Best trekking route to Kedarnath along with other options, distance, time and route maps, season to visit, climate, important tips for travel.
Kedarnath home to Lord Shiva- is one of the sacred Hindu pilgrimages out of Chardham. Kedarnath is located at an altitude of 3586 meters. In the womb of grandiose mountain peaks of The Himalayas.
Kedarnath is not easily accessible though. The trekking routes and the gates of the temple are open during a particular time of the year. We will look forward to helping you trek and reach your pilgrimage successfully.
Season to Visit
Kedarnath temple opens its gate for pilgrim during a particular time during which starts from Akshay Tritiya according to the Hindu calendar that is around Aril every year and closes late October. The opening and closing date are announced on Shiv Ratri each year.
But the best time to go to Kedarnath is During May-June and September through October. This time of the year gets less rainfall and you can expect a bit less cold weather. Though the weather is unpredictable here as it starts raining anytime and the temperature can fall below 1d degree Celsius.
Train: the nearest railway station to Kedarnath is Rishikesh which is at a distance of 216 km.
Roadways: Busses are available from different places for Gaurikund which is the end of the motorable track. Bus on this route is well connected to Chamoli, Srinagar, Tehri, Dehradun etc.
Airways: the nearest airport to Kedarnath is Jolly Grant Airport. It is situated at a distance of 238 km from Kedarnath. This airport is well connected to Delhi, Lucknow, Mumbai, Bangalore, and Thiruvananthapuram.
Trekking from Gaurikund
Once you have reached to Gaurikund, the last motorable point to go to Kedarnath, you will have 4 options to make your journey.
Trekking- if you are fit to walk and climb then this is the best option you can avail. It may take up to a 4-6 house if you are keeping a good pace or may take up to 6-8 hours to trek from Gaurikund to Kedarnath Temple
Horse-back- You can hire a Horse which can take you uphill and back again if you want. Rates of one side trip are predefined by the government here so there is no worry about negotiation.
Hire a Duli- Duli is a ride on a person’s back. A chair kind of furniture is tied to his back where you could sit and he would walk all the way through for you. Though it sounds inhuman they do it for their living.
Helicopter ride- Helicopter ride is available from Gaurikund to Kedarnath. You can pre-book tickets to avoid high rates and unavailability during peak season, or can opt for counter tickets if you are going in the off-peak season.
Route to Kedarnath
After the natural disaster that took place in the year 2013, the old trecking route Kedarnath has completely demolished. There was no way to make it accessible once again for tourists. Now a completely new route is constructed and maintained by NIM for tourists.
The complete distance from Gaurikind to Kedarnath is 22 Km, with steep slopes and fencing to facilitate pilgrims.
Trekking route from Gaurikund to Kedarnath
Gaurikund-6km-Rambara Bridge-4km- Jungle Chtti-3km-Bheembali-4km-Linchauli-4km-Kedarnath Base Camp-1Km-Kedarnath Temple.
Delhi to Rishikesh: 240 km
Rishikesh to Rudraprayag: 141 km
Rudraprayag to Sonprayag: 73 km
Sonprayag to Gaurikund: 4.5 km
Gaurikund to Kedarnath: 16–19 km
Things to remember while traveling to Kedarnath
• Be aware of the weather and carry a heavy jacket along with a raincoat as it can rain any time and the temperature can fall below 4 to 5 degree Celsius.
• Wear easy to maintain outfits to keep you easy moving
• Take a walking stick available at the base.
• Be mentally prepared for the trek
• Don’t make your backpack too heavy by carrying food and water. At every small interval, you will get to buy food and water.
• Please not every think you buy here is a bit costly than their usual price
• If you plan to stay overnight at Kedarnath then prepare yourself with warm clothes.
• Take rest when exhausted and take your own time
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