Kedarkantha Winter Trek
The Kedarkantha Trek in Uttarakhand has a maximum altitude of 12,000 feet and can be traversed by beginner level trekkers. This six day trek is best undertaken during the winter months of December through to April when large, pine forests and flat plain lands are covered with a thick blanket of sparkling, white snow.
Small, cozy little campsites are dotted here and there along the Kedarkantha Trekking route. All the campsites sit at the centre of a ring of snow-capped mountains. Snuggling up in a warm tent, or outside under the starry night sky, is essential to completing any Himalayan trekking experience.
From the charming little town of Dehra Dun, trekkers will be driven to Sankri village, from where the Kedarkantha trail starts. A short way up, trekkers will reach Juda- Ka- Talab, one of the route’s most popular campsites, before finally ascending up to the Kedarkantha Peak, from where all of Himalaya’s summits will be at eye-level. Trekkers will really feel like they are at the top of the world from here!
With picturesque snow-clad mountains, sparkling, frozen lakes and a myriad of rich, alpine flora, the Kedarkantha Trek promises to impress upon trekkers the best of the Himalayas.
- Grade: Moderate
- Max Altitude: 3812m
Day 1: Arrival in Sankri from Dehradun (220 Kms | 7-8 Hrs)
Start from Dehradun and drive to Sankri. On way you may stop at Mussurie for having a quick breakfast and at Kempty falls. On reaching, one of our representative will greet you and guide you to your hotel room. Once you are settled and freshened up, we meet over for evening Tea and Snacks. That's where we get introduced with the Team, issue you personal equipments for extra hygiene and safety, and share latest updates for the Kedarkantha trek in short.
Day 2: From Sankri to Juda ka Taalab (5 Kms | 3 Hrs Trek)
Today after breakfast, we start our trek from Sankari to Juda ka talab via Talkua from where, its a constant, but easy climb to our campsite of Juda Ka Taalab. The trek route come across multiple opening in the forest, and we take multiple breaks, not just to rest, but also to grasp the beautiful view presented by the elements of the nature. In some 3.5 hours, we reach our campsite for the day.
Day 3: From Juda Ka Taalab to Kedarkantha Base Camp (5 Kms | 4-5 Hrs Trek)
Today's trek from Juda ka talab to Kedarkantha base camp is short but a very beautiful one. After breakfast we start our trek for the day through the forest trails again. Today we see Kedarkantha peak for the first time. In few hours we reach a bigger opening in the forest. That's where we camp for the day.
Day 4: From Kedarkantha Base Camp To Hargaon , Via - Kedarkantha Summit (9 Kms | 6-7 Hrs Trek)
Today is a challenging day for us. Not because the trek is difficult, but because the condition and timing is sharp. We gear up for The Day of the trek as we head for the ridge of the peak before the day dawns. A quick breakfast of hot porridge, coffee and few quick munch for the trek, we start the trek with our headlamps on and lighted. After a climb of some 3 hours, we stand on the summit of the mountain. We return to Base, savour on hot lunch and then trek further down to the other side of the mountain. Tonight we camp on one of the loveliest campsite ever - Hargaon. Here the evening gets just magical
Day 5: From Hargaon To Sankri (7 Kms | 6-7 Hrs Trek)
We start easily in the morning after breakfast and trek back to Sankri from Hargaon. It takes us about 4 hours to reach Sankri with a relaxed walk through the forest and apple orchids. Once we reach Sankri, we freshen up and take hot showers. Post lunch, we can visit the village of Saud to hear some interesting stories for the locals.
Day 6: Departure Day
Drive from Sankri to Dehradun, 220Kms 10 Hrs (Reach at 7-8pm).
- 6 Days / 5 nights of trek cost Ex. Sankri
- 2 night in standard hotel in Sankri
- Accommodation in spacious tents on trek, 2man/ 3man tents
- Sub Zero Sleeping bags supported with Warm Fleece Sleeping Bag Inners For Extra Hygiene and Warmth
- All required camping gears with Separate Dining and Kitchen Tents and toilet tents for men and women
- All meals starting Evening Tea in Sankri on Day 1 till Breakfast on the last day.
- 3 meals (B,L,D) suited for high altitude plus evening snacks, soup, hot drinks and extra energizers/juice for summit days
- All other equipment and safety gears required for snow trek like Gaiters, Anti Slip Ice Crampons, etc
- High Altitude Medical Kit
- Experienced and Well Equipped English/ Hindi Speaking Trek Leader
- Expert and Knowledgeable local guide with cooks, helpers, etc
- All forest entry permits and camping fees
- Baggage Offload: Extra at INR 1200 per trekker for 1 backpack
- Transfers between Dehradun and Sankri
- Food purchased outside our fixed menu
- Travel Insurance
- Anything out of the Inclusions list
What to pack:
Sun Protection: Sunscreen SPF 20 above,Sunglasses( UV proof/ Polarizer),Sun Hat Scarf,Balaclava /Face mask
Water Shell: Poncho, Water proof Upper & Lower, Waterproof Backpack Cover, Scarf Water useable shoes for rafting days
Winter Care: Cold Cream/ Moisturizer, Lip Balm, Thermal Inner Wears, Ear Cover, Sweater/Fleece jackets, Down Jackets, Hand Gloves, Woollen Socks, Face Masks/ Balaclava, Mufflers
General: T Shirts, Socks, Undergarments, Thin Nylon Ropes for multi-purpose use, Toilet Paper Roll, Towel, Soap Papers, Head lamp / Torch, Batteries & charger, Water Bottles, Light weight Pants, Personal Medical & First Aid Kit, Tickets & bookings, Photo Identity Card
Specialized Gear: Ruck Sack/ Day Pack, Sleeping Bag (Provided), Trekking Shoes, Snow Gaiters, Trekking Stick/pole, Camera
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
You can do Kedarkantha Trek all through the year except monsoon months of July and August. If you are looking for snow then you should do it between months of December to March.
In summer months Kedarkantha trek is an easy trek. In winters it could be easy to moderate depend upon level of snow on the trail.
We keep our groups small for better over all experience. Typical group size is between 6 to 10. On long weekends or during holidays the group size could be 15.
Ideally trekking shoes/boots with ankle support are needed for any trek in the Himalayan region. Quechua shoes available at Decathlon are a value for money option.
Yes all published dates are final and departures are guaranteed. Even if that its just you, we will proceed with the trek.
Toilet tents are set-up at the campsites. These are dry-pit temporary toilets and most hygienic as well as convenient way to answer nature’s call in the wild.
First two days would see only slight lower temperature compared to plains. Day 3 on wards day time temperature would be 5°C-15°C and night time temperature could drop to as low as -8°C in winters.
Yes, you will be provided with tents and sleeping bags & mattress. Our sleeping bags are high altitude category and can withstand temperatures as low as -10º C. Couples are given two person tents and groups are give three or four person tents.
Har Ki Dun and Kuari Pass are two other treks that you could explore. Both these treks are fairly easy with beautiful mountain views and snow can be found at least till mid March.
Meet-up Information/Reporting Point:
Report at Sankri or pick-up from Dehradun (on extra charges)
₹ 6490 Per Person