Overview

About Kedarkantha:

 

Feel the essence of fresh winter snow upon lush green meadows as you begin your journey upon a road earmarked by tall pine trees. A carpet of leaves of the darkest brown will greet you at the very outset. Make sure to freeze your initial view of a frozen lake encompassing the campsite in your lens. It will take a while to reach the summit, but oh! the complete 360 degree view of snow clad peaks of the Garhwal Himalayas is sure to take your breathe away.

From the serene and calm mountains to the absolute daring rapids of the Ganges, battle through the high currents of River Ganga, feeling a headrush in the white waters at Rishikesh before the New Year Bash 2022


Date: 24th Dec to 01st January 2022

 

Travel Suggestions:

  • Reach Delhi by 4 pm on 24th December 2021
  • For departures, it is advisable to book a flight post 10 pm on 1 Jan 2022 from Delhi

Important Note:

We strongly recommend to all the participants to do a COVID test before travelling to Uttarakhand /Himachal or any other long tour.

We also recommend to all the participants to give RT-PCR test not less than 96 hours before the travel and carry COVID negative certificates with them.

Doing a test strongly reduces the probability of participants coming to the mountains as asymptomatic carriers. It makes it a lot safer for all the participants and staffs in the team.

Cost: 18499/- per person ( Delhi to Delhi )

 

 

7 Nights 8 Days 24 Dec Ajmeri Gate, Delhi
Itinerary

Day 1: December 24, 2021: Reach Delhi By Air / Train

Meet Trikon Team at Delhi around 06:00 pm

Move to Delhi Railway Station OR Bus Stand and Catch Train OR Bus for Dehradun

Day 2: December 25, 2021 - Drive from Dehradun to Sankri (200kms; 10-11 hours)

Our drive to Sankri begins. The banks of the River Tons are a treat by themselves, especially so as they slowly give way to the ‘Queen of Hills’ (a.k.a Mussoorie). Take a moment to take it all in. It will be late in the evening when we will reach the base village. We know the excitement of the following day may just keep you up, but tired eyes may not get you very far. So enjoy a scrumptious meal and tuck in before the adventure begins!

Day 3: December 26, 2021 - And it begins from Sankri to Juda-Ka-Talab (4 kms; 4-5 hours)

Altitude:  6,400ft – 9,100ft

And so it begins…the trail to Juda ka Talab starts with a steep climb until we reach a ridge. It evens out soon after and spans out for almost the rest of the journey. A leaf out of a fairy tale, you will get to experience a short walk across wooden bridges, look across snow-covered grounds that lay home to a few huts and cottages. It says, beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder and the beauty of the Kedarkantha trail magnifies as the ascent increases. Do keep an eye open for the Himalayan Langurs as they swing merrily between trees.

Day 4: December 27, 2021 - Juda-ka-Talab to Kedarkantha Base (4 kms; 2.5 hours)

Altitude: 9,100 – 11,250ft

Start slow but make sure to finish strong! We begin day 3 with a slight climb up a ridge that also opens up into the darkest part of the pine forest (the constant companion to your stay in the hills). The climb will often be frequented by multiple clearings and expansive open meadows. You will ignore the beads of sweat lining your forehead as you gulp in the panoramic view of snow-clad ranges encompassing the Kedarkantha Peak. The trio ranges of the Bandarpoonch, Swargarohini, Kala Nag, and Ranglana stand out. As the night descends, it is the view of the picturesque “Milky Way” that is going to fill your souls, and of course the anticipation of the summit climb that awaits.

Day 5: December 28, 2021 –  Hit the Summit, descend down to Kedarkantha Base (6 km; 6-7 hours)

Altitude: 11,250ft – 12,500ft , Descent 11,250ft

On our day 4, the first of the many views will be that of the summit as we begin our ascent from camp. It is a gentle trail up and soon after a short dip, it circles back to into the depth of an oak forest (just for a little while so make sure you let the Bollywood in you come out a little). The climb to the summit takes place through the northern ridge and includes a series of switchbacks to reach the Kedarkantha temple. After paying respects, it is then time to feel the fresh snow of the summit that offers a clear view of the Gangotri, Yamunotri and the Kinner Kailash ranges. Stop. Relax. Just let the beauty of nature flow into your veins. We will not hurry you as you look around and gulp in the beauty of the snow-capped peaks and the whiteness of snow.

