Kedarkantha Trek

One Of The Finest Summit Climbs For Beginners
Trek Fee : 8,450 + 5% GST
Difficulty
Difficulty
? Easy-Moderate treks have even trails and a gentle gradient. No more than 5-6 days long. They do not go to very high altitudes and have easy exits from most campsites.
Easy-Moderate
Duration
Duration
6 Days
Altitude
Maximum Altitude
12,500 ft
Pickup point
Pickup point
Dehradun railway station
Required Fitness
Base Camp
Kotgaon
Age
Minimum Age
8
Best time to visit
Best time to visit
Dec-April

One of the finest summit climbs for beginners

The experience of a summit climb is special because it stays with you for a long time. Waking up at wee hours in the morning, dawn breaking as you climb up the mountain flank. For a long time, this flank and trail is the only thing you can see ahead of you. And then, coming up to the ridge where your world widens. And then, finally, the summit where everything else is below you.

A rewarding view from the Kedarkantha summit. Picture by Vivek HJ

The feeling on top of a summit is indescribable. There is a sense of achievement, the feeling you have earned this view. The kind of internal confidence you gain after an adventurous summit climb is difficult to shake.

Now, usually, this kind of experience was enjoyed exclusively by hardcore trekkers and mountaineers. With Kedarkantha, however, you get to experience the thrill of a summit climb even if you are entirely new to trekking. No wonder a lot of us have a soft spot for this trek!

One of the things we love about Kedarkantha is early mornings. The trail is placed so perfectly that when the eastern sun hits the slope, the entire landscape bursts to life. It’s an experience to watch out for. Picture by Abhik Das

It is not just the fact that this trek is beginner-friendly.  Kedarkantha has an endearing setting: the campsites, the summit views, the forest walks. This packed along with a thrilling summit climb makes it a wonderful trek for beginners, families and children.  The better prepared you are, the more you will enjoy this trek!

You’ll not see snow-laden pine forests like the Kedarkantha trek on any other trail. Picture by Bappaditya Chandra

What to Watch Out For

Prettiest campsites

This trek has some of the loveliest campsites in Indian Himalayas. Khujey is a meadow, a couple of hundred metres long and about a hundred wide. It is surrounded by forests on one side. Near the forests, we have abandoned wooden huts that once belonged to the local wandering shepherds. Bhoja Dadi is a remote camp in the wilderness, close to the Kedarkantha summit. You can observe wonderful sunsets, sitting on one of the rocks by the campsite. These are settings right out of fairytales.

Our Khujey campsite buried in fresh snow! Picture by Gourab Nandy

The view from the summit

While the summit climb to Kedarkantha is a huge thrill, the view from the top is jaw-dropping!  When you face the north, all around you are the mighty snow-clad ranges of Uttarakhand at your eye level. You see Swargarohini, Black Peak, Bandarpoonch among the Gangotri and Yamunotri ranges.

And stretching below you in this direction is the Har ki Dun valley. On your north-west, you see ranges of Himachal Pradesh – that extends into Kinnaur ranges.  The Rupin valley makes its way to Himachal on your west. And on your east, you see from where you drove to base camp – Purola, Mori. Views of this scale are incredibly rewarding after an adventurous summit climb.

The view from the Kedarkantha summit is extremely rewarding with the Garhwal Himalayas spreading all the way to the horizon. Picture by Anup Prabhu Verlekar

Best drive in the Himalayas

The drive to Kedarkantha takes you through Mussoorie, Nowgaon, Purola and Mori before finally bringing you to Kotgaon. Trekkers need to especially watch out for the section after Purola until the base camp, where the drive curves through a dense pine forest. The scent of pine engulfs you as you make your way towards your base camp. After you drive through the length of pine forest, you enter Mori. The Tons river starts keeping you company here, gushing quietly alongside. It is no wonder that this is one of the most beautiful drives in the Indian Himalayas.

The drive from Purola all the way to Kotgaon snakes through lovely pine forests. It’s worth the long journey! Picture by Sreenath

The route from Kotgaon to the summit 

Kotgaon is a village right out of a storybook. With a small temple in the centre and the Har Ki Dun and Devkyara valleys behind it. This sets the mood for the whole trek. The forests from Kotgaon are dense and full of birds and relievingly secluded. The campsites of Khujey and Bhoja dadi are isolated too. The trek is idyllic. However, on the flipside, if there’s very heavy snowfall, this trail often gets blocked. When that’s the case, we will be taking the old route from Sankri and back to Sankri. Even though heavily crowded, the trail is still endearing with camps at Juda Ka Talab and Talketra.

The entrance of the Kotgaon village is marked by a lovely temple with interesting architecture. Picture by Vishwas Kallur

Banner image  Anand Tamhankar


Trekkers often ask us these questions about the Kedarkantha trek:

These questions have been answered by Swathi Chatrapathy, the head of the Content Team at Indiahikes, who has been on the Kedarkantha trek in two seasons.

Is Kedarkantha trek easy?

The Kedarkantha trek is easy-moderate, but only in comparison to other Himalayan treks. Any Himalayan trek has steep gradients, cold weather conditions and high altitudes that challenge trekkers. And all of these apply for the Kedarkantha trek too. 

On this trek, you cover around 20 km over 4 days. Even though the distance is not much and the hours of trekking are quite short (you reach the next campsite by noon everyday), the gradient is steep. You gain around 7,000 ft in three days while climbing uphill, and get down all the way. This tests the endurance of any trekker.

Additionally, Kedarkantha is known to be a winter trek. So the presence of from December to April makes the climb more difficult. In the winter months of December, Jan and Feb, you’ll see snow all the way from the first campsite to the summit. In March and April, expect to trek in snow on the day of your summit climb. 

The temperatures on the Kedarkantha trek also drop to zero and negative temperatures post sun down, especially during winters. This is an additional factor that makes the trek challenging. 

Keeping all this is mind, you can manage all of these easily with good physical fitness and mental preparation. Familiarise yourself with the trail before going on the trek. Train for at least a month and a half in advance. Carry enough warm layers and correct trekking gear. If you follow these few steps, you’ll find that Kedarkantha is an easy-moderate trek and you’ll do it comfortably.

Kedarkantha Trek Difficulty Level

Is Kedarnatha and Kedarkantha the same?

Kedarnath and Kedarkantha are not the same. The distance between Kedarkantha and Kedarnath is around 370 km by road. They are a 12-hour-journey away from each other. 

Kedarkantha is a Himalayan summit in the Govind Pashu Vihar National Park in Uttarakhand. It is a popular trekking trail that takes trekkers to the top of a summit, from where you see fantastic views of the Garhwal Himalayas. It is known for its beautiful forest trails, pretty campsites and the remote villages on the trail.

Kedarnath, on the other hand, is a revered Hindu temple in Uttarakhand. It is considered one of the 12 most sacred Shiva Temples in the world (the Jyotirlingas). It has enormous religious and mythological significance, attracting pilgrims from all over the world. 

Kedarnath and Kedarkantha are not the same

How long is Kedarkantha trek?

The Kedarkantha trek covers a distance of 20 km over 4 days. You cover an average of 5 km a day, which is a fairly short distance. You usually reach your next camp by lunch time.  

However, what makes the short distance challenging is the altitude gain and loss of around 7,000 ft. You start the trek at 6,400 ft and climb to a highest altitude of 12,500 ft. This makes a few sections of the trek quite steep and challenging. 

Despite that, this trek is well-suited for beginners who have never ventured into the Himalayas before. The Indiahikes team will guide you in preparing for the trek for at least a month before the trek. 

Who are the best Kedarkantha trek organisers?

Ever since Indiahikes explored and opened up Kedarkantha as a winter trek in 2011, many other organisers have followed suit. It is a fairly easy trek to organise, especially from the base camp of Sankri, which has now become a hub for trekking. 

Frankly, we would recommend choosing Indiahikes to trek to Kedarkantha for 2 simple reasons. 

The first reason is that we take the lesser-known route from Kotgaon. It’s a secluded route, which gives you a feeling of wilderness. The route from Sankri (which almost all other organisers take) is crowded and the campsites have become crowded too.

The second reason to choose Indiahikes is that we know this trail like the back of our hand. Having explored and trekked this route for over a decade, we know every nook and corner on the trail. We organise the trek ourselves from end to end and do not outsource it to others. If you want to have a safe, secluded trek to Kedarkantha with an unmatched experience, trek with our team. But decide quickly, because our dates get full very quickly.

How do I get to Kedarkantha

The Kedarkantha trek starts from a village called Kotgaon (or another village called Sankri, which is just around 4 km away). 

The best way to get to the Kedarkantha base camp is to take a vehicle from Dehradun. The drive takes around 8-10 hours, covering a distance of 186 km. 

The route to take is from Dehradun – Mussoorie – Kempty Waterfalls – Nainbagh – Purola – Mori – Naitwar – Kotgaon (Sankri is 4 km ahead)

At Indiahikes, we believe this is one of the prettiest drives in the Himalayas, especially from Purola onwards. You must absolutely stay awake through the drive and take in the views. It’s a small peek into what is to come over the next 4 days of the trek. But keep in mind that these are curvy mountain roads. If you are someone who is prone to motion sickness, these tips to prevent motion sickness will help.  

How to get to Kedarkantha

Kedarkantha: Short Itinerary

Day 1: Reach Kotgaon (6,800 ft); 10-11 hours drive from Dehradun. Transport will be organised from Dehradun railway station at 6.30 am. Cab costs approximately Rs.5,500 per vehicle.

Day 2: Kotgaon (6,800 ft) to Khujey (9,400 ft); 5 hours

Day 3: Khujey (9,400 ft) to Odari (10,800 ft); 2 hours

Day 4: Odari (10,800 ft) to Kedarkantha summit (12,500 ft) and then on to Odari; 7 hours

Day 5: Odari to Sankri (6,800 ft); 5 hours

Day 6: Drive to Dehradun; 10-11 hours. The cab costs approximately Rs.5,500 per small vehicle (6 seater) and Rs 9,000 per tempo traveller. You will reach Dehradun between 6.00 pm and 7.00 pm.

Important points to note:

1. You will be staying at a village home in Kotgaon and a guesthouse in Sankri. The stay on all other days is in tents (3 per tent).

2. If the trail from Kotgaon is blocked with too much snow in peak winter, we will be rerouting trekkers to trek from Sankri to the Kedarkantha summit and back to Sankri.

3. You can leave behind extra luggage (no valuables) at Kotgaon. This will be transported to Sankri on Day 6. There are no charges for this.

4. It is mandatory for trekkers to carry a copy of their photo id for entry at forest check posts on the trek. 

Map

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The Trek

Day 1:  Getting to base camp –  Kotgaon

  •    Distance: 220 km
  •   Time taken: 10 – 11 hours

Arrive at Dehradun.  Indiahikes vehicle will pick you up from there to Kedarkantha base camp, Kotgaon. Located within the Govind Wildlife sanctuary in Uttarkashi, Kedarkantha is one of the most popular treks in India. More so, as a winter trek. The trek is in the higher reaches of Garhwal where you will spend your week.

The drive to Kotgaon is long and perhaps one of the most beautiful drives in the  Indian Himalayas. The journey follows the path of the river Yamuna until Naugaon. The road crosses over the river here, and starts following the quietly gushing river of Tons, a tributary of Yamuna. Tons keeps you company all the way till Sankri.

Watch out for the section after Purola until Sankri, where the drive curves through a dense pine forest. The scent of pine engulfs you as you make your way towards your base camp. After you drive through the length of pine forest, you enter Mori. Mori is the last place where you can get cellular network to make calls. 

The drive ends at Kotgaon in the evening.  The village has a few dhabas, a Someshwar temple right at its center and a GMVN building slightly up the road from the rest of the village. You’ll often find children playing on the ground beside the temple. You can also find a small shop in Kotgaon where you can get very basic trekking gear.

Most trekkers reach Kotgaon in the evening. This offers them the time to look at the sun setting over the Greater Himalayan mountain ranges,   guarding the Har Ki Dun and Devkyara valleys, while they’re sipping some hot tea. The peaks of Swargarohini shimmer in the evening sun, standing tall over the ridges beyond Kotgaon.  If it’s not too cloudy, you can also see the top summit cap of Kedarkantha from the area near the temple in Kothgaon. 

Kotgaon Base Camp - Kedarkantha

Day 2: Kotgaon to Khujey (9,573 ft); 5 hours

  • Altitude: 6,800 feet to 9,400 feet
  • Distance: 4 km
  • Time taken: 5 hours

This is the first day where you’ll start your journey on foot, towards Kedarkantha. After tea, breakfast and some health check ups, you’ll leave the Kotgaon basecamp at 9:00 am. Start from the base camp towards left, moving on the village road towards Sankri side. You’ll pass by local wooden houses, local shops and a Shiva temple on the way. The old temple looks several hundred years old with  many coins studded into its frame.

Swargrohini will make its presence felt on your left. It’s a level walk on the tar road for another 10 minutes till you reach the first bend. The trail starts from here. You’ll see a narrow way going up, just when you reach the bend. There is a lone blue house right next to the trail. Take that trail.   On this uphill path with oak trees, few farmlands and apple gardens, you will find the first water source, which is an attached pipe and has water coming from the stream. The villagers use this area for washing, but the water is good for drinking. You can fill your water bottles here

You will also see flags and a Trishul to indicate that you are on the right path. The way is a little rocky, but it’s a very gradual ascent.  After walking for 10 minutes, there will be a concrete road. Take a right and then a left to join the paved trail once again. 

If you look back, you will see Kotgaon from a bird’s eye view. You can also spot a gushing waterfall, further below the trail, on the left. When you are walking on this part of the trail, you’ll see terrace farming lands owned by locals that grow vegetables like potato and rajma. Continue hiking along the trail and you’ll encounter a short and steep patch. Be careful while climbing this patch during winter, when the snow melts away and makes the trail slippery. 

Half an hour into the gradual ascent, we enter the jungle with few bamboo, oak and pine trees. You may even spot Long leaf pine, spruce pine, silver oak and green oak. The terrain is a mix of boulders and soil. A stream, that is the main source of water for Kotgaon and other villages nearby, flows through. As you continue walking on the trail, you will witness a bridge which connects Kotgaon to Sankri. If you are quiet, you may get to see birds like white throated laughing thrush, Himalayan bulbul and many more.

Forest Section - After Kotgaon

After a steep climb for 30 minutes, you will enter clearing in between the jungle. Usually in the winter months, there’ll be a good amount of snow here. Right after, there is a straight trail for 5 minutes until a steep climb through oak and pine trees  takes you to five scissor bends. For the next two and a half hours, you’ll find yourself taking the zig-zag way up, till you get to a clearing. The chestnut tree on your left marks the end of the zig zag trail. Take a sip of water in its shade as there will be another steep climb for half an hour to reach Molani. In the winters, the entire area will be snow covered and there’ll be no place to sit. 

After this, you’ll mostly find two trails. One goes up on your left. And one goes straight ahead from the clearing.  Take the trail on your left, that climbs up. Follow this trail, and within 25-30 minutes, you’ll reach Molani. 

Forest section in winter - Kedarkantha
The forest section in winter. Dark green on top, and bright white in the bottom. PC – Izzat Yaganagi

Molani is a clear meadow, with an oak tree marking its beginning. It has a dhaba which can closed depending on the season.Carry some packed snacks or lunch instead of buying food from there. You can rest at this spot. There’s a very small stream, just next to the dhaba. You can fill your water bottles from here. 

Spot some of the mountain ranges from here. From the dhaba, begin your ascent on the steep path that goes to another clearing where huge oak trees look down on you. Take the narrow trail that goes right by a big brown oak tree and climb upwards..Within the next 15 minutes, you’ll reach another clearing. There is a wooden hut that the locals use in the summers, in one further corner of the clearing. There’s a trail that goes to the left, into the forest cover. Follow the trail. It’s a gradual ascent for the next 20-25 minutes. There will come a short moderately steep ascent and a wooden bridge will appear out of nowhere. Descend till the bridge. This is a good place to take pictures and stop for a while. 

There is a stream that flows underneath the bridge which will be frozen in the winters. Cross the bridge and follow the trail. After 10-15 minutes, you’ll enter a huge clearing which is our first campsite, Khujey. 

Birdge before Odari - Kedarkantha

Khujey is a large grassland, a couple of hundred metres long and about a hundred wide. You can see a range of snow-clad peaks from there on your left. The campsite is surrounded by huge pine trees from all sides.  Near the forests, at its edge, there will be few shepherd huts – often seen abandoned in winter months. 

Khujey Campsite - Kedarkantha
The Khujey Campsite on the Kedarkantha Trek early in the morning. This picture was taken in mid-December. PC – Pratik Nandy

Day 3: Khujey (9,573 ft) to Odari (10,124 ft)       

  • Altitude: 9,573 feet to 10,124 feet
  • Distance:
  • Time taken: 2 hours

It’s a short day, so make the most out of it. Often, in the mountains, the day before the summit day is a short one. This is so your body gets much needed rest to prepare for summit climb and for acclimatisation purposes. When you acclimatise well, and less troubled you will be with altitude sickness.

Start your trek downhill left, towards north east direction. You will pass the shepherd huts and enter the jungle with oak and pine trees. 

Gujjars stay in these huts for six months during summer to graze their cattle and spend the rest of the six months down in the village. Gujjars are a pastoral community who move their livestock seasonally between fixed pastures in summers and winters. 

Within five minutes of level walking, you encounter a water stream. You can re-fill your bottles here. Then it’s a gradual walk till you enter a very sparse forest. It mostly consists of brown oaks and pines. There are also short descent patches from time to time while you’re passing all these trees. Thirty minutes into the trail and your first rest point is almost here. You climb up a  gradual patch, and if you look to your left, you can see an even wider range of peaks that you could see from the campsite. This is the spot to wait and click some pictures. You can see the Har Ki Dun valley, Dev kyara valley, Ranglana peak and a lot of the Himachal range.  Ask your guide to tell you about Bararsar lake which is down to a ridge visible right in front of this scenic view.

