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  • Kedarkantha Trek

    TThe 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 make it one of the finest summit climbs for beginners.

    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 first-time trekkers in India a chance to get close to mind-blowing Himalayan 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 reach Kedarkantha 

    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 Difficulty

    The Kedarkantha trek is an easy to moderate trek and is considered to be one of the best introductions to Himalayan trekking for fit beginners. The ascent to the peak is not steep and is spread out over a vast number of days with multiple pitstops, giving you a good window of time to acclimatize and pace out your climb. Even though the snow in the winters adds a bit of difficulty to the trek, it still remains a beginner-friendly trek, opening gates of snow trekking to those even with little to no prior trekking experience.

    Best time to go to Kedarkantha

    The Kedarkantha trek is functional 10 months a year – all months barring July and August as the region receives heavy rainfall in those months that make the trek unsafe. Kedarkantha trekking is beautiful and adventurous in both summers and winters, but the winter months from December to March are best when it comes to the overall experience. The surroundings and trails are covered in thick layers of snow but yet remain easy to trek on. The rest of the months are relatively clear and pleasant, taking you through lush meadows and fragrant pine forests typical of iconic Himalayan treks.

    How safe is Kedarkantha?

    The Kedarkantha trekking route is well-marked, well-frequented, and has a gradual ascent, making it an extremely safe trek. There aren’t any sections that require particular assistance and will be fairly easy to cover. You will also be accompanied by an experienced trek guide who is equipped to assist you in case of any emergency. Do note that if you trek in the winter months of December, January, and February, the trail may be more slippery, and you may be prone to cold sores or frostbites if you don’t wear the correct winter clothing or gear.

    In case of any emergencies, the closest hospitals to Kedarkantha are in Mori (approx. 1 hour from Sankri), Barkot (approx. 3 hours from Sankri), Mussoorie (approx. 6 hours from Sankri), and Dehradun (approx. 7 hours from Sankri).

     

  • Kedarkantha Trek - 6 Day Itinerary

    Kedarkantha Trek - Short 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

    Kedarkantha Trek - 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.

    Kedarkantha Trek - Inclusions

    • Transportation arrangements from Dehradun-Dehradun in private
    • Shared SUV/Tempo Traveller or similar vehicle
    • Accommodation in homestay/guesthouse for two nights on a triple/quad sharing basis
    • Accommodation during the trek in tents for three nights on triple-sharing basis (You can upgrade to twin sharing accommodation throughout the trip for an extra INR 1500 per person)
    • 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 an experienced trek leader and camping crew
    • Charges for porters/mules to carry common camping equipment
    • Permit fees, camping charges, and entry fees (for Indian citizens)
    • First aid kit including an oxygen cylinder
    • All applicable taxes 

    Kedarkantha Trek - Exclusions

    • Travel arrangements from base city to Dehradun and back
    • Porters/mules to carry personal luggage (Can be arranged for additional costs, but please note that bags cannot be more than 10 kg and must be 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, roadblocks, etc.
    • Any personal expenses such as tips to staff, additional meals or beverages, etc.
    • Adventure travel or medical insurance
    • Anything not mentioned in inclusions 

    Kedarkantha Trek - 5 Day Itinerary

  • Best time to do Kedarkantha Trek

    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.

    What is the Kedarkantha winter trek like (in December, January, and February)?

    Kedarkantha trekking is most popular during the winter. Snow carpets your surroundings as far as the eye can see. The snow adds to the difficulty of the trek just enough to make it the right mix of adventure, ease, and beauty for beginners.

    Juda ka Talab appears frozen in time, surrounded by snow-capped mountains all around. Temperatures hang around -8°C in the night and 10°C during the day, with frequent snowfall. Ensure that you’re wearing clothes that are easy to layer to keep you warm and protected from the cold winds. Wear microspikes and gaiters to have a good grip while trekking. You can ask your operator if they have these available on rent if you do not wish to invest in them.

    What is the Kedarkantha spring trek like (in March and April)?

    Spring on the Kedarkantha trek is straight out of a dream. It checks all the boxes of the perfect spring – pleasant weather, fresh greenery that’s beginning to surface, and a frenzy of flowers in bloom. You will witness the region wake up from a snowy winter as the shrubs and flowers sway in the wind. Temperatures range between -5°C and 12°C, with beautifully warm mornings that have just the right amount of sun. You will still see a good amount of snow in March, especially closer to the peak, but the last of it melts away by April.

