Kedarkantha Trek

Kedarkantha Trek


Kedarkantha Trek The Prominent winter trek in Garhwal Himalayas.

Kedarkantha is perched at an altitude of 3,800 m in Uttarakhand. And, the Kedarkantha trek offers 6 days sojourn with the taste of perfect adventure and jaw dropping experiences. Arguably, Kedarkantha trek is the prominent winter trek! It has got unmatched beauty in winters.

The trail hides in thick blanket of snow. The lush verdant forests turns white making it a small wonderland! The Kedarkantha trek is not only for experienced trekkers but for amateurs and children too!

Kedarkantha trek

Best Drive through the Remote Routes of Himalayas

The journey  starts from Dehradun and the basecamp Sankri lies 210 km away which is also the basecamp of 20+Himalayan treks in India. So, enjoy the drive through Mussoorie, Naugaon, Damta, Purola, Mori and Netwar. Have breakfast at “Kempty Fall” and lunch at Purola.

Going through this route will surely make your drive one of the best ones in the Himalayas. The trek starts from Sankri and the stay on first and last day will be in Hotel Swargarohini.

Basecamp of Kedarkantha Trek “Sankri”

Sankri is the basecamp of 20+ Himalayan treks. Thus, it always remains busy by the hustle and bustle of trekkers. This small village is truly beautiful because of its setting and serene aura. There are quaint wooden houses made of Deodar wood. And, also some hotels and restaurants serve delicious local food.

Their specialty is “Red Rice”. So, get to know the villagers and have a glimpse of their lifestyle. It is the best place to explore Himalayan culture and tradition.

From there, get excellent views of lofty Swargarohini and Bandarpoonch! And do not miss their glorifying sunrise and sunset views. Moreover, the nearest village to Sankri is “Saur”.

There is the  presence of Someshwar Devta temple. It is highly worshiped by the villagers. Therefore, the basecamp will leave you admiring its exquisite beauty.

Swargarohini hotel Sankri

Verdant Forests and Charming Clearings on Kedarkantha Trek

The trail snakes its way through the forests of Pine and walnut trees. Therefore, go through the rich Flora and Fauna and spot rare Himalayan birds and animals on the way. Subsequently get views of white peaks and come across small clearings on the way.

Further is one of the best campsites on this trek “Juda Ka Talab”. It is a wide clearing with a glacial holy lake. So, do plan a week trip to Kedarkantha and experience amazing walk through forests and staying at entrancing campsites.

Extraordinary Panorama views

Kedarkantha summit offers panorama views of Swargarohini – I, II, III (6300 meter) Bandarpoonch peak (6316 meter) and Kalanag (6387 meter). And, also get gorgeous views of Rupin & Supin valley, Baraadsar Range, Kanasar Lake, Phulara Ridge , Bali Pass and Sarutal . Therefore,  they all make Kedarkantha trek best for unmatched views. kedarkantha

Summit and Religious Beliefs

In addition to the beauty of panorama views, Kedarkantha top has a temple of Lord Shiva and Ganesha. It is highly worshiped by the local villagers and there a fare is organized every year.

Kedarkantha has turned a true Wonderland in these years!

Among many treks in Uttarakhand Kedarkantha is the most fable one. It lies in Govind Wildlife Sanctuary of Uttarkashi district in Uttarakhand and has turned a true wonderland in these years. Himalayan Hikers provides you every information.

snow laden forest

Great Trek for Beginners

Kedarkantha trek is Great Trek for Beginners with less risks, here are no landslide prone areas and frightening river crossing which makes it suitable for beginners.

Altitude Covered Per Day on Kedarkantha trek

  • Sankri (1920 m/6299 ft)
  • Juda Ka Talab ( 2700 m/8858 ft)
  • Kedarkantha base camp ( 3400 m/11,154 ft)
  • Kedarkantha summit (3800 m/12,467 ft)

Why Kedarkantha Trek?

