: 5 Days
: 20 kms
Pick Up and Drop Point
: Easy to Moderate
: 5 Days
: 20 kms
Pick Up and Drop Point
: Easy to Moderate
Kedarkantha trek is a winter trek through the remote forests covered with pine, maple, and Rhododendron trees in the state of Uttarakhand. It starts at Sankri a remote village inside Govind Wildlife Sanctuary around 200 km from Dehradun. It is the most sought-after winter trek because of the landscape and majorly snow which makes it a delight for trekkers. At 12000ft the Kedarkantha trek offers you the best setting for a winter trek with some amazing views of the mountain peaks and pine and maple trees in the surrounding and walking on snow-covered trails. This five-day trek is a perfect trek for all, especially for beginners who love the winters and snow. With a little bit of fitness and a positive spirit jump in with Adventurescape for the trek of your lifetime.
Kedarkantha trek begins from Sankri base camp, at 6,400 feet, ascending to 12,500 feet high at Kedarkantha top. Kedarkantha Trek is a 25 km-long trek from Sankri to Kedarkantha top and back walk along the gorgeous trails covered in snow. At the top, you'll see a 360-degree panorama of snow-clad mountains which is a view to cherish.
Best Time to go for Kedarkantha Trek
There are not many high-altitude treks available in winter. Kedarkantha trek is one of the treks you can summit the peak at 12000 feet in winter. The snow-clad view from the top is amazing with a 360-degree view. The best time to go for this trek is between December to February when there is ample snow. If you vary of the cold weather and snow you can opt to go from February to March when the days are sunny with less cold nights.
Mobile network Connectivity and ATMs on the Kedarkantha Trek
The last ATM is in Mori on the way to Sankri from Dehradun. The ATMs may not have cash available at all times. So try and get cash from Dehradun or Purola if possible.
Mobile connectivity is not available in Sankri. You get BSNL networks at few areas. Other networks like Airtel, Vodafone etc are not available once you reach Sankri. Thus you can inform your parents or friends before you leave Dehradun. Once on the trek, there will not be any network connectivity till you return to Sankri.
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Premium Trek Package
Cost INR 8000 + 5% GST (Ex Dehradun)
Cost INR 6500 + 5% GST (Ex Sankri)
Standard Trek Package
Cost INR 7000 + 5% GST (Ex Dehradun)
Cost INR 5500 + 5% GST (Ex Sankri)
Accommodation costs (camping)
High-quality sleeping bags for extreme weather
Tents (triple sharing)
pantry/kitchen and toilet facilities
Qualified and experienced trek leaders, Guide, support staff
First aid treatment/facilities
All meals during the trek (veg and egg)
Any of the permit charges, forest entry fee, and camping charges.
Trekking equipment (tents, sleeping bags, ropes, etc.)
Stay in Sankri Hotel (Day1)
The trek cost does not include any train fare or air fare charges
Meals during transit
Porters or mules for personal luggage
Transportation from Dehradun to Sankri and back will be shared and the cost is borne by trekkers.
Any cost or cancellation arising out of unforeseen circumstances.
** MANDATORY DO NOT FORGET
Cancellations prior to 30 days from the start of the trek
You can either transfer the same trek to any of your friends/family or get a voucher
for the same amount and register for any of our treks in future (validity 1 year) Or Get a refund of 90 %
(If the trek amount varies, the balance needs to be paid by the trekker)
Cancellation between 30 days and 15 days to the start of the trek
You can either choose to go for any other trek or other batches for the same trek
depending on availability Or Get a refund of 75%
Cancellation between 15 days and 10 days to the start of the trek
You can choose to go on the same trek with other batches in the same season
Or Get a refund of 50%
Cancellation less than 10 days to the start of the trek
You can transfer your trek to your friend/family (same trek) No cash refund.
A perfect trek for beginners if you want to experience a heavy-snow trekking trail. Kedarkantha falls under the easy-moderate category in terms of difficulty. Refrain from attempting the trek from late January to April as the landscape is covered under a blanket of snow, making it difficult to climb. Trekking is a highly strenuous and challenging activity as you subject your body to physical and mental extremes. After the most challenging climb, the majestic view seems even more breathtaking. Therefore, fitness becomes an integral part of your trekking journey. Most trekkers need to climb for 4 hours a day and the summit day tends to be longer.
