Why the Kedarkantha Trek Is Considered As the Best Winter Trek in Himalayas

The entire region of Uttaranchal is known for the evergreen hosts of Himalayan Ranges which India takes immense pride in. when it comes to Trekking in Uttarakhand, the list is unceasing. We have treks for every season and reason – winter, fall, summer etc. Winter Treks are the most famous ones as a trekker gets to experience the snow, the snow-capped ridges and the vivid landscape at its full glory.

Himalayas – the abode of snow has been the stow stopper of Indian holidays for many years in the past and with adventurous treks being the talk of the day, the best way travellers are finding to detoxify themselves is in the lap of Himalayas. Since everyone is not an expert in trekking and since everyone is not our beloved Malli Mastaan, Uttarakhand does offer many easy treks, one of them being Kedarkantha.

Kedarkantha is a beautiful depiction of Himalayas one needs to go at least once in his life. It is accredited as the best winter trek in Himalayas beating all other superlative expeditions in Uttarakhand. The trails are clean, easy to hike and offer the best views of the vast landscapes.

The best time to visit the Kedarkantha view is December through March when the snow is falling hard making the place as stunning as Swiss Alpines. Your trip will start on the lowlands of the pine forests covered with pine cones and fresh air to breathe. The trek is originated from Sankri, a beautiful township to start with. The ride from Dehradun to Sankri is mesmerizing and worth freezing in the memory of time – travel.

However, that’s not all in this beautiful trek to Kedarkantha Peak. The trail has some stunning water fronts; rivulets, lakes and a cluster of alpine forest lined up, posing a pretty welcoming sight. You will be driving aside river tons, Kempa waterfall and walking past pretty huts, shy langurs swinging, hares, boars and martens at frequent intervals.

Trekking in Uttarakhand is a treat to the eyes as it is to the soul and Kedarkantha Trek is not any different. The trek has some of the best camp sites of all times – Hargoan, Juda ka Talab and Kedarkantha. Also, the summit view is worth the long hours of walk to the top. It gives you the best and most pristine view of the Garhwal Himalayas kissed by the winter sun, glistening on the snow-capped mountains. The meadows that cover the lower valleys are as gorgeous and awakening as the sunlit peaks.

The best part of Kedarkantha is it is easy and well organised; trekkers who are new to snow treks can easily attain the summit without losing on stamina. You may require some adjustment to the low temperature; however the summit altitude that touches 12, 500 feet will not pose as a threat to the health eliminating the fear of acute mountain sickness.

So anyone between the age of 10 and 60 as long as you have stamina to climb and the little wit to win the unfathomable can trek to Kedarkantha, the stimulating of all winter treks of Himalayas.

5 Reasons Why the Winter Kauri Pass Trek Is The Best Winter Trek in India

Not everyone is aware that India is one of the most sought after trekking spots in Asia, the reason of course being the amazing landscapes the Uttaranchal Himalayan ranges offer to us. Trekking in Uttarakhand is an experience one should not surpass in his lifetime. The reasons are many and moreover, the whirlpool of emotions that we come across while Trekking in Uttarakhand passes is unfathomable in words. Each year trekkers find new trails and new heights to scale but if we have to seek through the Best Winter Treks in India, then the focus definitely turn towards the Kauri Pass Trek in Uttarakhand.

The Kauri Pass is a 5 day trek through the Nandi Devi Sanctuary that hosts many snow-capped peaks of the altitude 7000 m and which connects us with Tibet. It also prides in projecting stunning views of the Himalayan Ranges.

According to the traditions, Kauri represents the word Doorway- ‘a doorway’ to the Himalayan Pass that is nestled in the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand. This Winter Trek will take you to the south of Tibetan Border of Northern India and passes through the western rim of Nanda Devi Sanctuary Biosphere Reserve and finally the trail ends at the Chamoli District. The Kuari Pass was pioneered in the 1900 and is also known as The Curzon Trail, named after the then British Viceroy of India, Lord Curzon, who climbed the Pass.

