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Kedarkantha Short Hardcore Trek

The Quickest, Hardest and Hardcore way of doing the fabulous Kedarkantha Trek

Kedarkantha Short Hardcore Trek - Quick Informations

  • 📅 Duration: 4 Days, 3 nights
  • 🔼 Highest Altitude: 3800m
  • 🛑 Grade: Moderate ( know trek grades )
  • 👍 Best Time: Dec, Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr
  • 🏃 Activity Type: Trek
  • 🔄 Trail Type: Same Exit Entry Point
  • 🚩 Starts From: Sankri
  • 🚩 Ends In: Sankri
  • 🌏 Region: India - Uttrakhand
  • 🎌 Country: India
  • 🛪  Nearest Airport: Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun, Uttrakhand
  • 🚉 Nearest Rail Head: Dehradun, Uttrakhand

Kedarkantha Short Hardcore Trek - Key Geographical Highlights

9 Popular Peaks:
Bandarpunch West ( 6316m ), Kalanag ( 6387m ), Swargarohini 1 ( 6252m ), Swargarohini 2 ( 6240m ), Swargarohini 3 ( 6168m ), Swargarohini 4 ( 6000m ), Bandarpoonch East ( 6045m ), Har Ki Dun Peak ( 5620m ), Hata Peak ( 5838m )
1 Serene Lakes:
Juda Ka Taalab ( 2826m )
2 Tranquil Rivers:
Supin , Tons
2 Beautiful Remote Villages:
Sankri, Soud
1 National Parks Or Forest Reserve:
Govind Pashu Vihar National Park and Sanctuary

Kedarkantha Short Hardcore Trek - Elevation Profile & Itinerary Overview

Day 1
Day 1
Day 1
Day 2
Day 2
Juda ka Taalab
Day 3
D3Kedarkantha BC
Day 3
Day 4
Day 5

Kedarkantha Short Hardcore Trek Daywise Itinerary

Day 1Arrival In Sankri

Overnight In: Sankri (1920m )
Accommodation: Homestay In Sankri
Meals Included: Evening Tea Snacks, Soup, Dinner, Dessert, Hot Drinks
Cost Of Transport Included: No
Activity: Drive Day

Sankri is 190 kilometres from Dehradun and it takes about 7 - 8 hours in a private taxi to reach Sanri from Dehradun. On the other hand, it takes about 10 hours by bus. It is advisable that you reach Dehradun in the morning hours before 630 AM to take the bus. The best is the Uttrakhand Volvo buses from Delhi ISBT Kashmere Gate. Nandadevi express also reaches Dehradun in the morning. If you are flying to Dehradun, then you must note that Dehradun airport is about 40 minutes drive from Dehradun city and to take the bus, you need to land by 6AM. If you decide to hire a cab to Sankri directly from the airport to Sankri, its the best. We can arrange for the cab to pick you up from the airport itself. It is advisable that in this case, you reach Dehradun no later than 11 AM in order to reach Sankri on time. Our team will be expecting you by 530 PM in Sankri.

On arrival, we will allot your rooms and serve you with a welcome drink and light snacks. After you settle down, we will do the Team Introduction and briefing where we will explain the trek protocols and other details. After your dinner, we will give out your equipment for packing your stuff and keep things ready for tomorrow.

Day 2From Sankri To Kedarkantha BC, Via - Juda ka Taalab ( 9 Kms,4 hours )

Day 2
1920 - Sankri
Day 2
2700 - Juda ka Taalab
Day 2
3400 - Kedarkantha BC

9Km, 4hrs.

Activity: Trek Day
Overnight In: Kedarkantha BC (3400m )
Accommodation: Tents ( Twin Sharing )
Meals Included: Evening Tea Snacks, Soup, Dinner, Dessert, Hot Drinks

Being the first day, we might not be used to today's routine. We will call you for morning tea around 630 AM and serve breakfast by 8AM. We will expect you to be ready by the time breakfast is served. We start our trek after a small team briefing at around 9 AM. You need to fill your water bottles before you leave. You may keep extra luggage in Sankri itself before leaving for the trek..

