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Kedarkantha Trek

Kedarkantha Trek is One of The Finest Summit Climbs for Beginners

by Geetika Gautam

Recognized as one of the best in Uttarakhand, the Kedarkantha trek is a trek with mild gradient. There are no major water crossings and moderate altitude. The entire journey takes about 10 to 15 days and can be done over a weekend as well. The region also has spectacular mountain views, magnificent valleys and colourful towns. The route starts from Dehradun and ends at Kotgaon.

Day 1 – Dehradun to Gaurikund (4 to 5 hours) – 

The trek begins in the afternoon of the first day. The route passes through Bonai hills which have dense forests of deodar and pine trees. From here onwards, the path is on an incline until it connects Dehradun with Mussoorie. From Dehradun, the route goes towards the mountain region and meets with Gauri Kund. The trek takes about five hours to complete.

Day 2 – Gaurikund to Bandoli (5 to 6 hours) – 

In this trek, the route starts from Gaurikund and goes through a dense forest of conifers. As a result, it turns out to be lesser in number after walking. The trail then leads up a rough stone slope and takes about 4 hours to go from one place to the other. 

If you’re looking for a remote and lush trekking experience, the Kedarkantha Trek is the perfect choice. Located at an altitude of 4000 meters, this trek provides a pristine environment with dramatic views of snow-clad peaks. The trek offers you a chance to get an insight into the lifestyle and culture of the nomadic tribes of Garhwal. These tribes have lived in these harsh terrains for generations. The trek is also popular because it is part-trek and part-hike and there are many options of accommodation on the way. This journey takes you through lush forests and over passes to villages with challenging trekking trails. The rugged landscape offers stunning views of snow-capped mountains, which are surrounded by dense forests.

Kedarkantha Trek

What is the Kedarkantha Trek Like?

The trek starts from Delhi and leads through the forests of Jalaun district and passes through villages. During the trek you will pass by Nanda Devi, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamnotri in one go. After crossing the Yamnotri Pass at an altitude of 4200 meters. You reach the village of Mahatma Gandhi Bagh which is about 15 kilometers ahead or about 4 hours by jeep. After which it takes another 2 hours to reach the Tatopani hot springs, where you can relax for a few hours. The next stop is the Panchetri Pass, where you get a great view of the snow-clad Kedar and Bhagirathi peaks. After taking in the beauty of this enchanting mountain range, comes the time to ascend from Dhakri Ghati to Tundada. Next up is a short trek to reach Baluni.

Kedarkantha Trek Itinerary

Dehradun to Sankri

Kedar Kanta Hill is one of the most famous peaks and treks in Uttarakhand (India). This trek takes the pilgrims from Dehradun to Sankri. The journey is a memorable one, with great views of nature, rich culture and traditions. It also offers a great opportunity for photography for those who like clicking pictures. The trek follows with an overnight stay at Gomati Dharamshala or somewhere nearby on the way to Sankri.

Sankri to Juda Ka Talab 

This trek starts from the village of Sankri and ends at the village of Juda Ka Talab. It is situated at an altitude of 2,545 meters on a south-west facing slope.

Juda Ka Talab Trek Itinerary-

From – Sankri village to Makri village

Going up to the village of Makri, you will come across a trek trail at the Bandei river. The trek starts from here and goes up in a southeast direction to Makri Talab. This trek is mainly for those who want to enjoy hiking in the wilderness of Chamba valley and then down through the valley. Though it has some beautiful views, there are no good number of treks or tourists on this trail. 

Juda Ka Talab to Base Camp 

The Kedarkantha trek starts from the Juda ka Talab, the base of the mountain at 1,658 metres and climbs over 3,000 metres to reach Kedar peak. It is a strenuous trek and you will need to be well prepared with proper gear for camping. Trekking poles or an ice axe are recommended for high altitude and glacier crossings. Trekking shoes or boots are necessary as well as good socks that can be dried overnight if wet. A warm jacket can be worn during the night as the temperature drops very low here even in summer.

The Kedarkantha trek is a trek to conquer and it will be an achievement for any professional mountain climber. The altitude gain over the 3 days is of a little over 600 metres. But you will cover more than 12 km on foot and experience true high altitude short duration oxygen-deprived conditions.

Base Camp to Kedarkantha Summit 

Before you make a trek up to Kedar Kantha, though, you need to know the basics of what to expect. There are many different routes that can be taken and some are more challenging than others. 

If you’re looking for an intense hike with high altitude and difficult terrain, we recommend the route from Irriyal Pass to Kedarkantha Base Camp. If you are interested in a more peaceful trek, and not as experienced in high altitude trekking, we recommend the route from Jari to Kedarkantha Base Camp.

Main Difficulty: High Altitude Hiking

Base Camp to Sankri

Are you looking for the perfect trek for a family trip? Get ready to make those mountains your home. The Kedarkantha Trek is one of the best places in Uttarakhand to go explore with your family. It’s not too strenuous, there are ample opportunities to have fun. Every campsite along the way offers breathtaking views of the Himalayas. The Kedarkantha Trek Itinerary is designed to allow you to have a perfect introduction to trek in Kedarnath. You will start at Base Camp , then on, it’ll take you through amazing and serene routes until you reach Sankri , the end of your trek.

Sankri – Dehradun 

The trek begins at Sankri and ends at Dehradun. For the first 1-2 days, you will be trekking up to Badkulla Pass. There are a few small villages with patchy tea gardens on this stretch of the trek. Once you reach the pass, you have to hike another 6 to 8 km downward to reach Dehradun valley plains.

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