Kedarkantha Trek In 2 Days | Short and Hardcore

Kedarkantha Hardcore Summit Trek In 2 Days

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

Details Of The Kedarkantha Hardcore Trek

Rs. 6950/-
Group Discount Applicable for Team Of 5+
Cost All Inclusive From Sankri to Sankri
Cost Inclusions
9 Trek Gears For Individual Use
Batch Size:
25 - 40 <15
Extra cost of Rs. 3000 applicable for foreigners for higher permit cost and other specific arrangements. Private Customized groups can be booked at extra cost. Group of 15+ gets a private group by default.

Indian trekkers can directly book online using the integrated and automated invoicing system or contact for manual booking. International Trekkers need to go through manual invoicing upon remittance of the partial booking fees using PayPal, Transferwise, Western Union or Direct Wire Transfer. Remaining trek fees can be paid upon arrival in India and meeting our trek leader

Add Ons:
Additional Camping Night In Base Camp: Rs.2500
Single Tent Supplement: Rs.2000
Baggage Offloading: Rs.1200
Shared Cab Pooling - Dehradun - Sankri - Dehradun: Rs.2400

Must Read - Important Pre-Booking Information

Key Himalayan Geographical Offerings Of The Kedarkantha Hardcore Trek

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

Why Should You Do The Kedarkantha Hardcore Trek

  • 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.
  • 📅 Duration: 3 nights, 2 Trek Days, Sankri to Sankri
  • 🔼 Highest Altitude: 3800m
  • 🛑 Grade: Moderate ( know trek grades )
  • 👍 Best Time: Dec, Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr
  • 🌄 Terrain: Meadows, forest , snow in winter
  • 🏃 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
  • 🙏 Travel Guide: Where and How To Reach Sankri
  • 📶 Mobile Network: Vodafone till Mori. BSNL till Sankri and Summit
  • 🌐 Internet Option: 3G on BSNL till Mori and 2G on Vodafone. Occasional 2G in Sankri
  • 🌞 Temperatures: -10 to 10 during winters, 2 to 15 in summers
  • 🔒 Is Cloak Room Available: Yes
  • 🍵 Generic Food Menu: Indian, Garhwali, Nepali, Tibetan and South Indian

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Kedarkantha Hardcore Trek Package - Daywise Detailed Itinerary

Day 1Arrival In Sankri ( 200 Kms,7 - 8 hours )

Drive Day

Brief Details Of The 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 Base Camp, Via - Juda ka Taalab ( 9 Kms,6 hours )

Trek Day

Altitude Profile And Geo-Coordinates:
Brief Details Of The Day:

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.

Day 3Summit Day. From Kedarkantha Base Camp To Sankri, Via - Hargaon ( 15 Kms,8 hours )

Summit Day

Altitude Profile And Geo-Coordinates:
Brief Details Of The Day:

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. 

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We had started our treks from October 2020 and since then we have served many trekkers without any problems related to covid. Thanks to our safety protocol and SOW.

Covid Negative RT-PCR Test Report or Vaccination Certificate Is Mandatory To Trek With Us.

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  • 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 Base Camp (3400m ), Via - Juda ka Taalab (2700m ) . 6 Hrs. 9 Kms
    Overnight In: Kedarkantha Base Camp (3400m )
    Accommodation: Tents ( Twin Sharing )
    Meals Included: Evening Tea Snacks, Soup, Dinner, Dessert, Hot Drinks
  • Day 3

    Summit Day.

    From Kedarkantha Base Camp (3400m ) To Sankri (1920m ), Via - Hargaon (2700m ) . 8 Hrs. 15 Kms
    Overnight In: Sankri (1920m )
    Accommodation: Tents ( Twin Sharing )
    Meals Included: Morning Tea, Breakfast, Lunch, Evening Tea Snacks, Soup, Dinner, Dessert, Hot Drinks
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  • Duration: 2 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.
  • Personal Trek Equipments: 9 sets of essential trek gears for complimentary use. ( read below)



Personal Trekking Equipment For Free Use:
(No Rent will be charged. Refundable security amount of Rs. 1000 need to be deposited )

  • Gaiters to protect snow from getting into your shoe (to be returned after use )
  • Microspikes / Ice Tracktion Crampons to grip well on slippery and hard snow on the trek (to be returned after use )
  • Poncho to protect you from snowfall (to be returned after use )
  • Trek Pole to protect you from falling and balancing on the trek (to be returned after use )
  • Rucksack to pack your trekking gears from Sankri (to be returned after use )
  • Fleece Inner Gloves (to increase layering in your hand )
  • Neck Warmer: ( to protect your throat )
  • Waterproof Gloves: ( to protect your hands)
  • Fleece Sleeping Bag Inner to ensure personal sleeping hygiene.  (to be taken home )



Equipment Available On Rent At Extra Cost

  • High Ankle Waterproof Trekking Shoes (Quechua): Rs 340
  • -20 degrees Down Jackets: Rs. 340
  • Windproof/Waterproof Jackets: Rs. 170
  • Windproof/Waterproof pants: Rs. 170
  • Headlamps: 51


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What's Not Included

  • ** BAGGAGE OFFLOAD: Extra at INR 1200 per trekker
  • ** TRANSPORT Ex Dehradoon: Can be arranged on request. Rs. 6000 for a small cab, one way (seats 7 ). Rs. 10000 for tempo traveller, one way ( seats 13). We will arrange it on request.
  • Food purchased outside our fixed menu
  • Travel Insurance
  • Anything out of the Inclusions list

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