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Kedarkantha is considered as one of the most beautiful and popular trek in Uttrakhand. It is a classic winter track with some of the best views of the mountains .  Very rarely you will find stunning clearings on a trek that makes way for some rest spots and beautiful campsites.

Follow the age old tradition of yoga and meditation taught by great yogis  and sages of India and join are yoga trek program to deepen your knowledge of yoga with practice of yoga and meditation on the famous Kedarkantha Trail.  Join this yoga trekking adventure on one of the best winter trek in India – Kedarkantha. It is a fun winter trek that takes the seriousness out of trekking. It is almost like going on a 5-day active vacation. The trek is recommended for all adventure souls who like snow and high mountains, irrespective of the prior experience. Beginners are more than welcome. The Trek starts from Sankri in Uttarakhand which is one of the best trekking places in India. The highlights of Kedarkantha trek are the beautiful campsites, snow-covered pine forests, 360-degree view of the mountains and the chance to stand on top of one of the easiest trekkable peaks in the Himalayas. You will get to see Godly peaks like Swargarohini, Black Peak, and Bandarpoonch during Kedarkantha and come back absolutely thrilled and refreshed. The best time to do Kedarkantha Trek (for snow) is December to February.

Area: Garhwal Himalayas

Duration:   05 Night / 06 Days

Best Season: April – June & October – March

Trek Grade: Easy to Moderate

Maximum Altitude:  3800 mts

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Excellent views of Himalayas
  • Daily Yoga and Meditation in the Himalayas
  • Camping experience in Himalayas
  • Interaction with local and insight into their lifestyle
  • Beautiful Sankri Village
  • Tons Valley

DETAILED ITINERARY

The trip will start with a morning pick up from Rishikesh as we drive to Sankri, via Mussourrie, alongside the Yamuna and Tons rivers. The drive also passes by beautiful pine forests. On reaching Sankri, we will explore the scenic hamlet to prepare for the trek that lies ahead and overnight stay at Sankri.

Dinner & Overnight: Guest House / Lodge

Wake up in the morning with hot cup of pure herbal tea.  After having breakfast, we will set out on a moderate hike to Juda ka Talab, which for the most part, goes through the forest. The path from Sankri to the base camp is a happening one. With kids on their way to the school and local village women starting their daily errands and chores, the trek starts from the village crossing another village, Saud, before you reach the trail that leads to Kedarkantha. The trail takes you into the pine forest and starts to climb sharply until you reach a ridge after a while.

You will finally reach Juda Ka Talab, which is a small lake.

We set up the camp for the night and kitchen staff serves you a hot cup of tea. Later practice of yoga and meditation before dinner.

 

Dinner & Overnight: Tents

Moring wake up with a hot cup of herbal tea. Later practice of yoga and meditation with yoga teacher.

After breakfast we do Moving past Juda Ka Talab, a trail takes you deeper into the dense pine forests. Continue walking and you will finally hit a meadow dotted with shepherd’s huts. After climbing another thousand feet, you will reach the destination of the day – Kedarkantha base camp. It takes about 2-3 hours to complete this part of the trek. The trail from Juda Ka Talab till the base camp is indescribably beautiful and mesmerizing. It is the perfect location for photographers and nature lovers! The base camp is colder than the summit because of lack of insulation. Even from the base camp, the famous peaks of Uttarakhand are visible at a stretch, making it the perfect spot to camp at.

 

In the evening guided meditation and yoga session in the camps before dinner.

 

Dinner & Overnight: Tent

 

Wake up in the morning with a hot cup of herbal tea. Later proceed for morning yoga and meditation session.

After breakfast we trek from base camp to reach kedar kantha summit. Imagine, the stunning views from the top. The summit offers an astonishing 360-degree view of the peaks of Uttarakhand and the Chaainsheel Pass and Kailash ranges of Himachal. From the top, you can also see the Har Ki Dun valley below.

The distance to the summit is not long but the climb is steep and depending upon the snow conditions then, we will pick the best route – and it will take about 2-3 hours. We hike back to the base camp after spending good time on the summit. Post lunch we head towards Hargaon (2 km trail). Hargaon is a large camping area en route to Sankri. An overnight stay is required before saying goodbye to the beautiful place.

 

Dinner & Overnight: Tents

After breakfast trek back to Sakari and upon arrival and check in at Hotel. Evening free to explore the Sankri market.

Dinner & Overnight: Hotel

In the morning after breakfast drive to reach Rishikesh / Dehradun.

