Kedarkantha - Best Winter Trek of Uttarakhand

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.

Even the drive to the Sankri Village, which is the starting point of the trek is soul-stirring with amazing views. Kedarkantha is located inside the famous Govind Wildlife Sanctuary in Uttarkashi district . From Kedarkantha you can have a glimpse of various Himalayan ranges.

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Suggested Kedarkantha Trekking Itinerary

Day 1: Dehradun – Sankri (200 km / 8 hours)
Reach at Dehradun and you will be picked up for your destination to Sankri. The drive to Sankri will be a memorable one of most enchanting views. Overnight stay will be at the tents at Sankri.

Day 2: Sankri – Juda Ka Talab (4km)
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. Overnight stay will be at tents.

Day 3: Juda ka Talab – Kedarkantha Base Camp (4km)
Post breakfast, we start our trek to Kedarkantha Base Camp which will take around 4 hours. Enjoy the enchanting view while sipping a hot beverage and lunch. Overnight stay will be at the tents.

Day 4: Kedarkantha Base Camp – Summit – Kedarkantha Base Camp
We 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. We descend back to the base camp. Overnight stay will be at the tents.

Day 5: Kedarkantha Base Camp – Sankri
Today we 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.

Day 6: Sankri – Dehradun
Drive back to Dehradun to catch your train or bus to Delhi taking with you the fond memories of the Kedarkantha Trek.

Staying in Kedarkantha

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 equipments.

Mythology of Kedarkantha

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.


How to reach Kedarkantha

For Kedarkantha Trek, one has to reach the quaint village of Sankri which is located 200 km from Dehradun. So, Dehradun, which is at a distance of 248 kms from Delhi, is the rendezvous point. Once you reach Sankri, you can start your trek to Kedarkantha. There are various modes of transportations that are available to reach Dehradun:

  • By Road: Dehradun is well connected with major northern cities via motorable roads. There are various bus services available from Delhi to Dehradun. One can opt for semi-deluxe, deluxe and AC Volvo as per their needs. In addition to that, Dehradun is connected with Delhi by buses on a regular basis from Kashmere Gate ISBT. Roadways buses takes 10 hours to reach Sankri and most of the direct ply early in the morning from Dehradun.

  • By Rail: The Dehradun Railway Station is well-connected with various major Indian cities like Delhi, Lucknow and Kolkata etc. The frequency of trains to Dehradun is quite high as it is the gateway to the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand.

    Take the overnight train to Dehradun from Delhi
    Nandadevi Express - Train no: 12205 (Departure 11:50pm; Arrival - 5:40am)
    Dehradun Express - Train no: 12687 (Departure - 9:10pm; Arrival - 5:00am)

  • By Air: Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun offers daily connectivity with New Delhi and other major Indian cities as well.

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.

What is Kedarkantha famous for?

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

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

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

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