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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 around the 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 the mind-blowing beauty of the surrounding peaks and valleys, making this trek one of the most scenic treks in India for beginners.

    Check out other snow treks recommended for beginners.

    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 in 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 the 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
    • The 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. En route, 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. Overnight in 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 a 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 an 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, roadblocks, 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.

    5-Day Kedarkantha Trek

  • 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.

  • Kedarkantha Trek - Route Map / Altitude Map

    • Check maximum and minimum altitudes for every day of the Kedarkantha trek in Uttarakhand.

    • Check the trekking route map for the Kedarkantha trek in Uttarakhand.

  • Kedarkantha Trek - Frequently Asked Questions

    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.

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  • Reviews

    • Rated : 4

      27-03-2020

      Team TGN thank you so much for an extremely awesome experience of river rafting in kundalika river.. it was worth..

    • Rated : 5

      27-03-2020

      It was an impulsive decision to plan for Kolad river rafting and we were really struggling to get the booking done over the long weekend. However, it was a random search that we came across TGN and the coordinator Rahul ,was really helpful with the booking at daivya adventures with group discount . Would really appreciate the coordination, responsiveness and the process they follow . River rafting experience was really amazing and we are truly contented !Looking forward for future adventures with tgn! Cheerz !

    • Rated : 4

      27-03-2020

      'Frankly speaking, I was a little worried when I chose TGN for my corporate offsite because my personal experience with TGN was not so great when I went to Kolad for River rafting. However, Venkat and Varun handled our corporate offsite very well. We were 57 employees altogether who stayed at Nature Trails. They had decent tents where you can stay the night. I was quite demanding and I requested extra meals and activities which were not part of the regular package and TGN managed it very well. TGN response time for queries was very good. DJ (Prem) understood our music taste and everyone was energized and dancing throughout. We enjoyed the sumptuous Maharashtrian cuisine. The fish and Chicken were amazing. Both Nature Trails and Daivya Adventures were very focused on safety during the adventure activities. Overall, I would like to say that this is a great place for Team Building activities and I would recommend this place.'

    • Rated : 5

      27-03-2020

      'It was a Great Team Outing with The Great Next. Mr. Amit Thakker from TGN suggested and help us (group 23 teammates from SMARTe) book a day trip to ZBAC Adventure, Kolad recently. TGN not only helped us with various options considering proximity, budget and activities we wanted to do but also help us choose the best place. Team TGN is very prompt in responding to our communications and made sure the arrangements were apt. Thanks TGN!'

    • Rated : 5

      27-03-2020

      'Got to about TGN through Google, when I was looking for a professional tour operator to arrange a river rafting experience for a corporate group of ~100 pax, at Kolad. I got contacted by Mr. Venkat and his approach to handle the customer was way different than that of others with whom I was interacting at that point in time (Sept 2017). He seemed to be genuinely interested to provide the best experience rather than just doing the business and close the deal. He offered me couple of options ranging from mid-range to lux; and provided enough details that can be passed on to the group. He was prompt in handling & answering queries and one thing that really impressed me is the backup person he has arranged to answer queries, if he isn't available; even before the deal was closed. I chose him because of all these reasons... let me reiterate, I chose TGN because of the thorough pro Venkat has been with me. Besides lodging & boarding, I booked the rafts and guide, and the transportation from Pune to Kolad... so it was a package deal, and as any one can think, with a group of that size some changes are bound to happen - starting with transport ... he showed immense flexibility to split the transportation in just one day notice... which does got accolades from my team. Even at the rafting point, the group size changed from what we committed and just a phone call to him early morning was good enough for the rafting operator to arrange a brand new raft (which got unpacked and inflated right infront of us) to accommodate 8 members. Food and other arrangement at the resort: Food was pretty good... the resort provided piping hot chapatis, and food was lip smacking! Activities at the resort too was amazing despite heavy rains the resort arranged zip line for the group... One feedback: quality of buses could have been better. Overall a very satisfactory arrangement. Would recommend it anytime!!'

