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Panchkedar Trek

Panchkedar Trek


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(Haridwar to Haridwar)
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Region :- Uttarakhand
Duration :- 13 Days
Grade :- Moderate To Difficult
Max Altitude :- 13,000 Ft.
Approx Trekking Km :- 130 Kms.

After Char Dham Yatra the Panch Kedar or the five temples dedicated to Lord Shiva are considered significant in Indian Mythology. As per the saga, the five Kedar have relevance from Mahabharta. The legend says that Lord Shiva was unhappy after the Mahabharta war due to wrong practices during war. Also, the Pandavas were in distress due to killings of their brothers (Kauravas) and Brahmins in the war. They wanted to seek his blessings but Lord Shiva did not want to oblige them. So he hid disguised as Nandi in the Garhwal mountains.

When Bhim one of the Pandavas spotted the Nandi, Lord Shiva submerged in the earth and reappeared at five different locations in pieces. These panch spots are the Panch Kedar. It is believed that Nandi’s hump is at Kedarnath, his legs at Tungnath, his mid-torso at Madhyamaheshwar , hair is believed to be at Kalpeshwar and his face at Rudranath . The circuit of these prime shrines completes the Panch Kedar trek.

Apart from its devotional attribute, this wonderful hike has adventure and gives adrenaline rush as you touch every temple. All of these Kedars are located in the western Uttarakhand or the Chamoli district. They are all accessible by roads and stunning trails concealed by deep woodlands. The trek begins from Haridwar and then Joshimath which is the starting point of the long trek.

Each day is a discovery of hidden thrill of the Garhwal Himalayas, eye-soothing meadows, verdant forests of rohdodendrons, fierce Ganges, chirping of birds and lively animals dancing around, all of this adorned by snow-crowned peaks. Camping amidst such wilderness is an exceptional experience that makes us grow as a person. The trek route is easy to grade but provides a different set of challenges of 12 days of survival in the jungle.

It is believed that this Yatra completes the purpose of life. But being a trekker one must definitely not miss on this fun, easy and incredible adventure. Come and walk the path like a nomad for 12 days.

Brief Itinerary

Day 1 – Haridwar to Joshimath

• Altitude: 6750 ft,
• Distance - 256 km drive, approx 10 hours)
• Trekkers will be picked from Haridwar at 6:30am in a Tata Sumo or a similar vehicle (cost is included)
• Arrive at Joshimath approx by 5 pm – (tea, briefing of the trek & dinner)
• Breakfast and Lunch on the way (exclusive of charges)
• Accommodation at the guest house
• Telephone Network- Available

Day 2 - Joshimath to Kalpeshwar back to Urgam Village

• Altitude - 2134 m.,
• Drive - 19 km. drive Urgam Village
• Trek to Kalpeshwar 1 km. trek
• Overnight stay in homestay / tent

Day 3 - Urgam to Kalgot

• Altitude- 2400m
• Trek distance - 12 km. Trek
• Overnight stay in homestay / tent

Day 4 - Kalgot to Toli/Panar Bugyal

• Altitude – 3400 m
• Trek distance - (14 km. trek)
• Overnight stay in homestay / tent

Day 5 - Panar Bugyal to Rudranath and return

• Altitude of Rudranath -3600 m
• Distence each side - 8 km. trek Each Side
• Spend some time at the temple and descend back to camp
• Hot lunch during trek
• Stay in tents

Day 6 :- Toli/Panar Bugyal to Sagar Village

• Altitude – 2350 mtr.
• Trek distance 14 km.
• Pack lunch at sagar village
• Drive to Chopta from sagar village (32 km)
• Overnight stay in swiss cottage tents

Day 7 - Chopta to Tungnath and return

• Altitude - 3680 m.
• Chopta to Tungnath, Chandrashilla Summit and return (Trek 8km)
• Trekking Time- 7-8 hour
• Altitude- 13,100 ft.
• Water Source- None
• Overnight stay in swiss cottage tents
• View:
Mountains of Garhwal and Kumaon- Nanda Devi, Trishul, Nandaghunti, Kamet, Dronagiri, Chaukhamba, Kedar dome, Thalaysagar, Gangotri ranges, Jahanukut etc.

