Kedarkantha Trek

The best winter trek in the Himalayas

  • Trek through fresh winter snow from the month of December all the way till April
  • Experience the best campsites at Juda Ka Talab, Kedarkantha Base and Hargaon
  • Climb to the summit of Kedarkantha at 12,500 ft with stunning views of the Garhwal Himalayas

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Pic: Jai Pandya

The Juda Ka Talab Campsite on a winter night

Why This Trek ?

Kedarkantha Winter Trek

REGION / DIFFICULTY / HIGHEST ALTITUDE:

Uttarkhand/ Easy - Moderate/ 12,500 ft

DURATION / AVERAGE TEMPERATURE:

6 days / Summer: Day time: 13-18°C Night time: 0-6°C; Winter: Day time: 8-15°C Night time: can drop to -7°C

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Trek Fee Per Person
Rs. 7,950

(Includes all costs of the trek from Sankri to Sankri) Service tax at 4.50% is payable on the trek fee

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Kedarkantha – The best winter trek in the Himalayas

When it comes to trekking in India in winter, the Kedarkantha trek would be your best bet. From December to April, Kedarkantha makes for a terrific trek in virgin snow, with pretty campsites and astonishingly wide clearings in the forests.

If the Kedarkantha trek dates you’re looking are full, try the Brahmatal trek. With lovely snow-laden forest floors, multiple frozen lakes and a rewarding summit climb in soft white snow, it is a fantastic alternative (dare we say even better trek) to the Kedarkantha trek. The Brahmatal trek is best done in January and February!

Here are the Top 5 reasons to do the Kedarkantha trek in winter

Snow till April

Not many know but on the Kedarkantha trek, the winter snow sets in by the middle of December and lasts until the third week of April.  You will probably come across snow just as you cross the 10,000 feet mark, lying on the forest floor among the pine trees. When you reach the meadows, it is likely to be a huge blanket of white around you in every direction.

Kedarkantha - Sanyam - Passing a beautiful bridge on Day-Summit day (2048 x 1152)
A snow-covered bridge on the way to the Kedarkantha summit. PC: Sanyam

Prettiest campsites

This trek has the prettiest campsites in the Himalayas. Not all treks can boast of the beauty of its campsite like the Kedarkantha trek. Each of its campsites are unique in their beauty. The Juda-Ka-Talab campsite sits in a clearing surrounded by giant pine trees, the Kedarkantha Base campsite is on an open meadow with snow peaks all around, the Hargaon camp is again on a clearing of pines and oaks. It is almost as if each one of them competes with each other in their beautiful setting.

Kedarkantha Abhineet Sawa
The Hargaon campsite as seen in winter. PC-Abhineet Sawa

Best drive in the Himalayas

The drive to Kedarkantha takes you through Mussoorie, Nowgaon, Purola, Mori and Naitwar. It is a remote route so exquisite that it is one of the most beautiful drives in the Indian Himalayas. Trekkers need to especially watch out for the section after Purola right until Sankri, the base camp.

Pine forests while driving from Sankri to Dehradun. Picture by Debayan S
Pine forests while driving from Sankri to Dehradun. PC: Debayan S

The pleasure of walking on a carpet of brown leaves

The Kedarkantha trek starts in a dense pine forest. The trail is always covered by a carpet of brown leaves. Walking on this is a crunchy delight!

Kedarkantha Kiran Nalwade
Close up shot of leaves fallen on snow creates a perfect ambience of the winter setting PC-Kiran Nalwade

Snow peaks all around

This is a huge perk of trekking Kedarkantha. Right from the Kedarkantha base camp, you’ll see stunning 360 degree view of famous mountain summits around you is jaw dropping.When you get to the Kedarkantha summit, it is as if you have touched the sky and all the summits are at your eye level!

Kedarkantha- Pradeep Saxena- Panoramic view from KK summit
A panoramic view from the Kedarkantha summit. PC: Pradeep Saxena

Whom is the trek meant for?

Are you planning on going for your first trek? You really want to experience a snowfall, camp in snow and see some astounding views of snow-capped mountains? Then this trek is perfect for you! With just the right amount of snow, this trek is meant to introduce people to trekking on snow. Since the temperature falls well below zero, carrying more layers is advised. Anyone above the age of 7 is fit to go for this trek.

How difficult is the trek?

Although this trek is quite short in terms of number of days of trekking, each day you gain about 2000 feet in terms of altitude. The trek also demands continuous ascent and this is what makes it seem a bit difficult to some. The switch from walking on soil to walking on snow with micro-spikes can take some time to get used to.

What are the risks involved?

The Kedarkantha trail itself does not pose any risks. There are not many tricky sections, and considering you wear micro-spikes on snow, there are no chances of slipping. But since the temperature in winter can drop down to around -7 at night, there are chances of hypothermia. To prevent this from happening, put on completely dry clothes especially dry socks, before going to sleep. Even the smallest amount of moisture in your clothes can be harmful and cause sleeplessness. Although 12,500 feet isn’t that high compared to other treks, there are chances of being hit by Acute Mountain Sickness which can be avoided by going on a course of Diamox.

How to prepare for the trek

Again, to fight the sub-zero temperatures, carry enough layers throughout the trek. Carrying dry fruits will help a lot on this trek since they provide instant energy in the form of heat. The continuous ascent during the trek demands for a decent level of fitness. You can prepare for this by climbing flights of stairs or jogging about 4 km every day, starting about a month or two before the trek. For more details on how to get fit, you can watch this video.

ATM points and Mobile connectivity

Purola has the last ATM point before your trek begins.  Purola and Sankri have BSNL mobile phone connections that work intermittently (both mobile and landline). Signal is intermittent in the mountains. Do not depend on it. Finish all your important calls at Purola. Please inform anxious family members about limited phone connectivity.

Places to see

After the trek you can spend time exploring tourist attractions in Dehradun. Please note that these are suggestions and Indiahikes does not make any arrangements for the same.

To read trekkers’ blogs about the Kedarkantha trek, click here.

