Surkanda Devi Trek Overview

Embark on the Surkanda Devi trek that will take you to the Surkanda Devi Temple, located near Dhanaulti in the town of Uniyal gaon of Tehri District. The temple is perched on the top of a hill at an elevation of 2,756 m (9,042 ft) above sea level. The area is surrounded by dense forest and has a stunning view of the Garhwal region of the Himalayas with its snow-covered peaks, along with the Dehradun valley. Apart from the temple, the trek also includes a visit to Kanatal, known for its hilltop experiences.

Your trekking tour will start from Haridwar, from where you will be driving to reach Kaddukhal, one of the two bases for the Surkanda Devi trek. You will be trekking for 1.5 - 2 hrs to reach the Surkanda Devi Temple. You will be taking the second route during your downward journey and reach Kanatal by traveling for 10 km. You will have the option of spending the next day at Kanatal or traveling to New Tehri to visit Tehri Dam and enjoy water sports at the Dam. The 3-day trekking trip will end on the next day with you returning with memories of the pleasant trip and beautiful sceneries.

Surkanda Devi Trek Detailed Itinerary

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Day 1

Haridwar to Surkanda Devi Temple (2,756 m ) (122 km drive followed by 02 km trek, 4.5 hrs)

  • You will be starting your Surkanda Devi Trek early in the morning from Haridwar.
  • Have a delicious breakfast and drive down to Kaddukhal village near Kanatal on Chamba Dhanaulti road in Tehri District, the base for your trek to the temple.
  • From Kaddukhal, embark on a short trek along the natural trail to reach the temple in 1.52 hrs.
  • Reach the temple to perch at the height of about 10,000 feet.
  • Offer your prayers to Mata Sati at the main temple.
  • Delight in watching the 360-degree view of the Garhwal region of the Himalayas with its snow-covered peaks, along with the Dehradun valley.
  • Feel amazed looking at the picturesque beauty of the surrounding region of the temple with its dense forest.
  • Next, you will journey a further 10 km through forests to reach Kanatal.
  • Stay overnight at Kanatal.

What To Pack For Your Surkanda Devi Trek?

What To Pack For Your Surkanda Devi Trek?

Clothes & Footwear: 

  • Trek Pants will be more comfortable during the trek than jeans or trousers.
  • Get yourself sturdy well-fitted trekking footwear so that your feet do not hurt during the trek.
  • Wear sneakers or other sports shoes as well as woolen socks.
  • Jackets to protect you against chilly weather.
  • Warm clothing such as fleece or woollen layers for nights.
  • T-shirts are more comfortable than shirts and dry fast.
  • Protect your head during the trek by wearing a cap or balaclava.

Other Essentials:

  • Carry a light backpack with all the necessary items.
  • Personal toiletry items such as toothpaste, toothbrush, toilet paper, sanitiser etc.
  • Carry sunscreen to protect your skin.
  • Personal medical kit with items such as prescribed medicines and common ones for altitude sickness, pain relief, headache, fever, stomach problems, motion sickness, allergies, diarrhea, etc.
  • Also an antiseptic cream, a pain relief spray, bandage and cotton for cuts.
  • Water bottle to refill with water to hydrate yourself during the trek.
  • Sunglasses for protecting the eyes.
  • Torch to use at night.
  • Camera with rechargeable batteries to capture the scenic beauty.

Know Before You Go To Surkanda Devi Trek?

How to Reach
  • By Road: Haridwar is connected with other cities of the state by National Highway no 45. If you are traveling from Delhi, you can travel by National Highway 58 as well. Also, National Highway 74 originates from Haridwar and connects it to cities such as Kashipur, Bareilly and others.
  • By Air: Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun, located 35 km away is the nearest domestic airport. From the airport, you can travel 38.9 km via Ambala-Dehradun-Haridwar Road or Haridwar Road or Haridwar Dehradun Road and NH 34 and reach the city in 50 mins.
  • By Train: Haridwar Railway Station located in Haridwar is well connected with several major cities of India such as Kolkata, Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and others. 
Trekking routes

Cemented walkway: You can take the cemented walkway and use it to reach the temple in about 45 min to reach the temple starting from Kaddukhal. You will be able to enjoy the breathtaking view of the valley while journeying through this route.

Natural Walkway: You can also take the natural walkway to reach the temple. This route is 8 km long and passes through the forest of Dhanaulti. If you travel by this route, it will take you 1.5 to 2 hours to reach the temple. Initially, for the first few meters, you will be climbing stairs and then you will face a concretized fenced trail overlooking the valley. The trail is very scenic and will also give you a panoramic view of the Himalayan Peaks.

Important Tips for trekkers

Those going for the Surkanda Devi Trek will be briefed on the logistics and other important details of the trek before starting the expedition. To make their journey safe and enjoyable, a few tips need to be noted:

  • Get your medical checkup done to ensure fitness before you go on a trek. 
  • The trek is also not recommended for pregnant ladies.
  • Pay attention to your trek instructor to enjoy a safe and sound trek. Know about the routes and destinations.
  • While walking, don't get distracted, which could lead to losing your foothold or spraining your leg.
  • Do not use earplugs during the journey.
  • You will trek through an eco-friendly zone, so refrain from littering the local sites or campsites or you may be fined.
  • Inform your guide before you go anywhere.
  • Carry all the necessary documents, your ID proof, tickets and vouchers with you during the entire trip.
  • All personal expenses including water activities at Tehri Dam need to be borne by you.
  • Please be respectful while visiting the temple and as well as meeting the locals.

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    Yes, horses and ponies are available for offloading at the Surkanda Devi temple. You can ride a horse or a pony from Kaddukhal and reach the temple by the cemented route which takes around 45 minutes to reach.

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