Kedarkantha Trek

Kedarkantha Trek

The most popular Winter Trek in India

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Duration
6 Days
Trek Altitude
12,500 feet
Destination
Uttarakhand
Trek Distance
20 KM
Group Size
12
Best Time
Winters

Kedarkantha Trek Overview

Kedarkantha Peak is the most popular winter trek and is located in the Govind Wildlife Sanctuary in Uttarkashi. It provides a stunning 360-degree view of various peaks, including Mt. Swargarohini, Mt. Bandarpoonch I and II, Black Peak, Ranglana, Yamunotri, and Gangotri ranges. At an altitude of 3810 meters (12,500 feet), the Kedarkantha Trek is accessible throughout the year, except during July and August. The name of the peak translates to "Lord Shiva's throat." Kedar (केदार) means Shiva, and Kantha (कंठ) means throat.

Highlights of Kedarkantha Trek:

Kedarkantha is one of the famous treks of winter, there are some highlights of the trek that a trekker should know. Many of the highlights are mentioned below-

1. Sankri: The base camp of Kedarkantha Peak Trek:

The Kedarkantha trek starts from Sankri village, is a village located in Uttarkashi, Uttrakhand. Sankri is a remote but bustling village that can be reached by an 8-9 hour drive from Dehradun. The drive takes you through Mussoorie, Kempty Falls, and along the beautiful river Yamuna and later River Tons. One of the most picturesque stretches is near Mori along the Tons River.

Sankri village is unique in its own way; however, the people of the village (locals) are very friendly and helpful. It is a famous basecamp of many popular treks of Uttarakhand and some of the treks are; Har Ki Dun, Bali Pass Trek, Borasu Pass Trek, Phulara Ridge Trek, etc. You can easily get a vehicle to travel from Dehradun to Sankri.
This village is famous for its traditional wooden houses and apple orchards. People of Sankri and other nearby villagers worship "Lord Someshwara", a manifestation of Lord Shiva. Moreover, many facilities, like medical shops, basic food amenities shops, guest houses, and small markets, include essential items.

The trek to the top of Kedarkantha is approximately 10 KM and takes 4 days to complete, although fit trekkers can complete the Kedarkantha Trek within 3 days. The most popular and beautiful route to Kedarkantha Summit is via Sankri and Juda ka Talab. However, the trek to the summit of Kedarkantha can also be started from Gaichwan Gaon, a small village near Netwar. This route is longer and less frequent. Netwar is located approximately 10 KM before Sankri on the main road, and Gaichwan Gaon is another 1-2 KM drive from Netwar, with a quick ascent in altitude for the Kedarkantha Peak Trek.

2. Juda Ka Talab:

The Juda Ka Talab is a serene and picturesque lake nestled amidst lush pine forests, offering a breathtaking view of the surrounding landscape. The campsite of Juda ka Talab is located just a short 2-minute walk from the lake. It provides a perfect spot for trekkers to spend the night amidst nature's splendor.

The Juda Ka Talab lake freezes over in peak winters, providing a unique opportunity for adventure enthusiasts to walk on its frozen surface. The trek to Juda Ka Talab from Sankri covers a distance of around 4 KM and takes 3-4 hours to complete. This makes it an ideal spot for a one-night camping experience.

Juda ka Talab-The Frozen Lake of Kedarkantha Trek

The frozen Juda ka Talab lake.



3. Kedarkantha Base Camp:

The base camp of the Kedarkantha peak takes about 3-4 hours to cover 4 KM from Juda Ka Talab. It serves as a campsite for the second night. The Kedarkantha Basecamp is situated at an altitude of 11,250 feet (3429 meters). The base has a vast campsite and requires certain steep stretches to reach. Numerous tents dot the landscape here and you will find many trekkers at any given point, at the base camp of Kedarkantha Trek.

4. Sunrise from the Summit of Kedarkantha Peak:

Many people who have experienced the sunrise say that it's magical. There is no other view beautiful as compared to sunrise from the Kedarkantha Peak. the mesmerizing glow will leave you speechless. The first sun rays fall upon peaks snow-capped peaks like Swargarohini, Bandarpoonch, and black peak. Which makes it a flawless view. Although some people are so mesmerized that they forget about the people around them.

