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After the flash floods of 2013 in Kedarnath Shrine, It is must for every traveller and pilgrim to have up-to-date information, before planning to visit. The roads were washed away, with no accommodation or facilities remaining. The govt is restoring the facilities, constructing the basic amenities so that Kedarnath Yatra can be started at the earliest.

Latest Update of Kedarnath : Due to heavy snowfall and rain in Kedarnath, Pilgrims are not allowed from Sonprayag, Gaurikund, Rishikesh, Srinagar today. Pilgrims are advised to visit Badrinath before Kedarnath till weather improves.

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Still, it is always better to be updated with Kedarnath current weather, climate, road routes, road conditions, opening and closing dates of Kedarnath, before tour planning. We will also update news of places enroute Kedarnath like: Srinagar , Rudraprayag , Ukhimath , Guptkashi , Sonprayag, Gaurikund . At sacred yatra we try to update all the latest news, weather news, govt news about Kedarnath Dham yatra.

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More than 56 lakh devotees visited chardham yatra in 2023.

In Chardham Yatra 2023, the enthusiasm of devotees coming from all over the country and the world for the Chardham Yatra has created a new... Read More †

Snowfall in CharDham, All peaks covered in snow

As the weather worsens, once again the snowfall has started in high altitudes of Uttarakhand including Chardham shrines. The Char Dhams - Badrinath - Kedarnath,... Read More †

46 Lakh Pilgrims Visited Chardham Yatra till Sept

The number of pilgrims who have visited Chardham Yatra so far has crossed 45 Lakh. Over 46 Lakh pilgrims have visited Chardham Temples in till... Read More †

Annakoot Fair Celebrations in Kedarnath

Bhatuj (Annakoot) fair in Kedarnath, which is celebrated one night before Rakshabandhan, concludes with Bhandara on morning next day. Annakoot festival in Kedarnath Dham is being celebrated... Read More †

Annkoot Fair is Celebrated at Kedarnath a Night Before Rakshabandhan

On the auspicious occasion of Annkoot Fair in Kedarnath, devotees take darshan of Shivling all night. Celebrated a day before the Rakshabandhana, the fair was... Read More †

Delhi to Kedarnath (Gaurikund) Daily Bus Service from Uttarakhand Roadways

Uttarakhand Transport Corporation UTC is running direct bus service to Kedarnath from Delhi. Pilgrims visiting Chardham can benefit from Kedarnath direct bus service from Delhi.... Read More †

Madmaheshwar Temple Opened Today

The gates of the fourth Kedar, Lord Madhmaheshwar (Madhyamaheshwar) in Panch Kedar has been opened today with Vedic Mantras at 11:00 am. Lord Madhmaheshwar resides... Read More †

Portals of Fourth Kedar ‘Rudranath’ open for the pilgrims

Famous as one of the Panch Kedars, the fourth Kedar "Rudranath' threw its doors open for the devotees on May 20. Following the grand ceremony,... Read More †

Sara Ali Khan visit to Kedarnath & Tungnath, Share Splendid Photos on Instagram

Sara Ali Khan, actress and a travel enthusiast, took to social media to share some breathtaking photos from her trip to Kedarnath and Tungnath. Fans... Read More †

Kedarnath Trek Timings : Due to Adverse Weather, No Pilgrims Allowed from Sonprayag after 10:30 am

Latest Update : In view of the rain and snowfall in Kedarnath, Pilgrims will not be allowed to visit Kedarnath Dham after 10:30 am from... Read More †

Kedarnath Temple Opened Today for Pilgrims

One of the twelve Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva, Shri Kedarnath dham is open today for devotees after puja archana. The shrine open its gates on... Read More †

09 Heli Companies to Provide Kedarnath Yatra

Kedarnath Heli Service Latest Update Bookings for Kedarnath Heli service has been started through IRCTC website. Bookings slots for journey date 09 Nov - 14... Read More †

Helicopter Status for Char Dham 2023 Yatra

Chardham Yatra will start from 22 April in 2023. All pilgrims will take Darshans at Chardham Temples Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri & Yamunotri. Helicopter operations for... Read More †

Green Card Service for Chardham Yatra Vehicles started

Transport Department has started preparation for the Chardham Yatra. The issuance of Green cards for vehicles operated on Chardham Yatra has been started through online... Read More †

Record Online Registrations for Chardham Yatra

Lot of enthusiasm among the pilgrims is being shown regarding the registration of Char Dham Yatra 2023. Till now, 3.2 Lakh pilgrims have registered for... Read More †

Kedarnath Heli Service Tickets Will Be Booked Through IRCTC

On the lines of railways, now tickets for Kedarnath Heli Service will now be booked from IRCTC for the journey to Kedarnath Dham. For the... Read More †

Kedarnath Temple Will be Decorated with Flowers for Complete Yatra Season

The Kedarnath temple will be decorated with more than 30 quintals of flower garlands and colorful electric strings for the Kedarnath Yatra starting from April... Read More †

Chardham Yatra 2024 Online Registration Starts – Use Website, App, Whatsapp for Registrations

The bugle has been sounded in Uttarakhand regarding the Chardham Yatra. The registration process for pilgrims coming on the Chardham Yatra 2024. This registration is... Read More †

Pilgrims Limit Increases for Char Dham Yatra 2023

In Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri Dham, the state government has increase the number of devotees for daily darshan according to the capacity. Now more... Read More †

Chardham Online Registration for 2024 to Start on February – Here How to do Online Registration for Chardham Yatra 2024 in Advance

As Chardham Opening Dates has been announced, preparations are being made to start the online registration facility for Chardham Yatra on the official website from... Read More †

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Kedarnath: 'Survivors took refuge in trees - and died of hunger'

  • Published 16 June 2023

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On 16 June 2013, a cloudburst in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand caused devastating floods and landslides that destroyed several villages and towns. Thousands of people were swept away, and many bodies were never recovered. Ten years after the disaster, Ram Karan Beniwal - who was in the temple town of Kedarnath, one of the worst-affected areas - recalls the day the floods tore apart his family.

On 9 June 2013, my wife and I and five others (my two brothers, their wives and one more relative) left for Kedarnath from our home town of Jodhpur in Rajasthan. My children were busy with studies and work and decided not to join us.

My wife Chhota Devi and I had already visited three of the four main Dhams (the four Hindu pilgrimage sites of Kedarnath, Badrinath, Yamunotri and Gangotri) earlier. Kedarnath was the only one left.

On 16 June, we reached the holy Kedarnath temple. After praying there, we headed down to Rambara (a small village that serves as a resting place for devotees). On our way there, it started raining heavily. We reached Rambara at 17:00 local time (11:30 GMT) and decided to spend the night there.

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Late in the night, we were sitting by the Alaknanda river (on the foothills of the Himalayas), chanting the name of Lord Ram. Suddenly, I heard loud noises from the river and rocks nearby.

It felt like the mountain began to tremble. It was pitch dark, so we couldn't see clearly. Then huge boulders started rolling down, sweeping people into the violently flowing river.

I saw my wife and one of my sisters-in-law being swept away, followed by my elder brother. I couldn't see my other relatives. I ran and stood by a large boulder, which protected me from the avalanche of rocks coming from the top.

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I noticed that the hills with large trees on them weren't crumbling as quickly as the ones that were rocky and barren. I quickly ran up one of these hills and clung on to the branch of a tree. From a distance, I saw an entire mountain dissolve into the river in front of my eyes.

That is when my mind went numb. I couldn't process what I just saw. It was freezing cold, and my clothes were wet. There were other people around me, also holding on to trees. But no one spoke a word. Everyone was gloomy and desolate. I dislocated my shoulder while hanging on to the tree, but I just put it back into place. It hurts even today.

I sat on the tree for the next four days as the floods and landslides continued. I saw people around me who had huddled near trees die of starvation, dehydration and the cold. All the mobile towers had washed away. There was no communication with the outside world. In my mind, I was convinced that there was no way I would survive. Only god could help me now.

On 20 June, a rescue helicopter arrived. The crew would rescue five people at a time, as and when the weather permitted. The helicopter took me to Guptkashi (a town near Kedarnath) where I changed choppers to reach Dehradun (capital of Uttarakhand). There, I was admitted to a hospital.

I was very weak after days of staying wet with no food and water. My skin was damaged and peeling off. I finally managed to contact my daughter, who hung up the phone the moment I told her that I was the only one left. A day later, my brother-in-law and nephew came to Dehradun to pick me up.

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No one can replace the void a mother leaves, but my children were glad that at least I was back home. The bodies of my wife and the others were never found.

Initially, my children were in denial, thinking that their mother may have survived somehow. They were still hopeful that she would return home one day. But I was convinced of what I had seen, and my children also came to terms with reality over time.

Ten years later, I look back at the destruction and loss of life and property that happened. So many tourists, pilgrims and locals lost their lives. I still remember the parking lot in Gaurikund (the starting point of the trek to the Kedarnath shrine) where almost 5,000 cars were parked, including ours with all our belongings. We lost everything.

It was a natural disaster and god's will. I think of it as a train journey where everyone chats through the journey, but has to get down when the station arrives. Maybe Kedarnath was my wife's final station.

I now spend my time meditating and chanting god's name to distract myself. If you ask me whether I would go to Kedarnath again, the answer would be an emphatic yes. There is no point in living with fear, and there is no fear now. In fact, I would take my children there as well.

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Kedarnath Dham

Kedarnath  is a holy Hindu town located in Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand in India . It is one of the Char Dhams located in the Himalayas. Kedarnath is situated at an astonishing height of 3584 meters above sea level near the head of Mandakini River. 

The Kedarnath temple lies amidst the majestic snow-capped Garhwal Himalayan ranges and is thronged by thousands of tourists each year.

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Kedarnath temple is a part of Char Dhams and Panch Kedar in Uttarakhand  and one of the 12 Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva in India . The historical name of this region is " K edar Khand ".

Visit to Kedarnath Dham is considered to be very auspicious and most important in the Char Dham Yatra circuit . 

Kedarnath is flanked by breathtaking snow-capped peaks, making it the most remote site among all four Char Dham Shrines. The scenic beauty of Kedarnath town attracts lots of tourists from all over the world. You will find it quite crowded during the summer season (May and June). 

The extreme weather condition of Kedarnath prompts the temple to remain open from the end of April to the beginning of November. 4G network is now available at Kedarnath by Jio, Airtel, and BSNL.

Kedarnath Temple Opening 2024

Opening of Date of Kedarnath Temple in 2024 will be announced later. Keep checking this page for more updates regarding opening of Kedarnath Dham.

Last year Kedarnath Dham Temple was opened on 25 April 2023 at  6:20 am. 

The opening date of Kedarnath temple is announced on the occasion of Mahashivratri. The 'Badrinath - Kedarnath Samiti' announce the opening dates of Kedarnath Dham along with Badrinath ,  Gangotri   Yamunotri dham .

Pilgrims coming to Char Dham need to register on the online portal of Uttarakhand Tourism Department.

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Kedarnath Doli Yatra Program (Tentative)

  • Day 1 :  The Panchmukhi Doli of Kedarnath Ji will start its journey from Omkareshwar Temple of Ukhimath . It will reach Vishwanath Temple at Guptkashi and will have overnight stay there.
  • Day 2:  The Kedarnath Doli will reach Phata from Guptkashi. It will stay overnight at Phata.
  • Day 3: The Kedarnath Doli will leave for Gaurikund from Phata. It will stay overnight at Gaurikund.
  • Day 4   The Doli journey will start from Gaurikund to reach Kedarnath Dham via Junglechatti, Bhimbali, Rambada, Lincholi, and Rudra Point.
  • Day 5 - Kedarnath Opening Day :  The Kedarnath Temple Kapat will be opened for pilgrims in the early hours. The opening will take place amid vedic chants and rituals at 6.20 am.

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Kedarnath Temple Closing date for 2024:   The closing date o Kedarnath Temple will be updated later. Last year Kedarnath was closed for winters on 15 Nov 2023 amidst the vedic rituals.

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Activities in Kedarnath

Pilgrimage – Perched at an altitude of 3,500 meters, Kedarnath is one of the most revered Hindu shrines and thousands of pilgrims partake in arduous pilgrimage every year. The shrine sleeps under a thick blanket of snow during winters. 

Trekking   – Kedarnath temple is located 19  km from Gaurikund , the nearest town with road connectivity. Thus, one has to trek 16 kms to the Kedarnath shrine making it a wonderful trekking experience. You can also extend your treks to Chorabari Tal , Vasuki Tal and Bhairon mandi in Kedarnath

Camping in Kedarnath – Since there is only little accommodation at Kedarnath, tourists and pilgrims can also set up tents near the town and enjoy the natural beauty that envelops the town as well as the towering Kedarnath peak in the background.

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Kedarnath Travel Tips

  • One can also find mules and porters for hire; Check the official price chart before hiring. 
  • For safety, reason do check the ID Cards issued to Porters and Mule Owners.
  • When traveling in monsoons, check with local authorities, tour guides or tour operators about the weather and road conditions before you actually start your journey.
  • Photography is generally not allowed inside the temple due to religious reasons. It would be wise to abide by the rules set up by temple authorities.
  • Weekends/Long weekends are so crowded, Weekdays are not so crowded. Also the temple closed on Mid-November.
  • After mid-October the night temperature will drop into minus, so carry enough woollens, plus avoid going around DIwali, its the most crowded time. Go 10-15 days before Diwali.

Staying in Kedarnath

You will find a big Govt tented colony consisted of Tents, Cottage, and rooms just before Kedarnath is operated by GMVN , which are sufficient to accommodate more than a thousand pilgrims and tourists. There are many hotels and lodges around the temple since Kedarnath is a small place. You can find a room upon reaching there.

All the stays and food is extremely basic, the geyser is a big luxury, so don't expect running hot water or room service, you're getting to sleep on a bed at that height is enough in itself.

Nowadays, many tourists take Helicopters to Kedarnath for a day's visit and come back from Kedarnath the same day. They generally stay in these locations: Phata , Rampur,   Gaurikund , Sitapur , Sonprayag , Guptkasthi , etc. For more details check hotels in Kedarnath.

