trail to kedarkantha
Trail in Kedarkantha
Kedarkantha peak, situated in the mountains of the tons river valley is a beautiful ridge peak; easily accessible anytime of the year. In the winters it snows in this valley and hence views from the summit are very rewarding. The trek goes through the Govind national park and gives you ample time to soak in the flora and fauna of this protected area. The summit lies at an altitude of 3850m and reaching the Kedarkantha summit is very satisfying as you are rewarded with views of peaks like the Swargarohini, Banderpooch, Black peak and Ranglana.
A Short video that provides a brief insight into the vivid experiences of the Kedarkantha trek. Video Credits: Pallavi Verma from team iTvaraa
Get an insight of what peaks you can spot from Kedarkantha Peak. (Click on the peaks name to view its details - altitude)
Trekkers' safety and comfort are of the utmost priority to us at Himalaya Shelter. This is reflected in conduct of our treks, through our curteous and experienced staff, our equipment standards, hygiene, and respect for the nature and outdoors. We equally value the fragile nature of biodiversity and thus indulge in organizing minimum impact treks, while ensuring an authentic and complete experience for our trekkers.
  • Our Equipment: We use 4 season tents on all our treks to ensure an added layer of safety. We have high quality tents from premier mountaineering equipment companies such as Simond, Vango and Alps Mountaineering.
  • The A-shape blue tents are custom made according to our needs of four-season rating. They hold sturdy under extreme wind, snow and rain. Each has enough space for 3 even including their luggage. The fly is also large enough to store extra baggage and shoes.
    These tents are used for fixed departure groups for treks where Mules can ferry the load.
    Thus chances are you'll find yourself guarded against the elements in these during your joureny along the Kedarkantha Trek. All tents are double walled with great insulation against cold, wet and damp conditions.
  • Our Sleepings bags are high altitude ready and ensure comfort during cold weather. We take into account hygiene and thus ensure the cleanliness of our sleeping bags.
  • Our Conduct: Our guides are experienced in the outdoors and always put guest safety first, even if that means making tough decisions.
  • We emphazise on localization as being integral to sustainable growth and thus try to the extent possible to use local food products, which in turn provides trekkers an added experience of getting familiar with local cuisine and culture.
  • At Himalaya Shelter we employ locals while organizing treks, and support their training from institutions such as Nehru Institute of Mountaineering, thus contributing towards rural development through empowering local people.
  • Himalaya Shelter never indulges in setting up of fixed camps which work as achilles heel for the fragile environs of meadows. We urge trekkers to trek responsibly and always raise these concerns with their organizers.

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  • Way to Sankri - Roadhead to Kedarkantha
    Way to Sankri
    Day 1: Dehradun to Mori river campsite

    We start early from Dehradun towards Mussoorie. The Sharp turns with a few hair pin bends are accompanied by an abrupt change in landscape as we quickly gain elevation. Mussoorie lies at a short distance of 35 km (22 Miles) from Dehradun and rises to in excess of 2,000 meters. We continue our drive inwards and soon are joined by river Yamuna a few kilometers ahead of Kempty Falls. We can take a quick break at Kempty to check out the waterfall which becomes crowded as the day kicks in. We drive further via Damta and Purola to reach the village Mori by late afternoon. The drive after Purola is through a beautiful forest of pine trees. The change in temperature of the outside breeze can be easily felt as we traverse through the forest. At Mori we come across the river Tons, which happens to be the biggest tributary of Yamuna and is well known for Rafting activities. We rest at night in camps.

  • Day 2: Mori River Campsite to Sankri (1,950 m) to Kedarkantha meadow (3,429 m)

    Post breakfast we start our drive till Sankri and trek towards Juda Talab. The path goes through Saud village and is a gentle climb. A lot of local village women will be seen on the way carrying wood and dried leaves for their cattle. We trek further through pine and oak trees to reach the open field below the summit. This camping site has excellent views and is a highlight of the trek. There are green pastures nearby and the view towards Himachal is unending. We set camp here for the night.

  • Day 3: Kedarkantha meadow camp to Kedarkantha peak (3810 m) and back to camp

    We start very early post breakfast and try to reach the top to catch a glimpse of the sunrise. We can take our time exploring the area and then head back to the camp.

  • Sankri village
    Sankri village - Kedarkantha Trek
    Day 4: Kedarkantha meadow camp to Sankri and drive to Mori river campsite

    We start post breakfast and head towards Sankri & drive till Mori river campsite. We spend the night in tents at Mori.

