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Overview

HelloHikers gives travellers a clear picture of the Kedarnath Yatra, one of the most visually spectacular and spiritually significant paths in India. Tucked up in Uttarakhand’s Garhwal Himalayas, the Kedarnath trip is a religious pilgrimage of great significance for followers of Lord Shiva, in addition to being a journey through stunning scenery.

The journey to Kedarnath starts at Gaurikund base camp, where hikers set out on a demanding yet worthwhile adventure. Views of local life and culture can be seen as the trail meanders through charming villages, verdant forests, and tumbling streams. The landscape changes as hikers go deeper into the Himalayas, with imposing peaks, snow-capped peaks, and alpine meadows creating a captivating background.

At 3,583 metres (11,755 feet) above sea level, the holy Kedarnath Temple is one of the trek’s highlights. Believers hold that benefits and spiritual fulfilment are bestowed upon those who visit this hallowed location and show respect to the deity. Devotees travel from far and wide to visit the temple, which is thought to have been constructed by the Pandavas and has great historical and religious significance.

But the trip to Kedarnath is much more than just getting there—it’s about the experience of the walk. HelloHikers perfectly encapsulates this journey, from the friendships made with other hikers to the feeling of achievement upon reaching the temple. HelloHikers provides a thorough guide for anyone looking to go on a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Kedarnath with its in-depth analysis and first-hand stories.

Itinerary

Day 1: Dehradun - Haridwar ( 50 Kms, 01 Hrs Drive).

Starting in Dehradun, the drive to Haridwar is around 50 km long and takes approximately one hour. Lunch stops along the way provide an opportunity to refresh before arriving in Haridwar. When they arrive, visitors check into their hotel rooms, giving them a much-needed chance to relax. This evening offers the option of exploring at your own pace or visiting the famous Har Ki Pauri, the site of the enthralling Ganga Aarti ceremony. The hotel provides dinner and a cosy place to stay the night, making for a great beginning to your time in Haridwar.

Day 2: Haridwar - Sitapur/Rampur (Driver 200kms 7 hrs)

On Day 2, the journey continues from Haridwar to Sitapur or Rampur, covering a distance of approximately 200 kilometers over a span of 7 hours. The route passes through the scenic town of Rishikesh, adding to the picturesque drive. Upon arrival at Sitapur or Rampur, guests check in at the hotel and have the remainder of the day at their leisure. Dinner and overnight accommodation are provided at the hotel in Rampur or Sitapur, ensuring a comfortable and relaxing stay after a day of travel.

Day 3: Sitapur/Rampur - Sonprayag/Gaurikund (19kms Trek) - Kedarnath (30kms. 19kms Trek)

On Day 3, after breakfast, the journey commences with a drive from Sitapur or Rampur to Sonprayag or Gaurikund. From there, the trek to Kedarnath begins, covering approximately 19 kilometers each way. Upon reaching Kedarnath, visitors have the opportunity to explore the revered temple. Dinner and overnight accommodation are provided at the camp in Kedarnath, ensuring a peaceful and memorable stay amidst the Himalayan terrain.

 
 
 
 

Day 4:Kedarnath - Sonprayag/Gaurikund (19kms Trek) - Sitapur/Rampur(12KmsDrive 19kms Trek)

On Day 4, following breakfast, the trek back from Kedarnath to Sonprayag or Gaurikund begins, covering approximately 19 kilometers each way. Upon reaching Gaurikund, guests check into their hotel accommodations for the night. Dinner and overnight stay are provided at the hotel in Rampur, offering a comfortable respite after the day's trekking adventure.

Day 5: Sitapur/Rampur/Guptkashi - Haridwar (200 kms. 7 hrs)

On Day 5, guests depart from Sitapur, Rampur, or Guptkashi for a scenic drive back to Haridwar, covering approximately 200 kilometers over a span of 7 hours. Along the journey, there's the opportunity to explore the sights and scenes of Sitapur, Rampur, or Guptkashi before returning to Haridwar.

 
 
 
 
 

Day 6: Haridwar - Local Sight Seeing and Return to Dehradun Morning, visit Haridwar Local Sight Seeing. At afternoon drive to Dehradun .

n Day 6, the itinerary includes exploring the local sights of Haridwar in the morning, followed by a leisurely drive back to Dehradun in the afternoon.

 
 
 
 
 

NOTE

The outlined itinerary may undergo alterations due to factors such as weather conditions, group size, and other variables. It's advisable to verify the most current itinerary and any potential modifications with your trekking company. Moreover, prior to embarking on the Kedarnath Yatra, it's essential to ensure that you are in good physical condition and properly acclimatized, as the journey involves navigating high altitudes and undertaking strenuous trekking activities..

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Things to Carry

If you are planning to go on the Kedarnath Yatra, here are some essential items that you should carry with you:

  • Backpack: Bring a sturdy backpack with a capacity of 40-50 liters to accommodate all essentials.
  • Trekking Shoes: Ensure you have high-quality trekking shoes with excellent grip and ankle support.
  • Warm Clothes: Pack thermals, fleece jackets, down jackets, gloves, and woollen socks to combat cold temperatures, especially at night.
  • Rain Gear: Include a raincoat or poncho to shield yourself from rain and wind during unpredictable weather.
  • Sun Protection: Carry sunglasses, sunscreen lotion, and a hat to shield yourself from the sun’s harsh rays.
  • Headlamp or Torch: Bring a headlamp or torch with spare batteries since there won’t be electricity available during the trek.
  • Water Bottles: Keep hydrated by carrying at least two water bottles, each with a capacity of 1 litre, throughout the trek.
  • First Aid Kit: Include a basic first aid kit containing medications for headaches, stomach upsets, and other common ailments.
  • Trekking Poles: Bring trekking poles to enhance stability, support, and reduce knee strain during descents.
  • Miscellaneous: Don’t forget essentials like a camera, power bank, and pocket knife for emergencies.

