Kedarkantha Winter Trek | Kedarkantha Snow Trek | Kedarkantha Trek - GIO Adventures

Snow Trek: Kedarkantha


Rs.9,500
Product Code: TRKK
Availability: In Stock
Duration: 6 Days
Season: Dec-Mar
Grade: Moderate +
Region: Garhwal (Uttarakhand)
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ITINERARY


Day 01: Dehradun – Sankri (2000m) (Drive / 7 - 8 hrs)

From Dehradun we will drive to Sankri via Mussorrie. We will stop for lunch en route. This is an enjoyable drive initially along the Yamuna and towards the latter part along the beautiful Tons River. There are very beautiful pine forest sections along the drive today. Upon reaching Sankri we will check into the scenically located hotel Wild Orchid. Sankri is paradise on earth and we will take an evening stroll in this beautiful hamlet to get our muscles charged for the trek to come. Overnight stay in the hotel.

Day 02: Sankri (2000m) – Shidri Village – Base Camp (2800m) ( Drive / 10 – 15 mins & Trek /  5 - 6 hrs)

After a leisurely breakfast we will drive to Shidri Village. After arriving here we start our trek to the base camp. Today’s hike is a gradual uphill with few flat sections. Witness mesmerising views of Rupin & Supin Valley as you begin this trek. The trail weaves through farms and houses of the local villages. After a steep climb we walk through alpine meadows surrounded by rich forest of Oak and Rhododendron finally arriving at the base camp. Overnight stay in tents.

Day 03: Base Camp (2800m)

Prepare yourself for an enthralling experience as we indulge in exciting rope activities today. Participate in tree jummering, valley traverse, snow tubing and skiing. Feel the rush of adrenaline as you tackle with snow and the cool breeze runs through. After finishing up with these fun filled activities, head out for a short acclimatisation hike. Overnight stay in tents.

Day 04: Base Camp (2800m) – Kedar Kantha (3800m) – Base Camp (2800m) (Trek / 7 - 8 hrs)

The distance to the summit is not long but is reasonably steep and walking on snow makes it more tiring and time consuming. We will, depending upon the snow conditions select the best route leading to the summit. We will start quite early about 2 am in the morning. It will take anywhere between 7 to 8 hours to get to summit. Marvel at the astounding views from the summit. You get to see all the mountains of the Yumnotri and Gangotri range and also of Kinner Kailash range and other ranges in Himachal. Also there are some great views of the underlying valleys. After spending sometime at the summit we will start descending and walk all the way down to base camp. You are sure to come back exhilarated. Overnight stay in tents

Day 05: Base Camp (3400m) - Juda – Ka Talab - Sankri (2000m) ( Trek / 4 - 5 hrs)

In the morning we will indulge in skiing to exhilarate your senses. Immerse in the beauties of the glittering slopes as you ski your way through vast expanse of snow. Post lunch, start descending to Sankri. Via Juda – Ka Talab which is a small lake/pond. This pond freezes into solid ice during winters. We continue on the trail and the views get really exciting as we start to get a glimpse of the tips of the snow capped peaks of the Himalayas, finally arriving at Sankri for the night. Overnight stay in tents.

Day 06: Sankri (2000m) – Dehradun (Drive / 6 - 7 hrs)

After breakfast board the vehicles and start driving back towards Dehradun. Arrive in Dehradun by around late afternoon. Our trip ends here.

PRICE 


PRICE INCLUDES

  • Professional guide(s) to ensure high safety and more information and personal attention which are necessary to appreciate a trek. All our guides are professionally trained and have many years of relevant experience in guiding treks.
  • Accommodation in standard rooms in a hotel in Sankri on single/double occupancy
  • High quality camping arrangements
    We believe that roughing it out necessarily doesn’t mean sleeping in smelly sleeping bags, compromising on safety by using low quality equipment and having unappetising meals. We focus on your safety, basic comforts and the environment while camping. Keeping this is mind, the following equipment is provided on the trek:
    • 3/4 season imported alpine tents 
    • Fresh and clean sleeping bags of very good quality 
    • Good quality Camping Mattresses 
    • Hot water bottles in the night (during the trek)
    • Camping stools 
    • Mess Tent
    • Toilet tents (2) with portable toilet seats
    • First Aid / Medical kit.
  • All meals starting from dinner on Day 1 till breakfast on Day 6. A lot of emphasis is given to nutritional needs and a menu of vegetarian dishes is prepared accordingly. Tea/coffee will be served throughout.
  • Porter/mule charges for carrying camping equipment & rations
  • Forest entry charges, permits & camping fee (if any)
  • First aid kit (our guides are certified in handling first aid situations)

