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 - 6 nights and 7 days
Trail type - Steep ascent and descent
Maximum altitude - 11,482 ft.
Snow Season -November to March
Best season - May to October
Grade - Moderate
Trekking distance - Approx. 62 km
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 be 8-9 hr. 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 6,667 ft to 11,482 ft which will take around 8-10 hours.
Day-4: Trek from Bansi Narayan to Dumak 11,482 ft to 7,874 ft which will take 5-6 hours.
Day-5: Trek from Dumak to Panar via Toli 7,874 ft to 11,155 ft which will take around 6-8 hours.
Day-6: Final trek to Rudranath from Panar and back 11,155 to 11,811 ft to 11,155 ft which is 14 km and takes around 7-9 hours.
Day-7: Panar (11,155 ft) to Sagar (6,561 ft) in 4-5 hours covering 12 km
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.
The best time to take the Rudranath Trek would be between the months of May through October.
The Rudranath Temple's seasonal information is as follows:
Summers (April to August): Due to the region's temperate climate, the weather remains pleasant. It is good to schedule excursions such as tourism, temple visits, as well as other outings because the average temperature is approximately 15°C.
Monsoon season (September to November): The area receives insufficient rainfall, yet the journey might be treacherous. Plan a trip around this period if you want to take in some local activities and enjoy the beautiful green surroundings while living in a homestay.
Winters (December to March): You should prepare for severe weather since days are frigid and the average low drops to 4°C. Sub-zero temperatures are possible at the minimum.
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.
The temple and its surroundings open in the middle of May and are open to visitors for the following six months, or until the middle of October. Avoid scheduling a trip between July and August during the rainy season since the hike might get slick.
You may take a bus or a cab from Rishikesh to the entrance point at Sagar, which is roughly 219 miles away, to go to the Rudranath Temple, which is located on the Gopeshwar-Kedarnath Road. You must hike 20 kilometres to get to Rudranath trek from Sagar. The closest railhead is at Rishikesh, while the closest airport is Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun.
The Rudranath Trek is a moderate grade trek with some steep ascent and descent. This trek will also require you to traverse through boulders and calls for a significant level of stamina. For any novice level trekkers, we strongly advise a good degree of physical fitness because the peak is rather high in height. Before beginning this walk, we urge hikers to psychologically and physically prepare themselves.
For preparing yourself for the trek, begin your jogging at a steady pace and gradually pick up the speed as you go. Before the walk begins, be sure you can jog 4 kilometres in 20 minutes.
Flexibility is another factor that will make your travel more comfortable. You may help yourself with this by frequently stretching your quadriceps, thighs, lower spine muscles, and shoulders.
Mid-May marks the opening of the temple, and it is open to visitors for the following six months, or until mid-October. Avoid scheduling a trip during the monsoon season since the walk can be treacherous from July to August.
Yes, it is absolutely safe to go, but you should check the most recent travel warning and make sure you abide by any precautions suggested by the authorities. Ensure that you have received both immunisation doses and that you have been tested at minimum 48 hours before your travel.
Make sure you are arranging your trip with a tour expert as it is a difficult hike. To minimize last-minute headaches, it is advisable to make your travel arrangements in advance.
The shrine has been in this location since the eighth century, according to literature and evidence acquired from locals.