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Being an avid Trekker i really wanted to do one winter trek. But trekking in winter was difficult from the usual treks as have to walk in snow and free...
I went on this amazing snow trek Kedarkantha along with my son on Jan 2016. I like to remain fit and have done short treks earlier. But this time at 52...
About the Destination:
The snowy peaks become visible during the majestic Kedarkantha Winter trek are themselves a strong reason to head out for a vacation trip. Winter treks are always challenging since the snow covered trekking trails can be very tough to your feet. From the months of December to April, Kedarkantha becomes replenished with the thick snow sheets which will make the treks so admirable. Then the campsites amidst the pretty nature impregnated with a lot of greenery and the forested trails will make this trek an astonishing one.
Kedarkantha Peak is situated at a height of about 3,800m above the sea level, the trek to this mountain pass in Uttarakhand offers various levels of challenges to the trekkers. Are you thinking what can be seen there apart from snow? There are millions of large as well as small natural attractions arrayed asymmetrically along the ways you are going to trek. From snow-capped Himalayan peaks to a frozen pond, meadows covered with snow to some of the other mesmerizing peaks, this trek offers all the marvels, a trekker can wish for.
Don’t think Kedarkantha winter trek is aiming only trekkers but it is a great horizon that can give nature lovers a splendid time. If you love to mingle with the flowers, grasses, tall trees and the wild species of fauna, then this trek will give you wide chances for that as well. Experienced trekkers are saying this one comes up with so many perks and one big factor is the enchanting 360 degree views of the mountain summits blanketed by the whitey-whitey snow.
Yet another attractive feature about this trek is the scenic drive through many hill stations and landscapes connecting the summit and the starting point that is Dehradun. The remotely located destinations have an exquisite charm that cling to our hearts forever. While the drive continues, we will be watching the zigzag movement of the towering Himalayas- it is an illusion though.
About the Trek:
Popularly known as the winter trek, Kedankantha trek starts at Dehradun and this is a six day trek beginning at Dehardun, the most visited hill station in Uttarakhand. You may find the absolutely beautiful pine trees with snow-flakes on their leaves giving the entire landscape a chilling ambience. Passing through yet another captivating location, Mussoorie, you will enter the world of daring adventure. Sankri is your first destination, located remotely from the hustles and bustles, cuddled specially by the Himalayan wonders alone.
Although it is a remote route but the beautiful drive will definitely make you stare at it for long. Kedarkantha base camp comes after Jud aka Talab and the Shepherd Camp which are the two significant places you would be visiting on your trek. The gradual climb to the summit from the Shepherd Camp will show you the vivid mountain peaks like Swargarohini, Bandarpoonch and Kalanag peaks.
From the summit, you will surely feel that you are touching the sky and watching the creamy layers of snow submitted themselves to make the whole region outshine everything else in the world. You are now at around 12,000 feet above sea level which can turn your adrenaline rush to another level, because the adventure is not added here but it is an inseparable part of Kedarkantha summit. You would be surprised to know that you have covered an inimitable trail of 20 kilometers approximately to end up at the most beautiful part of this trek.
Kedarkantha Base Camp, Sankri and finally Dehradun- this is the last stretch of your six days of pure fun filled adventurous trekking expedition to Kedarkantha on a snowy winter.
Kedarkantha Trek Highlights:
- Trek along the glossy snow cover which can enlighten you and let you identify the beauty of nature displayed differently.
- Let the spine-chilling cold have a better deal with you to make the whole trail to the summit not so easy.
- Walk past the wide pine forests bloomed with snow-flakes on them, cheer with the lesser known species found only in the cold regions of the Himalayas.
- Utilize the opportunity to realize we owe a lot to this amazing nature for keeping us happy by involving in the adrenaline pumping trek to 12000 feet height.
- Each of the campsites is known for its amazing surroundings with the beauty of pine trees.
- Soak in the amazing beauty of the region while you continue trekking through the lush meadows, dense pine forests, cascading beautiful streams, and gorgeous maple trees.
Temperature: Day: 8°C-15°C and Night: -5°C-3°C
Trekking Distance: 20km
Maximum Altitude: 12,500 ft
Difficulty Level: Easy To Moderate
Railway Station: Dehradun is the nearest railway station
Airport: Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun
Base Camp: Sankri (10 hrs drive from Dehradun)
ATM: Purola has the last ATM point before your trek begins.
Today you will arrive at Dehradun and start driving while enjoying the scenic beauty of the Mussorrie and the stunning Yamuna River to reach Sankari.
Enjoy your lunch in between and the continue your ride.
Soak in the amazing beauty of the region with the pictorial pine forests, snow-clad peaks and the scenic views will keep you engrossed with fun and excitement.
After arriving at Sankari, check-in into the hotel and relax for the day.
Get acclimatized and explore the nearby places.
Overnight stay at the hotel in Sankri.
After having a delicious breakfast in the hotel, begin with a slow and gradual hike to the Saur Village from where, the trek will continue trailing upwards.
