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Uttarakhand | India

Panchkedar Trek & Drive Duration

Duration

12 Days

Panchkedar Trek & Drive altitude

Max Altitude

13000 Ft.

Panchkedar Trek & Drive distance

Trekking Km

130 KM

Panchkedar Trek & Drive grade

Grade

Moderate to Difficult

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Overview

Trek Name: Panchkedar Trek & Drive

Days: 12

Adventure Type: Pilgrimage Tours

Base Camp: -

Season:Summer | Monsoon | Autumn |

Month:May | June | September | October | November |

Country: India

Altitude: 13000 Ft.

Grade: Moderate to Difficult

Rail Head: Haridwar/Rishikesh is the nearest rail head to the base camp

Stay: Hotel/Guesthouse/Village Homestay and Camps (Triple/Quad sharing)

Food: Meals while on trek & at Hotel/Guesthouse (Veg & Eggs)

Location: Uttarakhand

Distance: 130 Km.

Trail Type: -

AirPort: Jolly Grant Airport, which is 21 km away from Rishikesh

Highlights:

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After Char Dham Yatra the Panch Kedar or the five temples dedicated to Lord Shiva are considered significant in Indian Mythology. As per the saga, the five Kedar have relevance from Mahabharata. The legend says that Lord Shiva was unhappy after the Mahabharata War due to wrong practices during the war. Also, the Pandavas were in distress due to the killings of their brothers (Kauravas) and Brahmins in the war. They wanted to seek his blessings but Lord Shiva did not want to oblige them. So he hid disguised as Nandi in the Garhwal mountains.

When Bhim one of the Pandavas spotted the Nandi, Lord Shiva submerged in the earth and reappeared at five different locations in pieces. These panch spots are the Panch Kedar. It is believed that Nandi’s hump is at Kedarnath, his legs at Tungnath, his mid-torso at Madhyamaheshwar, his hair is believed to be at Kalpeshwar and his face at Rudranath. The circuit of these prime shrines completes the Panch Kedar Trek.

Apart from its devotional attribute, this wonderful hike has adventure and gives an adrenaline rush as you touch every temple. All of these Cedars are located in the western Uttarakhand or the Chamoli district. They are all accessible by roads and stunning trails concealed by deep woodlands. The trek begins from Haridwar and then Joshimath which is the starting point of the long trek.

Panchkedar Trek & Drive Informative Video
Who Can Participate
  • Age; 15 years.
  • Experience of any high altitude trek, at least 1 treks of 4,000m/13,100ft.
  • The climber must be fit and have sufficient stamina to cover 6 km of distance in 35 minutes without stress.
  • The climber should be able to carry a 12-16 kg backpack.
Itinerary
Rishikesh To Guptakashi

  • Reporting Place: TTH Head Office, Tapovan Laxmanjhula at 6:00 am.
  • Altitude: 1,319 m/ 4,327 ft.
  • Driving Distance: 180 km, 7-8 hrs.
  • Breakfast and lunch on the way (exclusive of charges).
  • Overnight stay: Guest House.
  • Meals: Dinner.
  • Network: Available.

 

The journey to the Panch Kedar begins at the holy city of Rishikesh from where we will travel to Guptakashi via Devprayag and Rudraprayag. The route to Guptakashi is extremely beautiful as you will drive along scenic roads with River Ganga and then River Alaknanda accompanying you.

From the name Guptkashi, you might have guessed that it means hidden Varanasi.  It is one of the most prominent pilgrimage places in the country. Located on the way to the Kedarnath trek, Guptkashi lies in Mandakini Valley and the presence of the Champak flower is pretty prominent here. Guptkashi is nothing less than a natural wonder with lush green valleys and the backdrop of the Chaukhamba Peak, standing tall in its snow-ensconced beauty. As per the Puranas when the Kurukshetra War was over, Lord Krishna advised the Pandavas to atone for their sins from the crimes they committed during the war, and as such the Pandavas went out in search of Lord Shiva. Pandavas were trying to reconcile with Lord Shiva for their journey to heaven. Shiva concealed in Gupt Kashi in the disguise of Nandi. Later Shiva escaped to Kedarnath where Pandavas found him. Hereditary priests stay in GuptKashi in winter when the Kedarnath temple is closed. When you reach in the evening try to catch up at ArdhNarishwar temple, a unique temple that presents the idol representing half Lord Shiva and half Goddess Shakti. Sleep well at your Guest house at night as tomorrow, you will trek to Kedarnath tomorrow.

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Guptakashi to Gaurikund and trek to Kedarnath

  • Altitude: 3,584 m/ 11,758 ft.
  • Drive distance: 30 km | 1-2 hrs.
  • Trek distance: 16 km | 8-9 hrs.
  • Overnight stay: Guest house (Dormitory).
  • Meals: Breakfast and Dinner.
  • Lunch is on the way (Exclusive of charges).

 

From Guptkashi you will head to Gaurikund from where the Kedarnath Trek starts. Upon arrival at Kedarnath ji proceed for the trek for holy darshan at Kedarnath temple. Kedarnath Dham needs no introduction. It is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva, a perfect Himalayan getaway with terrific historical and mythological prominence. More importantly, it is just a magnificent spot of beauty and serenity with the Kedarnath Range as the backdrop.

From Gaurikund start your trek and continue through Rambada Bridge to reach Jungle Chatti, your first stop point. Gaurikund to Jungle Chatti is at a distance of 4 km. If you are tired, take a break here, have some water and refreshments and continue on your journey. From Jungle Chatti, the next stop is at Bheembali, which is at a distance of 3 km from Jungle Chatti. There are accommodations along Bheembali as well. The third stop is at Linchauli, which is 4 km , accommodations are available at Linchauli as well. The mountain views from Linchauli are extraordinary and will take all your tiredness away. From Linchauli, it is another 4 km to the Kedarnath base camp. From the base camp, you will get a panoramic view of the mountain environs and the temple not very far away. You can feel the divine mysticism and the spiritual aura of the place as soon as you set foot on the Kedarnath shrine. The Kedarnath peak stands tall behind the temple adding to the divine aura of the temple. Overnight stay is arranged in camps/guest house in Kedarnath.

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Descend from Kedarnath to Gaurikund and drive back to Guptakashi

  • Trek distance: 16 km | 8-9 hrs.
  • Drive To Guptkashi: 30 km | 1 hrs.
  • Lunch is on the way (Exclusive of charges).
  • Overnight stay: Guest house.
  • Meals: Breakfast and Dinner.
  • Network: Available.

