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Snow trek Kedarkantha

This is a great trail for people looking at winter treks in the Himalayas. With the falling of winter snow, the landscapes take on a completely different and refreshing look. The trail is mostly through forest sections and meadows making it safe for walking even with lots of snow on the trail. What make this trek special is the views of the Himalayan ranges that one gets along the trail and from the summit. In winters, the sky is usually absolutely clear and the clean air ensuring fantastic views. At an altitude of around 3800 m/12500 feet, the summit (Kedarkantha) offers a good challenge to trekkers who are rewarded for the hard work with mesmerising views which are sure to stay with one, lifelong. Days are going to be warm and sunny but be prepared for cold nights with temperature always being sub zero. If lady luck is taking the trip with you then get ready to be enthralled by spotting wildlife of the region. There are leopards, wild cats, birds, bear, boars and the musk deer to be seen. We have a policy of ‘Safety first’ and in line with this have chosen campsites which have back up Gujjar huts so just in case the weather gets really bad we can use these huts and be totally safe.

The trip begins with a beautiful drive from Dehradun to the remote village of Sankri in the Har-ki-Dun valley. This valley plays host to some of the most popular and enchanting treks in the Indian Himalayas like Har-ki-Dun, Ruinsara Tal, Rupin Pass, Black peak etc, and is home to many a trekker during the popular summer trekking season. The trek starts with an easy climb to a beautiful water pond called Juda-ka-Talab, we continue a short distance beyond the pond to our camping site for the night and get  
acclimatised to the conditions. By the end of the day we start seeing the snow-covered peaks of the Himalayas including some peaks that stretch into the Himachal region. The next day we start climbing and gaining altitude and trek through snow fields (green meadows in summer!!) towards the base of Kedar Kantha. The ease or difficulty of today’s hike will depend on the snow conditions but a great hiking day is guaranteed. We camp at the base. The next day we move as early as possible to try and get maximum time for the climb to the top. From the top we get brilliant views all around, the Himalayan ranges and the underlying valleys make quite a sight. Equally enjoyable as the views are going to be the sense of achievement that one experiences on climbing a snow clad Himalayan mountain. Next day we get down to Sankri early and celebrate the successful summit of the Kedar Kantha peak. From Sankri we drive down to Dehradun the next day.

 

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TRIP VITALS
LOCATION: GARHWAL HIMALAYAS, UTTARAKHAND
DURATION: 06 DAYS
MAXIMUM ALTITUDE: KEDAR KANTHA (3800M)
GRADE: MODERATE+
SEASON: DEC - MAR
ACCOMODATION: ALPINE CAMPING - 3 NIGHTS (WITH BACK UP GUJJAR HUTS IN CASE OF VERY BAD WEATHER) & STANDARD TENT – 2 NIGHTS AT SANKRI
GROUP SIZE: MAXIMUM OF 12 PEOPLE IN A GROUP

Activities : Trekking

Eligibility : 18 years above

Please Carry :
It is very important for this adventure trip that you need to be equipped properly and with a bit of back up. Mountain/adventure travel requires one to be adequately equipped with the right kind of personal gear. Since one is travelling in the wilderness there will be hardly any opportunity to buy anything once you hit the trail so we urge you to carefully pack everything into your bags.

•    T-shirts (Full) – 2/3
•    Warm shirt/light micro fleece pullover/full sleeve T shirt
•    Trekking Pants (water resistant/repellent & having inside lining for extra warmth) - 2
•    Windproof/water resistant outer shell (jacket) of good quality (no flimsy wind cheaters please!) with a proper hood
•    Down jacket with min 600 fill power rating
•    Thick Fleece/Full-sleeve Woolen sweater
•    Thermal inner wear (upper & lower)
•    Woollen cap (Balaclava)
•    Inner fleece gloves
•    Outer water proof gloves
•    Thick woollen socks & regular socks (4 – 5 pairs)
•    Scarf/muffler (optional)
•    Comfortable waterproof (Goretex) Trekking/Hiking shoes (shoes with a thick sole and high ankles are recommended)
•    Camp shoes (these can be easy to slip in sneakers/sport shoes)
•    Gaiters
•    Raincoat/Poncho
•    Small light weight towel
•    Insulated water bottle & hydration pack (optional)
•    Cap/floppy hat to keep the strong sun away from your face
•    Sun glasses with UV protection and ability to cut the glare (imp when traversing through snow)
•    Sturdy walking stick/Trekking pole
•    Sunscreen Lotion
•    Lip Balm
•    Torch/Flashlight (with extra batteries)
•    Medicines, if requiring any specific medication
•    Personal toiletries
•    Book, if you like reading
•    Day pack/small bag which you will carry on your back every day and keep your essentials in it
•    Carry rain cover for your bags
•    Keep a few poly bags or waterproof bags in your bag in which if required you can put your belongings in case of heavy rain
•    Camera if you like (with fully charged batteries)

