Travel Diaries: A Snow Trek At 12,500ft To The Terrific Kedarkantha That Left Me Awe Struck

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What do you do if someone offers you 6 days of pure bliss, pleasure, and ecstasy? You take it, without questions, without second thoughts, without doubts! Indiahikes, an amazing trek group gave me this chance this March, and that’s just what I did, I took the chance to experience the most beautiful Himalayas, the charming moonlit Trees, the amazing way to test my endurance, and a ‘walking hand in hand with the one I love’ experience. :)

It could be any place for anyone, to find a little more of yourself. For me, it was Kedarkantha, Uttarkashi. It was a 4-day-trek from Sankri to Kedarkantha Peak that showed me a million different ways to life, and a thousand more reasons to go back to the Himalayas soon.

Day 1: Dehradun – Sankri

The drive from Dehradun to Sankri goes through Mussoorie, I don’t think I need to explain how beautiful it would have been. Just as we tried to deal with Mussoorie’s mesmerizing beauty, we realized that the route after that towards Sankri was even more beautiful and stunning!

drive from dehradun to sankri

route to sankri

The hypnotic pine trees filtering the sunshine for us, and the nice cool breeze passing by made it the most marvellous route we ever travelled on. We covered cute little beautiful villages with smiling people all the way in Nowgaon, Purola, Mori and Naitwar, and finally Sankri.

route to sankri from dehradun

View of snow on the way

en route sankri

Day 2: Sankri (6450ft) to Juda Ka Talab (9150ft)

A beautiful village surrounded by the mighty Himalayas, where we started the first day of our trek at around 7.30, early in the morning.

day 1 trek starts

KK trek day 1

It was chilly, really chilly, so we obviously took our baths the last night itself. :D The beginning was marked wonderfully by yummy breakfast, cute kids playing holi with us, bright sunshine, and even brighter smiles.

holi ont he way to KK

All the 26 of us removed their woollens one by one in the first 10 minutes given the nice ‘warm’ up.

View of snow mountains

Within 4-5 hours we were all at the first campsite, Juda ka Talab, which was 9150ft, with our tents lined up, and a little snow visible at the back. The lake was chilling, but beautiful to look at.

Juda ka talab 1

Snowy Juda ka Talab

Day 3: Juda ka Talab (9150ft) to KK base camp (11250ft)

After an amazing round of snacks, soup, dinner, and night stay and lot of rest we left for our next campsite early in the morning, the KK Base Camp. The trek began with greenery, lot of it, and as we advanced, we were amazed to see snow again.

Juda ka Talab to KK base camp 1

And we reached the campsite, with an altitude gain of around over 2100ft in some hours.

Juda ka Talab to KK base camp 2

We spent a beautiful noon, snack filled evening, and a starry night at KK base camp, and were woken up at 3! Yes, 3 in the night, as I (clearly not a morning person) call it. It was remarkable how we got ourselves ready with crampons and gaiters and everything woollen we had in our bags.

Juda ka Talab to KK base camp 3

Juda ka Talab to KK base camp 4

Walking towards KK base camp 1

Day 4: KK base camp (11250ft) – KK Summit (12500ft) – KK base camp (11250ft) – Hargaon (8900ft)

Walking through the snoozing trails in the snow-clad Himalayas, surrounded by the dark Deodars, you wouldn’t realize when you switched off the torch and there was just moon shedding silver on the snow.

KK base camo to KK 1

KK base camo to KK 2

We kept walking to reach the summit, which was visible but was probably moving away. :P

KK base camo to KK 3

KK base camo to KK 4

We met the sun and the moon on our way to the summit, and were lucky to see one of the most beautiful sunrises that ever happened.

KK base camo to KK sunrise

KK base camo to KK sunrise 2

The trail kept becoming steeper, more inclined, and the scenes in front of us even more beautiful as we kept walking. I can still feel the moment when I reached the peak, that old temple with the idols of Shiv-Parvati, and lord Ganesh.

Kedarkantha Summit

Hargaon Base Camp

Day 5 – Hargaon (8900ft)-Sankri (6400ft)

It took us 3 hours of beautiful scenes and fun to get down to Sankri.

Hargaon to Sankri 1

The best decision if you‘re in Sankri is to spend one more day dedicated to Sankri alone so you get to see this wonderful village compiled of around 250 houses with people’s hearts as big as the mountains they live in.

Sankri Village kids

If you’re even a fourth as good as to them as they’re to you, they’ll invite you for tea to their house!

Sankri Villagers

You’ll find such innocent and warm-hearted people only in the mountains. After all that tiring trekking, the hypnotic view of this village made us enthusiastic for walk down the village to a very beautiful river, River Supin.

Supin River Sankri

It is heaven down there if you’re willing to explore. And have tea and warm talks with some villagers while your way back. A perfect end to your journey.

Day 6 – Sankri – Dehradun

Not willing to leave the perfect place to go back to a world full of stress and pollution, we pushed ourselves into the car that took us back to Dehradun, while still enjoying the views of Mussoorie’s Kempty falls and the beautiful city on the way!

Sankri to Dehradun 1

Sankri to Dehradun 2

View of a temple in Mussoorie

This marked the end of my trek plus picnic plus a happy little beginning to self-actualization, plus a promise to come back soon to climb those snow clad mountains, somewhere in the laps of ‘The Himalayas’.

Best time to trek: December to April.

Required time: Approximately 7 days.

How to reach: Indiahikes Kedarkantha Treks

Photo Courtesy: Photography by Amritansh

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