After soaking in the views, descend from here. It is a 15 minutes march through bird filled pine forests, with brown oaks edging for attention in between. In winters, you need to be careful on the snow while you’re descending, because there are more chances of slipping. Using micro-spikes will be a good move. 

You hit a stream, where during winters, there will be beautiful frozen structures. Cross the stream and start ascending. You’ll be able to see a beautiful view of the valley covered with pine forests. It’s a different perspective you get, from above the trees. Continue with the steep hike for the next 40 minutes.

After 15 minutes of following the trail after this, you come across a gorge and there’s a small water stream. It is very likely to be completely frozen in peak winters. Cross the stream and continue ascending. After 20 minutes, you’ll be able to see a campsite called Talkhetra while ascending. That’s the campsite which falls under the popular route which starts from Sankri. 

After around 25 more minutes, you’ll reach a clearing. Follow the trail that lies to your left and continue walking. It’s a level walk for 5-10 minutes followed by a moderate ascent. After completing that ascent, suddenly our second campsite, Odari will come into view. It is a five minute walk away.

Odari is a beautiful, isolated clearing and it is entirely covered with snow in the winters. Stay the night here. It is imperative you rest well as the summit day is long, with altitude gains. Your body needsto be able to cope with the taxing climb and thin air. Sleep well..

Day 4: Odari to Kedarkantha summit and back to Odari

It’s your summit day, so start early as possible.   On long days, the idea is to reach your campsite as early as possible, as the weather is likely to change in the mountains by noon. During winters, this is especially crucial because a strong sun will make walking on snow difficult.

In winters, we leave the campsite by 5:00 am. It’s dark when you leave and you will need your headlamps. Start ascending from the campsite towards the trail that goes up, which is to the right side of the way you entered the previous day. Follow the trail and it’s a moderate to steep ascent for the next 2 hours. On the way, you’ll start seeing the gorgeous colours of sunrise spreading.  In winters, there will be a lot of snow, especially after this part. If the trail is closed due to previous snowfalls, then you might also have to create a trail yourself. Keep hiking and follow the zig-zag way that takes you up through the cover of oak trees. Soon you’ll come across a large clearing.

Have a water break. Take enough water breaks today as there will be a height gain of 1,700 ft. It is important to hydrate yourself well when climbing at high altitude. From here, it is a level walk for the next five minutes and then the trail will take you further left. After walking on level ground for the next 10 minutes, you will encounter a patch of beautiful brown oak trees that look like they’re made of gold when the sun rays strike them. It’s a short descent from here and then a flat walk for the next 5 minutes. Continue hiking on the moderately steep trail till you reach to the top of that patch. If you look on your left, the range that you could see the previous day, looks even more prominent and grand. Due to the remote nature of this trail, trekking without a horde of other trek operators around you is bliss.

A half an hour’s ascent from the clearing will take you to a few dhabas, where the forest cover ends. If you look to your right, you’ll be able to see the Kedarkantha summit in its full grandeur. This is the first time you get to witness the entire mountain, that is Kedarkantha.From here, the summit is 2 kms away.  

Now you’ll see that there are two trails from here. One on your left, which is a little steep and another to your right, which is a level walk. Take the left one and start climbing. It’s a steep climb for the next 15 minutes till you reach a flat surface.  And then there is a gradual ascent for the next 10 minutes till you reach a tree patch. This is the last point where you’ll see trees on the way. After this, the tree line will end and it’ll be all white around you. 

You’ll also see a lot of rhododendron shrubs on your way. These are plants that are found only after a certain altitude and they bear white flowers in the months of March and April. These plants are poisonous and shouldn’t be consumed in any way. 

If you look to your right while climbing, you’ll realise the kind of gradient you are traversing. Keep going till you reach flat land. There is a level walk for the next 10 minutes followed by a short and steep ascent. Keep walking gradually and in the next 10 minutes you’ll reach that can be called as the base of the mountain. It’s another 1 hour to the summit. 

After a 20 minutes climb, you’ll place your foot on the ridge of Kedarkantha. Though the ridge is not too narrow, you should be very careful from here onwards. Also, you should keep your wind sheeter handy as it can very windy here,on bad days. Keep ascending along the trail. This part of the climb is quite steep and this is where all your preparation will show. It is hard, steep climb but the trail offers such a unique angle to the mountain, it doesn’t register as much. The mountain is rimmed with gold with light of morning sun. In winters, the wind blows snow-plumes off the mountains.

In the next 40 minutes, you’ll reach the top of the mountain. After a level walk of two minutes, you see  an arrangement of stones with a Trishul in between, pointing to the sky. This is the Kedarkantha summit. 

Towering over the rest of the region, the summit gives you a 360 degree view of the mighty snow clad ranges of Uttarakhand. The Gangotri and the Yamunotri ranges are clearly visible from the summit, as are the Chainsheel Pass and Kinnaur Kailash ranges.  Try to spot known peaks like Swargrohini, Black peak, Bandarpoonch, Rangnala peak, Draupadi ka Danda, Jaonli. The expanse of Har Ki Dun valley is also visible.

Spend some time here. Start descending from the trail that starts from the right side of the temple. In 5 minutes you’ll reach another temple. From here just follow the trail and keep descending till you reach the  dhaba. In the winters, you can have a lot of snow-slides on your way till the dhaba. While descending, just look back, you’ll see the summit and where you were standing just a few moments before. After reaching the dhaba,  retrace the same route back to Odari campsite and stay the night there.

Day 5 : Odari to Sankri

  • Altitude: 10,124 feet to 6,800 feet
  • Distance: 6 km
  • Time taken: 5 hours

Start from the campsite and follow the trail that is to the opposite side of where you came from the previous day. It’s a level walk for 10 minutes and a short descent later, you come across a water stream. You can use this water for drinking. Cross the stream and then there’s a short ascent for a while. This path is a little narrow and there’s a steep drop on your left. Be careful and keep your weight towards the right side. 

It’s a level walk from here in the pine forest and you’ll reach a campsite called Talkhetra in about 20 minutes. You’ll see a lot of other campsites here and feel blessed to have such an isolated one for yourself. After reaching here, if you just look back, you’ll be able to see the Kedarkantha summit again. This is probably the last time you’ll get to witness the summit. 

Continue descending and follow the trail. It’s a gradual descent for the next 40 minutes, and you’ll be unwinding your way through a series of oak and pine trees. You’ve entered the forest patch now. The trees will give you company for a very long time. Follow the moderately steep trail and within the next half an hour you’ll reach another campsite called Hargaon. There is also a dhaba here and you can have a rest stop. 

Continue following the meandering trail and after 15 minutes you’ll reach level ground. If the weather is clear, look to your right and you’ll be able to see the entire valley, including Har Ki Dun and Swargarohini. You’ll find another dhaba on your right, in the next 10 minutes. It’s a very good location to take a break and have something to eat. The same view of the valley is visible from this point too. It’s a very comfortable place to just relax and click some beautiful pictures. 

Start descending from the dhaba.  During winter, the trail here might be a little muddy because of the melting of snow. Follow the well-defined trail and you’ll reach another dhaba within the next 10 minutes. There’ll be some local mud huts on either sides. Continue walking and you’ll start seeing apple orchards on either sides. These orchards will be all dried up in the winter season. Another 30 minutes and you will reach yet another dhaba. Level walk for quite a while and you reach a bridge made of concrete. If you look on your right, there’ll be another trail that goes up to Juda-ka-Talaab. 

Juda-Ka-Talab is a large lake that was once two lakes but now conjoined as one, in a clearing that is a series of undulating mounds. It runs along a thick edge of oak and pine forest so dense that light hardly seeps through it. The area is entirely in the shadows of some of the densest pine forests you will ever see.  It is a route we take on occasion. In peak winters, we often take skip this because it is a longer route and the grandeur of Talaab is not as visible as it is in the other seasons.

From the bridge of concrete, follow the trail that goes down, which is on your left. This part can be very slushy and muddy as a lot of trekkers and mules walk on this trail. It’s a moderate descent from here till you reach another dhaba on your left. Keep following the well-defined trail. The trail gets very rocky from here on. After 20 more minutes, you will be able to see the road below, that leads to Sankri. Keep going and after 20 minutes you’ll reach the tar road. From the tar road, it’s a level walk for 10 minutes where you cross a village named Saud, and finally reach Sankri. 

Sankri is a small but pretty village with about 250 houses, few shops and dhabas. There are plenty of options to stay here –  primarily GMVN (starting Rs. 250/- bed for dorms, Rs. 750 for room), Hotel Mountain View, Hotel Swargarohini Palace, Hotel Wild Orchid etc. There is still no internet connectivity – you will have to wait until you hit Mori/Puralo tomorrow on the drive back.

Soak in the view of the sun setting behind ridges beyond Sankri. Enjoy your last night among these mountains..

Day 6: Drive to Dehradun 

  • Distance: 220 km
  • Time taken: 10 – 11 hours

The drive back to Dehradun takes you through lovely pine forests, and goes side by side with the Tons river. It is a scenic 8 hour drive. Try to get the window seat on the right for a beautiful view. You should stop for lunch somewhere close to Kempty Falls. Expect to reach Dehradun by 8pm. Have a look at how you should be booking further travel by clicking here.

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Plan Your Travel for the Kedarkantha trek

It is great to see you going on the Kedarkantha Trek, one of the finest summit climbs for beginners . While it is a great trek to do, you need to get your travel plan worked out perfectly.

Here is a step-by-step guide on what to do next. Use this guide and nothing else to plan your travel.

1. Here’s a quick view on how to plan your travel

Day 0: Book your air ticket to Delhi or Dehradun. If Delhi, book night train/bus to Dehradun. Click here for more explanation. 

Day 1: Drive from Dehradun to Kotgaon (6,800 ft); 10-11 hours drive from Dehradun. Kotgaon is the basecamp for your trek. (It will be Sankri if the snow levels are high during your trek period) 

We organise transport to Kotgaon/ Sankri from Dehradun Railway station. Our vehicles leave at 6:30 am sharp. It costs Rs 5,500 per vehicle (shared between 5-6 trekkers).

Day 2: Trek Kotgaon (6,800 ft) to Khujey (9,400 ft); 5 hours

Day 3: Khujey (9,400 ft) to Odari (10,800 ft); 2 hours.

Day 4: Odari (10,800 ft) to Kedarkantha summit (12,500 ft) and then on to Odari; 7 hours

Day 5: Trek Odari to Sankri (6,800 ft); 5 hours

Day 6: Drive from Sankri to Dehradun. It is an 10-11 hour drive to Dehradun. We organise transport from Sankri to Dehradun Railway station. You will reach around 6.30pm. It costs Rs 5,500 per vehicle (shared between 5-6 trekkers). 

Book return train/bus ticket to Delhi from Dehradun (Nanda Devi or Mussoorie express). Do not book plane tickets to your hometown from Delhi on Day 6. Click here for more explanation.

Day 7: Book return train ticket to Delhi from Dehradun (Nanda Devi or Mussoorie express). Or book direct air ticket from Dehradun. Do not book plane tickets to your hometown from Delhi on Day 6. Click here for more explanation

Note:

  1. While getting to Kotgaon, we recommend you arrive a day earlier and stay at Dehradun (Day zero). Our vehicles can pick you up at Dehradun Railway station (on Day 1). Staying at Dehradun gives you a well deserved rest for the night. Plus some bonus sightseeing.

On your return from the trek you can get off at Mussoorie. If you do not want to get off at Mussoorie, the final stop of the vehicle is at the Dehradun railway station. You reach Dehradun between 6.00 and 7.00 pm.

2. Planning your onward flight/train booking

If you are travelling from Bengaluru, Chennai, Pune, Mumbai or any other city, book your air tickets for Day Zero, which is the day before Day 1 on the itinerary. If your trek start day is 25 August, book your air tickets for 24 August to either Delhi/Dehradun. 

There are two options.

Option 1: Fly directly to Dehradun

We recommend this. It gives you an added rest day at Dehradun. Most metros are directly connected to Dehradun. However, if the cost of the flight ticket to Dehradun is too high, book to Delhi and connect to Dehradun by train/bus.

Tip: Train is the best option to get to Dehradun. Bus journeys are often delayed by a few hours.  

Taxis are available from the airport (plenty). Prepaid taxis are available (look for the pre-paid taxi counter just out of the conveyor belt at the arrivals). You can also flag down a taxi (bargain a bit) with taxis outside the airport. Airport taxis are exorbitant. They usually charge between Rs 800 to Rs 1,000 to Dehradun

Usually most passengers take taxis from the airport. Try to hook up with co-passengers on the flight for your taxi ride to Dehradun. 

Pro Tip: If you want to save real money try to catch an auto just outside the airport terminal complex. They usually come there to drop passengers off. Autos are not allowed to enter the airport complex. They charge approximately Rs 300 to Dehradun. 

If autos are not available, walk for further 1.5 km to get to the Rishikesh Dehradun highway. From the highway you can flag down regular town buses or shared autos (shared autos are called Vikrams). Bus fare is about Rs 30 to Dehradun. Shared autos charge about Rs 20. 

Option 2: Flying to Delhi.

Flying to Delhi may be a lot cheaper than getting to Dehradun. Make sure to book a flight that reaches Delhi by 8.00 pm. You must arrive in Delhi on Day Zero and not on Day 1.

Note: If you notice the difference in air ticket prices between Delhi and Dehradun less than Rs 1000 then book directly to Dehradun. The rest and shorter travel time is worth the difference.  

Next, book yourself in the Nanda Devi Express to Dehradun (Train No: 12401). It is a fully AC train that leaves at 23.35 hrs from Hazrat Nizamuddin and gets to Dehradun at 5.40 am in the morning. 

Note: Earlier the Nanda Devi express would depart from New Delhi railway station. From 26 Aug 2019, it leaves from Hazrat Nizamuddin railway station. The train now comes from Kota. So expect about 15 to 30 mins delay in arrival. The train number has changed too from 12206 to 12401.

At Dehradun railway station, wait for Indiahikes pickup at 6.30 am. Contact your driver by 6.00 am. The number of your transport coordinator will be shared with you a week prior to your departure. 

Caution: Do not book on any other train except the Nanda Devi Express. The other option, Mussoorie express, is notorious for its delay. Your pickup vehicle may leave without you. If you do not get tickets on the Nanda Devi Express, take a bus from Delhi to Haridwar, but do not book on the Mussoorie express.

Pro Tip: Take the afternoon Jan Shatabdi express from New Delhi railway station (leaves at 15.20 pm) to arrive at Dehradun by 21:10 in the night. Stay overnight at Dehradun. Take the Indiahikes pickup the next morning directly from Dehradun railway station.   

Bus

If in case you do not get a train ticket, there are regular Volvo AC buses from Delhi’s ISBT Kashmiri Gate to Dehradun. You also get Non-AC buses. Buses are frequent and not usually crowded. You can get a bus almost every half hour. Buses take 7-8 hours to get to Dehradun from Delhi. AC bus tickets cost about Rs 700. 

3. Planning your return flight/train booking

Booking your return tickets require some thought. First, keep some buffer time in mind before booking tickets. If you are scheduled to reach Dehradun around 6.30pm, book your onward bus or train tickets only after 9 pm. In case you are stuck in traffic or get delayed at your lunch spot, you will have some buffer time to catch your bus/train.

Next, if your onward flight departs from Delhi/Dehradun, then book flight tickets for Day 7. 

Sometimes trekkers worry if they can book an early morning flight out of Delhi on Day 7. Yes, you can. But book flights that depart only after 8 am. Do not book any flight between 6.00 and 8 am. You may not reach Delhi in time. 

How to get to Delhi on time for an early morning flight

If your flight is early, say between 8.00 and 9.00 am, then there are two options. 

Train: Take the Nanda Devi Express from Dehradun (12402) that leaves at 22:40 hrs to get to Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway Station at 04:50 in the morning. From Hazrat Nizamuddin you get airport buses from outside the station as well as taxis. Metro train is somewhat inconvenient from Hazrat Nizamuddin. 

Note: Earlier Nanda Devi express would arrive at New Delhi railway station. From 26 August 2019, it has been extended up to Kota. It no longer goes to New Delhi railway station. Instead it goes to Hazrat Nizamuddin railway station. The train number has changed from 12206 to 12402.    

Bus: The other option is to take a bus from Dehradun. It is about 6½ – 7 hrs journey to Delhi. So if you take a bus that leaves around 9.00 pm, then expect to reach Delhi at around 04.00 am (ISBT Kashmiri Gate). A bus that leaves at 22:00 pm will reach Delhi around 05.00 am. AC Volvo buses are the fastest, so opt for them. Non AC buses can take up to 7-8 hrs for the journey. 

From Kashmiri Gate ISBT you get Airport buses or taxis.

Note: Metro trains in Delhi do not start before 5.00 am.  

If you are taking a flight out of Dehradun

If you are taking a flight out of Dehradun then book yourself on Day 9. Most metros are now well connected by Dehradun by flight.

4. Planning your hotel/stay

In Dehradun, look for hotels around the railway station. There are quite a few options available online and it is not difficult to find last minute hotel booking.

Hotel options at Dehradun

Hotel Drona, which is a government property owned by the GMVN is decent. It is an old, but a large and spacious property. It is about 1.5 kms from Dehradun railway station. Rooms start at Rs 750.
Phone: +91-135-2746847.
Book online http://gmvnl.in/newgmvn/online_reservation/ Location: https://goo.gl/maps/sjWSkGhe5LfAN8wDA

MyRoom252 is a new backpackers facility in Dehradun. Modern, colourful and clean. Bunk beds start at Rs 300. Rooms are available too. It is not too far from the Dehradun Railway station. Shared autos (which are called Vikrams) can get you there. For online booking: http://www.myroom252.com/.
Phone: 086308 81083.
Location: https://goo.gl/maps/p5xkbMyUF4X5VHwx9

Nomads House is another new backpackers hostel in Dehradun. The atmosphere is good. The place neat and clean. Indiahikes trek leaders love Nomads House. It is about 10 mins from the Dehradun railway station. Bunk beds start at Rs 400, rooms start at Rs 800. Shared autos are easily available to get to Nomads House.
Phone: 9760596464
Location: https://g.page/NomadsHouse?share

What if you miss the Indiahikes pickup? Getting to Kotgaon on your own.