…LOADS OF ENTHUSIASM!! AND A PLEDGE TO LEAVE NO TRACE

All the items :Carry your stuff in a duffel bag, soft shoulder bag or a rucksack. Avoid suitcases, trolleys or any other hard luggage. As you will be walking long distances carrying a rucksack, avoid bringing unnecessary items on the trek. Please avoid carrying expensive watches, jewellery and electronic items on the trip.

Note : In case you are planning to put your bag on a mule or taking a porter please get a duffel bag or rucksack and keep it in mind that there is a possibility that the bag at times might brush against a rock or a tree and get slightly damaged so don't get very expensive bags. Also in case of damage we shall not be held accountable.

Equipment Rental/Purchase :

EQUIPMENT

RENT

Windproof, Water resistant Warm jacket (with hood)

250

Down jacket (for additional warmth)

300

Lightweight & Warm Fleece pullover 

75

Warm Gloves 

50

Waterproof Trekking boots 

300

Balaclava 

50

Rucksack (60 ltrs) 

150

Waterproof gaiters  

50

Warm high-length woollen socks 

50

Poncho/Raincoat  

50

Trekking poles 

60

*Cost in INR per day

*Taxes extra

Registration : Please fill up the registration form and pay an advance of Rs.7500/- to confirm your booking. The balance payment should reach our office at least 30 days before the commencement of the journey. Reservation is done on first come first served basis. Cheques, NEFT/RTGS should be in favour of ANALA OUTDOORS PVT.LTD., payable at Ahmedabad only.

Medical Facilities:  First aid would be available throughout the programme. All emergences would be treated by the nearest available doctor/medical facility.

Disclaimer : Anala Outdoors (P) Ltd. takes utmost care to ensure safety of its clients. However in the case of any unforeseen mishaps, Anala Outdoors (P) Ltd. will not be liable for any injuries caused or for loss of life. All disputes rising due to the above are subject to the jurisdiction of the courts in Ahmedabad only. All participants would be required to sign an Indemnity Form before the start of the program, without which they would not be allowed to take part in the trip/program/activities.

ANALA OUTDOORS PVT.LTD. reserves  the unconditional right to refuse a booking/terminate a participant during the camp/eco-tour in event of unreasonable behaviour in such cases no refund will be given.



 

Dates: Any date in the month of December to March. Make your own safe group in your convinient date.

We will pick up the participant on the first day of Trek from Dehradunand drop them on the last day.

Rates: (Per person)

 

Kedarkantha/ 6 days 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Pax 11 Pax 12 Pax
Pax Pax Pax Pax Pax Pax Pax Pax Pax
Rates 39600 25000 20000 17400 15300 13600 12500 11600 10800 10100 9600 9200

Transport Cost from Dehradun/Haridwar& back

Non Ac Bolero    12000
Non Ac Innova    16000
Non Ac Tempo Traveller    18000

Registration: Please fill up the registration form and pay an advance of Rs.7500/- to confirm your booking. The balance payment should reach our office at least 30 days before the commencement of the journey. Reservation is done on first come first served basis. Cheques, NEFT/RTGS should be in favour of ANALA OUTDOORS PVT.LTD., payable at Ahmedabad only.

PRICE INCLUDES:
Accommodation: On double sharing basis. In case of odd numbers, that person will share the tent on triple sharing.

•    Day 01: Standard tents with attached washroom in Sankri
•    Day 02: Alpine tents in Juda – ka - Talab
•    Day 03: Alpine tents in Base of Kedarkantha
•    Day 04: Alpine tents in Base of Kedarkantha
•    Day 05: Standard tents with attached washroom in Sankri

Meals: We provide simple, hygienic  veg meals on all days of the trek

•    Day 01: Dinner
•    Day 02: Breakfast, Packed Lunch, Dinner
•    Day 03: Breakfast, Packed Lunch, Dinner
•    Day 04: Breakfast, Packed Lunch, Dinner
•    Day 05: Breakfast, Packed Lunch, Dinner
•    Day 06: Breakfast