Day 8 - Chopta to Ransi (drive) and trek to Gaundhar

• Altitude - 1765 m.,
• Drive to ransi (52 km. drive
• Trek to Gaundhar (3073 m, 7 Km)
• Overnight stay in homestay / tent

Day 9 - Gaundhar to Madhyamaheshwar

• Altitude - 3490 m.
• Trek distance - 10 km.
• Visit temple
• Overnight stay in homestay

Day 10 - Madhaymaheshwar to Ransi and Drive Guptkashi

• Altitude- 1319 m.
• Trek 17 Km)
• Drive to Guptkashi (35 Km drive)
• Overnight stay in Hotel

Day 11 – Guptkashi to Gaurikund and Trek to Kedarnath

• Altitude- 3584 mtr.
• Drive to Gaurikund – 15 Km
• Trek to Kedarnath – 16 km
• Visit temple
• Evening aarti at Kedarnath temple
• Overnight stay in guest house

Day 12 - Kedarnath to Gaurikund, drive to Guptakshi

• Trek distance 16 km.to Gaurikund
• Drive to Guptakashi (30 km. Drive)
• Overnight stay in Hotel

Day 13 - Guptkashi to Haridwar / Rishikesh / Dehradun

• Ride will commence at 6 am, reaching destination at around 6 pm
• Breakfast and Lunch will be on the way at a roadside inn, exclusive of charges

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 – Haridwar to Joshimath (Altitude: 6724 ft, 256 km drive, approx 10 hours)

The spiritual Panch Kedar trek begins from Joshimath. Joshimath is a town in Uttarkashi that has now become an adventure hub. Frequent buses are leading to Joshimath from Haridwar and Dehradun. You will board our pickup vehicle from Haridwar and after 10 hours long journey you will arrive at the start point of the trek.
The long journey is spectacular with various tourist attractions coming on the way. The most popular one is the confluence of the River Alaknanda and Bhagirathi river which becomes Ganga later.
After the strainful ride, you will relax in hotel accommodation.

Day 2 - Joshimath to Kalpeshwar back to Urgam Village

First, you will take a ride from Joshimath to Urgam village which is at 19 km distance. Urgam village is a peaceful habitat at 2134 meters elevation from here you start walking to Kalpeshwar. The altitude so far will be same as Urgam village. Urgam village is known for its serenity and peacefulness where saints meditate.
The entire scenery is revitalising from Kalpeshwar. You will slowly climb up in the diverse forests and animals grazing around. The trail is moderate with a lot of rests. You will be greeted by villagers at every step.
It will be a unique experience to have lunch amidst so much humble environment. Enjoy your climb henceforth and halt at Urgam's culturally rich homestays

Day 3 - Urgam to Kalgot (2400m., 12 km. Trek)

Welcome the next morning with healthy breakfast and refreshing sunrays. Urgam is known for its potato and apple farms, you will spot tonnes of big fields. Just don't trespass them without permissions. Just as you begin your day you will be happily surprised to walk through the abundant valley.
The next stop is Kalgot which is 12 km hike from Urgam but its not tiring. At an altitude of 2400 meters, it is a perfect remote habitat with many waterfalls around it. You can spot them as you walk through the dense forests.
If you note there will be tiny habitats that greet you now and then. This is the best opportunity to interact with them and get to know their culture and region. Enjoy your night in the typical Garhwali homestay.

Day 4 - Kalgot to Toli/Panar Bugyal (14 km. trek)

A new day awaiting for new experiences. Today will be an uphill hike, strenuous than before. The trail is 14 km long and the entire walk is under the shadows of green woodlands. There will be numerous farmlands and rock paths. You will also encounter lush meadows waiting for you.
The best thing about the trek is that along with spiritual importance each moment is taking you closer to nature. It is the experience of being in the wild.
On the fourth day, you will have the real adventure experience by staying in tents underneath the dark sky amidst the cool breeze of the forests.

