Trek to Kedarkantha in Uttarakhand, India

Kedarkantha is a beautiful ridge mountain peak in Uttarakhand, India. Because of its elevation of 12,500 feet, the summit offers stunning 360-degree views of peaks like Bandarpoonch, Swargarohini, and Black Pearl.

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The Kedarkantha trek is a popular trekking route among adventurers because of the mountain’s easy accessibility throughout the year. On this trek, you’ll pass through the Govind Wildlife sanctuary and national park, so you can expect to see plenty of flora and fauna. It is an ideal trek that offers beauty and adventure in equal measure. Because of the fairly easy climb, it is considered one of the most scenic treks in India for beginners. Check out other snow treks recommended for beginners.

Itinerary of the Kedarkantha trek

The adventure begins with a drive to Sankri, which 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 drenched snow-capped peaks in golden light, after which you'll slide back into your bags for a couple of hours of sleep more!

The trek goes through the Govind National Park and gives you ample time to explore the flora and fauna of this protected area. The Kedarkantha trek has some of the most stunning campsites from Juda-ka-Talab, a small pond amidst oak and pine forests that is frozen in winter.

Best season for Kedarkantha:

Both summer treks and snow treks to Kedarkantha are moderately challenging, and can be enjoyed by fit first-time trekkers and trekking veterans alike.

On a snow trek to Kedarkantha, you can expect to trek through beautiful white meadows, and white forests on this scenic route. Enjoy unparalleled 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 a frozen lake, from where you can see the Himalayas in all their winter glory.

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, bear, boars and musk deer en route.

Apart from the Kedarkantha Trek, Uttarakhand has many other adventure activities to offer. Check out other adventure activities in Uttarakhand.

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Trek to Kedarkantha
Dehradun, Uttarakhand
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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
  • Travel arrangements from base city to Dehradun
  • Porters/mules to carry personal luggage
  • 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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Snow trek to Kedarkantha
Dehradun, Uttarakhand
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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.
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  • 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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Kedarkantha Trek
Dehradun, Uttarakhand
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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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Dehradun, Uttarakhand
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Kedarkantha is a popular trekking destination located in the Himalayas in Uttarakhand, and is suitable for first-time trekkers too. With an easy trekking distance of about 9 km per day, this 5 day Kedarkantha trek takes you to a height of 12,500 feet to the peak. You'll make your way through forests of oak, birch and deodar or Himalayan cedar, and get views of several Himalayan peaks, as well as the Gangotri and Yamunotri ranges. One of the highlights of the Kedarkantha trek is the night at Juda ka Talab, a beautiful lake surrounded by trees and snowy meadows.
    Inclusions
  • Tent on double/triple sharing basis
  • Toilet tent (01 for batch size of 8 pax)
  • Sleeping bag (grade -05 degree to -10 degree)
  • Kitchen tent and utensils
  • All veg meals from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 5
  • Morning tea, evening tea with snacks
  • Camping charges and National Park fees (for Indian citizens only)
  • Guide, cook, helper and mule charges
  • All applicable taxes
    Exclusions
  • Transport from Dehradun to Sankri (can be arranged for INR 2400 per person, requires a minimum of 5 persons to book a vehicle)
  • Any other personal expense
  • Anything not mentioned in the inclusions
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Trek to Kedarkantha
Dehradun, Uttarakhand
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The Kedarkantha trek is one of the best loved treks in the Himalayas. In the summer, you'll have blue skies and snow-capped mountains all around. You'll trek through lush pine and oak forests, on trails dotted with wildflowers; you'll camp by emerald lakes, and walk through wide open meadows. Kedarkantha Peak is a gorgeous ridge peak, with spectacular views of Black Peak, Ranglana Peak, Bandarpooch and Swargarohini Peak. This is a moderate trek and is great for both fit first timers as well as experienced trekkers.
    Inclusions
  • Transport from Dehradun-Sankri-Dehradun
  • Accommodation in tents on twin/triple sharing basis
  • Sleeping bags and mattresses for each trekker
  • Kitchen and dining tent with all utensils
  • Toilet tents with toilet rolls and handwash
  • Meals during trek (veg and egg)
  • All trekking permits and forest entry fees as needed
  • Qualified trek leader and support staff
  • Mules to carry camping equipment
  • First aid medical kits
  • All applicable taxes
    Exclusions
  • Any personal expenses
  • Mules or porters for personal luggage (can be arranged for INR 1050 per person, for the entire trip)
  • Meals during the transit
  • Any expenses other than those mentioned in inclusions
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Snow Trek to Kedarkantha
Dehradun, Uttarakhand
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For beginners who want to experience the thrill of conquering a snow-laden trek, there is no better option than the Kedarkantha trek. Kedarkantha is one of the few treks that are open throughout the year, but it is ideal between December and March when the trail is covered entirely with snow that is thick, pure white, and so much fun! From camping beside a frozen lake to witnessing the Himalayas in all their winter glory, this trek is an easy way to get the full snow trek experience.
    Inclusions
  • Transport from Dehradun-Sankri-Dehradun
  • Camping in tents on triple sharing basis
  • Sleeping bags, sleeping mats
  • Toilet tent
  • Dining tent
  • Guesthouse stay and dinner on Day 1
  • Veg meals from dinner on Day 1 to lunch on Day 5
  • Forest permits/camping charges (if any)
  • Safety equipment
  • Services of trek guide, cook, helpers
  • Porters or mules for carrying common supplies
  • Services of an experienced trek leader
  • All applicable taxes
    Exclusions
  • Personal utensils
  • Meals during road journeys
  • Porters for personal luggage (can be arranged for INR 965 per person, for a 12 kg bag)
  • Any insurance
  • Any expense of personal nature
  • Any expense not specified in the inclusions

FAQs for the Kedarkantha trek in Uttarakhand, India

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?

The Kedarkantha trek runs almost around the year. It is great in summer, between March and June, when the meadows and forests are cool and green, but it is most famous for being a snow trek. The Kedarkantha snow trek is said to be one of the prettiest easy winter treks in India. The best time to see snow is from December to March.

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 different from the Kedarkantha 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.