How To Reach Kedarnath By Public Transport

Reach Rishikesh from wherever you are, From Rishikesh, you can take the direct shared cab/bus till Guptkashi, or do multiple shared cabs from Rishikesh to Rudraprayag then Rudraprayag to Guptkashi.

From Guptkashi, another shared cab or one of the less frequent buses till Sonprayag, spend the night at Sonprayag, then early morning leave for Gaurikund (roundhead) and start your 16 km trek from there.

Alternatively, you can also stay at Gaurikund overnight but stay options seem better in Sonprayag.

Also, if you are coming by your own vehicle, you can only take it till Sonprayag, there's a huge parking area available. Also, if you are coming from your own vehicle, Rishikesh to Rudraprayag main road is currently blocked, so take Rishikesh to Tehri to Srinagar to Rudraprayag route.

Kedarnath Food Guide

Apart from few roadside dhabas and tea stalls there are not many good eating options at Kedarnath. The local restaurants serve north Indian vegetarian food. Due to being a revered religious place, alcohol and non-vegetarian food is strictly prohibited at Kedarnath.

History of Kedarnath

According to Mahabharata, the Pandavas had built the Kedarnath Temple where they pleased Lord Shiva with their penance. The temple was revived by the great Hindu philosopher, Adi Shankaracharya in the 8 th century CE, when he visited the place with his four disciples. Sadly, the temple was hit by the catastrophic floods of 2013, which engulfed hundreds innocent lives.

Mythology about Kedarnath

There is a famous Hindu mythology related to the origin of Kedarnath temple, which states that after the Mahabharata war, the Pandavas went on an anonymous journey to beg mercy from Lord Shiva. After failing multiple times, Bhima was able to find Lord Shiva, who had incarnated as a bull to hide from the Pandavas. 

Bhima tried to catch it and hit its hind part with his mace. The injured bull then immersed in the earth and its body parts appeared indifferent places. It is believed that the hind part of the bull appeared at Kedarnath, from which a ' Jyotirlinga ' or light flickered and Lord Shiva appeared in his divine avatar. 

It is said that after taking the blessings of the cosmic light, the Pandavas were exempted of their sins and Lord Shiva told them, “from now onwards, I will be present here as a triangular shaped Jyotir Linga and by paying obeisance at Kedarnath, the devotees would attain piety". From then onwards, a triangular shaped rock is worshiped in the ' Garbhagriha ' or the sanctum sanctorum of the temple.

The other four parts of Lord Shiva fell at Tungnath , Rudranath , Madhmaheshwar and Kapleshwar . Kedarnath along with these four are also described as Panch Kedar.

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15 May 2022 : The state government has approved construction of a ropeway to Kedarnath Temple . The DPR for Kedarnath Temple Ropeway has been prepared and it has estimated a cost of Rs. 1100 crores for the construction of Kedarnath Ropeway .

Day To Day Travel Guide for your Journey To Kedarnath Dham

If you are a traveler/pilgrim who wants to visit Kedarnath and don't know much about  how to do Kedarnath Dham then this travel guide is going to help you a lot to plan your Kedarnath Trip. 

Day 0: Reach Rishikesh

Rishikesh is one of the famous cities of north India and Uttarakhand. The city is well connected with rail routes, inter-state & national bus routes. In case if you are coming via flight then Jollygrant airport is just 20km or 35 minutes route. Try to complete this Journey in the night only so you can reach to Rishikesh in the sharp morning to start your road route to Kedarnath.

Day 1: Rishikesh To Sonprayag or Gaurikund (211 km / 8 hours by road).

From Rishikesh Bus terminal, you can catch public transport like buses or Tata Sumos to Sonprayag . Direct buses to Sonprayag are hard to get but try for Guptkashi which is well settled in the last town before Kedarnath and daily bus service is also available from major cities of Uttarakhand to Guptkashi. However, you can also get a bus to Rudraprayag and then Rudraprayag to Guptkashi. From Guptkashi you can complete your further journey to Sonprayag via sharable Jeeps or Tata Sumo. Below is the road  route from Rishikesh to Sonprayag:  Rishikesh - Devprayag - Srinagar - Rudraprayag - Augustmuni - Guptkashi - Sonprayag

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Bio-metric registration at Sonprayag

As instructed by the Uttarakhand government, it is necessary for every traveler to do bio-metric registration. This registration facility is also available online on the Uttarakhand tourism site or visit  How to do Char dham bio-metric registration online . However, if you missed that you can complete this process by reaching Sonprayag. You have to carry your ADHAR CARD with yourself for this registration. 

Below are the facilities you can found at Sonprayag :

  • Bio-metric registrations of pilgrimage or travelers for Kedarnath Dham yatra or for char Dham yatra .
  • Accommodation facility is from budget to deluxe hotels are available in Sonprayag.
  • Parking facility is also available in Sonprayag in case if you are coming from your personal vehicle.
  • Shuttle service to Gauri Kund , which are actually sharable jeeps.

Sonprayag to Gaurikund shuttle service & night stay at Gaurikund :

Please keep this in mind that Sonprayag is the last point for all kinds of vehicle. You can't travel by using your personal vehicle or by public transport. A huge parking facility is available at Sonprayag for all kinds of Vehicle on the bank of Mandakini river . You have to complete the further 5km journey by using shuttle service or through jeeps between Sonprayag and Gaurikund. The charge of shuttle service is 20 rupees per person. 

After reaching Gaurikund you can ask any hotel owner for a room. The charge of the room varies on the hotel to hotel or on season respectively. Least amount you can pay for a hotel room in the month of May and June is 500.

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Day 2 :  Gaurikund to Kedarnath (16 km trek / 5 - 6 hours).

You can reach Kedarnath only after a trek of 16 km through a paved road from Gaurikund. You can take a horse or ponies to climb up the steep path. 

Below are few trekking tips for  your journey to Kedarnath temple :

  • Try to start your trek early in the morning to avoid harsh sunlight of noon. 
  • Don't try to walk empty stomach it can make your journey even harder.
  • Carry umbrella/raincoat because the weather in the valley can be change dramatically.
  • Walk with good grip shoes and try to carry only necessary things in your bag cause heavy bag can slower your speed in the trek and etc load can hurt your back.
  • Carry water bottles but don't through it anywhere, respect nature.
  • Keep your eyes on trekking route most of the time cause sometimes ponies coming back from the temple can hit you or can cause serious injury.

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You will probably reach to Kedarnath valley post noon or around 3 pm if you have started your journey at 8 am int he morning. Search for a hotel room for your night stay. Maybe you have to share your room with others if you are traveling alone or if you have enough money then you can book the whole room for yourself or for your family. In the evening you can do photography in the valley and can enjoy the temple atmosphere. 

You can talk with other travelers from where they have come and about their journey to give some relief to your mind from the tiredness of trek. Walking around the temple and savoring the view of snow-capped Himalayas will surely gonna help to make this day the best day of your life. Eat your dinner & go to bed on time to give rest your body or to get prepare for next day journey. 

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After the flash flood of 2013 which greatly affected the Kedarnath region, it has been restored and work is being done by the Nehru Institute of Mountaineering (NIM) to revive Kedarnath to its former glory. the new trekking path to Kedarnath is now from the right side of the valley which can be reached by crossing a bridge at Rambada, though Rambada is now completely destroyed. The NIM has set up sheds after every kilometer so that pilgrims can rest during the trek.

Day 3 :  Kedarnath Temple to Sonprayag via Gaurikund (16 km trek / 5 - 6 hours).

Try to wake up early in the morning. Take a bath and pay your obeisance at Kedarnath temple . From standing in the temple row to darshan, it will hardly take your 3 hours to complete this process. Prashad shops are available around the Kedarnath temple. After this, you can also visit the Baba Bhairav temple , which is situated on a hilltop near Kedarnath. It is around 600 meters far from the temple.

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eUttaranchal Tip 1:  If you want to visit Bhairavnath temple in Kedarnath then do this after checking out from your hotel room cause there is a small shortcut route from Bhairav temple to another side which will surely be going to save your time while coming back to Sonprayag/Gaurikund.

You can hire ponies/horse or Palki or can complete the further distance by simply trekking. It takes 5 to 6 hours to reach Gaurikund from where you have to take shuttle service to Sonprayag.

eUttaranchal Tip 2 :  If you have reached at Sonprayag around 2 to 3 pm then do travel to Guptkashi (30 km by road / 1.5 hours). It will save your 2 hours for the next day trip and is going to save you from morning traffic too.

Day 4 :  Guptkashi to Rishikesh ( 184 kms /  7 hours).

Say goodbye to this beautiful town of Uttarakhand. The journey will take 7 to 8 hours of your time. It is recommended to start your journey in the sharp morning so you can reach Rishikesh on time to catch night buses or trains.

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Easy way to visit Kedarnath Temple

If you are unable to do a hard trekking of more than 16 kms to reach Kedarnath temple then you have to take the help of a pony to reach there. They charge around 2500 to 3000 rs for one side but there is an easy way to reach kedarnath temple here it is.

  • Book your hotel to Phata which is close to Kedarnath
  • Book a Helicopter service to Kedarnath from Phata which charge around 7000 Rs. of both side almost like the rate of pony but  it will save your time and efforts to reach Kedarnath.
  • Do the darshan and reach at Kedarnath Helipad to come back to Phata .
  • In-case if you have low budget then book Helicopter from Sersi, it will cost you around 2500 for one side & come back through trekking route because walking to down is easier than climbing.

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Heli service to Kedarnath Dham will be started from October 9. On October 6, the DGCA team will inspect the Sirsa , Phata and Guptkashi helipads.

The maximum limit of devotees visiting the Kedarnath temple situated in Uttarakhand has been increased upto 3000 per day.

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The minimun and maximum temperature in January in Kedarnath is -18 ° C and -4 ° C respectively. The weather is generally covered with snow in January and you would feel chilling cold throughout the day. clothes are recommended for Kedarnath in January.

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Kedarnath is famous among tourist as Kedarnath Temple, Char Dham Yatra, Trekking, Himalayas, Pilgrimage, Panch Kedar, Religious.

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Kedarnath Trek and Yatra – Where, What & How? All the information you need

by Agni Amrita Treks & hikes , Uttarakhand

Last Updated on: May 20, 2023     |     

About this Blog: Kedarnath Yatra is one of the most spiritual pilgrimages in India. Kedarnath, the abode of Lord Shiva attracts thousands of devotees within a span of 6 months when the shrine remains open. Kedarnath is a part of the sacred Char Dhams (4 pilgrimages) as well as a part of the Panch Kedars . This blog is about our experience of the Kedarnath Trek done in the month of October. Read on to know more about Kedarnath Yatra, how to reach and where to stay and other related information.

Kedarnath is not just a place of pilgrimage for me. The place has much more significance. It was the first place that I had ever travelled with my family. I do hear every now and then that I had been a very difficult 2-year-old during that time who gave a tough time to my parents. Well, what else to expect from a toddler! Now after almost three decades, I was again ready for Kedarnath Yatra again with Agni in tow. Only this time, we decided to go on foot from Gaurikund and I was quite excited about the Kedarnath trek.

This trip was going to be a special one, not for a singular reason. To be honest, I was way too excited to visit a place that has such nostalgic memories for me. The moment we told our families about this trip, my father started telling me stories about “that” Kedarnath Yatra that happened almost 30 years ago. By stories, he meant all the embarrassing episodes of a two and a half-year-old on a trip with the family. It seemed he divulged all my idiotic secrets to my husband, who of course, did not forget to tease me later.

View of Kedarnath Temple

My uncle was quite excited to know we were visiting Kedarnath and Badrinath. He recalled all the special places and even told me to take pictures in the same pose as we had done previously. So much for changes! Overall, going to Kedarnath was exciting not only for us, but also for my family.

For Agni and me, Kedarnath trek was important because we were again trekking the Himalayan trails after almost 2 years. All these years, we had done a few short treks in the Western Ghats and the David Scott Trail in Meghalaya. We thought Kedarnath trek might be the catalyst that would overcome the drought in our trekking trips. After all, it was after Amarnath Yatra that we had fallen for trekking! So enough of my ramblings, let us start with all the information you wanted to know about Kedarnath Yatra, Kedarnath Temple and of course our amazing experience there.

Where is Kedarnath located?

Kedarnath Dham is a part of the Char Dhams Yatra (4 religious places) that also includes Gangotri, Yamunotri and Badrinath. Located in the Rudraprayag district of Garhwal region in Uttarakhand, the Kedarnath temple is located in the Kedar valley below the Chorabari glacier, which is the source of the river Mandakini.

Kedarnath – History, Legend and Stories

It is usually an obsession with me to find out about the past of any place that we visit, especially if the place happens to be a historical and religious place. For temples in India have numerous stories hidden in them. I did the same for Kedarnath.

It is believed that the Kedarnath shrine was buried under the snow for almost 400 years!

Like others, Kedarnath also has its fair share of mythologies and legends. There are various versions on the origin of the Kedarnath Temple. While there are claims that the temple was resurrected and built by the great Hindu seer Adi Shankaracharya in the 8th century while others claim that it was built by the Hindu King Raja Bhoj of Malwa in the 2nd century AD. Well, as I said before, there are numerous versions.

Kedarnath finds mention in the great Hindu epic Mahabharata and this is where the legend of Panch kedar comes in. Did I mention before that Kedarnath is also one of the five (Panch) Kedars, the five holy places of Lord Shiva.

Kedarnath peak as seen from Kedarnath Temple

In the epic battle of Kurukshetra where the brothers fought against each other, the Pandavas defeated and killed their cousin brothers Kauravas. The Pandavas killed their own in the battle and were inflicted by self-remorse and guilt. They decided to ask for forgiveness from Lord Shiva, the master of the Universe. With this thought in mind, the Pandavas decided to go to Kashi to ask for forgiveness from God. Lord Shiva, on the other hand, was not too keen on forgiving the Pandavas for their carnage. He left his abode at Kashi and hid as a bull at Guptkashi. Bhima, the strongest of the Pandavas, however, was able to find Lord Shiva in the form of a bull. The bull again escaped and later rematerialized at five places and these 5 places came to be known as the Panch (five) Kedars.