You get to experience the true nature-like quietness of early morning, with thin air on the mountain. However, these qualities will make feel like you are connected to the place, connect to nature.

5. The Best Attraction in Winters:

Kedarkantha trek is famous and usually preferred during winter, which means there are many positive points of why it is a winter trek. Snow is the main factor that makes the peak more mesmerizing. In winter, Kedarkantha is covered with snow, which makes it an ideal location for winter trekking. However, in winter trekkers can face some hurdles like slippery terrain which can make you slip. However, if you are properly dressed and have your gear you are going to enjoy it 200 times better.

Along with the snow, The Kedarkantha Trek includes dense Pine trees and in winter the pine trees are covered with snow which makes it look like a picture-perfect landscape for winters. Last but not least how can we forget about Juda Ka Talab, it is the famous and remarkable lake that freezes during winter, it and thus it makes a special mark in trekker’s memory.

6. Cultural Exploration:

While passing through the villages, you will learn about the culture and heredity of the locals. Moreover, the local culture and lifestyle can help you understand the roots. Additionally, you will get to know about the simplicity and hospitality of the villagers, and through that, you will have a good memory of the Kedarkantha Trek. You can enjoy Garhwali Thali, which includes local food items of Garhwal such as Bhang Ki Chutney, Jhangore Ki Kheer, Pahari Raita, Lesu, Gahat, Kulath, Badi, Lindge Ki Sabzi, Kofta, and many more. However, there are many other meals too that you will get to know when you take a visit to Sankri Market.

7. Wildlife of Kedarkantha Peak:

You will find various species of birds and mammals on the Kedarkantha Trek. that the reason the place is rich is the wildlife culture. Trekkers can spot birds like the Himalayan Woodpecker, Himalayan Monal, Rosefink, Uttarakhand's state bird, the Himalayan Partridge, which is also known as the snow Partridge, Sparrows, etc. Some mammals that you can spot on the Kdarkantha trek are; Musk Deer, Himalayan Black Bear, Himalayan Tahr, Himalayan Langurs, Leopards, squirrels, etc. Most of the time, you will be encountering Himalayan Langurs.

Best Time to Visit Kedarkantha Trek:

The trek to Kedarkantha Peak is generally accessible for 9–10 months of the year. However, it is not recommended to trek during the monsoon months of July and August due to incessant rains, which can make the trek risky. The best time to visit Kedarkantha Peak Trek is in the winter months of December and January. During peak winters, sometimes there is continuous snowfall, and walking on the path becomes quite difficult due to the fresh snow. At this time, excessive snowfall in Kedarkantha may cause the trek to be closed for a few days in the last week of December and the first week of January. But overall, the Kedarkantha trek is considered safe during all other times of the year.



1. Kedarkantha Trek from September to November (Autumn):

September is an ideal time to trek to Kedarkantha, with warm, sunny days and pleasant temperatures hovering around 20 to 25 degrees Celsius. The evenings are cool and breezy, and the meadows are in full bloom, with a variety of flowers and wild berries growing all around the trail of the Kedarkantha Trek. Rainfall is minimal, with short showers expected only post-afternoon on some days.

In October, the evenings become colder, and the landscape changes to a cinnamon autumn hue. In 2021, the Kedarkantha Peak Trek witnessed snowfall for two days during the third week of October, which is rare but possible.

By November, temperatures begin to slide to 0 or even sub-zero at night at the Juda ka Talab and above campsites. There is more snowfall than expected, starting from the first week of the November month.

2. Kedarkantha Trek from December, January, February, and March (Winter and Spring):

December is the most popular time to trek to Kedarkantha, with many trekkers planning their trip during the Christmas and New Year's Eve holidays. By the second week of December, snow usually covers the landscape up to the base camp of Kedarkantha Trek.

Also, there is some snow at Juda Ka Talab. By the end of December, the landscape of Kedarkantha Trek turns into a winter wonderland, with tall pine trees and shrubs covered in thick snow. Campsites are whitewashed under a snow blanket. Temperatures drop below 0 degrees Celsius on Kedarkantha Trek in the month of December, and Juda Ka Talab freezes completely, making it possible to walk on the frozen lake.

