Snuggled high up in the Garhwal Himalayas, in the Kedar valley lies five holy places , associated with the folklore and myth of Lord Shiva. Panch Kedar refers to the five temples of Shiva, situated ensnared by the Mandakini and Alakananda rivers with the snowy peaks of Chaukhamba, Nanda Devi, Neelkanth and Kedarnath forming the backdrop. The temples, namely, Kedarnath (3,583 m), Tunganath (3,680 m), Rudranath (2,286 m) , Madhyamaheshwar(3,490 m) and Kalpeshwar (2,200 m), are so remotely located that, except Rudranath , all the rest are only accessible by strenuous trekking usually done in between April and October, as they are closed in the winters owing to heavy snowfall. Steeped in mythology, the Panch Kedar, links its origin to the Pandavas, the heroes of the epic Mahabharata.
Legend has it that, after the kurukshetra war, the Pandavas set out to seek blessings from Lord Shiva, as a penance to the “gotrahatya” (fratricide) and “brhmanahatya”(killing of the priest class). They went to Varanasi, famed to be Shiva’s favourite place. But Shiva, incensed by the cruelty and dishonesty of the war, avoided the Pandavas, and taking the form of a bull, went into hiding. The brothers then went to the Garhwal region in their search, and Bheema noticed and recognized a bull grazing to be actually Lord Shiva, near Gupt Kasi. In his attempt to seek the god, Bheema, caught hold of the bull by its tail and hind legs. But the bull shaped Shiva dissappeared into the ground and then resurfaced in parts at five places. The hump at Kedarnath, the arms rising at Tungnath, the navel and stomach at Madhyamaheshwar, the facing showing at Rudranath, and finaly the matted hair at Kalpeshwar.The pandavas, gratified by his appearance , built five emples at these places and thus atoned for their sins.
The total trek of about 170 kms starts at Gaurikund, which offers picturesque view of the himalayas. The dazzling and enchanting view of the Nanda Devi(7,817 m), Trishul(7,120 m) and Chaukhamba(7,138) is omnipresent along the trail . Kedarnath ranges drain into the Mandakini River that emerges from the steady edge of the Churabre glacier and forms the picturesque Mandakini valley. The Dudhganga, Madhuganga, Swargaduari and Saraswathi are the streams that flow in the valley behind the Kedarnath temple. Also seen close to the temple are four sacred ponds called Retah, Udak, Rudra and Rishi. Tunganath has an impressive backdrop of the peaks of Panchulli, Nanda Devi, Dunagiri, Kedarnath and Bandar Poonch. The Vaitarani stream flows near Rudranath. Kalpeshwar is located in the Urgam valley in a dense forest area. Urgam Valley has apple orchards, terraced fields where potato is grown extensively. Kalp Ganga river, a tributary of the Alaknanda, flows through the valley.
Day 1 : Haridwar to Pipalakoti
Day 2 : Pipalkoti to Urgam via Helang
Day 3 : Urgam to Kalpeswar and bck to Urgam
Day 4 : Urgam to Dumak
Day 5 : Dumak to Toli
Day 6 : Toli to Panargupha
Day 7 : Panargupha to Rudranath
Day 8 : Rudranath to Anusuya Mandir
Day 9 : Anusuya Mandir to Mandal and Drive to Chopta
Day 10 : Chopta to Tungnath
Day 11 : Tungnath to Chandrahila and back to Chopta then drive to Jagasu
Day 12 : Jagasu to Madmaheswar
Day 13 : Madmaheswar to Bura Madmaheswar and down to Gaundhar
Day 14 : Gaundhar to Gaurikund
Day 15 : Gaurikund to Kedarnath
Day 16 : Kedarnath to Gaurikund and Drive to Guptkashi
Day 17 : Gupkashi to Haridwar
• Transport from Haridwar to Haridwar.
• All necessary permits
• Accommodation (trekkers hut, Home stay, camps, Tents) with sleeping bag and sleeping mat
• Food while on trek (Veg.+Non Veg)
• Trek Leader, Guide and Support staff.
• First Aid.
• Entry fees
• Food during the transit.
• Any kind of personal expenses.
• Personal equipments : axe, trekking pole,Jacket
• Mules or porter to carry personal luggage.
• Anything not specifically mentioned.
1 Backpack (45-55 L) with sturdy straps and supporting frame.
2 Knap pack (20L) optional
3 Trekking shoes – no sports shoes. (With Rubber Sole)
4 3 nostrek pants
5 4 tees with collar
6 Full sleeves sweater (not too thick).
7 A full sleeves fleece jacket.
8 A full sleeve thick jacket or something similar.
9 1 pair of thermal inners (optional)
10 Sports socks.
11 Woolen monkey cap
12 Wind cheater Or a light rain coat/poncho.
13 Woolen hand gloves + synthetic glove (water proof).
14 Sun glasses
16 Cold cream & sun screen lotion (SPF 40+).
17 Lip balm.
18 Carry 2 Water bottles (1 L each).
19 Personal toilet kit and toilet paper
20 Personal medicine kit
a. Coca 30–30 ml
b. Crocin – 6 tablets
c. Avomine – 4 tablets
d. Avil 25mg – 4 tablets
e. Combiflam – 4 tablets
f. Disprin – 6 tablets
g. NorfloxTZ– 6 tablets
h. Crepe bandage – 3 to 5 meters
i.Band aid – 10 strips
j. Eno – 6 Satches
k. Cotton – 1 small roll
l. ORS – 5 packets
m. Betadine or any antiseptic cream
21 Small repair kit consisting of safety pins, needle, thread and string
22 LED Torch with 2 extra set of cells.
23 Camera, memory-cards, batteries etc (carry enough spare batteries. Electricity is not available on the slopes or at the base camp)
24 While packing, use plastic bags to compartmentalize things and carry few extra plastic bags.
25 Trekking pole/Stick is mandatory.
26 Carry lots of dry fruits, chocolates combinations as snacks. Chewing gums
27 Travel coffee mug
28 Soap Strip
29 One Candle