Scaling Heights: The Kedarkantha Trek Adventure

The Kedarkantha Trek is one of the most famous treks in Uttarakhand, India | Davidsbeenhere

Kedarkantha trek is located in the lap of the Himalayas and is one of the famous treks among adventure enthusiasts. This place is a perfect example of beauty. Located in Uttarakhand, India, Kedarkahnta Trek offers a great opportunity to explore the true beauty of nature and go on a thrilling, adventurous activity where you can create some wonderful memories if you want to go on a spiritual journey along with an adventurous one, then the Kedarkantha trek is an ideal trek for you. This trek is just 20 km long, which makes it ideal for both beginners and experienced trekkers. Here’s a perfect tour guide for you that will make your journey easy and memorable.

Best time for Kedarkantha Trek

The Kedarakantha trek is one of the treks which is accessible throughout the year. But the best time for this trek is during the winter months, which are December to March. During these months, the winter is at its peak, and you can also witness the live snowfall. The mountains covered with snow and snowy trails turn this place into a winter wonderland. But along with the most beautiful treks, this can also be one of the most challenging treks during the winter season. You can experience chilly weather during the day and it is even more cold than the day.

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With the start of the spring season, the snow slowly starts to melt, and you’ll be able to have clear views of famous mountain peaks. This is also the best time for people who are not fond of chilly weather. During this month, the days are warm, and the nights are chilling cold.

During summer months, the snow disappears, the meadows can be visible, and the trails are also clear of snow, which makes it safer for trekking. It is advised to avoid trekking in monsoon, during this time Kedarkantha experiences heavy rainfall which can be dangerous.

How to reach Kedarkantha Basecamp

In the state of Uttarakhand, Kedarkantha is one of the popular trekking places. The base for the Kedarkantha trek is normally the village of Sankri.

Firstly, you have to reach Dehradun, the capital city of Uttarakhand. Dehradun is also a major stop on the rail and highway network. They can be reached by road, rail, and air at Dehradun. Once there, you may either find a taxi and board it or take the bus to Dehradun city.

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By Train: There is a railway station in Dehradun also, and many trains arrive here from all over India. When you arrive at the railways, you can either use a taxi or a bus and travel to the city center.

By Road: The terrain over which Dehradun is situated has good road communications with major cities. Going to Dehradun is either by car or bus. Sankri is the origin point of the Kedarkantha trek. You can go from Dehradun to hire a taxi or get into a shared taxi or bus that goes to Sankri. the road trip from Dehradun to Sankri would be about 8-10 hours on the fast-moving, or more depending upon the way of transport and road conditions.

After reaching Sankri village, your trek to Kedarkantha Base Camp will now commence. Both organized treks through tour companies or hiring local guides are available if you want to walk alone. The Kedarkantha base camp trek route is about 20km and usually takes four days to complete. It runs through beautiful forests and fields, offering panoramic views of the Himalayan peaks. The Kedarkantha base camp is normally situated at an elevation of about 3048 meters.

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Kedarkantha Trek Itinerary

The Kedarkantha trek is nominally a four-day or six-day trek, depending on the route selected and the speed of the trekkers.

Day 1: Reach Dehradun to Sankri

  • Go from Dehradun to Sankri, the village where the route Kedarkantha trek begins.
  • The travel time to the location amounts to about 8-10 hours and is approximately equal to 200 kilometers.
  • Stay overnight at Sankri.

Day 2: Sankri to Juda Ka Talab

  • Walk forward from Sankri to the Juda Ka Talab.
  • The trail leads you to the dense forests, and when you reach, there are big tall pine trees around lovely Juda ka Talab.
  • This trek is around 4-5 km and takes 4-5 hours.
  • On Juda Ka Talab, camp out.

Day 3: Juda Ka Talab to Kedarkantha Base Camp

  • Trail to Base Camp Kedarkantha from Juda Ka Talab.
  • The trail provides scenery of slender tops capped with white snow, and wildebeests that feed amid endless grassy plains.
  • Trekking of nearly 3-4 km takes about three to four hours.
  • The map location above shows the location of the Kedarkantha base camp, where you can camp overnight.
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Day 4: Kedarkantha Peak and Hargaon

  • At five o’clock in the morning, hike to Kedarkantha summit and view the sunrise.
  • The views from here are breathtaking as one lays eyes on the beautiful Himalayas.
  • The walk to the summit is not uniform; in passing, the peak stands about 2 km from base camp, while the trek down to Hargaon adds about 4-5 km.
  • Camp overnight at Hargaon.

Day 5: Hargaon to Sankri

  • Return hike to Sankri along the same route back to Juda Ka Talab.
  • The walk would be about 7-8 km and should take a while, somewhere between 5-6 hours.

Day 6: Sankri to Dehradun

  • Here comes an end of this beautiful journey
  • Today, you will drive back to Dehradun from Sankri village
  • The total distance is almost 200 km, and it will take around 8-10 hours to reach.

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