 

Get up early in the morning before dawn and after taking a bath visit the temple by 4:45 am for the Abhishek’ to Kedarnath Shiva. After Temple Darshan and Post breakfast begin your downward journey from Kedarnath. Trek down to Gauri Kund, which is known for its hot springs. There is a famous Parvati temple as well. According to legends, Gaurikund is where Parvati did penance involving yogic and ascetic practices to win Lord Shiva’s heart and it is believed that Lord Shiva accepted to marry Parvati here and they got married in the Triyuginarayan temple. From Gaurikund you will drive to Guptkashi. Overnight stay is in Guptakashi.

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Drive from Guptakashi to Ransi and trek to Gaundhar

  • Altitude(Gaundhar): 1830 m/ 6000 ft.
  • Trek Distance: 5-6 km | 5 hrs.
  • Driving Distance: 35 km | 1-2 hrs.
  • Overnight stay: Homestay.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.

Another exciting day and it's time to move to the second Kedar – Madhamaheswar. The journey begins from Guptakashi by road to Ransi, a 35 km drive. After which there is a 6 km trek to Gaundhar. The route is made of mud and scree. The motorable road ends at Ransi village and the trek starts from here. It is a well-paved path with the Madhyamaheswar Ganga River flowing on the right. It is an easy route as it is mostly downhill and it is since the route is a part of the Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary, the views, and the biodiversity is amazing. You can witness the rich biodiversity of the region with its beautiful flora and fauna. You will encounter numerous butterfly species, lizards, mountain goats, guard dogs, sheep, monkeys, and various bird species as well. The mountain and the forests will give you an amazing opportunity to be close to nature and absorb its peaceful vibrations.

Gaundhar is located at an elevation of 1830 meters and is the base camp for hikers who want to reach Madhyamaheshwar. You will witness the holy merging points of rivers, Madhyamaheswar Ganga and Markanga Ganga. It is a stunning viewpoint, never to miss. The temple itself is set against a beautiful backdrop of green hills and meadows.

Enjoy your other tent stay at the Gaundhar camp. Sleep well for the upcoming Kedar next morning.

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Trek from Guandhar to Madhamaheswar

  • Altitude: 3,230 m/ 10,600 ft.
  • Trek distance: 10 km | 6-7 hrs.
  • Overnight stay: Village homestay.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.

Today we will trek to the Madhyamaheswar Templer, which is often considered the second Kedar and also the fourth Kedar by many. Today is the hardest day of the trek as you will climb uphill throughout the trek and gain quite a bit of altitude. It is an overwhelming hike of 6-7 hours covering a distance of 10 km to Madhyamaheshwar temple. The temple is 3,230 meters in height and is a striking element hidden between the alpine trees of the Garwhal Mountains. The shrine is placed perfectly between green meadows and lush forests. After breakfast at Gaundhar, head out on your trekking adventure towards Madhyamaheswar. Start the day early so that you can reach the temple by lunchtime. The trail is quite similar to the previous day but it gets a lot steeper half an hour before the climb. As you climb towards the temple you will witness beautiful grasslands covered by pine trees. The trekking trail is well-marked there is no chance of losing the track. All throughout the day, you will notice breathtaking scenery at every juncture and it gets better and better as you keep climbing up. There are also fixed benches along the route to sit down if you get tired. Along the route, you will also spot some shops that sell snacks and drinks. You can reenergize yourself at these points. The final few hundred meters to the temple is a flat walk and the view that opens up in front of you will leave you with a dearth of words. Once you reach the leveled path, you will reach the temple in a few minutes and you will feel quite satisfied and accomplished after arriving at the mighty temple. Madhyamaheswar temple is thousands of years old and you can get a close look at the ancient architecture. Lord Shiva is worshipped in the form of navel-shaped Lingam here. Along with the main temple, there are also two small shrines, one dedicated to Shiva’s consort Parvati and another to Ardhanarishvara - a composite male and female idol of Lord Shiva.  You will halt the night next to the temple. The camping place is stupendous with clear sights of Kedarnath, Chaukhamba, and Neelkanth. Have your hot dinner and rest for the night.

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Trek from Madhamaheswar to Ransi and drive to Chopta

  • Altitude (Chopta): 2,900 m/ 9,500 ft.
  • Trek Distance: 16 km | 8-9 hrs.
  • Drive to Chopta: 50 km | 2-3 hrs.
  • Overnight stay: Camps/Cottages. 
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.

 

Today you will head to Chopta which is 50 km from Ransi. After visiting the temple in the morning we will descend to Ransi and drive towards Chopta.

Chopta is at a distance of about 50 km from Ransi and will take approximately 2-3 hrs. You will drive to Chopta via Kalimath. The road to Chopta is a serene ride rising slowly. Chopta is a popular tourist destination hence it is crowded. It is a very picturesque destination that is also a camping site for the Chopta Chandrashila trek. The beauty of Chopta Valley is such that it is often known as the ‘Mini Switzerland of Uttarakhand’. It is also a great spot for birdwatching, often considered a paradise for birdwatchers with as many as 240 species of birds. The most prominent varieties are the Himalayan Monal, Himalayan Griffon, Himalayan Swiftlet, Hill Partridge, and Scarlet Finch. It is an extremely peaceful location to relax after a long tiring day. Enjoy your night stay in Camps/Cottages.

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Trek from Chopta to Tungnath temple and back to Chopta

  • Altitude(Tungnath): 3500 m/ 11500 ft.
  • Trek Distance: 8 km (Both ways) | 7-8 hrs.
  • Water source: none.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.
  • Overnight stay: Camps and cottages.

Today will be an exciting day as you will climb to the highest Shiva temple in the world. Located at 3500 meters elevation Tungnath temple is over 1000 years old.

The route throughout the temple is cement-paved with stairs and grills for safety. Various stalls at the base of the temple gives the vibe of a pilgrim spot. One thing to note about the trail to the top is that it is entirely decored with rhododendrons that change their colors from red to pink to white as you slowly rise above. We will start in the early hours of the morning so that we can reach Tungnath while it is still daytime and you can enjoy the golden hour from the top. The path is 4 km long and normally it takes 4-5 hours to reach. Today’s hike is going to be a little grueling as you will have to make sharp turns around the mountains. Chandrashila trek has many hairpin bends and at the 10th bend, you will come to a flagpole section from where you can get a good view of the Chandrashila summit. Ravanshila connects Chandrashila to Tungnath. The temple is seen from a distance that stands right in front of a rocky cliff with infinite beauty around it. The entrance to Tungnath temple is at the 11th bend. Tungnath is where the hands of Lord Shiva are said to have appeared. Tungnath Temple also has a mention in the Mahabharata, according to which Arjun was the first person to lay the foundation of the temple.

