Kedarkantha Trek: An Ascent to the Abode of Shiva

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Covered with a pristine white blanket of snow in winter and flanked by verdant forests of deodar, chir and oak, the Kedarkantha peak is among the most sought-after snow trekking of India.

The white cover on the pathways of the trekking route enhances the beauty of the trek, which becomes the centre of attraction for the trekkers undertaking the ascent. They feel themselves in the lap of Mother Nature, which leaves them spellbound.

The powerful Himalaya presents a spectacular view of its snow-capped ranges. The Kedarkantha peak stands tall at an altitude of 12,500 ft. it offers mesmerizing and awe-inspiring visuals of Black Peak, Bandarpunch, Swargarohini, Devkyara, Vijay Top, Rupin Pass and Chainsheel Valley.The peak offers panoramic view of the region.If you wish to feel like an eagle with a bird’s eye view, this trek is for you. So don’t miss out on views of Purola, Mussoorie and Dhungiri.

The ascent to the peak is marked by following a trail, which keeps the group intact without the fear of being lost in the wilderness.

This is an ideal trek and covers a consolidated distance of 18 km. The trekking trail facilitates the first-time trekkers to be cast into trekking while they enjoy the breathtaking views en route. Apart from the view of the sublime peak, the trek has multiple things to offer – which include rich and diverse flora and fauna, the frozen lakes, the burbling streams, the replenished water sources, the chilling breeze, the roaring cataracts and the vibrant culture and tradition of the quaint region – to the trekker who takes back not merely memories but many such moments to cherish.

 The stunningly incredible views and the moments of adventure are the main attraction on the trek trail. This is an ideal destination for a nature lover who enjoys every moment far from the madding crowd. 

Kedarkantha peak is situated in Uttarakashi district of Uttarakhand in the West Himalayan region and houses Govind Wildlife Sanctuary too. This is an easy trek and can be undertaken by those who have little experience of trekking as well. Physical fitness is of utmost importance. You must ensure that you cover at least 4 km in 30 minutes before enrolling for the trek as the Himalaya is a reservoir that tests your endurance as well. This is required to maintain the stamina required to successfully complete the trek.

History of kedarkantha

Legends have it that the Kedarkantha had been selected as a place by Shiva for his abode. But a cow from a village called Sirga (which is at the same altitude as Kedarkantha) mooed and disturbed the lord during his penance. So as destiny had it, he decided to move to the place where currently Kedarnath stands. Had it not been so, Kedarkantha would have been one of the Chaar Dhaams.

How to Reach Dehradun

By Air

Jolly Grant Airport is the airport serving Dehradun, located about 25 km from the city. There is a daily flight from Delhi to Dehradun

By Train

Take the overnight train to Dehradun from Delhi

Nandadevi Express – Train no: 12205 (Departure 11:50pm; Arrival – 5:40am)

Dehradun Express – Train no: 12687 (Departure – 9:10pm; Arrival – 5:00am)

By Bus

There is regular bus service from Delhi to Dehradun, from Delhi’s ISBT Kashmere Gate.

We would suggest you to take only government buses from ISBT Kashmere Gate. Private buses ply from outside ISBT and they are not trust worthiness.

Usually buses drop you at Dehradun ISBT. From there you have to come to Dehradun Railway Station.


Dehradun to Sankari (6, 455ft)

The motor route offers some breathtaking views of verdant pine forests on the way. The journey is marked by the meandering rivers on the left – first the Yamuna and later the Tons. On the route to Yamunotri, you take a detour via Naugaon to reach Purola, a small town bustling with activity. Later on the route, you come across Naitwar, which is a confluence of the Rupin and the Supin. Finally, we move towards Sankari (1,950 m) – a quaint, small hamlet. It houses approximately 250 families and is also the basecamp for other treks including Har-ki-Dun Trek, Bali Pass and Borasu Pass. The place offers a breathtaking view of Swargarohini.