Good Quality Camping Arrangements. The following equipment is provided on the trek
•    Good quality of alpine tents
•    Fresh & clean sleeping bags with inner lining/hot water bottle to keep you warm in cold winters
•    Comfortable camping mattresses
•    Mess Tent
•    Camping stools
•    2 Toilet tents having portable toilet seat (1 for ladies & 1 for gents)

  • Professional guide(s): To ensure high safety and personal attention, all our guides are professionally trained and have many years of relevant experience in guiding treks.
  • Porter/Mule charges for carrying camping equipment & rations
  • Forest entry charges, permits & camping fee for Indian guest only
  • Basic first aid for the group

PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:

  • Transport of any nature
  • Porter/mule charges to carry your personal bag (can be arranged at an extra cost of Rs. 1250 per person per bag of not more than 12 kg)
  • Any meals/services not mentioned above
  • Any charges for video cameras, still cameras, etc.
  • Alcohol, soft drinks, beverages, etc.
  • Personal expenses like tips, telephone calls, laundry, etc.
  • Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances like landslides, roadblocks, bad weather, etc.
  • Insurance
  • GST 5%

Medical Facilities: First aid would be available throughout the programme. All emergences would be treated by the nearest available doctor/medical facility.

Payment terms & Condition

All payments for the trips, transfers, gears, porterage, etc. should be made in full before the trip starts.

Cancellation Policy
In the event that you need to cancel your booking due to any avoidable or unavoidable circumstances:

We must be notified of the same in writing. Cancellation charges will be effective from the date we receive the request in writing. Payment for this trip will not be adjusted towards any future trip(s)

Cancellation charges will be as follows

    Minimum: 10%
    between 45 to 30 Days: 25%
    between 30 to 15 Days: 50%
    Last 15 Days: No refund

Cancellation charges will be applicable on total programme cost.

Please Note : Written cancellation will be accepted on working days (only). Any cancellation sent on a Sunday or any National Holiday(s), will be considered on the next official working day.In the event of any cancellation(s) after trip commencement, there will be no refunds and any costs incurred due to this cancellation will be borne by you. Irrespective of when a trip is booked, the above condition will hold true..
 

SKETCH ITINERARY
DAY 01: DEHRADUN – SANKRI (2000M) (DRIVE / 6-7 HRS)
DAY 02: SANKRI (2000M) – JUDA KA TALAB (DRIVE/10–15 MINS & TREK/4-5 HRS)
DAY 03: JUDA KA TALAB - BASE CAMP (2800M) (TREK/4- 5 HRS)
DAY 04: BASE CAMP (2800M) – KEDAR KANTHA SUMMIT (3800M) – BASE CAMP (2800M) (TREK/7-8 HRS)
DAY 05: BASE CAMP (3400M) - SANKRI (2000M) (TREK/4 - 5 HRS)
DAY 06: SANKRI (2000M) – DEHRADUN (DRIVE/6 - 7 HRS)

DETAIL ITINENARY
DAY 01: DEHRADUN – SANKRI (2000M) (DRIVE / 6-7 HRS)
Today you will start your drive from Dehradun to reach Sankri. We will stop for lunch en route. This is an enjoyable drive initially along the Yamuna and towards the latter part along the beautiful Tons River. There are very beautiful pine forest sections along the drive today. Upon reaching Sankri we will check into the scenically located campsite. Sankri is paradise on earth and we will take an evening stroll in this beautiful hamlet to get our muscles charged for the trek to come. Overnight stay at Sankri.

DAY 02: SANKRI (2000M) – JUDA KA TALAB (TREK / 4-5 HRS)
After a leisurely breakfast we will set out on the hike. Today’s hike is a moderate one and moves through a beautiful forest section for most part. We will walk to Saur village and from there we start climbing up. We will reach a small lake/pond called Juda-ka-Talab. This pond freezes into solid ice during winters. We will camp here for the night. Overnight stay at Juda – ka – Talab.

DAY 03: JUDA KA TALAB - BASE CAMP (2800M) (TREK / 4- 5 HRS)
Post breakfast we begin the trek towards Kedar Kantha base, our destination for the day. The route is beautiful with vast fields of snow and patches of green in between them. Views are open on all sides and will keep one busy with the camera. It is going to be an exhausting but enjoyable hike today. The Kedar Kantha base campsite is an open snow ground surrounded by trees. This site has been chosen keeping in mind the safety aspect and is a wonderful place to set up a camp. Here we have Gujjar huts for safety backup, in case weather is harsh. From nearby, we get fabulous views of Swargarohini, Bandarpoonch & Kalanag peaks. Overnight stay at the base camp of Kedarkantha.

