Keep them only as a backup.Â, These accessories are mandatory. It has the most mesmerizing view of the Great Himalayas from the top. We were 4 friends and wanted to go for the Kedar Kantha trek in august and it was really a worthwhile experience. Safety was excellently taken care by the trek leader(LEO) from the condition of safety gears to health heck up at every camp-site thrice a day. I couldn't say more about the nature there. A sun cap is mandatory. In case you are stuck in traffic or get delayed at your lunch spot, you will have some buffer time to catch your bus/train. from the day we enroll ourselves on the trek until the very end of the journey wen we bid good bye with a heavy heart on the final day. 375 per day inclusive of tax. The Kedarkantha trek trail itself is mesmerizing. They oversee waste segregation. Hopefully, I will find myself up there the next time. Do not book plane tickets to your hometown from Delhi on Day 6. 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. Note: The Indiahikes “Repeat My Trek” policy does not apply for our international treks. Summit day was my favorite part of the trek. The route goes on the western ridge of the mountain and it gets very steep at multiple points. In the rarified air on the trek, especially at high altitudes, UV rays can burn you in no time. After taking the right turn, take another right turn after in 30 minutes. 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. In May and June, crowds are less as most of them are now moving towards the higher altitude treks. And one thing Indiahikes have to change is their emailing system. If the symptoms don’t go away, then he’ll begin to treat you for AMS, perhaps with a course of Diamox. Here is a list of other budget shoes that trekkers are using. Â. But you cannot do away with them. Mountains test you as an individual and has the ability to bring the worst / best in you. | Rental: You could rent lightweight thermos flasks from the Indiahikes store. Kedarkantha trek is one of the best winter treks in India where you can enjoy snow trekking trail that takes the seriousness out of trekking. You may have to leave your trek abruptly (could be due to altitude sickness, abnormal BP, unpreparedness for the trek, any emergencies at home), In the above two cases, you’re welcome to come back and repeat the same trek any time in future. For Kedarkantha Trek, one has to reach the quaint village of Sankriwhich is located 200 km from Dehradun. However, given how detailed all the planning and preparation by Indiahikes is, it practically is the best organization I've come across so far be it in terms of organizing or planning or food or even back up plans! Stretchable track pants make a good backup and can double up as your thermal bottoms. Indicates the number of slots available in a batch. However, if the cost of the flight ticket to Dehradun is too high, book to Delhi and connect to Dehradun by train/bus. Kedarkantha winter trekking with IH was a fantastic experience. This helped me gain a lot of clarity in terms of what is expected from of me and why. The rest and shorter travel time is worth the difference. Â, Next, book yourself in the Nanda Devi Express to Dehradun (Train No: 12401). Right from the beginning in sankri the villagers were welcoming us.The trek was never felt tiering because the trek leaders kept us engaged. | For Women: If you are likely to have your periods on your trek date, don’t worry about it. Stainless steel cutlery is infinitely easier to wash in cold water. The cold was the real challenge for me. This is a minimum, mandatory requirement. Start jogging at a slow pace and then keep increasing your pace day by day. Really it was amazing experience especially with our Trek Leader Leo And Sain. PS: your green trails initiative resonates with me. Samhith, Prahalad, Laboo and Santosh. I missed it though. Mountains are humbling, teaches you lessons that are hard to forget. The stretching exercises and massaging sessions after reaching every campsite! The trek was fantastic, more than I had imagined. We have only two people in a tent during this pandemic. : In the mountains, the general rule is to keep your head covered at all times. Here, Sandhya UC, partner at Indiahikes, explains in detail about HAPE and HACE. Day temperatures will be around 15-18° C while night temperatures tend to be around 0-5° C. Choose this time if you are looking to experience a good mix of foliage and snow. Take a look. Mouthwatering food And regarding fitness it has only one main motive to either gather up