We start our ridge walk for the day and it takes us about 5 - 6 hours of leisurely walk to reach our camp for the night, that is Kedarkantha Base Camp. We go via Juda Ka Taalab lake and spend some time there near the lake. After we reach our composite, we are served with Hit Lunch and then we take a little rest in our tents. From this campsite, the peak of Kedarkantha is visible straight in front and you can see and analyse your challenge for tomorrow's morning. We need to prepare well and be quick to walk on hard snow which will make it quicker as compared to softer snow.

In the evening, we will test our equipment like gaiters, microspikes, etc. A demo will be given on how to use them and then we start wearing them on as this practice will help us get ready quickly tomorrow since we will start the trek before dawn to perfectly time our reaching the summit. That's where the real Himalayan High is after all !! We take short walks nearby with the gears and if required, few snow techniques will also be displayed to you for using it when necessary. Tonight, we have early dinner and get into our tents just after the sunset.

  • day2 photo - approaching kedarkantha base camp
  • day2 photo - kedarkantha base camp
  • day2 photo - towards kedarkantha
  • day2 photo - kedarkantha winter trek swriling uo through the forest
  • day2 photo - the snow laiden trail to juda ka taalab

Day 3

Summit Day

Summit Hargaon. Return To Sankri ( 15 Kms,7 hours )

Day 3
3400 - Kedarkantha BC
Day 3
2700 - Hargaon
Day 3
1920 - Sankri

15Km, 7hrs.

Activity: Trek Day
Overnight In: Sankri (1920m )
Accommodation: Homestay in Sankri
Meals Included: Morning Tea, Breakfast, Lunch, Evening Tea Snacks, Soup, Dinner, Dessert, Hot Drinks

Today is the most important day for us as we would be summiting the Kedarkantha Peak. Today the conditions of the trek and the timings will be very sharp. In order to summit the peak at the time of dawn to witness the exhilarating beauty of the sunrise over the beautiful valley, we start the trek at around 330 AM in the morning. We camp high up in the base camp to shorten the distance to the summit. With a quick breakfast of hot porridge, coffee and few quick munches for the trek, we start the trek with our headlamps on. For photographers, this creates an excellent shot with a trail of light climbing the white peak glowing in the dark !! It takes about 2 hours to reach the summit from the base camp. The trek is difficult and few short sections are very steep. Snow, wind, cold and altitude adds up to the difficulty. Teamwork and spirit make it easy to negate the difficulties and we make it all the way to the top. The wind on the top is very hard and we return back soon. The return trek to base camp is made easier by sliding on the snow. It takes about an hour to reach back to Base Camp.

After reaching base camp, we pack our gears and leave for Sankri. We have lunch in our Juda Ka Taalab camp and then head back to Sankri via the Hargaon route. Since the entire route is an easy descend and our walking speed increases, we finish the trek much quicker than the climb. 

  • day3 photo - some rest enroute kedarkantha summit
  • day3 photo - kedarkantha summit trek

Day 4Departure From Sankri

Activity: Drive Day
Accommodation: None
Meals Included: Breakfast
Cost Of Transport Included: NO
departure day

Kedarkantha Short Hardcore Trek - - Why Its A Must-Do

  • The Kedarkantha Short Trek is one of our very popular treks and hardcore trekkers just love it. Trekkers who choose to do this hardcore version of the trek are actually bored of the slow-paced itinerary which all other trek organisers arrange.
  • Kedarkantha is one of the prettiest winter and snow treks in our Himalayas and needs no introduction. However, it is a short trek of just 24 kilometres and in the correct sense, should be doable in 2 days - 1 day for ascending and another day for the summit and then descend.
  • Although short, this trek isn't an easy one, especially for a Beginner, as it involves a steep ridge walking straight away from the start of the trek as it climbs the ridge to the summit of the Kedarkantha Peak. The descend from the summit of the Kedarkantha Peak is a steep one which tests your leg and core muscle strength with real-time mountain challenge. Hence, it's not an easy task.
  • Although difficult to be done in 2 days, many people who are fit and strong can do it and we have been supporting them right from the beginning of Himalayan High's journey.
  • Our itinerary for Hardcore and Short version of the Kedarkantha Trek definitely help someone who possesses good fitness and has lesser time on hand, or someone who wants to explore more in lesser time.

