Kedarkantha is a mountain peak in the Himalayas located in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. Its elevation is 3,800 in meters and 12,500 in feet. Kedarkantha is located within the Govind Wildlife Sanctuary in Uttarkashi district.
Kedarkantha is one of the most popular treks dedicated to Lord Shiva. As can be known from its name Kedarkantha which derives its name from the most famous temple of Uttarakhand, 'Kedarnath' which is the temple of Lord Shiva and is one of the 12 Jyatilinga.
Kedarkantha trek is most popular for winter season. Kedarkantha is a mountain top. Kedarkantha trek starts from Sankri village. Kedarkantha has 'Juda ka Talab' which freezes completely in winters. It is believed that Lord Shiva once opened his hair. Water fell from the hair and this lake was formed.
Kedarkantha Trek offers you unmatched beauty, spectacular views of charming villages, meadows, snow trails, scenic lakes, mountains, serene rivers and dramatic landscapes comprising of great Himalayan peaks.
Kedarkantha trek provides a wonderful opportunity to witness the natural beauty and feel the life experience of remote villages of Uttarakhand Himalayas. It offers trekkers a unique opportunity to experience life in remote villages in the dead of winter.
Day 1: Reach Sankri village from Dehradun. Overnight stay in Sankri village.
Day 2: Sankri village to Juda ka Talab, which is 4.2 kms and takes time – approx 4 to 5 hours. Stay in camps.
Day 3: Juda ka Talab to Pukhrola, which is 3 kms away and takes 3 to 4 hours. Stay in camps.
Day 4: From Pukhrola via Kedarkantha peak to Akhoti Thatch, the distance of which takes 8 kms and time - 7 to 8 hours. Stay in camps.
Day 5: Akhoti Thatch to Sankri village, which takes 7.2 kms and time - 5 to 6 hours. Overnight stay in Sankri village.
Day 6: Depart from Sankri village - Dehradun.
One legend has it that Lord Shiva was sitting on the summit of Kedarkantha to meditate, but a bull was running below. Lord Shiva had gone to Kedarnath for meditation.
According to the local people, the Pandavas had gone to the Himalayas to seek the blessings of Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva hid from the Pandavas and disguised himself as a bull. But Bhima recognized him and went after him and Lord Shiva went underground. When he came out of his hiding place, Lord Shiva split his body parts, and each part fell at a different place. His throat fell on Kedarkantha, thus the peak got its name- Kedarkantha - 'Lord Shiva's throat'.