We return to the base camp by lunchtime.Enjoy the climb down, with possible multiple slides in the snow. It’s worth it.

Day 6: December 29, 2021 - Back from Base to Sankri (6 km; 4 hours)

Altitude: 8,900ft – 6,400ft

We would try reaching Sankri at the earliest to ensure a good rest before a long drive the next day to Rishikesh. However, we would not wish for you to miss out on celebrating the climb to the summit and the view that followed suit.

Day 7: December 30, 2021 - Drive from Sankri to Rishikesh – Rafters’ World (8 hours)

Rishikesh. What better way to relax after a long drive than at a beautiful campsite on the banks of the River Ganges and also enjoy the bonfire under a moonlit-starlit sky.  

Day 8: December 31, 2021 - Celebrate New Years’ with a party on the banks of The Mighty Ganges

A good night’s sleep followed by a hearty breakfast we set off for the adrenaline pump – a thrilling river rafting experience in the winter chills of the Ganges. The experience as our raft makes contact with the rapids and crosses over each is one to die for. We hit pause after rafting as we break for'

lunch, post which we let you indulge in mini trails around Rishikesh, games like beach football, volleyball or maybe indoor games (we could arrange some for you).

End of yet another year. Beginning of a new one.

What better way to spend New Year’s than under a starlit sky with a bonfire at the banks of the Ganges. As this would also be the night our trek draws to a close, we would definitely want to celebrate the endurance you have personally shown and the trust you have bestowed upon us with music, food, and dance!!

Day 9: January 01, 2022 - Breakfast at Rishikesh and departure for Delhi

New Year Day. A lazy morning and a good breakfast. We will ensure to begin our departure by 10 am to target reaching the airport/station on time. Reach Delhi by late at night.

 

Things to Carry

  • A photocopy of your Identity Proof (Passport / Voter ID Card/PAN Card/Aadhar Card/ Driving License)
  • Rucksack – If you are offloading your Rucksack, you will need a small daypack to carry your basic essentials
  • Good trekking shoes and a pair of slip-on, if required for campsite
  • 2 Water Bottles (1 liter each)
  • Woolen or Fleece Gloves and a pair of waterproof gloves
  • Cotton socks and woolen socks (2 pairs each)
  • Balaclava, Woolen scarf – If you do not have a Balaclava, you can carry a Monkey cap instead
  • Thermal Inners
  • Fleece Jacket, Snow Jacket, or Padded Jacket (1 each)
  • Windcheater or Poncho
  • 2-3 pairs of trek pants
  • 2 collared and full-sleeved t-shirts – Do not carry loose t-shirts as they tend to make you feel  cold
  • Camera or Binoculars
  • Ready to eat snacks, Enerzyl Powder or Glucon D Powder – Carry nuts, dryfruits, energy bars to munch during the trek. They provide instant energy whenever it hits the lower base.
  • Cap, Sunglasses – Do ensure that your sunglasses are UV Protected. Do not carry reflectors.
  • Headlamp/LED Torch – Mandatory
  • Toiletries – Sunscreen, Moisturizer, light towel, lip balm, wet wipes, toothbrush, toothpaste, Hand Sanitizer, Mosquito repellent, if required
  • Polythene Bags or Zip-lock Bags – These help to segregate wet clothes, used wet wipes or sanitary napkins on trek
  • Any medicines that you normally consume – Please consult your doctor in this regard

 

Consuming liquor or any kind of Alcoholic substance is prohibited. Carrying any kind of substance that’s illegal is not allowed. Smoking is strictly not allowed. Anybody found smoking or consuming alcoholic drinks will be expelled from the event without refund.

IMPORTANT:

  • Avoid wearing precious Jewelry while trekking, as Trikon, won’t be responsible for any losses for the same.
     
  • Consuming liquor or any kind of Alcoholic substance is prohibited. Carrying any kind of substance that’s illegal is not allowed. Smoking is strictly not allowed. Anybody found smoking or consuming alcoholic drinks will be expelled from the event without refund.
     
  • Dear Trikoners, always remember SHOES are your best companion on a trek! Please wear a good pair of TREKKING SHOES and not sports or running shoes. Make sure they are durable and firm enough to withstand tough conditions. You can carry floaters to wear only after the trek is completed. Feel free to contact Trikoner buddies prior to the trek in case of any confusion.

