Kedarkantha Trek

One Of The Finest Summit Climbs For Beginners
Trek Fee : 8,450 + 5% GST
Difficulty
Difficulty
Easy-Moderate
Duration
Duration
6 Days
Altitude
Maximum Altitude
12,500 ft
Pickup point
Pickup point
Dehradun ISBT
Required Fitness
Base Camp
Kotgaon
Age
Minimum Age
8
Best time to visit
Best time to visit
Dec-April

One of the finest summit climbs for beginners

The experience of a summit climb is special because it stays with you for a long time. Waking up at wee hours in the morning, dawn breaking as you climb up the mountain flank. For a long time, this flank and trail is the only thing you can see ahead of you. And then, coming up to the ridge where your world widens. And then, finally, the summit where everything else is below you.

A rewarding view from the Kedarkantha summit. Picture by Vivek HJ

The feeling on top of a summit is indescribable. There is a sense of achievement, the feeling you have earned this view. The kind of internal confidence you gain after an adventurous summit climb is difficult to shake.

Now, usually, this kind of experience was enjoyed exclusively by hardcore trekkers and mountaineers. With Kedarkantha, however, you get to experience the thrill of a summit climb even if you are entirely new to trekking. No wonder a lot of us have a soft spot for this trek!

One of the things we love about Kedarkantha is early mornings. The trail is placed so perfectly that when the eastern sun hits the slope, the entire landscape bursts to life. It’s an experience to watch out for. Picture by Abhik Das

It is not just the fact that this trek is beginner-friendly. Kedarkantha has an endearing setting: the campsites, the summit views, the forest walks. This packed along with a thrilling summit climb makes it a wonderful trek for beginners, families and children.  The better prepared you are, the more you will enjoy this trek!

You’ll not see snow-laden pine forests like the Kedarkantha trek on any other trail. Picture by Bappaditya Chandra

What to Watch Out For

Prettiest campsites

This trek has some of the loveliest campsites in Indian Himalayas. Khujey is a meadow, a couple of hundred metres long and about a hundred wide. It is surrounded by forests on one side. Near the forests, we have abandoned wooden huts that once belonged to the local wandering shepherds. Bhoja Dadi is a remote camp in the wilderness, close to the Kedarkantha summit. You can observe wonderful sunsets, sitting on one of the rocks by the campsite. These are settings right out of fairytales.

Our Khujey campsite buried in fresh snow! Picture by Gourab Nandy

The view from the summit

While the summit climb to Kedarkantha is a huge thrill, the view from the top is jaw-dropping!  When you face the north, all around you are the mighty snow-clad ranges of Uttarakhand at your eye level. You see Swargarohini, Black Peak, Bandarpoonch among the Gangotri and Yamunotri ranges.

And stretching below you in this direction is the Har ki Dun valley. On your north-west, you see ranges of Himachal Pradesh – that extends into Kinnaur ranges.  The Rupin valley makes its way to Himachal on your west. And on your east, you see from where you drove to base camp – Purola, Mori. Views of this scale are incredibly rewarding after an adventurous summit climb.

The view from the Kedarkantha summit is extremely rewarding with the Garhwal Himalayas spreading all the way to the horizon. Picture by Anup Prabhu Verlekar

Best drive in the Himalayas

The drive to Kedarkantha takes you through Mussoorie, Nowgaon, Purola and Mori before finally bringing you to Kotgaon. Trekkers need to especially watch out for the section after Purola until the base camp, where the drive curves through a dense pine forest. The scent of pine engulfs you as you make your way towards your base camp. After you drive through the length of pine forest, you enter Mori. The Tons river starts keeping you company here, gushing quietly alongside. It is no wonder that this is one of the most beautiful drives in the Indian Himalayas.

The drive from Purola all the way to Kotgaon snakes through lovely pine forests. It’s worth the long journey! Picture by Sreenath

The route from Kotgaon to the summit 

Kotgaon is a village right out of a storybook. With a small temple in the centre and the Har Ki Dun and Devkyara valleys behind it. This sets the mood for the whole trek. The forests from Kotgaon are dense and full of birds and relievingly secluded. The campsites of Khujey and Bhoja dadi are isolated too. The trek is idyllic. However, on the flipside, if there’s very heavy snowfall, this trail often gets blocked. When that’s the case, we will be taking the old route from Sankri and back to Sankri. Even though heavily crowded, the trail is still endearing with camps at Juda Ka Talab and Talketra.

The entrance of the Kotgaon village is marked by a lovely temple with interesting architecture. Picture by Vishwas Kallur

Banner image  Anand Tamhankar

Kedarkantha route 1: Short Itinerary

Day 1: Reach Kotgaon (6,800 ft); 10-11 hours drive from Dehradun. Transport will be organised from Dehradun ISBT (Bus Stop) at 7 am. Cab costs approximately Rs.5,500 per vehicle.

Day 2: Kotgaon (6,800 ft) to Khujey (9,400 ft); 5 hours

Day 3: Khujey (9,400 ft) to Bhuja Dhadi (10,800 ft); 2 hours

Day 4: Bhuja Dhadi (10,800 ft) to Kedarkantha summit (12,500 ft) and then on to Munaila/ Bhuja Dhadi; 7 hours

Day 5: Munaila to Sankri (6,800 ft); 5 hours

Day 6: Drive to Dehradun; 10-11 hours. The cab costs approximately Rs.5,500 per small vehicle (6 seater) and Rs 9,000 per tempo traveller. You will reach Dehradun between 6.00 pm and 7.00 pm. From November 10th onwards, we will drop you at Dehradun Bus Stop.

Important points to note:

1. You will be staying at a village home in Kotgaon and a guesthouse in Sankri. The stay on all other days is in tents (3 per tent).

2. If the trail from Kotgaon is blocked with too much snow in peak winter, we will be rerouting trekkers to trek from Sankri to the Kedarkantha summit and back to Sankri.

3. You can leave behind extra luggage (no valuables) at Kotgaon. This will be transported to Sankri on Day 6. There are no charges for this.

4. The Dehradun railway station will be closed from November 10th for 3 months. We will be organising transport from and to the Dehradun bus stop from November 10th onwards. Read more about this here.

5. It is mandatory for trekkers to carry a copy of their photo id for entry at forest check posts on the trek. 

Kedarkantha route 2: Short Itinerary

Currently active batches for this route: 20, 22, 24, 26, 28 & 30 December. Click on view dates to book.

Kedarkantha has multiple ways to reach the summit and we have explored and used various routes to reach the summit.

We have opened different routes with different campsites to make sure that the trails aren’t crowded. Route 2 is just as pretty as route 1 and provides a great camping experience as well. The number of days and difficulty level remains the same too. So don’t worry and sign up if the dates suit you.

Day 1: Drive from Dehradun to Gaichawan Gaon
Pickup from Dehradun ISBT (bus stand) at 7 am sharp. Make sure you book your travel arrangement so that you reach the pickup point at least an hour before.
Cost of transport (Rs. 5, 500 per vehicle); will be shared equally amongst trekkers. Stay will be arranged in a homestay at Gaichawan Gaon.
Drive distance: 198 km
Drive duration: 10 hours
Google maps: Link

Day 2: Gaichawan Gaon (5,600 ft) to Julota (8,950 ft).
Gradual ascent for 2-2.5 hours followed by a steep ascent. Stay will be arranged in 3-person tents.
Trek duration: 4.5-5  hours

Day 3: Julota (8,950 ft) to Lower Pukhrola (10,800 ft)
500m ascent to a clearing followed by another 500m of level walk. Gradual ascent which becomes steep for the last 300 metres to Lower Pukhrola. Stay will be arranged in 3-person tents.
Trek duration: 4- 4.5  hours

Day 4: Lower Pukhrola (10,800 ft) to Kedarkantha Summit (12,500 ft); descend to Julota (8,950 ft).
2 hours of steep ascent to the summit followed by a steep descent back to Julota. Stay will be arranged in 3-person tents.
Trek duration: 6-7  hours

Day 5: Julota (8,950 ft) to Gaichawan Gaon (5,600 ft).
Gradual descent all the way. Stay will be arranged in a homestay at Gaichawan Gaon.
Trek duration:4 hours

Day 6: Drive from Gaichawan Gaon to Dehradun.
We will start early in the morning, preferably before 7:00 AM since the journey takes at least 10 hours. Cost of transport (Rs. 5, 500 per vehicle); will be shared equally amongst trekkers. You will reach Dehradun between 6.00 pm and 7.00 pm.  If you have time to spare at Dehradun, go to Mussoorie or Yamunotri.
Drive distance: 198 km
Drive duration: 10 hours.
Route: Google maps link

Important points to note:

1. Your accomodation will be arranged in a homestay in Gaichawan Gaon. The stay on all other days is in tents (3 per tent).

2. You can leave behind extra luggage (no valuables) at Gaichawan Gaon. There are no charges for this.

3. The Dehradun railway station will be closed from November 10th for 3 months. We will be organising transport from and to the Dehradun bus stop from November 10th onwards. Read more about this here.

4. It is mandatory for trekkers to carry a copy of their photo id for entry at forest check posts on the trek. 

The Trek

Day 1: Getting to the base camp – Kotgaon

  •         Distance: 220 km
  •         Time taken: 10 – 11 hours

Day 1 begins at 6:30 am when you leave Dehradun and reach Kotgaon at 5:30 pm. It is a long, and scenic drive. Kotgaon consists of a few dhabas, and a GMVN building slightly up the road from the rest of the village. Most trekkers reach Kotgaon in the evening. This offers them the time to look at the sun setting over the Greater Himalayan mountain ranges. It is absolutely stunning. The peaks of Swargarohini shimmer in the evening sun, standing tall over the ridges beyond Kotgaon.

A typical house in Kotgaon. Picture by Arun

Day 2: Kotgaon to Khujey (9,400 ft); 5 hours

  •         Altitude: 6,800 feet to 9,400 feet
  •         Distance: 4 km
  •         Time taken: 5 hours

Begin the trek by taking the tar road leading out of Sankri until you reach Sol, an extension of the Sankri village. Once you cross Sol, the road takes a wide curve. After trekking for about 7-8 minutes, look to your right, you should be able to find a trail that climbs sharply, it is next to a stream.

This is the trail that leads to Kedarkantha. If you’re unsure of the trail, ask a local for directions.The  trail then enters a pine forest, and climbs sharply for about 10 minutes until it reaches a ridge.

Continuing on the ridge, you will notice that on the ridge, the trail widens out. This is the route to follow for the rest of the day.

To ensure you’re on the right track, an hour after reaching the ridge, look for a small wooden bridge on your right. Beyond the bridge you should be able to see a shepherds hut at a distance of 40-50metres higher up the trail. You are now a quarter of your way to your first campsite Juda-ka-Talab.

After a while, the stream that you have been hearing catches up with you. This is your final water point. They must last the entire journey to Juda-ka-Talab – a 2½ hour and a thousand feet height gain.

Do not take the trail that goes over the bridge. Instead continue on the trail that runs to your left – it forks clearly at the stream. After trekking for about half an hour, you will find a large grove of Maple trees. A little farther, the trail steals into a dark forest from the southern edge of the clearing.

Now you are at 8,100 ft, half the way to Juda-ka-Talab. Continue on the trail through a clearing, and re-enter the sparse pine and maple forest on its northern edge. From here through a series of switchbacks, the trail climbs rapidly through dense oaks finally emerging out into the open. Here you you will see your spectacular Juda-ka-Talab campsite for the first time.

Juda-ka-Talab is a perfect campsite in its setting. To the left of the campsite is the large lake that was once two lakes, but now has joined to become one. On the right is the edge of a thick oak and pine forest.

