Panch Kedar Trek

Panch Kedar Trek

Explore One of the Popular Spiritual Treks in the Himalayan Region
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About Panch Kedar Trek

Delight in embarking on the Panch Kedar Trek, one of the popular spiritual treks in the Himalayan region. The trek will take you to visit the five Kedarnath temples dedicated to Lord Shiva: Rudranath, Tungnath, Kalpeshwarnath, Madmaheshwarnath and Kedarnath.

The trek will take you on a 15 days journey and will not only cover the 5 temples but will also take you to several remote villages on the way. You will be trekking through dense forests, lush rolling valleys, cascading waterfalls, rocky climbs, flowing streams, rivers and more and will visit some spectacular places such as Chopta, Gaundhar, Urgam Village, Panar Bugyal and others. For a major part of your journey, you will also be enjoying the spectacular view of the majestic Himalayas with their various stunning snow-covered peaks.

Being at high altitudes, the temples are covered with snow for a part of the year and become inaccessible. So, you will need to check out the best time for Panch Kedar trek before you embark on this amazing journey.

Panch Kedar Trek Itinerary

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Day 15

Reach Joshimath

  • You will need to reach Joshimath by road on your own to start on your Panch Kedar Trek.

  • On reaching Joshimath, you will be taken to your accommodation for the night and rest for the night at Joshimath

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What to Pack for your trek

Panch Kedar Trek

Clothes & Footwear:

  • Do not carry too many clothes as you have to carry them during your trek.

  • Trek Pants will be more comfortable during the trek than jeans or trousers.

  • Thermals to keep you warm at night.

  • Heavy Warm clothing such as fleece or woollen layers.

  • T-shirts and Fleece T-Shirts are more comfortable than shirts and dry fast.

  • Raincoat to keep you dry in case there is rain.

  • Headcover such as a cap or balaclava to protect your head during the trek Socks (woolen and regular)

  • Hand gloves

  • 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 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.

  • Personal medical kit with items such as prescribed medicines and common ones. Also an antiseptic cream, a pain relief spray, bandage and cotton for cuts.

  • Carry sunscreen to protect your skin.

  • Snacks ( Dry fruits, ORS, Electoral etc)

  • 2 Water bottles of 1 liter each to refill with water to hydrate yourself during the trek.

  • Sunglasses for protecting the eyes.

  • Hiking pole for support during the trek.

  • Torch to use at night.

  • Camera with rechargeable batteries

  • Power Bank

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Know Before You Go

How to Reach
Trekking routes
Important Tips for trekkers

By Air: Jolly Grant Airport at Dehradun is the closest airport to Joshimath and you will need to travel for approximately 7 hr 48 min via NH 7 to cover 264.8 km to reach the town of Joshimath from the airport.

By Rail: Rishikesh is the closest railway station to Joshimath. It is 248.0 km away from the town and can be easily reached by road by traveling via NH 7 for 7 hr 35 min.

By Road: You can reach Joshimath by road by traveling from Delhi, Rishikesh, Chamoli, Rudraprayag and Srinagar.

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Are there horses available for offloading at Panch Kedar temple?

Yes, a Horse ride, that is riding on the back of a pony is available for offloading at Panch Kedar temple.

Where is Panch Kedar Trek located?

The Panch Kedar trek route is located in the Garhwal Himalayas of Uttarakhand. The trek will take you to visit the five temples of Lord Shiva namely Kedarnath, Rudranath, Madmaheshwar, Kalpeshwar and Tungnath. The temples are located in the Upper Himalaya region and have a backdrop of snow-covered mountain ranges of Nanda Devi, Chaukhamba, Kedarnath and Neelkanth peaks. While Kedarnath is located in the valley of the Mandakini river, other temples are situated in the highlands that fall between the Alaknanda gorge and the Mandakini Valley.

How difficult is the Panch Kedar trek?

The Panch Kedar Trek is of Moderate difficulty level so trekkers need not be highly skilled to embark on this trekking trail.

What is the best time to do the Panch Kedar trek?

The best time for Panch Kedar trek is between May to October. Except for Kalpeshwar, all the other temples remain closed during the winter months and are open only from the end of April to October. This is due to the fact that during the winter months, the temples become inaccessible due to rainfall and snow.

What is the highest altitude of Patalsu Peak Trek?

The highest altitude of the Panch Kedar Trek is lying at an altitude of 13800 ft.