The Kedarkantha trek (often confused with the popular Kedarnath trek), is one of the most beautiful and perfect treks for beginners with difficulty levels ranging from easy to moderate. It’s a trekker’s paradise as the trail offers as many astonishing views as one could expect!
This landscape has every reason to be one of the most popular treks among seasoned trekkers and beginners as well. The summit is the origin of the magnetism of this trek.
From the very first day, the trail would take your breath away as it slowly unfolds the unexplored world around you. The climb to the summit is challenging but worth it as a rewarding feeling follows you till the end of the trek.
There’s a sense of win once you reach the summit and it actually makes you feel like you’re on top of the world! Trekking isn’t only a fun and enthusiastic activity but also evokes the spirit of not giving up and crossing the hurdles to reach the worthy view. The feeling of keeping going makes the climb even more exciting and all the adrenaline junkies would agree!
The beautiful dense forests are another reason for this trek’s popularity and hype among travelers all over the world.
Before you begin your journey, let’s dive into some quick facts about the Kedarkantha trek.
Start/ End Point of the Trek: Sankri village
Kedarkantha Trek Distance: 20 km
Kedarkantha Trek Height: 12,500 ft
Kedarkantha Difficulty Level: Easy To Moderate
Kedarkantha Trek Temperature: Day (8°C to 15°C) and Night: (-5°C to 3°C)
Best Time to do Kedarkantha Trek: November to March
Best Time to Visit Kedarkantha Trek?
The beauty of Kedarkantha doesn’t add or subtract according to the months, it’s always differentially adorable! This trek is open for the most part of the year, portraying different natural landscapes every season. However, the best months for the Kedarkantha trek are from November to March.
November marks the pretty autumn welcoming the ever-crisp air, lush green sceneries, and dramatically colorful landscapes! The views of the upper Himalayas appear to be more vivid during this time as the clouds begin to move and disappear.
However, moving to the winter month of November, a drop in temperature is experienced and the vibe of winter approaching gets real!
Temperature: 10 degrees- 15 degrees during the day,0 degrees to -5 degrees during the night
December to February marks the winter season when the trail is covered with a pure-white blanket of snow. If you’re someone who loves the feeling of putting their feet in the deep-thick snow, if the thought of a white-colored blanket and your footmarks over it excites you, then this is the best time for you to take this trek!
Temperature: 8 degrees-10 degrees during the day, 0 degrees to - 10 degrees during the night
March is spring month which opens doors to yet another fusion, snow-covered landscapes, and rhododendrons & fresh grasslands blooming. You can see the colors flashing right in front of your eyes during this season and the weather gets extremely pleasant during this time of the month.
Temperature: 15 degrees-18 degrees during the day, 0 degrees -5 degrees during the night
The Difficulty Level of the Trek?
The Kedarkantha trek is considered beginner-friendly, given that the emotional and physical fitness of the trekker is up to the mark. The trek difficulty level ranges from easy to moderate.
Note: The duration of the trek is for 5 consecutive days. The maximum altitude to be reached is 12,500 ft.
Renting Equipment for the Trek?
Himtrek does provide easy accessibility to almost all types of equipment required for the trek on a rental basis with reasonable prices and extremely good quality. The equipment can be arranged on prior notice.
How to Reach Kedarkantha Basecamp?
You could easily catch a direct flight to Dehradun if you’re staying in metro cities like Pune, Chandigarh, Bangalore, Delhi, or Mumbai. If the flight rates are expensive from your current location, then flying to Delhi is always an easy and smart decision as it gives you the option to commute further by bus or train.
From the airport, public transports like auto-rickshaws are available, and you could also book a pre-paid taxi from the taxi service counter or also spontaneously look for a taxi which would also require you to up your bargaining game!
Also, remember to plan according to your itinerary and reach a day before your planned schedule to avoid exertion and last-minute confusion.
Buses are another convenient way to commute to Dehradun from ISBT Kashmere Gate. Both, AC and Non-AC buses are available with reasonable prices and comfortable travel while only taking 7-8 hours to complete the commute.
Railways are also a convenient way to ride from Delhi to Dehradun. Dehradun is well-connected to other cities and Dehradun Junction is the nearest railway station. The tickets are quite reasonable and the upgrade in tourism facilities has made the train journeys comfortable.
Highlights of the Kedarkantha Trek
It’s the finest trek for beginners and doesn’t need a lot of gear or experience. Although, the person should be physically and mentally fit for any trek.
Soak in the scenic views on the drive from Sankri to Dehradun and get your adrenaline pumped up for the trek!
During the Kedarkantha trek, you don’t only get to witness the snow-covered areas but also the greenery of forests and a completely raw exposure to wildlife and nature.
A chance to camp around the breathtakingly beautiful frozen lake ‘Juda ka talab’ and wake up to the mesmerizing views of the same.
Different campsites serve entirely unique vibes and cater perfectly to the nature-lovers.
Enjoy the Instagram-worthy views, reel-worthy captures, and clicks throughout the trek!