Sankari (6, 455ft) to Juda-ka-Talab (9, 100 ft)

It is from here that the trek starts via a village named Saur. During the climb, it is a common sight to spot women and kids carrying bundles of wooden logs, wooden sticks for the fire. The verdant green meadows are a treat to watch. This picturesque trail takes you through dense forest and a thick carpet of maple, pine and oak.

The sound of the burbling stream is mellifluous and offers a natural music to your ears. Do observe two wooden bridges on the way. It is an indication that you have reached Posla, where one of the route takes a detour to Hargaon. You may also wait and enjoy tea at Jainole Thach.

Finally, you spot a lake that is flanked by thick pine and oak forest. Yes, that’s Juda-ka-Talab. The spot is a beauty to behold and is a perfect place for campsite. On a full-moon day, the lake illuminates in all its resplendence because of the moonshine. The vision of the starry night is another cherry on the cake. In some cases, the campsite is stationed at Kuamoli, which is just 10 minutes from here.


Juda-ka-Talab (9, 100 ft) to Kedarkantha Base (11, 250 ft)

The visible and almost leisure walk meanders through dense forest of pine and oak trees. It is not surprising to come across steep ridges. Do care to observe the shepherd huts in open meadows, which are redolent of an idyllic setting. The winding roads through these settings take you to the Kedarkantha Base Camp. The arc-shaped range of snow-capped mountains comprising of Bandarpoonch, Swargarohini, Kala Nag and Ranglana are all a bliss to explore.

This exquisite location marks the night halt in the tents.

As the night grows darker and darker, it lends it a more Romantic setting as the dense network of stars and glistening peak of the mountain all conspire to create a memorable experience for all.


Kedarkantha Base (11, 250 ft) to Kedarkantha Peak (12,500 ft); descend to Hargaon camp (8900 ft)

It is the day that has been marked to conquer the Kedarkantha Peak. The trek begins at the wee hours in order to witness the mesmerising sunrise at the peak. The main trail is the perfect one to choose as it marks a slow ascent to the peak. The fag end of the trail is physically demanding for the first-time trekkers. But the 360 degree view that the summit has on offer is inexplicable and worth a life-time experience. As the crepuscular rays declare the arrival of a fresh morning with the sunrise, it fills everyone with exhilaration. The top of the peak has a beautiful yet small temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and goddess Parvati, along with a small shrine of Lord Ganesha too. As one reaches the summit, it makes one realise why Lord Shiva chooses places like these as his abode. Well, you have to be there to know the answer to this question.

This is followed by a descent to Hargaon Camp, which is a different route nonetheless equally breathtaking. It also passes through idyllic settings, which entail a journey through dense oak forests, pine and maple trees, shepherd huts and burbling streams.


Hargaon camp (8900 ft) to Sankari (6, 455ft)

This trail marks descent to Posla, which offers jaw-dropping views of Black Peak (Kala Nag), Bandarpoonch and Swargarohini. Apart from this, you may enjoy the sight of villages such as Kalap, Sirga, Datmir, Sidri and even Sankari. The well-defined pathway has been laden with small stones. The serpentine trail passes through rich dense pine forests. Do care to locate fresh water streams flowing by gently. You may fill in pure Himalayan water here for the rest of the track too. If you are fortunate enough, you may also see Himalayan Langurs swinging from one branch of trees to another. Finally, you may locate Sankari, which is home to about 120 families.


Sankari to Dehradun

The return journey passes through ascent and descent over the West Himalayas. It marks a descent till Mori, where you can view the ferious Tons river on the right. The route till Jarmola is an ascending one and passes through pine forest. It is not surprising then that you can observe a sharp decline in temperature here. If you begin to see some habitation, it is an indication that you are about to reach Purola. It is a small town that houses a Government Degree College too, the only one in the region. As you are about to reach Naugaon, you cross a metal bridge built over the Yamuna. Lunch is provided at Damta and finally the drop back to Dehradun Railway Station marks the end of the trek.

