Trekking in the mountains is not easy for beginners. You will find challenges and difficulties in every trek which you do. Preparing for the trek is a mandatory thing. Kedarkantha is challenging and a glamourous trek. This is not like Triund or NagTibba treks which are comparatively easy. Here is a brief about the Kedarkantha trek that will explain and make it easy to understand the whole trek.
Kedarkantha is a mountain peak that is perched at a height of 3,800m and is a popular trekking destination in the Uttarakhand. Kedarkantha Trek is a popular winter trek.
According to the Hindu Mythology, the Kedarkantha peak is dedicated to Lord Shiva and a temple at the top of the summit proves this fact. An old Shiva temple is located at the top of the peak. The trek will take begins from the beautiful village Sankri, and take you through the lush meadows, tricky trails, snow-covered mountains, dense forests of blue pines, oaks, & rhododendrons, and if you are lucky enough then you can spot Himalayan birds like monal. Kedarkantha peak offers the ravishing views of the Swargarohini, Black Peak, and Bandarpooch. A walk into the ankle-deep fresh pristine white snow will make you feel like you are in a snow land. The total trek is 23km and can be covered in 7-8 days. Camping at the most beautiful campsites adds charm & beauty to this trek. The first campsite is the Juda ka Talab, which are two lakes of freshwater and all surrounded by greenery. Hargaon is the second campsite, pitching your camps in between snow-covered meadow will be great to experience snow and greenery at once. The third campsite is the Kedarkantha, where you will be camping in deep snow and all around the high rhododendrons trees.
The best time to do this trek is in Winter season from December to April when the area receives heavy snowfall and the temperature drops down in negatives.
The Kedarkantha trek is an easy to moderate trek. One should be physically and mentally for this adventure. To reach at the top, you will have to pass through the tricky trails, rocky mountains, meadows, and dense forests. Physical fitness is the key factor. Make sure you don’t take breaks very frequently. Start exercising before the trek and improve your muscle strength and stamina. Yoga is also important along with the exercise because the oxygen level decreases as you gain higher altitudes. One should not be suffering from any kind of disease like asthma, diabetes, low blood pressure, etc. it is highly advisable to them that they do not undertake this challenge.
Mental fitness is equally important for any adventure. You should be prepared from your mind for the trek. The confidence level should be high. And be self-motivated.
The difficulty level of the Kedarkantha trek is easy to slight moderate. It is highly advisable for people that do not undertake this adventure without a trek leader. For beginners and experienced trekkers, it is compulsory to take proper safety measures and trekking gear during the trek. Kedarkantha summit is at a height of 12,500ft and can be easily done by beginners. In monsoons, the trek gets moderate due to the heavy rainfall the trail gets muddy and slippery. You will also face difficulty in the snowfall season. Sometimes, the trek has to be stopped in the middle due to heavy snowfall because the trail gets covered with deep snow and it is hard to climb up. Other climatic conditions can occur and increase the difficulty level.
Things to carry.
As it is a snow trek, it is important to carry the necessary things with you.
A list of things which you need to carry
- Woolen clothes (top& bottom)
- Thermal inner wear (top & bottom)
- Trekking gears
- Gumboots or trekking shoes
- Extra pair of socks
- Woolen gloves
- Woolen cap
- Jacket or fleece jacket
- First aid kit
- Essential toiletries
- Trekking pole or walking stick
- Lipbalm and moisturizers
- Rucksack rain cover
- Extra clothes
- Water bottle
- Eatables like chocolate, cookies, energy bars, etc.
- Flashlights & torches
- Extra batteries
- Camera (if you want to carry)
- Camping gears or tents (if not available at the location)
All these are the mandatory and necessary things that are needed during the trek. A few things can get deducted when you trek in summers.
This is all I have to tell you about the Kedarkantha trek adventure. Plan your next trip to the dev Bhoomi and experience the surreal serene beauty of the Himalayas.
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