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Panch Kedar Trek INR 60000/-

Shiva Yatra

Panchkedar consists of five Shiva temples (Kedarnath, Madhamaheshwar,Tunganath, Rudranath and Kalpeshwar) spread over the Uttarakhand Himalayas - accessible by trekking on the steep mountain footpaths, crossing scores of waterfalls, beautiful meadows and virgin villages perched on the mountain peaks and deep forests full of birds and wild animals.

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  • Vacation Style Open Group
    Camping Trek
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  • Group Size Medium
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All about Panch Kedar Trek

Panchkedar consists of five Shiva temples (Kedarnath, Madhamaheshwar, Tunganath, Rudranath and Kalpeshwar) spread over the Uttarakhand Himalayas - accessible by trekking on the steep mountain footpaths, crossing scores of waterfalls, beautiful meadows and virgin villages perched on the mountain peaks and deep forests full of birds and wild animals.

Legend: The Pandavas after annihilating the Kauravas in the Kurukshetra war went to the Himalayas to meet Lord Shiva, but the Lord tried to avoid the meeting due to the Gotra Hatya committed by them, disguised as a bull tried to plunge beneath the ground. But Bhima was quick and caught the bull by the hind legs. In the struggle that followed, the different parts of Lord Shiva's body appeared at various places in the Himalayas. The forelegs showing up at Pashupatinath in Nepal, the rump of the bull at Kedarnath, the torso including the navel at Madhmaheshwar, the arms at Tungnath, the face at Rudranath, and the matted hair at Kalpeshwar.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
Whats included in this trek (Includes) Items that are covered in the cost of tour price.
  • Accommodation on twin sharing basis
  • Guptkashi, Kedarnath and Syalsour: In hotel as AP basis.
  • On the trek: In camping tents on twin sharing basis including all meals (Veg).
  • AP basis: All meals included
  • Travel: Rishikesh to Rishikesh in Jeep/ Tempo traveler.
  • Govt. Service Tax (9%).
  • Local experienced guide and kitchen staff on the trek
  • Porters for personal baggage up to 12 kg.
  • All camping gears as; Tents, Mattress (Rubber + Air), camping chairs and folding table, Dinning tent and Toilet tents.
  • Entry/ Permit fee in national parks.
Whats not included in this trek (Excludes) Items that are covered in the cost of tour price.
  • Stay and food in Rishikesh.
  • Travel from Delhi-Rishikesh-Delhi.
  • Cold drinks, Mineral water, Rider pony
  1. Day 1 Rishikesh – Urgam. Trek to Kalpeshwar

    Drive 255km; 8hrs to Urgam village via Helang. Trek 4km; 1hrs to Kalpeswar temple (2200m). It is a long but scenic drive through the Alaknanda River. Kalpeshwar is known as fifth temple amongst Panch kedar. At this small stone temple, approached through a cave passage, the matted tress (jata) of Lord Shiva is worshipped. Hence, Lord Shiva is also called as Jatadhar or Jateshwar. Overnight Camping.

  2. Day 2 Kalpeswar – Kalgot pass (08km;4hrs)

    A easy day climbing through beautiful pine forest to Kalgot Pass. Camp in a very beautiful spot.

  3. Day 3 Kalgot-Dumak (2500m; 15 kms; 6 to 7 hrs)

    Trek to Dumak, a village with beautiful views of Alaknanda valley and terrace fields. We climb an unnamed pass of 2800m on this day. Overnight Camping/Home stay.

  4. Day 4 Dumak – Panar (12km; 6-7hrs)

    A steep climb through most beautiful forest leads us to high ridge with alpine pastures called Panar. Excellent views of Himalayas and Granite goddess Nanda Devi can be seen from the top.

  5. Day 5 Panar-Rudranath (3300m; 11 kms; 5 to 6 hrs)

    Trek to Rudranath (3300m) through breathtaking ridge and flower sprinkled meadows. The face of lord Shiva is worshiped here. We could see many peaks from this place as Nanda Devi, Dunagiri, Trisul and Choukhamba. Overnight camping.

  6. Day 6 Rudranath – Jungle camp (2100m; 16 kms; 7-8 hrs)

    After morning visit and prayers at Temple trek 16km; 7-8hrs downhill to jungle camp. This walk through the dense Rhododendron forest takes us to beautiful camping ground. Night stay in tents.

  7. Day 7 Jungle camp – Sagar (6 kms); Drive to Chopta. (2 hrs trek; 1 hr drive)

    Trek steep 6km down to road head at Sagar and drive 1hrs to Chopta. Overnight stay in Tents.

