Kedarkantha Peak

trek overview

Kedarkantha Peak is one of the adventurous trek enlisted among beginners, nestled in the ridge peak of the Tons river valley; easily accessible at any time of the year. Kedarkantha peak is situated at an altitude of 3800 meters inside Govind Pashu National Park and Sanctuary . It is one of the uninhabited peaks for the best winter experience in Uttarakhand, which is a fairytale like gateway to magnificient and remarkable summit. The name Kedarkantha (Throat of Lord Shiva) itself is a story to be chanted for years and people here stand together for the belief that Uttarakhand is one of the abodes where mystical, harmonious and natural lifestyle grows and so does the name formed up by two words “Kedar” which is one of the names of lord shiva and “Kantha” translating to the throat. A primordial tale of living gods is narrated by the locals about this peak, Past moving to Kedarnath Lord shiva meditated in the solitude of Kedarkantha peak while he’s stealth to hide from Pandavas. When he stood meditating at the top he heard a voice of a calf from a nearby village, Lord Shiva understood there must be some civilization living and so Shiva moved to Kedarnath “The holy shrine of chota char Dham”. The peak offers an energizing spacious view of Himalayan snow-capped mountains like Swargarohini, Bandarpunch, and many more. This part of Govind Wildlife Park is also very rich with vegetation, having enriched variant trees like pine, silver oak, rhododendron which can be seen on trek trail. Kedarkantha is one of the less exhaustive and eye catching winter trek that offers plethora of changes in landscapes as we go deeper inside the National Park area.

Base camp

Sankri Village

Nearest Railway Station

Dehradun

Nearest Airport

Jolly Grant Airport

Temperature

(Summers-25° Max/ 10° Min)
(Winters-18° Max/ -5° Min)

Mobile Network

No Networks are available in Sankri

Electricity

Sankri is the last point that has electricity.
Note: Most of the electricity is extremely intermittent and can be absent for most part of the day during winter/late summer (when monsoon starts to set in)

Last Atm

Purola, on the way to sankri has last Day
Note: Most of time ATM in hilly regions are not functioning.

Day 1 – Dehradun to Sankri

  • Drive: 7-8 Hrs

Morning Drive starts from Dehradun, the capital of Uttarakhand State. The drive turns from city life to mountain offering landscape and crossing the markets of hilly towns like Mussorie,Nainbagh,Damta, Naugaon, Purola, Mori. As we drive along the rivers we cross Yamuna, Tons, Kamal Ganga. Netwar is a place whereupon Supin mixes up and forms to Tons River, the major tributary of Yamuna River. The drive takes along the pine trees with hairpin curves to make your stomach cuddle a bit. As we reach Sankri, The beautiful peaks of swargarohni can be seen glittering up in a far distance. The night accommodation is in a Homestay located nearby the main market of sankri road.

Day 2 – Sankri to Juda ka Talab

  • Trek: 4-5 Hrs

Today’s schedule onsets with breakfast and we leave sankri for the further journey. The distance to reach “Juda ka Tablab” is approx 4 km which takes around 5 hours to complete. The trail from sankri to Juda ka tabal is an observing one. You can glimpse young faces, playing and enjoying during their winter break, locals starting with their daily routine and the different changes of the landscape during the trek. The trek starts after crossing a magnificent village, saud, settled near the road of the tons river valley. After a few steps ahead of Saud village, we start the journey of Kedarkantha trek. The trail begins on the right side of the road and switches to rocky terrain. The route enters into the jungle trail, the density of the jungle makes the hike very comforted as the sun is not able to enter through the thick pine and maple trees. After walking uphill for
a few minutes view of stunning Swargarohini peak can be sighted on the ridge side of the path. As we finally reach Juda ka Talab, tents can be seen pitched beside a beautiful frozen lake layered up with a thick blanket of snow. This high altitude lake is surrounded up by the pine trees. For the night, we stay by the lake and enjoy the dinner under sky filled with uncountable stars.

Day 3 – Juda ka Talab to Kedarkantha Base Camp

  • Trek: 2-3 Hrs

Today, the trail gradient is steeper then yesterdays climb. It takes around 3 hours to complete this part of the journey. Moving further from Juda ka Talab, the trail divides into two, the route on the left is followed by a steep stretch with pine trees
all around. During the climb to the summit, we spot few nomad shelters now occupied by groups for the shelter or turned into refreshing shops(tapris) by the locals. The Basecamp offers astonishing landscape of the grand summit of Kedarkantha – the most popular winter trek in India. Have your dinner early today as we will start the trek to summit at 3 A.M

Day 4 – Kedarkantha Base Camp to Kedarkantha summit and back to Base camp

  • Trek: 5-6 Hrs

Finally, this is the day you have been working so hard for. We leave at night for today’s journey, so you need to be prepared with proper clothing and other essentials in your backpack. Must to carry gears are Water bottles, Gloves, and a torch. After 2 hours of tiring hike, we rest for 10 minutes at a tea point, the treeline ends here and a jaw dropping view of Himalayas can be enjoyed. For all snow lovers and photographers, the summit point is a paradise. In the summit a shrine made of stones can be seen, hymns and prayers are offered by the locals to the shrine .They believe once Lord shiva meditated at this place. Fromthe top, you can spot Har ki dun valley and ahead trial to Pushtar Ridge. If everything goes as per schedule, we spend some time up in the summit enjoying the magnificent view of snow capped peaks. The Kedarkantha summit delivers magnificent landscape of grand Himalayan peaks like Swargarohini 1-2-3-4, Black Peak, Bandarpoonch, Gangotri and Yumnotri Range. We trek back to Base Camp after spending some quality time at the summit. At the summit Point you can spot small temples dedicated to Lord shiva and Lord Ganesha. The night will be chilly so better be prepared before falling asleep with proper clothing essentials.