If you miss the Indiahikes pick up from Dehradun, here is how you can get to Kotgaon base camp on your own. 

Bus from Dehradun to Sankri

There are 2 direct buses from Dehradun railway station to Sankri. They leave at 6 am and 7 am respectively from Dehradun ISBT. The cost per ticket is Rs 350 – 400/-

If you are reaching Dehradun late, you can take a bus to Purola/Naugaon and then a shared cab to Sankri. It costs Rs 150, make sure you reach Purola by 3 pm to take the last shared cab to Sankri.

After you reach Sankri, you can take a share cab to Kotgaon. It costs Rs. 500 per cab. You will be sharing the cost with others. You can also walk up to Kotgaon. It is 4km away from Sankri.

Tip: While this bus hopping may sound cumbersome, we do it regularly at Indiahikes. They are a fun and a good way to know the real Uttarakhand. You also get to meet very interesting local people. So while no one wants to miss a pick up, don’t be too disheartened if it happens. You may just experience one of your best travel moments!      

How to get fit for the Kedarkantha trek

The Kedarkantha trek is marked as an easy-moderate trek. It starts at an altitude of 6,800 ft at Kotgaon and climbs to 12,500 ft at Kedarkantha peak. This means there is an altitude gain of 6,300 ft over the first three days of the trek.  Consequently, all the three days leading to the Kedarkantha summit involve constant ascent

Cardiovascular endurance

This trek requires a good amount of cardiovascular endurance. You can begin by jogging everyday. Start jogging at a slow pace and then keep increasing your pace day by day. In order to be prepared for high altitude trek, you should have a combination of distance and speed targets.

Here’s a fitness routine that works:

In case you’re just starting with a regular fitness routine, phase out your distance targets in the following manner –

–>Target completing 5 km in 45 minutes when you begin.

–> Gradually increase your pace by running 4 times a week and bring it down to 5 km in 40 mins.

–>If you are 45 years or above, try to cover 5km in less than 47 minutes.

If you are somebody you prefers cycling over running, then try to cover 22 km in 60 minutes.

How to send us a proof of your fitness routine?

Record your run on an app like Nike Run. Start recording your run when you start running. At the end of your run, hit the stop button.

Take a screenshot of the summary of your run. We will need a detailed split of each kilometre of your run. This is usually integrated in all running apps.

Note: Make sure your GPS is on when you record your run. If the GPS is off, we will not accept the screenshot.

Upload two screenshots 10 days prior to the start of the trek

For > 45 years age : One screenshot of 5 km in 50 minutes and the second 5 km in 47 minutes.

For < 45 years age : Two screenshots of 5 km in 40 minutes.

If you love cycling, cover a distance of 22 km in one hour and upload the same.

Fitness proof to be uploaded with GPS on and along with your picture.

Here’s a guide to help you prepare for the trek.

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One month trek fitness routine for easy treks

Working out indoors
If you can’t go out and jog because of time and space constraints, here’s a video you can use to work out indoors.

Things to get for the Kedarkantha Trek

Kedarkantha is a high altitude trek with snow. In winter, the temperatures drop to negative temperatures. You’ll need enough warm layers and accessories to keep you warm and help you trek comfortably. So pay careful attention to this entire section. 

First, The Essentials. You cannot do the trek without these.

1. Trekking Shoes

Kedarkantha requires trekking shoes that are sturdy, have good grip, have ankle support and can handle snow. Here is a quick video on how to choose your trekking shoes.

| Buying Tip: The Trek series and MH series are good options by Decathlon. They are tried and tested. There really isn’t any necessity to buy the higher priced models. Here is a list of other budget shoes that trekkers are using.

| Rental: We have the Trek series and the MH series by Decathlon available on rent from the Indiahikes store. They are already broken into and in good condition. Rental shoes are not dirty or unhygienic. This is how they are kept clean. Rent here.

2. Backpack

For a trek like Kedarkantha, you need a 50-60 litre backpack. Make sure your backpack has good hip support, shoulder support and quick access pockets. Here is a guide on how to choose a backpack.

| Buying Tip: Wildcraft, Decathlon and Adventure Worx usually make good backpacks. While Wildcraft has more expensive ones, the other two brands have budget-friendly backpacks to choose from. 

| Rental: The 48 litre backpack by Adventure Worx is available on rent from the Indiahikes store. They are custom-made for our Himalayan treks. Rent them if you don’t have a backpack. Rent here.

3. Clothes

Wearing layers is the mantra in the mountains. Layers give you maximum protection from all elements. And when the weather changes in the mountains (as it happens every few hours), you take take off or put on layers as required. 

Base layer: 3 T-shirts

Wear one T-shirt and carry two. Carry full sleeve dry-fit T-shirts (preferably collared). These prevent your arms and neck from getting sunburnt. In the rarified air on the trek, especially at high altitudes, UV rays can burn you in no time.

Dry-fit T-shirts quickly dry your sweat, they are easy to wash and in case of a rainy day, they dry quicker. Round neck T-shirts are ok, but collared ones are better.

| Cotton or Synthetic? As Indians, we love cotton. Down in the plains when the heat is a blistering 40°C it makes sense to wear cotton. But it takes a long time to dry when it gets wet. In the mountains, where it is cooler, synthetic is what you wear. They wick sweat rapidly and keep you dry. (But they do tend to smell quickly, so carry a roll-on deodorant with you.)

| Buying tip: You can get dry-fit T-shirts from Decathlon. Also, stores like Reliance Trends, Max have dry-fit T-shirts. They don’t usually cost much.

| Pro Tip: If you are extra susceptible to cold, you could get a set of thermal inners. In our experience, wearing two T-shirts over another works as a better thermal. And they save you weight and space, since you’re already carrying them. 

5 insulation layers in winter

The Kedarkantha trek is primarily a winter trek. If you’re going any time between December and March, you will need at least 5 warm layers.

You will need 1 pair of inner thermals, 2 light fleece layers, 1  light sweater and 1  padded jacket. Do not get your grandma stitched sweaters, which can be very heavy. You need sweaters and fleece jackets that can fold into compact rolls.

For your outer later, a padded jacket serves the purpose here. You don’t really need a water resistant material. But you need an outer padded jacket that keeps the wind and cold out. Ensure your padded jacket has a hood as well.

| Do you need a down/feather jacket? Not really. A regular padded/shell jacket will do. This video here will help you to learn more about the difference.

| Note: Down/feather jackets are really not available these days. Many jackets masquerade as down/feather jackets. They are essentially fine polyester-filled jackets. They mimic the function of a down jacket but are usually expensive.  

| Rental: Padded jackets made by Fort Collins are available on rent at the Indiahikes store. They are custom made for Indiahikes and trekkers find them terrific, even in winter. Rent here.

Trek pants

A minimum of one pair and maximum of two pairs of trek pants should suffice for this trek. Wear one pair and carry one just in case it rains/snows. Trek pants with zippered cut offs at the thighs are very suitable for treks. Also, choose quick-dry pants over cotton. They dry up soon even in the cold climate.

| Buying tip: Go for pants with zippered pockets. They come in handy to keep your phone, handkerchief or pocket snacks.

| Track pants or trek pants? Stretchable track pants make a good backup and can double up as your thermal bottoms. But track pants are not trek pants — so don’t use them as your main outerwear. Keep them only as a backup. 

Mandatory Accessories, without these too you won’t be able to do the trek.

These accessories are mandatory. Don’t go to Kedarkantha without them. Trekkers generally put off purchasing / borrowing the accessories for the last minute. We suggest the opposite. Start gathering these accessories first. 

1. Sunglasses

Sunglasses are to prevent snow blindness. On a winter trek like Kedarkantha, expect to walk on long stretches of snow. A small overexposure to direct sunlight on snow can lead to snow blindness (about a half hour’s exposure). That’s because fallen snow is like thousands of mirrors that reflect direct UV rays. So you need sunglasses with UV protection

| Wearing tip: Wear sunglasses if the trekking day is bright and sunny (on open sections, meadows). On a snowy section you must absolutely never take off your sunglasses until the section has been fully crossed.

| Buying Tip: Try getting sunglasses that wrap around instead of those that have openings on the side. Even peripheral UV ray exposure is not a good idea.  

| If you wear spectacles: If you wear spectacles, you can get oversized sunglasses that you wear over your regular glasses (available at Decathlon). If that is cumbersome, photochromic lenses work equally well. Here’s a quick guide on managing sunglasses with spectacles.

| Contact lens users: If you use contact lenses, you can use them on the trek too. The lens solution will not freeze. You will also not face any problems in changing your lens in your tent. Just carry enough cleaning solution with you to clean your fingers well. Wear your sunglasses over your contact lens. Read this article for more guidance on managing contact lenses on treks.

 2. Suncap

A sun cap is mandatory. Trekking without a sun cap can lead to headaches, sun strokes, quick dehydration and a sharp drop in trekking performance. 

| Tip: In the mountains, the general rule is to keep your head covered at all times. During the day a sun cap protects you from the harsh rays of the sun (it is doubly stronger with naked UV rays). A sun cap keeps your body temperature in balance. In the evening/early morning, the reverse is true. Your head loses your body heat quickly. A woolen cap prevents heat from dissipating from your head.

| Pro Tip: Sun caps with flaps are a blessing for trekkers. They cut out almost all UV leaks. They prevent sun burns in every possible way. They are a lot more effective than sunscreen lotion. A wide-brimmed sports hat also helps to prevent sunburn in a big way. 

3. Synthetic hand gloves

On a trek like Kedarkantha you are going to be handling snow quite a bit. You’ll need gloves to grip something or to steady yourself in snow. You also want the gloves to keep you warm. Get synthetic hand gloves that have waterproofing on the outside and a padded lining on the inside. If you find the combination difficult to get (not likely), wear a tight fitting fleece hand glove inside a synthetic hand glove. Hand gloves are mandatory on this trek.   

4. Woollen cap or Balaclava

Ensure these cover your head. In the cold mountains, you lose maximum heat from your head, not from your hands, feet or the rest of your body. Which is why you need to keep your head protected, especially when the sun is down. Early mornings, late evenings, a cold trekking day are when you must use your woollen cap.

Your ears are sensitive too, so a woollen head cap that covers your ears is absolutely essential. A balaclava is a modern version of the woolen cap. It covers your ears, neck and parts of your face as well. If you get woollen cap that only covers your head, you will need a neck warmer or a woolen scarf.

5. Socks (4 pairs)

Apart from three to four pairs of sports socks, take a pair of woollen socks. Sports socks give you cushioning plus warmth. Again the mantra is to wear synthetic socks or at least a synthetic blend. Cotton socks soak in water and sweat. They are very hard to dry.

As for woollen socks, they help you to keep warm and snug in the night. If you cannot get woolen socks, wearing two sports socks serves the purpose as well. 

6. Headlamp

Trekkers are often confused about whether they need to get a headlamp or a handheld torch. You need to get a headlamp because it leaves your hands free to do other activities. On the Kedarkantha trek you’ll need your hands free to wash dishes, pitch tents and hold your trek poles. 

| Buying tip: Ensure your headlamp covers a wider area and is not too focused as a single beam. On a trek, your headlamp must help you see around you as much as ahead of you.

| Rental: Headlamps are available on rent on the Indiahikes store. Rent here.

7. Trekking pole (a pair)

Trekking poles give you stability and balance. They reduce your energy consumption by almost 40%. On the Kedarkantha trek there are steep ascents and descents. A pair of trekking poles will make the difference between a comfortable and a strenuous trek. In India we tend to use a single trekking pole. However, two trekking poles give you greater stability and balance. They also increase your walking pace.

| Rental: Imported side-locking trekking poles are available on rent on the Indiahikes store. Rent here.

8. Rainwear

On a trek, the weather can change quickly. A bright sunny day can turn into a downpour in a matter of minutes. Carry a poncho or a rain jacket to tackle this. A poncho is a big rain cover with openings for your arms and your head. It is extremely effective because it covers both you and (partially) your backpack. It is extremely light and weighs next to nothing. 

| Pro tip: Rain jackets are more streamlined and less cumbersome but weigh more. Rain pants are really not required. Dry fit trek pants dry quickly even if soaking wet.  

| Rental: High grade ponchos are available on rent on the Indiahikes store. Rent here.

9. Rain cover for your backpack

Backpacks are your life. You carry all your dry clothes, your warm gear in your backpack. It is important that your backpack stays dry at all times. Modern backpacks usually come with built in rain-covers. If your back pack does not have a rain-cover, ensure you get a rain cover by either (a) buying a rain cover (b) or cutting a large plastic sheet to the size of your backpack. You can roll the plastic sheet around your backpack and keep it in place with a string or elastic.  

| Pro tip: It’s good practice to compartmentalise your clothes, accessories and other things in plastic covers inside your backpack. That way, even if it rains and your backpack gets wet, your things are water-proof inside the backpack.

10. Daypack (20-30 ltrs, optional)

Some trekkers opt to offload their bags to a mule on the Kedarkantha trek. While we do not encourage this practice, in case you opt for offloading, then carrying a daypack is mandatory. In your daypack you carry essentials like water bottles, rainwear, emergency medicines, headlamp, some snacks and a warm layer. Your main backpack that carries most of your equipment is accessible only at the campsites. 

A daypack is a smaller backpack that is usually of 20-30 ltr capacity. Laptop bags are not daypacks. Do not get them. 

Other mandatory requirements

1. A toilet kit

Keep your toilet kit light. Carry just the basics — toothbrush, toothpaste, small soap, toilet tissue roll, a small moisturiser, lip balm, and a roll-on deodorant. You will not be able to have a bath on the trek, so don’t overload on soaps and shampoos.

| Pro tip: Carry miniature-sized items. You will not need more than that. If you’re travelling in a group, share one toothpaste for all.

| Pro tip: Avoid getting large toilet rolls. The smallest size roll is more than enough for a trek like Kedarkantha. 

| For women: If you are likely to have your periods on your trek date, don’t worry about it. You can use your pads, tampons or menstrual cups on the trek. There will be toilet tents where you can get changed. Make sure you carry ziplock bags to bring back your menstrual waste. Don’t leave behind any waste in the mountains. Watch this video to learn how to dispose your sanitary waste.

2. Cutlery

Carry a lunch box, a mug and a spoon. Your lunch box must be leak proof. You are expected to wash your own cutlery. Trekkers often expect Indiahikes to wash their cutlery. When you allow Indiahikes to wash your cutlery, your cutlery becomes part of a mass washing system. You immediately invite germs, bacteria to settle on your cutlery. Incidence of stomach disorders rises exponentially.  

| Pro tip: Carry stainless steel cutlery. Avoid fancy high grade plastic cutlery. Stainless steel cutlery is infinitely easier to wash in cold water. Grease is easier to remove and hygiene is at the highest. 

| Two 1 litre bottles or a 2 litre hydration pack: Kedarkantha has many hours of trekking everyday (approximately 6 hours). You need to carry two one litre water bottles to keep yourself hydrated over the distance. If you are used to a hydration pack, then that is ok too. If one among the two bottles is a lightweight thermos, then that helps you to store warm water on a really cold day or for late evenings and early mornings.   

| Rental: You could rent lightweight thermos flasks from the Indiahikes store. Rent here.

3. Plastic covers

Carry 3-4 old plastic covers to keep your used clothes. You could use them even for wet clothes. Re-use old plastic bags for this and do not buy new ones.

Useful videos to help you with your gear:

Personal medical kit

Carry these medicines with you, easily accessible at all times. Do not take any medicine unless you have consulted your trek leader

  1. Dolo 650 (5 tablets): This is a paracetamol. It helps to tackle fever, mild pain
  2. Avomine (4 tablets): Carry this especially if you are prone to motion sickness. Pop one half hour before the start of your road journey.
  3. Combiflam (5 tablets): Take a combiflam if you get a sudden twist of the leg or a muscle strain. It is a pain reliever. It also contains paracetamol. 
  4. Digene (4 tablets): Take it if you feel the food that you’ve taken is undigested. Alert your trek leader immediately. It could be a sign of AMS. 
  5. ORS (6 packs): Consume a pack of ORS water at least once a day, usually mid day when you are in the middle of your trek. It replenishes essential salts lost while trekking.  Tip: It also makes cold water easier to drink.
  6. Knee Brace (optional): Carry this if you are prone to knee injury or have known issues of knee pain.

Our trek leaders carry a high altitude medical kit with them which also consist of Life Saving Drugs. If there is an emergency our trek leaders know how to tackle it. Meanwhile, contact your trek leader before consuming any of these medicines listed here.

| Pro tip: We find that these medicines by trekkers are rarely used. But you cannot do away with them. At the end of the trek please donate unused medicines to your trek leader. Some of these medicines get distributed to villages on the trek and some are added to the Indiahikes medical kit.   

Mandatory Documents to carry

These are documents required for legal purposes by Indiahikes and the forest department. Without any of these, you will not be allowed to trek.

  1. Original and photocopy of government photo identity card. Anything such as a driver’s license, Aadhar card, passport will do. This is required by the forest department for your identification.  
  2. Disclaimer certificate. This is a legal requirement. Download the PDF, read carefully and sign it. This must be handed over to your Trek Leader during registration at the base camp – Download PDF
  3. Medical certificate. There are two sections in this. The first part must be filled by a practising doctor. The second part must be filled by you. Without the medical certificate the forest department will not issue permissions for your trek. It is also a requirement by Indiahikes – Download PDF

| Pro tip: Keep important documents in a clear plastic cover and slide them into the inner pocket at the back of your backpack. This keeps them from getting wet. 

