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    Kedarkantha Snow Trek

    Add-On Options
    • 1500 (Double Sharing)
    • 0 (Extra Transport)
    • 350 (Travel Insurance)
    • 1400 (Bag Portage)

    ₹8500(5% Off)

    8500(5% Off)

    8075

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    • Days

      5

    • Grade

      Moderate

    • Distance

      24 km

    • Altitude

      3800Mt

    • Region

      Garhwal, Uttarakhand

    • Max. Group Size

      15

    • Start Point

      Dehradun Railway Station

    • End Point

      Dehradun Railway Station

    • Suitable For

      Beginners

    • Service Category

      Standard

    Description

    Adorned with charming beauty of falling snow and fringed with pine trees, The Kedarkantha Trek is one of the most sought-after snow trekking destinations in India. With falling winter snow it’s a mesmerizing pictorial view and what’s more attractive, is the view of the Mighty Himalayas from the trails right to the top. Nestled at a height of 3810 meters which is about 12,500 feet this is an ideal trekking trail which covers a consolidated distance of 20 km.

    The distance is not much and the trekking trail is neither very difficult which enables even the first time trekkers to set on the adventure and enjoy the beauty of nature at its best. With charming and captivating sights of snow-capped Himalayas, the flourishing greenery, lush landscapes, diverse collection of flora, frozen ponds, to the sights of mesmerizing peaks, this trek have all the delightful marvels that a trekker wish to experience and view in his journey. Not only for the adventure seekers and trekkers, to enjoy thrilling challenges, But The Kedarkantha Trek is also an ideal destination for the nature lovers to bask in the beauty of undisturbed nature and enjoy delightful and blissful moments with exhilarating experiences.

    Based in Western Garhwal in the Uttarkashi district, the Kedarkantha trek is known for being one of the easy treks of the country which can be attended by people who are inexperienced trekkers and have no knowledge of prior trekking. However physical fitness is required where one should be able to jog at least for 4kms in 30 minutes before committing for the trekking tour. As the altitude rises the air becomes thin and people need to carry backpacks too, which can all be very difficult, without proper physical fitness.

    Another beauty of this trekking trail is that it starts from dense pine forest where one can begin the trekking trail walking over the bed brown dried leaves creating a unique experience and a magnificent view that is absolutely unparallel. Last but not the least is the splendid jaw-dropping breathtaking view of the famous snow clapped mountain summits that come into view as soon as one steps in Kedarkantha base and the view gets more stunning which each step towards the summit. In a whole, the trekking tour promises refreshing and heart filled pleasure which makes the destination so attractive to millions of visitors throughout the year

    Though Kedarkantha Trek can be conducted almost the whole year the aspiring views that it provides in the winter months from December to April cannot be compared with summer times. The snow clapped trekking trails and the buckets of snow at the base of the pine trees are a fascinating beauty to savour and which remains only available during the winter days. In fact for the locals, the winter months are a time for rejoice and they enjoy with a number of festivals during this time. However, it is better to avoid the monsoon time for trekking in these trails.

    Itinerary

    DAY 1 – Dehradun to Mori River campsite( 200km / 7 Hrs)

    We’ll pick you early morning from Dehradun Bus stand/Railway station and drive towards Mori. On the way we can take a short break at Kempty fall near to Mussoorie. We’ll reach our first camping site Mori by late afternoon via beautiful villages. We drive through a dense forest of pine trees and reach our river campsite. Evening free for leisure, overnight stay in camps.

    DAY 2 -Mori campsite to Sankri (21 km/ 30 mins drive) to Kedarkantha Base( 11,250 ft./ 7 hrs./ 8 km ) via Juda ka Talab

    Morning wakeup call and post breakfast we’ll start our drive towards Sankri which is approx. 22 km from Mori and it’ll take half an hour to reach. Sankri is based at an altitude of 6,400 ft., from here we start our trek towards Juda ka Talab and further to Kedarkantha base.

    Juda ka Talab is a high altitude lake situated at a height of 9,100 ft., it’s at a distance of 4 km from Sankri and it’ll take 4 to 5 hours to reach this lake. It’s a beautiful trail from Sankri to Juda Ka Talab which passes through dense pine and maple trees forest and few small streams. On the way up you can also see Himalayan Langur jumping off from one tree to another, apart from this other wildlife creature can also be spotted.