Day 5 – Kedarkantha Base Camp to Sankri

  • Trek: 2-3 Hrs

Today we will head back to sankri from a different route. It takes about 3 -4 hours to complete a 6 km journey to reach Sankri Market. We descend crossing another camping site, Hargaon. For the rest of the day, you can explore the village of sankri or saud, which is 200 meters walk away from the sankri market. Touring the village will explore you to a rich culture and a pleasant environment of the habitat. Photography enthusiast has a chance to capture the cheerful faces and peaceful lifestyle of Highland families. You can also catch a glimpse of beautifully carved traditional wooden houses around this place.

Day 6 –  Sankri to Dehradun

  • Drive: 7-8 Hrs

With a lot of memories and a beautiful experience, the journey finally comes to an end. Today we depart for Dehradun from Sankri, all you need to do is rest back in the vehicle and enjoy the beautiful ride along the pine trees, Tons Valley and Supin river. The hilly drive changes up to busy city traffic as we come close to Dehradun.

  • Transport support from Dehradun to Dehradun (Only
    for participants who have opted Dehradun to
    Dehradun packag
  • All vegetarian meals starting from dinner on day 1 to
    dinner on day 5
    Tented accommodation throughout the trek on
    sharing basis
    Guesthouse/Homestay accommodation in Sankri for
    Day1 and Day 5 on triple/Quad sharing
  • Professional guide, cook and support staff
    Rent for camping equipment
  • Clean sleeping bags and mats
  • Good quality ¾ or 4 season ‘A’ shaped or dome tents
    Kitchen tents, common tents, toilet tents
  • Gaiters and Crampons, if required
  • Forest entry charges for Indian nationals
    Porter and mule support to carry camping equipments
  • Personal expenses like tips, personal medicines, phone calls etc.
  • Any transport support during the trek apart from what is included above.
  • Any cost or services not mentioned in the Inclusions.
  • Accommodation in Dehradun.
  • Cost arising due to unforeseen incidents like bad weather, medical evacuation, road blocks etc.
  • Porter/mule charges to carry personal luggage – Can be arranged at an additional cost of INR 300 per day (1 soft bag per person < 12 kg).

Basics Gears

  • Backpack
  • Trekking Shoes
  • Trekking Pole
  • LED Torch
  • One Water Bottle (one litre)
  • Lunch Box
  • Basic Medications (or prescribed if any)

 

Clothes

  • Trekking Jacket
  • Warm Layers
  • Two trek pants
  • Full sleeve dry-fit T-shirts
  • Thermals (1 pair)

 

Accessories

  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreeen Lotion (SPF 50/70)
  • Lip Balm (SPF 30)
  • Synthetic hand gloves
  • Woolen Cap
  • Three pair of Socks
  • Raincoat/Poncho is a must

 

Others

  • Daypack (Recommended), for summit Day
  • Plastic cover (for wet clothes in winters and rainy season)

 

Mandatory Documents

  • Original and photocopy of government photo identity card- (Passport, Aadhaar Card, Driving license or voters ID

Cancellaton policy

Cancellation By Operator

  • Cancellation due to unforeseen circumstances

If the trek is cancelled due to bad weather conditions (Flood, landslide, snow, heavy rainfall, etc) or any other circumstances( Bandh, strike, earthquake, etc).   Mountainiax will issue a trek voucher that can be redeemed within a period of one year for the same trek or any other trek from the date of the original departure date for which the booking was made.

Cancellation by Customer

If the user wishes to cancel any booking due to any reason, the same shall be only valid if Mountainiax is notified of the cancellation in writing on its official e-mail, at least 15 days before the commencement of the trip or any adventure activity.

REFUNDS

The following refund shall be payable to the user in case of valid cancellation as per the guidelines

  • Cancellations up to 21 days prior to departure date – 70% refund
  • Between 21 days to 14 days prior to departure – 50% refund
  • Between 14 days to 10 days prior to departure- 30% refund
  • Less than 10 days of departure – No refund or you can transfer
    your trek (same batch date & same trek) to your dear one.

Note: The above-mentioned refunds are subjected to deductions for any expenses that may have been incurred for hotel booking or
transport etc. Refunds are applicable on the total cost and not on the advance amount.

cost per head

For Fixed Departures

Dehradun to Dehradun

₹ 10500

+5% GST per person

Trek Details

MAXIMUM ELEVATION

3800 Meters

DURATION
 

5 Nights 6 Days

GRADIENT
 

Easy To Moderate

DISTANCE

18 Kms

BEST MONTH

Throughout The year

GROUP SIZE

6 To 15

Short Itineary

Day 1: Dehradun to Sankri

Drive : 7-8 hrs

Day 2: Sankri to Juda Ka talab

Trek : 4-5 hrs trek

Day 3: Juda ka talab to kedarkantha Base Camp

Trek : 2-3 hrs

Day 4: Kedarkantha Base camp to Kedarkantha Summit and Back to basecamp

Trek : 5-6 hrs

Day 5: Kedarkantha Base Camp to Sankri

Trek : 2-3 hrs

Day 6: Sankri to Dehradun

Drive : 7-8 hrs

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