Kedarkantha Trek

Kedarkantha is a beautiful ridge mountain peak in Uttarakhand, India. with an elevation of 12,500 feet and offers a stunning 360-degree view of peaks like Bandarpoonch, Swargarohini, and Black Pearl.

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Kedarkantha trek overview

The Kedarkantha trekking route is popular among adventurers all around the world because of its splendid beauty and easy accessibility throughout the year. It is an ideal trek that offers an exciting blend of beauty and adventure in equal measure. It is a great trek to begin with high altitude trekking and get to experience a snow trek with relatively easy trails.

While trekking to the Kedarkantha peak, you will enjoy beautiful views of snow-capped peaks and lush valleys, along with various ponds and streams as you cut through the lush forests of Govind Wildlife Sanctuary. You will trek through dense forests of pine, maple and rhododendrons with patches of lush meadows en route. And from the top of Kedarkantha, you will get to see the Rupin Range, Buran Range, Swargarohini, Kalanag, Bandarpoonch and the Har Ki Dun Valley.

A great trek for beginners

The Kedarkantha trekking route is easy to moderate, and can be done by beginners as well. It has a round trail that consists of few ascents and descents that first-time trekkers will enjoy.

You are required to trek for an average of 4 hours per day on the trek to reach the top of Kedarkantha which is perched at an altitude of nearly 12,500 feet. Along with an exciting trail, the trek also offers mind-blowing beauty of the surrounding peaks and valleys, making this trek one of the most scenic treks in India for beginners.

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How to get to Sankri

The trek begins from Sankri, a remote village located 200 km from Dehradun. To reach Sankri, you need to first get to Dehradun which is well connected to most major cities of India by rail, road and air. If you prefer flying, then you can take a flight to the Jolly Grant Airport that serves Dehradun. There are daily flights from Delhi to Dehradun, along with frequent flights from other cities of the country like Mumbai, Pune, Chennai, Bangalore, etc. You can even take a train to Dehradun from most major cities of India. You can take any of the following trains: Shatabdi Express, Jan Shatabdi Express, Dehradun AC Express, Doon Express, Bandra Express and Amritsar-Dehradun Express, etc. Dehradun is also connected to most of Northern India by regular state as well as privately run bus services. From Dehradun, you can either hire a private cab or take a local bus to reach Sankri. The route to Sankri is Dehradun-Purola-MoriNaitwar-Sankri, and takes 7 hours to cover by car and 9 hours by bus.

There are two buses hailing from Dehradun for Sankri at 05:00 hours and 08:00 hours from Mussoorie Bus Stand. The bus tickets cost around INR 300 per person. You can even hire a private cab which will set you back by INR 5000 to INR 5500 for a group of 4-5.

Kedarkantha Trek Summary

  • State: Uttarakhand
  • Nearest city: Dehradun
  • Total days: 6 days
  • Grade: Easy to moderate
  • Max altitude: 12,600 feet
  • Total trekking distance: 23 km
  • Season: Summer and winter
  • Avg. temperature: -5 to 15 degree Celsius

6-Day Kedarkantha Trek

Sketch itinerary:

Day 1: Drive from Dehradun to Sankri

  • Altitude: 6,400 feet
  • Driving distance: 220 km
  • Driving time: 10 hours
  • Spend the day exploring the village
  • Overnight stay: Tents at Sankri

Day 2: Trek to Juda ka Taal

  • Altitude: 9,100 feet
  • Trekking distance: 4 km
  • Trekking time: 5 hours
  • Trail passes through dense forests of pine and maple
  • Overnight stay: Tents at Juda ka Taal

Day 3: Trek to Kedarkantha Base Camp

  • Altitude: 11,250 feet
  • Trekking distance: 4 km
  • Trekking time: 3 hours
  • Views on the trek include Bandarpoonch, Swargarohini, Kala Nag, etc.
  • Overnight stay: Tents at Kedarkantha base camp

Day 4: Trek to Kedarkantha and then to Hargaon

  • Altitude: 12,500 feet
  • Trekking distance: 6 km
  • Trekking time: 7 hours
  • Summit Kedarkantha
  • Overnight stay: Tents at Hargaon

Day 5: Trek to Sankri

  • Altitude: 6,400 feet
  • Trekking distance: 6 km
  • Trekking time: 4 hours
  • Overnight in Guesthouse

Day 6: Drive from Sankri to Dehradun

  • Driving distance: 220 km
  • Driving time: 10 hours
  • Reach Dehradun by evening
  • End of the trip

Detailed itinerary:

Day 1: Arrive at Sankri

You'll be picked up from Dehradun in the morning and driven to Sankri. You'll reach there by evening and you can spend the rest of the day exploring the village. You'll also attend an orientation session about the trek in the evening. Overnight in guesthouse/homestay at Sankri.

