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Kedarkantha Trek

Sankri, Uttarakhand
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Kedarkantha Trek

Temprature

-5 to 15° C

length

20 km

Altitude

12500 ft

Best Time

November - March

Duration

5 Days

Difficulty

Easy Moderate

Overview

Kedarkantha Trek is one of the best winter Treks in India. It is situated in the Garhwal Himalayas and has some of the loveliest campsites. From the summit, you’ll witness the 360-degree views of the famous 13 peaks of the Himalayas.
It is recommended for all adventure souls who like snow & high mountains.
Kedarkantha Trek will lead you to the gorgeous mountains, and picturesque and grand views. The trek starts from Sankri passing through the beautiful Park of Govind Wildlife Sanctuary which is home to many wildflowers and animals. We will then come across Juda Ka Tal, which is surrounded by lush pastures and oak trees, and maple forests. The starry nights will leave you in awe as you get to witness the milky ways with your naked eyes while camping close to the lake. This gives you enough time to relax and cherish quality time with your friends. Once you submit the peak, the feeling inside is great satisfaction and a treat to the eyes.
Heaven Riders India offers you an opportunity to witness the amazing Himalayan views and experience.
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Highlights

  • ADVENTUROUS SUMMIT: ADRENALINE RUSH
  • AMAZING CAMPSITES WITH PICTURESQUE TRAILS
  • YOU'LL BE DRIVING IN THE BEST PARTS OF HIMALAYAS
  • THE STUNNING VIEWS FROM THE SUMMIT

Itinerary

Day 1: Dehradun to Sankri (Drive for 220 km which will take approx. 8 Hours)

Altitude: 6,400 feet
• Trekkers will be picked from Dehradun at 6:30 am in a Bolero/Sumo or a similar vehicle
• 5:00 p.m. is the expected arrival time at Sankri.

Fascinating Kedarkantha trek journey starts from Dehradun city. Sankri is located at a distance of 220km from here. Have one of the best drives in the Himalayas passing through Mussoorie and many other locations. The adrenaline rush
cannot be stopped because you will be crossing various sceneries. The journey will be a long one as you will reach in the evening. The last 22km of the drive is very exciting
as you will enter Govind National Park which is famous for flora and fauna. It is one of a kind because of its unique collection. The path to Sankri is rugged and bumpy, might take a little time to reach the destination. After reaching Sankri, you can relax there and wander around Sankri. One can have dinner at the premises or can enjoy dinner at the dhabas to taste some local flavors and experience the cuisine of the area.

Day 2: Sankri to Juda-ka-Talab (Trek 5 hours to reach there)

Altitude: 6,400 feet to 9,100 feet
• 4 km trek, approx 5 hours.
• The trail passes through dense pine forests, maple trees, few streams and finally opens out to beautiful meadows.

After breakfast, you can start your day with a happy attitude. Today you will be heading towards Juda Ka Tal, which is based at an altitude of 9100 feet. This trail is a mixture of wide curves and sharp climbs. There will be dense forests and thick carpets of maple and pine leaves all brown in color. The view is very mesmerizing and one can hear the streams all flowing. Reaching Juda Ka talab will take approximately 5 hours. One will get to see the view of remote villages, where women are dedicatedly working towards their work and looking after their children.

Day 3: Juda-ka-Talab to Kedarkantha Base (Trek 4 hours)

Altitude: 9,100 feet to 11,250 feet
• 4 kms trek, approx 4 hours
• The majority of today's trail is on a ridge, surrounded by oak trees.
• You will also pass through some meadows where you can spot a shepherd log huts.
• Other peaks include Bandarpoonch, Swargarohini, Kala Nag, and Ranglana.

Another day begins where the trekkers move towards Kedarkantha base which lies at an altitude of 11,250feet. The distance from Juda Ka Talab to the base camp is around 4km and if you walk in a moderate speed it will take 4 hours. The trail will lead you to dense forests, oak forests and steep ridges and much more dense areas.

While trekking through the trail energize your body in between by taking a break and get to see the great Himalayan view. Before reaching the base camp, you will be charmed by the snow-clad mountains of Bandarpoonch, Swargarohini, Kala
Nag and Ranglana.

At base camp, Wear proper woolen clothes, cap because at this height the wind is strong. Relax at the base camp and witness the shimmering night sky and make a count of the stars with your naked eyes. Get to see milky way stretching from one corner of the sky to another. This is a fantasy moment for trekkers and photographers.

Day 4: Base Camp to Kedarkantha Trek Summit 12,500 ft and return to Juda-ka-Tal

Today is the day you will be conquering the Kedarkantha Trek Summit. The trekkers need to hike an elevation from 11,250 feet to 12,500 feet. If you walk in a moderate speed you will reach in about 7 hours altogether. Conquering a peak is not a cup of tea as the entire day will be very tiring.

