Kedarkantha Trek: An Ascent to the Abode of Shiva

About Kedarkantha Trek

Kedarkantha is a mountain peak of the Himalayas in Uttarakhand, India. Its elevation is 12,500 ft. Kedarkantha is located within Govind Wildlife Sanctuary in Uttarkashi district.

A trek to the peak of Kedarkantha usually starts from Sankri, a small village, and takes four days to complete.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.

Kedarkantha Trek: An Ascent to the Abode of Shiva

  • Difficulty : Easy
  • Best time to visit : November to March
  • Temparature : Day time: -10°C ; Night time: -2°C
  • Hightest Altitude : 12,500 ft
  • Pickup point : Dehradun

About Kedarkantha Trek

Kedarkantha is a mountain peak of the Himalayas in Uttarakhand, India. Its elevation is 12,500 ft. Kedarkantha is located within Govind Wildlife Sanctuary in Uttarkashi district. A trek to the peak of Kedarkantha usually starts from Sankri, a small village, and takes four days to complete.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.

Kedarkantha is not just a trend starter but also one of the most popular and best winter treks of India. There are various reasons for this.It has gained its popularity due to the views, terrain, flora, fauna and easy with which someone can complete it.The name of this trek is derived from two words Kedar + Kantha, literal meaning – ‘Throat of Lord Shiva’.This trek has a whole lot of fascinating mythical stories attached to it.

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.

Day 1: Pick up to you from Dehradun railway station 07:00 am – Drive to Mori Hotal main Market – 187 Km (6 to 7 ) Hours (1920 Meters) overnight stay at Hotal Hari om place Mori
Day 2: From Mori drive to Sankri ( 12 km ) from Sankri starting the trek to Juda ka Talab (04 km) (3/4) Hours) (2700 Meters) overnight stay Camp at juda ka talab
Day 3: Trek from Juda ka Talab to Kedarkantha base camp trek (3.5 km) (2/3 Hours) (3200 Meters) (overnight stay our camp)
Day 4: Trek from Kedarkantha base camp to Kedarkantha summit (12500 Feet) (3800 Meters back to base camp take some rest and start walking down toHargaon campsite – 9 km) (5/6 Hours) (2645 Meters) overnight stay camp
Day 5: Trek from Hargaon camp to Sankri base camp – (4 km) (4/5 Hours) then same day Drive from from Sankri to Dehradun, at Mori get fresh at room 30 minutes and drive to Dehradun by taxi (190 km)(7/8)(Hours) Drop evening 6:00 pm in dehradun railway station

Day 1: Pickup From Dehradun Railway Station And Drive To Sankri

Description: Om Advanture organizes transport for trekkers from Dehradun Railway Station in the morning which will leave for Mori around 6:00 am to 7:00 am. Reach Mussoorie after an hour, After half an hour, stop at kempty fall. Have breakfast there and witness people from different parts of the world.

Enjoy the drive and the wait is soon going to be over. Reach trekkers paradise and the main market of Mori overnight stay at Mori

Day 2: Trek From Mori (Sankri) To Juda Ka Talab (05 Km) (4/5 Hours) (2700 Meters) Overnight Stay Camp

Description: From Mori drive to Sankri 12km. The trek starts from Sankri to Juda ka Talab which is 4 kms away. After a little walk from the main market witness Swargarohini peaks (I, II, III) which will mesmerize you.

After 20 minutes of hike the beautiful Saur village will come into sight, all the houses there are made of wood. Here are home stays which serve delicious organic local food. As you move further, the forests turn more beautiful. Spot some Himalayan birds and don’t miss the sight of cascading waterfalls. The meadows and these forests are enough to attract anybody. Some names of the local places are – Goteka, Boiroka ligudiya, Posla, Jainola, Kuwamohli and then Juda Ka Talab.

Juda Ka Talab is today’s destination which is favorite of many trekkers. This lake is present in a forest clearing. It is 100 meters long and the width is 36 m. The water is clear and reflects the surroundings. Camp amid pine trees and enjoy the night there. Have evening tea/coffee, snacks, soup and explore the area. Dinner will be served after which you can rest for the night.

Day 3: Trek From Juda Ka Talab To Kedarkantha Base Camp Trek (3.5 Km) (2/3 Hours)

Description: Like other days enjoy tea/ coffee, have breakfast at 7:30 am and leave at 8:30 – 9:00 am. Today, you will be heading towards Kedarkantha base from where Kedarkantha peak is clearly visible. The distance from Juda ka Talab to Kedarkantha base is 3 km which can be easily reached in 2 to 3 hours. Today’s trek is short and comfortable.

