Panch kedar trek

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Region

: Uttarakhand Garhwal Himalayas

Duration

: 13 days  

Level

: Moderate

Trekking distance

: 126 Kms

Max Altitude

: 4090 Meters - Tungnath & Chandrashila

Pickup Point

: Rishikesh

Best Season

: Mid May-June and September-October

Panch Kedar Trek

Panch Kedar Trek means five ancient Temples of Lord Shiva situated in high altitudes can be access only through trek, myth relates to Pandava when they were searching for Lord Shiva & Lord Shiva converted himself to Buffalo. Its very difficult to recognize Shiva for Pandas then Bheem kept his leg in two point and Buffolos were passing one by one under it when Shiva reached there in form of Buffalo & undergrounded himself from there & appeared his parts of body in different places so those places known as Panch Kedar (Kedarnath, Rudranath, Tungnath, Madmaheswar, & Kalpeswer). Tungnath is the highest temple of Lord Shiva in the world at an altitude of 3680 m above sea level.

Panch Kedar Trek

Panch kedar is famous for trekkers as well as Devotees, covers many beautiful destinations, Rivers, Valley, Waterfalls, Cultural & Remote villages, Flora & Fauna, Animals, Birds, Meadow. Panch Kedar attracts every year many people like Trekkers, Devotees, Photographes & Birdwatchers.

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

Panch Kedar Temples

1-Kedarnath(3583m)

  • Kedarnath temple is the first temple of Panch kedar circuit situated at an altitude of 3583 meter in Rudraprayag district and one of the Jyotrilinga among 12 Jyotirlinga, after trekking a 16 km from Gaurikund can reach here. It is also source of Mandakini river which merge with The Alaknanda River in Rudraprayag. This shrine can access May to October for 6 months and rest of the 6 month temple is closed. Baba kedardoli shifted Ukhimath Omkareswer temple during winter.There is others routes to reach kedarnath via Chomasi Village Kham Bugyal, Via Trijuginarayan, via Mandani valley but all routes is difficult and required more days to reach, these routes are full of natural beauty passing through meadows, rivers, dense forest, Glaciers etc.
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    2-Madmaheshwar(3497m)

  • Madhya means middle part in hindi, so here devotees worship central part of Bull(Lord shiva) situated in Rudraprayag district at an altitude of 3497 meter. Last road head is Ransi village which is famous for goddess Rakesweri temple, villagers daily do pooja here. Near of this temple Budha Madmaheshwar can visit from there we can see Mt. Chukhamba close view and this temple is only accessible by trek only.
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    3-Tungnath (3680m)

  • Tungnath Temple is the third temple of Panchkedar& highest temple of Lord Shiva in the World at an altitude of 3680m, Bhuja(Hands) of Lord Shiva worshipped hear.Chandrashilla peak is an altitude of 4000m, from there we can see Himalayan range peaks Nandadevi, Trishul, Bandrpoonch and Chaukhamba.Till chopta is moterable which is one of the famous hill station of Uttarakhand, thouands of visitor visit this places every week around the year.
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    4-Rudranath (3600m)

  • Rudranath is one of the toughest kedar in Panchkedar circuit because it is situated in remote region of Himalayas and accommodation; route is still not developed compare to other kedar. Rudranath can access via Sagar&Mondal village which is nearby Gopeswer(capital of district chamoli). Rudranath shrine can access by trek only, passes through beautiful meadows, dense forest where we can find verities of flora and fauna, wild animals. The face of lord shiva worship here, according to myth lord shiva face appeared here while pandavas searching for Lord shiva.
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    5-Kalpeswer(2200m)

  • Kalpeswer temple easiest access temple in panchkedar, it is near to Urgam village in Chamoli district, road diverts from Badrinath Highway in Helang. Here is Hair(jata)of lord shiva worshipped and this temple can access around the year situated at an altitude of 2200 meter above sea level.
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    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.

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    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.

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    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

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    Day 01: Rishikesh/Haridwar to Guptakashi/Sonprayag : 235 km :7-8 hours

    We start our panch kedar tour from Rishikesh/Haridwar and will drive to Sonprayag/Guptakashi, during travelling we will cross many towns, villages of Uttarakhand like Deoprayag, Srinagar, Rudraprayag, Guptakashi. It will full day journey will stay in sonprayag/Guptakshi.

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    Day 02: Sonprayag/Guptkashi to Kedarnath via Gaurikund : 18 km trek : 7-8 Hours

    Till Gaurikund moterable, we need to change vechile in sonprayag from there union local vechile only permitted. Pilgrims takes dip in kund in Gaurikund then proceed to kedarnath. It is 16 km ascend trek till kedarnath but route is very nicely made after disaster of 2013. Baba Bhairav temple is near of shrine so it is also must to visit after visiting Bhairavnath proceed to join Evening kedarnath baba aarati.Today will stay in Kedarnath.

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    Day 03: Kedarnath to Sonprayag/Guptkashi: 18 km trek : 7-8 Hours

    Early morning need to ready for Darshan because lots of divotee visit this shrine daily so que will be long. Visit Kedarnath temple & take blessing, later after breakfast proceed to Gaurikund by trek, totally descend trek can cover in 4-5 hours.Gaurikund to Guptakashi will be drive. Vishwanath ancient temple darshan in Guptakashi in evening.Night stay in Guptakashi.