Can Kedarkantha Trek Be Done In 2 Days? 

  • Yes, Kedarkantha is just a 24 Km trek which makes it easy to complete it in just 2 days. It needs to be understood that on normal Himalayan Treks, walking 10 - 13 kilometres in a single day is considered normal. The same applies to the Kedarkantha trek as well.
  • However, doing it in 2 days requires a good amount of fitness and stamina. It's definitely not as easy as the KEDARKANTHA POPULAR TREK which is done over 4 trekking days and 3 nights of camping. Alternatively, this trek has only 1 night of camping.
  • The day's trek involves walking on the ridge climbing continuously till we reach base camp.
  • The distance to the first camp of Kedarkantha Base Camp is about 9 Km and takes about 5 hours of the steep climb to reach the campsite. On the next day, its the climb to the summit of the Kedarkantha Peak, which is about 3 km only and takes about 2 hours to reach the summit. Once you reach the summit, the remaining trek is all about descending down and is comparatively much easier as you need no extra effort to walk downhill. Descending is very quick and we reach Sankri around 2 PM. 
  • On any Himalayan trek, walking 6- 7 hours is a common thing. In fact, walking for only 2 - 3 hours is uncommon which happens in the longer version of the Kedarkantha trek. So basically if you are a fit trekker, you can do it very easily.

Who Should Do This Trek?

  • Someone who is generally fit and possesses good stamina and endurance can choose to do this trek. This will not just help you test your physical stamina, but will also save you the vital number of days and money as well. 
  • Someone who is not that fit but wants to test himself/herself to the challenges presented by the Kedarkantha Peak and its extreme natural conditions.
  • Someone who has less number of days to spare for the trek or want to explore more in lesser time.
  • Someone who do not like the crowd and nonsense trekkers on the trek route who spam continuously with loud music, feasting, drinking, making huge campfires, shouting loud and looking for partners.
  • Experienced trekkers who have matured over time as a raw Himalayan adventurer.
  • Having said the above, it has to be noted explicitly that this trek is not for everyone. Those who are not used to discomfort, less used to exercises, and do not have good stamina should choose the usual leisure trek to Kedarkantha as that's the one everyone can do.
  • When we are asked to measure the required stamina, we would say someone who could complete a 10K marathon. Need not come first or second! Just need to have the stamina and mental strength to complete it


Who Should NOT DO This Trek?

  • If you looking for an easier trek which people usually write about the Kedarkantha Trek, then this itinerary is not easy. It requires good stamina and endurance to complete this trek.
  • If you are not confident of your fitness and do not possess good stamina then you should do the longer version of the Kedakanha Trek. For an idea, good stamina would mean being able to complete a 6k marathon with ease. Not win, just be able to complete it.
  • If you are looking at us to arrange campfires, games, dance parties, drink and smoke, play loud music, etc, then you should stay far far away from us, not just this trek.

Kedarkantha Short Hardcore Trek Package Cost Details

** click on the DayNumber to read detailed itinerary for the day

  • Day 1


    Arrival Day
    Arrive In Sankri (1920m )
    Overnight In: Sankri (1920m )
    Accommodation: Homestay In Sankri
    Meals Included: Evening Tea Snacks, Soup, Dinner, Dessert, Hot Drinks
    Cost Of Transport Included: NO
  • Day 2


    From Sankri (1920m ) To Kedarkantha BC (3400m ), Via - Juda ka Taalab (2700m ) . 4 Hrs. 9 Kms
    Overnight In: Kedarkantha BC (3400m )
    Accommodation: Tents ( Twin Sharing )
    Meals Included: Evening Tea Snacks, Soup, Dinner, Dessert, Hot Drinks
  • Day 3

    Summit Day.

