Rudranath Trek Overview

Rudranath Trek is filled with the vibrant, peaceful, and fascinating colors of mother nature. In this trek, two of the five Kedars—Kalpeshwar and Rudranat, located in Uttrakhand are covered. The Kalpeshwar Rudranath trek runs through dense forests, verdant valleys, verdant meadows, lovely wild flower beds, and high hills, all of which provide breathtaking vistas. The trail is clearly marked and passes through several charming towns along the way. You will also witness the stunning vistas of the Nanda Devi, Trishul, and Nanda Ghunti peaks that will quickly ensnare the viewer.

The spectacular campground is above the vibrant flower beds and enveloped in clouds with a bird's-eye view of a lush green pasture. And as you take the arduous uphill climb, you will be rewarded with a spectacular view of the snow-capped Himalayan hills in the front. The route from Dumak to the tall grasslands at Panar seems difficult, with protracted ascents and some areas where leeches are present, especially during and shortly after the rainy season. The remainder of the walk is simple and provides amazing scenery of the Alpine meadows, deep canyons brimming with wild, vibrant flowers, and lovely villages. One can see the hazy outlines of the foothills and Alaknanda cutting its way to the bottom to the plains from the peak between Panar and Rudranath.

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Must Know Before You Go
  • Climatic conditions in the high altitudes vary from the plains; take adequate time to get acclimatized to high altitudes.
  • The management reserves all the right to modify the trek during any emergencies or natural calamities.
  • Pay heed to the trek guides and instructors in order to enjoy a safe and sound trek.
  • The trek takes place through an eco-friendly zone; do not encourage littering the local sites or campsites. Travelers littering may be fined.
  • Water is very precious, so conservation is appreciated.
  • Do not encourage trekking during the night unless it is a part of the itinerary and a guide is with you; this might lead to unforeseen mishaps.
  • Avoid using earphones during the trek; this might hinder your audibility.
  • Avoid using plastic bags and maintain the ecological balance of the destinations.
  • In case, the trek needs to be canceled, the authorities should be informed beforehand.
  • Guidelines issued by the State-Government are to be followed. Social distancing to be maintained. Frequent hand sanitization and use of masks is recommended.
  • Please provide a valid ID at the time of check-in.
  • Professional guide(s) are available to ensure high safety and more information and personal attention which are necessary to appreciate a Kalpeshwar Rudranath Trek.
  • The exact location will be shared with you post-booking.
  • Neat and clean vehicle for the journey with experienced drivers especially for hilly terrains available.
  • Camping is very basic in nature. One must not expect luxuries. Electricity may be available only at a few locations.
  • Mobile & laptop charging points may/may not be available on campsites at a common point.
  • Any personal expenses, items of personal nature, meals not mentioned, etc. will not be in part of the package.
  • Carry dry snacks/food from home (you will save a lot of money). Carry water bottles with you, so that you can refill.
  • Keep your luggage minimum; the more you carry, the more you hassle.
  • It is recommended to carry enough warm clothes and the right kind of shoes for the Kalpeshwar Rudranath trek.
  • Consult a physician before undertaking the Kalpeshwar Rudranath trek. Carry basic medications and a first-aid kit during the trek.
  • Children below the age of 7 years are not recommended for trek.
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Quick Facts of Rudranath Trek

Quick Facts of Rudranath Trek

Duration - 7 Days/ 6 Nights

Trail type - Steep ascent and descent

Maximum altitude - 11,811 ft.

Snow Season - November to March

Best season - May to October

Grade - Moderate

Trekking distance - 62 kms

Region - Uttarakhand

Rail head - Rishikesh's railway station is the closest one to the city.

Airport - Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun is the closest airport.

Short Itinerary for Rudranath Trek

Day-1: Reaching Devgram from Rishikesh via Helang, which will takes 8-9 hrs drive and thereafter a 30 minutes trek of 2 km.

Day-2: Trek to Kalpeshwar and back, for around 2-3 hours.

Day-3: Trek to Bansi Narayan from Devgram which will take around 8-10 hours.

Day-4: Trek from Bansi Narayan to Dumak which will take 5-6 hours.

Day-5: Trek from Dumak to Panar via Toli which will take around 6-8 hours.

Day-6: Final trek to Rudranath from Panar and back which is 14 km and takes around 7-9 hours.

Day-7: Panar to Sagar in 4-5 hours by covering 12 kms

Rudranath Trek Detailed Itinerary

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Day 1

Reaching Devgram from Helang via Rishikesh

Height: 6,627 feet

Duration: 10–12 hours of driving; a 30-minute hike

  • Travel 8 to 9 hours from Rishikesh to Helang and take a rented jeep from Helang to reach Devgram in the Urgam district.

