kedarkantha trek

5 Days/4 Nights
12,500 ft.
15°C To -5°C

Kedarkantha Trek - Best Winter Trek in Uttrakhand 2024

snow trek to kedarkantha

Kedarkantha is a trek via valleys of the Garhwal Himalayas. It's an very popular and challenging trek of Utrakhand, which takes you through the high altitude alpine meadows and forests to the top of Kedarkantha."

Trekking as we know it has existed for centuries, but only after ye jawani hai deewani movie did this adventurous activity become more popular in India.

Ever since then, trekking has become present in different parts of Indian himalayas with many companies offering treks right across the country. Trekking has been made more accessible these days with the availability of support staff, basic amenities, and food and transport. 

One of our popular treks is the Kedarkantha Trek, located in the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand. The Kedarkantha Trek begins from Sankri village after a drive through beautiful mountain roads from Deheadun. 

The Kedarkantha Trek offers exciting trekking in the Himalayan mountain range that is steeped in history and tradition. The trekking route passes through several small forest, as well as through a wild Landscape.   

The trek route meanders through thick forests, high mountains, and snow-clad peaks. Though this is a challenging trek, it can be enjoyed by anyone with a moderate fitness level. The interesting flora and fauna on the way are reason enough to take this trek. It will take about five days for you to cover 20 km of distance. The trek ends at the head of Sankri.

This trek is well maintained with beautiful trail . The trek itself will take about five days. You can hire a porter to carry your luggage during the trek. We will also provide tent, sleepingbag, and you can also experience pitching of camp on this trek, which is ideal for hikers planning to spend the night in the area. The trek can thus be completed within 5 days easily.

One of The Best Treks For Beginners:

The best thing about going to Kedarkantha Trek is that you can visit here in all seasons. But views of the Kedarkantha trek are flourishing during summers. That is indeed a fascinating view on your first trek itself. However, the ascent of the trek becomes difficult as you go near the summit. Also, you will get to see enormous mountains. 

The Kedarkantha trek offers you fulfillment and a sense of accomplishment. Just book your Kedarkantha Trek now with your friends' group. 

Best Time to Visit Kedarkantha Trek: 

One of the best things about Kedarkantha Trek is it's an All-season Trek. However, it is always recommended to check the weather conditions prior. During summer, it is always flourishing with elegant oak trees and rhododendrons. Whereas, the trek is packed with massive snow during the winter season. 

Kedarkantha trek is accessible to hikers and mountaineers for 10 months except July and August. As discussed check climatic conditions before going but winter is a good time to visit only due to snowfall. If at all you’re thinking to visit the Kedarkantha trek, keep an eye on different seasons through blog articles and weather news forecasts. 

Kedarkantha during Spring (March - April): In March, you will find smooth snowfall. The mountains are covered with winter snow. You will be able to explore the lower altitudes with a splash of color. The days can turn a bit longer while nights will be shorter during this particular time. This time of the year at Kedarkanth offers pleasant views to the trekkers. 

Kedarkantha Trek in Summer (May - June): During summer, the days can be fairly warm and you can experience colder evenings and nights. During these days, the sun is brighter and some trekkers might feel it's hotter than normal days. On the other hand, monsoons hit during June. Trekkers can feel the fresh rains while exploring their way to the Kedarkantha trek. The best part of trekking here will be it will not be crowded as most people will visit the trek in the summer season. You can get isolated if you want. 

Kedarkantha Trek in Autumn (September - November): We would say it is one of the most pleasant times to visit the Kedarkantha Trek. Since September is a month for moderate sprinkles and rain, you can visit here with your group. But again, before initiating your journey, you can check on climatic conditions, which can be cloudy and pleasant. You can experience a bit of a chilled environment during October and November as winter is approaching!

Kedarkantha Trek in Winters (November-February): November marks the beginning of winter climate and this is perhaps the best time to visit Kedarkanth Trek till April. This is because the Himalayas Range of mountains are covered with snow which ultimately makes it a wonderful destination for skiing activities. 

You will be able to capture breathtaking images with fresh snow covered during winter days. 

