How to reach one of the toughest treks in the world – A Complete Guide Kedarnath Trek
Kedarnath Yatra is undoubtedly one of the most awaited pilgrimages of the year for devout Hindus from all over the world.
People from far and wide flock together to pay their respect to Shiv here who is worshipped as Kedarnath. Surrounded by the snow-capped ranges of the majestic Kedar dome this Dham is also one of the most ancient and significant one with its creation dating back to centuries ago most probably by the Pandavas making it a significant place of worship. Visiting Kedarnath by trekking is not an easy job and one should definitely be well prepared before making this journey.
Given below is an informative, updated and the latest travel guide for Kedarnath trekking:
Best Time to Visit
Summer – The month during which the temple Kapat is scheduled to open is when you should go which is either during late April or early may as well as June, July and early august. During this time the temperature can also touch to as high as 25 degree Celsius in the afternoon allowing you to have a comfortable and a pleasant trekking journey.
Winter – If the cold and chilly weather condition is not a problem for you then you can also choose to visit during the post monsoon months i.e. late September, October and till the temple closes for 6 months.
Note – Remember that helicopter services in Kedarnath are suspended for a few days during the rainy season so plan your trip accordingly and keeping in mind the weather.
Opening and Closing Dates.
The opening and closing dates for opening of Kedarnath in 2019 has been decided by the temple committee which are:
– Opening –9th May 2019 (5:35 am)
– Closing –29th October 2019
Common Mistakes to Avoid While Trekking
-If you are walking at a normal pace then remember it will take you around 6 to 6.5 hours to cover the 15km distance of trekking journey from Gaurikund to Kedarnath temple. Remember not to rush and walk patiently at a normal steady pace in order to avoid gasping.
-You have an option of starting your trekking journey from Sonprayag itself but you should avoid taking that since it will only 2 to 3 extra hours to your entire trip. You can take a shared jeep for Rs.50/- to Rs.100/- and it will drop you off at Gaurikund form where you will commence your walking.
-You should start your journey really early in the morning so that you are able to reach the temple by noonand complete your Darshan in time.
How to Reach
The roads leading up to Kedarnath isconnected by a series of well-made roads from various cities such as Chandigarh (387 km); Nagpur (1421 km); Rishikesh (189 km) and Delhi (485 km).the final road head is situated in Sonprayag where you will be required to park your cars in the parking area here and then hire a shared jeep heading up to Gaurikund which is the final road leading up to this holy Dham. You will then be trekking for 15 km to 16 km through the undulating terrain here which will be an extremely exhilarating experience.
New Trekking Route Map
After the 2013 disaster that had rocked the entire state of Uttarakhand, the old trekking route which used to make its way via Rambara, was completely destroyed beyond repair. Construction for a new routestarted off immediately which extended the walking distance from 14 km to 16 km. The responsibility for taking care and reconstruction work of this new route is done by the team members of NIM and even a bridge is constructed in Rambara to mark its significance and is also used by the pilgrims. Here is a brief route map for the new trekking journey: Gaurikund – Rambara bridge–Jungle Chatti – Bheembali – Lincholi – Kedarnath base camp – Kedarnath temple
Facilities Available En Route
A huge throng of people take the Kedarnath trekking journey and being one of the most testing pilgrimages in India the government of Uttarakhand has taken care in providing some much needed facilities and amenities. These are made present for the convenience of the pilgrims which include: eateries offering various types of food items including chowmein, maggi and some south Indian food; tea stalls where you can also fill your water bottles; public toilets for the travellers and even some rest stops with a few benches along the way.
– Make sure that your entire luggage that you will be carrying during your trekking journey is not heavy otherwise it will cause hindrance to your plans.
– Remember to get all your check up done beforehand so that you are able to complete the Yatra in an easier manner.
– You will be able to cope with the problem of depleting oxygen content in the air at such a high altitude if you regularly perform pranayama or at least half n hour of physical activity months before the commencement of the journey.
– You should eat only boiled food items en route the trekking journey since the hygiene of the food here is questionable.
– You should first of all invest in a very good pair of walking shoes which will come in handy for walking on the cemented route. Avoid wearing sandals or flip flops which will prove to be extremely difficult.