This article will guide you on how to reach Kedarnath from Gaurikund. If you want to visit Kedarnath Temple then Gaurikund is the last destination that is accessible from major destinations of Uttarakhand. Gaurikund is a Hindu pilgrimage site and base camp for trek to Kedarnath Mandir. It is situated at an altitude of 6502 feet above mean sea level in the Garhwal Himalayas in Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand.
This new route to Kedarnath Temple is constructed by NIM team members. Various teams are working to maintain the best suitable path to Kedarnath. The new route via Rambara and Linchauli is a major trek route to reach Kedarnath. Rambara was completely washed away in 2013 flash floods. Now the only newly constructed bridge is to landmark Rambara. This Kedarnath trek is maintained by NIM – Nehru Institute of Mountaineering.
Kedarnath Trek Route Map
Kedarnath Trek (Paidal Marg) is divided into many resting sheds. En route Kedarnath from Gaurikund, there are several facilities provided by the administration. Medical and First aid facilities are available at Bhimbali, Lincholi, and Kedarnath. There is also a 10 bedded hospital with ECG with modern facilities at Kedarnath. Apart from Medical, Tea/Coffee shops, there are resting sheds are also available on the route.
Gaurikund ➜ Jungle/Bhairon Chatti ➜ Bheembali ➜ Linchauli ➜ Kedarnath Base Camp ➜ Kedarnath Temple
Gaurikund To Kedarnath Trek Distance
The roads towards Kedarnath Temple only stretch till Gauri Kund. After that, you have to take a 16 km trek towards the sacred shrine Kedarnath Mandir. Kedarnath trek is beautifully and naturally designed in the bank of Mandakini River. There are some short shelter points in between Kedarnath trek.
Total Length = 16 kilometers
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
Last timing for Upcoming Visitors – 5 Pm (Evening)
Last timing for Downcoming Visitors – 6:30 PM (Evening)
To complete the Kedarnath trek, you have three options there.
- by Walking
- by Ponies
- by Palkies
If you have a good budget, then you can also hire Helicopter Services during the peak season of the Char Dham Yatra. The hard journey till the great abode of Shiva is well remunerate with the spiritual atmosphere which is created by the peaceful sober and splendid beauty of the region.
The magnificent Kedarnath peak (6,940 meters) stands behind the temple with other peaks, forming a perfect setting for the holy land of the supreme deity (Mahadev).
The conical-shaped Shiva lingam (hump) in the Kedarnath temple is a unique feature and one the 12 jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva.
Other Than this Palkis and Ponies Facilities are also available.
Palkis and Ponies Services in Kedarnath
Price Charges for both Palkis and Ponies depend upon the distance, nature of the trip (one way/round), uphill/downhill journey, same/next day return, and weight of the passenger.
Horses, ponies, and palkies are available to climb up this steep path. Though the flash floods of 2013 desolated Kedarnath, the work is being done to resuscitate it to its former glory. The trekking path to Kedarnath is a little different. The Nehru Institute of Mountaineering has set up sheds at every few kilometers where the devotees can rest during this uphill trek. It is better to wake up early in the morning for the temple since it is closed between 3 PM to 5 PM.
While here, you may also trek 3 km ahead from the main temple to visit the beautiful lake, Chorabari Tal. Trekking 4 km ahead, you can see beautiful Himalayan peaks being reflected in the crystal clear waters of Vasuki Tal.
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