Here’s a short itinerary for the Kedarkantha trek:

Day 1 Assemble at the Dehradun Railway station by 6.30 am. Getting to the base camp – Sankri; 220 km; 11-12 hours. The cab costs approximately Rs.1100 per person.
Day 2 Sankri 6400 ft to Juda Ka Talab 9100 ft; 4 km, 4 hours
Day 3 Juda ka Talab 9100 ft to Kedarkantha Base 11250 ft; 4 km, 2.5 hours
Day 4 Kedarkantha base 11250 ft to Kedarkantha peak 12500 ft; descend to Hargaon camp 8900 ft; 6 km, 6-7 hours
Day 5 Hargaon camp 8900 ft to Sankri 6400 ft; 6 km, 4 hours
Day 6 Drive to Dehradun from Sankri; 220 km; 10-11 hours. The cab costs approximately Rs.1100 per person. You will reach Dehradun between 6 pm and 7 pm.

Please note that you will be staying at a lodge in Sankri. The stay on all other days is in tents (3 per tent).

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Getting to the base camp – Sankri 

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

Kedarkantha trek Village of sankri

The village of Sankri. PC – Satyen Dasgupta

Today, you’ll be driving from Dehradun to Sankri. It is a long drive, and an extremely pretty one, through Mussoorie. You’ll be driving beside the River Tons for a long time, which then becomes River Supin. Stop at Kempty Falls for breakfast. By lunch time you would’ve reached Purola where you can have some authentic Desi Aloo Parathas at a Dhaba. Watch out for the drive from Purola onward. The road winds through tall pine trees, and opens up to the views of the entire valley. 

You’ll reach Sankri by 6 pm. Sankri is a small village with around 250 houses. In peak season, it is usually bustling with trekking activity as it is the base camp of many treks – Kedarkantha, Har Ki Dun, Borasu Pass and Bali Pass. Sankri has gorgeous views. Walk through the village and learn about how the people live there. It’s worlds apart from an urban setting.

Day 2: Sankri to Juda ka Talab

  • Altitude: 6,400 feet to 9,100 feet
  • Distance: 4 km
  • Time taken: 5 hours
Maple trees
Looking up to see maple trees

Take the tarred road out of Sankri until you come to an extension of the Sankri village called Sor. Cross the village and the road takes a wide curve. Around 7-8 minutes later, look for a trail to your right that climbs sharply – it is next to a stream. This is the trail that leads to Kedarkantha. If in doubt, wait for a local to pass by and ask for directions. The trail gets into the pine forest and starts to climb sharply until you reach a ridge ten minutes later. On the ridge, the trail evens out and widens for almost the rest of the day.

An hour later, look for a small wooden bridge on your right. It leads to a deserted nursery inside the fields. Immediately after, another small cement bridge spans a dry stream (water only in the monsoon). A hut that belongs to a shepherd is visible beyond the bridge, about 40-50 metres higher on the trail. You are a quarter of your way to Juda-ka-Talab here.

Don’t take the trail that goes over the bridge, but continue on the trail that runs to your left – it is clearly visible and forks clearly at the stream. The magic of the Kedarkantha trail starts to get better as you climb higher from here.

As your footsteps crunch over the brown carpet of pine and maple leaves, spot Himalayan Langurs swinging from tree to tree with great dexterity. The large animals are shy and move away quickly from your vicinity. It is not unusual to spot martens, hare and boars as you gradually gain altitude at this spot. Look for telltale signs of digging on the ground – and you know boars have been around.

Half an hour later, in a large grove of Maple trees, look for a large trunk of a tree fallen on the ground. Step around the tree to arrive at your first open clearing of the trek. A dark forest beckons you mysteriously from the southern edge of the clearing. This is a good spot to rest for a while. At 8,100 feet, you are half way into your trek to Juda-Ka-Talab here.

Pine Forest on the KK trek Photo Credit Vinay Kumar (2048 x 1449)

Carry on the trail through the clearing to re-enter the sparse pine and maple forest on its northern edge. A couple of clear streams run through the trail as you step out of the clearing. In winter, they are frozen but in other seasons they present a good opportunity to fill up once more.

The trail switches back here. Then you have to climb another 100 feet.

The trail switches back sharply half an hour later and climbs quickly through thick pines to another clearing with a dilapidated hut. Below, on your left is a shallow pond. Here, the trail veers back over the outer edges of the pond heading towards the tree line on the ridge.

The trail climbs rapidly around a fallen tree stump, turns sharp left again and climbs quickly through dense oaks finally emerging out in the open over a rising mound to greet you with the spectacular camp site of Juda-Ka-Talab.

Kedarkantha – Himanshu Singla – Juda ka Talab The Mothernature Mirror
The Juda Ka Talab campsite. PC – Himanshu singla

Juda-Ka-Talab is almost too perfect in its setting as a camp site. On your left is the large lake that was once two lakes but now conjoined as one, and on your right is the thick edge of an oak and pine forest. The forest is so dense that light hardly seeps through it. The camp site is a series of gentle undulating mounds that form the clearing and camp site of Juda-Ka-Talab. High above, on your left, is the ridge line through which the afternoon light filters in. The area is entirely in shadows of some of the densest pine forest you will ever see.

 

Day 3: Juda-ka-Talab to Kedarkantha Base

  • Altitude: 9,100 feet to 11,250 feet
  • Distance: 4 km
  • Time taken: 2.5 hours 

The trail out of Juda-Ka-Talab is clearly visible and straight forward. The trail rises to a ridge at the edge of the lake. At the ridge, take a sharp left turn and dive into the dense pine forest climbing higher. Avoid the trail that goes ahead and down (that is another trail to Sankri used by shepherds).

The trail enters the darkest part of the pine forest. The climb winds through the trunks of giant trees and hugging the ridge climbs quickly to a clearing half an hour later.

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The trail veers further left sticking to the slope directly above Juda Ka Talab, though the lake is not visible. Climbing swiftly, the trail pops out at a ridge in another half hour, gaining about 800 feet over Juda-Ka-Talab. The ridge flattens out with oaks mainly as company.

Look forward to the walk over the ridge as you weave your way under the oak trees. The gently ascending walk is a welcome relief from the stiff climb of the past hour. Another half hour later, the ridge dips on your right to a wide open meadow with three log huts in one of its corner. These are the first of the many shepherd huts that you’ll spot on the trail today. Continue walking on the ridge to the edge of the meadow and start another sharp climb through the oaks.

