Duration: 4 nights and 5 days
Max Altitude: 12,500 Ft.
Trek Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Kedarkantha has emerged as one of the most sought after trekking destinations in just a couple of years. The main reason behind the popularity of this trek is that you get to live many experiences in a single journey. The route brings you to virgin Himalayas and takes you through dense forests and brings you to one of the most magnificent camping sites in Uttarakhand. You get to camp beside a Himalayan lake surrounded by coniferous trees. You get to climb to the summit which can be a captivating experience for any mountain lover. The greatest thing about this trek is that it is open even in winters and you can enjoy snow like nowhere else.
We will be meeting in Rishikesh and starting our drive to Sankri, early morning. The route will take us through Dehradun, Mussoorie, Damta, Purola and Mori. We will drive alongside the Yamuna river and you can enjoy the scintillating scenic route. We will reach Sankri by early evening so that we can explore this charming little village that is settled in the Govind National park and sanctuary. There are old styled houses and a small market where you can get some essentials. This is the base camp for many treks like Har ki doon, Kedarkantha, Rupin pass, Bali pass etc. You can explore the market and check out some local dishes if you want. We check into our accommodation Guesthouse/homestay and rest for the night.
After ample rest and a delicious breakfast, we start off to our first destination, Juda ka talab. This is undoubtedly one of the most picture perfect campsites in the Himalayas. Today we walk for 4 kms from sankri. The climb is a gradual ascent and steep at some points. Make sure to walk slowly and steadily. This trail takes us through dense forest and many resting points give us a clear view of the entire mountain forests that we are walking through. You can also spot many types of birds and small animals like pine martens and hares. When we reach the campsite, you are going to be left spellbound with the natural beauty of the place. It is unparalleled and looks like a sight from fairytales. This is jackpot day for photography lovers. We will enjoy stargazing and hit the sack after a delicious dinner.
This is going to be a very exciting day for us since we are going to gain altitude and walk into a different type of mountain landscape. Today we will be covering more distance and the route will take us through dense forests and vast meadows. You will see the tree line thinning out as we climb to a higher altitude and the trail opens up into green meadows. You can enjoy panoramic views of the greater Himalayan peaks like Bandarpoonch, Swargarohini, Kala nag etc right through this trail. You will cherish the mesmerizing landscape as it almost looks unreal with its beauty. Our goal will be to reach Kedarkantha top to watch the sunset. We will set camp at Kedarkantha base and head off to catch the sunset. The climb is pretty easy in the beginning and can be steep at a few places towards the end so watch your step and carry on. We enjoy the sunset and witness the 360 degree views of Himalayan peaks. As the sun sets, you can rejoice and enjoy the feeling of having climbed a summit. Today you will be on a mountain top as the sun sets behind snow covered Himalayas. There is a temple of Lord shiva, parvati and Ganesh. You can offer your prayers and start the descent back to the base camp.
When we reach the campsite, hot dinner awaits us. After a night of enjoying great night sky views and tasty food, we call it a night and get the rest we need for the next day.
Today we start our descent towards Hargaon. This day is going to be easier for you since we will be descending and it can be quite a lot of fun. However, it is advised to never run on the trail because many times we are unable to control the pace due to the uneven trail. The route takes us through small meadows and dense forest trails. You will see the trail in a different light all together since the experience of coming down is totally different than going up. We will reach Hargaon where we will set camp and huddle around a bonfire. After dinner and great conversations, we go back to our tents to get a good night’s sleep.
This is the last day of our trek and we will be heading back. Today we start early in the morning and start our descent. It is just 4 kilometers to Sankri so we will enjoy our breakfast and head down smoothly. The path is well laid and you will be passing a lot of pine forests on the way. If you turn back and see where you are coming from, you will be filled with excitement of having touched the top. We reach Sankri in a couple of hours and then begin our journey towards Rishikesh. This drive is going to be very different from the one which brought you here. Now you have a lot of new bonds and memories that you will never forget. We will reach Rishikesh by evening. You can choose to explore Rishikesh further or set off for your next destination. This will be the end of our tour at a sweet note where we say goodbye and look forward to trekking with you again.
Carrying the right type of gear is the first priority whenever it comes to mountain travelling. In this case, we will be going to high altitude areas and through areas of deep wilderness. It is not possible to find or buy everything you need in the villages where we start our treks. This is why we request all participants to pack essential items what they could need during their trek.
If you are not aware of what to carry on your trek, here is a list that we have compiled for you.
Shirts / T-shirts
Windproof jacket with hood preferred
Warm and muffled Fleece / Full-sleeve Woolen sweater
Thermal inner wear (upper & lower)
Synthetic trekking pants
Raincoat / Poncho
Woolen socks & regular sports socks
Comfortable Trekking/Hiking shoes with good grip and padding
Small light weight towel (Quick dry)
Thermos flask/Insulated water bottle
Cap / Hat for sun protection
UV protection sun glasses
Walking stick / Trekking pole
Sunscreen Lotion (SPF 50+)
Lip Balm or Vaseline
Flashlight / Headlamp
Medicines if you are on any specific medication
Rain cover for backpack as it might rain any time
Garbage bags to carry any garbage that you might produce
You can choose what to bring from this list according to the weather/season. It should be noted that weather is highly unpredictable in the Himalayas. It can change any time so it is better to come prepared. The equipment for summer treks compared to winter treks will be different. You can either use your discretion or contact us for further information.