Read About Various Important Topic On The Kedarkantha Trek Below:
When Does Snowfall Happen In Kedarkantha?
The Kedarkantha Trek falls in the Jaunsar region of Uttrakhand bordering the Kinnaur belt of Himachal Pradesh. This region lies in the juncture between the Great Himalayas and The Dhauladhar range and receives an immense amount of snowfall during the winter months from December till March. Sometimes, it even snows here out of the schedule like in the months of April, October, or November too. However, they disappear very soon with the bright sun melting off the snow. The snowfall that happens in the months of December remains for as long as till the end of March. The cold weather of the winter prevents it from melting, whereas fresh snowfall keeps on piling over it making it a snow wonderland. Typically it can snow anytime in December till March and many trekkers and local people wait eagerly for it. Good snowfall brings prosperity to the village. It results in a good apple season in the coming months and also good earning opportunities for the local trek guide and porters.
A Full White Snow-Covered Kedarkantha Trek - Best Time To Venture
If you read the internet you will feel as if the Kedarkantha trek is full of snow all round the year. However, it's not true. It snows in this region during the winter months of December and goes on till the mid of March. The snow starts to melt starting end of March and after the mid of April, the trek becomes green and colorful with blooming flowers. During the winter months from December till March, the trek remains under snow cover and the visual sight is one of the rarest in the Himalayas and referred by many trekkers as 'the most beautiful trek in the Himalayas'
Himalayan High Trek Leader Opening The Route To Kedarkantha After Fresh Snowfall
How Cold Is The Kedarkantha Trek In The Winters?
Kedarkantha Trek is freezingly cold in the winter months from December till March. During the winter months when the trek is full white because of snow, the temperature dips down below freezing point and goes to as low as -10 degrees on the top of the summit at midnight or at dawn. However, the temperature inside the tent is around 3-4 degrees depending upon how many people share the tent. Daytime temperature during the winter remains around 8 - 12 degrees. We need to be mindful that when sunlight reflects on fresh white snow above 3000 meters, it can get quite warm and even hot at times due to the reflection of UV rays. So on a bright sunny day, even in the winters when there is snow all around, the temperature can reach up to 20 degrees due to reflection. We need to protect ourselves not just from the UV rays but also from frequent temperature changes and sweating.
Kedarkantha Trek Just After A Fresh Snowfall
Is The Kedarkantha Trek Summitable In January and February?
Often the months of January and February are the best months to do the Kedarkantha Trek. Usually, the month of December is very crowded with Christmas and New Year Holidays making it convenient for many office goers and college students to get leaves. However, the months of January and February are one of the best times to do the Kedarkantha Trek. During these months the trek route is less crowded and the trail typically remains completely under snow. Less crowd makes it a great trek experience as it sets the appropriate ambiance and solitude of a Himalayan Trek. It lets you capture good photographs and also works out to be ideal for wildlife sightings. Often it works out to be a great adventure as in the month of January, it snows for 2-3 days continuously. While this calls out for a great adventure, it might disrupt your schedule at the same time. Do keep a few buffer days on hand while you plan this trek, especially between the end of January till the end of February. Our teams have submitted the Kedarkantha Peak many times in these months and we see no reason why you cannot be able to do it. However, you do need a good, strong, and positive support team to work for you. Sometimes we did face disruption which we managed by waiting for a day or two and then doing the same trek to complete it in style.
Can Beginners Do The Kedarkantha Trek?
Kedarkantha trek is perhaps one of the best treks for beginners. It is a multiday Himalayan trek that involves camping and surviving extreme conditions of snow and cold. On any good Himalayan trek that goes higher and above 4000 meters it becomes very important that you are well accustomed to camping and sustaining discomfort for multiple days. Kedrarkantha trek just gives you a crash course for the same. The walks on each day are planned to be shorter, there is an ample amount of snow but we keep no stones unturned to give you comfort even during that extreme temperature and wilderness. It about managing the adventure under the safe hands of experienced trek leaders. We do exactly the same. We hone your trekking skills while on the trek, to make you a better trekker, to make you love and care for the Himalayas, just as we do! With our planned trek, safety instructions, and fitness guidelines, anyone who is generally fit, should be able to complete the Kedar Kantha trek without any problem.