The best time to visit Kedarkantha is December-April when the temperature drops as low as -10 degrees Celsius. If you are planning to visit Kedarnath in winter, make sure to carry thick, woolen clothes. The weather fluctuates drastically in Kedarkantha. The entire region is submerged under thick layers of sparkling snow along with the panoramic sight of the snow-clad mountains of the Himalayas. The monsoon months of July-September are pretty unpredictable. The area receives relatively more minor rainfall, but it leads to avalanches and roadblocks when it does rain heavily. The trekking route is open almost throughout the year, including in summer. However, if you plan to visit Kedarnath, nothing can surpass the unparalleled beauty of the Himalayas in winter.
Offbeat villages do not have good connectivity. Most people indulge in the serene ambiance and look forward to disconnecting from the world. The trek begins from Sankri, the base village of the Kedarkantha trek. The mobile connectivity starts fluctuating even though there are some landline phones at a couple of shops. Mobile services such as BSNL, Airtel, Jio, and Idea usually work in Sankri. The last traces of signal strength can be found in Mussoorie and Dehradun. Once you get plunged into the natural beauty of mountains, streams, valleys, birds, and meadows, if you are anxious about informing others about well-being, you can get access to Wifi at some shops in Sankri for 50-100 rupees.
Yes, if you want to experience snow during your trek, the late winter months are ideal. In December, the entire path is coated with white powdery snow, making the trek even more exciting. There is an influx of travelers looking to experience numerous adventure sports such as trekking, snowboarding, and skiing during this time. It is a euphoric experience for everyone, and traversing on snow will leave an indelible mark on your memory.
Trekking for the first time can be daunting for first-timers. Since the landscape is engulfed in snow during winter, you need to be prepared for the bone-chilling temperatures. Do not compromise on the quality of clothes and invest in some good warm clothes. Keep yourself hydrated during the trek to avoid getting hit with AMS. Do not carry unnecessary luggage, as some trekking companies do not offer to offload your luggage. Carry a thermos water bottle and do not forget a raincoat. Buy or rent a trekking pole for walking through snow. Get 3-4 thick, good, quality socks and a proper pair of hiking shoes. If you are traveling solo, make sure to carry a sleeping bag.
The starting point of Kedarkantha Trek is ten minutes away from Sankri. Sankri is a scenic hamlet, the base camp for treks in Uttarakhand. You can easily reach Dehradun through road, rail and air transport. There are numerous public buses and shared jeep services available between Dehradun and Sankri. You can also avail of a taxi which will cost you around Rs 600.
By Road: Direct buses are not available to Sankri from Delhi. You can opt for overnight UKRTC buses and Volvos from ISBT Kashmere Gate (Delhi-Dehradun). You can hire a taxi or an outstation cab to reach Dehradun too. The total distance from Delhi to Dehradun is around 247 km.
By Rail: The closest railway station is in Dehradun, 187 km from Sankri. There are numerous trains available from Delhi to Dehradun like Dehradun Express, Mussoorie Express and Nanda Devi Express. Make sure to book your train one month in advance.
By Air: The nearest airport is Jolly Grant Airport, which is 213 km away from the base village of Sankri. You can board a flight from New Delhi to Dehradun.
Kedarkantha Trek is an 18 km long trek that spans over 4 days (6 if you include the travel days from Dehradun and back). On the first day, you trek for about 5 km for about 4 hours. The second day is shorter where you trek for about 2 km over 2 hours.
The third day is the longest day of the trek as you trek to the summit and come back to the next campsite. On this day, you trek about 6 km over 6-7 hours. On the last day, you trek for 5-6 km again over 5 hours.
The last ATM en route to the base camp is in Mori. Mori has an SBI bank with an ATM attached to it. However, the ATM is empty of cash many times. In such a case, you may head out to an SBI authorized cash withdrawal centre. You can swipe your card and get cash from the person servicing the desk. This centre is located on the first floor, two buildings to the right of SBI.
Although Mori has this possibility, we strongly encourage trekkers to bring cash or to withdraw cash from the 3 ATMs available in Purola (SBI, ICICI and Axis Bank ATMs).