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Vast clearings amongst the pine forests

Half an hour later, the ridge opens out to yet another open meadow on your right with a solitary shepherd’s hut. The setting is strikingly beautiful and calls for a break from the trek. You have less than a thousand feet to climb from here to the Kedarkantha base camp site – so you can afford to take a long break here. Call this clearing the ‘Hut Point’ because you will get to this spot again on your descent, though from another direction.

In winter, this is where you are likely to see your first patches of snow, unless there has been a heavy bout of snowfall earlier in the year. You are at 10,400 feet here.

A short climb later, again in the shades of the oaks, the trail opens out to a large clearing on the northern edge of which is another shepherd’s hut.  Look behind you for your first awe inspiring 180 degree view of snow ranges surrounding the Kedarkantha summit.

Rest for a while in the shades near the hut, and continue with the trail that goes behind the hut. The trail, distinguishable with stones marking its width, turns left, climbing the open slopes to enter a clump of dry oak forest.

The trail switches direction moving in a northerly direction under the dry oak trees. Usually over snow, the trail climbs gently in two stages to another clearing. You have arrived at the Kedarkantha base camp, marked by another dilapidated shepherd’s hut.

White peaks stretch from your left to your right forming a wide arc. Bandarpoonch, Swargarohini, Kala Nag and Ranglana stand out from the scores others.

Move past the dilapidated and uninhabited hut on your left and pitch your tent anywhere close by. Select a spot that is wide and open – you want to get a good view of the starlit sky later in the evening. Even before the night falls, the planets start to shine their brightest – and meteors streak through the sky. The Milky Way stretches from one end of the horizon to another. Well into the night, it is difficult to spot the inkiness of the sky, so dense are the stars in the sky. In the distance, the mountain peaks glisten in the brightness of the night.

[Note: The cold in the open is intense and it often gets windy. Carry enough woollen wear to protect you from the elements].

Day 4: Kedarkantha base to Kedarkantha peak; descend to Hargaon camp

  • Altitude: 11,250 feet to 12,500 feet to 8,900 feet 
  • Distance: 6 km
  • Time taken: 6 – 7 hours

Sunrise from the Kedarkantha meadows is as startling as the sunset. It is something worth getting out of your sleeping bags early for. It starts early at the meadows, so you need to plan it somewhat.

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The Kedarkantha peak is clearly visible from the meadows. There are many trails that go to the top. The main trail moves ahead keeping an even level. A short dip later, it again gets into a bit of oak forest, climbing gently through the forest for about twenty minutes. At the end of the forest, the Kedarkantha peak is much closer and directly ahead of you. The trail vanishes but it is a straight forward climb to the top of the peak. The best route is to catch the northern ridge of the Kedarkantha summit, climb up in a series of switchbacks to reach the Kedarkantha summit temple. The temple is a few feet short of the summit. At the temple, a small shrine of lord Ganesh and another of Shiva and Parvathi sit in a cement enclosure. The summit is a five minute climb from the shrine. It takes an hour and half to climb the summit from the Kedarkantha base camp site.

Ascending to the Kedarkantha summit. PC – Anand Tamhankar

The Kedarkantha summit is marked by a square arrangement of stones with a Trishul that points to the sky. Remains of incense sticks and dried coconut are the other symbols of religious reverence that the summit holds for the locals. Towering over the rest of the region, the summit gives you a 360 degree view of the mighty snow clad ranges of Uttarakhand. Ask your guide to point out the Gangotri and the Yamunotri ranges from the summit. Also ask him to point out the Chanshil pass and the Kinner Kailash ranges.

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View from the summit. PC – Ethan Dsouza

Getting down from the summit, take an alternate route down to your camp following the southern ridge of Kedarkantha. It is a straight forward ridge descent to the oak forest below.

[Note: Depending on the amount of snow, many trekkers prefer to climb Kedarkantha from the southern ridge and descend by the northern side. The snow is less on the southern ridge and makes climbing easier. Both routes take approximately the same time, so choose a route depending on the snow.]

Get back to your Kedarkantha base camp site by noon and not later than that. A quick lunch later, wrap your camp and begin your descent to Hargaon.

There are two alternate routes to Hargaon. One, retrace your steps of the earlier day and reach the open clearing of Hut Point, where you took your long break. Two, from the Kedarkantha base camp site, descend to another dilapidated hut below the north-eastern edge of the clearing and take the wide trail marked by stones. The trail switches direction and generally heads towards the ridge of the previous day but never meets it. The trail is spectacular as it ascends and descends through oaks, pines and frozen streams.

The trail moves through small clearings every half hour or so. The clearings are a unique features to the Kedarkantha trail and a rarity in the Indian Himalayas. Some of the clearings are marked by huts of shepherds.

Continue your descent until you come to the wide clearing of Hut Point in an hour and a half. Take a break here and instead of taking the ridge down, descend down the meadow that runs below you. At the end of the meadow, move to your right, cross the open nulla (stream) and take the trail that moves down the slope but avoids the ridge that runs parallel above. A while later, get to the cluster of four shepherds’ huts that you saw on your way up from the trail on the ridge.

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Continue past the cluster of four huts and re-enter the deep dark pine forest that engulfs the trail as it moves further and further away from the ridge. The trail gets exquisitely beautiful as it winds its way down an enchanted forest of pines to reach the Hargaon clearing in an hour and half’s time.

Day 5: Hargaon camp to Sankri 

  • Altitude: 8,900 feet to 6,400 feet
  • Distance: 6 km
  • Time taken: 4 hours

The Hargaon camp site is another camp site that stays in your mind for its prettiness. There is plenty of firewood to light a camp-fire as well.

The trail to Sankri is clearly marked by stones and its well-paved nature. Descend through the pines and in a series of switchbacks, come to a stream to your left. This is a good spot to fill water. The trail evens out and gradually descends through the pine forest to come to a ridge. From the ridge, catch a view of the vast open Har-ki-dun valley. A great expanse of pine and maple forest unfolds below. Switch back from the ridge to get into the dark pine forest once more and descend for another ten minutes to pop out of the forest to your first sign of habitation. An apple orchard mixed with potato and cauliflower farms greet you. Huts that belong to local farmers line up on the right, standing out in the skyline.

