When it comes to trekking in India in winter, the Kedarkantha trek is your absolute best bet. For about five months, from December to April, Kedarkantha is covered in layers of snow and astonishingly wide clearings in the forests. That makes it conducive for camping as well as trekking.
As you cross the 10,000 feet mark, you will see snow lying on the forest floor among pine trees. When you reach the meadows, a huge blanket of white snow will welcome you in every direction. Also, Kedarkantha boasts of the prettiest campsites in the Himalayas. Each campsite is unique in its beauty: the Akroti Thach campsite is set on a clearing surrounded by walnut and pine trees whereas the Pukhrola campsite is on an open meadow with the Kedarkantha summit in full view.
As if that were not enough, the drive to Kedarkantha takes you through scenic places like Mussoorie, Nowgaon, Purola and Mori before finally halting at Naitwar. It is such a remote and exquisite route that you’ll be blown away even before you get to the base camp. Also, right from the Kedarkantha base camp, you’ll see stunning 360 degree views of famous snow-clad mountain summits. They’re jaw droppingly gorgeous; but it’s when you get to the Kedarkantha summit, the feeling of having touched the sky is unparalleled.
The beauty of trekking here is that the trail goes through dense pine forests where you navigate by walking over beds of brown dried leaves and snow, with a constant stunning view of the Himalayas in sight. Although you can trek here throughout the year, summer months should be avoided because then you won’t see huge dollops of snow at the base of the pine trees that add to the whole experience. The trek happens in Western Garhwal in Uttarakashi district, and is known to be one of the easy treks that can be enjoyed both by beginners and seasoned trekkers.