather blankets the mountains in pristine white snow, making it an exciting destination for skiing or even trekking!
From November to February, the temperature will drop to -10 degrees, with the weather staying cold.
It is one of the few Himalayan treks that allows trekkers to witness snow before April! This is the trek’s main attraction. The Govind Ballabh Pant National Park, also known as Govind National Park, is where this trek takes place. This national park serves as a natural preserve for endangered Himalayan animals such as the snow leopard, Golden Eagle, Brown Bear, Moschus, Western Tragopan, and others. Even though the path began in a thick pine forest, it passes through it.
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Day 01: Dehradun – Sankri (2000m) 9hr Drive
Meet us in Dehradun early in the morning. From here, we’ll begin the scenic drive to Sankri, where we’ll set up camp at an elevation of 6,400 feet. You’ll pass through beautiful towns like Mussoorie, Naitwar, and others along the way. To get to base camp, you’ll be on a scenic drive of a lifetime. Throughout the drive, you will be surrounded by nature, with beautiful scenery and the scent of pinewood and Himalayan flora and fauna. It will take about 7-8 hours to complete the journey. From the start, the stunning and majestic drive will steal your heart. You’ll be welcomed by pine and oak trees, and your route will pass alongside the raging Yamuna & Tons river.
When you arrive, check into your hotel and leave your luggage before taking a walk through the cute little hamlet of Sankri. This is a small Himalayan hamlet with a wealth of natural beauty. A location is well-known among hikers and nature lovers. Sankri is well-known for being a trekking hotspot. The most common treks are Kedarkantha Treks and Har ki Dun Treks, which are both accessible from the Sankri base camp. This location is also well-known among shutterbugs as a spot to quench their photographic thirst.
Day 02: Sankri (2000m) – Shepherd Camp (2900m, Trek/3-4 Hrs)
After breakfast, we’ll embark on a mild hike that will take us through the forest for the most part. We’ll walk to Saur village and then climb up to Juda-ka-Talab, a small pond that freezes over in the winter. This lake has a religious meaning & stunning views of snow-capped mountains. Its views have the ability to enchant travelers. You won’t be able to look away until you’ve seen it. You won’t be able to put into words how you feel. Only you will be able to sense it because the words will be short. We will get glimpses of the snow-capped Himalayan peaks as we continue climbing. After another hour of hiking, we’ll arrive at the meadows, where we’ll pitch our tents for the night.
Day 03: Shepherd Camp (2900m) – Base Camp Kedarkantha (3400m, Trek/5 Hrs)
Start early and take in the magnificent sunrise. After a delicious breakfast, we will begin our trek to the Kedarkantha foundation, which is located at an elevation of 11,250 feet. With sufficient breaks, the trek should take about 4-5 hours to complete. The trail is almost level at first, and it follows a well-marked route. However, it soon reaches a thick pine and oak forest before opening into lovely meadows dotted with tiny shepherds’ huts. The imposing view of Bandarpoonch, Swargarohini, Kala Nag, and Ranglana, all of which are snow-capped Himalayan peaks, will take your breath away. These mountains are well-known for their breathtaking views.
When you look up at the tops of these hills, you’ll find that there’s no gap between them and the sky. Mother Nature’s wonders have produced these peaks. These are priceless natural treasures. The view will leave an indelible impression on your mind and soul once you’ve seen it. The view from these peaks will stay with you forever. Swargarohini Peak is 6,252 meters tall, Bandarpunch is 6,316 meters tall, Kalanag is 6,387 meters tall, and Ranglana is 5,554 meters tall. The Garhwal Himalaya covers both of these peaks.
You will enjoy your delicious dinner and your night by sharing your experiences with your travel partners in your cozy tents.
Day 04: Base Camp – Kedar Kantha Peak (3800m) – Shepherd Camp
Imagine what the view from the summit would be like if the Kedar Kantha base is that beautiful. The distance to the summit is not long, but the climb is steep, and we will choose the best route based on the snow conditions, which will take about 4-5 hours. You will be able to see all of the mountains in the Yamunotri, Gangotri, and Kinner Kailash ranges, as well as the valleys, from the peak. Then, depending on the route we take, we’ll descend the peak and trek all the way down to Shepherd Camp. We’ll spend the night in tents there.
