Uttrakhand | 6D/5N | 12,500 Ft.
October to April
(Above mentioned cost is for a fixed departure)
- Reviews 3934.9/5
- Vacation Style High Altitude Trek
- Activity Level Easy
- Group Size Large Group
All about the Kedarkantha Trek.
Imagine yourself standing amidst the lush green valleys, clear blue skies, adorable flora and taking a clean and deep breath while witnessing the picturesque view of a place that you always dreamt to be at. Did it feel good? Obviously, it can tear your heart apart with tranquillity. The elegant Himalayan treks are a must if you consider yourself to be a wanderlust and a nature lover. The enchanting views in the vicinity, the vivacious colours of the diverse flowers, the serene cold and crystal clear water and the melting of snow will leave you spellbound with the marvellous view that nature has to offer. Dusting the snow off your shoulders after a long ascent up a valley and watching the sun-kissed, snow-laden mountains right in front of your eyes will surely take your breath away. If this doesn’t give you travel goals, nothing else can. Please Check our Kedar Kantha Trek Gallery.
Trails lined up with rhododendron and fringed with pine trees, vast meadows with myriad butterflies and snow-capped mountains all around, Kedarkantha Trek is one of the most sought winter treks in the country. This trek originates from Sankri, a small little village nestled deep inside the Garhwal Himalayas. The drive from Dehradun to Sankri offers one of the most beautiful drives in the region of Uttarakhand, so don’t doze off in the car especially towards the end. The distance for the trek is not much and the terrain is not so challenging which makes this trek just the right one for first-time trekkers. The campsites here range from camping near a frozen pond to verdant meadows and are guaranteed to leave you awestruck. And mate we assure you when you climb that summit; nothing’s ever going to look the same.
Kedarkantha Trek Elevation & Distance
Kedarkantha trek elevation is encircled around 12,500 feet. The Kedarkantha trek distance is approximately 20 kilometres in length. It requires around 4 days to comfortably complete the trek along with acclimatization. The Kedarkantha weather is considered to be quite cold with the Kedarkantha temperature ranging between 6 to 20 degrees centigrade from April to June while it varies from 8 to -10 from November to March. During the monsoon months, the temperature fluctuates from 5 to 17 degrees centigrade.
Although the trek is mesmerizing all year round, the best time to do the Kedarkantha trek is in the month of December and January and then again from March and April because during this part of the year there will be plenty of snow which will make the Kedarkantha trek experience even more magical. You can witness a collection of some of the majestic Himalayan peaks covered with pristine and fresh snow. Kedarkantha in summer months is considered to be quite relieving if you live somewhere in the plains where the temperature tends to hit almost half-centuries. Kedarkantha Trek is not preferable during the monsoon months from July to September because of steep slopes and slippery terrain which makes it very difficult to ascend with the rain pouring downwards.
Kedarkantha Trek Difficulty
The Kedarkantha trek difficulty is considered to be easy. You can also look at the Kedarkantha travel map before you embark on your trek as it can give you a clearer picture of your route and terrains. The trail is considered to be one of the easiest trails because of the kind of terrain over here. This is one of the very few high mountain expeditions which are less prone to Acute Mountain Sickness or Altitude Sickness.
Kedarkantha Trek with Trekmunk
Trekmunk as a Kedarkantha Trek Organizer will make sure that you get a wonderful experience for all the wanderlusts. As per the trekking reviews of various trekkers, Trekmunk is the best trekking company in India that assures you a quality service and a friendly atmosphere. Kedarkantha Trek cost is around 8,450 INR which will include an experienced trek guide. Also, as far as the documents are concerned, we need to show some documents of identification for the trekkers to the forest department officials in order to get the Kedarkantha trek Permit. So, make sure that you carry the required documents that are asked of you.
Kedar Kantha Trek Short Itinerary & Duration
For reaching Kedarkantha, first, you have to arrive at Dehradun which is the capital of Uttarakhand. Dehradun is connected by roadways, railways and airways. The roadways are well connected and the landscapes are alluring throughout. The nearest railway station is the Dehradun railway station which directly connects major cities of India like New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, Kolkata and many more. Most of the cities have premium train services like Shatabdi, Rajdhani, Duronto which makes the journey faster and comfortable. The air network is also very good. The nearest airport is the Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun. You can get daily flights from most of the cities of India.
From Dehradun, we have to make our way to a village named Sankri which is situated at an altitude of 6,400 feet. A drive of 220 kilometres will advance you to the Sankri base camp where the trek actually starts. You are expected to reach Sankri by evening. You will be spending the night at Sankri to get well acclimatized of the conditions at such high altitude. The mobile network is alright till this point except for the BSNL network which proves to be erratic. The next stop will be Juda-Ka-Talab which is located at an altitude of 9,100 feet. This is a 5 hours trek which is around 4 kilometres long. Overnight stay at the base camp. A trek of another 4 kilometres will take us to the Kedarkantha Base which is located at a height of 11,250 feet. The next step will be ascending the Kedarkantha summit which stands tall at an elevation of 12,500 feet. The whole trail has a distance of 6 kilometres and it will take around 7 hours to make it to the top of the summit. We will spend some time on the summit and then descend to Hargaon which is at an elevation of 8,900 feet. From Hargaon, we will make our descent to Sankri which will take around 4 hours. The next day we will drive back to Dehradun and reach there by evening. The total Kedarkantha Trek distance is around 20 kilometres. Check here for complete trek itinerary
Kedarkantha Trek Highlights:
- Easy and simple trek to start with. One of the best treks for beginners. It is a high mountain trek but yet the maximum height from mean sea level is Twelve Thousand Five Hundred (12,500) feet. A general study says that you start to feel altitude sickness above the height of Eight Thousand (8000) feet. So, the risk of developing altitude sickness is also not so high. This is why even teenagers can opt for this trek. Anyone who wants to experience a week-long trek must opt for this trek.