A shepherd’s hut on the way from Hargaon to Sankri. PC – Shruthi Sridhar

Ask the farmers for direction as the trail can be a bit confusing running through the fields. Skirt past an apple orchard to your right, descending rapidly through more fields. The trail continues to wind its way past the high altitude cultivations to emerge a thousand feet above Sankri in an about three hours.

There are numerous trails to Sankri, but the main one is the five foot-broad trail that everyone uses. Resume your descent until you get to the pine forest a couple of hundred feet above Sankri. The trail forks multiple times here, with each heading to a different part of Sankri. Wait for a local to show you the direction to GMVN, which is a sharp detour from the main trail to the left. Descend down to GMVN in ten minutes to culminate a grand trek in the Uttarakhand Himalayas.

Day 6: Drive to Dehradun from Sankri

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

Drive back to Dehradun. You’ll reach by 6 pm.

 

How to get fit for the Kedarkantha trek

The Kedarkantha trek is marked as an easy-moderate trek. It starts at an altitude of 6,000 feet at Sankri and climbs to 12,500 ft at Kedarkantha peak. This means there is an altitude gain of 6,500 ft over the first three days of the trek.  Consequently, all the three days leading to the Kedarkantha summit involve constant ascent

Cardiovascular endurance
For this ascent, you will need a good amount of endurance, especially in winter, when there is a lot of snow. You can begin your fitness regime by jogging everyday. Before you start the trek, you must be able to jog for 4 km in about 25 minutes. You can start at a slow pace and slowly increase it to increase your stamina. Swimming, cycling and stair climbing without too many breaks in between can help too. 

Strength
Along with endurance, you need to build your core body strength. You will be carrying your backpack all through the trek and this trek has a lot of climbs. You can do some squats to strengthen them. Do around 2 sets of squats, with 6 squats in each set

Flexibility
Another aspect that will help you trek comfortably is flexibility. For this, you can do some stretching exercises – stretch your hamstrings, quadriceps, hip flexors, lower back muscles and shoulders regularly. On your trek, it is important that you arrive on the slopes with your muscles relaxed. Carrying a backpack, however light, can become a strain after a while. These exercises will help you to be in good shape before the trek.

Breathing exercises
If you’re trekking to Kedarkantha in winter, note that the temperature drops to around -10 degree Celcius at night. During the day, the temperature will be at around 8-12 degrees. This extreme temperature could make breathing slightly difficult. Doing breathing exercises before the trek will help. Expand your lungs and learn to breathe deep. This will help you inhale more oxygen and help you breathe comfortably.

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.

What to take on the Kedarkantha Trek

If you’re trekking to Kedarkantha in winter, the temperature during the day will be at around 8-12 degrees and at night, the temperature will drop to -5 to -7 degrees. You will need to carry a minimum of five warm layers. Apart from this, ensure you carry your warm accessories such as synthetic (water resistant) gloves, woollen socks, balaclava and thermals. These are imperative on a winter trek. 

Apart from this, there might be snowfall in winter. Ensure you carry a poncho to have a comfortable trek.

Bare Necessities:

  1. Trekking shoes: Carry trekking shoes and not sports shoes. The trail will be slippery at several places and will require shoes with good grip and ankle support. You can get Forclaz 600 from DecathlonYou can watch this video to learn to choose the right trekking shoes
  2. Backpack (40-60 litres): A backpack with sturdy straps and a supporting frame. Rain cover for backpack is essential.
  3. Daypack (20 litres): On the climb to Kedarkantha on the fifth day, you will be leaving your bigger backpack behind at the KK Base campsite. So you’ll need a smaller backpack to carry water, snacks and your medical kit. Bring a foldable backpack. If you’re coming in a group, two of you can share a daypack.

Clothes

  1. Five layers of warm clothes: If you’re trekking in winter, carry two sweaters, two fleece jackets and a padded jacket. If you’re trekking in summer (March/April), three warm layers will suffice.
  2. Three trek pants: Carry light cotton trek pants. One of your pants can be tights that you can wear as an inner layer while trekking, especially on the day of the summit climb.
  3. Three collared t-shirts: Carry light, full sleeved t-shirts that prevent sun burns on the neck and arms. If you’re too cold, you can wear two tshirts together for more insulation.
  4. Thermals: Carry thermals (top and bottom) to keep yourself warm at night. Keep your thermals fresh and don’t wear them while trekking.

Accessories

  1. Sunglasses: Sunglasses are mandatory. There will be a lot of snow in winter and can cause snow blindness.
  2. SuncapAt high altitude, the sun is extra harsh, as the UV rays don’t get filtered. So carry a suncap to protect yourself.
  3. Synthetic hand gloves: Avoid woollen gloves as they will get wet if you touch snow. You can add a fleece glove as an inner layer, and wear two gloves on each hand if you’re more susceptible to cold. 
  4. BalaclavaYou’ll need this to cover your head, as most of the heat escapes from your head.
  5. Socks (2 pairs) and a pair of woollen socks: Apart from two sports socks, you can take a pair of woollen socks for the night.
  6. Headlamp/LED torch: Mandatory
  7. Trekking pole: Watch this video to understand why you need a trekking pole.

Others

  1. Toiletries (Sunscreen, moisturiser, light towel, lip balm, toilet paper, toothbrush, toothpaste)
  2. Cutlery: Carry a spoon, coffee mug and a lunch box. We insist on trekkers getting their own cutlery for hygiene reasons. 
  3. Two water bottles: 1 litre each. For winter treks make sure, one of the water bottles is a thermos flaskWe recommend the Lifestraw Go. Indiahikes trekkers can get it at a discount here
  4. Plastic covers: While packing, use plastic bags to compartmentalise things and carry few extra plastic bags for wet clothes.