What are the risks on the Kedarkantha Trek?

Kedarkantha is an easy to moderate trek in terms of difficulty but it goes up to an altitude of 12,500 ft. Which means it’s still a high altitude trek. As with every high altitude trek, the Kedarkantha trek comes with certain risks.

At Indiahikes, we pay utmost importance to safety of trekkers. While we do our bit to ensure your life is safe, we also expect you as a trekker to know what could go wrong, and if it does, how to tackle it.

What Indiahikes does to ensure your safety

Our philosophy is simple. We ingrain safety aspects in the people we work with, in the processes that we follow and in the equipment we carry. All our trek leaders are trained repeatedly on safety issues and protocols. Most issues are resolved with their intervention.

From the time you register for a trek, we will keep you informed of safety procedures on high altitude treks. We have listed a few of them below.

1. Fitness criteria before registration

Over the years, we have come to notice that safety issues are widespread among unfit, unaware and ill-prepared trekkers. Therefore we have brought in an eligibility criteria for the Kedarkantha trek.

Before registration, you need to meet the fitness requirements. The primary measure for fitness is BMI or Body Mass Index. An ideal BMI is a minimum requirement to register for this trek. You can take a look here.

2. Monitoring health on a trek

Every trekker will be given a Health Card at the beginning of the trek. The Health Card is issued to monitor the trekker’s daily health. It contains details of symptoms he should look out for and what action he should take during emergencies as well. These Health Cards will be taken back at the end of the trek.

On the Kedarkantha trek, your Trek Leader will be monitoring your Oxygen levels and Pulse rate twice a day. Your blood pressure is measured once every day. Any abnormal reading will be paid special attention to and immediate action will be taken.

3. High Altitude Medical Kit

Your trek leader will also be carrying a full-fledged high altitude medical kit. This will include basic medicines and specific medicines catering to altitude sickness – Diamox, Dexamethasone (tablets and injections) and Nifedipine.

Your Trek Leader will also be carrying a portable oxygen cylinder throughout the trek. In addition to that, there are oxygen cylinders installed at all high campsites for any emergency situations.

4. High Altitude Trek Equipment

Kedarkantha is popular for its snowy terrain. If you go on this trek in the months from December to mid-April, you will be trekking on snow. To ensure safe trekking on snowy terrain, Indiahikes will provide you with micro-spikes.

These are attached to your shoes and will give you good traction on hard snow. To avoid snow from entering your shoes, Indiahikes will provide you with gaiters that you can wear over your shoes. You will have qualified technical guides with you. They lead the way on difficult terrain, where there might be too much snow.

All our sleeping bags and tents are custom-made for high altitude. If it is cold outside, it will be around 10 degrees warmer inside the tent. Our sleeping bags can withstand temperatures as low as -10 degree Celcius.

5. Being hydrated and well nourished on the trek

You need to drink a minimum of 4 litres of water every day during the trek to ensure that you’re well hydrated. De-hydration on a trek can make you lose energy very quickly and intensify the effects of AMS. Your trek leader will brief you about the amount of water that you need to carry with you at the start of each day as well as water sources on the trail.

We provide trekkers with nutritious meals to ensure that they are energized to complete the trail each day. Apart from this, snacks or packed lunch is provided wherever the trail before a meal break is likely to be long. Make sure that you do not skip any meal as this can lead to serious health emergencies on high altitudes.

With all these processes and equipment in place, you can be rest assured that you will have a safe trek with Indiahikes.

Nevertheless, you will need to be cautious and report the slightest of symptoms of uneasiness to your trek leader as soon as you feel them.

What you need to know if you’re going on the Kedarkantha trek

If you have registered for this trek, then here is some information that you must know in order to have a safe trek. At Indiahikes, we believe that as long as you are well-informed and well-prepared, you can survive easily at high altitude.

Like in every winter trek, a common risk factor on the Kedarkantha trek is slippery snow. You will be provided with micro spikes to help you walk better. But if you fall, no need to panic.

Even the smallest wound takes longer to heal at higher altitude. Reasons for this are increasing stress hormones and lower overall oxygen delivery to the tissues. Keeping your wounds clean and covered will prevent infection. To prevent the bruise from festering, apply a triple antibiotic ointment regularly.

Where on the Kedarkantha trek is Acute Mountain Sickness likely to affect you:

kedakanthaAny campsite above 11,000 ft poses a risk of AMS. On the Kedarkantha trek, the Kedarkantha Base camp is at 11,250 ft. It is the only campsite on this trek where you could be affected by Acute Mountain Sickness. From here and while going up to the summit is when you should watch out for symptoms.

AMS occurs when your body isn’t acclimatising to its surroundings. It can accelerate very rapidly, so it is important to identify the symptoms as soon as you see them. Before you read further, watch this video to understand the symptoms of AMS.

We cannot stress enough on how important it is for you to communicate any symptom to your Trek Leader.Only then will he be able to take steps at the right time.

What to do if you feel symptoms of AMS at Kedarkantha Base Campams-symptoms-indiahikes

Very few cases of AMS have been recorded on the Kedarkantha trek. Nevertheless, don’t let your guard down. If you feel any symptoms of AMS on the trek, report to the Trek Leader immediately. Do not wait till the end of the day’s trek. Do not try to handle it yourself either. Our Trek Leaders are well-trained and experienced to handle any cases and they will be the decision makers in any such cases.

As a first step, your trek leader will run you through the Triple One Test – One Disprin, One litre of water and One hour of rest. If you’re suffering from dehydration, this will solve the problem and you will be fine in one hour.

If the symptoms don’t go away, then he’ll begin to treat you for AMS, perhaps with a course of Diamox. If you’re already on a course of Diamox, your trek leader is likely to increase the dosage. The increased dosage of Diamox usually takes care of the Acute Mountain Sickness. Evacuation will be done if no improvement is shown. You will be taken down to Sankri as descent is the sure cure for AMS.

Exit points on the Kedarkantha trek:

There are only a few exit points on the Kedarkantha trek – the base camps, Kotgaon and Sankri. It takes around 5 hours to descend from the highest campsite of the trek. Both these base camps are well below high altitude. So any symptoms of AMS will stop showing there.  

Closest hospital:

For advanced treatments, the closest hospital is in Purola which is around 54 km away. Please note that these are mountain roads and usually takes around 2-3 hours to cover this distance. It takes longer after nightfall.

Why you should personally know about the risks and precautions of high altitude treks

If you cannot find your fellow trekkers or anyone else while trekking independently or with another organisation, there are some life-saving steps you can take.

Firstly, you should be able to recognise symptoms of altitude sickness. So acquaint yourself with the symptoms.

Secondly, there might be instances when you have to administer medicines to yourself or to a fellow trekker.

There are three life-saving medicines that you should always carry on you – Diamox, Dexamethasone and Nifedipine.

If you are trekking independently, you need to know when exactly to administer these medicines and in what dosage.

Here, Sandhya UC, partner at Indiahikes, explains in detail about HAPE and HACE. Here, you can learn about the advanced symptoms are and how to tackle them.

It is a myth that fit and experienced people are not affected by Acute Mountain Sickness

Click here to read about Sandhya’s first hand experience of suffering from AMS on her 28th high altitude trek.

If you’re of the opinion that fit people don’t get AMS, please get rid of that notion right away. AMS can affect anyone without paying heed to their fitness and prior experience at high altitude! Altitude sickness does not distinguish between a first timer and an experienced trekker.

For more detailed information about Acute Mountain Sickness, you can download and study the manual below.

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Click on the AMS Manual to open and download

 

The Indiahikes Cancellation Policy 

We understand the pain of cancelling a trek. As trekkers, we always look forward to treks, and after months of training and planning, if we have to cancel our trek, there’s no greater disappointment than that. 

Given that, we have one of the most trekker-friendly cancellation policies. 

Take a look at the Indiahikes cancellation policy below. This policy is effective starting January 29th, 2020.

In the event that you cancel your trek, this is the cancellation policy we follow:

– Cancellation 30 days before the starting date of the trek — Get your full trek fee back in an Indiahikes Trek Voucher OR get a monetary refund with 15% cancellation charges.

– Cancellation between 30 days and 20 days before the starting date of the trek — Get 80% of the trek fee in an Indiahikes Trek Voucher OR get a monetary refund with 50% cancellation charges.

– Cancellation less than 20 days before the starting date of the trek — No monetary refund, get 50% of your fees in an Indiahikes Trek Voucher 

 

In the rare event that we cancel your trek, this is the cancellation policy we follow:

We almost never cancel our treks. But in case we cancel a trek because of natural calamities (snowstorms, thunderstorms, floods, landslides, earthquakes) or unexpected political unrest, curfews, local riots, government orders, unexpected global health issues, Indiahikes will issue a voucher for the full amount of your trek fee (minus the trek insurance). You can redeem the Trek Voucher on any of our treks over the next one year.

Important note: The Trek Insurance amount is not refundable once it has been paid for. 

If you cancel any rental gear from our store:

  • Cancellation of rental gear 7 days before the starting date of the trek — Get a monetary refund with 4% cancellation charges.
  • Cancellation of rental gear less than 7 days before the starting date of the trek — Get a voucher of the whole amount you have paid for the rental gear. This voucher is applicable on your future treks.

If you cancel the offloading of your backpack:  

The offloading fee will be refunded to your account with a 4% transaction charge. 

If you choose to cancel your backpack offloading AFTER reaching the base camp, you will get a voucher of the offloading fee. 

Special Cases That Could Occur:

There are some special cases that could occur when you’re on a trek.

1. You may not be able to complete the trek because of bad weather, high snow conditions, or any natural calamity.

2. You may have to leave your trek abruptly (could be due to altitude sickness, abnormal BP, unpreparedness for the trek, any emergencies at home)

In the above two cases, you’re welcome to come back and repeat the same trek any time in future. You do not have to pay us for this. If you’d like to repeat your trek, get in touch with your Trek Coordinator and they’ll help you. 

Important note: Your offloading and rental fee will not be refunded in the above two cases.

3. You may not be able to report at the base camp at all (could be due to blocked roads / cancelled flights/curfews), we will try to accommodate you in the next day’s team (if we have one). 

In the third case, if we cannot accommodate you in the next day’s trek, we will give you a Trek Voucher of the entire trek fee (including your offloading and rental fee), which you can use on any Indiahikes trek within the next one year.

How to cancel your trek: 

In case, you wish to cancel your trek, follow these steps. 

  1. Login to your Indiahikes Trek Dashboard using this link
  2. Find your upcoming trek on your home page. 
  3. Click on “Cancel Trek” 
  4. Mention why you’re cancelling your trek on the form that appears.
  5. Choose either a voucher or a refund (where applicable). 
  6. Click on “Cancel Booking” 

How long does the refund process take?

After you have cancelled your trek, if you have opted for a refund, the refund amount will land in the same account that you have made the payment from. It will take 4-5 working days.

If you have chosen a trek voucher, it will land in your inbox within an hour. You will also be able to see it on your Trek Dashboard.

What is a Trek Voucher?

Trek Vouchers are credit amounts added to your Indiahikes account. You can redeem these on any of your future treks with Indiahikes. Every Trek Voucher has a validity of one year.

Important note: Indiahikes Trek Vouchers are non-refundable, not transferable to others or extendable. 

How to use an Indiahikes Trek Voucher?

If you have received an Indiahikes Trek Voucher, you will automatically see it when you are making a payment for your next trek. 

Once you click on the voucher and apply it, the system will deduct the voucher amount from your payable amount. 

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch with your Trek Coordinator. 

The Indiahikes “Repeat My Trek” Policy (trekkers love this!)

At Indiahikes, we can’t help but fall in love with a few trekking trails. And we love revisiting them, perhaps in other seasons, when treks take on a totally different hue. In such cases, we do not like the thought of having to pay for it. Our trekkers shouldn’t have to pay either.

So if you have loved a trek that you did with us and want to repeat it, you’re welcome to sign up for the trek. We will not charge you for this. (Many people think this is a rumour, but it’s true.) 

To repeat your trek for free, just get in touch with your Trek Coordinator. We’ll help you sign up with no charges. 

Note: The Indiahikes “Repeat My Trek” policy does not apply for our international treks.

Your trek fee includes:

  1. Accommodation –  Stay is included from Day 1 to Day 5 (Kotgaon to Sankri). You will be staying in lodges at Kotgaon and Sankri and camping on remaining days of the trek (3 per tent).
  2. Meals – All meals from dinner at Kotgaon on Day 1 to breakfast at Sankri on Day 6 are included. We provide simple, nutritious vegetarian food on all days of the trek.
  3. Camping charges – All trekking permits and forest camping charges are included.
  4. Trekking equipment – High-quality tents, sleeping bags, ice axes, roped, microspikes, gaiters etc. as required.
  5. Safety equipment – First aid, medical kit, oxygen cylinders, stretchers etc.

Your trek fee does not include:

  1. Transport to and from the base camp – We will arrange shared taxis for trekkers to pick you up from Dehradun and drop you back. This will cost approx. Rs. 5,500 per 5-6 seater vehicle one way. You will have to share this cost with the other trekkers
  2. Food during transit to and from the base camp
  3. Backpack offloading charges – Rs. 1,000 + 5% GST  for the full trek. The backpack cannot weigh more than 9 kg. Suitcases/strollers/duffel bags will not be allowed. Please note that charges will vary for last minute offloading in case you decide to offload your bag after reaching Naitwar (Rs.335 per day + 5% GST).
  4. Anything apart from inclusions
Cancellation Policy

Cancellation Policy

In the event that you cancel your trek, this is the cancellation policy we follow:
– Cancellation 30 days before the starting date of the trek — Get your full trek fee back in an Indiahikes Trek Voucher OR get a monetary refund with 15% cancellation charges.
– Cancellation between 30 days and 20 days before the starting date of the trek — Get 80% of the trek fee in an Indiahikes Trek Voucher OR get a monetary refund with 50% cancellation charges.
– Cancellation less than 20 days before the starting date of the trek — No monetary refund, get 50% of your fees in an Indiahikes Trek Voucher

Fitness Policy

Fitness Policy

A high altitude trek in the Himalayas requires considerable fitness. Your body needs to train itself to process more work with lower levels of oxygen. Therefore, on treks, cardiovascular training is critically important.The trek has long climbs and steep descents on a daily basis. As a measure of your fitness, we require you to be able to run at least 5 km in 40 minutes by the time your trek starts. If you are 45 years or above, try to cover 5 km in 47 minutes. This is a minimum, mandatory requirement.

If you prefer cycling over running, then try to cover 22 km in 60 minutes.

Unable to do so can make your trek difficult.

In addition, preparation of trek needs to include strength and flexibility training. Registering for the trek is an understanding that you will undertake the mandated fitness training and upload the fitness screenshots on your dashboard. Trekkers who have not adequately prepared may be asked to discontinue the trek at any point.

Indiahikes has the right to reject trekkers who do not meet our eligibility requirement at the base camp.

Backpack Offloading

Backpack Offloading

Indiahikes expects all trekkers to carry their own backpacks. All common gear will be carried by the support team. If for some reason a trekker is unable to carry his or her backpack, he/she can offload the same by paying an additional charge.

Backpack offloading charges – Rs 1,000 plus GST of 5%. Charges for last minute offloading during the trek will be Rs. 375 per day inclusive of tax. You can opt for offloading directly your dashboard after your payment is done for the trek.

Partial offloading is not allowed. The backpack cannot weigh more than 9 kg. No suitcases/strolleys/duffel bags will be allowed.
Online offloading in advance is possible up to three days prior to the trek start date.

Discount Policy

Discount Policy

Discount for a group of 10 and above

If there is a group size of 10 trekkers and above, then we will waive off the trek fee charges for one person.

Note - There is no discount available if the group size is 9 or less than that.

You can register the entire group and send us an email. If the group is registering individually, then the primary participant needs to send an email to the Trek Coordinator with the list of trekkers from the same group.

If you want to make the payment individually, then individual registrations have to be done.

This will be the case for a group of 10 trekkers. So if you have a group of 20 trekkers, then we will waive off the charges for 2 trekkers.

Repeat Trekker Policy

Repeat Trekker Policy

At Indiahikes, we believe that the mountains hold all the aces. The weather could play spoilsport, the altitude could mess with a trekker, the unpredictability of nature itself could turn against him. Whatever the reason might be, it is never nice to turn away from a trek midway.

In the event that a trekker has to come down without completing your trek, they can always head back to the mountain and do the same trek again. If this happens, trekkers don’t have to pay the trek fee. They have to just make the optional payment for the insurance amount.

On another note, it could also happen that you love a trek so much that you want to go back time and again. Trekkers don’t have to pay the trek fee for repeating a trek.

Note – The Repeat Trekker Policy holds good only for Indian Treks.
It is not valid for treks we run in Nepal.

Is there an option to offload my backpack on this trek?

Is there an option to offload my backpack on this trek?

Yes, there is an option to offload your backpack (have a porter carry it for you). This will cost Rs 1000 + 5% GST if you inform us in advance. If you decide to offload once you reach Kotgaon, the amount will be Rs 350 per day inclusive of tax. The offloaded bag should not weigh more than 9 kg. Strolleys, duffel bags, suitcases etc. are not allowed. Online offloading in advance is possible up to five days prior to the trek start date. You can opt for this from your dashboard directly.

Is there a mobile network on this trek? Are there any electricity charging points on this trek?

Is there a mobile network on this trek? Are there any electricity charging points on this trek?

You won't get any network on the trek or at the base camp. There are no charging points as well on the trek.

If you are very lucky, then small connectivity is possible for BSNL network to send a message.

The last point where you get connectivity will be Purola which is 54 km before Kotgaon and Sankri.

Can you arrange pickup from Mussorrie?

Can you arrange pickup from Mussorrie?

