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Kedarkantha Trek is a classic winter trek. The trek provides a great opportunity for trekkers to see the scenic beauty and experience the life of remote villages of Garhwal Himalayas.
Area : Garhwal Himalayas
Altitude : 12500 ft
Grade : Easy
Kedarkantha peak, situated in the mountains of the tons river valley is a beautiful ridge peak; easily accessible anytime of the year. In the winters it snows in this valley and hence views from the summit are very rewarding. The trek goes through the Govind national park and gives you ample time to soak in the flora and fauna of this protected area. The summit lies at an altitude of 3850m and reaching the top is very satisfying as you are rewarded with views of peaks like the swargarohini, banderpooch, black and Ranglana .A quiet, quick trek in the Eastern most fringes of Uttarakhand, three things stand out about the Kedarkantha summit trek. The first is the pristine, almost virgin forest that a trekker walks through on the first two days of the trek — the magnificent forest of Pines, Cyprus, Fir, intermingled with Maples, Rhododendrons and Oak is a bio diversity rarely seen.Just when a trekker has settled down to walking in the shades of 80 feet tall trees, the second thing about the trek stands out: the trail breaks out to an open meadow that pales everything into comparison. All around, in every visible direction, are the great Himalayan snow capped peaks. The splendor of the view is so breathtaking that camping on the top is not an option but a foregone conclusion. In the night when millions of stars light up the snow peaks heaven indeed comes to earth. Kedarkantha Trek
DEHRADOON TO SANKRI (210kms) - 8 hrs drive We start early from Dehradoon and reach Sankri by evening. We spent the night in guesthouses in Sankri. The final 22kms are through the Govind national park and is a very beautiful but bumpy ride.
EXPLORE SANKRI AND TREK TO JUDA TALAB (2850m) - 10kms Post breakfast we start our trek and head towards juda talab. The path goes through Saud village and is a gentle climb. A lot of local village women will be seen on the way carrying wood and dried leaves for their cattle. The campsite is located near the Juda Lake and is a much closed camping site surrounded by tall trees and mountain slopes; without any wind or views. We reach by afternoon and stay in camps.
JUDA TALAB TO KEDAR KANTH MEADOW - 6kms We start post breakfast and trek through the pine and oak trees to reach the open field below the summit. This camping site has excellent views and is the highlight of the trek. There are green pastures nearby and the views towards Himachal are unending. We camp here for the night.
VISIT KEDARKANTHA PEAK (3850m) AND TREK BACK TO SANKRI It's a long day today. We start early post breakfast and try to reach the top of the ridge by noon. It's a climb of over 2 hours but the views are very rewarding. After spending some time on the top we head back to our campsite, have lunch and head towards Sankri. We spend the night in guest house at Sankri.
SANKRI TO DEHRADUN (210kms) Post breakfast drive from Sankri to Dehradoon. Reach by evening and disperse.