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Kedar Kantha
About Kedar Kantha

Kedarkantha peak is situated in the mountains of the tons river valley, it is a beautiful rounded peak ; easily accessible anytime of the year. In the winters it snows in this valley and hence views from the summit are very pleasing. The trek goes through the Govind national park and gives you ample time to soak in the flora and fauna of this protected area. The summit lies at an elevation of 3040m and reaching the top is very satisfying as you are rewarded with views of banderpooch, black, swargarohini and ranglana peaks.

Har-Ki-Doon trek, renamed and re-designed as Kedar kantha trek since 2006 in an annual event in YHAI calendar. True to the objectives of YHAI, the trek provides a great opportunity for adventure, scenic beauty, and a firsthand experience of remote villages of Gharwal Himalayas, in spite of the fact that the trek has been shortened by eliminating the Har-ki-doon for the convenience of the trekkers.

Kedar Kantha lies in the state of Uttarakhand, bordering Himachal Pradesh. The outdoor landscapes are beyond description in beauty. There are attractive small towns, unending and lush green meadows and amazing views of some of Himalayan giants. The people are very friendly and the culture and practice of the locals are very unique. The snaking trail on this trip takes one through rich and verdant forests of maple, pines and chestnut. The sun kissed snow path with the trees shadow boxing with each other is a sight to watch. The trail that is tough in places also offers potential of catching fleeting sights of the mysterious Himalayan wildlife. The summit of this trip though remains the perfect sunset that one can almost reach out to. The sun, almost in slow motion leaves a shining trail through the sky before descending into oblivion behind the impressive snow capped peaks.

 
Description of Kedar Kantha Trek

The trek which starts at Sankhri is best described as a poetry of meadows, flowers and landscapes of snowcapped mountain peaks. After the rains, this trek is a botanist's heaven with the bugyals turning into abundant wildflower beds. The first halt on the route is about 4 km from Sankhri is Juda Talab which is a small lake amidst woods, picture perfect for camping.

Day 2 calls for a reasonable amount of trekking uphill (about 5 km) to the huge bugyal at the base of Kedarkanta. On a clear day this is a vantage point to view the Changsheel range. If one is not engrossed with the striking flora, there is ample opportunity to enjoy a spectacular sunset here.

A short climb on Day 3 takes one to the cairns at the summit which is a gateway to the long green ridge walk that offers 360 deg. views of nearby villages, the peaks of Black Peak, Baraadsar, Swargarohini, and Bandar Poonch as well as wonderful views of the valley. A walk of about 6 km leads to the campsite at Dhunda.

The final leg of the trek is about 8 km to Sankhri which traverses little waterfalls and dense forest that are a complete contrast to the ridge and the bugyals. There are no rest houses on the route.

 
Location of Kedar Kantha

The trek is along a well designed route in the southern areas of Govind Wild life Sanctuary and Nation Park. Govind Wild Life Sanctuary is located in the north of Uttrakhand state in the district of Uttarkashi and covers an area of 958 Sq. Kms . The altitude in the area varies from 1300 to 6000 meters. Kedarkantha trek starts from May 1st, and groups start on every day of the month. The programme lasts 12 days.

 

 


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