Firstly, here the snowfall starts from December and is there till April which makes it a great snow destination in winters. Secondly, the beautiful forest clearings and celestial meadows of Kedarkantha are incomparable. Such idyllic settings are hard to find but this trek offers the best of these.

One of the best camping spot here is “Juda ka Talab”. It is a wide clearing amidst forest. – And the last, explore Himalayan culture and traditions.

Key Points of Kedarkantha Trek

  • Level is Moderate During the trek
  • Kedarkantha trek is best option for beginners,
  • Proper conditioning & training of body required
  • Need proper gear & clothing for sub-zero temperature
  • Shoes are the single most important equipment.
  • Beautiful landscapes so carry good photo gear & Extra battery backup.
  • Travel light
  • The backpack should not exceed 12 kg.
  • Minimum age 8 year maximum 60 year

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Trek Fee: Rs. 7000 Per Person (Includes GST and all costs of the Trek from Sankri to Sankri)

Duration: 6 Days

Camp Basecamp: Sankri

temperatureSummer Temperature: Day (5° C to 15° C) Night (2° C to 5° C)

temperatureWinter Temperature: Day (-2°C to -5° C) Night (-5°C to -10°C)

altitudeAltitude: (3800 m)

Best Time:Throughout the year

Level: Easy to Moderate

Trek distance: 23 Km.

Group Size: 20

location-chartLocation Chart: Dehradun, Mussoorie, Damta, Purola, Mori, Sankri, Juda ka Talab, Kedarkantha Base , Kedarkantha Summit.

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Day 1– Pickup from Dehradun Railway Station and Drive to Sankri (base camp) by taxi

Altitude – 1,920 m/6,299 ft

Distance – 210 km

Time taken – Drive – 7/8 hours

Night stay – Swargarohini Hotel

Day 2– Trek from Sankri to Juda Ka Talab

Altitude – 2,700 m/8,858ft

Distance – 5 km

Time taken – 4/5 hours

Night stay – Camps

Day 3– Trek from Juda Ka talab to Kedarkantha base

Altitude – 3,400 m/11,154 ft

Distance – 4 km

Time taken – 3/4 hours

Night stay – Camps

Day 4– Trek from Kedarkantha base to Kedarkantha Summit and descent to Hargaon

Altitude – 3,800 m/12,467 ft

Distance – Ascent (3.4 km) Descent (5 km)

Time taken – Ascent (3/4 hours) Descent (2/3 hours)

Night stay – Camps

Day 5– Trek from Hargaon thach to Sankri

Altitude – 1,920 m/6,299 ft

Distance – 6 km

Time taken – 5/6 hours

Night stay – Swargarohini Hotel

Day 6– Return from Sankri to Dehradun by taxi

Distance – 210 km

Time taken – 7/8 hours

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The trek package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this package?Items that are included in the cost of trek price.

✅ Forest Permit and entrance fee
✅ Accommodation in Hotel Sankri
✅ Accommodation in tents on twin share basis
✅ All meals: breakfast, packed lunch, tea, coffee, snacks, soup and dinner
✅ (All camping gears)
✅ High quality tents
✅ Sleeping bags
✅ Mattress
✅ Liner
✅ Pillow
✅ Separate Toilet tents – Ladies and Gents
✅ Dining Tent
✅ Dining Table
✅ Porters
✅ Helper
✅ Mules
✅ Kitchen team
✅ Radio Walkie Talkie for Communication
✅ Good Experience Trek Leader guide and Technical guide
✅ Medical Kit
✅ Oxygen Cylinders
✅ Crampons and Gaiters

What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.

❌ Personal Insurance
❌ Medical Certificate
❌ Personal toiletry Items and Personal Medicine kit
❌ On first day En Route to base camp the Breakfast and Lunch are Not Included
❌ Last Day En Route Lunch and Dinner are Not Included
❌ Transport


Full payment confirms your booking

We serve three meals a day including snacks and soup. A variety of delectable and healthy food is provided which includes; Indian, Chinese and other Western meals. They are nutritious and keeps you fit and healthy on your trek.

