Kedarkantha Trek- Complete Guide

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Overview

 

Kedarkantha is such a famous tourist trek that it could be dubbed the “Queen of Winter Treks.” It is popular among trekkers because of the knee-deep snow in the winter, the breathtaking view from the top, as well as the wonderful and simple trails.

The Kedarkantha trek will provide you with an unforgettable view of the cosmic sky, vibrant meadows, ice paths, enchanting villages, fragrant pine forest, sky-scraping peaks, tranquil rivers, and mythological stories.

 

Some facts

  • Start Point – Sankri Village 
  • Duration – 6 days
  • Distance – 20 km
  • Altitude – 12,500 ft
  • Difficulty – Easy to moderate 

 

Best time to visit

The Kedarkantha trek is among the few treks in the Indian Himalayas that can be done throughout the year. Except for July and August, the Kedarkantha trek is open for 10 months of the year.

 

The ten months cover four distinct seasons

  • Winter lasts from December to February.
  • Spring from March and April.
  • Summer months are May and June.
  • Autumn lasts from the middle of September to the end of November

 

How to reach

  • Airways- Domestic flights from major Indian cities arrive at Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun on a regular basis.
  • Railways- The nearest railway station is in Dehradun, which is well connected to major cities throughout India.
  • Roadways- Dehradun is well-served by a well-developed road network. You can either drive to Dehradun or take a cab/taxi from Delhi or another nearby city. Regular bus services to and from Dehradun are also available, thanks to an excellent road network.

 

Things to carry

  • Appropriate shoes
  • A sturdy backpack
  • Additional trek pants
  • At least 2 t-shirts
  • Thermals (optional)
  • Others- Sunglasses, Sun Cap, Woollen Gloves, Socks , LED torch, Toiletries , Water Bottles and a mandatory personal medical kit.

 

Reasons to do

  • The forests- This sense of oneness with your surroundings is enhanced when you are in the forests of Kedarkantha, particularly the stretch from Gaichwangaon to the summit.
  • Multiple routes- As a stand-alone mountain, this trek is endowed with numerous routes to the summit, each of which is distinct and beautiful in its own right. This allows everyone to explore the trek in whatever way they want – taking the popular route or a quieter trail, adjusting the route based on the weather, and so on.
  • Mesmerizing sunsets- Because of the location of the campsites, this trek offers some of the most dramatic sunsets. Julota and Pukhrola are both open to the sky and face the western side of the sky. As a result, the sunsets along this trail are a must-see on the journey.
  • The summit- The trek is well-known for its summit, and rightly so. Firstly, this is a proper summit with a cairn. Kedarkantha is one of two summit treks in the Himalayas at 12,500 feet. The remaining shots are mostly passes or high points on a range. This in itself is unique. The second point to mention is the route to the summit. The summit is directly ahead of you once you’ve cleared the tree line. So, from the start of the trek, you know where you’re going, and it creates an instant sense of aspiration. This increases the difficulty of the trek from the start of the summit.