The journey will be worth at the end despite of many challenges. Climbing through the forest till the end, one can find the Kedarkantha peak much closer. Trekkers will get to see the beautiful peak, from the meadows while trekking
which will boost up the excitement. A lovely but modest temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and goddess Parvati may be seen at the summit of the peak. There is a small shrine of Lord Ganesha too. The 360-degree panorama of Uttarakhand's snow-capped peaks is tempting and inviting. Words cannot justify the beauty hence it's better to visit and witness with their own eyes.

Relax and enjoy clicking pictures and it's time to descend through the same route.

Day 5: Trek from Juda-ka-Tal to Sankri (3 hours), then from Sankri to Dehradun (Drive 8-10 hours)

Descend to Sankri i.e. from 9100ft to 6400ft. The trail is for 4kms and it would take approx 3 hours or more if go at a moderate speed. Wander through the dense forests and many oak trees which is extremely pretty. There will be point where you will find a ridge where it will give a splendid view of Har Ki Doon Valley.

After reaching Sankri, Freshen up and lunch, The drive to the Dehradun will take you through pine forests with the Tons river flowing side by side. Savor the moments and beauty of the locations the landscapes around the city. Vehicle will drop you at Dehradun Railway Station/ISBT.

  • During the trek, you will be staying in communal campgrounds (3 nights, 1 rooms).
  • Transportation as per itinerary (Dehradun to Dehradun) rest depends on weather & road conditions.
  • All Meas while on the trek, healthy and nutritious meals (starting from Day 1 Dinner to Day 5 Breakfast).
  • Morning & Evening Tea with Cookies.
  • Soup in the evening.
  • Pick & Drop from/at Dehradun.
  • Camping Equipment like Tents, Sleeping Bag, Mattress, Kitchen & Dining equipment etc.
  • All required Forest, Camping, and Trekking Permits, as well as entry fees.
  • Basic First Aid Medical Kit.
  • Trek leader and support staff that have completed a mountaineering course a
  • Mountain Staff Local Guide, Cook, Porter, Mule & Helper.
  • Any Services not mentioned in the inclusions.
  • Any insurance, emergency evacuation or rescue charges, any cost of hospitalization.
  • Any change in itinerary, cost arises due to road blockage, natural calamity, sudden halt or any cost beyond our control to be borne by trekker/you on the spot.
  • Expenses personal in nature like mountain tips, mineral water, drinks, snacks/meals, refreshments not mentioned in the inclusions.
  • Backpack off-loading
  • Liability for or insurance against injury, loss of life, accidents or loss of goods.
  • Taxes.
  • Wind & Waterproof Jacket (lightweight).
  • Fleece-2, Trek Pant -2, Full Sleeve T-shirt-2, T-shirts – 2, Warm nightwear set.
  • Warmers/Thermal-1 pair (Top & Lower).
  • Woolen Cap, Neck-Warmer, Waterproof Gloves, Woolen Socks-2, Normal Socks-5, Sun Cap, Early-Dry Towel.
  • Poncho/Rain Suit (Mandatory).
  • Waterproof Trekking Shoes with Good Grip.
  • Cold Cream, Sunscreen Lotion, Lip Balm/ Lip Guard, Personal Toilet Kit and Toilet Paper.
  • Personal Medicines.
  • Water bottle – 2 (Mandatory).
  • Goggles – 1, Trekking Pole – 1 (Mandatory).
  • Personal Medications
  • Backpack 45 Ltrs.
  • and most important the Adventure Spirit.
Note
– Trekker has to carry his/her bagpack by own if someone requires a off-loading or personal porter, ask while bookings so we can arrange accordingly. Charges extra.
– Please don’t come with Sports Shoe, Trolley Bags, & Jeans.
– Pack light as much as you can or ask HRI expert to help you.
  • Secure Bookings: We at Team Heaven Riders India work with a safe & secure bookings gateway. Don’t worry about your credentials. Our expert team will help you to book your next Himalayan experience.
  • Safety: We breathe in the term ‘Safety’ as this is our utmost priority. A suitable environment for all members so don’t no worry in that case. We have tremendous experienced leaders where all of them are well-trained professionals. They’ve memorized the safety procedures like the back of their hands. Also, our support staff is well-behaved & they respect all.
  • Smaller Batches: We believe in the concept of Small batches’ that improves quality & focus. also helps our Leader to get connect all members.
  • Itinerary: Our team of experts crafted all the itineraries very carefully so all the travelers can acclimatize properly & refined from our experience of leading hundreds of expeditions.
  • Equipment: While organizing trekking in Himalayas Team Heaven Riders uses high-quality equipment as per the guidelines of IMF Indian Mountaineering Foundation. From tents to sleeping bags to ropes and other technical gear like roped, microspikes, and gaiters, everything is tested and certified. HRI trek leaders always carry portable Oxygen & Basic First-Aid Medical Kit, Oximeter with them.
  • Clean Trails: Team Heaven Riders is a firm believer in the Leave No Trace philosophy, and we encourage all of our riders to not toss trash or plastic rapers on our rides. Our goal is also to improve the well-being of local people and to keep the Himalayas clean and green. We value nature and are attempting to improve it at the same time.

