Kedarkantha Trek Highlights
- Kedarkantha is a trek blushing with beauty, giving photographers a perfect opportunity to capture the snow falling from the pine trees that looks like magic dust
- The ‘I rule the world’ pose at the top of Kedarkantha Summit will make a wonderful profile pic and with stunning views in the backdrop, it will make your friends jealous too!
- Experience the lovely campsites, where every site is unique in its own way and does not match the beauty with any other campsites in the journey
- Get a chance to camp around frozen Juda ka Talab where was once a place for meditation of Lord Shiva
- Experience walking in the middle of the night in, the head torches lighting the way and watching the sunrise from the top of a mountain before you reach Summit
Kedarkantha Trek Overview
One of the most prepossessing treks in India precisely during winters, the Kedarkantha trek has a summit of almost 12,500ft in the Garhwal Himalayas of Uttarakhand. This long trek of almost 6 days is a welcoming one for the newbies with umpteen entry and exit points. It comes under the Govind Pashu Vihar National Park and Sanctuary in Uttarkashi district. The trek can be explored all year round except for the rainy months from July-September when heavy rainfalls are at their peak in Uttarakhand. The rains make this otherwise alluring trek dangerous and difficult to go with. December-April is a highly suitable month to plan and explore the paradisiacal views and locations of this trek.
WHAT MAKES IT A PERFECT TOURIST SPOT?
Most commonly, the trek begins from Sankri village at an altitude of 6455ft. and can be reached by your conveyance. On the way to Sankri you will be accompanied by River Yamuna initially and Tons in the latter part of the journey, the route will be bordered by the dense and never-ending pine forest that never fails to give you that feeling of freshness. The best thing about this trek is the variety that it offers, be it from the beauty, rawness or the route options. To your surprise, there are two more routes to make your expedition even more adventurous by going through Kotgaon and Gaichawan Gao which are at an even higher altitude. If you plan to hike via Sankri village, then you are about to witness one of the most surreal locations, Juda ka Talab which happens to be a frozen lake in the winter season. Juda ka Talab is about 4kms from Sankri village and you will thank yourself for taking up this route. Just add to your imagination, how majestic the view would be, with the tall & withstanding cedar trees drenched in heavy snow giving you the best feel of the Himalayan landscape. You can come to an overnight halt near Juda ka Talab and set up your camps around to gain the best experience. Since there are no hotels or lodges, make sure to bring your camps or you can rent them from the nearby local markets. The following day you can begin trekking towards the Kedarkantha base camp which will be your destination for the day.
WHY SHOULD YOU VISIT KEDARKANTHA TREK?
Kedarkantha base camp is an extremely scenic open snow ground at an elevation of 11,253 ft. The base camp offers a dramatic landscape view of the Swarga Rohini, Bandarpoonch and Kalnag ranges. And now you will be much closer to your final destination. For your final summit climb, you will have to begin early in the morning, even before dawn. If sunrises and sunsets are something you can watch infinitely, then the desirable addition awaits you at its peak. But as it’s said the hardest climbs take you to the best views, you can see this coming true with every step you take ahead to conquer the summit. Beginning as early as 2 a.m. will increase your chances of witnessing the most stupendous sunrise ever. The climb would undoubtedly be a steep one with you falling out of breath during your last stretch but the result would pay off for your not-at-all easy ascent. Once you will set your final foot at the top, no wonder you might skip a heartbeat witnessing a jaw-dropping and awe-inspiring 360-degree view of the snowclad mountain ranges.
Kedarnath was believed to be buried under the snow for 400 years and there are claims that the temple was built and resurrected by the great Hindu philosopher Adi Shankaracharya in the 8th century not only this there are others claim that it was built by the Hindu King Raja Bhoj of Malwa in the 2nd century AD.
Day 1: On the 1st day, start your journey from Delhi to Haridwar by train which will take you about six and a half hours. After reaching Haridwar, drive towards Guptkashi and stay the night at a hotel.
Day 2: On the 2nd day, early in the morning, start your journey from Guptkashi to Gaurikund to reach Kedarnath which is a 14 KM walk from Gaurikund. Start your Trek from Kedarnath to Vasukital to come back to Kedarnath. You can then trek down towards Gaurikund to drive to Rudraprayag and stay the night at Rudraprayag.
Day 3: On your 3rd day, after breakfast, drive towards Rishikesh from here to finally take a train to Delhi.
The joy of joys definitely would be the sublimity you would be experiencing with the first ray of sun falling on you. The sky would be in all its glory, painted in hues of the divine sunrise and you in the hope of not missing out even a single moment of this whole natural scenery. After all, observing the magnificence of the gigantic Yamunotri-Gangotri range, Kinner Kailash and several other ranges doesn’t take place daily.