Fitness & Health:

Though trekking is a fun-filled activity, it demands a good amount of physical fitness. If you are under medication, please carry your medicines. During the trek, leaders will have over the counter medication for temporary treatment, so do give a heads up to them if you need any medical assistance.
 

Covid Safety Guidelines

  • Each member of the group (participants/leaders/ clients & staff) wears a protective mask while on interaction with each other. Do carry few unused, disposable masks.
  • It is strongly recommended to wear caps, full sleeves shirts and full trousers and shoes for adventure activities. It reduces exposure of your body parts.
  • It should be ascertained from the participants that they are not residing / have not traveled in a containment zone and have not come in contact with any person who was tested positive in the last 14 days.
  • Ascertain whether any participant has any symptoms of Influenza-like illness (ILI) like fever, dry cough, weakness, severe body ache etc. at the time of beginning of activity. If it is so then he/she should be asked not to participate actively and be evacuated on medical grounds and should be asked to report to the local health authority with his own expenses.
  • Strictly avoid eating gutkha, pan masala, cigarette, or sniffing which induces spitting, coughing, or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching external surfaces and touching your face when in outdoors.
  • If the location of your adventure activity is too crowded then be prepared to leave or wait for the crowd to disperse/for your turn.
  • It is mandatory that a participant informs the organizers if he tests positive for Covid within 14 days of returning from adventure activity. It will help the organizers to inform and alert all other persons in the group, so that they can follow the medical/government norms in this regard. Here it is absolutely essential that the participant observes
    transparency and informs the organizers/group leaders about his Covid test results.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation one month prior the starting date of the trek — Get your full trek fee back in a Trikon Event Voucher OR get a monetary refund with 20% cancellation charges.

Cancellation between one month and 20 days prior to the starting date of the trek — Get 80% of the trek fee in a Trikon Event Voucher OR get a monetary refund with 50% cancellation charges.

Cancellation less than 20 days prior to the starting date of the trek — No monetary refund, get 50% of your fees in a Trikon Event Voucher. 

Train travel costs would be considered refundable after adjusting IRCTC cancellation charges.

Any specified non-refundable advances will also be considered non-refundable.

Please Note:

We almost never cancel our events. But in case we cancel a event because of natural calamities (snowstorms, thunderstorms, floods, landslides, earthquakes) or unexpected political unrest, curfews, local riots, government orders, unexpected global health issues, Trikon will issue a voucher for the full amount of your event fee. You can redeem the Event Voucher on any of our events over the next one year.

Inclusions/Exclusions

What is included in the tour

  • Delhi to Dehradun & Return by 3AC Train Tickets OR Semi Sleeper AC Bus ( Depend on Availability )
  • Transport from Dehradun to Dehradun
  • Stay in comfortable, clean and hygienic  tents and guesthouse (Triple sharing basis)
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner from Day-3 to Day-8 except lunch on Day 7.
    Dinner on Day 2
  • Breakfast on Day 9
  • First aid medical kits and medical assistance during the trek
  • Professional trek leads, event management fees, and support staff
  • Rishikesh Rafting Charges

What is NOT included in the tour

  • Transport from Delhi Airport to Delhi Railway / Bus Station and Return to Airport
  • Cost Escalation due to natural reasons, obstructions, landslides etc.
  • Any personal expenses incurred during the trek
  • Offloading of bags during the trek
  • Breakfast and Lunch on Day-1
  • Lunch and Dinner on Day 6
  • Anything, other than mentioned under ‘Inclusions’ above
  • Tax as applicable
  • 5% GST
Highlights
  •   Surreal trek through the glistening white snow covered mountains
  •   Get to touch the sky and get an eye level view of the famous mountain summits
  •   Astronomy and Astrophotography is best done here where the glittering stars and stretched milky way ornament the sky at night
  •   The frozen Juda-Ka-Talab situated in the clearing of the forests of Oak and Maple creating a perfect picnic spot
  •   Drive through “Queen of Hills” –Mussoorie and reach the astonishing village of Sankri located on a hill slope
Pickup point
New Delhi Railway Station, Bhavbhuti Marg, Ratan Lal Market, Kamla Market, Ajmeri Gate, New Delhi, Delhi, India View on Map