- Kedarkantha Trek is considered to be one of the best winter treks in the Himalayas. It is snow-clad from the middle of December to the middle of March. At this point of time, the weather is very cold and the trek is difficult from the rest of the season. Life will come to a standstill witnessing the amazing landscapes snow-clad mountains all around you. An ambient temperature exists during the rest of the season.
- Kedarkantha Trek consists of some of the prettiest campsites in the Himalayas. The setting in the vicinity includes forests with abandoned broken huts. You can witness jaw-dropping sunrise and sunset standing on one of the rocks by the campsite. The fiery sun rays falling on the peaks in the vicinity will leave you with a complete surprise. You will come across many alluring landscapes. You will certainly be amazed at the astounding beauty of this place.
- The view from the top of the summit will take you to a fairyland. The alluring snow-clad mountain peaks will take your worries of life. You can see the mighty Gangotri and Yamunotri ranges along with Black Peak, Swargarohini and Bandarpoonch ranges.
We believe that if you possess a basic level of fitness, you can opt for this trek. Also, chances of altitude sickness are rarely reported. A lot of people claim to find this trek very interesting to refresh themselves amidst their daily routine life filled with boredom. You are assured to get an amazing company of wanderlusts alongside you. You might think that embarking on this trek with total strangers won’t be that fun but believe us, you will certainly descend the trek with your hand over their shoulders promising to trace more peaks together in future.
This trip provides you with complete assurance to enhance your relationship with nature. The blistering wildlife and amazing landscapes will take you on a journey to heaven. The trek to the summit is tough but returning back from that ambience to the same old life will be even tougher. Known as the trekker’s wonderland, this trek will certainly be a lifetime experience for you. So what are you waiting for? Get ready with your backpack and book the amazing Kedarkantha trek 2019 with us right now. Trek the Himalayas with Trekmunk and turn your dream into reality.
Best Time To visit Kedarkantha Trek
Kedarkantha trek is best during the winter months. Winters are chilly and summers are pleasant in the regions of the Kedarkantha trek. The best time to do Kedarkantha Trek is in December and January and then again in the months of March and April. However, the best season to go for Kedarkantha trek is during the winter right from November till April. The whole region and the surrounding hills in the vicinity will provide a picturesque setting. You will get to witness the snow-laden ranges of the mighty Garhwal Himalayas.
How To Reach Kedarkantha Trek
Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun is well connected to the major cities of the country by air. Frequent flights ply from Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai and Kolkata.
Dehradun Railway station is the most convenient stop, from where frequent buses and cabs are available.
Dehradun is accessible from the other parts of the country via the National Highway. The Dehradun bus stand has a sufficient network of public buses available from New Delhi and Chandigarh.
Kedarkantha Detailed Itinerary
Day 1 : Drive to the base camp : Sankri
From Dehradun, we For reaching Kedarkantha, first, you have to arrive at Dehradun which is the capital of Uttarakhand. Dehradun is connected by roadways, railways and airways. The roadways are well connected and the landscapes are alluring throughout. The nearest railway station is the Dehradun railway station which directly connects major cities of India like New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, Kolkata and many more. Most of the cities have premium train services like Shatabdi, Rajdhani, Duronto which makes the journey faster and comfortable. The air network is also very good. The nearest airport is the Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun. You can get daily flights from most of the cities of India.have to reach Sankri, a small village which is situated at an altitude of 6,400 feet. A drive of 220 kilometres on the National Highway 123 will advance you to the Sankri base camp where the trek actually starts. The scenic beauty throughout the trail is mind-blowing. A feeling of immersing yourself into the magnificence of nature will surely accumulate your body with an immediate adrenaline rush. The picturesque setting and serenity of the place is something to look out for. Amidst the whole journey, you can enjoy your lunch. The last 20 kilometres on the journey to Sankri is most exhilarating because it passes through Govind National park which has a name for its diverse collection of flora which is exclusively found at this location of the country. You are expected to reach Sankri by evening. The arrival at Sankri village can get a bit delayed because the road is not completely smooth and it includes a lot of undulated area. After you reach Sankri, stay at lodge/home-stay. Dinner will be served and a small briefing session will take place. There will be overnight staying at Sankri to get well acclimatized of the conditions at such high altitude. The mobile network in Sankri is erratic and you will most probably not find any network.
