KEDARKANTHA TREK FIXED DEPARTURE | 5 NIGHT 6 DAYS | 28 DECEMBER

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₹ 5555/ per person

  • 5 Night/6 Days
  • Booking Open Till 30-Nov-2019
  • Valid From 28-Dec-2019
  • Max 20 People in Group
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About KEDARKANTHA TREK FIXED DEPARTURE | 5 NIGHT 6 DAYS | 28 DECEMBER

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. The climb to the peak of Kedarkantha starts from a small village called Sankri.

Inclusion

  • Accommodation (Guest house, Homestay, Camping)
  • Meals while on trek (Veg+ Egg) (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
  • Trek equipment - Sleeping bag, mattress, tent (twin sharing), kitchen & dining tent, toilet tent, utensils, and crampons (if required)
  • All necessary permits and entry fees.
  • First aid medical kits, stretcher, and oxygen cylinder.
  • Mountaineering qualified & professional trek Leader, Guide and Support staff.
  • Transport from Dehradun to Sankri and return (According to itinerary)
  • TGST

 

Exclusion

  • 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.

 

Terms & Conditions

  • There are 20 participants in a batch.
  • If Batch is full, then we shift participants to the next batch.
  • In the case of transferring a trek to a friend, he/she should satisfy all the mandatory requirements put forward by Love Ride.
  • This Trek is fully based on climate.

 

How to Reach

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 ISBT Kashmere Gate.
  • We would suggest you take only government buses from ISBT Kashmere Gate. Private buses ply from outside ISBT and them do not trustworthiness.

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

  • Tata Sumo or similar vehicles will pick-up you from Dehradun Railway Station at 6:00 am.
  • Pick-up is included in the cost of the trek
  • You will reach Sankri by 5:00 pm
  • Food from Dehradun to Sankri is not included in the trek cost

 

Risk & Respond

High Altitude Treks -

Risk and Response A high altitude trek calls for an adventurous attitude but embarking on an adventurous trip without calculating the risks is utter stupidity. Thats why we have listed a few risks and the response planned by Love Ride to minimize or address the risks in the best possible way.

Risk -

Altitude Before you start the trek, it is important to understand the implications of high altitude on your body. Be aware of symptoms of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) like mild headache, nausea, and general discomfort.

Response -

If you feel any of these symptoms, inform the trek leader on priority and follow his instructions. Every campsite has as a stretcher, fully equipped first aid kit, oxygen cylinders to address the situation.

Risk -

Weather Weather is unpredictable in the Himalayas. Though we are always observant about the changing weather, no one can guarantee a snowfall, rain or Sun. Do understand that your security is of utmost importance to us and we will not proceed any further from the campsite if the weather is not favourable.

Response -

The decision of the Trek Leaders and Guides to proceed or wait for the weather to get better will be final.

Risk -

Injuries Often, while trekking over difficult terrains, you might have minor injuries like leg sprain, bruises, etc. Serious injuries like fractures or major cuts are very rare.

Response -

All our Trek Leaders are Certified Wilderness First Aid responders. They are trained to handle emergencies and can tackle minor injuries with a well-equipped first aid kit. In case of serious injuries, the patient is carried on a stretcher to the nearest road-head and is led to the nearest medical centre.

Risk -

Lack of communication devices In the remote areas of the Himalayas, mobile networks do not reach. On a trek, one is cut off from the world of calls, SMSs or WhatsApp.

Response -

We rely on walkie-talkies and runners to communicate between the campsites and the base camps.