  • Campsite at Mori
    Campsite at Mori; PC: Jay Rana
    Day 5: Mori river campsite to Dehradun

    Post breakfast we drive from Mori to Dehradun. We reach by early evening.



    Mammals

  • Langur
  • Wild Fox
  • Indian Crested Porcupine
  • Yellow throated marten
  • Wild boar
  • Black bear
  • Ibex

    Birds

  • Black Francolin
  • Koklass Pheasant
  • Kalij Pheasant
  • Brown-fronted Woodpecker
  • Himalayan Woodpecker
  • Scaly-bellied Woodpecker
  • Great Barbet
  • White-throated Kingfisher
  • Crested Kingfisher
  • Slaty-headed Parakeet
  • Himalayan Swiftlet
  • Snow Pigeon
  • Oriental turtle Dove
  • Black Kite
  • Lammergeier
  • Himalayan Griffon
  • Common Buzzard
  • Black-headed Jay
  • Eurasian Jay
  • Yellow-billed Blue Magpie
  • Red-billed Blue Magpie
  • Red-billed Chough
  • Large-billed Crow
  • Common Raven
  • Spotted Nutcracker
  • Yellow-browed Fantail
  • Bronze Drongo
  • Brown Cipper
  • Blue Whistling Trush
  • Blue-capped Redstart
  • White-capped Water Redstart
  • Plumbeous Water Redstart
  • White-cheeked Nuthatch
  • White-tailed Nuthatch
  • Eurasian Treecreeper
  • Rusty-flanked Treecreeper
  • Rufous-Vented Tit
  • Spot-winged Tit
  • Grey-crested Tit
  • Green-backed Tit
  • Black-throated Tit
  • Black-lored Tit
  • Great Tit
  • Yellow-browed Tit
  • Winter Wren
  • Himalayan Bulbul
  • Red-vented Bulbul
  • Black Bulbul
  • Striated Prinia
  • Lemon-rumped Warbler
  • Tickells's Leaf Warbler
  • Mountain Chiffchaff
  • Oriental White-eye
  • White-throated Laughingthrush
  • Streaked Laughingthrush
  • Black-chinned Babbler
  • White-throated Shrike Babbler
  • White-browed Fulvetta
  • Whiskered Yuhina
  • Rufous Sibia
  • Russet Sparrow
  • Citrine Wagtail
  • Alpine Accentor
  • Plain Mountain finch
  • Red-mantled Rosefinch
  • Rock Bunting
  • Chestnut-eared Bunting
  • Black Peak/Kalanag (6,387 m), Swargarohini I (6,252 m), II and III and Banderpoonch are visible from Kedarkantha top. Jaonli, Gangotri, Draupadi ka Danda and Jorkanden are also visible from the top. Swargarohini can be seen from Sankri and other points in the trail as well.
  • Dhauladhar range and Rupin valley can be seen from the meadow camp till the summit. Har ki Dun valley and its villages are visible from the top.
  • Yamuna during first and last day's drive.
  • Tons and Supin during first and last day's drive.

Transport support from and to Dehradun: starting from pickup on day 1 to drop on day 5.

Guide and cook fees.

Rent for camping equipment.

Forest entry charges.

Porter and mule support to carry camping equipment. Please note that personal luggage can be carried by mules and/or porters on chargeable basis.

All veg meals starting from day 1 dinner to day 5 breakfast.

Tented accommodation throughout the trek.

Transport to reach Dehradun from hometown.

Personal expenses like tips, personal medicines, phone calls etc.

Any transport support during the trek apart from what is included above.

Rent for trekking shoes is Rs 200 per trekking day. The charges are applicable irrespective of whether the shoes are worn or not during the trek. Availability of shoes need to be confirmed with us prior to the trek commencement date.

Rent for walking stick is Rs 50 per trekking day. The charges are applicable irrespective of whether the stick is used or not.

Accommodation in Dehradun.

Personal luggage with mass not exceeding 12 kg per bag per person can be carried by porters/mules @ Rs 300 per day per bag.