The forest is so dense that light hardly seeps through it. The campsie is a series of gentle undulating mounds that form the clearing and campsite of Juda-ka-Talab. On your left, high above, is the ridge  line throught which the afternoon light filters in. The area is entirely in the sha

Juda-Ka-Talab is almost too perfect in its setting as a campsite. On your left is the large lake that was once two lakes but now conjoined as one, and on your right is the thick edge of an oak and pine forest. The forest is so dense that light hardly seeps through it. The campsite is a series of gentle undulating mounds that form the clearing and campsite of Juda-Ka-Talab. High above, on your left, is the ridge line through which the afternoon light filters in. The area is entirely in the shadows of some of the densest pine forests you will ever see.

Day 3: Khujey (9,400 ft) to Bhuja Dhadi (10,800 ft); 2 hours

  •         Altitude: 9,400 feet to 10,800 feet
  •         Distance: 4 km
  •         Time taken: 2 hours

The trail out of Juda Ka Talab is clearly visible. It rises to a ridge at the edge of the lake. Once you reach the ridge, take a sharp left turn to enter the dense pine forest  and climb higher.

The trail veers further left sticking to the slope directly above Juda-ka-Talab, from here the lake is no longer visible. Climbing higher for another 30 minutes, the trail emerges at a ridge, gaining about 800 ft over Juda-ka-Talab.

Soon the ridge flattens out, and you are surrounded by oak trees. Continue walking on the ridge till your reach the edge of the meadows. From here start another steep climb through the oaks. Half an hour later, the ridge opens up to reveal yet another beautiful meadow. Standing here, to your right you should be able to see a solitary shepherd’s hut. (Hut Point).

This setting is strikingly beautiful. And a perfect place to take a break, and take in the stunning sights in front of you. From this point on, the trek to the Kedarkantha Base Camp is less than a 1000 ft away. 

Resume your climb on the same path, under the shade of the oaks. The trail opens out to a large clearing on the northern edge where this another shepherd’s hut. Here, don’t forget to turn around and look behind you.

Your first awe-inspiring 180-degree view of the magnificent snow peaks that surround the beautiful Kedarkantha Summit.

The trail then proceeds to move north, under the dry oak trees. During winter, the trail runs under snow, and climbs gently in two stages to reach another clearing. You have arrived at the Kedarkantha Base Camp Site. You should be able to see another dilapidated Shepherd’s hut here.

White peaks stretch from your left to your right forming a wide arc. Bandarpoonch, Swargarohini, Kala Nag, and Ranglana stand out from the scores of other peaks you can see.

Note: The cold in the open is intense and it often gets windy. Carry enough woolen wear to protect you from the elements.

Day 4: Bhuja Dhadi to Kedarkantha summit and then on to Munaila/ Bhuja Dhadi

  •         Altitude: 10,800 feet to 12,500 feet to 10,800 feet
  •         Distance: 6 km
  •         Time taken: 7 hours

Sunrise from the Kedarkantha Base is something worth getting out of your sleeping bags early for. The Kedarkantha peak is visible from the KK Base. There are many trails that reach the top. 

The best route is to follow the northern ridge of the Kedarkantha summit. And climb up on a series of switchbacks to reach the Kedarkantha summit. It takes an hour to reach the summit from the Kedarkantha base campsite. 

You know you have reached the Kedarkantha summit when you see an arrangement of stones with a Trishul in between, pointing to the sky.

Towering over the rest of the region, the summit gives you a 360 degree view of the mighty snow clad ranges of Uttarakhand. The Gangotri and the Yamunotri ranges are clearly visible from the summit, as are the Chanshil Pass and Kinnaur Kailash ranges. 

Begin your descent on a different route. Follow the southern ridge of Kedarkantha. It is a straightforward ridge descent to the oak forest below.

Note: Depending on the amount of snow, many trekkers prefer to climb Kedarkantha from the southern ridge and descend by the northern side. The snow is less on the southern ridge and makes climbing easier. Both routes take approximately the same time, so choose a route depending on the snow. 

Get back to your Kedarkantha base camp site by noon, and not later than that. After a quick lunch,wrap your camp and begin your descent to Hargaon. 

This trail is spectacular. It ascends and descends through oaks, pines and frozen streams. It passes through small clearings every half an hour or so.These clearning are a unique feature of the Kedarkantha trail, and a rarity in the Indian Himalayas.

Some of the clearings are marked by shepherds huts. Continue your descent until you reach a wider clearing with several huts – and you would have reached Hut Point.

From here, instead of following the ridge down, descend to the meadow that runs below you. Continue on the meadow. Once you reach the end of the meadow, walk towards the right, until you see an open stream. Cross the stream and take the trail that moves down the slope. Don’t take the ridge that runs parallely above you.

A while later you will get to the cluster of four shepherds’s huts that you trekked by on your way up from the train on the ridge.Continue past the cluster of four huts and re-enter the deep dark pine forest that engulfs the trail as it moves farther away from the ridge.

The trail gets exquisitely beautiful as it winds its way down an enchanted forest of pines to reach the Hargaon clearing in an hour and half’s time.

Day 5: Munaila/ Bhuja Dhadi to Sankri/ Kotgaon

  •         Altitude: 10,800 feet to 6,800 feet
  •         Distance: 6 km
  •         Time taken: 5 hours

From the clearing at Hargaon the trail to Sankri is clearly marked by stones. Continue your descend through the pines in a series of switchbacks, until you find a stream flowing on your left. 

This is a good spot to fill up water. From here, the trail evens out and gradually descends through the pine forest to arrive at a ridge. From the ridge, make sure to take in the beautiful views – the vast and open Har-ki-Dun valley.

Continue your descend. You will soon be greeted by an apple orchard, and some potato and cauliflower farms. Here also notice the farmers’ huts on the right, that stand out in the beautiful skyline.

From here, there are numerous trails to Sankri, but the main one is a five foot wide trail that most people us.

Resume your descent until you get to the pine forest a couple of hundred feet above Sankri. The trail splits multiple times here, and each trail heads to a different part of Sankri. Wait for a local to show the direction to GMVN (which is a sharp detour from the main trail to the left. Descend to the GMVN to culminate a grand trek in the Uttarakhand Himalayas.

Day 6: Drive to Dehradun 

  •         Distance: 220 km
  •         Time taken: 10 – 11 hours

The drive back to Dehradun takes you through lovely pine forests, and goes side by side with the Tons river. It is a a scenic 8 hour drive. Try to get the window seat on the right for a beautiful view. You should stop for lunch somewhere close to Kempty Falls.Expect to reach Dehradun by 8pm. 

You can read these trek blogs to know of some trekkers’ experiences on the Kedarkantha trek. You could also watch a video of the Kedarkantha trek here. To read trekkers’ blogs about the Kedarkantha trek, click here.  

Banner image by Mani

How to get to the basecamp – Kotgaon

Delhi → Dehradun → Kotgaon

The Kedarkantha trek starts from Kotgaon (if route 2, it is Gaichwan Gaon), around 180 km from Dehradun. 

Indiahikes organises transport from Dehradun to Kotgaon. The pick up is at 7 am from Dehradun ISBT (bus station) on Day 1. The cab fare is Rs.5,500 per vehicle. This is not included in the trek fee. It is to be shared amongst trekkers and paid directly to the driver.

The drive is beautiful, beside the River Tons. You pass through Mussoorie, which is a popular hill station. Stop for breakfast at Kempty Waterfalls, which is a popular tourist destination. You can stop at Purola for lunch. The Dhabas here serve delicious Aloo Parathas. You will reach Naitwar around 4.00 pm.

To reach Dehradun

The best way to reach Dehradun is to take an overnight bus from Delhi. To stay on the safe side, book buses online in advance. Book such that you have some buffer time to make it to Dehradun on time for the pick-up; buses usually get delayed. We will be organising transport from and to the Dehradun ISBT (bus stop) at 7am on Day 1.

Note: The Dehradun railway station will be closed from November 10th for 3 months. Read more about this here and also find information of different ways to reach Dehradun.

If you cannot find a bus, then take a train. There are two trains available from Delhi to Dehradun. We recommend that you take this one –

  • 12205 Nandadevi Express – 23.50 – 5.40
  • 12055 DDN Jan Shatabdi – 15.20 – 21.10 (reach the previous night)

Getting back

Sankri → Dehradun → Delhi

The Kedarkantha trek ends at Sankri (if route 2, it is Gaichwan Gaon). From here, you’ll be retracing your route back to Dehradun. It takes around 8 hours to drive back to Dehradun. Indiahikes organises this transport for a fare of Rs.5,500 per cab. This is to be shared amongst trekkers and paid to the driver directly. You will reach Dehradun by 6.00 pm.

If you are travelling further from Dehradun, keep a couple of hours as buffer time in case of delay. Book your onward travel from Dehradun post 8.00 pm. If you are travelling to Delhi, you can choose to go back by bus. Or go to Haridwar and then take the train to Delhi: Mussoorie Express (21.20) or Nanda Devi Express (23.30).

If you want to get to the basecamp by yourself

Take a bus headed towards Kotgaon/Sankri from Dehradun. It leaves at 6.00 am from Dehradun Railway station. Be there by 5.40 am to get a seat.

If you are reaching Dehradun late, you can take a bus to Purola/Naugaon and then a connecting bus to Sankri/Kotgaon. The last bus leaves from Dehradun Railway Station at 12 noon. If you reach Purola late, you can stay there overnight.

If you are taking a hired taxi, the route is pretty straightforward. First, head to Mussoorie, then move down to Yamuna Bridge, via Kempty falls. Then follow the Yamuna on your left until you reach Damta and further on to Naugaon. Cross the Yamuna at Naugaon and head towards Purola. The route immediately turns scenic, with pine trees overlooking the road.

At Purola break for lunch. From Purola, the route gets more mesmerising with the road climbing up and descending through thick pine forests until you get to Mori along the Tons River. 5 km out of Purola try to locate the south face of the Kedarkantha peak on your left. The highest peak, it is not difficult to spot.

Network Connectivity

There is no network on this trek. If you are lucky your BSNL sim might receive signal in patches.

How to get fit for the Kedarkantha trek

The Kedarkantha trek is marked as an easy-moderate trek. It starts at an altitude of 6,800 ft at Kotgaon and climbs to 12,500 ft at Kedarkantha peak. This means there is an altitude gain of 6,300 ft over the first three days of the trek.  Consequently, all the three days leading to the Kedarkantha summit involve constant ascent

Cardiovascular endurance

This trek requires a good amount of cardiovascular endurance. You can begin by jogging everyday. Start jogging at a slow pace and then keep increasing your pace day by day. In order to be prepared for high altitude trek, you should have a combination of distance and speed targets.

Here’s a fitness routine that works:

In case you’re just starting with a regular fitness routine, phase out your distance targets in the following manner –

–>Target completing 5 km in 45 minutes when you begin.

–> Gradually increase your pace by running 4 times a week and bring it down to 5 km in 40 mins.

–>If you are 45 years or above, try to cover 5km in less than 47 minutes.

If you are somebody you prefers cycling over running, then try to cover 22 km in 60 minutes.

How to send us a proof of your fitness routine?

Record your run on an app like Nike Run. Start recording your run when you start running. At the end of your run, hit the stop button.

Take a screenshot of the summary of your run. We will need a detailed split of each kilometre of your run. This is usually integrated in all running apps.

Note: Make sure your GPS is on when you record your run. If the GPS is off, we will not accept the screenshot.

