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Kedarkantha Winter Trek

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About Kedarkantha Winter Trek

One of the sacred locations and the holiest pilgrimage of Lord Shiva is Kedarkantha. It is located in the Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand's Garhwal area, and millions of pilgrims come here each year to seek Lord Shiva's grace. Kedarkantha Trek, among the most popular winter treks in Uttarakhand, is a trekker's delight and a newbie's rite of passage due to its relative simplicity. This walk provides stunning views of the beautiful Himalayan peaks, which are covered in dazzling snow throughout the winter. Furthermore, it gives hikers a rare chance to see life in the most isolated communities during the winter.

The Kedarkantha Trek package offers you the most breathtaking scenery, amazing views of quaint towns, meadows, snow-covered trails, dramatic landscapes filled with exquisite lakes, mountains, peaceful rivers, and the big Himalayan peaks. The Kedarkantha trek package is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the natural beauty and experience rural life in the Uttarakhand Himalayas. For those who love exploring the mountains and want to see every square inch of the region, the Kedarkantha trekking is an absolute treat. Kedarkantha is one of the greatest winter treks in Uttarakhand since it is covered with snow from December to April.

Highlights of Kedarkantha Winter Trek

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Maximum altitude- Kedarkantha trekking is a challenging peak hike in Uttarakhand at 3810 meters above sea level.

Grade- Kedarkantha is a simple to moderately difficult trek, making it ideal for rookie explorers or amateur trekkers on their first trip.

Duration- The Kedarkantha trek itinerary is of 5-6 days

Trekking distance- The entire kedarkantha trek distance is around 20 km. Trail type

Railhead- Sankri Village

Airport- Jolly Grand Airport is 225 km.

Snow Season- December to April

Service from- Helicopter service is available from Dehradun, Haridwar, and Rishikesh.

Base camp- Linchauli to Kedarkantha Base Camp is 4 kilometers trek, and Kedarkantha Base Camp to Kedarkantha Temple is a 1-kilometer trek.

Best season- Winter trek

Region: Garhwal region

Who can participate: The Kedarkantha Trekking has a 9-year-old age restriction. Minors aged 9 to 17 must be accompanied by their parents or guardians. If you are above 60, please provide a doctor's note stating that you are fit for adventurous activities such as trekking.

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Kedarkantha Trek Itinerary

Itinerary at a glance/ Quick Itinerary

The quich Kedarkantha Trek itinerary is as follows-

Day 1: Dehradun to Sankri- Himalayan Paradise Route.

Day 2: Sankri to Juda Ka Talab- The place where Lord Shiva once meditated.

Day 3: Juda Ka Talab to Base Camp- Prepare your cameras.

Day 4: Base Camp to Kedar Kantha Summit- This is the day you've been putting a lot of effort into it.

Day 5: Base Camp to Sankri- Descend with the Mighty Mountains.

Day 6: Sankri- Dehradun- Farewell to the High Peaks.

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Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4
Day 5
Day 6

Dehradun to Sankri- Himalayan Paradise Route.

Drive time: 6-7 hours; Height: 1950 metres; Distance Travelled: 187 km.

  • Drive along the Yamuna and Tons rivers with pine trees surrounding you as you make your way towards Sankri village after arriving in Dehradun. This is a beautiful way to experience the beauty of nature.

  • After a pleasant ride, arrive at Sankri and check into the lovely campground.

  • Dinner at the campground will be wonderful.

  • A night at Sankri.

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What To Pack For Your Trek

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Checklist for Trekking- Make sure you cross-check the important things to carry, read all the backpacking tips and pack the trekking gear and accessories for the trek. Make your trek easy, and don't forget important items that will be required during the trek. For comfortable trekking, make sure you carry all of these things.

Basic Essentials-

  • An identity card, both the original and copies.
  • Backpack and raincoat (50-60 liter)
  • Raincoat and Daypack (20-30 liter, If you hire a mule or porter)
  • Water bottle or hydration pack for 1 liter.
  • Sandals, Floaters, or Trekking Shoes precisely waterproof
  • Headlamp/LED Torch
  • One from a poncho, raincoat, or umbrella is mandatory.

