trekking

Panch Kedar Trek

Area : Garhwal Himalayas

Duration : 15 Days (12 days trekking and 3 days travelling)

Best Season : May to October

Grade :

Moderate
On these treks one does not require to trek for more than 5 - 6 hrs a day. Also the terrain is not too difficult. These treks are normally a week or so long. For these treks prior trekking experience is not necessary. Very rarely on these treks would one camp at altitudes higher than 3800m. These treks are great for first timers or for veterans wanting to go on a trail which is relatively less challenging.

Altitude : 4090 mts (Chandrashila Peak)

Total Trekking : 130 K.M

About Panch Kedar Yatra Trek

One of the popular spiritual treks in Indian Himalayan region, the Panch Kedar Trek stretches from an altitude of 2134 meters, in Urgam, to a height of 3680 meters, in Tungnath. The entire stretch reflects the mythical colours of the Mahabharata where the Pandavas went to the Himalaya to meet Lord Shiva who avoided the meeting due to the Gau Hatya (Killing Cow) and Brahmahatya committed by the Pandavas. It is believed that in the struggle that followed, parts of Lord Shiva's body that appeared in the form of a bull surfaced at various places in the Himalaya. The forelegs that showed up at Pashupatinath in Nepal, the hump of the bull at Kedarnath, the torso including the navel at Madhyamaheshwar, the arms at Tungnath, the face at Rudranath, and the matted hair at Kalpeshwar, thus forming the Panch Kedar in India (excluding Pashupatinath being in Nepal).

Panch Kedar Trek

The Panch Kedar Trek not only covers the five shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva but also allows you to get acquainted with the remote villages that exhibit an ancient charm. The entire trail from Kalgot to Kedarnath en route to Rudranath, Mandal, Chopta, Gaundhar, Tungnath and Madhyamaheshwar offers immense opportunity to get enamoured by nature of the place which is blessed with the snow capped peaks sequestering the dense forest and lush green meadows rolling down the valleys. Below are the five Kedar and their significance;

Panch Kedar Trek Highlights:

  • Seek the blessing of Lord Shiva at his five supreme earthly abodes at Kalpeshwar, Rudranath, Tungnath, Kedarnath and Madhya Maheshwar
  • Enjoy the beauty of the high altitude meadows of Rudranath, Panar and Chopta
  • Witness the pleasant scenery that is adorned with blooming flowers, thick forest and streams
  • Get an opportunity to imbibe in the quaint charm of the remote villages. Interact with their innocent and laborious inhabitants and learn their way of leading a happy life without the modern technologies.
  • Enjoy camping under the open sky amidst the beautiful landscape.

Best Time to Visit Panch Kedar

The best months for Panch Kedar Yatra are between May and October. All the temples of Panch Kedar open only for 6 months, generally from end April to October each year. During the winters the temples are inaccessible due to rainfall and snowfall. In winter, the sanctified symbolic of Lord Shiva in Kedarnath is worshipped at the Omkareshwar temple at Ukhimath, the representative idol of Tungnath is worshipped at Mokumath, the Rudranath symbolic image is brought to Gopeshwar, and the Madhyamaheshwar symbolic idol is venerated at Ukhimath. Only Kalpeshwar is open throughout the year.

Where are Panch Kedar?

The five temples lie Upper Himalaya region, with the background of snow-covered hill ranges of the Nanda Devi, Chaukhamba, Kedarnath and Neelkanth peaks. Kedarnath is located in the Mandakini River valley while the other shrines are situated in the highlands between the Mandakini valley and the Alaknanda gorge. All the temples are remotely located and except Rudranath, the other four are still not accessible by motorable roads.

The village of Kedarnath is on the edge of Kedarnath mountain slope in a remote northern part of the Garhwal Himalayas. The Dudhganga, Madhuganga, Swargaduari and Saraswathi are the streams that flow in the valley behind the Kedarnath temple. Tungnath has an impressive backdrop of the peaks of Panchachuli, Nanda Devi, Dunagiri, Kedarnath and Bandar Poonch and is situated near Chopta, which is at a short distance from Ukhimath. Kalpeshwar is located in the Urgam valley in a dense forest area. Urgam Valley has apple orchards, terraced fields where potato is grown extensively. Kalp Ganga River, a tributary of the Alaknanda, flows through this valley.