In nature, the Kedarkantha trek is regarded as a moderate trek. The trail ascends to a height of over 12,500 feet. There is a constant altitude climb, from Sankri (6,800ft) to 12,500ft, which necessitates the use of very powerful lungs. The Kedarkantha trek necessitates a high level of cardiovascular fitness. And you might be wondering how to strengthen your lungs. To begin, go for a jog every day. Begin jogging slowly and gradually increase your speed. As a result, cardiovascular endurance exercises are highly vital for making your lungs stronger than before.

The Workouts

    • Walking with a 10kg rucksack strapped on your back is a terrific way to shape your legs and body. It aids in the burning of calories, the reduction of excess weight, and the strengthening of your body.
    • For high ascents, stair climbing is the finest workout. Include it in your training routine.
    • Jogging can help you live longer by strengthening your lungs and improving your life. It’s a high-intensity aerobic activity that necessitates a lot of oxygen. This is an excellent activity for preventing weight and maintaining good health.
    • Squats are the most effective functional exercise for improving balance. Legs, thighs, hips, and hamstrings are also strengthened.
    • Pull-ups, push-ups, sprints, mountain climber, burpee, jumping jacks, and 60-second plank (3-5 sets each).
    • Pushing your body upstairs after stair climbing is another fantastic cardiovascular exercise. This is often considered to be the most effective workout for improving strength and power. Carrying an 18kg pack also helps a lot.
    • Finally, remember to pamper your body with some breathing exercises, Yoga, and Meditation.
    • For the best outcomes, eat well, stay hydrated, and get enough of rest.

    Remember to bring appropriate clothing, remain hydrated, and stay warm to properly acclimate.

We totally understand that unforeseen circumstances might need you to change plans, and so HRI cancellation policy makes it easier to do that. Please read them very carefully.

  • Cancellations up to 30 days prior to departure date – 10% deduction (payment gateway & bank charges).
  • Between 30 days to 15 days prior to departure – 50% deduction.
  • There will be no refund if you cancel within 15 days before your departure.
  • In any case, the Booking money is non-refundable under the partial payment arrangement.

In case of any unforeseen weather conditions, government restrictions, road blockage or any other unavoidable circumstances beyond our control, certain activities during the expedition or the event itself may be cancelled/skipped, or there could be change in the itinerary.

In such instances, we will do our utmost to find an alternative activity or offer you with a voucher (in the case of event cancellation or rescheduling).

However, there would be no financial refund for the same. You will receive a full refund if the trip is cancelled by us due to a lack of a minimum number of individuals in the batch. Additionally, if you purchased trip insurance, rentals, off-loading, or other activities, you will not receive a refund. The booking cost is non-refundable in any case while using the partial payment mechanism.

All refunds will be sent to the same bank account or credit card account that was used to make the purchase. Within 10 working days, the refund amount will be completed. The amount of the refund will always be computed based on the net amount paid* for the event booking and the Base Price of the event. (excluding all additional services transport, rent, portage, etc.). Any voucher issued would not include the service tax amount paid while making the booking. For more info : Terms & Condition

Itineraries are subject to change and are dependent on information available at the time of preparation. As conditions permit, “Heaven Riders India” retains the right to change expedition dates, people, or itinerary. The cost of delays and/or other changes is the responsibility of the participant if a trip must be delayed or the itinerary changed due to bad weather, road conditions, transportation delays, government intervention, airline schedules, sickness, or other contingency for which HRI or its agents cannot make provision. For any reason, HRI reserves the right to refuse or accept any individual as a tour member.