Upload two screenshots 10 days prior to the start of the trek

For < 45 years age : One screenshot of 5 km in 50 minutes and the second 5 km in 47 minutes.

For > 45 years age : Two screenshots of 5 km in 40 minutes.

If you love cycling, cover a distance of 22 km in one hour and upload the same.

Fitness proof to be uploaded with GPS on and along with your picture.

Here’s a guide to help you prepare for the trek.

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One month trek fitness routine for easy treks

Working out indoors
If you can’t go out and jog because of time and space constraints, here’s a video you can use to work out indoors.

Things to get for the Kedarkantha Trek

Kedarkantha is a high altitude trek with snow. In winter, the temperatures drop to negative temperatures. You’ll need enough warm layers and accessories to keep you warm and help you trek comfortably. So pay careful attention to this entire section. 

First, The Most Essentials. You cannot do the trek without these.

1. Trekking Shoes

Kedarkantha requires trekking shoes that are sturdy, have good grip, have ankle support and can handle snow. Here is a quick video on how to choose your trekking shoes.

| Buying Tip: The Trek series and MH series are good options by Decathlon. They are tried and tested. There really isn’t any necessity to buy the higher priced models. Here is a list of other budget shoes that trekkers are using.

| Rental: We have the Trek series and the MH series by Decathlon available on rent from the Indiahikes store. They are already broken into and in good condition. Rental shoes are not dirty or unhygienic. This is how they are kept clean. Rent here.

2. Backpack

For a trek like Kedarkantha, you need a 50-60 litre backpack. Make sure your backpack has good hip support, shoulder support and quick access pockets. Here is a guide on how to choose a backpack.

| Buying Tip: Wildcraft, Decathlon and Adventure Worx usually make good backpacks. While Wildcraft has more expensive ones, the other two brands have budget-friendly backpacks to choose from. 

| Rental: The 48 litre backpack by Adventure Worx is available on rent from the Indiahikes store. They are custom-made for our Himalayan treks. Rent them if you don’t have a backpack. Rent here.

3. Clothes

Wearing layers is the mantra in the mountains. Layers give you maximum protection from all elements. And when the weather changes in the mountains (as it happens every few hours), you take take off or put on layers as required. 

Base layer: 3 T-shirts

Wear one T-shirt and carry two. Carry full sleeve dry-fit T-shirts (preferably collared). These prevent your arms and neck from getting sunburnt. In the rarified air on the trek, especially at high altitudes, UV rays can burn you in no time.

Dry-fit T-shirts quickly dry your sweat, they are easy to wash and in case of a rainy day, they dry quicker. Round neck T-shirts are ok, but collared ones are better.

| Cotton or Synthetic? As Indians, we love cotton. Down in the plains when the heat is a blistering 40°C it makes sense to wear cotton. But it takes a long time to dry when it gets wet. In the mountains, where it is cooler, synthetic is what you wear. They wick sweat rapidly and keep you dry. (But they do tend to smell quickly, so carry a roll-on deodorant with you.)

| Buying tip: You can get dry-fit T-shirts from Decathlon. Also, stores like Reliance Trends, Max have dry-fit T-shirts. They don’t usually cost much.

| Pro Tip: If you are extra susceptible to cold, you could get a set of thermal inners. In our experience, wearing two T-shirts over another works as a better thermal. And they save you weight and space, since you’re already carrying them. 

5 insulation layers in winter

The Kedarkantha trek is primarily a winter trek. If you’re going any time between December and March, you will need at least 5 warm layers.

You will need 1 pair of inner thermals, 2 light fleece layers, 1  light sweater and 1  padded jacket. Do not get your grandma stitched sweaters, which can be very heavy. You need sweaters and fleece jackets that can fold into compact rolls.

For your outer later, a padded jacket serves the purpose here. You don’t really need a water resistant material. But you need an outer padded jacket that keeps the wind and cold out. Ensure your padded jacket has a hood as well.

| Do you need a down/feather jacket? Not really. A regular padded/shell jacket will do. This video here will help you to learn more about the difference.

| Note: Down/feather jackets are really not available these days. Many jackets masquerade as down/feather jackets. They are essentially fine polyester-filled jackets. They mimic the function of a down jacket but are usually expensive.  

| Rental: Padded jackets made by Fort Collins are available on rent at the Indiahikes store. They are custom made for Indiahikes and trekkers find them terrific, even in winter. Rent here.

Two trek pants

Two pairs of trek pants should suffice for this trek. Wear one pair and carry one just in case it rains. Trek pants with zippered cut offs at the thighs are very suitable for treks. Also, choose quick-dry pants over cotton. They dry up soon in case of small stream crossings / rain.

| Buying tip: Go for pants with zippered pockets. They come in handy to keep your phone, handkerchief or pocket snacks.

| Track pants or trek pants? Stretchable track pants make a good backup and can double up as your thermal bottoms. But track pants are not trek pants — so don’t use them as your main outerwear. Keep them only as a backup. 

Mandatory Accessories, without these too you won’t be able to do the trek.

These accessories are mandatory. Don’t go to Kedarkantha without them. Trekkers generally put off purchasing / borrowing the accessories for the last minute. We suggest the opposite. Start gathering these accessories first. 

1. Sunglasses

Sunglasses are to prevent snow blindness. On a winter trek like Kedarkantha, expect to walk on long stretches of snow. A small overexposure to direct sunlight on snow can lead to snow blindness (about a half hour’s exposure). That’s because fallen snow is like thousands of mirrors that reflect direct UV rays. So you need sunglasses with UV protection

| Wearing tip: Wear sunglasses if the trekking day is bright and sunny (on open sections, meadows). On a snowy section you must absolutely never take off your sunglasses until the section has been fully crossed.

| Buying Tip: Try getting sunglasses that wrap around instead of those that have openings on the side. Even peripheral UV ray exposure is not a good idea.  

| If you wear spectacles: If you wear spectacles, you can get oversized sunglasses that you wear over your regular glasses (available at Decathlon). If that is cumbersome, photochromic lenses work equally well. Here’s a quick guide on managing sunglasses with spectacles.

| Contact lens users: If you use contact lenses, you can use them on the trek too. The lens solution will not freeze. You will also not face any problems in changing your lens in your tent. Just carry enough cleaning solution with you to clean your fingers well. Wear your sunglasses over your contact lens. Read this article for more guidance on managing contact lenses on treks.

 2. Suncap

A sun cap is mandatory. Trekking without a sun cap can lead to headaches, sun strokes, quick dehydration and a sharp drop in trekking performance. 

| Tip: In the mountains, the general rule is to keep your head covered at all times. During the day a sun cap protects you from the harsh rays of the sun (it is doubly stronger with naked UV rays). A sun cap keeps your body temperature in balance. In the evening/early morning, the reverse is true. Your head loses your body heat quickly. A woolen cap prevents heat from dissipating from your head.

| Pro Tip: Sun caps with flaps are a blessing for trekkers. They cut out almost all UV leaks. They prevent sun burns in every possible way. They are a lot more effective than sunscreen lotion. A wide brimmed sports hat also helps to prevent sunburn in a big way. 

3. Synthetic hand gloves

On a trek like Kedarkantha you are going to be handling snow quite a bit. You’ll need gloves to grip something or to steady yourself in snow. You also want the gloves to keep you warm. Get synthetic hand gloves that have waterproofing on the outside and a padded lining on the inside. If you find the combination difficult to get (not likely), wear a tight fitting fleece hand glove inside a synthetic hand glove. Hand gloves are mandatory on this trek.   

4. Woollen cap or Balaclava

Ensure these cover your ears. In the cold mountains, you lose maximum heat from your head, not from your hands, feet or the rest of your body. Which is why you need to keep your head protected, especially when the sun is down. Early mornings, late evenings, a cold trekking day are when you must use your woollen cap.

Your ears are sensitive too, so a woollen head cap that covers your ears is absolutely essential. A balaclava is a modern version of the woolen cap. It covers your ears, neck and parts of your face as well. Do not get a woollen cap that only covers your head. 

5. Socks (3 pairs)

Apart from two sports socks, take a pair of woollen socks. Sports socks give you cushioning plus warmth. Again the mantra is to wear synthetic socks or at least a synthetic blend. Cotton socks soak in water and sweat. They are very hard to dry.

As for woollen socks, they help you to keep warm and snug in the night. If you cannot get woolen socks, wearing two sports socks serves the purpose as well. 

6. Headlamp

Trekkers are often confused about whether they need to get a headlamp or a handheld torch. You need to get a headlamp because it leaves your hands free to do other activities. On the Kedarkantha trek you’ll need your hands free to wash dishes, pitch tents and hold your trek poles. 

| Buying tip: Ensure your headlamp covers a wider area and is not too focused as a single beam. On a trek, your headlamp must help you see around you as much as ahead of you.

7. Trekking pole (a pair)

Trekking poles give you stability and balance. They reduce your energy consumption by almost 40%. On the Kedarkantha trek there are steep ascents and descents. A pair of trekking poles will make the difference between a comfortable and a strenuous trek. In India we tend to use a single trekking pole. However, two trekking poles give you greater stability and balance. They also increase your walking pace.

| Rental: Imported side-locking trekking poles are available on rent on the Indiahikes store. Rent here.

8. Rainwear

On a trek, the weather can change quickly. A bright sunny day can turn into a downpour in a matter of minutes. Carry a poncho or a rain jacket to tackle this. A poncho is a big rain cover with openings for your arms and your head. It is extremely effective because it covers both you and your backpack. It is extremely light and weighs next to nothing. 

| Pro tip: Rain jackets are more streamlined and less cumbersome but weigh more. Rain pants are really not required. Dry fit trek pants dry quickly even if soaking wet.  

| Rental: High grade ponchos are available on rent on the Indiahikes store. Rent here.

9. Rain cover for your backpack

Backpacks are your life. You carry all your dry clothes, your warm gear in your backpack. It is important that your backpack stays dry at all times. Modern backpacks usually come with built in rain-covers. If your back pack does not have a rain-cover, ensure you get a rain cover by either (a) buying a rain cover (b) or cutting a large plastic sheet to the size of your backpack. You can roll the plastic sheet around your backpack and keep it in place with a string or elastic.  

| Pro tip: It’s good practice to compartmentalise your clothes, accessories and other things in plastic covers inside your backpack. That way, even if it rains and your backpack gets wet, your things are water-proof inside the backpack.

10. Daypack (20-30 ltrs, optional)

Some trekkers opt to offload their bags to a mule on the Kedarkantha trek. While we do not encourage this practice, in case you opt for offloading, then carrying a daypack is mandatory. In your daypack you carry essentials like water bottles, rainwear, emergency medicines, headlamp, some snacks and a warm layer. Your main backpack that carries most of your equipment is accessible only at the campsites. 

A daypack is a smaller backpack that is usually of 20-30 ltr capacity. Laptop bags are not daypacks. Do not get them. 

Other mandatory requirements

1. A toilet kit

Keep your toilet kit light. Carry just the basics — toothbrush, toothpaste, small soap, toilet tissue roll, a small moisturiser, lip balm, and a roll-on deodorant. You will not be able to have a bath on the trek, so don’t overload on soaps and shampoos.

| Pro tip: Carry miniature-sized items. You will not need more than that. If you’re travelling in a group, share one toothpaste for all.

| Pro tip: Avoid getting large toilet rolls. The smallest size roll is more than enough for a trek like Kedarkantha. 

| For women: If you are likely to have your periods on your trek date, don’t worry about it. You can use your pads, tampons or menstrual cups on the trek. There will be toilet tents where you can get changed. Make sure you carry ziplock bags to bring back your menstrual waste. Don’t leave behind any waste in the mountains. Watch this video to learn how to dispose your sanitary waste.

