All About Kedarkantha Trek
Only a few Winter Treks (December-January) are available in India, and they may be counted on fingers.
Kedarkantha Trek, Chandrashila Sandakphu, Brahmatal, and Nag Tibba are some of the most famous places in India. Among these, you may count on snow in Kedarkantha for the duration of the season.
Kedarkantha Trek, at 3800 metres, is a picturesque peak in Uttarakhand’s Govind Wildlife Sanctuary, located in the Uttarkashi district. Kedarkantha, which is dedicated to Lord Shiva, is one of Uttarakhand’s most popular treks due to its relative ease of access and moderate slope.
Why Kedarkantha So Popular?
Kedarkantha is a trek that single-handedly changed the face of winter trekking in India. It also influenced people’s attitudes about “high altitude trekking” as a sport.
It demonstrated to the rest of the globe that Himalayan treks are viable outside of the summer and autumn seasons.
According to Himalayan Trekking standards, Kedarkantha’s elevation of 12506 feet is not particularly high; in metres, it is only 3850 metres. People like to talk in feet because it’s easier to brag about it:
“I climbed 12506 feet,” and I’ll do the same. Furthermore, Kedarkantha is an excellent hiking site for preparing for high-altitude treks like Roopkund trek, Goechha La, Chadar, and others.
This journey is moderate in difficulty, but during the winter, the entire trek is over snow, there is constant ascent, and temperatures drop to below freezing – making it a worthwhile adventure. It is also one of the shortest hikes, covering only 20 kilometres in four days.
Snow until April – Cutest Campsites – Best Himalayan Drive – The joy of walking across a mat of brown leaves – Snow peaks all around
We arrived in Sankri in the afternoon and were briefed by the HPMA Team on the upcoming few days after lunch. In the evening, we met Gangaji, our trek guide, who has 20 years of expertise.
Day 1 – Sankri to Juda Ka Talaab
From Sankri (6400 ft) to Juda Ka Talab (9100 ft) base camp, the actual trekking began on this day. The splendour of verdant meadows, towering pine forests, cascading magnificent streams, and gorgeous maple trees can be seen along this 4-kilometre walk – unfortunately, there was snow everywhere.
The snow began to accumulate after 2 kilometres, and we were trudging through 3-4 inches of snow. Our campsite, which was about 100 metres before Juda Ka Talab, took us about 4.5 hours to get to. We went for a walk to the lake and were surprised to see Juda Ka Talab completely frozen, covered in a thick layer of ice and snow.
Day 2 – Juda Ka Talaab to Base Camp
The Juda Ka Talab campground is 4 kilometres away from Kedarkantha Base Camp (11250 feet). Because there was a lot of snow on this track, we were handed a pair of gaiters. The journey takes only approximately 2.5 hours and has very little rise, making it one of the most restful days.
When you arrive at Base Camp, you get your first glimpse of the beautiful Kedarkantha Summit. This is the most picturesque campsite on the journey, with oak trees on one side and the massive Kedarkantha Summit on the other, and snow-capped Himalayan peaks on the other.
Personally, I felt as if I were on top of the world. Clouds, brisk Himalayan winds, heavy snowfall, and sub-zero temperatures – picture ideal. I had done trekking previously, but this was a new kind of experience when it came to reaching the summit.
Day 3 – Summit to Juda Ka Talaab
What is the most difficult aspect of trekking? Make your way down! That is the most difficult aspect. If you take a false step and your feet slip, you will be “Late” in seconds. We began descending at 1 p.m., aware that we were behind schedule, but we had to go with caution through the rocky portions of the Southern ridge until we reached the snowy slopes. Snowy slopes are a little easier to descend; at the very least, one can slide down smoothly, but be careful not to go off the mountain edge!
Day 4 – Juda Ka Talaab to Sankri
I would have appreciated it if someone could have assisted me with a teleporting device because falling down the hill is absurd. It’s pathetic when the trails are clogged with mud and water. We drove down to Sankri in about 4 hours. Our legs were immovable when we arrived in Sankri, and Lactic Acid deserves thanks. In the evening, the HPMA staff congratulated us on successfully completing the peak – it felt great!
The ride back to Dehradun brought back many memories of the trek, and it was pretty enjoyable. The six-day adventure came to a close with a lot of memories.
This trek was one of the most amazing experiences I’ve ever had. I’ll remember the snowy paths, cold winds, snowfalls, lovely campsites, and amazing buddies for the rest of my life. Trekking is required if you want to truly experience the mountains.