KEDARKHANTHA Trek Ex-Dehradun (5N/6D)

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Short Itinerary
Day 1: Dehradun to Sankri (will arrange pickup from Dehradun Railway Station at Early Morning)
Day 2: Sankri (6400 ft) to Juda ka Talab (9100ft),4 km
Day 3: Juda ka Talab (9100 ft) to Kedarkantha base (11250 ft), 3.5 km
Day 4: Kedarkantha base (11250 ft) to Kedarkantha peak (12300 ft) and back to Hargaon (8900 ft), 6km
Day 5: Hargaon (8900 ft) to Sankri (6400 ft), 6 km
Day 6: Sankri – Dehradun (Departure day)

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Day 1: Getting to the base camp – Sankri (6500ft)

Estimation time of completion: 8-9 hrs
Estimation distance of drive: 200 km
Tip: Get ready to make some memories
As the sun rises, we set off on a long drive from Dehradun to Sankri that lasts about 10 to 11 hours. This drive-through Mussoorie is remarkable – at an average altitude of 6,000 ft, the view of the lush green hills and vivid flora is breathtaking. We will be driving on the banks of River Tons which later changes course to become River Supin. We then stop for breakfast at Kempty falls and reach Purola by lunch where you can savor the authentic cuisines of the region. The drive from Purola till the base camp is something to look forward to, as the road winds through magnificent pine trees majestically standing alongside the way and an open view of the whole valley is sensational.
By 6pm we’ll reach the small village of Sankri which is the base camp for many treks. During peak season, the whole village becomes home for a great number of trekkers and adventurers. Here, you can explore the spirited lifestyle of the people and catch some interesting stories from the friendly locals.

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Day 2: Sankri to Juda-Ka-Talab

Altitude gain: 6400 ft to 9100 ft
Estimation time of completion: 5 hrs
Estimation distance of trek: 4 km
Tip: Get ready to make some memories!
The Kedarkantha trek starts at dawn; we head out of Sankri on a tarred road until we reach Sor.Cross. The village road takes a wide curve and this trail leads to Kedarkantha. The Kedarkantha trail will get you into the serene forest of tall pines. Going forward, the pathway starts to get higher and on the ridge, it evens out, making the journey comfortable for the rest of your day.
The magic of the Kedarkantha trail starts to unveil as you climb higher. The higher you get, the better the scenic landscapes. As you walk up the trail, you can spot Himalayan Gray Langurs camouflaged and swinging from tree to tree.
It is not unusual to spot martens, hares, and boars as you gradually gain altitude at this spot. Look for telltale signs of digging on the ground to learn that boars could be nearby.
About half an hour into our walk, we will arrive at the first open clearing of the Kedarkantha trekking and you can take some time to rest here for a bit. At this point, you are 8,100 feet high and midway through your trek to Juda-ka-Talab. As we continue through the clearing, we will re-enter the sparse pine and maple forest on its northern edge. You will hear the trickling of a couple of streams running through as you step out of the clearing. In winter, they are frozen but otherwise, you could get refreshed here and catch yourself some water.
Now, the trail changes direction and continues to another 100 feet climb. Half an hour later, the walk becomes faster through thick pines to another clearing which is marked by a shackled hut and then around a fallen tree stump. It then turns sharp left and climbs through the magnificent oaks welcoming you to the stunning campsite at Juda-Ka-Talab.
On your left, you’ ll find a large lake that was once two small ones now conjoined, and on your right is the thick forest filled with oaks and pines. The forest is so dense that it’s hard for sunlight to pass through the umbrella of trees. The campsite is a course of gentle dunes, allowing for a comfortable camp there.

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Day 3: Juda-ka-Talab to Kedarkantha base