Short Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival at Dehradun and Drive to Sankri:

Day 02: Trek from Sankri to Juda ka Talab:

Day 03: Trekking from Juda-Ka-Talab to Kedarkantha Base - Lohasu::

Day 04 Early Morning Trekking from Kedarkantha Base to Kedarkantha Peak - Descend to Juda Ka Talab/Hargaon Camp:

Day 05: Trek from Juda Ka Talab/Hargaon Camp to Sankri Drive To Dehradun:

Detail Itinerary

Top of kedarkantha

Day 01: Arrival at Dehradun and Drive to Sankri

  • Altitude: 1,950 m and 6,500 feet approximately
  • Drive Distance: 220 km (10 hr approximately)
  • Type of Vehicle: Tempo Traveller or similar vehicle
  • PickUp: Dehradun at 6:30 AM (Need to check)

Network Available: BSNL or Airtel or Jio Arrival at Sankri: 5:00 PM Stay: Hotel with hot water and attached washroom facility. 

Our journey to trek starts from reaching Dehradun by Tempo Traveller from 6:30 AM onwards. Everyone should report at the pickup venue on time. From Dehradun, you will drive to Sankri which is approximately 220 kms away. This will take almost 8 to 10 hours to reach due to mountainous region roads. Sankri is a beautiful destination situated on National Highway 123. It is definitely a wonderful driving experience amidst snow mountains, forests and valleys. 

Before reaching Sankri, the trekkers an travellers will witness a serene view of Himalayas and greenery all across the region. Also, you will come across Govind National Park which is renowned for its enormous collection of Flora. In this region, you will find unique and rejuvenating Flora which can only be seen here. 

Briefing before the trek


Day 02: Trek from Sankri to Juda Ka Talab

  • Altitude: 6,400 ft to 9,100 ft
  • Trek Distance: 4 KMS
  • Trail Type: snowy in winters
  • Trekking Difficulty: Moderate

On second day, trekkers will climb to 9,100 ft from 6,400 ft

Trekking for 4 kms will take 2 to 3 hours 

The trek pass will go through oak forests, maple trees, water streams, water falls and spellbounding meadows

Night to be spent in tents (Twin or Three Sharing)

On Day 2, trekkers will start trekking towards Juda Ka Talab which is situated at a higher altitude of 9,100 feet. Till afternoon, you will be able to cover 5 km which can take upto 3 to 5 hours. Also, this depends on the capacity of a trekker. Trekkers, just get ready to experience the varied adventures you get on the trail. While trekking, you may get snow and slush on the way. But Broza Adventures group will help you so you need to relax. The trek will initiate with an elegant pine and maple forest along with wildlife and pastures. Also, you may see beautiful dainty huts besides the fields as we trek upward side. Furthermore, trekkers will be able see thick oak and pine backwoods along with Goliath Lake. Interesting thing is you will get Luke warm water all across the lake and it will be colder in the rest parts. One of the most exciting things about this trek is you will be able to witness Himalayan Languor along with boars, hares, martens and many more. At night, you will be served with health dinner along with hot water and stay will be arranged in a camp. 

Frozen juda ka talab

Day 03: Trekking from Juda-Ka-Talab to Kedarkantha Base - Lohasu:

  • Altitude:From 9,100 ft to 11,250 ft
  • Trek Distance: 4 KM 
  • Trail Type: Snowy steep trail. 
  • Trekking Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult

On Day 3, we will trekking upwards to Kedarkantha Base - Lohasu to 11,250 ft from a height of 9,100 ft

Trekking for 4 km will take approximately 2 to 3 hours

Most of the trail/trek is on a ride and you will pass through elegant oak trees, pastures where you can spot shepherd log huts, Night stay at tent

Wake up early on third day to experience sunrise and we will begin Kedarkantha Base trek which is located at 11,250 ft height. From Jadu Ka Talab, Kedarkantha Base Trek is almost 4 kms and it takes 2 to 3 hours to climb this trek at medium speed. Jadu Ka Talab is a wonderful lake surrounded by pine trees which gets frozen during winters. This turns out to be an adventure spot which has fun activities for the trekkers. 

