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Kedarnath Yatra - First step to Char Dham

  • Region : Chamoli, Uttarakhand
  • Duration : 4 Days
  • Distance : 19 Km
  • Altitude : 11,750 ft.
  • Grade : Moderate

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Kedarnath Yatra - Overview

Kedarnath Yatra is a sacred pilgrimage according to the Hindu religion. The temple is situated in the Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand, India and therefore Kedarnath temple is visited by thousands of devotees every year.

Kedarnath, along with being a Holy place, is one of the Char Dham temples (Badrinath, Gangotri, and Yamunotri). With a stunning height of 3584 meters above sea level, and therefore Kedarnath Yatra is a magnificent journey to embark on.

Kedarnath temple is located in the spectacular range of the great Himalayas having white snow-covered mountains. Kedarnath temple is a center of attraction for thousands of visitors each and every year. The Mandakini river, which is a tributary of the Alaknanda river is known to be a sacred river flowing through the past of the Kedarnath. Kedarnath town falls near the glacier Chorabari, the top of the Mandakini river.

Kedarnath yatra begins from the Sonprayag town that falls in the district of Rudraprayag in Uttarakhand. This is only 5 km. far away from Gaurikund (the endpoint to reach Kedarnath temple). Reaching Gaurikund, your Kedarnath yatra starts with a paved foot.

Now, the Kedarnath Yatra starts off for the temple with a distance of 14 Km from the Gaurikund. Gaurikund is well connected by roads so you can reach here easily by vehicle (facility available for pilgrims). While passing through the Gaurikund, you get stunned finding a hot spring in the middle of the snow-covered landscape. Taking a bath at this hot spring to go to the Kedarnath temple is known to be good according to Hindu belief.

Once passing the Gaurikund, your journey goes through the Jungle Chatti, Bheembali, and Lichauli. And finally, you reach the Kedarnath base camp that is only 1 km. far from the Kedarnath temple.

The utmost weather condition of Kedarnath allows the temple to be open from April end to the beginning of November. According to Hindu mythology, basically, there are twelve Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva or Kedar, Kedarnath temple is one among them. Now, you can also enjoy the 4G network availability at Kedarnath by BSNL, JIO, and AIRTEL. For visitors having Epass is mandatory to enter Uttarakhand and for Kedarnath as well. You can apply and get done it on-line and also get this Epass by the Sonprayag Yatra pass counter.

You will be picked up from Haridwar and we will be leaving for Guptkashi via Devprayag & Rudraprayag. The drive is filled with scenic beauty of the Himalayas, as we reach Tilwara you will be able to catch the glimpse of the famous Mandakini river which comes down from Kedarnath. We will be driving along the river to reach Guptkashi. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Brief Overview of the Day

  • Pickup from Haridwar
  • Distance - 220 Km
  • Duration - 8 to 9 Hours
  • Altitude - 1319 m
  • Stay at Hotel
  • Mobile Network - Available

After having breakfast in the morning we will be driving to Gaurikund which is about 30km from Guptkashi and takes almost 2 hours. The trek starts from Gaurikund and is 19km to the Kedarnath Temple. The trek takes around 10 - 12 hours so, after darshan we will be spending the night at a hotel in Kedarnath.

Brief Overview of the Day

  • Drive to Gaurikund and Trek to Kedarnath Temple
  • Driving distance - 30 Km
  • Driving Time - Around 2 Hours
  • Trek Distance - 19 Km
  • Trekking Time - Around 10 Hours
  • Overnight Stay at Kedarnath
  • Mobile Network - Available

We will be trekking back to Gaurikund today after having breakfast. Upon reaching Gaurikund we will drive back to Guptkashi where you can relax for the day as we will be leaving tomorrow. Stay at Guptkashi.

Brief Overview of the Day

  • Kedarnath to Gaurikund & Gaurikund to Guptkashi
  • Trek Distance - 19 Km
  • Trekking Time - 10 Hours
  • Driving Distance - 30 Km
  • Driving Time - 2 Hours
  • Stay at Guptkashi

Today marks the last day of the Kedarnath Yatra. We will be heading back to Haridwar from Guptkashi on the same route we came from. About 220 Km drive is going to take 8 -9 hours of time and you will be dropped at Haridwar.

Brief Overview of the Day

  • Distance - 220 Km
  • Duration - 8 to 9 Hours
  • Drop off at Haridwar

By Air :-

There is no airport at Hardiwar so, you will have to book a flight to Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi. From there you have two options to reach Haridwar:

By Train :-

There are many trains that run from New Delhi to Haridwar Railway Station. You are advised to reach a day before the start date in order to avoid any last minute hassles.

You can also take overnight train from New Delhi to arrvie at Haridwar in the morning.

Dehradun Festival Sepcial - Train no: 04041 (Departure 10:25pm; Arrival - 6:25am)

By Bus:-

There is regular bus service from Delhi to Haridwar, from Delhi's ISBT Kashmere Gate.

  • Tata Sumo or similar vehicles will pick-up you from Haridwar Railway Station.
  • Pick-up is included in the cost of the trek.
  • Food from Haridwar to Guptkash is not included in the trek cost.

Inclusions :-

  • Transportation
  • Room on Quad Sharing Basis.
  • Daily BreakFast, Dinner In Hotels.
  • All Sightseeing & Drop at Haridwar Railway Station.

Exclusions :-

  • Lunch
  • Meals During Travelling
  • Kedarnath Helicopter Tickets
  • Horse Ride/Palki/Mules
  • V.I.P Darshan Tickets

Note : Normally THE CRAZY MOUNTAINEERS expect to carry your personal luggage on your own, if you wish to offload your backpack, you can give it to Mule.

Charges of offloading backpack:-

  • INR 1200/- if you make an online payment, 10 days in advance.
  • INR 1500/- if you inform us after reaching Guptkashi

The backpack cannot weigh more than 11 kgs. Backpack should have waterproof cover. Suitcases/strolleys/ bags will not be allowed.

In the event of cancellation of trek/adventure activity services due to any avoidable / unavoidable reasons we must be notified of the same in writing. Cancellation charges will be effective from the date we receive advice in writing, and cancellation charges would be as follows: -

Cancellations prior to 24 days from the start of the trek

Book any other trek till one year or get 95% refund (Note: If the trek charges are more, the balance needs to be paid by the trekker)

Cancellation between 24 days and 14 days to the start of the trek

Choose to go for the same trek, with any other batch, till year or get 70% refund

Cancellation between 14 days and 10 days to the start of the trek

Choose to go on the same trek, in the same season, with any other batch or get 50% refund.

Cancellation less than 10 days to the start of the trek

Transfer your trek (same trek, same batch) to your friend. No cash refund.

Note:-

  1. Change of trek batch is dependent on the availability of seats in the batch.
  2. In case of transferring a trek to a friend, he/she should satisfy all the mandatory requirements put forward by THE CRAZY MOUNTAINEERS.
  3. THE CRAZY MOUNTAINEERS holds the right to change/cancel the policies, without prior notice.

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