Yes, trekkers will have the option to stay at Mussorrie and get picked up as well.

The pickup will take place an hour later from Library Road end at 7.30 am.

Will I get snow on this trek?

Will I get snow on this trek?

You find snow during the winter and early summer season, from December to the end of April is when you can expect snow. Post this, you won’t have snow on this trek.

What are washroom/toilet facilities like on the trek?

What are washroom/toilet facilities like on the trek?

The guest houses at Kotgaon and Sankri will have concrete toilets. On the other days, toilet tents will be set up along each campsite. A toilet tent will have a deep pit, where one can answer nature’s call. There will be a mound of soil and a shovel to cover it up. These are dry toilets, where you’ll have to use toilet paper. There will be a room freshener as well. It’s the most hygienic and convenient way to answer nature’s call in the wild. Please use plain toilet paper and do not use wet wipes since these are not bio-degradable.

Here is what trekkers have to say about their experience at Kedarkantha Trek

Nileshwari Mahida

Batch of
February 2020

Best part of India Hikes is that they got us through the fresh trails while making to the summit. 

From the moment I reached Katgoan, i was skeptical as a beginner. But after meeting Leo Saldanha, Saini and Mukesh while the trek, things placed very well. The day of the summit was very tough. It was never-ending, at one point, I had almost given up with the negative thoughts that I had. But Mukesh, Leo and Saini motivated me and therefore, I could complete this trek. The moment I reach the summit, I cried like a baby.  The fact that trekkers who were little slow were placed first while trekking, which showed their priority of working at a team and keeping all together and completing the summit. I felt safe.  After completing, the descent was super fun, we played antakshari and we dint realized we were about to reach the base camp. We all wanted that this journey continues for days and days. Well, at last, heartfelt gratitude to all them, also those who cooked food for us, the persons carrying our bags and the entire team who contributed this trek for its success. 

The discipline and the safety was the utmost priority (Commendable) for  Leo Saldanha and so the whole group followed the instructions. This made the trek enjoyable. I loved the knowledge sessions and activities being played by Leo. The trek was an eye-opener for the fact that as an individual one can contribute to preserving the nature and so much for self-reflection.  The green trail initiative is good work. We all had this personal bond with each other at the end of the trek. Leo and his team will always remain an inspiration for us - the city people. It has taught us lessons and self-realization that cannot be put into words. This will remain long life with me. 

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Priya Ranjan Sahu

Batch of
February 2020

Really it was amazing experience especially with our Trek Leader Leo And Sain. Both of them were so punctual and professional. Mukesh was good too. Love the way they took care of things. 

This was my second trek and first with India Hikes and I really want to go with India Hikes every time from now on. Simply Loved it. Thank You Manisha and Team India Hikes for such wonderful arrangement & management.

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Kiran raju M

Batch of
February 2020

The food which was served on the trek was very delicious and very hygienic. Overall I enjoyed trekking with India hikes and I am looking forward to doing treks with India hikes in the future as well.

My trek leader Vivek maintained very good hygiene. He is very helpful and explained about the mountains and even shared the knowledge while we are having snacks in the evening. It was quite amazing trek experience with Vivek  and our guides Ramesh Bhai and Subhash were also very good with us and the support which we got from they was really appreciated. On the summit day, some people were about to give up but at that time the guides and the trek leader supported and motivated to complete the summit.

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Keerthi Kumar C

Batch of
February 2020

The Kedarkantha trek trail itself is mesmerizing. Enjoyed every bit of the trek and kudos to the IndiaHikes for organizing such an event where I felt as I am part of the organization, rather than a customer. 

The food which was provided was good and especially the Gulab Jamoon and Shahi tukda were mouth-watering. 

The safety standards followed was very good. Especially with fitness approval which we have to get a sign off from the trek co-ordinator and health checkups which are done on a daily basis. Fitness is a must for trekkers and is a checkpoint for each and every trekker on the trail which will avoid any serious implications on the trek. 

Renting the gear was a good part of the trek and it saved me a lot of money which I utilized for different purposes.

Green trails is a very good initiative which emphasizes not only carry our trash back but also cleaning the trail.

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Sandeep Mishra

Batch of
February 2020

The mountain taught me to give time to yourself. It also showed me that how people are polluting the nature and what can one do to avoid it. There were different people in our group who shared their views which broadened my views on the issues like single-use plastic products and its impact.
 How a Tshirt making process consumes plenty of fuel and water was well explained by Janaki - A local woman from Sankri. She also highlighted on waste segregation,  alternatives of plastic and educating others from our learning. Each day was a learning in the mountains.

The trek was fantastic and went in good flow. The team India Hikes have their full support and effort to make a trip memorable. I enjoyed that 5 minutes of silence at the summit which will always stay with me.

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Sujay Joshi

Batch of
February 2020

Am very happy with the Trek. It was Joyful, Challenging, Adventurous & served the purpose.

Had a lot of good times in a group & in solitude. I would say i was driven with excitement by mountains on every step.

India Hikes left no stones un-turned when it comes to safety. There is not even a second i felt that I am unsafe or scared.

I rented multiple gears like Walking Stick, Gloves , Down Jacket & Shoes. Everything was at good condition and very comfortable to carry.

I felt really proud of myself to be a part of initiatives and values followed by India Hikes. I felt responsible and  went well prepared so when I completed the trek I understood what values it holds to take part in.

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Aarti Borkar

Batch of
February 2020

Mountains are humbling, teaches you lessons that are hard to forget.
For me the biggest lesson was, in life whatever seems high and achievable is going to be very difficult and so very worth of your efforts.
Living in the mountains taught me, how discipline brings more joy in real life.

This Kedarkantha trek was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. Absolutely loved it. While ascending, we had taken a different route through khujey and odari, which i guess not other trekking companies take. That was the best part, as we got to see different side of the mountain and a very clean side too. Food and other arrangements were very nice and timely.

A friend advised me to go with Indiahikes for safety reasons only, and boy he was all right! Safety was excellently taken care by the trek leader(LEO) from the condition of safety gears to health heck up at every camp-site thrice a day.
He used to give little dos and don'ts of the camp-site and while on the trek. That proved to be the best help. Overall, i guess safety is one of the values of indiahikes and that should be kept up !

I rented trek pole and waterproof socks. Waterproof socks are a blessing while trekking in snow. Highly recommended.

Our trek leader was simply amazing. He used to have small sessions before dinner which were the best part of the day. I really liked virtual volleyball and the snow-man making competition.

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Krovvidi venkata sairaja sriharsha

Batch of
February 2020

Mountains teach us alot. How important natural resources are to us. We get to respect nature. They also teach us how minimum is required to live a happy life.

Green trails is the best thing about indiahikes. I involved myself well in it. When it comes to fitness we should have prepared much better.

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Yash Thakur

Batch of
February 2020

Mountains ,trekking , traveling solo ,making new friends some close ones too. This experience for me was new or i can say the best one .the kind of beautiful weather  which keeps on changing within seconds ,scenic views were amazing .there's something in mountains nobody can learn untill and unless you pay visit once. Awesome experience.

Great experience on my 1st trek- light snowfall ,small river crossings,etc.the trek leaders were good, the food team was amazing they provided us delicious food in mountains.
Overall I'm going to try again with some new treks solo. Well done Indiahikes

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shubhadeep sanyal

Batch of
February 2020

All the arrangements made by IndiaHikes were in place and the trek went flawlessly. The staff was helpful and very courteous. The trek leader Dauva was very experienced and helpful and trek guides Ramesh and Mangal were an inspiration and managed difficult and tricky situations very well in this snow trek.

The safety maintained in the trek was excellent and due to the experience and cautious nature of the staff, we were able to complete the snow trek without any hiccups or accidents. The equipment provided such as gaiters and microspikes were of very good quality which ensured a smooth trek.

The Fitness regime suggested by IndiaHikes is very apt to enjoy the trek without any physical problems. I have been following physical standards set for the trek and it helped me enjoy the trek without any trouble. The green trails initiative is something that I follow in my life and so it resonates well with my principles.

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Meghal Shetty

Batch of
February 2020

The trek was beyond beautiful - the trails, scenery, white forest was spectacular and gave me more that what i had expected. As a novice trekker, Kedarkantha was a perfect start for me and doing it with IndiaHikes just made the entire experience feel like a breeze. I would also like to highlight that the communication bit was very clear. Right from signing up, Manisha, our trek coordinator, ensured we have all the information we need so that we know what exactly to expect and come fully prepared.

When it came to safety, i was pleasantly surprised how much the team cared for every member in the team. Our trek leader, Dawa, and guides (Mangal ji & Ramesh ji) were very knowledgeable and were trained to handle all kinds of situation. Right from checking our pulse rate & oxy level to ensuring we have had the filling food and are feeling alright, they made us feel like a family. The taught us to trust the gears (gaitors & spikes)  which were of very good quality and helped us a lot with the ascent & descent.

I rented the trek pole, shoes, headlamp and my most favorite - the waterproof socks. The quality standard was high and mainly, the products were well maintained and clean. The socks helped me keep my feet safe from getting wet & cold.

Almost all the activities we did together was quite fun. Right from the introduction round & getting to know one another to playing Mafia in our common tent post snacks. My most favorite though, would be the last round table where we all had to share our experiences. It was quite emotional.

I'll just summarize the core points that stood out to me:

Sustainable trek experience
Great team of experienced and skillful trek leaders
Highly safe and top quality trekking gears and equipments
Mouthwatering food
Top notch camping experience

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SOURAV KUMAR BASAK

Batch of
February 2020

The mountains teach us that whatever you achieve in your life, if you want to stand tall keep your feet on the ground no matter what you achieve.

Trek was awesome, couldn't have been better than this, the weather was with us also. The trek leader Dawa and the guides Rameshji and Mangal were like guardians for us over there, they took care of us. The foods were delicious as well as nutritious. The trail which India hikes took i.e. from Kotgaon to Khujey and then to Odari to Summit was really very beautiful.

The safety standards were excellent, from measuring blood pressure, pulse rate, to guiding us how to get through tough trails, safety standards were high. The trek leader and the guides ensured that we were safe throughout our trek. They even carried an oxygen cylinder in case of emergencies.

Indiahikes does force its trekkers to be fit before the trek begins and it is for the good of trekkers only, this is a great initiative by Indiahikes.
The Green Trails initiative is also a great initiative to keep the trails unpolluted and clean. Clean trails look really beautiful.

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madhur chauhan

Batch of
February 2020

There is actually a lot to learn from the mountains and the trip teaches things almost at all steps.
To summarise
1. I felt like a minuscule in front of the might of nature. Teaches to be humble at all times.
2. The life in such weather is difficult. I thank the almighty for all what he has given me.
3. The most important thing such experience teaches is " You get to know a lot about yourself".

The trek was one of the best travel times I have ever spent. Thanks to the Indiahikes team, who were very professional, knew the details of all concerned things in-depth and caring at the same time. All 21 members of the trek reached the summit, due to the continuous encouragement and support from the leader and the support staff.

I rented the trekking poles. Obviously pocket-friendly and did not need to carry till the base camp.

Green trails shows the efforts of Indiahikes to create a clean environment in the trekking areas. No one wants to go trekking and find heaps of garbage from previous trekkers. While everyone keeps complaining about the lack of cleanliness in our country, it is so heartening to find you guys actually doing things for it. I took special care not to miss anything that I can carry back. Great initiative.

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unmesh chakraverty

Batch of
February 2020

The mountain experience was a truly different experience. relaxing, rejuvenating, confidence builder and above all an eye-opener. Not only did it show that how things are taken for granted by us in our modern lives can be a challenge up there but also the importance of team spirit, helping each other and cohesiveness for survival in such difficult conditions in nature.

This was my first experience of a winter trek. it was definitely challenging but the exceptional organisational skills, knowledge of the things to come and the attitude of the entire India hikes team made it a smooth sail. I would say it could not have been better. stating it more objectively I would like to say

Safety and precision were never undermined. Experiencing the wilderness and nature in its purest form was always felt.

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SATYA PRAKASH TIWARI

Batch of
February 2020

Overall, the trek was magnificent

Few highlights:-

1. IH starts it's trek from Kotgaon and not from Sankri. From kotgaon to khujo the trails seemed just untouched by humans. So a thumbs up to IH for beginning trek from kotgaon and therefore keeping our morale high from the start.

2. The dedication of our guides Sanju Pawar, Prahalad Pawar, Aditya Pille. They were more than a guide to us. They took care of everything. They even carried bags of those who felt sick. Kudos to them.

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Srujan G L

Batch of
February 2020

The trek was phenomenal, Words cannot describe the experience I had. No pain No Gain, even though it was painful the summit healed every inch of my body and soul.

The Green trails is an amazing initiative.

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Ashutosh Mahamuni

Batch of
February 2020

Absolutely I loved the way IndiaHikes had organized the trek.
I loved how we had smartly decided the starting point as Sankri.

Never have I ever experienced this kind of safety measures being followed by any trekking community.

 

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Niranjan G P

Batch of
February 2020

The trek was wonderful, filled with scenic views and the food provided to us was amazing and tasty, also they kept us well-fed throughout the duration of the trek. The trek leaders were amazing, motivating and supportive throughout the trek.

The safety standards were good and just, regular health checkups were good to access the situation and also the safety gear and equipment given to us during the trek were good. Also the campsites were strategically placed in a safer and convenient environment which added to the safety benefit of the trekking group.

I rented out jacket, shoes and Trek poles which helped me financially.

Fitness is utmost priority for any trek and we liked the initial fitness run activity we had to complete for the trek and also Green trails initiative is the best thing a human could do to protect the environment. Keep up the good work.

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SUBHADIP SANYAL

Batch of
February 2020

The trek was just fabulous. I am overwhelmed with our trek team special mention of Aditya, prahlad Bhai & Sanju Bhai and all the kitchen members of khujey & odari. Moreover 23 of the fellow trekkers we have all become a family. Credits to India hikes for creating such an amazing family in the mountains. Really looking forward to trekking again with you guys as soon as I manage holidays. It was really a memory which I will cherish for life because "first time" is always very special.

Every one of us should do something for the environment. Because it's only us who are polluting the environment. So we should try to clean it too for the coming generations and also to protect ecology. Salute to the India hikes members for putting so much effort into it.

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sandeep patel

Batch of
January 2020

Trek was super with guides Aditya and Subhash and we were lucky enough to complete the summit, as two batches previously was cancelled. The last 200 mts of the summit was very hard and with the motivation of our teammates and guide, I reached the summit and it was jannnat.

The safety during the trek was full up to the mark.

The renting of gear and offloading was very useful for us to complete the trek without any difficulties.

Your core values helps us a lot. The activities every evening after tea and snacks, sharing our thoughts getting information from the trek leader.

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jignesh shingala

Batch of
January 2020

Nothing is more beautiful and blissful than nature in this world. The trek tested my physical and mental energy.

The safety protocols were perfect and the guides and team leader taught us to use them perfectly.

I was most inspired by the green trails initiative.

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Viplav Mehta

Batch of
January 2020

Things I learned from the mountains:

 

1. Take one step at a time.

2. Mountains got me an ego check. They show you your place a number of times.

3. Real growth is out of your comfort zone.

Fitness was quite important . So preparation before trek helped me hike without many stops. Thanks for advising this in advance. 

 

Green trail is a great initiative. Fun is so part of the trek but one must never be evasive of our responsibility towards the nature.

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Parag Sawant

Batch of
January 2020

 

The trek was excellent. We were amongst the few lucky batches who were able to make it to the summit. The trek leaders and Trek guides were exceptional. 

 

The entire arrangement from IndiaHikes was perfect. 

 

Only one suggestion. I saw some of the fellow trekkers stopping on the trail to click pictures which would make everybody behind them wait too. It would be ideal if a trekker stands aside from the trail to click pictures so as to not block other trekkers. 

 

Safety standards are par excellence. I am a doctor by profession, and when I say the safety standards are really good, it actually means tht you people are really good.

 

I liked the part where the trek leader asked everyone to share their experience and what they learnt from the trek

 

I am impressed by your core values. The kind of importance that u people give to fitness is really good. Because it's to make the trek safer for a trekker. 

Green trails initiative also a great one. It imbibes a sense of responsibility towards nature in general which we can take back to the cities and continue to work towards. 

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Saiabiram G P

Batch of
January 2020

 

I had taken up this trek because I wanted a break from my 9-6 routine, initially I had planned for this trek during Feb 19, but as we all know, vacation plans have 99% chances of getting cancelled and same did happen. However this time, was able to successfully achieve my vacation plan.

 

Kedharkantha and The Majestic Himalayas has taught me so much in this very short span of 6 days. Everything looks surreal, the views, the sheer beauty of mother nature. These things had once again taught and made me realize that how small are we as humans in this planet and how much more smaller are our problems.

At this altitude and rough terrain, i do believe that safety comes first and Safety standards of IH is impeccable, kudos to that.

I want to convey my heartfelt thanks to our Trek Leaders and guides - Adi , Meghna , Subash and Subash(Tony). They are the BEST, without them I don’t believe we would have had an memorable trek. These four are just AMAZING. 

The stringent fitness policy of IH, this needs a special mention here, it helped me to come out of my laziness and made me shed 13 kgs in 2 months. Without this trek, I would have never been bothered to hit the gym.

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Eram Fatima

Batch of
January 2020

 

I learnt from the mountains:
1. How to appreciate life and just how blessed we are to be living among such luxuries.

2. How to stop worrying about trivial things and focus on the big picture.

3. How to find reasons to smile even when life may throw a few oddballs towards you.

 

It was nothing like I had expected and yet it surpassed everything that I did expect. No amount of words or pictures can be enough to prepare you for what you are about to experience in a trek like this. However, given how detailed all the planning and preparation by Indiahikes is, it practically is the best organization I've come across so far be it in terms of organizing or planning or food or even back up plans! There's absolutely nothing that I'd like to change.