Gradually, the trek will get steeper as we move upward side. You will learn different snow slope skills and hence its time to be attentive. Also, you will learn from the trek head about how big footsteps you should take. Once more, the dense forest of oak trees and pine trees will be the starting point of your adventure. The steep ridges are also traversed by the trail. You will see snow traces as you progressively ascend the path to 10,400 feet, which will undoubtedly provide you with breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape. 

Prepare yourself for some breathtaking views that will still astound hikers. Before arriving at base camp, hikers will be treated to breathtaking views of several snow-covered arc-shaped ranges, including Ranglana, Swargarohini, Bandarpoonch, and Kala Nag, which stand proudly in the arms of Mother Nature.Dinner will be served in the tents at night.

Snow trekking

Day 04 Early Morning Trekking from Kedarkantha Base to Kedarkantha Peak - Descend to Juda Ka Talab/Hargaon Camp

  • Altitude: From 11,250 ft to 12,500 ft. 
  • Trek Distance: 6 KMS
  • Trail Type: Kedarkantha Peak
  • Trekking Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult

Get up early in the morning for summit peak, Trek of 6kms will take 6 to 7 hours, You will experience beautiful sunrise when you reach at the summit peak on time,You will be served with yummy lunch at the base camp, Post lunch, start descending towards Hargaon

You will be served snacks at next campsite Hargaon or Juda ka talab You will be travelling to the peak of Kedar Kantha on Day 4, so it will be a long day. You will walk for approximately 6 km today, covering a distance of 11,250 feet to 12,500 feet, in 7 hours. You must be aware that the trek will be steeper than usual, so make appropriate preparations.

While trekking, you will witness and explore the breathtaking views of many mountains, including Rupin, as well as the enchanted hues of the natural world. The locals claim that the reason it is called Kedar Kantha is because, when they first attempted to build the Kedarnath temple atop that peak, they heard an animal's sound, which is an omen of a supernatural event.

Up until that point, Lord Shiva's statue had been built, and in Hindi, the neck is referred to as Kanth. Lord Shiva is known by many names, one of which is Kedar. It is called Kedarkantha for this reason.

You can indulge your eyes with beautiful vistas of Kalanaag, Bandarpooch, Swargarohini, Gangotri, and Yamunotri from Kedarkantha Peak. Once you've reached the summit, the breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape will astound and perfectly balance your feelings.

Along with a modest shrine honouring Lord Ganesh, there is a small temple devoted Lord Shiva and Parvati goddess on the summit. In addition, that same day we will begin our descent to Hargaon Camp.

You will be able to spend a night at the campgrounds, which offer stunning views of the surrounding countryside and valleys.

Trek back to juda ka talab

Day 05: Trek from Juda Ka Talab/Hargaon Camp to Sankri Drive To Dehradun

  • Altitude: From 8,900 ft to 6,400 ft. 
  • Trek Distance: 6 KMS
  • Trail Type: Return to Sankri
  • Trekking Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
  • Drive Distance: 220 KMS

Return back from Hargaon camp - 8,900 ft to Sankri - 6,400 ft

Trek of 6 kms takes almost 4 to 5 hours 

Decend 2,500 ft via dense pine woodlands

Day 5 is dedicated to continuing descending from Hargaon Camp to Sankri. We are going to descend to 6400 feet from 8900 feet. Descending the 6-kilometer trail will take approximately 4 to 5 hours, or longer if you walk at a moderate pace.

Today is the day that you have to bid farewell to the majestic vistas of the Himalayas and snow-capped mountain ranges, as we are returning to Sankri. It is crucial that you understand how easy the trek will be because there won't be much distance to cover.

A number of treks, including those to Borasu Pass and Bali Pass, pause at Sankri. You will be greeted in the early morning at Hragaon Camp by a breathtaking sunrise between the pine trees.

It will take 8 to 10 hours to reach Dehradun

You will be dropped by Tata Sumo or Tempo Traveller at Dehradun Railway Station

On the Day 6, you will travel 220 km from Sankri to Dehradun, which will take approximately 8 to 10 hours. Early departure from Sankri will allow you to arrive in Dehradun by evening.

You will arrive in Dehradun between 7 and 8 p.m., so make the appropriate bookings for your hometown.

