Kedarkantha Trek: An Ascent to the Abode of Shiva



About the Trek


Proudly standing at an altitude of 3, 800 m (12, 500 ft), Kedarkantha is a mountain peak of the Himalayas in Uttarakhand. Located within the rich Govind Wildlife Sanctuary in Uttarkashi district, 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 six-day trek provides a heavenly experience as it passes through lush green meadows (locally known as bugyal) in Summer and Autumn and the thick snow-covered blanket in Winter. It can be undertaken both in Summer and Winter making it one of the most sought-after treks

Legend About the Place: Legends have it that the Kedarkantha had been selected as a place by Shiva for his abode. He had selected the place for his abode until a disturbance caused by a cow owned by a sage named Shring (He lived in a village named Sirga, which is at the same altitude as Kedarkantha. There is a temple of the sage in the village too.). This made Shiva choke as he was enjoying his drink of bhaang (Cannabis sativa). He decided to contemplate his selection of the place, as it was seen by him as inhabited by people. It is believed that since then, the place is known as Kedakantha (Kedar: means Shiva and kantha: throat). 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.

Three-Day Meals Accommodations
Local transportation Professional guide
Entrance fees
Guide gratuity



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

  • Route:Dehradun – Mussoorie -Nainbagh – Naugaon – Purola – Jarmola – Mori – Naitwar – Sankari
  • Duration: 9-10 hours
  • Distance: 220 km(motorable)
  • Arrangement of Meals:

The motor route offers some breath taking 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.


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

  • Route:: Sankari – Posla – Jainole Thach- Juda-ka-Talab
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Distance: 4 km
  • Arrangement of Meals:

 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 thatis 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.


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

  • Route: Juda-ka-Talab – Kedarkantha Base
  • Duration: 2-3 hours
  • Distance: 4 km
  • Arrangement of Meals:

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.


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

  • Route: : Kedarkantha Base–Munaela Thach – Bujulla Thach – Murunda Thach – Kedarkantha Peak–Murunda Thach – Hargaon Camp
  • Duration: 7 hours
  • Distance: 7 km
  • Arrangement of Meals:

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.


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

  • Route: : Hargaon– Posla – Sankari
  • Duration: 4hours
  • Distance: 3 km
  • Arrangement of Meals:

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 evenSankari. 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


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

  • Route: : Sankari – Naitwar – Mori – Jarmola – Purola –Damta – Mussoorie – Dehradun
  • Duration: 9-10 hours
  • Distance: 220 km
  • Arrangement of Meals:

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 tillJarmola 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.


  • Guided Trek.
  • Accommodation in best Alpine tents in sankari .
  • Camping in high quality tents on twin or triple sharing basis for three nights
  • Camping equipment like sleeping bags, camping mattresses, proper Dinning Camp, toilet while camping.
  • All meals starting from dinner on Day 1 till breakfast on Day 4 as well as snacks, tea and coffee
  • Porter or mule charges for carrying camping equipment and rations
  • Forest entry charges, permits and camping fees
  • First aid kit
  • Service tax


  • All transport as per itinerary (Can be arranged for INR 2700 per person)
  • Porter/mule for personal bags
  • Any meals or services not mentioned in inclusions
  • Any charges for video cameras or still cameras
  • Charges for alcohol or soft drinks or beverages
  • Personal expenses like tips or laundry or telephone calls
  • Any costs arising from unforeseen circumstances like landslides, bad weather or road blocks, etc
  • Insurance.

What to Wear

  • Comfortable trekking/hiking shoes
  • Camp shoes (slippers or sandals)
  • Layers of clothing to stay warm

What not to Wear

  • Expensive watches or jewellery
  • Unnecessary electronic devices
  • Carry your luggage in a duffle bag or backpack
  • Avoid suitcases, trolleys or any other hard luggage

We Provide

  • Best Quality tents
  • Fresh, clean sleeping bags
  • Camping mattresses
  • Stools and tables
  • Mess tent
  • Toilet
  • First aid or medical kit

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
  • 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
  • Rain cover for your bags
  • Plastic/waterproof bags for belongs in case of rain
  • Camera if you like (with fully charged batteries)

Tour Reviews

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August 21, 2015

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February 5, 2019

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