    • Rated : 5

      27-03-2020

      We went for the rafting trip at Kolad through TGN, The trip was awesome it was the bestest experience of our life's, evry1 there was very supportive…

    • Rated : 5

      27-03-2020

      'Precap: We, a team of 15 people were planning for an overnight trip to Kolad, I had looked out few options but was uncertain, there was nothing I could pin point to. While surfing, I came across TGN website, going through I came in contact with Venkat. He answered all my queries and his suggestions were quite helpful. Travel: The campsite where we stayed was fantastic, the arrangements, the food, hospitality, in-house activities, all were taken care of. We had one hell of a time during our stay. Everyone enjoyed the activities that were lined up with the stay and went for rafting the other day, and I can say, our experience was a fun filled thrill ride along with awesomeness of the place. Word for TGN: 'Precap: We, a team of 15 people were planning for an overnight trip to Kolad, I had looked out few options but was uncertain, there was nothing I could pin point to. While surfing, I came across TGN website, going through I came in contact with Venkat. He answered all my queries and his suggestions were quite helpful. Travel: The campsite where we stayed was fantastic, the arrangements, the food, hospitality, in-house activities, all were taken care of. We had one hell of a time during our stay. Everyone enjoyed the activities that were lined up with the stay and went for rafting the other day, and I can say, our experience was a fun filled thrill ride along with awesomeness of the place. Word for TGN: The TRP for TGN is their quick and effective responsiveness. I was in regular contact with Venkat with almost 2 weeks before the trip and each time we two talked, he was patient and helpful at each and every stage of the planning. There are no cellphone n/w's in Kolad, he advised us to download offline map of the city and provided pointed map locations of our stay and the rafting meeting and end point which turned out to be helpful. I was briefed about our plan including each and every small details, these things helps you build trust. And the prices, they always manage to give u best quote which you cannot say no to. Keep up guys, thanks to Venkat and TGN guys working in background to make this possible. Every effort building this appreciated.' Keep up guys, thanks to Venkat and TGN guys working in background to make this possible. Every effort building this appreciated.'

    • Rated : 4

      27-03-2020

      Kolad rafting was excellent experience �natures trail resort it's arrangments ;food was very good .overall very happy weekend.

    • Rated : 4

      27-03-2020

      We went to this river rafting trip in Kolad through TGN, which was pretty amazing! The representative was pretty helpful and was available on the go in mails and chats to direct me through the registry and payment process. And the trip was awesome. Rafting, and it rained! Fun times. Thanks TGN.

    • Rated : 5

      27-03-2020

      The Great Next was a Great experience . Big thank you to Venkat for being extremely patient with me n helping me find just the perfect place to stay with my family . All the activities we did including Rafting were pretty exciting. The place where we stayed - Empower is maintained by Army persons. Therefore , their hospitality , cleanliness, surrounding beauty and the food, everything was top class . When at Kolad , stay at Empower !

    • Rated : 5

      27-03-2020

      Had an excellent experience with TGN.. We randomly came across their website and booked for rafting and other adventure sports at Kolad.... Rest was taken care by them.. it was truly amazing .. the people were so humble and yes we did enjoyed a lot... The experience is beyond explaination... Thanks a lot TGN... :)

    • Rated : 5

      27-03-2020

      It was a very awesome experience of river rafting in kundalika river near Kolad, and the plan and offer provided by TGN were just Fab, looking for more trips with TGN…