 

End of Tour and Services

  1. Accommodation. (Guest house, Home stay, Camping)
  2. All Meals while on the trek (Vegetarian)
  3. Trek equipment: Sleeping bag, mattress, tent (twin sharing), kitchen & dinning tent, toilet tent, utensils and crampon (if required)
  4. All necessary permits and entry fees.
  5. First aid medical kits, stretcher and oxygen cylinder.
  6. Mountaineering qualified & professional trek Leader, guide and Support staff.
  7. Qualified Yoga Instructor for daily yoga classes.
  8. Transport from Rishikesh to Sankri and return (According to itinerary)
  9. Pony / Porters to carry the Camping equipment & personal baggage (less than 12 Kg)
  1. Any kind of personal expenses.
  2. Food during the transit.
  3. Insurance.
  4. Mules or porter to carry personal luggage.
  5. Anything not specifically mentioned under the head.
  6. Any kind of emergency evacuation charges.

FAQ –

Q- What is kedarkantha ?

Kedarkantha is a mountain top located at an altitude of 3800 m, in the Govind wildlife sanctuary of Uttarakashi district of Uttarakhand.

 

Q –Where is Kedarkantha located?

Kedarkantha is located near the village of Sankri in the Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand.

 

Q – How can we reach Kedarkantha Top?

To reach the Kedarkantha top, one has to trek from Sankri.

 

Q- What is the best time to visit Kedarkantha trek?

Kedarkantha trek can be done throughout the year except monsoon (July, August & September). Over the years it has emerged as the best winter trek of India. Most of the people prefer doing it in the winter when it snows in the Himalayas from December – March.

 

Q- What is the temperature during Kedarkantha Trek?

In winters from December – April day temperature is around approx. 8°C and night temperature is ranges between 5°C to 3°C.

 

Q – How difficult is the Kedarkantha trek?

The Kedarkantha Trek is an easy one and that is the reason it is opted by a number of beginners. To make your first trekking expedition a memorable one this trek is always a great choice. The best time for this trek is in the winter season is from November to April as the terrains are all snow-covered and the views of the Garhwal Himalayas will melt your heart away. The trek is about 20 km long and you need 4 active days to complete this trek, so make sure that you keep yourself hydrated and carry enough warm clothes.

 

Q- When does it snow on Kedarkantha trek?

If you are taking the Kedarkantha trek from the month of December to the month of April, you will definitely find snow. The snowfall in this region generally starts from the month of December and lasts till the third week of April.

 

Q – What type of vehicles will be used for transportation?

Generally, we provide SUV like Bolero/ Tata Sumo for a smaller group size up to 06 – 08 Pax. For bigger group size 08 – 12 People we provide Tempo Traveller.

 

Q – Which type of shoes should I bring on Kedarkantha trekking tour?

We recommend not to wear normal sports shoes. As you need the good traction during the trek, shoes from Woodland or Forclaz 500 is a recommended choice.

 

Q – What makes Kedarkantha a great trek for beginners?

The trek route leading up to Kedarkantha is an easy one which is why it is preferred by beginners. The roads aren’t very steep and there are just a few ascends and descends that first-timers can enjoy.

Moreover, the trekking pole makes it easier to walk even if the roads are submerged under the snow. The route is home to lush greenery and beautiful streams, along with verdant valleys, maple trees, and pine forests which make the journey a picturesque one.

 

Q – Is Kedarkantha winter trek easy?

Yes, the Kedarkantha Trek is considered an easy one, which is why most beginners opt for it as well. The snow-laden roads and dense forests are easy to walk through, except for the point between the base camp and the peak, where the climb can get slightly strenuous. Apart from that, the distance covered ranges from 4-6 KM per day at moderate speed, making this trek an easy one.

 

Q – What medicines should I carry before going to Kedarkantha trekking?

A basic medical kit and medical devices like oxygen cylinders and oxi-meters are included in the Kedarkantha trek cost and tour guides are trained to handle first aid situations. Apart from this, if you have a certain medical condition or require specific medication, you will need to bring it along on the trek.

 

Q – Are Kedarnath and Kedarkantha the same?

No, Kedarnath and Kedarkantha are two different places. Kedarnath is a hindu pilgrimage spot that is located in Uttarakhand that is home to Kedarnath temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. On the other hand, Kedarkantha happens to be a mountainous peak in Uttarakhand that is widely famous for its trekking trail. Both the places are about 100 km away from each other.