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    Day 04: Sonprayag/Guptkashi to Bantoli via Ukhimath : 50 km drive & 7km Trek : 7-8 Hours

    Today we will drive first to Ransi Village approx. 50 km drive from Guptakashi via Kund, Ukhimath. Omkareswer Temple in Ukhimath dedicated to lord shiva, during winter Baba kedardoli stay here, after visiting temple we will continue drive to ransi village which is famous for Rakesweri Temple (Moon) and it is base of Madhmaheswer trek &Mandani Valley trek.After visiting Rakesweri temple we will take rest for 20 minute for snacks & continue our trek to Gaundar/Bantoli. Few km we will find good road because road construction is going on towards Gaundar village. On the way we will see confluence of Madhmaheswer Ganga &Makrand Ganga. Chokhamba glacier is source if Madmaheserganga. We will halt in Bantoli today.

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    Day 05: Bantoli to Madhmaheswer - Buda Madmaheswer & stay in Madmaheshwar : 5-6 Hours

    We will start trek early morning to Madhmaswer, steep climb to Madmaheshwar after rest we will visit Buda Madhmaheswer& return back to Madhmaheswer. From Buda Madmaheshwar we can see clear view Mt.Chaukhamba(7138m) as well as Madmaheshwar valley. We will come to Madhmaheswer and worship, aarti in temple. Today we will halt here.

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    Day 06: Madmaheshwar to Gaundar/Ransi : 5-6 Hours

    Morning will again visit the temple, will take blessing and enjoy surrounding view of the nature late after breakfast we will proceed to Gaundar/Ransi for night stay.

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    Day 07: Gaundar/Ransi & Drive for Chopta via Ukhimath : 6 km trek & 70 km Drive

    Morning start trek to Ransi village, from here we will drive to chopta via Ukhimath, Sari village.Sari Village is base of Deoriatal Trek & Chopta is base Tungnath & Chandrashila Trek. Chopta is a beautiful destination for tourist around the year. We will night stay here today.

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    Day 08: Chopta to Tungnath- Chandrashila –Sagar : 10 km Trek & 25 km drive : 7-8 Hours

    Early morning will start trek to Tungnath Temple & Enjoy Sunrise View. Its steep ascend of 5.5 km which takes 3-4 Hours. You can visit Chandrashilla top (4000 m).Bhuja(Hands) is worshiped in Tungnath temple, all myth of panchkedar related to Pandavas & Lord Shiva.After Darshan & pooja we will trek down to Chopta which will take around 2-3 Hours and will proceed to Sagar for night stay.

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    Day 09:Sagar village to Lyuti Bugyal trek - 8km -5-6 Hours

    After the breakfast we will trek to Lyuti Bugyal its ascend trek and trek will take around 5-6 Hours but amzing view during trek and dense forest never feel you tired. night stay in Lyuti bugyal in tents.

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    Day 10: Lyuti Bugyal to Rudranath via Panar Bugyal - 10 km -7-8 Hours

    Rudranath temple is situated at an altitude of 3402 mtrs above sea level from here we can see snowcapped peaks like Hathi Parvat, Nanda devi, Nanda Ghunti, Trishul & more other. Around Tugnath temple we can see many Kunds like Suryakund, Chandrakund, Tarakund etc. The lord Shiva face worshiped here.

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    Day 11: Rudranath Darsshan and back to Lyuti Bugyal -10 km -4-5 Hours

    Early morning you can join sringar & Aarti in Rudranth temple which will be unbeliable spritual experience for you, after darshan in temple return to hut/camp and after breakafst trek down to lyuti bugyal desend. during trek will see amzing himalayan view from Panar Bugyal. Night halt in Lyuti Bugyal.

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    Day 12: Lyuti Bugyal to Sagar village and drive to Urgam Village - 8 km trek & 65 km drive -6-7 Hours

    Today, trek dwon to sagar village quite desend will take 2-3 hour to reach sagar and drive to urgam village for via Gopeswer. Night stay in Urgam village

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    Day 13: Urgam Village to Kalpeser temple & drive to Rishikesh/Haridwar : 260 km : 7-8 hours

    Today last day for Panch Kedar Trek, we will proceed to Rishikesh/Haridwar and midway we will find many pilgrim places like Karnprayag (confluence of Alaknanda & Pinder River), Lord Karna temple also situated between rivers,Rudraprayag(confluence of Alaknanda & Mandakini River), Dhari devi temple, Devprayag(confluence of Alaknanda & Bhagirathi river). Evening will reach to Rishikesh/Haridwar and will drop to Bus terminal/Railway station

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    INCLUDED

    What is Included In This Trek?

    Accommodation in Camp/ on share basis

    All meals: breakfast, packed lunch, tea, and dinner

    tents/Huts on sharing

    Medical Kit

    NOT INCLUDED

    What is Not Included In This Trip?

    Personal Insurance

    Medical Certificate

    Personal toiletry Items and Personal Medicine kit

    Mandatory Documents

    Please carry the documents given below

    Original and photocopy of government photo identity card- (Aadhar Card, Driving License, Voters ID, etc,
    Passport and Visa important to foreigners

    Water Bottle 2

    Cap or Balaclava

    Sunglasses

    Slippers

    Sunscreen

    Torch head light

    Personal Toiletry Items – (toothpaste, toothbrush, toilet paper, sanitizer etc.)