Start the trek, cross an ascent, move through the dense forest and suddenly an open meadow will welcome you. Halt there and enjoy great views of the Himalayas. Move further through pine forest and reach your campsite from where the Kedarkantha peak shines tall and relish the great views! Afterwards enjoy hot lunch.

Day 4: Trek From Kedarkantha Base Camp To Kedarkantha Summit (12500 Feet)

Description: Today is the main day of your trek, so be ready at 4:30 am in the morning to witness sunrise from Kedarkantha summit. Nothing can be better than watching rising sun from the summit because then the views are jaw dropping. Whoever watches it gets mesmerized. Light breakfast will be served at 4:30 am then the trek with start. It is important to use headlamps. Trekking in dark is really fun but only with professional guides. Soon you will reach just below the Kedarkantha summit.

The ascent to top is 1.5 km long but the efforts will be worth. Move ahead with everyone and the soft sunrays will fill your heart with joy. When the sun is about to rise, reach the top (3800 m) and capture some of the best moments of your life. There is the temple of Lord Shiva and Ganesha, seek their blessings and get awe struck by the panorama views of stunning Himalayan peaks. Spend good time with your group and after an hour get ready for the descent.

The descent is going to be fun, slide down with the help of your guides. The sliding point is 1. km long, this is going to be your best experience. Have lunch on the way, rest for sometime and move towards the campsite for today. Hargaon is a beautiful wide meadow, spend your time here and retire for the night.

Day 5: Trek From Hargaon Camp To Sankr (Mori ) i Base Camp – (4 Km) (4 ) Hours) and drive to Dehradun

Description: Today morning enjoy the breakfast at your last camp of this trek. Start trekking and while descending from Hargaon to Sankri you will come across many view points and ahead reach the apple orchards. After it reach base camp Sankri , your Taxi ready and drive (Mori) to Dehradun

Drive from Sankri to Dehradun

The return journey passes through ascent and descent over the West Himalayas. Today – It is your last breakfast on this trek with Om Adventure team. After having lunch finally the drop back to Dehradun Railway Station marks the end of the trek.

About Mori ?

What else do you think makes this sleepy region come alive? It includes activities like:

  • Rafting - Make plans with your friends right post-monsoon to enjoy the captivating sport of White Water Rafting. It is such a pleasure and shall give you meMories for a lifetime!
  • Fishing - Did you know that some licensed fishing camps present on the banks shall give you the joy of being a part of the fishing and angling activities which shall be wonderfully refreshing and relaxing!
  • Trekking - In the mood for some proper adventure up the hills? How about the trekking trail via the Rupin Pass which joins Uttarakhand to Sangla Valley in Himachal Pradesh. It's like a jaw-dropping reverie to be amongst the snow-capped Himalayan peaks and surrounded by astounding beauties like sparkling waterfalls, enthralling river streams as well as vibrant meadows to take your imagination for a thrilling ride!


  • Accommodation (Guest house, Home stay, Camping)
  • Trek equipments: Sleeping bag, mattress, tent (twin sharing), kitchen & dinning tent, toilet tent, utensils and crampon (if required)
  • Welcome refreshment
  • Three times meals (Veg+egg): Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner with Snacks
  • 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 retorn (According to itinerary)
  • Porter or mule charges for carrying camping equipment and rations
  • Morning Tea
  • Evening Tea with snacks
  • Guide Charges
  • Hot drinking water
  • Outside Explorers 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 road blocks, 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 Outside Explorer expect to carry your personal luggage on your own, if you wish to offload your backpack, you can give it to Mule.

Charges of offloading backpack:-

  • INR 1400/- if you make an online payment, 6 days in advance
  • INR 1500/- if you inform us after reaching Sankri
  • The backpack cannot weigh more than 11 kgs. Backpack should have waterproof cover. Suitcases/strolleys/ bags will not be allowed.

Thing's to carry

You need to get :-

  • Shirts/T-shirts – 2/3
  • Full sleeves T-shirts/ Sweatshirts. 1 for every 2 days of trekking
  • 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
  • Rain cover for your bags
  • Plastic/waterproof bags for belongs in case of rain
  • Camera if you like (with fully charged batteries)

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