How to Reach?

By Air: The nearest airport for Panch Kedar Trek would be Jolly Grant Airport at Dehradun.

By Rail: The nearest railway station for Panch Kedar Trek would be Haridwar and Rishikesh. There are comparatively more trains from Haridwar junction, which is well-connected to major cities in India.

By Road: New Delhi- Haridwar-Rishikesh-Srinagar-Rudraprayag-Pipalkoti – Helang - Kalpeshwar

Panch Kedar Trek (Detailed Itinerary)

Day 01: Delhi – Haridwar – Rishikesh

In the morning take an AC train for Haridwar at 06:50 hrs. After arriving in Haridwar, meet our guide who will help transfer you to Rishikesh and check into the hotel. Evening time is free for leisure activities. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 02: Rishikesh - Pipalkoti (1219 mts / 3998 ft) (218 kms / 7-8 hrs)

After the breakfast, we will drive to Pipalkoti via Devprayag, Rudraprayag, Karanprayag, Nandprayag. Upon arrival, check into your hotel. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 03: Pipalkoti - Helang - Urgam (2134 mts / 7000 ft) (9 kms trek / 3-4 hrs)

In the morning, we will drive to Helang and from here begin trekking to Urgam Village. We will cross Alaknanda River via Road Bridge. We shall walk through the dense forests to reach Urgam Valley. Explore the valley, delectable dinner and overnight stay in tents.

Day 04: Urgam - Kalpeshwar - Urgam (2 kms one side)

Early in the morning, we will trek up to the first Kedar (one of Panch Kedars). Later, return trek to Urgam. Dinner and overnight stay in tent.

Day 05: Urgam - Kalgot (2215 mts / 7265 ft)

After the breakfast, we shall trek towards the Kalgot Village. Arrive at the village in the evening and witness the culture of local people. Dinner and overnight stay in tents.

Day 06: Kalgot - Rudranath (2286 mts / 7498 ft)

In the morning, trek to Rudranath temple from Kalgot. Dinner and overnight stay in Rudranath.

Day 07: Rudranath - Sagar - Mandal (18 kms trek / 8 kms drive)

Post breakfast, trek down to Sagar Village by passing through the dense forest and meadows. Upon arrival at Sagar, drive to Mandal the same day. Dinner and overnight stay in tents.

Day 08: Mandal - Chopta (2900 mts / 9512 ft) - Tungnath (19 kms /2 hrs / trek 3.5 kms)

After the breakfast drive to Chopta. Upon arrival at Chopta, trek to Tungnath (the third Kedar). After arriving at Tungnath Temple, visit the temple and then relaxing a bit can further trek to Chandrashila Peak. Dinner and overnight stay in Tungnath.

Day 09: Tungnath - Chopta - Jagasu – Gaundhar

In the morning trek back to Chopta. Upon your arrival at Chopta, drive to Jagasu (45 kms / 2 hrs). From here trek up to Gaundhar. Dinner and overnight stay in tents.

Day 10: Gaundhar - Madhyamaheshwar (3289 mts / 10788 ft)

Post early breakfast, we will begin trekking to Madhyamaheshwar (the fourth Lord Shiva temple of Panch Kedar). Upon arriving here, we will pitch our camp here. Dinner and overnight stay in tents.

Day 11: Madhyamaheshwar – Gaundhar

In the morning, trek back to Gaundhar. Dinner and overnight stay in tent.

Day 12: Gaundhar - Jagasu - Guptkashi

Today, we will trek about 12 km to reach Jagasu and from there drive to Guptkashi (30 kms). Dinner and overnight stay at hotel.

Day 13: Guptkashi - Gaurikund - Kedarnath (3584 mts / 11756 ft)

After the breakfast, we shall drive to Gaurikund. Upon arrival here, we will begin trekking to Kedarnath, which is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva. On arrival, check in at guest house. Evening time is free for exploring the area. Dinner and overnight stay in guest house.

Day 14: Kedarnath - Gaurikund - Rudraprayag

In the morning, we will visit Kedarnath temple and then trek down to Gaurikund and drive to Rudraprayag along the river Mandakini. On arriving at Rudraprayag, we will check into the hotel. In the evening, we shall visit the confluence of Alaknanda & Mandakini River. Dinner and overnight stay at hotel.