Here are the 5 reasons why the Kauri Pass is known as the Best Winter Trek in India:

Easy Winter Trek:

If you are a start-up or a novice in trekking, yet looking forward to scale the snow-covered mountains in the winter, the Kauri Pass is the one for you. The trek is almost risk free since the altitude achieved is not higher than 12, 500 ft. Its moderate altitude forms an easy and safe winter trek for mountaineers and with the right amount of snow, this trek is perfect for an introduction to snow trekking.

Pristine snow-capped mountains and unprecedented landscapes:

The lack of altitude is beautifully compensated by the unprecedented views of the alpine forests, snow fall, camping in the snow and the stunning range of landscapes of Uttarakhand. Garhwal is known for its majestic locales and you will experience it in Auli and Gorson at its full form.

Circular trekking trail:

The Kauri Pass is a circular trail; hence the chances of getting lost or wandering off is out of question. Also the trail offers a lot of opportunity to rest and enjoy the photogenic views.

Most scenic camping ground:

The moderate snow fall offers a perfect camping ground in Gorson, Khullara and Chitrakantha. Mt. Dronagiri, Changabang and Kalaanka and Oak Tapovan are few of the prominent attractions here.

Cost effective:

The 5 day trek commencing at Joshimath is cost effective as it is short, low in altitude and less in risk factor. It can be scaled by anyone above the age of 7 and at any time of the year, although it is a renowned winter trek.

A Glance of the Majestic Attractions of “Costa Rica”

Things to see in Costa Rica

Costa Rica is one of my favorite countries of Central America. In my opinion this beautiful country is like a mini jungle, with lush vegetation and stunning wildlife, incredible landscapes and fantastic beaches. Undoubtedly is a little country that has it all!

I was thinking about the most beautiful places I’ve seen on earth and the only thing I could think of was Costa Rica. Beautiful green areas and impressive sights that won’t leave anyone indifferent. Among my favorite spots I can name the following:

Arenal Volcano

An active volcano located in the north-western area of Costa Rica, few kilometers from the city center of San Jose. The volcano offers stunning spectacle to its visitors.

The volcano is surrounded by a tropical rain-forest providing one of the most scenic landscapes of Costa Rica. Probably a visit to an active volcano doesn’t sound like a romantic getaway, but give it a chance! In Arenal area visitors find a unique Spa Thermal Resort.

The Tabacon Spa is a luxury hotel with hot springs. The hotel is beautiful with fantastic rooms and incredible amenities, but is quiet expensive… For those young travelers who want to enjoy the experience and are not guests of the hotels,Tabacon offers a “Day pass”.

The Day Pass have a cost of around 100$ (on 2015) but includes a fantastic “a la carte” menu and also the chance to enjoy the pools, stroll along the gardens and a nice dinner.

The hot spring pools are fantastic, romantic, relaxing… just perfect. It is probably one of the best experiences I had in Costa Rica.

Catarata La Fortuna

The district of Fortuna offers beautiful areas and this waterfall is other fantastic gem of the northern area of Costa Rica. On the 90’s I went to Niagara Falls, let’s face it… Fortuna’s waterfall is not as amazing as Niagara Falls, but has a special charm that makes it beautiful.

To reach the waterfall you have to visit the national park of Fortune, then you must descend among the lush vegetation, until you arrive to a place that looks virgin, not crowded and is extremely beautiful.

The waterfall drops about 70-75 meters. According to the information I found about this place: “The waterfall is fed by the river Tenorio, which travels through Sierra Arenal (rain-forest) until plunges into the cliff, forming this beautiful waterfall”.

The water of the river is cold. I visit this place on December and also on May and I think that on December, the water was even colder, but after the walk, the water temperature is just fine.

Manuel Antonio Park

Oh! Manuel Antonio it is one of my favorite places in Costa Rica… This park in on the southern area of Costa Rica on the Pacific Coast is a wonderful place for being in contact with the nature of this beautiful country.

The beach is beautiful with fine white sand surrounded by a forest. The park is full of monkeys and raccoons, but not full of people! For some reason Manuel Antonio is not a crowded area… I seriously don’t understand why. In any case is a place that invites to reflection, you can sit down and admire the scenic landscape. A visit to Manuel Antonio is a must if you decided to visit Costa Rica.

