Are you planning a trip to Kedarkantha Trek? Here is a complete guide on Kedarkantha Trek.
Maximum altitude– 12,500 feet
Trek duration- 4 days
Base camp- Sankri
Trek distance– approx 25 kms
Trek level– moderate and suitable for beginners too
Best time to visit– December to April
All about Kedarkantha trek:
Kedarkantha, known to be the best winter treks to go for is all about surrounding yourself in the midst of the Himalayas and getting submerged into its beauty. It is one of those rare Himalayan treks where it takes one across snowy trails and getting a glimpse of life in the mountains in the winters.
Kedarkantha trek is all about its enriching lush meadows, thick oak and pine forests, majestic Himalayan peaks, serene lakes and panoramic views surrounding all these. Kedarkantha treks are the must-go for adventure, thrill, challenges, and breathtaking scenic views of course.
The trek starts from the base camp of Sankri village set at an elevation of 6,000 feet. It gives one the splendid views of snow-capped mountains and one passes through dense pine and oak forests, frozen lakes, and much more that will surely exhilarate one. The trek takes almost 4 days to cover as you start from Sankri and return back to Sankri and hence if you want to travel in Dehradun then you can go for other additional fun to add more extra charm to your journey.
The Myth Behind the Kedarkantha Trek:
As we all know the Himalayas is immersed with its mythological significance and hence so is the Kedarkantha peak as its religious significance came from Mahabharata. It is believed that Lord Shiva incarnated with its bull avatar took refuge from the Pandavas and he meditated here with complete innocence. You will also see the Trishul of Lord Shiva being erected at the top of its peak acting as the symbol of protection of the people and the valley at the same time.
Best Time to Visit:
Kedarkantha Trek is not restricted to the seasons as it can be done throughout the year. And it is one of the Himalayan treks which can be easily accessible during winters in fact it is best suitable in winters. It gives the trekkers an opportunity to experience snowy landscapes and trekking on the crackling snow during the months of December to April. And the trek is not at all challenging as it has just an adequate amount of snow and the temperature is devoid of fluctuations.
Kedarkantha trek weather and temperatures:
- Summer- May to June
The temperature lies 20 degrees celsius and at night 6 degrees. The weather conditions are quite cool with hot evenings and mild rainfall during the end of May.
- Monsoon- July to August
The temperature lies 17 degrees to 4 degrees at night. The weather is cloudy and wet with lush landscapes. One experiences moderate to heavy rainfall.
- Autumn- September to November
The temperature lies 15 degrees to 2 degrees at night and the weather has cold evenings with no snow. One can also experience mild rainfall at the end of September.
- Winters- December to February
The temperature is 10 degrees and varies to -8 degrees at night. One experiences fresh snowfall and snowy weather with night as extremely cold.
- Spring- March to April
The temperature varies from 12 degrees to -0.5 degrees. The landscapes are covered with lush meadows and greenery. Residual snow and cold evenings.
Day 00- Arrival at Dehradun
Day 01- drive from Dehradun to Sankri
Day 02- trek from Sankri to Juda Ka Talab
Day 03- trek from Juda Ka Talab to Kedarkantha base camp
Day 04- Trek from Kedarkantha peak and then back to Hargaon campsite
Day 04- Trek back to Sankri and return to Dehradun
Sankri is the best option for homestay consisting of few hotels. Homestays are budget-friendly and also give one the authentic experience of the locals living style.
Apart from Sankri, there are no homestays and one can stay at campsites experiencing the panoramic views.
Note- if you are planning to set camp on your own then do carry these following things like tent, sleeping bags, liners, etc., and the same you can also accommodate from Sankri.
So that’s all you are all set with the amazing Kedarkantha trek with the mesmerizing snow experience which will enthrall one.