TRANSPORT TARIFF INCLUDES

Do keep in mind that transport is a very critical component of your trek. This aspect is most often not given proper attention and can result in lot of discomfort especially in the mountains. We provide transfers to get you to the starting point and back as comfortably and in as less time as possible for you to enjoy the trip. We only use quality vehicles like Toyota Innova, Mahindra Xylo, Mahindra Scorpio, Tempo Traveller, etc. and no local jeeps or similar vehicles are used except where there are short transfers from the lodge to the trek points, etc. The transport tariff includes all driver charges, fuel, parking, toll and taxes.

TRIP PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE

  • Porter/mule charges to carry your personal bag
  • Skiing and any other activities.
  • Any meals/services not mentioned above
  • Any charges for video cameras, still cameras, etc.
  • Alcohol, soft drinks, beverages, etc.
  • Personal expenses like tips, telephone calls, laundry, etc.
  • Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances like landslides, road blocks, bad weather, etc.
  • Insurance
  • Service Tax

OTHER OPTIONAL CHARGES

  • Charges for a porter/mule to carry personal bag throughout the trek (not more than 10 kgs) per person for the complete trek. If you want us to arrange for portage of your personal luggage you can book the same by selecting the option of Personal Luggage Charges
  • Personal trekking gear
    You can save on buying expensive trekking equipment for the trek by hiring the same from our gear store. High quality equipment is provided at reasonable rental/sale and you are assured of clean equipment that has been checked for its efficacy.

EQUIPMENT RENTAL/PURCHASE

EQUIPMENT

RENT*

Windproof, Water resistant Warm jacket (with hood)

250

Down jacket (for additional warmth)

300

Lightweight & Warm Fleece pullover

75

Warm Gloves

50

Waterproof Trekking boots

300

Balaclava

50

Rucksack (60 ltrs)

150

Waterproof gaiters

50

Warm high-length woollen socks

50

Poncho/Raincoat

50

Trekking poles

60

*Cost in INR per day

*Taxes extra

PAYMENT TERMS & CONDITIONS

  • All payments for the trips, transfers, gears, porterage, etc. should be made in full before the trip starts.
  • Cancellation Policy
  • In the event that you need to cancel your booking due to any avoidable or unavoidable circumstances:
    • We must be notified of the same in writing. Cancellation charges will be effective from the date we receive the request in writing.
    • Payment for this trip will not be adjusted towards any future trip(s)
  • Cancellation charges will be as follows
    • >45 Days: Full refund (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for hotel bookings, transport, etc.)
    • 30-45 Days: 75% of trip cost will be refunded (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for hotel bookings, transport, etc.)
    • 15-30 Days: 50% of trip cost will be refunded (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for hotel bookings, transport, etc.)
    • <15 Days: No refund
  • Please Note
    • Written cancellation will be accepted on working days (only). Any cancellation sent on a Sunday or any National Holiday(s), will be considered on the next official working day.
    • In the event of any cancellation(s) after trip commencement, there will be no refunds and any costs incurred due to this cancellation will be borne by you.

* Irrespective of when a trip is booked, the above condition will hold true

VITAL INFORMATION


Transport Options (Delhi – Dehradun – Delhi)

For travel to Dehradun and back one can choose between air, rail & road. For air travel, the closest airport is the Jolly Grant Airport (at Dehradun) and is well connected to Delhi and other parts of the country by Air India, Jet Airways and SpiceJet.  Train travel is highly recommended with enough options being there. For train details, you could log on to www.indianrail.gov.in  and for online railway ticket bookings you could log on to www.irctc.co.in .

There are frequent Public Transport buses including Volvos available from Delhi to Dehradun that cost about Rs. 200-700 per person. These buses depart from Delhi ISBT every 30 mins. or so and take about 7 hrs to cover the distance. The same is also applicable on the return journey. A private vehicle could also be arranged for if you require the same.

Weather Details

This snow trek is organized between Dec & mid-March when the region has had good snowfall. Contrary to the popular belief winters is a good time to be in the mountains if one is equipped properly. Most locals inhabiting higher reaches of the mountains don’t mind the problems associated with snowfall and seem to have a good time during these months. Also there are lots of local festivals in these months. In these months weather is generally clear most of the days. Day time is normally pleasantly warm with one getting to enjoy sitting out in the sun. Temperature would be around 12-17 °C. Evenings are quite cold and one would need to be inside a tent/room or sitting outside next to fire with proper winter clothes. The evening temperatures will be around – 3 to 5 °C. Nights can be very cold with temperatures in the range of – 8 to 0 °C.

