Kedarnath Yatra

From

₹ 10,000 ₹12,500

Duration

6D/5N

Height

11,755ft

Distance

16kms

Pick Up & Drop

Haridwar

Overview

Among India’s many religious pilgrimages, the Kedarnath Yatra stands out. During the six months when the temple is open, throngs of devotees go to Kedarnath, the dwelling place of Lord Shiva. Along with the other three holy pilgrimages known as the Char Dhams, Kedarnath is also considered one of the Panch Kedars. The October Kedarnath Trek is the subject of this blog post detailing our adventures. Keep reading to find out more details on the Kedarnath Yatra, including how to get there and where to stay. I consider Kedarnath to be more than merely a pilgrimage site. There is a lot more meaning to the location. I had never been on a family vacation before. From time to time, people tell me that I was a challenging two-year-old who made life difficult for my parents. What else could one possibly expect from a toddler? After almost 30 years, I was once again prepared to go on the Kedarnath Yatra with Agni at my side. My excitement for the Kedarnath trek was palpable when we made the decision to go on foot from Gaurikund this time.

Highlights of Kedarnath Yatra

Trek Plan

Reach Haridwar and explore the city

“Haridwar” means “Gateway to God” in its literal sense. Among India’s holiest cities, Haridwar stands out. Many Hindus from all around the globe go to Haridwar. Haridwar is a must-visit destination for Hindus from all over the globe. Haridwar is a sacred site for Hindus who come to purify themselves. The pilgrimage to Haridwar is an important element of religious ceremonies for some. Various groups of worshippers visit Haridwar at different times of the year on a spiritual journey. The lovely sounds of temple bells and hymns sung by priests start and commemorate the normal visit in Haridwar. Among the many things to do in Haridwar, the most popular is visiting Har Ki Pauri. At Har Ki Pauri, devotees pay worship to the goddess Ganga each evening using incense sticks, flowers, and clay lamps. Stop by Ramjhula, Bharat Mandir, Laxmanjhula, Trambakeshwar Temple, and Laxman Temple. Aarti in the evening at Triveni Ghat… Go back to Haridwar and spend the night there.

Travel from Haridwar to Sitapur/Shersi

After breakfast, you will be driven to Sitapur/Shersi via Rudraprayag. Take a trip to Guptkashi to see the Ardh Narishwar Temple and Devprayag, one of the five Prayag. The trip will be one that you’ll never forget, thanks to the breathtaking scenery of the Himalayas and the mighty Ganges River. After arriving in Sitapur or Shersi, you may spend the night at a hotel and have dinner.

From Sitapur/Shersi to Kedarnath Ji darshan

After breakfast, leave the hotel for Shri Kedarnath Ji. Check in to the hotel or campsite, fresh and up for the darshan and stay overnight near the temple after having healthy dinner.

From Kedarnath Ji to Sitapur/Shersi

Today, just after the breakfast, we will start our return journey towards Sitapur/Shersi. Explore the surroundings, have meals and have rest for the entire day.

From Shersi/Sitapur to Haridwar

Also today, just after the breakfast, we will start our return journey towards Haridwar. Check into the hotel, get fresh n up and explore the remaining surroundings, have meals, see the ganga arti at night and have rest for the entire night.

Check out day.

Today is the last day of the Kedarnath ji yatra tour. Thank you to the god and every team member for this amazing opportunity. Take memories home and come back again soon.

What’s Included

What’s Excluded

Things To Carry

When embarking on a trek with Global Events Travels, there are certain items you need to bring yourself. These are divided into five categories: Trekking Gear, Footwear, Clothing, Toiletries, Utensils, and Miscellaneous. All items listed are essential, unless marked as optional.

Trekking Gear

  • Rucksack with rain cover
  • Day pack bag, Recommended for treks with a summit day
  • Head torch with spare batteries
  • UV protection sunglasses
  • Water bottles: Two 1-liter bottles

Footwear

  • Non-skid, deep treaded, high-ankle trekking shoes: 1 pair
  • Lightweight slippers or sandals: 1 pair
    Clothing
  • Quick-dry warm lower or track pants: 2
  • Full-sleeve T-shirts/sweatshirts: 1 for every 2 days of trekking
  • Thick woolen socks: 1 pair for every 2 days of trekking
  • Thermal body warmer (upper & lower): 1 set
  • Undergarments: 1 for each day of trekking
  • Warm jacket (closed at wrist & neck): 1
  • Full-sleeve sweater: 1
  • Rainwear (jacket & pants): 1 set
  • Waterproof, warm gloves: 1 pair
  • Woolen cap**: 1
  • Sun-shielding hat: 1

Toiletries

  • Personal toiletries kit: Small towel, toilet paper, paper soap, bar soap, toothbrush,
    toothpaste, cold cream, etc.
  • Sunscreen lotion: Small pack
  • Lip balm: Small pack

Utensils

  • Small, lightweight, leak-proof lunch box: 1
  • Plate: 1
  • Spoon: 1
  • Tea/coffee mug (plastic): 1

Miscellaneous

  • Camera: (Optional)
  • Personal medicines: Bring plenty if needed; consult your doctor before the trek.
  • Dry fruits, nuts, chocolate bars (Optional)

FAQ's

The best time to do the Kedarnath Yatra is typically during the pilgrimage season, which generally spans from late April to early November.

