The Kedar Kantha Trek is one of the most popular winter treks for adventure enthusiasts across the world. The trek is one of the very few Himalayan adventures accessible in winter and presents itself as an out-and-out winter trek. The snow trek is best done between November to April. You will witness the first snowfall of the season as you navigate your way from the charming Sankri village to the frozen Juda ka Talab and onwards. The entire Govind Wildlife Sanctuary basks in the winter whites and creates a magnificent aura. You will experience an adventurous climb to the summit and extremely cold dusks and dawn.
However, the popularity of this trek and the countless routes that have emerged for the Kedar Kantha top have made this an all-season adventure. You can also embark on this adventure in spring from March to May, where you will be greeted by residual snow, colorful forest, and lush green meadows. The summit climb is also beautiful beyond imagination. Some trekkers attempt the Kedar Kantha trek in autumn, between September to November, where you will enjoy crisp views from the summit along with colorful forests and sprawling meadows. During the trek, it is customary to camp at scenic campsites. Alternatively, there are several tour operators and trekking companies that offer accommodation in homestays in the villages. You need to follow the instructions of your trek leader, guide and support staff, and be respectful towards the community. Since you will pass through a myriad of villages in Uttarakhand, you should be open to varied cultures and interact with them in their own ways. This trail is relatively easy and suited for amateur trekkers. You should carry all relevant documents, permits, and other trekking essentials including, backpacks, daypacks, suitable apparel including thermal inners, t-shirts, polyester pants, fleece jackets, woolen sweaters, heavy down jackets, woolen caps, balaclavas, wool and fleece gloves, sunglasses, trekking poles, several pairs of socks, rugged and heavy-duty waterproof hiking shoes, etc. Be generous with your first-aid kit, personal medications, and toiletries and hygiene products. Also, ensure that comfortable sleeping bags, thick mattresses, separate kitchen and dining tents, crampons, utensils, etc., are carried.
Physical fitness and mental fortitude are the basic necessities for any Himalayan adventure. You should be in good health and maintain a rigorous physical routine for a couple of months that combines cardiovascular exercises like skipping, running, swimming, cycling, and strength and conditioning training. You can hone your mental resilience with yoga and meditation.
Kedar Kantha is a highly secluded place, so the cell phone connection is not very good. However, you can carry a BSNL/Jio sim card because it might work near the base camp in Sankri.