Day 2 : Trek from Sankri to Juda Ka Talab – 4 km, 3.5 -4.5 hours
The next step on the way to Kedarkantha Trek is 4 kilometres of a trek from Sankri to Juda Ka Talab. Juda Ka Talab is situated at an altitude of 9,100 feet and it takes around 4 hours to reach here from Sankri. The trail passes through dense pine forests, maple trees, few streams and finally, opens out to beautiful meadows. Although the journey starts from Dehradun, the actual trek commences from Sankri village. After having an early start to the day with a healthy and delicious breakfast, you will commence your trek towards Juda Ka Talab.
The trail commences by moving out of Sankri by following an extension named Sor. The moment we cross the village, the road takes a wide curve and a sharp ascent is observed. Following the stream, we will come across a road that proceeds towards Kedarkantha. The first few climbs would be along many bridges through dense pine and maple forests. The wide trail constitutes the sounds of the running gusty streams. We will pass through remote villages where we can see women and children carrying bundles of logs and dried leaves for cooking and overnight fire. You can even see the Himalayan Languars leaping from one tree to another. Among the other faunae, boars and martens are quite popular in this region. After crossing some streams and making our way to the sharp trails of dense oaks, we will reach the beautiful campsite of Juda Ka Talab. As the name suggests ‘Juda Ka Talab”, you will get to witness a huge lake which appears to be magical for the trekkers. After reaching the campsite, we will have a little rest. One can go out and explore the beautiful photography options available at this place. Lunch will be served at night and tents will be set up for the overnight stay. At night, you can also engage the complete group with some fun activities and enjoy some warm tea below the clear skies. You can have a good night’s sleep after this in your cosy tents
Day 3 : Trek from Juda-ka-Talab to Kedarkantha Base – 4 km; 2.5 hours
The main objective of day 3 is to trek from Juda Ka Talab campsite to Kedarkantha base. Kedarkantha base is located at an elevation of 11,250 feet from the mean sea level. The whole trek objective has a distance of about 4 kilometres and it takes roughly 3 hours to complete the trek. After having early and healthy morning breakfast, we will set out for the next trail which is like straight forward and intervisible. Most of today’s trail will be on a ridge, under oak trees. You will also pass through some meadows where you can spot shepherd log huts. When you reach the elevation of 10,500 feet, you will start finding traces of snow if you shall choose to trek this peak during the winter months. Prior to the Kedarkantha Base Camp, you can get to witness the mighty ranges of Bandarpooch, Kala Nag, Swargarohini and Ranglana completely drenched into the snow to showcase its magnificence. After reaching the Kedarkantha Base Camp, a place will be selected to set up the tents keeping in mind all the rules of campsite selection. The night sky, however, is a treat to the eyes with bright and shining stars creating a magnificent aura which is enjoyable for all trekkers. As the night starts to grow older, the sight becomes more alluring with the stretches of Milky way being visible in the open sky. The dense group of stars and blistering peak altogether incorporates a mind-blowing view in the vicinity. At this elevation, the intensity of cold waves gets very high and hence the need for layered clothing is mandatory. We will camp for some time under the sky while having our dinner. Overnight sleep in the tents will mark the end of this day.
Day 4 : Trek from Kedarkantha base to Kedarkantha Summit and descend to Hargaon/Stay at Base Camp – 6 km, 6-7 hours
This is the biggest and most important day of the trek. We are destined to conquer the Kedarkantha summit and then descend back to Hargaon. The kedarkantha summit is located at an altitude of 12,250 feet while Hargaon is located at 8,900 feet. The total trekking distance is around 6 kilometres and it will take approximately 6-7 hours to complete the day’s journey. This is ideally a long day but the exhilarating journey to conquer the peak will be worth the challenges that may lay ahead in front of us. We shall start the day early with a healthy breakfast and set our foot on the journey to the Kedarlkantha summit. The amazing view of the sunrise as we will start to ascend from Kedarkantha base camp is breathtaking. The fiery rays of the sun will incorporate some positive energy amidst the tough terrain. You can even visualise the magnificent peaks from the meadows which will certainly upgrade your excitement level. You will again have to pass through oak forests but the trail is somewhat easy and hence you can climb faster. The ascent through the forest will make you reach the Kedarkantha summit in no time. The trail gets a little tougher at the top of the trek, especially for the first-timers. Everything aside, the view from the top is worth the tough effort. You can find a small yet beautiful temple of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati at the top of the peak. Along with this temple, you can even find a shrine of Lord Ganesh as well. The alluring 360-degree panoramic view of the snow-clad mountains of Himalayas will be a mind-blowing experience which you are gonna cherish throughout your life. We will spend some time at the summit and descend back to the base camp by noon for lunch. Post lunch, we will descend down to Hargaon through the same dense oak forests, maple trees, broken shepherd huts and serene streams. Overnight stay at tents and a delicious dinner will bring us to the end of this tiring yet beautiful day.
