Located inside the Govind Pashu Vihar National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary in the district of Uttarkashi in Uttarakhand, the Kedarkantha peak in the Garhwal Himalayas is one of the most sought after destinations in the country for trekkers and mountaineers. With an altitude of about 4,100 metres, the Kedarkantha peak is best known for its panoramic views to some of the most famous mountains of the Garhwal Himalayas. One of the most popular treks in the country, the Kedarkantha trek has its admirers and visitors not only from different parts of the country but also from all over the world. 

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The peak offers stunning views to a total of 13 Himalayan peaks, which include the Swargarohini peaks, Bandarpoonch, Black Peak and the Ranglana peak in the Yamunotri and Gangotri ranges. Apart from enjoying the breathtaking scenic beauty, one can indulge in a number of other different exciting activities. This article gives a brief introduction to some of the things that one can take part in the Kedarkantha trek.

Trekking and hiking:

The Kedarkantha trek happens to be one of the most sought after treks in the state of Uttarakhand, mostly owing to its mesmerizing views. Trekking usually begins from the base camp at the Sankri village, which is yet another popular tourist spot in the region. The Kedarkantha mountain itself along with the surrounding regions offers ample opportunities for hiking and camping. Best known for its jaw dropping views to the magnificent snow laden mountains, the Kedarkantha trek is visited by a large number of people all round the year. What makes trekking and camping in this region so special is that one gets to enjoy the serenity and tranquillity of nature, away from the crowd in solitude and peace. One of the most famous treks in the country, the Kedarkantha trek will lead one through numerous streams and waterfalls, valleys and open meadows, forests of pine, oak and deodar, and the remote and secluded Garhwali villages nestled among the snow capped mountains.

Another special component of trekking and camping in the Kedarkantha is that it leads one through the remote villages, where one gets to experience the rich cultural heritage and age old tradition of the Gaehwali people.

Mountain biking:

Mountain biking around the Kedarkantha mountain is becoming increasingly popular especially among adventure seekers. The relatively gradual terrains and elevations make it quite a favourable spot for mountain bikers, and this has emerged as quite a popular adventure sport in recent years. The adventure, thrill and adrenaline rush that comes with it makes it completely worth the challenge and difficulties.

Photography:

The Picturesque valleys and the snow covered mountains make up for a great subject for photographers, and the region is visited in large numbers by photographers throughout the year. The snow laden mountains, the beautiful valleys filled with blooming wildflowers, and the rich biodiversity of the region is what attracts photographers from all over the world to visit this region. Sunset photography in the mountains is also quite popular these days.

Bird watching:

The Kedarkantha peak is located at the very core of the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve, and is part of one of the most significant biodiversity hotspots in the entire subcontinent. Rightly so, the region is bestowed with a huge diversity of flora and fauna. This place is home to some rare and endangered species of resident as well as migratory birds, and is a paradise on earth for bird watchers and other wildlife enthusiasts. This is also one of the main components of the Kedarkantha trek, as one gets to witness the rich biological diversity of the area. A favoured spot for birdwatchers, the region has quite a huge collection of rare and exotic birds, which include the Himalayan Monal, the very rare blood coloured Western Tragopan, the bearded vulture, the steppe eagle, golden eagle, the Himalayan snowcock, woodpeckers and so on.

River Rafting:

The region has quite a large number of streams and tributaries to rivers, and makes up for a good spot for river rafting. River rafting in the Himalayas is already emerging as a popular adventure sport, and the surrounding areas of the Kedarkantha peak are quite suitable for river rafting. White water rafting in Mori is especially popular among adventure seekers who ignore all challenges and difficulties and set out on these adventure activities. The adventure and thrill that comes with it is what makes it so special and memorable, and it is not at all meant for the faint hearted.