DAY 04: BASE CAMP (2800M) – KEDAR KANTHA (3800M) – BASE CAMP (2800M) (TREK/7-8 HRS)
The distance to the summit is not long but is reasonably steep and walking on snow makes it more tiring and time consuming. We will, depending upon the snow conditions select the best route leading to the summit. We will start quite early about 2 am in the morning. It will take anywhere between 7 to 8 hours to get to summit. Marvel at the astounding views from the summit. You get to see all the mountains of the Yumnotri and Gangotri range and also of Kinner Kailash range and other ranges in Himachal. Also there are some great views of the underlying valleys. After spending sometime at the summit we will start descending and walk all the way down to base camp. You are sure to come back exhilarated. Overnight stay at the base of Kedarkantha.

DAY 05: BASE CAMP (3400M) - JUDA – KA TALAB - SANKRI (2000M) (TREK /4-5 HRS)
After a hot cup of tea and breakfast, we will start descending to Sankri. We continue on the trail and the views get really exciting as we start to get a glimpse of the tips of the snow capped peaks of the Himalayas, finally arriving at Sankri for the night. Overnight stay at Sankri.

DAY 06: SANKRI (2000M) – DEHRADUN (DRIVE/6 - 7 HRS)
After breakfast board the vehicle and start driving back towards Dehradun. Arrive in Dehradun by around late afternoon or evening. Our trip ends here.

 

Reporting : Participants have to report at Dehradun on the first day at given time and will be dropped back to Dehradun on the last day of the Trek.

Food : Wholesome & Hygienic vegetarian Food will be served, including Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Special Jain / Swaminarayan food is also served at the campsite if mentioned in the application form.

Please Note : If due to bad weather, sickness, natural calamity or any other personal reasons, the itinerary is changed on ground the extra charges arising due to it will be borne by the guests. same will be applicable if a guest decide to change the itinerary due to personal reason. Also if days are cut short on the trek/trips for any of the above reasons we will not be liable to make hotel arrangements at the base or any other location for the guests

  •     Guest will be required to fill up an indemnity form before embarking on the trek/trip
  •     We request you to kindly disclose/share information if suffering from any major ailment. We request you to submit your health Certificate.
  •     On our fixed group departures please note that we will follow a fixed schedule & standardised services. In case of individual requirements other than what is offered as part of the package, we might not be able to entertain them so please be aware of this fact
  •     In case of trips/treks with a backup day, where this backup day is not utilised for whatever reasons we will not be liable to make hotel or any other arrangements
  •     In case a departure cancelled due to bad weather conditions guest will receive full refund.

Optional Charges :
Charges for a porter/mule to carry personal bag throughout the trek (not more than 10 kgs) per person for the complete trek. If you want us to arrange for portage of your personal luggage you can book the same by selecting the option of Personal Luggage Charges.

Personal trekking Gear
You can save on buying expensive trekking equipment for the trek by hiring the same from our gear store. High quality equipment is provided at reasonable rental/sale and you are assured of clean equipment that has been checked for its efficacy.

Transport Options (DELHI – DEHRADUN – DELHI)

For travel to Dehradun and back one can choose between air, rail & road. For air travel, the closest airport is the Jolly Grant Airport (at Dehradun) and is well connected to Delhi and other parts of the country by Air India, Jet Airways, Kingfisher Airlines & Spice Jet. Train travel is highly recommended with enough options being there. For train details, you could log on to www.indianrail.gov.in and for online railway ticket bookings you could log on to www.irctc.co.in
There are frequent Public Transport buses including Volvos available from Delhi to Dehradun that cost about Rs. 200-500 per person. These buses depart from Delhi ISBT every 30 mins. or so and take about 7 hrs to cover the distance. The same is also applicable on the return journey. A private vehicle could also be arranged for if you require the same.

Weather Condition
This snow trek is organized between Dec & mid-March when the region has had good snowfall. Contrary to the popular belief winters is a good time to be in the mountains if one is equipped properly. Most locals inhabiting higher reaches of the mountains don’t mind the problems associated with snowfall and seem to have a good time during these months. Also there are lots of local festivals in these months. In these months weather is generally clear most of the days. Day time is normally pleasantly warm with one getting to enjoy sitting out in the sun. Temperature would be around 12-17 °C. Evenings are quite cold and one would need to be inside a tent/room or sitting outside next to fire with proper winter clothes. The evening temperatures will be around – 3 to 5 °C. Nights can be very cold with temperatures in the range of – 8 to 0 °C.
Please keep in mind that the above information is not exact and does not account for sudden changes. Whatever the temperatures and conditions, rest assured we will be prepared to handle it with ease as we use equipment of very high specifications.