  • Trekking Boots: Waterproof, high ankle with good grip.
  • One Raincoat/Poncho
  • Windproof Jacket
  • Wind & waterproof pant
  • 2-3 t-shirts/shirts preferably quick dry
  • 2 trousers (avoid shorts, fitting denims, capris)
  • Warm Fleece, Alternative: a woolen sweater
  • Extra pair of socks
  • Waterproof Rucksack or Rucksack with rain-cover
  • Water Bottle
  • Slippers/Sandals/Floaters: Non-slippery
  • Hat or sun protection cap
  • Woolen cap/scarf
  • Head Torch (hand torch would be an alternative)
  • Sunglasses (it should be UV protected.) or use Photo chromatic glasses.
  • Identitiy cards
  • Personal Toiletries (toothbrush,toothpaste etc)
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Wet and dry tissues
  • Toilet paper roll
  • Towel
  • Personal medical kit
  • Sunscreen cream/moisturizer/lip balm
  • Thermal inner wears
  • One pair of woolen socks
  • Waterproof thick gloves
  • Hot water bag if needed
  • Diamox - to prevent AMS
  • Crocin - fever
  • Avomine - (motion sickness)
  • Avil 25mg - (allergies)
  • Combiflam - (Pain killer)
  • Disprin - (headache)
  • Digene - (acidity)
  • Norflox TZ & Lomofen - (diarrhea)
  • ORS
  • Omez/ Rantadine - (antacids)
  • Crepe bandage - 3 to 5 meters
  • Gauze - 1 small roll
  • Band aids - different sizes
  • Cotton - 1 small roll
  • Betadine or any antiseptic cream
  • Moov/Volini spray (aches, & sprains)
  • Knee caps
  • Hot water bag in winter if needed

Goutham Narayan 24 April 2018

April 2018, my first outing to Dehradun with lots of excitement. My first trek that to Himalayan Mountain. I booked with “Go Nirvana” and they connected us with Himalaya shelter. We reached Dehradun and received call from Arnab about the arrangement. Next day Himalaya shelter team with trek guide Surendra Rana and cook Harish. We started to village Sankri with all arrangements. Our trek guide Surendra Rana was excellent person and our team became friends in no time. We had a beautiful river view and pine tree view on the way to sankri village. On reaching sankri, cook Harish served with noodles. The best noodles I ever had. We were served with nice dinner and our trek guide briefed about our trek and arrangement for next 3 days. Next day my dream of trekking started and it was smooth, learning experience for me. Food arrangement for were much more than expectation. Our base camp was stunning and my first experience. Next day we started and reached our destination. The Kedarkantha peak and that mesmerizing and breath taking moment will never be able to forget. Then we returned to our base camp sliding in ice where I enjoyed every moment. The overnight stay in our base camp will be unforgettable. Next day we are back to Sankri village and stay that night. Our hospitality was the best during our whole trip and enjoyed each and every meal. Next day returned to Dehradun with lots of unforgettable memories. During our whole the service of our trek guide Surendra and cook Harish were remarkable.

Manan Prajapati 07 April 2018

I've done this trek on last week of December 2017. It was my first trekking experience. My uncle recommended that I do this with Himalaya Shelter. On first day, Bachan Rana and team gave us some tips that we need to take care during our trek. Service (especially food) provided by them was excellent. Our trek guide Tripu has very friendly nature. Once we reach our camp, they make sure everything is arranged. This was amazing experience and most of the credit goes to Himalaya Shelter team.

Samikshan B (On Tripadvisor) 18 March 2018

December 2017 found me traveling to Dehradun with the sole intention of completing my first Himalayan trek to Kedarkantha. My friend from my college days, Arnab had recommended that I do this with Himalaya Shelter, and wasn't it the best decision ever. Himalaya Shelter, led by Bachan Rana is a small but cozy organisation that provides for an intimate experience with the Himalayas, the Garhwali culture, and the warm people from the cold village of Sankri. Each and every arrangement exceeded expectations and it would be safe to say that I didn't have much to complain about. The journey from Dehradun to Sankri was supposed to be a non-trivial affair. However Kuldeep, our driver, made sure that the journey was as smooth and pleasant as possible. They take care of your safety and encourage you to consciously make sure others are safe around you too. Our trek guide Randev Singh Rana, was excellent, had an assuring presence and we became friends in no time. Trekking with him was a smooth and learning experience for me and others in our group. The food arrangements were again much above expectations. We never had to go hungry at any point during the trek, since we were regularly pampered with hot, steaming, delicious food to refuel ourselves without having to worry about stomach upsets or related illnesses. We were also provided with warm drinking water in abundance. This was important as our body tends to dehydrate quite quickly in those altitudes and weather conditions. It was also impressive that the Himalaya Shelter team actively makes sure that the tents are kept clean for other people to use. The sleeping bags and the fleece blankets to use inside the sleeping bags provided us with the much needed warmth; though it took me some time to get used to sleeping inside sleeping bags. All in all, this was an amazing experience and a lot of credit goes to the Himalaya Shelter team for that. One of the most memorable moments from the trek was when Randev pointed out to me how the sunrays first kissed the Swargarohini peaks moments before the sun peeked from over the Garhwal Himalayan range. I would do more Himalayan treks and surely I'd trust Himalaya Shelter with them too.