Day 2: Trek to Juda ka Taal

Today, you'll start early and begin your trek to Juda ka Taal. Enroute, look out for woodpeckers as you trek through dense forests. You'll reach the lake by afternoon. Overnight in tents at Juda ka Taal.

Day 3: Trek to Kedarkantha Base Camp

Today you'll trek to the Kedarkantha base camp. It is a short trek and will take you a few hours to get there. You will sleep early today as you have to begin the trek early. Overnight in tents at Kedarkantha base camp.

Day 4: Trek to Kedarkantha Summit and then to Hargaon

You'll wake up at 02:30 hrs and begin your trek. It is a relatively long trek and you'll be treated with glorious sunrise on your way to the summit. After spending some time at the summit, you'll descend to Hargaon. Overnight in tents at Hargaon.

Day 5: Trek to Sankri

Today is the last day of your trek as you will trek back to Sankri. It is an easy descend and won't take long to complete. You can spend the rest of the day relaxing at Sankri. Overnightin homestay/guesthouse at Sankri.

Day 6: Drive from Sankri to Dehradun

Today is the last day of your trip and you'll drive to Dehradun. The scenic 10 hour drive will end by evening. The trip ends here.

Inclusions

Transportation arrangements from Dehradun-Dehradun in private, shared SUV/Tempo Traveller or similar vehicle will be provided. Accommodation will be in homestay/guesthouse for two nights on triple/quad-sharing basis. Accommodation during the trek will be in tents for three nights on triple-sharing basis. You can upgrade to twin sharing accommodation throughout the trip with INR 1500 per person.

All vegetarian meals from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 6 (including evening tea/coffee with snacks) will be included by the operator. Any technical equipment required for the trek will be included along with the services of an experienced trek leader and camping crew.

Charges for porters/mules to carry common camping equipment are included. Permit fees, camping charges and entry fees (for Indian citizens) are included. First aid kit including oxygen cylinder will be available for emergencies. All applicable taxes are included.

Exclusions

Travel arrangements from base city to Dehradun and back are not included and will be at your own expense. Porters/mules to carry personal luggage are not included but can be arranged for additional costs. Please note it cannot be more than 10 kg and must be ideally booked in advance. Please note that permit fees, camping charges and entry fees for non-Indian citizens will be additional.

Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, road blocks etc. will be additional and will be informed to you depending on the situation. Any personal expenses such as tips to staff, additional meals or beverages etc. will have to be borne by individuals and not included in the package. Adventure travel or medical insurance is not included. Anything not mentioned in inclusions will be additional and not considered a part of the package and its costs.

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5-Day Kedarkantha Trek

Sketch itinerary:

Day 1: Arrival at Sankri

  • Altitude: 6,400 feet
  • Spend the day exploring the local markets
  • Overnight stay: Guesthouse in Sankri

Day 2: Scenic trek to Juda ka Talab

  • Altitude: 9,100 feet
  • Trekking distance: 4 km
  • Trekking time: 5 hours
  • Trail passes through remote villages and dense forests
  • Overnight stay: Tents at Juda ka Talab

Day 3: Head towards Kedarkantha Base Camp

  • Altitude: 11,250 feet
  • Trekking distance: 4 km
  • Trekking time: 3-4 hours
  • Views of Bandarpoonch, Swargarohini, Kala Nag and maybe even the Milky Way
  • Overnight stay: Tents at Kedarkantha Base Camp

Day 4: Trek to Kedarkantha Summit and reach Hargaon

  • Altitude: 12,500 feet
  • Trekking distance: 6 km
  • Trekking time: 7 hours
  • Summit Kedarkantha and experience the golden sunrise
  • Overnight stay: Tents at Hargaon

Day 5: Final descent to Sankri

  • Altitude: 6,400 feet
  • Trekking distance: 6 km
  • Trekking time: 4 hours
  • End of trip

Detailed itinerary:

Day 1: Arrival at Sankri

Today you will are required to arrive at Sankri and check in to your guesthouses. You have the option to arrive from Dehradun or nearby cities by either public transport or you can take sharing cabs to reach Sankri. Once you arrive, you can take this day to explore the local markets and the village. Walk around a bit to get yourself warmed up for the trek ahead. You will be staying overnight in the guesthouse.