Once you get back to the base, you will stay in Camps.

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Drive from Chopta to Sagar village and trek to Lyuti Bugyal

  • Altitude: Sagar-1700 m/5,600 ft |  Lyuti Bugyal- 3000 m/10,000 ft.
  • Drive Distance: 35 km | 1 hrs.
  • Trek Distance: 8 km, 6-7 hrs.
  • Overnight stay: Camp.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.

 

Having visited the Tungnath Temple, we will head to Sagar village and trek to Lyuti Bugyal from there. Sagar village is located at a distance of 35 km approximately.Lyuti Bugyal is about 8 km away from Sagar and you have to complete the journey by trekking.

Panar Bugyal as the name suggests is a highland meadow that offers beautiful views of Mt. Trishul, Nanda Ghunti, Nanda Devi, and Bandarpoonch.  Sunset is especially beautiful here as the golden rays of the sun hit the snow-covered peaks and paint the sky and the mountains in hues of red, orange, purple, and pink. Needless to say, it is an awe-inspiring experience. The best thing about the trek is that along with spiritual importance, each moment is taking you closer to nature. It is the experience of being in the wild. This trail is also a great route to encounter birds like Himalayan Monals, Green Bee Eaters, and Black Drongos.

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Trek from Lyuti Bugyal to Rudranath and back to Lyuti Bugyal

  • Altitude (Rudranathji): 3550 m/ 11600 ft.
  • Trek Distance: 18 km (Both Way) | 10-12 hrs.
  • Overnight stay: Camps.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.

 

Wake up in your cozy tents and take a few breaths of freshness. Today you will hike up to Rudranath. At 3550 m in height, it is considered as the hardest and the most durable temple compared to the other four ones. The journey to Rudranath will be life-altering. The natural rock temple has rock-paved pathways surrounded by dense rhododendrons. The climb is 9 km long and a moderate hike. Rudranath Temple lies in the lap of Himalayan meadows, where the face of Lord Shiva is believed to have appeared. Inside the temple, you can see a beautiful stone-carved face that looks almost lifelike. The rock-carved sculpture of Shiva wears a smile on his face, which seems to melt away all your worries. Rudra Ganga flows near the temple, adding to its mystical allure. If you want to visit the temple independently, and not as a part of the Panch Kedar Trek then you should do so in the Hindu month of Shravan, when there is an annual fair held in the region and the entire area lights up and the shrine becomes even more beautiful. From Panar Bugyal take the road that moves towards the ridge on the left. En route, you will find some boulders and views of the snow-capped peaks.  The trail slowly and gradually climbs up the ridge and after half an hour of walking, you will see the Panar meadows below you. The verdant expanse of the Panar meadows and the snow-capped peaks in the foreground is just the perfect scene to enjoy nature’s splendor and capture Instagram-worthy pictures. Continue on the ridge until you reach a section where there are huge boulders on the left and a green valley on the right. As you continue on the path, you will come to a patch where there are huge boulders on each side of the trail with the ridge in between. The greenery all around and the snow-covered beauty will strike you spellbound with their beauty. Continue on the gradually ascending mud trail and soon you will see prayer flags and bells in the distance. It will take about 20 minutes to reach the bells. Following this, the trail descends into the valley with bright flowers and shrubs all around you. After about an hour of hiking, the Rudranath temple becomes visible. 20-30 minutes into the hike you will come across painted tourist huts, walk past the huts, and in a few minutes, you will arrive at the shrine. Once you reach the Shiva shrine, one of the Panch Kedars you will see the first real views of the biggest Himalayan peaks of Nanda Devi, Trishul, and more. After some soothing moments at the sacred place, it will be time to go back to Panar. Enjoy your night stay in tents.

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Trek from Lyuti Bugyal to Sagar village and drive to Pipalkoti

  • Altitude(Pipalkoti): 1340 m/4400 ft.
  • Drive Distance: 30 km | 1-2 hrs.
  • Trek Distance: 8 km, 4-5 hrs.
  • Overnight stay: Hotel.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.

 

Having done the Rudranath trek, we will be descending to Sagar village once again followed by a drive to Pipalkoti.

From Lyuti Bugyal take the trail on the left and you will reach a stream in about 45 minutes. The mud trail is well-defined. The trail descends further to a wooden bridge in the forest and another beautiful meadow comes into view, which is surrounded by alpine forests. A few tea stalls line the meadow that serves tea and refreshments to the pilgrims, there’s also a shade to protect the pilgrims from rain and sun. The area is marked by a boundary of colourful flags. Continuing along the meadow, you will enter another forest cover and can witness the forest cultivation done by the villagers. Sagar village soon becomes visible as well. Continue down along the left and you will come across a stream just before entering Sagar village. After the stream, the trail becomes pretty narrow and rocky until you reach Sagar.  At the end of the trail, there is a bus stop, and crossing the road, you can see Sakleshwar Mahadev Mandir.

 From here, we will drive to Pipalkoti, which is at a distance of 30 km and will take about an hour or two. Pipalkoti is a small hamlet in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. Known for its unique beauty and serenity, this place often serves as a rest stop for people visiting Badrinath, Auli, Valley of Flowers, or Hemkund. The hamlet is located by the banks of the Alakananda River and also offers a glorious view of the mountain peaks of Nanda Devi, Mana Parbat, Neelkanth, and Hati Parbat. Your night stay is arranged at Pipalkoti.

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Drive from Pipalkoti to Kalpeshwar and back to Pipalkoti

  • Drive Distance: 70 km | 3-4 hrs.
  • Overnight Stay: Hotel.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and Dinner.

We will start the day with a hearty breakfast and we will take a ride from Pipalkoti towards Kalpeshwar Temple. From Pipalkoti, we will first drive to Helang Village from where we will visit Vridha Badri, one of the Sapt Badris. The temple dates back to the time when India was under the rule of the Gupta Empire. This temple holds a big religious significance. Lord Vishnu is worshipped here in the form of an old man.

 The legend says that Lord Narad once decided to perform penance on this site to please Lord Vishnu. Appeased by his prayers, Vishnu appeared in the form of an old man and answered all the prayers of Narad. An idol of Vishnu was thus constructed in the form of an old man here. From Vridha Badri Temple we will proceed towards Urgam village.