Get an enriching experience of a lifetime of night trek with the headlights guiding you in the directions while a beautiful sunrise awaits you at the summit!
Package Options for Kedarkantha
- Kedarkantha Trek (Sankri To Sankri) - 4500/-
- Kedarkantha Trek (Dehradun To Dehradun) - 5500/-
Kedarkantha Trek Itinerary
Day 1: Dehradun To Sankri (2,000 m) | 8 hours drive | 190 km |
Begin your journey to Sankri village from Dehradun
Gaze and soak in the beautiful mother nature around you and enjoy the heavenly views during your ride from Sankri to Dehradun.
After reaching Sankri village check-in at our Homestay, freshen up, and lose your journey’s tiredness of the day.
The trek leader and support staff will be introduced to you afterward, followed by the briefing session.
- Fill your stomachs with a mouth-watering dinner at the homestay and enjoy your overnight stay there.
Reporting Point - ISBT, Dehradun or Prince Chowk
Reporting Time - 6:00 AM to 9:00 AM
Day 2: Sankri to Juda Ka Talab (2,774 m) | 3-4 Hours Trek |
Say hello to the majestic morning views at 6.00 in the morning with your hot n fresh morning tea!
A briefing session will be hosted in the morning by the Trek Leaders, followed by a lip-smacking breakfast.
The adventurous journey starts here and you’re supposed to leave for your trekking expedition after your breakfast.
Reach the lake called ‘Juda ka talab’ which has many mythological stories revolving around it
Once you reach there and set out your camp for the night, you have the starlit sky to yourself for the night to gaze at!
In the evening, dinner will be served at the Juda Ka Taal campsite, followed by an overnight stay there.
Day 3: Juda Ka Talab to Kedarkantha Base Camp (3,429 m) | 2-3 Hours Trek |
The day begins with a breath of fresh air, a cup of morning tea followed by a fulfilling breakfast.
In the morning, a briefing will be provided to you by the trek leader before you depart for Kedarkantha Base Camp.
Afterward, we will begin our trek toward Kedarkantha Base Camp, which means 2-3 hours of the snow-lined path and a few patches of green here and there throughout the way.
Get ready to witness the most amazing views of the snow-capped Himalayan peaks of Bandarpoonch, Kala Nag, and Ranglana.
Once we reach our campsite, we will be served a mouthwatering- fulfilling lunch.
The Kedarkantha base camp offers some of the most awstrucking views of the kaleidoscopic sky and here’s your chance to gaze at it endlessly.
The evening will conclude with dinner at the campsite, followed by an overnight stay at Kedarkantha Base Camp.
The temperature at the Kedarkantha base camp may drop very low in the dark.
Make sure you have enough layers on to stay warm.
Day 4: Kedarkantha Trek Base Camp to Kedarkantha Summit (3,810 m) to Hargaon (2,713 m) | 5-6 Hours Trek |
Our goal would be to trek to the summit of Kedarkantha peak and climb at a height of 1,250 meters.
It will be an early start this day (around 2:00 AM at night) for our trek to Kedarkantha Summit.
As we trek towards Kedarkantha Peak on the fourth day, we will experience intense wind and cold.
We will witness the sunrise after reaching the summit and will get the chance to witness the beautiful panoramic view from the top!
Get your pictures clicked on top of the world, quite literally! Take in the moments of win, feel the beauty around you, and breathe in the enthusiasm before you begin trekking your way down!
Within the next few hours, you will have to return to Kedarkantha Base Camp once again.
As soon as you arrive at the campsite, you will be served a hot lunch to rejuvenate your energy and for your taste buds to be alive again!
After lunch, you’ll have to trek down to Hargaon Campsite, where you’ll have an overnight stay.
Day 5 | Hargaon to Sankri and Drive to Dehradun | 8 Hours Drive | 190km |
The day begins with a hearty breakfast and a trek towards Sankri Village from the Hargaon Campsite.
Unlike other paths to Sankri, this path to Sankri leads through pine trees and is mainly stone-lined.
Once we arrive in Sankri, we will stop at our homestay for a quick break. You’re welcome to order snacks for takeaway too.
We will then proceed to Dehradun (we will reach Dehradun by late evening).
This marks the end of Kedarkantha journey. However, a traveler never really books the return ticket. So, why not check out some other treks and trips nearby and relax a bit before indulging back in the hustle and bustle of the city?
What is included in the tour
- Transportation from Dehradun - Sankri and Sankri - Dehradun
- Accommodation on sharing basis.
- All Meals (Veg) , Including from Dinner on the 1st day to Breakfast on the 5th Day.
- Well Qualified Trek Leader.
- Supporting Staff and cook.
- Forest Permits.
- Basic Medical Kit.
- Accommodation on Tent Stay & Homestay.
- Camping and Trekking Equipment (Tent, Sleeping bags, Gaiters, Microspikes etc).
What is NOT included in the tour
- Anything which is not included in the above inclusion.
- Porters or Mule to carry your personal Luggage.
- Any kind of Personal Expenses.
- Personal Medication