|BEST TIME TO VISIT||May to October|
Panch Kedar Trek is located at an altitude of 2134 m to 3680 m. It is also said that this was the place where the Pandavas went to the Himalaya to meet Lord Shiva but he avoided the meeting because of Gau Hatya.
This trek not only covers the five shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva. The entire route includes immense opportunity to get enamoured by nature of the place which is blessed with snowcapped peaks sequestering the dense forest. The lush green meadows rolling down the valley can also be seen.
All the temples of Panch Kedar are open only for 6 months, generally from end April to October each year. During the winters, all the 5 temples are inaccessible to the people because of rainfall and snowfall. Kalpeshwar that is one of the five Kedar is open throughout the year.
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This trek is situated at the head of Mandakini River which is also the reason for its beautiful places and panoramic views. The lingas situated in all of five Kedars are natural rocks. The breathtaking views of Himalayas can also be seen here. Here Shiva Mukha is worshipped.
It is also known as Chota Char Dham. Kedarnath is the most important and the main temple in this trek. One can also know the folk culture of Uttarakhand here. You can enjoy the folk songs, peculiar dance forms, mouthwatering and delicious Pahari dishes.
The folk songs describe the various colorful and vibrant festivals of the state, religious tradition, folk stories. In these temples, Linga is worshipped in the form of a naval. Tungnath is the temple where the arm of Shiva appeared and it is the highest temple as it is located at a height of 3810 meters above sea level.
Rudranath is the place where the face of Shiva had appeared. In this temple, Lord Shiva Mukha is worshipped. For reaching to this temple one has to cross an altitude of more than 4000 meters. In Kalpeshwar, a cave temple is situated and Lord Shiva is worshipped in his matted hair form.
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The Garhwal Region is also called the Kedar-Khanda after Kedar which is the local name of Lord Shiva. On having a quick look at the western part of this region, it is a constitutes half of Chamoli district which is known as Kedar-Kshetra or Kedar Mandala.
Kedarnath is located at a height of 11755 feet, Tungnath is located at a height of 12070 feet, Rudranath is located at a height of 7500 feet, Madmaheshwar is located at a height of 11450 feet and Kalpeshwar is located at a height of 7200 feet.
Each temple is located in its particular valley known as Kedarnath valley, Madmaheshwar Valley, Tungnath Valley, Rudranath Valley and Palpanth Valley. The architecture of all the ancient five temples and all the temples has its own attractions.
These valleys are rich in flora and fauna. The view of mighty Garhwal Himalayas is most fascinating for the trekkers. One can also have a spectacular view of the peaks of Nanda Devi, Trishul and Devastan peaks. The mountainscape seen from each of these temples is fascinating.
This trek is very crowded most of the time as followers of Lord Shiva which are also known as Shaivites came here from all over the world. Each of this temple has one body part of Shiva and thus it becomes sacred shrines for Hindus.
Trekkers will not only witness the holy shrines but will also get a glimpse of the remote Himalayas and amazing sceneries all around.
The main festival that is celebrated here with great joy is Maha Shivratri. On this festival people from different places visit this place to gain the blessings of Lord Shiva.
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5 main highlights of the Panch Kedar Trek:
- Kalpeshwar, Rudranath, Tungnath, Kedarnath and Madhya Maheshwar are the five places that are the main places for seeking the blessing of Lord Shiva.
- Rudranath, Panar and Chopta are the high altitude places which offer mesmerizing beauty.
- Adventure lovers can enjoy camping in a beautiful and mesmerizing landscape.
- This place includes pleasant scenery, blooming flowers, thick forests and streams.
- One can also interact with the local people and can learn the way of leading a happy life without the modern technologies.
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- Delhi – Haridwar – Rishikesh
- Rishikesh – Pipalkoti
- Pipalkoti – Helang – Urgam
- Urgam – Kalpeshwar – Urgam
- Urgam – Kalgot
- Kalgot – Rudranath
- Rudranath – Sagar – Mandal
- Mandal – Chopta – Tungnath
- Tungnath – Chopta – Jagasu – Gaundhar
- Gaundhar – Madhyamaheshwar
- Madhyamaheshwar – Gaundhar
- Gaundhar – Jagasu – Guptkashi
- Guptkashi – Gaurikund – Kedarnath
- Kedarnath – Gaurikund – Rudraprayag
- Rudraprayag – Haridwar
What To Pack
Here is your checklist for your treks. Make sure to pack these items.
- A rucksack with rain cover
- A Hand/Head Torch with spare batteries
- UV Protection Sunglasses
- A trekking pole
- Water Bottle
- A Full Sleeve Thick Jacket
- A Full Sleeve Sweater
- Thermal Inners
- Toilet Kit
- Hot Water Bags
- Socks (3 pairs)
- Light wind jacket
- Trekking pants
- Warm hat
- Light gloves
- Duffel bag
- A light weight umbrella.
- Money pouch/belt
- Energy bars
- Vitamin tablets
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- Non-skid deep trod hiking shoes -1
- Pair of lightweight Slipper/Sandals -1
- Camera (optional)
- Personal medicine kit. Make sure you consult your doctor before the trek in case you have any special ailment.
- Dry fruits, energy bars