    From Kedarkantha BC (3400m ) To Sankri (1920m ), Via - Hargaon (2700m ) . 7 Hrs. 15 Kms
    Overnight In: Sankri (1920m )
    Accommodation: Homestay in Sankri
    Meals Included: Morning Tea, Breakfast, Lunch, Evening Tea Snacks, Soup, Dinner, Dessert, Hot Drinks
  • Day 4


    Departure Day
    Departure From Sankri
    Accommodation: None
    Meals Included: Breakfast
    Cost Of Transport Included: NO
From Rs. 15000 To Rs. 7000/-
Batch Size:
25 - 40 <12

Cost Terms:

  1. The above-mentioned cost is in a range of minimum to maximum per-person cost for this trek as per 2 - 12 people team. Package Inclusions as per this cost can be read on Cost Inclusions.
  2. Going by our standardized service, appropiate safety measures, quality equipment and ecologically sustainable - small group commitment, higher team size will lower the cost whereas a lower team size will significantly increase the cost.
  3. To get the group segmented cost for this trek, please email or contact us on Whatsapp.
  4. The actual per-person cost of the trek is subject to the actual team size joining the trek. If you make any customizations that drastically change the cost as mentioned here, then it will mandatorily have to be a private group only.
  5. If we have dates listed on our website and it is not marked as private, it means other people have booked this trek for that date and have opened it up for other members to join to lower the cost. You may join that group as well as create your own private group.
  6. At any point, the team size cannot be more than 12 members unless there is a unique exception requested or agreed upon by all the team members.

Customized Private Group For Kedarkantha Short Hardcore Trek

Trekking is a very personal activity and is perhaps one of the very few activities that give you enough time to indulge with yourself or your beloved people, group of special friends, or close family members. It helps you transform personal bonds to the next level as it brings out everyone's best and truest self. Trekking is most enjoyed when it is done in a small private group, personalized to serve your specific needs. The Himalayas are best experienced when there is silence and solitude around and when you are surrounded only by your best people. Your trek is most enjoyable when all the pain of arranging a smooth trek is taken care of by us, and you focus just on your trek and yourself. Most importantly, a small private trekking group is very flexible, personalized and more enjoyable, is the safest and follows the principles of Sustainable and Responsible Tourism. We specialize in and are more popular for arranging Small Customized Private Trekking Groups to the Himalayas. Enquire For Customized Private Trek

INTERNATIONAL GUESTS: Trek cost for foreigners is slightly higher than the cost for our Indian guests, mainly due to the higher permit fee applicable for admission to National Parks or protected forest areas. Sometimes, it may be higher due to higher local crew wages and other specific arrangements we make to ensure a safe, comfortable and enriching travel experience in India. However, we absolutely DO NOT 'hyper-charge' our International guests ever and at the same time, ensure that we meet all the standards for highly qualified trek leaders and guides, safety, medical preparation, evacuation strategy, rescue arrangements, eco-sensitive travel, high-value knowledge sharing about the area and customs of the locals. 

Extra Cost For International Trekkers: Rs. 3000 per person.


Booking Process: Booking can only be done after multiple communitation via email / Whatsapp / Calls. After finalization, booking fees can be paid online or through direct bank transfers. International Trekkers can pay the partial booking fees using PayPal, Transferwise, Western Union or Direct Wire Transfer. The remaining trek fees can be paid upon arrival in India and meeting our trek leader.

Must Read - Important Pre-Booking Information

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We do not organize fixed departures for this trip.