Day 1Dehradun to Sankri

The exotic and fascinating Kedarkantha Trek commences from Dehradun city. The trekkers for the trip should reach Dehradun on the day before the trip commences or before 6 am of the commencing date. The trekkers will be received warmly by the authorized personnel from Dehradun at 6:30 am for an onward journey to Sankri. Sankri is located at a distance of 220kms on the National Highway 123. Its a long scenic drive on a Tata Sumo or a similar vehicle providing absolute comfort to the trekkers so that they can enjoy the beauty of the location. The journey is a long one and takes about an evening to reach the destination. In the midst, one can enjoy the lunch break at the popular eateries having some local food and homemade spices. The last 22 km to Sankri is all the more exciting since it travels through Govind National Park which is famous for its avid collection of flora typical of this region and not found in any other location of the country. The expected time to reach Sankri is 5 pm but since in some areas the roads are a little bumpy and rough, the time can be a little longer. However on reaching the destination, one can check in to the prior booked hotel and our representative can help with the check-in formalities. After freshening up, since the evening is free for leisure one can enjoy indoors and relax or can set out to explore the beautiful Sankri village where there are local shops and a small market selling mostly daily goods and a collection of few dhabas. The BSNL network is quite erratic here so getting the phone lines can be a little difficult. However, the scenic beauty of the setting sun on the Greater Himalayas from Sankri is a fabulous sight to savour. One can have dinner at the hotel premises or can enjoy dinner at the has to taste some local flavours and experience the cuisine of the area. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 2Sankri to Juda-ka-Talab

Though the tour starts from Dehradun the trekking trip commences from Sankri only. Having an early start after a healthy breakfast at the hotel its a journey straight towards Juda Ka Talab which is based at an altitude of 9100 feet. It is a 4km trekking journey and the approximate time for reaching the same is around 5 hours. The journey begins by moving out of Sankri village through an extension called Sor. Once the village is crossed the road takes a wide curve and climbs sharply. Moving along the stream this is the road that moves towards the Kedarkantha. The initial climb would be climbing several bridges through dense forest trees and a thick carpet of maple and pine leaves all brown in colour. Its an exquisite vision and a pictorial view that leaves all mesmerized. Crossing few streams and continuing through the trail and rising sharp through dense oaks one can reach the beautiful pictorial spot of Jadu Ka Talab which can never be missed by any trekker due to its sharp contrasting and unique beauty. Jadu Ka Talab is too perfect a destination. One can engage in activities like photography or nature walk to explore the area at the best. At night time, a campfire can also be a good idea to share the light supper some warm drinks underneath the clear sky. The night sky, however, is a treat to the eyes with bright and shining stars creating a magnificent aura which is enjoyable for all trekkers. Overnight sleep is arranged in Camps.

Day 3Juda-ka-Talab to Kedarkantha Base

The intoxicating journey continues day where the trekkers are destined to trek towards Kedarkantha base which lies at an altitude of 11, 250 feet. The distance from Jadu Ka Talab to this destination is about 4kms and at a moderate speed, it takes about 2.5 hours to reach the place. After having the morning breakfast set out for the next journey where the trail is somewhat straightforward and quite visible. The trek again begins through dense forests of pine and oak trees only and through the steep ridge and much more dense areas. At an altitude of about 10,400 feet, one can visualize traces of snow in and around the track only if it is the winter months trekking. In the midst, one can take a long break to reenergize the body and get the enthralling view of natural extravaganza in the area. Just before reaching the Kedarkantha Base one can enjoy the fascinating views of an arc-shaped range of snow-capped mountains comprising of Bandarpoonch, Swargarohini, Kala Nag and Ranglana standing out proudly showcasing their beauty. After reaching the base, set up the camps in a preferred selected place which is open and one can enjoy a clear view of the night sky. However, it is advisable to be based in a closed group rather than in a much-scattered way in the dark. The evening sky is equally beautiful with glowing stars and shining planets ornamenting the sun. As the night grows the sight becomes more charming with the Milky Way stretching from one end to the other, the dense network of stars and a glistening peak of the mountain all come together to provide an awe-striking view that remains imprinted in mind. However, in such a height, it is possible to cold waves so proper woollens should be carried for protection. Overnight sleep at the camps.