January receives the most snowfall on the Kedarkanth Trek compared to other winter months. On the upper end, temperatures range from 7 to 8 degrees Celsius. On the lower end, temperatures drop to minus 10 degrees Celsius at higher campsites of the trek like Kedarkantha Basecamp and the Summit of Kedarkantha Peak. Especially in Sankri, Snowfall can even lead to temporary suspension of the Kedarkantha trek.

February sees less snowfall, but the landscape above the Kedarkantha basecamp is still covered in snow. Juda Ka Talab Lake begins to melt, and temperatures become more bearable, making it a great time to plan the Kedarkantha trek. Snow starts to recede at lower altitudes around Juda Ka Talab by the end of February. At the beginning of March, temperatures hover around 0 degrees Celsius.

By mid-April, new vegetation begins to bloom, but there is still a good amount of snow around the Kedarkantha Peak. The weather in Kedarkantha Trek is pleasant during the winter, with temperatures averaging around 10 degrees Celsius during the day. At night, temperatures drop to around -2 degrees Celsius in Kedarkantha Trek.

3. Kedarkantha Trek from April to June (Summer):

May and June are less frequented months for the Kedarkantha Peak Trek as trekkers prefer other summer treks nearby like Har ki Dun Trek, Phulara Ridge Trek, Bali Pass Trek, Rupin Pass Trek and so many other treks. Also, these treks start from the Sankri Basecamp. So, if you really want to enjoy the Kedarkantha Trek, December to February is the optimal time for the trek with ample snow and less crowd, especially in January end and February start.

The tree line starts to become scattered here and ahead of Kedarkantha basecamp, the treeline will completely disappear paving the way for panoramic views. The trek to the Kedarkantha peak is short in distance from the Kedarkantha base, but it is a steep route to reach the Kedarkantha Peak. The Kedarkantha Trek distance can vary depending on the specific route taken and the starting point of the trek.

On average, the total trekking distance for the Kedarkantha trek is around 20 to 24 km (12.5 to 15 miles) throughout 4 to 6 days, including both upward and downward. Trekkers should ideally start early in the morning to arrive at the Kedarkantha peak around sunrise.

Kedarkantha Trek Difficulty Level:

The Kedarkantha trek is considered a moderately challenging trek, suitable for both beginners and experienced trekkers. Kedarkantha's summit stands at an altitude of around 12,500 feet (3,810 meters). While not extremely high, it still requires adjustment. During the Kedarkantha Trek, altitude-related challenges might be experienced, especially by those who are new to trekking at such elevations.

The Kedarkantha trek includes gradual ascents, steep climbs, and descents. The path to the Kedarkantha Peak goes through dense forests, meadows, and snow-covered areas. The Kedarkantha trek is usually done during the winter months when snow covers the trek and the surroundings. Cold temperatures can be a challenge at the Kedarkantha Basecamp, especially during the night. Proper preparation, including physical fitness training and appropriate gear, can significantly enhance the trekking experience.

To Reach the base camp of Kedarkantha Trek:

If you are planning to visit Kedarkantha Peak, you have to be aware of the route and ways of traveling. To start your Kedarkantha trek, you first have to reach Dehradun and then continue your journey. Trekkers should be aware that Sankri is the basecamp of the Kedarkantha Trek.

Traveling to Dehradun:

There are three ways to reach Dehradun and all of them are mentioned here:

By Air:

Many people go with the by-air option, which is to travel by flight. This is costly but for sure it saves a lot of time. If you travel by flight directly to Dehradun, you will land at Jolly Grant Airport. Dehradun bus stand is 30 km away from the airport and after reaching the airport, you need to book a cab to reach the Dehradun bus stand.

By Road:

If you want to travel by road, you can take Volvo and other buses too. Traveling through the road can take more time compared to a flight, however, this may cost you less than the flight. If you travel by road, you will directly reach the Dehradun bus station, and from there, you can get a bus to travel further.

By Train:

You can reach Dehradun by train. The Nanda Devi Express, or Kota Express, departs from Kota at 5:55 p.m. and reaches Dehradun the next morning at 5:45 a.m. However, this timing coincides with the departure time of buses and taxis leaving Dehradun for Sankri early in the morning.