your guts and get them harder and fit to make it on top of summit else stay lazy and unfit sand miss out the best amazing experience of your life. | Pro tip: We find that these medicines by trekkers are rarely used. Trek pants with zippered cut offs at the thighs are very suitable for treks. She had another problem - spending six days with strangers. Day 1 - Drive from Dehradun to Sankri - 186 kmsDay 2 - Trek from Sankri to Juda-ka-Talab - 4 kmsDay 3 - Trek from Juda-ka-Talab to Kedarkantha Base - 4 kmsDay 4 - Kedarkantha Base to Kedarkantha Peak and back to Juda-ka-Talab - 6 kmsDay 5 - Trek from Juda-Ka-Talab to Sankri - 6 kmsDay 6 - Drive back from Sankri to Dehradun - 186 kms. The Trek Insurance amount is not refundable once it has been paid for.Â. The food was exactly what we craved to eat and not to mention "my birthday cake" ... damn that was a good carrot cake. I learned from my experience on the mountains a simple lesson of 'life must go on'! Safety were really another criteria that needs to be credited because that's a critical things to keep a check with and the India hikes team tries to get it on track right from the very beginning i.e. If you loves adventures, snow, chilling weather and natural beauty then this trek is for you. They even carried bags of those who felt sick. In our years of experience as a trekking organisation, we have observed that adults imbibe lessons from the outdoors on a daily basis. On a trek, the weather can change quickly. Fortunately, the transition into a cold environment was made easier with the help of the already set up base camp, hot food, and care of our trek leaders. Bhoja Dadi is also a picturesque campsite that is in fact situated at a closer distance from the Kedarkantha trek. I am at a loss of words to express what a wonderful experience it has been. Trek Vouchers are credit amounts added to your Indiahikes account. Read this article for more guidance on managing contact lenses on treks. This was by far the most amazing trek experience that I had. 6. In this trek, you are climbing around 6,300 ft in the first three days and reaching a maximum altitude of 12,500 ft.  Naturally, you can get hit with AMS. The gradient is gentler than Kedarkantha and would be more suited for a 6 year old. Also, I could immediately compare IH when I saw trekkers from other companies. Also, stores like Reliance Trends, Max have dry-fit T-shirts. Rain pants are really not required. I would suggest choosing another trek on the same date or perhaps another date for the same trek. We all wanted that this journey continues for days and days. We get to respect nature. The stay in Gaichwan Gaon will be at a lodge. At Indiahikes, we believe that the mountains hold all the aces. It was evident that every person working there got joy out of it. fingers crossed... Trek went off very well!!! Covered in sparkling snow during winters, this trek offers breathtaking view of the majestic Himalayan peaks. These Health Cards will be taken back at the end of the trek. 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. Just carry enough cleaning solution with you to clean your fingers well. Hi Sonal, for any trekker, we expect a certain level of fitness to be able to do the trek. As I reached the summit, all the effort and tough times I went through while climbing was just forgotten. I will be very frank here that during the peak winter season, the Sankri route is extremely crowded.  As a person looking for quiet and peace, I would not want to do the trek during this time.  But luckily, we do have the alternative routes that we, at Indiahikes, run precisely to give you the exclusiveness you will want while trekking. Yes, you can. Just carry enough cleaning solution with you to clean your fingers well. Overall, i guess safety is one of the values of indiahikes and that should be kept up ! I rented the trek pole, shoes, headlamp and my most favorite - the waterproof socks. Hi Dhaman, the last week of December would be ideal for that! Here’s a quick guide on managing sunglasses with spectacles. So while no one wants to miss a pick up, don’t be too disheartened if it happens. Ensure your padded jacket has a hood as well. | Note: Kedarkantha trek gets extremely crowded from the Sankri side starting December 15th until mid-January.  