How’d you react if someone offers you a chance to fill your life with absolute joy, adventure, and bliss!You’d jump from your seat and grab the offer! A trekking trip to Kedarkantha offers you a similar experience—a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to absorb the unparalleled beauty of the snow-clad peaks, the charm of walking though pine forests, the scenic views of green meadows and much more, all in a single trip.
Located in Govind National Park in Uttarakhand, Kedarkantha peak offers a classic winter trek to all those adventurous hearts who feel a passion for snow and high peaks. The winter snow on this trek sets in by December and usually lasts until April. This mesmerizing trek offers all the wondersa trekker can wish for in an adventure trip! Kedarkantha summit, at an altitude of 3,850meters,is a perfect destination for shutterbugs and nature lovers as well, who crave for magical views and delightful moments while exploring some of the remotest places on Earth.
To enjoy the enthralling trekking experience of Kedarkantha winter trek, you first need to reach the small hamlet of Sankri in Uttarkashi district in Uttarakhand. Sankri is easily accessible from Dehradun, the state capital. During your journey from Dehradun to Sankri, you’ll leave behind the scenic area of Mussorrie, Naugaon, Mori and Naitwar.Once you reach Sankri, don’t forget to get acclimatised with the atmosphere of this area. The temperature here usually drops below freezing point, especially during winter nights.
Go slow as you start your walk from Sankri towards Saur village. As you go further uphill, you reach the Jadu-ka-Talab, a small pond that freezes during winters. After you cross the Shepherd Camp, you’llfind yourself moving through lush snow fields.The trek from base camp to Kedarkantha summit is the exhausting one, demanding high levels of energy and the spirit to ascend. But as you reachthe summit of magnificent Kedarkantha, you forget all your fatigue and start enjoying the awe-inspiring views of the Gangotri, Yumnotri, and other Himalayan peaks.The summit also makes you believe that you can touch the sky with your hands. After conquering the summit, you start your return trip; you can easily reach the Horegaon camp before evening. The next day, you trek back to Sankri while passing through lush pine forests.
The charm and adventure of Kedarkantha winter trek is simply a delight for trekkers. This trek is also known for some of the most appealing campsites in whole Garhwal region—each campsite is unique in some sense and competes with others to be the best in endowing nature’s beauty to visitors.
When planning Kedarkantha trekking, don’t forget to bring warm clothes, raincoats, sunscreen lotions, good sunglasses, and other important items that you may need any time after reaching Sankri. Avoid trekking during the nights, and refrain from throwing bottles and other litter in the course of the trek. And if you have ample time, don’t forget to get acquainted with the culture and people’s lifestyle in this region. You can also purchase some local items from Sankri to keep as a souvenir of your journey to this charming region of Garhwal.