    What is the Kedarkantha summer trek like (in May and June)?

    Though most people gush over the Kedarkantha trek in winters, summers at Kedarkantha bring their own unique beauty. Stretches that were covered in white snow have now been painted in a lush and thick green that’s dotted with a wide array of wildflowers. You will trek through fragrant pine and oak forests, and camp in vast green meadows. The Juda ka Talab melts back into a shimmering blue lake, its waves crashing onto the serene banks.

    It starts getting much warmer and sunnier, with temperatures ranging between 5°C and 17°C. You may have to shed your extra layers of clothing during the day, and layer them back on at night to remain warm, so make sure your clothes are easy to slip on and off. The Kedarkantha trek in summer is not as crowded as the winters, making it perfect for those who don’t wish to trek with large groups.

    What is the Kedarkantha autumn trek like (in September, October, and November)?

    The Kedarkantha trek opens up to trekkers in September after a two-month-long break, and it sure knows how to welcome them back. The heavy rains of July and August depart by September and leave the region in a thick of green. The meadows and forests are as lush as they can be, but you’ll see no snow on your trail. It’s also the season when you’ll get the clearest views from the Kedarkantha summit. Temperatures range between 0°C and 15°C, and begin dropping towards the end of November, marking the advent of the cold winters and its much-loved snowfall.

    What is the weather and temperature on the Kedarkantha trek?

    Kedarkantha essentially has 4 seasons, spanning over 10 months, during which the trekking routes are accessible.

    Winters, from December to February, are beautifully snowy, with temperatures falling between -8°C and 10°C.

    Spring, from March to April, is more pleasant, though you might still see some snow in March. Temperatures fall between -5°C and 12°C.

    Summers, from May to June, are even warmer and sunnier, with temperatures falling between 5°C and 17°C.

    Kedarkantha trekking is closed for the monsoon months of July and August as the region receives heavy rainfall, making the trek unsafe. 

    Autumn, from September to November, is extremely clear and slightly cooler, getting much colder by the end of November. Temperatures fall between 0°C and 15°C.
     

  • 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. We also recommend that you do a few one day and short overnight treks before you directly go to Kedarkanta. This would help you get a sense of what it is like to be on a trek, and challenge yourself physically in the outdoors.

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  • Kedarkantha Trek Reviews

    Reviews

    • Rated : 5

      Approached TGN last month about trekking in North India. It's my first time in the area and Mathan recommended Kedarkantha winter trek in the Himalayas. And these guys delivered. It was really a super awesome experience for my brother and myself including the group we were part of. It was well organized starting from providing info on the trek gear, meeting points, transport to the Himalayas and back, accomodation, camping gear, trek guides and great meals provided. We couldn't ask for more. Great experience and memories and I'll definitely go to them again for future challenges. Well done TGN!

    • Rated : 5

      21-01-2020

    • Rated : 5

      17-12-2019

      Approached TGN last month about trekking in North India. It's my first time in the area and Mathan recommended Kedarkantha winter trek in the Himalayas. And these guys delivered. It was really a super awesome experience for my brother and myself including the group we were part of. It was well organized starting from providing info on the trek gear, meeting points, transport to the Himalayas and back, accomodation, camping gear, trek guides and great meals provided. We couldn't ask for more. Great experience and memories and I'll definitely go to them again for future challenges. Well done TGN!

    • Rated : 4

      08-03-2019

      Great experience! We were a 4 member group and all of us made it to the summit. Super well taken care of. Renok adventures is superb! Thank you The Great Next for planning this.

    • Rated : 5

      On trek best arrangement what can be offered.

    • Rated : 5

      On trek best arrangement what can be offered.

    • Rated : 4

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

    • Rated : 5

      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

      '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

      '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 : 1

      Pathetic experience. They are broker they dont do anything . These guys just do the tie up with local treakking group who are responcible for all the activitites. They tie up with cheaper treakking group and they provide worst quality of food, worst tent, worst and dirty sleeping bags .

