The Kedarkantha trek is a perfect picturesque trek in the lap of the Himalayas of Garhwal. The overall return trek distance of the Kedatkantha trek is around 24 kilometers from Sankri - a small village located closer to Kinnaur in the Uttarkashi district of Uttrakhand.
The Kedarkantha trek takes you up to its summit which touches the altitude of 3800 meters or 12468 Feet above the sea level. The view from the top offers spectacular panorama the region all around. Other lesser known peaks of the Supin Range, villages located nearby, valleys of Himachal and Garhwal. From the top of the Kedarkantha Summit, you can also view the Dhauladhar range of Himachal Praesh, The Rupin valley, Har Ki Dun valley and views that goes down to the dense settlement of Purola.
This region gets early snow in the winters and soft white snow covers all the surrounding peaks after the snowfall by December, making it one of the best snow trek in our country. All the surrounding mountains, which otherwise were insignificant now looks extremely elegant and beautiful with their sharp points appearing like a dominating 6000 meter peaks of the Himalayas.
Kedarkantha Trek: Weather and Its Effect On The Trek
During The Summers And Autumn:
Classified Summer Months: April, May, June
During Summer months in April, May and June, the Kedarkantha trek is a beauty in itself with a fresh and lush green cover on its meadows. April sees off the remaining snow cover of the winters and the ground reveals itself in wonderful greens and colourful flowers. Under the dense forest cover of Oak and Pine, the trek route gently winds up to bring you to the waving waters of the Juda ka Taalab Lake. However hot it may be in the lower plains of Dehraoon, or Delhi, here its always cool and serene. This trek in the summers gives you a grand view of the surrounding making you feel like a eagle, with a bird's eye view of the entire panorama. Temperature range during the summer months vary between 6 degree Celsius in the night to about 20 degrees on the mid day heat. Serious cold gears are really not required during these months.
Classified Monsoon Months: July, August
During the monsoon months of July and August, the region gets enough rainfall and its not ideal to trek, though not risky. You can definitely come and climb up this peak in the monsoons. The Kedarkantha trek will not disappoint you even in the monsoons as the mountains has its best friends - the white and gray clouds playing with it. Numerous waterfall emerge due to rains and it looks just pretty. Yes, only one problem is the rain and to keep oneself protected. You have lots of shepherd's hut on the trek route and can be used to take shelter rather than the tents, which might cause a problem. All other rain gears and cooking support can be rented from Sankri from our office. Another important reason to trek in the monsoons apart from seeking the beauty and adventure spirit is to give the locals some employment as it is a non-earning months for them. It really gets cold during the monsoons and be prepared with some water proof gears as well as warm clothes.
Classified Autumn Months: September, October, November
Post monsoon comes the Autumn season where the weather slowly prepares for the long winter months, to be covered by snow. Its is the transition state from Summers to the Winters. The leaves slowly start to turn dry and start to fall off. Few changes colours as well making it a dreamy land. The green grasses slowly starts to turn brown and the temperature starts to dip. During the autumn months it makes a great trek for the beginners not just to try and test their fitness, but also to taste the wonderful feeling of trekking in the Himalayas as during this time, the weather gods are generally kind and offers you a great views of the surrounding peaks and valleys. The temperature during the autumn months varies between minimum of 2 degrees to a maximum of 15 degrees Celsius during the day time.
Kedarkantha Trek In The Winters:
Classified Winter Months: December, January, February and March
The Kedarkantha trek is perhaps one of the best winter trek in the Himalayas and snow trek existing in the entire Himalayas. The entire trek route and surrounding is covered by a thick layer of fresh white snow. This region of the Himalayas gets early snow owing to the confluence of different Himalayan ranges and the quality of snow is very good. Its white powder making it a wonderful ski destination as well.
The view of a forest covered in snow is very dreamy and surreal. One of our trekker described it as a shooting set of a dreamy Hollywood movie... We thought may be a Russian movie !! :-) Right from the ground to the leaves, everything looks surreal and dreamy. The experience of spending few days on snow is on of the best take away from this trek. Its an experience which just takes your heart right away and keeps you excited throughout. The Kedarkantha trek gets really cold in the winters and temperature drops to as low as -10 degrees adding to more to the thrill of being on one of the best winter treks in the Himalayas. However, not to worry. The temperature inside the tent isn't that cold and the equipment and food that we provide perfectly takes care of your comfort.
