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Kedarkantha - Feel the Bliss of Lord Shiva

At a towering elevation of 3800 meters, Kedarkantha is a majestic peak located in Govind Wildlife Sanctuary of Uttarkashi district in Uttarakhand. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, Kedarkantha is one of the most popular treks in Uttarakhand due to its relative ease of access and gradual inclination. 

Experienced trekkers would recommend trek to Kedarkantha to anyone who is relatively new to the uncertainty of the wilderness but still want to explore. It is also one of the few treks that are open to visitors all year round. For trekkers who love snow, Kedarkantha trek in winters is a viable option.

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Kedarkantha is one of the Best Winter Treks

One of the most popular winter treks in Uttarakhand, Kedarkantha Trek is a trekker’s delight and rookie’s rite of passage due to its relative ease. Covered in sparkling snow during winters, this trek offers breathtaking view of the majestic Himalayan peaks. It also offers trekkers a unique opportunity to experience the life in the remotest of villages in dead winter! 

Kedarkantha is covered with snow from December to April , so it is one of the best winter treks in Uttarakhand. The meadows of the area are covered with white blanket of snow and that's what makes it a mesmerizing trek in Uttarakhand. You can also check winter pictures of Kedarkantha trek as well.

Being at an elevation, Kedarkantha receives snowfall in plentiful and is one of the best winter treks in Uttarakhand which offer mesmerizing view of the Himalayan skyline. 

Staying in Kedarkantha Trek

As Kedarkantha is a popular winter trek, only adventurous trekkers visit this place. There are no hotels, resorts or guesthouses at Kedarkantha Summit or at Basecamp. The trekkers take tents along with them and camp along the trail when they halt at night. Tents can also be rented from the town close to the base camp. The tour operators generally provide the camping equipment. The nearest market or Roadhead is at Sankri. You can stay at Meraki Sankri Homestay during first and last night of your trek.

Kedarkantha Trek Food Guide

It is not possible for anyone to find a roadside dhabas en route to Kedarkantha as it is a place which is uninhabited by people. Though some shacks are open during few months of the year at 2 or 3 locations but you should not completely depend on them. Trekkers take the food supplies with themselves that they purchased at lower altitudes, preferably before starting the trek or a trekking company will take care of all your meals during the trek.

Mythology of Kedarkantha Trek

Any article on famous tourist destination in Uttarakhand is incomplete without the mention of its mythological connotations associated with the place. Tourist attractions in Devbhumi Uttarakhand are smeared in mythological connotations and Kedarkantha is no different.

Kedarkantha – Lord Shiva’s retreat

Kedarkantha is also known as Bal-Kedar and according to a local legend; it was supposed to be the site of Kedarnath. It is said that when Shiva was wandering at Kedarkantha in his bull avatar, to hide from the Pandavas, the local dwellers disturbed his peace. Therefore, he fled to the present Kedarnath site. The villagers of Sankri believe that the trident of Lord Shiva, erected at Kedarkantha protects them and keeps the Himalayan Rivers replenished.

Why Kedarkantha Trek?

The Kedarkantha trek is a sheer delight for the mountain lovers who wish to explore every inch of the terrains. Commencing this trek will be one of the best decisions of yours as the meandering trail will take you through the dense blue-pine forests that will soon open up to a gorgeous view of the alpine meadows, covered with fresh winter snow from December to April. 

Kedarkantha has some of the scenic campsites including Juda ka Talab, Kedarkantha base and Hargaon where you can have a pleasurable stay. You can also feel the bliss of having a crunchy walk on the carpet of withered brown leaves. On conquering the summit, you can feast your eyes on the stunning mountains of Garhwal pecking the morning sky with their snowy peaks. 

Suggested Kedarkantha Trekking (Best Itinerary - 4 Nights only)

Day 1: Dehradun – Sankri (200 km / 8 hours)
Reach at Dehradun and take early morning bus or taxi to Sankri. The drive to Sankri will be a memorable one of most enchanting views. Overnight stay can be done at Meraki Sankri Homestay. If you stay somewhere else, you must the Meraki Cafe - Arthouse in the Himalayas, which offers best food in the region.

Day 2: Sankri – Juda Ka Talab - Kedarkantha Base Camp (8 km )
The trek commences today as we make ascent to Juda Ka Talab. The trail to Juda Ka Talab goes through the beautiful forest of oak, birch & deodar trees. Enjoy the scenic beauty of this magical lake, which is completely frozen during winters. Start trek to Kedarkantha Base Camp after trail snacks/lunch, which will take around 4 hours. Enjoy the enchanting view while sipping a hot beverage in the evening. Overnight caming in Kedarkantha Base camp.

Day 3: Kedarkantha Base Camp – Summit – Kedarkantha Base Camp
Start early in the morning to reach the summit of a peak. It will take approximately two hours to scale the summit. Enjoy the panoramic view from the top and try to absorb it all. Descend back to the base camp. Overnight stay will be at the tents.

Day 4: Kedarkantha Base Camp – Hargaon - Sankri
Today you can bid adieu to the majestic Kedarkantha and trek back towards Sankri via Hargaon trekking through gorgeous pine forests and view the famed Har Ki Dun valley. Back to Meraki Homestay in Sankri.

Day 5: Sankri – Dehradun
Drive back to Dehradun or take early moring bus to Dehradun with the fond memories of the Kedarkantha Trek.

Kedarkantha is also popular as Kedarkantha Trek, Kedarkantha Snow Trek, Kedarkantha Winter Trek, Kedarkantha Summit, Kedarkantha New Year Trek

Kedarkantha Trek & Travel Tips

  • Kedarkantha is an easy to moderate difficulty-level trek and thus a perfect trek for amateur trekkers or novice adventurers trekking for the first time.
  • Explore the vast remote wilderness in the company of experienced professionals or certified tour guides only. With a vast experience under their belt, they would know how to tackle any adversity.
  • Make sure to take a good camera with you as there will be vast opportunities to click photographs of snow clad Himalayan peaks and verdant valleys. The dark, clear skies at Kedarkantha are also perfect for astro photography and capturing the Milky Way.
  • Trekking in monsoon season should be generally avoided, especially by novice trekkers, as the region sees incessant rains which could lead to cloudbursts, landslides and roadblocks.
  • Unless you have years of experienced under your belt, it is not advisable to venture all alone in the wilderness especially during long treks. Always trek in a group of two or more.

What is Kedarkantha Trek famous for?

Kedarkantha Trek is famous among tourist as Trekking, Winter Trek, Snow Trekking, Summit, Frozen Lake.

Kedarkantha Trek is recommended destination for Corporates, Couples, Foreigners, Groups, Solo.

Kedarkantha Trek is popular destination for following activities/ interests - Adventure, Camping, Christmas and New Year, Emerging Destinations, Meadows, Skiing, Trekking.

Tourist Map of Kedarkantha Trek

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Kedarkantha Trek Reviews

A beautiful trek for the beginners. I really enjoyed the trail to Juda ka Talab and Kedarkantha basecamp. It was extreme winters in Kedarkantha during December last week but the guide was really helpful and we were able to do the summit. Worth visiting once
Neelima Jain
Kedarkantha trek was my first ever trek in the Uttarakhand Himalayas and never had I imagined that the experince would be this great! I wish I had spent more time at the peak gazing the Himalayan peaks.
Sujeet Kumar

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