    • Rated : 5

      '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 : 4

      the service is good and the payment process is smooth. but they are just aggregators and you will be pooled to other service providers. I need to go on long treks to experience more about The Great Next services

    • Rated : 1

      Pathetic experience. They are broker they dont do anything . These guys just do the tie up with local treakking group who are responcible for all the activitites. They tie up with cheaper treakking group and they provide worst quality of food, worst tent, worst and dirty sleeping bags .

    • Rated : 5

      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 : 4

      the service is good and the payment process is smooth. but they are just aggregators and you will be pooled to other service providers. I need to go on long treks to experience more about The Great Next services

    • Rated : 5

      '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 : 5

      'The experience with The Great Next was amazing, start from the planning part to the last day of the trek. The spokesperson was easily accessible and was more than happy to answer any question.. All the do's and dont's were clearly explained right before the trek.. Everything was well arranged , supportive local staff , beautiful memories! It was just perfect..!! A trek to be remember always. Kudos to The Great next for the well-arranged trek. Looking forward for my trek with The Great Next.'

    • Rated : 4

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

    • Rated : 5

      'The experience with The Great Next was amazing, start from the planning part to the last day of the trek. The spokesperson was easily accessible and was more than happy to answer any question.. All the do's and dont's were clearly explained right before the trek.. Everything was well arranged , supportive local staff , beautiful memories! It was just perfect..!! A trek to be remember always. Kudos to The Great next for the well-arranged trek. Looking forward for my trek with The Great Next.'

    • Rated : 4

      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

      It was a phenomenal experience. My first trek and it was way above my expectations. You guys were so warm and friendly, it felt like we've known each other for a long time. Thankyou for making my first experience a memorable one.

    • Rated : 5

      It was a phenomenal experience. My first trek and it was way above my expectations. You guys were so warm and friendly, it felt like we've known each other for a long time. Thankyou for making my first experience a memorable one.

    • Rated : 5

      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

      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

      We've 5 day for frozen river trek.its a great experience. With good team and good take care from the staff make this trip is memorable journey for me.( 5star for food, tents and sleeping bags��.)

    • Rated : 5

      We've 5 day for frozen river trek.its a great experience. With good team and good take care from the staff make this trip is memorable journey for me.( 5star for food, tents and sleeping bags��.)

    • Rated : 5

      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

      Very well organised. Ours was a last minute request but they were very helpful in arranging it seamlessly. The entire trek was very smooth. What was promised was delivered. The food could have been better but I am not complaining. On the whole a great experience.

    • Rated : 5

      Very well organised. Ours was a last minute request but they were very helpful in arranging it seamlessly. The entire trek was very smooth. What was promised was delivered. The food could have been better but I am not complaining. On the whole a great experience.

    • Rated : 4

      'I have availed the serices twice. The first was for the Valley of flowers/ Hemkund sahib trek and the next was the Kedarkantha trek. I have had a pleasant experience both times. I have found the package reasonable and the guide and facilities which they provide are top notch. The only concern I had on both the treks was that the itenerary was a bit too stretched and on both occassions we completed the trek in half the time and left early, but that might be because me and my friend have good stamina. So, cant blame TGN for that fully. All in all i would alys recommend TGN to others. Special mention to Venkat, who has been my point of contact at TGN on both occassions and I have been really impressed with him.'

    • Rated : 5

      The coordinators are extremely helpful. They go to extra lengths for helping you in figuring out where do you want to go and will be there with you at every step whenever you need them. Amazing service, I wanted to book a last minute ticket, I didn't think I'd get any good treks, but they sorted me out. Highly recommended.

    • Rated : 5

      The coordinators are extremely helpful. They go to extra lengths for helping you in figuring out where do you want to go and will be there with you at every step whenever you need them. Amazing service, I wanted to book a last minute ticket, I didn't think I'd get any good treks, but they sorted me out. Highly recommended.

    • Rated : 5

      'Wonderful !!! shout-out to my man Mr. Venkat for arranging the best trekking experience..'

    • Rated : 5

      'Wonderful !!! shout-out to my man Mr. Venkat for arranging the best trekking experience..'

