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Kedarnath Trek

Explore the beautiful and adventurous Kedarnath pilgrimage in the Himalayas
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Kedarnath Trek

Kedarnath trek is a remote trek that starts at Gaurikund, which is the base camp of the trek. It is a moderate-level trek and can be embarked on by even novice trekkers without any prior experience. The Kedarnath trek distance is 16 km and you will need to trek for 5 to 6 hours to reach the Kedarnath base camp at an altitude of 3583 m. Trekkers who are not accustomed to long journeys and high altitudes may find it difficult to complete the trek. Hence reasonably good physical fitness is required for this trek.

Experience the incredible natural beauty as you journey from Rishikesh to Sonpragyag. The first base camp of the Kedarnath trekking is at Gaurikund, which offers a magnificent range of himalayan range which can be explored by a jeep or shuttle feeling spellbound looking at the surroundings.

The trek from Gaurikund will start the next day and for 5 to 6 hours you will be captivated with the beauty of the surrounding mountains, running streams and greenery. See the tips of the snow covered mountains which will become more and more visible with your ascend. Witness the peaceful energy as you get to see the famous Kedar Nath Temple as your top destination. Get blessings from one of the temples of the Chota Char Dham of Uttarakhand which is dedicated to Lord Shiva. There will be several points on the way where you will be able to make a stop including Jungle Chatti, Bheem Bali, Linchauli and finally Kedarnath Base camp.

Highlights of Kedarnath Trek

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Maximum altitude: 3583m

Grade: Moderate

Duration: From Gaurikund to Kedarnath: 7 to 8 hours

Trekking distance: From Gaurikund to Kedarnath: 16 km

Trail type: Medium to steep

Railhead: Nearest Railway station is Rishikesh Railway station, 221 km from Kedarnath

Airport: Jolly Grant Airport, near Dehradun, about 239 km from Kedarnath.

Snow Season: October to April

Service from: Rishikesh

Base camp: Gaurikund

Best season: Summer (April to June)

Region: Garhwal Himalayan range near the Mandakini river, in the state of Uttarakhand, India.

Who can participate: Anyone who is physically fit can participate as there is no prior experience that is required for this trek.

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Kedarnath Trek Itinenary

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Arrival in Delhi

  • Your Kedarnath trek package will start as soon as you arrive at Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi.

  • You will be transferred to your hotel in a spacious and comfortable vehicle.

  • Check in for the night and take a rest in the hotel after enjoying a delicious dinner.

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What to Pack For Your Trek

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Mandatory Documents:

  • Original as well as photocopy of any government photo identity card such as Driving License, Aadhar Card, Voters ID, etc.
  • Passport and Visa need to be provided by International Travelers
  • Medical Certificate (the first part needs to be filled by a registered Doctor and you will need to fill up the second part)
  • Certificate of Declaration

Clothes:

  • Trek Pants will be more comfortable during the trek than jeans or trousers.
  • Jackets to protect you against chilly weather.
  • Warm clothing such as fleece or woollen layers for nights.
  • Thermals to keep you warm at night.
  • T-shirts which are more comfortable than shirts and dry fast.
  • Raincoat to keep you dry in case there is rain.
  • Head cover such as a cap or balaclava to protect your head during the trek.
  • Socks (woolen and regular)
  • Do not carry too many clothes as you have to carry them during your trek.

Footwear:

Get yourself sturdy well-fitted trekking footwear so that your feet do not hurt during the trek.

Other Essentials:

  • A strongly built 50 to 60 liters backpack with a good support is an absolute must for a trek. Ensure there is a rain cover as well.
  • Personal toiletry items such as toothpaste, toothbrush, toilet paper, sanitiser etc. Carry sunscreen to protect your skin.
  • Personal medical kit with items such as prescribed medicines and common ones for altitude sickness, pain relief, headache, fever, stomach problem, motion sickness, allergies, diarrhea, etc. Also an antiseptic cream, a pain relief spray, bandage and cotton for cuts.
  • Hiking pole for support during the trek.
  • Water bottle to refill with water to hydrate yourself during the trek.
  • Sunglasses for protecting the eyes.
  • Woolen and waterproof gloves to protect your hands.
  • Torch to use at night.
  • Camera with rechargeable batteries to capture the scenic beauty.
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Know Before You Go

