The entire region of Uttaranchal is known for the evergreen hosts of Himalayan Ranges which India takes immense pride in. when it comes to Trekking in Uttarakhand, the list is unceasing. We have treks for every season and reason – winter, fall, summer etc. Winter Treks are the most famous ones as a trekker gets to experience the snow, the snow-capped ridges and the vivid landscape at its full glory.
Himalayas – the abode of snow has been the stow stopper of Indian holidays for many years in the past and with adventurous treks being the talk of the day, the best way travellers are finding to detoxify themselves is in the lap of Himalayas. Since everyone is not an expert in trekking and since everyone is not our beloved Malli Mastaan, Uttarakhand does offer many easy treks, one of them being Kedarkantha.
Kedarkantha is a beautiful depiction of Himalayas one needs to go at least once in his life. It is accredited as the best winter trek in Himalayas beating all other superlative expeditions in Uttarakhand. The trails are clean, easy to hike and offer the best views of the vast landscapes.
The best time to visit the Kedarkantha view is December through March when the snow is falling hard making the place as stunning as Swiss Alpines. Your trip will start on the lowlands of the pine forests covered with pine cones and fresh air to breathe. The trek is originated from Sankri, a beautiful township to start with. The ride from Dehradun to Sankri is mesmerizing and worth freezing in the memory of time – travel.
However, that’s not all in this beautiful trek to Kedarkantha Peak. The trail has some stunning water fronts; rivulets, lakes and a cluster of alpine forest lined up, posing a pretty welcoming sight. You will be driving aside river tons, Kempa waterfall and walking past pretty huts, shy langurs swinging, hares, boars and martens at frequent intervals.
Trekking in Uttarakhand is a treat to the eyes as it is to the soul and Kedarkantha Trek is not any different. The trek has some of the best camp sites of all times – Hargoan, Juda ka Talab and Kedarkantha. Also, the summit view is worth the long hours of walk to the top. It gives you the best and most pristine view of the Garhwal Himalayas kissed by the winter sun, glistening on the snow-capped mountains. The meadows that cover the lower valleys are as gorgeous and awakening as the sunlit peaks.
The best part of Kedarkantha is it is easy and well organised; trekkers who are new to snow treks can easily attain the summit without losing on stamina. You may require some adjustment to the low temperature; however the summit altitude that touches 12, 500 feet will not pose as a threat to the health eliminating the fear of acute mountain sickness.
So anyone between the age of 10 and 60 as long as you have stamina to climb and the little wit to win the unfathomable can trek to Kedarkantha, the stimulating of all winter treks of Himalayas.