Clothing and other essentials-

  • Track pants and two pairs of Quick Dry t-shirts.
  • One set of t-shirts
  • Three cotton pairs and two woolen pairs of socks
  • Two fleece jackets or full-sleeve sweaters
  • One pair of Thermal clothing
  • To be worn over mid-layers like fleece or down jackets in the rain or snow is a hard shell akin to Gore-Tex.
  • One down and feather jacket
  • Gloves, one scarf, a small towel, a cap
  • Dark UV sunglasses, a wool cap, or Balaclava that covers the ears

Eatables-

  • Chocolates, glucose, biscuits, energy bars
  • Dry fruits, toffees, nuts

Personal Kit

  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, toilet paper, sanitizer.
  • Medical kit
  • Sunscreen lotion, cold cream, lip balm.
  • Anti-fungal cream

Other equipment or accessories-

  • Camera with extra batteries and memory card.
  • Torch or headlamp with extra batteries.
  • Hiking pole
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Know Before You Go

Tips For Kedarkantha Winter Trek
How To Reach
Best time To Go
Trekking Routes

Nowadays, going on a trek is a very common sport. Trekking enthusiasts are always up for a hike, a weekend trek, or a multi-day journey. One should constantly be aware of some procedures, do's and don'ts, and trekking tips and tricks in order to enjoy a trip. Every journey revolves around certain skills. If you are employing the proper approach, you will need to utilize less strength, and the adventure will be simpler for you to handle, which will increase your enjoyment.

  • Before embarking on the Kedarkantha hike, have a physical examination.

  • People who have health issues precisely with their hearts, lungs, or blood pressure shouldn't go on the trek before properly contacting a doctor.

  • If you plan to go by Palki, Kandi, or Ponies, be sure to make a reservation in advance at the Gaurikund/Sonprayag booking counter.

  • Remember that you can only hike between 4 AM and 1.30 PM, beyond which time pilgrims are not permitted to go to Kedarkantha.

  • If you cannot complete the trip by late evening, you can take Palki or Ponies to your destination. You can also just stay at the campgrounds at Jungle Chatti, Bheem Bali, and Linchauli for the night and resume your journey the following morning.

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Why Visit?

The 12 Jyotirlingas in India include Kedarkantha. One of Lord Shiva's most sacred pilgrimages is to Kedarkantha, located in Rudraprayag, Uttarakhand State, India. While there are other Panch Kedar in Uttarakhand, Kedarkantha is one of the most significant and well-known Dhams there. The Lord Shiva Kedarkantha temple is located at the height of 3587 meters. For those who have never went hiking before or who wish to witness snow, the Kedarkantha trip is amazing. Owing to its stunning scenery, it's also a highly well-liked trek among photographers. It is one of the top winter hiking destinations in India.

FAQ's

How Difficult is the Kedarkantha trek?

The difficulty of every trip or walk is determined by the terrain's slope and altitude. Most walking itineraries are designed for persons who are fairly active and traverse mild terrain at low altitudes, with many having shorter routes available. It is also possible to take stops along the trails.

When we talk about Kedarkantha Trekking, this hike does not have many steep expeditions. The hike is mainly moderate to the top. The summit push, on the other hand, is the most difficult stretch of the course. However, there isn't much to worry about regarding grade or topography for the rest of the trek. However, this is not consistent throughout the year. In the winter, when the trails are heavily covered in snow, things may get a little challenging. However, there is a technical team who will help you in difficult situations. If there is snow, they clean the entire trail and make sure you are traveling on a safe path.

Why is Kedarkantha Trek Famous?

Kedarkantha is renowned as Uttarakhand's best winter hike. The peak of the trek is famous for its 360-degree views of the snow-capped Himalayas. The Kedarkantha hike is spectacular and simple to do. On the slopes of Kedarkantha, skiing is extremely popular throughout the winter.

How far is Kedarkantha from the airport?

Although Kedarkantha doesn't have a local airport, people can visit the closest one in Dehradun. The distance from Jolly Grant Airport, which is important to Uttarakhand's tourism industry, to Kedarkantha is between 238 and 250 kilometres. The airport is well located in major cities, including Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Kolkata, and Lucknow. People can travel with IndiGo, Spice Jet, or Air India. It just takes 45 to an hour to fly from New Delhi to its Indira Gandhi International airport, which is 260 kilometres away.

How is the Winter in Kedarkantha?

The monsoon season at Kedarkantha may be unpredictable. Overall, there isn't much rain in the region, but when it hits, it may be quite heavy, leading to landslides and perhaps blocking highways. Unless you wish to be brave, it is advised to avoid this time of year and plan your spiritual vacation for the summer.