If you want to travel in style you should stay at a fantastic hotel in this area. The best is to book hotels online in advance to avoid pay extra money on accommodation.

Tortuguero National Park

Located in the north-eastern area of Costa Rica is probably one of the most famous parks of Costa Rica and for a good reason: Tortuguero National Park is one of the most important places for spawning for turtles.Tortuguero is one of the most popular destination for those travellers who wants to visit scenic places with rich biodiversity.

The canals, rivers, beaches and lakes all these areas are a living laboratory of the rain-forest, marine biology and freshwater. Without any doubt is a fantastic place for nature lovers. I suggest you to check out a calendar and visit Tortuguero during the dates when the little turtles begin to break their eggs and leave the nest in order to start their fantastic journey to the sea… is undoubtedly a fantastic spectacle and a real miracle of nature.

Poas Volcano

This volcano is a powerful symbol of the forces of nature that formed this beautiful country. This is an active volcano, as Arenal, but that doesn’t mean you will see lava and eruptions… The volcano is active and you can see it at its crater, that is surrounded by smoke. At the bottom of the crater you can see the sulfuric, bubbling and green lake.

Do you know which volcano has the largest active crater in the world? if you think is Poas… You are right!

Poas Volcano is a fantastic place for hiking. There are two main trails, one that leads you through the forest to the crater and other that takes you to the lagoon. In your way to these 2 beautiful places you can see beautiful birds such as toucans, flycatchers, hummingbirds and national bird of Costa Rica… The Quetzal.

Safety tips

Costa Rica is not a dangerous country… you don’t have to be extremely cautious but don’t forget that you are a tourist and you can be an easier target. Avoid being in the city centre too late at night, is safer be at the touristic areas. Locals are nice and warm but as in most countries on earth, not all of them will try to help you with good intentions.

San Jose has some dodgy areas, one of them is the bus terminal… It is considered “The red area” of San Jose… Is a notorious area for pick-pocketing and theft. Try to avoid this area. Keep always an eye on your bags. Always keep your important documents in one of those underclothes money belts.

The Most Unique Accomodations in BC

Tired of the same old regular hotel accommodations? British Columbia is full of unique, odd, and amazing places to stay! Here is a list of the most unique places to stay in BC:

Tuckwiowhum Village – Spend the night in a TEEPEE! While you are there, explore the village and take a tour of the summer lodges, smokehouses, earth ovens, and sweat lodges!

Rockwater Secret Cove Resort – What is better than a secret resort nestled on the rocks? The Secret Cove Resort is a great romantic getaway, or an excellent place to enjoy nature and explore your adventurous side!

Free Spirit Spheres – We all dream of treehouses as children, but this is a real life treehouse for adults! A sphere accommodation nestled high in the trees, Free Spirit Spheres is at the top of the list when it comes to the “unique” factor!

Cloud Camp – Cloud camp is exactly what it sounds to be – a campout 4,500 feet above sea! Take your own personal helicopter into the clouds and camp out in the mountains for an amazing adventure you will never forget.

Snow Hotel Soiree – Think you have what it takes to survive a harsh Canadian winter? Why not try one night in a real ICE hotel first? Take a helicopter to your own personal ice hotel and spend the day exploring ice caves, walking on glaciers, and mobiling through the snow!

Build your Own Igloo – If staying in an ice hotel sounds like it’s right up your alley, BC also offers the experience of sleeping in an igloo – that you will build yourself!

Orca Camp – One of the most amazing things about British Columbia is its wildlife. Whale watching is one of the most popular activities in BC, and at Orca camp you set up tent for the night and watch the Orcas right in front of your abode! If you want to get even closer, you can opt to go kayaking with the Orcas for an up close and personal experience like no other.

Sleep in a Wagon – In Cache Creek, BC you can forgo your high class accommodations to sleep in a wagon! The wagons are housed on a historic 1860’s ranch where you can learn archery, go horseback riding, or explore paths taken by Gold Rush Travellers.

Alpine Resort – Many people visit BC for its amazing ski hills! At the Alpine Resort you have your choice of accommodation including lodges, cottages, hotel rooms, and more – all while enjoying as much ski time as you like!