Dehradun to the basecamp of Kedarkantha Trek- Sankri:

Sankri is the base camp for the Kedarkantha trek. Make sure you reach the base camp by 10 a.m. so you can start your trek on time. The distance from Dehradun to Sankri is 190 km, so it is suggested to arrive a day prior for an overnight stay in Sankri..

Private and Govt. buses:

To reach Sankri from Dehradun, there are both Govt. and private buses, so you can choose whichever you prefer. However, to reach Sankri, the time distance is 7 to 8 hours, and departure from Dehradun before 8 am is essential because after 8 am there are no direct vehicles to reach Sankri.

Regular Taxis and cabs:

The second option you have is to opt for a taxi or cab from Dehradun to Sankri. Moreover, the taxis provide you services up to Purola, and from Purola, you can have another bus or taxi to reach Sankri basecamp.

Choose whichever way is comfortable for you, plan the Kedarkantha Trek accordingly and enjoy the mesmerising views of the Himalayas.

Kedarkantha Trek Route Map:

Trek Route of Kedarkantha Trek
Credits: Abhishek Sohu

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Kedarkantha Trekking Itinerary

The drive from Dehradun to Sankri takes you through picturesque towns and villages like Mussoorie, Nowgaon, Purola, and Mori. The route is scenic and takes you through a dense pine forest, filling the air with the sweet aroma of pines. After driving through the forests, you’ll reach Mori, where the Tons River joins you on the route. The Tons River is the biggest tributary of Yamuna and is well-known for rafting activities. The 190 km long drive typically takes 8-9 hours to complete, so it’s advisable to start early to reach Sankri by evening. You’ll spend the night at a guesthouse before starting your hike the next day.

We start our trek towards Juda Ka Talab early in the morning after breakfast from Sankri. The trek is an eventful one as we pass through local villages, such as Saud, and encounter kids heading to school and women starting their daily chores. The trail takes us through a dense pine forest, which gradually steepens until we reach a ridge. After walking on the ridge for a while, the trail evens out and widens. The thick forest provides a cool environment, shielding us from the sun’s heat. Finally, we reach the famous Juda Ka Talab, a small lake adorned with three floating landmasses. We camp by the lake, savoring a starry dinner.

From Juda Ka Talab, the trail leads deeper into dense pine forests until reaching a meadow with shepherd’s huts. Climbing further for another thousand feet, trekkers will finally reach the Kedarkantha base camp, taking around 2-3 hours to complete. The trail from Juda Ka Talab to the base camp is incredibly stunning, providing an ideal setting for photographers and nature enthusiasts alike. Despite being a bit colder due to the lack of insulation, the base camp offers panoramic views of the famous peaks of Uttarakhand, making it an ideal spot for camping.

Day 4 is the day you’ve been waiting for! The trek to the summit from the base camp is not long, and upon reaching the top, you’ll be rewarded with a jaw-dropping 360-degree view of the Uttarakhand peaks, the Chaainsheel Pass, and the Kailash ranges of Himachal. You can even see the Har Ki Dun valley below. The Kedarkantha summit is marked by an arrangement of stones with a Trishul pointing to the sky. Legend has it that the peak was meant to be the original Kedarnath temple, but Lord Shiva, who was disguised as a cow hiding from the Pandavas, was disturbed during meditation by the villagers. The interruption made him change his location to the present Kedarnath temple.

 

After spending time on the summit, we hike back to the base camp and head towards Hargaon (2 km trail) post-lunch. Hargaon is a large camping area en route to Sankri, where we will spend the night before bidding farewell to this beautiful place.

Today is the final day of our trek and we will descend from Kedarkantha to Sankri, which is a 4 km trek taking 2-3 hours. Once we reach Sankri, you can take the rest of the day to explore the charming village and nearby villages like Gangad and Osla, which are known for their warm hospitality and traditional Pahari culture. Sankri is also the last road head to the Govind Balabh Pant Wildlife Sanctuary.

Going back home is always a bittersweet moment, but the journey is made easier by taking the same picturesque road back to Dehradun. As we leave behind the dense pine forests and descend towards the city, the landscape slowly changes and opens up into wider roads. Finally, we arrive in the bustling city, bidding farewell to the serene mountains and valleys of Uttarakhand.

