My Experience of Kedarkantha Trek
This relatively short four-day trek, beginning in Mussoorie and covering approximately 30 kilometres, is located in the heart of Uttarakhand’s Govind Pashu Vihar National Park & Sanctuary. So, yes, the trek begins in Sankri, but getting there from Mussoorie is a trek in and of itself, albeit by vehicle. Your journey begins when you arrive in Mussoorie at 7 a.m. The road passes through Vikashnagar, Kempty Falls, and is only a short distance from the Yamuna Bridge.
My Experience of Kedarkantha Trek
A word of caution for tourist-trekkers: because this route takes you along Kempty Falls, there is no need to plan a separate visit here! Saving time equals gaining time. You will arrive at Jurmola, your last mobile connectivity point! Following that, a beautiful winding road ideal for photography opens up, though the treacherous mountain paths can cause motion sickness. In the evening, you arrive at Sankri base camp. Remember, this is an active wildlife sanctuary, so you should return to base by evening.
After arriving in Sankri, the following day is dedicated to orientation, training, and the acclimatisation walk. Visit the one-of-a-kind Shivji temple, where the village keeps all of its sports shields and cups as a humble obeisance to the deity. Its distinct architecture is a draw in and of itself. The Sankri base-camp is a delight, especially during the holidays and New Year’s, when it is decked out in gay décor to set the mood. Take caution when walking up and down the slick steps after a snowfall or rain. The Trekking provider’s volunteers are notorious for keeping a naughty count of participants who have a bad fall here!
The following morning, you set out for Juda Talav. A pleasant forested walk with a tea stop and a lunch canteen in between; you might even see the batch coming down the hill! An hour after lunch, the magnificent Juda Talav welcomes you in all its winter splendour. Take care to follow the instructions, as stepping on the frozen Talav is a recipe for disaster. This beautiful stretch of white sheet – pure bliss, dotted with trees – can be seen for as far as the eye can see. This is what makes Kedarkantha such a manageable trek – even if you’re walking in bitter cold and snow, the presence of the tree-line provides comfort!
The next day’s winding trail to Luhasu, at a height of approximately 10250 ft’, is not steep, but there is a lot of snow to contend with, making it a difficult task. This narrow path sees a lot of traffic, including fellow trekkers (Kedarkantha is one of the most popular winter destinations!) and, of course, pack animals, particularly khachars, who have right of way. Step aside gingerly and let them go – this is a good rule of thumb to follow no matter what adventure you’re on!
The summit day begins before dawn, allowing you to enjoy the sunrise at the summit. The scene of the night skies slowly opening up to wake you up will be etched in your memory for the rest of your life (and will make you come here, again). The beauty of the surroundings becomes apparent as the sky changes colours, and it touches your heart. This is why you braved the snow, the unexpected fall, the shortness of breath, and the ascent to 12500 feet’. Time seems to fly by, and as you descend, you notice how windy it is, made worse by the disappearance of the tree-line. This chill can be vicious and swift. You’ll take the shadow route down to Luhasu for a much-needed hot lunch before returning to Argaon camp.
The final day, when your heart is heavy to leave the trek behind but your mind is open to all the future treks that have sparked your interest, takes you back to Sankri base camp. The path is mucky and slippery, but you don’t mind because you’re having so much fun!
Every day on the Kedarkantha trek is a revelation in every way. Pleasant vistas, open spaces, and distant yet nearby mountains are all a delight. After checking the Kedarkantha box at the end of the year, you are now charged for the New Year, which, if you are lucky, you can even celebrate with a cheer at the summit!
It’s time to start planning your New Year’s Eve in the lap of nature! You can also see Triund Trek!!
The Kedarkantha trek is suitable for both novice and experienced trekkers. It is an excellent place to begin if you are new to trekking. It can be a little strenuous for first-timers. As a result, it is advised to maintain good physical stamina and read extensively. Any experienced trekker would love to go on the Kedarkantha trek for the beauty of the scenery and the adventure of trekking.
Kedarkantha is a beginner’s trek, so no prior experience is required. Although one must be mentally prepared and physically fit before embarking on the journey. Running is advised.
The Kedarkantha trek is suitable for both novice and experienced trekkers. The unique selling point of the Kedarkantha trek is that it provides a complete summit trek experience. Aside from the amazing experience, the trail also has some of the most beautiful campsites and a 360-degree view of the peaks all around it. Kedarkantha, India’s most famous winter trek, is rightfully known as the “Snow Paradise.”
Dehradun to Sankri/Saur (1850mt) via the Yamuna and Tons valleys, the Yamuna bridge, Nainbagh, Nowgaon, Purola, Jarmola (one of Asia’s largest and most beautiful pine forests), Mori, and Netwar. Trek to Sankri’s tiny market, where a few wooden huts serve simple but delicious food.
On a level path through dense forest, with a few waterfalls along the way. Dinner and an overnight stay in a tent at Juda Lake!
To Bainya with a packed lunch (Kedarkantha 3836 mt).
On the Kedarkantha (3812mt) mountains, with a packed lunch, ascend to Dunda thach on a gradual ascent with excellent views of snow-covered mountains and vast valleys with massive waterfalls. The area is home to a variety of rare Himalayan birds, animals, and flowers, as well as birch and spruce trees. Following the final steep ascent of. The majestic Swargarohini, Har ki dun Valley, and Kalanage Pick tower over this Valley of God. Shiv, Dinner and an overnight stay at the Dunda thach Comping tent are included.
The end of the (4000mt). Trek approximately 200 m Area to, you have the grass area Bard and Looking The Beautiful, Valley and Out of Area to view Rawine Valley, Har-ki-Dun, and The Beautiful Swargarohini Choose a dinner and an overnight stay at Shankri.
Travel from Sankri to Rishikesh (8-10 Hrs. drive). (We will hire a cab in Lohajung to take us to Rishikesh or Kathgodam, and the cost will be split among all participants.)