If you want to do this trek with us, please fill this form to Request A Customized Private Trip Plan just for your team members. We will get back to you with all the details specific to your personalized requirements


  • Duration: 4 Days / 3 nights of the trek cost Ex. Sankri
  • Accommodation In Base Village (Sankri): 2 nights in Himalayan High managed homestay in Sankri with emphasis on local organic food and cultural exposure.
  • Accommodation On Trek: Spacious, sturdy and High-Quality Dome Tents will be provided on twin sharing basis.
  • Sleeping In Tents: Thick Waterproof Mattress complemented with Sub Zero Sleeping bags supported with Warm Fleece Sleeping Bag Inners For Extra Hygiene and Warmth will be provided by us
  • Dining On Trek: We will provide Dining and Kitchen Tents with camping stools and table for extra hygiene and comfort.
  • Toilet On Treks: Dry eco-toilet will be set up with a toilet tent and toilet seat.
  • Meals: All meals starting Evening Tea in Sankri on Day 1 till Breakfast in Sankri on Day 4 morning. 3 meals (B,L,D) suited for high altitude with evening snacks, soup, hot drinks and extra energizers/juice for summit days
  • Trail Safety: Gaiters, Anti Slip Crampons and Ice Axe depending upon snow conditions.
  • Communication: For efficient management of the trek, the team will be communicating with each other and trek base with the help of long-range wireless sets.
  • Medical Safety: Oxygen cylinder, Pulse Oximeter, Thermal temperature scanner and  Emergency Medical Kit accompanied with a trek leader knowledgeable on high altitude medicine and physiology
  • Trek Leader and Guide: Experienced and Well Equipped English/ Hindi Speaking Trek Leader maintaining guide to trekker ratio of 1:6. That is 1 guide for every 6 trekkers.
  • Local Support Staffs: Expert and Knowledgeable local guide with cooks, helpers, porters, mules, etc
  • Permits: All required forest entry permits and camping fees as per the rules of Govind Vihar National Park
  • Transfers: None
  • Max Team Size: Small group of not more than 15 members. You can make any batch a private batch by paying a little extra over the base trek fees.


Add-On Services ( At Extra Cost)


Baggage Offloading:


Private Accommodation On Trek:


These services can be availed at extra cost. Please enquire to know more


Personal Equipment Rental ( At Extra Cost)

  • High Ankle Waterproof Trekking Shoes (Quechua):
  • -20 degrees Down Jackets:
  • Windproof/Waterproof Jackets:
  • Windproof/Waterproof pants:
  • Headlamps:
  • Personal Fleece Sleeping Inner:
  • Balaclava/Neckwarmer
  • Waterproof Gloves
  • Trek Pole
  • Poncho
  • Rucksack

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  • BAGGAGE OFFLOAD: (check add-on services)
  • TRANSPORT Ex Dehraoon, Sankri: (check add-on services)
  • Personal Travel Insurance
  • Personal Purchases
  • Food Purchased Outside Our Menu
  • Personal Gears (check add-on services)
  • Anything not mentioned in the inclusion list

When Should You Book?

We typically get booked about 2 - 5 months in advance. It is advisable to book this much in advance as you get early bird discounts and also your travel costs like flights/hotels/trains etc are much cheaper and confirmed if you book well in advance.

Rules Of Cancellation: 

  1. Up to 10 days or more before the trek start date  - Full Refund of the total paid amount
  2. Between 10 days to 0 days before the trek start date - No refund. Free rescheduling or transfer of slot is allowed.
  3. Transfer Of Seat to Different Batch/ Trek: No Loss Of Money, valid up to 1 year from Invoice date. It can be availed up to 5 days before Trek Start Date by sending an email.
  4. Transfer of Seat to Friend/ Family: No Loss Of Money, valid up to 1 year from Invoice date. It can be availed up to 5 days before Trek Start Date by sending an email.
  5. Validity: This rule is only applicable for treks below 4000 meters and not graded as Challenging or Challenging+


Find detailed info on Cancellation & Refund Policy

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