Happy Faces After Completing The Kedarkantha Trek
What Is The Fitness Level Required For Doing The Kedarkantha Trek?
Anyone who is generally fit with no cardiac problems should be able to complete the Kedarkantha trek without any problems. When we say 'Generally Fit', we mean he/she should be able to run and 6Km marathon and should be able to complete it. He need not come first. Just be able to complete it. Having strong legs, shoulders and core strength helps a lot. You may do staircase climbing with or without weight to train your legs. Cycling, Swimming, or brisk walking should help build stamina. Plank helps strengthen your back and core. A few pushups and chin-ups should strengthen your shoulders and back muscles. Do note that you need not be a champion in marathon running or be a bodybuilder. You just need to have a positive mindset and a generally fit body used to exercises.
Is The Kedarkantha Trek Safe?
Trail Safety: Yes - Kedarkantha Trek is very safe, but only when done under a responsible and alert guide. Or else, this trek can go wrong for many. A twisted ankle, fractured hand, wrist, leg, etc are something which ignorant and irresponsible trek guides have shown to us in the past. In fact, a trekker under the supervision of one of the most popular, the largest and pioneer of trek companies in India have even died on this trek route. All thanks to the ignorant trek leader. Sometimes, even a few trek leaders have returned with a frostbitten leg on this trek. It is common to get lost in the jungle on this trek route. So this historical data does reflect that this trek is easy, but needs to be done under good supervision and a responsible trek company.
In the history of Himalayan High, we have not had a single case of even twisted ankle on any of our treks. All thanks to our well-planned adventure, strict discipline, and mountaineering principles. and most importantly - trained trek leaders who are mountaineers themselves.
Excessive Snowfall: It is typically very common in the month of February to receive excessive snowfall for continued days. Many times it snows bad when treks are still on. While you are in the tents, it is a possibility that the tent might break if you don't keep clearing the snow to pile on the top. We require a swift response at that time and hence the trekking company you chose to trek with matters a lot. With Himalayan High, you will be advised what to wear and our team is a professional and experienced team to handle these issues.
High Altitude and AMS: The Kedarkantha trek route is very safe from Altitude Sickness. If you are fit and have the desired stamina, you may even climb the peak in a matter of 2 days. all of the camps on this trek have natural oxygen from trees. The highest altitude of this trek is 3800 meters, which is not the sleeping altitude. The highest sleeping altitude is 3000 meters and below the tree line where natural trees give out fresh oxygen. However, on our managed treks, we carry oxygen cylinders with us as a precautionary safety measure and monitor the health of all the trekkers every day.
Emergency Exit: There is no alternative way out on this trek route apart from either trekking back to Sankri or bring an injured trekker down on the back of a horse. On reaching Sankri, cabs can be managed.
Water On Trek: Water is a very important element on any trek. Wrong water intake can cause you to withdraw from the trek and be hospitalized as well. On any Himalayan trek, natural water sources like lakes and streams are the only option. We serve stream water boiled, filtered, and then treated with oxidizing agents like chlorine or iodine. Till now we haven't had any bad experience with water.
Women Safety: It is typically very safe for women in the Himalayas. The locals respect them and treat them well. We haven't yet heard of any stories or incidents of bad treatment with women in this region. However, it must be noted that local culture and sentiments must be respected.
Trekking Through the Forest on The Kedarkantha Trek
Why Should You Do The Kedarkantha Trek With Himalayan High?
We have been organizing the Kedarkantha Trek for a long time and absolutely without any case of a mishap to date (unlike others), and of course with an excellent review and reputation. We serve with heart keeping in mind that most of the trekkers who join us are beginners and need that extra care and mentoring. We absolutely prioritize Safety & provide extremely knowledgeable trek leaders and local route guides who know not just about the sport, but also about the locality, high altitude physiology, and medicines. We keep Comfort and experience building next to Safety. Camping in that wild and extreme temperatures needs good insulation and care from the cold. Our mattresses are waterproof with thick foam inside giving perfect insulation from the frozen ground. The Sleeping bags we provide are the ones used by our Army in the extremities. These are topped up by a thick and clean sleeping bag inner which is made up of fleece for extra hygiene and warmth. Over that, we suggest you bring hot water rubber bags which we fill with hot water in the night. You can use it as a heater inside your sleeping bags giving you the coziest sleep even in the wild conditions.