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FAQ's about Kedarkantha Trek

The best time to visit Kedarkantha:-

The Kedarkantha trek is feasible for most of the year, except during peak monsoon season. Although there may be temporary halts due to heavy snowfall for 2-3 days on average during late December or early January. The trek can still be attempted during the peak winter season, from December to mid-February, when the snowfall is at its highest. The Kearkantha trek best time is from January to March. The Juda Ka Talab Lake freezes over during this period, creating a surreal experience for trekkers. However, campsites can be extremely cold during this time, and the number of trekkers starts to decrease from the second week of January. For a more solitary experience, plan your trek in late January or February for less crowded trails with ongoing snowfall.

 

The trek is equally beautiful in the summer months of May and June, and in September when the flora is in full bloom. You can also combine the Kedarkantha trek with the Phulara Ridge trek for a unique and unforgettable experience during the summer season.

Kedarkantha Peak in Winters:-

Adequate Clothing Includes

  • Appropriate Base Layers – i.e. Warmers (avoid cotton warmers/inner wear and choose synthetic or woolen base layers)
  • Warm Layer including One Padded or Down Jacket and a fleece or sweater
  • A Thin waterproof jacket to protect from Snow, Rain, or wind (Alternatively you can carry a waterproof warm jacket such as a Snow Hiking Jacket which serves the purpose of being warm and waterproof both)
  • Two Synthetic Trek Pant/Lowers (avoid jeans, cotton lowers)
  • Waterproof Pants (Optional, if using gaiters)
  • 1 Warm lower (preferably fleece) for overnight wearing in camp

Equipment & Protective Clothing such as

  • Waterproof and Warm Gloves
  • Trekking Pole
  • Micro Spike (Provided by us)
  • Gaiters (Provided by us)
  • Head Lamp
  • Sun Cap
  • Woolen Cap/ Scarf
  • Neck Gaiter/Balaclava
  • Sunglasses (Preferably Polarized if trekking in winter)
  • Waterproof High Ankle Shoes
  • 3-4 pairs quick drying socks
  • 1-2 pairs of woolen socks
  • Quick Drying Towel

The Kedarkantha altitude is approximately 12,460 feet above sea level.

The Kedarkantha trek is a short but steep trail, making it an easy to moderate difficulty trek. However, during winters, the trail can be challenging due to the presence of snow and sub-zero temperatures from the Juda Talab campsite onwards. Adjusting to the extreme cold can be tough for those who are not used to it. Additionally, there are certain sections of the trail with verglass formations, which can make it difficult to walk. It is highly recommended to use Micro Spikes and Trekking poles to navigate these sections.

On the other hand, the trek is easier during summers and autumn, as the trail is less steep and temperatures are pleasant. If you are looking for a unique experience, you can consider combining the Kedarkantha trek with the Phulara Ridge trek.

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We at Himalaya Shelter consider our trekkers part of our community, a family of sorts and really understand the efforts that you put into taking that much-needed break and setting off to the mountains. Some of you may wait for months and even a year to plan out that perfect excursion. That’s why we want it to be “a perfect excursion” for you.

Our testimonials (read below) are a testament to our service-oriented mindset.

We take safety into great consideration and ensure our team is trained to handle emergency situations.

For a better experience, we provide accommodation on Twin Sharing throughout the trek. With most trekking operators you would get triple or even quad sharing accommodation.

 

Our Accommodation will have attached washrooms

(In Sankri on 1st and 5th Night)

Furthermore, we provide the essential safety gear for your trek –
– Crampons
– Gaiters
Without any additional charges.

We pamper you with great food which keeps you going on the trek. (On our google maps out of 300 reviews over 80 Trekkers mention great food😋)

We do not outsource services to ensure topmost quality throughout your journey. We use our own fleet of Vehicles to ferry you to the base camp and return.

 

Lastly, being a local operator we are direct stakeholders in the economic and social development of Uttarakhand. Employing locals and helping them progress in their lives goes hand in hand with work. Thus choosing Himalaya Shelter, is a step in helping us help locals progress by ensuring financial independence and social progress.

The trek pickup point will be near Dehradun railway station. The exact location will be shared with you prior to departure day.

The departure time remains 7 AM sharp for every group departure.