– STRICTLY NO LITTERING take belongings back
– Carry original and copy of valid ID
– Insurance is mandatory for all
– Participants should be 15+ years old.
– Leader’s decision is final, and will have to be followed by all the climbers
– Behave well with staff and respect the locals & also their beliefs & rituals
– consumption of alcohol and smoking is prohibited during the trip/expedition/trek.
– Any tax/entry fee imposed by the Govt. budget, Administration, or new policy.
– On Expeditions, at Base Camp, ration and equipment equally distributed among the climbers for load ferry.
– All Technical Gears will be UIAA Certified. Any loss/damage will be charged @1.5 times of actual value to cover up shipping and custom duties OR you can arrange by you
– No show and trek changes/cancellation due to bad weather or natural calamity will be non-refundable
– In case reserve day for summit attempt is utilised, an additional amount would be charged.
– Our team reserves the right to change the plan/itinerary in case there is danger involved.
– Any additional costs due to weather/unforeseen situations, cost of rescue will have to be borne by the climber/you.
– Carry your personal luggage on your own, if you don’t wish to carry it, you can give it to the porter, but you have to inform us in advance and have to pay extra on the basis of per day per bag.
– Extreme Himalayan Trips require a good amount of physical fitness, stamina and endurance so prepare accordingly.
– In case of bad health, sickness/illness, AMS the participant would be sent back and no refund to be provided. Participant has to bear all the cost beyond.

For any further clarifications ask while bookings

FAQs

What documents I have to carry for Kedarkantha Trek?
You must have to carry both original & copy of valid Govt. Id (any of Passport/Aadhar card/Driving License), NOC form (by participant), Medical Certificate (signed by a registered MBBS doctor with stamp), 2 passport size photos along with you and submit them to Trek Leader at base during briefing.
Is Kedarnath and Kedarkantha same?
The treks to Kedarnath and Kedarkantha are not the same. Kedarnath is a holy town in Uttarakhand known for its temple, while Kedarkantha is a Himalayan hill in the state noted for its snow trekking track.
I'm the solo female traveler, is it safe?
Girls safety is important to us. Our entire mountain staff & guides are extremely trust worthy. Many solo woman travelers trek with us so there's no worry about it. We would advise all to take care of your belongings.
What type of food is served during trek?
We serve nutritious Indian vegetarian food with eggs. Jain food also available on request please ask while bookings.
What is the difficulty level of the Kedarkantha Trek?
The trek to Kedarkantha is moderate in difficulty, however, it varies depending on snow and weather conditions. Otherwise, it's a fantastic walk to do in the winter.
What kind of toilet facility you are providing?
Toilet tents would be there during trek itinerary. Basically, we use dry toilets which is one of the best way to answer nature call in the wilderness. Dry toilets means, we dig a pit and keep mud & shovel so once you are done with your business you can cover it up using mud. It is the most hygienic way in the mountains.

As we indicated in the items to bring/essentials section, you should bring toiletries.
How big are the groups?
We at HRI believe in the concept of Small batches' that improve quality & focus and help trek leader to get connect all members. For private groups, there's no limit of group size.
How many trekkers will be in one tent?
We use 3+ persons tents at our campsite. There will be three persons accommodating in one tent. If you want tent for One or Two, please ask while bookings. Customization available on extra cost.
Is it possible to hire a porter or a mule to help me discharge my rucksack?
Yes, trekkers' rucksacks can be offloaded for an additional fee. Please inquire throughout the booking process. We'll make the necessary arrangements for off-loading.
What if an emergency occurred?
In any case of any emergency our mountain staff is skilled and trained for such situations held at mountains. Our team always carry first aid kit, oximeter and portable oxygen with us and in any emergency we'll rescue the trekker till the road head. All of the costs of rescue/evacuation, hospitalization is to borne by the trekker. Overall, it is the trekker's responsibility to obtain a certified medical fitness document prior to the trek, certifying that the trekker is physically fit for the journey.
How much weight do I have to carry?
Your load will depends on things that are packed by you in the sack. On an average trekker's carry between 6-8 kg of weight with clothing’s, cameras, energy bars, dry fruits, water bottle etc. Off-loading option available on extra cost. Please ask while bookings. We advise you to pack light.
Can I charge my phone on the trek?
No you won’t find any charging point. We advise you to carry a power bank to charge your phone & digital camera.
Can I do calls during the trek?
You won't locate a network after Purola on the Kedarkantha Trek.
Which type of shoes should I buy for Kedarkantha Trek?
Because good trekking shoes are the most vital component of the walk, you must be extremely cautious while purchasing them. Always buy .5 or 1.0 extra size for better results. They must be waterproof. Decathlon sells trekking shoes from Quechua and other well-known brands. Don't come to trek with sports shoes, they are worst on trek.
Can take or have smokes or liquor on the trek?
Without a doubt, no. During the walk, smoking and drinking are strictly prohibited. On higher altitudes, this produces dehydration, which invites Acute Mountain Sickness. We strongly advise you not to bring such items with you, as you will be disqualified and sent back to the road-head in the middle of the walk.

Tour's Location

Sankri, Uttarakhand

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