Day 05: Shepherd Camp – Sankri – Dehradun (2 Hr Trek / 8 Hr Drive)
We have a short trek today before driving straight to Dehradun. Rise with the sun and enjoy your breakfast, in the splendor of the Himalayas. After that, we’ll begin our descent to Sankri, and it’ll be time to say our goodbyes to Kedarkantha Trek. you can arrive in Dehradun around 9 pm. This is where the wonderful journey comes to an end.
Frequently asked question
- Footwear: The trekking boots which must be waterproof and snow proof, normal boots, floaters, and woolen socks.
- Backpack: (50 ltr), Daypack (20-30 ltr), Duffel bag.
- Clothes: Jacket and trousers that are both waterproof and breathable. Jacket (synthetic or down feather fleece), synthetic insulated trousers, poncho, sweatshirt, inner thermal (upper & lower), fleece, t-shirts, cotton trekking pants, shorts
- Season wise Clothes:
- Hand and head protection includes liner gloves, bandannas, sun hats, woollen caps, and face masks, among other things.
- Accessories: Sunglasses/goggles, anti-glare lenses, water bottle, hydra bag, and headlamp with spare bulb and extra batteries are all recommended.
- Trekking Gears: Toolkit for an emergency. Sunscreen, a toiletry pack, water purification pills, Ziploc packs, ear plugs, first-aid kit, and the necessary medications are all recommended.
- Camping Equipment: Sleeping bags of lining (extreme -5 to +5 Celsius if you have one), trekking sticks, and so on.
- Warm top/light micro fleece pullover/full sleeve T shirt – 2/3
- Water resistant/repellent trekking pants with an inner lining for added warmth- 2 High-quality windproof/water-resistant outer shell (jacket) with a proper hood
- Thick Fleece / Full-sleeve Woollen Jumper, Down Jacket with at least 600 fill capacity Innerwear with a thermal component (upper and lower)
- Woolen hat, inner fleece gloves, and outer water-resistant gloves
- 4–5 pairs of thick woollen socks and standard socks, scarf/muffler (optional)
- Waterproof Trekking/Hiking shoes with a thick heel and high ankles that are comfortable to wear. Sneakers/sport shoes are ideal for camp.
- Poncho or raincoat. A small, light-weight towel
- A hydration pack and an insulated water bottle (optional)
- Sunglasses with UV cover and the potential to cut light, as well as a cap or floppy hat to shield the strong sun off your skin (important when traversing through snow)
- Trekking pole or sturdy walking stick Lip Balm, Sunscreen Lotion
- Flashlight / torch (with extra batteries) Medications, if any special prescription is needed Toiletries for personal use
- Carry a rain cover over your luggage • Day pack/small bag that you can carry on your back all day to keep your essentials in
- Keep a few poly bags or plastic containers in your bag to place your things in if you need to in case of heavy weather.
Personal Medical Kit (MANDATORY FOR ALL)
- 10 Diamox tablets (to prevent AMS)
- Nifedipine – 5 pills Dexamethasone – one strip
- 6 tablets of Crocin (fever)
- 4 tablets of avomine (motion sickness) 4 capsules of Avil 25mg (allergies)
- 4 tablets of Combiflam (Pain killer)
- 6 tablets each of Norflox TZ and Lomofen (diarrhea) 10 tablets of Digene (acidity)
- 10 Omez/Rantadine capsules (antacids) 3 to 5 metres of crepe bandage
- 1 tiny roll of gauze 10 strips of bandage 1 small roll of cotton 10 packets of ORS
- Moov spray Betadine or other antiseptic cream (aches, & sprains)
- If you're vulnerable to knee injuries, you should wear a knee cap. Powder with antifungal properties
- Cancellation: If a trek is cancelled at the last minute due to a natural disaster or unforeseeable circumstances (such as floods, earthquakes, landslides, attack, or bandh), Discoveryhike will have a trek voucher for the full number. The voucher can be used for the same or a different trek over the next year.
- In case you wish to cancel the trek, then please be aware of these things:
- Cancellations made within 30 days of the trek's launch date will include a complete refund.
- If you cancel within 30 and 20 days before the hike, you will get a 50% refund.
- There will be no refund if you cancel less than 20 days before the trek begins.
- Please keep in mind that if you get a refund, there will be a reduction of 4% (Cancellation charges) from the overall amount you pay. In addition, if you purchased trek insurance, you would not get a refund.
- Discoveryhike assumes no responsibility for any malfunction or injury to your clothes, supplies, or other belongings while on the trek. The trek fee covers all expenses associated with the trek from start to finish.