Urgam village is a peaceful habitat at 6800 ft elevation from where you start walking to Kalpeshwar. The altitude so far will be the same as Urgam village. Urgam village is known for its serenity and peacefulness, a place where saints meditate. The entire scenery is revitalizing Kalpeshwar. You will slowly climb up in the diverse forests and animals grazing around. The trail is moderate with a lot of rest. You will be greeted by villagers at every step. It is a short hike to Kalpeshwar.

Folklore also has it that Kalpeshwar was the favorite meditative spot for sages like Durvasa and Arghya. While at the temple, also pay respect to the Kalpeshwar tree, it is believed the tree grants all your wishes. Many people visit Kalpeshwar temple because of the gorgeous views of the untouched mountain valley, the terraced fields of the villages, and the dense woods. After paying your respect at the temple and spending some time in the serene environs and we will return to Pipalkoti.

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Drive from Pipalkoti to Rishikesh

  • Driving Distance: 215 km | 7 hrs.
  • Breakfast and lunch on the way (Exclusive of charges).
  • Rishikesh Dropping by Evening. 

 

The ride will commence at 7 am and you will reach Rishikesh around 3-4 pm. Your Breakfast and Lunch will be on the way at a roadside inn, exclusive of charges, after having your morning tea/coffee you can leave for your next destination. We advise you to book further travel after 7 pm.

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Day-1: Rishikesh To Guptakashi
  • Reporting Place: TTH Head Office, Tapovan Laxmanjhula at 6:00 am.
  • Altitude: 1,319 m/ 4,327 ft.
  • Driving Distance: 180 km, 7-8 hrs.
Day-2: Guptakashi to Gaurikund and trek to Kedarnath
  • Altitude: 3,584 m/ 11,758 ft.
  • Drive distance: 30 km | 1-2 hrs.
  • Trek distance: 16 km | 8-9 hrs.
Day-3: Descend from Kedarnath to Gaurikund and drive back to Guptakashi
  • Trek distance: 16 km | 8-9 hrs.
  • Drive To Guptkashi: 30 km | 1 hrs.
Day-4: Drive from Guptakashi to Ransi and trek to Gaundhar
  • Altitude(Gaundhar): 1830 m/ 6000 ft.
  • Trek Distance: 6 km | 5 hrs.
  • Driving Distance: 35 km | 1-2 hrs.
Day-5: Trek from Guandhar to Madhamaheswar
  • Altitude: 3,230 m/ 10,600 ft.
  • Trek distance: 10 km | 6-7 hrs.
Day-6: Trek from Madhamaheswar to Ransi and drive to Chopta
  • Altitude (Chopta): 2,900 m/ 9,500 ft.
  • Trek Distance: 16 km | 8-9 hrs.
  • Drive to Chopta: 50 km | 2-3 hrs.
Day-7: Trek from Chopta to Tungnath temple and back to Chopta
  • Altitude(Tungnath): 3500 m/ 11500 ft.
  • Trek Distance: 8 km (Both ways) | 7-8 hrs.
Day-8: Drive from Chopta to Sagar village and trek to Lyuti Bugyal
  • Altitude: Sagar-1700 m/5,600 ft | Lyuti Bugyal- 3000 m/10,000 ft.
  • Drive Distance: 35 km | 1 hrs.
  • Trek Distance: 8 km, 6-7 hrs.
Day-9: Trek from Lyuti Bugyal to Rudranath and back to Lyuti Bugyal
  • Altitude (Rudranathji): 3550 m/ 11600 ft.
  • Trek Distance: 18 km (Both Way) | 10-12 hrs.
Day-10: Trek from Lyuti Bugyal to Sagar village and drive to Pipalkoti
  • Altitude(Pipalkoti): 1340 m/4400 ft.
  • Drive Distance: 30 km | 1-2 hrs.
  • Trek Distance: 8 km, 4-5 hrs.
Day-11: Drive from Pipalkoti to Kalpeshwar and back to Pipalkoti
  • Drive Distance: 70 km | 3-4 hrs.
Day-12: Drive from Pipalkoti to Rishikesh
  • Driving Distance: 215 km | 7 hrs.
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  • Pulse rate at rest must be in between (60 to 90 beats per minute).

  • Blood Pressure Reading must be in between (DIASTOLIC 70 – 90, SYSTOLIC 100 - 140 mm Hg).

  • Respiratory rate at rest must be in between (12 to 20 breaths per minute).

  • Should not have Liver and kidney issues.

  • Should not have Diabetes Mellitus, Bronchial Asthma, Heart problems, Hypertension, etc.

  • No pacemaker implant.

  • People with Sinus issues, Epilepsy please contact to trek coordinator before booking the trek.

  • If your BMI is not normal, Please contact our Trek coordinator before Trek booking.

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  • Government Employees can avail the benefit of Special Casual Leave (SCL) when they join us for a trekking expedition. As per the rules of the Pay Commission, Special Casual Leave can be availed for up to 30 days in a calendar year for trekking/mountaineering expeditions through a registered organization. Trek The Himalayas is a registered adventure tour operator by the Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF) and the Ministry Of Tourism (MOT).
  • Trekkers have to apply for leave at least 20 days before the trek departure date.
  • This service is exclusive to Indian government employees and is applicable only for treks within India.
  • Do mail at info@trekthehimalayas to apply and mention your booked trek date and trek name.

  • Junior trekkers (below 15 years) should have a company of parents/guardians.
  • Trekkers between 15 to 18 years can come solo with the disclaimer form signed by parent/guardian.
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How To Reach

It is essential for everyone to arrive at Rishikesh (06:00 am)

Pick-up Location - Tapovan, Laxmanjhula, Landmark -Nainital Bank opposite Shiv Vilas Hotel

Once you have reached Rishikesh, TTH will manage the rest of your travel arrangements, if you have opted for TTH's pick-up service, you can select this option during the booking process by adding it as an add-on.

Options to reach Rishikesh - First, you can arrive at Delhi, Dehradun airport or Chandigarh. The journey from these locations to Rishikesh is explained below.

1. Take overnight train/bus to Rishikesh.

2. Take overnight train/bus to Haridwar and drive to Rishikesh (25km | 35 min drive with normal traffic).

3. Take overnight train/bus to Dehradun and drive to Rishikesh (50km | 1hr 20min drive with normal traffic).

We always recommend going for the govt. Buses over the private ones outside the bus station as based on the experience we have found that there are very high chances of delay involved with private buses. Also, govt. Buses are always more reliable. Whichever bus you choose, just make sure to reach Rishikesh at least by 05:30 am.