Important Documents to carry:

Original and xerox of Government photo identity card

Aadhar card, voter ID, Pan Card

Inclusion And Exclusion

Package Inclusions:

  • Stay is included for all days while trekking ( from Sankari to Sankri ). For tents double or triple sharing and in guest house on sharing basis.
  • Guesthouse stay will be at Sankari and remaining days we will be staying in tents. 
  • Food starts from Day 1 Dinner to Day 5 breakfast with evning tea snackes and soup. 
  • Transport or travel charges from Dehradun to Sankri and vice-versa
  • Meals - snacks and dinners at Sankri on Day 1 to coffee, tea on Day 6 are included. Vegetarian and healthy meals
  • All comon trek equipment is inclusive such as dining and kitchen tent, mattress, utensils, tent, sleeping bags, toilet tent. 
  • Technical equipment like micro Spikes and glitters
  • First Aid medical box, oxygen cylinder, stretcher. 
  • Forest entry permits and fees
  • Experienced and professional trek leaders with trekking expertise and medical certifications

Package Exclusions:

  • Every type of personal expenses are excluded
  • Trek cost is not inclusive of meals bought during travellong on 1st and last day when we drive from or to Deheadun. 
  • Mules, ponies or porter charges to carry private baggage or for personal use - Bag weight should not be more than 11 kgs. 
  • Personal equipments like track pant, jacket, shoes etc. 
  • Any kind of emergency evacuation fees or charges. 
  • Anything not mentioned in inclusion section. 

What should you take for Kedarkantha Trek?

Since we are a trekking, adventure, and travel company, we frequently field inquiries from our hikers. The most frequent query is, What should I take to the Kedarkantha trek? It can be challenging to explain everything in detail, so we've included a thorough packing list below that will be useful to all hikers visiting the Himalayas. 

When embarking on a trek or packing, it's important to keep in mind the packing pattern, which is to begin either from the head to the foot or the head to the foot. This way, you reduce the likelihood that you'll forget something important, so proceed cautiously.


Ensure your backpack fits comfortably, medium sized, and that it has enough room inside it (60–70 litres) to accommodate everything you need for a week-long trek or hike. Make sure your backpack is robust and well-supported on your hips and shoulders, and that the pockets are easily accessible.

2. Daypack:

Remember that a daypack is essential for any trekker. Not only will it save you loads of trouble during your journey, but you won't have to carry your backpack with you every day, so you can use it for shorter hikes, day trips, and sightseeing.

3. Footwear:

Trekking shoes - ankle support and water proof

Walking and hiking sandals

Sneakers - Optional

Socks - 4 to 5 pairs

4. Clothes:

Hiking or trekking jacket

Hiking pants


Shorts and Tshirts 

Ordinary tshirts or shirts 



Thermal suits 

Buff or Balaclava

Hiking/trekking hat

Long sleeves shirt

Beanie cap


5. Rainwears: 

Rain coat and rain pants

Rain covers

Rain poncho

6. Gadgets:



Drone if needed 


Trekking poles

Batteries for camera and phone, powerbank 

Music system and bluetooth


1 liter bottle

Book and a pen

7. Miscellaneous personal things:

Sanitary pads for girls


Toothpaste and toothbrush

Soap - for washing, hand wash and bathing

Sunscreen lotion

Toilet paper and tissue papers

Medicines for your safety with doctor’s prescription

Safety During Kedarkantha Trek:

We have a panel of trek experts who are certified in wilderness first aid and also have complete information about the high-altitude problems faced while trekking, so trekking with us for the Kedarkantha Trek is absolutely safe. We have a full first-aid kit with all the necessary medications with us on Trek. Make sure you are physically and mentally fit for the trek before joining us. If you are unsure about your own health, it is best to consult a professional. Our physical and mental fitness is the most important thing to us.

While returning to Dehradun by car, be sure to gather as many memories as you can.

Your Safety is the priority:

We have a team at Broza Adventures that is proficient in both Hindi and English and has local knowledge about places. This helps to guarantee that you experience a fantastic trek. In addition, we take safety and health seriously because these are things we cannot overlook. Prior to starting the trek, all of the team leaders completed multiple professional courses in Advanced Wilderness Emergency Medicine, CPR, Portable Altitude Chamber Training, First Aid facilities and Environmental Awareness.

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