Kedarkantha Trek from Altitude Adventure India
Kedarkantha Trek is a perfect preparation for a beginner venturing on a Himalayan Odyssey in India. With a reasonable degree of physical fitness (achievable in about 2-4 weeks of regular workouts) one can confidently set out on this trek and get to sample everything that the best of Himalayan trek has to offer. This trek is highly recommended for the first-timers wanting to experience mountain trails and camping in meadows.
Day 1 – Dehradun to Sankri via Mussoorie (Drive 210km/ 8hrs)
Day 2 – Trek from Sankri to Juda ka Taalab (Trek 9,000ft/ 4hrs)
Day 3 – Trek from Juda ka Talaab to Kedarkantha Base (Trek 9,000ft/ 7hrs)
Day 4 – Trek to Kedarkantha Summit and descend to Hargaon (Trek 9,000ft/ 8hrs)
Day 5 – Trek from Hargaon back to Sankri (9,000ft/ 3hrs)
Day 6 – Drive from Sankri to Dehradun (210km/ 8hrs)
Drive from Dehradun via Mussorie on twisting roads to reach Purola and then onwards to Sankri, . This drive presents one of the most scenic sights of the Garhwal monains as you pass through exotic locales of Mussoorie and Barkot.Sankri is the last motorable village and lies 3km inside Govind National Park. You’ll camp at this quaint village for the tent in pitched camps.
We start with an early morning exercise to acclimatize with the local weather conditions. Then after a wholesome breakfast and riefing about the trek, you’ll begin your trek from the beautiful village of Sankri and head towards Juda ka Talaab. This is a remote lake tucked away in the grandeur of the snow-capped mountains and surrounded by pine and oak trees. We chose an ideal spot to camp for the night. We have our dibbber and retire for the night.
Post breakfast, we start on the day’s trek to the base of the Kedarkantha peak. This is one of the finest stretches on this trail as the natural beauty is unbelievable and promises to leave behind an unforgettable memory. Trek through forest heavily occupied by pine and oak trees that give these mountains its distinct charm. Arrive at an open meadow at the summit’s base, set up our camp here. We will enough time to soak in the surrounding, click pictures and play games before our dinner. Night n Tents.
Today will be the longest day of the trek as we summit Kedarkantha Peak (3,850m)and return to base camp. After some rest we start our descen to Hargaon. Ensure that you have had a suitably large sized breakfast as you wil require lot of energy for the long day. Hargaon, will be your destination for the night’s halt.
Today is your final day of the mesmerising adventure of Kedarkantha trek. After the breakfast, pack and prepare for your trek back to Sankri. Along the way you can enjoy the open views of meadows of the beautiful Har ki Dun Valley much known for its rich flora.
We travel on the same path from Sankri to Dehradun as we came on our onwards journey. But this time there will be lots of unforgettable memories reminiscing the past 5 days of adventure as you head back home.
How safe is the Kedarkantha trek?
- We have designed our itineraries to allow for adequate acclimatization, yet there are chances that you will feel the effects of altitude sickness and oxygen deprivation while on this trek. Please be aware that your trek leader may deem it unsafe for you to continue trekking at any time, and arrange for you to return back to base camp.
- Our trek leaders will conduct routine health checks at all camps to measure oxygen saturation, and pulse rate. Altitude Adventure reserves the right to exclude any trekker from continuing the trek without refund if the trekker’s vital readings are below accepted norms.
- This is a high altitude trek with rough, rocky and snowy terrain. It is important that you are a fit and confident walker in mountain terrain, able to complete certain distances by yourself within a reasonable time. Altitude Adventure reserves the right to send a trekker back if, in the opinion of our trek leader, they are unable to complete the itinerary without requiring exclusive assistance. Please realistically self-assess your fitness and suitability for this trek before registering.
Trip Cost includes
- Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner from Day-2 to Day-5
- Stay in comfortable, clean and hygienic tents and guesthouse (Triple sharing basis)
- Dinner on Day-1
- Breakfast on Day-6
- First aid medical kits and medical assistance during the trek
- Professional trek leads, event management fees and support staff
Trip Cost excludes
- 5 % GST
- Transport from Dehradun to Sankri and Return (Rs 2,000)
- Offloading of bags during the trek
- Breakfast and Lunch on Day-1
- Lunch and Dinner on Day 6
- Cost Escalation due to natural reasons, obstructions, landslides etc.
