Kedarkantha trek nestles in one of the most beautiful states of India, Uttarakhand. Precisely located in the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand, the Kedarkantha trek is known to be the best winter trek in India. With mesmerizing and breathtaking views of snow-capped mountains, a wide range of oak and pine forests, and snowy serene meadows. at an altitude of 12,500ft, you will come across some of the most amazing and surreal sights of the raw Himalayas. The 23 km stretch has surprises including Swargarohini, Black Peak, and Bandarpoonch peaks to feast your eyes!
Here comes a list of places to visit as you do the Kedarkantha Trek.
- Sankri Range
Known as the Paradise of the Himalayas, visiting the Sankri range is a dream come true for any trekker. Located in the Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand, Sankri is more than a collection of stunning sites. The scenic hamlet would steal your heart with its charm and allow you to immerse in the local culture. The Sankri village offers you ecstatic views of the Himalayas. On the last road, as you head to the Govind Ballabh Pant Wildlife Sanctuary, you could see a plethora of mountain peaks gazing at you from where you stand at Sankri village.
Sankri zipline is India’s widely popular zipline ride. It is the highest zipline of Uttarakhand with a length of about 700 meters. As you trek through the landscape, grab the opportunity to have a bird’s eye view of the region!
- Osla village
26 km from Taluka and at an altitude of around 2590 m, Osla village is a tiny hamlet of snow and mist. You would forget yourself in the beauty of the surreal Alpine forest all around this village. Har Ki Dun trek is one other famous trek close to Kedarkantha trek. Har Ki Dun trek starts from Sankri village during which you will come across the beautiful hamlet, Osla. Nestled at the mountain sloped and surrounded by apple trees, Olsa will grab your attention and pretty sure will make you wish to explore the village.
- Taluka village
Taluka village is located approximately 12 km from Sankri village. Known for its Alpine forestry and enriching nature, anyone will fall for its picturesque beauty. One can explore the village, interact with the locals to know more about their lifestyle and living. The village greets its guests with welcome hands!
- Saru Tal Trek
Saru lake is located at an elevation of 4,200 m in the Western Garhwal Himalayan region. One can view the serene Saru Tal at its best and feel blessed because the lake is considered of utmost importance to the locals and the land.
5. Juda Ka Talab
Trekkers encounter Juda Ka Talab, a high altitude lake, across the Kedarkantha trek. Situated at an altitude of 2,700 meters, the lake is a mesmerizing sight. The hidden beauty offers scenic Himalayan landscapes. Sometimes trekkers camp by the lake while attempting the Kedarkantha summit.
6. Someshwar Mahadev Sankri
The Someshwar Mahadev temple is in Sankri village. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the beautiful temple is also the local deity of the region. The place of immense religious significance & faith for villagers attracts a large number of visitors. Hikers of Kedarkantha, Har Ki Dun, Bali Pass, Juda Ka Talab never leave without seeking the blessings of Lord Shiva. Thousands of devotees from around the world come to this temple especially during local festivals and fairs.
- Kedarkantha Skiing
While you visit places during your Kedarkantha trekking, do not forget to ski on the piles of snow. The skiing adds the adventure element to your trek. Marvel at the surreal beauty of Kedarkantha as you slide down on the snow. To reach the skiing region one has to trek a bit from Sankri village, so to descend through the looming oak and pine forests. Interestingly, one can enroll in the Kedarkantha Ski course to add feathers to your hat.
The Kedarkantha trek provides you a complete package for a satisfying trekking experience. While you have several places to visit in and around Kedarkantha, activities like skiing and camping relax your tired body and soul. Get ready and stay motivated to conquer more peaks in the mighty Himalayan range.