6 Days 5 Nights
A trek to the peak of Kedarkantha usually starts from Sankri, a small village, and takes four days to complete.
There are several myths about Kedarkantha and Juda ka Talab, a high-altitude lake.
One legend has it that Lord Shiva sat at the summit to meditate but was disturbed by a bull running below. He instead went to Kedarnath, a town in Uttarakhand, to meditate.
Another local myth relates to the Pandavas, who went to the Himalayas to seek Lord Shiva’s blessings. He hid from Bheem and disguised himself as a bull. But Bheem recognized him and went after him. So Shiva hid underground. When he rushed out of his hiding place, he let his body parts get divided, and each part fell at a different place. His throat fell on the Kedarkantha, thus earning the peak its name- transliteration- “the throat of Lord Shiva”.
A legend recounts that the Pandavas sought Lord Shiva to pardon them for their sins on the advice of Lord Krishna. They had killed their kin during the Mahabharata. Shiva was angry with them for their conduct and avoided them by taking the form of a bull and leaving for the Garhwal region. The Pandavas sighted Shiva grazing as a bull in the hills of Guptakashi and tried to grab its tail and legs forcibly. The bull disappeared into the ground and later reappeared as Lord Shiva at five places- the hump at Kedarnath, the legs at Tungnath, its face at Rudranath, its stomach at Madhyamaheswar, and its hair at Kalpeshwar.
Arrive at Dehradun and start your journey towards Sankri village Drive along Yamuna and Tons river, with pine forests surrounding your way, and enjoy the beauty of nature at its best After the breezy ride reach Sankri and check in to the comfortable campsite Enjoy a lip-smacking dinner at the campsite Overnight stay at Sankri
After breakfast, you will set out on the hike from Saur Village and start climbing up Along the way, we will cross several high-altitude suspension bridges and small villages Reach the lake called Juda Ka Talab, where Lord Shiva had opened a small lock of his hair and water dripped from his hair forming this huge lake Step out of your camps and witness the starlit sky bedside the frozen lake Overnight stay at Juda Ka Talab
Enjoy breakfast at Juda Ka Talab, and head towards Kedarkantha base Immerse yourself in the beauty of the snow-lined path and patches of green that surrounds your way In case the weather is harsh, comfort yourself at the safe and equipped Gujjar huts The imposing view of the snow-capped Himalayan peaks of Bandarpoonch, Swargarohini, Kala Nag, and Ranglana will knock the breath straight out of you Upon reaching the campsite, mark the end of the day with a wonderful dinner and retire to the tents for the night Overnight stay at the Kedarkantha base
Post Breakfast get ready for the ultimate adventure Start early at around 2 am and it will take anywhere between 7 to 8 hours to get to the summit You will get to feel the welcoming and filtered sun rays from the mountains of the Yamunotri and Gangotri ranges and also of the Kinner Kailash ranges. On reaching the summit, your jaw is going to drop and your eyes will not blink as you see the sun rising from the summit After spending some time at the summit and will start descending and walk down to base camp Reach the campsite and end the day with a delicious dinner
Enjoy the delicious breakfast at the base camp As you descend to Sankri village, get ready to listen to some interesting local stories shared by your guide Continue on the trail and admire the views of the snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas Arrive at the tiny Sankri village and share your trekking stories with your friends over a cup of coffee Overnight stay at Sankri village
After a mouth-watering breakfast, board the vehicle and start driving back towards Dehradun Arrive in Dehradun by around late afternoon or evening Kedarkantha trek ends here with beautiful memories