Ensure your pack is light, containing only the essentials, to minimize unnecessary weight during the trek.

How to Reach

The Kedarnath Yatra is situated in Uttarakhand’s Uttarkashi district, with Dehradun being the closest city. Dehradun is accessible by air, rail, or road. Upon reaching Dehradun, travelers can opt for a taxi or local bus to reach Sankri, which serves as the starting point for the Kedarnath yatra .Transportation:

  • Nearest Rail Head: Dehradun (Approximately 200 KM) from Sankari village.
  • Nearest Bus Stand: Dehradun (Approximately 200 KM).
  • Nearest Airport: Jollygrant Airport, Dehradun (Approximately 230 KM) from Sankari Village.

Accessibility: Dehradun is well-connected by air, rail, and road, making it easily accessible from major cities across India. Visitors can conveniently travel to Dehradun by train, bus, or plane.

Safety & Security

Here are some safety tips that you must keep in mind while on the Kedarnath Yatra:

  • Always carry a first-aid kit with you, including medicines for altitude sickness.
  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water and fluids.
  • Listen to your body and take breaks when needed.
  • Follow the instructions of your trekking guide and do not venture out alone.
  • Respect the local culture and traditions.

Cancellation Policy

We understand that planning an outdoor trip brings a lot of excitement and joy. However, we also know that cancellations can be disappointing. While Hello Hikers rarely cancels treks due to our efficient ground operations, cancellations can happen due to unforeseen circumstances such as weather conditions, government regulations, or any other factors beyond our control. In such cases, the following cancellation policy will be applicable.

To ensure a hassle-free experience, we recommend making your booking at least two months in advance. If you do need to cancel your trek, please inform us in writing. Cancellation charges will be effective from the date we receive written advice.

Our cancellation policy is as follows:

We have designed a cancellation policy that is fair, feasible, and convenient for all our customers. The procedure is as follows:

  • If you cancel your trek 21 or more days before the start date, we will deduct 10% towards GST and transaction charges and refund 90% as a trek voucher valid for 1 year.
  • If you cancel your trek 15-20 days before the start date, we will deduct 30% towards GST, transaction, accommodation at base, ration, etc., and refund 70% as a trek voucher valid for 1 year.
  • If you cancel your trek 7-14 days before the start date, we will deduct 50% towards GST, transaction, accommodation at the base, ration, trek leaders, permits, equipment, etc., and refund 50% as a trek voucher that is valid for 1 year.
  • If you cancel your trek 1-6 days before the start date, we will deduct 100% as all arrangements have been made, and we are ready to take you on the trek.

We also have some terms and conditions for the trek voucher:

  • The voucher will be valid for 12 months from the date of issuance.
  • The voucher can be used for any trek with Hello Hikers.

Thank you for choosing Hello Hikers, and we hope to see you on our treks soon!

FAQS

What is the best time to undertake the Kedarnath yatra ?

The best time to trek to Kedarnath is during the summer months, from May to June, and then again in September, after the monsoon season. During these times, the weather is relatively stable, and the trekking conditions are favorable.

 

How difficult is the Kedarnath yatra?

The difficulty of the Kedarnath trek varies depending on the route you choose. The traditional route from Gaurikund to Kedarnath involves moderate to difficult terrain with steep ascents. However, there are alternate routes available that are less challenging. Overall, it's considered a moderate trek suitable for beginners with some level of fitness.

What is the duration of the Kedarnath yatra?

 The duration of the Kedarnath trek depends on the starting point and the pace of the trekker. On average, it takes about 3-4 days to complete the round trip from Gaurikund to Kedarnath and back.

 

Are there any accommodation options available along the Kedarnath yatra route?

Yes, there are various accommodation options available along the Kedarnath trek route ranging from guesthouses and hotels to tents and dharamshalas (rest houses). It's advisable to book accommodation in advance, especially during peak trekking seasons.

What permits or permissions are required for the Kedarnath yatra ?

No special permits are required for the Kedarnath trek. However, it's essential to register at the forest check post in Gaurikund before starting the trek.

Is it safe to trek to Kedarnath?

Yes, trekking to Kedarnath is generally safe, but it's essential to be prepared and cautious, especially regarding weather conditions and altitude sickness. It's advisable to trek with a licensed guide and ensure you have adequate supplies and equipment

What should I pack for the Kedarnath yatra ?

 Some essential items to pack for the Kedarnath trek include trekking shoes, warm clothing, rain gear, a first-aid kit, water bottles, energy snacks, sunscreen, and a flashlight. It's also recommended to carry any personal medications and a camera to capture the breathtaking views.

Are there any medical facilities available along the Kedarnath yatra route?

Basic medical facilities are available at certain points along the trek route, but they may be limited. It's advisable to carry essential medicines and consult a doctor before undertaking the trek, especially if you have any pre-existing medical conditions.

Can I undertake the Kedarnath yatra alone, or do I need a guide?

While it's possible to trek to Kedarnath alone, it's recommended, especially for first-time trekkers or those unfamiliar with the terrain, to hire a licensed guide. A guide can provide valuable assistance, navigation, and local insights.

What are some nearby attractions or treks that I can combine with the Kedarnath yatra?

There are several nearby attractions and treks that you can combine with the Kedarnath trek, including the Vasuki Tal trek, Chorabari Tal trek, and Tungnath-Chandrashila trek. These treks offer stunning views of the Himalayas and enriching experiences for nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts.

 

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