It is at this time, you will appreciate the more quiet and pristine Gaichawan Gaon route which Indiahikes trekkers go on. Trek experience was more like a summary of life in compressed form. #i am ready to do pre booking for 29 th Dec and my two friends will also join me on this trek. There were a lot of activites carried out by the trek leader but the most enjoyed and wonderful of them all personally for me was being the sweeper trek leader that was assigned to me seeing the way i was active and more energetic in the trek which i really carried out well and got rewarded as the spirit of the trek. We made it to the summit... Our trek was really challenging and wonderful... everything was taken care by our trek leaders they really are a wonderful bunch who made everything possible. The guest houses at Kotgaon and Sankri will have concrete toilets. This place is very quiet. It is not too far from the Dehradun Railway station. The trek leaders were amazing, motivating and supportive throughout the trek. To summarise Take the Indiahikes pickup the next morning directly from Dehradun railway station.  Â, : Take the Nanda Devi Express from Dehradun (12402) that leaves at 22:40 hrs to get to Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway Station at 04:50 in the morning. Take a look at the Indiahikes cancellation policy below. 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. You can also walk up to Kotgaon. We’ll help you sign up with no charges.Â. The train now comes from Kota. As test itself is pretty expensive? The trek is famous for its summit and is rightly so.  First is that, this is a proper summit marked by cairn.  Of all the 12,500 ft treks in the Himalayas, Kedarkantha is one of the two summit treks.  The rest are all mostly passes or high points on a range. There will be a room freshener as well. In case, you wish to cancel your trek, follow these steps. However, if the cost of the flight ticket to Dehradun is too high, book to Delhi and connect to Dehradun by train/bus. Do not take any medicine unless you have consulted your trek leader.Â. Yes, there is an option to offload your backpack (have a porter carry it for you). We provide trekkers with nutritious meals to ensure that they are energized to complete the trail each day. get a monetary refund with 50% cancellation charges. If you prefer cycling over running, then try to cover 22 km in 60 minutes. 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. Food was excellent and copious. No one wants to go trekking and find heaps of garbage from previous trekkers. she is fit and swimmer. 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. You also want the gloves to keep you warm. I rented multiple gears like Walking Stick, Gloves , Down Jacket & Shoes. From here there is a gradual ascent till you get to a stream. One of my friends who was at the end of the group heard him singing and enjoyed it. Safety for me and my family is of utmost importance for any of our trips. "Exhilarating! Safety standards are par excellence. I would definitely plan my treks only with Indiahikes in future. Great experience on my 1st trek- light snowfall ,small river crossings,etc.the trek leaders were good, the food team was amazing they provided us delicious food in mountains. Screenshot the itinerary and save it on your phone. If I am alone can I trek for kedarkantha in january. I rented almost everything at the base camp and all the gears were in top notch quality. The activities every evening after tea and snacks, sharing our thoughts getting information from the trek leader. If you do not get tickets on the Nanda Devi Express, take a bus from Delhi to Haridwar, but, : Take the afternoon Jan Shatabdi express from New Delhi railway station (leaves at 15.20 pm) to arrive at Dehradun by 21:10 in the night. Day 1 (Pick-up Day): Reach Gaichawan Gaon (6,800 ft); 10-11 hours drive from Dehradun. Be it about the environment , your own body or mind. It is about 10 mins from the Dehradun railway station. He always had a smile on his face and was encouraging throughout. This is 6 km from Akroti Thach. The trail before reaching Akroti Thach and till reaching Altwar is totally untouched and serene. Experiencing the wilderness and nature in its purest form was always felt. For online booking: This will include basic medicines and specific medicines catering to altitude sickness –, Kedarkantha is popular for its snowy terrain. It costs Rs. This blogpost of Kedarkantha just came in and our jaws dropped! The pickup will take place an hour later from Library Road end at 7.30 am. Kedarkantha is a high altitude trek with snow. Charges for last minute offloading during the trek will be Rs. Adorned with ravishing beauty of falling snow and fringed with pine trees, The Kedarkantha Peak is one of the most sought after snow trekking