Day 5 : Trek from Hargaon/Kedarkantha Base to Sankri – 6 km, 4 hours
The schedule for today is to descend from Hargaon to Sankri which is located at an altitude of 6,400 feet above the mean sea level. We have to descend around 2,500 feet through dense pine forests. The total trekking distance is 6 kilometres and it will take approximately 4 hours to complete this journey. After having an early and healthy morning breakfast, we will set out for the next trail which leads you to the Sankri village. The trail from Hargaon to Sankri is well marked and has a well-defined pathway, completely laden with small pebbles. The sunrise striking the thick pinewood is delightful to watch. We will pass through some slow-flowing streams from where we can fill our bottles for the left out part of the trek. A little below the trail, you will come across a ridge from where you can witness an elegant view of Har Ki Dun valley. You can embrace the beauty of the place and indulge yourself in photography. The trail is somewhat a tortuous one with the lovely sights of flora and fauna in the vicinity. A further descent down the trail through the dense forest will show the signs of habitation. From here, we can know that Sankri is nearby. We will reach Sankri by evening. Get freshened up and if the energy is still left, you can go again to explore the lovely village of Sankri and buy some hand made stuff which will serve as a souvenir of the location. A lot of mela and fairs are organised here where you can witness the tradition and culture of this place. You can recollect the memories of the summit from the newly met souls at the inception of the trek who might have turned into friends by now. The good time is followed by a warm sleep and this will mark the end of the last night of the trek.
Day 6 : Depart from Sankri to Dehradun
This is the last day of the trek. We will drive back to Dehradun from Sankri village. A return drive of 220 kilometres on the National Highway 123 will advance you to Dehradun where it all began. You will again pass through the Govind National Park. Don’t forget to take photographs this time. In the middle, we will have our lunch and play some games on the way back to Dehradun. You’ll reach Dehradun in between 6 pm and 7 pm. This will mark the end of your journey along with us. You can book your travel any time after 8 pm or else you can stay back at Dehradun and enjoy the sightseeing. The interesting places in and around Dehradun include Sahastradhara, Tiger Falls, Robert’s Cave, Mindrolling Monastery, Tapkeshwar Temple, Tapovan and many more. You can also visit Kempty falls. All these places are amazing and if you have an extra day, we suggest you go out and explore the beauty of Uttarakhand. The scenic beauty and impeccable natural landscapes are something to look out for.
We can assure you that all along the return journey, you will keep thinking about the beautiful Kedarkantha trek. The Kedarkantha trek is a paradise on earth. The beauty of trekking in the Himalayas will cast a magical spell that you will continue to cherish throughout your lifetime. One of the many things you should be grateful in life is that you get to witness so many incredible places. Behind every corner, there is something waiting for you to explore. It gives you an ample amount of time to know that the world is really simple. It helps you to understand what really matters to you. For once in your life, try to embrace the happiness of not knowing what’s ahead and you tend to realise that the rulebooks are for shelves. Life is right there out in the open waiting for you to embrace it.
The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.
Accommodation at Kedarkantha Trek
All accommodation on the trek will be on twin sharing basis in Tents or Homestays. Any accommodation in a hotel/guest house/hostel (if mentioned in the itinerary and not mentioned in exclusions) will be in a 2-3 star accommodation unless mentioned otherwise.
Trek Leader and Guides
A team of an experienced and certified Trek Leader, as well as a professional guide, will accompany you for the trek.
Services of a Professional Trekking Team
A team of an experienced Cook, Camp Staff, Porters/Mules will accompany you for all the arrangements on the trek.
Meals on Kedarkantha Trek
All Meals on the Trek are included. We will serve Vegetarian Indian food on the trek which will be cooked by our high altitude chefs. It will be a five meal plan including Morning Tea, Breakfast, Lunch, Snacks and Dinner. You will be provided with clean mountain water from the streams to drink. You can carry water purification tablets if you deem necessary but we advise otherwise.
Trekking and Safety Equipment
All the camping equipment such as Tents, Sleeping bags, Toilet Tents, Dining Tent, Mattresses, and other things will be provided by us and we guarantee the quality. Safety Equipment including Medical kit, Oxygen Cylinder, Oximeter, Crampons & Gaiters(if required) will be provided by us. We recommend you to bring your own sleeping bags if possible.
Permits and Forest Camping Charges
Only for Indian Clients, All the applicable trekking permits, Camping Charges, Forest Entry Fee etc will be paid by us. Foreigners have to pay these charges if not mentioned.
A Life Changing Experience
We assure you that by trekking in the Himalayas you will have a life changing experience and we will do everything we can to provide you with the best services and make your venture in the wild an unforgettable one.
GST and Other Taxes
The goods and services tax is not included in the price mentioned with the trek. They will be charged once you add the trek in your cart. They are subjected to change according to government rules of India.
Accommodation and Food in Dehradun
Food and stay in Dehradun are not included in the package. You can book your hotels or homestays in Dehradun, we can recommend a few good options.
Flights and Transportation
Flights or other means of transport is not included in the package. Transportation to and fro Sankri from Home city/Dehradun is not included in the package. We can arrange a cab for you according to your requirements but you will be liable to pay for the same. Any expenses occurred during the journey are not included in the package cost.
Personal Trekking Equipment
Your Rucksack, personal clothing, shoes, trek poles, and other personal trekking gear is not included in this package. You have to bring your own gear according to that weather and difficulty of the trek.