Different parts of the bull materialized at different locations – the hump at Kedarnath, the arms at Tungnath , the navel and stomach at Madmaheshwar, the face at Rudranath and the hairs at Kalpeshwar. It is believed that the Pandavas had built temples at all the five locations and were freed of their sins. It is also believed that the front portion of the bull fell at Pashupatinath in Nepal. The Pandavas built temples at all five locations. It is believed that the Pandavas performed Yagna at Kedarnath before they left for Mahaprasthana (renouncing the world to attain salvation). Incidentally, the Mahaprasthana started from Mana village near Badrinath. That story is for some other time.

There is another story where Nara-Narayan, a Hindu deity worshipped Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. He prayed to the Lord and asked him to stay at Kedarnath for the wellbeing of the human beings. Lord Shiva granted him his request and thus Kedarnath became the abode of Lord Shiva.

The Floods of 2013

Kedarnath is also now known for the devastating floods that occurred in the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand in 2013. Surprisingly the Kedarnath Temple was one of the few structures that remained unscathed during the floods.

If the mythology is to be believed, then the temple was perhaps built almost 3000 years ago. However, there are inscriptions of the wall of the temple that dates towards a period in between 650 – 850 AD. How the temple withstood the ravages of the flood has been an area of interest for researchers.  The reason is apparently related to the glaciers of the region and the lichens grown there.

Ravinder Kumar Chaujar, a retired professor from Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology, Dehradun, studied lichens growing on the rocks of Chorabari’s moraines to determine the geological history of the place. Professor Chaujar found that the temple had remained submerged in ice or in the glacier for at least 400 years. This was perhaps one of the reasons for the resilience of the temple. It remained unharmed in the 2013 floods and will perhaps survive further such episodes of flooding.

Kedarnath Trek – Our Experience

As I have mentioned before that we decided to go on foot all the way to Kedarnath from the base point at Gaurikund. The journey started from Haridwar. Local buses from Haridwar to Guptkashi were very few because of the post-pandemic situation. So we rented a car for 5 days for a trip to Kedarnath and Badrinath.

Mandakini River on the way to Sonprayag

We started early in the morning from Kedarnath and passed through the winding mountain roads. We had been to these parts a few times, but the scenery never failed to enchant me. The meeting of Mandakini and Alaknanda Rivers at Rudraprayag still makes us wistful of the unadulterated beauty of the mountain rivers.

The Mandakini River was our constant companion throughout the road to Kedarnath. We reached Guptkashi at around 3 PM and then decided to travel to Sonprayag. There are a number of hotels at Guptkashi and is one of the places to stay for the night if you reach late.

We reached Sonprayag soon and found a hotel to stay for the night. We found a number of hotels at Sonprayag well but the majority of them were closed. It seemed this season the number of pilgrims were lesser than previous years, the reason being obvious.

Earlier, Sonprayag was the starting point of Kedarnath Yatra. But now, a motorable road upto Gaurikund has been built and the 5 km distance from Sonprayag to Gaurikund can be travelled by a shared jeep.

We started quite early in the morning. Once we were at Sonprayag, we headed towards the Yatra Registration Counter. To conduct the Chardham Yatra in a controlled manner after the flash floods of 2013, the number of Yatris (pilgrims) visiting the Kedarnath shrine is regulated. Yatra registration can be done online and you get an e-pass. You can do it yourself or ask your agent to do it for you. There is also a counter for getting the Yatra e-pass at Sonprayag. A man was sitting with a laptop and was making the Yatra e-pass for a fee of Rs.50/-.

We had our Yatra e-pass with us and went to the Registration Counter directly. They recorded the e-pass number, did thermal screening and we were given the permission to start our Yatra. Every year, the pilgrims get a physical pass as well. We did not get it this year, perhaps because of the lesser number of pilgrims.

Sonprayag – Gaurikund

As soon as we got ourselves registered for Kedarnath Yatra, we walked towards the jeeps standing for taking the yatris to Gaurikund. We got our seats in the jeep and were soon at Gaurikund.  The jeep fare was Rs30 per head.

The Kedarnath trek route starts from Gaurikund and concludes at Kedarnath covering a distance of 16km. The trekking route had changed and rebuilt after the flash floods of 2013. The old trekking route has now given way to a better and wider trekking trail.

Starting Point at Gaurikund

Kedarnath Trek Starts

The trek starts at Gaurikund. “Kund” literally means a reservoir and Gaurikund has a hot water spring where the pilgrims usually have a bath before embarking on the Yatra. The hot spring no longer exists after the floods of 2013. Now, there is a huge enclosure where pilgrims can take a bath.

Gaurikund is also known for the Gauri Temple dedicated to Goddess Parvati. Close to the Gauri Temple is the Uma Maheswar Temple where Lord Shiva is worshipped in the form of a rock.


Gaurikund is congested and there are a number of shops catering to all the needs of the travellers. There are a number of accommodation facilities as well at Gaurikund.

We started from Gaurikund at around 8 AM. The Mandakini River was gushing down with beauty and spirit. As much as I wanted to stay there and admire the sprightly river, we had to start our trek towards Kedarnath Temple.

About half a kilometer from the starting gate, is a booking office for horses, mules and palkis and Pitthus . Pitthus are basically men carrying the pilgrims on their back. Usually very old and young pilgrims take the service of Pitthus . There is a fixed rate for mules and Pitthus . You can book them from here. However, you will find mules almost entirely through the trail.

Pitthu at Kedarnath Yatra

After a kilometer of trekking comes the Horse Point (Ghoda Pul) or the place from where you can get on your horses or mules to carry your journey. The horses are allowed from this point only. Upto this place, the trail is quite crowded with horses, mules and their owners. And don’t you forget, they will constantly ask you to get a mule for the journey! I had been told at least 15 times that I should take a horse to Kedarnath.

We trekked along the well-made trail. As usual, very soon we were quite tired and panting. Our legs were screaming for respite.  Well, this is what happens if you are out of any fitness regime and had not trekked for almost a year! Nevertheless, we continued to trek. Though I must admit that there were a couple of moments when I felt that I should have hired a mule.

Horses on the way to Kedarnath

The next significant stop on the trail is the Bheembali. The trekking route bifurcates at Bheembali – one for the trekkers and the other specially designated for horses and mules. Both the trails finally meet after Rambara.

Rambara was once one of the biggest settlements in the Kedarnath trek route. The floods of 2013 had completely wiped off the settlement. What remains now is the debris of the old trekking route which was pointed to us by a local shopkeeper. It is also here that we see the Mandakini River flowing down with force through the gorges.

Gushing Mandakini River at Kedarntah Trek

The older route to Kedarnath was through the left of Mandakini River and that route is now completely destroyed. The new route has now been constructed at the right side of the river. A few more minutes of trekking and we reached Chhoti Lincholi. It was almost 12.30 PM at that time and we decided to take a lunch break there. This place can be roughly said to be the midpoint of the trail.

Restaurant at Chhoti Lincholi on the way to Kedarnath Yatra

We had a good lunch of alu paratha at Chhoti Lincholi and were quite ready for our next stretch of the trek. And it was then, something sort of a miracle happened. It started snowing!  Well, not exactly all the big snowfall, but we could see the snowflakes on the tents and on us.

To be honest, it was a bright and sunny day when we started. The snowfall made all the people quite happy and a group started singing a local song. We were told that it was the second snow of the season and all the locals were quite happy to see the snow. We enjoyed the snowfall for almost half an hour after which it stopped.

The snowfall might have had us gushing like diehard romantics, but it definitely made the trail a bit difficult for us. We were already late for more than an hour and the weather became chilly. It was a lazy start after lunch and snowfall and gradually we trekked our way towards Kedarnath.

Trekking Trail at Kedarnath Yatra

Finally, we reached Lincholi. There are a few accommodation options at Lincholi. You can stay here for the night. Kedarnath is about 6 km from Lincholi. As much as we were tempted to stop at Lincholi, we decided to trek all the way to Kedarnath. After trekking for another hour, we reached Kedarnath Base Camp.

There is a GMVN Guest house and cottages at Kedarnath base Camp. Kedarnath shrine is another 500 m from here. There is also a check post here where they check the registration slips. They only ask for the e-pass numbers and really do not check any slips. We trekked towards the shrine and finally we reached there at around 4PM. Once we reached Kedarnath, we tried to look for a place to stay. There are a number of places to stay near the shrine, mostly dormitories. We finally chose to stay at Bikaner House just behind the Kedarnath Temple.

We were quite in time for the evening Aarti at the Kedarnath Temple. The Aarti starts at 5.30 PM. After watching the Aarti, we went to our guest house, had our dinner and simply snuggled into our sleeping bags.

Kedarnath Temple – the end of the trek

We awoke early the next morning and went to visit the Kedarnath Temple. This time we saw the temple in all its glory. The main temple of the Kedarnath remained unscathed in the floods of 2013.

People standing for Puja at Kedarnath Yatra

The interior of the temple is a bit dark. There are statues of the five Pandava brothers and Draupadi, their consort. Inside the main hall, there is a conical shaped stone that is said to be the hump of the bull that Lord Shiva transformed into (remember the story I mentioned before). There are statues of Lord Shiva and a few other deities inside the main hall as well.

We offered our prayers in the temple and then roamed around the place for some time. I had a few old pictures when I had visited Kedarnath Temple almost 3 decades back. I tried to connect the places with that of those pictures. Obviously, the place had changed, but the temple had remained intact.

Outside the Kedarnath Temple

Outside the temple, there is a statue of Nandi, the bull facing the temple. The entire place looks quite beautiful with the snow-covered Kedarnath peak (6940 m or 22,769 ft), the Kedar Dome (6,831 m 22,411 ft) and other peaks surrounding the temple on three sides.

Mountain peaks behind the Kedarnath Shrine

Just behind the temple is a huge rock known as the Shri Divya Bheem Shila. It is believed that this stone had protected the temple from the waters of the flood in 2013. When the waters of Gandhi Sarovar carried large chunks of moraines and stones, this huge stone boulder tumbled down and anchored just behind the temple. This rock then diverted the flow of water to the sides and the temple remained intact.

Divya Bheem Shila behind the Kedarnath Temple

You will invariably feel calmness at this place. All around the temple, you will see many ash-smeared saints and sadhus sitting with a trident (Trishul). They seem to be in a world of their own. It is quite interesting to see these sadhus all around the temple, sometimes singing while at other times having a pot of marijuana.

A holy man or Sadhu sitting near the Kedarnath Temple

After spending some time around the Kedarnath Temple, we started our return journey towards Gaurikund at around 8.30 AM. We descended to Gaurikund after taking occasional breaks and reached there by 2 PM. Our car had been waiting for us at Gaurikund. We continued our journey towards Guptkashi and decided to stop there for the night before continuing our journey towards Badrinath.  Our visit to Badrinath remains for the next story.

Kedarnath Temple Timings:

The temple remains open from 4 AM to 9 PM everyday.

All that you need to know about Kedarnath Trek and Yatra

How to Reach Kedarnath?

Jolly Grant Airport near Dehradun is the nearest airport and is located about 235 km from Kedarnath. Taxis are available from the airport to Sonprayag.

The nearest railway station to Kedarnath is Haridwar or Rishikesh. From Haridwar and rishikesh, you will get direct buses to Guptkashi and Sonprayag. But these buses are few in number. You can check online bus sites to see the time of the buses. Buses to Guptkashi, Karnaprayag, Gopeshwar are now available from Delhi (ISBT) as well.

You can also hire a car to reach Guptkashi or Sonprayag. However, it is better to book a car for both Kedarnath and Badrinath or the entire Char Dham Package. The cars charge a lot more if you only ask them to drop at Sonprayag.


We had hired a car for 5 days to visit Kedarnath and Badrinath and it cost us about INR 11,000 for the 5 days (which I do consider to be cheap). We also stopped at Tungnath and Chopta on the way from Kedarnath to Badrinath.

If you are driving by your own car, you can follow the route:

Haridwar – Rishikesh – Pipalkoti – Devprayag – Srinagar – Rudraprayag – Agastamuni – Guptkashi – Phata – Sonprayag

Sonprayag has a huge parking space where you can keep your car for the night. The Registration centre for the yatra is just a few metres ahead of the parking space.

The distance between Sonprayag and Gaurikund is about 5 km. You can start the trek from Sonprayag or else take the shared jeeps to Gaurikund. The jeep fare is INR 30 per head. The stretch of road from Sonprayag to Gaurikund is quite bumpy and rough.

Gaurikund serves as the base camp for the Kedarnath trek.

From Gaurikund, you can either trek or ride horses/mules to Kedarnath.

Kedarnath on foot (Kedarnath Trek)

Trekkers on Kedarnath Yatra

The total trekking distance from Gaurikund to Kedarnath Temple is about 16-17 km.

Kedarnath Trek Route

  • Gaurikund – Jungle Chatti (4 km)
  • Jungle Chatti – Bheembali (3 km)
  • Bheembali – Lincholi (4 km)
  • Lincholi – Kedarnath base camp (4 km)
  • Kedarnath base camp – Kedarnath temple (1 km)

The entire trail can be covered in a single day on foot. There are a few accommodation facilities in the middle.

Kedarnath by Horses/ Mules and Pitthus

Horses and Mules on the way - Kedarnath Trek

Horses, palkis , kandis and Pitthus are available from Gaurikund to Kedarnath. There is a booking office just before the starting point of the trek from where you can get them. There is a fixed rate for horses and mules. The rate for pitthus and kandis vary with weight. While you will get them easily at Gaurikund, you will also get them on the way.

Tip on riding horses/mules: Bend forward while climbing upward and bend backward while climbing down and hold the saddle tightly.

Kedarnath by Helicopter

Helicopter ride at Helipad in Kedarnath Base Camp

These days many people travel to Kedarnath by helicopter as well. The helipad is at Phata located between Guptkashi and Sonprayag. We found a couple of different operators providing helicopter services to Kedarnath. While Phata is the main place from where you can get helicopter rides, other helipads are found at Sersi and Sitapur. The helicopter would take you to Kedarnath Base Camp, about 1 km from the Kedarnath Temple. This distance has to be covered by foot. Even horses are not allowed beyond a certain point.