- Any personal expenses incurred during the trek
- Anything, other than mentioned under ‘Inclusions’ above
- Trekking shoes: You will need trekking shoes with good grip. Sports shoes will not be comfortable enough.
- Backpack (40-60 litres): A backpack with sturdy straps and a supporting frame. Rain cover for backpack is essential.
On a trek, carry fewer clothes than you would normally need. Do not pack for ‘what if situations’. That will only add to the weight of your backpack and not be used on the trek. Once your clothes get warmed up on a trek, you will not feel like changing. Just maintain personal hygiene.
- Four warm layers: On the pass crossing day, you will need at least four warm layers (two lights layers such as fleece, one light sweater and one padded jacket) for this trek.
- Three trek pants: Wear one pair and carry two pairs. Denim/jeans and shorts are not suitable for trekking.
- Three collared t-shirts: Carry light, full sleeved t-shirts that prevent sun burns on the neck and arms. Again, wear one and carry two. Let one of these be a dri-fit t-shirt. It will dry quickly in case you are trekking on a rainy day. A common mistake that trekkers make is not changing their tshirts often enough. Regardless of how cold it is, the body tends to sweat a lot. Trekkers who don’t change to fresh clothes after reaching the campsite fall ill due to wet clothes and are often unable to complete their trek.
- Thermals (Mandatory): Those who are more susceptible to cold can carry thermals to wear at night.
- Sunglasses: Sunglasses are to prevent snow blindness. These are more important in June. There might be snow at the upper campsites regardless of the season. So carry a pair of sunglasses.
- Suncap: The sun is intense at higher altitudes and a sun cap is absolutely essential to keep your face and neck safe from sun burns.
- Synthetic hand gloves: One pair of fleece or woolen hand gloves. One pair of water proof gloves.
- Balaclava: You may use woolen scarves instead as well.
- Socks (2 pairs): Apart from two sports socks, you can take a pair of woolen socks for the night.
- Headlamp/LED torch: Mandatory
- Daypack (20 litres): If you are offloading your backpack, you will need a smaller backpack to carry water, medical kit and some light snacks.
- Toiletries: Sunscreen, moisturiser, light towel, lip balm, toilet paper, toothbrush, toothpaste, hand sanitiser. Do not carry wet wipes since these are not biodegradable. If you do happen to use wet wipes to clean up after a trek, make sure you bring them back with you. The same holds for used sanitary napkins. Carry a zip lock bag to put used wet tissues and napkins. Bring this ziplock bag back with you to the city and do not dispose wet tissues and sanitary napkins in the mountains.
- Cutlery: Carry a spoon, coffee mug and a lunch box. We insist on trekkers getting their own cutlery for hygiene reasons.
- Two water bottles: 1 litre each
- Plastic covers: While packing, use plastic bags to compartmentalise things and carry few extra plastic bags for wet clothes.
Mandatory Personal Medical Kit
- Diamox – 10 tablets (to prevent AMS)
- Dexamethasone – one strip
- Nifedipine – 5 tablets
- Crocin – 6 tablets (fever)
- Avomine – 4 tablets (motion sickness)
- Avil 25mg – 4 tablets (allergies)
- Combiflam – 4 tablets (Pain killer)
- Norflox TZ & Lomofen– 6 tablets each (diarrhea)
- Digene – 10 tablets (acidity)
- Omez/ Rantadine – 10 tablets (antacids)
- Crepe bandage – 3 to 5 meters
- Gauze – 1 small roll
- Band aid – 10 strips
- Cotton – 1 small roll
- ORS – 10 packets
- Betadine or any antiseptic cream
- Moov spray (aches, & sprains)
- Knee cap, if you are prone to knee injury
- Anti fungal powder
- Original and photocopy of government photo identity card- (driving license, voters ID, etc.)
- Medical Certificate (first part to be filled by a doctor and second part by the trekker) – Download PDF
- Disclaimer form (to be filled by the trekker) – Download PDF
The Kedarkantha Trek is a moderate trek suitable for first time trekker with basic to above average fitness. The trail is fairly laid out path and doesn’t not have any steep ascends or descends. Water is easily available throughout the trail.
