Lord Shiva: Panch Kedar Yatra is all about trekking across the most celebrated routes of the five major shrines of Lord Shiva all situated on the Kedarnath valley. Kedarnath, which is situated at the head of the Mandakini River, is basically a natural rock in the form of Shiva Linga that impresses many devotees to seek blessings. Panch Kedar is basically the five famous forms of Lord Shiva namely Kedarnath (3584 mts/11756 ft), Madhya Maheshwar (3289 mts/10788 ft), Tungnath (3810 mts/12497 ft), Rudranath (2286 mts/7000 ft) and Kalpeshwar (2134 mts/8200 ft).
At the base of the Chaukambha Peak, there lies the Madmaheshwar, where the linga is the natural rock that resembles the hump of a bull. Tungnath is the place where the arm of the Shiva appeared and is the highest temple in Garhwal. This is the place where at the height of 500 m Chandrashila is located that brings the most panoramic view of the Himalayas. Further, the Panch Kedar trekking will take you towards Rudranath, where the face of Shiva is said to have appeared. Here there is a natural rock temple in which the Shiva Mukha is worshipped. To reach Rudranath, one has to trek through alpine meadows and dense forests. Kalpeshwar is situated in the beautiful valley of Urgam. There is a cave temple here and Shiva is worshipped in his matted hair form for a mesmerizing Rudranth Tour.
Itinerary List( Haridwar To Haridwar )Day 01: Haridwar -Pipalkoti - Helang - Urgam (2134 mts/7000 ft) 9 kms trek/3-4 hrs
In the morning after breakfast drive 15 kms to reach Helang. From her we will start our trek up to Urgam Village. We will cross Alaknanda River via Road Bridge. The trek pass through the dense forest, murmuring water falls along with KalpGanga. Urgam Valley is famous for its apple orchard, terraced fields and potatoes. Evening free to explore the fascinating Urgam Valley. Dinner and night stay in tents.Day 02: Urgam - Kalpeshwar - Urgam (2 kms one side)
An early morning walk up to the first Kedar (one of Panch Kedar) during your trek. For this trek you have to prepare with packed lunch. The locks (hair) of lord Shiva worshiped in this temple. From here you will have the striking views of valley with terraced fields and lush green forests. Later return trek to Urgam. Dinner and overnight stay in tent.Day 03: Urgam - Kalgot (2215 mts/7265 ft)
After an early breakfast trek up to Kalgot Village through dense forest, lush green meadows. This is the tough day. Evening arrival at Kalgot village. Meet the locals, know their culture etc. Dinner and overnight stay in tents.Day 04: Kalgot - Rudranath (2286 mts/7498 ft)
Morning trek up to the temple of Sri Rudranath, another form of lord Shiva. In this temple The face of the Shiva is worshiped. From here we can see a splendid view of Hathi Parvat, Nanda Devi, Nanda Ghunti, Trishuli and other group of peaks. You can also visit the Suryakund, Chandrakund, Tarakund which is located nearby the temple. Dinner and overnight stay in tents.Day 05: Rudranath - Sagar - Mandal (18 kms trek/8 kms drive)
Morning after breakfast trek down to Sagar Village through the dense forest and meadows. Up on arrival at Sagar drive to Mandal. Mandal is also known Cherapunji of Garhwal. Dinner and overnight stay in tents.Day 06: Mandal - Chopta (2900 mts/9512 ft) - Tungnath (19 kms/2 hrs/trek 3.5 kms
Morning after breakfast drive to Chopta. Chopta is situated at an altitude of 2900 m from the sea level. The place provides a panoramic view of the Himalayas and the surrounding areas. Up on arrival at Chopta trek to Tungnath (the third Kedar) with packed lunch. Tungnath is situated at the height of 3680 mts from the sea level the highest in India. the trek is three kms upward. Enroute you will find lush green meadows and you can see the entire range of snow clapped Himalayan range. Upon arrival at Tungnath Temple and visit the temple. After relax one can trek Chandrashila peak 1 kms ahead. Dinner and overnight stay in Tungnath.Day 7: Tungnath - Chopta - Jagasu - Gaundhar
In the morning trek back to Chopta and from here drive to Jagasu (45 kms/2 hrs). From here trek up to Gaundhar. The confluence of Madmaheshwar Ganga and Makandya Ganga is the last place that is worth a visit before one reaches Madmaheshwar. Dinner and overnight stay in tents.Day 8: Gaundhar - Madhmaheshwar (3289 mts/10788 ft)
Morning after an early breakfast start trek (18 kms/5-6 hrs) up to Madhya Maheshwar (the forth Lord Shiva temple of Panch Kedar). It is believed that the navel mid part of the body reappeared at this shrine after disappearing at Kedarnath. On arrival set camp here. Here you see the magnificent view of Chaukhamba, Kedarnath and the Neelkanth peaks. Dinner and overnight stay in tents.Day 9: Madhmaheshwar - Gaundhar
In the morning trek back to Gaundhar. Dinner and overnight stay in tent.Day 10: Gaundhar - Jagasu - Guptkashi
After an early breakfast 12 km trek to Jagasu and from drive to Guptkashi (30 kms). Dinner and overnight stay at Hotel.Day 11: Guptkashi - Gaurikund - Kedarnath (3584 mts/11756 ft)
Morning after breakfast drive to Gaurikund and from here 14 km trek up to Sri Kedarnath, one of the twelve Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva. The trek is passes through beautiful surroundings. On arrival check in at guest house. Evening explore the surroundings. Dinner and overnight stay in Guest house.Day 12: Kedarnath - Gaurikund - Rudraparyag
Morning after breakfast visit Kedarnath temple, trek down to Gaurikund and drive to Rudraprayag through river Mandakini. Check into hotel. Evening visit the confluence of Alaknanda & Mandakini Rivers. Dinner and overnight stay at hotel.Day 13: Rudraparyag - Haridwar (160 kms/4-5 hrs)
Morning after breakfast drive to Haridwar via Devprayag (Confluence of Alaknanda and Bhagirathi.Day 14: Haridwar Departure
From here the Holy River Ganges starts). From Haridwar catch a train for Delhi. Arrival at Delhi by night. Upon arrival at Delhi transfer to hotel for overnight stay.
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How To Reach
Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun is the nearest airport. If you choose to travel by rail, board at the railway station at Rishikesh which is the closest railways ought to get you for Panch Kedar temples.
The rest of the journey till the corresponding base-camps needs to be traversed by road.
- For Kedarnath: One can easily find buses from Delhi to Haridwar. One can travel to Kedarnath by road from Delhi/Haridwar/Rishikesh. The road till Gaurikund from Rishikesh is open only between 4 am – 8 pm. Buses start towards Gaurikund from Haridwar every morning. It is 240 km long route till Gaurikund.
- For Tungnath: Chopta can be easily accessed from most places in Uttarakhand. Chopta is hardly 5 hour drive from Rishikesh (164 km).
- For Rudranath: Gopeshwar, the starting point for trek till Rudranath is a 7 hour long drive on NH 7 from Haridwar (231 km).
- For Kalpeshwar: Drive from Rishikesh till Urgam to travel till Kalpeshwar. It is 253 km drive on Rishikesh- Badrinath road.
- For Madhmaheswar: Ukhimath can be reached after a 6.5 hour journey from Haridwar (202 km). Uniana, the starting point of the trek till Madhmaheswar is another 18 km road journey.
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