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Kedarkantha Trek - A Perfect Winter & Snow Trek

The Most beautiful snow and winter trek in the Himalayas to be done during December, January, February, March and April
- Popular Names: KedarkanthaKedarkantha Winter TrekKedarkantha Snow TrekKedarkantha New Year Trek

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Kedarkantha Trek

The Most beautiful snow and winter trek in the Himalayas to be done during December, January, February, March and April
- Popular Names: KedarkanthaKedarkantha Winter TrekKedarkantha Snow TrekKedarkantha New Year Trek

A Himalayan High Experience
  • approaching kedarkantha base camp
  • kedarkantha base camp
  • kedarkantha summit trek
  • a bridge enroute kedarkantha summit
  • some rest enroute kedarkantha summit
  • frozen juda ka taalab on kedarkantha trek
  • team himalan high opening route to kedarkantha peak for the winter
  • find peace in the kedarkantha trek
  • team himalayan high on kedarkantha peak
  • very precious early morning sun
  • Duration: 6 days/ 5 nights, Sankri to Sankri
  • Highest Altitude: 3800m
  • Grade: Easy ( learn more )
  • Best Time: Dec, Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Sep, Oct, Nov
  • Terrain: Meadows, forest , snow in winter
  • Activity Type: Trek
  • Trail Type: Same Exit Entry Point
  • Starts At: Sankri
  • Ends At: Sankri
  • Region: India - Uttrakhand
  • Country: India
  • Nearest Airport: Jolly Grant Airport, Dehraoon, Uttrakhand
  • Nearest Rail Head: Dehraoon, Uttrakhand
Introduction To The Kedarkantha Trek
- Popular Names: KedarkanthaKedarkantha Winter TrekKedarkantha Snow TrekKedarkantha New Year Trek

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 !

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. 

Safety on trek

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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We look forward to host you and your team. 

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Want Us To Help you Arrange For This Epic Journey ?

We believe that a smaller group gives you the best of the Himalayan Experience and specialize in organizing customized groups for the Kedarkantha Trek. Do get in touch with us if you want us to arrange this trek for you.

You can use the link - Customized Plan For Kedarkantha Trek to drop us an email with your specific requirements and service required. We will get back to you with the detailed plan and quotation as per the group size and service requested.

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Lakes At Glance: Juda Ka Taalab ( 2826m )

Rivers At Glance: Supin , Tons

Villages At Glance: Sankri, Soud, Mana

National Parks / Forest Reserves: Govind Pashu Vihar National Park and Sanctuary

  • Camp in the woods in the lap of the Himalayas of Garhwal. The trail is through the thick forest cover of the Himalayan Coniferous trees.
  • Feel the experience of a summit trek. Kedar Kantha is a beautiful looking mountain and on this trek we reach its summit at 3800 meters. 
  • An excellent trek to begin a multi day trek in the Himalayas. The total distance covered in this ttrek is just around 20 kilometers which we cover in 4 days. Each day we walk for about 2 - 3 hours except for summit day when we walk for around 5 hours. It gives an apt platform to test your endurance which is required for a multi day Himalayan trek.
  • Winter trek, trek on snow covered mountain. Its a classic winter trek and is one of the best winter treks available in the Himalayas. 
  • Enjoy the cold !! This trek is cold during the winter and temperature can drop as low as -10 degrees on nightfall.
  • Local culture and villages. Kedar Kantha is associated with the Hindu God - Lord Shiva. There is an interesting story of the place which the guide narrates on reaching the summit. There is a temple on the summit.
  • Snow covered peaks of the surrounding valley like Rupin, Har Ki Dun beautifies this trek even further. 

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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1From Dehradoon To Sankri, Via - Purola, Mori

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Brief Details Of The Day:

Early morning board your vehicles to take one of the very picturesque Himalayan drive following the Yamuna and the Tons river. You may stop by at Mussurie for having a quick breakfast and at Kempty falls enroute to start with the fun game right away.