Maulik Dave 02 March 2015

Marvellous first trekking experience in Uttarakhand !! I am extremely thankful to Bachan Rana and HimalayaShelter group,the way they managed the entire trek was as close to perfection as it gets.I would greatly appreciate your warm hospitality throughout our visit.Had the best quality (Tents,Sleeping gear,Camp Kitchens,Mountain Bicycles etc) equipments that one can ask for.I was fortunate to have wonderful people around from different parts of India during the trek.As it is said,"Bombay ka fashion aur pahado ke mausam ka koi bharosa nahi,kab badal jaaye". We experienced the same and couldn't reach the peak of Kedarkantha. However there were many moments listed below that will last forever. /> Sliding/Diving in Snow,Snow games,daily night camp-fire,Majestic Landscape @ Juda ka talab,23 km Mountain Cycling,Nature Photography,Experiencing Hailstorm,Having sip of tea/soup daily at 0 degree Celsius,Himalayas local alcoholic drink on the last day,Sitting on top of the jeep and experiencing breathtaking view of Himalayas. We experienced different types of climate during the trek: Partly Cloudy,then cloudy then windy ,then rainy and finally sunny on the last day. On the last day we had camp site at Mori which again had gorgeous view and was fun to learn setting up the tent on your own. Being a foodie,how can I miss this :) Daily we were served 5 course delicious,superb energetic meals that I can never forget.Bachan Rana,the custard you made as part of desert was unforgettable.You and your group made our trip very memorable and we look forward to create more memories soon.I would definitely recommend this group to others that gave me the best vacation time in Himalayas.Keep the Ball Rolling Mr. Bachan !! Cheers

Siddharth S 21 February 2015

I along with my wife and 6 other friends went on the kedarkantha trek organized by Himalayashelter during 1st-5th April 2015. We had come from different cities and congregated at Dehradun where Rana (aka Bachan) and his team received us. After a rather long and winding road trip from Dehradun via Mussoorie we reached the base village of the trek -sankri. It rained through the evening and night (not typical at this time of the year). Due to unseasonal rains we could not go all the way to the kedarkantha summit. However we were lucky to get a lot of snow all the way to juda-ka-talaab and beyond. While the weather played spoilsport, it was more than compensated by the excellent arrangements by Bachan and his team at himalayashelter. The tents were of very good quality - warm, dry and cozy. While it rained each night we camped and the weather was chilly, the all weather tents and sleeping bags were warm and comfortable. Overnight rains had rendered the route quite mucky. However there were enough trekking rods which made the trek less cumbersome. The team was very informative with Bachan himself being a local. Throughout the route we were informed about the local flora (oaks, deodhar, maple, apple trees, rhododendrons etc) and its significance (do you know that petals of the rhododendron have medicinal benefits and are good for the heart?). All meals were prepared and served hot and fresh. Dinner was always an elaborate 3 course meal with soup, main course and dessert (not something you expect on a trek ). The food was delicious, local yet home-like (Bachan is an excellent cook and prepares most of the meals all by himself). We were treated to caramel custard on the night we camped at Juda-ka-talaab (at sub zero temperature) which deserves a special mention. It was the best I've had and could easily give any of the Irani restaurants in Mumbai a run for their money. After completing the trek, on the following day, they had arranged 25km downhill cycling from sankri to mori. The cycles that were provided were in very good condition with gears and good shock absorbers. Safety was given due importance with two vehicles on either end of our cycling trail so that immediate attention could be provided to anyone who is tired and wants a break or has had any kind of bruise while cycling. On the last day, we camped on the banks of river tons near the town of mori. All of us were taught to set up our own tents (it was not easy but lots of fun). Extra care was taken throughout the trek to ensure that the trip was leisurely yet adventurous. By the time we reached Dehradun to catch our flights back home, all of us were already planning our next trek with Bachan and his team at Himalaya shelter.

Disha Dave 08 February 2015

Thank you Himalaya Shelter for making this trek to kedarkantha so memorable.I had great fun climbing up the valley covered by pine trees,playing carelessly in the snow like a baby and cycling down 22kms parallel to picturesque scenery of the mountains and rapid flowing Tongs river.It was an ideal vacation being away from clutter and clatter of the city. And special thanks to Bachchan and team for the warm hospitality offered to us. I had never imagined having such a splendid spread in the midst of mountains.Food & the campfire experience was such awesome ! Once again,thank you Himalaya Shelter !!


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