Day 4Kedarkantha base to Kedarkantha peak descend to Hargaon camp

The fourth day of the trek is destined to conquer the Kedarnath Peak. Today the trekkers need to hike an elevation from 11,250 feet to 12,500 feet. The schedule of the day includes hiking to Kedarkantha peak and then again descending back till Hargaon camp which is based at 8900 feet. The total journey comprises of 6kms altogether and takes about 7 hours of time at a moderate speed. Ideally, it is a long day but the excitement of the journey and conquering the peak would be far greater and much more worthy in compared to the challenges that lay ahead for the visitors. The day begins early with a filling breakfast and enjoying the sunrise from the Kedarkantha meadows which is a simply amazing, pure and divine. One can bask in the first rays of the morning sun and gain as much energize possible for the day ahead. One can even visualize the beautiful peak from these meadows which elevate the excitement. The way to the top can be made through several trails but it is better to take the main trail as they keep rising at an even level. On this route, the trekkers need to again cover a few portions of the oak forest but the journey through this trail is much easier and faster. Climbing through the forest till its end, one can find the Kedarkantha peak much closer. Towards the end of the trail and close to the top the trek becomes a little difficult and can be a little strenuous especially for the first time trekkers. At the top of the peak, there is a beautiful yet small temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. There is a small shrine of Lord Ganesh too. One can relax at the top for some time and enjoy the magical beauty of nature and then descend towards base camp by noontime. After reaching the camp take a break for lunch and refreshments. Once relaxed, set out for descending furthermore to Hargaon camp. This time again, its a journey back through dense oak forests, pine and maple trees, shepherd huts and frozen streams. On reaching the campsites set the camps and mark the end of another delightful day with dinner and overnight sleep at the camp.

Day 5Hargaon camp to Sankri

Today the schedule is marked for descending further to Sankri which descending from 8900 feet to 6400 feet. The time for descending this approximately 6 km long trail takes about 4 hours or more at a moderate speed. The first-morning sun from Horgaon campsite is the nexus of thick wood pine forest is equally beautiful. After having the breakfast, pack the backpack to descend furthermore through a more clearly marked well-paved pathway, laden with small stones. One can explore the place more and enjoy photographing the lovely valley from the distance. Descending a furthermore through the dense forests one can see the first signs of habitation and by evening one can reach Sankri. The last 2500 feet is filled with dense pine forests. On reaching the base, get back to the hotel and freshen up and get settled for the day. Get to know the locals and know more about their lifestyle here. Life moves at a slow pace in Sankri which is home for about 120 families. Dinner can be tasted at the dhabas based here serving local food or one can enjoy delicious North Indian and Western cuisine at the hotel premises. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 6Departure day (Sankri to Dehradun)

The last day of the trip is the departure day where the trekkers need to travel back to Dehradun. Tata Sumo or a similar make car will be provided for travel back of 220 km to the city. Start the day early by enjoying the morning sun once again from Sankri and then enjoy a healthy and relishing breakfast at the hotel. Pack the bags and take all the belongings and check out of the hotel by 8 am approximately so that the journey to Dehradun can be started early. The distance takes about 10 hours to reach excluding the break times so the earlier one starts its always the better. The return will again be through NH123, though there are other routes available too through Mori Sankari Road or through NH72. However, it s better to take the initial NH123 route only as it is the shortest and have much less traffic. The best part of the trip is that the trip is well balanced and smartly packaged so that travellers get ample rest and relaxation and enjoy the beauty at every stop without hurrying at any place. It is a trip well designed to take care of the comfort and facilities of the travellers. The trip back to Dehradun reaches around 7 o clock in the evening time. vacationers can be off boarded either at the railway station or at the airport as per their requirement. From here they can plan the next journey by booking travel well after 8 pm. For all those who wish to stay in Dehradun and enjoy the place for a day or more can book a hotel in the city and spend some more lovely days in the midst of the beautiful Himalayas.

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