Kedarkantha Summit is one of the wonderful summits of the Garhwal Himalayas and the most popular trek for the wanderlust community. It is situated within the Govind Ballabh Pant National Park. This area comes under the Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand. Another name of this national park is Govind National Park.
It is the reserve area to conserve the rare Himalayan species. The starting point of this trek is village Sankri, which is a beautiful small Himalayan hamlet. From Sankri there are several trekking routes we can attempt. It is the base camp for all the treks.
This trekking route is made for both seasons i.e summers and winters. In the summer it remains lush green and with blooming wildflowers wherein winters it will be fully covered with the soft virgin snow which makes it winter’s wonder. Kedarkantha trek is famous for winter trekking. The base camp Sankri is 7-8 hrs drive away from the state capital Dehradun. It is fully surrounded by Himalayan peaks like Swargarohini, Kala Nag, Bandarpunch & many more.
The Kedarkantha peak is seated at the elevation of 3850 m above from the sea level. Difficulty wise this trek is suitable for beginners where an average fit person can easily attempt this trek. Minimum age limit for this trek id 9 yrs. Here you can enjoy trekking with your family with ease.
The Kedarkantha summit has its mythological importance also. According to belief once upon a time, it was the place where Lord Shiva meditated. So it was named Kedarkantha which means the throat of Lord Shiva. The description of this place is also mentioned in the ancient script-” Mahabharat”.
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit this trek is from the month of April to June in summer and October to March in winter. During this time the weather remains pleasant and suitable for trekking activities.
This trek remains lush green with Himalayan vegetation. You can experience the flora and fauna in full swing. Here you can see various species of flowers, plants, and trees. As it comes under the national park area so it will be plus point to spot the Himalayan wildlife.
In winters this trek becomes snow land. Trees, grass, and trails are covered with snow which makes it a beautiful winter trekking hot destination. The difficulty level changed during this season however the difficulty level is just only walking on the snow which can be done through more little effort which is not a big thing.
During the rainy season, this area receives heavy rainfall so it will be very risky to trek. There may be chances of land sliding and rainstorm so it is not advised to trek on this route during the monsoon.
How to Reach for Kedarkantha Trekking
Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun is the nearest airport to reach Sankri Base Camp. It is well connected with all major airports in India. Where flights from Delhi are at regular intervals. The distance is 225 km between both of these. As you reach the airport you can hire a private tourist cab or you can board on the private or government bus.
The nearest railway station is Dehradun railway station. It is well connected with all major railway stations of India and strongly connected with the New Delhi Railway Station.
Sankri is strongly connected with Dehradun by road transportation. The distance between Sankri and Dehradun is 225 km. There are various modes of road transportation available like government/private buses, tourist cab services, sharing tourist taxi services, etc. It will be the best option to reach Sankri. It will take 7-8 hrs to reach there. During your road journey, you will pass through the most picturesque route.
Day 1: Arrival at Sankri
Day 2: Sankri To Juda ka Talab
Third Day: Juda ka Talab to Kedarkantha Base
Day 4: Kedarkantha Base – Kedarkantha Peak – Har Gaon
Day 5: Har Gaon to Sankri
Sixth Day: Departure Day
Things to Carry
- Trekking Poles
- Waterproof Gloves
- Trekking Shoes
- Woolen Clothes
- Fleece Jacket
- Trekking Backpack
- Woolen Socks
- Trekking Jacket
- Rain Gears
- Water Filter Bottle
- Thermo Flask
- Dry Snacks
- Extra Memory Card & Battries for Camera
- Led Flash Light
- First Aid Kit
- General Medicine Kit
- Sunscreen Lotion
- Personal Toiletries
This is all about the Kedarkantha Trek. Some points on which we have to be focused. This trek is part of the national park so try to avoid the use of plastic because it is like poison for nature. Mother nature blessed us with many wonderful gifts so it is our responsibility to care about these gifts. Apart from it try to interact with the locals they are pure-hearted people so by this you will get the chance to know about their culture and rituals.
“Stay Blessed, Keep Trekking”