KEDAR KANTHA WINTER TREK

Region: Garhwal(Uttarakhand)
Duration: 6  days
Grade: Moderate +
Best season: Dec - March
Start/end point: Dehradun
Highest altitude: Kedarkantha (3800 mtr)

Experience the beauty of Kedarkantha the most sought after snow trekking destination. The beauty of this trek is unsurpassed with views that are completely blissful to witness. Permeating natures bounty will accompany you creating a delightful aspect. This trek also offers an opportunity to experience the remote villages of Garhwal Himalayas and gain insight into their lifestyle and culture. The trip begins with a beautiful drive from Dehradun to the remote village of Sankri. 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. The trek starts with a gradual climb to the base camp (2800m). Indulge in an array of adventure activities like tree jummering, valley traverse, snow tubing and skiing here. Immerse yourself in the natural bounties surrounding you. The wait is over, from the base camp the next day we trek to Kedarkantha summit. The trail is difficult because you have to walk on the snow. However, the joy of walking on snow is inexplicable. At the summit, you will be rewarded with awe-inspiring views of Yumnotri and Gangotri ranges and also of KinnerKailash range and other ranges in Himachal. The next day we leave for Sankri via beautiful water pond called Juda-ka-Talab, we continue our trail to Sankri and camp here for the night. The next day, depart from Sankri taking perpetual memories along with you.
 

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Activities : Trekking

Eligibility : 16 years above

Accommodation :

      Day 1: Overnight Stay in Swiss Tents/alpine tents (Sankri)
      Day 2: Overnight Stay in Alpine Tents ( Posla Campsite )
      Day 3: Overnight Stay in Alpine Tents (Base Camp)
      Day 4: Overnight Stay in Alpine Tents ( Base Camp/ Posla Campsite )
      Day 5: Overnight Stay in Swiss Tents/alpine tents (Sankri)

Please Carry :
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 start the trip so we urge you to carefully pack everything into your bags.

1.    Jeans / Trekking Pants-2
2.    Windproof jacket of decent quality (no flimsy wind cheaters please!) preferably with a hood
3.    Warm and thick Fleece / Full-sleeve Woollen sweater
4.    Thermal inner wear (upper & lower)
5.    Woolen cap
6.    Woolen gloves
7.    Woolen socks & regular socks (3-4 pairs)
8.    Scarf/muffler (optional)
9.    Comfortable Trekking/Hiking shoes (shoes with a thick sole are recommended)
10.    Lightweight floaters/sandals/slippers
11.    Raincoat / Poncho
12.    Small light weight towel
13.    Water bottle (sturdy ones, no empty Bisleri bottles!!)
14.    Cap / Hat to keep the strong sun away from your face
15.    Sun glasses
16.    Walking stick / Trekking pole
17.    Sunscreen Lotion
18.    Lip Balm
19.    Torch / Flashlight (with extra batteries)
20.    Medicines, if requiring any specific medication
21.    Personal toiletries
22.    Book, if you like reading
23.    Day pack/small bag which you will carry on your back every day and keep your essentials in it
24.    Carry rain cover for your bags
25.    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
26.    Camera if you like (with fully charged batteries)

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 7,500/- per person to confirm your booking.The balance payment should reach our office at least 15 days before the commencement of the journey. Cheque or DD should be in favour of ANALA OUTDOORS PVT.LTD.payable at Ahmedanad only.

Food :
Day 1: Dinner
Day 2: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6: Breakfast

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

Disclaimer: While all care will be taken for the safety of the participants, ANALA OUTDOORS, or any individual connected to it would not be held responsible for any accident or any unforeseen incident. Participants will have to look after their luggage throughout the journey as well as during the camp/tour. Doctor’s certificate would be required if the participant is undergoing any medical treatment, is over-weight or above 60 years.

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 give





 

Dates :

MONTH

DATE

November

6,14,24

December

1,4,7,10,13,16,19,20,22,23,24,25,28 to 31,

January

3,6,9,12,15,18,21,24,27

February

2,5,8,11,14,17,20,23,26

March

1,4,7,10,13

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

Rates:
4 to 5 sharing basis: Rs. 8500 per person + 2000/- transportation+1250 Porter + 5% GST

(Optional charges)

Skiing: Rs. 1500 per person
Snow tubing:  Rs. 200 per person
Tree Jumaring: Rs. 200 per person

Cost Includes :

Accommodation as mentioned

Meals:

Day 1: Dinner
Day 2: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6: Breakfast  

High quality Camping arrangements We believe that roughing it out necessarily doesn’t mean sleeping in smelly sleeping  bags, compromising on safety by using low quality equipment and having unappetising meals. We focus on your safety, basic comforts and the environment while camping.  Keeping this is mind, the following equipment is provided on the trek.