    • Rated : 5

      Very polite and trained leads. Service was fantastic, food was on point. The trek was beautifully crafted by them. Can't wait for my next trip

    • Rated : 5

      Very polite and trained leads. Service was fantastic, food was on point. The trek was beautifully crafted by them. Can't wait for my next trip

    • Rated : 4

      The team is great. They properly guide you so that you can make the most out of your trip. They are very helpful and quick in resolving any of your queries. And the trip was amazing too. The way it was all planned was great. We didn't have to worry about anything. The guides with us on the trek were also very cooperative. The team makes sure that you have everything you need. Recommended 10/10 ❤️

    • Rated : 5

      'Honestly the experience was quite amazing and totally satisfied. Provided with premium quality of services and very responsive to the queries. It was my first time Manali trek with TGN and it was really a memorable experience for me. The quality of food, tents and all the amenities were quite satisfactory. Venkat, frankly speaking you're very responsive.. thank you Venkat for your support.. thank you TheGreatNext'

    • Rated : 5

      '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

      The team is great. They properly guide you so that you can make the most out of your trip. They are very helpful and quick in resolving any of your queries. And the trip was amazing too. The way it was all planned was great. We didn't have to worry about anything. The guides with us on the trek were also very cooperative. The team makes sure that you have everything you need. Recommended 10/10 ❤️

    • Rated : 5

      'Honestly the experience was quite amazing and totally satisfied. Provided with premium quality of services and very responsive to the queries. It was my first time Manali trek with TGN and it was really a memorable experience for me. The quality of food, tents and all the amenities were quite satisfactory. Venkat, frankly speaking you're very responsive.. thank you Venkat for your support.. thank you TheGreatNext'

    • Rated : 4

      '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

      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

      '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

      '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

      TGN has a very sophisticated and concise web page along with many optional details and information. This is one of the few sites that provides information about the operator. All the operators they recommend are safe, well-trained and reliable. They are easily accessible and offer reasonable deals. I've booked a trekking and river rafting trip with them already, and it was a very good experience. I'll always choose The Great Next to plan my adventure trips.

    • Rated : 5

      TGN has a very sophisticated and concise web page along with many optional details and information. This is one of the few sites that provides information about the operator. All the operators they recommend are safe, well-trained and reliable. They are easily accessible and offer reasonable deals. I've booked a trekking and river rafting trip with them already, and it was a very good experience. I'll always choose The Great Next to plan my adventure trips.

    • Rated : 5

      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

      '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!'

    • Rated : 5

      'The Great next is a great platform to discover, explore and book some of the best trails and treks nature has to offer! Although our trek group was managed by the amazing 'Renok adventures' , it was the great next that put us through to them. Thank you !'

    • Rated : 5

      'The Great next is a great platform to discover, explore and book some of the best trails and treks nature has to offer! Although our trek group was managed by the amazing 'Renok adventures' , it was the great next that put us through to them. Thank you !'

    • Rated : 5

      'When I bored of daily routines and surfing for some exciting trips or outings, I came across this website. I gave them my contact details and soon I got a prompt call from Mr.Raul from TGN. From then to till end of the trek they guided. coordination is appreciable. And trip was amazing with crazy trekmates and trek leads. It was one of my best well spent weekend. I would love to suggest TGN to you too...'

    • Rated : 5

      Trekking on new year's eve was an amazing experience. Adding to that thanks to the great next for making the overall experience wonderful. Supportive staff, good guides and the facilities were also nice. Keep up the good work

    • Rated : 5

      'When I bored of daily routines and surfing for some exciting trips or outings, I came across this website. I gave them my contact details and soon I got a prompt call from Mr.Raul from TGN. From then to till end of the trek they guided. coordination is appreciable. And trip was amazing with crazy trekmates and trek leads. It was one of my best well spent weekend. I would love to suggest TGN to you too...'

    • Rated : 5

      Trekking on new year's eve was an amazing experience. Adding to that thanks to the great next for making the overall experience wonderful. Supportive staff, good guides and the facilities were also nice. Keep up the good work

  • 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.

    By air

    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.

    By rail

    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.

    By bus

    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.

    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.

    How can I pick the right trekking shoes and socks for me? Why do I need them for the Kedarkantha trek?

    Your trekking shoes need to have a strong and sturdy sole and fit you perfectly. From the perspective of investing in good trekking shoes, get ones that have ample ankle support for when you need to wear them on longer and harder treks. Make sure that your shoes are waterproof and don’t get drenched easily when you trek in the snow.