After a drive of some 7 hours, you will arrive in Sankri by evening. On reaching, one of our representative will greet you and guide you to your hotel room. Once you are settled and freshened up, we meet over for evening Tea and Snacks. That's where we get introduced with the Team, issue you personal equipments for extra hygiene and safety, and share latest updates for the Kedarkantha trek in short. 

Our dinner gets ready by that time, and we get ready for a savoury dinner cooked by our expert cook hired locally.

Your trek leader and guide will share the timings for tomorrow.

Accommodation: Homestay / Hotel
Meals: Evening Snacks, Dinner

Photos From The Day:

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Day 2From Sankri To Juda ka Taalab

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Brief Details Of The Day:

Today after breakfast, we start our trek. We start on the road that goes to Talkua and just when we reach the village of Soud, the trek route starts on the right and starts climbing up to enter into the forest cover.  From here, its a constant, but easy climb to our campsite of Juda Ka Taalab. Kedarkantha peak is not visible entirely on the trek route for today.

The trek route come across multiple opening in the forest, and we take multiple breaks, not just to rest, but also to grasp the beautiful view presented by the elements of the nature. In some 3.5 hours, we reach our campsite for the day.

We camp by the lake of Juda Ka Talab ( The Lake of Separation ). Its a beautiful small lake in a small opening right in the middle of the forest. During winter, the lake freezes allowing you to walk above it.

After we reach, we are served with hot lunch and we take some rest after that. Evening we meet up for a quick medical recheck and ease out for the day. Photography and Camping games keep us engaged.

The light drops early here with the sunset and with that, its gets colder too ! We have our dinner early and get into our tents which are warmer. A good day ends.

Accommodation: Tents
Meals: All Meals

Photos From The Day:

  • kadarkantha trek kids of sankri and soud
  • kedarkantha winter trek swriling uo through the forest
  • the snow laiden trail to juda ka taalab

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Day 3From Juda Ka Taalab To Kedarkantha Base Camp

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Brief Details Of The Day:

Today's trek is shorter but a very beautiful one. Getting out of the cozy warm sleeping bags might get bit challenging. However, the hot tea waiting outside, the sunlight finding its way through the tall trees and the day forward will motivate you a lot to come out of those bags. Also, today is the day we see our peak for the first time !!

We finish our breakfast and start our trek for the day through the forest trails again. As we climb further, the forest starts clearing lightly and we can see our peak for the first time from an opening in the forest. We pass by few abandoned shepherd's hut. The trek continuously keeps us motivated and in some couple of hours we reach a bigger opening in the forest. That's where we camp for the day !!

We chose our campsite as per availability of water and ease out for the rest of the day. Here you are surrounded by white fresh snow all over with the peak of Kedarkantha right in front of you, calling you towards it !! Sunny day can be hot here even with snow all around because of the reflections. We need to take care of our eyes and also stay well protected against the cold wind, despite the heat.

After lunch and some rest, we will test our equipment like gaiters, micro spikes, 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 the 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. 

Similar to yesterday, we have early dinner and get into our tents just after the sunset.

Accommodation: Tents
Meals: All Meals

Photos From The Day:

  • approaching kedarkantha base camp
  • kedarkantha surrounding valleys
  • kedarkantha base camp
  • towards kedarkantha
  • very precious early morning sun

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Day 4From Kedarkantha Base Camp To Hargaon , Via - Kedarkantha Summit

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Brief Details Of The Day:

Today is a challenging day for us. Not because the trek is difficult, but because the condition and timing is sharp. We gear up for The Day of the trek as we head for the ridge of the peak before the day dawns.

A quick breakfast of hot porridge, coffee and few quick munch for the trek, we start the trek with our headlamps on and lighted. For photographers, this creates an excellent shot with a trail of light climbing the white peak through the dark !!

Soon we find ourselves walking on the mountain itself, on its ridge. After a climb of some 3 hours, we stand on the summit of the mountain. There is a small temple, where we offer prayers to Lord Shiva. The magic spelled by the Sun on the surrounding mountains and valleys is just a moment to Live for!!

We do not just want to come back but, we sadly have to. So, after spending some good time on the top, we head down the same route. We return to Base, savour on hot lunch and then trek further down to the other side of the mountain.