Trekkers arriving by Flight should ideally arrive 1 day in prior. The Airport (Jolly Grant) is situated at least 1 hour drive away from Dehradun Railway Station in the opposite direction. If you’re arriving by flight it is thus advised to travel a day prior due to lack of early morning flights.

Snowfall in Kedarkantha typically starts in late November or early December and continues through the winter months until February.

The Kedarkantha trek’s starting point is Sankri, a picturesque village located in the Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand, India.

Yes, the Kedarkantha trek in January can be safe, but it also comes with certain challenges due to the winter conditions. The weather can be extremely cold and snowy, so it’s crucial to be cautious and informed before attempting the trek in January.

The Kedarkantha to Kedarnath distance is approximately 396 kilometers. This distance includes 360 km of driving and 26 km of trekking.

  • Kedarkantha summit to Sankri trekking:- 10 km
  • Sankri to Gauri kund driving:- 360 km
  • Gauri kund to Kedarnath:- 16 km

The lowest temperature recorded in Kedarkantha was around -12°C (10°F).

The Kedarkantha trek typically starts from the Sankri village to Juda Ka Talab. It is about 4-5 km. From Juda Ka Talab to Kedarkantha Base Camp, it is around 4-5 km. The trail leads through meadows with panoramic mountain views. Then, Kedarkantha Base Camp to Summit is roughly 6-7 km. And finally, Hargaon to Sankri is about 4-5 km. The total trek distance is approximately 20-24 km.

 

The Kedarkantha trek price is influenced by various factors such as the time of year, trek duration, group size, and preferences in accommodation and services. You can expect a budget between INR 6,000 and INR 12,000 per person for a 4-5 day trek.

This cost typically covers:

  • Transportation to and from the trek’s starting and ending points
  • All meals & Accommodation throughout the trek
  • Trekking equipment like Kitchen tent, Dining tent, Toilet tent, etc
  • Sleeping bags, Mattresses, Camping stools,
  • Trekking permits and fees
  • Services of an experienced trek guide and support staff
  • Basic First Aid kit

Opting for a group trek is an alternative approach. It’s an effective way to cut down on transportation and accommodation expenses. Furthermore, certain operators extend discounts, catering to budget-conscious travelers.

The distance from Delhi to Kedarkantha is about 433 km. It takes about 11 to 12 hours of driving from Delhi to Sankri and 10 km of trekking from Sankri to Kedarkantha Peak.

There are three ways to reach the Sankri trek from Delhi.

Kedarkantha from Delhi by Road:-

Bus: Direct buses run between Delhi and Dehradun. They depart from the central bus station in Delhi and arrive at the main depot in Dehradun. Upon reaching Dehradun, you can board another bus that will take you directly to Sankri. After arriving in Sankri, you’ll need to start a 10 km trek to reach Kedarkantha Peak, a journey that typically spans 1 to 2 days.

 

Kedarkantha from Delhi by Air:-

To reach Kedarkantha from Delhi by air, simply catch a direct flight from Delhi Airport to Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun. Upon arrival at Jolly Grant Airport, you’ll find a multitude of taxi services available at the exit, ready to take you to Dehradun. From Dehradun to Sankri drive takes around 7 to 8 hrs. Upon reaching Dehradun, you can board another bus that will take you directly to Sankri. After arriving in Sankri, you’ll need to start a 10 km trek to reach Kedarkantha Peak, a journey that typically spans 1 to 2 days.

 

Kedarkantha from Delhi by Rail:-

By Train:-

Trains from Delhi to Dehradun-
delhi to dehradun

It’s recommended to opt for the overnight Kota Express, also known as Nanda Devi Express, departing at 11:50 PM, and arriving in Dehradun at 5:45 AM, aligning with other transportation schedules from Dehradun to Sankri.

 

 

Kedarkantha Trek Route Map:

Trek Route of Kedarkantha Trek

In March, the weather in Kedarkantha is quite chilly. During the day, temperatures range from about 15 to 10 degrees Celsius, while at night, it can drop to about 10 to 5 degrees Celsius. Sometimes, there might be unexpected snowfall and strong winds. However, for the most part, the sky is clear and sunny, providing stunning views of the snow-covered mountains.

The Kedarkantha summit is only about 10 km from Sankri and can be covered in approximately 6 to 7 hours. Most trekkers complete this distance of 10 km in two days, with a daily distance of 4 to 5 km.