We provide dining tents with tables and stools so that you do not need to sit on the frozen ground or stand outside in the freezing open while eating. We make sure that we do not serve Packed Lunch which cools to the ice at that temperature. All the food that we serve is served fresh and hot!! We menu is designed keeping in mind the altitude and temperature to take care of your body and provide warmth.
Giving you cultural insight during your stay with us is given priority and we share stories and make you interact with local oldies and small boys so that you get more knowledge about the local culture and food. We keep you in one of the most beautiful home-stays in Sankri right in the middle of the village so that you share more with them. Also, we serve local organic cuisines in our homestay in Sankri. We buy as many from the locals as possible like Red Rice, Potatoes, Garlic, Millets, Rajma, Bethu, etc, and serve you organic meals as much as possible.
The Kedarkantha trek is obviously not an easy walk. It's short but steep. The temperatures are extreme ranging between 1 to -10 degrees Celsius. Altitude adds furthermore to the difficulties as well. Camping under these conditions and walking through the snow is not an easy task. We celebrate with joy after the summit and distribute a trek completion certificate after the successful completion of the trek.
Join us to have one of the best experiences of your lifetime.
Our Satisfied Team On The Summit Of Kedarkantha Trek
What Should You Pack For The Kedarkantha Trek?
- 3 T-Shirts ( dry-fit )
- 3 Light Weight Hiking Pants
- 4 Socks ( 2 cottons, 2 woolens)
- 3 Undergarments
- 1 Penknife or multi-tool knife
- 1 Thin Nylon Ropes for multipurpose use
- 1 Toilet Paper Roll
- 1 Small Towel
- 1 Soap Papers
- 1 Ruck Sack
- 1 Small Backpack/nap sack
- 1 Waterproof Hiking Shoes
- 1 Headlamp with extra batteries
- 2 Water Bottles (better if 1 is thermos)
- 1 Camp Cutlery Set
- 1 Waterproof Upper & Lower ( also act as windproof )
- 1 Poncho
- 1 Waterproof Sack/Backpack Cover
- 1 Waterproof glove
- 1 Skin Moisturizer
- 1 Lip Balm
- 2 Thermal Inner Wears ( upper + lower )
- 1 Woolen Cap
- 1 Fleece or double fleece jacket
- 2 Woolen Gloves with a pair of thin inner gloves
- Sunscreen SPF 50 above
- Sunglasses( UV proof/ Polarizer)
- Sun Hat
- Balaclava /Face mask
- Dry fruit
- Chocolate/Energy Bars
Few Important Tips For The Kedarkantha Trek
ATM and Cash Points: There are no ATMs or rather any banks in Sankri. Purola - 70 Kms below Sankri is the last place which you can trust to withdraw some cash from ATM. Else, it is advisable you withdraw it from Dehradun or Mussurie.
Mobile and Internet Network In Sankri: The mobile network is very unreliable and is not consistent. It has mobile towers for BSNL and Vodafone. When it works, even on the trek route there are points including the summit from where you can make calls. However, it does not work most of the time. It is better to inform your family members accordingly so that they do not panic when you aren't reachable on phone. Also, while reaching Sankri, Purola is the last point where you get a reliable 4G network of Airtel, Jio along with BSNL and Vodafone. Once you leave Purola, Only BSNL and Vodafone is available. Jio will be up soon. Mori is the last point which is 36 KM before Sankri where you may get internet on BSNL 3g most of the time. After that do not expect the Internet on your mobile.