  8. Day 8 Chopta-Tungnath-Chopta (08km; 5hrs)

    Today we will visit one of the most popular and highest Shiva shrine in the area called “Tungnath”. Shiva is worshipped here in the form of His hands. We do little excursion from temple to Chandrasilla top to see panoramic views of Himalayas. We can see all major peaks of Garhwal Himalayas from the top. Return to Chopta in the afternoon.

  9. Day 9 Chopta -Rishikesh

    After breakfast drive 7hrs through scenic Mandakini valley to Rishikesh. Stay in Hotel.

  10. Day 10 Chopta-Tungnath-Chopta (08km; 5hrs)

    Today we will visit one of the most popular and highest Shiva shrine in the area called “Tungnath”. Shiva is worshipped here in the form of His hands. We do little excursion from temple to Chandrasilla top to see panoramic views of Himalayas. We can see all major peaks of Garhwal Himalayas from the top. Return to Chopta in the afternoon.

  11. Day 11 Chopta-Ransi-Gondhar (Drive 60km; 3hrs and Trek 5km; 2hrs)

    After breakfast we will take Jeep for a short drive to Ransi village via Ukhimath and Mansuna villages. It’s a scenic drive through villages and terrace fields. We will trek gradually to Goundhar village. Stay in tea house/ Camping.

  12. Day 12 Gondhar-Madmaheswar (trek 11km; 5-6hrs) 3250m

    A steep climb will leads us to Madmaheswar. This temple is surrounded by lush green meadows and we can see Choukhamba and many other peaks. Camping/ Tea house

  13. Day 13 Madmaheswar-Gondhar-Guptkashi (16km trek; 6hrs and drive 40km; 2hrs)

    After early morning puja and breakfast we will walk back mostly steep downhill to Goundhar and a gradual climb will leads to road head at Ransi. Take waiting jeeps to Guptakashi town for much waited hot shower. Stay in hotel.

    Kedarnath Kedarnath is considered to be the holiest of Shiva’s shrines in the Himalayas. It is likened in the Skanda Purana to Jahnavi (Ganga) amongst rivers, the Brahmin amongst men, and gold amongst metals. Devout Hindus believe that whoever dies here becomes one with Shiva, and the properties of the sacred land are believed to cleanse the most hardened sinner. The temple stands at the head of the Mandakini River in the shadow of the Kedarnath peak. It is dedicated to the worship of Sadasiva, the invisible form of Shiva. The symbolic phallus, the Jyotirlinga or resplendent lingam, one of twelve scattered over India, is in the form of a natural rock and is also called the Shankaracharyashiva. Beyond the temple stretches the snowy expanse known as the mahapanth-the highway of heaven. A short distance away is a precipice known as Bhairav-jhanp-_Shiva_s leap_. Until the first quarter of the last century, certain devotees would commit ritual suicide by throwing themselves off the edge in the belief that Shiva would thereby grant them instant salvation. Not very far away is the Chorabari Tal, now renamed the Gandhi Sarovar, where the river Mandakini originates. There are a number of glacial lakes within a radius of 5 km from Kedarnath.

  14. Day 14 Chopta-Tungnath-Chopta (08km; 5hrs)

    Guptkashi-Gourikund-Kedarnath (Drive 35km; 2hrs and Trek 14km; 4-5 hrs) Breakfast and board our jeeps to Gourikund for a short drive. Its start point for trek to Kedarnath. Its steep climb with many pilgrims all along the way. Stay in guest house/ hotel for night stay.

    There is Helicopter service from Phata (near Guptkashi) to Kedarnath (10min each way). App. cost is Rs. 8000/ per head return.

  15. Day 15 Kedarnath-Gourikund-Syalsour (14km trek; 4-5 hrs and Drive 50km; 3hrs)

    After early morning Darshans and breakfast we will trek downhill back to Gourikund and take our jeeps for a short drive to Syalsour. Stay in hotel.

  16. Day 16 Syalsour-Rishikesh/ Haridwar (Drive 180km; 6-7 hrs)

    We will follow Mandakini River to its confluence with Alaknanda at Rudraprayag. Our journey will be continuing through Srinagar and Rishikesh. Take evening Satabdi exp to Delhi from Haridwar station. Trip Ends

Overall Rating 5/5
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Ruta Baskyte
(Vilnius, Lithuania)
Reviewed on 20 September 2010
5/5

I visited Himalayes 9 times, different places: Gangotri, Badrinat, Kedarnath, other areas. All of them are unforgetable, but Panchkedar trekking was amazing. We did trekking - Shiva Yatra for 16 days, visited Kedarnath, Madhamaheshwar, Tunganath, Rudranath and Kalpeshwar. Several days we went by foot via unliving places, we stayed for night in tents or very small houses. Views were so nice, that I can not forget till now.

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