How to Reach the Basecamp Sankri?

– If you are coming from Bangalore and Ahmedabad then you can directly board flight to Dehradun.

Bangalore -> Dehradun-> Sankri

Ahmedabad -> Dehradun-> Sankri

– If you are coming from Delhi

Delhi -> Dehradun -> Sankri


Take the night train from Delhi to Dehradun.

We suggest:

– Nandadevi Express
– DDN Jan Shatabdi


You can reach Dehradun from Delhi by a bus, board it from (Delhi) ISBT, it is good if you pre book the seats.

(Reach Dehradun Railway Station between 5:00 am to 6:30 am and vehicle will be arranged from there.)

Reach Sankri by yourself

– Take a bus from Railway station of Dehradun, the first one leaves at 5:30 am, the other one at 6:30 am and the last bus leaves at 7:00 am. So reach there on time.

– You can also hire a taxi from Dehradun Railway Station, the fair is per person Rs 1100/- one way sharing   full taxi Rs.  5500 from Dehradun to Sankri (210 km)

  1. Day 1 Pickup from Dehradun Railway Station and Drive to Sankri (base camp) by taxi 

    Altitude – 1,920 m/6,299 ft

    Distance – 210 km

    Time taken – Drive – 7/8 hours

    Night stay – Swargarohini Hotel

    We arrange vehicle from Dehradun railway station and it will leave for Sankri at 6:30 am.

    Note: The fare is directly payable to the driver (Rs 1100 per person)

    The picturesque journey is 7-8 hours long. Yamuna River and Tons valley are visible across the Yamuna Bridge en route. Drive is through beautiful hilly areas i.e. Mussoorie, Damta, Naugaon, Netwar and Purola. In some of these villages you can see people working in fields and have a glimpse of their lifestyle. Pass through the forests, peep out of your window and look at the perfect combination of dark and light greenery.

    Enter Govind Wildlife Sanctuary of Uttarkashi and ahead get glimpses of picturesque snow covered mountains and Baraadsar range welcoming you.

    Reach Sankri, it is the basecamp of Kedarkantha and 20 more Himalayan treks. There are few houses and a mini market with some hotels and wooden huts serving delicious traditional food. This small village offers excellent sight of Swargarohini and Bandarpoonch. This place always bustles with the presence of trekkers and attracts tourist every year.

    Today all the arrangements will be made in “Swargarohini Hotel”, enjoy your dinner and relaxing stay there.

  2. Day 2 Trek from Sankri to Juda Ka Talab

    Altitude – 2,700 m/8,858 ft

    Distance – 5 km

    Time taken – 4/5 hours

    Night stay – Camps

    Start the day young, have breakfast and get ready to move towards today’s campsite Juda Ka Talab. The trail snakes its way through dense pine forests where you can easily spot Himalayan birds and astounding Flora.

    Small rivulets can be seen on the way which adds beauty to the terrain. Take rest breaks and cross the steep ascent. A clearing opens up from where you can witness high snow- capped peaks. Have lunch there then start ascending through the maple and pine forest.

    After a 4/5 hours long trek come across a surprisingly exquisite clearing with a glacial Lake “Juda Ka Talab”. Setup your camps nearby and settle for the day in its peaceful surroundings.

  3. Day 3 Trek from Juda Ka talab to Kedarkantha base

    Altitude – 3,400 m/11,154 ft

    Distance – 4 km

    Time taken – 3/4 hours

    Night stay – Camps

    Post breakfast, start the steep ascent via Baniya Thach, this picturesque trail offers great views of high Himalayan peaks. It passes through pine forests and leads to a ridge.

    After crossing the ridge come across a wide meadow, halt there for a while and spot peaks surrounding Kedarkantha summit.