Tonight we camp on one of the loveliest campsite ever - Hargaon. Here the evening gets just magical 

Accommodation: Tents
Meals: All Meals

Photos From The Day:

  • the route to kedarkantha summit
  • kedarkantha summit trek
  • some rest enroute kedarkantha summit
  • a bridge enroute kedarkantha summit
  • team himalayan high on kedarkantha peak

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Day 5From Hargaon To Sankri

Quick Information:
  • Hargaon: 2700 meters / 8910 feets
  • Sankri: 1920 meters / 6336 feets
  • Approximate Distance: 5 Km
  • Approximate Time: 4 hours
  • Day's Activity: Trek
Brief Details Of The Day:

We start easily in the morning after breakfast and trek back to Sankri from Hargaon. It takes us about 4 hours to reach Sankri with a relaxed walk through the forest and apple orchids. Once we reach Sankri, we freshen up and take hot showers. Post lunch, we can visit the village of Saud to hear some interesting stories for the locals.

Accommodation: Hotel
Meals: All Meals

Photos From The Day:

  • kedarkantha snow trek
  • a happy team after a successful summit of kedarkantha peak
  • find peace in the kedarkantha trek

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Day 6From Sankri To Dehradoon, Via - Mussoorie

Quick Information:
  • Sankri: 1920 meters / 6336 feets
  • Mussoorie: 2000 meters / 6600 feets
  • Dehradoon: 450 meters / 1485 feets
  • Approximate Distance: 200 Km
  • Approximate Time: 7 hours
  • Day's Activity: Drive
Brief Details Of The Day:

Today we end our trek. We start early morning from Sankri so that we can reach Dehradun on time. This enables us to make the most of our vacation and allows you to be on your next destination like Mussourie, Rishikesh, Dehradoon, Haridwar, Chakrata, Kanatal etc on time.  

You had come as a guest but now you go as a good friend with a promise to meet somewhere in the mountains, sooner !!  

Accommodation: None
Meals: Breakfast

Photos From The Day:

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Fixed Departure Price
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INR 9,000

INR 6,950 | USD 105

5% Government Taxes Extra
GST Number: 19AADCH8833L1Z1

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We had the most wonderful experience of our Kedarkanth trek. The arrangements were on mark and our preparation was well guided. Most of us were on our first trek and still we could finish the entire trek within 2.5 days. Our team at the end was elated in soul with no or minimal aches in the body. We look forward to trek styles at twice a year and hope our group next time will be more in numbers

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One of the most thrilling experience of my life. It's extremely cold at night in the month of December . It feels like temperature can be way below what your actual readings. At juda ka talab and kk base camp it was around - 10 (min temp). After midnigjt thete was no water in normal water bottles everything was frozen. But don't worry it will not affect you. U can enjoy in bonfires. This was my 3rd Himalayan trek after triund and chopta chandrashila. Once you reach the Kedarkantha base, look out for white peaks that stretch. Bandarpoonch, Swargarohini, Kala Nag and Ranglana stand among the others. Overnight stay at juda ka talab and kk base camp was amazing experience. We enjoyed a lot. And food provided by himalayan high was tje best one can have in that area. Thanks mr suman chowdhary for surprise of gazar ka halwa and rasgullas. In short this trek will be a good experience. In winter temp is very low but there will be absolutely no problem. Suggestions: Suggestions for trekkers : go by itinerary provided by trek guide. Drink more and more water during your trekking to avoid any kind of sickness mainly headache. Enjoy your trek as much as possible. Follow the rules described nh your trek leader.

Saurabh katiyar , Private Service, Delhi


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The trek was beautyful with nature at its best. The landscape looked as if it were from one of those Hollywood fairytale movie set! It my first snow trek and it was a spellbinding experience. The best part of the trek was the summit climb. It offered bit size challenges that any tough trek should give you like walking on ridges with fairly strong head winds and few stretches of steep climb. Though the trek has an easy tag on it, summit climb was bit challenging and that could be because we started the day of summit from JKT and skipped camping at KK base before summit climb which is the usual itinerary. The next best thing of this trek was the food offered by himalayan high team! Simply delicious... The good food and cozy sleeping bags eased off the exhaustion at the end of each day. It is a must do trek for any nature lover and thrill seeker.