Things to remember for Helicopter ride to Kedarnath

  • The helipads are at Phata, Sersi and Sitapur.
  • Only 2 kg of luggage is allowed per person.
  • Additional charges are levied if you weigh more than 80 kg and above 120 kg, 2 seats need to be booked.
  • The price of the tickets depends on the helipad you are flying from. Usually a round trip cost somewhere between INR 5000 to 7000.
  • If you get the round trip ticket for the same day, then they usually allot 2 hours to visit the temple and come back to the helipad.
  • It takes roughly around 10 minutes to fly to Kedarnath Base Helipad and from there it is an easy trek of 15-20 minutes to the Kedarnath Temple.
  • Helicopter services might stop at any time due to bad weather conditions.

Where to stay at Kedarnath?

There are plenty of hotels and guest houses at Sonprayag as well as Gaurikund. GMVN Guest Houses are also available and you can book them online.

GMVN Guest House and cottages are also available at Kedarnath Base Camp. There are a number of guest houses and dormitories available near the temple as well. We stayed at Bikaner Bhawan just behind the temple.

Accommodation options are also available on the way to Kedarnath. GMVN Guest Houses are available at Jungle Chatti, Bheemabali and Lincholi. Online booking is available at these guest houses and I would recommend you to book them beforehand if you opt to stay in between.

We stayed at Bikaner Bhawan in a double-bed room which cost INR 2000. Hot water is also available and a bucket would cost you around INR 60 – 70.

The rates of the guesthouses and hotels near the Kedarnath temple can change randomly. We would recommend you to book your stay beforehand if you are visiting with family.

A Sadhu at Kedarnath

Medical facilities on Kedarnath Trek

Medical centres and facilities are available throughout the way. You can find them in between Jungle Chatti, Bheemabali and Lincholi.

Food, Drinks, Shops and Restaurants on Kedarnath Trek

Most of the hotels, guest houses and GMVN Guest Houses provide food at reasonable prices. The food available is vegetarian and quite tasty. There are many shops available all through the trek route selling Maggi, parathas, snacks and hot beverages. You will definitely not go hungry on your trek to Kedarnath.

Toilet Facilities on Kedarnath Trek

Make-shift toilet tents are available on the way at various places in the trekking route.

Is there Mobile and Internet Service at Kedarnath?

Mobile services are available at Gaurikund till Lincholi. However, it is a bit rough at Kedarnath. We found Jio and Airtel services at Kedarnath while there was no mobile service for Vodafone.

Free wifi is available at the main areas like Jungle Chatti, Bheemabali, Lincholi and Kedarnath. However, do not rely much on the free wifi services. We did not get any during our stay at Kedarnath.

Snow covered peaks on the way to Kedarnath Yatra

When is the best time to visit Kedarnath Temple ?

Kedarnath is a part of the Char Dham Yatra. The temple opens on the auspicious day of Akshay Tritiya (usually falls in April or May) and closes on the day of Bhai Dooj (falls in October or November). Kedarnath Dham can only be visited during this time.

Kedarnath is located at an altitude of 3553 m and remains cold most of the time. The weather is quite unpredictable in the mountains. Usually May to June and October to November is a good time for Kedarnath Trek. July to September are the monsoon months and there are chances for landslides during this time.

Kedarnath Temple Char Dham yatra Uttarakhand

Places around the Kedarnath Temple

Bhaironath Temple

This temple is located at a very short distance from the Kedarnath Temple. It is believed that Bhaironath guards the Kedarnath Temple by keeping the evil at bay.

Shankaracharya Samadhi

This is the resting place of Adi Shankaracharya and is located near the Kedarnath Temple.

Gandhi Sarovar

About 3 km from Kedarnath Temple lies the Gandhi Sarovar that is fed by the Chorabari Glacier. If you wish to trek there, start early in the morning. The weather can change quite abruptly.

Vasuki Tal is located about 8 km from Kedarnath Temple. The trekking trail is quite steep and should be done with the help of guides. The Vasuki Taal offers a great view of the Chaukhamba ranges.

Rudra Meditation Cave

This is an interesting place. Located about 1.5 km from the temple, there is an underground cave available for meditation and isolation. The caves have a window that provides a direct view of the Kedarnath Temple. You can book the cave for yourself for the purpose of meditation for a maximum of 3 days. Obviously, only one person can stay inside the cave. The cave has all living facilities like water, electricity, heater, attached toilet and a phone to call the authorities in case of emergency.

On the way to Kedarnath Trek

Some interesting Facts about the Kedarnath Temple

  • It is believed that the Kedarnath Temple is eternally protected and cannot be harmed.
  • Bhaironath Ji is the protector of the Kedarnath Temple and is known as the Kshetrapal.  He is the fiery avatar of Lord Shiva and is known for devastation and destruction.
  • Kedarnath is one of the 12 Jyotirlings of Lord Shiva. It is infact, the highest of all the Jyotirlings in India.
  • After Bhai Dooj, when the temple is closed, the main deity is brought down to Ukhimath.
  • The head priest of the Kedarnath Temple belongs to the Veerashaiva community of Karnataka and is known as Rawal. However, the head priest or Rawal does not conduct the ritual inside the temple. He only gives instructions to his assistants. The deity is transferred to Ukhimath during the winter. The puja is performed in Kannada language.
  • The temple is said to have been buried under ice for almost 400 years.

Interesting Facts about kedarnath Temple

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Beautiful content and very informative 🙂 Har har mahadev 🙏🏼

Thank you so much!

Hi, beautiful article, wish had come across your article before, just couple of days back we trekked to kedarnath, myself 55 yrs old and my husband 58 yrs. It was dream come true for me at this age, can you with your rich experience share how to treat aching legs after trek. We use coconut oil, is there any other thing which can be of help. Thankyou. God bless both of you

Hello Ma’am! We are so glad to hear that you had trekked to Kedarnath. Time and again it os proved that age is just a number! As for treating aching legs, we recommend to apply ice pack on the aching area. It will help a lot. Also keep your legs elevated for few minutes every day. Hope this helps!

Very comprehensive and informative! I think these tips and advice are much helpful. Good you explained everything in detail it has been a great help.

A captivating tale of the Kedarnath trek! The personal experiences you share make it feel like we’re trekking right alongside you. The spiritual and natural beauty of the region shines through your words. Thanks for taking us on this unforgettable adventure through your storytelling – it’s both inspiring and informative

Thank you so much for your kind words.

Hi. Its very interesting to hear from you. Congratulation for the trek. Now I booked at gourikund . Can you provide any information the proceedings before start trek from Gourikund. Thanks again.

Thank you so much for your comment. Have a great trip and let us know how it went.

thank you for such a nice, elaborate and interesting blog!! while we have been aspiring to visit Kedarnath and badrinath much in recent times, i was actually looking for a visitor’s experience and just came across yours… thank you once again.

Thank you poorna for the kind words.

Thankyou for the amazing informative content on kedarnath yatra. Everybody needs this informative content keep sharing.

Wonderfully done article..Pretty complete. I am planning to do the Kedar trek with kids 7&12 and planning to rent a car.

You have mentioned you rented a car for 5 days. Does it come with a driver or you drive on your own. Any preferred rental companies for Car?

We had rented a car with driver. We got the car from a rental service at Haridwar. It was near Haridwar Railway Station. Have a wonderful trip to Kedarnath.

Hi… felt like a movie … scenes passes thru my imaginative mind! Clear cut, lively explanation. I am visiting kedar, badri and tungnath this June. Plz help me with a trustable travel agency or travel agents number. We are from bangalore and will come thru flight. Thanks a lot I. Advance. I am inspired to write a page later.. ( in my son’s notebook.. not here 😉 ) ha ha. Will be waiting for the reply

Thank you for a very informative write up. One question, how long did it take you to trek back to Gaurikund? You mentioned you reached at 12.30, but not state the start time. Did you have time to look around in the morning before starting the trek back?

Hello Sharmila! Thank you for reading our blog! And thank you also for pointing out the time. We had reached Gaurikund by 2PM and not 12PM. It was typo error. Now we have corrected it. We had started around 8.30AM after attending the morning aarti and just roaming around the place.

Woooow so nicely explain every minute details. This will help us a lot for sure for our planning.

Nice Blog…. This is really amazing. Great information about Kedarnath trek.

It’s amazing blog and very informative about Kedarnath trek….. This blog will very helpfull for newbies.

Amazing Blog… many things to learn. thanks for sharing.

Good Luck for the upcoming update.This article is really very interesting.

One of my biggest dreams is to go to Kedarnath and in this blog, I got all the information for my next trip. And all the images are extremely beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing all this wonderful info with us.

Thank you so much Shivani! We are so glad you liked our blog.

Hi, How can we book hotels near the temple in Kedarnath? You mentioned that it’s better if done ahead of the travel?

Can it be done online?

There are a few websites from where you can find out the contact numbers of the hotels near Kedarnath Temple. But I doubt whether it can be done online. There are also a number of travel agents in Haridwar and Rishikesh from where you can get your stay. Thank you for stopping by our blog. Keep reading!

this is a great read, very engaging and informative. I have a quick question regarding the stay at Kedarnath, you mentioned your stay at Bikaner house, is there any way to pre-book it?

Thank you so much for the comment. I think the stay at Bikaner House can be pre-booked. Please try calling +91-8191900012.

Amazing Blog, Thank for sharing this wonderful website with us.

I felt as if I were doing the trek with you as I read this. Beautifully covered with useful tips within. I have been meaning to get here and now am even more tempted. Loved your pics of the Sonprayag and the various trekking spots. The history and legends around this place really make it special. I knew the bit about Mahabharat and Shankracharya but did not know about how it was discovered

Thank you so much, Ami!

I’m hoping to go on Kedarnath Yatra after a couple of years. Good to know that they trek is about 16-17km and can be done in a day and there are also some accommodations on the way. Hahaha, it is funny and awesome that you visited Kedarnath as a kid and now your dad managed to give all the embarassing details to Agni. Now that I travel with my toddler, I have quite a bit of such funny and embarassing moments. Hoping to pass it on to her partner in future… Am I evil? Hahaha..

I bet you are! Just imagine my embarrassment when my dad gave all my secrets to my hubby. And he teases me with those till date!

Oh my God! I am bookmarking this post. Kedarnath has been on the top of my list. I want to hike and visit this amazing place, especially to hike. And also take my mother as she loves these kinds of religious places even though I would send her to the temple by other means and not by hiking. Thanks for this post, I will try to visit it as soon as the pandemic is over.

Thank you, Raksha! I am sure you will love Kedarnath.

What a great travel story and also a guide for those who want to do this trek. The views are absolutely breathtaking! And I love all those hidden little stories you mentioned. This trip also get a very personal feeling as other family members told you all those stories. The temples are all beautiful.

Thank you so much, Paula!

So interesting to read about the Kedarnath Yatra pilgrimage. And great to return to a trek that brings back special family memories. I can certainly see why the scenery along the river way to the start of your trek intrigued you. It looks like an interesting trek up to the Kedarnath Temple. Even if there was snow along the way. I might want to visit by helicopter and see those amazing views from above.

Helicopter ride is a good way to reach the place for those who cannot hike. Thank you Linda for the lovely comment!

What a fantastic experience! You provided so much information about Kedarnath, I feel like I could go and have a good idea of what to expect. I think the Kedarnath Trek sounds fascinating, although it must have been tiring the cultural experience and natural views must have been worth it.

Thank you Chloe! Kedarnath trek is quite an experience.

This is a great comprehensive guide! We have never heard of Kedarnath Yatra, but it looks like an interesting place to discover. Spiritual, historic and hiking all in one trip? That sounds like our kind of thing. We’ll definitely include this in our India itinerary when it’s safe to travel.

Wow just look at those mountains. I would love to do this hike and when I visit India I need a long time to see the beautiful places in this country. This looks like a great 2 day and worth it and the views must be amazing during the whole trek. I hope I get to visit one day as it looks amazing.

That I totally agree to. You will need a lot of time to explore India! Thank you for the lovely comment!

I never heard of the Kedarnath and after this in-depth description and experience, I would love to do a trek here. I love a hike with beautiful mountains and culture combined and this has it. The backdrop to the temple is truly amazing and I would just go to the temple just to see that. A lot of information here to consider as well, so I have bookmarked this page as I hope to do some hiking in India once Covid clears off. This part of the world has been on my list for a long time.

Thank you Danik! Kedarnath is one of the spiritual places in India and is absolutely gorgeous.

This is by far the most amazing blog I found on Kedarnath yatra. All the information is quite helpful. I almost felt that I am right there with you on the trek.Thanks for writing.

Thank you so much, for your kind words.

Descriptive blog about Kedarnath, valuable info shared for first-time travelers. Trekking in Kedarnath is an exciting and adventurous journey where you can avail all the accommodation as well as camping facilities with an awestruck top view from hills. Worth visiting along the trails to experience the local life.

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The registration of pilgrims for Kedarnath was also suspended till May 3, 2023, the district administration said. "Due to bad weather and snowfall in Kedarnath, the registration of pilgrims for Kedarnath has been stopped till tomorrow May 3. The decision regarding registration will be taken keeping in view the weather conditions," Mayur Dixit, Rudraprayag District Magistrate (DM) said. 

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Reliance Jio became the first telecom operator to provide mobile and data services on the trek route between Gaurikund and Kedarnath, the company said in a statement.

Pilgrims en route to the temple will now stay connected with their loved ones through voice or video calls, it said.

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Kedarnath Trek Guide

Are you an adventure enthusiast seeking a thrilling journey amidst the towering peaks of the Himalayas? Look no further than the Kedarnath Trek, an expedition that offers breathtaking landscapes, spiritual encounters, and a taste of nature’s grandeur. In this comprehensive guide, we’ll take you through the ins and outs of this incredible trekking experience.

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Introduction to the Kedarnath Trek

Nestled in the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand, India, the Kedarnath Trek is a revered pilgrimage and an adventure seeker’s paradise. The trek takes you to the sacred Kedarnath Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, situated at an elevation of 3,583 meters above sea level. The journey is not just about conquering heights; it’s a spiritual quest that connects you with nature’s raw beauty and ancient legends.

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Preparation and Essentials for the Trek

Before embarking on this memorable journey, meticulous planning is key. Ensure you have sturdy trekking gear, including comfortable clothing, sturdy hiking shoes, a durable backpack, and other essentials such as water bottles, energy snacks, a first aid kit, and a map. Acclimatization is vital, so engage in light exercises a few weeks prior and stay hydrated.

