At Kedarkantha, An All-Time High


A beginner’s favourite, the Kedarkantha trek in Uttarakhand winds through both fragrant forests and snowy peaks.

 

Evenings at Juda ka Taal, the first campsite of the Kedarkantha trek, are laced with anticipation of the path ahead of the lake, and best spent with mugs of hot coffee and a book. Photo by: Sayandeep Roy

The Kedarkantha trek is one that holds many a surprise for beginners. The route, which begins in Sankri village in Uttarkashi district in Uttarakhand, winds through Govind Wildlife Sanctuary and ends at Kedarkantha peak (12,500 feet). An enduring appeal of the trek is that it offers starkly diverse landscapes if undertaken in March/April. Meadows, lakes, pine and oak forests abloom in welcome of summer dot the lower sections of the trail, while the higher stretches especially after the Juda ka Taal campsite, are swathed in snow. Closer to the summit, trekkers are met with the surreal cluster of Himalayan peaks: Nanda Ghunti, Swargarohini, Kalanag peak and Bandarpunch.


 

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  • Sayandeep Roy

    is fond of exploring places without a fixed plan. He finds joy in stumbling upon lesser known trails, waterfalls or sleepy cottages. A collection of short stories by Ruskin Bond, and a camera are his constant companions along the way.





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