The trek to Kedarkantha is often called a complete adventure package! It promises fresh snow, magnificent views and some of the best camping spots in all of Asia! The gorgeous Bugyals (meadows) make for the dreamy camping spot you had always wished for! The lush greenery and snow clad peaks in the day and the star studded night sky is bound to spellbound you and take your breath away!
The locals are friendly and simple. Snow begins at the mark of 10,000 feet and the flora and fauna is rich and worth exploring!
Read below our carefully designed detailed itinerary that will give you an overview of the trek and will race your heart and compel you to sign up for this exotic experience!
DEHRADUN TO SANKRI
The journey to Kedarkantha’s first starting point Sankri is one of the highlights of this awesome trek. This long and scenic journey on NH 123 from Dehradun to the beautiful village of Sankri is a mind blowing road trip in itself
6:30 AM – First Meet and Greet @assembling point
The staff of Himalayan Freaks will meet you at assembling point, Clock Tower, Dehradun. Team is requested to be there on time. The team will then board the vehicle (Tata Sumo) and depart for Sankri
Breakfast and Lunch en route- the route is dotted with popular eateries and the feel of eating in dhabas makes the journey even more thrilling and worthwhile. There will also be several cool photo stops en route. You will also be crossing one of the most famous hill stations of India, Mussoorie
5:00 PM- Check In, Tea and Snacks, Team Inroduction and Market Time
Finally after the exciting journey you will reach the serene village of Sankri. Quite a popular tourist attraction because of the Kedarkantha Trek, the village is nestled in the lap of Himalayas and is extremely peaceful yet lively.
You will check in the Himalayan Freaks Guest House/Lodge and then meet your instructors and the rest of the team. Snacks and Tea will be followed by a short brief of next day’s program the instructors will give you time to shop for trek essentials in the local market.
Post some leisure and shopping time you will come back to the guest house.
7:00 PM- Soup, Preparation Time, Gear Inspection and Backpacking Session
Post hot soup the instructors will once again finally brief and prepare the team for leaving for the mountains. This will be followed by some dos and don’ts plus a check of equipment, gear and necessary items. The instructors will also teach you the right way to pack your rucksack for the mountains. Participants are requested to take all sessions very seriously.
8:00PM- Dinner and Lights Out
For an early and adventurous day ahead it is advised that everyone sleeps on time and gets ample rest
SANKRI TO JUDA KA TALAB (9,100FT)
6:30 a.m- Wake up, Morning Tea and Rise and Shine Warm up session
It is a must to start your day in the mountains with a good warm up. The energizing session will also serve as an excellent ice breaker for the team to make everyone familiar and comfortable with each other
8:00AM- Breakfast and Departure
After a wholesome and tasty breakfast, the team will finally start their first ascend in the mountains towards the final destination for the day i.e. Juda ka Talab. It will be a 5 hour trek that will be nothing less than a perfect wilderness survival hike. It will be challenging and at the same time extremely fun. You will push your limits as you walk on a rugged terrain through dense pine and oak forests and cross several jungle streams!! The trek will be carefully executed by our expert staff and everyone will be advised to walk in a rhythm. You will take rest at designated spots as guided by the instructors during this 5 hour trek
1:00 PM- Acclimatization walk, lunch and tent Pitching
Upon reaching the camping spot i.e. Juda ka Talab you will forget your tiredness and fatigue as you will revel in sheer Himalayan gorgeousness!
The first thing upon reaching will be a short acclimatization hike. An acclimatization trek is a short hike that is conducted to make the participants familiar with the surroundings of a new place, the flora and fauna of it and mainly to get used to the new climate, altitude and temperature. This is why it is also advised to not rest immediately upon reaching a higher altitude.
This will be followed by hot lunch which will then be followed by the most important session of the trek – tent pitching.
Tent Pitching is a fundamental part of outdoors and every camper and trekker must know how to pitch their own tents. The theoretical lecture and demonstration will be followed by participants pitching their own tents.
Once the tents are pitched, they will be inspected by the instructors. Then the team will be briefed about camping rules and the Leave No Trace Policy of HF.
