Kedarkantha Trek: A Perfect Destination to Spend Your Vacation
The Kedarkantha Trek starts at a height of 6,000 feet from the picturesque town of Sankri in Uttarakhand. The Kedarkantha walk leads you via deep pine and oak tree forests, snow-covered lakes, and snowy paths towards the Kedakantha peak at an elevation of 12,500 feet with panoramic views over snowy peaks near all over the trail. The whole journey takes about 4 days from Sankri and back except for additional days to travel from and beyond Dehradun.
The Kedarkantha trip offers the perfect mi track studded with lush oak and pine forests, wide-open green meadows, peaceful lakes, scenic camps, and breathtaking Himalayan peaks. The Kedarkantha Trek starts at a height of 6,000 feet from the picturesque town of Sankri in Uttarakhand. The Kedarkantha walk leads you via deep pine and oak tree forests, snow-covered lakes, and snowy paths towards the Kedakantha peak at an elevation of 12,500 feet with panoramic views over snowy peaks near all over the trail. The whole journey takes about 4 days from Sankri and back except for additional days to travel from and beyond Dehradun.
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Kedarkantha is no different, as it is with the majority of Uttarakhand sites in mythological themes. Mahabarata, which asserts that Kedarkantha is the spot where, in the bull of Shiva, he found sanctuary in the Pandavas and meditated in the valley, but afterward fled to Kedarnath because of disturbances from the local residents. Lord Shiva’s Trishul, built at its top, is also thought to safeguard the valley and its residents. The Pandavas who journeyed to the Himalayas to seek the blessings of Lord Siva are also part of this local story. He hid from Bheem, though, and he covered himself up as a bull. But Bheem acknowledged him and followed him. Shiva hid in the subterranean. He allowed his body parts to be divided and each piece landed in a different spot when he hurried out of his hidden position. He fell on the Kedarkantha and so earned its highest name – “Lord Shiva’s throat.” The myth is similar to Panch Kedar, a group of five Shiva temples in Uttarakhand’s Garhwal region – Kedarnath, Tungnath, Rudranath, Madhyamaheshwar, and Kalpeshwar.
Best time to visit Kedarkantha
Although the Kedarkantha hike can be made all year round, it is one of the few Himalayan hiking tours accessible in winter, and therefore the winter is best done between December and the end of April, which offers hikers an opportunity not only to watch the snowy landscapes but also the trekking experience in the crackling snow. The Kedarkantha Route is not too hard and is therefore acceptable even for the first time because of the right quantity of snow and without significant temperature swings. Kedarkantha Trek begins in Sankri, a village 6,500 feet high and 200 kilometers from Dehradun. The five-day trip starts at Sankri. The trek goes into Govind Wildlife Sanctuary pine and oak woodlands with a magnificent setting of snow-capped mountains. The first campground is in or near the meadow of Juda-ka-Talab (9000 feet above sea level). The next camp is the Kedarkantha base camp leading to the top (altitude of 12,500 feet).
Leave Dehradun around 6 am early and reach Sankri by night to enjoy the lovely Sunset from this picturesque, natural-beauty tiny village. It also allows you plenty of time to prepare for the last minute and recuperate before you start the walk the following day. A 5-kilometer long trek from the campsite to the Juda Ka Talab picture-perfect campsite over beautiful wetlands and heavy pine and oak trees. As the name suggests, Juda Ka Talab is a beautiful frozen lake that was once two lakes. From Juda Ka Talab a 4-kilometer walk initially opens out to thick pine woods and leads you up to the Kedarkantha. The peak of Kedarkantha, marked by a Trishul pointing to the sky, is about 2 hours distant from the base camp.
It is recommended to begin the walk before dawn (from 3 AM) to catch the spectacular sunrise from the summit (generally at approx 7 AM). Although the track begins with a gentle ascent, as you approach the peak, with almost 80-degree inclines in a few places the terrain gets increasingly demanding. The Kedarkantha summit provides 360-degree views across the surrounding Himalayan region, including Gangotri, Yamunotri, Chanshil, and Kinnaur Kailash ranges, as well as the amazing dawn. Besides Sankri, the Kedarkantha Path does not include homestays, and it is your sole choice to use the existing campgrounds on the trail or by sleeping alone. You do not have to worry about how much you stay at their authorized campsites along the path if you do walk with any group or choose a walking package with accommodation. You will have to transport all camping gear, including tents, sleeping bags, liners, etc if you choose to camp on your own. The same is also available for rent from Sankri.