Kedarkantha Trek: All You Need to Know

Overview

Kedarkantha is a 6-day trek in Uttarakhand’s Govind Pashu Vihar National Park (not to be mistaken with the famous Kedarnath Temple) (6 when including the travel days from Dehradun to the base camp and back). Kedarkantha is with no doubt one of Country’s most popular hikes, attracting hikers of all levels of experience. For a variety of reasons, trekking in the Indian Himalayas is popular. The summit ascension is the most crucial of them all. 

The Kedarkantha trek is immensely rewarding. Even from the trek’s camp site, the summit looks large. The world opens out around you as you begin your trip early in the morning and progressively climb up the steep incline. The ascent is not simple. The gradient is consistent throughout the stretch. It becomes more difficult as you approach the summit. The enormous mountains of the upper Himalayas, on the other hand, will keep you company until you reach the peak. You feel a tremendous sense of satisfaction and success as you stretch and take in the sights of the Himalayas from the summit. This is a sensation unlike any other. Few treks have the same level of adventure, thus it’s popular with beginners for its best summit climb.

About the Trek

The journey to base camp is one of the most stunning drives you will ever experience on any trek. After Purola, the 18-kilometer stretch of dense pine forest and the drive through the Mori valley alongside the Tons River will stay with you for a long time.

The Guesthouses You’re in for a treat if you’re trekking with Indiahikes. You will rarely have the opportunity to see how the locals live. This excursion allows you to see it. Both the first and last nights of your trip will be spent in Gaichwangaon, in homestays. Despite the fact that they live near each other, their homes appear different, they dress differently, and their lifestyles differ slightly. You’ll be able to see it up close and personal.

The Woodlands You will feel a stronger sense of oneness with your environment when you are in the forests of Kedarkantha, particularly the stretch from Gaichwangaon to the summit. From Gaichwangaon to the peak, the forest is one of my favourite woodlands I’ve ever walked in. This part has a surreal air to it because of the variety, clashing hues, and density. I’d gladly make this walk again and again only to see beautiful forests. The opposite slopes of Kedarkantha, on the other hand, offer some of the most magnificent Himalayan forest climbs. From Gaichwangaon to the peak, the forest is one of my favourite woodlands I’ve ever walked in. This part has a surreal air to it because of the variety, clashing hues, and density. I’d gladly make this walk again and again only to see beautiful forests. The opposite slopes of Kedarkantha, on the other hand, offer some of the most magnificent Himalayan forest climbs.

The Clearings Kedarkantha is surrounded on all sides by such clearings. There are no other treks that provide similar opportunities for clearings. I’ve done approximately 11 treks so far and have yet to come across one with such lovely clearings. In fact, it is the only hike in the Himalayas with an abundance of campsites. Indeed, these clearings are one of the reasons we’ve been able to open many routes on this expedition. There are a number of other aspects that contribute to the uniqueness of these clearings. -Sunsets are a beautiful thing. Because of the location of the campgrounds, this walk has some of the most dramatic sunsets. Both Julota and Pukhrola are open to the sky and face the western side of the sky. As a result, the sunsets along this trail are a must-see throughout your hike.

Best Time

The Kedarkantha trip is one of the few in the Indian Himalayas that may be done throughout the year. The Kedarkantha journey is available for 10 months of the year, except in July and August (the peak rainy months in Uttarakhand). In terms of terrain, difficulty, and weather, each of these seasons has something unique to offer. Kedarkantha is most well-known as a winter journey, and for good reason. The breathtaking scenery and challenging peak ascent, especially in the winter, can make anyone weak in the knees. Kedarkantha is an excellent winter hike, particularly for novices. What makes it ideal is the way it balances beauty with adventure in the correct proportions. You will be trekking through deep, snow-covered forests.

Difficulty Level

The trek to Kedarkantha is classified as easy-moderate. The ascension is slow and steady. Of course, there are a few difficult sections, but they are manageable if you are well-prepared. You also climb for a maximum of 4 hours each day of the expedition (except on the summit day which in general tends to be longer). The walk then ascends to a maximum height of 12,500 feet. As a result, it is ideal for beginners and trekkers who do not want to do a strenuous journey. Finally, as previously stated, Kedarkantha is a stand-alone mountain. As a result, the journey offers a variety of options for reaching the peak. The best thing about these routes is that they have several exit points, making it a safe walk. This is especially critical if you’re planning a solo expedition. Outside of the terrain, Kedarkantha is an easy-moderate hike that can be done at any time of year. When there is a lot of snow (which usually happens in the last few weeks of December, January, and February), the trek becomes more mild, although it doesn’t happen very often.

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