Mandatory Personal Medical Kit 

  1. Diamox – 10 tablets (to prevent AMS)
  2. Crocin – 6 tablets (fever)
  3. Avomine – 4 tablets (motion sickness)
  4. Avil 25mg – 4 tablets (allergies)
  5. Combiflam – 4 tablets (Pain killer)
  6. Disprin – 6 tablets (headache)
  7. Norflox TZ & Lomofen– 6 tablets each (diarrhea)
  8. Digene – 10 tablets (acidity)
  9. Omez/ Rantadine – 10 tablets (antacids)
  10. Crepe bandage – 3 to 5 meters
  11. Gauze – 1 small roll
  12. Band aid – 10 strips
  13. Cotton – 1 small roll
  14. ORS – 10 packets
  15. Betadine or any antiseptic cream
  16. Moov spray (aches, & sprains)

Mandatory Documents

Please carry the below documents. Document two and three need to be downloaded (PDF), filled in, signed and handed over to the trek leader at the base camp. 
  • Original and photocopy of government photo identity card- (driving license, voters ID, etc.)
  • Medical Certificate (first part to be filled by a doctor and second part by the trekker) – Download PDF
  • Disclaimer form (to be filled by the trekker) – Download PDF

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Trek fee: Rs. 7,950/-

Service tax at 4.5% is payable on the trek fee

Inclusions:

  • Accommodation during the trek (camping – 3 per tent)
  • All meals – vegetarian
  • Trekking permits and forest camping charges
  • Trekking equipment (tents, sleeping bags, ice axes, ropes, etc.)
  • Safety equipment (first aid, medical kit, oxygen cylinders, stretcher, etc.)
  • Services of an expert trek leader (qualified in basic/advanced mountaineering courses)
  • Services of an expert trek team  (guides, cooks, helpers, porters/mules)

Exclusions:

  • Transport to and from the base camp (Dehradun to Sankri and return)
  • Food during transit to and from the base camp
  • Backpack offloading charges – Rs 1000* plus service tax of 4.5%. Charges for last minute offloading during the trek will be Rs 335 per day plus service tax of 4.5%. The backpack cannot weigh more than 9 kgs. No suitcases/strolleys/duffel bags will be allowed.
  • Stay at Dehradun on the last day is not included
  • Personal expenses of any kind
  • Anything apart from the inclusions

 Terms & Conditions:

1. Cancellation: If a trek is called off at the last moment due to a natural calamity/unforseen circumstances (like rains, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh etc), Indiahikes will issue a trek voucher for the full amount. The voucher can be redeemed for the same trek or another trek in the next one year.

In case, you wish to cancel your trek, please e-mail us at cancel@indiahikes.in. Cancellation requests are not taken over phone.

The cancellation charges are as under:
Cancellations prior to 30 days from the start of the trek — full refund.
Cancellation between 30 days and 20 days to the start of the trek — 50% refund.
Cancellation less than 20 days to the start of the trek — no refund.

Please note: In case of refund, there will be a deduction of 4% (bank charges) from the total fee you have paid.

2. The trek fee includes all costs of the trek from the start at the Sankri base camp to the end at Sankri.

3. Pick up: Trekkers are picked up from Dehradun railway station at 6:30 am. Usually, trekkers are clubbed together with other participants to make a group. The group travels together to Sankri in shared cabs.

4. Transport:Transport from Dehradun to Sankri and return from Sankri to Dehradun can be arranged by us at an extra cost. Participants are expected to share the cost of the cab (approximate cost Rs. 5,500 per vehicle one way). The amount is to be paid directly to our transporter. No service tax is applicable on transport cost. Indiahikes only arranges the vehicle pick up and is not responsible for any issues during transport.

5. 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.

6. Backpack offloading charge for the entire trek duration is Rs. 1000/- plus service tax of 4.5%. Partial offloading is not allowed. Charges for last minute offloading during the trek will be Rs. 335 per day plus service tax of 4.5%. The backpack cannot weigh more than 9 kg. No suitcases/strolleys/duffel bags will be allowed.

7. Emergency during trek: In a trek a medical emergency or any other emergency may arise. If for any reason you are sent down from the trek then Indiahikes will make arrangements for your return to the base camp or nearest road head. A staff will accompany you. He may not be a trained personnel.

Evacuation or dealing with emergencies is extremely difficult in the mountains. It is time consuming as well. A normal trek of 2 hours may take 6 hours in an emergency (a sick person is not easy to evacuate). Doctors do not go along with a team. Doctors are not available at the base camp or nearest road head either. Indiahikes trek leaders are trained to administer first aid and know how to deal with issues related to the mountains. However, they are not doctors.

Registering for this trek is an understanding that you have read up on the difficulties of high altitude trekking and understand the risks. You have also understood what AMS, HAPE and HACE are. You have taken efforts to educate yourself and you are in a position to manage your own altitude related emergency.

8. Fitness: 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. You need to be able to jog a distance of 4.5 km in 30 mins before start of the trek. 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. Trekkers who have not adequately prepared may be asked to discontinue the trek at any point. Indiahikes has the right to reject candidates who do not meet our eligibility requirement at the base camp. 

9. Non-liability: Indiahikes is not responsible for any loss/damage of your gears/equipment or other belongings on the trek.

10. Payment: Payment for the trek can be done online through credit/debit card or net banking. Cheque/draft or cash is not accepted.

11. Route changes, postponement, delay or finishing the trek a day earlier: Under some extraordinary circumstance, your trek may end a day earlier  or start a day later. This may become necessary due to inclement weather, snow and ice conditions, political restrictions or any other cause. In the event of a change, postponement or delay, participants have no right to refund of the trek (in whole or in part) or other compensation for any injury, loss or damage. Trek fee is not charged broken down in terms of days but is a composite fee for the whole trek.

12. Drinking and smoking during the trek is strictly prohibited. If found flouting the rules, your participation on the trek will be cancelled with immediate effect.

13. Safety Protocol: 
      a. While our itineraries are designed to allow for adequate acclimatisation, most treks in Indian Himalayas climb quickly, which is called forced accents. Unavailability of camp sites and the Indian Himalayan terrain are the reason for this. There are chances that you will feel the effects of altitude sickness and oxygen deprivation while on this trek. Please be aware that your trek leader may deem it unsafe for you to continue trekking at any time, and arrange for you to descend to a lower attitude.

b. Our trek leaders will conduct routine health checks at all camps to measure oxygen saturation, pulse and blood pressure. Indiahikes reserves the right to exclude any trekker from climbing higher on the trek without refund if the trekker’s vital readings are below accepted norms for that altitude. These norms are available with Indiahikes trek leaders.

c. This is a high altitude trek with rough, rocky and snowy terrain. It is important that you are a fit and confident walker in mountain terrain, able to manage ascents and descents by yourself within a reasonable time. Indiahikes reserves the right to turn around a trekker if in the opinion of our trek leader they are unable to complete the itinerary without requiring exclusive assistance. Please realistically self-assess your fitness and suitability for this trek before registering.