    Start walking under the shade of Oaks to the Kedarkantha base camp. The summit is clearly visible from there with the sight of lofty mountains i.e. Black Peak, Bandarpoonch, Ranglana and Swargarohini. Setup your camps there in the serenity amidst mountains and settle for the day.

  4. Day 4 Trek from Kedarkantha base to Kedarkantha Summit and descent to Hargaon

    Altitude – 3,800 m/12,467 ft

    Distance – Ascent (3.4 km) Descent (5 km)

    Time taken – Ascent (3/4 hours) Descent (2/3 hours)

    Night stay – Camps

    Wake up early and get rewarded with the astonishing sunrise changing the colours of lofty peaks, it is a sight worth watching.

    There are multiple trails leading to the top, go through Maronda Thach, it is the biggest bugyal. Ascend gradually through Pokrola Thach and get great mountain and valley views with huge waterfalls.

    The climb is steep but is equally rewarding, cross this strenuous section and reach the Kedarkantha top. Now, the high Himalayan peaks surrounds you from all sides. The panorama views of Black Peak, Bandarpoonch, Ranglana, Swargarohini (I) (II) (III) and Har Ki Dun is jaw dropping.

    At the top is the presence of Lord Shiva and Ganesha’s temple, this place has mythological tales and because of religious beliefs villagers organize a fair every year.

    Now, start descending to Hargaon through forested sections. Enjoy stream crossing on the way and reach your campsite which is a wide meadow. Setup your camps and after having delicious food retire for the night.

  5. Day 5 Trek from Hargaon thach to Sankri

    Altitude – 1,920 m/6,299 ft

    Distance – 6 km

    Time taken – 5/6 hours

    Night stay – Swargarohini Hotel

    There are many trails to reach Sankri but we will use the well-marked one which is frequently used.

    Cross a forest section and get clear views of Har Ki Dun, move further and witness few farmer huts and apple orchards. Keep descending and reach Sankri. The trek ends here.

    Enjoy overnight stay in Swargarohini hotel.

  6. Day 6 Return from Sankri to Dehradun by taxi 

    Distance – 210 km

    Time taken – 7/8 hours

    Post breakfast leave for Dehradun early to reach there on time. Have lunch en route.

    Note: The fare is directly payable to the driver. (Rs 1100 per person)

Things to Take

Mandatory Documents

Please carry the documents given below

  • Original and photocopy of government photo identity card- (Aadhar Card, Driving License, Voters ID, etc)
  • Medical Certificate (First part should be filled by the Doctor and Second part by the Trekker)
  • Risk Certificates

Many trekkers commit the same mistake of carrying unnecessary items on a trek which only makes the backpack heavy. It is important to know the right items to carry.

It differs from season to season if you are trekking in summers then carry less layers of warm clothing and if you are trekking in winters carry enough layers to protect yourself against chilly cold.

Summer Temperature: Day (5° C to 15° C) Night (2° C to 5° C)

Winter Temperature: Day (-2°C to -5° C) Night (-5°C to -10°C)

Necessary Items:

  • Backpack (40 to 60 liters)

A strongly built backpack with good support is compulsory for a trek. (Rain cover is important)

  • Sturdy Trekking Shoes

The shoes should be strong enough with good support. The people ask if sports shoes would be comfortable but it is good to bring the right trekking shoes.

The Clothes You Should Bring On a Trek:-

Avoid keeping extra clothes because it only makes you backpack heavy.

  • Trek Pants –

The jeans are never suitable for a trek so you need at least 2-3 trek pants for treks like Kedarkantha, Dayara Bugyal, Rupin Supin etc. Carry more for longer treks.

  • Jacket –

Jackets are very important to carry on a trek it protects you against the chilly weather. So carry 2 jackets on a week long trek.

  • Layers of warm Clothing –

Carry warm woollen layers or fleece. Carry more layers during winter season (at least 4 to 5) and less during summer.

  • Thermals –

The Temperature decreases at night so you might be need thermals for Night.

  • T- Shirts –

Bring those t shirts which dry fast.

