An Escape to the Abode of Lord Shiva: Kedarkantha Trek

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Uttarakhand is a blessed and beautiful state with so many fascinating places. A great holiday destination in India. The state has a lot of scenic places that offers great beauty of nature. Trekking is also an important activity in Uttarakhand. There are a lot of trekking destinations that attract a lot of travelers and backpackers every year. One of them is the Kedarkantha trek.

Kedarkantha, a high peak in the Garhwal Himalayas of  Uttarakhand. The peak is perched at an elevation of 12,500ft and located in the Govind National Sanctuary. It is a popular trekking destination and attracts a lot of beginners and avid trekkers every year. Kedarkantha is a classic winter trek and a treat for nature, snow, and adventure lovers.

Kedarkantha trek offers captivating views of mighty 13 Himalayan peaks.  The trek to Kedarkantha will take you through the tricky paths, ankle-deep snow, a wide variety of flora & fauna, great scenic landscapes, amazing weather, and beautiful campsites.  Kedarkantha is a perfect for those who want to experience adventure and snow all at once. The steep climbs and tricky paths are not that much challenging, a beginner can easily cover the trek. The natural scenic vistas are great to witness.

According to mythology, the Kedarkantha peak is dedicated to Hindu God Lord Shiva. The place really looks like a paradise. The tranquil surroundings and silence in the aura will make you stay longer. The sky-touching peaks, clear blue skies, you will so close to the clouds. The temple located at the top of  Kedarkantha is devoted to Lord Shiva and the locals believe that the Lord resides here.

The amazing adventure trek starts from a small village Sankri which is around 200km from Dehradun. The adventurous drive from the basecamp Sankri to Kedarkantha is the most beautiful and picturesque drives in the mighty Himalayas. You will pass by beautiful places of Uttarakhand like Mussorie, Naugaon, Purola, Naitwar, and Mori.  The patch of meadows and snow-covered trails will give you a perfect picture of Himalayan walks. The tranquil streams and silent lakes will be a delight for you during the trek. All your tiredness will blow away when you relax in the laps of mother nature. The ravishing views of landscapes at a good height will be mesmerizing. Forests and tall pine trees all covered with snow will soothe your eyes. The locals are very much friendly and good-hearted. A small interaction with them will tell you a lot about them.  If you know skiing, then it is like a cherry on the cake.

Key highlights of the trek :

  • Beautiful campsites of Juda Ka Talab, Hargoan, and Kedarkantha base.
  • Summit at 12,500ft in 6-7 days
  • Captivating views of the 13 mighty Himalayan peaks including Bandarpunch, Swargarohini, Black peak, and Ranglana.
  • A perfect beginners trek.
  • Exploration of nearby remote villages.

How to reach?

Kedarkantha trek journey starts from Dehradun. The state’s capital is well-connected to all the major cities of India and cities/towns of Uttarakhand.

By Bus: Take a direct bus from Delhi and reach Dehradun. Then take another local bus to Sankri village which is 200km from Dehradun.

By Air: Jolly Grant Airport is the nearest to Dehradun only 19km. Take a flight from Delhi and reach Dehradun.

By Train: Take a direct train from Delhi and reach Dehradun railway station. Then take a bus or taxi and reach Sankri village.

Best Time to Visit:

The best time to visit is from April to June and October to March. Winters are best to visit to experience the snow. The trek becomes slightly difficult but can be easily covered.

In summers, the weather remains pleasant and calm. Witness the lush greenery of the meadows and forests.

It is advised to trek in monsoon season, as the trail gets slippery and dangerous.

Things to carry for Kedarkantha trek:

  • Backpack and rain cover
  • Walking stick
  • Head torch
  • Water bottle
  • Handy snacks like chocolates, chikki, etc.
  • Personal medical kit.
  • Sun cap
  • Woolen cap
  • Balaclava
  • Neck-gaiters
  • Sunglasses
  • Moisturizers
  • Trek pants
  • T-shirts
  • Fleece jacket
  • Windcheater
  • Thermal inners
  • Poncho
  • Trekking shoes
  • Cotton socks
  • Woolen socks
  • Gumboots
  • Gaiters
  • Sunscreen cream
  • Lip balm
  • Essential toiletries
  • Waterproof gloves
  • Torch/ flashlights

Kedarkantha is a wonderful adventure that offers a lot to travelers. To experience tranquility and peace, it is the best trek to undertake. Plan a trip to the Himalayas and get close to nature with the most amazing, ravishing panoramic views. Take a week-long break and embark on this adventure.

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