The Kedarkantha Snow Expedition is a high altitude (12,500 feet) trekking expedition in the Garhwal Himalayas in North India. Participants learn the basics of a snow trek, self- rescue techniques and snow route creation during the expedition.
This is a self-contained expedition where participants pitch their own tents to set up camp at a different location every day, cook their own food and manage resources and share responsibilities.
The trekking route meanders through snow covered meadows and pine & oak forests. The trek has a gradual climb with beautiful camping spots in the middle. The Kedarkantha peak offers a spectacular panoramic view of the Himalayas.
Age group : 14 - 17 yrsTRAVEL -From Delhi:
Departure: 7:00 pm (report by 6:15 pm New Delhi Airport, Terminal 2 Bus parking. Travel in an AC bus till Paonta Sahib. Onwards to campus by non-AC bus. Arrival at campus by breakfast.Return to Delhi:
Arrival: 5:30 am at New Delhi Airport, Terminal 2 Bus parking.Outstation Participants:
Participants taking a flight to attend this program can avail our airport pick and drop facilities at an add on cost of Rs 1000/- This does not include any overnight stay or boarding.ACCOMMODATION -
Tons River Nature Getaway
The start point is Sankri, a village ahead of Netwar where the rivers Rupin and Supin meet to form the Tons. Our Tons campus (25 km from Sankri) serves as the base camp to prepare, pack and acclimatize.
On campus has a separate area allocated for the Kedarkantha group. On the expedition, participants pitch tents to set up camp at a different location every day. 3 person tents are allotted to a group of two participants.TOILETS
There are no fixed toilets and baths on the trek. We carry a portable toilet tent with us to ensure participant privacy and safety. However, there is no provision for a bath on the trek.FOOD
On the expedition, the group carries its own rations and cooks its own meals. Participants are given a nutritional trail mix, which is refilled regularly. The group is involved in planning its meals and selecting the items – all part of the learning. The campus has a fully functional kitchen run by experienced staff members. The food is largely vegetarian with non-veg served 2-3 times on the program. There is variety and we take care of both taste and nutrition in planning the menu. FITNESS & PREPARATION
This program might be more demanding than the usual physical activities you’re used to. We recommend a little jogging, stretching and exercise a few weeks before the departure to gain the flexibility and agility needed to truly enjoy the experience. Do this wearing the shoes you want to carry for the program—it’ll help break into them.INSTRUCTORS & MEDICAL SUPPORT
1:6 instructor to child ratio. Instructors include a mix of female and male instructors. An instructor trained as a wilderness medic will accompany the children on the trek.Itinerary
Day 1 -
DEPARTURE at 7:00 pm from New Delhi Airport Terminal 2 Bus
Day 2 -
SETTLING IN Arrival at campus by breakfast. Settle in and get to know your instructors and other participants. Tent pitching and basic camping skills.
Day 3 - A
CCLIMATIZATION, PLAN & PREPARE A short but strenuous trek helps participants prepare for the challenge. After returning to the camp the group prepares and packs for the expedition. Post lunch the group will go for another short trek. Evening is spent relaxing around the bonfire.
Day 4 -
STARRY STARRY TREK Leave early morning by jeeps for Sankri (1 hour drive) to begin the trek. Trek through rocky terrain and meadows to reach Juda ka Talab (9,500 ft.). Pitch tents and set up camp. First night under the stars!
Day 5 -
SNOW WALKING The day is spent at Juda Ka Talab learning different techniques like snow walk, self-rescue in the snow, creating snow routes. The group will also do an acclimatization trek to get used to the altitude.
Day 6 -
SNOW ROUTE CREATION Continue trekking to reach the base camp (12000 ft.). The Kedarkantha peak can be seen from this point. Pitch tents and do activities around the camp in the evening.
Day 7 -
SUMMIT Start the day early to summit Kedarkantha (12500 ft.).Conquer the peak! Trek down and camp out at Juda Ka Talab.
Day 8 -
CAMP Reach Sankri by noon and then return to campus by lunch. Rest and bathe! Special dinner to mark the success of the expedition!Day9
- HOMEWARD Leave campus post lunchDay 10
- HOME Arrive in Delhi by 5:30 am. New Delhi Airport, Terminal 2.