You will be climbing uphill from Saur hamlet, reach the Juda-ka-Talab, a small yet quintessential pond that freezes completely during the winters.
Once there, marvel at the sight of the views with the snow capped peaks of the Mighty Himalayan range and then continue hiking.
Arrive at your campsite, Shepherd camp.
Overnight stay at the camps.
After having breakfast in the Shepherd Camp, begin with the day's trek through lush snow fields with sparse green patches between them.
The charm and allurement of this trail is truly a delight for the shutterbugs.
Continue traversing through the snow covered vicinity and reach your campsite at the base of Kedarkantha that is fringed with snow-clad trees.
From your campsite you can also witness the stunning views of Swargarohini, Bandarpoonch and Kalanag peaks.
Check-in into the campsite and retire for the day.
Overnight stay at the tents.
Start your morning with a delicious morning breakfast and get ready for the day's trekking.
Today your trek will be a moderate one, you will be ascending over the hard blanket of snow and after 4-5 hours, you will reach the Kedarkantha Peak.
Enjoy awe-inspiring views from the peak and witness panoramic views of the Yumnotri, Gangotri, Kinner Kailash and other Himalayan Ranges.
After spending some awesome time at the summit start trekking back to your basecamp.
Overnight stay at the tents.
After having breakfast in the campsite, start with the down trek to Sankri.
Though the trek will be comparatively easier, one need to be careful as the descending slopes also offers slippery trails at times.
On arrival in Sankri, check-in into a cosy hotel and enjoy the day with scenic views all around.
Overnight stay at the hotel.
Enjoy your breakfast in the hotel, you will be driven back to Dehradun.
Arrive at Dehradun and head back home.
End of tour.
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Rated : 5.0
Being an avid Trekker i really wanted to do one winter trek. But trekking in winter was difficult from the usual treks as have to walk in snow and freezing cold. But guys, I had the best time while I did this trek. Food and accommodation during the trek was perfect and we did not have the slightest of problem. It was very cold at time. It was such a beautiful sight, the whole mountain was covered in white. The trek consisted of 12 members plus guides and helpers. The trek was very difficult I had a hard time being on the trails thanks to the instructors they helped me a lot in completing. Heyhimalayas guys have done a great job in arranging everything. One of the best adventure for me so far.
Rated : 5.0
I went on this amazing snow trek Kedarkantha along with my son on Jan 2016. I like to remain fit and have done short treks earlier. But this time at 52 I thought to do this trek with him. Our trek was for 6 days and 5 nights. It was a good experience and we also met different people from different places. The trekking in snow, and walking uphill was difficult but was so worth it. Only drawback is that only bsnl gets connected at Sankhri and nothing else. The snow trek to kedarkantha summit is a great attraction in this sanctuary. We spent the most exciting 2 nights and 3 days in the forest camping and trekking. The trek is not very difficult but a certain fitness level is required. I loved the way how our guide Manjit handled everything so well. Food was fantastic, I was surprise how we had roti and chicken here. The rooms provided to us during our stay were also very clean and spacious. The trek was like from easy to moderate. And also wear as much warm clothes as you can as it will be very cold during the night. It was memorable trek with my son and I wanted to remind him I m not getting that old J
When is the best time for Kedarkantha Winter Trek?
As mentioned in the name, this trek is to be experienced in winter. Ideal time to experienced is from December to April During this time, you will be able to see the clear view of the region and snow filled campsites. Each campsite gives you the feel of fairyland in the snow.
What level of fitness is expected from me?
Kedarkantha Winter trek is considered as an easy trek but it gets moderately difficult as you progress. It is advisable to spend enough time getting some additional exercise before taking up this trek. You can start jogging every day and then do cycling for some time. Taking the stairs without any breaks is extremely helpful to keep yourself fit. It is mandatory to be physically fit, for all treks. You should be comfortable enough to walk up to 6-7 hours per day.
What all things I should carry for the trek?
Here is the basic checklist which should help you with your packing. As a general rule, it is advised that you should try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. It is ideal to carry a backpack [40-60 L] and include the following – Trekking shoes, Thermals, Synthetic Trek pants, T-shirts, Top and bottom thick Fleece, wind-proof jackets, sunglasses, LED Torch, Head Torch, Trekking pole, Socks [2-3 pairs], synthetic hand gloves. You need to also carry a day pack of around 20 L which will hold all the toiletries – Light towel, Sunscreen [with high SPF formulation], moisturiser, lip balm, toothbrush, toothpaste, sanitizer, water bottle, Garbage bags, dryflo tube/buff, Poncho, Power bank, warmees [in case you feel cold] and medicines – Diamox 10-15 tablets, Crocin 5-6 tablets, Band-aid pack of 10, Cotton roll, soframycin, O2 [Diarrhoea], Moov/Relispray, ORS/Electral 8-10 packets, Avomine [Motion Sickness]. It is advisable to consult a doctor for medicine before packing.