Vijayanarayana, Private Service, Delhi


☆☆☆☆

The experience was really awesome and mind blowing. The stay in tents and encountering the natural surrounding all around was a beauty. The trek enlightened confidence tat yes trekking is not tat hard buddy :P . The guidance by the trek leader and local guides were really worth it. THANK YOU FOR A LIFETIME EXPERIENCE HIMALAYAN HIGH!! :) Happy new year hav a grt time ahead

Harshal Golcha, Student, Pondicherry


☆☆☆

Wonderful Experience it was.. Me and our group cannot forget the memories which will last with our hearts forever! Many more treks to come.. Suggestions: We will suggest himalayan high to other people also.. The services were so good and we were very much satisfied with himalayan high..

Rahul Porwal, Student, Pondicherry


☆☆☆☆☆

Was a very wonderful experience, thanks for the cake which u made for us on special request! Thank u for a wonderful experience

Hemank Golcha, Student, Pondicherry


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Questions & Answer

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When does Kedarkantha Peak get its first snowfall of the season ?
Although these days weather has become very unpredictable, Kedarkantha peak usually get its first snowfall by the mid of December. This belt of the Himalayas get heavy snowfall and often the first snowfall is heavy. This can make the entire trek a snow merry-land right with the first snowfall.
Does Sankri too get snowfall ?
Yes, Sankri too gets snowfall and turns completely white. Usually that happens after mid of January or early february.
When is best time to visit kedarkantha trek?
Kedarkantha trek can be done throughout the year but the beauty of it is in its snow which turns the trek into a white dreamy land and cold. The entire excitement of this trek comes from the snow and tolerating cold for 4 days of the trek. We camp over snow for all these days. Also, its a good way to celebrate your New Year and Christmas. Snow makes this trek little moderate, otherwise its a straightforward easy trek of 24 kilometers.
Can a beginner do the Kedarkantha trek ?
Kedarkantha trek is the best trek for a beginner, specially in the winters. It provides you with all the elements that makes it a perfect trek to start your Himalayan sojourn.
Will you need walking crampons or spikes to do the Kedarkantha trek in the winters ?
Not really, but a walking crampon will make this trek easier for you. If you have good high ankle waterproof shoes ( not woodland ) which has good traction, specially Vibram sole, you really do not need a crampon. However, walking over snow without crampons for a beginner becomes a tough task and you can slip frequently. Sometime, slipping can hurt you or twist your ankle. So, a walking crampon is advisable
Do we give Walking Ice-traction crampon to every trekkers for the Kedarkantha trek?
Yes, we provide everyone with a walking crampon to make this trek safer for every trekkers. We also provide with gaiters so the snow does not get inside your shoes to help[ keep your feet dry during the trek.
How do you take care in combating the extreme cold on the Kedarkantha trek ?
We take immense care in providing a very hospitable and sometimes our trekkers call it 'luxury' on this trek which help in combating the cold. To start with, firstly we provide foam mattresses which are about an inch thick, and we are the only organization who provides such expensive mattress on this trek. The sleeping bags which we give are very good to be used for sub-zero temperatures along with a fleece liner for that extra warmth and hygiene. Since we cannot wash the sleeping bags often, its very easy for us to wash the liners easily. We give more liners to ones who feel more cold. This increase the layers and make it warm and cozy. We also recommend bringing hot water bags, which we fill with hot water and can be taken inside the sleeping bags to act like a heater. Supported with a good insulated dome tent, it makes it very comfortable for you to sleep, even on top of snow. So, all the arrangements will be taken care of keeping in mind the cold and its a beginner's trek. However, there should be a positive spirit to face all the adventure despite out equipment and arrangements. You can also use warmees - self heating powders. These powder pouched can be bought from our store at 100 rs. per pouch
Are Waterproof shoes needed for this trek?
Yes. Waterproof shoes will help keep your feet dry and safe as you trek through the snow. Often there will be snow poling due to which your feet will go deep in the snow. You need to wear a gaiter over your shoes to protect snow from getting inside your feet from the top.
Do we need a trekking pole for this trek?
