Our Kedarkantha’s winter snow trek weekly departures start From November 2022. You should get
some snow in early December and moderate to heavy snow from December end to January
end. February is normally not conducive for this trek due to harshest winter conditions with
heavy deposited snow. March and April, i.e. spring season is ideal for snow spring trek,
when weather starts getting warmer.
If you have searched for a winter or snow trekking trail in India and landed on our
Kedarkantha trek, you reached the right trek. Kedarkantha peak (Latitude 31.02257° N &
Longitude 78.17185° E) at ~3810 m/12500 ft. is situated in the fringe of Govind National
Park, Uttrakhand. This is de facto “Most popular winter trek in India”.
The region marks the boundary with its neighboring state Himachal Pradesh and situated in
western flank of Uttarkashi district. Naturally the area is surrounded by Shivalik hills and
approaching to high Himalayan snow peaks. From summit you can see a 360° panorama,
very special during sunrise. Peaks like Swargarohini, Bandarpunch, Black Peak create the
Duration: 5 Days
Grade: Easy to Moderate
Max Altitude: 12,500 Ft. Approx.
Trekking Km: 20 Kms.
Day 1: Dehradun to Sankri drive – 200 Km – 9/10 hrs
Day 2: Trek to Juda Tal – 5 Km- 4/5 hours
Day 3: Trek to Kedarkantha base – 5 Km – 3 hours
Day 4: Trek to Kedarkantha peak and decent to Hargoan camp – 12 Km – 6/7 hours
Day 5: Drive Dehradun – 200 Km – 8/9 hours
Winter temperature: From December to February during winter the daytime temp remains
cool and nights are cold.
Night/early morning temperatures will be approximately as following:
Sankri: 2°C to 0°C
Juda Tal: -2°C to -5°C
Kedarkantha base: -5°C to -10° C.
We provide triple sharing tents, which remain much warmer inside. Normally it is 8°C to
10°C warmer than outside measured temperatures. Still it may remain around or below
freezing inside tent! Don’t worry, we will provide -5°C rated sleeping bag.
Spring & Autumn/Fall temperature: Day time weather remains pleasant. Night/early
morning temperatures at camp sites can be from 8-10°C (lower camps/Juda Tal) to 0-2°C
(higher camps/Kedarkantha base)
Day 01: – Drive from Dehradun to Sankri
Sankri – 200 km – 10 hours
All the trekkers arrive Dehradun, and we journey together from Dehradun to Sankri early in the morning by road, as a part of the Kedarkantha trekking package. It takes us 7-8 hours of an absolutely delightful drive, during which we witness the Govind Wildlife Sanctuary as well as the rejuvenating Tons river that flows through it. If you’re lucky, you even get to see some of the sanctuary’s precious animals! After an exciting drive through the alpine landscape, we reach and check into a hotel at Sankri village. We spend some time enjoying the evening in the village, drinking in the idyllic scenery. Dinner is served, and it is now that the trek leader will give you a briefing for the next day. We shall now rest for the big day!
Day 02: – Trek to Juda Tal
5 Km – 4/5 hours
Today marks your first day of trekking. After a wholesome breakfast, we make our way out of Sankri village and start the steep climb up the hill to Juda-ka-Talab. We have 4 kilometers to cover. The climb is steep, since the lake is located at the height of 9,100 feet. The path uphill is an image painted in the warm colors of fallen maple and pine leaves. A few bridges that penetrate the dense forests await us. The scenery is irresistible and worth every step of the way, dotted with hares, langoors and other such beautiful, harmless fauna. The sound of nearby streams waft in and out of your ears as we make our way to the lake, along with the crisp sound of leaves under your feet. We also witness some heart-warming scenes of rural life in this region. Women with firewood and men taking their cattle out to graze, all against the backdrop of the breathtaking landscape. Juda ka Talab is a vision of wonder under the clear, blue sky. Trekkers can take their time to relish the vegetation and scenery.
A lovely lunch is provided to the trekkers, followed by some group activities to keep up the morale and spirit. A delicious dinner awaits the adventurers too! We will be camping here for the night, under a blanket of stars.