Day 15: Rudraprayag - Haridwar (160 kms/4-5 hrs) – Delhi

Post breakfast, we will drive to Haridwar via Devprayag. From Haridwar, we will board a train for Delhi at 18:05 hrs. Arrival at Delhi by 22:45 hrs.

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Things to Carry for Panch Kedar Trek

  • Daypack (40-60 ltr)
  • Good Quality of rain proof trekking shoes
  • Socks (3 pairs)
  • Light wind jacket
  • T-shirts
  • Underwear
  • Trekking pants
  • Warm hat
  • Sun hat/baseball cap
  • Light gloves
  • Duffel bag
  • Sunglasses
  • Torch/Headlamp
  • Camera
  • One liter water bottles
  • Water purification/filter
  • Books
  • Lip balm
  • A light weight umbrella.
  • Sunscreen 
  • Towel
  • Toiletries
  • Personal medicines
  • Money pouch/belt
  • Energy bars
  • Vitamin tablets
  • Bandana/scarf

Booking Terms and Conditions:

Please read the booking terms as set out with your agreement with Tour My India Pvt. Ltd. A Noida based Tour operator herein called TMI. For More Click Here...

When to book Panch Kedar Trek?

You should book Panch Kedar trek two months in advance so that you get ample amount of time to prepare for the trek.

Who will carry my backpack?

There shall be pony/porter that will carry your backpack while on trek; you only need to carry small knapsack.

What will be the weight of the backpack?

Once you book your trek with us we will provide you a list of things to carry, which should not weigh more than 12 Kgs.

Where to meet us?

Our pick up and drop point for Panch Kedar Trek is New Delhi train station at platform no. 16. We will hand over the tickets to you and then pick you up at Haridwar Railway Station from there your tour will start.

How we run the trek?

We have an experienced trekking guide who leads the trek.

What is the batch size?

Our group size is minimum 2 people and maximum 12 people with mix of men and women.

What is minimum age required for Panch Kedar Trek?

Panch Kedar is a moderate trek with a maximum altitude of 4090 mts, so the minimum age required is 8 years.

How long we trek during Panch Kedar Trek?

We plan our treks in a way that after 6-7 hours of trekking we can reach next camp around the lunch time. Normally, 10-15kms per day of trekking is required.

What will happen if a trek is extended because of landslides or any other reason?

If we have to extend the trek because of the reasons which is beyond our control then additional charges will be applied for hotel stay and food.

Can I take Diamox?

Diamox is indeed helpful when you have little time for acclimatization but we strongly advise to consult the doctor before taking Diamox.

Is it safe for girls to go on a trek?

Safety is of prime importance for us that is why the tours are managed by us personally and not by a third party. Thus, we assure that the trek is absolutely safe even for solo female trekkers, who can join us for fixed departure treks.

What kind of shoes will be required?

Trekking shoes with ankle support are a must for any trek in the Himalayas. Quechua, Hi Tech, Colman is good shoes with value for money.

What kind of food is served during the trek?

We serve nutritious simple vegetarian food during the trek. We maintain variety in lentils, vegetable and breakfast. At times, we also treat our trekkers in the Himalayas with delicacies like Pakora, local dishes etc.

Is it safe to drink water from the stream?

Himalayan stream water is safe to drink as well as for cooking but we also have water filters, and chlorine tablets in case of an emergency.

Which vehicle do we use for transportations?

Most of the Himalayan roads towards the trek are in bad shape, so vehicle with high ground clearance like Mahindra Bolero, Tata Sumo, Scorpio, Max, Tempo Traveller etc are used for transportation.

Are your fixed departures dates are definite?

We guarantee that even if that there will be only one trekker, we will head out on that particular date.

How do you deal with emergency situation?

Our trek leaders are certified mountaineers with knowledge of first aid in wilderness and they carry necessary first aid kit. At each camp they asses your condition and can take relevant and prompt action in case a rescue is required. Please note in the case of a rescue, all the additional cost will be borne by the trekker.

How to book the trek?

Register for the trek on the website and we shall send the details about the booking procedure.

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