Day 5 - Toli/Panar Bugyal to Rudranath and return (2286m., 8 km. trek Each Side)

Wake up in your cosy tent rooms and take a few breaths of freshness. Today you will hike up to Rudranath. At 2286 meters height, it is considered as the hardest temple compared to the other four ones. But the journey will be life-altering.
The natural rock temple has rock paved pathways surrounded by dense rohdodendrons. The climb is 8 km long and moderate hike. Once you reach the Shiva shrine, first of the Panch Kedar's you will see the first real views of the biggest Himalayan peaks of Nanda Devi, Trishul and more.
After some soothing moments at the sacred place, it will be time to go back to Panar. Enjoy your night in tents with happy faces.

Day 6 - Toli/Panar Bugyal to Sagar Village (14 km. Trek) and drive to Chopta (2900 m., 32 km.)

One Kedar is done time to head to the second that is Tungnath. To reach Tungnath you will first hike 14 km to Sagar village. From there you will ride to Chopta village 32 km far. Again the trek route to Sagar village is through dense forests and numerous grasslands.
From Sagar habitat, the road to Chopta is a serene ride rising slowly. Chopta is a popular tourist destination hence it is crowded. It is also a camping site for Chopta Chandrashila trek. It is an extremely peaceful location to relax after a long tiring day. Enjoy your night stay in tents.

Day 7 - Chopta to Tungnath(3680 m.) to Chandrashila and back to Chopta, (8 km. Trek)

Today will be an exciting day as you will climb to the highest Shiva temple in the world. Located at 3680 meters elevation Tungnath temple is over 1000 years old.
The route throughout the temple is cement paved with stairs and grills for safety. There are various stalls at the base of the temple that gives the vibe of a pilgrim spot. One thing to note about the trail to the top is that it is entirely decored with rohdodendrons that change their colours from red to pink to white as you slowly rise above.
The path is 3.5km long and normally it takes 4-5 hours to reach. The temple is seen from a distance that stands right in front of a rocky cliff with infinite beauty around it. You can also hike up to Chandrashila which is also a renowned hiking point. This is the highest place from where the ocean of distant pinnacles can be seen.
Once you get back to the base, you will stay in swiss cottage tents.

Day 8 - Chopta to Ransi (1765 m.,52 km. drive) and trek to Gaundhar (3073 m, 7 Km)

Another exciting day and its time to move to the third Kedar. The journey begins from Chopta by road through Kalimath to Ransi, a 52km drive. After which is a 7 km trek to Gaundhar. The route of mud and scree.
Gaundhar is located at an elevation of 3073 meters and the base camp for hikers who want to reach Madhyamaheshwar. You will witness the holy merging points of rivers Ganga and Markanga. It is a stunning viewpoint, never to miss.
Enjoy your another tent stay at the Gaundhar camp. Sleep well for the upcoming Kedar next morning.

Day 9 - Gaundhar to Madhyamaheshwar (3490 m., 10 km.)

This new day brings the third Kedar of the five ones. It is an overwhelming hike of 5-6 hours with 10 km of length covering to Madhyamaheshwar temple. The temple is at 3490 meters height and is a striking element hidden between alpine trees of Garwhal mountains. The shrine is placed perfectly between green meadows and lush forests.
The trekking trail is again well marked there is no chance of losing the track. You will feel satisfied after arriving at the mighty temple. Your night halting is next to the temple.
The camping place is stupendous with clear sights of Kedarnath, Chaukhamba and Neelkanth. Have your hot dinner and rest in your tents.

Day 10 - Madhaymaheshwar to Ransi (Trek down 17 Km) and drive to Guptkashi (1319 m, 35 Km drive)

We are coming towards the end of the Panch Kedar yatra trek. Today you will head to Guptkashi which is 35 km from Ransi. Guptkashi has a temple similar to Vishwanath of Kashi that is dedicated to Lord Shiva, hence the name.
You will first retrace steps back to Ransi and from there you will trek to Guptkashi. The hike is spectacular with pleasant forests and everything is tranquil. You will stay in hotels after full meals.

Day 11 – Guptkashi to Gaurikund (15 km. drive) to trek to Kedarnath (3584 m., 16 km. Trek)

The last and the most awaited Kedarnath will finally come to your grace. Kedarnath needs no introduction, it is one of the most visited Dhams of Char Dhams and is a world-famous pilgrimage destination.
Kedarnath is located at an elevation of 3584 m is also one of the twelve Jyotirlingas that represent shrines of Lord Shiva all around the world. Kedarnath means extravagance, heart-filling elegance between snow-capped peaks and huge glaciers decored around. You can see the gushing river flowing through the valley and hundreds of humans walking up-down at every moment.
You will be spending the night in the lap of the Himalayas with OM chanting and Shiva's blessing for the bright future. Make the most of the last high camping of the long journey.

