Panch Kedar Pilgrimage
Panch Kedar Pilgrimage is a trekking itinerary around 5 significant Lord Shiva temples in the Garhwal region of Himalayas. Panch Kedar Pilgrimage offers stunning views of the Himalayas, easy to medium level of difficulty treks, completely non-touristy trekking routes and offers a visit to five of the most significant Lord Shiva temples of the region.
Panch Kedar temples are pre-historic in origin and were believed to have been set up by the Pandavas during their journey to the Himalayas after the tough Kurukshetra war with Kauravas.
Panch Kedar Pilgrimage Highlights
- Visit 5000+ year old Lord Shiva Temples i.e. Kedarnath (11700 ft), Madhmaheshwar (11700 ft), Ukhimath (4000 ft), Tungnath (12000 ft), Rudranath (11800 ft)
- Enjoy easy to medium level of difficulty Himalayan trekking through some of the most pristine and unexplored areas of the Garhwal region of Himalayas
- Trekking with your own exclusive campsite with porter, experienced guide, cook and high quality equipment
- Superb bird watching and panoramic Himalayan views
- Accommodation for 10 nights in Camps / Homestay / Lodges with All Meals
- 3* Hotel in Rishikesh
- Helicopter service along with VIP Darshan for Kedarnath
- Trekking Guide for Panch Kedar
- Cook & Helping staff at trekking
- Camping Equipments
- Required Permit
- Forest entry fee
- Transport from Dehradun to Dehradun
- All currently applicable taxes
- Travel insurance
- Domestic flights (Delhi – Dehradun – Delhi)
Day 01 - Guptkashi
Arrive at Dehradun and travel to Guptakashi
Arrive at Dehradun, the capital of the state of Uttarakhand and travel to Guptkashi (200 kms - 7 hours), a popular base point to start off your Panch Kedar pilgrimage.
Day 02 - Guptkashi
Helicopter excursion to Kedarnath
Today, you leave early in the morning for Kedarnath by helicopter and return back by the afternoon. Kedarnath (11700 ft asl) is one of the 12 Jyotirlinga Temples of Lord Shiva, one of the Panch Kedars and one of the four Char Dham (also visited as part of Char Dham Yatra). Kedarnath overlooks the most stunning Himalayan ranges and just being there for some time is nothing short of an experience. After darshan, you return by the afternoon.
Day 03 - Gaundhar
Drive and then trek to Gaundhar
Today, you drive for an hour before starting a trek to Gaundhar to the confluence of Madhmaheshwar Ganga and Markanga Ganga and the last settlement before one reaches Madhmaheshwar, one of the Panch Kedar Temples. The trek is relatively easy and takes about 3-4 hours.
Day 04 - Madhmaheshwar
Trek to Madhmaheshwar
Trek to Madhmaheshwar (18 Kms - 7 hrs) through wild unparalleled scenic beauty, engulfed by Chaukhamba, Kedarnath and Neelkanth peaks. You reach by late afternoon. The rest of the day is for you to relax by the campsite, capture stunning views and visit Madhmaheshwar temple (11700 ft). The temple has a North Indian style architecture and water from the temple precincts is considered highly sacred. The temple is set in a meadow overlooking Chaukhambha peaks of Himalayas. The area around Madhmaheshwar is rich in birdlife and it is here that you may spot the Himalayan Monal.
Day 05 - Gaundhar
Return to Gaundhar
Today, you undertake a return 18 km trek to Gaundhar. Arrive by late afternoon / evening. The test of the evening is for you to rest and relax.
Day 06 - Chopta
Return to Jagasu and from there drive to Ukhimath
You take a downhill trek for 2 km to Jagasu and from there, drive for 16 km to Ukhimath Temple (4000 ft), one of the Panch Kedar Temples. It is a very significant temple as the idols from Kedarnath temple, and Madhyamaheshwar are brought to Ukhimath and worshipped here for six months during winter. Ukhimath, being approachable by road is one of the most visited Panch Kedar Temples.
Day 07 - Chopta
Travel to Chopta and then trek to Tungnath
From Ukhimath, drive 35 km (1 hr) to Chopta (9000 ft), renowned for its meadows and stunning Himalayan beauty (known as Switzerland of India). From here, you take a trek to Tungnath through some of the finest, most picturesque pockets of the Himalayas. Tungnath (12000+ ft) is a 5000+ year old temple and the highest of all Panch Kedars and the base point for the Chandrashila Trek (2 kms). Tunganath temple has wooded hills with rich alpine meadows with rhododendron and the area is rich in bird life and wildlife. You return to Chopta by the afternoon.
Day 08 - Panargumpha
Drive for 30 kms and from there 10 km trek to Panargupha
Today, you drive for 30 kms from Sagar and from there undertake a medium difficulty 10 km trek to Panargumpha. It will take about 5 hours trekking to reach Panargumpha. The trek offers superb views and is excellent for high altitude bird photography.
Day 09 - Rudranath
Trek to Rudranath
Today, you undertake a trek to Rudranath, one of the Panch Kedar temples. You trek for 12 kms for about 6.5 hours. The trek passes through wild orchards and picturesque bugyals and involves trekking over high ridges.
Rudranath is a rock temple set at 11800 ft around Rhododendron drafts and alpine pastures. The temple is believed to have been built by the Pandavas and is surrounded by many holy water tanks such as Surya Kund, Chandra Kund, Tara Kund, Mana Kund, etc. The river Rudraganga around the temple is considered the "River of Salvation" and therefore Rudranath is visited for the ceremony of the dead. Rudranath offers stunning views of the Trishul, Nanda Devi, Devasthan, Hathi Parbat and Nanda Ghunti peaks.
Day 10 - Pipalkoti
Return Trek to Panargumpha and from there drive to Pipalkoti
Today, you undertake a return trek to Panargupha (12 kms) and from there, drive to Pipalkoti (60 kms - 2 hrs drive).
Day 11 - Rishikesh
Drive back to Rishikesh via River Confluences
Today, you drive back to Rishikesh (230 kms - 6.5 hours) and enroute visit confluences of holy river Ganga such as Karna Prayag, Rudra Prayag and Nand Prayag. You reach Rishikesh by the evening.
Day 12 - Dehradun
Travel to Dehradun Airport (25 kms) for your onward destination departure.
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