Kedarnath Trek – Heaven on Earth

Kedarnath Trek – Heaven on Earth

Kedarnath Temple

Kedarnath Temple

  • Trek Difficulty – Moderate
  • Highest Elevation – 3583 meters
  • Trek Duration- 4days
  • Trek Distance –36 km.
  • Region – Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Base Camp – Kedarnath base camp
  • Nearest Bus Stand – Rishikesh
  • Nearest Railway Station/Airport – Dehradun
  • Best time to do – May/June, September/October
  • Approximate Temperature Range – 17-degree celsius

Kedarnath lies at an altitude of 3584 m and is significantly popular for the presence of the temple of Lord Kedarnath (Lord Shiva). It’s a magnificent temple being built by the Pandavas at the base of the Kedarnath Peak facing the South-eastern Kedar Parvat where millions of pilgrims offer their prayers to Lord Shiva.

Kedarnath trekking makes its start from Gaurikund where there is a famous hot water sulphur spring. People take a holy bath in that spring to get freed from the fatigue of trekking and then the route takes the trekkers through the dense forests and some mesmerizing and radiant waterfalls. Trekking across Kedarnath will bring a continuous ascent along the Vasukital and brings a great trekking achievement. The trekkers can find the outstanding view of the Chaukhamba Peaks and the Mandakini Valley. The Vasukital Lake with the crystal clear waters brings the most entrancing captivation all around the Kedarnath Valley.

Kedarnath Temple 

Kedarnath Temple

Kedarnath Temple

Kedarnath Temple is one of the most sacred temples and the holiest Hindu pilgrimages in India. A part of Chota Char Dham Yatra in Uttarakhand, Kedarnath is the most revered among the 12 Jyotirlingas in India dedicated to Lord Shiva. Devotees believe that a visit to this temple can free them from the cycle of life. The inner walls of the temple are carved with figures of various deities and scenes from mythology.

Vasuki Tal

Vasuki Tal

Vasuki Tal

Lake situated at an altitude of 4135 meters, the Tal offers a scenic view of the neighbouring, Chaukhamba peaks. Trekkers will grab this, an ideal range to climb up. The Chaturangi and Vasuki glaciers can be found en-route to the lake

Sonprayag

Sonprayag

Sonprayag

Atop 1829 m. Sonprayag is a small hamlet on the scenic banks of rivers Mandakini and Basuki. Devotees take a dip in the holy waters with the faith to attain nirvana.

 Agastyamuni

Agastyamuni

Agastyamuni

Dedicated to Saint Agastya, the temple commemorates his one-year Tapas (mediation) here. This ancient temple stands as an example of grand architecture and interiors with wall art adorning its walls.

Kedarnath Trek – Short Itinerary:

Day 1: Delhi – Rishikesh (241kms / 6-7hr) 

Day 2: Rishikesh – Guptakashi (229kms/8-9hr) 

Day 3: Guptakashi – Kedarnath – Guptakashi (30kms by road & 16kms Trek one way) 

Day 4: Kedarnath – Sonprayag – Delhi (295/5-6hr) 

Kedarnath Trek – Detailed Itinerary:

Day 1 : Delhi – Rishikesh (241kms / 6-7hr) 

  • Height: 372 MTS

Early Morning you will reach Rishikesh and enjoy a soothing breakfast. 

Day 2: Rishikesh – Guptakashi (229kms/8-9hr) 

  • Height: 1319 MTS.

After breakfast, ride to Guptakashi via Rudraprayag / New Tehri. On the route, you can see the beautiful river Mandakini at Tilwara. This river comes from Kedarnath, ride alongside the river to reach today’s target Guptakashi. After reaching there, visit Ardh Narishwar Temple. Check into the hotel/homestay arrival in Guptakashi. Overnight stay at hotel in Guptakashi.

Day 3: Guptakashi – Kedarnath – Guptakashi (30kms by road & 16kms Trek one way) 

  • Height: 3384 MTS.

The morning after breakfast drive to Gaurikund, start your trek from Gaurikund to Kedarnath (by Mules / Doli ( this cost is not included in the package). Visit Kedarnath Temple. 

Day 4: Kedarnath – Sonprayag – Delhi (295/5-6hr)

The morning after breakfast, Later you will start the return trek of 16 km from Kedarnath to Sonprayag. The convenience will wait for you in Sonprayag Car parking. We will drive Delhi via Rishikesh.

Temperature/Weather

As Kedarnath is always up to a certain degree of cold, the summer months of April, May and June are cool, pleasant, and perfect for sightseeing. The average temperature is around 17 degree Celsius while the range lies from 15 degree Celsius to a maximum of 30 degree Celsius. Individuals visiting Kedarnath at this time are bound to partake in either the visitation of the various temples dedicated to different gods from the Hindu religion or sightseeing.

Difficulty Level

Moderate. Which means advisable to beginners and experienced as well.

ATM / Mobile Connectivity

It is advisable to take out a fat amount in a big city i.e. Rishikesh. Mobile network issues are inconsistent during the trek. It is better to communicate before leaving for an expedition.

How to reach:

By road – You can take buses which are direct from Delhi to Rishikesh. There are UTC Volvo buses which are available overnight from the ISBT Kashmere gate.

By rail – You can take a direct train from Delhi to Haridwar and carry on further with a bus to Rishikesh. 

By air – The nearest airport to Rishikesh is Gaurikund. From here you can opt for taxis or buses to travel to Rishikesh.

Good News: Uttarakhand Government has lifted all travel restrictions in the state. Finally, travel can now easily resume in the state. Its time for you to head back to the mountains but with proper safety. Stay Safe, Travel Safer!

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