 

Q – What to carry for kedarkantha trek?

Woollen clothes

Windproof jacket

Hiking shoes, Snow boots, sandals or slippers

Walking stick or a trekking pole

Sunglasses with UV protection

Sunscreen lotions

Lip balm

Torch with extra batteries.

Toiletries: Sanitizer, tissues, liquid soaps, paste and toothbrush

Medicines

Phone chargers or power bank

Raincoat, extra shirts/t-shirts, and trekking pants

Identity card

Insulated water bottle

Woollen fleece jackets

Is kedarkantha trek safe in december?

Yes, Kedarkantha Trek is completely safe and thrilling in the month of December. The temperature falls down to almost -15 degree celsius to 5 degree celsius. At an altitude of 12,500 feet above the ground, the chilly winds will challenge you every single minute and churn out unforgettable experiences for you.

 

Q-  What is the minimum & maximum age limit?

The minimum age limit is 10 years. However, minors aged between 10 to 17 should be accompanied with their parents or guardians. If you are above the age of 60, kindly carry a medical certificate from your doctor that deem you fit for adventure activities like trekking.

 

Q – What kind of tents will be provided to us?

We provide 4 seasons dorm tents for higher altitudes which can easily withstand heavy snowfall and storms. They are spacious enough to accommodate 4 people at once with a vestibule to place the backpacks. Our sleeping bags are made up of Heat seeker Pro synthetic insulation that can provide you comfort in -10 degrees Celsius. We also use additional fleece liners to have thermal efficiency even in the extreme temperatures of -17 degrees Celsius.

 

Q- What toilet facilities is there on the trek?

We provide Toilet tents on the trek. These are portable toilets tents where a deep pit will be dug. A shovel will be provided inside the tent to cover the waste after you have made your business. You can take a toilet roll inside. Make sure you dig used toilet paper along with the waste. Though water is recommended in place of toilet paper. Please refrain from using wet wipes as they are non-biodegradable.

 

Q- What kind of food and drinking water will be provided on the trek ?

Vegetarian food will be served throughout the trek. The only non-vegetarian item served on our treks are eggs. Our kitchen staff follows a proper menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner which has been designed in order to fulfil the nutritional requirements of the participants. There will be milk, poha, eggs, muesli/corn flakes, bread and butter served for breakfast. Rice or simple roti sabzi will be packed for lunch. In dinner, you will have dal, egg curry or any other vegetarian dish along with rice, roti, and a dessert item. Packed lunch will be provided to you on the days you are trekking. You are requested to carry your own tiffin box and a mug to consume food. The meals consumed on journey and arrival day are not included in our cost.

We will provide boiled water for drinking at the campsite. You are requested to keep water bottles with you as suggest in the list of equipment. You will be provided boiled drinking water every morning and evening at the campsite.

 

Q – What about the Breakfast, lunch and Dinner on the trek?

We always have a dedicated kitchen team (Cook, kitchen assistant, utility boys) that prepare fresh Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner for us.

We provide Hot Breakfast & Dinner at the campsites. While during the day time, we will be trekking and will give you Packed lunch.

 

Q  – What will be the Packed lunch like?

Generally, the Packed lunch have the following items.

1 – One Chocolate bar

2 – One Juice Cane

3 – Some cookies

4 – One boiled potato / boiled egg

5 –  Fruit (Banana, Apple, orange etc.)

6 – Aloo parantha or Chapati with Vegatable or Sandwich or Poori -Bhaji etc.

 

Q – What about the yoga classes on the trek. How many classes are we going to have and when?

You will have a dedicated yoga teacher with you throughout the journey. During the transit to & from the base camp, you will not have yoga classes. But during the trek, we have planned for morning and evening yoga classes daily. However, if the trekking day is long, we may have only one yoga class.

 

Q – Can we bring suitcases or trolleys on the trek?

Suitcases and trolley bags are not suitable and comfortable to carry by mules/horses or by porters. Therefore, you are requested to avoid bringing suitcases and trolley bags on the trek. We suggest you bring duffel bags or Rucksacks for your trekking trip in the Himalayas because they are easy to load and carry by mules/ horses and porters.

 

Q – Do we have to carry our own luggage or will you provide us horses or porters to carry luggage?

Our porters or horses will carry your luggage bag (should not weigh more than 12 kg) whereas you will have to carry a day sack / backpack (40 – 60 litres) that will have your stuff you will use during the day.

Uttarkashi/Uttrakhand/India