Day 2: Scenic trek to Juda ka Talab

Day 2 begins early with a short walk to Taluka from where you set off on your trekking trail. You will pass through dense forests and the flora and fauna will be a visual treat for nature lovers. The sounds of streams gushing all around, insects and birds chirping, rustle of the leaves as you tread on would make this trek a very charming and heart-warming experience. You can spot Himalayan Langurs, boars, Himalayan martens and hares and plenty of avian residents of this region. A true nature lover’s paradise. During winters this trail experiences snow and makes the journey a little more challenging After 3 to 4 hours of a demanding trek you reach the Juda ka Talab where a delightful scenery awaits you. This is a small picturesque pond surrounded by forests, valleys and tall pine trees making this a surreal campsite. This pond freezes over during winter. You will be staying in this lap of nature overnight in tents.

Day 3: Head towards Kedarkantha Base Camp

You begin your day early and start on a steep climb towards the Kedarkantha base camp which is a beautiful vast meadow at high altitude. At the top you will get to see the stunning peals of Bandarpoonch, Swargarohini, Black Peak etc. You will be camping in one of the most stunning campsites in the Himalayan Range. Overnight in tents.

Day 4: Trek to Kedarkantha Summit and reach Hargaon

An early start to the day in the darkness ensure that today you will finally head towards the summit of Kedarkantha Peak with rewarding views of the golden sunrise that is unique to the mountains. As the sun comes up, all the surrounding peaks are washed in golden colours and it is a sight to behold no matter Himalayan trek you are undertaking! At the Kedarkantha Peak you will be able to see exquisite views of the Gangotri, Yamunotri and Kinner Kailash mountain ranges. After enjoying the brilliant views of snow-clad peaks you will descend to Hargaon for your next campsite. Overnight stay in tents.

Day 5: Final descent to Sankri

Today is your final of the trek that ends in Sankri. The descent will be a bit slippery and requires a bit of agility and alertness. It will take you around 4 hours roughly to trek down from Hargaon to Sankri. Your trip ends here. You could choose to stay here and explore further or head towards Dehradun

Inclusions

Sleeping bags, sleeping mats, toilet tent, dining tent etc. will be provided by the operator. Veg meals for dinner on Day 1 to lunch on Day 5 will be included in the costs. All forest permits/camping charges (if any) will be included. All safety equipment as well as the services of an experienced trek guide, cook, helpers, porters or mules for carrying common supplies will all be provided to make the trip a safe and enjoyable one. You will be covered under travel insurance and we can provide further details on request. All applicable taxes will be included in the package costs.

Exclusions

Please note that meals apart from the ones mentioned in the itinerary and inclusions will be at your own costs. Meals during road journeys will not be included. Personal utensils etc. arenot included. Porters for personal luggage are not included but can be arranged at additional costs). Any expense of personal nature as tips or other purchases etc. are at your own expense. Any other costs, charges, expenses not specified in the inclusions will all be additional.

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Best time to go/Weather

The trek to Kedarkantha runs all-round the year. The best time to go there during the summer season is between March and June. During these months the forests and meadows are green and flourishing, with clear skies.

But the trek to the Kedarkantha during winter can be almost magical and from December to March, when the entire landscape is covered in snow. Even the Juda ka Talab pond completely freezes over and you will get to trek in inches of snow towards the peak. This trek is said to be one of the prettiest snow treks in India.

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Getting there

Getting there (H3) Dehradun is a famous tourist destination in India and it is also the most common pick-up point for the Kedarkantha trek. It is well connected to major cities of the country by air, rail and road.

If you prefer to fly in for the trek, then you can book your flight to Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun. There are daily flights from Delhi to Dehradun along with regular flights from other major cities of India.

The Dehradun Railway Station is also well connected to other cities of India like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Allahabad, Lucknow, etc., and it is also easily accessible by road from major cities and towns of North India. If your package does not include pick-up and drop-off, then you can easily catch a cab/bus from Dehradun to reach Sankri, located 220 km away.

If you’re going to be traveling to Dehradun, why not try out some other adventures? Check out our list of Top Adventure Things to Do in Dehradun.

