Juda Ka Talab – The first camp on Kedarkantha Trek
Somebody wise once said,” Whenever you doubt the presence of god, take a trip to the Himalayas!” Juda ka talab is one such site in the Himalayas which will surely make you believe in the magic that only god can do. It is a picturesque lake in the Supin range of the Himalayas in Uttarakhand. It is elevated at a height of 9100 feet above the sea level.
Juda Ka Talab – Folklore
Juda ka talab is a large clearing adjacent to a dense pine and oak forest. The legend has it that Lord Shiva opened a little of his hair and water flowed out to form this small pond. Several trekkers use this spot as a camp site, spending the night here having fun near bonfires and sleeping under a blanket of twinkling stars. The lake looks absolutely divine during winters.
Sankri – Kedarkantha Trek Basecamp
The Sankri village is a small village located at a distance of 4kms below the Juda ka Talab. Several sheep or cattle herders from the village can be spotted here. While trekking from the village to the lake, through a trail from the dense forest of pine and maple trees and a few streams, look out for Langoors, wild bores and hares on your way up!
If you trek higher, you will reach the Kedarkantha peak which offers panoramic view of the glistening snow covered peaks including the Banderpoonch peak, the Swargarohini , Kala nag, Ranglana to name a few. The snow peaks form a wide arc from left to right and create a perfect setting for some fantastic photographs!
Best Time for Kedarkantha Trek
The best time to visit Kedarkantha Trek is throughout the year other than the monsoon period. If you’re visiting during the winter months expect good amount of snow until mid-April. If you visit during the summer months, the meadows will be covered with lush-green vegetation and you will spot several horses and ponies grazing during the day. The trek to this site is an easy trek, ideal for beginners.