The package for Kedarkantha trek starts from Dehradun. All the people enrolled for trek assembled at Dehradun station and from here we have to take a mini bus or tamp to Sankari.
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I reached Dehradun a day before and spent the night in a hotel. I reached station 30 minutes before assembly time. Most of the people came by overnight train and reached in morning. Finally when everyone arrived group leader introduced everyone. It was a big group of 32 people. Everyone in the group came with friends or family member and I was the only one who was alone :-p
The mini bus and car got delayed so trek leader advised us to have breakfast to save time. We went to a close by Dhaba (Local eatery) and had aloo (Potato) with curd & yogurt.
Finally, we boarded the bus and started our 8-hour long journey. On the way, we stopped at a local food place for lunch. The scenery was beautiful all along the journey but the road was quite bad for long stretches in between.
I got up early next morning, there was no hot water. I managed to pour few mugs of cold water and considered it as my bath. After breakfast, we assembled outside and given instructions to follow while trekking + introduced to the people who will help us during our next 4 days.
My Experience of trekking from Sankari to Kedarkantha
After breakfast, we assembled outside and got instructions for Kedarkantha trek. We were introduced to the people who will help us during our next 4 days. We started at 9.00 AM.
Initially, it was easy as ascend was not much but as we moved further it became steeper and rough. I was having a problem walking. I was huffing puffing all along, I walked very slowly in comparison to others. Fortunately, the owner of the trekking company was also accompanying us till our first camping site. They had back to back 4 more groups lined up in next 10 days, so he wanted to check the arrangements. He saw my slow speed and asked if I can manage or I would like to return. I refused to return, so a young guy (Who was a local from the village and working with them during school holidays to earn some money) was told to accompany me and see if I can manage.
We had our freshly cooked vegetarian dinner and retired in our tent. I shared the tent with 2 young girls. They were very sweet and helpful.
Next morning like everyone else we got up early and spent some time roaming around. We came to know that 2 guys are returning as they are not feeling comfortable, I was again asked if I want to return because it will be more difficult further. Again I said NO :-p
There was no hot water so I took bath with ice cold water (I could not gather courage to wash my hair 😀 )
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We had half a day free, so everyone explored the near by village. Some of the non vegetarian people, who were craving for it from last four days managed to get chicken in a shop. We spent evening relaxing.
Next morning we boarded our SUV and started the return journey. We reached Dehradun by evening and had our dinner near station before boarding overnight train.
It was an adventurous trip, I loved every bit of it and realized that I can manage on will power when my physical strength is going down.
P.S. Recently I was checking the website of the trekking company and seen that they had marked it “Easy – Moderate”, while when I done it they marked “Easy”.
Best time for Kedarkantha trek
2.) In summer months of March to May, it nice and green after snow melts.
Duration of trek and Average temperature
Winter: Day time: 8-15°C Night time: can drop to -7°C
How to travel to Sankari
From Dehradun to Sankari by bus or shared jeeps if you are doing the trek on your own.
Things to remember when trekking to Kedarkantha
Or keep a day an extra day and find guide from near by village.
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Things to carry for Kedarkantha trek
- In winter, five layers. Carry two sweaters, two fleece jackets, and a padded jacket.
- In summer, three warm layers will suffice.
- Cotton trek pants. Wear two T-shirts together if feel cold.
- Full sleeved t-shirts that prevent sun burns on the neck and arms. Wear two T-shirts together if feel cold.
- Carry thermals (top and bottom) to keep warm at night.
- Sunglasses are mandatory due to snow.
- Carry a sun cap as the sun is extra harsh due to high altitude.
- Carry synthetic gloves.Avoid woolen gloves because these gets wet if you touch snow.
- Balaclava for the head.
- Socks 2-3 pairs with a pair of woolen socks
- Headlamp/LED torch.
- Trekking pole.
- Toiletries: Sunscreen, moisturizer, lip balm, toilet paper, toothbrush, toothpaste.
- Light towel.
- Water bottle and thermal flask especially for winter trek.
- Plastic bags to compartmentalize things and carry wet clothes.
- Water purifying tablets or drops.
- First aid kit.