5 Reason to go for the Kedarkantha Trek

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5 Reason to go for the Kedarkantha Trek


Kedarkantha Trek

1. It is a short trek. Its not one of those treks for which you really need to plan your annual leaves for. This can be done between 3 days to 5 days depending on how fit you are and time in your hands. Especially since the height gain is not significant, you do not have to spend a full day to acclimatize. One evening at each camp is enough for this while ascending. Some experienced trekkers also do this in 2 days. You could easily plan this adding one leave along with long weekend holidays. Here are some itineraries of different durations –

a. Day 1 – Sankri to Juda-ka-Talab
Day 2 - Juda-ka-Talab to Kedarkantha Base Camp
Day 3 - Kedarkantha Base Camp to Kedarkanth Summit to Kedarkantha Base Camp
Day 4 - Kedarkantha Base Camp to HadGaon / Juda-Ka-Talab
Day 5 - HadGaon / Juda-Ka-Talab to Sankri.

b. Day 1 – Sankri to Juda-ka-Talab
Day 2 - Juda-ka-Talab to Kedarkantha Base Camp
Day 3 - Kedarkantha Base Camp to Kedarkanth Summit toHadGaon / Juda-Ka-Talab
Day 4 - HadGaon / Juda-Ka-Talab to Sankri.

c. Day 1 – Sankri to Juda-ka-Talab
Day 2 - Juda-ka-Talab to Kedarkantha Base Camp
Day 3 - Kedarkantha Base Camp to Kedarkanth Summit to Sankri.

d. Day 1 – Sankri toKedarkantha Base Camp
Day 2 - Kedarkantha Base Camp to Kedarkanth Summit to HadGaon / Juda-Ka-Talab
Day 3 - HadGaon / Juda-Ka-Talab to Sankri.

e. Day 1 – Sankri to Kedarkantha Base Camp
Day 2 - Kedarkantha Base Camp to Kedarkanth Summit toSankri. (Only advised for experienced trekkers)

Kedarkantha Trek

2. It’s an easy trek for most of the year. You do not need any special preparation for doing this trek, ifyou have a pair of trekking shoes and some dri-fit tshirts and shorts / pants. However, during the winters, this turns from easy to moderate level trek due to rain in the beginning and then snowfall towards the end of the season. During the winters you would need to prepare for this trek with all the snow around – a set of warmers, thick jacket, rain cover for the rucksack and one for self, gloves, balaclava or any other cap to keep your ears warm, trekking shoes, gators, micro spikes along with trekking shoes for the last day.

Kedarkantha Trek

3. Easy for sure but gets your adrenaline rushing on the last stretch. Thelast 1 km or so is on a steep ridge like formation. It’s called the shoulder of the mountain and pretty much has space enough for one single file of trekkers to climb at a time. On both sides there are steep drops. Not too steep to climb but definitely one of those segments that you need to be careful and need to concentrate. Also, most probably you will cover this segment in the dark since you would want to be at the summit just before the sunrise which makes this a little more trickier than you think.

Kedarkantha Trek

4. Magnificent views on all days. Huge deodar trees line up the entire trail from the starting point in Sankri till the base camp and from there on you get an unobstructed view of all the peaks and mountain ranges 360 degrees. This combination is rare on such short treks. During winters, with snow on the trail, it adds another dimension to the beauty. When you reach the summit, all the snow-covered peaks are a delight to watch. Sunrise at the summit (if you manage to wake up at 3 AM and summit on time) is a scene you will never forget, if you catch it.

Kedarkantha Trek

5. You can do this by yourself if you have some basic trekking equipment. In case your timing is not matching with others and you can’t find a group that suits you, you can do this all alone. The trails is pretty well demarked with a lot of trekkers going over a period of time, so no chance of getting lost. You can also hire a porter from the Sankri who could carry your load and help you on the way. All you need other than your personal stuff is a tent, a sleeping mat and a sleeping bag. There are many camping spots on the way. Many streams flow along the way to get your fresh drinking water. Take some basic food items like – dry fruits, chocolates, read to eat stuff for eating on the way. At campsites, you can walk into any of the temporary kitchens that are setup by different trekking groups and ask for food. They will be happy to provide for a few bucks. Setup a tent near yet a bit far from these groups so that you alone to enjoy your “me time” but close enough to get help in case of an emergency. Ensure you carry some extra lights for the nights – you need one for your tent. If you are one of those who wants to all alone and cook yourself then you can carry a small trekking stove and some utensils too and cook your own food on the trail too.

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