Panch Kedar Trek
Five Holy Shrines Dedicated to Lord Shiva
Panch Kedar are 5 Hindu shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva in Garhwal Himalayan region of Uttarakhand also known as “Dev Bhoomi”. This set of five temples lies in the valleys amid Bhagirathi and Alaknanda.
Panch Kedar –
They are all related to the Pandavas “Heroes of Mahabharata”. Every temple lies in the tranquil and undisturbed parts of Indian Himalayas and has its own peaceful charm.
Reaching the temples require trekking because no motorable road directly goes to the temple. This “Panch Kedar Yatra” will give you a lifetime experience to remember.
Significance of Panch Kedar
Pandavas killed their gurus and blood relatives during Mahabharata. For atonement they were seeking Lord Shiva.
He was enraged with the actions of Pandavas after rejecting their request, he disguised as a bull and hid in the Himalayas at Guptkashi. But, the Pandavas found and recognized him in the Garhwal region. Bhim tried to catch hold over the bull but suddenly it dived into the ground and disappeared.
The parts of Lord Shiva reappeared in different regions of Garhwal –
- Hump at Kedarnath
- Navel at Madhyamaheshwar
- Face at Rudranath
- Arms at Tungnath
- Hair at Kalpehswar
The 5 temples at these 5 places in Garhwal were built by Pandavas, this is the reason they are together called Panch Kedar.
Key Points of Panch Kedar Trek
- Level: Moderate to Difficult
- Proper conditioning & training of body required
- Need proper gear & clothing for sub-zero temperature.
- Shoes are the single most important equipment.
- High Altitude requires proper acclimatization.
- Only BSNL networks are there.
- Beautiful landscapes so carry good photo gear & Extra battery backup
- Travel light
- The backpack should not exceed 10 kg.
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Trek Fee:Rs 30000 (Includes GST and all costs of the Trek from Dehradun to Dehradun)
Duration: 13 Days
Winter Temperature:(-2°C to -5°C) (-5°C to -10°C)
Best Time:May to October
SummerTemperature: (5°C to 12°C)
Level: Moderate to Difficult
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- Vacation Style Holiday Type
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- Group Size Large Group
Day 01- Dehradun to Helang (6696 feet) (12 hours)
Day 02- Helang to Kalpeshwar (7217 feet) via Lyari. Back to Helang and Drive to Saggar (5/6 hours)
Day 03 – Saggar to Panar (11,155 feet) (12 km) (7/8 hours)
Day 04 – Panar to Rudranath (11,811 feet). Return to Panch Ganga (11 km) (6/7 hours)
Day 05 – Panch Ganga to Mandal via Naola Pass, trek to Anusuya Devi Temple (14,000 feet) (11 km) (7/8 hours). Return to Mandal
Day 06 – Drive from Mandal to Chopta
Day 07 – Visit Tungnath (12,083 feet) and Reach Ransi (6 km) (2/3 hours)
Day 08 – Trek to Nanu (7743 feet) (10 km) (6 hours)
Day 09 – Trek to Madhyamaheshwar (11,483 feet) (6 km) (6 hours)
Day 10 – Visit Buda Madh and Return to Ransi (6,440 feet) (16 km) (6/7 hours)
Day 11 – Ransi to Gaurikund (73 km)
Day 12 – Gaurikund to Kedarnath (11,657 feet) (16 km) (6/7 hours)
Day 13 – Return to Dehradun
✅ Transport facility from Dehradun to Dehradun
✅ Forest Permit and entrance fee
✅ Accommodation in tents on twin share basis
✅ All meals: breakfast, packed lunch, tea, coffee, snacks, soup and dinner
✅ (All camping gears)
✅ High quality tents
✅ Sleeping bags
✅ Separate Toilet tents – Ladies and Gents
✅ Dining Tent
✅ Dining Table
✅ Kitchen team
✅ Radio Walkie Talkie for Communication
✅ Good Experience Trek Leader guide and Technical guide
✅ Medical Kit
✅ Oxygen Cylinders
✅ Crampons and Gaiters
❌ Personal Insurance
❌Personal toiletry Items and Personal Medicine kit
❌On first day En Route to base camp the Breakfast and Lunch are Not Included
❌Last Day En Route Lunch and Dinner are Not Included
Full payment confirms your booking
We serve three meals a day including snacks and soup. A variety of delectable and healthy food is provided which includes; Indian, Chinese and other Western meals. They are nutritious and keeps you fit and healthy on your trek.
Dehradun to Helang (6696 feet) (12 hours)
The vehicles will be arranged from Dehradun Railway Station and the departure time is 6:30 am.
Helang lies before Joshimath. The overnight stay will be here and the arrangements will be made in a hotel.
