Day 1: Arrival at Sankri ● Altitude: 6,400ft ● 220Km drive from Dehradun to Sankri village approximately 10 hours. Sankri has no ATMs and no proper mobile network. The BSNL network is quite erratic and more often than not unavailable. There are local shops and small market selling mostly daily goods and a collection of few dabbas. However the scenic beauty of the setting sun on the Himalayas from Sankri is a fabulous sight to savour.
Day 2: Sankri to Juda Ka Talab ● Altitude 6,400ft to 9,000ft ● 4Kms trek approximately 5 hours The trail passes through dense pine forest, maple trees, few streams and finally opens out to beautiful meadows. Stay will be in tents. The days hike will be a moderate one with gradual and steep ascents leading up till Juda Ka Talab. You can find dabbas on the trail where you can take a break for tea or omelette. There are also clearings where one can indulge in photography, take a breather and hydrate.
Day 3: Juda Ka Talab to Kedarkantha Base ● Altitude: 9,100ft to 11,250ft ● 3Kms trek approximatey 2.5 hours Most of today’s trail is on ridge, under oak trees. You will pass through some meadows where you can spot some shephard log huts. Stay will be in tents. Today’s day is a shorter day but one will be ascending continuously till Kedarkantha base camp as we have 2000ft of altitude gain. The day will give good amount of rest and an chance for your body to acclimatize to the conditions and altitude and stay ready for the summit day push.
Day 4: Summit day – K.K base to K.K summit and descend down to Hargaon ● Altitude: 11,250ft to 8,900ft ( Hargaon ) via 12,500ft ( summit) ● 6Kms trek approximately 7 hours It’s the longest day of the trek, the summit day. One will be starting very early in the wee hours of the morning before sunrise so that we can reach the top on time to witness the sunrise. The ascend will be a combination of gradual and steep terrain till the top. Once we reach the top we can spend some time depending on the weather condition. During winters one can enjoy multiple slides during descend from the top. We descend to Hargaon campsite where we will stay in tents for the night.
Day 5: Hargaon to Sankri ● Altitude 8,900ft to 6,400ft ● 5Kms trek approximately 4 hours After the wholesome adventure we descend back to Sankri where we started the trek from.
Departure from Sankri
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