2. Cutlery

Carry a lunch box, a mug and a spoon. Your lunch box must be leak proof. You are expected to wash your own cutlery. Trekkers often expect Indiahikes to wash their cutlery. When you allow Indiahikes to wash your cutlery, your cutlery becomes part of a mass washing system. You immediately invite germs, bacteria to settle on your cutlery. Incidence of stomach disorders rises exponentially.  

| Pro tip: Carry stainless steel cutlery. Avoid fancy high grade plastic cutlery. Stainless steel cutlery is infinitely easier to wash in cold water. Grease is easier to remove and hygiene is at the highest. 

| Two 1 litre bottles or a 2 litre hydration pack: Kedarkantha has many hours of trekking everyday (approximately 6 hours). You need to carry two one litre water bottles to keep yourself hydrated over the distance. If you are used to a hydration pack, then that is ok too. If one among the two bottles is a lightweight thermos, then that helps you to store warm water on a really cold day or for late evenings and early mornings.   

| Rental: You could rent lightweight thermos flasks from the Indiahikes store. Rent here.

3. Plastic covers

Carry 3-4 old plastic covers to keep your used clothes. You could use them even for wet clothes. Re-use old plastic bags for this and do not buy new ones.

Useful videos to help you with your gear:

Personal medical kit

Carry these medicines with you, easily accessible at all times. Do not take any medicine unless you have consulted your trek leader

  1. Diamox (1 Strip): Be on a course of a half tablet Diamox starting from Delhi every 12 hours (125 mg). Carry on the medication until you descend down to Yamunotri. Being on a preventive course of Diamox greatly reduces the chances of Acute Mountain Sickness on the Kedarkantha trek.    
  2. Dolo 650 (5 tablets): This is a paracetamol. It helps to tackle fever, mild pain
  3. Avomine (4 tablets): Carry this especially if you are prone to motion sickness. Pop one half hour before the start of your road journey.
  4. Combiflam (5 tablets): Take a combiflam if you get a sudden twist of the leg or a muscle strain. It is a pain reliever. It also contains paracetamol. 
  5. Digene (4 tablets): Take it if you feel the food that you’ve taken is undigested. Alert your trek leader immediately. It could be a sign of AMS. 
  6. ORS (6 packs): Consume a pack of ORS water at least once a day, usually mid day when you are in the middle of your trek. It replenishes essential salts lost while trekking.  Tip: It also makes cold water easier to drink.
  7. Knee Brace (optional): Carry this if you are prone to knee injury or have known issues of knee pain.

Our trek leaders carry a high altitude medical kit with them which also consist of Life Saving Drugs. If there is an emergency our trek leaders know how to tackle it. Meanwhile, contact your trek leader before consuming any of these medicines listed here.

| Pro tip: We find that these medicines by trekkers are rarely used. But you cannot do away with them. At the end of the trek please donate unused medicines to your trek leader. Some of these medicines get distributed to villages on the trek and some are added to the Indiahikes medical kit.   

Mandatory Documents to carry

These are documents required for legal purposes by Indiahikes and the forest department. Without any of these, you will not be allowed to trek.

  1. Original and photocopy of government photo identity card. Anything such as a driver’s license, Aadhar card, passport will do. This is required by the forest department for your identification.  
  2. Disclaimer certificate. This is a legal requirement. Download the PDF, read carefully and sign it. This must be handed over to your Trek Leader during registration at the base camp – Download PDF
  3. Medical certificate. There are two sections in this. The first part must be filled by a practising doctor. The second part must be filled by you. Without the medical certificate the forest department will not issue permissions for your trek. It is also a requirement by Indiahikes – Download PDF

| Pro tip: Keep important documents in a clear plastic cover and slide them into the inner pocket at the back of your backpack. This keeps them from getting wet. 

What are the risks on the Kedarkantha Trek?

Kedarkantha is an easy to moderate trek in terms of difficulty but it goes up to an altitude of 12,500 ft. Which means it’s still a high altitude trek. As with every high altitude trek, the Kedarkantha trek comes with certain risks.

At Indiahikes, we pay utmost importance to safety of trekkers. While we do our bit to ensure your life is safe, we also expect you as a trekker to know what could go wrong, and if it does, how to tackle it.

What Indiahikes does to ensure your safety

Our philosophy is simple. We ingrain safety aspects in the people we work with, in the processes that we follow and in the equipment we carry. All our trek leaders are trained repeatedly on safety issues and protocols. Most issues are resolved with their intervention.

From the time you register for a trek, we will keep you informed of safety procedures on high altitude treks. We have listed a few of them below.

1. Fitness criteria before registration

Over the years, we have come to notice that safety issues are widespread among unfit, unaware and ill-prepared trekkers. Therefore we have brought in an eligibility criteria for the Kedarkantha trek.

Before registration, you need to meet the fitness requirements. The primary measure for fitness is BMI or Body Mass Index. An ideal BMI is a minimum requirement to register for this trek. You can take a look here.

2. Monitoring health on a trek

Every trekker will be given a Health Card at the beginning of the trek. The Health Card is issued to monitor the trekker’s daily health. It contains details of symptoms he should look out for and what action he should take during emergencies as well. These Health Cards will be taken back at the end of the trek.

On the Kedarkantha trek, your Trek Leader will be monitoring your Oxygen levels and Pulse rate twice a day. Your blood pressure is measured once every day. Any abnormal reading will be paid special attention to and immediate action will be taken.

3. High Altitude Medical Kit

Your trek leader will also be carrying a full-fledged high altitude medical kit. This will include basic medicines and specific medicines catering to altitude sickness – Diamox, Dexamethasone (tablets and injections) and Nifedipine.

Your Trek Leader will also be carrying a portable oxygen cylinder throughout the trek. In addition to that, there are oxygen cylinders installed at all high campsites for any emergency situations.

4. High Altitude Trek Equipment

Kedarkantha is popular for its snowy terrain. If you go on this trek in the months from December to mid-April, you will be trekking on snow. To ensure safe trekking on snowy terrain, Indiahikes will provide you with micro-spikes.

These are attached to your shoes and will give you good traction on hard snow. To avoid snow from entering your shoes, Indiahikes will provide you with gaiters that you can wear over your shoes. You will have qualified technical guides with you. They lead the way on difficult terrain, where there might be too much snow.

All our sleeping bags and tents are custom-made for high altitude. If it is cold outside, it will be around 10 degrees warmer inside the tent. Our sleeping bags can withstand temperatures as low as -10 degree Celcius.

5. Being hydrated and well nourished on the trek

You need to drink a minimum of 4 litres of water every day during the trek to ensure that you’re well hydrated. De-hydration on a trek can make you lose energy very quickly and intensify the effects of AMS. Your trek leader will brief you about the amount of water that you need to carry with you at the start of each day as well as water sources on the trail.

We provide trekkers with nutritious meals to ensure that they are energized to complete the trail each day. Apart from this, snacks or packed lunch is provided wherever the trail before a meal break is likely to be long. Make sure that you do not skip any meal as this can lead to serious health emergencies on high altitudes.

With all these processes and equipment in place, you can be rest assured that you will have a safe trek with Indiahikes.

Nevertheless, you will need to be cautious and report the slightest of symptoms of uneasiness to your trek leader as soon as you feel them.

What you need to know if you’re going on the Kedarkantha trek

If you have registered for this trek, then here is some information that you must know in order to have a safe trek. At Indiahikes, we believe that as long as you are well-informed and well-prepared, you can survive easily at high altitude.

Like in every winter trek, a common risk factor on the Kedarkantha trek is slippery snow. You will be provided with micro spikes to help you walk better. But if you fall, no need to panic.

Even the smallest wound takes longer to heal at higher altitude. Reasons for this are increasing stress hormones and lower overall oxygen delivery to the tissues. Keeping your wounds clean and covered will prevent infection. To prevent the bruise from festering, apply a triple antibiotic ointment regularly.

Where on the Kedarkantha trek is Acute Mountain Sickness likely to affect you:

kedakanthaAny campsite above 11,000 ft poses a risk of AMS. On the Kedarkantha trek, the Kedarkantha Base camp is at 11,250 ft. It is the only campsite on this trek where you could be affected by Acute Mountain Sickness. From here and while going up to the summit is when you should watch out for symptoms.

AMS occurs when your body isn’t acclimatising to its surroundings. It can accelerate very rapidly, so it is important to identify the symptoms as soon as you see them. Before you read further, watch this video to understand the symptoms of AMS.

We cannot stress enough on how important it is for you to communicate any symptom to your Trek Leader.Only then will he be able to take steps at the right time.

What to do if you feel symptoms of AMS at Kedarkantha Base Campams-symptoms-indiahikes

Very few cases of AMS have been recorded on the Kedarkantha trek. Nevertheless, don’t let your guard down. If you feel any symptoms of AMS on the trek, report to the Trek Leader immediately. Do not wait till the end of the day’s trek. Do not try to handle it yourself either. Our Trek Leaders are well-trained and experienced to handle any cases and they will be the decision makers in any such cases.

As a first step, your trek leader will run you through the Triple One Test – One Disprin, One litre of water and One hour of rest. If you’re suffering from dehydration, this will solve the problem and you will be fine in one hour.

If the symptoms don’t go away, then he’ll begin to treat you for AMS, perhaps with a course of Diamox. If you’re already on a course of Diamox, your trek leader is likely to increase the dosage. The increased dosage of Diamox usually takes care of the Acute Mountain Sickness. Evacuation will be done if no improvement is shown. You will be taken down to Sankri as descent is the sure cure for AMS.

Exit points on the Kedarkantha trek:

There are only a few exit points on the Kedarkantha trek – the base camps, Kotgaon and Sankri. It takes around 5 hours to descend from the highest campsite of the trek. Both these base camps are well below high altitude. So any symptoms of AMS will stop showing there.  

Closest hospital:

For advanced treatments, the closest hospital is in Purola which is around 54 km away. Please note that these are mountain roads and usually takes around 2-3 hours to cover this distance. It takes longer after nightfall.

Why you should personally know about the risks and precautions of high altitude treks

If you cannot find your fellow trekkers or anyone else while trekking independently or with another organisation, there are some life-saving steps you can take.

Firstly, you should be able to recognise symptoms of altitude sickness. So acquaint yourself with the symptoms.

Secondly, there might be instances when you have to administer medicines to yourself or to a fellow trekker.

There are three life-saving medicines that you should always carry on you – Diamox, Dexamethasone and Nifedipine.

If you are trekking independently, you need to know when exactly to administer these medicines and in what dosage.

Here, Sandhya UC, partner at Indiahikes, explains in detail about HAPE and HACE. Here, you can learn about the advanced symptoms are and how to tackle them.

It is a myth that fit and experienced people are not affected by Acute Mountain Sickness

Click here to read about Sandhya’s first hand experience of suffering from AMS on her 28th high altitude trek.

If you’re of the opinion that fit people don’t get AMS, please get rid of that notion right away. AMS can affect anyone without paying heed to their fitness and prior experience at high altitude! Altitude sickness does not distinguish between a first timer and an experienced trekker.

For more detailed information about Acute Mountain Sickness, you can download and study the manual below.

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Click on the AMS Manual to open and download

 

Trek cancellation policy

In case, you wish to cancel your trek, please login to your account and cancel. Cancellation requests will not be taken over phone or email.

The cancellation charges are as under:
Cancellations prior to 30 days from the start of the trek — full refund.
Cancellation between 30 days and 20 days to the start of the trek — 50% refund.
Cancellation less than 20 days to the start of the trek — no refund.