What kind of shoes I should have?
One needs proper trekking shoes during the trek and should strictly avoid sports shoes or sneakers. Since you have to walk in dense forests along with steep ascent and descent, it is advisable to have all-terrain water proof shoes. These are easily available. It is also advisable to walk in these shoes and get your feet used to it before the trek. Here are some brand recommendations – Forclaz, Columbia. Quechua, Zamberlan, Lafuma, Conquest and The North Face.
What will be the facility of food and water during the trek?
Freshly cooked food will be served during the trek. Vegetarian food will be served to the group keeping both health and taste in mind. Tea and Coffee will be served during the breaks. All the members are encouraged to eat well. Safe drinking water is provided to all the members throughout the trek.
What all medicines I should carry? Can I take Diamox?
Carrying medicines is important while trekking anywhere in the world. During the trekking, access to pharmacies is not easy. So, it’s better to carry first-aid kit. You can pack Crocin 5-6 tablets, Band-aid pack of 10, Cotton roll, Soframycin, Moov/Relispray, ORS/Electral 8-10 packets, Avomine [Motion Sickness]. It is advisable to consult a doctor for medicines before packing. Your first-aid should have anti-diarrhoea medicine such as O2, Roko, Lopamide but make sure that you don't take it unless getting to a toilet isn't an option. While you are trekking in high altitude region, you are prone to Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) whose symptoms are – headache, nausea, vomiting, poor appetite, dizziness and difficulty in sleeping. To overcome this Diamox is helpful. It is advisable to keep it handy or to have 1/2 a tablet in the morning and 1/2 a tablet 30 minutes before bed [kindly consult your doctor before taking any kind of medicines].
Will there be mobile connectivity on Kedarkantha Winter Trek?
Mobile network is inconsistent during the trek. Most of mobile networks do not work for most part of this trek. BSNL is the only mobile network that work in patches along the way (but is inconsistent).
What type of winter trek is this? Do we need to walk in a lot of snow?
Kedarkantha Winter Trek is considered as the best winter trek in India, and it will be the best bet to undertake winter trek with this one During winter, Kedarkantha makes for a tremendous trek in snow, with pretty campsites and astoundingly wide clearings in the forests. You will come across snow just as you cross the 10,000-ft. mark, lying on the forest floor among the pine trees. A huge snow blanket is likely to surround you in every direction.
What will be the Kedarkantha snow trek temperature?
Even though this is a winter trek, temperature is not that harsh. Daytime average temperature will be 8-15 degrees and during night time it will drop to -3 to – 5 degrees.
Is it a good trek for first timer?
Kedarkantha Winter trek is considered as an easy trek but it gets moderately difficult as you progress. First-timer can try this trek, only if they are physically fit. It is advisable to spend enough time getting some additional exercise before taking up this trek. You can start jogging every day and then do cycling for some time. Taking the stairs without any breaks is extremely helpful to keep yourself fit. You should be comfortable enough to walk up to 6-7 hours per day. It is mandatory to be physically fit, for all treks.
What type of vehicles will be used for transportation?
Transportation will be available at an extra cost. It will be from Dehradun (start) to Dehradun (end) and you need to inform us in at the time of booking, so that arrangements can be made. Toyota Innova, Mahindra Scorpio, Tempo Traveller or similar kind of vehicle will be used for transport.
What all places we will cover during Kedarkantha Winter Trek?
Kedarkantha winter trek usually starts from Sankri; which can be easily reached from Dehradun via bus or taxi. This trail takes the trekkers through the spotless beauty of the vicinity. From snow-capped Himalayan peaks to a frozen pond, meadows covered with snow to some of the other mesmerising peaks, this trek offers all the marvels, any trekker or a nature lover can wish for!
How is Kedarkantha Snow trek weather?
Days are pleasantly warner during the day and cold during night time. During the winter season, Daytime temperatures range from 8-15 degrees and at night it drops up to -7ºC at night. During the daytime the sunlight is good and the weather is clear but you are advised to dress in layers in the night as it gets very cold.
What is the difficulty level Kedarkantha winter trek?
Kedarkantha Winter trek is considered from easy to moderately difficult as you progress. First-timer/beginners can try this trek, if they are physically fit. You should keep in mind that you will be walking up to 6-7 hours per day and should be comfortable with that.
How much do we have to trek each day?
Total trekking distance is 20 km for this trek. You will cover distance of 8-15kms a day during the trek, barring the days left out for sightseeing, travelling and other tourist activities.
Is it a safe trek for girls?
Trekking is extremely safe for girls including this one. We will ensure that women are safe during the entire trek. Even if there is solo girl part of the trip, she will be provided single tent to sleep alone. If there are more than two girls, then they can share a tent. We ensure that you are never left on your own, understand your pace and be with the group.
Where is the maximum elevation of Kedarkantha snow trek?
Highest altitude of Kedarkantha snow trek will be 12,500 ft.
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