Please keep in mind that the above information is not exact and does not account for sudden changes. Whatever the temperatures and conditions rest assured we will be prepared to handle it with ease as we use equipment of very high specifications.

Group size?
Anala Outdoors has a strict policy on Responsible Travel and keeping this in mind we do only small groups on any of our treks(max 12 people). This also means extra safety & personal attention for our guests.

Solo lady trekker?
They are as invited as anybody else and as safe as anybody else, which is absolutely safe. Also single women get to share the tent/room with other women only unless they have opted to take rooms/tents on single basis. If there is no other lady on the trip then they get to stay in the room/tent on single basis. Even if there is a single lady on our trip we will have a separate toilet tent while camping, only for ladies. Every trek is lead by two highly skilled and experienced mountaineering guide with good experience of travelling with groups so they ensure that within the group also a certain decorum is maintained
 
Drinking water?
Natural mineral water is present all over the trail. You have to carry water bottles.

Medical emergencies?
In case of any emergency one of our guides along with the porters and support staff will carry/accompany the guest back to the starting point of the trek from where he/she will be driven to the near hospital for treatment. We carry first aid arrangements and basic medicines with us on the trek.

Fitness level?
Good physical fitness as well as mental fitness is required for the Har Ki Dun Trek. This is an ideal trek for a beginner who wants to familiarize him/herself with high altitude treks.To get into  optimum level of fitness you can go through our article How to prepare for a high altitude trek.
 
Type of Footwear?
Although we recommend a high quality waterproof hiking shoes with good grips under them.

Loads of Enthusiam!! And a  pledge to leave no trace.

Carry your stuff in a duffel bag, soft shoulder bag or a rucksack. Avoid suitcases, trolleys or any other hard luggage. As you will be walking long distances carrying a rucksack, avoid bringing unnecessary items on the trip. Please avoid carrying expensive watches, jewellery and electronic items on the trip
Also please note this is a comprehensive list & there might be few items which you might not need depending upon the month of travel. Kindly check with us on the final list with us before travelling.

TERMS & CONDITIONS

●     Cheque/Demand Draft should be drawn in favour of ‘ANALA OUTDOORS PVT. LTD.’

●    Outstation cheques shall not be accepted.

●    Payment against dishonoured cheque/s shall have to be paid in cash with additional charge of Rs.200/- per cheque.

●    The balance payment is to be paid atleast 15 days before the departure of the batch. If the balance payment is not made on time, it would automatically be considered cancelled without any prior intimation and no refund would be given in this regard.

●    Camp may be cancelled if there is not enough strength, actual amount paid by the participant towards the camp will be refunded by A/c payee cheque only. No other claims will be entertained.

●    No refund shall be given if the participant terminates the camp at any point due to any reason.


●    Anala outdoors reserves the unconditional right to refuse a booking/terminate a participant on camp in event of unreasonable behavior at any time and no refund will be given in this regard.

●    The amount paid once is not-transferable to any other programme or to any other person.

●    Jain food may be served on specific request, subject to availability.

●    In case the camp duration is extended due to unforeseen circumstances, each participant will have to pay Rs. 400/-per head, per day to the group leader.

●    It shall be the participant's responsibility to collect the necessary travel documents from our office on time.

●    The organisers or any individual connected with the camp shall not be held responsible in case of any accident or any unforeseen natural calamity.

●    In any case of injury or severe illness where upon the participant has to be admitted to the hospital or sent back by flight or any other means of transport, then those charges shall be entirely borne by the participant .

●    Organisers will not be responsible towards any internal disputes arising with fellow participants.

●    We are not bound to provide name address or any other personal details of other participants.

●    The organisers shall not be held responsible for loss/theft of the participant’s luggage and belongings.

●    Anala outdoors has the right to use the participant's name, information and photographs in promotional materials, brochures and press releases.

Disclaimer: Anala Outdoors (P) Ltd. takes utmost care to ensure safety of its clients. However in the case of any unforeseen mishaps, Anala Outdoors (P) Ltd. will not be liable for any injuries caused or for loss of life. All disputes rising due to the above are subject to the jurisdiction of the courts in Ahmedabad only. All participants would be required to sign an Indemnity Form before the start of the program, without which they would not be allowed to take part in the trip/program/activities.

ANALA OUTDOORS PVT.LTD. reserves  the unconditional right to refuse a booking/terminate a participant during the camp/eco-tour in event of unreasonable behaviour in such cases no refund will be given.
 

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