Helang to Kalpeshwar (7217 feet) via Lyari. Back to Helang and Drive to Saggar (5/6 hours)
Today the trek is towards Kalpeshwar via Lyari. The trek starts from Lyari and the distance to be covered is 4.5 km, it is going to be an easy levelled walk.
Leave from Helang early because you have to return to Saggar which is a 2 hour drive from there.
This beautiful trek is through old villages of pristine Urgam valley. Come across fields and lush green meadows and witness Kalpganga River towards your right.
Before reaching Kalpeshwar cross the makeshift bridge and after the last climb reach the temple. Now, get back to Helang and the drive is towards Saggar.
Saggar to Panar (11,155 feet) (12 km) (7/8 hours)
Saggar is a place where King Saggar spent his childhood, he was the descendant of King Harishchandra. Today the climb is steep through dense forests.
On the way witness cascading waterfalls and hear the chirping of Himalayan birds and gain great experiences. There are fresh flowing streams and hardly trekkers are seen there.
Reach Panar and have a glance of these snow covered mountains – Nanda Ghunti, Nanda Devi, Trishul and Bandarpoonch. Panar can be seen at bull bloom in the month of August and Sep. Stay at Pana today, there are Dhaba’s providing overnight stay facility.
Panar to Rudranath (11,811 feet). Return to Panch Ganga (11 km) (6/7 hours)
Start the day early, head towards Rudranath by taking the trail that leads to the ridge lying on left, there are many boulders and snow covered mountains.
Climb the ridge and see the Panar meadows below, further are huge boulders snow-capped peaks looks magnificent. Reach the ridge between Panar and Rudranath by passing several boulders. This ridge offers extremely beautiful views of the Himalayas and open valleys.
Ahead on the trail witness blooming flowers and shepherd settlements, hike for 20-30 minutes and come across flags and prayer bells.
Reach Panch Ganga, the highest point in 3-4 hours, pass by Pitradhar and a shrine. Rudranath temple offers fantastic views of majestic Himalayan peaks, especially of Kamet peaks and Nanda Devi. Now, from Panch Ganga descent is into the valley.
There are many flowers and shrubs, many of them are used for medicinal purposes. After some ascends and descends come across a tourist hut. There are two rooms used by tourists and pilgrims who stay overnight at Rudranath.
After spending some time there return to Panch Ganga and the stay will be at a Dhaba located there.
Panch Ganga to Mandal via Naola Pass, trek to Anusuya Devi Temple (14,000 feet) (11 km) (7/8 hours). Return to Mandal
The trail to Naola Pass goes through a dense forest, which offers great views whenever you reach a clearing. The mountain goats can be commonly seen here.
Cross a tributary of River Ganga over a bridge and reach Anusuya Devi Temple.
It is believed that 3 Devi’s Parvati, Saraswati and Laxmi were obsessed about their powers. Then Devrishi Narad told them that a lady named “Anusuya” is more powerful and she is Brahamarishi Atri’s wife.
The Devi’s were jealous and coaxed their husbands to test Anusuya. Lord Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva hesitated but approached her. They decided to ask a very hard question which would be impossible for her to do and this way they would be able to return quickly.
They turned into Brahmins and asked for food but on one condition that, she have to serve them naked. Anusuya was shocked but also wanted to feed Brahmins. She thought of her husband Atri and wanted his help. He was meditating nearby in a cave.
Anusuya sprinkled water on the Brahmins and they turned into new born infants. Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva were humbled and blessed the lady with 3 children (Dattatreya, Soma and Durvasa) they were incarnations of 3 lords.
They also blessed her that the couples who were unable to become parents or have some difficulties can approach her.
There is a long route to visit Atri Rishi’s cave after crossing the stream. After you visit Anusuya Devi’s temple move towards Mandal.
Drive from Mandal to Chopta
From Mandal, Chopta can be reached in an hour. Chopta is base camp of Tungnath and Chandrashila.
Visit Tungnath (12,083 feet) and Reach Ransi (6 km) (2/3 hours)
Chopta to Tungnath is 2 km away and the trail is cemented but the climb is steep. On the way is an open temple, from where the Chandrashila Peak and Tungnath temple is visible.
After half km hike, Tungnath can be reached and Chandrashila Peak lies 1.5 metres away from this temple but the steep climb makes the ascent tough.
Continue walking on the cemented trail, it has many bends after you cross the last bend the Tungnath temple welcomes you. It is the highest temple of Lord Shiva and third of the Panch Kedar.
Return to Chopta by following the same trail and leave for Ransi via Ukhimath.
Trek to Nanu (7743 feet) (10 km) (6 hours)
Ransi to Madhyamaheshwar is a strenuous trek, the trail is well marked and in this region you can find rich variety of Flora and Fauna.
Behind the temple, hills and blooming meadows makes the background perfect. A short hike from here will lead to Budha Maheshwar.
Start with a gentle ascent, the trail gets muddy which ahead goes through the forest. Descent on the stone paved path and after 40 – 50 minutes cross a river over a bridge, witness a cascading waterfall there.