Portage of Personal Bags(Offloading)
We highly advise you to carry your own burden (your rucksack) but due to any reason if you wish to not carry your rucksack, we can arrange for a porter/mule to carry it. For this service, you will be charged over and above the trek cost. The charges for offloading vary with every trek.
Travel Insurance is not included in this package. We recommend you to have travel insurance before opting for such adventures.
Any personal expenses incurred (laundry, Bottled Water, Beverages, snacks, orders tea houses or dhabas, Tips for guides etc) are not included in the package.
Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as accidents, bad weather, landslides, road conditions and any other circumstances beyond our control are not included in the package.
- Anything not mentioned in Inclusions of the package.
FAQs and Reviews
1. When is the best time to go to for Kedarkantha trek?
Kedarkantha trek is best during the winter months. Winters are chilly and summers are pleasant in the regions of the Kedarkantha trek. The best time to do Kedarkantha Trek is in December and January and then again in the months of March and April. However, the best season to go for Kedarkantha trek is during the winter right from November till April. The whole region and the surrounding hills in the vicinity will provide a picturesque setting. You will get to witness the snow-laden ranges of the mighty Garhwal Himalayas. Just make sure that you don’t forget to carry a good camera or smartphone.
2. How difficult is this trek?
Kedarkantha is a high altitude Himalayan trek. The level of this trek is easy to moderate, which demands physical fitness, stamina, and endurance. No prior trekking experience is required which means beginners are always welcomed. The duration of the trek is just 6 days and it is around 33 kilometres altogether. You would find some steep slopes or risky ridges. Most of the trail is covered with forests. It might get a bit difficult during the winter when the snow starts to play its part because the trail gets submerged in the snow, otherwise, it is considered to be a very easy trek all around the year.
3. How much fitness is required for this trek?
Kedarkantha Trek is a high altitude trek demanding 6 days of trekking. The level of this trek is easy to moderate, which demands physical fitness, stamina, and endurance. No prior trekking experience is required which means beginners are always welcomed. Also, please do basic exercise such as jogging, sit-ups, burpees, etc for 1-2 weeks before the start of the trek. Moreover, we would suggest increasing your stamina by walking 4-5 kilometres daily for 1-2 weeks prior to the start of the trek. Keep yourself in a good frame of mind and be physically and mentally fit. This will help you enjoy the beautiful Kedarkantha trek to the fullest and take back good memories to cherish later.
4. Is it safe for first timers?
Kedarkantha Trek is a high altitude trek. The level of this trek is easy to moderate, which demands physical fitness, stamina, and endurance. No prior trekking experience is required which means beginners are always welcomed. The duration of the trek is 6 days and the total distance of the trail is 40 kilometres. It might get a bit difficult during the winter when the snow starts to play its part but if you are mentally strong it won’t affect you. This is of the best and safest trek for the first-timers who have no prior experience of trekking a summit. You can book a seat for this trek without worrying.
5. What will the temperature like on this trek?
Kedarkantha during the winter months of November to March tends to go below the 0-degree centigrade mark. The minimum temperature is around -8 degree centigrade while the maximum is around 10-degree centigrade. There will be snowfall and the whole region will be covered with snow. During the rest of the year, the weather remains quite pleasant. The minimum temperature is around 4-5 degree centigrade while the maximum temperature hovers around 15-18 degrees centigrades. You can expect rains during the months of July and August as the weather remains overcast due to cloud covering the entire region.
6. When will there be snow on this trek? Can it be done in Snow?
Kedarkantha stands tall at an elevation of 12,500 feet approximately. The best season to go for Kedarkantha trek is from mid-November to March because you will get to walk on the blanket of snow which is really amazing. It becomes a little difficult during the winter season because the trail gets submerged into the snow. The best part is you will get to see the whole surrounding and the surrounding hills in the vicinity covered with snow. You will get to witness the snow-laden ranges of the mighty Garhwal Himalayas. Just make sure that you don’t forget to carry heavy woollens.
7. Which are the best months for this trek?
This trek lies at a high altitude in the laps of Himalayas. Winters are chilly and summers are pleasant in the regions of the Kedarkantha trek. The best time to do Kedarkantha Trek is from December to January and then again in the month of March and April. However, the best season to go for Kedarkantha trek is during the winter right from November till April because of the snow. The weather is quite cool and pleasant. The whole region and the surrounding hills in the vicinity will provide a picturesque setting. You will get to witness the snow-laden ranges of the mighty Garhwal Himalayas. Just make sure that you don’t forget to carry a good camera or smartphone.
8. What things do we need to carry?
Kedarkantha Trek is a high altitude trek. You need to be fully prepared for the trek. All the essential kinds of stuff required for the trek such as Rucksack, 2 pairs of quick-dry T-shirts and trek pants, 2 pairs of socks, sunscreen SPF 50+, towel, lip balm, headlamp/torch (optional), water bottles of 1 litre, and personal medicines should be available with you. Trekking shoes, and fleece.
