The peaceful landscape of mountains and valleys gives us a surreal feeling by bringing us close to nature and the pure surroundings. Far away from the chaos of the cities, the snowscape amidst the mountains rejuvenates us with exuberance.
Trekking through the beautiful hilly campsites can be one of the most uplifting experiences you can have and it’s something that you surely need.
The months of December to April when there is maximum snowfall in the Himalayas, makes for the best time to go for a trekking excursion. The snowclad mountain slopes, virgin white tree tops, and glaciers – what can be more enchanting than these shades of blue, green, and white!
There are several winter treks that you can take in the Himalayas but Kedarkantha trek is by far one of the best trekking destinations. Here’s why…
- Easy trek
Kedarkantha is among the few destinations thatallow for trekking in winter. It is comparatively easy to scale the peak and you need no prior experience to complete the trail.
- Panoramic view of the Himalayas
Kedarkantha trek gives you the privilege to view the famous peaks like Bandarpoonch, Swargarohini, Kalanag, Gangotri and Yamunotri range with numerous other peaks encircling you. The white backdrop presents for one of the best sights that you will ever get to see in life.
- Picturesque campsites
The trek starts at 6,000 feet and extends to 12,500 feet. The base camp isat Sankri, 220 kilometers from Dehradun and ends at Hargaon camp. Throughout the tour, you will be greeted with falling snow on the pine needles and frozen ponds – not to forget the thrill and delight of trekking through the snow. All the campsites are beautiful in their own way. You will not be able to figure out which campsite was more scenic. That’s the magic of Kedarkantha trek.
The gleaming sun during the day, crimson red sunsets and the blanket of innumerable stars at night give you a reason to admire nature’s beauty throughout the day.
- Photographers’ delight
Winters commence by mid-December and go on till the end of April on the Kedarkantha trek. Once you surpass the mark of 10,000 feet, you will see a snowy white carpet all around you. This sight is sure to charm anyone, especially photographers. The 360-degree view of mountain peaks can make for some award-winning photography. The hiking efforts are all worth it once you are in the lap of the magnificent Himalayas.
- Cultural expedition
Many trekkers choose homestays nowadays as it gives the opportunity to have a glimpse of fascinating cultural traditions of the residents. You can know about the rituals, festivals, food habits and traditional wear, that the people in the hilly regions prefer. It’s truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience to get an insight into their folklore.
Are you planning a trek during Winter 2018? Well, Kedarkantha is the perfect option for you.
Quick Trekking Tips:
- 5 layers of warm clothes is a must if you are planning a trek to Kedarkantha.
- Pack woollen gloves, socks, neck warmer and balaclava.
- The backpack should be light enough to carry along while hiking.
- Make sure your shoes are comfortable.
- Stay well hydrated.
- Trek slowly.
- Be wary of conditions like Acute Mountain Sickness.
- Have a first aid kit and commonly used medicines easily accessible.