    You will also need microspikes and/or gaiters for your shoes if you’re trekking in the winters. These may be available on rent from your operator, but please check with them before your departure. Coming back to shoes, you can pick any brand based on your budget.

    Most importantly, make sure that you purchase your shoes at least one month prior to your departure and wear them, exercise in them, walk in them daily to break into them well before your trek begins.

    Carry several pairs of quick-dry trekking socks. Trekking socks go above your ankle and are made from materials that keep your feet dry and less sweaty. Ensure that they aren’t loose around your ankles, especially if you’ll be wearing gaiters.

    Carry thicker quick-dry socks for the night to keep your feet warm. We strongly recommend that you carry antiseptic or wet wipes to clean your feet before changing into your night socks. Check for any shoe bites, blisters, or other injuries and apply bandaids before you sleep.

    How can I pick the right trekking pants for me? Why do I need them for the Kedarkantha trek?

    Your trekking pants need to be quick-dry, water-resistant, and comfortable. The Kedarkantha trek remains relatively chilly throughout the year, and you will need to wear thermal layers beneath your trekking pants. You may even have to wear fleece pants over your trekking pants in the colder months. Your trekking pants need to fit you well enough to accommodate the extra layers. Also, your trekking pants should fit you well around the ankles and not bunch up so your gaiters can fit you well. Make sure you carry thicker pants for the night as temperatures drop drastically.

    How can I pick the right gloves for me? Why do I need them for the Kedarkantha trek?

    For the Kedarkantha trek, you will need synthetic trekking gloves as well as woollen gloves. They need to be waterproof and quick-dry. The synthetic gloves protect your hand and provide grip, whereas the woollen gloves keep your hands warm. The synthetic gloves also provide an extra layer between your woollen gloves and your hand, preventing your hand from getting soaked and cold in case your woollen gloves get wet. Make sure your gloves fit you well and aren’t too tight or too loose.

    How can I pick the right snow wear for me? Why do I need them for the Kedarkantha trek?

    Apart from proper thermals and insulation wear (which we will talk about further down in the appropriate clothing for the Kedarkantha trek), you will need quick-dry, waterproof snow pants that don’t get soaking wet easily. You will also need rain covers for your daypack and backpack to protect it from the snow. Don’t forget to cover your backpack in its rain cover before you give it to your porter to carry.

    How can I pick the right head gear for me? Why do I need them for the Kedarkantha trek?

    For the Kedarkantha trek, we recommend carrying a quick-dry sun cap and a woollen cap. In the colder months, please also carry a balaclava.

    Your sun cap should fit you well, have a brim at the front, and a flap at the back that covers the back of your neck, protecting it from sunburn. We recommend carrying a few handtowels that you can soak with water and lay them on the back of your neck in case you do suffer from a sunburn.

    Your woollen cap should be made from thick and good quality quick-dry material that can insulate heat well. It should fit your head snugly and cover your ears to protect you from cold winds. The same applies for your balaclava.

    How to dress appropriately for the Kedarkantha trek

    If you’re doing the Kedarkantha trek in the summer, the days will be warm and sunny, while the nights will get chilly and cold. Make sure all your layers of clothing are easy to put on and remove as you may need to keep switching them up. Your innerwear and thermals should be well-fitting and close to your body, comfortable, and quick-dry. Wear a thin, quick-dry, full-sleeved sports t-shirt beneath your t-shirt to protect your arms from harsh weather conditions and injury, and give you an extra layer of warmth. 

    When doing the Kedarkantha trek in winter, you will need added insulation layers including a thick sweater or fleece jacket and fleece pants. Also carry outer layers that protect you from wind and cold, like a thick, insulated puffer jacket.

    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.

    How can I pick the right backpack, daypack, and covers for my bags? Why do I need them for the Kedarkantha trek?

    Check with your operator to choose the right size of the backpack you’ll need to carry, then purchase an appropriately sized rain cover for your bag that fits it well and ensures that it stays completely dry.