Please note: In case of refund, there will be a deduction of 4% (cancellation charges) from the total fee you have paid. Also, if you have opted for a trek insurance, the amount will not be refunded.

In the unlikely case of a trek being called off by us at the last moment due to a natural calamity/unforseen circumstances (like rains, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh etc), Indiahikes will issue a trek voucher for the full amount. The voucher can be redeemed for the same trek or another trek in the next one year.

Your trek fee includes:

  1. Accommodation –  Stay is included from Day 1 to Day 5 (Kotgaon to Sankri). You will be staying in lodges at Kotgaon and Sankri and camping on remaining days of the trek (3 per tent).
  2. Meals – All meals from dinner at Kotgaon on Day 1 to breakfast at Sankri on Day 6 are included. We provide simple, nutritious vegetarian food on all days of the trek.
  3. Camping charges – All trekking permits and forest camping charges are included.
  4. Trekking equipment – High-quality tents, sleeping bags, ice axes, roped, microspikes, gaiters etc. as required.
  5. Safety equipment – First aid, medical kit, oxygen cylinders, stretchers etc.

Your trek fee does not include:

  1. Transport to and from the base camp – We will arrange shared taxis for trekkers to pick you up from Dehradun and drop you back. This will cost approx. Rs. 5,500 per 5-6 seater vehicle one way. You will have to share this cost with the other trekkers
  2. Food during transit to and from the base camp
  3. Backpack offloading charges – Rs. 1,000 + 5% GST  for the full trek. The backpack cannot weigh more than 9 kg. Suitcases/strollers/duffel bags will not be allowed. Please note that charges will vary for last minute offloading in case you decide to offload your bag after reaching Naitwar (Rs.335 per day + 5% GST).
  4. Anything apart from inclusions
Cancellation Policy

Cancellation Policy

In case, you wish to cancel your trek, please login to your account and cancel.
Cancellation requests will not be taken over phone or email.

The cancellation charges are as under.

Cancellations prior to 30 days from the start of the trek — full refund.
Cancellation between 30 days and 20 days to the start of the trek — 50% refund.
Cancellation less than 20 days to the start of the trek — no refund.
Please note: In case of refund, there will be a deduction of 4% (cancellation charges) from the total fee you have paid. Also, if you have opted for a trek insurance, the amount will not be refunded.

If a trek is called off at the last moment due to a natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rains, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh etc), Indiahikes will issue a trek voucher for the full amount. The voucher can be redeemed for the same trek or another trek in the next one year.

Fitness Policy

Fitness Policy

A high altitude trek in the Himalayas requires considerable fitness. Your body needs to train itself to process more work with lower levels of oxygen. Therefore, on treks, cardiovascular training is critically important.The trek has long climbs and steep descents on a daily basis. As a measure of your fitness, we require you to be able to run at least 5 km in 40 minutes by the time your trek starts. If you are 45 years or above, try to cover 5 km in 47 minutes. This is a minimum, mandatory requirement.

If you prefer cycling over running, then try to cover 22 km in 60 minutes.

Unable to do so can make your trek difficult.

In addition, preparation of trek needs to include strength and flexibility training. Registering for the trek is an understanding that you will undertake the mandated fitness training and upload the fitness screenshots on your dashboard. Trekkers who have not adequately prepared may be asked to discontinue the trek at any point.

Indiahikes has the right to reject trekkers who do not meet our eligibility requirement at the base camp.

Backpack Offloading

Backpack Offloading

Indiahikes expects all trekkers to carry their own backpacks. All common gear will be carried by the support team. If for some reason a trekker is unable to carry his or her backpack, he/she can offload the same by paying an additional charge.

Backpack offloading charges – Rs 1,000 plus GST of 5%. Charges for last minute offloading during the trek will be Rs. 375 per day inclusive of tax. You can opt for offloading directly your dashboard after your payment is done for the trek.

Partial offloading is not allowed. The backpack cannot weigh more than 9 kg. No suitcases/strolleys/duffel bags will be allowed.
Online offloading in advance is possible up to three days prior to the trek start date.

Discount Policy

Discount Policy

Discount for a group of 10 and above

If there is a group size of 10 trekkers and above, then we will waive off the trek fee charges for one person.

Note - There is no discount available if the group size is 9 or less than that.

You can register the entire group and send us an email. If the group is registering individually, then the primary participant needs to send an email to the Trek Coordinator with the list of trekkers from the same group.

If you want to make the payment individually, then individual registrations have to be done.

This will be the case for a group of 10 trekkers. So if you have a group of 20 trekkers, then we will waive off the charges for 2 trekkers.

Repeat Trekker Policy

Repeat Trekker Policy

At Indiahikes, we believe that the mountains hold all the aces. The weather could play spoilsport, the altitude could mess with a trekker, the unpredictability of nature itself could turn against him. Whatever the reason might be, it is never nice to turn away from a trek midway.

In the event that a trekker has to come down without completing your trek, they can always head back to the mountain and do the same trek again. If this happens, trekkers don’t have to pay the trek fee. They have to just make the optional payment for the insurance amount.

On another note, it could also happen that you love a trek so much that you want to go back time and again. Trekkers don’t have to pay the trek fee for repeating a trek.

Note – The Repeat Trekker Policy holds good only for Indian Treks.
It is not valid for treks we run in Nepal.

Is there an option to offload my backpack on this trek?

Is there an option to offload my backpack on this trek?

Yes, there is an option to offload your backpack (have a porter carry it for you). This will cost Rs 1000 + 5% GST if you inform us in advance. If you decide to offload once you reach Kotgaon, the amount will be Rs 350 per day inclusive of tax. The offloaded bag should not weigh more than 9 kg. Strolleys, duffel bags, suitcases etc. are not allowed. Online offloading in advance is possible up to five days prior to the trek start date. You can opt for this from your dashboard directly.

Is there a mobile network on this trek? Are there any electricity charging points on this trek?

Is there a mobile network on this trek? Are there any electricity charging points on this trek?

You won't get any network on the trek or at the base camp. There are no charging points as well on the trek.

If you are very lucky, then small connectivity is possible for BSNL network to send a message.

The last point where you get connectivity will be Purola which is 54 km before Kotgaon and Sankri.

Can you arrange pickup from Mussorrie?

Can you arrange pickup from Mussorrie?

Yes, trekkers will have the option to stay at Mussorrie and get picked up as well.

The pickup will take place an hour later from Library Road end at 7.30 am.

Will I get snow on this trek?

Will I get snow on this trek?

You find snow during the winter and early summer season, from December to the end of April is when you can expect snow. Post this, you won’t have snow on this trek.

What are washroom/toilet facilities like on the trek?

What are washroom/toilet facilities like on the trek?

The guest houses at Kotgaon and Sankri will have concrete toilets. On the other days, toilet tents will be set up along each campsite. A toilet tent will have a deep pit, where one can answer nature’s call. There will be a mound of soil and a shovel to cover it up. These are dry toilets, where you’ll have to use toilet paper. There will be a room freshener as well. It’s the most hygienic and convenient way to answer nature’s call in the wild. Please use plain toilet paper and do not use wet wipes since these are not bio-degradable.

Here is what trekkers have to say about their experience at Kedarkantha Trek

Rohan Kamath

Batch of
March 2019

The trek was excellent. It honestly surpassed all my expectations in every area - be it the sights, the climb or the food. I'd like to mention especially that the kitchen team was brilliant and all the food given to us at all the campsites was amazing. A special shout to our trek leaders Vijeet, Pralad and Guddu who helped us at every turn and it honestly would not have been the same experience without them. I cannot think of any drawbacks and even though this was my first trek and i have no prior experience, I think the organisation was impeccable. 

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Rohan Kamath

Batch of
March 2019

The trek leader Vijeet was amazing. He had stories to tell at every turn of the trek. He helped us out a lot and was a huge support to some of us who felt like giving up. Vijeet made us play games at the campsite and also coaxed us into a dance off in the snow which was a lot of fun. 
Pralad taught us a few local dance moves which again was very fun. He also introduced us to a kind of warm up dance called zikuza which was one of the highlights of the trek. Pralad also told us many interesting and scary stories about  the campsites which were amazing. 
Guddu was helpful throughout the trek. He always had a smile on his face and was encouraging throughout. He also had many stories to tell and was fun to be around while trekking. 

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Rohan Kamath

Batch of
March 2019

The mountains taught me to adapt to my surroundings. Accustomed to city life and the luxuries that we take for granted (like running water, a soft bed, etc) this trek really taught me to push my boundaries and accept and be thankful for any kind of resources that I was given. It taught me to appreciate that there are forces in work that are much larger than us and we must be grateful for any kind of resources we utilise. Apart from this, the trek also taught me to believe in myself and not give up when faced with adversity. 

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Sanjeev Menon

Batch of
March 2019

I dont want to sound philosophical but the trip was enlightening in how life could be so joyful and minimal at the same time. The trek route was picturesque. There were a few lessons learnt as follows.
1. We need to proactively, consistently engage in any effort to clean up mountains
2. Life exists without Mobile Network, TV, Newspaper
3. Water is not unlimited, we should limit its use
Generally time spent on the trek helps me appreciate the things we have rather than the ones we dont.

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Amruta Namjoshi

Batch of
March 2019

Due to my past ill experience with some other trekking group, I was very tense and nervous at the very start. But since the website had all the information laid out crystal clear, I think it prepared me well. I really like the way your website is designed. And all the nervousness eased out when I met the team at Sankari. 
Our Trek leader Meghna and our guides Santosh and Amin were helpful and supportive to each one of us at every step. It was evident that every person working there got joy out of it. And I cant appreciate the camp / kitchen staff enough for all the hard work they do in such tough conditions to make our experience a good one. 
Absolutely loved the hot fresh food that was always served with love. They even got a gajar halwa cake for my birthday at 8,200 ft. It was surreal. This trek was a birthday gift I got for myself and I think I am going to make it a tradition now. The only downside remains that we could not reach the summit due to weather conditions. Hopefully, I will find myself up there the next time.

PS: your green trails initiative resonates with me. I make art out of discarded plastic bags .. who knows we may collaborate when I am well established as an artist ..!!  

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Amruta Namjoshi

Batch of
March 2019

When one travels in the mountains like a tourist, passing by in the comfort of a car or living in a hotel room, the experience is limited to views to die for. The real sense of the majestic scale of mountains can only be experienced by something like this trek..I felt overwhelmed and exhilarated. the challenges we faced up in the mountains made us all come together like a family. 
more importantly, the interaction with the camp staff and even some locals was very thought provoking.. it gave an insight into the everyday life of people who stay up in the mountains with limited resources without a hint of grievance. It really made me appreciate the little things that we take for granted back home. There is still alot more I have to learn from the mountains so will keep going back. fingers crossed...   

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Oshin Shewaramani

Batch of
March 2019

Trek went off very well!!!  Wouldn't be able to finish it without some very important people..
Our treck lead : Mukta, the All time inspiration! She was super fun, and also super helpful all the time!
Our Guides : Subhash and Pradeep, for literally going out of the way and helping us in every way possible!!
Our technical guide : Santosh, for pulling me up whenever I was in doubt about reaching the summit!
Hats off to these saviours, without whom, treck would have not been possible at all!! 

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Anshu Bhoyar

Batch of
March 2019

The trek was super fun and very well organized. The entire trekking team was very warm and approachable. They were always smiling and rarely said no to any sort of demands from the trekkers. Food was excellent and copious. The green trails initiative taken by india hikes was also superb and i was very happy to help out. Lastly the best thing about india hikes was their attention to the small things like giving soap and vim at every campsite, regularly refreshing the sawdust stocks in the toilet tent, punctuality in serving food and tea and always making sure that the entire team is being involved and nobody is feeling left out.