    You’ll reach lake by noon, which is surrounded by dense pine and oak tree forest on one side and beautiful meadow on other side. Local village people can be seen on the way with bundle of wood sticks and dried leaves. Further we trek through dense forest towards our base camp which lies at an altitude of 11,250 ft., Kedarkantha base camp is again at a distance of 4 km from Juda Ka Talab and takes about 3 hours to reach. This trail passes through oak tree forest and mostly on ridge and meadows.

    By early evening we’ll reach our campsite and camps will be set up in a beautiful meadow covered with snow. Enjoy the mesmerizing view of few peaks like Bandarpoonch, Kala nag, Swargarohini and others. One can do night photography also as you can see Milky way stretching from one end to another, you can also spot constellations. Overnight stay in camps.

    DAY 3 – Kedarkantha Base Camp to Kedarkantha Peak( 12,500 ft./ 4 to 5 Hrs/5 km ) back to Base camp

    This is the day to conquer Kedarkantha Peak. As said by Greg Child “Somewhere between the bottom of the climb and the summit is the answer to the mystery why we climb.” The peak is clearly visible from the base. Have an early healthy breakfast and enjoy beautiful sunrise from the base camp. Trail to summit passes through oak forest and when you reach at summit point, it gives you a wide 360 degree view of snowcapped Himalayan peaks. Yamunotri and Gangotri ranges are clearly visible from the top. There’s a small Shiva temple and shrine of Lord Ganesha too at summit point. Relax at the top for some time and then descend towards base camp.

    The journey again passes through dense forest of Oak, pine and Maple tree and frozen streams. Reach campsite and relax, if time allows you can learn how to place a tent. Overnight stay in camps.

    DAY 4 – Kedarkantha Base camp to Mori Campsite ( 8 km trek/ 30 min drive)

    Today we descend towards Sankri via Hargaon, the trail is beautiful as it ascends and descends between oak and pine trees. It takes around 2 hours to reach Hargaon and further 4 more hours to reach Sankri. The trail to Sankri is well paved and marked by stones. This trail also gives you a picturesque view of Har ki Dun valley, last part of the trail is a dense pine forest which leads to the Sankri. One can buy hand made goods or wood made souvenirs from Sankri.

    Later drive to Mori campsite. Today is the last night so we do our traditional goodbye ceremony here and spend good time with whole staff. Overnight stay in camps.

    DAY 5 – Mori Campsite to Dehradun ( 200 km / 8 hours )

    Today we leave from Mori to Dehradun for the journey back home.(Transportation is INCLUDED). We reach Dehradun by around 7 pm in the evening. But we recommend booking further trains / bus to back home only scheduled after 08 pm to keep the extra buffer time in hand.

    Departure Dates


    DEPARTURES 2019

    STATUS
    05 Jan – 09  Jan Open
    12 Jan – 16 Jan Closing
    23 Jan – 27 Jan  Closing
    26 Jan – 30 Jan Closing
    02 Feb – 06 Feb Open
    09 Feb – 13 Feb Open
    16 Feb – 20 Feb Closing
    23 Feb – 27 Feb Closing
    02 Mar – 06 Mar Open
    09 Mar – 13 Mar Open
    16 Mar – 20 Mar Full
    23 Mar – 27 Mar Open
    30 Mar – 03 Apr Open

     

    Cost Terms

    Inclusions

    Transportation

    Dehradun to Sankri
    Sankri to Dehradun

    Accommodation and Food

    Four Nights Camping during trek on Sharing Basis
    Tents, Mattresses and Sleeping Bags
    Toilet Tents – Dry Pit Style
    All Meals (Veg.) during the Trek
    All Meals Cooked in Hygienic Conditions
    Kitchen Tent, Equipment & All Rations
    Natural Spring Water during Trek

    Support Team

    Trek Leader
    Assistant Trek Leader / Local Guide
    Cook
    Helpers
    Porters / Mules (for Equipment)

    Safety & Rescue

    Mountaineering Course Qualified Trek Leader
    Local Support Team for Geographical Intelligence
    Crampons / Micro-spikes to the Trekkers (if Required)
    First-Aid Medical Kit with the Team

    Nature & Environment

    Charity Support to Local School
    Clean up Drive at Season Ending

    Others

    Equipment Purchase and Rental Support
    Maximum 15-18 Trekkers in a Batch
    Forest Permits

    Exclusions

    Personal Gears
    Meals During Transportation
    Any additional permit cost if charged over Rs. 500/-
    Tips, Gratitude to the Team
    GST (5%)

    Cancellation Policy

    Applicable on the total tour cost and not the advance amount.