Please keep in mind that the above information is not exact and does not account for sudden changes. Whatever the temperatures and conditions rest assured we will be prepared to handle it with ease as we use equipment of very high specifications.

List of Essentials

It is very important for this adventure trip that you need to be equipped properly and with a bit of back up. Mountain/adventure travel requires one to be adequately equipped with the right kind of personal gear. Since one is travelling in the wilderness there will be hardly any opportunity to buy anything once you hit the trail so we urge you to carefully pack everything into your bags. Also please keep in mind you can rent out or purchase equipment from our Gear Store, if required.

  1. Shirts / T-shirts – 2/3
  2. Warm shirt/light micro fleece pullover/full sleeve T shirt
  3. Trekking Pants (water resistant/repellent & having inside lining for extra warmth) - 2
  4. Windproof/water resistant outer shell (jacket) of good quality (no flimsy wind cheaters please!) with a proper hood
  5. Down jacket with min 600 fill power rating
  6. Thick Fleece / Full-sleeve Woollen sweater
  7. Thermal inner wear (upper & lower)
  8. Woollen cap (Balaclava)
  9. Inner fleece gloves
  10. Outer water proof gloves
  11. Thick woollen socks & regular socks (4 – 5 pairs)
  12. Scarf/muffler (optional)
  13. Comfortable waterproof (Goretex) Trekking/Hiking shoes (shoes with a thick sole and high ankles are recommended)
  14. Camp shoes (these can be easy to slip in sneakers/sport shoes)
  15. Gaiters
  16. Raincoat / Poncho
  17. Small light weight towel
  18. Insulated water bottle & hydration pack (optional)
  19. Cap / floppy hat to keep the strong sun away from your face
  20. Sun glasses with UV protection and ability to cut the glare (imp when traversing through snow)
  21. Sturdy walking stick / Trekking pole
  22. Sunscreen Lotion
  23. Lip Balm
  24. Torch / Flashlight (with extra batteries)
  25. Medicines, if requiring any specific medication
  26. Personal toiletries
  27. Book, if you like reading
  28. Day pack/small bag which you will carry on your back every day and keep your essentials in it
  29. Carry rain cover for your bags
  30. Keep a few poly bags or waterproof bags in your bag in which if required you can put your belongings in case of heavy rain
  31. Camera if you like (with fully charged batteries)

…LOADS OF ENTHUSIASM!! AND A PLEDGE TO LEAVE NO TRACE

Carry your stuff in a duffel bag, soft shoulder bag or a rucksack. Avoid suitcases, trolleys or any other hard luggage. As you will be walking long distances carrying a rucksack, avoid bringing unnecessary items on the trek. Please avoid carrying expensive watches, jewellery and electronic items on the trek.

NOTE: In case you are planning to put your bag on a mule or taking a porter please get a duffel bag or rucksack and keep it in mind that there is a possibility that the bag at times might brush against a rock or a tree and get slightly damaged so don't get very expensive bags. Also in case of damage we shall not be held accountable.

Our Trekking Code

We are mountain lovers and have pledged to bring no harm to them in our pursuit of running organised wilderness travel in the Himalayas and seek your assistance too in this regard. We are more than convinced that one can have more fun on a trip if we go about it in a way that no harm is caused to the ecology. In this regard we have a set of guidelines that we adhere to based on the tenets of 'Leave No Trace' & 'Tread Light' policies. These guidelines are very simple and emphasise on travelling in small groups, better planning, understanding impact of camping, proper waste disposal, respecting local cultures, sensitivity towards wildlife and so on. We have a complete section on our trekking code in the 'GIO trekking Manual'. This manual will be couriered to you once you confirm a trip with us.

Acclimatisation & high altitude sickness

This is one of the most important aspects of travelling in the high Himalayas and cannot be ignored or set aside. Acclimatisation basically means our body adjusting to lower levels of oxygen (rarefied air) & reduced air pressure as me move up. In case one does not acclimatise properly there are chances of the person facing extreme discomfort and this can be fatal in extreme cases. While there is no set route to getting properly acclimatised there are a general precautions and steps that one can take to initiate good acclimatisation. Our trekking guides will assist you with these steps and also once you book a trip with us the 'GIO Trekking Manual' which will cover this aspect extensively will be couriered to you. This is sure to help you enjoy the trek in very good shape.