Altitude gain: 9100 ft to 11250 ft
Estimation time of completion: 3 hrs
Estimation distance of drive: 3.5 km
Tip: Carry sufficient water, at least 2 liters, as there is no water source
Once we head out of Juda-ka-Talab, the journey gets easy. The pathway leads to a ridge at the far end of the lake. At the ridge, we will take a sharp left turn and walk into the close-knit pine forest, ascending higher. It’s best to avoid the trail that goes ahead instead, we will take the one that goes downwards into the darkest areas of the pine forest. The climb winds through the trunks of the humongous trees that surround the ridge, and moves to a clearing half an hour later. We will then enter a slope that’s straight overhead of Juda-Ka-Talab and you’ll notice this once you get to the edge.
About an hour later, the ridge expands to an open scenic meadow where you can rest for a bit and enjoy the scenery. Now from here, the climb is less than a 1000 feet to the Kedarkantha base campsite and is popularly called the ‘Hut Point’ (as there is a Shepherd’s hut).
During winter, the first patches of snow are likely to be found around this area, unless there has been heavy snowfall previously. We’re at an altitude of 10,400 feet now and after a short climb, the path opens out into a large clearing to find another Shepherd’s hut. At this point, you will be awestruck by the 180-degree view of the white-capped Kedarkantha Summit.
The pathway now moves northwards, under the dry oak trees. Usually, over snow, the trail climbs gently in two stages and finally, we will arrive at the Kedarkantha base camp, marked by another run-down shepherd’s hut
You will find yourself surrounded by a stretch of white peaks forming a wide arch – Bandarpoonch, Swargarohini, Kala Nag, and Ranglana stand out from the others.
Move past the hut on your left and feel free to pitch your tent anywhere close by. Get yourself a spot, good enough to get a view of the starlit sky in the evening. Even before night falls, you will catch a glimpse of the planets shining brightly and the meteors streaking across the sky. The night is perhaps the most beautiful thing up here in the mountains. The view of the sky, the smell of the green grass and the cool breeze from the mountains will surely leave you mesmerized.

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Day 4: Kedarkantha base (11250 ft) to Kedarkantha peak (12300 ft); descend to Hargaon camp (8400 ft)

Altitude gain: 11250 ft to 12300
Estimation time of completion: 6-7 hrs
Estimation distance of drive: 6 km
Tip: Carry 2 liters of water from the campsite or refill from the shepherds huts
on your way.
Today we will be busy climbing to get to the peak of Kedarkantha. The advised route is to get to the northern ridge of the Kedarkantha summit, climb up in a series of switchbacks and reach the Kedarnath temple. The temple is primarily dedicated to Lord Shiva and you’ll find a small shrine of Lord Ganesh and another of Shiva and Parvathi inside a cement courtyard.
The Kedarkantha summit is made notable by an array of stones in a square shape with a planted Trishul that points upward. This high summit gives you a 360 degree view of the majestic snow capped mountains of Uttarakhand. Your guide will probably show you the Gangotri and the Yamunotri ranges from up here and you will also notice the Chanshal pass and the Kinner Kailash ranges.
While returning from the Kedarkantha trek, there is an alternate route that is taken following the southern ridge of Kedarkantha. We will hit the base campsite by noon, finish a quick lunch, call it a wrap, and begin downhill to Hargao
On the way, you’ll see small clearings every half hour that are unique features to the Kedarkantha trail and a rarity in the Himalayan Mountains.
We will go on for about an hour till we get to the wide clearing of the Hut Point and make our way into the deep dark pine forest again. The journey gets amazing as it prolongs down the spellbound forest of the pine trees to reach Hargaon.

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Day 5: Hargaon (8400 ft) camp to Sankri (6500 ft)

Altitude loss: 8400 ft to 6500
Estimation time of completion: 4- 5 hrs
Estimation distance of drive: 6 km of moderate walk
Tip: Carry sufficient water from the campsite, at least 2 liters.
The Hargaon camp site is splendid and will capture your mind and fill your senses with its scenic beauty. You can easily light a campfire with the amount of firewood that’s here. Going down through the forest with a series of switchbacks, you’ll find a stream to fill water. The trail evens out and slowly swoops through the pine trees to come to a ridge. From the ridge, you can experience the enchanting view of the vast open Har ki dun valley.
A huge spread of pine and maple trees are found below, Switch back from the ridge to get into the dark pine forest once more and move for another ten minutes to come out of the forest to your first mark of human habitation. You’ll be welcomed by apple orchards, a green farm of potatoes and cauliflower, and local farmers who live in huts lined up on the right, standing out in the skyline.
As the trail can be a little confusing around the fields, it’s best to get some help from the farmers for direction. Go around the apple orchard to your right, move down towards more such fields to arrive at a 1000 ft above Sankri in about three hours.
Most of them use the five foot-broad trail to Sankiri even though there are many other ways to get there. We will continue our descent until we get to the pine forest and find a localite to help you to get to GMVN, which is a prominent detour to the left from the main trail. Descend to GMVN in ten minutes to round- off a marvelous journey to the Uttarakhand Himalayas.

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Day 6: Drive to Dehradun from Sankri (Departure day)

Estimation time of completion: 10-11 hrs
Estimation distance of drive: 220 km drive
Tip: Leave the mountain and trail clean.
We will drive back to Dehradun and arrive at the destination by 6 pm.