Day 3: Juda-ka-Talab to Kedarkantha Base Camp
Excitement is building up as we start our trek towards the Kedarkantha base camp. After breakfast, we begin our 4 km long journey. The trail, though steep in some patches, is not difficult to follow. The route to the Kedarkantha base camp is dotted with small lakes and the land is far away from any sort of pollution or human disturbance. The trail snakes through oak-laden forests, wide meadows and more evidence of remote life. You know you are close to the base camp when you see the arch of the
Swargarohini, Bandarpoonch, Ranglana and Kala Nag ranges before you. Here, a piping hot lunch will be provided. The evening will be peppered with fun experiences like group
games or an acclimatization walk to familiarize yourself with the area and the terrain. Afterwards, the trekkers can rest while enjoying some evening snacks and soup. The rest of the evening is mostly free. Dinner will be served early as the trek begins tomorrow!
The night ahead is going to be the trek’s most memorable one. You will watch the galaxy unravel its wonders to you on the canvas of the sky, creating an unforgettable picture that no camera can do justice to.
Take a moment to remember it. The temperature at Kedarkantha base camp may drop very low at night. Make sure you have enough layers on to keep yourself warm.
Day 4: Kedarkantha Base Camp to Kedarkantha Peak; Descent to Hargaon Camp.
Today, we shall cover the Kedarkantha peak, and climb 1,250 feet higher than the base. Afterwards, we shall descend from the peak to Hargaon village, once again. The trek ahead is moderately difficult, but with a little bit of determination, we will be able to cover the distance in 6-7 hours. Today, we commence at the early hours of 2 or 3 am, so that we can witness the glorious sunrise at the Kedarkantha peak.
After breakfast and a lovely feast of the sunrise,
we commence. We first make our way through a few more thick patches of oak trees. The trail is mostly simple and facilitates enjoying the route uphill. It only gets slightly difficult as we get closer to the peak.
As we reach the Kedarkantha peak, along with the grand view, we are greeted with a small shrine of rocks, which is considered to be holy by the locals. The energy radiating from this religious space is something that entrances one and all. The view from the top, however, is what captivates you the most. Thirteen peaks (name of the peaks, I will do it) of the Himalayas all bask together in the glory of the sun. We make a brief stop here. All this beauty deserves some admiration.
Our descent is a beautiful route crossing many frozen streams and more wildlife and flora. We stop for lunch at the Kedarkantha base camp and quality conversation about the wonderful views we have been blessed with. Afterwards, we make our way downhill steadily to the Hargaon base camp. Here, we set up tents for the night, light up some campfires and spends some quality time having dinner with our follow trekking buddies before retiring to bed.
Day 5: Hargaon Camp to Dehradun
Although there is a sharp drop in our altitude today (8,900 to 6,400 feet), the trek from the Hargaon Base Camp to Sankri is relatively simple and takes only a little over four hours. It is time to say goodbye to the base camp, but with a lot of memories in your heart and tones of trekking experience under your belt. Through endless pathways full of oak and maple, we witness the phenomenal view of Har Ki Dun. It is wondrous how nature’s splendour has been spread across for us like a picture to see. This is one of the greatest achievements of the universe. We make our final journey to Dehradun via road, over a 7-8-hour stretch, including breaks for food and refreshments. It is the same alpine road that you crossed on your way uphill, but you feel changed and content after such a wholesome experience. By late evening, we are back in Dehradun. Trekkers looking to travel on Day 6 itself can be dropped at the bus stand or the railway station, as required. Anyone wanting to spend the
night in the cozy city of Doon can make their bookings accordingly.
For this time, our journey ends here with lots of happy memories.
Anything not mentioned in Inclusion
Terms and Conditions
ON SPOT OFFLOADING If for some reason a trekker is unable to carry his or her backpack, while on the trek
then he/she can offload the same by paying an additional charge. as per charged by the porter to be hired on
Part offloading is not allowed. Charges will vary for last minute on slope offloading.
The backpack cannot weigh more than 9 kgs. No suitcases/trolleys/duffel bags will be allowed.
For any climatic changes or unavoidable circumstances, a buffer day may be provided. A minimal on spot fee
would be collected from each of the trekkers.
Drop out during trek: If for any reason a participant has to drop out from the trek on any day then we will
make arrangements for his/her return to the nearest road head which is chargeable. A staff will accompany
the participant to the nearest road head.