destinations in India. So I really enjoyed trekking with him. At Indiahikes, we can’t help but fall in love with a few trekking trails. The trail is not that well-made because not too many trekkers come here. Take a screenshot of the summary of your run. I made new friends on this trek and hopefully we will be coming back to see what nature looks like from 12500ft. Gratitude and our own mental endurance. A sun cap keeps your body temperature in balance. The other option, Mussoorie express, is notorious for its delay. Hi Sanjay, this depends on when you are planning to go. Kedarkantha is a hypnotizing winter trek which will give you an affair of a lifetime. They mimic the function of a down jacket but are usually expensive. Â. You guys are the pioneer in safety standards. The distance to the summit is not long but is reasonably steep and walking on snow makes it more tiring and time-consuming. The tree cover slowly loses density and you see Rhododendron trees. Hi Alpesh, the maximum number of trekkers we take in a group is 18. Summer – May and June Hand gloves are mandatory on this trek.  Â, Trekkers are often confused about whether they need to get a headlamp or a handheld torch. – Cancellation between 30 days and 20 days before the starting date of the trek — Get 80% of the trek fee in an Indiahikes Trek Voucher OR get a monetary refund with 50% cancellation charges. 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, the world opens up around you. Hence we recommend that you skip this trek during monsoon.  If you are looking to trek during July till mid-September, then check out our monsoon treks.  This is the time Kashmir (Kashmir Great Lakes, Tarsar Marsar) and Himachal (Hampta Pass, Bhrigu Lake, Beas Kund, Pin Bhaba Pass) open up and they will surely take you to another world. They knew their job perfectly!! Really enjoyed all the camp sites. Kedarkantha, which translates to Throat of Lord Shiva, is a mountain 20 kms from Sankri village, standing tall at a height of 12500 feet. De-hydration on a trek can make you lose energy very quickly and intensify the effects of AMS. Indiahikes does force its trekkers to be fit before the trek begins and it is for the good of trekkers only, this is a great initiative by Indiahikes. | Buying tip: Ensure your headlamp covers a wider area and is not too focused as a single beam. A wide-brimmed sports hat also helps to prevent sunburn in a big way.Â, On a trek like Kedarkantha you are going to be handling snow quite a bit. | Pro tip: It’s good practice to compartmentalise your clothes, accessories and other things in plastic covers inside your backpack. On another note, it could also happen that you love a trek so much that you want to go back time and again. Discipline Do not try to handle it yourself either. This means there is an altitude gain of 6,300 ft over the first three days of the trek. You can take a, On the Kedarkantha trek, your Trek Leader will be monitoring your, Your trek leader will also be carrying a full-fledged high altitude medical kit. Right from the first intro and debriefing meeting to ending the trip with his famous mantra, he was so professional. It also showed me that how people are polluting the nature and what can one do to avoid it. When it came to safety, i was pleasantly surprised how much the team cared for every member in the team. The day of the summit was very tough. Kudos to the cooking staff for never making us feel like we're far away from our homes. : Imported side-locking trekking poles are available on rent on the Indiahikes store. It is great to see you going on the Kedarkantha Trek, one of the finest summit climbs for beginners . Even though it’s an easy-moderate trek, it is in comparison to other Himalayan treks. The group is full, but cancellations are likely to happen. –>If you are 45 years or above, try to cover 5km in less than 47 minutes. Many jackets masquerade as down/feather jackets. Arrive in Dehradun by around late afternoon or evening. Anything such as a driver’s license, Aadhar card, a passport will do. 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. The atmosphere is good. Sanju was there right at the end of the group during the trek, making sure everyone reached the campsite safe and sound. The most preferred trek for the tourists, and the most admired trail for both (beginners, and experienced). 600 for this ride and you can find them opposite the Grand Hotel near Prince Chowk, at the taxi stand. If Delhi, book night train/bus to Dehradun. 🙂. 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