Not a mandatory thing but having it will help you with better balance and prevent jerk on your knees. Using a trekking pole is more of a habit. If you have strong legs, it is not required. It will keep your hands free with which you can save yourself from a fall or maintain balance. Using a trekking pole requires extra effort.
Can we rent all trekking personal gears from your Sankri Branch?
Yes. You do not have to buy all the expensive trekking gears for yourself. Save that money and rent every thing from us within the budget of a new shoe or rucksack.
What is the cheapest way to arrive Sankri ?
The cheapest way to arrive sankri is by taking bus from Dehradun to sankri and the same on return from sankri to Dehradun. Buses leave both the destinations early morning at 5:30 6:30 and 7:30. From Dehradun to sankri can be bought it from the Mussoorie bus stand near Dehradun Railway Station. You need not pre-book these buses. Compared to a small vehicle, travelling by bus takes longer time - approximately 10 to 11 hours. One way fare between Dehradun and Sankri is about 300 Indian rupees. Show the two way fare come down to about 600 rupees.
Can I reach sankri by shared Jeeps from Dehradoon ?
Yes. Shared jeeps can be taken from Dehradun to Purola and then from Purola to Mori. From Mori, shared Jeep's can be taken further till Naitwar and then from Naitwar to Sankri. Travelling by shared jeep increases dependency and is time bound. You can get shared jeep to Purola from Dehradun till 3 pm. It takes about 4 - 5 hours to reach Purola on a shared jeep. If you are too late then from Purola you will not get any means to reach Mori and further. Hitch hiking is an option but not guaranteed always. Vehicles to Mori can be got latest by 3 PM from Mori, that too with difficulty. If you reach Mori in odd hours, you can reserve a vehicle to drop you to Sankri. They will charge about 1000 to 1200 depending on time. From Naitwar, if u reserve a cab to Sankri, it will cost you between 500 to 700 Rupees.
Are hotels readily available in Sankri?
Yes, usually.. but during the peak winter season, there is a tremendous shortage of rooms and further good rooms in Sankri. People even camp in Sankri due to shortage of rooms. It's better you pre book your rooms if you are trekking during peak winter season. If you are hiring a trek operator like us or other reputed ones, they will include this in their package.
Do you have your own accommodation in Sankri or is it outsourced ?
No, we do not outsource and have our own accommodation in Sankri. It's a nice wooden lodge with glass windows and excellent views of the Swargarohini group of peaks right from your room.
Does Sankri have ATMs to withdraw money?
NO. Sankri does not even have proper internet connection and ATMs. Please carry excess cash with you for this trip. Last ATM point is Mori ( SBI ). Purola has more options of ATMs . However, we recommend you bring all your cash from Dehradoon itself or Mussurie. ATMS after that does not guarantee you money. Often they are out of service.
How short can we make this trek ?
If you are a fit Trekker, then you can complete this trek in 3 days from Dehradun even during the winters. However that means that all of your travel is optimized and you need not depend on any third party. You can rent all the trekking and camping gears from our branch office in Sankri, hire a porter and get this trek done in style. However, if you are a beginner, then we recommend you hire our full board services to understand the nitty-grities of planning a Himalayan trek safely and comfortably
Is a guide mandatory if we want to do the trek as a self sufficient group ?
No, but only if you understand well what you mean and want to do. We promote self sufficiency, but not for the sake of it. Even if you have good experience in the Shayadris, and well understand the art of surviving in the wild and outdoors, you can well do this trek at your own expertise. Also, it's very unlikely you will be left alone on the trek if you are trekking during the peak winter season. You can rent all trekking and camping gears from us. Even porters if you need. Hiring a porter will help you with some local assistance throughout the trek.
What is the best way to reach Dehradun ?
We start early morning for the drive from Dehradun to Sankri, at around 730 AM. So its advisable to reach Dehraun by 7 AM. The best way to reach Dehradun is by taking a overnight Volvo bus from Kashmere Gate ISBT in Delhi. The last Volvo leave at 1130 and reaches Dehradun ISBT by 530 in the morning. There is also a train AC Express which reaches Dehradun in good time. We can pick you up from Dehradun ISBT or railway station to leave for Sankri. We can stop by at Mussurie or Kempty Falls for breakfast.
What will be the travel cost and arrangement for a group from Dehradoon and Sankri ?
We coordinate and arrange for easier transportation between Dehradoon and Sankri. The group sharing the cab pay the travel fees to the driver. The current cost is as listed below:

