Kedarkantha Snow Trek – 6N/7D
Kedarkantha trek is one trek that falls on the most beautiful trail of Himalayan Mountains. Trek to Kedarkantha is through dense forests and vast meadows making the trail walkable even in the snow. Kedarkantha trek gives a breath-taking view of Himalayan ranges, and it’s even better from the summit.
The winters the sky is mostly clear and the clean air adds to the beauty of the Kedarkantha Trek. With an altitude of around 3800 m/12500 feet, snow trek to Kedarkantha is challenging but the hard work pays off once you catch the mesmerizing view of the mountains. On a lucky day, one may also catch a glimpse of the wildlife of the area.
- Reviews 6 Reviews5/5
- Vacation Style Holiday Type
- Activity Level Moderate
- Group Size Medium Group
About The Trek
The trip begins with a beautiful drive from Dehradun to the remote village of Sankri in Har ki Dun valley. The trek starts with an easy climb to a beautiful water pond called Juda-ka-Talab, we continue a short distance beyond the pond to our camping site for the night and get acclimatized to the conditions. By the end of the day, we start seeing the snow-covered peaks of the Himalayas including some peaks that stretch into the Himachal region. The next day we start climbing and gaining altitude and trek through snow fields (green meadows in summer!!) towards the base of Kedarkantha. The ease or difficulty of today’s hike will depend on the snow conditions but one thing is guaranteed we will have a great hiking day. We camp at the base. The next day we move as early as possible to try and get maximum time for the climb to the top. From the top we get brilliant views all around, the Himalayan ranges and the underlying valleys make quite a sight. Equally enjoyable as the view is going to be the sense of achievement that one experiences on climbing a snow-clad Himalayan mountain. From the summit we go all the way down to Juda ka Talab today. Next day we get down to Sankri early and drive down to Dehradun to reach by late afternoon.
Prettiest Camp Sites
This trek has the prettiest campsites in the Himalayas. Not all treks can boast of the beauty of its campsite like the Kedarkantha trek. Each of its campsites are unique in their beauty. The Juda-Ka-Talab campsite sits in a clearing surrounded by giant pine trees, the Kedarkantha Base campsite is on an open meadow with snow peaks all around, the Hargaon camp is again on a clearing of pines and oaks. It is almost as if each one of them competes with each other in their beautiful setting.
This snow trek is organized between Dec & mid-March when the region has had good snowfall. Contrary to the popular belief winters is a good time to be in the mountains if one is equipped properly. Most locals inhabiting higher reaches of the mountains don’t mind the problems associated with snowfall and seem to have a good time during these months. Also there are lots of local festivals in these months. In these months weather is generally clear most of the days. Day time is normally pleasantly warm with one getting to enjoy sitting out in the sun. Temperature would be around 12-17 °C. Evenings are quite cold and one would need to be inside a tent/room or sitting outside next to fire with proper winter clothes. The evening temperatures will be around – 3 to 5 °C. Nights can be very cold with temperatures in the range of – 8 to 0 °C.
- All transfers by a comfortable non-AC Traveller/Scorpio/Similar
- Accommodation on twin / triple sharing with breakfast lunch and dinner at all above mentioned Hotels & Camping sites during the Trek
- Camping with breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Camping includes state of the art sleeping bags / blankets, tents, and camping mattress.
- Driver charges, fuel, all applicable toll
- Local Guide on the Trekking Days
- Activities as mentioned in the itinerary
- Forest entry charges if any
- Any meals other than those mentioned above will be cost extra.
- Any Train fare or Airfare
- Other transportation that is not mentioned in the itinerary
- Entrance fees to the monuments, Amusement parks & Boating charges would be extra.
- Any other charges like portage at the airports and hotels, tips, insurance, mineral water, wine, telephone charges, and all items of personal nature.
- Any other services apart from those above mentioned in the inclusions.
- Any other Expenses caused by factors beyond our control like rail and flight delays, roadblocks, vehicle mal-functions, political disturbances etc
- Day1 DELHI – DEHRADUN (6-8 hours)
Meet the group at the designated point in Delhi at 5 PM. After a small briefing session we will our start our overnight journey to Dehradun by Volvo Bus.