But, at high altitude as the air gets thinner oxygen is less abundant and you will find difficult to breathe. However, the human body has adaptations to altitude that allow it to partially compensate for the lack of oxygen provided you give sufficient time to acclimitise. We have given 3 days in the itinerary to sufficiently acclimatize your body to high attitude and weather conditions.
Trekking Experience: Prior trekking experience is helpful for this trek but not necessary.
Fitness Required: A high altitude trek in the Himalayas requires considerable fitness. Your body needs to train itself to process more work with lower levels of oxygen. Cardiovascular training before a trek is critically important.
Though the trek is in the Moderate category prior training is mandatory before attempting the trek. Registering for the trek is an understanding that you will undertake the mandated fitness training. Altitude Adventure has the right to reject candidates who do not meet our eligibility requirement at the base camp.
Our trek itinerary is planned in a way that on an average you have to cover around 12 kms in 8 hours although there may be slight variation depending on the terrain. This works out to roughly 1.5 kms per hour which is equivalent to walking in the plains at 6 kms per hour.
Here is the training schedule to prepare for the trek.
You can train yourself to run 3 kms in 30 minutes as per the schedule given below. Remember always start your training program with stretching and warm up exercises.
Stretching: Stretch your hamstrings, quadriceps, hip flexors, lower back muscles and shoulders.
Training schedule for 1 Month:
Week 1: Start with 10 minute of brisk walk and then jog for 10 minutes and finally 10 minutes of easy walk.
Week 2: 5 minutes of brisk walk 15 minutes of jog 5 minutes of easy walk
Week 3: 5 minutes of brisk walk 15 minutes of jog 5 minutes of easy walk
Week 4: 5 minutes of brisk walk and jog for 25 min and cool down your body
If you are somebody who prefers cycling over running, then try to cover 22 km in 60 minutes.
Record your run on an app like Nike Run or Sports Tracker to have a better understanding of your routine. Start recording your run when you start running. At the end of your run, hit the stop button. Review your run on the app to see how you performed on that day and continuously monitor your progress
Note: Make sure your GPS is on when you record your run.
Strength Training – There is a lot of trekking distance that you will cover in high altitude carrying your backpacks. It could be taxing for your legs. For this, strengthening your legs will help. You can do some squats to strengthen them. Start with 2 sets of squats with 8 squats in each set and work towards 4 sets of squats with 20 in each set in 4 weeks.
Given below is our cancellation policy.
If a trek is called off by us at the last moment due to a natural calamity/ unforeseen circumstances (like rains, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh, curfew, etc), Altitude Adventure India will issue a trek voucher for the full amount. The voucher can be redeemed for the same trek or another trek in the next one year.
If you cancel your trek, the cancellation charges are as given below:
- Cancellations prior to 30 days from the start of the trek –full refund.
- Cancellation between 30 days and 20 days to the start of the trek –50% refund.
- Cancellation less than 20 days to the start of the trek –no refund.
Refunds will be processed within 7-10 working days from the date of cancellation.
In case of refund, there will be a deduction of 5% (bank charges) from the total fee you have paid.
The Kedarkantha trek starts from Sankri, which is around 180 kms from Dehradun.
We will organize transport from Dehradun to Sankri. The pick up is at 6.30 am from Dehradun Railway Station on Day 1. The cab fare is Rs.5,500 per vehicle. This is not included in the trek fee. It is to be shared amongst trekkers and paid directly to the driver. You will reach Sankri around pm.
To reach Dehradun
The best way to reach Dehradun is to take an overnight train from Delhi. There are two trains available from Delhi to Dehradun. We recommend that you take this one –
- 12205 Nandadevi Express – 23.50 – 5.40
- 12055 DDN Jan Shatabdi – 15.20 – 21.10 (reach the previous night)
If you cannot find a train, then take a bus. If you are coming by bus than reach a day earlier as buses are not reliable on timings and are usually delayed
The Kedarkantha trek ends at Sankri. We will organize your transport for a fare of Rs.5,500 per cab. This is to be shared amongst trekkers and paid to the driver directly. You will reach Dehradun by 6.00 pm.
If you are travelling to Delhi, you can choose to go back by Mussoorie Express (21.20) or Nanda Devi Express (23.30).