Keokradong (note that the name may be transliterated in any of various ways, all sounding much the same) is one of the most well-known spots in Bangladesh for nature-lovers and trekkers in the country, although its fame is a bit of a controversy. A quick review of various sources on both the Internet and printed literature should shed some insight on why this is so: the sources are more or less split on the question of whether this is truly the highest peak in Bangladhesh or not, with some naming the nearby Mowdok Mual as having the highest altitude in the country. The confusion goes deeper: both Keokradong and Mowdok Mual actually have no verified altitudes.
Most of the peaks of the country actually have not been measured by a true “universal” authority, as a matter of fact. This has caused a great deal of confusion, especially as the varying measurements given for the two peaks have been contested time and time again by fresh measurements from fresh mountaineers. For Keokradong, older sources shall list it as being at just over 880 metres. Later sources, however, have pegged the height as being closer to 966 metres, which is a huge variance indeed compared to the old measurement. At the moment, most of the estimates put it at a figure that ranges from the 966-metre mark to the 986-metre mark, although none have been verified as the “final” measurement yet.
That said, Mowdok Mual, which is a mere 20km or so away, would still be the higher peak, and possibly the highest peak in Bangladesh if the estimates for it are to be believed. Most of the estimated heights of Mowduk Mual pass the 1,000-metre mark, making it undoubtedly higher than Keokradong, which is now more commonly listed as the second-highest peak of the country. Trekking is nonetheless extremely popular here, especially for those who love a challenge, so it is still worth a visit despite its possibly second-fiddle status.
To get to Keokradong, one needs to begin in the Bandarban area. Bandarban is about 50 kilometres off from the peak, and to get to Keokradong, one needs to head to the nearby Boga Lake, a marvellous attraction in itself and a natural water reserve. Most people take the 4-wheel transport known as a Chander Gari or just take the bus to Ruma, where they shall have to pass through and register at a garrison (this is a military checkpoint). Best get started early, as a result: there are prohibitions on those passing the checkpoint after 4 in the afternoon. Once you get through, you should go to Boga Lake, where there are amenities for those hoping to trek up the mountain, which is right beside it. The lake is a worthwhile place to visit in itself too, of course, and those who prefer to take it easy should stay here instead of going up the peak.