Day 12 - Kedarnath to Gaurikund (16 km. Trek) and Gaurikund to Guptakashi (30 km. Drive)

The return journey to home starts from Kedarnath, the finale of the Panch Kedar trip. Wake up early and get ready to witness the thrilling morning Pooja of Kedarnath temple.
Your next big but least attraction will be Gaurikund. The water body is known for hot springs. There is a famous Parvati temple. From Gaurikund you will drive to Guptkashi which will be your last night stay in the mountains.

Day 13 - Guptkashi to Haridwar / Rishikesh / Dehradun

And the trek ends here as you wake up the last day of the Panch Kedar Yatra. You will be dropped at Haridwar, Rishikesh or Dehradun based on your convenience. Go home with an amplitude of memories of the spiritual and adventurous trip.

How to Reach

By Air :-
Jolly Grant Airport is the airport serving Dehradun, located about 48 km from the Haridwar. There is a daily flight from Delhi for Dehradun, reach Haridwar one day early if coming by flight.

By Train:-
An excellent rail network connects Haridwar to other important cities like Delhi, Mussoorie, Mumbai, Varanasi, Lucknow, and Kolkata.
From Delhi -DDN NZM AC EXPRESS (2205)
From Kolkata- Doon Express (13009)
From Mumbai- Dehradun Express (19019)
From Chennai- Dehradun express (12687)

By Bus:-
There is regular bus service from Delhi to Haridwar, from Delhi ISBT Kashmere Gate.

We would suggest you to take only government buses from ISBT Kashmere Gate. Private buses ply from outside ISBT and they are not trust worthiness.

Usually buses drop you at Haridwar bus station. From there you have to come to Haridwar Railway Station

Cost Terms

Inclusions :-
1. Accommodation. (Guest house, Home stay, Camping)
2. Meals while on trek (Pure Veg.)
3. Trek equipment’s: Sleeping bag, mattress, tent (twin sharing), kitchen & dinning tent, toilet tent, utensils and crampon (if required)
4. All necessary permits and entry fees.
5. First aid medical kits, stretcher and oxygen cylinder.
6. Mountaineering qualified & professional trek Leader, guide and Support staff.
7. Transport from Haridwar to Haridwar.
8. Mules to carry the central luggage.
9. All road transfers by a Mahindra Max Jeep from Haridwar railway station to Panch Kedar sector & back.

Exclusions :-
1. Any kind of personal expenses.
2. Food during the transit.
3. Insurance.
4. Any kind of emergency evacuation charges
5. Mules or porter to carry personal luggage.
6. Anything not specifically mentioned under the head.

Note :
Normally TTH expect to carry your personal luggage on your own, if you wish to offload your backpack, you can give it to Mule.
Charges of offloading backpack:-
INR 3000/- if you make an online payment, 10 days in advance
INR 3400/- if you inform us after reaching Joshimath
The backpack cannot weigh more than 11 kgs. Backpack should have waterproof cover. Suitcases/strolleys/ bags will not be allowed.

Paying the Trek /Tour fee:
The fee can be paid by online transfer/Check deposit/Cash deposit/Demand draft. Instruction for payment will be forwarded along with your confirmation email. When your transfer is done, please e-mail us a confirmation mail with your transfer details, so that we can follow up your reservation efficiently.

