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Kedarkantha Trek is one of the most beautiful treks to do in the winters. One gets to see a full 360 degrees view of the Himalayas. A trek filled with amazing views in the day and nights, sliding on soft snow, and a sense of accomplishing a summit at 12, 500 feet. This trek is perfect for someone who wants experience trekking in the Himalayas.
Kedarkantha Trek is located in the Garhwal Himalayas. This is a trek of 18kms filled with ascents and descents. As per the local folklore, the Kedarkantha summit was the spot where lord Shiva had meditated for a long time. As he was leaving this place, he left his "Kantha-haar" meaning "zevar from the throat" at the spot. As of today the Kantha-haar is no longer there. The locals state that their ancestors had replaced it with a Trishul which till date stands there.
Day 1 – Drive from Dehradun to Sankri (220kms/ 8 – 9hrs)
Reach the Dehradun railway station by 6.30am and assemble. Freshen-up and have a glass of warm tea right outside the railway station. Start the drive from Doon railway station by 7am. Halt for breakfast at Kempti falls if coming from Mussorie route. If coming from Vikasnagar, halt at Vikasnagar for breakfast. Have lunch at purola by 1pm and push for Sankri. Reach Sankri by 5pm and meet up with team Wanderers. Have short briefing about the trek and call it off for the day.
Day 2 – Sankri to Juda ka Talaab (4kms/ 3-4hours) (6,400 feet – 9,075 feet)
After a good night sleep to recover from the long drive, today we start our day early. We start by 8.00am from Sankri. We walk along the road for 15mins and take the off road route on our right side. We start the ascent from here. It starts with the cemented zig-zag trail and leads to a route with stones. We cross a cement bridge after an hour of the trek and rest for a 10 minute breather. After filling water from here we continue to trek. Another hour of the trek and we reach a clearing where we halt for lunch. After lunch we continue the climb for about an hour and reach a second clearing. Right above this clearing is the Juda ka Talaab site. We climb for 15mins to reach the campsite for the day. We do some cool down session and enjoy the rest of the day.
As per the locals, there is a reason for the name Juda ka talaab. "Juda' in Hindi means joined, and "talaab" in Hindi means lake. They say that this lake is joint underground with the water right before the campsite. As they are lakes joined via underground, hence the name Juda ka Talaab.
Day 3 – Juda to Talalaab to Kedarkantha base/ Taalkhetra (3.5kms/ 3-4hours) (9,075 – 11,060 feet)
We start at about 9am from Juda ka talaab. Right after crossing the lake towards our left we take the trail above it. This trail leads us straight to the KK base. This also is an ascent amidst dense forests and clearings. In January, due to the fresh snow we would be making the route with our own steps. It will be exciting and fun to do this however will be a little exerting when compared to walking without snow. For anyone who has not witnessed/ experienced hiking/ trekking in snow, this would be a wonderful experience. After a steep ascend for about 45mins to an hour, we take the trail towards the right. This trail then leads us to a couple of clearings. Depending upon the snow conditions, we take a call to proceed to the Kedarkantha base Taalkhetra, or to camp at the clearing. Other than the snow conditions, we also need to consider the availability of water. Due to excessive snow, the water source is hard to find at the base, so we camp at the clearing instead. We can spot the Kedarkantha summit right in front of us. We stretch with the cool down exercises for the day and rest well. Over soup we discuss the plan of action for the next day, "The summit day" and start with our packing accordingly. We have an early dinner and sleep.
Day 4 – Kedarkantha base to Kedarkantha Summit and back to Kedarkantha base (5kms/ 4-5hours) to Hargaon (2.5kms/ 2hours) (11,060 feet – 12,500 feet – 8,890 feet)
Today we have to start very early. We aim at starting the trek by 6am. We start by ascending into the forest. Today's trail has a couple of clearings and a few patches where we need to cross carefully. As we start early in the morning, the soft snow would be hard ice in some areas and we'll need to negotiate those patches very carefully.
We reach the Kedarkantha summit by 8.30am. After spending 20 mins and enjoying the breath taking 360 degrees Himalayan views we start to descend. By now the sun would have done the magic making the snow good to slide. We will then look for safely sliding options and enjoy sliding our way back to the Kedarkantha base. On reaching the base, have lunch by noon time and start packing. After a short gap of lunch we start our descent to Hargaon and reach by 5pm. We enjoy a hot serving of soup with an early dinner and retire for the rest of the day.
Day 5 – Hargaon to Sankri (6kms/ 4 hours) to Dehradun (220kms 8 – 9hours)
We start the day as early as possible to make down to Dehradun on good time. We start to descent back to Sankri by 7am. We trek through the forests once again to get down to the cement bridge we had crossed on our trek from Sankri to JKT. From this cement bridge, we follow the same trial that gets down to Sankri. We have an early lunch by 11.30am to start our road journey back to Dehradun. We start by noon time to reach Dehradun by 9.30 – 10pm. You can take the train to Delhi that is scheduled for departure at 11.30pm.
Sankri – 6,400 feet – Juda ka talaab – 9,050 feet – Kedarkantha base 11,060 feet – Hargaon – 8890 feet
Meals – Nutritious and vegetarian meals – Sankri to Sankri
Accommodation – 1 night in a hotel/ hostel accommodation and the rest camping and home stay if need be
Travels – Day 1 – Dehradun railway station to Sankri drive (220kms)
Day 6 – Sankri to Dehradun (220kms)
2 guides and one trek lead for the group of maximum 10 – 12 trekkers.
All the guides are well experienced and have many years of relevant experience in guiding these routes
Clean sleeping bags
First Aid with medical kit, oxy metre, oxygen cylinder, stretcher (just in case) Forest, camping, trekking charges and licenses
Transport from Delhi to Dehradun or Dehradun to Delhi
Porter/mule charges to carry your personal bag
Any meals/services not mentioned above
Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances like landslides, road blocks, bad weather, etc.
Alcohol, soft drinks, beverages, etc.
Personal expenses like tips, telephone calls, laundry, etc.
Any charges for video cameras, still cameras, etc.
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