Panch Kedar Trek is a group of five shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva all situated on the beautiful Kedarnath valley. These five holy places include Kedarnath, Madhmaheshwar, Tungnath, Rudranath and, Kalpanath. Panch Kedar trek is one of the most difficult pilgrimage yatras in India. It is also the most popular spiritual trek in Indian Himalaya. Panch Kedar trek is all about trekking across the most spiritual routes of the Lord Shiva Shrines.Panch Kedar Trek generally starts at Kedarnath and ends at Kalpeshwar. Trek to Panch Kedar trek is also one of the most popular treks in the Indian Himalayan region.
Kedarnath: It is one of the Chardham in Uttarakhand, India. Kedarnath is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. The Kedarnath Yatra is an integral part of Char Dham Yatra in Uttarakhand. It is also one of the Lord Shiva shrines of Panch kedar trek. The total trekking distance of Kedarnath Dham from Gaurikund is 18 km.
Madhmaheshwar: It is a part of the famous panch Kedar Yatra. Madhmaheshwar is a famous Shiva temple located in the Gaundar village of Garhwal Himalaya in Uttarakhand. It is also the second shiv Dham among the five Panch Kedar trek.
Tungnath: It is one of the highest Shiva temples and also is the highest of the Panch Kedar temples. Tungnath temple is located in Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand. The trail also offers the mesmerizing view of the majestic peaks, vegetation, and natural beauty all around. Tungnath temple is the third Dham of Panch Kedar yatra.
Rudranath: It is the fourth Shiv temple of Panch Kedar Yatra. It is an altitude of 11,800 feet above sea level in the Garhwal Himalaya mountains. The temple is surrounded by lovely rhododendrons and incredible mountain peaks.
Kalpanath: Kalpeshwar Temple is the fifth temple of Panch Kedar trek. It is located in Urgam valley of Himalayan Garhwal region of Uttarakhand. This is also the famous temple dedicated to Lord Shiva.
Day 1: Haridwar to Guptkashi, Panch Kedar Trek
The journey starts from Haridwar to Guptkashi. The total distance from Haridwar to Guptkashi is 210 km. The journey through the beautiful landscapes via Devprayag, Srinagar, Rudraprayag, Tilwara, Kund and reached Guptkashi.
Day 2: Guptkashi to Gaurikund then trek to Kedarnath
Drive from Guptkashi to Gaurikund via Sonprayag which is 7 km. From sonprayag, you have to complete the registration and get a photometric registration card at sonprayag. Then drive continue to Gaurikund. Gaurikund is the base camp of Kedarnath Yatra. From here, the first Yatra of Panch Kedar to Kedarnath dham. Panch Kedar Trek covers five shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva.
It is a 14 km trek from Gaurikund. Enjoy the trekking trail through the beautiful view of the snowy peak and the natural beauty around. After a few hours, you reached Kedarnath temple. It is also believed that the Lord Shiva in the form of bull disappeared in the ground at the time of Mahabharata War. And then the form of a hump is reappear later at Kedarnath. Similarly, it is one of the Shiva temples of Panch kedar Trek. There are hotels near kedarnath temple, you can stay at a hotel.
Day 3: Kedarnath to Guptkashi
Wake up and go for Arti and Darshan of Lord Shiva. Then trek back to Guptkashi through the same trail. The trekking trail passes through the oak, rhododendrons, and Bhojpatra. Take a break for lunch and continue the trek to Gaurikund and then drive to Guptkashi. Overnight stay at Guptkashi.
Day 4: Guptkashi to Gaundhar
In the morning, the trek starts to Gaundhar. The trekking trail provides you a panoramic view of the Himalayas and also the confluence of Madhmaheshwar Ganga and Makandya Ganga. Overnight stay in tents at Gaundhar.
Day 5: Gaundhar to Madhmaheshwar – Panch Kedar Trek
Wake up early and start trek to Madhmaheshwar. The total trekking distance is 18 km and it takes 6-7 hours. Madhmaheshwar is the second shiv dham of Panch Kedar. Panch Kedar Trek refers to five places of the five Hindu Holy.
It is believed that the Lord Shiva navel (nabhi) and stomach is reappear later at Madhmaheshwar and the other 4 body parts in different shiva temples. It is at the height of 11,473 feet above sea level. Overnight stay in camps.
Day 6: Madhmaheshwar to Gaundhar
After breakfast, trek back to Gaundhar from the same trekking route. Dinner and overnight stay in tents at Gaundhar.
Day 7: Gaundhar to Ukhimath
In the morning trek to Jagasu from Gaundhar and then drive to Ukhimath. Then, dinner and night stay at the hotel.
Day 8: Ukhimath to Tungnath to Chopta
After breakfast, drive to Chopta and it takes 1 hour. Trek starts from Chopta to Tungnath. The total trekking distance is 4 km. The trekking trail passes through the view of the wondrous mountains. Tungnath trek is one of the highest Shiva temples and also one of the famous Shiva temples of Panch Kedar Trek. Panch Kedar Trek is one of the most beautiful and adventure trekking trails in Uttarakhand Himalaya. It is a short and easy trek that runs parallel to the sky-scraping Himalayan treks.
Spend the quality time at Tungnath temple and take a breath of fresh air and trek back to Chopta. Overnight stay at Hotel.
Day 9: Chopta to Panargupha
After breakfast, drive to Sagar village in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand and then 10 km trek to Panarghupha. You can see the beautiful view of the dense forest, lush green meadows on the way to Panargupha. Dinner and overnight stay in tents.
Day 10: Panargupha to Rudranath: Panch Kedar trek
Wake up early and trek to Sri Rudranath, another important form of Lord Shiva. The face of Lord Shiva is worshipped at Rudranath Temple. It is also one of the famous Shiva temples of Panch Kedar Trek. Devotees can see the incredible view of the mountain peaks of the Nanda Devi, Nanda Ghunti, Trishul, Hathi Parvat and also other peaks.
You can also visit the other shrines which are located nearby temple-like Chandra Kund, Tara Kund, and Surya Kund. Overnight stay in tents.
Day 11: Rudranath to Dumuk
Wake up, have breakfast and trek to Dumuk. Then, Overnight stay in tents.
Day 12: Dumuk to Kalpeshwar Mahadev – Panch Kedar Trek
In the morning, the trek starts to Kalpeshwar Mahadev from Dumuk. It is a 14 km trek from Dumuk. It is one of the last shiva temples of Panch Kedar Trek. The Lord Shiva’s hair (jatta) reappeared at Kalpeshwar temple. Overnight stay in camps.
Day 13: Kalpeshwar Mahadev to Rudraprayag
After breakfast, trek to Helang and it takes 6-7 hours. Then, 114kms drive to Rudraprayag. Stay at the hotel.
Day 14: Rudraprayag to Haridwar, Panch Kedar Trek
Return back to Haridwar. It takes 6-7 hours.