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.

4. 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.

5. 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.

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.

Watch the video below to understand how to treat and prevent AMS. The information in this video is rare to find. With this knowledge, you can probably save your own life or another’s trekkers life.

 

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 is just one exit point on the Kedarkantha trek – the base camp, Sankri. It takes around 5 hours top descend to Sankri from the highest campsite of the trek. Sankri is at an altitude of around 6,500 ft. So any symptoms of AMS will stop showing there.  

Closest hospital:

For advanced treatments, the closest hospital from Sankri 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

 

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How to get to the basecamp – Sankri

Delhi → Dehradun → Sankri

The Kedarkantha trek starts from Sankri. Sankri is a small village bustling with trekkers. There are around 250 houses in this village, and the views from here are beautiful! Sankri is around 196 km from Dehradun.

From Dehradun, Indiahikes organises transport to Sanki. We organise the transport at 6.30 am from Dehradun Railway Station on the first day of the trek. The fare of this transport is not included in the fee. It costs Rs.5,500 per cab one way and this fare is shared by 5-6 trekkers. You will have to pay the driver directly. 

The drive to Sankri is beautiful, beside the River Tons. You pass through Mussoorie, which is a popular hill station. Stop for breakfast at Kempty Waterfalls, which is a popular tourist destination. You can stop at Purola for lunch; the Dhabas here serve delicious Aloo Parathas. You will reach Sankri at around 6 pm.

Note: In case of excess baggage, you can keep it at the base camp, Sankri and collect it after you’ve completed the trek. Lockers are not available, so please make sure that you do not leave behind any valuables.

Map from Dehradun to Sankri

To reach Dehradun
The best way to reach Dehradun is to take an overnight train from Delhi. There are two trains available from Delhi to Dehradun.

  • 12205 Nandadevi Express – 23.50 – 5:40

If you cannot find a train, then take a bus. To stay on the safe side, book buses online in advance. Book such that you have some buffer time to make it to Dehradun on time for the pick-up; buses usually get delayed.

Getting back

Sankri → Dehradun → Delhi

The Kedarkantha trek ends at Sankri. From Sankri, you’ll be retracing your route all the way back to Dehradun. It takes around 8 hours to drive back to Dehradun. Indiahikes organises this transport for a fare of Rs.5,500 per cab. This is to be shared by 5-6 trekkers and paid to the driver directly. You will reach Dehradun by 6 pm. 

If you are travelling further from Dehradun, keep a couple of hours as buffer time in case of delay. Book your further travel from Dehradun post 8 pm. If you are travelling to Delhi, you can choose to go back by Mussoorie Express or Nanda Devi Express.

 

If you want to get to the basecamp by yourself

There is a direct bus from Dehradun to Sankri. It leaves at 6 am from Dehradun Railway station. Be there by 5.40 am to get a seat.

If you are reaching Dehradun late, you can take a bus to Purola/Naugaon and then a connecting bus to Sankri. The last bus leaves from Dehradun Railway Station at 12 noon. If you reach Purola late, you can stay there overnight.

If you are taking a hired taxi, the route is pretty straightforward. First, head to Mussoorie, then move down to Yamuna Bridge, via Kempty falls. Then follow the Yamuna on your left until you reach Damta and further on to Naugaon. Cross the Yamuna at Naugaon and head towards Purola. The route immediately turns scenic, with pine trees overlooking the road.

At Purola break for lunch. From Purola, the route gets more mesmerising with the road climbing up and descending through thick pine forests until you get to Mori along the Tons River. (5 km out of Purola try to locate the south face of the Kedarkantha peak on your left. The highest peak, it is not difficult to spot.) From Mori, follow the Tons to Naitwar, again through some breathtaking mountain scenery. At Naitwar, the road branches off to the right along the Supin, until you get to Sankri an hour later.

Here’s what trekkers have to say about trekking with Indiahikes

“I absolutely enjoyed the Kedarkantha trek! My intent for the trek was to get away from the normal and monotonous routine. I achieved that and much more. Staying colse to nature is a mesmerizing experience. Kudos to the entire Indiahikes team. Food was a highlight as was the dynamic of the entire group. Keep rocking Indiahikes!” –Saumeil Shah, batch of May 2016

“I am glad that I decided on embarking upon this wonderful trek. It was one experience I will definitely cherish. I will have to make a special mention of all the beautiful local souls who helped us unconditionally. I really adored their unabashed honesty and simplicity. The food was brilliant. How they kept up with minutes of the clock to such perfection with delicious, piping hot food was interesting to witness.” –Chaitrali Lachyan, batch of May 2016

“Kedarkantha trek was an exhilarating experience for the following reasons:
1. The trail was super clean – I could hardly see any plastics/litter on my way. I have been on several treks before, but haven’t seen a trail as clean as this. Our trek leader told that Indiahikes team has worked a lot on this, which is amazing effort to preserve nature!
2. Patience and care of the Indiahikes team towards trekkers. A particular experience to share is – one of my trek mates was injured (ligament tear) while coming down from the summit; our trek leaders carried her all the way from the summit to the base camp!
3. Snowfall on the summit – We were skeptical of getting snow at the peak, and guess what, we were welcomed over there with snowfall!
4. Awesome team with playful spirit – We would have cricket and guitar sessions after trek for the day was over.”  –Nirmit Chetwani, batch of May 2016

“Lets keep it simple. I loved the trek. Would be coming for more treks like this. It was well organized and the entire 5 days were well planned and executed. Starting with the landscape (as we Indians are in selfie mode these days), the terrain is beautiful. Surrounded by snow-capped mountains, walking through the forest covered pine trees, crossing alpine meadows all along the trek is just exhilarating. Add to it the professionalism and semi all-time enjoyable nature of the trek leaders! The  food, hospitality and company was just outstanding. We stayed at one of the finest places, shared tents with one of the best people, conversed on about all the topics we could think of. The food was amazing as was expected. The cook’s show that even in the harsh conditions without a proper kitchen, food is something we Indians never compromise on. Delicious food was served every day. And it became more delicious every passing day. I am really looking forward to trek with Indiahikes again. Now trekking means so much more to me.” –Jitesh Motwani, batch of April 2016

