Kedarkantha is a wonderful trek, with pretty campsites and stunning 360-degree views of mountain summits. You will come across snow around 10,000 ft, lying on the forest floor among the pine trees.
Base Village: Sankri, Uttarakhand.
Best Time to Visit : December to April
Arrival in Sankri (6400 FT)
By Bus: Take a bus headed towards Sankri from Dehradun. It leaves at 6.00 am from Dehradun Railway station.
By taxi: The distance from Dehradun to Sankri is about 200 kms and it takes about 8 hours of drive. Cab services are frequent and readily available from Dehradun in the form of Sumo/Bolero for 5500-6000 INR and traveller for 9000 INR.
Sankri to Juda Ka Taal (9000 FT, 5 Kms trek)
Start early after breakfast for the next campsite Juda Ka Taal from Sankri. The trek distance is just 5 Kms and is easy all the way till Juda Ka Taal campsite. Spot woodpecker on the way as they are pretty common in the region. Encounter a larger green meadow on the way, which is generally used as lunch point for the trekkers. Swargarohini peak can be seen from here. The trek is easy with full of amazing views. Overnight stay at Juda Ka Taal.
Juda ka Taal to Kedarkantha Base Camp (11,200 FT, 4 Kms trek)
The trek from Juda Ka Taal campsite to Kedarkantha base camp is short but starts early to suit against the snow conditions. It takes around 2-3 hours to reach Kedarkantha base camp. At night, the snow-clad mountain peaks shine bright as the moon, and we will clearly see Kedarkantha from the campsite. Sleep early to get ready for the early summit push for the peak.
Kedarkantha Base Camp – Kedarkantha (12,500 FT) – Hargaon (8,450 FT, 6 Kms trek)
Start the day early with a wake up call at 2:30 AM for the summit push. The trek is strenuous as it gets steep at few points. The trek commences at 4 AM with head torches at a slow moving pace towards the summit. Participants need not carry their complete backpack for the trek but only lunch and water bottle. They can leave the backpack at the camp itself as after the summit they will descend via the camp.
The way light comes and what happens in the sky is amazing, a variety of colours you will see in the sky. The summit offers some of the most spectacular views of Yamunotri and Gangotri Ranges. At summit we will spend some time and return back to Hargaon campsite via Kedarkantha base camp.
Hargaon –Sankri (6 Kms trek)
The last day of the trek is easy with snow slopes to descend. It usually takes around 4 to 5 hours to descend from Hargaon to Sankri. Trekkers can take departure for Dehradoon by 1 PM. Transport options are readily available for the same.