Best Time to Visit

The ideal time for the Kedarnath Trek is during the months of May to June and September to October. The weather during these periods is relatively mild, offering clear skies and pleasant temperatures. Monsoon season is best avoided due to the risk of landslides and slippery trails.

How to Reach Kedarnath

To reach Kedarnath, one of the most revered pilgrimage sites in India located in the state of Uttarakhand, you can follow these steps:

  • Reach Haridwar or Rishikesh : Most journeys to Kedarnath start from either Haridwar or Rishikesh. These towns are well-connected by road and rail to major cities in India.
  • By Road : From Haridwar or Rishikesh, you can hire a taxi or take a bus to Gaurikund, the base camp for the Kedarnath trek. The distance is around 200-220 km and the journey takes about 8-10 hours.
  • By Helicopter (Optional) : If you prefer a quicker and more convenient option, you can take a helicopter ride from Phata, Guptkashi, or Sersi to Kedarnath. This significantly reduces the travel time, but bookings need to be made in advance.
  • Trek to Kedarnath : The main way to reach the temple is by trekking from Gaurikund. The trekking distance is around 16-18 km, and it usually takes about 6-8 hours to complete. The trek route is well-marked and passes through picturesque landscapes. You can also hire mules or ponies to carry your luggage or to assist you in the trek.
  • Stay En Route : There are rest stops and accommodations available along the trekking route, such as Rambara and Kedarnath Base Camp. You can choose to stay overnight at these places if you find the trek challenging to complete in a single day.
  • Reach Kedarnath : Once you reach Kedarnath, you can visit the famous Kedarnath Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple is nestled amidst the Himalayas and holds immense religious significance.
  • Return Journey : After your visit to the temple, you can retrace your steps back to Gaurikund either by trekking or by availing helicopter services.

Kedarnath Trek Distance

The journey to Kedarnath spans 18 kilometers and commences from Gaurikund, extending all the way to the sacred destination of Kedarnath. This trek underwent modifications following the 2013 flood disaster in Uttarakhand, resulting in the expansion of the previous 14 km route to a new distance of 16 kilometers.

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Route Map of the Kedarnath Trek:

  • Rishikesh to Sonprayag: The journey usually starts from Rishikesh, where trekkers travel to Sonprayag by road. Sonprayag is the base camp for the Kedarnath Trek.
  • Sonprayag to Gaurikund: From Sonprayag, trekkers proceed to Gaurikund, which is around 5 kilometers away. Gaurikund is named after Goddess Parvati and serves as the starting point of the actual trek.
  • Gaurikund to Rambara: The trail from Gaurikund leads to Rambara, which is approximately 7 kilometers from Gaurikund. The path offers scenic views of the surrounding mountains and the Mandakini River.
  • Rambara to Kedarnath: The journey continues from Rambara to Kedarnath, which is about 6 kilometers away. The route becomes steeper as trekkers ascend towards Kedarnath. The final stretch is known for its breathtaking views but can be challenging due to the altitude gain.
  • Kedarnath Temple: At an altitude of around 3,583 meters (11,755 feet), the Kedarnath Temple is one of the holiest Hindu shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva. Pilgrims and trekkers visit the temple to offer prayers and seek blessings.

Kedarnath Trekking Route

Route Map for Kedarnath Trek

Embarking on the Kedarnath trek, an 18 km journey, is a pilgrimage of both physical and spiritual significance. The expedition commences from Gaurikund, presenting trekkers with an enriching experience in the heart of the Himalayas. The route itself has undergone modifications, a response to the 2013 disaster that wiped away the original path. The new route, outlined below, serves as your comprehensive travel guide for the Kedarnath trek.

1. Gaurikund: To commence this memorable journey, one must first reach Gaurikund. This preliminary step involves a shared taxi ride of approximately 6 km from Sonprayag.

2. Gaurikund to Jungle Chatti: Begin the trek by moving from Gaurikund to Jungle Chatti, a distance of 6 km. This segment involves traversing the Rambara Bridge and immersing oneself in the scenic surroundings.

3. Jungle Chatti to Bheembali: Progress further along the path, covering a distance of 4 km to reach Bheembali. The natural beauty of the region accompanies your trekking endeavor.

4. Bheembali to Linchauli: Continue your journey through the mountainscape, venturing 3 km to arrive at Linchauli. Each step embraces the serenity of the environment.

5. Linchauli to Kedarnath Base Camp: Traverse a distance of 4 km as you approach the Kedarnath Base Camp. The gradual transition in landscape offers trekkers a sense of the grandeur that lies ahead.

6. Kedarnath Base Camp to Kedarnath Temple: The final stretch, spanning 1 km, leads from the Kedarnath Base Camp to the revered Kedarnath Temple. This sacred site, nestled amidst the heights, marks the culmination of your trek and the beginning of a spiritual sojourn.

Kedarnath Trek Guide

Facilities at the Kedarnath Trek

Facilities at the Kedarnath Trek cater to both trekkers and pilgrims, offering a range of accommodations, including guesthouses and campsites, to rest amidst the Himalayan splendor. Basic medical assistance and first aid services are available to ensure trekker safety, and local vendors provide nourishing meals to refuel weary adventurers. Additionally, experienced guides are on hand to navigate the trail and enhance the overall trekking experience.

Trail Highlights and Scenic Views

The Kedarnath Trail boasts an array of captivating highlights and breathtaking scenic views. Trekking through dense forests, tranquil meadows, and challenging terrains, adventurers are treated to glimpses of the Mandakini River’s sparkling beauty. The trail’s crescendo is the Chandrashila summit, offering panoramic vistas of snow-clad peaks that leave an indelible mark on the heart. Additionally, the Vasuki Tal glacial lake enchants trekkers with its serene turquoise waters against the backdrop of towering mountains.

Camping and Accommodation Options

Kedarnath holds a distinguished position among the revered shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva and is an integral part of Uttarakhand’s Char Dham Yatra . Once teeming with hotels, lodges, and ashrams in locations like Kedarnath, Gaurikund, and Rambara, providing budget-friendly lodging for pilgrims, the landscape underwent a transformation due to the devastating flash floods in 2013, resulting in the obliteration of all accommodations.

Please note that in response to this, entities like NIM and other aiding authorities have constructed a limited number of budget camps and tents within the Kedarnath region. These endeavors aim to expand the range of accommodation choices for tourists. At present, tourists and pilgrims can exclusively avail lodging at GMVN Tents & Camps, offering a secure and reliable place to stay.

Cultural and Spiritual Significance

Apart from its natural beauty, the Kedarnath Trek holds deep spiritual significance. According to Hindu mythology, this region is believed to be the abode of Lord Shiva, making it an essential pilgrimage for devotees. The journey itself becomes a spiritual cleansing, fostering a deep connection with the divine.

Challenges Faced During the Trek

While the Kedarnath Trek is a rewarding adventure, it comes with its share of challenges. The steep ascents and descents on rocky terrains demand physical stamina and mental determination. Acclimatizing to the high altitudes is essential to avoid altitude sickness, which can cause discomfort. The weather can be unpredictable, ranging from sunny skies to sudden rain or snowfall. Navigating through varying landscapes, such as narrow trails and river crossings, requires careful attention. Additionally, the lack of basic amenities along the route and limited mobile network coverage might test your self-sufficiency. Despite these obstacles, conquering the challenges of the Kedarnath Trek yields a sense of accomplishment and an unparalleled connection with nature.

Safety Measures and Health Considerations

Prioritizing safety and health considerations is paramount when embarking on the Kedarnath Trek. Begin by trekking with a certified guide who knows the trail and can navigate challenges. Stay informed about weather forecasts to prepare for changing conditions. Acclimatize gradually to prevent altitude sickness – stay hydrated, avoid alcohol, and ascend slowly. Carry essential medications and a well-stocked first aid kit. Respect the environment by following the “Leave No Trace” principle, ensuring the trail remains pristine for future trekkers. Finally, communicate your itinerary to someone and stay connected, as mobile network coverage can be limited in certain areas. By adhering to these safety measures, you can enjoy a secure and fulfilling trekking experience.

Packing Tips for the Trek

When preparing for the Kedarnath Trek, strategic packing can make your journey smoother and more enjoyable. Prioritize essentials like sturdy hiking boots for rocky terrains, moisture-wicking clothing to handle varying weather, and a waterproof jacket to combat unexpected rain. Don’t forget to pack a reliable backpack with adjustable straps for comfortable carrying, along with essentials like a first aid kit, energy-packed snacks, a reusable water bottle, and a compact sleeping bag. Trekking poles can provide stability, especially on steep ascents and descents. Lastly, a fully charged camera, sun protection, and a hat are crucial for capturing memories and shielding yourself from the elements.

Exploring Nearby Attractions

While embarking on the Kedarnath Trek, the adventure extends beyond the trail itself, offering the opportunity to explore nearby attractions that add depth to your journey. After paying homage at the revered Kedarnath Temple, consider extending your exploration to destinations like Badrinath, a significant pilgrimage site renowned for its temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Rudraprayag, where the Alaknanda and Mandakini rivers confluence, offers a serene atmosphere and a chance to connect with nature. Chopta, known as the “Mini Switzerland of India,” beckons with its captivating meadows and breathtaking views of the Himalayan peaks. These nearby attractions enhance your overall experience, painting a richer picture of the region’s cultural and natural diversity.

Capturing Memories: Photography Tips

As you embark on the Kedarnath Trek, don’t miss the chance to capture the awe-inspiring landscapes through your lens. To truly encapsulate the beauty of the journey, embrace natural lighting – early mornings and golden hours before sunset offer magical illumination. Experiment with different angles to showcase the vastness of the Himalayas, the serenity of the meadows, and the intricacies of the trails. Focus on details like vibrant wildflowers, flowing streams, and rugged terrains to convey the trek’s diversity. Additionally, consider using people in your shots to provide a sense of scale and perspective. Lastly, let the breathtaking views inspire you; tell a story through your photos and immortalize the memories created during this remarkable expedition.

Trekking Solo vs. Group Trek

When considering the Kedarnath Trek, the choice between embarking solo or joining a group trek comes down to personal preferences and desired experiences. Trekking solo offers introspection and a unique connection with nature, allowing you to set your own pace and relish the solitude. It’s a chance for self-discovery and embracing the trail at your own rhythm. On the other hand, a group trek infuses camaraderie and shared memories. It’s an avenue for forming bonds with fellow trekkers, exchanging stories, and enjoying collective triumphs. Group treks often offer organized logistics, easing the burden of planning and navigation. Ultimately, whether solo or in a group, the Kedarnath Trek promises transformative moments and breathtaking vistas, tailored to your chosen path.

Important Points to Keep in Mind Before Going Kedarnath Trek

Embarking on the Kedarnath Trek is an exciting adventure, but thorough preparation is key to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience. Here are important considerations before you begin your journey:

  • Physical Readiness: The Kedarnath Trek involves challenging terrain and high altitudes. Make sure you’re physically fit and ready for the demands of the journey. Regular exercise and cardiovascular training can help build stamina.
  • Weather Readiness: Weather conditions can change rapidly in the mountains. Pack clothing suitable for both warm and cold weather. Don’t forget rain gear to stay dry during unexpected rain showers.
  • Footwear Selection: Invest in sturdy, comfortable trekking shoes with proper grip. Well-fitting footwear prevents discomfort and minimizes the risk of injuries.
  • Appropriate Clothing: Layer your clothing to adapt to varying temperatures. Bring warm clothing like jackets, gloves, and hats, as temperatures can drop significantly at higher elevations.
  • Important Documents: Safeguard your identification, permits, and relevant documents in a waterproof pouch. These might be necessary at different checkpoints during the trek.
  • Hydration and Nutrition: Carry an ample supply of water to stay hydrated throughout the trek. Pack energy-rich snacks such as nuts, trail mix, and energy bars to sustain your energy levels.
  • Basic First Aid Kit: Prepare a basic first aid kit containing essentials like bandages, antiseptic cream, pain relievers, and any personal medications you require.
  • Communication Plans: Although mobile network coverage might be limited, carrying a fully charged power bank is useful. Inform a trusted person about your trekking plans and expected return date.
  • Respect for Local Customs: The Kedarnath region holds deep religious significance. Respect local customs, traditions, and sacred sites. Dress modestly and avoid littering.
  • Trekking Permits: Check whether you need permits to access the trekking route. Obtain these permits beforehand to prevent any delays.
  • Guided Trek or Solo: Decide whether you’ll undertake the trek with a guided group or as a solo traveler. Guided treks offer expertise and logistical support.
  • Altitude Adjustment: Allow your body time to acclimatize to higher altitudes. Take breaks, avoid rapid ascents, and pay attention to your body’s signals.
  • Environmental Responsibility: Adhere to the Leave No Trace principles. Carry all your waste back with you and help preserve the natural beauty of the environment.
  • Emergency Contacts: Keep emergency contact numbers readily accessible. Be aware of nearby medical facilities and rescue services.
  • Travel Insurance: Consider obtaining travel insurance that covers potential medical emergencies and trip cancellations.

Conclusion: A Transformative Experience

The Kedarnath Trek transcends the ordinary, offering an unforgettable blend of adventure, spirituality, and natural beauty. As you trek through the breathtaking Himalayan terrain, you’ll find solace, courage, and a renewed sense of wonder. So, gear up for this life-changing expedition and embrace the journey of a lifetime.

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

  • Is prior trekking experience necessary for the Kedarnath Trek? While prior experience is beneficial, beginners with reasonable fitness levels can undertake the trek with proper preparation.
  • Are there any age restrictions for the trek? The trek is suitable for individuals in good health. It’s recommended to consult a physician before embarking, especially for senior citizens.
  • What’s the significance of Kedarnath Temple? Kedarnath Temple holds immense religious importance for Hindus and is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva .
  • Are there any wildlife concerns during the trek? While encounters are rare, the region is home to various wildlife species. Trek in groups, make noise, and avoid venturing into dense forests.
  • Can I undertake the trek during winter? The trek is not recommended during winter due to heavy snowfall and extreme cold temperatures.

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Uttarakhand: Kedarnath Dham yatra resumes as weather improves

Mayur dixit, district magistrate, rudraprayag, appreciated the state disaster response force (sdrf), national disaster response force (ndrf), and other teams engaged in snow clearance work and helping the pilgrims on the kedarnath trek route amid difficult weather conditions.

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The yatra was suspended following glacier breakage, continuous snowfall and bad weather (File Photo)

Kedarnath Dham yatra which was suspended due to glacier breakage ahead of the shrine in Rudraprayag district resumed on Friday, people familiar with the matter said. Mules, horses, and dandy operations however remained suspended, they said.

The yatra was suspended following glacier breakage, continuous snowfall and bad weather.

On Friday, the district administration permitted over 4,000 pilgrims who were stuck at Sonprayag for the past two days to move towards the shrine, said officials from Rudraprayag district disaster management.

NS Rajwar, district disaster management authority officer said, “The yatra was suspended due to the fresh glacier breakage at around 2 pm at Bhairav and Kuber glaciers on Thursday but the teams from state disaster response force, public works department, and district disaster management under the direction of district magistrate were able to clear the snow and restore the movement for the pilgrims on foot.”

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However, the yatra still remains suspended for mules, horses, and dandy operators as there is still a risk of glacial breakage in the area, said NS Rajwar.

“The work to open the route was going on continuously in which the teams from State and national disaster response forces, police, and disaster management have been deployed on both sides of the glaciers and assisting the pilgrimage to cross over safely to avoid any untoward incident”, added Rajwar.

Mayur Dixit, district magistrate, Rudraprayag, appreciated the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF), National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), and other teams engaged in snow clearance work and helping the pilgrims on the Kedarnath trek route amid difficult weather conditions.

He said he has asked the forces deployed near the two glaciers to ensure special care and safety of all pilgrims. “I have also directed that they should not allow the crowd to gather at both the glacier points and make the passengers cross the glacier in line swiftly”, he said.

The portals of Kedarnath Dham were opened on April 25 and since then the area has experienced several spells of rain and snow regularly.

Meanwhile, the road on Badrinath highway in Chamoli district that was closed for traffic due to heavy landslides and boulder falls near Helang on Thursday evening was reopened after clearing of the debris by the district disaster management authority early morning on Friday.

More than 5,000 thousand pilgrims were left stranded at Badrinath Highway in Chamoli district when the road was blocked due to a boulder fall and landslide near Helang that occurred at around 8 pm on Thursday.

According to Indian Metrological Department (IMD) Dehradun Centre, Uttarakhand reported 4.1 mm of rainfall in the 24 hours between 8.30 am Thursday and 8.30 am Friday with a departure of 170% from the average.

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Pithoragarh district recorded the highest 9.2 mm of rain with a departure of 358 per cent followed by Uttarkashi district which recorded 9.5 mm of rain with a departure of 375 per cent and Chamoli district recorded 6.3 mm of rain with a departure of 805 per cent.

IMD has forecast very light to light rain, and thunderstorms at isolated places in Uttarkashi, Rudraprayag, Chamoli, Bageshwar, and Pithoragarh districts of Uttarakhand. While dry weather is likely to prevail in the remaining districts of Uttarakhand. IMD has sounded a yellow alert for May 7 with a forecast of thunderstorms accompanied by lightning and hail in isolated places in the hills of the state.

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Kedarnath Trek

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Kedarnath Trek is a remote but highly celebrated pilgrimage site of the famous ‘Char Dham’ in the Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand. At an astounding location of 3583m Kedarnath lies near Chorabari Glacier, the birthplace of Mandakini River and is surrounded by various snow-capped peaks. The famous Kedarnath Mountain also lies in the vicinity to the site of Kedarnath. The Hindu pilgrimage site is visited every year by thousands of devotees from all around India.

Many Peoples thinks the Kedarnath Trek and Kedarkantha Trek are the same but these both are different Treks and also located in different location. Kedarnath Trek located in Rudraprayag district and Kedarkantha Trek located in Uttarakashi district in Uttarkhand.

In local dialect ‘Kedarnath’ means ‘lord of fields’; according to a local legend it is believed that Lord shiva hid in an assumption of a bull trying to avoid the Pandavas. Bhima, one of the brothers from Pandavas, recognized lord Shiva and tried to capture the bull through its tail and hind legs. Just before Bhima could fully grasp the bull, it disappeared into the ground only to later appear in many forms across the region. The hump of this bull appeared in Kedarnath where it is believed that Pandavas built the temple and later worshipped it.

Kedarnath should not be mistaken as any easy trek, hikers not accustomed to long journeys and altitudes might face some problems, hence it is generally advisable that trekkers practice a reasonable amount of physical fitness.

Kedarnath Temple is a revered Hindu shrine located in the Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand, India. Here are some of the highlights of the temple:

  • Ancient Temple: Kedarnath Temple is one of the oldest temples in India, believed to have been built by the Pandavas during the Mahabharata era.
  • Dedicated to Lord Shiva: The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, one of the most important deities in Hinduism.
  • High Altitude: The temple is located at an altitude of 3,583 meters (11,755 feet) above sea level, making it one of the highest temples in India.
  • Magnificent Architecture: The temple’s architecture is a beautiful blend of ancient and modern styles, featuring intricate carvings and a unique design.
  • Unique Rituals: The temple has several unique rituals, including the Abhishekam ceremony, in which the idol of Lord Shiva is bathed with water, milk, and other offerings.
  • Char Dham Yatra: Kedarnath Temple is one of the four shrines that make up the Char Dham Yatra, a pilgrimage tour that is considered one of the most sacred in Hinduism.
  • Importance in Hindu Mythology: According to Hindu mythology, Kedarnath is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas, which are considered to be the most sacred abodes of Lord Shiva. It is also believed to be the place where Lord Shiva absolved Pandavas of the sin of killing their own brothers during the Mahabharata war.

Overall, Kedarnath Temple is a significant pilgrimage destination for devotees of Lord Shiva and Hinduism, and a beautiful site for tourists to visit and admire the ancient architecture and natural beauty of the surrounding region.


A special place of Lord Shiva in Himalayas of Uttarakhand

Kedarnath is a place where a special form of Lord Shiva is seen. Kedarnath Temple is one of the holy pilgrimage sites in the state of Uttarakhand, northern India, located on the banks of the Mandakini river and is a beautiful place in the lap of Himalayas, which is known as Kedarnath. The name of the historical heritage of this area is “Kedar Khand”. Kedarnath temple is a special part of Char Dham Yatra and Panch Kedar in Uttarakhand state and it is known among the 12 Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva in India.

Kedarnath This is the most remote place among all the Char Dham sites where Shiva is the Taposthali, and is surrounded by snow-capped mountains that attract thieves and people to itself. Known for its ancient Shiva temple, a visit to Kedarnath Dham is a beautiful and mind-blowing exhilarating experience. Like other places, Kedarnath temple closes on the first day of Hindu month Kartik October-November and every year Baba Kedarnath ji’s door opens again for his devotees in Vaishakh April-May

Where do worship Lord Kedarnath in Uttarakhand ?

When Lord Shiva is shifted from Kedarnath to Ukhimath Dham, this Shiva temple remains submerged in snow for almost half a year 6 months. Where sages dedicate themselves to the feet of Baba Kedar even in the winter season, they worship him and do meditation yoga. According to a legend, it is said that Lord Shiva is seen in various forms such as arms in Tungnath temple, face in Rudranath temple, stomach in Madmaheshwar temple and head in Kalpeshwar temple with his hair. give. Kedarnath and the above four temples are considered as Panch Kedar. Where Lord Shiva is worshiped in all the Dhams.

Snow in Kedarnath Trek

Key Points of Kedarnath Trek

Some of the trek highlights of kedarnath trek.

Even before the trek starts trekkers are introduced to many lavishing vistas of Rishikesh, Devprayag and Rudrapryag. The magical confluence of Alaknanda & Bhagirathi at Devprayag and Alaknanda with Mandakini at Rudraprayag is an inner outer experience. Beautiful temples at every few kilometers clearly stamps that yes trekkers are indeed at the Land of Gods ‘Uttarakhand”.

The trek officially commences from Gaurikund covering many campsites along the way. Jungle Chatti, Bheembali, and Linchauli are some of the camps we pass during the trek.  The entirety of journey trekkers would find devotees chanting and celebrating the trail. Echo of “Har Har Mahadev” fills you with an exceptional spiritual embodiment.

The final reach of Kedarnath is enough to overwhelm devotees with the chants of “Mahadev”. Temple covered in long ribbons of marigold garlands, long happy queues of devotees and the calmness of the Kedarnath. Everything about this place will capture you in its essence.

The trek to Kedarnath Temple offers several beautiful and scenic locations that you can visit along the way. Here are some of the most popular places to visit during the Kedarnath trek:

  • Gaurikund: Gaurikund is the base camp for the Kedarnath trek and is located at an altitude of 1,982 meters (6,503 feet) above sea level. It is believed to be the place where Goddess Parvati meditated to win Lord Shiva’s heart.
  • Rambara: Rambara is a picturesque location located around 7 kilometers from Gaurikund, and is an ideal place to take a break during the trek. It is situated at an altitude of 2,835 meters (9,301 feet) above sea level and is surrounded by beautiful valleys and waterfalls.
  • Kedarnath Temple: Kedarnath Temple is the main attraction of the trek and is located at an altitude of 3,583 meters (11,755 feet) above sea level. It is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas in Hindu mythology and is considered to be one of the most sacred sites in India.
  • Vasuki Tal: Vasuki Tal is a serene lake located around 6 kilometers from Kedarnath, and is surrounded by beautiful mountain peaks. It is situated at an altitude of 4,150 meters (13,615 feet) above sea level and is a popular spot for camping and trekking.
  • Gandhi Sarovar: Gandhi Sarovar is a glacial lake located around 2 kilometers from Kedarnath, and is named after Mahatma Gandhi. It is situated at an altitude of 3,900 meters (12,795 feet) above sea level and offers stunning views of the surrounding mountain ranges.

Things to Look out for-

  • Souvenirs from Rishikesh are great for memories.
  • There are countless photogenic vistas, so we recommend that you prepare yourself for any aesthetic shoots. The best pictures are those taken under a blue sky with snow-covered peaks in the background.
  • Explore the tranquility of this holy site and submerge yourself in “Baba Kedar’s” blessings.

The altitude covered in Kedarnath Trek 

  • Rishikesh-340 m
  • Sonprayag-1829 m
  • Gaurikund-1982 m
  • Kedarnath-3583 m

Kedarnath Temple

Best Time to Visit  Kedarnath Trek & Opening or closing  time every year 

Kedarnath Temple, located in the Indian state of Uttarakhand, usually opens for visitors in late April or early May each year, and closes in the first week of November before winter sets in. The exact dates of opening and closing of the temple are determined by the Char Dham Devasthanam Board, which oversees the management of the temple. However, it’s important to note that the dates may vary slightly from year to year, depending on various factors such as weather conditions and other local considerations. If you are planning to visit the temple, it’s a good idea to check with the official website of the Char Dham Devasthanam Board or local authorities for the exact dates of opening and closing before making travel arrangements.

Kedarnath temple is best visited during the summer months of April to June. and September to Last October.  Families and friends can enjoy the mild temperatures of these months. The unfavorable temperatures and precipitation make this trek a per and post monsoon season trek. Temperatures typically range from 15 to 20 degrees Celsius during the day, with substantially colder nights.

The most popular time to visit Kedarnath Temple is during the Char Dham Yatra season, which typically runs from April/May to October/November, depending on the weather conditions. During this time, the roads leading to Kedarnath are open, and the temple is easily accessible.

To reach Kedarnath from Haridwar, you can take a shared taxi or bus to Gaurikund, which is the base camp for the trek to Kedarnath. The trek is approximately 14 kilometers long and takes around 6-8 hours to complete, depending on your pace and physical fitness level. Along the way, you will pass through several scenic locations, including waterfalls, lush forests, and picturesque valleys.

During the Char Dham Yatra season, there are several facilities available for pilgrims, including accommodation options, medical facilities, and food stalls. It is advisable to carry warm clothing, sturdy trekking shoes, and basic first aid supplies when trekking to Kedarnath, as the weather can be unpredictable and the terrain can be challenging.

Overall, visiting Kedarnath during the Char Dham Yatra season can be a memorable and spiritually uplifting experience, as you will be part of a large community of devotees who are all journeying towards a common goal.

1) Is it safe?

2) Difficulty level

3) Weather conditions

4) Things to carry

5) Connectivity and transaction

6) How to reach

7) Short Itinerary

Is Kedarnath Trek is safe?

Set amidst the high altitude ranges, concerns regarding Kedarnath Trek safety are undeniably very valid questions. Yes the trek to Kedarnath is indeed very safe and reliable, new trails and much clearer safety protocols are sure to easy anyone’s concern.

Difficulty level in Kedarnath Trek

Because the top is relatively high in elevation for any beginner level trekkers we strongly recommend a reasonable level of physical fitness. We advise trekkers to physically and mentally prepare themselves prior to this trek. 

Any medical assistance that is required will be provided at any point of the journey; however, trekkers must consult their professional care before beginning any trek. We also strongly advise trekkers to learn about altitude sickness and to notify our teams as soon as any symptoms appear.

Weather conditions

Weather conditions depend on the time of the year trekkers are travelling. In the months leading up to and following the monsoon season, the daytime temperatures are moderate, but the nighttime temperatures are significantly lower. Monsoons receive moderate to heavy rainfall.

Short itinerary of Kedarnath Trek

Day 1       Drive from Haridwar via Rishikesh to  Sonprayag   202 km by taxi (1982 m overnight stay hotel

Day 2      Aftre breakfast Sonprayag to   Gaurikund same day trek  to Kedarnath temple 15 km (6/7 hours) (3553 m) overnight stay Hotel

Day 3     After Arti Darshan   trek from Kedarnath to Gaurikund same day drive to Sonprayag  over night stay Hotel

Day 4      Drive from Sonprayag to Haridwar via Rishikesh 202 km

Note: – Our service will remain from Rishikesh to Rishikesh – for more details please check includes or excludes 

Things to carry in Kedarnath Trek

1) Because nights at elevations tend to be considerably colder, we suggest having well-graded, warm and comfortable clothing along with good quality shoes.

2) Despite the fact that we handle medical crises, we urge individuals to keep their emergency kits at hand in any case of personal underlying illnesses.

3) Since the journey provides you with a picturesque view of many peaks, don’t forget to bring your camera along with extra batteries.

4) Our staff will consult with fellow trekkers about their luggage and, if lacking, will assist trekkers in obtaining any necessary equipment. Only the relevant luggage should be brought, as a result.

Other trekking Essentials-

Connectivity and Transactions

1) Because connectivity along the route is unpredictable, we urge people to do all of their work ahead of time.

2) Last ATM transactions available will be at Gaurikund but we recommend travelers to collect cash beforehand or while in Rishikesh as ATMs available at other places might not dispense cash at times.

How to Reach Kedarnath Trek

If you are travelling from any metropolitan city in India or from outside India, getting to the capital city of Delhi may be the first and most important step. All major modes of transportation, such as air, road, and rail, can take you to Delhi.

Rishikesh is connected to most major cities in India via all chief modes of transportation. Trekkers could perhaps conduct extensive research for their direct mode of transportation to ensure a much smoother arrival.

By air – Jolly Grant Airport is the nearest airport to Rishikesh. It is well connected to Delhi and many chief cities with daily flights.  How to reach Rishikesh from Delhi

By road -Delhi has direct road routes to Rishikesh. Trekkers will have to book either a bus or private cabs. Prior booking for cabs and buses are easily available at various sites.

Delhi> Rishikesh >Sonprayag>Gaurikund

By railway – Nearest Railway station to Rishikesh will be Rishikesh Railway station . Since Rishikesh is connected to all major railway routes, trekkers can opt for a direct route or via Delhi. They can also opt for direct trains to Dehradun or Haridwar and the take cab or bus to Rishikesh.

.Some important points to note-

  • Please note that we don’t provide timings schedules for transportation before Rishikesh. Subjected to various conditions the scheduled timings and availability of particular rides may differ. We recommend trekkers to reach out to our teams for any queries. You can drop an email or call us for an initial guided session.
  • Our teams will be collecting trekkers at fixed points of airports, railway stations and bus stands.
  • It is recommended that unless any delay arrives, trekkers are advised to reach the destinations at least 2 hours prior.

Things Himalayan Hikers Recommend

As previously stated, a camera, as well as spare batteries and memory cards, are recommended. We can assure and guarantee that you will be stopping frequently along the trail to observe the grandeur of the trekking experience.

We strongly recommend trekkers to prepare beforehand for the journey ahead. Regular practicing physical fitness and mental endurance will surely assist trekkers in great time.

After the trek, we strongly encourage trekkers to tag us on social media when they post any memories from the trip; this will not only prove invaluable to us with our work, but will also serve as a motivational example for all of our experts.

Why you should choose us

We’re here to give you the greatest experience possible through the eyes of highly skilled and qualified specialists who have a passion for adventure sports. We are community members attempting to promote our favorite adventure sports while also supporting local businesses. We, at Himalayan hikers, dedicate ourselves to providing you with an unforgettable experience.

What we do during an emergency breakout in the Kedarnath Trek?

First of all, the safety of trekkers is much more for us, if you see in the trek, then there are all the risks, which I do not think about.

Himalayan Hikers worry more about you that no one should ever have any problem in the trek.

What should we and you keep more safety in the trek

  • Whenever you are going for kedarnath trek, it is very important that you go completely fit and ready.
  • Kedarnath trek is Moderate, if you make your feet and your mind calm and strong, you will find the trek very easy.
  • While trekking, keep in mind that you are walking on the right route or not always with your guide.
  • Most people look somewhere and where they are walking, this can cause twitching in your legs, which can ruin your entire trek.
  • It is important to ask your doctor if you have any medical problems
  • I should always keep my medical kit with me, it is very important.
  • Himalayan Hikers always keep a medical kit with you, such as oxygen cylinders, medicine to be given in emergency on the kedarnath trek
  • If any trekkers have any more problems, then they are brought back to the base camp by laying them in the stretcher.
  • Our Hotels in Kedarnath trek is around the 6000 feet to 11,000 feet where you can not have any problem of oxygen, this is tree line area
  • In case of any medical problem, the help of your guide or a well-informed trekkers should be taken
  • If there is major health problems in Kedarnath trek , then Nearest Hospital is in Rudarparyag / Gaurikund / Karanparyag which is about  69  Kms away from Kedarnath trek  last option in dehradun and Rishikesh the distance is 257 kms
  • Along with the trek we keep getting acclimatization

  Self-Certificate of Emergency Breakout

Trekking in the Himalayas is not a cup of tea but it is a rewarding experience. However, it’s important to keep things in mind when it comes to Safety. One must know about the weather conditions, the altitude gain, fitness and other factors that can wreck your experience. In such adverse conditions, you are solely responsible for your well being and act maturely.

Also Read About – Safety Tips For Safe Trekking.

Preparations before the Trek

You’ve to understand that treks are away from cities and medical help is not always easily available. So, if you are heading for an adventurous trekking trip, stick to certain trekking guidelines and tips. Following these simple tips will help make the trek more fun and experiential for you as well as your fellow trekkers.

These tips and guidelines cater to useful and requisite information about your fitness training, packing and health precautions to be taken before and during the trek.

  • Firstly, when you start, target 5 km in 40 minutes
  • Then gradually increase your pace by running at least 4 times a week. Then try to bring it down to 5 km in less than 37 minutes
  • If you are a person who prefers cycling over running then your target must be 22 km means you should be able to cover 22 km in 60 minutes.
  • Walking is a great exercise that gives great shape to your legs and your body. It helps in burning calories and cut down excess weight and strengthens the heart.
  • Jogging is effective in increasing the human lifespan and makes your lungs stronger. It is an aerobic activity that requires a lot of oxygen. This is a great exercise for fighting obesity and staying healthy.
  • Squats are the best form of functional exercises to improve stability. They also strengthen your legs, thighs, hips, and hamstring.
  • Another great cardiovascular exercise is pushing your body upstairs after stairs. This is regarded as the best exercise for increasing strength and power

What to pack for Kedarnath Trek

Warm clothes, sleeves, wind shelter, comfortable clothing, and extra warm clothes so that you can enjoy trekking. A raincoat is the necessary

Footwear: A well-fitted trekking footwear shoes are highly recommended. If you wear an uncomfortable pair of shoes, your feet will be hurt.

Day 1: Drive from Rishikesh to Sonprayag 

Our teams will pick up trekkers at Rishikesh and then they will be taken to Sonprayag. The entire journey of the holy river Ganga will accompany us. Trekkers can relish in the beauty of the journey. Buses will be stopping at Devprayag and if lucky trekkers might get a chance to witness the great confluence of rivers Alaknanda and Bhagirathi. After crossing another confluence of Alaknanda and Mandakini at Rudraprayag, trekkers will finally reach Sonprayag. Check in to respective hotels and rest for the night

Day 2 :  Gaurikund to Kedarnath

Next day after breakfast teams will be dispatching for Kedarnath temple trail via Gaurikund. Jungle Chatti, Bheembali, and Linchauli are some of the camps we pass during the trek.As the teams reach Kedarnath temple after covering a long distance of new trail, trekkers will be stopping to visit the temple and receive Lord Kedarnath’s blessings. Since teams will be staying overnight at camps, hikers will be getting a great opportunity to explore the surroundings. The tranquill grim of this place will leave trekkers yearning for more.

Day 3 : Kedarnath to Gaurikund same day Drive sonparyag 

After attending the morning ‘Aarti’ teams will prepare for their return. Trek from Kedarnath to Gaurikund and same day drive to Sonprayag/ rudraprayag on the same day.

Day 4: Sonprayag  to Rishikesh

Trekkers will be dispatching for Rishikesh from Sonprayag early in the morning. Come across the beautiful vistas of the journey. Interacting with our teams and other locals in the entirety of our journey can provide an opportunity to learn more about the local culture.

Note- reaching Rishikesh on the date decided is trekkers’ sole responsibility. We can only offer assistance after their arrival in Rishikesh.

Mandatory Documents

Please carry the documents given below.

Original and photocopy of government photo identity card- (Aadhar Card, Driving License, Voters ID, etc, Passport and Visa important to foreigners Medical Certificate (First part should be filled by the Doctor and Second part by the Trekker) Declaration Certificates

Note: –   Many trekkers commit the same mistake of carrying unnecessary items on a trek which only makes the backpack heavy. It is important to know the right items to carry. It differs from season to season if you are trekking in summers then carry less layers of warm clothing and if you are trekking in winters carry enough layers to protect yourself against chilly cold.

Necessary Items for trekkers

carry on a trek

Backpack (50 to 60 liters) A strongly built backpack with good support is compulsory for a trek. (Rain cover is important)

Sturdy Trekking Shoes The shoes should be strong enough with good support. The people ask if sports shoes would be comfortable but it is good to bring the right trekking shoes.

The Clothes You Should Bring On a Trek Avoid keeping extra clothes because it only makes you backpack heavy.

Trek Pants – The jeans are never suitable for a trek so you need at least 2-3 trek pants for treks carry more for longer treks.

Jacket – Jackets are very important to carry on a trek it protects you against the chilly weather. So carry 2 jackets on a week long trek.

Layers of warm Clothing  Carry warm woolen layers or fleece. Carry more layers during winter season (at least 2 to 3) and less during summer.

Thermals – The Temperature decreases at night so you might be need thermals for Night.

T- Shirts – Bring those t shirts which dry fast.

Poncho –They are needed if you are trekking on a Rainy day to keep you dry.

Hiking Pole

Water Bottle 2

Cap or Balaclava

Woolen and Waterproof Gloves

Socks (Woolen and Regular)

Torch head light

Personal Toiletry Items –  (toothpaste, toothbrush, toilet paper, sanitizer etc.)

Carry Personal Medical Kit

Personal Medical Kit (Carry minimum 5 tablets and maximum 10)

Medical Kit

Diamox – (Prevents altitude sickness)

Digene – (It cures discomfort in stomach, acidity)

Crocin Advance – (Cures fever and headache)

Aspirin/Combiflam – (Pain reliever)

Disprin – (Cures headache)

Avomine – (Prevents motion sickness)

Avil – (It treat allergies)

Norflox TZ & Lomofen – (Prevents Diarrhoea)

Ranitidine – (Reduces the amount of acid in stomach)

Volini/Moov spray – (For sprains)

Betadine/Savlon – (Antiseptic cream)

Stretchable/Elastic bandage

Note:- Use medicines only when prescribed by the doctor. In case you face any problem during your trek, discuss and take advice from the Professional guide.


What is included in this trek.

Transport Facility from Rishikesh to Rishikesh

Forest Permit and entrance fee

Accommodation in Hotel on twin share basis

All meals: breakfast, packed lunch, tea, coffee, snacks, soup and Dinner

Radio Walkie Talkie for Communication

Good Experience Local Trek Leader guide and Technical guide

Medical Kit

Oxygen Cylinders

What is Not Include In This Trek?

Personal Insurance

Medical Certificate

Personal toiletry Items and Personal Medicine kit

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Gary Graham, a veteran actor best known for portraying Ambassador Soval on the television show “Star Trek: Enterprise” and the detective Matthew Sikes in the “Alien Nation” franchise, died on Monday at his home in Spokane Valley, Wash. He was 73.

His death was confirmed by his wife, Becky Graham, who said the cause was cardiac arrest.

After studying pre-med at the University of California, Irvine, Mr. Graham’s first credited role came in 1976, when he appeared in an episode of “The Quest,” a western series starring Kurt Russell and Tim Matheson. That role led to appearances in “Starsky and Hutch,” “The Incredible Hulk,” “The Dukes of Hazzard” and other television series.

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Kedarnath Trek – 16 Km (Travel Guide)

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The Kedarnath trek is one of the most challenging and difficult treks in India. But it got easier when pilgrims chant the name of Kedar Baba (Lord Shiva). Here in this article, we have shared a complete travel guide for the trekking tour at Kedarnath Temple.

About Kedarnath Trek

Kedarnath Trek is a popular pilgrimage and trekking destination in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. The trek leads to the Kedarnath temple, one of the four major shrines in Hinduism, located at an altitude of 3,583 meters (11,755 feet) above sea level.

The trek to Kedarnath starts from a place called Gaurikund, which is located at a distance of 16 km from Kedar Nath Temple. The trek takes you through some beautiful and scenic landscapes, including lush green forests, waterfalls, and streams.

The route is steep and challenging in some places, but the stunning views of the Himalayan peaks make it all worth it.

Best Time To Visit Kedarnath Trek

The best time to undertake the Kedarnath trek is from May to June and from September to November, as the weather during these months is mild and pleasant.

During the monsoon season, which is from July to August, the trek can be risky due to the possibility of landslides and flooding.

The Kedarnath trek is considered a holy pilgrimage by Hindus, and thousands of devotees undertake this trek every year to seek the blessings of Lord Shiva.

However, it is also a popular trekking destination for adventure enthusiasts and nature lovers who want to experience the beauty of the Himalayas up close.

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Kedarnath Trek Distance and Time

  • The distance of the Kedarnath Trek is around 16 km (one way) from Gaurikund to Kedarnath Temple.
  • The trek can be completed in a minimum of 2 days, with a one-night halt at Kedarnath, or it can be completed in a single day by experienced trekkers.
  • The trek from Gaurikund to Kedarnath takes around 6-7 hours to complete, depending on the fitness level of the trekker.

On the first day, trekkers usually cover a distance of around 7-8 km from Gaurikund to Kedarnath. The trek route passes through scenic locations like Jangal Chatti, Bheembali, Rambara, Lincholi, and Chhani Camp which are popular camping sites, and there is a hot water spring also.

On the second day, trekkers can explore the Kedarnath temple and surrounding areas and start the return journey to Gaurikund. The return journey takes around 5-6 hours to complete and covers a distance of around 9 km.

Can I Complete Kedarnath Trekking Non-stop?

Yes, Most of the young people complete the Kedarnath trek in one go. and Stay at Kedarnath Temple at the night and then return the next day.

  • A young person with a good fitness level can complete this 16km trek in 6-7 hours (non-stop) while going upside to the temple. (Upward direction)
  • Returning time for the same distance will be around 5 hours . (Down direction)

Up-Down Daily Timings by the Temple Authority

  • Last Timing  for Upcoming Visitors – 5 Pm (Evening)
  • Last Timing for Downgoing Visitors – 6:30 PM (Evening)

It is important to note that the duration of the trek may vary depending on the fitness level of the trekker and the weather conditions.

It is always advisable to undertake the trek under the guidance of an experienced trekking guide and to carry essential gear and supplies for the trek.

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There are mainly 10 Checkpoints in the route of the Kedarnath Trek. These checkpoints are shown below in the order they come during the 16km trekking.

  • Gaurikund (गौरीकुंड)
  • Jangal Chatti (जंगल चट्टी)
  • Bheembali (भीमबली)
  • Rambara (रामबाड़ा)
  • Chhota Lincholi (छोटी लिंचोली)
  • Lincholi (लिंचोली)
  • Chhani Camp (छानी कैंप)
  • Rudra Point (रूद्र पॉइंट)
  • Base Camp (बेस कैंप)
  • Kedarnath Temple (केदारनाथ मंदिर)

Kedarnath Trek Route Length

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  • Gaurikund To Jangle Chatti/Bhairon Chatti distance is 4 km.
  • Jangle/Bhairon Chatti To Bheembali distance is 3 km.
  • Bheembali To Linchauli  distance is 4 km.
  • Linchauli To K. Base Camp distance is 4 km.
  • K. Base Camp To Kedarnath Temple distance is 1 km.

Char Dham Distance from Delhi

  • Delhi to Kedarnath (466 km)
  • Delhi to Badrinath (555 km)
  • Delhi to Gangotri (530 km)
  • Delhi to Yamunotri (485 km)

Gaurikund to Kedarnath Trek

Gaurikund is a Hindu pilgrimage site and base camp for trek to Kedarnath Temple. It is situated at an altitude of 6502 feet above mean sea level in the Garhwal Himalayas in the Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand.

There are various options available at the starting point (Gaurikund) of the Kedarnath Trek. To complete the trek route, you have three options there.

  • by Walking (Trekking)

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Here are the most Frequently Asked Questions about Kedarnath Trek.

How long is Kedarnath Trek?

The length of the Kedarnath Trekking route is around 16-18 kilometers from Gaurikund to Kedarnath temple.

How much time does it take for Kedarnath Trek?

The Kedarnath Trekking usually takes 2 days to complete (If stops midway for rest). And for a young fit person, it takes 6-7 hours to reach the Kedarnath temple. (nonstop)

From Where Does Kedarnath Trek Start?

The Kedarnath Trekking route starts from Gaurikund.

How difficult is Kedarnath Trek?

The Kedarnath Trekking is considered a moderate to difficult level.

How many km is Trek to Kedarnath?

The trekking route to Kedarnath is around 16 kilometers one way.

How to prepare for Kedarnath Trek?

To prepare for the Trek, one should focus on physical fitness, pack appropriate clothing and gear, carry essential items like water and food, and acclimatize to the high altitude.

What to wear in Kedarnath Trek?

For Trekking at Kedarnath, it is recommended to wear comfortable trekking shoes, quick-drying pants and t-shirts, a warm jacket, a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen. It is also important to carry rain gear and warm clothes for the night as the temperature can drop significantly.

Which trek is more difficult Kedarnath or Amarnath?

Kedarnath and Amarnath’s treks are both considered challenging, but the Kedarnath trekking is comparatively easier than the Amarnath. (due to the difference in the distance)

How steep is Kedarnath Trek?

The Kedarnath Trek is considered a moderate to difficult level, with several steep ascents and descents along the route.

The trekking route involves walking uphill for a significant portion of the journey, with an altitude gain of around 3,550 feet (1,082 meters) from Gaurikund to Kedarnath.

The terrain can be rocky and uneven at times, and there are several sections of the trail that require careful footing and a good level of fitness. The steepness of the trek can vary depending on the specific route taken and the individual’s level of physical fitness.

Overall, the Kedar Trek is a challenging but rewarding experience, with stunning views of the Himalayan mountain range and opportunities to explore the region’s natural beauty and cultural heritage. It is important to prepare properly and take necessary precautions to ensure a safe and enjoyable trekking experience.

Things to carry for Kedarnath Trek?

Some of the essential things to carry for the Kedarnath Trekking are comfortable trekking shoes, warm clothes, rain gear, sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat, a first aid kit, sufficient water and snacks, and a backpack to carry all the gear. It is also recommended to carry a trekking pole and a camera to capture the beautiful views.

Here is a list of things to carry for the Kedarnath Trekking:

  • Clothing: Carry warm clothing such as thermals, fleece jackets, and windcheaters. It can get chilly at night, so bring a warm hat and gloves as well. Wear quick-dry, breathable clothes that are comfortable to trek in. Also, carry an extra set of clothes for emergencies.
  • Footwear: As discussed earlier, wear comfortable and sturdy hiking boots or shoes with good grip and ankle support.
  • Backpack: A good quality backpack with a capacity of around 40-50 liters is recommended to carry your essentials. It should have padded straps and a waist belt for better support.
  • Sleeping Bag: Carry a good quality sleeping bag that is rated for the appropriate temperature range.
  • Trekking Poles: Trekking poles help provide extra support and balance on uneven terrain. They are particularly useful when ascending or descending steep slopes.
  • Water Bottles : Carry at least 2-3 liters of water, and ensure drink enough water throughout the trek.
  • First Aid Kit : Carry a well-equipped first aid kit with essential medicines, band-aids, antiseptics, pain relievers, and any prescription medication you may require.
  • Sunscreen, Sunglasses, and Hat : Protect yourself from the harsh sun by carrying sunscreen with SPF 50+, sunglasses with UV protection, and a hat.
  • Personal Toiletries : Carry a small towel, hand sanitizer, wet wipes, toilet paper, and any personal toiletries you may require.
  • Power bank and Extra Batteries : Carry a good quality flashlight or headlamp with extra batteries for use during early morning starts, late evening walks, or in case of power outages.

Remember to pack light and carry only essentials for the trek. Avoid carrying unnecessary items that add weight to your backpack.

Kedarnath Trek Itinerary?

Here’s a brief itinerary for the Kedarnath Trek:

  • Day 1: Reach Gaurikund and hike to Kedarnath (16-18 km)
  • Day 2: Explore Kedarnath and acclimatize to the high altitude
  • Day 3: Trek back to Gaurikund (16-18 km)

Note : The duration of the trek can be extended depending on the fitness level of the trekker and weather conditions.

Best shoes for Kedarnath Trek?

The best shoes for Kedarnath Trekking are comfortable and sturdy trekking shoes with good grip, ankle support, and waterproofing to tackle the steep and rocky terrain.

Some good options for shoes for the Kedarnath Trek include hiking boots or shoes from well-known brands such as Salomon, Merrell, or The North Face. It is important to break in your shoes before the trek and wear them around for a few weeks to ensure that they are comfortable and fit well.

Trekking to Kedarnath at the night is generally not recommended as it can be quite risky and dangerous. The trek is quite challenging, and even during the day, it requires a good level of fitness and stamina.

Trekking at night can be more challenging due to low visibility and increased chances of slipping, tripping, or losing the trail.

Moreover, the trail to Kedarnath is located in a remote mountainous region with steep inclines, rocky terrain, and unpredictable weather conditions. It can be risky to trek in the dark without proper lighting, equipment, and a guide. There have been cases of trekkers getting lost or injured during night treks to Kedarnath.

Therefore, it is advisable to trek to Kedarnath during the daytime when the weather and visibility are better, and there is more help available in case of emergencies.

If you do plan to trek at night, it is essential to prepare adequately, carry appropriate gear, and seek the advice of experienced guides or local authorities.


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Iceland lava slowing down after day of destruction

  • Published 15 January

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Lava flows have slowed in south-west Iceland following a volcanic eruption that has destroyed several homes.

A volcano on the Reykjanes peninsula erupted on Sunday, spilling molten rock into the town of Grindavik. The local population was evacuated.

Defences built after an eruption in December were breached in places, setting houses on fire. But by Monday the flow had almost stopped.

There is no danger to the rest of Iceland, officials say.

Dr Matthew Roberts of the Icelandic Meteorological Office (IMO) told the BBC that the situation near Grindavik had "very much eased" on Monday.

He added that micro-earthquakes - which are not commonly felt by people - were still happening, but their number and intensity were decreasing.

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However, many Grindavik residents have been left shaken by the eruption.

"Seeing your home burn down on live television is something you cannot easily handle," Unndor Sigurthsson told the MBL news website.

She said her family had left almost all their belongings when they were evacuated, leaving them only with clothes and essential items.

A volcano spews lava and smoke as it erupts in Reykjanes Peninsula

There has been no disruption to domestic or international flights. The IMO's aviation colour code for the Reykjanes peninsula was orange on Monday morning, indicating an ongoing eruption with "no or minor ash emission".

Addressing the nation on Sunday evening, President Gudni Johannesson urged people to "stand together and have compassion for those who cannot be in their homes".

Volcanologist Evgenia Ilyinskaya told BBC Breakfast that the peninsula could be entering a period of frequent eruptions, known as the New Reykjanes Fires.

Prof Ilyinskaya said eruptions could take place "every few months or once a year for several decades or several centuries".

The Reykjanes Fires were a series of instances of intense volcanic activity on the peninsula in the 12th Century.

Map showing fissure locations

Strong tremors preceded the December eruption in the Svartsengi volcanic system. In the weeks since, walls were built around the volcano to direct molten rock away from Grindavik, home to some 4,000 people.

Prime Minister Katrin Jakobsdottir said the eruption was a "black day for all of Iceland", but added that "the sun will rise again".

Lava spreads across the Reykjanes peninsula

Sunday's eruption is the fifth to have taken place along the Reykjanes peninsula since 2021.

Iceland sits over what's known as the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, the boundary between the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates - two of the largest on the planet. Iceland has 33 active volcano systems.

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Gary Graham, ‘Star Trek: Enterprise’ and 'Alien Nation' actor, dies at 73

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Gary Graham, the actor best known for starring in “Star Trek: Enterprise,” died Monday. He was 73.

Susan Lavelle, his ex-wife, confirmed the news in a  Facebook post . According to her post, Graham’s wife, Becky Hopkins, was by his side when he died.

“It is with deep profound sadness to say that Gary Graham, my ex husband, amazing actor and father of our beautiful only child together, Haylee Graham, has passed away today. We are completely devastated especially our daughter Haley,” Lavelle wrote.

Lavelle said she met Graham when he was the co-lead in the 1980s science-fiction series “Alien Nation,” adding that he had many other credits, including “All the Right Moves” with Tom Cruise .

“Gary was funny, sarcastic sense of humor but kind, fought for what he believed in, a devout Christian and was so proud of his daughter, Haylee. This was sudden so please pray for our daughter as she navigates through this thing called grief,” the post continued.

“Fly high into the heavens Gar! Thank you for our journey and thank you for the gifts you left me in acting, my love of horses and most importantly, our daughter,” Lavelle said.

In “Star Trek: Enterprise,” Graham portrayed Ambassador Soval from 2001 to 2005, appearing in a total of 12 episodes. His other TV credits include “M.A.N.T.I.S.,” “JAG” and “Universal Dead.” He also guest starred on shows like “Ally McBeal,” “Nip/Tuck,” “Renegades” and “Work Related,” among others.

As for films, Graham had roles in “The Spy Within,” “The Last Warrior,” “The Arrogant,” “All the Right Moves,” “Robot Jox” and “Steel.”

He is survived by his daughter and wife.


Gary Graham, star of 'Star Trek' and 'Alien Nation,' dead at 73 due to cardiac arrest: Reports

G ary Graham, best known for his role in "Star Trek: Enterprise," died Monday, according to reports from the New York Times and the Hollywood Reporter . He was 73.

The actor passed away due to cardiac arrest at a hospital in Spokane, Washington, according to his wife of almost 25 years, Becky Graham, per the Hollywood Reporter .

Susan Lavelle, Graham's ex-wife, also confirmed news of his death in a Facebook post on Monday. Becky was with him when he passed away, Lavelle wrote in her post.

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"I want to express that during my time with Gary Graham, he was not only immensely talented and committed to his craft but also a person of great generosity," Lavelle told USA TODAY. "He had a deep love for animals, a strong sense of patriotism, a profound faith in God, and an unwavering adoration for his daughter, Haylee. Gary was truly one of a kind – his voice, appearance, acting, and style were all unmistakably unique. The world will never see another Gary Graham. I extend my heartfelt condolences to our wonderful daughter, Haylee Graham, during this difficult time."

Who is 'Star Trek' actor Gary Graham?

Graham, born in Long Beach, California, on June 6, 1950, had a successful career in TV during the 1970s with appearances in shows including "The Incredible Hulk," "Starsky and Hutch," "Police Woman," and "Eight Is Enough," He also made his mark in movies with roles in "The Spy Within," "The Last Warrior," "The Arrogant," "All the Right Moves," "Robot Jox," and "Steel."

According to the New York Times, in 1976, he appeared in an episode of "The Quest," a western series starring Kurt Russell and Tim Matheson, which marked his first credited role.

Gary Graham's movie and prominent TV show roles

Graham acted as a character named Soval in 12 episodes of "Star Trek: Enterprise" and played Tanis in an episode of "Star Trek: Voyager." He then joined the fan-made "Star Trek" projects, including "Star Trek: Of Gods And Men," after his role in "Enterprise."

Throughout his career, Graham also acted in several science-fiction roles. He acted as Detective Matthew Sikes in the 1989 series "Alien Nation" and in "Alien Nation: Dark Horizon" (1994), the movie. He also acted in four other movies named "Alien Nation: Body and Soul" (1995), "Alien Nation: Millennium" (1996), "Alien Nation: The Enemy Within" (1996), and "Alien Nation: The Udara Legacy" (1997).

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Gary Graham, star of 'Star Trek' and 'Alien Nation,' dead at 73 due to cardiac arrest: Reports

Gary Graham, best known for his role in "Star Trek: Enterprise," died Monday, according to reports from the New York Times and the Hollywood Reporter. He was 73.


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