5:00 p.m – Tea and Snacks and Leisure Time
The team will be given some leisure time to relax, interact with each other, explore the camping spot and relax.
7:00 PM- Reflection Session
The last session of the day will be the Reflection Time. Reflection sessions will be conducted every day where in the evening all participants and instructors will share their thoughts and learning so far. Post dinner and after some star gazing everyone will be asked to go back in tents as being out in the wild at night is not advisable.
JUDA KA TALAB TO KEDARKATHA BASE CAMP
6:30 AM- Rise and Shine Warm Up and Breakfast
9:00 AM- Mountain Terminology Session
This class on mountain terminology is carefully placed in the schedule to familiarize participants with important mountain terms as they begin ascending to even higher altitudes and venture on more difficult terrain. It is important to know these terms not only for knowledge but also for better communication and safety
11:00 AM Departure for Base camp
After a fun warm up session with the instructors and breakfast, the team will start the most exciting part of the entire trek, which is the steep ridge walk uphill towards the base camp of Kedarkantha. It is a 2.5 hour hike which includes crossing thick jungles as well as the ridge walk.
The trek will take you in the heart of the Himalayas and bring you closer to mesmerizing snow clad peaks of the region like Bandarpoooch, Swargarohini and Kala Nag.
The most interesting part of the trek is how varied it is in terms of scenic beauty and terrain. You will slowly begin finding traces of snow and will come across the huts of “gujjars” or the nomadic tribes of the hills. After this heavenly journey you will reach your base camp around evening
2:00p.m Lunch and Tent Pitching
4:00 pm. Know the Himalayas
This session is perfect for the day as the team will see several peaks on their way up to base camp. In this session the instructors will share some interesting and fun facts about the surrounding peaks, History of Himalayas, popular peaks and treks of the region in general. Later they will also brief the group about preparing for the summit next day
5:00 PM Snacks and Tea followed by Soup and Reflection
The reflection sessions become more and more interesting as the group comes out of their shell and undertakes more adventurous tasks each day. Instructors will also engage the participants in some fun team building and experiential learning games
Before dinner there will be a detailed briefing for the next day, i.e the most important of the trek- the summit! Since you will be going to the maximum altitude and lowest temperature, a thorough brief and gear and equipment check will again be conducted by our trek leaders
8:00 PM Dinner and sleep
BASE CAMP TO KEDARKANTHA PEAK AND BACK TO HARGAON
6:00 AM Wake up, Early Breakfast and Leave for Summit
The group will leave early for a 1000 feet height gain to the summit! The excitement of reaching a summit is one of the most enthralling and adrenaline rushing experiences of a trek! The movement should be rhythmic, slow and steady! The walk towards the end will get slightly difficult especially for beginners as the altitude will increase and the terrain will be steep.
However, upon reaching the summit you will see the gigantic snow laden Himalayan Peaks and stretched out Bugyals spreading as far as your eyes can see! You will also get to see a small yet beautiful Shiva Gauri temple on the top!
Having conquered the peak and after spending some time at the summit you will descend back to the base camp for lunch.
2:00 PM Hot lunch at base camp and depart for Hargaon
Hargaon is the camping spot for day 4. The beautiful location of Hargaon makes for the ideal spot to come to and relax after a tiring summit day. You will again cross dense clusters of pine, oak and maple trees and will encounter several streams and tarns (high altitude lakes). Hot tea and snacks will await you at the campsite where as always you will pitch your tents and then get some time to rest
7:00 PM Reflection and Learning
Summiting a peak is a highly emotional experience and it is really important for these emotions to be channelized and given an outlet. Finally as the day comes to an end your instructors and leaders will discuss the challenges you faced while summiting and the learning that happened in the process. Things you learned about yourself and the mountains.
8:00 PM Dinner and Back to tents
HARGAON TO SANKRI
6:30- Wake Up, Warm Up, Breakfast and Departure for Sangri
The last bit of the trek is always tricky as one tends to become overconfident while descending and having reached the summit successfully. However, we @HF make sure that till the end the trek is executed in an organized and disciplined manner.
