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Kedarkantha Winter And Snow Trek | Best Trek Of Uttrakhand

Kedarkantha Winter And Snow Trek

The most exquisite, picturesque & life changing snow trek for beginners

About The Kedarkantha Winter And Snow Trek

Rs. 7950/-
+5% GST PER HEAD
Batch Size:
25 - 40 <15
Extra cost of Rs. 2000 applicable for foreigners. Private Customized groups can be booked at extra cost. Group of 12+ gets a private group by default.

International Trekkers can remit the booking fees using PayPal, Transferwise, Western Union or Direct Wire Transfer and pay the remaining trek fees upon arrival in India

5% GST is applicable on all our costing.

Rs. 9450 with 14 Mandatory Trek Equipment
Rs. 11500 with 14 equipment and travel ex Dehradun

Find Whats Included In The Cost, Free Equipments, Meals etc

Add Ons:
Single Tent Supplement: Rs.2500
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 Winter And Snow Trek


Peaks: Bandarpunch West ( 6316m ), Kalanag ( 6387m ), Swargarohini 1 ( 6252m ), Swargarohini 2 ( 6240m ), Swargarohini 3 ( 6168m ), Swargarohini 4 ( 6000m ), Bandarpoonch East ( 6045m ), Hata Peak ( 5838m )
Lakes: Juda Ka Taalab ( 2826m )
Rivers: Supin , Tons
Villages: Sankri, Soud, Mana
National Parks / Forest Reserves: Govind Pashu Vihar National Park and Sanctuary

Why Should You Do The Kedarkantha Winter And Snow Trek

  • The Kedarkantha Winter Trek is a perfect adventure in the lap of the Himalayas of Garhwal to be done in December, January, February, March and April.
  • The overall return distance is around 24 kilometres from Sankri - a small village located in the Jaunsar region of Uttarkashi district in the Indian State of Uttrakhand - The Land of Gods.
  • The beautiful walk takes you up to the summit of the Kedarkantha Peak which touches an altitude of 3800 meters or 12468 feet above sea level.
  • The view from the top offers a spectacular panorama of the region all around. The mighty peaks of the Supin Range, namely the Swagarohinis, Bandarpoonch, and Black Peak surround the valley. From the top, you can also view the Dhauladhar range of Himachal Pradesh, The Rupin valley, Har Ki Dun valley, and views that go down to the dense settlement of Purola.
  • Falling between the junction of the Mighty Dhauladhar range and the Great Himalayas, this region gets a high amount of snow early in the winters starting from December which continues and keeps piling up till March.
  • After March, the snow begins to recede opening up the lush green meadow beneath with colourful flowers blooming during the Spring and Summers.
  • All of the surrounding peaks and valleys are covered with super fresh white snows, making it one of the best snow treks in the Indian Himalayas. All the surrounding mountains, which otherwise were insignificant now look extremely elegant and beautiful with their sharp points appearing like a dominating 6000-meter peak of the Himalayas.
  • Camp amidst the woods, deep in the dense forest of the Govind Vihar National Park, in the Himalayas of Uttrakhand. The trail is through the thick forest cover of the Himalayan Coniferous trees - 'Christmas Trees' as trekkers fondly call them, when they are fully covered with snow in the months of December and January.
  • Feel the experience of summiting a peak. The Kedarkantha peak is a beautiful looking mountain and presents a good challenge to test yourself. On this trek, we reach its summit at 3800 meters. While the winter months are fully covered with snow, making many of the peaks in the alps shy with its glory, yet simple to climb up to.
  • An excellent trek to begin a multi-day trek in the Himalayas. The total distance covered in this trek is just around 24 kilometres which we cover over 3 days. Each day we walk for about 3 - 4 hours except for summit day when we walk for around 6 hours. It gives an apt platform to test your endurance which is required for a multi-day Himalayan trek.
  • Winter trek, trek on a snow-covered mountain is so much rewarding. It's a classic winter trek and is one of the best winter treks available in the entire Himalayas. 
  • Enjoy the cold !! This trek is cold during the winter and the temperature can drop as low as -10 degrees at nightfall.
  • Local culture and villages. Kedarkantha 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 Shiva temple on the summit.
  • Snow-covered peaks of the surrounding valley like Rupin, Har Ki Dun beautifies this trek even further. The 4 peaks of Swargarohini, Black peak, and Bandarpoonch are visible on this trek.

 

Important Note: Though this trek itinerary is popular and makes it easy for more trekkers to do it, we actually prefer to do the Kedarkantha Trek in only 2 days from Sankri with just 1 halt in the beautiful high camp of the Kedarkantha Base. This we call the Kedarkantha Hardcore Trek. Since this itinerary is good only for those trekkers who are physically fit and visit Kedarkantha for the sake of trekking and no-nonsense, it matches with our kind of ethics and sporting values while trekking in the Himalayas. It helps ignore the touristic, ill-managed and out of discipline trekkers who just come to party, make noise, drink and click pictures. Our hardcore Kedarkantha trek involves proper trek for over 5 hours every day in snowy conditions and gives you a trekkers' satisfaction at the end of the day. Its a no-nonsense itinerary and does the right justice to the short 24 Kilometer Kedarkantha trek which the fit and good trekker can even do in a single day if planned well. You need to know that we have supported many trekkers to do this trek even in a single day. They were super fit athletes though!

