Don’t find the title misleading because while the trek itself may include climbing up mountains, clearings in Kedarkantha Trek during winter will explain what I mean by snow desert. Considering my plans for a winter trek, after a little bit of research, I came across Kedarkanth Trek which was a moderate-level trek with magnificent views in the winter. When I planned it out with Ghoomophiro and realised our group was an all-girls one, there was just no stopping the excitement.
Day 1 –Jammu to Dehradun
Living in Jammu has its pro and cons. The biggest con is that unlike Delhi, you don’t immediately connect with other places. Driving to Dehradun would have had its own charm but instead I had to take a train, travel 8 hours, research the Kedarkantha trek to stay prepared for what was to come before I finally reached the beginning spot of the journey. Now I have been to Dehradun plenty of times and every time it is a new experience and I am amazed by how beautiful the place is. Starting your trek from Dehradun makes you feel like the trek has already started once you reach there. There, in Dehradun, I coordinated with my Ghoomophiro group and started interacting with them. It is better to break the ice on the first day itself, so you have a smooth journey afterwards. I realised I was not the only solo woman traveller in the group, so it wasn’t hard finding a chatting buddy.
Day 2 - Dehradun to Sankri (2,000m)
Driving across Dehradun to reach Sankri meant incredible scenic views along the way along with the stunning sights of Mussoorie, Yamuna River and a lot of fun in the bus. Throughout the journey, we were surrounded by pine forests, snow clad peaks and chatter of us travellers. After reaching Sankari, we checked into a hotel and decided to relax for the day. It was not only necessary to recuperate from the constant travelling but also because during the trek, temperature gets to a bare minimum. It is quite important to get acclimatised to the temperature. The overnight stay in hotel did that and the hotel booked by ghoomophiro was also quite nice.