For small vehicle (bolero, mahindra max, or similar ), the price is 5500 * 2 = 11000. an be shared by 7 - 8 people

For tempo traveller, the cost is 9000 * 2 = 18000, can be shared by 9 - 13 people

What will be the travel cost and arrangement for a group from Dehradoon and Sankri ?
We coordinate and arrange for easier transportation between Dehradoon and Sankri. The group sharing the cab pay the travel fees to the driver. For efficiency, we fix the pick up location and that will be Outside the Dehradoon Railway Station. The pick up timing will be between Morning 730 to 8 AM. The current cost is as listed below:

For small vehicle (bolero, mahindra max, or similar ), the price is 5500 * 2 = 11000. an be shared by 7 - 8 people

For tempo traveller, the cost is 9000 * 2 = 18000, can be shared by 9 - 13 people

What Time Should I Book My Return Journey From Dehradoon ?
We will start Early morning around 7 AM on 6th Day from Sankri and it takes about 8 hours to reach Dehradun considering ideal situations and lunch breaks. However it is advisable to keep buffer time of about 3 hours as it is mountainous road. So you are expected to reach Dehradun from Sankri at 3 PM and considering the Safe Buffer Time, you should book your return tickets only after 6 PM from Dehradun. If you are travelling to Delhi from Dehradun, then you will get many buses that leave from ISBT. Its better if you pre-book, but thats not mandatory if you are not very particular about the bus service and quality. Usually they are good.
What Are The Best Ways To Reach Dehradun From New Delhi ?
Overnight Volvo buses are the best ways to travel to Dehradun from Delhi. They leave from Delhi Kashmere Gate ISBT and take about 5 - 6 hours to reach Dehradun in a comfortable way. Since they reach in morning, you will not require to spend extra money on hotel in Dehradun.
 
you cab book them online on https://utconline.uk.gov.in
 
Suitable Bus Timings Chart: 
Departure Time Arrival Time Fare(Rs.)
09:30 PM 04:00 AM 753
10:30 PM 05:30 AM 753
11:00 PM 05:00 AM 753
11:30 PM 05:30 AM 753
11:59 PM 07:00 AM 753
If I am travelling from Mumbai, what are the trains that are best to board for this trek ?
All the trains that start from Mumbai reaches Dehradun in the evening or it is too long to travel, and hence is not suitable since it will require extra night stay in Dehradun. Preferable mode of transfer will be to take train to Delhi and then overnight Volvo bus from Delhi to Dehradun. These Volvo buses reach Dehradun by 530 - 6 AM and makes perfect for your onward journey to Sankri.
 
Here are the list of trains you can take from Mumbai till Delhi to be there on time. All of these trains reach Delhi latest by 645 PM and then you can board the overnight Volvo bus to Dehradun for a comfortable journey to Dehradun.
 
Train No. Train Name Departure Arrival
12903 GOLDENTEMPLE ML 21:25 18:45
12431 RAJDHANI EXP 20:45 16:55
12617 MANGALA LDWEEP 12:55 13:15
19023 FZR JANATA EXP 07:25 12:45
22659 DEHRADUN EXP 13:40 12:40
12953 AUG KR RAJ EXP 17:40 10:55
12925 PASCHIM EXPRESS 12:00 10:40
12909 NZM GARIB RATH 16:35 09:40
12951 MUMBAI RAJDHANI 17:00 08:35

 

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