Panch Kedar Trek
This trek visits the beautiful remote holy famous picturesque temples of The Panch Kedar. The trek includes all the five shrines associated with the Hindu legends. All of them are situated in the Kedar Valley. At Kedarnath, which is situated at the head of the Mandakini River, the Linga is a natural rock that resembles the rump of a bull. Madhmaheshwar, situated at the base of Chaukhamba Peak, is at an altitude of 3500 m., here the Linga is worshipped in the form of a navel.
Tungnath, where the arm of Shiva appeared, is the highest temple in Garhwal, it is situated at an altitude of 3810 m. 500 m above the temple at Tungnath is Chandrashila, site of vistas of spectacular ice covered peaks of the high Himalayas- Trishuli, Kamet, Panchachuli and Nandadevi etc. Frequent sightings of lithe and lively langoor (black faced monkeys) swinging through the tree canopy high above. Chances to see ibex, snow fox, mountain crow and eagles. Hardy bukeriwale (mountain herders) with their flocks of sheep and goats. Visits to picturesque mountain villages. End the trek in the fascinating spiritual and philosophical center of India - colorful Swagashram at Rishkesh.
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Day 1 : Delhi - Srinagar (315 kms/9 hrs)
Having arrived in Haridwar by train from Delhi the day prior, today, drive to Srinagar via Rishikesh . Scenic drive along the ganga river through forests and small towns, and the comfluence of the Ganga and the Alakananda rivers at Devprayag. On arrival in Srinagar, Check in at the hotel. In the evening visit to the market in the Srinagar.
Day 2 : Srinagar - Pipalkoti (110 kms/5 hrs)
Depart from Srinagar - road goes along the Alaknanda River and view the Alaknanda valley and terraced fields. See the beautiful confluence of Alaknanda River & Mandakini River at Rudrapriyag. Check in at the hotel.
Day 3 : Pipalkoti - Urgam village (23 kms/5 hrs)
Drive 15 kms to reach Helang. Start trek uphill 8 k to Urgam Village. We 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.
Day 4 : Day Trek - Kapeswar Temple and Back (4 kms/2 hrs)
2 k gentle uphill walk to the famous temple of the First of the five Panch Kedar. The locks (hair) of lord Shiva are worshiped in this temple. Explore the scenic temple area and then a gentle walk back to Camp
Day 5 : Urgam village - Kolgot (10 kms/ 5 hrs)
5 hours 10 k walk uphill to Kolgot through lush forests and meadows. Frequent sightings of families of lithe and lively langoor (like a black-faced monkey) swinging through the tree canopy high above. Evening free to meet and get to know the locals in Kolgot village. Camp
Day 6 : Kolgot - Rudranath (14 kms/6 hrs)
14 k 6 hour trek up to the temple of Sri Rudranath, the second Kedar of Panch Kedar, 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. Camp.
Day 7 : Rrudranath - Mandal (26 kms/8 hrs)
Trek 18 k downhill to Sagar village the the forest and bugyals with views down the valley to terraced fields and villages, then 8 k scenic drive up to Mandal. Mandal is also known as the Cherapun of Garhwal Camp.
Day 8 : Mandal - Chopta (22 kms/6 hrs)
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 3 k uphill. Enroute are lush green meadows and one can see the entire range of snow clapped Himalayan range. Upon arrival at Tungnath Temple and visit the temple. After relaxing, one can trek to Chandrashila peak 1 km ahead. Camp in Tungnath.
Day 9 : Chopta - Gaundhar (49 kms/6 hrs)
Trek 3 k downhill trek back to Chopta and from here drive to Jagasu (45 kms/2 hrs). From here trek 3 k uphill to Gaundhar. The confluence of Madmaheshwar Ganga and Makandya Ganga is the last place that is worth a visit before one reaches Madmaheshwar. Camp at Gaundhar.
Day 10 : Gaundhar - Madhmaheshwar (18 kms/9 hrs)
Trek 18 k, 9 hours uphill through foresets and terraced fields and villages to Madhmaheshwar (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. Camp at Madhmaheshwar.
Day 11 : Madhmaheshwar - Gaundhar(18 kms/7 hrs)
Trek 18 k 7 hrs back down to Gaundhar, camp there.
Day 12 : Gaundhar- Gourikund (100 kms/5 hrs)
12 k trek to Jagasu Trailheadm and then scenic drive to Gourikund Manadiki river. Evening visit to the Parvati temple where Lord Shiva cut off the head of his son and replaced it with that of an elephant, thus creating the beloved Lord Ganesh. Overnight in hotel.
Day 13 : Gourikund - Kedarnath (14 kms/7 hrs)
7 hours 14 k uphill trek following the ancient pilgrim path along the Mandakini River to the historic holy shrine of Lord Shiva at Kedarnath Temple (one of the Char Dham - the series of holy pilgrimage sites, the four sources of the Ganges Yamuna Rivers) set beneath glacier covered peaks - Kedardome, Kedarnath, etc. Camp near the historic Kedarnath temple, where the evening puja (colorful prayer ceremony) can be enjoyed.
Day 14 : Kedarnath - Rishikesh (250 kms/9 hrs)
14 k fast downhill trek to Gourikund, then scenic drive along the Alaknanda River and view the Alaknanda valley and terraced fields. Seeing the beautiful confluence of Alaknanda River and Mandakini River at Rudrapriyag. Scenic drive along the Ganga river through forests and small towns, seeing the comfluence of the Ganga and the Alakananda rivers at Devprayag Arrive in Rishikesh, hotel.
Rishikesh : Rishikesh is the gateway to the four pilgrimages of Uttaranchal. It's also starting point on the journey to the sacred sources of the Ganga and the Yamuna Rivers. According to legend, Prince Bhagirath performed penance here to salvage the souls of his ancestors who had perished due to Sage Kapila's curse. The penance was answered and the river Ganga trickled forth from Lord Shiva's locks and its bountiful water revived the sons of King Sagara. In the tradition of Bhagirath, devout Hindus stand in the sacred waters here, praying for the salvation of their ancestors.
Day 15 : Delhi (225 kms/6 hrs)
Return to Delhi.
Best time to visit Panch Kedar Trek : May, June, August, September anbd October.