Cancellation terms:
For the cancellation of services due to any avoidable/unavoidable reasons, Trek The Himalayas must be notified of the same in writing at [email protected] At the time we receive your written cancellation, refunds based on the total fare are as follows.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations prior to 25 days from the start of the Trip
Refund options
    • Get 95% cash refund
    • 100% cash voucher for any trip till one year

Cancellation between 24 days and 15 days to the start of the Trip
Refund options
    • Get 70% cash refund
    • 100% cash voucher for same trip till one year
    • 85% cash voucher for any trip till one year

Cancellation between 14 days and 10 days to the start of the Trip
Refund options
    • Book the same trek, in the same season, with any other batch
    • Get 50% cash refund
    • 80% cash voucher for same trip till one year
    • 70% cash voucher for any trip till one year

Cancellation less than 9 days to the start of the trek
Refund options
    • Transfer your trek (same trek, same batch) to your friend
    • No cash refund
    • 20% cash voucher for same trip till one year
    • 10% cash voucher for any trip till one year

1. Change of trek batch is dependent on the availability of seats in the batch
2. In case of transferring a trek to a friend, he/she should satisfy all the mandatory requirements put forward by TTH
3. TTH holds the right to change/cancel the policies, without prior notice
4. Cash refund is applicable only in case of bookings made without using any promotional offer code or vouchers

Cash Voucher Terms:

    • This is a non transferable voucher
    • The voucher cannot be merged with any other offer of Trek The Himalayas
    • The voucher is valid for Trek booked directly with Trek The Himalayas in India
    • To avail the voucher please use your register phone number or e-mail id
    • All the other Terms of booking a trek with Trek The Himalayas are applicable to the voucher
    • Trek The Himalayas holds rights to add/remove any of the Terms and Conditions without prior notice

Itineraries are based on information available at the time of planning and are subject to change. "Trek The Himalayas" reserves the right to change expedition dates, people or itineraries as conditions warrant. If a trip must be delayed or the itinerary changed due to bad weather, road conditions, transportation delays, government intervention, airline schedules, sickness, or other contingency for which TTH or its agents cannot make provision, the cost of delays and/or other changes are the responsibility of the participant. TTH reserves the right to decline, or accept, any individual as a trip member for any reason whatsoever.

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Risk & Respond

High Altitude Treks: Risk and Response A high altitude trek calls for an adventurous attitude, but embarking on an adventurous trip without calculating the risks is utter stupidity. That’s why we have listed a few risks and the response planned by TTH to minimise or address the risks in the best possible way.

Risk: Altitude Before you start the trek, it is important to understand the implications of high altitude on your body. Be aware of symptoms of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) like mild headache, nausea and general discomfort.

Response: If you feel any of these symptoms, inform the trek leader on priority and follow his instructions. Every campsite has as stretcher, fully equipped first aid kit, oxygen cylinders to address the situation.

Risk: Weather Weather is unpredictable in the Himalayas. Though we are always observant about the changing weather, no one can guarantee a snowfall, rain or Sun. Do understand that your security is of utmost importance to us and we will not proceed any further from the campsite if the weather is not favourable.

Response: The decision of the Trek Leaders and Guides to proceed or wait for the weather to get better will be final.

Risk: Injuries Often, while trekking over difficult terrains, you might have minor injuries like leg sprain, bruises etc. Serious injuries like fractures or major cuts are very rare.

Response: All our Trek Leaders are Certified Wilderness First Aid responders. They are trained to handle emergencies and can tackle minor injuries with a well-equipped first aid kit. In case of serious injuries, the patient is carried on a stretcher to the nearest road-head and is led to nearest medical centre.

Risk: Lack of communication devices In the remote areas of the Himalayas, mobile networks do not reach. On a trek, one is cut off from the world of calls, SMSs or watsapps.

Response: We rely on walkie-talkies and runners to communicate between the campsites and the base camps.

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Trek Itinerary

Day 1:- Haridwar to Joshimath
Day 2:- Joshimath to Kalpeshwar back to Urgam Village
Day 3:- Urgam to Kalgot
Day 4:- Kalgot to Toli/Panar Bugyal
Day 5:- Panar Bugyal to Rudranath and return
Day 6:- Panar Bugyal to Sagar Village, Drive to Chopta
Day 7:- Chopta to Tungnath and return
Day 8:- Chopta to Ransi (drive) and trek to Gaundhar
Day 9 - Gaundhar to Madhyamaheshwar
Day 10 - Madhaymaheshwar to Ransi and Drive Guptkashi
Day 11 – Guptkashi to Gaurikund and Trek to Kedarnath
Day 12 - Kedarnath to Gaurikund, drive to Guptakshi
Day 13 - Guptkashi to Haridwar / Rishikesh / Dehradun
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