I rented almost everything at the base camp and all the gears were in top notch quality.

Akshay is a brilliant trek leader. Right from the first intro and debriefing meeting to ending the trip with his famous mantra, he was so professional. The very first night he made us play an ice breaker activity at the Khujey camp site and we all became friends instantaneously.

He knows how to find the perfect balance between fun and discipline. So I really enjoyed trekking with him.

 

And not just him, both our guides OP bhaiya and Rajesh bhaiya were always making sure that we had smiles on our faces no matter how difficult things may get, encouraging us, pushing us and even chiding us when needed but never giving up on us. So kudos to all three of them for making sure our experience was amazing.

This is the one thing that I truly appreciated while trekking with Indiahikes. You don't just preach about the importance of preserving nature, you actually make sure that you walk the talk and also encourage everyone else to do so.

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Ganesh B

Batch of
January 2020

 

No matter how difficult things get push yourself harder and you'll make it no matter what. Just keep up your spirit high and your goals and destination firm... In the all that matters is if you succeeded or you gave up... If you succeed with the efforts and look back you'll be stronger than you were and hungry for more.

We made it to the summit... Our trek was really challenging and wonderful... everything was taken care by our trek leaders they really are a wonderful bunch who made everything possible. A memorable experience to the everyone's dairy...

Few of the challenges we faced were:

Harsh weather conditions.

Opening up new paths.

And upon all of these the whole team trekked together in all conditions that's the best part…

Safety were really another criteria that needs to be credited because that's a critical things to keep a check with and the India hikes team tries to get it on track right from the very beginning i.e. from the day we enroll ourselves on the trek until the very end of the journey wen we bid good bye with a heavy heart on the final day. Checking up the heart rate and bp timely and doing the safety measures in all the required possible ways.

So cheers to such a well organised safe trek being carried out.

There were a lot of activites carried out by the trek leader but the most enjoyed and wonderful of them all personally for me was being the sweeper trek leader that was assigned to me seeing the way i was active and more energetic in the trek which i really carried out well and got rewarded as the spirit of the trek. And other was adding an adjective to our names initially to introduce ourselves and the subsequent person had to remember and call out all the names of the preceding ppl and then introduce himself which really got the bonding among the team from the very initial moment of the trek.

Green trails... It's really a very great initiative being taken by the India hikes team to ensure that the nature isn't harmed by their exploring of the nature in its trek... rather keep the path and surrounding around India hikes team maintain the nature the way it is and enjoy the trek.

And regarding fitness it has only one main motive to either gather up your guts and get them harder and fit to make it on top of summit else stay lazy and unfit sand miss out the best amazing experience of your life.

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vedant bagri

Batch of
January 2020

 

The most important lesson which I learnt while on the trek was that we are always stronger than we think we are. It is just because of our comfort zones that we restrict ourselves. Once we let go of the comfort zone then the world is ours to conquer.

This trek has really made me realise the value of fitness in our lives. It is of paramount importance to be physically fit. It was really a good move to make the trekkers submit fitness proofs covering a certain distance in the stipulated given time.

To trek with IndiaHikes has been by far one of the best decisions I've ever made in my life. The employees literally put their heart and soul into their jobs. It can be clearly seen that it isn't a job for them but something they are passionate about. Kudos to the cooking staff for never making us feel like we're far away from our homes. 

The safety standards were excellent. Cut offs were clearly mentioned and were adhered to.

The gears that I rented were - A pair of trekking pole , Poncho and Trekking shoes. Everything was in great condition when it was handed over to me.

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Brian Rebello

Batch of
January 2020

 

There are many things that I have learnt from the 4-5 days that I have spent for the mountains

1. Respect for time

2. Discipline

3. Appreciate what we have, there are bigger problems to solve than what we think we experience

4. Always respect the Mountain Gods and the Nature and never let yourself be bigger than the weather conditions

5. Life can be lived in a very basic and a simple manner and we do not need our fancy gizmos all the time.

6. Always be humble and kind and helping to other people.

The trek was fantastic, more than I had imagined. This was by far the most amazing trek experience that I had.

I had rented Shoes, Jacket and Trekking Pole which were great and these gears made my life a little easy in the mountains. Also I think renting gears is a great initiative that IndiaHikes has taken as it also helps trekkers to pack light.

Our trekker Vivek Saini, kept us motivated the entire duration of the trek. He shared some amazing stories of the campsite and also told some of his own trekking experience which was great.

I think IndiaHikes apart from running treks, they also ensure that they have impacted a persons life in a positive way even if it is for the smallest bit.

GreenTrails initiative is great in addressing environmental issues and with that bringing in self awareness in trekkers.

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Payal Chauhan

Batch of
January 2020

 

What an amazing journey it has been. All the nature's beauty lies in mountains. I have learned to keep the mountains clean so that the next generation can see them in as is situation. Our little contribution can help save the environment and global warming.

Day1 - what a mesmerizing view of moon from Kotgaon with snow all around.

Day2 - way to Khujjey - a very long journey of 6 hour ascending but worth the walk. Amazing experience. Amazing guide and team leader Aditya. The war cry at the start of the trek was something to always remember. Ookh Alaila!!!

Day3 - Way to Odari - quite simpler then day 2 ascending. Reached in 4 hours. Amazing breathtaking view.

Day4-amazing walk to Summit. We tried our best

Day5 - Happiest day to descend to see our home. Thanks to the guide to make the trail for us.

Overall - Management was amazing. Right from TL to guide to cooking staff - salute to them. Speechless food. Sweet at the end of the day was something to always wait for. 

Indiahikes is extremely safe in terms of health, Trek gears, trail, etc

Gears (microspikes and gaiters) were the one who made us reach our destination safely without falling. Great arrangement

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Priyamvada Singh

Batch of
December 2019

Mountains are calm and wild all at once. No matter the weather conditions, be it heavy rains or snow fall, or a blizzard, they're always ready to take it all, standing upright. From this trek, I've learnt to respect nature more than ever. I've found it to be sacred and my dedication for keeping it clean in every way possible has gone up. 

The gradual change in feelings, the turbulence that was felt during the trek cannot be described in words. It's a life changing experience for me. The staff at Indiahikes was amazing, especially the guides and cooks. Please convey my thanks to them. Also, I was really happy to see that the trek leader was 100% committed to saving the environment. She is doing a lot more to keep our planet clean than most of us so far and that was impressive. Overall, the trek was challenging yet left me feeling more humble and fulfilled than ever. Thanks.

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Tanmay Mankad

Batch of
December 2019

Kedarkantha winter trekking with IH was a fantastic experience. Lots of real life practical learning from the mountains. Some of them are as below:
1. Respect for time
2. Discipline
3. Appreciate what we have, there are bigger problems to solve than what we think we experience
4. Mountains are adaptable to all weather conditions and situations, something that inspires me positively to be like them.

Before signing up for this trekking I had researched a lot for doing this trek and being my first one wanted to have the best of the experiences.
Proud and glad to share IH exceeded the expectations in all areas.
I witnessed one of the best trekking experience with IH and definitely it was genuinely professional in all the departments.
Right from taking us to base camp, awareness briefing sessions, handling the trekking team with all the queries , food quality and more importantly campsite location selection , instructors and guides, routes were perfectly planned and executed.
Special mention for Upendra (Upi bhai) Rawat our trek guide along Afreen mam were simply superb in guiding, motivating and helping with the trek and on basecamp too.

Indeed the safety standards were way ahead than nominal and definitely it reflects the passion of team IH in conducting treks and helps us understand how seriously health is looked after 

Trekking is conducted by many groups but what differentiates IH is with trekking we are also looking at addressing some core environmental issues and with that bringing in self awareness in individuals.
Green trails is classic example.

Another thing that is top priority for any trek enthusiastic person is to be fit to enjoy the journey of summit climb right from day 1 rather merely complete trekking.

Fitness once again IH scores there on being extremely particular.
I think both these core values make undoubtedly the most preferred trekking unit to chose for.

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Deepti Kiran

Batch of
December 2019

This trek was life changing for me. It taught me how insignificant we are but how invaluable we can be. Right from fitness to mental strength, it was a great learning experience.This first trek will always be the best trek for me.

Everything about the trek was new few for me. Be it the health check, safety, the gears, the tents..etc. I loved every bit of it. I am glad that I trekked with India Hikes. You guys are very professional at every step of the trek. Hats off to our trek leader, Rajarshi, who was humble and patiently handled all of our queries and motivated us with the right spirits which immensely helped few of us reach the summit.
Also, I could immediately compare IH when I saw trekkers from other companies. I really thanked my stars and CEO who recommended India Hikes to me. Well done, guys!!  

Safety for me and my family is of utmost importance for any of our trips. IH has maintained it with the right gears and equipment required for the trek. The health check were done in a timely manner and our TL advised relevant rest, food or medication required. 

IH has taken care of all my fellow trekkers with atmost care. This shows your professionalism and respect towards each and everyone who comes trekking. IH has put in a lot of thought to save the environment and am proud to be a part of your green trails. I have done my bit :)

 

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Mohit Pattni

Batch of
December 2019

It was wonderful right from start. Kudos to the entire team for being such well managed and well managing.
I like how the entire programme is focused on providing the best trekking experience while ensuring minimal to no damage on the mountains.

With respect to the safety standards, at no point in time did I feel the team was ill or unprepared for any foreseen situations that could arise.

I am awed by the values at India Hikes and impressed by everyone's adherence to it.
This is what differentiates the best from the others.

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Maithily Pore

Batch of
December 2019

The Green Trails is such a brilliant initiative to leave the mountains better than we found them. Sadly on this trek, we were barely able to collect any waste as everything was covered under snow. But I do appreciate the emphasis that IH put on generating minimum waste. It was always at the back of my mind to not dispose of the waste in the bins provided to us but to carry it back to the city.

I have already mentioned how IndiaHikes Fitness requirements actually made me lose 20 kgs in 6 months. 

PS: I am already planning for another trek to get rid of those extra pounds and be fitter to enjoy the more difficult treks.

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Dnyaneshwari Patil

Batch of
December 2019

Green trails are the awesome step taken by IH. While chatting with 'Dhabawala' on this trek, he mentioned IH as 'Kachare wali Company', but even that made us feel proud, cause they were sending all the garbage to IH and keeping the Himalayas clean. That is how Green trails have grown. :)
Adding fitness to core values is the best thing India hikes did. It inspires us to stay fit which makes trekking easier.

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Dnyaneshwari Patil

Batch of
December 2019

Of course, they are good. This is one of the reasons I prefer India hikes for treks. It's good to know if we are fit for trekking in the Himalayas.
Personally, those readings inspire me to put more effort into getting acclimatized to the high altitudes.

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Siddhant Dubey

Batch of
December 2019

Absolutely loved the trek. The journey was superb and exciting. The views were breathtaking and magical.

We got proper care and guidance throughout the journey and would love to travel with Indiahikes again for future treks.

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JAYASIMHA CHILAKAMARRI

Batch of
December 2019

Top in the list will be, When we reach the summit, our leader asked us to make a circle. Then he made us hold hands and asked to close our eyes. The magic begins. 

He asked us to remember all the experiences during and prior planning of the trek. Then he asked us to remember our beloved family and friends.

I got goosebumps. BEST IDEA.

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Siddhant Dubey

Batch of
December 2019

Safety was spot on and also the food and warm water provided at such high altitudes were kind and heartwarming.

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Anudeep Reddy

Batch of
December 2019

You guys are the pioneer in safety standards. 
I really loved how our BP and Oxygen levels were checked each day, and most importantly, they were documented. 
Aditya really checked on all of us at every given point during the trek. He literally spotted when people were uneasy, without them even having to approach him. 
The gaiters and the snow spikes were also a huge addition to the safety aspect. 
The hygiene was top notch too!

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Refaad Sha

Batch of
December 2019

I absolutely loved everything about the trek . From the day I started training to when I reached back home from trek. Summit day was my favorite part of the trek. The way our team leader and rest of the team pushed us was amazing.

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Cheng Quan (Joshua) Tan

Batch of
December 2019

The trek was very well and professionally organized. As my group was Singaporean, Adi made sure that it was inclusive and spoke only English so we could understand. Adi was generally very patient and encouraging and made the whole difference in making the trek enjoyable. Even as a fairly experienced hiker, wintertime Kedarkantha feels more like a moderate than easy trek. 

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Emmanuel Lim

Batch of
December 2019

It was wonderful but challenging. The most difficult part of the trek was getting used to the cold. Fortunately, the transition into a cold environment was made easier with the help of the already set up base camp, hot food, and care of our trek leaders. I felt safer knowing how experienced and respectful our trek leaders were. They took very good care of us which made the trek a lot easier.

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Prateek Kapoor

Batch of
December 2019

Ice Breaking Sessions, after trek stretching sessions, were the best. Helped us in getting to know each of the trekkers and bond with them. The stretching sessions helped in relaxing our bodies after a long trek and making us feel at ease.

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Sachin Nayak

Batch of
December 2019

Humility is my biggest takeaway. We are so privileged and entitled to a lot of creature comforts and being in the mountains makes us realize this. We need to be a lot more humble and content with what we have.

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Hong Ching Leong

Batch of
December 2019

Gratitude and our own mental endurance. It was my first trek and multiday hike. Many things were stripped away from us, that's when we appreciate the little things like accessible water and comfortable beds.

The cold was the real challenge for me. Each night was hard to get uninterrupted rest, but we managed regardless.

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Rohan Kamath

Batch of
March 2019

The trek was excellent. It honestly surpassed all my expectations in every area - be it the sights, the climb or the food. I'd like to mention especially that the kitchen team was brilliant and all the food given to us at all the campsites was amazing. A special shout to our trek leaders Vijeet, Pralad and Guddu who helped us at every turn and it honestly would not have been the same experience without them. I cannot think of any drawbacks and even though this was my first trek and i have no prior experience, I think the organisation was impeccable. 

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Rohan Kamath

Batch of
March 2019

The trek leader Vijeet was amazing. He had stories to tell at every turn of the trek. He helped us out a lot and was a huge support to some of us who felt like giving up. Vijeet made us play games at the campsite and also coaxed us into a dance off in the snow which was a lot of fun. 
Pralad taught us a few local dance moves which again was very fun. He also introduced us to a kind of warm up dance called zikuza which was one of the highlights of the trek. Pralad also told us many interesting and scary stories about  the campsites which were amazing. 
Guddu was helpful throughout the trek. He always had a smile on his face and was encouraging throughout. He also had many stories to tell and was fun to be around while trekking. 

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Rohan Kamath

Batch of
March 2019

The mountains taught me to adapt to my surroundings. Accustomed to city life and the luxuries that we take for granted (like running water, a soft bed, etc) this trek really taught me to push my boundaries and accept and be thankful for any kind of resources that I was given. It taught me to appreciate that there are forces in work that are much larger than us and we must be grateful for any kind of resources we utilise. Apart from this, the trek also taught me to believe in myself and not give up when faced with adversity. 

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Sanjeev Menon

Batch of
March 2019

I dont want to sound philosophical but the trip was enlightening in how life could be so joyful and minimal at the same time. The trek route was picturesque. There were a few lessons learnt as follows.
1. We need to proactively, consistently engage in any effort to clean up mountains
2. Life exists without Mobile Network, TV, Newspaper
3. Water is not unlimited, we should limit its use
Generally time spent on the trek helps me appreciate the things we have rather than the ones we dont.

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Amruta Namjoshi

Batch of
March 2019

Due to my past ill experience with some other trekking group, I was very tense and nervous at the very start. But since the website had all the information laid out crystal clear, I think it prepared me well. I really like the way your website is designed. And all the nervousness eased out when I met the team at Sankari. 
Our Trek leader Meghna and our guides Santosh and Amin were helpful and supportive to each one of us at every step. It was evident that every person working there got joy out of it. And I cant appreciate the camp / kitchen staff enough for all the hard work they do in such tough conditions to make our experience a good one. 
Absolutely loved the hot fresh food that was always served with love. They even got a gajar halwa cake for my birthday at 8,200 ft. It was surreal. This trek was a birthday gift I got for myself and I think I am going to make it a tradition now. The only downside remains that we could not reach the summit due to weather conditions. Hopefully, I will find myself up there the next time.

PS: your green trails initiative resonates with me. I make art out of discarded plastic bags .. who knows we may collaborate when I am well established as an artist ..!!  

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Amruta Namjoshi

Batch of
March 2019

When one travels in the mountains like a tourist, passing by in the comfort of a car or living in a hotel room, the experience is limited to views to die for. The real sense of the majestic scale of mountains can only be experienced by something like this trek..I felt overwhelmed and exhilarated. the challenges we faced up in the mountains made us all come together like a family. 
more importantly, the interaction with the camp staff and even some locals was very thought provoking.. it gave an insight into the everyday life of people who stay up in the mountains with limited resources without a hint of grievance. It really made me appreciate the little things that we take for granted back home. There is still alot more I have to learn from the mountains so will keep going back. fingers crossed...   

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Oshin Shewaramani

Batch of
March 2019

Trek went off very well!!!  Wouldn't be able to finish it without some very important people..
Our treck lead : Mukta, the All time inspiration! She was super fun, and also super helpful all the time!
Our Guides : Subhash and Pradeep, for literally going out of the way and helping us in every way possible!!
Our technical guide : Santosh, for pulling me up whenever I was in doubt about reaching the summit!
Hats off to these saviours, without whom, treck would have not been possible at all!! 

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Anshu Bhoyar

Batch of
March 2019

The trek was super fun and very well organized. The entire trekking team was very warm and approachable. They were always smiling and rarely said no to any sort of demands from the trekkers. Food was excellent and copious. The green trails initiative taken by india hikes was also superb and i was very happy to help out. Lastly the best thing about india hikes was their attention to the small things like giving soap and vim at every campsite, regularly refreshing the sawdust stocks in the toilet tent, punctuality in serving food and tea and always making sure that the entire team is being involved and nobody is feeling left out.