The following equipment is provided on the trek :
3/4 season imported alpine tents
Fresh and clean Sleeping bags of very good quality
Comfortable camping mattresses
Mess Tent
Camping stools & tables
There will be 2 toilet tents [separate for gents and ladies] having portable toilet seats
    
Professional guide(s) to ensure high safety and more information and personal attention which are necessary to appreciate a trek. 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 (if Any)

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

Cost does not Include :
Accommodation in any other location not mentioned above
Porter/mule charges to carry your personal bag
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, road blocks, bad weather, etc.
Insurance
GST

 

Sketch Itinerary
 
Day 01: Dehradun - Sankri (2000m) (Drive / 6-7 hrs)
Day 02: Sankri( 2000 m) - Posla Campsite (Trek / 3 hrs)
Day 03: Posla Campsite - Base Camp Kedarkantha (2800m) (Trek / 3-4  hrs)
Day 04: Base Camp Kedarkantha ( 2800m) - Kedarkantha Summit ( 3800m) -Posla Campsite (Trek / 9 hrs)
Day 05: Posla Campsite - Sankri ( 2000 m)  (Trek /  3-4 hrs)
Day 06: Sankri ( 2000 m) - Dehradun (Drive / 6-7 hrs)

Detailed Itinerary
DAY 01: DEHRADUN – SANKRI (2000M) (DRIVE / 6 - 7 HRS)
From Dehradun we will drive to Sankri via Mussorrie. 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 hotel Wild Orchid. 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 in tents.

DAY 02: DAY 2: SANKRI ( 2000M)  - POSLA CAMPSITE ( TREK / 3 HRS )
Post breakfast, we trek to Posla on this day. Trail initially passes through village fields and takes you into a forested region. You will spot several Himalayan birds including Monal, Green-backed tit, and many more. If you are fortunate you might spot Black bear. Witness mesmerizing views of snow covered hills and village settlement along this trail. You will also see beautiful Hata valley & mountain ranges. On arrival you will settle down in the camp. Overnight in tents

DAY 03: POSLA CAMPSITE - BASE CAMP KEDARKANTHA ( 2800M)( TREK / 3 - 4  HRS )
On this day, you will hike through meadows and forests to reach the base camp. In     the afternoon, we set out on a short acclimatisation hike. Head back to the base     camp. Overnight in tents.

DAY 04: BASE CAMP KEDARKANTHA (2800M) - KEDARKANTHA SUMMIT ( 3800M)  - BASE CAMP KEDARKANTHA / POSLA CAMPSITE ( TREK / 9 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. Today you will begin early that is around 3.30 am in the morning. It will take anywhere between 4.5 – 5.5 hours to get to summit.Marvel at the astounding views from the summit as you arrive. You will see the mountains of Yumnotri and Gangotri ranges and also of Kinner Kailash range and other ranges in Himachal. Other than the mountains you will get to see some great views of the underlying valleys. After spending sometime at the summit, start descending and walk all the way down to the Base Camp/ Posla Campsite. Overnight stay in tents

DAY 05: BASE CAMP KEDARKANTHA/ POSLA CAMPSITE - SANKRI ( 2000M) ( TREK /  3 -4 HRS )                                                                                                                                                        

Have a leisurely breakfast in the morning. Spend some time indulging in exploring the campsite and later descend to Sankri . In the evening, one can take a stroll to Sankri market or sit back in the camp and relax. Overnight in tents

DAY 06: SANKRI (2000M) – DEHRADUN (DRIVE / 6 - 7 HRS)
After breakfast board the vehicles and start driving back towards Dehradun. Arrive in Dehradun by around late afternoon. 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 :
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 and SpiceJet.  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. 200-700 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.

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?
Kedarkantha winter trek is a moderate+ trek so  a prior experience of Himalayan trekking would be helpful and you should be fit enough to walk for 7-8 hours at a stretch. Prior trekking is advisable but not necessary. If you follow play sports and maintain sound physique and more importantly have the zeal to do this amazing trek then you should be able to complete this 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: While all care will be taken for the safety of the participants, ANALA OUTDOORS, or any individual connected to it would not be held responsible for any accident or any unforeseen incident. Participants will have to look after their luggage throughout the journey as well as during the camp/tour. Doctor’s certificate would be required if the participant is undergoing any medical treatment, is over-weight or above 60 years.
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.