    • Rated : 5

      27-03-2020

      'Let me begin by saying: One Must Experience Kolad White Water Rafting , it is super fun and now if you are ready for the fun.. you must ask these guys to plan the trip. Why ?? Let Me tell you... We have been to Kolad now twice and both times used The Great Next to book the rafting and also a night stay. So first thing first, the accommodation they provide, is i would say is pretty good. Well, after all your there for adventure and one can't expect a five star luxury: so rooms are neat and clean, Bathrooms are also tidy. The biggest benefit of this accommodation is the fact, that it is right at the starting point of rafting, so you can easily wake up say by 8 AM, enjoy breakfast ( good food) , enjoy morning sun with some out door activities and get briefed and trained and then ... hop onto life's thrill. The place they book you in is good a few acre property, they organize Bonfire and food is included in the package. ( this time around , the food was awesome ) Price: Very Very Reasonable and Value for Money 100% Ease of Booking: Pretty Simple, inbox em, or just log onto their website, a chat applet will help you book. I for both times booked via a gentleman named Mr. Venkat, really helpful and suggested us the right mix always. How to Reach: Take the tahmini ghat via Pirangut ( if traveling from Pune) and If from Mumbai, you need to take Khopoli _pali road SH 92 via Umbre. Well the place we stayed on both occasions was same and really simple to reach, in case you find it difficult to spot, they are really prompt to help and guide over the phone. Experience : If you are first-timer at Rafting then, it is for sure thrill and if Pro rafter then your exp depends on Dam gates.So, If more than 2 Dam gates are open on that particular morning, then boy you will have one exhilarating ride and if it is one or 1.5 gates, still rapids are good fun to get in and get drenched. All in All 4/5 experience. but for beginners A MUST !! Have fun and in case you any question you can ask me on Insta FB Page : Collared Hippie or my Insta ID : @collaredhippie.'

    • Rated : 4

      27-03-2020

      'Stress, work life balance and the chaos and the need to take respite from it - and so began the search, the need to escape from it all. So some quick search landed me up with the great next , and came across Rahul and Venkat. A silent retreat far away from the din of Mumbai, Kolad is one of the perfect weekend gateway. As you step in DM Farms, the earthly traditional cottages touch you. Its staff always come up with handful of sweets at end of every meal. They also made arrangements for bon fire , which was an added attraction and set up the mood perfectly for the night. Accompanied with musical chair. The rafting was conducted professionally and is a beautiful experience to be remembered lifetime. I went solo, however, came back making lovely friends.'

    • Rated : 4

      27-03-2020

      We took their service in Oct 17 for Rafting in Kolad. Came across their details while randomly looking for adventure groups. Once we contacted them, they co-ordinated with Hans Adventure resort for our stay and activities. Stay and food was good. Rafting was also arranged well. Recommended group �

    • Rated : 1

      27-03-2020

      'I wish i could have rated them zero but sadly there is no option for that.so i have booked this so called luxury tent stay with rafting for 8pax in kolad. Once we reached the rafting point (Daivya adventures) the staff over there was clueless about the booking from great next and clearly refused to 12-13 people who have booked through the great next, there was no network at that place even to contact anyone from the TGN team. We had wasted around 3-4 hours in this confusion and at last was sent without any proper briefing/ equipments and a novice kinnda raft instructor. It was a waste of Money and time. I will never recommend anyone to try this. Even the customer support is very bad. Vrushti was the one who sold me the package and never reverted after the problem. #waste #poorcustomersupport #tryotheroptions #bignono'

    • Rated : 5

      27-03-2020

      'We went for the kolad river rafting on 14th Oct 2017. It was amazing experience the staff and arrangement made was Awesome. Excellent guys TGN. Thanks for giving us such service .'

    • Rated : 5

      27-03-2020

      We were planning river rafting at Kolad. Vrushti quickly replied on my online request. Coordination was good. It was a fabulous, safe n cool experience. The arrangements were perfect to give a memorable experience without any hassels. I look forward to join for other activities too

    • Rated : 5

      27-03-2020

      'Had an amazing time at kolard thanks to The Great Next! They planned an amazing package for us and their instructors were amazing! Thanks The Great Next!'

  • Getting There

    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 travelling 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 that are well broken-in prior to the trek, along with a strong and comfortable backpack that 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 a 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 beginner's 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.