9. What type of food is served during this trek?
One thing for sure, you won’t have to worry about the food on this trek. We can assure you that the food served on this trek will be one of the best that you might have encountered throughout your life. Generally, only vegetarian food is served on a trek because the non-vegetarian food has a high amount of protein which makes it difficult to digest. We have a serving of 6 meals per day which includes breakfast, lunch, evening snacks, dinner and bedtime milk. We don’t compromise on the quality of the food. Hence, all you need to do is explore the beauty of the trek without worrying about the food.
10. How do I book this trek with you?
Kedarkantha trek booking with Trekmunk is very easy. I would like to assure you that booking a trek with us is as simple as putting the icing on the cake. All you need to do is go to search for the Kedarkantha trek. You will find a “Book now” option. Click on the option and fill in all the details that are being asked and then forget everything and prepare for the trek. In case of any kind of queries, you can mail us or call us on the number that is provided on the website. Our trek care executive will always be ready to assist and guide you.
11. Will backpacks, raincoats and other equipment be available for rent?
Kedarkantha is a long 6-day trek and hence Backpacks, raincoats and other types of equipment are necessary. Backpacks and raincoats including other items will not be available for rent by us. These are the things you need to bring on your own. You can check our website to make sure that you know about all the things that you need to carry by yourself on this trek. It is advised to carry all those things for your own convenience. The only accessories that we will provide on rent for this trek are trek poles and ponchos. All the other necessary items or equipment are not available for rent by our side.
12. Is this a good trek for a first timer?
Kedarkantha The level of this trek is easy to moderate, which physical fitness, stamina, and endurance. No prior trekking experience is required which means beginners are always welcomed. The duration of the trek is 6 days and the total distance of the trail is 40 kilometres. It might get a bit difficult during the winter when the snow starts to play its part but if you are mentally strong it won’t affect you. This is of the best and safest trek for the first-timers who have no prior experience of trekking a summit. You can book a seat for this trek without worrying.
13. Who will be there with us on the trek?
Kedarkantha is a high altitude Himalayan trek. There will be a trek leader along with an assistant trek leader. A bunch of people who have booked for the Kedarkantha trek on the same date of departure. You are assured to get an amazing company of wanderlusts alongside you who are bored with their life as well. People from different spheres of life joining each other on an isolated trek might seem like a thrilling adventure. You will feel like going with strangers won’t be that fun but believe me, you will certainly descend the trek with your hand over their shoulders promising to trace more peaks together in future. We will also have porters, kitchen staff and mules along with us to make our journey a comfortable one.
14. What are the washroom/toilet facilities like on the trek?
Trekmunk provides you with washroom/toilet facilities. So, what we do for the washroom/toilet facilities on the trek is that a toilet tent is put a little far away from the campsite. The toilet tent has a hole dug right into the earth. You do your business and then cover it with dirt. We can assure you that it won’t be a problem.
15. What are the interesting places to visit if I have time before or after the trek?
We will pick you up at the Dehradun station at 6 o\'clock in the morning and drop you back to Dehradun after the completion of the Kedarkantha trek. So, if you want to go sightseeing in Dehradun, you have to either go before or after the trek. The interesting places in and around Dehradun include Sahastradhara, Tiger Falls, Robert\'s Cave, Mindrolling Monastery, Tapkeshwar Temple, Tapovan and many more. You can also visit Kempty falls. All these places are amazing and if you have an extra day, we suggest you go out and explore the beauty of Uttarakhand. The scenic beauty and impeccable natural landscapes are something to look out for.
16. How to get safe drinking water on the trek?
This trek has trail passing through a lot of villages and streams. Water points are available at different intervals of the day to day trail. The water that we take from streams is safe and uncontaminated. But still, if you want it to be 100 percent pure, you can carry chlorine tablets with yourself. You can get it easily at any kind of medicine store.
17. Which type of shoes should I buy for this trek?
Kedarkantha has a long trek lasting for 6 long days. During the whole trail of the trek, we are ought to encounter many kinds of water bodies that we will have to cross. Moreover, during winter, the whole region will be covered with snow. So, it is very important to wear a high ankle trekking shoe that is waterproof. Normal shoes are not suitable for this type of Himalayan trek.
18. Is the trekking pole necessary?
It is not mandatory to carry trekking poles with yourself. But we strongly advise you to carry one. Without a trekking pole, it is almost impossible to go on a trek. They help in providing balance when we pass through streams. They reduce the stress on our knees while carrying a heavy load on our shoulders. They are very useful to cut our way through the blanket of snow present on the trail. We provide trekking poles for rent and we strongly advise you to carry it for many other reasons.
19. What is the Starting and ending point of this trek?
Kedarkantha trek starts from Dehradun and ends at Dehradun as well. Dehradun is connected by roadways, railways and airways. The roadways are well connected and the landscapes are alluring throughout. The nearest railway station is the Dehradun railway station which directly connects major cities of India like New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, Kolkata and many more. Most of the cities have premium train services like Shatabdi, Rajdhani, Duronto which makes the journey faster and comfortable. The air network is also very good. The nearest airport is the Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun. You can get daily flights from most of the cities of India.
