The Indian state of Uttarakhand is a serene and divine place to visit which is situated in northern India crossed by the mighty Himalayas. The state of Uttarakhand is known for its spirituality and serenity. The state has many Hindu pilgrimage sites as well as adventurous spots. Some of the famous Hindu pilgrimage sites are- Rishikesh, Haridwar, Shantikunj, Kedarnath, Badrinath, Mansa Devi etc.
When someone says the word “adventure sport” Uttarakhand is the first choice that we make. The state has all kinds of adventurous sports for its visitors. Tourists all across the world visit Uttarakhand for trekking, camping, river rafting, hot air ballooning, paragliding, mountain biking, hiking etc.
Uttarakhand is a perfect choice when it comes to trekking. The state has several trekking routes for each age group. Some of the famous treks are- Kedarnath trek, Badrinath trek, Goechala trek, Kedarkantha trek, Nag Tibba etc.
Kedarkantha trek attracts thousands of trekkers every from all across the world every single year. This trek is an ideal hideout for mountain lovers and for those who look for solitude. The trek gives the trekkers a unique experience.
Situated within Govind Wildlife Sanctuary in Uttarkashi district, Kedarkantha is based in western Garhwal. The trek is known as the most preferred trek in Uttarakhand region. This trek is surrounded by lush green landscapes, meadows, snow-clad terrain, fabulous glaciers, wonderful water streams and unsurpassed beauty of mountains.
The trek starts from a tiny village Sankri. Sankri is nature’s chilly paradise with the beautiful view of snow-covered valleys, breathtaking grasslands, fabulous farmlands and enchanting water streams. With an altitude of the trek is 12,500 feet from sea level, the trek can be completed in 3 to 5 days.
Kedarkantha trek has its own charm with dense forests of alpine trees, oaks and rhododendrons. The trek is a perfect trekking destination. You can do this trek in winters and summers. It would be best to avoid the trek in monsoon.
Region- The Indian state of Uttarakhand
Approx trekking km- 24 km
Max altitude- 12,500 ft.
Duration- 8-10 hours (Depends on your walking speed)
Grade- Easy to Moderate
How to get to Kedarkantha-
If you have your own vehicle, you can travel to Sankri, which is the basecamp of the trek. Sankri is a small village which is well connected with Dehradun via road.
If you are not travelling by your vehicle, you can take public transportation (bus) from Delhi or Chandigarh or Shimla to Dehradun, which is well connected with Sankri.
Sankri is 180 km away from the city of Dehradun. It will take you around 5 to 6 hours to reach Sankri from Dehradun. The drive is a gorgeous one along the River Tons.
Sankri is a small village which stands at an altitude of 6400 feet. Upon reaching Sankri, you can start your trek for the Kedarkanths, which is around 20 to 24 km ahead. While walking on the top, you will reach Juda ka Tal ( 9050 feet), from there you will reach Kedarkantha Base Camp 911200 feet). From there you can climb to Kedarkantha peak which is your ultimate destination standing at an altitude of 12500 feet above from the sea level.
The grad of the trek is easy to moderate, with some gradual and steep ascents. The total distance you will be covering during the trek is 24 km. The trek will begin from the Sankri. Anyone who is above 8 and below 65, can do this trek.
Trekking to Kedarkantha does not require fitness skills. If you can walk 8 to 10 km in the plains in a day, you will not feel tiresome while walking on the trails.
NOTE- People who are suffering from Asthama and heart-related problems, must not do this trek.
Best time to visit
Kedarkantha trek welcomes you all round the year. It depends when you want to go there. Though the trek is a famous winter trek. People prefer doing this trek in winters when there is snow all around and the temperature ranges from 13℃ to 2℃. In summers, the trek has its own charm and beauty with an abundance of fauna, wild colourful flowers.