The difficulty level of the Kedarnath Yatra can vary depending on factors such as the route chosen, individual fitness levels, weather conditions, and altitude acclimatization.

The traditional trekking route to Kedarnath from Gaurikund is approximately 16 kilometers (10 miles) long one way, involving a gradual ascent through rocky terrain, forests, and steep inclines. While the trek is not overly technical, it requires a moderate level of physical fitness and stamina to complete.

The duration of the trek from Gaurikund to Kedarnath typically ranges from 6 to 8 hours one way, depending on individual walking pace and rest breaks. The terrain varies from dirt paths to rocky trails and wooden bridges, requiring careful footing and concentration, especially in certain sections with steep ascents or descents.

The Kedarnath Yatra involves reaching the sacred Kedarnath temple, which is located at an altitude of approximately 3,583 meters (11,755 feet) above sea level. This elevation places Kedarnath among the higher-altitude pilgrimage sites in the Indian state of Uttarakhand, nestled in the Garhwal Himalayas. Trekkers and pilgrims undertaking the yatra need to be prepared for the challenges associated with trekking at such altitudes, including altitude sickness, decreased oxygen levels, and temperature variations. It's essential to acclimatize properly, stay hydrated, and pace oneself while ascending to higher elevations during the yatra to ensure a safe and enjoyable pilgrimage experience.

Yes, there are various accommodation options available in Kedarnath ranging from dharamshalas (pilgrim guesthouses) to tents and lodges. However, it is recommended to book in advance, especially during peak pilgrimage seasons.

Packing for the Kedarnath Yatra requires careful consideration of the essentials needed for a pilgrimage journey in the Himalayan region. Here's a comprehensive packing list to help you prepare:

  1. Clothing:

    • Lightweight, moisture-wicking clothing for trekking or walking
    • Insulated jacket or fleece for warmth, especially during early mornings and evenings
    • Waterproof and windproof jacket or poncho
    • Comfortable trekking pants and shorts
    • Warm hat, gloves, and scarf or neck gaiter
    • Sturdy and comfortable trekking shoes or boots with good traction
    • Trekking socks (wool or synthetic) to keep feet warm and dry

  2. Personal Items:

    • Backpack or daypack to carry essentials during the trek
    • Water bottle or hydration system to stay hydrated along the journey
    • Snacks such as energy bars, nuts, or dried fruits for quick energy boosts
    • Sunglasses with UV protection
    • Sunscreen and lip balm with SPF protection
    • Insect repellent to ward off mosquitoes and other insects
    • Personal toiletries including toilet paper, wet wipes, hand sanitizer, and any necessary medications
    • Small towel or handkerchief

  3. Safety and Health:

    • First aid kit with essential medications, bandages, antiseptic cream, and blister treatment
    • Personal identification (passport, driver's license, or Aadhar card)
    • Emergency contact information and any relevant medical history
    • Whistle and signaling mirror for emergencies
    • Lightweight rain gear or poncho in case of unexpected rain
    • Basic tools or multi-tool for minor repairs or adjustments
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  4. Miscellaneous:

    • Camera or smartphone for capturing memories (with protective case)
    • Notebook and pen for journaling or making notes
    • Plastic bags or zip-lock bags for organizing and protecting belongings
    • Cash in small denominations for purchasing snacks, souvenirs, or donations at the temple

While the altitude of Kedarnath is not extremely high, some trekkers may experience symptoms of altitude sickness, especially if ascending too quickly. It's important to acclimatize properly, stay hydrated, and listen to your body. If symptoms persist or worsen, it's advisable to descend to a lower altitude.

Mobile connectivity and internet access may be limited or unavailable in certain remote areas along the route to Kedarnath Temple. It's advisable to inform family and friends about the limited communication options and plan accordingly. Emergency communication facilities are available at designated points along the route.

Pilgrims are required to adhere to certain guidelines and respect the sanctity of the pilgrimage. These include maintaining cleanliness, avoiding alcohol and non-vegetarian food, and following the instructions of local authorities and temple priests. Photography may be restricted in certain areas, so it's advisable to inquire beforehand.

Medical facilities, including first aid centers and clinics, are available at various points along the route to the Kedarnath Yatra, including Gaurikund and Sonprayag. However, it's advisable to carry essential medications and consult a physician before undertaking the yatra, especially for individuals with pre-existing medical conditions.

To book the Kedarnath Yatra package with Global Events Travels, you can visit our website or contact our customer service representatives via phone (+91-960003667) or email (info@globaleventstravel.com). Our dedicated team will assist you in customizing your pilgrimage experience and ensuring a seamless journey to the holy shrine of Kedarnath.

While the trek to Kedarnath Temple involves steep climbs and rugged terrain, helicopter services are available for those who may have difficulty trekking. Additionally, pony and palanquin services are available for hire to assist senior citizens and persons with disabilities in reaching the temple.

There are two main routes to reach Kedarnath Temple:

  • The traditional trekking route from Gaurikund, which is approximately 16 kilometers long and takes around 6 to 8 hours to complete.

  • Helicopter services are also available from Phata, Sersi, and other nearby locations, offering a quicker and more convenient option for those who prefer not to trek.

ATM facilities are available in some of the base villages and towns along the route of the Kedarnath Yatra, such as Gaurikund, Sonprayag, and Guptkashi. However, it's recommended to carry sufficient cash before starting the yatra, as ATM availability and cash replenishment in remote areas might be unpredictable.

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