Day 1: Dehradun to Sankari (6, 455ft)

Day 2: Sankari (6, 455ft) to Juda-ka-Talab (9, 100 ft)

Day 3: Juda-ka-Talab (9, 100 ft) to Kedarkantha Base (11, 250 ft)

Day 4: Kedarkantha Base (11, 250 ft) to Kedarkantha Peak (12,500 ft); descend to Hargaon camp (8900 ft)

Day 5: Hargaon camp (8900 ft) to Sankari (6, 455ft)

Day 6: Sankari (6, 455ft) to Dehradun


√ Accommodation (Guest house, Homestay, Camping)

√ Trek equipment: Sleeping bag, mattress, tent (twin sharing), kitchen & dining tent, toilet tent, utensils and crampon (if required)

√ Welcome refreshment

√ Three times meals (Veg+egg): Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

√ All necessary permits and entry fees. 

√ First aid medical kits, stretcher and oxygen cylinder.

√ Mountaineering qualified & professional guide and Support staff.

.√ Transport from Dehradun to Sankri and return (According to itinerary)

√ Porter or mule charges for carrying camping equipment and rations

√ Morning Tea

√ Evening Tea with snacks

√ Guide Charges

√ Hot drinking water

√ Paradise-peak approved trek completion certificate

√ Dry fruits, chocolates, biscuits, toffees provided during the trek


√ Porter/mule for personal bags

√ Any meals or services not mentioned in inclusions

√ Any charges for video cameras or still cameras

√ Charges for soft drinks or any other beverage

√ Personal expenses such as tips, laundry or telephone calls

√ Any costs arising from unforeseen circumstances like landslides, bad weather or roadblocks, etc

√ Any kind of personal expenses.

√ Food during the transit.

✓ Insurance.

√ Mules or porter to carry personal luggage.

√ Anything not specifically mentioned under the head.

√ Any kind of emergency evacuation charges.

Note: Normally paradise peak expects to carry your personal luggage on your own, if you wish to offload your backpack, you can give it to Mule.

Charges of offloading a backpack

  • INR 1200/- if you make an online payment, 10 days in advance
  • INR 1500/- if you inform us after reaching Sankri

The backpack cannot weigh more than 11 kgs. Backpack should have a waterproof cover. Suitcases/strollers/ bags will not be allowed.

You need to get

  • Shirts/T-shirts – 2/3
  • Full sleeved T-shirts – 2
  • Trekking pants – 2
  • One full-sleeved sweater
  • Good quality windproof jacket – (optional)
  • Woolen socks – 1 pair, for the night only
  • Regular socks for trekking – 2 or 3 pairs
  • Scarf/muffler (optional)
  • Raincoat / Poncho
  • Small lightweight towel
  • Water bottle-2
  • Cap/hat to keep the strong sun away from your face
  • Sun glasses
  • Walking stick/trekking pole
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Lip balm
  • Torch/flashlight (with extra batteries)
  • Day pack for essentials
  • Plastic/waterproof bags for belongs in case of rain
  • Camera if you like (with fully charged batteries)

Note:- Due to of heavy traffic at Mussoori, the arrival time to Dehradun may get delayed so please make any further travel plan after 10:00 pm from Dehradun.

Who Can Go:-
First timer can apply, should have some interest in trekking and mountaineering.
The climber must be fit and have sufficient stamina to cover 5 km of distance in 50 minutes without a stress.
The climber should be able to carry a 8 kg backpack.
Heart problem, high blood pressure, asthma, and epilepsy cannot be reconciled on this mission. The climber must not have the conditions mentioned above.

Tour Reviews

4.00 based on 4 reviews
August 21, 2015

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February 3, 2019
February 4, 2019

Kedarkantha ! Nice beauties for nature.

February 8, 2019

Kadarkantha trek is a very beautiful trek and your working team is a great nice experience……..

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