- Day2 DEHRADUN – SANKRI (2000M, DRIVE/7-8 HRS)
Reach Dehradun by 6:00 am. After brekfast we will drive to Sankri via Mussorrie. We will stop for lunch en route. This is an enjoyable drive initially along the Yamuna and towards the latter part along the beautiful Tons river. There are very beautiful pine forest sections along the drive today. Upon reaching Sankri we will check into the scenically located hotel Wild Orchid. Sankri is paradise on earth and we will take an evening stroll in this beautiful hamlet to get our muscles charged for the trek to come. Overnight stay in the hotel.
- Day3 SANKRI (2000M) – JUDA-KA-TALAB (2700M) – SHEPHERD CAMP (2900M, TREK/3-4 HRS)
After a leisurely breakfast we will set out on the hike. Today’s hike is a moderate one and moves through a beautiful forest section for most part. From our hotel we will walk to Saur village and from there we start climbing up. We will reach a small lake/pond called Juda-ka-Talab after a couple of hours. This pond freezes into solid ice during winters. We continue on the trail and the views get really exciting as we start to get a glimpse of the tips of the snow capped peaks of the Himalayas. After hiking for another hour and a half or so we reach a meadow used by shepherds during the summers. We will camp here for the night. At this campsite we have some Gujjar huts for safety back up. Overnight in tents.
- Day4 SHEPHERD CAMP (2900M) – BASE OF KEDARKANTHA (3400M, TREK/4 HRS)
Post breakfast we begin the trek towards Kedar Kantha base, our destination for the day. The route is beautiful with vast fields of snow and patches of green in between them. Views are open on all sides and will keep one busy with the camera. It is going to be an exhausting but enjoyable hike today. The Kedar Kantha base campsite is an open snow ground surrounded by trees. This site has been chosen keeping in mind the safety aspect and is a wonderful place to set up a camp. Here too we have a safety back up hut. From nearby we get fabulous views of Swargarohini, Bandarpoonch& Kalanag peaks. Overnight in tents.
- Day5 BASE CAMP (3400M) – KEDAR KANTHA (3800M) – BASE CAMP (2700M, TREK/7-8HRS)
The distance to the summit is not long but is reasonably steep and walking on snow makes it more tiring and time consuming. We will, depending upon the snow conditions select the best route leading to the summit. We will start quite early so that we are walk on hard snow while climbing up. It will take anywhere between 4 to 5 hours to get to the top. The views are outstanding from the summit. You get to see all the mountains of the Yumnotri and Gangotri range and also of KinnerKailash range and other ranges in Himachal. Also there are some great views of the underlying valleys. After spending sometime at the top we will start descending and walk all the way down to base camp. You are sure to come back exhilarated. Overnight in tents
- Day6 BASE CAMP (3400M) – SANKRI (2000M, TREK/4-5HRS)
Post early breakfast, start descending to Sankri. At Sankri we will check into a very comfortable and scenically located hotel, take a hot shower and change into much needed fresh clothes. Overnight in a hotel
- Day7 SANKRI (2000M) – DEHRADUN (DRIVE /6-7 HRS)
After breakfast board the vehicles and start driving back towards Dehradun. Arrive in Dehradun by around late afternoon. After Dinner Board overnight Bus to Delhi. Our trip ends here.
Accommodation in standard rooms in a hotel in Sankri on single/double occupancy
High-quality camping arrangements – We believe that roughing it out necessarily doesn’t mean sleeping in smelly sleeping bags, compromising on safety by using low-quality equipment and having unappetizing meals. We focus on your safety, basic comforts and the environment while camping. Keeping this is mind, the following equipment is provided on the trek:
- 3/4 season imported alpine tents
- Fresh and clean sleeping bags of very good quality
- Good quality Camping Mattresses
- Hot water bottles in the night (during the trek)
- Camping stools
- Mess Tent
- Toilet tents (2) with portable toilet seats