“The trek was excellent. It was very well organized and co-ordinated. The camp sites and the scenic beauty was out of world. The surroundings were intoxicating and was like I was living in a picture postcard. This was my first Himalayan trek and I can’t want to go to the next one. My friends and relatives are going crazy seeing the pictures and hearing the stories. Everybody wants to join me on my next trek. A very big thank you to Indiahikes.” –Neelaanjana Paul, batch of April 2016

“It was an amazing trek. Every sight was exquisite and had its own beauty. Especially the peak and Hargaon campsite. What made this trek even better was our group members from across states. An experience worth to be revived given an opportunity.” –Manish Goyal, batch of April 2016

“No doubt about the splendid beauty and views of the Kedarkantha trek. But what amazed me each day was Indiahikes. I may not have enjoyed the way I did if it wasn’t for Indiahikes. Starting from the accommodation at Sankri to the way we reached the summit, everything was never less than perfect.
1) Best part that kept me moving was food! I’m still missing the trek food. The chefs are just amazing! 
2) There was a spark in the eyes of each and every person associated with the organizing team. They were fully dedicated to serve us with whatever possible including the zest to make it memorable.
3) We were surprised with a cak at our campsite at 10,500 feet! I was left awestruck! Hats off to the intention of making the memories special!
4) The Trek leader and the guides had their own charm that never let us down.” –Nupur Jain, batch of April 2016

“It was my first high altitude Himalaya trek & it was fascinating. The camp sites were beautiful, especially Juda ka Talab & Hargaon. We also experienced snowfall on our summit day which was an exhilarating experience. The indiahikes team was the best, right from helping us with our preparations, serving hot food at those high altitudes, creating awareness about trekking & care for our nature, they have been the best bunch I have met. Looking forward to many more treks with Indiahikes.” –Rohit Vaidya, batch of April 2016

“I experienced snow capped mountains for the first time, played with snow, trekked in knee-deep snow and made a million memories because of Indiahikes, the way it has been arranged. I would definitely go with Indiahikes for my next trek and would definitely recommend them to all my friends.” –Sridhar Salian, batch of April 2016

“The overall experience is beyond imagination, loved all the terrain, meadows, forests, snow covered mountains. Kudos to the Trek leader. He never let the spirit of the group go down and amazing trek guides, their dedication to make us happy in all challenging situations and the cooks who made our life so much easier and comfortable by providing 5-star food.Everyone on the trek had a lot of fun playing Uno, singing songs, Dumb Charades and generally bonded very well. A lifetime experience which was made memorable by excellent service and care taken by Indiahikes team. Looking forward to more treks with team Indiahikes.” –Divya Aggarwal, batch of April 2016

“Kedarkantha was my second trek in the Himalayas. The trails and the campsites are absolutely stunning. For a solo traveler it was the perfect time to de-stress, listen to your favourite songs and just think. The Trek leader was phenomenal in guiding and motivating all the trekkers when they fell behind. The food is to die for. Kudos to Indiahikes for providing scrumptious food at such inhospitable places.” –Aparna, batch of April 2016

“It was my first trek and first time with Indiahikes. Trek was well organized from every perspective, be it food, stay or trekking. Our Trek leader and the guides were awesome. The way they encouraged everyone was very impressive. I loved the food provided at every campsite. It was so delicious and hygienic. Eating Ghajar ka halwa, Gulab jamun and cake at such high altitude was an amazing experience. I got injured at KK bascamp however I kept my moral high. Waking up at 2 o’ clock, having breakfast at 2:30 and leaving for the summit at 3 o’ clock in totally dark with pain in my foot was again a wonderful and different experience for me. I thank Indiahikes and all my batch-mates as they were amazing. I would love to do more treks in future with Indiahikes.” –Rohit Chhabra, batch of April 2016

“Being a first time experience for me, I just loved it. A city tour gives a different feel with many people, stalls, malls and traffic. The mountains cut us off from our always ringing phones, it takes us above all and shows us life from a different perspective. Sometimes I suppose we should take a break from this rat race and take a trek to the mountains for the commitment and passion you guys have on conquering the mountains. Huge thanks to the local guides for their moral support and the energy that they had, had a positive effect on us. Thanks a ton IndiaHikes for the wonderful experience that you gave and a chance to meet different people.” –Arun Sandeep, batch of April 2016

“Choosing Indiahikes and this trek will be one of the best decisions in my life. The trek leaders were perfect for the trek. All leaders had the knowledge and experience to help people trekking here for the first time. They were serious when they had to be. They were playful when they could be. The cooks ensured the food is clean, tasty, healthy and was best for the weather conditions. This was my first trek at snow cap mountains. Indiahikes ensured we were informed of things beforehand.” – Basavaraju, batch of March 2016

 

“This was my first trek and an unforgettable experience too. The trek leaders are really good and they never failed to motivate us all the time. Trekking for 4 continuous days in an extreme weather condition is really challenging without a prior trek experience. Indiahikes really made this job easier for us.” – Magesh Pandian, batch of March 2016

 

“This was my first high altitude trek and it totally surpassed all my imagination. It was a very well planned one, keeping the trekkers comfortable and making the trek very enjoyable which was more than perfect for many of us, first time trekkers. The mighty mountains and the snow were breathtakingly beautiful. They will never be forgotten. More than everything, my trek mates were all lovely and friendly people which made this even more memorable. Hats off to the cooks who made really delicious and healthy food in such tough conditions.  The trek leader and the guide made sure that everything was fine and we enjoyed the trek.” – Bhuvanan K, batch of March 2016

 

“It was my first serious trek and I absolutely loved the experience. Indiahikes has a major role to play in making this so memorable. Right from the start, our trek leaders (Gurdit Singh sir and Chetan sir) were kind and friendly. They made us feel at home. It is surprising how soon all of us got comfortable with them. Their kind words of motivation really helped us push ourselves to the campsites. They took really good care of us. Secondly, I really really loved the idea of eco bags and the pledge to leave the mountains cleaner than before. We saw other groups littering the mountains and it made me happy that I chose Indiahikes. I would highly recommend Indiahikes to people who want to go for treks.” Kamakshi Balasubramanian, batch of March 2016

 