20. How to reach the base camp of this trek?
Kedarkantha Trek starts from Dehradun. Dehradun is connected by roadways, railways and airways. The roadways are well connected and the landscapes are alluring throughout. The nearest railway station is the Dehradun railway station which directly connects major cities of India like New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, Kolkata and many more. Most of the cities have premium train services like Shatabdi, Rajdhani, Duronto which makes the journey faster and comfortable. The air network is also very good. The nearest airport is the Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun. You can get daily flights from most of the cities of India.
Can I take my child along on this trek? What is the minimum and maximum age limit?
Kedarkantha Trek difficulty is considered to be easy to moderate. So, you can take a child along on this trek. There is no minimum and maximum limit for this trek. You need to check it according to the difficulty level of the particular trek. If you think that you are fit enough for this trek and your legs can carry you till the summit and then back to the campsite even after reading the itinerary, you are most welcomed to experience this trek with us. Kedarkantha, being not so difficult trek as the difficulty level is easy, you can take your child with yourself. Just make sure that they don’t have any kind of lung or heart problems.
21. When it gets really cold can I consume alcohol?
Trekmunk is strictly against the consumption of alcohol. At such a high altitude, it\'s amazing to dance on \"daaru desi\" song but very harmful to consume the \"desi daaru\". Alcohol acts as a depressant and can reduce the frequency of breathing and even cause dehydration. Consumption of alcohol can help in the development of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) which can prove to be fatal at times and can cause an adverse effect on your body. It is very important to be fit and active both physically and mentally in order to complete this trek successfully.
22. What kind of Tents and Sleeping bags are provided to us on the trek?
Kedarkantha Trek with Trekmunk has well-defined tents and sleeping bags that are used at the campsite. Currently, talking about the tents, we are using 3 men Coleman, Husky and Vango tents which are 5000 mm waterproof. When it comes to sleeping bags, we have custom A shape Columbia sleeping bags especially made for expeditions. It can withstand up to a maximum of minus 20 degrees centigrade. We never compromise on the quality of all items that we provide for treks. The tent and sleeping bags are of impeccable quality and you can blindly trust on us on all the equipment that we provide on the trek. All you need to do is just enjoy the beautiful landscapes, leaving everything else on us.
23. Can I leave travelling clothes in basecamp behind and collect them after the trek?
We have well-defined cloakrooms and campsites. You can leave your travelling clothes in the basecamp and then collect them later after the trek is over. We have cloakroom facilities available for all the travellers.
24. Do I have to convey any documents with me?
Kedarkantha trek demands some documents that will be necessary for the trek. You need to have a set of documents along with you on this trek. The forest department has made it compulsory to showcase the identity proof and other documents in order to proceed for the trek. There is a list of documents that you need to carry along with you. It’s compulsory for you to carry your identity card that has your photo attached to it. Along with the identity card, you need to have a Medical Certificate, Mischief Managed, Disclaimer and Personal Information about yourself. All the documents must be present with you on this trek without fail.
25. Would we be able to expect rain during the trek to this trek? What will we do if it rains?
Kedarkantha trek has the most rain from July to September. Rain is a law of nature and we can go against the laws of nature. We can’t stop it, right? So yeah, we need to be prepared for the worst scenario and carry all the necessary things that are required irrespective of whether it is going to rain or not. Rain depends on the weather. If you opt for this trek during the rainy season, you can obviously expect rain. If the rainfall is light and there is only drizzle, we will continue. But if the rainfall is too heavy, we will have to stop. We will have raincoats with us. So, there is nothing to worry about the rain.
26. Is there a doctor going with us on the trek?
Kedarkantha Trek with Trekmunk doesn’t have a doctor along with us on the trek. But our trek leaders are very experienced and they have knowledge about all the necessary things that need to be taken care of during a trek. Our trek leaders have enough medical knowledge and experience to handle any kind of medical emergencies that can happen on a trek. There’s another plus point of having oxygen cylinders along with us and your oxygen level will be checked daily. This will make sure whether you are fine enough to proceed for the further trek or not.
27. Do we get mobile network on the trek?
Kedarkantha trail has very less network connectivity. You won’t get mobile network throughout the trek. Generally, after departing from Dehradun, the mobile network starts to get weaker. You will get good mobile network until Sankri village except for the BSNL network. As you pass the Sankri village, it will tend to get weaker and weaker and then a few kilometres ahead you will find your smartphone with no network at all. All further communication has to be made over walkie talkies.
28. Are smoking and drinking allowed on this trek?
Kedarkantha trek comes under High Himalayan trek. Smoking and drinking are strictly not allowed on this trek or on any other trek. At such a high altitude, it\'s amazing to dance on \"daaru desi\" song but very harmful to consume the \"desi daaru\". Alcohol acts as a depressant and can reduce the frequency of breathing and even cause dehydration. Smoking can Drinking can help in the development of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) which can prove to be fatal at times and can cause an adverse effect on your body. It is very important to be fit and active both physically and mentally in order to complete this trek successfully.
29. Is diamox advisable?
Diamox is a kind of medical prophylaxis agent which helps in the prevention of Acute Mountain Sickness. Above a height of 8,000 feet from mean sea level, an individual is prone to acute mountain sickness. As this trek exceeds the 8,000 mark, diamox can be taken. The currently advised dosage is 250 milligram which should begin 24 hours before making an ascent. You should talk to your doctor and your trek leader about it. After all, precaution is better than cure.
