The best peak to attempt and summit for beginners, with breath taking views
The kind of views that the Kedarkantha Trek in Uttarakhand, with a max altitude of 12,500 ft, gives you will stick with you for life, it takes you through some of the most remote and unknown places in India with the clearest views of snow-capped mountain peaks, frozen ponds, and verdant valleys.
The diverse flora and fauna that thrives in this region will not be found anywhere else in the world. The campsites are placed in the most beautiful locations amongst the pine trees and babbling brooks.
Juda Ka Talab, a semi-frozen lake, is a place worth mentioning for its beauty that we will be encountering on the trek.
This is one of the best snow trekking destinations in India. Not mention the kind of lore that surrounds it. It is said that after the war when the Pandavas went to the Himalayas to seek blessings from Shiva, he did not appear before them and instead took the form of a buffalo. Bheema decided to play a trick which ended with a fight between the buffalo and himself - he tore apart the buffalo into pieces and where the pieces fell the Pandavas later made temples in tribute to Shiva. These temples will be accessible through the trek.
The drive from Dehradun to Sankri is breathtaking. It gives you views of Mussoorie, Naitwar, Nowgaon, Mori, and Purola. It is perhaps one of the best drives you can find through the Himalayas until you reach the base camp.
The base camp for the trek is Sankri, this is where we will begin. The maximum altitude we are to reach will be 12,500 ft at the Kedarkantha peak. This trek is an easy-to-moderate one with difficulty depending on the season you are undertaking it in; Autumn and Summer is ideal for those who are not familiar with trekking and wish to start. Winters, however, can be slightly more challenging and only experienced trekking should cover this stretch during the Monsoon season.
It is a 6-day trek with the distance covered between campsites being short. However, with the total distance to cover being 23 km, it might be slightly tricky for those who are not physically fit.
Day one: 4 hours of trekking for 5 km.
Day two: 2 hours of trekking over 2 km.
Day three: 6 hours of trekking over 6 km.
Day 4: 5 hours of trekking over 5-6 km.
An altitude of about 6,000 ft is gained from the starting point. The climb is steady the first three days and only gets challenging while traversing the summit. The last two days are a steady descent back. Please refer to the detailed itinerary for more.
Sankri to Julota (8,950 ft)
Julota to Kedarkantha Base (Pukhrola 11,037 ft (3,364 m))
Pukhrola to Kedarkantha peak(12,500 ft (3,810 m)); descend to Akroti Thach(10,135 ft (3,089 m))
Akroti Thach to Sankri
1. Nutritious Food
2. Tent accommodation on sharing basis during the trek. As per itinerary.
3. Group transport s per itinerary.
5. All meals during the trek. Regular Indian style nutritious vegetarian food during the trek (occasional eggs), breakfast packed/hot lunch (depending upon the time you reach a campsite), snacks, dinner along with coffee/tea/soup.
6. Qualified Trek Leader.
7. Excellent Mountain Guide, who will be a local to this particular area and has profound knowledge of the trekking trails around.
8. Specialized Cook, Support staff, Porters for carrying the central logistics of the trek.
9. Camping equipment like Sleeping bag, Carry mattress, Dining tent, Toilet tent, Gaiters, Micro spikes/Crampon.
10. Permit fee, camping charges, forest levy as required in the trek. These are only covered for Indian Nationals. Charges for foreign Nationals may vary as per government Policy.
11. Basic Medical & First Aid kit.
1. Food during the transit and stay at Sankari. There are decent options of restaurants/hotels for veg, non veg and vegan food.
2. We assume that you will carry your personal Rucksack/Backpack with all your personal belongings. If you want to offload your rucksack and carried by our horse then you need to pay additional Rs 1500 for the entire duration of the trek (4 days). one such bag should not weigh more than 10 Kg.
3. Any tip/gratuity to the supports staff.
4. Anything that is NOT mentioned in the "Inclusions".
5. No insurance is provided.
6. Personal expense of any nature.
7. Permit fee, camping charges, forest levy as required in the trek for foreign Nationals. This may vary as per government Policy.
The trek is a total of 23 km long and takes place over 4 days (6 if the travel from Dehradun and back is considered).
The max altitude reached will be the Kedarkantha peak at 12,500 ft. Apart from this: Sankri: 6,455 ft. Kotgaon: 6,800 ft Gaichawan Gaon: 5,600 ft.
It really depends on what you want out of the trek. Different seasons offer different experiences; during the winter months (Dec-April) the roads are covered under a blanket of snow and the snow-covered alpines are beautiful; the monsoon season (June
If the trek is done between Dec to April snow is definitely be found. Snowfall begins mid-Dec and lasts through till around the third week of April.
The Kedarkantha trek is an easy one and several beginners choose to go for it as their first experience trekking. This is owing to the gradual descent, well marked and trodden routes, and multiple exit points.
No, mobile connectivity is not there during the trek.