Trek Highlights

About the Trek: Kedarkantha (not to be confused with the popular Temple Kedarnath) is a 6-day long trek in Govind Pashu Vihar National Park in Uttarakhand (6 when including the travel days from Dehradun to the base camp and back). Kedarkantha is easily one of the most popular treks in India — popular amongst seasoned trekkers and beginners alike. There are many reasons why it is a very popular trek to do in the Indian Himalayas. The most important of them is this — the summit climb. The summit climb of Kedarkantha is a very rewarding one. Right from the base camp of the trek, the summit looms large. As you start your trek in the early hours of the morning and steadily climb up the steep slope of snow, the world opens up around you. The climb is not easy. The entire stretch is steadily steep. As you get closer to the summit, it gets tricky as well. But the big mountains of the upper Himalayas keep you company until you finally reach the summit. As you stretch yourself and take in the views of the Himalayas from the summit, you feel a strong sense of satisfaction and accomplishment. This is an unparalleled feeling. Very few treks offer the same adventure, making it popular among beginners for its finest summit climb. Outside the summit, the trek is also unique for its beautiful clearings. Very rarely you will find stunning clearings on a trek that makes way for some rest spots and beautiful campsites. This trek is filled with clearings on all the different routes. What's more, the clearings are just at the right locations, giving you beautiful vantage points to appreciate the trek and its views. The third biggest reason this trek is unique is its beautiful forests. All three routes have beautiful diverse forests that will immerse you. If you are not careful, you will get lost in them (in a good way).

Trek at a Glance

Duration : 5 Nights & 6 Days

Grade : Easy to Moderate

Physical Level : Intermediate

Season : May – October

Locations : Dehradun.

Highest Altitude : 12,500 ft

 

Day – 1 Pick-up & Drive from Dehradun to Kotgaon (185 km / Duration: 10-11 hours./ Altitude: 6,520 ft)

The trek begins at Kotgaon. The journey takes you past Mori and Purola. You see beautiful valleys and forest cover throughout the journey.At the Naitwar Barrier, you need to take permission. A government-issued ID is essential for this. Take the road that goes straight towards Sankri. Take a right turn in about 30 minutes.This takes you to Kotgaon surrounded by small hamlets called Shialdi, Paisar, Guradi, Suchan Gaon, Dargar Gaon and Dewara. The guest house where you will be staying is in Shialdi.Roam around this quaint village and be enchanted by the sound of the Tons river.


Day – 2 Trek from Kotgaon to Khujaai (5.5 km / Duration: 5 hours./ Altitude gain: 6,520 ft to 9,460 ft)

The trek starts from Kotgaon. Start off from the road that goes towards right from the Kotgaon campus. About a kilometre of walk on the road leads to a small suspension bridge. Watch out for the beautiful views of the valley on your left. Just before the suspension bridge, the trail deviates towards the right. Take this trail. Now, you enter the dense forest. This is a beautiful section predominantly of oak trees. Gradually ascend in the dense jungle for about an hour. You come across a small clearing surrounded by bushes and trees. This is your first resting point. The forest section continues. It’s a bit of an ascent from here. Savor every bit of it. Listen to the sound of the wind, chirping birds and the rustling of leaves. In another hour, you reach Mohlani meadows. This is a huge clearing and opens up on one side to the grand views of the hills. It is surrounded by tall pine trees on other sides. There is a small Matrishakti Mandir. There is a water source too. Replenish your water supplies here. Continue in the forest section again for half an hour to reach another small clearing. From here, it’s a bit of a descent. Listen to the sounds of the gushing water stream. Within a few minutes, you come across a small wooden bridge. Cross the bridge and start ascending. About 15-20 minutes of gradual ascent from here takes you to the Khujaai campsite. The Khujaai campsite is a huge clearing in the middle of dense forest. This is where you spend the rest of the day. Explore around a bit. To your right, you can see the next day’s trail. To your left, there is a cattle space and shepherds’ huts. A little ahead from this is a space where there are a lot of boulders. You can sit and enjoy the view from here. If the weather permits, do not miss out on views of the starlit sky at night.


Day – 3 Trek from Khujaai to Bhoja Dhadi ( 3.5 km / Duration: 3-5 hours / Altitude gain: 9,460 ft to 10,740 ft)

Start the trek from the trail that goes to the right in the south-west direction from Khujaai. About a kilometre of an ascent in the forest section takes you to Tatalona meadows. It’s a beautiful clearing. Rest here for sometime. From the meadows, about 600 metres of a descent takes you to a water stream. The gushing stream, the boulders and all of this in the middle of a dense forest makes it a beautiful setting. Cross this stream. The trail further is again an ascent in the forest section. It can get slippery when it rains. So be mindful of your footing. In about 20 minutes you will reach another small clearing. Take a steep right turn here. The trail now is through boulders. About another 100 metres of a descent takes you to another water stream. Cross this stream and start your final ascent to Dhoka. It’s another 700 metres of an ascent in the forest section. Dhoka in Garhwali means “meadow with a big boulder”. Aptly, it is a huge meadow with one big boulder at one end. From here onwards, snow-clad mountains start making their appearance. A little ahead of Dhoka is Bhoja Dhadi, where you stay for the night. Do not miss the alpen glow on these peaks during sunset. You can also see Kedarkantha summit up ahead of you. Take a good rest as tomorrow will be a long day.


Day – 4 Trek from Bhoja Dhadi to Khujaai via Kedarkantha Summit (9 km / Duration: 7-8 hours / Altitude gain: 10,740 ft to 9,460 ft)

There is a trail on the right of Bhoja Dhadi campsite. Start ascending on this trail. Soon, you will reach a section of beautiful rhododendron trees. Meander your way through them to reach a clearing in about 500 metres. Now you are almost out of the treeline. Continue ascending on a grassy trail. The trail slowly transitions from grassy to muddy. Be cautious as it could get slippery. Ascend in a zigzag manner. You will soon reach a point where the trail from Sankri joins. It’s a steep ascent from here onwards to all the way up to the summit. You see the Phulara ridge on your left from here. It takes around 2.5-3 hours to reach the summit from Bhoja Dhadi. Once you are at the summit, you’re surrounded by the mountain ranges and valleys. You see the Rupin and Har ki Dun valleys. You see Mt Swargarohini, Mt Bandarpoonch and Mt Kalanag predominantly. You see Jaonli, Gangotri, Draupadi Ka Danda and Jorkanden peaks at a distance. After spending some time at the summit, retrace your way back to Dhoka and further to Khujaai.


Day – 5 Trek from Khujaai to Kotgaon (5.3 km / Duration: 5 hours / Altitude loss: 9,460 ft to 6,520 ft)

From Khujaai, you find a trail going further down. It’s a descent all the way to the Kotgaon. It’s a narrow trail in the dense forest section, consisting predominantly of oak trees. Savour the forest walk for one last time, as today is the last day of your trek. Retrace the way back to Kotagon from here and stay at the Indiahikes Community Campus for the day.


Day – 6 Drive from Kotgaon to Dehradun (185 km / Duration: 9-10 hours)

Start early in the morning, preferably before 7.00 AM since the journey takes at least 10 hours. Plan your travel from Dehradun post 7.00 PM on this day.


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