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Miloni Mehta

Batch of
March 2019

Trek was awesome. It was an out of the world experience.
Indiahikes team, the camp sites, trek leader, guides, support staff were really helpful and caring. They knew their job perfectly!!
All other arrangements including food, safety and cleanliness were better than expected.

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Rohan Stephen Luke

Batch of
March 2019

The trek was an awesome experience. It was wonderful. India hikes has catered to our needs really well. 
The Food was extremely good. We were provided with delicious desert everyday. India hikes has also looked after our health during the trek. The initiative of introducing oxymeter is a good idea.

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Misbah Hararwala

Batch of
March 2019

There were three reasons why I choose to do this trek. 
The first one being my birthday. Every year I complain about how I never enjoy my birthday and I'm forced by peer pressure into those noisy bars , getting fully wasted and not remembering any of it. This year I choose to do something different, something for myself.  
The second reason was an escape from everything that I hate about the city . 
The third was that I had never experienced snow before. (yes I have seen snow but never snowfall and those white blindly landscapes  you only see on desktop screen savers) So I had to pick Kedarkantha for that reason. I was also told by a fellow trekker on another trek that I did that the descend down from the summit was an exhilarating slide down the snow so it made my decision even easier. 
Did this trek live up to all my expectations ? .... More than I ever imagined! 
My first solo trip devoid of all connectivity to my social life, 12 hours away from what I understand as urbanization with 20 absolute strangers which lead to a whole bunch of apprehension. Though it all quickly vaporised , probably in the first couple of hours of meeting everyone. We got along like butter and jam , and the next couple of days our crew trekked together as a family.  Obviously this had a lot to do with the people that helped us get there, the organisers , you guys. 
Our trek leader, Deep, so friendly and easy going, we initially presumed he was part of the group. Fun was his agenda and he always made sure that everyone was having it besides all the arduous tasks of being a trek leader. 
The guides were patient and understood everyone's stamina and capacity. They were happy to make a conversation, always telling us more about the mountains.
The staff was efficient, and never tardy. The food was exactly what we craved to eat and not to mention "my birthday cake" ... damn that was a good carrot cake. ( made it really special) . 

So to summarise, I came with the expectation of a quiet birthday in the solitude of the mountains but I left with 20 new friends, great conversations, new perspectives and all the while being awestruck and encapsulated by the beauty of the mountains. 

It's going to be hard to match up to my birthday next year. 

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Misbah Hararwala

Batch of
March 2019

The one thing that I take back from the mountains is the sense of consciousness that it leaves you with. Be it about the environment , your own body or mind. 
It makes you aware of all the little things we take for granted in are consumer-driven lifestyle and the impacts it has on nature and our surroundings; be it buying a plastic bottled water or how we dispose our trash or the amount of things we consume which are packaged in plastic and other non bio degradable things. Where does all of it eventually end up? It's sad that we are the only species that can't contribute positively back to nature. Even the bare little traces of ourselves that we leave in the mountains makes you reflect on our everyday lifestyles. 
The act of climbing itself engages both body and mind, you learn your own limitations , your weaknesses and your resilience to reach a goal . All these qualities manifest themselves when you face the magnitude of the mountains. 
I gained a sense of spirituality being a not so spiritual person. 

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Bhaskar Mukhoty

Batch of
March 2019

The trek was perfect, we were surprised by the extra ordinary quality of food and timely serving. We received care that most of us never expected. Really grateful to the crew members of India Hikes. 

One change which is I would strongly recommend is about the food for the staff were often getting finished. Since the trekkers don't get to know how much food is left, crew members often go hungry as they take food after the trekkers. Please ensure that crew members receive complete diet along with the trekkers. 

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Rumki Sengupta

Batch of
March 2019

The Trek was wonderful. To be honest, I started with a blank mind, didn't think of what is coming, good or bad, whether I will be able to continue, whether my health will permit, nothing. But it came out to be outstanding experience. Indiahikes has the best of team. Special thanks to Meghna, our trek leader, always there for all of us, Santoshji, Technical Guide Santoshji, Robin as well as the staff in all the camps. Always be grateful to them to boost us, health checkups, helping while climbing or wherever i felt difficulty coming down. I To sum up, I am still living the trek. Thanks to all of you.

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Rumki Sengupta

Batch of
March 2019

on 21st, at Posla camp, in the evening, we had a good session, where we discussed the trek, our experience, our feelings as well life stories of all us. Experiences shared by the Indiahikes team was wonderful. Then again in the base camp at Sankri, we had another session after tea, where all of us shared our thoughts, some even became emotional. 

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Bhaskar Mukhoty

Batch of
March 2019

There are stark differences in a city life and the life in nature. We need to stay close to the nature to live a healthy, sustainable life. Minimizing use of gadgets, social networking can help to reduce anxiety, stress and more importantly save us some valuable time, that can instead be devoted to things which we really wanted to do.

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Neekhil Dedhia

Batch of
March 2019

The most important lesson that the mountain has taught me is Adaptation.
The climate in the mountains do change quickly from time to time and the key is to adapt to the changes to enjoy the treks to their full potential. The same rule can be applied to life. we need to adapt and overcome the situations.

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Rumki Sengupta

Batch of
March 2019

To summarize.. its only love. I always loved to be with nature. Since this is my first long trek, I felt it is only love that I felt for the entire world. Himalayas has always been fascinating, but never realized how mesmerizing it can be. Love the nature, love the natural resources that the mountains provide, love for animals and love for people who were totally unknown to me. Respect what people give us, and more so I have learnt to respect food. 

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Satish Rao

Batch of
March 2019

At 57, It was impossible to get myself started for this trek. But constant goading from Suhas and follow-ups on my fitness made by 60 day routine to fitness approved a big milestone.

On the trek, everything was well planned from lemon tea, to nutritious snacks/breakfast, to warm-up routines and constant tips from the Guides Rana and Subhash helped us ascend easily.
The tents were very clean and good to camp. The Evening snacks and games in the evening along with innumerable photoshoots gave us some lifelong memories and the desire to come back for more.

The food was also excellent and sincere thanks to the cooks who ensured it was ready as early as 4 AM.

The Early morning sunrise from the mountains, the glistening snow, the snowfall, the sunset and the starlit night-sky made it a wonderful experience.

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Medhavi Gupta

Batch of
March 2019

Amazingly awesome. The food, the team, the people, plannings...everything was just perfect. Loved each and everything about the trek. The support provided by each member of IndiaHikes team, their nature, facilities, the food they prepared at such a high altitude is something I've not stopped praising to my friends and family about. Also the view and the experience was woww. Thankyou IndiaHikes!

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Medhavi Gupta

Batch of
March 2019

The mission started by the IndiaHikes team to make mountains a cleaner and greener place has been continued by us even after coming to our places. Have been trying to reduce the unnecessary waste and packaged food usage we make.

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Shreya Jain

Batch of
March 2019

This was my 2nd experience with Indiahikes and the best one as well. Everything was just perfect..the trek leaders, the staff, trek mates, climatic conditions and everything else were totally outstanding. The trek leader Mihir is one of the most humble and fun people. He made the trek a satisfying one.

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Tinesh Tamilkodi

Batch of
January 2019

Trek was amazing even though it was cut short just after a day of trekking.
The trek leader had looked after our safety and well being very well.
Many thanks!

I also wanted to commend on Ajay (Transport coordinator) great work.
I need to arrange transport from Sankri to Raithal for another trek.
It wasn't as straight forward as there were multiple cancellations and rebookings due to weather changes in those area. Nonetheless, Ajay was there to assist me all the way.
Many thanks again.

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Devanshi Jangla

Batch of
January 2019

It is something that is something difficult to put it words. Everything was just perfect. Our trek leader Mukta, our 2 guides- Manoj and labu bhaiya, the food, the tents, the snow, the trail, everything. This was my first Himalayan trek, and I'm so glad to have done it with you guys. 

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Devanshi Jangla

Batch of
January 2019

So there are times during the trek when you start feeling grateful of the small things that you have back in the city but do not really value much- something as basic as sanitation. Also, when you have no network for 7 days, is when you make the most amazing friends and most amazing memories. I'm so glad that I went for this trek. It's been a week today but the hangover is still at it's peak! 

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Manas Khatua

Batch of
January 2019

The trek was fantastic. The trail was beautiful. The views were magnificent.
The major contributing factor to this was the new trail by the Indiahikes team. We all loved it.
Our trek leader Guru and trek guides Dev and Sanju were superb.
Guru made sure everything(regarding high altitude) was explained thoroughly to all of us in a light-hearted manner. I also loved the warm-up activities and the games conducted by him.
Dev's words of encouragement echoing in the mountains I will simply never forget. The energy he brought into the team was outstanding. He shared a lot of stories too during dinner time.
Sanju was there right at the end of the group during the trek, making sure everyone reached the campsite safe and sound. One of my friends who was at the end of the group heard him singing and enjoyed it. I missed it though.
These 3 folks are fun to be around and I'd be more than happy to go with them for next treks.
The food served during the trek was delicious. It was too good. The best one was the gajar halwa cake on my birthday. Kudos to the kitchen staff for making such delicious food, those guys truly deserve a raise.
Although we couldn't make the summit because of heavy snowfall, I had an amazing time and I'm sure everyone shares the same feeling.
I made new friends on this trek and hopefully we will be coming back to see what nature looks like from 12500ft.

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Manas Khatua

Batch of
January 2019

This was the first time I went on a high altitude trek and it certainly did teach me a lot of things. Our trek leader Guru taught us the importance of waste management and how to segregate waste.
The other thing that I learnt is to be grateful. I'm at my home right now and on a flip of a switch, I get hot water... on the mountains, it takes time and effort to fill one bucket. I realised this when I was brushing my teeth one morning with ice cold water. Good fun.

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Dr komal Shah

Batch of
December 2018

The trek went fabulously well. We were lucky to have experienced the new route which was exclusive for India hikes and therefore much less crowded but equally beautiful.Awesome food. Great sporty team including young enthusiastic trek leader Himanshu and experienced local guides chamanbhai and Sandeep bhai. Really some of the best days of my life.

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Priyanka Gogri

Batch of
December 2018

The trek was super awesome !!!
Many many thanks to IH team for exploring and coming up with the new trail for Kedarkantha trek. The route from Kothgaon to summit and descend to Sankri made a lot of difference. Really enjoyed all the camp sites. Cherry on the cake was snowfall at Talkhetra :)
 

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sreevathsa B R

Batch of
December 2018

If there is any word which better than "Awesome!!" You can just replace it . 

The New Trail was way wonderful with lots of undisturbed Fora and Fauna. There was NO disturbances from external Sources. The Food was something which I always going to remember even at that high altitude . I Like thanks again all the Kitchen Staff for providing us such wonderful food in that harsh weather condition. The Health Check up (i.e Oxygen Level) was conducted by trek leader everyday with out any miss made many people feel they are of good health . Trek leader was always motivating people which told they can't to make them to achieve the summit  

Thanks again for New Trail !! 

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sreevathsa B R

Batch of
December 2018

Green Trail !! 
I really Like to Appreciate here my Trek Lead Samkit , Anagha , And Jiggnesh (Intern : I don't know his Real name , This is his pet name ) for standing firmly with the Green trail objective of keeping mountain clean and communicating with the fellow trekkers about the problem which are caused by use of the Plastic and Non Bio degradable waste. 
And Also i like to tell at this movement , they way they stick to the points are wonderful even after lot of trekkers asks for Bonfire they said NO is NO as it harms the nature . I love there commitment towards keeping mother earth safe. 