4.  Board a flight to Dehradun airport (Jolly Grant Airport) (21 km, 30 min). If you're arriving by air, then come one day in advance.

The designated drop-off point is Tapovan, Rishikesh.

Reach in Rishikesh by 4:00 to 6:00 pm.

Please consider planning your subsequent travel arrangements after 10:00 pm.

Note - In July and August month always have a buffer day in your Itinerary due to Monsoon.

It's highly advisable to keep a buffer day in your travel plan. If the buffer day is not needed, it can be used to explore Rishikesh.

If you prefer to travel independently to Base camp and don't want to take TTH's pick-up service, you can either take a government bus or book a private cab from Rishikesh. Your trek coordinator will provide guidance on how to arrange for the bus or cab booking.

TTH offers comfortable transportation through Tempo Traveler, Bolero, or equivalent vehicles. If you wish to upgrade your mode of transportation, please contact your trek coordinator for further assistance.

How to Reach Panchkedar Trek & Drive Map
How to Reach Panchkedar Trek & Drive Map
How to Reach Panchkedar Trek & Drive Map
Cost Terms

Inclusion

 1. Accommodation (as per the itinerary):

  • All the Accommodation are in triple and quad sharing in Hotel, Guesthouse, camp, and cottage.

2. Meals (Veg + Egg):

  • All meals while on trek (Pure Veg) as per itinerary.

3. Support:

  • 1 Versatile base camp manager: handles communication and deploys extra manpower in emergencies.
  • 1 Mountaineering & First aid qualified professional trek Leader.
  • 1 Experienced high altitude chef.
  • Local experienced guides (Number of guides depending on the group size).
  • Enough support staff.

4. Trek equipment:

  • Sleeping bag, Sleeping liners (if required), Mattress, Utensils.
  • 3 men all season trekker tent (twin sharing), Kitchen & Dining tent, Toilet tent.
  • Camping stool, Walkie talkie.
  • Ropes, Helmet, Ice axe, Harness, Gaiters & Crampon (if required).

5. First aid:

  • Medical kit, Stretcher, Oxygen cylinder, Blood pressure monitor, Oximeter, Stethoscope.

6. Transportation (as per the itinerary):

  • Transport from Rishikesh to Rishikesh.
  • All road transfers by NON AC Vehicle like Mahindra Max Jeep, Tempo Traveller, or Similar to Panch Kedar sector & back.

7. Mules/porters to carry the central luggage. 

8. Clock room facility available at the base camp for additional luggage.

9. All necessary permits and entry fees, Upto the amount charged for Indian. 

Exclusion

1. Insurance (Mandatory).

2. Food during the transit.

3. Any kind of personal expenses.

4. Mule or porter to carry personal luggage.

5. Emergency evacuation, hospitalization charge or etc.

6. Anything not specifically mentioned under the head Inclusion.

7. Registration for Kedarnath. Follow the link to do Kedarnath Registration(https://registrationandtouristcare.uk.gov.in/signin.php).

Note-Do the registration well in advance.


Things can be provided on demand and availability

     (participant has to pay extra for these things).

1- Satellite phone/set phone -  a type of mobile phone that connects via radio links via satellites orbiting the Earth instead of terrestrial cell sites like cell phones. Therefore, they can operate in most geographic locations on the Earth's surface.

2- Gamow/PAC HAPO Bag (Portable Hyperbaric Bag) -  is a unique, portable hyperbaric chamber for the treatment of acute mountain sickness (AMS), also known as altitude sickness.

3- AEDs (Automated External Defibrillators) -  are portable life-saving devices designed to treat people experiencing sudden cardiac arrest, a medical condition in which the heart stops beating suddenly and unexpectedly. 

Cancellation terms:

Cancellations prior to 25 days from the start of the Trip

Refund options

  • 5% deduction of trek fee
  • 100% cash voucher for any trip till one year
  • Transfer your trek (any trek, any date) to your friend

Cancellation between 24 days and 15 days to the start of the Trip

Refund options

  • 30% deduction of trek fee
  • 100% cash voucher for same trip till one year
  • 85% cash voucher for any trip till one year
  • Transfer your trek (same trek, any date) to your friend

Cancellation between 14 days and 10 days to the start of the Trip

Refund options

  • 50% deduction of trek fee
  • 80% cash voucher for same trip till one year
  • 70% cash voucher for any trip till one year
  • Book the same trek, in the same season, with any other batch
  • Transfer your trek (same trek, any date) to your friend

Cancellation less than 9 days to the start of the trek

Refund options

  • No cash refund
  • 20% cash voucher for the same trip till one year
  • 10% cash voucher for any trip till one year
  • Transfer your trek (same trek, same date) to your friend

Note- If a booking is made using a voucher or discount code, the policies related to vouchers and discounts cannot be modified.

In the unlikely event that TTH cancels a trek prior to the scheduled departure date:

While it is extremely rare for TTH to cancel a trek, we understand that unforeseen circumstances or natural disasters may occasionally require us to do so before the scheduled departure. These circumstances could include continuous rain or snow, thunderstorms, snowstorms, landslides, floods, earthquakes, or any other natural calamity that poses a risk to the safety of our trekkers. Additionally, unforeseeable events such as local riots, curfews, pandemics, lockdowns, government orders, or any similar situations that compromise the safety of the trekking experience may also necessitate a cancellation.

In the event of such a cancellation, TTH will provide you with a voucher equivalent to the amount you paid for the trek. This voucher can be redeemed for any of our treks within the next year, allowing you to still enjoy an adventure with us at a later date.

Note

  • The issuance of a voucher is not applicable in situations where you are required to descend from the trek for any reason. The trek leader may make the decision to send you down from the trek due to factors such as insufficient fitness level, symptoms of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), high blood pressure, exceeding the designated turn-around-time, health concerns, or if you are found smoking, drinking, or violating the rules set for the trek. In such cases, the provision of a voucher does not apply.

In the rare event that TTH shifts a trek:

We would like to emphasize that weather conditions in high-altitude areas are highly unpredictable and can undergo sudden changes at any time, irrespective of the day. Additionally, circumstances beyond our control, such as natural disasters, political unrest, pandemics, and lockdowns, may impact the feasibility of conducting a trek. In cases where we are unable to proceed with an event due to such circumstances that are beyond our direct control, we will make every effort to provide you with an alternative trek that is safer and more suitable.

