Rudranath Trek is filled with the vibrant, peaceful, and fascinating colors of mother nature. In this trek, two of the five Kedars—Kalpeshwar and Rudranat, located in Uttrakhand are covered. The Kalpeshwar Rudranath trek runs through dense forests, verdant valleys, verdant meadows, lovely wild flower beds, and high hills, all of which provide breathtaking vistas. The trail is clearly marked and passes through several charming towns along the way. You will also witness the stunning vistas of the Nanda Devi, Trishul, and Nanda Ghunti peaks that will quickly ensnare the viewer.
The spectacular campground is above the vibrant flower beds and enveloped in clouds with a bird's-eye view of a lush green pasture. And as you take the arduous uphill climb, you will be rewarded with a spectacular view of the snow-capped Himalayan hills in the front. The route from Dumak to the tall grasslands at Panar seems difficult, with protracted ascents and some areas where leeches are present, especially during and shortly after the rainy season. The remainder of the walk is simple and provides amazing scenery of the Alpine meadows, deep canyons brimming with wild, vibrant flowers, and lovely villages. One can see the hazy outlines of the foothills and Alaknanda cutting its way to the bottom to the plains from the peak between Panar and Rudranath.
Duration - 7 Days/ 6 Nights
Trail type - Steep ascent and descent
Maximum altitude - 11,811 ft.
Snow Season - November to March
Best season - May to October
Grade - Moderate
Trekking distance - 62 kms
Region - Uttarakhand
Rail head - Rishikesh's railway station is the closest one to the city.
Airport - Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun is the closest airport.
Day-1: Reaching Devgram from Rishikesh via Helang, which will takes 8-9 hrs drive and thereafter a 30 minutes trek of 2 km.
Day-2: Trek to Kalpeshwar and back, for around 2-3 hours.
Day-3: Trek to Bansi Narayan from Devgram which will take around 8-10 hours.
Day-4: Trek from Bansi Narayan to Dumak which will take 5-6 hours.
Day-5: Trek from Dumak to Panar via Toli which will take around 6-8 hours.
Day-6: Final trek to Rudranath from Panar and back which is 14 km and takes around 7-9 hours.
Day-7: Panar to Sagar in 4-5 hours by covering 12 kms
Reaching Devgram from Helang via Rishikesh
Height: 6,627 feet
Duration: 10–12 hours of driving; a 30-minute hike
Travel 8 to 9 hours from Rishikesh to Helang and take a rented jeep from Helang to reach Devgram in the Urgam district.
You should be able to go to Devgram in around an hour. The final 2 miles must be hiked.
The initial path is a dirt track through lush valleys that is stone paved. As you get closer to the settlement, the trail turns into a paved road.
You will pass a fresh water tap that appears like a cow's mouth along the route. The water runs through here all day long.
You can view the stunning Alaknanda & Kalpganga river confluence not far from Helang.
Trekking boots: Because the hike would require you to walk for extended distances, you should have suitable trekking boots.
Backpack - A backpack with detachable straps and a strong structure with rain cover is necessary. Carry a poncho with you in case you encounter pre-monsoon rains or unexpected post-monsoon rain during your Kalpeshwar Rudranath Trek.
Clothing - You'll be climbing & camping at high elevations, so bring three warm layers (five in winter). So ensure you are dressed appropriately for the weather. Make sure you dress warmly because the upper elevations will be freezing.
Trekking Pants - One pair of trekking pants should be plenty for this hike. In the event that the first pair gets wet, you can bring a replacement pair along. One pair to carry and one pair to wear. Carry two collared t-shirts so you can avoid getting sunburns on your neck and arms. Once more, carry one and wear one.
Thermals: People who are more vulnerable to the cold should have thermal clothing with them at all times.
Sunglasses: Sunglasses are used to avoid becoming snowblind which you might need in Har Ki Dun Valley or Kalkatiyadhaar.
Before you actually begin your journey, it is a good idea to inquire with local officials, tour guides, or travel agencies about the road and weather conditions during monsoon season.
It is generally beneficial to have a knowledgeable trek guide with you since they will be familiar with the terrain and ensure that hikers don't get lost or become trapped.
Electronics should be stored in waterproof bags to keep them dry.
Lemon & salt or an electrolyte drink (Gatorade, Electrical, Glucon D) should be consumed when facing dehydration or loose motion.
Keep tracking boots, paint, a quick-dry shirt, and a cape.
Keep a whistle for emergencies.
Due to the significant snowfall, the temple remains shut from November to April.
Scissors, sunscreen (SPF 50+), bandages (waterproof), painkiller spray (Relispray, Volini), antiseptic liquid (Sevlon, Dettol), antiseptic powder (povidone-iodine-based powders like Cipladine, Savlon), bandage, cotton, crepe bandage, etc. are all included in a first aid kit.
Medications: for acidity, acid reflux, motion sickness, headache, and fever.
Before beginning the Rudranath trek, one must be aware of the weather.
You can go on a mountain hike with a local guide if you don't have any prior expertise.
The mythology of PanchKedar is an intriguing account of the Pandavas' attempts to atone for their fratricide (gotra-hatya) crime of killing their siblings, the Kauravas, and Brhmanahatya (killing of Brahmins, the priest class), which occurred during the epic Mahabharata conflict.
On guidance from gurus and their beloved benefactor deity Krishna they asked Lord Shiva to forgive them and enable them to gain salvation. Shiva wanted to get away from them since he was upset with them for their behavior during the Kurukshetra conflict. He converted himself into a bull or Nandi inside the Himalayan Garhwal area. But after spotting Shiva as a bull grazing in the hills of Guptakashi, the tenacious Pandavas sought to restrain the bull by force.
However, the tenacious Pandavas attempted to forcefully grab the bull with its tails and rear legs after spotting Shiva in the shape of the bull feeding in the foothills of Guptakashi. But the bull vanished beneath the earth, only to return later at five different locations as Lord Shiva. The five locations where Lord Shiva appeared was at Kedarnath, Tungnath, Rudranath, Madhyamaheshwar, and Kalpeshwar. When Lord Shiva appeared in five distinct locations, the Pandavas were delighted. They erected temples at each location, worshiped Shiva, and received his blessings to find redemption. Later, AdiSankaracharya found the temples
Compared to the other Panch Kedar temples, Rudranath Temple is among the most difficult to access, but the view of the magnificent Nanda Devi, Trishul, & Nanda Ghunti peaks makes the effort worthwhile. The path provides a stunning view of the Himalayas as it winds through untamed grassy meadows and dense woods.
Rudranath is decorated with various blessed water sources including the Surya Kund, Chandra Kund, Tara Kund, Manas Kund, Vaitarani, Baitarani, and Rudraganga rivers, in addition to the holy temple that is located in the lovely alpine meadow. One may also take in the breathtaking vistas of Nanda Ghunti, Hathi Parbat, Nanda Devi, & Trishul mountain peaks.