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Ketan TANK

Batch of
December 2018

Wonderfull life experince on this trek. Trek leader Samkit bhai , guide Prahlad bhai and labbu bhai were perfact combination of SWEET TEA IN NICE CUP. They were available at any time when we need any help. At the end of trek we experinced that they are part of our trek group not as guides. They were supportive, talented , well disciplined, friendly. If possible i  wolud like to do my next trek with these leader and guides. The way Samkit bhai and Prahlad bhai cretated bonding amongs  trekker from different places was appreciable.
Food at each base camp was fabulous. Food was same as  like home food.
At the end , perfact office management with on site execution with proper planning were highly admirable. Definately i wolud like do my next summer trek with INDIA HIKES.

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Nikita Sabnis

Batch of
December 2018

I couldn't have asked for a more well-organized trek! Kudos to the entire team at Indiahikes, both the on-ground team and the people back at the office sending us detailed emails about every little aspect of the trek preparation. This was my first official Himalayan trek and I am so glad I chose to do it with Indiahikes!
Our trek leaders Samkit, Prahlad and Labbu bhaiyya were the best combination of people ever; strict, professional but fun-loving and enthusiastic in the right amounts! They were all extremely encouraging, supportive and cared for each of us. I was travelling all by myself and never once did I feel alone; It literally felt like a family away from home! 
It was an absolutely surreal experience! Loved every bit of it! One of the high points of my life!
Lots of cheers to the entire team! 
Looking forward to doing every Himalayan trek henceforth with you guys!!
P.S: The food during the entire trek was absolutely delicious! It takes a lot to serve such great quality food at that altitude and temperature conditions!

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Nimai Parekh

Batch of
December 2018

The trek was amazing and it was a fabulous experience. There are no complains with the way indiahikes managed the whole process from the mails to the trek completion. I am sure I will be doing another trek with indiahikes soon.

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Aarthy A

Batch of
December 2018

Trekking with Indiahikes is really such a great experience, each and everything has been taken care of and you guys pampered us so well. I had done trek with other hiking community but experience and service you guys provide is the best one. I would definitely plan my treks only with Indiahikes in future.

I was preparing well for the trek but sadly I met with an accident, just a month before my trek. So I was under heavy medication. Antibiotics three times a day for four weeks and I did not get rid of those side effects. I really felt so bad to be the last before one in the group. I will definitely do this trek again with full energy mode.

I don't even have a single negative thing to pin point or give a comment. Everything was so well organized and executed. Right from the ECO bag, waste disposal, food to post trek warm ups.

Love you guys for everything, not even a single day we panicked.

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Shreya Valecha

Batch of
December 2018

I am at a loss of words to express what a wonderful experience it has been. I remember the morning we met all our trek mates and I was extremely happy to see everyone be so humble, full of life and enthusiastic. Then came the time we met our trek leaders and their friendly approach towards us was something that got us comfortable as a whole group in no time. Praladh, Samkit and Labhu have been extremely supportive and had gone out of their way to make us feel comfortable. One of our trek leaders, Praladh made us play some games to break the ice on day one of our trek which was one of the main reasons we all got to know each and everyone who had joined in for this trek even better. Our mid night group jamming sessions and stories are always going to remain very close to my heart. The support and encouragement each and everyone has shown, was commendable, which is also probably why we were all able to achieve the goal of climbing the summit before sunrise. 

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Nikita Sabnis

Batch of
December 2018

The stretching exercises and massaging sessions after reaching every campsite! Such a relief for sore muscles and a great mutual bonding experience between all the trekmates!

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Aarthy A

Batch of
December 2018

Each and every activity. Trek leaders cared much about our batch collaboration.
Samhith, Prahalad, Laboo and Santosh.
Samhith and Prahalad was so helpful and they both helped us to cross the slippery pace, like a father. We all fell down atleast once while walking on those frozen ice, even the trek leaders but these two guys were so amazing. Each and every step we take were completely under their guidance. They shared their trek experiences, about the places we pass by, pine forests, and on summit day, Prahalad was constantly motivating me to move up and see the sunrise from the summit but sadly I saw it few meters below the summit. He explained about the surrounding himalayan ranges.
Laboo was protecting us from the back, he was the last one in our group. He waited patiently till we take enough pictures whenever we stop by any beautiful scenaries.
Santosh helped us on summit day, he carved us steps on the snow and he as a leader lead the team on summit day.
Samhith and Prahalad made us to interact with the other people by conducting games, throwing snow at each other, dishkoom game, snow war, imaginary volley ball. I'm an introvert, I never thought I would talk with these many people but these guys made it happen. Please convey my gratitude to these guys, missing them a lot now. 

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Nikita Sabnis

Batch of
December 2018

I believe this trek has re-taught me the value of Humility in a big way. When you are stripped of all your urban add-ons and are forced to live almost like an animal, you realize where the definition of privilege actually starts! This made me feel very humbled and grateful for the life I have been blessed with back at home. 
Secondly, I realized how the mountains remind you that irrespective of your degrees and titles back in your city life, you are essentially an insignificant dot in the universe; this trek made me give up whatever little inflated ego I might have had!
Finally, I realized that anything that you feel is beyond your capabilities is still ENTIRELY POSSIBLE if you have an iron will. It is all about mental fortitude and resilience. I think the mountains and the steep upward climbs on this trek were pretty much a metaphor for life itself; this trek has given me new hope and made me realize that my problems are not bigger than my ability to overcome them! 

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pratheeksh eapen

Batch of
December 2018

I've come to the understanding that solo travelling is actually an adventurous option as this was my first solo trip. i got to meet and mingle withe a lot of people and listen to their travel stories.

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Mayank Khare

Batch of
December 2018

Trek experience was more like a summary of life in compressed form. 

It teaches us that life/trek has no obligations to go as per our plans/wishes. i.e. execution of trek/life will not get adapted/adjusted to an individual preference rather individuals will have to be adapt quickly to the need of the hour by challenging one's own habits, preferences, comfort zones & physical & mental conditioning. At the end its all about being completely in present, trying to make most of the existing situations and be happy in the moment without worrying too much about the past or future (an ability we have completely lost leading busy city lives). 

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Shreya Valecha

Batch of
December 2018

The stillness, yet the strength of the mountains is unbelievable. As I reached the summit, all the effort and tough times I went through while climbing was just forgotten. Living around nature is like you have entered a whole new world, the snow glittering in the moonlight and then shining in the sunlight adds on to the experience all together. I definitely take some wonderful memories back home from my first himalayan trek and it wasn't only the mountains that I learnt from but also the people who joined along, everyone being so humble and supportive.

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Viraj parikh

Batch of
December 2018

The beauty of a trek such as ours does not lie only in the beautiful landscapes and  the mind-boggling views but also in quite a lot of other things hidden from the naked eye. If given thought you might realise these things . As far as what I saw it made me realize the importance of a helping and all time active attitude towards everything doesn't matter how important it might be. The more active the mind the stronger is the body and the more helpful the nature the greater is the reception. All good deeds are appreciated though in the long run but definitely someday sometime .

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Pramod Nambiar

Batch of
December 2018

The trek was amazing!! Starting from the daily emails which gave a perfect build up, the interactions with the trek leaders, the guides, the support staff and cooks who introduced themselves at each camp. I admired the professionalism that was reflecting in each and every aspect of the trek.

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Pramod Nambiar

Batch of
December 2018

1. Life is full of fun only when you get out of your comfort zone.
2. Value of the very basic things in life, which is otherwise taken for granted
3. The importance of protecting the environment

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Shashiraj Shanbhag

Batch of
December 2018

I enjoyed the trek. It was easier than I expected and I was able to appreciate more the beauty of the mountains as well as the nature all around.

Kudos to India Hikes team Suhas, Madhu, Pragya, Chaman and Subhash for coordinating this trek. India Hikes does a great job of providing all the information and everything was well communicated and organized.  

I was trekking with such a big group after almost 10 years so it was a bit of a challenge for me. Most of the people on the trek were young so at times it was a bit loud for me. There were very few moments of true silence on the trek which made it difficult to hear the sounds of nature - birds, streams, etc. I have been the young and loud person at some time so I understand, it's just that at this stage in life I prefer to have a quiet time in the mountains.

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Shashiraj Shanbhag

Batch of
December 2018

Mountains test you as an individual and has the ability to bring the worst / best in you. I spent almost a week in the mountains with a close friend and it really tested our friendship. There were times when we didn't agree on things and would have preferred to have it our own way, but we made it through and probably came out stronger as individuals as well as friends. 

For me this trek with a big group just highlights the need to recognize that we are all different and yet want to achieve the same goal. Connecting with individuals and leveraging each others strengths is the key to success in a big group.

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Balkrishna Patel

Batch of
December 2018

Actually i want to tell many things, to describe everything in details. But in short its amazing experience for me and My whole team on trek. 

And one thing Indiahikes have to change is their emailing system. Because the guidance  and information given through email is really don't followed by everyone because there are many peoples who do not check their mails daily. so for that i have suggestion of make ""Application of Indiahikes"" this is the best option for information training guidance details and everything. Because normally peoples check their apps daily like whatsapp or instagram. 
So the application of Indiahikes is best option for trekkers, trekleaders as well as trek coordinator too.

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Roji joseph Perayil

Batch of
December 2018

The trek went more beautiful than my expectations. Right from the beginning in sankri the villagers were welcoming us.The trek was never felt tiering because the trek leaders kept us engaged. The food that was provided was too good that i have no words to express my love. On the day of summit extremely it snowed and we never thought we would make it to the summit but the trek leaders courage and our spirit made it. Its something to be remembered for a lifetime. 

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Balkrishna Patel

Batch of
December 2018

There's so noise in cities,
Mountains taught me that "Peace" is everything. Those natural sounds, views, natural feeling is priceless.

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Roji joseph Perayil

Batch of
December 2018

I really understood how important it is to conserve our mountains and leave it as it is without distroying its glory. The flora fauna and all other creatures create that ecosystem so its our duty to not disturb them while trespassing into their territory. We dont ever conquer a peak we just become humble after witnessing its might. 

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Shashank EL

Batch of
November 2018

Full marks to the Trek Leader, The guide and The support staff. I can easily say that the 4 days that we spend trekking were the best 4 days of my life. 

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Rajesh Chandra

Batch of
November 2018

Without any expectations and inhibitions, and yet with trust in IH team, the trek turned out to be a lifetime memory to be cherished forever.

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AVIJIT DAS

Batch of
November 2018

It was a memorable trek where all the co-trekkers helped each other. The support staff were just outstanding! I got maximum support from our Trek leader Tannoy, Guide Chamanbhai and co-guide Saurav Bhai.i

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Prajakta Nagulpelli

Batch of
November 2018

On the 1st day when we reached Sankri, right when we were getting down out of our vehicles, Tanmay was there to shake hands and greet us. I never realized it before this that such a small gesture could ever have such a big leverage in making me feel welcomed and safe.Tanmay's method of instruction were very practical and theoretical. He always explained the rationale behind every small task or instruction. This helped me gain a lot of clarity in terms of what is expected from of me and why. Tanmay always went out of the way to tell us about things remotely related to the trek like, fitness tips, attitude towards trek and trekmates, how to care for trekking gear, how to tie shoe laces and use a high ankle shoes like loafers, etc. The trek was very high endurance for me as I never achieved my fitness goals. Ofcourse Tanmay recognized it immediately looking at my pace. However, he never discouraged me or made me feel insecure. He was always there for me to boast me up. On the day of the summit, he made a sequence and made me lead the team of 15 members. All of them were behind me trailing the hike. Because he made me hike in the beginning of the sequence, I could push myself for the summit in the given time. Or else I would have either given up long before summit or would never have reached the summit before time. So I dont know if all trek leaders follow a sequence and keep low performers at the beginning or not, but the only reason why I could make it to the summit in time was because Tanmay worked miracle with the sequence and put me 1st on it. When I reached the summit, again he was there to greet and congratulate me on reaching the summit. I loved everything about the trek. The part of certificate distribution on the last day took me totally by surprise because Indiahikes made sure by way of the certificate distribution that we believe and celebrate that, making to the summit was an achievement after all. To make it more memorable, Tanmay remembered each and every person's traits that he noticed from the whole trek and made an introductory welcome speech for each and every person before awarding the certificate. I was very touched by all the description be gave about me because it was all very true and spot on.