In such situations, we will issue a voucher to offset the cost difference between the originally scheduled trek and the alternative trek. This voucher can be redeemed at any time within one year from the date of issue. Please note that a refund fee or reimbursement of the cost difference is not applicable in these cases.

Note:

  • Change of trek batch is dependent on the availability of seats in the batch
  • In case of transferring a trek to a friend, he/she should satisfy all the mandatory requirements put forward by TTH
  • TTH holds the right to change/cancel the policies, without prior notice
  • Cash refund is applicable only in case of bookings made without using any promotional offer code or vouchers

Cash Voucher Terms:

  1. This is a non-transferable voucher
  2. The voucher cannot be merged with any other offer of Trek The Himalayas
  3. The voucher is valid for Trek booked directly with Trek The Himalayas in India
  4. To avail the voucher please use your register phone number or e-mail id
  5. All the other Terms of booking a trek with Trek The Himalayas are applicable to the voucher
  6. Trek The Himalayas holds rights to add/remove any of the Terms and Conditions without prior notice

Itineraries are based on information available at the time of planning and are subject to change. "Trek The Himalayas" reserves the right to change expedition dates, people or itineraries as conditions warrant. If a trip must be delayed or the itinerary changed due to bad weather, road conditions, transportation delays, government intervention, airline schedules, sickness, or other contingency for which TTH or its agents cannot make provision, the cost of delays and/or other changes are the responsibility of the participant. TTH reserves the right to decline, or accept, any individual as a trip member for any reason whatsoever.

Trek Essentials

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Backpack with rain cover (50 - 60 ltr) with comfortable shoulder straps
Day pack with rain cover 20 - 30 ltr (If off-load opted)
Walking stick Advisable (At least one)
Water Bottle / Hydration pack 2 bottles of one liter each, People who use hydration pack 1 hydration pack and 1 bottle of one liter, Carry at least one thermos flask.
Small size tiffin/lunch box 1 Nos
Snacks Energy bars, dry fruits, electoral/ors
Personal Medical Kit Consult your doctor
T-Shirt (Synthetic quick dry) 2 Full & 2 Half sleeves
Fleece T-shirt 2 Nos
Wind stopper / Fleece jacket 1 Nos
Windproof Jacket 1 Nos.
Down feather / Hollow jacket 1 Nos.
Thermal inner (Upper and Lower) 1 Pair
Trek Pant (Synthetic quick dry) 3 Nos.
Wind stopper / Fleece Pant 1 Nos.
Waterproof gloves 1 Pair
Fleece / woollen gloves 1 Pair
Poncho / waterproof Jacket and pant 1 Nos.
Sunscreen 1 Nos.
Moisturiser 1 Nos.
Chap-stick / Lip balm 1 Nos.
Toothbrush and toothpaste 1 Nos.
Toilet paper & Wipes 1 Nos.
Soap / hand sanitizers 1 Nos.
Antibacterial powder 1 Nos.
Quick dry towel 1 Nos.
Head torch 1 Nos. (Avoid Hand torch)
Sun Cap 1 Nos.
Woolen cap 1 Nos.
Balaclava 1 Nos.
Buff / Neck-gaiters 1 Synthetic & 1 Woollen
Sunglasses UV with dark side cover, People who wear spectacles - (A)- Use contact lenses | (B)- Photo chromatic glasses
Trekking shoes 1 Pair (Waterproof, high ankle, good grip)
Floaters / flip-flops 1 Pair
Cotton socks 8 pairs
Woollen socks 3 pairs
Gaiters 1 Pair (TTH provides when required)
Micro spikes 1 Pair (TTH provides when required)
Panchkedar Trek & Drive TrekEssential
Frequently Asked Questions(FAQ)

To register with TTH, visit our website - www.trekthehimalayas.com and create your account. To create your account you will need to use your email address and fill in all the details, set your unique password and your account is ready to use.

  • To book a trek with TTH, you first need to register with us and create an account.
  • Choose the trek that you want to do and click on available dates.
  • You will land at the login page, fill in the required details.
  • Add Participants, choose add-on services click on the Pay now button, choose your preferred payment method, and make the payment. TTH accepts multiple payment options, including credit/debit cards, net banking, and UPI.
  • You will receive a confirmation email from TTH with all the necessary details about the trek, including the meeting point, transportation, accommodation, and other important instructions.

please send an email to us at info@trekthehimalayas.com or reach out to the numbers provided in the Help and Support section of your Trek Page. We will ensure that your issue is promptly resolved.

To book services such as off-load luggage and transportation, you can find them listed as add-ons. These additional services can be booked at the time of your initial booking. If you miss booking add-ons during the initial reservation, you can log in anytime and easily book 4 days before the departure date add-ons through the platform.

In such a situation, please log in to your account and transfer your trek or date to the desired one within 12 hours or drop us an email at info@trekthehimalayas.com 10 days before the departure date of the trek. After the initial 12-hour period, any changes will be processed according to the cancellation policy.

We recommend visiting our "Suggest Me a Trek" page. By filling out the form, our experts will contact you with the best possible trek options based on your preferences and experience level. Alternatively, you can reach out to us via email at info@trekthehimalayas.com or give us a call using the numbers provided on our website for personalized assistance and recommendations.

Family treks differ from regular treks by focusing on ease of difficulty, offering shorter durations for younger participants, Kid-friendly and easily digestible foods, child-friendly activities, maintaining a higher guide ratio for diverse age groups, and implementing additional safety measures for families.

Family Trek with Kids recommendation Only Dayara Bugyal and Chopta Chandrashila Trek.

Minimum age for TTH treks is typically 7 years, though this may vary depending on the specific trek.

Yes, you can take a kids to a high-altitude trek with a parent. Discuss with a trek expert before booking a trek.

Junior trekkers (below 15 years) should have a company of parents/guardians.

Trekkers between 15 to 18 years can come solo with the disclaimer form signed by parent/guardian.