INCLUSIONS/EXCLUSIONS

Includes:

  • Transportationfrom Dehradun to Sankri & Return
  • Accommodationduring the trek (Camping)
  • Allmeals – vegetarian
  • CampFire at Campsite (If Available)
  • Trekkingpermits and forest camping
  • Trekkingequipment (Hiking Pole, Crampons, Gaiters, Tents, Sleeping Bags, Ice Axes, Ropes, )
  • Safetyequipment (First Aid, Medical Kit, Oxygen Cylinders, Stretcher, )
  • Servicesof an expert trek leader (Qualified in Basic/Advanced Mountaineering Courses)
  • Servicesof an expert trek team (Guides, Cooks, Helpers, Porters/Mules) Achievement Certificate
  • Memoriesfor Life Time

 Excludes:

  • Foodduring travelling from Sankri to Sankri &
  • Backpackoffloading charges additional (` 250/ Per Day / Per Bag)
  • Personalexpenses of any kind
  • Anythingapart from the inclusions
  • Insurance

PRICE AND PAYMENT DETAILS

TOTAL TOUR COST PER PERSON: (WINTER TREK NOV-FEB)

PASSENGER TYPE AIRFARE LAND COST TOTAL IN INR
ADULT

(DBL Sharing Basis)

ON YOUR REQUEST DATES 7800 Rs. 7800

Note: Above rate we need min 6 Pax.

 

TOTAL TOUR COST PER PERSON: (SUMMER TREK MAR-JULY)

PASSENGER TYPE AIRFARE LAND COST TOTAL IN INR
ADULT

(DBL Sharing Basis)

ON YOUR REQUEST DATES RS.6600 Rs. 6600

Note: Above rate we need min 6 Pax.

IMPORTANT NOTES:

*** Hotel rates are Subject to Availability, Booking not yet mode

*** Flights Cost not included, We will provide you best fare as on requesting dates

 

BANK DETAILS:
ACCOUNT NAME SKYPLANET HOLIDAYS
ACCOUNT NO: 920020009199575
BANK NAME: AXIS BANK
ACCOUNT TYPE: CURRENT ACCOUNT
BRANCH NAME LAKE VIEW BRANCH, MADURAI
IFSC CODE:  UTIB0002986
Gpay 9600477742

**ALL CREDIT CARD, DEBIT CARD, UPI PAYMENTS ACCEPTED**

 

cancellation policy(only for hotel and land, airfare as per airline & train policy)

NO OF DAYS CHARGES per person
Above 30 Days or more prior to the date of Dep Rs 12000
30 – 15 Days     50 % of tour Cost
14 – 10 Days    60 % of tour Cost
09 – 05 Days                75 % of Tour Cost
Less than 05 Days or No Show  100 % of Tour Cost

FAQ

Whatis the fitness level required for the Kedarkantha Trek and how hard is the trek?A. This trek is easy to moderate and meant for everyone, right from fit/adventurous to seasoned hikers.

Whichis the best time for Kedarkantha Trek? Decemberto April

Whento Book this Trek? Itsis advisable to book this trek before 15 days.

Whatis the maximum altitude point of Kedarkantha Trek? KedarkanthaPeak – 3800m

How to Reach Dehradun? Dehradunis around 250km from Delhi by road. So many trains are well connected to Dehradun and as well Haridwar, which is 50km away from Dehradun. The nearest airport is Jolly Grand Airport.

Whichtransport you provide from Delhi to Sankri & Return?TempoTraveller / Tata Sumo / Bolero

Whatwill be the daytime and night temperature?Duringday time the temperature will be around 8° to 12° and during night it will fall down to -5°

Aretrekking shoes mandatory?Trekkingshoes are not mandatory but, it will make the trek comfortable. Take a shoe with a good grip and high ankle support. It would be better if the shoes are waterproof.

Q. Are there any provisions for taking bath?Thereis bath facility at only our base camp Sankri.

Whatis the size of trekking group?20to 30 People

Howmany guides are there in one group?2 guides

Areaccommodation for men and women separate? Yes,men and women will not be sharing tents, unless they want.

Whatkind of food you provide during the trek?

We provide food for 4 times in a day i.e. Breakfast, lunch, evening snacks and dinner.

Q. Do I need to carry any documents with me? Carryan original ID card and a photograph.

Doyou provide toilet tents?Yes we do provide Toilet tents.

Can we expect rains/snowfall during the trek? Yes, Sudden weather changes are expected, always carry a light rain coat or waterproofwindcheater/poncho.

  1. Isthere any mobile network connectivity?

A. In Sankri you will only get BSNL mobile network. In other locations you won’t have any network.

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