Best season : May to October
Destination Covered : Rishikesh - Kedarnath - Madmaheshwar - Tungnath -Rudranath - Kalpeshwar - Joshimath
Cradled in the Garhwal Himalaya's ranges are five of Hinduism's most important temples inspired by the five religious forms of Lord
Shiva, known as the Panch Kedar.
Kedarnath (3584 m) / Madhmaheshwar (3289 m) / Tungnath (3810 m) / Rudranath (2286 m) / Kalpeshwar (2134 m),sprawled over the vast Kedar Valley with altitudes ranging from 1500m to 3680m.
The Panch Kedar trek includes all the shrines associated with these legends. Kedarnath is situated at the head of the Mandakini River, where the Linga is a natural rock that resembles the hump of a bull. Madhmaheshwar, at the base of the Chaukhamba Peak, is at the altitude of 3500 m. The Linga is here worshipped in the form of a navel. Tungnath, where the arm of Shiva appeared, is the highest temple in Garhwal (3810 m).
500 m above the temple at Tungnath is Chandrashila, with a breathtaking view of the Himalayas. Rudranath is situated where the face of Shiva is said to have appeared. There is a natural rock temple in which the Shiva Mukha is worshipped. Nearby the temple, there are many little lakes like the Surya Kund, Tara Kund and Manas Kund. Kalpeshwar is situated in the beautiful valley of Urgam. There is a cave temple and Shiva is worshipped in his matted hair form, when He tried to flee from the Pandavas at Kedarnath.
Day 1: Rishikesh – Guptkashi by motor road (209 km), check and overnight in hotel.
Situated on the Rudraprayag - Kedarnath road, (1845 m.)
provides a breathtaking view of the Himalayan ranges.
Day 2: Drive to Gaurikund 40km. ans 14 km trek to Kedarnath (3581 m.), sightseeing and overnight in Hotel.
Lunch at Rambara enroute.
Day 3: Trek back to Gaurikund, + 40 km drive to Guptkashi, overnight in Hotel
Day 4: 9 km trek to Gaundhar, overnight in Guest house.
Day 5: 10km trek to Madmaheshwar (3289 m.), overnight in Guest house.
Day 6: trek back to Gaunduhar with packed lunch, overnight in Guest house.
Day 7: 12 km trek to Jagasu + 42 km drive to Chopta (2900m.) overnight in Tent
Day 8: After breakfast 4 km trek to Tungnath (3886 m.).
Back to Chopta, overnight in Tent.
Day 9: 30 km drive to Sagar + 10 km trek to Panargupha (meadow), overnight in Tent.
Day 10: 12 km trek to Rudranath, overnight in Tent.
The trek goes through alpine meadows and huge dense forests with a panoramic view
over the Nanda Devi, Trishul and Nanda Ghunti peaks.
Day 11: 18 km trek to Dumak (village), overnight in Tent.
Day 12: 14 km trek to Urgam (village) + 2 km trek to Kalpeshwar Mahadev, overnight in Guest house/ tent.
Day 13: 9 km trek to Helang + drive 13 km to Joshimath, overnight in hotel. And rest!