Tips for Kedarnath Trek
Trekking Routes
Best Time To Go
How To Reach

  • Get your medical checkup done to ensure fitness before you go on a trek.
  • People with heart, respiratory and blood pressure problems should not go trekking without a doctor’s advice. The trek is also not recommended for pregnant ladies.
  • You will need to abide by government rules and complete the trek within the stipulated time frame of 4 am to 1.30 pm.
  • Pay attention to your trek instructor and follow the traditional Kedarnath trek route.
  • If you are unable to complete the trek in a day, there are several places in between where accommodations are available.
  • Carry some light snacks such as dry fruits to keep you energized. You can also stop at the several food stalls and eateries on the way to get some food.
  • Wear clothes and shoes that are comfortable for trekking.
  • Carry a medical kit which may come in handy for sprains, cuts etc.
  • Be careful as you walk. Do not get distracted while walking, which might result in losing your foothold and spraining your legs.
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Facts About Kedarnath Trek

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  • Kedarnath in local dialect means ‘lord of fields’, named after Kedar, the deity who is an incarnation of Lord Shiva who is considered to be the embodiment of all passions - love, fear, hatred, death and mysticism, expressed through his various forms.

  • Legend has it that Lord Shiva hid in a form of bull to avoid the Pandavas. One of the Pandavas, Bhima recognised him and tried to capture the bull from behind. But before Bhima could catch the bull, it disappeared, and later the hump of the bull appeared in Kedarnath and is worshiped since then.

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FAQ's

How difficult is the Kedarnath trek?

Being at an elevation of 3583 m, Kedarnath Trek may prove to be a moderate-level trek, which is strenuous for those trekkers who are beginners. Hence, it is strongly advised that they go for a medical fitness test to ensure that they are physically fit. They should also learn about altitude sickness and inform their trekking guides as soon as any symptom is noticed. People with heart, respiratory and blood pressure problems should not go trekking without a doctor’s advice. The trek is also not recommended for pregnant ladies. Those who feel that they will not be able to continue the trek for 5-6 hours may take a break at Bheembali or Linchauli and stay overnight and continue the journey the next day.

Is the Kedarnath trek safe?

Yes, the Kedarnath trek is very safe and reliable, in spite of being located at a high altitude. The government has taken initiative to build new trails and better safety protocols to ensure safety for all trekkers.

Can the Kedarnath trek be completed in one day?

Yes, it is possible to complete the trekking in one day. The trekking trail from Gaurikund to Kedarnath camp is 16 km and it takes 5 to 6 hours to reach there. If you start early in the day, it is possible to complete the trek in a single day. However, the Kedarnath trek is also adventurous and strenuous, so you will need to plan the trip as per your ability.

Can we do the Kedarnath trek at night?

No, as per Government norms, you can only do the Kedarnath Trek between 4 am till 1:30 pm. This timing has been set keeping in mind the safety of the travelers. So if you start late and cannot complete the trek by 1:30, you can make a stopover at Jungle Chatti, Bheem Bali or Linchauli and start your journey the next morning.

What clothing should I wear for the Kedarnath trek?

It is preferable to wear clothes which are comfortable. Women should refrain from wearing saree during the trek as it might prove to be difficult. The best is to wear trek pants, t-shirts and a jacket. You must carry woolens as it will be chilly once you reach the top. Wear a head cover such as a cap to cover your head. Wear a sunglass for eye protection and wear sturdy well-fitted trekking footwear so that your feet do not hurt during the trek.

Where should I stay while trekking in Kedarnath?

There are several hotels and guest houses at Sonprayag as well as Gaurikund where you can stay before or after your trek. Guest Houses and cottages are also available at Kedarnath Base Camp for you to stay in once you reach the final destination. You can also stay at guest houses and dormitories near the temple as well. If you need to stop during your journey from Gaurikund to Kedarnath Base Camp, you can stay at accommodations available at Jungle Chatti, Bheem Bali or Linchauli.

What are the common mistakes that you need to avoid while trekking?

  • Do not carry too much weight.

  • Do not hike too fast or slow.

  • Do not wear clothes which can make you uncomfortable.

  • Do not go on the trek without consulting a doctor to ensure fitness.

Do I need to register with the Uttarakhand Government before going for the Kedarnath trek?

Yes, you will need to register with the Uttarakhand Government before going for the Kedarnath trek. You can either register online beforehand or register at Sonprayag before your trek.