    A few weeks before your trek, CHECK YOUR BAGS! Fill your backpack and day pack up completely and hoist them on your back. Examine all straps, zips, and velcros of your bag and make sure they’re in good condition and are able to support the weight of the bag. If you find anything that needs fixing, get the mends done and recheck your bag.

    Generally, your backpack will be carried by a porter (don’t forget to cover your backpack before handing it over to them). You will only have access to your backpack when you reach the campsite for the day, which is why you need to carry a daypack for your water bottles, snacks, emergency and prescription medicines, camera, extra batteries, headlamp, basic toiletries, jackets, etc. A few weeks before your departure, check your daypack as you checked your backpack.

    Disposable plastic or reusable synthetic bags are essential to keep your wet and soiled clothes separate from other clean items in your bag, so carry a good amount of those to last you the entire trek.

    How can I pick the right sunglasses for me? Why do I need them for the Kedarkantha trek?

    The Kedarkantha trek in summers can get sunny and give you slight headaches. In the winters, the snow can reflect the sun and cause glares that can be blinding. To protect yourself from this, we recommend carrying sturdy, UV resistant, plastic-framed sports sunglasses (metal frames tend to get very cold). They should fit you well and not be too tight or too loose. If you wear prescription glasses, check if your sunglasses have the same updated prescription to ensure you can see clearly through them and don’t get uncomfortable trying to adjust to different prescriptions. Carry sturdy cases to store your sunglasses and prescription glasses.

    How can I pick the right head lamp for me? Why do I you need it for the Kedarkantha trek?

    A headlamp is strongly recommended to bring with yourself on the Kedarkantha trek. It comes in handy if you need to find your way back to your group, find the washroom at night, or trek after sundown due to unforeseen circumstances. Make sure your headlamp fits your head comfortably, is functioning properly, and has fresh batteries. Do carry some extra batteries just in case you run out.

    How can I pick the right trekking pole for me? Why do I need it for the Kedarkantha trek?

    A trekking pole can come very handy in the Kedarkantha trek, especially in the winter months. It helps in evenly distributing the weight and helping you gain balance, keeping you comfortable and safe. Make sure your pole is sturdy, has a good grip, and is collapsible so you can easily fit it in your daypack. In case you don’t wish to invest in a trekking pole, you can ask your operator to rent one out to you at an additional cost.

    What toiletries should I carry for the Kedarkantha trek?

    Carry enough of the following toiletries in a waterproof pouch to last you the duration of your trek, and then some more. There is a possibility of not coming across any shops at all where you can purchase these from:

    • thick face and body moisturiser
    • SPF 50+ sunscreen
    • moisturising lip balm with SPF
    • body wash
    • shampoo
    • toothpaste and toothbrush
    • anti-fungal and anti-rash creams
    • insect repellent
    • menstrual products and plenty of thick plastic bags to dispose of used sanitary napkins or tampons. Please do not litter. Ask your trek guide about the appropriate disposal methods. We do not recommend carrying menstrual cups or reusable pads/period panties as it will be difficult to wash and disinfect them while on the trek.
    • prescription medicines
    • wet wipes
    • dry tissues
    • sanitiser
    • face masks

    What water bottle or hydration pack should I carry for the Kedarkantha trek?

    We recommend carrying at least 2 one-litre reusable water bottles per person. It’s preferable if one of your bottles is thermally regulated as you may need to sip on warm water or soup when it gets cold (your trek staff will give you the boiled water or soup). If you don’t want the bulk of carrying water bottles, you can opt for hydration packs that you can wrap around your chest and back. They should be able to hold at least 500ml of water and should fit you well. We would still recommend also carrying at least one thermal flask for the hot water/soup.

    Do I need to carry a pen knife for the Kedarkantha trek?

    Yes, you should always carry a basic pen knife with a pair of scissors, a knife, toothpick, screwdriver, etc. You can use it to dislodge peddles stuck in your soles, make minor fixes to you backpack and daypack, cut open snack packets and fruit, and more.

    What should I carry in my medical kit for the Kedarkantha trek?

    Carry any pills prescribed to you, the same brand that you’re used to. We don’t recommend starting any new medication while on a trek in case it doesn’t sit well with you. Pack enough to last you all the days of your trek and then some extra in case your trek gets stretched beyond what was planned.