Make sure you are always listening to the leaders and still work as a team. The last day of the trek marks the celebration of the successful completion of the trek along with a positive sense of achievement. The route from Hargaon to Sankri is mesmerizing and from on point you will get a panoramic view of the beautiful Hark Ki Dun Valley, a famous trekking point in itself.
2:00 PM- Lunch and Check up
Upon reaching Sankri you will have Lunch followed by a health check-up of the entire team by instructors
This is the time to unwind and unpack and submit company gears and equipment
5:00 PM Snacks and Tea and Rest
You can utilize the time to relax or take a stroll in the local market. You can always interact with fellow trekkers and tourists
7:00 PM Soup, Reflection and Bonfire
For one last time the entire team of instructors as well as participants and staff sit together and reflect upon the wonderful journey they just undertook. This will be followed by some music and dancing where you can sing and dance to your hearts’ content and celebrate your victory
9:00 Dinner and Lights Out
SANKRI TO DEHRADUN
6:00 AM- Wake up and Morning Tea
6:30 AM Early breakfast and depart for Dehradun
After bidding goodbye to your instructor, you will board the HF vehicle back to Dehradun. You will be escorted by one of our representatives.
Lunch will be en route. You will reach Dehradun around 7 in the evening and can either stay overnight or take an overnight train/bus to Delhi
These frequently asked questions will be of great help to solve your own doubts and queries. Have a look!
1. Which is the best season to trek?
This depends on a lot of factors. What do you mean by best? Are you looking to seeing a lot of snow? If yes, then the summer treks around May June promise more snow. However, they are way more challenging. If you are looking to be more comfortable and enjoy scenic beauty, then you must opt for the October season. Every trek has its own beauty which varies season to season. Read up about the treks to get a better idea.
2. What will the weather be like?
Again, depends on which trek you are opting for at what time of the month and what the altitude of the place is.
Treks are mostly conducted at a time when the mountains are enjoying good weather. In extreme winters and rainfall time treks do not happen. Please check the temperature of the place on the internet before you opt for it. Prepare yourself accordingly. Nights and mornings are damn cold, and it can get really hot in the day.
Please remember that mountains are unpredictable when it comes to weather. Rainfall, snowfall is common. The course of the trek is decided according to the weather on a daily basis by trek leaders.
3. What should I pack?
Please refer to the Himalayan Freaks To-Pack List. Carry everything
4. What kind of a bag do I need?
It should be more than 60 liters. opt for a good quality branded rucksack that is durable and comfortable.
5. How many trek leaders will be there?
This depends on the number of participants. We ensure a healthy ratio of leaders and clients for your adequate care.
6. Should I carry my own food?
Yes, only dry snacks and not a lot of it because you must carry the bag to the top. Pack light.
7. How many people stay in one tent?
This depends on the size of the tent. We carry four men tents that are comfortable and spacious for four people
8. What kind of food will we get in the mountains? Will we cook our own food?
No. A dedicated kitchen team will trek along with you. The food is fantastic
9. Do I need any documents ?
Refer to the terms and conditions page
10. I don’t have prior trekking experience. What should I do?
You must definitely trek because everyone has a first time. But make sure to pick a moderately easy trek if it is your first time. Prepare physically
11. I am not physically very fit. Can I go?
Physical fitness is a must for treks. For a fun and enjoyable experience train yourself before signing up for a trek. We expect a recent medical certificate from an authorized MBBS doctor proving that you are fit for high altitude trekking. You can download the medical form from the website
If you suffer from severe muscular, chest, heart, asthmatic, or bronchial disorders, or have high blood pressure you are advised against coming on HF trekking trips that go to altitude.
12. Will I get my money back in case I cancel it last moment?
Refer to our cancellation and refund policy page
13. What is the age limit?
14 to 70 (Minors have to be accompanied by parent/guardian)
14. Are there toilets there?
In the mountains, toilet tents are pitched which basically means that you do your business in pits dug in the ground. Sometimes, depending on the situation one might have to go in the open. This is part of the mountain life
15. Do we carry our own tent and sleeping bags?
No these are carried by porters and provided by us. If you wish to get your own sleeping bag you can.