Introduction To Mountaineering in Climbing The Kedarkantha Peak of 3800 Meters
Not just the views, the Kedarkantha peak, the summit of which is above 3800 meters or 12550 feet, also offers you the ultimate experience of climbing a mountain peak. Considering the altitude and snow conditions of the Kedarkantha peak, the trek to its summit can well be considered as your introduction to mountaineering and learning the snow craft, which is one of the 3 pillars of a mountaineer. Our leaders train and provide lots of knowledge on snow techniques and safety which will be one of the greatest advantage of trekking with us.
Going by the standards of the Himalayas, its just the beginning though. We have villages and human settlements above 4000 meters in the remotest corners of Himalayas, totally secluded from the World and definitely the digital World and peak that are as high as 8850 Meters, but it can just be the beginning. The Himalayas are anyways proven to change the entire outlook of a person who has visited them.
Yes, coming back to the experience of a summit climb, we start the summit push to the just before dawn to perfectly time our reaching to the top of the Kedarkantha Peak at sunrise. You start with your headlamps on in the darkness, finishing your breakfast of hot porridge and egg boils very quickly, all excited. The sight of trekkers climbing the peak in the pitch darkness o the snow looks excellent!. The team makes a light trail on the mountain. It does require some energy, zeal and positivism to reach the summit, but once you reach the summit, you gift yourself one of the best ever experience of your lifetime.. a jaw dropping view all around and the charming magic of a Himalayan Sunrise. Snow just adds to the wonderful experience as it is white all around... Its just magical, and my vocabulary falls short.. The feeling of seeing the surrounding light up to the dawn from the summit can never be forgotten and becomes a lifelong cherishing moment.
Cultural Exposure During The Trek
The trek starts from, Sankri, which belongs to the Jaunsar region of the Garhwal Himalayas. It borders Kinnuar in the Himachal. This region has a unique culture which is a blend of both the Garhwali as well as that of Kinnaur. The besera topi for example or the Sirku as a food. Wonderful learning experience of interaction with the locals and beautiful, playful children, food awaits you on this trek. Yes, we serve few of the local dishes on our trek as well !
Our Most Popular Homestay In Sankri Where We Keep Our Trekkers
The architecture of the village temples and making of the houses here is a great architectural learning and unique in itself. Apart from this, the kedarkantha trek also offers lots of other insightful experiences and journey for those who want to seek more knowledge and learn about the local way of life and get inspired by them.
Safety We Provide On Our Kedarkantha Trek
We take safety seriously as many beginners come to do this trek with us. Whereas we mostly conduct difficult treks above 6000 Meters and climbing expeditions, we organize Kedarkantha trek just because we love it so much !!
Its a apt trek to boost your morale and take up high altitude trekking and mountaineering seriously in the Himalayas which is a gift to our Country by the Almighty !! Having said that, this trek is not highly demanding and makes for a great value for time in the mountains.
We provide all the necessary Top-Class Safety Gears required to do this trek safely and comfortably. We use sub-zero imported sleeping bags which is provided with a clean fleece inners for that extra hygiene. Our camping mattresses are uniquely designed by our team which is not a thin rubber mattress which rest of the trek operator uses, but more than one-inch thick foam mattress with a waterproof cover. That's not just resists the cold from the ground, but also makes a soft bed to sleep on.
We provide all the trekkers with Anti-Slip Ice Crampons for that extra safety so that you do not fall which trekking on the snow. Over that, we provide all the participants with gaiters so that snow do not get into your shoes from the top.
Our trek leaders are certified and so are our local guides. The food we serve on the trek has got tremendous likes form our past trekkers. They even talk about it in the reviews we get and are amazed by the abilities of our cook's ability to provide such softly cooked delicacies even at that remote a place.
Moreover, we have our own EQUIPMENT RENTAL STORE IN SANKRI from which we give all the required gears like waterproof shoes, rain ponchos, headlamps, down jacket etc on rent. The prices are extra reduced for our own trekkers. Vist the site to know more about what you can rent from Sankri without purchasing these highly expensive gears.
Well, lastly, words cannot express what we have to say about the Most Beautiful Winter Trek we have in the Kedarkantha Trek. JOIN OUR GROUP AND FIXED DEPARTURES to celebrate Snow, Christmas, New Year, Friendship, Love and to get inspired by the magnificent Himalayas !!
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