“The first trek of my life, never thought it would turn out to be this amazing, made friends for life. Had fun moments, had difficult moments, but we as a team pulled it through. A big thanks to Indiahikes for doing something like this. It was very well managed, coordinated and handled by a team of super people. The food was amazing and so was the place. The mountains were so beautiful, gave me memories which I can cherish all my life. To sum it up, if you have Indiahikes, then all boxes are checked, you don’t need to do anything else.” – Umesh Bhasin, batch of March 2016

 

“I loved the Kedarkantha trek, my first high altitude one. It was well organized, food was amazing and the trek leads were encouraging and approachable yet maintaining the required discipline. I was doing this by myself without any known company but by the end of it, we were one big family with memories for a lifetime! Everything was well organized with really nothing much to complain about.” – Anuradha Doraiswamy, batch of March 2016

 

“This was my first trekking experience with Indiahikes and my first Himalayan Trek. The experience was wonderful. The team at Indiahikes is really fantastic. From the trek leader, coordinator, to the most important the kitchen staff who served us hot food even at the Kedarknatha base. They all made it a memorable experience. I was also fortunate to be part of this batch. Almost everyone was forthcoming and ready to help. Made a lot of friends and yes more importantly the memories that comes with them.” – Anil Vesvikar, batch of March 2016

 

“Treks in the Himalayas have been so much easier by Indiahikes. There are always people accompanying you. You will always feel safe.” – Natarajan, batch of March 2016

 

“I simply loved the trek, the ground coordinator,the management, the trek leader,the kitchen staff I loved them all. The trek went far better than I expected! Indiahikes is, I believe, a very well managed community & the best part is the staff there is so good like you will feel like you are in your friend circle.” – Naresh Poonia, batch of March 2016

 

“My experience cannot be penned in words because the moments spent with the mountains, the trees, the snow, the stay, the delicious food, the people and self was blissful, heart warming and intoxicating. Every step and moment of this trek has transformed me and my outlook towards life. IndiaHikes deserves to be applauded, admired and acknowledged for creating a reliable bridge between man and nature. The professionalism, the ethical nature of the team, the delicious hygienic food, medical attention, and green trail initiative are what stood out the most!” – Priti Pillai, Batch of March 2016

 

“The Kedarkantha Trek was amazing. I would qualify this as a moderate trek in terms of difficulty, but at the same time SUPERLATIVE in terms of Beauty. I have never SUMMITED before, and the feeling was unmatched. Had a lot of fun with the group. The food (especially for me, as I am Jain) was out of the world. To get such customization in food in such difficult areas, just wow! Hats off! This was made a Luxurious Trek by the Indiahikes Team. The overall experience was very good. Looking forward to trekking again with Indiahikes.” – Sagar Satra, Batch of March 2016

 

“This was my first trek with Indiahikes and the team made it memorable for me. I loved the way it was organised, humility of our trek leader and coordinator -Hrishikesh and Dashod (my special thanks to both). They were so kind enough to support us in every way they could (right from time to time checking correctness of our bagpacks, helping us with our snow gators and spikes etc). I loved the trek route, camp sites, food and the summit celebration cake! Looking forward for many more treks with IH :)” – Neha Khanna, batch of March 2016

 

“Indiahikes initiative to protect the mother nature is at its best. Also, their service, the fees and facilities. Everything is so friendly. I feel at home with them!” – Vinit N, batch of March 2016

 

“Perfectionists in the way everything is organized. Punctual and helpful, and I love that you don’t overcharge.” – Kavya Joseph, batch of March 2016

 

“People at Indiahikes made us feel like a family, it was very close-knit one at that. Everyone of us was treated well. You guys are the best.” – Salim Malik, batch of March 2016

 

“Indiahikes’ treks are well organised with passionate & well informed teams. Their Green Trails is a superb initiative to create awareness, love & respect for the mountains. Besides, the food arrangements are amazing, given the fact that the provisions & expedition loads are carried by mules & porters crossing difficult terrains.” – Deepali Rathod, batch of March 2016

SHORT ITINERARY

Day 1: Assemble at Dehradun Railway station at 6.30 am. Drive to base camp – Sankri; 220 km; 11-12 hours. The cab costs approximately Rs.1100 per person.
Day 2: Sankri 6400 ft to Juda Ka Talab 9100 ft; 4 km, 4 hours
Day 3: Juda Ka Talab 9100 ft to Kedarkantha Base 11250 ft; 4 km; 2.5 hours
Day 4: Kedarkantha Base 11250 ft to Kedarkantha Summit 12500 ft; descend to Hargaon 8900 ft; 6 km, 6-7 hours
Day 5: Hargaon 8900 ft to Sankri 6400 ft; 6 km, 4 hours
Day 6: Drive from Sankri to Dehradun; 220 km; 10-11 hours. The cab costs approximately Rs.1100 per person. You will reach Dehradun between 6 pm and 7 pm.

Please note that you will be staying at a lodge in Sankri. The stay on all other days is in tents (3 per tent).

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What Other Trekkers Are Saying About Kedarkantha Trek

“Kedarkantha trek was an exhilarating experience. The trail was super clean. Our trek leader told that Indiahikes team has worked a lot on this, which is amazing effort to preserve nature! The patience and care the Indiahikes team showed towards trekkers was commendable. A particular experience to share is – one of our trek mates was injured (ligament tear) while coming down from the summit; our trek leaders carried her all the way from the summit to the base camp! We experienced snowfall on the summit – We were skeptical of getting snow at the peak, and guess what, we were welcomed over there with snowfall! Just GO for this trek with Indiahikes when you get a chance.”

– Nirmit Chetwani

“I absolutely enjoyed the Kedarkantha trek! My intent for the trek was to get away from the normal and monotonous routine. I achieved that and much more. Staying close to nature is a mesmerizing experience. Kudos to the team that led us and to those behind the scenes! Food was a highlight as was the dynamic of the entire group. Keep it rocking Indiahikes!”

– Saumeil Shah

“It was my first high altitude Himalaya trek & it was fascinating. The camp sites were beautiful, especially Juda ka Talab & Hargaon. We also experienced snowfall on our summit day which was an exhilarating experience. The indiahikes team was the best, right from helping us with our preparations, serving hot food at those high altitudes, creating awareness about trekking & care for our nature, they have been the best bunch I have met. Looking forward to many more treks with Indiahikes PS: Already registered for the Hampta pass trek in June :)”

– Rohit Vaidya

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