What to wear

While going for the summer trek to Kedarkantha, you only need to focus on basic clothing which includes comfortable, full sleeve t-shirt/shirts, trek pants, sun-cap, and sunglasses.

You may even carry light woollens or a hoodie for the night which are quite cool during the summer. However, if you're going for the winter trek to Kedarkantha, you need to wear thermal inners, jackets (both fleece and down/windproof) along with waterproof gloves, woollen head-scarf and neck gaiters. Regardless of the season, remember to carry raincoat/poncho.

What to carry

For the Kedarkantha trek, you need to carry sturdy trekking boots which are well broken-in prior to the trek, along with a strong and comfortable backpack which carries your clothes and your essentials. Also carry a personal first aid kit and your personal toiletries kit (small napkin, toilet paper, paper soap, bar soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, cold cream etc.).

You should carry a hand torch with extra batteries, UV protection sunglasses, two 1 litre water bottles, sunscreen lotion, lip balm, small lightweight leak-proof lunch box, basic cutlery such as plates and spoons, tea/coffee mugs. Carry your camera with extra batteries. And yes, carry some snacks including dry fruits, chocolate bars etc.

For the winter trek, you'll need woollen cap, gloves, scarf, and thermals. The tour operator will also provide you with a packing list once you book this trek, make sure to carry each and every item from the packing list to ensure a comfortable and safe trek to Kedarkantha.

Preparation/Fitness

For the Kedarkantha trek, you need a certain level of fitness since it is suitable for moderately fit beginners. If you have no medical conditions, injuries, recent surgeries, then you can do this trek with some preparations. You may begin your training a few weeks prior to the trek by doing some form of exercise like cycling, running, swimming etc.

This is one of the most scenic beginners snow treks in India and is a great trek to start with high altitude trekking for those who dream of doing other difficult treks like the Everest Base Camp, Chadar Trek, Pin Parvati, Annapurna Base Camp etc.

FAQs about the Kedarkantha trek

Can beginners do the Kedarkantha trek?

Yes, if you are moderately fit and have no medical conditions, injuries, illnesses, or recent surgery, you can do the Kedarkantha trek as a beginner. However, to make it easier, you should start training for the trek by doing some form of exercise: running, cardio, yoga, and walking are great ways to get ready for your first Himalayan trek.

What is the best time for Kedarkantha trek?

Both summer treks and snow treks to Kedarkantha are great treks for fit beginners. It is a great choice to start with high altitude trekking. On a snow trek to Kedarkantha, you can expect to trek through beautiful white meadows and white forests on this scenic route. Enjoy thrilling views of snow-capped Himalayan peaks and camp at picturesque locations in the lap of nature. This trek is an easy way to get the full snow trekking experience as it takes you camping next to the enchanting Juda ka Talab which is now frozen. From here you can see the Himalayas in all their glory and the sunrise especially is a memorable one. It feels like the peaks have been dipped in gold. In summer, the trek to the summit takes you through green meadows, fragrant pine and oak forests, filled with birds and wildflowers. The trail is beautiful all year around with beautiful alpine forests to be enjoyed and streams of clear sparkling water flowing past. On the trek, look out for leopards, wild cats, birds, bears, boars and musk deer en route.

What should I carry for the Kedarkantha trek?

Your Kedarkantha trek provider will carry all the camping equipment you need, so you will need to carry your personal gear. Do make sure you have sturdy trekking shoes/boots and a strong backpack. Apart from this, you should carry warm clothing and dress in layers. In the winter you will need woollen cap, gloves, scarf, and thermals.

How should I prepare for the Kedarkantha trek?

If you are already doing some form of exercise, it will stand you in good stead for your Kedarkantha trek. Cycling, running, yoga, walking, or cardio training are all excellent forms of exercise to prepare for the trek.

Is the Kedarkantha snow trek experience different from the Kedarkantha summer trek?

Yes, because the views and the experience are different. In summer, you’ll be surrounded by greenery, forests, sparkling streams, and towering peaks. In winter, the landscape is covered in a blanket of snow, and you’ll see the snow-capped peaks in the distance. Most of the streams and lakes en route are icy or completely frozen over.