How To Reach Sankri
Nearest Airport: Jolly Grant Airport, Dehraoon, Uttrakhand
Nearest Rail Head: Dehraoon, Uttrakhand
Route Hubs: Dehradoon - Vikasnagar - Nuagaon - Purola - Mori - Naitwar - Sankri
From Airport: Dehradun airport is outside Dehradun city and there are no buses or jeeps that go to Sankri from the airport itself. If you hire a taxi directly from Dehradun airport, we may help to pre-arrange it for you. It costs about 6000 - 6500 Rs and takes about 8 hours to reach Sankri. Alternatively, you may take an auto or a can to come till Dehradun and use public transport like shared jeeps or buses to reach Sankri. Read Below.
From Railway Station: All buses or shared Jeeps for Sankri leave near the Railway Station. There is only one Government bus which leaves from Sankri right beside the railway station exit. Its called the Mussurie Bus Stand. Other private buses and taxis leave from Purola Taxi Stand outside the railway station on the main road opposite to Grand Hotel.
By Bus: There are 3 buses which leave early morning at 530, 630, and 8 AM. Private buses to Sankri leave from the main road near the Grand Hotel. There is no stand. They just stand beside the road and start from there. There is a single Government Bus which leaves from Mussurie Bus Stand, beside Dehradun Railway station at 830 AM. Do enquire for a bus on the previous night before heading to the bus stand. Sometimes timings can change.
By Shared Jeeps: From Dehradoon, you will get shared jeeps to Purola. From there, Mori is the next hub which is 35 km away and takes about 1.5 hours. From Mori, you get the next shared jeep to Naitwar which is 11 km in distance. It takes about 30 minutes to reach Naitwar from Mori. From Naitwar, Sankri is 25 km and takes about an hour. However, the shared vehicles wait to get filled and it takes a lot of time to fill. Sometimes as long as 3 hours. You may hire a vehicle from Naitwar to Sankri which will cost you 600 Rs. Hiring a jeep from Mori will cost you about 1200 Rs. If you are late, hiring jeeps are your only choice for reaching Sankri. Or else, you will have to book a hotel and stay there itself. If you plan to stay in a hotel then Purola or Mori makes a good choice. Naitwar does not have any proper hotel to stay in. On the next day, you can take a direct bus or a shared jeep to Sankri from either Mori or Purola. The first bus in the morning to Sankri from Purola leaves at 530 AM and reaches Sankri at 10 AM.
Distance From Major Points:
Dehradun to Sankri: 211 kms
Dehradun to Purola: 140 kms
Purola to Mori: 35 km
Mori to Naitwar: 11 km
Naitwar to Sankri: 25 km
Equipment Rental For Kedarkantha Trek
We have just made it super flexible for the Trekking Community looking to venture deeper and higher in the Sankri range in Uttrakhand for your treks to Kedarkantha, Har Ki Dun and many other treks and expeditions like Black Peak or Kaalanag Expedition, Swargarohini Expedition, etc. starting from Sankri. Now you can rent almost any trekking and mountaineering equipment from Sankri. From lightweight butane gas canisters to sleeping bags, tents, Kitchen tents, toilet tent, gaiters, crampons, ponchos, etc. Safety gears like oxygen cylinders, pulse oximeter, and many more. We've covered it all for you.
Just come down to Sankri, arrange your trek by yourself and get it done in Your style - Your way! That will definitely hone and nurture the Trek Leader in you. Only one thing - pre-book the rental equipment through our Online Trek Gear Booking System and carry your invoice to our Sankri Location.
DIY Kedarkantha Trek - Hone The Trek Leader In You
Kedarkantha is a very thrilling and exciting Himalayan trek to do for sure. Arranging this trek for yourself with your friends and family needs immense planning and knowledge of trekking in the Himalayas. There are several trek organizers who organize this trek for groups of people. They have all the arrangements for the trek sorted out and you can just join their group and enjoy your experience. Himalayan High is one of the best trek organizers in the Industry. However, somewhere out there, there are different breeds of people too who don't enjoy trekking with fully organized groups as much as others. That's why, to help them, we have detailed a complete step by step guide to planning and organizing the Kedarkantha trek on your own.
If you look at organizing any multi-day Himalayan trek, it may seem to you as a complex problem. But to make it simpler, we need to break it down into different essential components of organizing a trek. Here are a few things that need to be sorted out for your trek planning.
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