Kedarkantha is a mountain peak located in the Himalayan range in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. The place is famous for trekking and lake Juda- Ka- Talab. The locals believe that lake is where Lord Shiva used to meditate and the name is derived from the droplets of water fallen from the hair of Lord Shiva. The mountain range is known to have heavy snowfall and bad weather in winters and is not a good idea to undertake the trek.
Things To Remember
There are many things to keep in mind while planning a trek to Kedarkantha. These things are as follows:
- This trek is a different trek from the Kedarkantha Trek which is the pilgrim trek.
- People with diseases like High blood pressure and Respiratory disorder should avoid undertaking the trek.
- The trek is a 6-day long trek which includes the travel from the base camp and travels back to the base camp.
- The trek is not an easy trek as the slope is steady.
- The summit looms of the trek are large and one needs to start early in the morning and steadily climb the slope.
- This is a very popular trek among beginners as the trek is known for its summit climb.
Kedarkantha Trek Route
The Kedarkantha trek route starts from Sankri and ends at Sankri. The trek includes a base camp and this base camp is located on the Juda ka Talab route. The Kedarkantha trek is highly known for its summit.
To reach Sankri, one needs to travel to Dehradun and then to Sankri which is a small village. One can book homestays or resorts for overnight stays at Sankri.
Best Time To Visit Kedarkantha Trek
After the winters, spring and summer is the best time to visit the pilgrimage, and the valley houses many beautiful flowers along the way. The summer months of April to June are considered best for the visit. These months are also better to visit the Badrinath temple, Gangotri temple, and Yamunotri temple. These temples lie at a higher altitude.
Things To Carry
There are a couple of things one must carry when you are undertaking this trek. The list includes a couple of essential items like
- light baggage as carrying extra things is not a good idea due to the height.
- Warm Clothes: Kedarkantha is a place that is cold all time of the year thus it is important to carry warm clothes
- Medicines: Carry medicines for fever, stomach, cold, vomiting, etc
- Good hiking boots
- Pack Foods: Carry lightweight food with you to keep yourself warm from inside and give you energy such as biscuits, and dry fruits.
- Water bottle
- Items like an available network sim card, power bank, earphones, extra batteries etc.
Interesting Facts About The Trek
- The trek is part of the Char dham yatra and attracts more than a thousand pilgrims every year. The temple is situated at an high altitude and is believed to be established by the Pandavas.
- The trek is surrounded by breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains.
- After the massive 2013 floods the premises were almost submerged with water and the temple remained intact. CCTV evidence reveals massive rock behind the temple guarding the temple.
- In the temple, the Shiva statue is said to be without a head and is believed to be in the Doleshwor Mahadev Temple in Bhaktapur in Nepal.
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As the trek is important to many people, post the covid-19 pandemic some rules and regulations about the trek have changed. As the lockdown has been lifted the pilgrims are allowed to undertake the trek but with appropriate social distancing measures. The trek is a beautiful experience and is surrounded by scenic beauty.