Kedarkantha, a 6-day trek through Uttarakhand’s Govind Pashu Vihar National Park is (not to be confused with the famous Kedarnath Temple). (6 when you include the travel days from Dehradun back to the base camp). Kedarkantha is a popular hike in the country, and attracts hikers from all levels. Trekking in the Indian Himalayas has become very popular for a number of reasons. The most important of all is the summit ascension.

What you will experience

  • The Kedarkantha trek offers a lot of rewards. The summit is visible from the campsite. As you climb the steep incline, the world around you opens up. It isn’t easy. 
  • The gradient is constant throughout the entire stretch. As you reach the summit, it becomes more difficult. 
  • The majestic mountains of the upper Himalayas will keep you company up to the summit. As you reach the summit, you feel an overwhelming sense of accomplishment and satisfaction. 
  • It is an experience unlike any other. It’s a trek that offers the same adventure as few others. This is why it’s so popular among beginners.

About the Trek

You will experience one of the most breathtaking drives on any trekking trip, from base camp to Purola. The 18-kilometer stretch through dense pine forest, and the drive through Mori Valley alongside the Tons River are the highlights of Purola. They will be cherished for a lifetime.

Accommodation

Indiahikes Guesthouses It is rare that you will get to experience the daily life of the locals. This excursion will allow you to experience it. Your first and last nights will be spent in Gaichwangaon in homestays. Although they live close to each other, their homes and lifestyles are quite different. It will be possible to observe it close up.

Guide to the Trek

The Woodlands When you’re in the forests of Kedarkantha (especially the section from Gaichwangaon up to the summit), you will feel more connected with your surroundings. The forest, from Gaichwangaon up to the summit, is my favorite woodland I have ever walked through. Because of its variety, clashing colors, and density, this part has an almost surreal feel. This walk is a joy to take again and again, just to be able to see the beautiful forests. 

  • On the opposite slopes of Kedarkantha are some of the most spectacular Himalayan forest climbs. 
  • The forest, which stretches from Gaichwangaon up to the summit, is one of the  best woodlands. Because of its variety, clashing colors, and density, this part has an almost surreal feel. 
  • This walk is a joy to take again and again, just to be able to see the beautiful forests. 
  • On the other side of Kedarkantha are some of the most spectacular Himalayan forest climbs.

Kedarkantha is surrounded by clearings on all sides. Clearings are not available on any other trek. I have done about 11 treks and have never seen one that offers such beautiful clearings. It is actually the only Himalayan hike with a lot of campsites. These clearings are one reason we were able to open so many routes on our expedition. These clearings are unique because of many other factors. The sunsets are beautiful. This walk is known for its spectacular sunsets due to the fact that it is close to the campgrounds. Julota, and Pukhrola face westwards and are both open to the skies. The sunsets along this trail should be seen at all times.

The Best Time

One of the few Indian Himalayan trips that can be done all year is the Kedarkantha. The Kedarkantha trip is available throughout the year except for July and August, which are the peak rainy months in Uttarakhand. Each season has its own unique characteristics in terms of terrain, difficulty and weather. Kedarkantha is best known for its winter trek. Even in winter, the breathtaking scenery and difficult peak ascent can make anyone weak at the knees. Kedarkantha is a great winter hike, especially for beginners. It is a beautiful combination of adventure and beauty that makes it stand out. Trekking through deep snow-covered forests is what you will experience.

Difficulty level

The trek to Kedarkantha can be described as moderate-easy. Slow and steady is the ascent. There are some difficult sections but these are easily managed if you’re well prepared. The expedition’s maximum climb time is 4 hours, except for the summit day, which tends to take longer. You will then reach a maximum elevation of 12,500 feet. It is suitable for both beginners and experienced trekkers, who don’t want to undertake a strenuous hike. 

As mentioned, Kedarkantha can be seen as a single mountain. The journey provides many options to reach the summit. These routes are safe and easy to walk. This is particularly important if you are planning a solo trip. Kedarkantha, aside from the terrain itself, is an easy-moderate hike which can be done any time of the year. The trek is more gentle when there’s a lot of snow, which usually occurs in the last weeks of January, February, and March.

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