Come across a huge boulder, the walls are built on its sides, it is a temporary rest area. After a 1 km trek, reach Gaundhar. Halt here for some time then start descending. Cross a bridge and come to Bantoli village, it is a beautiful place which faces the confluence of Madhyamaheshwar Ganga and Martyeda Ganga.
Ascent is now towards Nanu and en route relish the view of Madhyamaheshwar Ganga and Martyeda Ganga and a bridge on one river. Continue trekking and come to Khatara, there is only a Dhaba and shelter for pilgrims.
Go uphill and after a 1 hour hike reach Nanu. Stay in camps or a lodge here.
Trek to Madhyamaheshwar (11,483 feet) (6 km) (6 hours)
The trail is made of stones and goes zig zag uphill. At Moukhom Chatti there are huts and on the way are many rest areas for pilgrims.
Go through varied landscapes and peaceful surroundings. Reach Kun Chatti after crossing forest of Oaks. Now, the trail is through forest of Rhododendrons, the blooming flowers makes the journey picturesque. Spot a variety of Himalayan birds here.
Come across some meadows and pasturelands after 2 hours. Now, you are about to reach the top. The trail now takes you to Madhyamaheshwar meadow and the uphill trek turns to a levelled walk just before Madhyamaheshwar.
It is surrounded by Chaukhamba peaks, Kedarnath and Neel Kanth Mountains. The environment is serene and the views are awe inspiring. There are many guest houses and Dhabas near this temple.
Visit Buda Madh and Return to Ransi (6,440 feet) (16 km) (6/7 hours)
Wake up early and visit Buda Madh and witness splendid sunrise from here.
Buda Madh lies at ridge top and is 1000 feet higher from Madhyamaheshwar. Climb the ridge and after reaching the top get grand views of Mandani Parbat and Chaukhamba peaks.
Post breakfast return to Ransi.
Ransi to Gaurikund (73 km)
Ransi to Gaurikund is a 73 km Drive via Ukhimath, Kund and Sonprayag.
Gaurikund to Kedarnath (11,657 feet) (16 km) (6/7 hours)
The distance from Kedarnath to Gaurikund is 16 km, it is a well-defined and well maintained path, descent through this trail and reach this pure Kund after crossing Rambara village.
Gaurikund is a divine hot water spring, devotees take bath in it and consider it pure. Arrangements will be made in a hotel there.
Return to Dehradun
Today return to Gaurikund then get back to Dehradun.
Please carry the documents given below
- Original and photocopy of government photo identity card- (Aadhar Card, driving license, voters ID, etc.)
- Medical Certificate (first part to be filled by a doctor and second part by the trekker)
- Risk Certificates
Trekkers must bring :
- Strongly built hiking shoes, if you do not own a pair you can rent it from Sankri.
- Sandals or slippers to wear in campsite
- Thick woollen socks, it will keep your feet warm
- Daily wear socks
- Thermals are very important
- 1 shirt, it should be long sleeved
- Shirts and pants for campsite, should be warm
- 1 raincoat or poncho
- Thick gloves
- Trek pants
- Cap and Balaclava (or a scarf)
- Sun glasses
- Sun tan lotion
- Lip balm
- Water bottle
- Personal toiletry items
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We carry first aid kits but it’s necessary to carry a personal medical kit.
(Carry minimum 5 tablets and maximum 10)
– Diamox – (prevents altitude sickness)
– Digene – (it cures discomfort in stomach, acidity)
– Crocin Advance – (cures fever and headache)
– Aspirin/Combiflam – (Pain reliever)
– Disprin/Saradon – (cures headache)
– Avomine – (prevents motion sickness)
– Avil – (it treat allergies)
– Norflox TZ & Lomofrn – (prevents Diarrhoea)
– Ranitidine – (reduces the amount of acid in stomach)
– Volini/Moov spray – (for sprains)
– Betadine/Savlon – (Antiseptic cream)
– Band aid
– Stretchable/elastic bandage
– Use medicines only when prescribed by the doctor in case you face any problem in your trek, take advice from Professional guide before taking any medicine.
– Drinking water is necessary during your trek, keep 1 litre of water bottle filled and drink it on proper interval of time, it is very important while hiking.
- Make your booking one or two months prior in advance. If you cancel the trek due to any reason, it is mandatory to notify us. Cancellation charges will only be effective from the date we get your request to cancel the trek.
- If the trek gets cancelled from our side due to natural disaster,rainfall, heavy snowfall or any other reason then the refund will not be initiated but we will arrange another trek.
(Bank charges deducted are not Refundable)
- Up to 30 Days – 90% cost is Refundable
- Between 21 to 30 Days – 50% cost is Refundable
- Less than 20 Days – No Refund
(Refund is initiated within 7-8 business days)