Below is the photo journey of winter trek into himalaya, a place called Kedarkantha in Uttarakhand India. Second and final part.
(Note: The itinerary and facts about the Kedarkantha trek is at the bottom of this post.)
|View of Himalayas|
|View of Camp site at morning 4 am|
Subah ho gayi Mamu
|View of Juda ka talaab at night|
Moonlight and Snow
|View of kedarkantha slopes with tiny trekkers|
Marching into Sun
|View of judo ka talk camp site|
Dancing in the dark.
|View of kedarkantha base camp early in the morning.|
|View of wooden house covered in snow.|
Shelter in Destitute
|A view of kedarkantha from Sankri|
The above shot taken at night shows trees leaf glowing with himalayas at the backdrop. The peaks as seen from Sankri village.
Our quest for life, the truth of being alive and our search for the real meaning of life.
Location: Photo shot taken from Sankri.
The Kedarkantha trek:
Kedarkantha peak is situated at northern part of Uttarakhand accessible from Sankri village. The nearest rail head is Dehradun and road drive from Dehradun to Sankri takes 9-10 hours. The drive to Kedarkantha is through Mussourie, Kempty falls, Netwar, Purola and Mori. The road goes along river Tong and passes through Laksha mandal an ancient legend of Lakshagrah of Mahabharata for pandavas.
The Drive Direction to Sankri-
( Kedarkantha Trek starting point):
The drive to Sankri is very beautiful and few of the most interesting drive in Himalayas. The road is reasonably maintained and is in good condition through out. You come across few Dhabhas and restaurant while driving and the density reduces as we approach Sankri. One can hire a taxi from Dehradun taxi stand for approx 4500/- to 5500/-. Sankri can also be reached by Bus. There is an early morning bus starting from Dehradun at around 6:30 Am which goes directly to Sankri.
Below is the Google map directions to reach Sankri from Dehradun.
Itinerary and Milestones :
Day1 -Kedarkantha trek: Dehradun to Sankri.
Altitude: 6300ft. Travel time 10 hours Distance: 220Km via Mussourie, Purola and Mori.
Stay at Sankri. There are lots of guest house available for stay.
Day 2 -Kedarkantha trek: Sankri to Juda ka talao.
Altitude: 9000ft. Travel time 5 hours
Trek start from her. Major landmarks we came across were Jaya Nala Bugiyal, Koa Mahali bugyal and finally Juda ka talao. There are two lakes which combines together to form Juda ka talab.
Stayed along the lake side in tents. It was a winter trek so we had our tent on snow.
Day 3 -Kedarkantha trek: Juda Ka talao to Kedarkantha base camp ( Bayna thutch)
Altitude: 11200ft. Time: 5 Hours. Distance: 5 Km
The trek is steep and slippery. We started at 8 am and reached by noon. The overnight experience of Bayna thuth was amazing. We slept in tents and experienced -15 degree temperature. Major landmarks crossed Dunga thutch, Monal thutch, Bujulla Thutch and finally Bayna thutch. Very pictureseque site and one can experience amazing sunset and sun rise view..
Day 4 -Kedarkantha trek: Bayna Thutch to Kedarkantha peak to Hargaon.
Altitude: 12500 ft. Time: 7 hours. Distance: 7 Km
Landmarks: Bayna Thutch ( Kedarkantha base camp) , Kedarkantha peak and Hargaon.
This is the final day when we climb the summit. The experience is out of the world and the himalayan view is breathtaking.
Day 5 -Kedarkantha trek: Hargaon to Sankri
Altitude: 6300ft Time 4 hrs Distance: 5 Km
The trek passes through forest and descent to main land. trek finish here.
Kedarkantha trek can be customised as per fitness level of the participants.
Facts and myths about Kedarkantha:
Kedarkantha means Throat of Lord Shiva.
There are total of six major Shiva temple out which five are in India.
1. Kalpeshwar: Hair of Lord Shiva
2. Rudranath: Face of Lord Shiva.
3. Tungnath: Arms of lord Shiva
4. Madhyamaheshwar: Navel of Lord Shiva
5.Kedarnath: Back of Lord SHIVA.
6. Pashupati Nepal
The myth goes back to the time of Mahabharata. After the war the Pandavas went to himalayas to seek Lord Shiva blessing. Lord Shiva did not appear to meet them. Instead he took a disguise of buffalo and mislead the Pandavas. Bheem seeing the herd of buffalo played a trick. He stood on two rocks with his legs opened wide. The buffalo were made to pass under Bheem. One of the buffalo (disguised) refused to pass resulting in fight with Bheem. In a tug of war Bheem ripped apart the buffalo in six pieces. The place where these six part fell Pandavas later erected temple of Shiva to worship.
Read the previous Post of the series Photo essay of Kedarkantha Trek.A Himalaya peak Part 1/2