Note: To help Beginners refrain from buying expensive trek gears, our package for Kedarkantha Trek includes all required gears for free to be used for the trek. Find more about Whats Included In The Cost, Free Equipments, Meals etc



 

  • Duration: 5 Days, 4 nights, Sankri to Sankri
  • Highest Altitude: 3800m
  • Grade: Easy ( know trek grades )
  • 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 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/Vodafone in Sankri and Summit
  • Internet Option: 3G on BSNL till Mori and 2G on Vodafone. Occasional 2G in Sankri. Wifi at extra cost 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 Winter And Snow Trek Package - Daywise Detailed Itinerary

Day 1Arrival In Sankri ( 190 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.

Accommodation: Homestay in Sankri

Meals: Evening Tea Snacks, Soup, Dinner, Dessert, Hot Drinks

Day 2From Sankri To Juda ka Taalab ( 4 Kms,3 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.

The trek for today is not going to be easy, especially for those straight out of the office desk. It climbs straightforward right from the word go and only stops by the time you reach the campsite. The overall distance is less and only 4 kilometres. However, the continuous steep climb makes it look difficult and takes about 3 hours, with loads of breaks for water, photography and snacking. We will serve you hot lunch on reaching the campsite.

After lunch, we rest for a while and then go on an acclimatization walk to the Juda Ka Taalab lake. This not only keeps us engaged but also serves the very important factor of acclimatization which is very essential for completing the trek in style.

Accommodation: Tents ( twin sharing )

Meals: Morning Tea, Breakfast, Lunch, Evening Tea Snacks, Soup, Dinner, Dessert, Hot Drinks
  • day2 photo - kadarkantha trek kids of sankri and soud
  • day2 photo - kedarkantha winter trek swriling uo through the forest
  • day2 photo - the snow laiden trail to juda ka taalab

Day 3From Juda Ka Taalab To Kedarkantha Base Camp ( 5 Kms,3 hours )

Trek Day

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

Getting out of the cosy warm sleeping bags might get a 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 The Kedarkantha 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 a few abandoned shepherd's huts. 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 !! A 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, 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.

Accommodation: Tents (Twin Sharing )

Meals: Morning Tea, Breakfast, Lunch, Evening Tea Snacks, Soup, Dinner, Dessert, Hot Drinks
  • day3 photo - approaching kedarkantha base camp
  • day3 photo - kedarkantha surrounding valleys
  • day3 photo - kedarkantha base camp
  • day3 photo - towards kedarkantha
  • day3 photo - very precious early morning sun

Day 4Summit Day. From Kedarkantha Base Camp To Sankri, Via - Kedarkantha Summit , Hargaon ( 14 Kms,6 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. 

Accommodation: Homestay in Sankri

Meals: Morning Tea, Breakfast, Lunch, Evening Tea Snacks, Soup, Dinner, Dessert, Hot Drinks
  • day4 photo - the route to kedarkantha summit
  • day4 photo - kedarkantha summit trek
  • day4 photo - some rest enroute kedarkantha summit
  • day4 photo - a bridge enroute kedarkantha summit
  • day4 photo - team himalayan high on kedarkantha peak

Day 5From Sankri To Dehradun ( 200 Kms,7 - 8 hours )

Drive Day

Altitude Profile And Geo-Coordinates:
  • Sankri: 1920 meters / 6298 feet
  • Dehradun: 300 meters / 984 feet
Brief Details Of The Day: Today is our last day and we bid goodbyes. if you are taking the bus, you will have to walk to the bus stand in Sanbkri market a little early to book a suitable seat in the bus for yourself. If you have booked a cab from us, then the cab will be waiting for you outside our homestay.
Accommodation: None

Meals: Morning Tea, Breakfast

Covid19 Safety Protocol For Himalayan Treks

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 Is Mandatory To Trek With Us.

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  • Day 1

    Drive

    Arrival Day
    Arrive In Sankri (1920m ), Via - Purola (1550m ), Mori (1150m ). 7 - 8 Hrs. 190 Kms
    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

    Trek

    From Sankri (1920m ) To Juda ka Taalab (2700m ) . 3 Hrs. 4 Kms
    Overnight In: Juda ka Taalab (2700m )
    Accommodation: Tents ( twin sharing )
    Meals Included: Morning Tea, Breakfast, Lunch, Evening Tea Snacks, Soup, Dinner, Dessert, Hot Drinks
  • Day 3

    Trek

    From Juda Ka Taalab (2700m ) To Kedarkantha Base Camp (3400m ) . 3 Hrs. 5 Kms
    Overnight In: Kedarkantha Base Camp (3400m )
    Accommodation: Tents (Twin Sharing )
    Meals Included: Morning Tea, Breakfast, Lunch, Evening Tea Snacks, Soup, Dinner, Dessert, Hot Drinks
  • Day 4

    Summit Day.

    From Kedarkantha Base Camp (3400m ) To Sankri (1920m ), Via - Kedarkantha Summit (3800m ), Hargaon (2700m ). 6 Hrs. 14 Kms
    Overnight In: Sankri (1920m )
    Accommodation: Homestay in Sankri
    Meals Included: Morning Tea, Breakfast, Lunch, Evening Tea Snacks, Soup, Dinner, Dessert, Hot Drinks
  • Day 5

    Drive

    Departure Day
    From Sankri (1920m ) To Dehradun (300m ) . 7 - 8 Hrs. 200 Kms
    Overnight In: Dehradun (300m )
    Accommodation: None
    Meals Included: Morning Tea, Breakfast
    Cost Of Transport Included: NO
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WHAT'S INCLUDED IN PRICE

  • Duration: 5 Days / 4 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 5 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)

 

 

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

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

 

 

5 Equipment Available On Rent At Extra Cost
(you may rent all of this with full equipment package@9450 or with full equipment, Dehradun to Dehradun packages @11500)

  • High Ankle Waterproof Trekking Shoes (Quechua): Rs 510
  • -20 degrees Down Jackets: Rs. 510
  • Windproof/Waterproof Jackets: Rs. 255
  • Windproof/Waterproof pants: Rs. 255
  • Headlamps: 102

 

+ Package Cost Exclusions

What's Not Included

  • Baggage Offload: Can be booked at an extra cost of Rs. 1200 per bag not weighing more than 11 Kgs, for entire 4 days of the trek
  • Food purchased outside our fixed menu
  • Travel Insurance
  • Anything out of the Inclusions list
  • Personal Trekking Gears ( like shoes, down jackets, waterproof trek pants, sunglasses, waterproof gloves, etc)
  • Any kind of transportation from Dehradun, Rishikesh, Haridwar, or Sankri. We can arrange on request or you can book by yourself as an addon service after booking the trek.
+ Mandatory Packing List
  • 3 sets of DryFit Tshirts
  • 2 set of track pants (no jeans)
  • 4 sets of socks ( 2 cottons, 2 woollen)
  • 1 or 2 set of thermal inner ( upper & lower)
  • Fleece Jacket or Pullovers
  • Down Jacket (can be rented from us )
  • Waterproof High Ankle Trekking Shoes (can be rented from us )
  • Waterproof/Windproof Trekking Trouser (can be rented from us  )
  • Waterproof/Windproof Trekking Jacket (can be rented from us  )
  • Headlamp (can be rented from us  )
  • Trek Pole, Waterproof Gloves, Poncho, Rucksack, Fleece Inner Gloves, Waterproof Gloves, Gaiters, Spikes, Sleeping Bag Inners ( provided by us as complimentary use )
  • Polaroid UV Protected Sunglasses or Snow/Glacier Goggles
  • 2 Water Bottles & Tiffin Box with Spoon, 1 cup
  • Skull Cap Wollen or Fleece
  • Toilet Paper Roll, Wet Tissue
  • Personal Care Kit ( lip balm, moisturizer, sunscreen, etc )
  • Personal Medical Kit (basic or regular medicines )
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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 7 days or more before the trek start date  - Full Refund of the total paid amount
  2. Between 7 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 6000 meters and not graded as Challenging or Challenging+

 

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Other Versions Of The Kedarkantha Winter And Snow Trek


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Winter Season

Winter sets in this region by the mid of December till the mid of February. The first snowfall typically can happen anytime in early days of December

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 some of the best times to do the Kedarkantha Trek.
  • During the month of January and February, the Kedarkantha trek route is very less crowded and the trail typically remains completely under snow.
  • Less crowd makes it a great trek experience as it sets the appropriate ambience 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.
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Historical Snowfall Pattern

  • 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.

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 colourful 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'

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Current Snow Conditions

currently, there is about 3 feet of snow from Kedarkantha Base Camp till summit.
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Temperature Information

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.
  • 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.
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Fitness Requirement

  • 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.
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Advice For Novice Trekkers

  • 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 is 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.
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AMS Specifications And Guide

This route is very safe with respect to AMS as the sleeping altitude on the entire trek is below the tree line with a natural oxygen supply. On top of it, we are always prepared for any untoward symptoms with our special medical team to take preventive actions based upon the symptoms. In most cases, the problems are the result of indigestion and cold, smoking or drinking on the trek.

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Safety Evaluation

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 that 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 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.

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Nearest ATMs and Cash Points

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 Mussoorie.

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Mobile Network Availability

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.

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