    Cancellation up to 30 Days: 90% of Trek/adventure program cost will be refunded.
    Between 21 – 30 Days: 60% of Trek/adventure program cost will be refunded.
    Between 20 – 11 Days: 30% of Trek/adventure program cost will be refunded.
    Less than 10 Days: No refund.

    Rescheduling Policy:

    Up to 10 Days:- 30% of Trek/adventure program cost will be charged.
    Less than 10 Days:- No rescheduling allowed.

    Other Terms:

    Any additional costs due to weather / unforeseen situations, will have to be borne by the traveller.
    Our team reserves the right to change the plan in case there is danger involved for the group or whenever the trek leader deem it necessary.
    Final word of the trek leaders will have to followed by all the members.
    No show and trek changes/cancellation due to bad weather or natural calamity will be non-refundable.

    RISKS & PRECAUTIONS

    Weather or Conditions (Wet / Snow)

    Risks

    Getting Wet and Falling Sick.
    Slipping and Falling down.
    Snow Blindness.

    Precautions

    Carry Rain-Protection gear to stay dry and comfortable.
    Wear Strong Shoes with Good Grip.
    Wear Goggles while trekking in daylight. Wear photo-chromatic lenses if you wear spectacles.


    Communication

    Risks

    Delayed help in case of emergency or getting lost.

    Precautions

    Follow the instructions given by the Trek Leader and Guide.
    Walk with the group and keep a watch on your group members.


    Altitude

    Risks

    Acute Mountain Sickness (happens due to the lower partial pressure of Oxygen at altitudes above 8,000 feet)
    Symptoms – headache, muscle aches, insomnia, nausea and vomiting, irritability, loss of appetite, swelling of the hands, feet, and face; rapid heartbeat, shortness of breath with physical exertion, coughing, chest congestion, inability to walk or lack of balance.

    Precautions

    Gradually attain height.
    Keep yourself hydrated. Drink lots of water, at least 2-3 litre a day. Drink a lot of water/juice/tea etc.
    Abstain from alcohol and smoking.
    Eat high caloric food.
    Rest well.
    Acclimatize for a day or two before you start a high altitude trek. Take plenty of fluids and try to avoid unnecessary physical exertion.


    Wild Animals

    Risks

    If you’re going to an unknown terrain, they can attack you. Be Careful.

    Precautions

    Don’t go anywhere alone, especially after dark.
    Keep your eyes and ears open and try to stay in a group.


    Injury

    Risks

    Leg Sprain
    Major cuts
    Fracture

    Precautions

    Purchase necessary Heath insurances that will cover up the cost of treatment.
    Follow the instructions given by the Trek Leader.
    Walk on the defined trail.

    Equipment & Gears

    Things to Get:

    1. Backpack (55 – 65 L) with sturdy and comfortable shoulder straps and supporting frame. Add-on poncho can be considered to keep it dry.
    2. Trekking shoes. Ensure the shoes are well broken in before the trek. Shoes should have good grip, ankle support and waterproofing.
    3. 2 x waterproof track-pants. Track-pants are light. Plus when things get cold you can wear one over the other. DO NOT bring Jeans, Shorts, Capris, etc.
    4. 3 x cotton t-shirts – full sleeves preferred.
    5. 1 x Fleece jacket; a woolen sweater would be an alternative.
    6. 1 x Wind-proof jacket. 7. 1 pair x thermal inner.
    8. 2 pairs x sports socks and 1 pair x woolen socks.
    9. Woolen monkey cap / balaclava that covers the ear.
    10. 1 pair x woolen gloves and 1 pair of synthetic gloves (water proof).
    11. Sun Cap and Sun-glasses which cover your eyes well.
    12. People who wear spectacles, choose one of these: a) Use contact lenses. b) Photo-chromatic glasses c) If either of the above is not possible, wear your spectacles and carry a big sunglass that can be worn over your spectacles.
    13. Towel (Thin, quick drying type).
    14. Cold cream and sun screen lotion (SPF 40+) and one Lip-balm.
    15. 2 x Water bottles (1 L each).
    16. Torch with extra set of cells (head lamps preferable).
    17. Personal toilet kit (minimal) and toilet paper.
    18. Although we carry first-aid kit, we recommend you carrying a personal medicine kit. If you are travelling with friends, you can share one amongst 2-3 people.
    19. Camera, memory-cards, batteries etc. (carry enough spare batteries. Electricity is not available during trek)
    20. Slippers / sandals (for walking around campsite, you can share this with tent mates).
    21. Trekking / Hiking Poles (at least one – mandatory)
    22. Some trekkers feel loss of energy more than others. While there is adequate food provided on the trek, carry dry fruit combinations as light snacks. Glucon-D can help in instant energy and considered good in AMS as well (not proven).
    23. Gaiters (Mandatory for snow treks)
    24. While packing, use plastic bags to compartmentalize things and carry few extra plastic bags for wet clothes.
    25. ADVENTURE SPIRIT.

    IMPORTANT: NEVER LEAVE ANY PLASTIC OUT IN THE NATURE. Plastic is only for use. If you’ve spare plastic bag, free hands and some will, we’d recommend you collecting non-biodegradable waste from the trail and bringing back as much as possible. We all can do our bit for the Mother Nature.

    Note:

    1. Leave your denims behind – these are ill suited for treks and add weight.
    2. Snacks, colas, alcohol and personal food – No need to overburden yourself with food. Plus it is not recommended medically and we do not allow any!
    3. Do not carry any disposable plastic bottles (Bisleri etc.), plastic wrapped/packaged items. Do not bring any non-bio degradable material.
    4. After packing, weigh your gear. It should be in the range of 7-8 kg – preferably on the lighter side. Anything heavier, you will need to iterate and remove what is not essential.
    5. Carry light and what is essential. As an example, toothpaste should be bought in small size (that can last you 15 days). The list of things mentioned here are exactly what you need and nothing more.
    6. To protect yourself from cold, dress in layers. Two T-shirts worn one over the other is warmer than a T-shirt that is thick. 3 T-shirts worn one over the other is as good as a full sweater. This is just a guideline. If you are prone to cold carry an extra sweater.
    7. The trek dates / itinerary / plan are liable to be changed in case of non viability or hostile weather conditions.

    FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

    What is the Number of Staff Members with the Group?

    One trek leader, one guide, one cook & around 15 to 20 helpers and porters, that makes a total staff of around 20 to 25 professionally qualified / locals accompanying 15 to 18 trekkers.

    How we manage emergency situations?

    Our team is aware of high attitude problems and we carry whole first-aid kit and necessary medicines with our backpack. Our team is trained and always present to manage emergency situations. Oxygen cylinder remains with the group in all our treks over 3500 meters altitude.

    Also, team has a right to change the plan in case there is danger involved for the group or whenever the trek leader deem it necessary. Final word of the trek leaders will have to be followed by all the members.

    Is Diamox advisable?

    No, Diamox is not advisable. Best is to naturally acclimatize to the altitude. If you want use so please consult your doctor before use.

    If I am the only girl in trek, so is it safe?

    Yes, our first priority is to provide the safety environment for all trekkers. Girls’ safety and comfort is of foremost importance to us. Even our allocation of tents and rooms is made on the basis of female to male ratio in the group.

    I can’t carry my bag, can anyone carry it for me?

    Yes, you can offload your bag. But you should intimate us at least 15 days in advance, so that we will arrange the portage your your bag accordingly.

    What type of food is served during a trek?

    We always serve vegetarian food during the trek with a choice of eggs sometimes, as per the trek menu. However, on certain trails and private groups, we can add non-vegetarian options on custom basis.

    Should I bring my personal medicines with me?

    Yes, it is always advisable. We only carry basic first aid medicines. Also, where our team helps in emergency situations. In no way, one can replace a physician. If you have been specially prescribed some medicines, please do bring them along.

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