Kedarkantha Trek – Detail Guide to Plan & Prepare on Budget

Are you about to trek the Himalayas in winter ? The Kedarkantha trek would be your best. The Kedarkantha trek is basically a trek of 5 days filled with adventures and fun. you will get the possibility to trek within the snow in the beautiful atmosphere of nature. The Kedarkantha trek starts in a very dense pine forest.

KEDARKANTHA TREK | Source : wiki

Once you reach the base camp of Kedarkantha, you’ll see stunning views of famous mountain range around you.

About the Kedarkantha trek:

The trek starts from 6000ft at Sankri which is the base camp of the trek to all the way upto an altitute of 12500ft. The trail is well-marked throughout, so it’s easy even for a solo trekker to navigate. The climb to the Kedarkantha summit is enfold in snow in winter and this could be without a guide, but since the destination is clearly visible, there’s no possibility of getting lost.

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Preparing for your Trek

Best Time to Visit Kedar Kantha Trek

December to March are known to be the best season for Kedarkantha trek is during winters. The snow begins to set in by way of the middle of December and stays until March remaining week.

How to Reach:

There are 3 buses for Sankri from Mussoorie bus stand (near Dehradun railway station). Two private buses leaves at 5:30 AM and 7 AM respectively and one Uttarakhand Roadways that leaves at 8 AM. The costs of the ticket is around₹400 – 500 and will take approx 7-8 hrs to reach.

If you late to catch the bus at morning, don’t worry. There are also cabs which run at 8 AM and cost around ₹600/-

Where To Stay: 

There are many budget hotels you can finds, some good quality dormitories provided are by Trekker’s Lodge, Sankri / YHAI Kedarkantha Base Camp at a price of  ₹500-1000 for a single person.

Important Details:

Carry your ID card with you to take permission on the way from Naitwar, If you are not doing this trek through any organization.

You have to pay ₹150/- per person for 3 days upon entering the sakri village as entry charge. You will have to pay an additional ₹200/- per person for pitching the tents, plus ₹50/- for an additional day, if you are on a private group trip.

You Can rent Trekking equipments in Sankri.


About the Trek

Given below is an in depth route of the Kedarkantha trek.

Day 1: Dehradun – Sankri

  • Distance: 220 km
  • Time taken: 10 – 11 hours
  • Travel Route: Dehradun – Mussorie – Nowgaon – Purola – Mori – Netwar – Sankri (By Road)

Leave Dehradun in the wee hours and reach Sankri at 5:30pm. On the way you will pass through the curvy roads, snow capped mountains follows the beautiful river Yamuna beside the roads made it more stunning. The route hopping from one mountain to other offers a mesmerising view. The picturesque village of Sankri is located about 13 km inside the Govind Wild Life Sanctuary located at an altitude of 6204 ft, is the most popular starting point of some of popular treks like Har-Ki-doon, Kedarkantha.       

Sankri is a tiny village with a few dhabas and some shops. Most trekkers try to reach Sankri in the evening, which is a superb time for having a blue hour mesmerising views of the Greater Himalayan mountain ranges.

Day 2: Sankri to Juda-ka-Talab

  • Altitude: 6,400 feet to 9,100 feet
  • Distance: 4 km
  • Time taken: 5 hours

After having breakfast at 9 AM start the trek from Sankri base-camp. Take the road out of Sankri till Sol, then look for a trail that climbs sharply which leads to Kedarkantha. It will take around 3-4 hours to climbs rapidly via dense oaks subsequently emerging out inside the open over a growing mound to greet you with the mind-blowing camp of Juda-Ka-Talab. The campsite is surrounded with pine trees all around and the lake is normally frozen in the winters. Due to its high traffic various travel agencies occupies the lake of Juda ka Talab so if someone is solo or not with any organisation then he’ll have to camp some distance away from the lake.