Tanmay was a motivator.

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Vinod Ramteke

Batch of
November 2018

There are few things which makes the trek beautiful and successful. And those are, an experienced and capable trek leader, good bunch of support staff and a group of wonderful co trekkers. We were fortunate that we got the combination of all these. Special thanks to Tanmay! Being just 25 in age, he shows a great maturity, compassion and experience not only about mountains but people as well. He has positive attitude and he also made sure that no one gets bored by sharing intriguing stories and with his games. He was very well equipped to manage any kind of situation in entire journey. 
I enjoyed each and every bit of this trek, whether it’s food, getting up early, trekking together with cotrekkers, with snow, without snow, singing along the way, the 70 degree ascend, the summit, the beautiful view of so many peaks in Himalayan range. It was a dream come true for me, as I wanted to enjoy snow in India.

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Prajakta Nagulpelli

Batch of
November 2018

1. Ice-breaking activity of Memory Game for Introduction of Members.

2. Mafia

3. Sharing traveling experiences

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Rajesh Chandra

Batch of
November 2018

Life is to be enjoyed one step at a time. 
The present moment is all we have to live in. 
The challenge is not to outdo others, but to undo our own limitations.

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AVIJIT DAS

Batch of
November 2018

I am 59 years old! From this trek I learned the lesson that I have to work on my knees seriously! While ascending I had hardly any issues than while descending....

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Prajakta Nagulpelli

Batch of
November 2018

I learned from my experience on the mountains a simple lesson of 'life must go on'!

After tackling depression for years through innumerable therapy sessions, I have learnt that the best therapy that I could have possibly ever healed me was making it to the summit. In the process I have let gone innumerable reservations and insecurities about myself that was weighing me down all along.

Hopefully, I will henceforth live my life with a light heart.

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Vinod Ramteke

Batch of
November 2018

Well, this was my first time of trekking in the Himalayas. When I reflect back on my trek then I realize it was a wonderful journey throughout, and it was very true in itself when they say “ journey is interesting than the destination “. I learned to survive in the extreme conditions, I learned that the human body can stretch the limits to adjust in the given situation. I learned to live without any luxuries of this world.

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Ansh Deep Ralh

Batch of
November 2018

The trek went very well, as expected. Kedarkantha was beautiful at this time of the year, and the views from the summit were breath-taking. Our trek leader, Madhu, was a highly knowledgeable, experienced, accessible and caring guy, and ensured that all of us gave our best during the trek. The patience and perseverance shown by him in taking even the last member to the summit need to be applauded. The food deserves a special mention, as it was really nice, and always served warm.

All in all a beautiful trek managed well by Indiahikes team. 

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Ansh Deep Ralh

Batch of
November 2018

The games, conducted at regular intervals was very important for breaking ice amongst all the group members, and as such, was the most important component, which made the trek enjoyable.

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A must-see photo story about Kedarkantha

This blogpost of Kedarkantha just came in and our jaws dropped! Whether you have done the trek already or not, you will definitely want to be there again. Take a look.

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How The Kedarkantha Trek Helped This Introvert Break Free From Her Shell

When Manjari set off on the Kedarkantha trek, she wasn't worried about the summit climb. She had another problem - spending six days with strangers. Read her story here.

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How Our Youngest Trekker Prepared for his Kedarkantha Trek

Meet Aditya, the six-year-old that made it to the Kedarkantha summit. We speak to his parents and get some tips on how to prepare children for Himalayan treks.

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My first high altitude trek to Kedarkantha

Here is a 12-year-old's account of trekking to Kedarkantha. Right from making a camp fire, to eating maggi for breakfast, to collecting snow in a bottle for his younger brother, he loved every experience.

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Neha Pant speaks to you from the Kedarkantha summit

Neha Pant did the Kedarkantha trek with Indiahikes in December 2016 and witnessed the season's first snowfall. She speaks to us directly from the summit. Take a look!

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Kedarkantha Memoires – 1st – 6th April 2017 (No author image)

"Exhilarating! Breathtaking ! Absolutely Fantastic! Words fall short to describe the 4 days of trek to Kedarkantha summit", it is true. Words don't always describe how beautiful the mountains are. Read on to see Anjali's attempt.

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Kedarkantha Summit 12500 ft

After seeing several pictures of the Himalayas, Naved wanted to set out on an adventure of his own. He set out on the Kedarkantha Trek. Read on to see how his trek went.

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White Climb – Kedarkantha Trek

"An inconvenient truth is that we are robbing this planet to feed our insatiable thirst for a luxurious lifestyle. In a few decades, the currently unborn generation will look back at us and shake their heads, wondering how we could have been so irresponsible, so venal, and so morally short-sighted (sic)", read more to see how Shruthi's trek went.

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In our years of experience as a trekking organisation, we have observed that adults imbibe lessons from the outdoors on a daily basis. Children are much more receptive to the world in their growing years. It is the perfect time to inculcate valuable lessons from trekking which will stay with them throughout their life.

On a family trek, not only are you exposing your child to trekking at a young age but you are also deepening your bond as a family. Trekking facilitates this sense of heightened bond as well their own personal growth.

Most families that trek together work towards staying fitter and healthier. Photo by Manjari Singh

Kedarkantha is right up there as one of the best treks for children.It’s a trek that comes with a huge sense of achievement upon climbing the summit at 12,500 ft! The bonus is that it covers short distances everyday and you’re at the next campsite before lunch!

This initiative is under the Experiential Learning Programme.

How Is It Different From A Regular Trek?

Family treks will have only families with their children of age limit 8 to 17. Children of age 13-17 can also join this trek without their parents.Further we also have scholarships for children trekking as part of the family treks. For 8 -12 year olds 50 % scholarship, and for 12-17 year olds a 30% scholarship.

Parents have the support and comfort of having other parents in the same group. Children will trek and be engaged in activities along with other children. This will encourage them to form meaningful bonds of friendship.

On the first day, we will organise the children into teams. They will be responsible for certain camp related activities and will switch roles every other day.

Children will be split into four teams with an important camp responsibility role.

Here’s a peek into what the teams will do:

  • The Camp set-up team oversees pitching of tents. They make sure pitching and dismantling is done properly. They also help those who need assistance.
  • The Green Trails team ensures that everyone are engaged with keeping the trails and campsites clean. They oversee waste segregation. They see to it that the toilets and washing areas are set up and clean.
  • The Cooking team assists the cook and helps in serving all meals. They ensure that all eat well and there is no wastage.
  • The Trek Leader Assistants team assists the Trek Leader in keeping discipline with regard to timing. They will also aid those who are struggling or need any help.

Along with this there will also be co-operative games, star gazing on clear nights, story time, wilderness survival tips and knowledge sharing sessions.

Reflections at the end of each day will allow children to contemplate their learnings and experiences of the day. It’s a time of introspection and gratitude.

What Scholarships we provide

We are offering a scholarship to all children trekking with us on the exclusive family batches.

  • 8 – 12 year olds – 50% scholarship
  • 13 – 17 year olds – 30% scholarship

You can follow these steps to avail them:

Step 1: Click on the date that suits you on the selected trek page.

Step 2: Start the registration process. You will require unique emails IDs for all participants, including the children.

Step 3: For the scholarship – before making the payment, send an email with a proof-of-age of your child to prathima@indiahikes.com. Any id card with the Date Of Birth will do.

Note: Mention the subject line as “Proof of age for (selected trek).”

Step 4: Our Trek Coordinator will get back to you within 24 hours with a voucher for your child.

Step 5: Make the payment once you get a thumbs up from the Trek Coordinator. 

Will My Child Be Safe on trek?

We understand that trekking with your child may cause you to worry about their safety. All our past family trekkers however have always found our treks to be safe.

Here are some of the commonly asked questions we receive from parents.

  – Who will ensure safety on the trek?

Our Trek Leaders are certified Wilderness First Responders.  They have been trained in wilderness survival and emergency medical aid. They are capable of taking care of any emergency on a trek.

Our staff is constantly in touch with each other though radio communication to ensure that all the children and safe and sound.

  – What safety gear do you carry? 

We carry fully stocked high altitude first aid kits, oxygen cylinders, ropes and stretchers. In addition to this these treks have easily accessible exit routes for any emergency evacuation.  Click on this link to watch a video about what equipment we use.

  – How do I prepare my children for a Himalayan Trek?

Active preparation is important for any trek, especially for children. Watch this video on how to get children trek fit. 

Also remember to pack the right things for the trek.

Our Experience With Children

In 2018 alone, we have taken 943 children below 18 years of age on our Himalayan treks. This is not counting the 1000+ school students we have taken on local and Himalayan treks.

Children are excited to get certificates at the end of the trek from our Trek Leader.

There is no doubt that children naturally learn more in the outdoors. The joyful memories created and the natural learning experienced can last a lifetime!

Available dates

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  • Waitlist
    The group is full, but cancellations are likely to happen. We have 5 waitlist slots for every group. You may register for the group. Waitlist slots confirmation chances are high if booked more than 30 days in advance.
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  • Full
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  • What is Route 2? We have opened another secluded route for this trek, climbing all the way to the summit. The trail and camps are as beautiful as Route 1. If the dates suit you, don't hestiate, sign up soon.

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7 thoughts on “Kedarkantha Trek

    1. Hi Sanjay, this depends on when you are planning to go. If it is in winter months, we wouldn’t recommend it. It’s going to be too cold, and will become more of a struggle than an enjoyable experience. If it is any time after March, then it should be alright.

      Just keep in mind that in case she cannot make it past a couple of campsites, at least one family member will have to remain with her and come back to the base camp. Even though it’s an easy-moderate trek, it is in comparison to other Himalayan treks.

      Frankly, Dayara Bugyal would be a better option for you. The gradient is gentler than Kedarkantha and would be more suited for a 6 year old. You can take a look at the trek here – https://www.indiahikes.com/dayara-bugyal-trek/

    1. Hi Nikhil, this batch is currently full. We have only waitlist slots left. I would suggest choosing another trek on the same date or perhaps another date for the same trek. Banking on the waitlist is a bit risky because you’ll have to wait for cancellations to come in.

      We have a few open slots for the December 13th batch to Dayara Bugyal. Why don’t you consider that? It’s a beautiful trek, similar duration adn altitude as well. It’s less crowded, which is a big bonus in winter. Take a look at the dates here – https://www.indiahikes.com/dayara-bugyal-trek/#available-dates-calendar

  1. We’re looking To book the the April 3rd family trek. My son wants to see some snow. So wondering if there’ll be some at the summit?

    1. Hi Amit, there will be snow all the way to the end of April. So you can go ahead and take your son, he’ll surely see snow! 🙂

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