  • Poncho –

They are needed if you are trekking on a Rainy day to keep you dry.

Get these items on rent from “Himalayan Hikers”

  • Backpacks
  • Trekking Shoes
  • Jackets
  • Poncho
  • Hiking Pole

To get these on rent, all you have to do is just make a special renting request before your trek.

Trekkers Must Bring

  • Water Bottle
  • Cap or Balaclava
  • Sunglasses
  • Slippers
  • Woolen and Waterproof Gloves
  • Socks (Woolen and Regular)
  • Sunscreen
  • Torch
  • Hiking pole
  • Personal Toiletry Items (toothpaste, toothbrush, toilet paper, sanitizer etc.)
  • Personal Medical Kit
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What to carry in Kedarkantha trek

Rent Equipment

Personal toiletry Items and Personal Medicine kitPersonal Insurance

We carry first aid kits but it’s necessary to carry a personal medical kit.


(Carry minimum 5 tablets and maximum 10)
– Diamox – (prevents altitude sickness)

– Digene – (it cures discomfort in stomach, acidity)

– Crocin Advance – (cures fever and headache)

– Aspirin/Combiflam – (Pain reliever)

– Disprin/Saradon – (cures headache)

– Avomine – (prevents motion sickness)

– Avil – (it treat allergies)

– Norflox TZ & Lomofrn – (prevents Diarrhoea)

– Ranitidine – (reduces the amount of acid in stomach)

– Volini/Moov spray – (for sprains)

– Betadine/Savlon – (Antiseptic cream)


– Band aid

– Cotton

– Stretchable/elastic bandage

– Gauze




– Use medicines only when prescribed by the doctor in case you face any problem in your trek, take advice from Professional guide before taking any medicine.




Suggestion for Beginners:


“Never panic and don’t get nervous before you plan a trek because it only weakens you mentally. Think positive and everything will go well, the adventures await you but the risk factor and fears hidden inside stop you from exploring and watching the beautiful side of this world.

So before coming on a trek be mentally prepared that everything will go well. No one was born a mountaineer but their love for mountains and dedication to reach the top made them. You just need a mountaineer’s heart and same dedication to traverse mountains. Keep your excuses aside and explore the beautiful side.”


Come Mentally and Physically Prepared: –


– It is very important to be prepared physically and mentally both because the trails demand fitness and the challenges demand mental strength.

– Kedarkantha trek varies from Easy to Moderate and is an ideal trek for beginners. We are local community with professional staff serving with great experience in mountains and our guides help you every day of the trek and motivate you to go higher. But, you need to prepare yourself for a trek so follow the routine mentioned below.


Run Everyday: –


It helps you get prepared for rough terrain of mountains by increasing the walking speed and boosts stamina.

– Start with a short mile and you can increase the distance day by day.


Do Stretching Exercises: –


– It strengthen your muscles and makes them flexible. Strong muscles also improves posture.

– If you train your body couple of months ago your trek then it will become easy to climb up the mountains relaxed.


Walking and Leg Cardio: –


– On your trek you will be walking a long distance so start practicing early and also involve the exercises which make muscles strong.

– If you train your body couple of months ago your trek then it will become easy to climb up the mountains relaxed.


(These exercises before coming on a trek will make the journey smooth by making your body fit.)

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Cancellation Policy?

- Make your booking one or two months prior in advance. If you cancel the trek due to any reason, it is mandatory to notify us. Cancellation charges will only be effective from the date we get your request to cancel the trek.

- If the trek gets cancelled from our side due to natural disaster,rainfall, heavy snowfall or any other reason then the refund will not be initiated but we will arrange another trek.

The cancellation charges are as follows –

(Bank charges deducted are not Refundable)

  • Up to 30 Days – 90% cost is Refundable
  • Between 21 to 30 Days – 50% cost is Refundable
  • Less than 20 Days – No Refund

(Refund is initiated within 7-8 business days)