Day 3: Juda-ka-Talab to Kedar-kantha Base

  • Altitude: 9,100 feet to 11,250 feet
  •  Distance: 4 km
  • Time taken: 2.5 hours

Start at around 9:30 AM from the Juda ka Talab campsite. After trekking for around 3 hours, reach the Kedarkantha base camp and Look behind for your first awe inspiring 180 degree view of snow ranges surrounding the White peaks stretch from your left to your right forming a wide arc of Kedarkantha summit.

Note: Since Kedarkantha base camp is in the open the cold here is intense, therefore Carry proper woolen wear to protect you from cold.

Day 4: Kedarkantha Base to Kedarkantha peak & descend to Hargaon camp

  • Altitude: from 11,250 to 12,500 and then to 8,900 feet
  • Distance: 6 km
  • Time taken: 6 – 7 hours

Start around at 4 AM for the summit from the basecamp. It takes 1.5hrs to climb the summit of Kedarkantha.

The summit is marked by stones with a Trishul that points up the sky. On reaching the summit you gets a 360 degree view of the mighty ranges of Uttarakhand covered in snows. You can clearly see the summit of Gangotri and the Yamunotri ranges from the top.

Get back to your Kedarkantha base camp site by noon and not later than that, have your lunch and headback towards Hargaon.

Day 5: Hargaon camp to Sankri

  •         Altitude: 8,900 feet to 6,400 feet
  •         Distance: 6 km
  •         Time taken: 4 hours

The trek from Hargaon to Sankri is simple.The route from Hargaon to Sankri clearly marked by stones and its well-paved nature. It took around two and half hours to reach Sankri and this beautiful trek came to an end. stay that night in Sankri.

Day 6: Drive to Dehradun from Sankri

  •         Distance: 220 km
  •         Time taken: 10 – 11 hours

Take a bus from Sankri to Dehradun at 7 AM, next day in the morning which will arrive at 5 PM in Dehradun.

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Things to Carry for KedarKantha Trek

The foremost important trekking gear that you’ll always need at high altitude are a pair of good trekking shoes, a warm clothing and a comfortable backpack.

The temperature on the Kedarkantha winter trek could drop to -7 degree Celsius during the night!

  • Windproof jacket
  • Warm and thick Fleece / Full-sleeve
  • Woolen sweater
  • Thermal inner wear (upper & lower)
  • Woolen cap, Woolen gloves
  • Woolen socks and regular socks (3-4 pairs)
  • Scarf/muffler (optional)
  • Comfortable Trekking/Hiking shoes
  • Lightweight floaters/sandals/slippers
  • Raincoat / Poncho
  • Small light weight towel
  • Sturdy Water bottle
  • Cap / Hat
  • Sun glasses
  • Walking stick / Trekking pole
  • Sunscreen Lotion
  • Lip Balm
  • Torch / Flashlight (with extra batteries)
  • Personal medications
  • Personal toiletries

Budget For Kedarkantha Trek

It depends on how you complete the stretch,

  • Either you can book any local agencies online or offline for ₹4500 – ₹8000, which includes tents, foods, sleeping bags and trekking equipment.
  • Or you can carry your own tents, foods and other equipment  which will cost you approx ₹8000, but remember that if someone is solo or not with any organisation then he’ll have to camp some distance away from juda ka talab because of its commercialization.

Post Author: subhadeep

2 thoughts on “Kedarkantha Trek – Detail Guide to Plan & Prepare on Budget

    Shrivatsa Sagar Namdeo

    (July 5, 2020 - 1:54 pm)

    You didn’t mention the budget! What would that be?

      subhadeep

      (July 5, 2020 - 2:31 pm)

      Thank you for reading, the costs are integrated into the article please read in details, more over you can cover this trek for ₹6000 if you are taking any 3rd party travel agencies and if you are going solo the cost will increase by ₹1000-2000 more.
      thank you again for reading, this article hope you like my other posts too. 🙂
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