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Trip Description
Spend 5 days on the trek to Kedarkantha, a mesmerizing journey over a relatively easy trail. The Kedarkantha peak, located in the mountains of the Tons River valley, is a towering ridge peak offering stunning views of the Indian Himalayas. A popular winter trekking destination, the peak draws in adventure enthusiasts from all over the country. In winters, the pristine, white snow layering the entire valley turn the destination into an icy paradise. From an altitude of over 12,600 feet in the mountains, the peak of Kedarkantha offers unmatched views of sacred Himalayan giants like the Swargarohini, Banderpooch, Black and Ranglana.

NOTE: A minimum of 4 travellers are required to book this trip.
    Inclusions
  • Transport from Dehradun and back to Dehradun
  • Experienced mountain guide and cook
  • Camping tents
  • Sleeping bags
  • Camping mattresses
  • Camping stool/chair
  • Mess tents
  • First aid kit
  • All veg meals starting from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 5
  • Porter/mule for carrying camping equipment and ration
  • Forest entry
  • All applicable taxes
    Exclusions
  • Insurance
  • Porter/mule to carry personal luggage (can be arranged at an additional cost of INR 300 per day, per bag of maximum 12 kgs)
  • Transport to reach Dehradun from hometown
  • Personal expenses like tips, medicines, phone calls etc.
  • Any transport support during the trek apart from at is mentioned above
  • Any meals during the travel journey back to Dehradun
  • Accommodation in Dehradun
  • Any service not mentioned above
  • Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, road blocks, medical evacuation, etc
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Kedarkantha is a popular trekking destination among adventurers because of its easy accessibility throughout the year. Your drive to Sankri, the start point of the Kedarkantha trek, is a highlight by itself, taking you through Mussoorie and along the Tons river. You'll be camping at a vantage point on your second day, where you'll wake up at dawn to watch the sun drench the snow-capped peaks in golden light, after which you'll tuck back into your bags for a couple of hours of beauty sleep more! Trekking through pine and oak forests, crossing patches of snow, and camping at some stunning locations makes this Kedarkantha trek a memorable experience.
    Inclusions
  • Travel arrangements from Dehradun-Dehradun in private, shared SUV/Tempo Traveller or similar vehicle
  • Accommodation in homestay/guesthouse for two nights on triple/quad-sharing basis
  • Accommodation in tents for three nights on triple-sharing basis
  • All vegetarian meals from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 6 (including evening tea/coffee with snacks)
  • Any technical equipment required for the trek
  • Services of experienced trek leader and camping crew
  • Porters/mules to carry common camping equipment
  • Permit fees, camping charges and entry fees (for Indian citizens)
  • First aid kit (including oxygen cylinder)
  • All applicable taxes
    Exclusions
  • Upgrade to twin sharing accommodation throughout the trip: INR 1500 per person
  • Travel arrangements from base city to Dehradun
  • Porters/mules to carry personal luggage (can be arranged for INR 1200 per person per bag of NOT more than 10 kg; if booked in advance)
  • Permit fees, camping charges and entry fees (for non-Indian citizens)
  • Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, road blocks etc.
  • Personal expenses such as tips to staff, additional meals or beverages etc.
  • Adventure travel or medical insurance
  • Anything not mentioned in inclusions
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The snow trek to Kedarkantha is said to be one of the most beautiful winter treks you can do in Uttarakhand. This trek has multiple advantages: it's fairly easy and so is suitable for first-timers; it takes you into the snow on the first day itself, and it offers you a great combination of pine forests, frozen lakes, views of snowy peaks, and a whole lot of mountain living.
    Inclusions
  • Transport from Dehradun to Dehradun in private SUV shared by all trekkers
  • Accommodation in alpine tents on triple sharing basis
  • Accommodation in hotels or guesthouses on triple/quadruple/dormitory sharing basis
  • Meals while on trek (veg and egg) from dinner on Day 1 to dinner on Day 5
  • Sleeping bags
  • Camping mattress
  • Utensils
  • Toilet tents
  • Kitchen and dining tent
  • All necessary permits and entry fees
  • First aid medical kits
  • Crampon
  • Stretcher
  • Oxygen cylinder
  • Trained and experienced trek leader, guide and support staff
  • Mules and porters to carry common equipment
  • All applicable taxes
    Exclusions
  • Food during transit
  • Insurance
  • Mules or porters to carry personal luggage (can be arranged for INR 300 per day, per 12 kg bag)
  • Personal expenses such as extra meals, packaged water, soft drinks, telephone calls, etc.
  • Insurance
  • Anything not mentioned in the inclusions
  • Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, road blocks, medical evacuation, etc
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