Selecting the right trek & training for it

Most important thing is to select the right trek keeping in mind your experience or inexperience, health, objectives & ability. Our senior team people can assist you with this, so when contacting us do mention if you need guidance on this front also refer to our trek grading system mentioned below. Once the right trek is selected comes your preparation. Once you have booked a trip with us we will courier the 'GIO Trekking Manual' to you which will have a complete practice drill explained in details.

Trek grading system

We have broadly classified our treks as below:

Easy These treks are 3 to 5 days long and involve walking for about 3/4 hrs daily. The trail on such treks is well defined but not always flat. These are great for families and first timers

Moderate On these treks one is not required to trek for more than 5/6 hrs a day. Also the terrain is not too difficult. These treks are normally a week or so long. For these treks prior trekking experience is not necessary. Very rarely on these treks would one camp at altitudes higher than 3800m. These treks are great for first timers or for veterans wanting to go on a trail which is relatively less demanding

Moderate+ These are moderate treks with mostly one difficult day. These trails are fine for fit beginners also.

Vigorous On these treks one can be required to trek continuously for more than a week through remote areas and at times trekking for more than 7 hrs a day. On most of these treks one has to cross passes or areas which are snow covered and involve camping at altitude of more than 4000m. Fit people with some kind of hiking experience & a spirit of adventure can contemplate going on these trails.

Strenuous These treks apart from having continuous trekking stretches are at places technical and might require assistance from trip leader/guide and other staff people. All these treks have rest days in between. Also all of them involve crossing passes or areas having altitude of more than 4500m. First timers are discouraged from walking such routes.

Expedition Style These involve long walks at high altitudes at times around 6000m. Camping can also be well over the snow line and on glaciers at times. Safety ropes, ice axes and crampons might be required on these treks. These treks are not technically very difficult but are considerably challenging. Previous vigorous/strenuous trekking experience is required.

Disclaimer

Great Indian Outdoors (P) Ltd. takes utmost care to ensure safety of its clients. However in the case of any unforeseen mishaps, Great Indian Outdoors (P) Ltd. will not be liable for any injuries caused or for loss of life. All disputes rising due to the above are subject to the jurisdiction of the courts in New Delhi/Delhi only. All participants would be required to sign an Indemnity Form before the start of the program, without which they would not be allowed to take part in the trip/program/activities.

6 Days | Dec- Mar| Moderate+| Max Alt: 3800 mts (Kedar Kantha)


Sketch Itinerary

Day 01: Dehradun - Sankri (2000m) (Drive / 7 - 8 hrs)
Day 02: Sankri (2000m) – Shidri Village – Base Camp(2800m) ( Drive / 10 – 15 mins & Trek / 5 - 6 hrs)
Day 03: Base Camp (2800m)
Day 04: Base Camp (2800m) – Kedar Kantha (3800m) – Base Camp (2800m) (Trek / 7 - 8 hrs)
Day 05: Base Camp (3400m) - Juda – Ka Talab – Sankri (2000m) ( Trek / 4 - 5 hrs)
Day 06: Sankri (2000m)  - Dehradun (Drive / 6 - 7 hrs)

Description

Experience the beauty of Kedarkantha the most sought after snow trekking destination. The beauty of this trek is unsurpassed with views that are completely blissful to witness. Permeating nature’s bounty will accompany you creating a delightful aspect. This trek also offers an opportunity to experience the remote villages of Garhwal Himalayas and gain insight into their lifestyle and culture. The trip begins with a beautiful drive from Dehradun to the remote village of Sankri. This valley plays host to some of the most popular and enchanting treks in the Indian Himalayas like Har-ki-Dun, Ruinsara Tal, Rupin Pass, Black peak etc. The trek starts with a gradual climb to the base camp (2800m). Indulge in an array of adventure activities like tree jummering, valley traverse, snow tubing and skiing here. Immerse yourself in the natural bounties surrounding you. The wait is over, from the base camp the next day we trek to Kedarkantha summit. The trail is difficult because you have to walk on the snow. However, the joy of walking on snow is inexplicable. At the summit, you will be rewarded with awe-inspiring views of Yumnotri and Gangotri ranges and also of Kinner Kailash range and other ranges in Himachal. The next day we leave for Sankri via beautiful water pond called Juda-ka-Talab, we continue our trail to Sankri and camp here for the night. The next day, depart from Sankri taking perpetual memories along with you.


Note: Even though we will try and stick to the itinerary, there might be changes depending on the weather and snow conditions.

DETAILS
Duration 6 Days
Region Uttarakhand - Garhwal,Uttarakhand

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