30. How big are the groups?
Kedarkantha trek group size hovers around 16. The bigger the group, the lesser the fun and serenity amidst the beautiful landscapes. We don\'t have bigger groups because they take away the essence of trekking. So, we have tried to accommodate an average number of people that will end up making the trek experience blissful. When you have a small group, it’s easier for everyone to interact with each other and this adds up to the beauty of the trek. You will come across 15 other wanderlusts like you and I can assure you that you will return home turning those strangers into friends.
31. Is it safe for female solo travellers to go in a fixed departure group with Trekmunk?
Yes, it is safe for female solo travellers to go in a fixed departure group with Trekmunk. You can completely trust us on your safety. We never compromise when it comes to safety and security of our travellers. Till now, many independent and solo female travellers have completed a lot of treks along with us. There was no complaint or disappointment by any of our members. All of them returned back happily. They have given satisfied reviews and are keen to hike a trek again with us in the future. You can check the reviews on our website for more details.
32. I can’t carry my bag. Can anyone carry it for me( Portage/Offloading of bags?
Yes, we do have offloading facilities available for all the trekkers. Though we advise you to carry your own rucksacks because that is one of the major features of trekking in the wild, but if due to any unavoidable circumstances, you can definitely opt for a mule to carry your stuff. Let us know in advance if you wish to avail this service as we need to make arrangements accordingly.
33. How many trekkers will be in one tent?
For Kedarkantha or any other trek, generally, there is an accommodation of only two persons in a single tent. In some cases, we can accommodate three trekkers in a tent but that is very rare. We are also flexible if you want a tent mate of the same gender. You should always try to follow the norms of the tentmate etiquettes in order to have a warm and happy stay inside the tent. It is very important to create a healthy environment inside the tent. We can assure you that you may enter the tent as strangers but when you shall return back, you will go back to becoming good mates.
34. What is the level of fitness expected from the participants?
Kedarkantha Trek is a high altitude trek demanding 6 days of trekking. The level of this trek is easy to moderate, which demands physical fitness, stamina, and endurance. No prior trekking experience is required which means beginners are always welcomed. Also, please do basic exercise such as jogging, sit-ups and similar for 1-2 weeks prior the start of the trek. Moreover, we would suggest increasing your stamina by walking 4-5 kilometres daily for 1-2 weeks prior to the start of the trek. Keep yourself in a good frame of mind and be physically and mentally fit. This will help you enjoy the beautiful Kedarkantha trek to the fullest and take back good memories to cherish later.
35. Do you think I should bring some medicines with me?
Kedarkantha trek is at an elevation of around 12,500 feet. So, generally you should always consult a doctor before going for this trek if you think you have breathing or any other problems. So make sure you consult an experienced doctor and tell him about all your past medical history and symptoms. Acknowledge him about the altitude you are planning to climb and the difficulty level of the trek. He will probably suggest you prophylaxis medication or else a prescription of acetazolamide. All these drugs are tested and it is proven to reduce the incidence and severity of altitude sickness. You should also carry some basic medicines like Paracetamol, Crocin, Diamox, Avil, Combiflam, Norflox, Crepe Bandage, Digene etcetera.
36. Can we change the itinerary?
Kedarkantha trek itinerary can\'t be changed. We take a lot of members alone with us for a trek and it is difficult to change the plan at the last moment except if trek leaders feel like it needs to be changed due to bad weather or any other natural calamity. Moreover, when you do a high altitude trek, it becomes very important to have a planned schedule. Otherwise, things may get worse because there are many factors that can affect a trek. So, to have a successful trek experience, it is important to trust the trek leaders and follow the planned schedule. Just in case you have a personal batch, you can talk about this when you book and our back end team can figure out if there is any possibility of this.
37. Can we customize this trek?
Yes, Kedarkantha trek can be customised according to you. Tekmunk provides you with this luxury of customizing the trek. The starting date, the itinerary, the food menu, everything can be set according to you in a tailor-made batch which is just for you and/or your friends and family.
38. What is AMS? How to prevent it?
During Kedarkantha or any other trek or any other mountain expedition, we are ought to travel to high altitudes. As we ascend, due to change in elevation, there is a change in various other factors such as temperature, atmospheric pressure, humidity, radiation and oxygen saturation. The temperature and atmospheric pressure gradually fall down and the ultraviolet(UV) radiation increases with increase in altitude. Moreover, the humidity and oxygen level tends to lower down. These changes have an adverse effect on our body and sometimes our body fails to withstand it. Due to these changes, there arises a condition called altitude sickness or Acute Mountain Sickness(AMS). The prevention tips are:
- You should always try to ascend a mountain as slowly as possible.
- It will be good if you plan a few extra days and spend it acclimatizing after every 3000 feet.
- Before starting to ascend, make sure you have a day of rest and a night of tight sleep.
- Drink plenty of water
- Eat with proper guidelines. Avoid non-vegetarian food at high altitudes. Also, avoid alcohol and caffeinated products