Medical & Disclaimer Form (Mandatory Documents) Click here to download medical and disclaimer form

Physical Fitness: Ensure your child is physically fit. Engage them in regular exercise, outdoor activities, and hikes to build stamina and endurance. Hydration: Emphasize the importance of staying hydrated at high altitudes. Encourage your child to drink water regularly, even if they don't feel thirsty. Proper Nutrition: Provide a well-balanced diet with sufficient carbohydrates for energy and foods rich in iron to prevent altitude sickness. Adequate Sleep: Ensure your child gets enough sleep in the days leading up to the trek. Quality rest is crucial for altitude adaptation. Educate on Altitude Sickness: Teach your child about the symptoms of altitude sickness, such as headache, nausea, and dizziness. Encourage them to communicate any discomfort immediately. Appropriate Clothing and Gear: Dress your child in layers to adjust to changing temperatures. Ensure they have appropriate trekking gear, including sturdy footwear. Positive Mindset: Foster a positive mindset. Encourage your child, and let them know it's okay to take breaks when needed. Medical Check-Up: Schedule a medical check-up before the trek to ensure your child is fit for high-altitude activities. Consult with a healthcare professional about any potential health concerns.

TTH takes special care to provide wholesome and nutritious food for children on treks. Here are some of the foods that are typically served for children:
Breakfast: For breakfast, TTH serves a variety of options like porridge, cornflakes, bread, butter, jam, honey, boiled eggs, omelettes, and pancakes. Children can choose from these options to fuel themselves for the day's trek.
Lunch: For lunch, TTH serves lunch which includes rotis, vegetables, rice, dal, and salad. The rotis are usually made fresh on the trek and are a good source of carbohydrates. The dal and vegetables provide protein and other essential nutrients.
Snacks: TTH provides healthy snacks like fresh fruits, dry fruits, energy bars, cookies, and biscuits to keep the children energized throughout the day.
Dinner: For dinner, TTH serves a hot and wholesome meal which includes soup, rice, dal, vegetables, and a non-vegetarian dish (if requested in advance). Children can also choose from a variety of desserts like custard, jelly, and fruit salad.
Dietary requirements: If a child has any special dietary requirements, TTH can cater to those needs as well. For example, if a child is lactose intolerant or allergic to nuts, the kitchen staff can make arrangements to accommodate those requirements.

Choosing the right trek for a beginner can be a bit overwhelming as there are many factors to consider such as distance, elevation gain, terrain difficulty, weather, and time of year. Here are some tips that can help you choose the right trek for a beginner:

1. Determine fitness level: Assess the fitness level of the beginner to understand their physical capabilities. This will help you select a trek that is challenging but not too difficult.

2. Choose a well-traveled trail: A well-traveled trail will have more amenities such as signposts, water stations, and shelter. It is also safer as there will be other hikers on the trail.

3. Consider the length of the trek: For beginners, it is recommended to start with a shorter trek that can be completed in a day or two. This will help them get acclimatized to trekking and build their confidence.

4. Look for gradual elevation gain: Choose a trek with a gradual elevation gain rather than steep ascents. This will make the trek easier and more enjoyable.

5. Check the weather: Check the weather forecast before selecting a trek. Avoid treks during the monsoon season or winter when the trails can be slippery or dangerous.

6. Research the trail: Read about the trail to get an idea of the terrain, altitude, and difficulty level. This will help you select a trek that is suitable for the beginner.

7. Consult with an expert: If you are unsure about which trek to choose, consult our trek expert Mr. Nitin (+91 70600 59773) between 10 AM to 6 PM (Tuesday - Friday). Mr. Nitin will provide you valuable advice and guidance.

Overall, it is important to choose a trek that is enjoyable, challenging but not too difficult, and suitable for the beginner's fitness level and experience.

It is not recommended for a beginner to choose a difficult Himalayan trek. Trekking in the Himalayas can be physically and mentally challenging, especially if you are not used to the high altitude, steep slopes, and rugged terrain. Choosing a difficult trek without the proper experience, fitness level, and preparation can be dangerous and put you at risk of altitude sickness, injury, and other hazards.

If you are a beginner, it is recommended to start with an easier trek and gradually build up your skills and experience. This will help you understand the challenges of trekking in the Himalayas, and also prepare you physically and mentally for a more difficult trek in the future. It is also important to choose a trek that matches your fitness level, experience, and interest.

There is no specific age limit for a beginner trekker. However, it is important to consider your physical fitness, health condition, and personal interests before embarking on a trek. Trekking in the Himalayas can be physically and mentally demanding, and requires a certain level of physical fitness and endurance.

If you have any pre-existing medical conditions or are above a certain age, it is recommended to consult with a doctor before embarking on a trek. It is also important to listen to your body and take breaks as needed during the trek to prevent exhaustion or injury.

We recommend visiting our "Suggest Me a Trek" page. By filling out the form, our experts will contact you with the best possible trek options based on your preferences and experience level. Alternatively, you can reach out to us via email at info@trekthehimalayas.com or give us a call using the numbers provided on our website for personalized assistance and recommendations.

Yes, you can join the trek. We have fixed departure groups where you can simply book your trek and we will take care of curating a group.

Before you start the trek, it is recommended that you make all the necessary phone calls as during the trek you may or may not receive network coverage, once you come back to the Base Camp, you can reconnect with your family via phone once again. You can share your trek coordinator contact detail with your family members to get the latest updates about your trek batch.

At TTH, we provide wholesome and nutritious meals during the trek. The food is vegetarian and includes a variety of dishes such as rice, dal, vegetables, chapati, paratha, pasta, noodles, and soup. We also offer snacks such as biscuits, and salty, and dry fruits during the trek. Special dietary requirements such as vegan, gluten-free, or Jain food can also be arranged if informed in advance.

If you are allergic to some foods, you need to let us know in advance so that we can make arrangements accordingly.

TTH is a trekking company that prioritizes the safety of all its participants, including women trekkers. They have a comprehensive safety system in place, which includes a dedicated team of experienced and trained trek leaders and support staff who are equipped to handle emergency situations and provide first aid.

TTH also takes specific measures to ensure the safety and comfort of women trekkers. They have a separate tent accommodation for women trekkers, female trek leaders, and support staff. They also provide separate toilet facilities for women and encourage a safe and respectful environment for all trekkers.

Moreover, TTH has a strict policy against any kind of harassment and has a zero-tolerance policy towards such incidents. They have a designated Internal Complaints Committee (ICC) to investigate and address any complaints related to harassment or misconduct. Overall, TTH has a good reputation for safety and responsible trekking practices, and women can feel comfortable and safe while trekking with them.

In case you are the only women in the group, we provide a single sleeping arrangement. Also, during the trek, the trek leader will always remain by your side to provide optimum safety and reassurance.

You can reach out to the trek coordinator to inquire about the number of female trekkers and their respective states who have booked the trek. Please note that the trek coordinator cannot disclose personal details of any trekker. Once you've confirmed your booking, a WhatsApp Group will be created for all the trekkers in your batch. This allows you to connect with fellow trekkers before the trek begins.

