A land like no other with a superabundance of attractions to visit and fabulous landscapes, amazing people and culture, Uttarakhand is truly a heaven on Earth. And to put the icing on the cake, nothing else can match the alluring Kedarkantha trek. It is one of the best-known winter treks in the whole country with an impeccable trail to the summit.
Kedarkantha turns visitors into a storyteller. You can remember it all in a very vivid manner. The mountains in their massiveness, their snow-capped peaks, and steep, rugged composition. The ever-flowing of water, and water so pure and clean that you literally drink it directly from the water bodies themselves. The modest charm of the place enamours you the minute you reach here. The sky grows darker, painted blue on blue, one stroke at a time, into deeper and deeper specks of night. None of us knows how heaven looks like but it is certain that you will find a taste of it here.
Kedarkantha summit stands tall at a height of 12,500 ft above sea level. You will have to trek for 4 days and walk around 20 kilometres in order to successfully overcome the trek. The difficulty grade of this trek is contemplated to be easy and hence beginners are greeted with both hands.
The optimum time to take up this challenge is during the winter months of December and January when the snow starts to engrave a blanket for the trekkers. The temperature during these months falls down as low as -10 degrees centigrade. Kedarkantha is dubbed as a snowy wonderland by the visitors. It is among one of the few treks that are operational during the month of January.
Kedarkantha trek commences from Dehradun Railway Station since it has the nearest railway station and airport which makes it a well-connected city that takes you to Sankri. The Jolly Grant Airport is well connected to New Delhi and all the major cities in India and so is the railway station. Since our base camp is Sankri, from Dehradun we will need to take a three hours’ drive to this Uttarakhand village. This 210 km distance between Sankri and Dehradun can be bridged by hiring cabs, jeeps or public buses. This drive is extremely picturesque with the most gorgeous ranges and valleys pursuing you through the ride. You will witness small villages which beautifully carry their culture and history within the simple architecture of their houses and surroundings. The captivating villages of Sankri calm your mind and make you ready for the even prettier landscapes and people.
The next step is the journey from Sankri to Juda Ka Talab. Juda Ka Talab is at an elevation of 9,100 and it demands a trek of 4 hours to reach this campsite. The trail lets you pass through the assorted wilderness of maple and dense pine. The beautiful forest is rich in greenery and its floor is covered with grass that has long leaves. The fauna will keep you engaged till you are actually out of the forest area. The sprawling trees, the alluring blanket of snow and the juggernaut snow-laden peaks will compel you to move forward irrespective of the ordeal that your body will go through.
Following the trail to the top of the summit, you will make way to the Kedarkantha base camp from the previous campsite. After a trek of 3 hours, covering a distance of 4 kilometres, you will finally reach the base camp. This campsite offers stellar views of the night sky. You can try out long exposure shots of the milky way if you are interested in photography.
The final and the ultimate step is a trek from the base camp to the top of the Kedarkantha summit. This is definitely the day you have been so eagerly waiting for. Make sure you get up early and don’t miss the sunrise. These mornings are going to be nothing like the mornings in a city. The highest point of the trek which is 12,500 feet will be traced and your objective will be accomplished. You will have to pass through forests and continue on the trail. A few hours into the trail, you will come across a small Shiva and Parvati temple which is followed by a shrine of Lord Ganesh. A few moments later, following the beautiful trail, finally, after crossing the ridge, you will taste the sweetness conquering the might Kedarkantha peak. Here, you will be on your own, away from people and city life, all alone, being disconnected with no network connection or any other connection. That will be amazing and to be precise: magical, To be lost in nature, and in mind, it will act as a sweet escape from the monotonous life.
Even though surging mountains are considered to be painful, complicated, and sometimes deathly dangerous, mountains enlighten us that there is no summit without a struggle. Life would be excruciatingly boring without challenges and thrill. And without pain, how could we know bliss? Without struggle, how could we know happiness?
19 thoughts on “Why does everyone need to do Kedarkantha trek once in their life?”
We are already intrigued by the pictures. Will definitely try to do Kedarkantha trek this season.
Indeed, even I am also planning to reach the summit.
i am guessing its 20km a day? rather than overall?
Im not sure that’s easy! 🙂 but it looks magnificent!
It’s not 20km a day, it is an easy trek and I am sure with a bit precaution any one can do it.
Beautiful description and amazing explanation.
It has got me motivated already to visit this place.
I wish to visit kedarnath. It is so captivating and beautiful. Do anyone face oxygen problem?
Not much but for the safer side, you can carry a portable cylinder. Also, Kedakantha and Kedarnath are two different treks, many people confused with this. 🙂
Kedarkantha is such an amazing place… Will definitely visit there for Trekking atleast once..
Absolutely true, no life without struggle.
Kedarnath is a beautiful place & hope I make it someday.
I felt a part of this journey through your post. Could feel peace while reading I am sure when I am there it would be blissful.
This post reminded me of the movie Kedarnath…I personally wanted to do this trek however i need to train myself a lot to become fitter before i can start this trek..
A great post indeed with amazing pics pamela… Thanks a lot
You description along wity the breathtaking pictures of this trek made me add this to my bucket list. What a heavenly place and experience it will be!
Wow.. I relieved the memory through this post.. It’s one of the amazing place I ever visited
I am not into trekking or any adventure activities. (of course I love traveling) But your pictures tell me that I should visit this place at least once.
Great info.. Very informative i could find all the details..one need while going on a trekking trip.
I was supposed to go on Kedarkantha trek in 2019. But I cancelled it as I chickened out because of the cold and snow. I know it is a winter trek and I probably have to fight my dislike towards cold and do the trek someday.
I would love to do this trek. But I have to work hard on my fitness levels to enjoy the pristine peaks.
The Kedarkantha trek is really amazing. As you have pointed out, it is a once in a lifetime experience not to be missed. Once you reach the top, you forget all the efforts and tiredness as you feast your eyes on the spectacular views.
Uttarakhand is the rising star in Indian tourism. We visited Sankri village and it was so idyllic.