Kedarkantha is a mountain peak of the Himalayas in Uttarakhand,India. Its elevation is 12,500 ft (3,800 m). Kedarkantha is located within Govind Wildlife Sanctuary in Uttarkashi district.

The climb to the peak of Kedarkantha starts from a small village called Sankri. There are a total of 13 peaks of the Himalayan range visible from the Kedarkantha peak. There is a lake called Juda-ka-talab, the locals say that once upon a time Lord Shiva meditated at Kedarkantha. Its name implies so from the droplet fallen from Shiva's hair to form this lake named as Juda-ka-talab. It usually takes 4 days to complete the climb of Kedarkantha peak.

There is one story about this trek i.e., Shri Adi guru Shankaracharya initially wanted to establish Kedardham here only. But there was one condition that while making the temple, he should not hear any voice. It should be complete silence. But this condition was broken when suddenly he heard a voice of cow, so he left the place and this place eventually known as kedar kanth. Kantha means vocal cord in someone's neck.

Kedarkantha in summer:

In summer, the trek to the summit takes you through green meadows, and fragrant pine and oak forests filled with birds and wildflowers. There are clear natural pools and streams of clear sparkling water to dip your feet into. It usually starts and ends in Dehradun and takes about 5–6 days.

Kedarkantha in winter:

This is one of the easiest treks to take you into thick snow, so it is popular with first-timers. You’ll see a pristine blanket of snow, so thick and pure that you can’t resist jumping in it or making a snowman! At night, a crackling campfire sets the winter trek mood. It is a popular winter trek.


October to March

How To Reach

For Kedarkantha Trek, one has to reach the quaint village Sankri which is located 200 km from Dehradun. So, Dehradun, which is at a distance of 248 kms from Delhi, is the rendezvous point. Once you reach Sankri, you can start your trek to Kedarkantha, mostly done next day morning.


Haridwar/Dehradun is the nearest railway station


Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun