Panch Kedar Tour/Trek 13 Days
Region: Uttarakhand, India.
Tour activity type: Group Tour.
Group size: Minimum 4 People per Group.
Duration: 12 nights / 13 days.
Difficulty level: Medium.
Best time to travel: Apr to October.
The trip begins and ends at: Haridwar.
Maximum altitude gain: 3, 680 meters / 12, 073 feet.
Type of accommodations: Hotel / Guest House / Tent.
The word ‘Panch Kedar’ is self-explanatory. ‘Panch’ means ‘five’ and ‘Kedar’ stands for ‘Lord Shiva’. Thus, ‘Panch Kedar Tour’, ‘Panch Kedar Yatra‘, ‘Panch Kedar Trek‘ refers to the five different temples that are dedicated to Lord Shiva and fall in the circuit of the Himalayas. The five shrines discussed here are Kedarnath, Madhyamaheshwar, Tungnath, Rudranath, and Kalpeshwar.
An Overview of the Tour
According to mythology, when the Pandavas were looking for Lord Shiva, he changed himself to a Buffalo making it difficult for them. Then one of the Pandavas, Bheem placed his foot at two different locations and the Buffaloes had to pass through them.
When Lord Shiva in the form of Buffalo passed under his feet, the different parts of his body fell off at five different locations that later came to be known as Panch Kedar.
Among all these five locations, Tungnath is the highest temple in the world that is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is located at an altitude of 3, 680 m above sea level.
The famous Kedarnath Temple in Rudraprayag is located at an altitude of 3, 583 meters and one can reach here after a trek of 16 KMS from Gaurikund. The place is also regarded as a source of Mandakini River that confluences with Alaknanda River in Rudraprayag. The shrine is only accessible for 6 months from May to October.
During the other 6 months of extreme winters, the Doli of Baba Kedar is shifted to Ukhimath Omkareshwar Temple. There are several other routes to reach Kedarnath but they are not just difficult to trek but also take more days. The best part about such routes is that they are abundant in natural beauty.
Madhyamaheshwar is also known as Madmaheshwar is located at an altitude of 3, 497 meters and it is here that the central part of Lord Shiva is worshipped. You need to do a steep hike of 10KM to reach here. The Rakesweri Temple in Ransi village is also famous here.
The Tungnath Temple is the third temple in the Panch Kedar tour and is the highest in the world that is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The ‘Bhuja’ or the hands of Lord Shiva are worshipped here.
Rudranath Temple at 3, 600 meters is regarded as one of the toughest destinations in the Panch Kedar tour since it is located in a remote location of the Himalayas. This shrine can only be reached by a trek and the route is filled with natural beauty of dense forests, variety of flora and fauna, meadows and wild animals. The face of Lord Shiva is worshipped here.
The Kalpeshwar Temple at 2, 200 meters is one the most easily accessible Kedars in the tour. It lies in the Chamoli district in the Urgam Village. The ‘Hair’ or the ‘Jata’ of Lord Shiva is worshipped here. The temple can be easily visited at any time of the year because of its low altitude.
Panch Kedar Tour — 13 Days
The 13 days Panch Kedar Tour organized at Divine Kailash is not just fit for devotees and pilgrims but also trekkers alike. It covers a number of destinations and several natural phenomenons such as meadows, valleys, waterfalls, rivers, etc form a part of it. The tour is a major attraction for bird watchers, nature lovers, photographers, and trekkers besides the very obvious Hindu pilgrims.
Distance Covered: 213 KMs.
Duration: 9 Hours.
The Panch Kedar Tour starts from Rishikesh/Haridwar and we travel to Guptkashi / Sonprayag. It’s a long journey of 213 km that takes away the complete day. We will cross several towns and villages en routes like Srinagar, Devprayag, Rudraprayag, and Guptkashi. We will reach Guptkashi / Sonprayag by the evening, check into a hotel, and stay there overnight.
Distance Covered: 16 KMs.
Duration: 7 to 8 Hours(Trek).
The next day we start from Sonprayag/Guptkashi and drive to Gaurikund since the way is motorable till there. At Sonprayag, we need to change the vehicle since only Union Local Vehicles are allowed from there. At Gaurikund, the pilgrims can take a holy dip in the Kund before we continue further for Kedarnath. The complete route till Kedarnath is a 16 km ascend trek but the roads have been very well-constructed post the 2013 disaster. Before joining the evening aarti at Kedarnath we will also visit the famous Baba Bhairav Temple near Kedarnathji. Stay overnight at Kedarnath.
Duration: 8 Hours(Trek).
We need to start the day early to have darshan at Kedarnath. Since there is a lot of a crowd and long queue, it is important to start early to avoid waiting in long queues. After the darshan and the visit to the temple, we will have breakfast and trek to Gaurikund. The trek to Gaurikund is a total descend trek and can be completed in about 4 to 5 hours. Once we reach Gaurikund, we will drive to Guptkashi; visit the famous Vishwanath Temple there in the evening. Stay at Guptkashi overnight.
Distance covered: 50 km (drive) and 5 km (trek).
Duration: 7 to 8 hours.
