Kedarkantha Trek: How To Reach And Best Time To Visit

Where is Kedarkantha?

Ahh, Kedarkantha. Even saying the name sends shivers down my spine…or might that be the cold? Just kidding, it’s definitely the excitement. Kedarkantha is nestled snugly within the Govind Wildlife Sanctuary in Uttarkashi, Uttarakhand, just chilling there (pun intended) at 12,500 feet above sea level.

We’re talking about a place so high up, you’d think the trees are whispering sweet nothings to the clouds above. And the view? It’s honestly enough to make you forget about Google Maps for a bit because, let’s face it, nobody wants to peek at their phone screen when there’s endless rolling mountains to steal glances at. It’s basically the front row seat to the Himalayan spectacle.

How Difficult Is Kedarkantha Trek?

Now, let’s talk about the elephant in the room: the difficulty level. Have you ever had to climb a two-storey building? Or walked at a brisk pace to catch the last bus home? That’s essentially the same level of difficulty you would face whilst trekking to Kedarkantha.

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Don’t believe me? Let’s break it down. No elephants or two-storey structures involved (sorry to disappoint). Kedarkantha trek falls into the easy-moderate segment of trek difficulty, making it accessible to both the greenhorns and the old bulls of the trekking world. But, like any good chocolate cake, it requires a bit of preparation. Base level fitness is a must. Remember, those mountains aren’t going to climb themselves!

How To Reach Kedarkantha?

how to reach kedarkantha

Imagine you’re in a giant game of ‘Snakes and Ladders’. You start from Dehradun and your dice throws take you through Mussoorie, Naugaon, Purola, Mori, and Netwar. The final square? Sankri, the base village for your trek to Kedarkantha. It’s roughly around 200 kilometers from Dehradun and the journey is one big pre-game show that sets your pulse racing. And the snakes? Nah, they’re just winding, serpentine roads which make this journey a dizzily delightful voyage of anticipation.

Well, see here’s the thing: if you’re not a fan of lengthy road journeys (or board games), you could always fly into Jolly Grant airport and get a taxi to Sankri. Easy peasy, right?

Kedarkantha Weather

You’re probably already imagining blue skies with cotton candy clouds, right? Hold on, this isn’t exactly California. The weather in Kedarkantha can be surprisingly fickle. It’s kinda like that friend who says they’ll be at your place in ten minutes but ends up arriving an hour later, carrying stories of traffic and busy schedules.

The best time for the trek is during the winter months, from December to April, when the weather plays along nicely, dressing the mountain in a blanket of snow. Just something to remember: Kedarkantha isn’t a fan of rush-hour, so avoid the main tourist season in May and June when it gets crowded.

Kedarkantha Temperature

Picture a cool glass of lemonade in the summer. Nice and refreshing, right? Now take that coolness and multiply it – that’s Kedarkantha for you. The temperature varies between -3 to -5 degrees Celsius at night during winter and can climb to a cosy 8-16 degrees Celsius during the day.

Winter? More like ‘Win’-ter, right? Nothing like some good ol’ cool crisp air to put some pep in your step!

How To Start Kedarkantha Trekking?


Alright, here’s the deal: you got to Sankri, you’re all excited and believe me, the feeling is mutual. But where do you go from there? Well my friend, lace up your boots, throw on that backpack and start your ascent from Sankri to Juda-Ka-Talab.

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A few steps here, a leap there and voila! You’ve begun your trek to Kedarkantha. Oh and remember, the journey matters more than the destination…unless the destination is Kedarkantha, in which case, well, it’s a tie.

Essential Points To Keep In Mind In During Trekking

  • Physical fitness: You don’t have to be a bodybuilder, but a basic level of fitness goes a long way on the mountains.
  • Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate: Remember, our bodies are more than 60% water!
  • Appropriate clothing: Dress for the occasion, and by occasion, we mean icy cold temperatures.
  • Respect nature: Leave nothing behind (except maybe footprints) and take nothing away (except memories).

And remember – The mountains are calling. So pack up, set out, and answer the call! Kedarkantha is there waiting, white-capped, and beautiful, as mountains tend to be. And as the local lore goes, the mountains love to be climbed… or did I just make that up to motivate you? Guess you’ll have to trek up to find out!

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