Yes, you can go for the Kedarkantha trek in December. It’s a popular winter trek in India. From December to March, the trek is all covered in snow, making it very special.

But, it can be a bit hard, especially if you’re new to trekking. Kedarkantha weather in December might suddenly change, and there could be a lot of snow and strong winds. The paths can also be slippery.

If you’re thinking of going on this trek in December, it’s really important to be well-prepared and go with a good trekking group. Bring warm clothes, strong shoes, and other things you’ll need for trekking.

To get to Kedarkantha from Dehradun, first, you need to reach Sankri. Once you arrive in Sankri, begin the trek to Kedarkantha summit, which is approximately 10 km away from Sankri.

How to Reach Sankri from Dehradun:-

Every morning, a limited number of shared cabs and buses depart for Sankri from the vicinity of Dehradun Railway Station.

Govt. Buses and Private Buses-

Only one government bus departs from Dehradun Railway Station to Sankri at 8:00 am. Additionally, two private buses leave around 7:00 am from just outside the Dehradun Railway Station heading to Sankri town. The fare for this journey is approximately Rs. 400 per person, which is roughly the same for both the government and private buses.

Private Cab or Taxies-

You can easily locate shared taxis near Hotel Milan or Hotel Grand, merely a 2-3 minute walk from Dehradun Railway Station. These taxis operate up to Purola, which is 54 kilometers away from Sankri. The journey lasts approximately 5 to 6 hours, with a fare of Rs. 400.

From Purola, you’ll find shared cabs to take you directly to Sankri. However, it’s crucial to bear in mind that these cabs typically depart before noon. Hence, plan to reach Purola in the morning if you choose this route. The cab fare from Purola to Sankri ranges from 200 to 300 rupees. (This fare is applicable only when the taxi is full of passengers; otherwise, the cost may vary based on the number of participants.)

In case you miss the buses or taxis from Dehradun for any reason, or due to personal preference, you also have the option to book a private taxi from the same location or near Prince Chowk, approximately 100 meters away from the Railway Station. This would amount to approximately Rs. 6,000 to Rs. 7,000 for booking a Maxx or Bolero.

 

Shared or Private Vehicle arranged by Himalaya Shelter-

Himalaya Shelter offers both shared and private transport services directly to Sankri for trekkers. Please note that for shared vehicles, we have fixed departure dates, and it is advisable to book your seats at least a week in advance of the departure from Dehradun. We also offer pickup and drop facilities for your hotel stay in Dehradun.

Kedarkantha Trek Package Inclusions
  1. Transport support from Dehradun to Dehradun
  2. Pick-up location: Prince Chowk, near Dehradun Railway Station
    Pick-up Time: Around 7:30 am
  3. All vegetarian meals starting from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on the last day
  4. Professional Guide, Cook and Support staff
  5. First-Aid kit with Oximeter and Portable Oxygen Cylinder
  6. Kitchen tents, common tents, toilet tents with portable toilet seats
  7. Rent for camping equipment like Clean sleeping bags and foam mattresses, Good quality ‘A’ shaped or dome tents, Camping stools, Table and Crampons and gaiters if required
  8. Forest entry charges for Indian nationals (Additional charges will be applicable for international tourists)
  9. Porter and mule support to carry camping equipment and personal luggage
  10. Accommodation throughout the trek on a triple-sharing basis
  11. Guesthouse accommodation on the first and second last day on a triple-sharing basis
  12. All applicable taxes
Kedarkantha Trek Package Exclusions
  1. Personal expenses like tips, personal medicines, phone calls etc.
  2. Any transport support during the trek apart from what is included above
  3. Any cost or services not mentioned in the Inclusions
  4. Accommodation in Dehradun
  5. Adventure Insurance
  6. Cost arising due to unforeseen incidents like bad weather, medical evacuation, roadblocks etc
  7. Porter and mule support to carry personal Luggage can be arranged at an additional cost of INR 350 per bag per day (weighing up to 12 kg)
  8. Please carry a lunch box for packed lunch/breakfast to avoid using polythenes and Aluminium foils. Keeping the Himalayas clean is our own responsibility. Reduce the use of Plastic when you are in the abode of the Sacred Himalaya. 🌱