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Miloni Mehta

Batch of
March 2019

Trek was awesome. It was an out of the world experience.
Indiahikes team, the camp sites, trek leader, guides, support staff were really helpful and caring. They knew their job perfectly!!
All other arrangements including food, safety and cleanliness were better than expected.

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Rohan Stephen Luke

Batch of
March 2019

The trek was an awesome experience. It was wonderful. India hikes has catered to our needs really well. 
The Food was extremely good. We were provided with delicious desert everyday. India hikes has also looked after our health during the trek. The initiative of introducing oxymeter is a good idea.

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Misbah Hararwala

Batch of
March 2019

There were three reasons why I choose to do this trek. 
The first one being my birthday. Every year I complain about how I never enjoy my birthday and I'm forced by peer pressure into those noisy bars , getting fully wasted and not remembering any of it. This year I choose to do something different, something for myself.  
The second reason was an escape from everything that I hate about the city . 
The third was that I had never experienced snow before. (yes I have seen snow but never snowfall and those white blindly landscapes  you only see on desktop screen savers) So I had to pick Kedarkantha for that reason. I was also told by a fellow trekker on another trek that I did that the descend down from the summit was an exhilarating slide down the snow so it made my decision even easier. 
Did this trek live up to all my expectations ? .... More than I ever imagined! 
My first solo trip devoid of all connectivity to my social life, 12 hours away from what I understand as urbanization with 20 absolute strangers which lead to a whole bunch of apprehension. Though it all quickly vaporised , probably in the first couple of hours of meeting everyone. We got along like butter and jam , and the next couple of days our crew trekked together as a family.  Obviously this had a lot to do with the people that helped us get there, the organisers , you guys. 
Our trek leader, Deep, so friendly and easy going, we initially presumed he was part of the group. Fun was his agenda and he always made sure that everyone was having it besides all the arduous tasks of being a trek leader. 
The guides were patient and understood everyone's stamina and capacity. They were happy to make a conversation, always telling us more about the mountains.
The staff was efficient, and never tardy. The food was exactly what we craved to eat and not to mention "my birthday cake" ... damn that was a good carrot cake. ( made it really special) . 

So to summarise, I came with the expectation of a quiet birthday in the solitude of the mountains but I left with 20 new friends, great conversations, new perspectives and all the while being awestruck and encapsulated by the beauty of the mountains. 

It's going to be hard to match up to my birthday next year. 

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Misbah Hararwala

Batch of
March 2019

The one thing that I take back from the mountains is the sense of consciousness that it leaves you with. Be it about the environment , your own body or mind. 
It makes you aware of all the little things we take for granted in are consumer-driven lifestyle and the impacts it has on nature and our surroundings; be it buying a plastic bottled water or how we dispose our trash or the amount of things we consume which are packaged in plastic and other non bio degradable things. Where does all of it eventually end up? It's sad that we are the only species that can't contribute positively back to nature. Even the bare little traces of ourselves that we leave in the mountains makes you reflect on our everyday lifestyles. 
The act of climbing itself engages both body and mind, you learn your own limitations , your weaknesses and your resilience to reach a goal . All these qualities manifest themselves when you face the magnitude of the mountains. 
I gained a sense of spirituality being a not so spiritual person. 

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Bhaskar Mukhoty

Batch of
March 2019

The trek was perfect, we were surprised by the extra ordinary quality of food and timely serving. We received care that most of us never expected. Really grateful to the crew members of India Hikes. 

One change which is I would strongly recommend is about the food for the staff were often getting finished. Since the trekkers don't get to know how much food is left, crew members often go hungry as they take food after the trekkers. Please ensure that crew members receive complete diet along with the trekkers. 

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Rumki Sengupta

Batch of
March 2019

The Trek was wonderful. To be honest, I started with a blank mind, didn't think of what is coming, good or bad, whether I will be able to continue, whether my health will permit, nothing. But it came out to be outstanding experience. Indiahikes has the best of team. Special thanks to Meghna, our trek leader, always there for all of us, Santoshji, Technical Guide Santoshji, Robin as well as the staff in all the camps. Always be grateful to them to boost us, health checkups, helping while climbing or wherever i felt difficulty coming down. I To sum up, I am still living the trek. Thanks to all of you.

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Rumki Sengupta

Batch of
March 2019

on 21st, at Posla camp, in the evening, we had a good session, where we discussed the trek, our experience, our feelings as well life stories of all us. Experiences shared by the Indiahikes team was wonderful. Then again in the base camp at Sankri, we had another session after tea, where all of us shared our thoughts, some even became emotional. 

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Bhaskar Mukhoty

Batch of
March 2019

There are stark differences in a city life and the life in nature. We need to stay close to the nature to live a healthy, sustainable life. Minimizing use of gadgets, social networking can help to reduce anxiety, stress and more importantly save us some valuable time, that can instead be devoted to things which we really wanted to do.

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Neekhil Dedhia

Batch of
March 2019

The most important lesson that the mountain has taught me is Adaptation.
The climate in the mountains do change quickly from time to time and the key is to adapt to the changes to enjoy the treks to their full potential. The same rule can be applied to life. we need to adapt and overcome the situations.

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Rumki Sengupta

Batch of
March 2019

To summarize.. its only love. I always loved to be with nature. Since this is my first long trek, I felt it is only love that I felt for the entire world. Himalayas has always been fascinating, but never realized how mesmerizing it can be. Love the nature, love the natural resources that the mountains provide, love for animals and love for people who were totally unknown to me. Respect what people give us, and more so I have learnt to respect food. 

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Satish Rao

Batch of
March 2019

At 57, It was impossible to get myself started for this trek. But constant goading from Suhas and follow-ups on my fitness made by 60 day routine to fitness approved a big milestone.

On the trek, everything was well planned from lemon tea, to nutritious snacks/breakfast, to warm-up routines and constant tips from the Guides Rana and Subhash helped us ascend easily.
The tents were very clean and good to camp. The Evening snacks and games in the evening along with innumerable photoshoots gave us some lifelong memories and the desire to come back for more.

The food was also excellent and sincere thanks to the cooks who ensured it was ready as early as 4 AM.

The Early morning sunrise from the mountains, the glistening snow, the snowfall, the sunset and the starlit night-sky made it a wonderful experience.

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Medhavi Gupta

Batch of
March 2019

Amazingly awesome. The food, the team, the people, plannings...everything was just perfect. Loved each and everything about the trek. The support provided by each member of IndiaHikes team, their nature, facilities, the food they prepared at such a high altitude is something I've not stopped praising to my friends and family about. Also the view and the experience was woww. Thankyou IndiaHikes!

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Medhavi Gupta

Batch of
March 2019

The mission started by the IndiaHikes team to make mountains a cleaner and greener place has been continued by us even after coming to our places. Have been trying to reduce the unnecessary waste and packaged food usage we make.

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Shreya Jain

Batch of
March 2019

This was my 2nd experience with Indiahikes and the best one as well. Everything was just perfect..the trek leaders, the staff, trek mates, climatic conditions and everything else were totally outstanding. The trek leader Mihir is one of the most humble and fun people. He made the trek a satisfying one.

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Tinesh Tamilkodi

Batch of
January 2019

Trek was amazing even though it was cut short just after a day of trekking.
The trek leader had looked after our safety and well being very well.
Many thanks!

I also wanted to commend on Ajay (Transport coordinator) great work.
I need to arrange transport from Sankri to Raithal for another trek.
It wasn't as straight forward as there were multiple cancellations and rebookings due to weather changes in those area. Nonetheless, Ajay was there to assist me all the way.
Many thanks again.

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Devanshi Jangla

Batch of
January 2019

It is something that is something difficult to put it words. Everything was just perfect. Our trek leader Mukta, our 2 guides- Manoj and labu bhaiya, the food, the tents, the snow, the trail, everything. This was my first Himalayan trek, and I'm so glad to have done it with you guys. 

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Devanshi Jangla

Batch of
January 2019

So there are times during the trek when you start feeling grateful of the small things that you have back in the city but do not really value much- something as basic as sanitation. Also, when you have no network for 7 days, is when you make the most amazing friends and most amazing memories. I'm so glad that I went for this trek. It's been a week today but the hangover is still at it's peak! 

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Manas Khatua

Batch of
January 2019

The trek was fantastic. The trail was beautiful. The views were magnificent.
The major contributing factor to this was the new trail by the Indiahikes team. We all loved it.
Our trek leader Guru and trek guides Dev and Sanju were superb.
Guru made sure everything(regarding high altitude) was explained thoroughly to all of us in a light-hearted manner. I also loved the warm-up activities and the games conducted by him.
Dev's words of encouragement echoing in the mountains I will simply never forget. The energy he brought into the team was outstanding. He shared a lot of stories too during dinner time.
Sanju was there right at the end of the group during the trek, making sure everyone reached the campsite safe and sound. One of my friends who was at the end of the group heard him singing and enjoyed it. I missed it though.
These 3 folks are fun to be around and I'd be more than happy to go with them for next treks.
The food served during the trek was delicious. It was too good. The best one was the gajar halwa cake on my birthday. Kudos to the kitchen staff for making such delicious food, those guys truly deserve a raise.
Although we couldn't make the summit because of heavy snowfall, I had an amazing time and I'm sure everyone shares the same feeling.
I made new friends on this trek and hopefully we will be coming back to see what nature looks like from 12500ft.

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Manas Khatua

Batch of
January 2019

This was the first time I went on a high altitude trek and it certainly did teach me a lot of things. Our trek leader Guru taught us the importance of waste management and how to segregate waste.
The other thing that I learnt is to be grateful. I'm at my home right now and on a flip of a switch, I get hot water... on the mountains, it takes time and effort to fill one bucket. I realised this when I was brushing my teeth one morning with ice cold water. Good fun.

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Dr komal Shah

Batch of
December 2018

The trek went fabulously well. We were lucky to have experienced the new route which was exclusive for India hikes and therefore much less crowded but equally beautiful.Awesome food. Great sporty team including young enthusiastic trek leader Himanshu and experienced local guides chamanbhai and Sandeep bhai. Really some of the best days of my life.

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Priyanka Gogri

Batch of
December 2018

The trek was super awesome !!!
Many many thanks to IH team for exploring and coming up with the new trail for Kedarkantha trek. The route from Kothgaon to summit and descend to Sankri made a lot of difference. Really enjoyed all the camp sites. Cherry on the cake was snowfall at Talkhetra :)
 

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sreevathsa B R

Batch of
December 2018

If there is any word which better than "Awesome!!" You can just replace it . 

The New Trail was way wonderful with lots of undisturbed Fora and Fauna. There was NO disturbances from external Sources. The Food was something which I always going to remember even at that high altitude . I Like thanks again all the Kitchen Staff for providing us such wonderful food in that harsh weather condition. The Health Check up (i.e Oxygen Level) was conducted by trek leader everyday with out any miss made many people feel they are of good health . Trek leader was always motivating people which told they can't to make them to achieve the summit  

Thanks again for New Trail !! 

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sreevathsa B R

Batch of
December 2018

Green Trail !! 
I really Like to Appreciate here my Trek Lead Samkit , Anagha , And Jiggnesh (Intern : I don't know his Real name , This is his pet name ) for standing firmly with the Green trail objective of keeping mountain clean and communicating with the fellow trekkers about the problem which are caused by use of the Plastic and Non Bio degradable waste. 
And Also i like to tell at this movement , they way they stick to the points are wonderful even after lot of trekkers asks for Bonfire they said NO is NO as it harms the nature . I love there commitment towards keeping mother earth safe. 

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Ketan TANK

Batch of
December 2018

Wonderfull life experince on this trek. Trek leader Samkit bhai , guide Prahlad bhai and labbu bhai were perfact combination of SWEET TEA IN NICE CUP. They were available at any time when we need any help. At the end of trek we experinced that they are part of our trek group not as guides. They were supportive, talented , well disciplined, friendly. If possible i  wolud like to do my next trek with these leader and guides. The way Samkit bhai and Prahlad bhai cretated bonding amongs  trekker from different places was appreciable.
Food at each base camp was fabulous. Food was same as  like home food.
At the end , perfact office management with on site execution with proper planning were highly admirable. Definately i wolud like do my next summer trek with INDIA HIKES.

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Nikita Sabnis

Batch of
December 2018

I couldn't have asked for a more well-organized trek! Kudos to the entire team at Indiahikes, both the on-ground team and the people back at the office sending us detailed emails about every little aspect of the trek preparation. This was my first official Himalayan trek and I am so glad I chose to do it with Indiahikes!
Our trek leaders Samkit, Prahlad and Labbu bhaiyya were the best combination of people ever; strict, professional but fun-loving and enthusiastic in the right amounts! They were all extremely encouraging, supportive and cared for each of us. I was travelling all by myself and never once did I feel alone; It literally felt like a family away from home! 
It was an absolutely surreal experience! Loved every bit of it! One of the high points of my life!
Lots of cheers to the entire team! 
Looking forward to doing every Himalayan trek henceforth with you guys!!
P.S: The food during the entire trek was absolutely delicious! It takes a lot to serve such great quality food at that altitude and temperature conditions!

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Nimai Parekh

Batch of
December 2018

The trek was amazing and it was a fabulous experience. There are no complains with the way indiahikes managed the whole process from the mails to the trek completion. I am sure I will be doing another trek with indiahikes soon.

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Aarthy Janani

Batch of
December 2018

Trekking with Indiahikes is really such a great experience, each and everything has been taken care of and you guys pampered us so well. I had done trek with other hiking community but experience and service you guys provide is the best one. I would definitely plan my treks only with Indiahikes in future.

I was preparing well for the trek but sadly I met with an accident, just a month before my trek. So I was under heavy medication. Antibiotics three times a day for four weeks and I did not get rid of those side effects. I really felt so bad to be the last before one in the group. I will definitely do this trek again with full energy mode.

I don't even have a single negative thing to pin point or give a comment. Everything was so well organized and executed. Right from the ECO bag, waste disposal, food to post trek warm ups.

Love you guys for everything, not even a single day we panicked.

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Shreya Valecha

Batch of
December 2018

I am at a loss of words to express what a wonderful experience it has been. I remember the morning we met all our trek mates and I was extremely happy to see everyone be so humble, full of life and enthusiastic. Then came the time we met our trek leaders and their friendly approach towards us was something that got us comfortable as a whole group in no time. Praladh, Samkit and Labhu have been extremely supportive and had gone out of their way to make us feel comfortable. One of our trek leaders, Praladh made us play some games to break the ice on day one of our trek which was one of the main reasons we all got to know each and everyone who had joined in for this trek even better. Our mid night group jamming sessions and stories are always going to remain very close to my heart. The support and encouragement each and everyone has shown, was commendable, which is also probably why we were all able to achieve the goal of climbing the summit before sunrise. 

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Nikita Sabnis

Batch of
December 2018

The stretching exercises and massaging sessions after reaching every campsite! Such a relief for sore muscles and a great mutual bonding experience between all the trekmates!

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Aarthy Janani

Batch of
December 2018

Each and every activity. Trek leaders cared much about our batch collaboration.
Samhith, Prahalad, Laboo and Santosh.
Samhith and Prahalad was so helpful and they both helped us to cross the slippery pace, like a father. We all fell down atleast once while walking on those frozen ice, even the trek leaders but these two guys were so amazing. Each and every step we take were completely under their guidance. They shared their trek experiences, about the places we pass by, pine forests, and on summit day, Prahalad was constantly motivating me to move up and see the sunrise from the summit but sadly I saw it few meters below the summit. He explained about the surrounding himalayan ranges.
Laboo was protecting us from the back, he was the last one in our group. He waited patiently till we take enough pictures whenever we stop by any beautiful scenaries.
Santosh helped us on summit day, he carved us steps on the snow and he as a leader lead the team on summit day.
Samhith and Prahalad made us to interact with the other people by conducting games, throwing snow at each other, dishkoom game, snow war, imaginary volley ball. I'm an introvert, I never thought I would talk with these many people but these guys made it happen. Please convey my gratitude to these guys, missing them a lot now. 

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Nikita Sabnis

Batch of
December 2018

I believe this trek has re-taught me the value of Humility in a big way. When you are stripped of all your urban add-ons and are forced to live almost like an animal, you realize where the definition of privilege actually starts! This made me feel very humbled and grateful for the life I have been blessed with back at home. 
Secondly, I realized how the mountains remind you that irrespective of your degrees and titles back in your city life, you are essentially an insignificant dot in the universe; this trek made me give up whatever little inflated ego I might have had!
Finally, I realized that anything that you feel is beyond your capabilities is still ENTIRELY POSSIBLE if you have an iron will. It is all about mental fortitude and resilience. I think the mountains and the steep upward climbs on this trek were pretty much a metaphor for life itself; this trek has given me new hope and made me realize that my problems are not bigger than my ability to overcome them! 

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pratheeksh eapen

Batch of
December 2018

I've come to the understanding that solo travelling is actually an adventurous option as this was my first solo trip. i got to meet and mingle withe a lot of people and listen to their travel stories.

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Mayank Khare

Batch of
December 2018

Trek experience was more like a summary of life in compressed form. 

It teaches us that life/trek has no obligations to go as per our plans/wishes. i.e. execution of trek/life will not get adapted/adjusted to an individual preference rather individuals will have to be adapt quickly to the need of the hour by challenging one's own habits, preferences, comfort zones & physical & mental conditioning. At the end its all about being completely in present, trying to make most of the existing situations and be happy in the moment without worrying too much about the past or future (an ability we have completely lost leading busy city lives). 

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Shreya Valecha

Batch of
December 2018

The stillness, yet the strength of the mountains is unbelievable. As I reached the summit, all the effort and tough times I went through while climbing was just forgotten. Living around nature is like you have entered a whole new world, the snow glittering in the moonlight and then shining in the sunlight adds on to the experience all together. I definitely take some wonderful memories back home from my first himalayan trek and it wasn't only the mountains that I learnt from but also the people who joined along, everyone being so humble and supportive.

