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The Uttarakhand state of India is full of natural surprises like high mountain peaks, nature trails, dense forests and various kinds of animal species, flora & fauna. Multiple Himalayan ranges can be seen from there. This land is known as God's own land or “Devbhoomi”. Another which makes it popular is trekking either it may be religious or adventure trekking. Some of the treks are religious as well as adventurous. Trekking depends upon the season but there are few treks like Kedarkantha trek which is an all-weather trek.
This trek has mythological importance and some believe that it is related to the ancient script -” The Mahabharata''.The word Kedar is the alias name of Lord Shiva and Kantha means throat. There are various stories related to it. Some believe these stories and some not but one thing is sure that by going on this trek you will experience inner peace. One you chase the route you will get closer to you.
It is one of the only Himalayan treks, which lets the trekkers experience snow up till as late as April! which is the main speciality of this trek. This trek is situated under the Govind Ballabh Pant National park also known as Govind National Park. This national park is a natural reserve area for endangered Himalayan species like snow leopard, Snow Leopard, Golden Eagle, Brown Bear, Moschus, Western Tragopan, & many more. The route goes through the dense pine forest even started from the dense pine forest. So during winter, the route is covered with dried brown leaves which look like carpet. Walking on these brown leaves will be another kind of experience. This trek provides you with a panoramic view of Himalayan peaks which mesmerizes you. As you see these astonishing peaks you will realize why Uttarakhand is called “ Devbhoomi”. Height of these peaks looks like they are touching the sky. The scene is like a big canvas painting drawn by God. At the Kedarkantha trek, you will seek the blessings of Lord Shiva where this trek’s name is based on this. Another speciality of this trek is its campsite.
The trek explores the forests of the Kedarkantha peak and lets you uncover the rare alpine flora and fauna. The hike to Juda Ka Talab is the icing on the cake for this splendid trek. The difficulty level of the Kedarkantha Trek varies from season to season. Autumn and summers are great months for beginners to undertake the trek, however, the trek can become challenging during the winters. Especially during the monsoon season, only experienced trekkers should undertake the trek. While the distances covered during the trek in a day are short, and the total distance covered is only 23 km, the long duration of the trek (6 days), can make it slightly challenging, thus the trek is of a moderate level of difficulty.
The total distance covered during the Kedarkantha trek is about 23 km, with the terrain staying a gentle incline and decline throughout - making it ideal for a first-timer as well.
There are a total of 13 peaks of the Himalayan range visible from the Kedarkantha peak. There is a lake called Juda-ka-talab, the locals say that once upon a time Lord Shiva meditated at Kedarkantha. Its name implies so from the droplet fallen from Shiva's hair to form this lake named as Juda-ka-talab. It usually takes 4 days to complete the climb of Kedarkantha peak.
Altitude: 6,400 feet
220 km drive - approx 10 hours
Trekkers will be picked from Dehradun at 6:30am to 8:30 am in a Tata Sumo or a similar vehicle
Expected arrival time at Sankri – 4:00 pm
BSNL network erratic
Altitude: 6,400 feet to 9,100 feet
4 kms trek, approx 5 hours
The trail passes through dense pine forests, maple trees, few streams and finally opens out to beautiful meadows
Stay in tents
Altitude: 9,100 feet to 11,250 feet
4 kms trek, approx 2.5 hours
Most of today’s trail is on a ridge, under oak trees
You will also pass through some meadows where you can spot shepherd log huts
Peaks :- Bandarpoonch, Swargarohini, Kala Nag and Ranglana stand among the others
Stay in tents
Altitude: 11,250 feet to 12,500 feet to 8,700 feet
6 kms trek, approx 7 hours
Spend some time at the summit and descend back to the base camp by noon for lunch
Post lunch, descend down to Hargaon vai by evening
Stay in tents.
Altitude: 8,900 feet to 6,400 feet
6 kms trek, approx 4 hours
Descend 2500 feet through dense pine forests
Distance: 220 km drive, approx 8/9hours
You will be dropped at Dehradun station in a Tata Sumo or a similar vehicle
The original document of identity proof - driver’s license, Aadhar card, the passport will be fine. It is very important to have your identity proof with yourself while on a journey
The cancellation charges are as under:
● Cancellations prior to 30 days from the start of the trek – Full Refund .
. ● Cancellations prior to 29-15 days from the start of the trek – 80% Refund or Trek Voucher worth paid amount (Trek Voucher is valid 12 months).
● Cancellation prior to 7-14 days from the start of the trek -- 50% refund or Trek Voucher worth paid amount (Trek Voucher is valid 12 months).
● Cancellation prior to 7 days from the start of the trek -- no refund
● Drinking and smoking during the trek are strictly prohibited. If found flouting the rules, your participation on the trek will be canceled with immediate effect
. ● Route changes, postponement, delay, or finishing the trek a day earlier: Under some extraordinary circumstance, your trek may end a day earlier or start a day later. This may become necessary due to inclement weather, snow and ice conditions, political restrictions, or any other cause. In the event of a change, postponement or delay, participants have no right to refund of the trek (in whole or in part) or other compensation for any injury, loss or damage. Trek fee is not charged broken down in terms of days but is a composite fee for the whole trek.