    Your trek guide will be carrying a first aid kit, but you should also carry a personal first aid kit with gauze, sprain bandage, antiseptic liquid, cotton, muscle relief spray, and loads of band aids. Also carry altitude sickness pills (please consult your trek guide before taking one) and pills for headaches, an upset stomach, cold, cough, allergies, and nausea. Do check your medical kit for stock and expiration dates well in advance.
     

    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.

    How to prepare for the Kedarkantha trek?

    Though the Kedarkantha trek falls under the easy to moderate bracket, keep in mind that you will be trekking uphill for several hours each day, nearing an altitude of 12,500 ft above sea level. In the weeks leading up to your trek, increase your cardio exercises, climb several flights of stairs, practise yoga and breathing exercises to regulate your breathing, and go for a few short runs once you’ve built onto your stamina.

    If possible, go on a few short treks around your city. Lastly, and most importantly, don’t forget to rest well before your trek to avoid overworking and tiring yourself out on the actual trek.

    Is there rainfall on the Kedarkantha trek?

    The Kedarkantha trek remains closed for the monsoon season between July and August. There is a slight chance of rainfall if you trek in late June. Be sure to carry a poncho and rain covers for your backpack and day pack in case it rains.

    What documents should I carry for the Kedarkantha trek?

    All permits and wildlife sanctuary entry formalities will be arranged by your trek operator. You will simply need to carry a government-issued ID. Please ask your operator about the latest COVID-19 guidelines and carry the required vaccination certificates or RT-PCR reports.

    What kind of food will be provided on the Kedarkantha trek?

    Your trek support team will include a cook who will make fresh meals for participants while on the trek. Typically, your day will start with breakfast at your campsite, packed lunch en route, and dinner at the next campsite. 

    Safety protocols and advisory on the Kedarkantha trek

    In case of minor emergencies while on the trek, your trek guide will be available to assist you. A basic first aid kit will be available, but please ensure that you carry your personal medication for the trip. In case you are feeling unwell or seem unfit to carry on with the trek, you may be asked to stay at the base camp. This is at the discretion of your trek leader and is a decision made to ensure your safety while on the trek. Consumption of alcohol, tobacco products, vape pens, or any other intoxicants is strictly prohibited.

    Additionally, in case you require medical assistance, the closest hospitals to Kedarkantha are in Mori (approx. 1 hour from Sankri), Barkot (approx. 3 hours from Sankri), Mussoorie (approx. 6 hours from Sankri), and Dehradun (approx. 7 hours from Sankri).

    Is there an ATM on the Kedarkantha trek?

    There are no ATMs in Sankri or anywhere further during the trek. Please make sure you withdraw all the cash you will need for the next few days at or before you reach Dehradun.

    Is there any electricity on the Kedarkantha trek?

    There is no electricity beyond Sankri. Sankri, too, faces very frequent power outages. We strongly suggest you carry extra batteries for your cameras and large, fully-charged powerbanks to charge any devices you’re carrying (don’t forget to pack their respective cables). In the colder winter months, do keep your batteries and powerbanks tucked away in between your clothing or inside your sleeping bag to keep them warm as they drain quicker in the cold.

    Will I get any network/connectivity on the Kedarkantha trek?

    Network starts getting sparse as you reach Sankri and will be completely unavailable for the rest of the trek. You may or may not get some network at the Kedarkantha peak, so please ensure you inform your friends and family of your itinerary before you reach Sankri.

    What is the cancellation and refund policy on the Kedarkantha trek?

    The cancellation and refund policy will depend upon the operator you choose for your trek. In general, no-shows don’t receive any refunds. Detailed cancellation and refund policies are available on our website’s trip booking pages.

    What are the COVID-19 protocols for the Kedarkantha trek?

    All individuals joining the trek will mandatorily have to be doubly vaccinated, without certification of which, you will be disallowed from joining the Kedarkantha trek departure. Trekkers will be required to maintain social distancing of 6 feet from one another, but families/groups can stay close to each other. Please make sure you maintain a distance of 6 ft from other groups, families, or individuals. Before you depart for the trek, your temperature will be thermally screened. If at any point of the trek you feel unwell or symptomatic, please inform your trek leader and they’ll provide you with the next steps of action. Please contact your trek operator for more information on additional COVID-19 protocols.