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Viraj parikh

Batch of
December 2018

The beauty of a trek such as ours does not lie only in the beautiful landscapes and  the mind-boggling views but also in quite a lot of other things hidden from the naked eye. If given thought you might realise these things . As far as what I saw it made me realize the importance of a helping and all time active attitude towards everything doesn't matter how important it might be. The more active the mind the stronger is the body and the more helpful the nature the greater is the reception. All good deeds are appreciated though in the long run but definitely someday sometime .

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Pramod Nambiar

Batch of
December 2018

The trek was amazing!! Starting from the daily emails which gave a perfect build up, the interactions with the trek leaders, the guides, the support staff and cooks who introduced themselves at each camp. I admired the professionalism that was reflecting in each and every aspect of the trek.

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Pramod Nambiar

Batch of
December 2018

1. Life is full of fun only when you get out of your comfort zone.
2. Value of the very basic things in life, which is otherwise taken for granted
3. The importance of protecting the environment

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Shashiraj Shanbhag

Batch of
December 2018

I enjoyed the trek. It was easier than I expected and I was able to appreciate more the beauty of the mountains as well as the nature all around.

Kudos to India Hikes team Suhas, Madhu, Pragya, Chaman and Subhash for coordinating this trek. India Hikes does a great job of providing all the information and everything was well communicated and organized.  

I was trekking with such a big group after almost 10 years so it was a bit of a challenge for me. Most of the people on the trek were young so at times it was a bit loud for me. There were very few moments of true silence on the trek which made it difficult to hear the sounds of nature - birds, streams, etc. I have been the young and loud person at some time so I understand, it's just that at this stage in life I prefer to have a quiet time in the mountains.

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Shashiraj Shanbhag

Batch of
December 2018

Mountains test you as an individual and has the ability to bring the worst / best in you. I spent almost a week in the mountains with a close friend and it really tested our friendship. There were times when we didn't agree on things and would have preferred to have it our own way, but we made it through and probably came out stronger as individuals as well as friends. 

For me this trek with a big group just highlights the need to recognize that we are all different and yet want to achieve the same goal. Connecting with individuals and leveraging each others strengths is the key to success in a big group.

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Balkrishna Patel

Batch of
December 2018

Actually i want to tell many things, to describe everything in details. But in short its amazing experience for me and My whole team on trek. 

And one thing Indiahikes have to change is their emailing system. Because the guidance  and information given through email is really don't followed by everyone because there are many peoples who do not check their mails daily. so for that i have suggestion of make ""Application of Indiahikes"" this is the best option for information training guidance details and everything. Because normally peoples check their apps daily like whatsapp or instagram. 
So the application of Indiahikes is best option for trekkers, trekleaders as well as trek coordinator too.

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Roji joseph Perayil

Batch of
December 2018

The trek went more beautiful than my expectations. Right from the beginning in sankri the villagers were welcoming us.The trek was never felt tiering because the trek leaders kept us engaged. The food that was provided was too good that i have no words to express my love. On the day of summit extremely it snowed and we never thought we would make it to the summit but the trek leaders courage and our spirit made it. Its something to be remembered for a lifetime. 

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Balkrishna Patel

Batch of
December 2018

There's so noise in cities,
Mountains taught me that "Peace" is everything. Those natural sounds, views, natural feeling is priceless.

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Roji joseph Perayil

Batch of
December 2018

I really understood how important it is to conserve our mountains and leave it as it is without distroying its glory. The flora fauna and all other creatures create that ecosystem so its our duty to not disturb them while trespassing into their territory. We dont ever conquer a peak we just become humble after witnessing its might. 

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Shashank EL

Batch of
November 2018

Full marks to the Trek Leader, The guide and The support staff. I can easily say that the 4 days that we spend trekking were the best 4 days of my life. 

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Rajesh Chandra

Batch of
November 2018

Without any expectations and inhibitions, and yet with trust in IH team, the trek turned out to be a lifetime memory to be cherished forever.

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AVIJIT DAS

Batch of
November 2018

It was a memorable trek where all the co-trekkers helped each other. The support staff were just outstanding! I got maximum support from our Trek leader Tannoy, Guide Chamanbhai and co-guide Saurav Bhai.i

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Prajakta Nagulpelli

Batch of
November 2018

On the 1st day when we reached Sankri, right when we were getting down out of our vehicles, Tanmay was there to shake hands and greet us. I never realized it before this that such a small gesture could ever have such a big leverage in making me feel welcomed and safe.Tanmay's method of instruction were very practical and theoretical. He always explained the rationale behind every small task or instruction. This helped me gain a lot of clarity in terms of what is expected from of me and why. Tanmay always went out of the way to tell us about things remotely related to the trek like, fitness tips, attitude towards trek and trekmates, how to care for trekking gear, how to tie shoe laces and use a high ankle shoes like loafers, etc. The trek was very high endurance for me as I never achieved my fitness goals. Ofcourse Tanmay recognized it immediately looking at my pace. However, he never discouraged me or made me feel insecure. He was always there for me to boast me up. On the day of the summit, he made a sequence and made me lead the team of 15 members. All of them were behind me trailing the hike. Because he made me hike in the beginning of the sequence, I could push myself for the summit in the given time. Or else I would have either given up long before summit or would never have reached the summit before time. So I dont know if all trek leaders follow a sequence and keep low performers at the beginning or not, but the only reason why I could make it to the summit in time was because Tanmay worked miracle with the sequence and put me 1st on it. When I reached the summit, again he was there to greet and congratulate me on reaching the summit. I loved everything about the trek. The part of certificate distribution on the last day took me totally by surprise because Indiahikes made sure by way of the certificate distribution that we believe and celebrate that, making to the summit was an achievement after all. To make it more memorable, Tanmay remembered each and every person's traits that he noticed from the whole trek and made an introductory welcome speech for each and every person before awarding the certificate. I was very touched by all the description be gave about me because it was all very true and spot on.

Tanmay was a motivator.

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Vinod Ramteke

Batch of
November 2018

There are few things which makes the trek beautiful and successful. And those are, an experienced and capable trek leader, good bunch of support staff and a group of wonderful co trekkers. We were fortunate that we got the combination of all these. Special thanks to Tanmay! Being just 25 in age, he shows a great maturity, compassion and experience not only about mountains but people as well. He has positive attitude and he also made sure that no one gets bored by sharing intriguing stories and with his games. He was very well equipped to manage any kind of situation in entire journey. 
I enjoyed each and every bit of this trek, whether it’s food, getting up early, trekking together with cotrekkers, with snow, without snow, singing along the way, the 70 degree ascend, the summit, the beautiful view of so many peaks in Himalayan range. It was a dream come true for me, as I wanted to enjoy snow in India.

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Prajakta Nagulpelli

Batch of
November 2018

1. Ice-breaking activity of Memory Game for Introduction of Members.

2. Mafia

3. Sharing traveling experiences

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Rajesh Chandra

Batch of
November 2018

Life is to be enjoyed one step at a time. 
The present moment is all we have to live in. 
The challenge is not to outdo others, but to undo our own limitations.

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AVIJIT DAS

Batch of
November 2018

I am 59 years old! From this trek I learned the lesson that I have to work on my knees seriously! While ascending I had hardly any issues than while descending....

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Prajakta Nagulpelli

Batch of
November 2018

I learned from my experience on the mountains a simple lesson of 'life must go on'!

After tackling depression for years through innumerable therapy sessions, I have learnt that the best therapy that I could have possibly ever healed me was making it to the summit. In the process I have let gone innumerable reservations and insecurities about myself that was weighing me down all along.

Hopefully, I will henceforth live my life with a light heart.

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Vinod Ramteke

Batch of
November 2018

Well, this was my first time of trekking in the Himalayas. When I reflect back on my trek then I realize it was a wonderful journey throughout, and it was very true in itself when they say “ journey is interesting than the destination “. I learned to survive in the extreme conditions, I learned that the human body can stretch the limits to adjust in the given situation. I learned to live without any luxuries of this world.

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Ansh Deep Ralh

Batch of
November 2018

The trek went very well, as expected. Kedarkantha was beautiful at this time of the year, and the views from the summit were breath-taking. Our trek leader, Madhu, was a highly knowledgeable, experienced, accessible and caring guy, and ensured that all of us gave our best during the trek. The patience and perseverance shown by him in taking even the last member to the summit need to be applauded. The food deserves a special mention, as it was really nice, and always served warm.

All in all a beautiful trek managed well by Indiahikes team. 

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Ansh Deep Ralh

Batch of
November 2018

The games, conducted at regular intervals was very important for breaking ice amongst all the group members, and as such, was the most important component, which made the trek enjoyable.

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A must-see photo story about Kedarkantha

This blogpost of Kedarkantha just came in and our jaws dropped! Whether you have done the trek already or not, you will definitely want to be there again. Take a look.

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My Guide To The Kedarkantha Trek

This detailed travel blog is almost like a guide! A must read for anybody planning to do the Kedarkantha trek. Right from the fitness screening, upto Kempti falls, the Kedarkantha summit, and back to Sankri this is a brilliant blog.

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How The Kedarkantha Trek Helped This Introvert Break Free From Her Shell

When Manjari set off on the Kedarkantha trek, she wasn't worried about the summit climb. She had another problem - spending six days with strangers. Read her story here.

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How Our Youngest Trekker Prepared for his Kedarkantha Trek

Meet Aditya, the six-year-old that made it to the Kedarkantha summit. We speak to his parents and get some tips on how to prepare children for Himalayan treks.

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My first high altitude trek to Kedarkantha

Here is a 12-year-old's account of trekking to Kedarkantha. Right from making a camp fire, to eating maggi for breakfast, to collecting snow in a bottle for his younger brother, he loved every experience.

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Neha Pant speaks to you from the Kedarkantha summit

Neha Pant did the Kedarkantha trek with Indiahikes in December 2016 and witnessed the season's first snowfall. She speaks to us directly from the summit. Take a look!

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Kedarkantha Memoires – 1st – 6th April 2017 (No author image)

"Exhilarating! Breathtaking ! Absolutely Fantastic! Words fall short to describe the 4 days of trek to Kedarkantha summit", it is true. Words don't always describe how beautiful the mountains are. Read on to see Anjali's attempt.

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Kedarkantha Summit 12500 ft

After seeing several pictures of the Himalayas, Naved wanted to set out on an adventure of his own. He set out on the Kedarkantha Trek. Read on to see how his trek went.

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White Climb – Kedarkantha Trek

"An inconvenient truth is that we are robbing this planet to feed our insatiable thirst for a luxurious lifestyle. In a few decades, the currently unborn generation will look back at us and shake their heads, wondering how we could have been so irresponsible, so venal, and so morally short-sighted (sic)", read more to see how Shruthi's trek went.

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In our years of experience as a trekking organisation, we have observed that adults imbibe lessons from the outdoors on a daily basis. Children are much more receptive to the world in their growing years. It is the perfect time to inculcate valuable lessons from trekking which will stay with them throughout their life.

On a family trek, not only are you exposing your child to trekking at a young age but you are also deepening your bond as a family. Trekking facilitates this sense of heightened bond as well their own personal growth.

Most families that trek together work towards staying fitter and healthier. Photo by Manjari Singh

Kedarkantha is right up there as one of the best treks for children.It’s a trek that comes with a huge sense of achievement upon climbing the summit at 12,500 ft! The bonus is that it covers short distances everyday and you’re at the next campsite before lunch!

This initiative is under the Experiential Learning Programme.

How Is It Different From A Regular Trek?

Family treks will have only families with their children of age limit 8 to 17. Children of age 13-17 can also join this trek without their parents.Further we also have scholarships for children trekking as part of the family treks. For 8 -12 year olds 50 % scholarship, and for 12-17 year olds a 30% scholarship.

Parents have the support and comfort of having other parents in the same group. Children will trek and be engaged in activities along with other children. This will encourage them to form meaningful bonds of friendship.

On the first day, we will organise the children into teams. They will be responsible for certain camp related activities and will switch roles every other day.

Children will be split into four teams with an important camp responsibility role.

Here’s a peek into what the teams will do:

  • The Camp set-up team oversees pitching of tents. They make sure pitching and dismantling is done properly. They also help those who need assistance.
  • The Green Trails team ensures that everyone are engaged with keeping the trails and campsites clean. They oversee waste segregation. They see to it that the toilets and washing areas are set up and clean.
  • The Cooking team assists the cook and helps in serving all meals. They ensure that all eat well and there is no wastage.
  • The Trek Leader Assistants team assists the Trek Leader in keeping discipline with regard to timing. They will also aid those who are struggling or need any help.

Along with this there will also be co-operative games, star gazing on clear nights, story time, wilderness survival tips and knowledge sharing sessions.

Reflections at the end of each day will allow children to contemplate their learnings and experiences of the day. It’s a time of introspection and gratitude.

What Scholarships we provide

We are offering a scholarship to all children trekking with us on the exclusive family batches.

  • 8 – 12 year olds – 50% scholarship
  • 13 – 17 year olds – 30% scholarship

You can follow these steps to avail them:

Step 1: Click on the date that suits you on the selected trek page.

Step 2: Start the registration process. You will require unique emails IDs for all participants, including the children.

Step 3: For the scholarship – before making the payment, send an email with a proof-of-age of your child to [email protected] Any id card with the Date Of Birth will do.

Note: Mention the subject line as “Proof of age for (selected trek).”

Step 4: Our Trek Coordinator will get back to you within 24 hours with a voucher for your child.

Step 5: Make the payment once you get a thumbs up from the Trek Coordinator. 

Will My Child Be Safe on trek?

We understand that trekking with your child may cause you to worry about their safety. All our past family trekkers however have always found our treks to be safe.

Here are some of the commonly asked questions we receive from parents.

  – Who will ensure safety on the trek?

Our Trek Leaders are certified Wilderness First Responders.  They have been trained in wilderness survival and emergency medical aid. They are capable of taking care of any emergency on a trek.

Our staff is constantly in touch with each other though radio communication to ensure that all the children and safe and sound.

  – What safety gear do you carry? 

We carry fully stocked high altitude first aid kits, oxygen cylinders, ropes and stretchers. In addition to this these treks have easily accessible exit routes for any emergency evacuation.  Click on this link to watch a video about what equipment we use.

  – How do I prepare my children for a Himalayan Trek?

Active preparation is important for any trek, especially for children. Watch this video on how to get children trek fit. 

Also remember to pack the right things for the trek.

Our Experience With Children

In 2018 alone, we have taken 943 children below 18 years of age on our Himalayan treks. This is not counting the 1000+ school students we have taken on local and Himalayan treks.

Children are excited to get certificates at the end of the trek from our Trek Leader.

There is no doubt that children naturally learn more in the outdoors. The joyful memories created and the natural learning experienced can last a lifetime!

Available dates

Oct November 2020 Dec

No cancellation charges for trek bookings until August 31st

(choose a trek any time in future)

In light of COVID-19, since travel and treks are uncertain, Indiahikes has waived off all cancellation charges if you register for a trek before August 31. Which means, for all registrations before August 31, even if the trek is in December or later, apart from the basic 4% transaction charges, there are no cancellation charges from Indiahikes.

This helps you to register for a trek with peace of mind, knowing you can cancel your trek even until the last moment. Trekkers have started registering for treks, and we'd like you to do so with full confidence. We don't want you to worry about losing out through cancellations.

  • What the colours mean
  • Available
    Registration is on.
  • Waitlist
    The group is full, but cancellations are likely to happen. We have 5 waitlist slots for every group. You may register for the group. Waitlist slots confirmation chances are high if booked more than 30 days in advance.
  • Last 'x' slots
    Indicates the number of slots available in a batch.
  • Full
    Indicates the group is full. No further slots are likely. A full group has 18 members.

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10 thoughts on “Kedarkantha Trek

    1. Hi Sanjay, this depends on when you are planning to go. If it is in winter months, we wouldn’t recommend it. It’s going to be too cold, and will become more of a struggle than an enjoyable experience. If it is any time after March, then it should be alright.

      Just keep in mind that in case she cannot make it past a couple of campsites, at least one family member will have to remain with her and come back to the base camp. Even though it’s an easy-moderate trek, it is in comparison to other Himalayan treks.

      Frankly, Dayara Bugyal would be a better option for you. The gradient is gentler than Kedarkantha and would be more suited for a 6 year old. You can take a look at the trek here – https://www.indiahikes.com/dayara-bugyal-trek/

    1. Hi Nikhil, this batch is currently full. We have only waitlist slots left. I would suggest choosing another trek on the same date or perhaps another date for the same trek. Banking on the waitlist is a bit risky because you’ll have to wait for cancellations to come in.

      We have a few open slots for the December 13th batch to Dayara Bugyal. Why don’t you consider that? It’s a beautiful trek, similar duration adn altitude as well. It’s less crowded, which is a big bonus in winter. Take a look at the dates here – https://www.indiahikes.com/dayara-bugyal-trek/#available-dates-calendar

  1. We’re looking To book the the April 3rd family trek. My son wants to see some snow. So wondering if there’ll be some at the summit?

    1. Hi Amit, there will be snow all the way to the end of April. So you can go ahead and take your son, he’ll surely see snow! 🙂

  2. Is it possible to start the trek on 29th Dec 2020 instead of 27th..
    As trek is 6 days long..I don’t want the new year day to be spent going back to my State..instead I wanted to trek the submit on 1 jan(and that will only happen if we starts our trek on 29th Dec 2020).
    Is it possible?
    #i am ready to do pre booking for 29 th Dec and my two friends will also join me on this trek.

    1. Hi Anirudh, we have good news for you! We have opened up a batch on December 29th. We seem to have overlooked the New Year dates when trekkers would want to go, thank you for bringing it to our notice. 🙂 You and your friends can now sign up. Just click on the date and hit the green button. It will take you to our registration page. Let us know if you need help with anything else.

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