We start driving from Guptkashi and drive for 50 KMs to reach Ransi village via Ukhimath. At Ukhimath we visit the famous Omkareswar Temple that is dedicated to Lord Shiva. During the winter season, the Doli of Kedar Baba stays here. Post the temple visit; we continue our drive to Ransi Village. The village is famous for Rakesweri Temple. It also forms the base of Madhyamaheswer / Madhmaheswer trek and Mandani Valley Trek. After visiting the temple we will take a 20-minute break for refreshments and then continue the trek to Bantoli/Gaundar. The roads are good for a few kilometers towards the Gaundar village. En route, we can see the coming together of Madhyamaheswer Ganga and Makrand Ganga. We stay at Bantoli overnight.
Duration: 6 to 7 hours(trek).
After staying overnight at Bantoli, we get up early and start our trek to Madhyamaheswer which is a very steep trek. After resting for some time, we will visit Buda Madhyamaheswer. From here, we can get clear views of the Madhmaheswer valley and Mt. Chaukhamba that is at an altitude of 7138 m. We will then return to Madhmaheswer, worship in the temple, and be a part of the aarti. Stay overnight at Madhyamaheswer.
Duration: 5 to 6 hours(trek).
The day begins early; we visit the temple once again and enjoy the beautiful natural landscape and surroundings of the region. After having breakfast, we will proceed to Gaundar and stay there overnight.
Distance: 4 KMs (Trek) and 70 KMs (Drive).
Duration: 2 to 3 hours (to Ransi Village).
After breakfast, we start trekking to Ransi Village that takes about 2 to 3 hours. From the village, we start driving for Chopta via Ukhimath, Sari village. While Sari Village forms the base for Deorial Tal Trek, Chopta is the base for Tungnath and Chandrashilla Trek. It is also a great tourist destination all year around. We stay overnight at Chopta.
Distance: 11 KMs (trek) and 25 KMs (drive).
Duration: 7 to 8 hours.
The day starts really early with a trek to the famous Tungnath Temple. We also get to enjoy the sunrise view from there. The trek is a steep ascend of 5.5 KMs and takes about 3 to 4 hours. We visit the Chandrashilla top at 4, 000 m and also worship the Tungnath Temple Bhuja or hands. After completing the darshan and the pooja ceremony, we will trek down to Chopta which will take 2 to 3 hours. We further proceed to Mandal and also stay there overnight.
Duration: 6 to 7 hours (trek).
Starting from Mandal, we start a 5 KM ascend trek to visit Mother Anusuya Temple. After visiting the temple we start another trek to Panar Bugyal and reach there by evening. The route to Panar Bugyal is a striking and interesting one that has water streams, dense forests, holy rivers such as Amrit Ganga and Atri Ganga, and meadows such as Hamsha Bugiyal, Dhanpal Bugiyal, and Panchaganga Bhugiyal. Since the trek is quite an ascending route, you will be tired by the end of the day. Rest and stay overnight at Panar.
Duration: 5 to 6 hours(trek).
From Panar we will start for Rudranath Temple that is located at an altitude of 3402 meters. Several Kunds such as Suryakund, Chandrakund, and Tarakund are located around the temple and the image of Lord Shiva is worshipped here. From the altitude of the temple, several snow-covered hills are also visible; these include Nanda Devi, Hathi Parvat, Trishuli, Nanda Ghunti, and others. After visiting the temple and offering the prayers, we will trek back to Panar and stay there overnight.
Duration: 5 to 6 hours(trek).
The trek from Panar to Mandal is a descending trek that makes it an easy one but since there is rainfall, one must be extra cautious during the descend since the route can be slippery. Besides the trek is also a beautiful passage with the chirping of the birds, cascading waterfalls, and snow-capped peaks around. After reaching Mandal, we stay there overnight.
Distance: 100 km.
The Kalpeswer Temple can be easily reached by a simple drive starting from Mandal. The temple is located in Panch Keda and the Jata or the hair of Lord Shiva is worshipped here. We can take our vehicles to Urgam and Devgram. Just 500 meters from this spot, crossing the Kalpeswer River, the famous Shrine is situated at an altitude of 2, 200 meters. It is a different sight to see several Sadhus around the temple. They stay at that place only. Once we have visited the temple we will go back to Urgam Village where we can visit the famous Dhyan Badri Temple. We will drive back to PipleKoti and stay there overnight.
Distance: 220 KMs.
Duration: 7 to 8 hours (drive).
This is the last day of our 13 days Panch Kedar tour organized at Divine Kailash. We will travel towards Rishikesh and Haridwar. En route, there are many popular religious places we drive alongside such as Devprayag which is the confluence of Alaknanda and Bhagirathi River; Lord Karna Temple; and Karnprayag which is also a confluence of Alaknanda and Pindar River. We will reach Rishikesh or Haridwar by evening. The tour concludes here.
- 12 nights of Accomodations in Hotel / Tent / Homestay / Guesthouse.
- Vegetarian Breakfast and Dinner(From Day 1 dinner to Day 13 breakfast).
- Professional and experienced guide for the trek.
- Private vehicle from Haridwar to Haridwar.
- All park entrance fees and trekking permits.
- Sightseeing as per the itinerary.
- Any kind of personal expenses.
- Personal Gears like Shoes, Backpack, etc.
- Travel expenses to reach and return from Haridwar.
- Additional accommodation and food expenses if trek gets delayed due to weather, health, or any other reason.
- Health Insurance, Personal Insurance, and other travel insurance.
- Expenses for evacuation and rescue operations due to natural calamity, mishaps, injury, or any health problem.
- Anything not mentioned in Inclusions section.