Here we are, standing on a peak of 12,500 ft. to be precise, on a icy-cold, windy top. The conditions are absolutely unbearable; the cold wind brushing against your ears prompting to cover them up immediately, the near numb finger tips if you even dare to remove your gloves. A harsh reminder to the reality of nature.
The altitude must be a modest one, but the 360 degree views are worth every buck, sweat, and pain taken to reach here. No pictures, cameras, or words can do justice to the feeling of standing atop a peak so revered and soaked in mythology that the sweet taste of being there makes it even more sweeter. At the summit of Kedarkantha this is exactly how I felt...
The Joy of a Himalayan Trek, in Winter
I've just reached Dehradun, back from an exciting trek to Tungnath-Chandrashila, and tomorrow I leave to Sankri for my next adventure to Kedarkantha. December is truly the finest month to be in Uttarakhand; so many trekkers from across the country descend for winter treks. All excited, pumped up, and ready to go and meet new people on the trail. The morning couldn't come sooner!
Kedarkantha is an ideal trek for anyone wanting to their first Himalayan or Winter trek. Its one of the most beautiful winter trek in the Himalayas, which also makes it equally popular for trekkers of all categories. I had opted for the trusted services of Indiahikes for this particular adventure.
From a Circuit to a Crossover Trek: The New Route of Kedarkantha
Come this winter and all was about to change on the Kedarkantha trail. Indiahikes, being the pioneer they are, decided to take a risk by going through a different trail altogether from Dec 2017, completely discarding the more familiar, laid out, circuit trail everyone follows (including Indiahikes, until now).
I wasn't very sure to be honest. And this I realized when I reached the base camp of the trek (Yep, guilty of not going through their website properly).
So this blog is more on my adventures and experience on the new route that only we romped on. Of course, you'll find numerous write-ups on Google, falling short of words how stunning the Kedarkantha trek is, especially during winters.