Kedarnath Trek - A Complete Travel Guide & Tips

Introduction

Kedarnath is a scenic, revered temple town in the mighty Garhwal Himalayas, also known as the “Abode of The Gods”. The journey towards this pilgrim site of Lord Shiva is beautiful; the lush green landscapes, the stunning backdrop of the Kedarnath range by the beautiful Mandakini River, the sound of the temple bells that take you to an altitude of almost 3,600 feet.
In India, it is considered to be nothing less than an achievement and holds considerable significance in Hinduism. Here is your complete guide for the 18 km Kedarnath Trek that will help enable you to journey comfortably and hassle-free.

The Best Time To Visit

The town is generally shut during winters due to excessive snowfall, but April to June is a great time to undertake this trek. The temperatures are moderate, the minimum temperature is 5°C, and the maximum is around 18°C, and it is advisable to avoid harsh winter and monsoon months which witness dangerous landslides and floods.

The Trek Itinerary

When planning for this trek, make sure you opt for a round-trip itinerary starting in Delhi, taking you to Kedarnath and back to Delhi, through Rudraprayag and Rhishikesh.

Day 1 – Arrive At Delhi
You will be transferred to your hotel where you can rest overnight.

Day 2 – Haridwar
You can either travel to Haridwar by train, which takes approximately 6 hours, or by bus, which takes about 5 hours. Spend the day touring this important pilgrim place.

Day 3 – Guptkashi
The third day is a 6.5 hour journey to Guptakshi, a large village located in the Northern Himalayan belt by the Mandakini river valley.

Day 4 – Gaurikund
You will travel to the sacred shrine Gaurikund by road, the base camp for the trek to Kedarnath Temple, Uttarakhand.

The real break-up of the route looks something like this:
4 km = Gaurikund to Jangle Chatti /Bhairon Chatti
3 km = Jangle/Bhairon Chatti to Bheembali
4 km = Bheembali to Linchauli
4 km = Linchauli to K. Base Camp
1 km = K. Base Camp to Kedarnath Temple

Highlights Of The Journey

The Kedarnath Trek is a moderate to difficult 18-kilometer trek that necessitates a reasonable level of physical fitness.
Ideally, you should be starting the trek at around 4:30 a.m. so you can finish it by 2pm. Since Kedarnath is located within the Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary, visitors are not authorised to visit at any time. Also since this is a high-altitude excursion, anyone with respiratory difficulties should consult with a professional before taking it up.

Things To Keep In Mind

We’ve listed down a few, but important, things that you would have to remember before going for this trek.
• Since this is a strenuous exercise in harsh weather conditions, we suggest you to get your medical check-up done since those with even minor blood pressure problems and respiratory disorders are advised to avoid it.
• The stipulated time frame, according to government rules, to complete the trek is between 4am and 2pm.
• Make sure to carry some short eats and lots of water to keep you hydrated and going.
• If the trek seems too intimidating, you can opt for the palki or pony service to reach the peak.
You can even stay in the camps set up in between the trek at Jungle Chatti, Bheem Bali and Lincholi for a night and continue the next morning.

Things To Carry

Remember to always pack less, experience more! It’s always best to carry as little as you can, but stuff that gets the job done without adding to the weight.
Here are some essentials you should be taking with you:
Warm Clothing – You should ideally have a shell layer – preferably a Down Jacket or Husky Jacket – with a thick sweatshirt as a base layer. Pair it with accessories like a beanie, gloves, head cap, and socks for head-to-toe protection.
Hiking Boots – Your feet are gonna be doing most of the work, so make sure you don sturdy, yet flexible high-ankle trekking shoes that can help you tread on any trail.
Medicines – Take the right medicines to prevent and reduce the symptoms of altitude sickness, to battle the low temps and emergency medicines.

Packaged Food and Water Bottle – Maintaining your body’s energy throughout the trek is quite challenging, so you can carry energy bars, chocolates, juice, nuts and seeds.

Depending on the weather, you should also be carrying an umbrella and sunscreen. To carry all of this, you will need a good capacity, resilient rucksack and an extra backpack.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is required for Kedarnath trekking?

The Kedarnath trek is of moderate difficulty and would require you to carry: A 20-30L capacity rucksack, warm clothes (jackets, windcheater, and thermal wear), accessories like head gear, gloves, and muffler, personal medical kit and rain cover.

How difficult is the Kedarnath trek?

It is quite easy to cover the Kedarnath Trek, especially since there are multiple transport options available there to make it smoother.

How long is Kedarnath trek?

The Kedarnath Trek covers a distance of 16km and takes almost 6 hours to complete.  

Which month is best for Kedarnath?

April-June is the best month to undertake the Kedarnath Trek as the days are quite pleasant, with temperatures ranging between 15 and 25°C with cool breezes.