While many of our treks are led by female trek leaders, however, it is not possible to know which trek leader is assigned to which group. But nonetheless, whether the trek leader is male or female you can be completely assured of your safety and security with us.

Yes, it is possible to trek with periods. However, it is important to take some extra precautions and preparations to ensure a comfortable and safe trekking experience.

Here are some tips that can help you trek during your period:

1. Use menstrual hygiene products that you are comfortable with, such as tampons, pads, or menstrual cups. It is recommended to carry enough supplies for the entire duration of the trek.

2. Pack wet wipes, hand sanitizer, and plastic bags to dispose of used hygiene products.

3. Wear comfortable and breathable clothing that allows for easy movement and reduces friction. Avoid wearing tight or restrictive clothing that can cause discomfort.

4. Carry pain relief medication, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen, in case of menstrual cramps.

5. Stay hydrated and maintain a balanced diet to support your energy levels and overall health.

6. Take breaks as needed and listen to your body. If you feel uncomfortable or experience any unusual symptoms, seek medical attention immediately.

It is also recommended to consult with a doctor before going on a trek during your period, especially if you have a pre-existing medical condition or are taking medication. By taking necessary precautions and being prepared, you can have a safe and comfortable trekking experience even during your period.

We provide proper disposal facilities for sanitary pad disposal during the trek.

We offer three person tents with twin-sharing for optimum comfort. A woman trekker will share a tent with another woman trekker and if you are the only woman in the group, you will be given a single accommodation for your comfort and privacy.

Yes, we do provide gears on rent. You can book it using you TTH account directly.

Mountaineering qualified Experienced and first aid certified Trek Leader, First Aid Certify local guide, Cook, helpers and supporting staff.

People suffering from Bronchitis, Asthma, High blood pressure, Epilepsy (got faints), TB , Heart problem or on higher BMI side are strictly not allowed to go on any Himalayan trek. Apart from this if you had any medical history, please let us know.

No. Alcohol and smocking isn’t allowed while on trek. It is totally misconception that it will keep you warm. Your body need to acclimatize properly and for that eat properly and drink enough water; these things will keep you warm.

Toilet tents provide a convenient solution for answering nature's call in the great outdoors. Dry toilets, in particular, offer a highly sanitary approach. By digging a pit and utilizing mud and a shovel, you can easily cover up your waste. This method ensures cleanliness and hygiene while camping or exploring in the forest. 

Remember to pack essential toiletries to complete your outdoor bathroom kit and maintain proper personal hygiene during your adventures. With these practices in place, you can enjoy nature while also respecting it.

Layer Up From Head To Toe
Eat Full Meals, never sleep empty stomach
You can keep warmee (if you’re more susceptible to cold).
Use sleeping bag in right way and don’t leave free space in sleeping bag.

For upper body
– Thermal layer
– T-shirt (full-sleeves)
– Fleece T-shirt (for extreme colds)
– Fleece layer
– Thick Jacket/Down Jacket
– Waterproof or Windproof layer (outermost layer, when it is snowing or raining)
- For Lower Body
– Thermal layer
– Hiking pants (normal) or Winter hiking pants

Based on how warm you feel you can skip any of the above layers. Your outer later should be windproof since it is windy at high altitude.
The idea behind layering is that the more insulation you have the less cold you feel, and instead of wearing a very thick jacket if you wear multiple layers, your body will be better insulated against the cold.

Yes, we provide micro spikes and gaiters, if required.

Mandatory documents: 2 xerox of ID having address (addhar card/driving license), 2 Passport size photographs, hard copy Medical form signed & sealed by doctor, disclaimer form sign by trekker and high altitude insurance.

No. We don’t but we can suggest you good hotel/Stay nearby pick up location.

Yes, trekker must carry 2 water bottles 1 litre each so they can refill it at campsite for drinking and keep themselves hydrate.

You should buy shoes which has these three features –Good grip, Ankle Support and additional water resistant layers. Generally, we advise Quechua Trek 100, MH 500 and MH 100.

No one is forced to go on. There is always enough staff to split the party according to need and regroup later at the camp. Most people have no trouble reaching the highest campsite. If some members decide not to climb the final distance they can wait for the climbers to come back down the same way or take a lateral path to the descent route.

The Panch Kedar Trek and Drive is a trekking route in the Indian state of Uttarakhand that covers the five holy shrines of Lord Shiva known as Panch Kedar. It is a challenging trek that covers a distance of approximately 130 kilometres and includes driving and trekking through remote and rugged terrain.

The five shrines of Panch Kedar are Kedarnath, Tungnath, Rudranath, Madhyamaheshwar, and Kalpeshwar. These shrines are considered to be holy by Hindus and are believed to be the places where Lord Shiva appeared in the form of natural elements such as hair, arms, navel, face, and matted hair.

The best time to do the Panch Kedar Trek and Drive is from September to October. During the monsoon season, the trek can be challenging due to heavy rains and landslides. In winter, the region receives heavy snowfall and is inaccessible.

The Panch Kedar Trek and Drive are considered to be a moderate to difficult trek, with steep ascents and descents, rough terrain, and unpredictable weather. It requires a high level of physical fitness and experience in trekking.

Accommodation on the Panch Kedar Trek and Drive is primarily in tents or basic guesthouses. Some tour operators may also offer the option of staying in homestays with local families.

The Panchkedar region is home to a variety of wildlife, including snow leopards, musk deer, Himalayan black bears, and various species of birds. While sightings are not guaranteed, trekkers should keep an eye out for these animals and respect their habitats.

Yes, permits are required for the Panch Kedar Trek and Drive, as it passes through protected areas. Trekkers must obtain permits from the local forest department or hire a registered tour operator who can arrange the permits.

Trekkers should bring appropriate clothing and footwear for trekking in mountainous terrain, as well as a sleeping bag, camping gear, and a backpack. Other essential items include sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat, a water bottle, a first aid kit, and any necessary medications.

The starting point of the Panch Kedar Trek and Drive is the town of Sonprayag, which can be reached by road from the city of Rishikesh. Private taxis and shared taxis are available for hire.

The Panch Kedar Trek and Drive is a challenging trek that requires experienced trekkers and appropriate precautions. Trekkers should take appropriate precautions and follow all local regulations and safety guidelines. It is recommended to travel with a reputable tour operator and to inform someone of your itinerary before setting out.