  • You should be able to go to Devgram in around an hour. The final 2 miles must be hiked.

  • The initial path is a dirt track through lush valleys that is stone paved. As you get closer to the settlement, the trail turns into a paved road.

  • You will pass a fresh water tap that appears like a cow's mouth along the route. The water runs through here all day long.

  • You can view the stunning Alaknanda & Kalpganga river confluence not far from Helang.

What to Pack for Rudranath Trek?

What to Pack for Rudranath Trek?
  • Trekking boots: Because the hike would require you to walk for extended distances, you should have suitable trekking boots.

  • Backpack - A backpack with detachable straps and a strong structure with rain cover is necessary. Carry a poncho with you in case you encounter pre-monsoon rains or unexpected post-monsoon rain during your Kalpeshwar Rudranath Trek.

  • Clothing - You'll be climbing & camping at high elevations, so bring three warm layers (five in winter). So ensure you are dressed appropriately for the weather. Make sure you dress warmly because the upper elevations will be freezing.

  • Trekking Pants - One pair of trekking pants should be plenty for this hike. In the event that the first pair gets wet, you can bring a replacement pair along. One pair to carry and one pair to wear. Carry two collared t-shirts so you can avoid getting sunburns on your neck and arms. Once more, carry one and wear one.

  • Thermals: People who are more vulnerable to the cold should have thermal clothing with them at all times.

  • Sunglasses: Sunglasses are used to avoid becoming snowblind which you might need in Har Ki Dun Valley or Kalkatiyadhaar.

Know Before You Go to Rudranath Trek

Important Tips for trekkers
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Important Tips for trekkers
  • Before you actually begin your journey, it is a good idea to inquire with local officials, tour guides, or travel agencies about the road and weather conditions during monsoon season.

  • It is generally beneficial to have a knowledgeable trek guide with you since they will be familiar with the terrain and ensure that hikers don't get lost or become trapped.

  • Electronics should be stored in waterproof bags to keep them dry.

  • Lemon & salt or an electrolyte drink (Gatorade, Electrical, Glucon D) should be consumed when facing dehydration or loose motion.

  • Keep tracking boots, paint, a quick-dry shirt, and a cape.

  • Keep a whistle for emergencies.

  • Due to the significant snowfall, the temple remains shut from November to April.

  • Scissors, sunscreen (SPF 50+), bandages (waterproof), painkiller spray (Relispray, Volini), antiseptic liquid (Sevlon, Dettol), antiseptic powder (povidone-iodine-based powders like Cipladine, Savlon), bandage, cotton, crepe bandage, etc. are all included in a first aid kit.

  • Medications: for acidity, acid reflux, motion sickness, headache, and fever.

  • Before beginning the Rudranath trek, one must be aware of the weather.

  • You can go on a mountain hike with a local guide if you don't have any prior expertise.

General Trivia About the Rudranath Trek

General Trivia About the Rudranath Trek
  • The mythology of PanchKedar is an intriguing account of the Pandavas' attempts to atone for their fratricide (gotra-hatya) crime of killing their siblings, the Kauravas, and Brhmanahatya (killing of Brahmins, the priest class), which occurred during the epic Mahabharata conflict.

  • On guidance from gurus and their beloved benefactor deity Krishna they asked Lord Shiva to forgive them and enable them to gain salvation. Shiva wanted to get away from them since he was upset with them for their behavior during the Kurukshetra conflict. He converted himself into a bull or Nandi inside the Himalayan Garhwal area. But after spotting Shiva as a bull grazing in the hills of Guptakashi, the tenacious Pandavas sought to restrain the bull by force.

  • However, the tenacious Pandavas attempted to forcefully grab the bull with its tails and rear legs after spotting Shiva in the shape of the bull feeding in the foothills of Guptakashi. But the bull vanished beneath the earth, only to return later at five different locations as Lord Shiva. The five locations where Lord Shiva appeared was at Kedarnath, Tungnath, Rudranath, Madhyamaheshwar, and Kalpeshwar. When Lord Shiva appeared in five distinct locations, the Pandavas were delighted. They erected temples at each location, worshiped Shiva, and received his blessings to find redemption. Later, AdiSankaracharya found the temples

Why to Go for Rudranath Trek?

Compared to the other Panch Kedar temples, Rudranath Temple is among the most difficult to access, but the view of the magnificent Nanda Devi, Trishul, & Nanda Ghunti peaks makes the effort worthwhile. The path provides a stunning view of the Himalayas as it winds through untamed grassy meadows and dense woods.

Rudranath is decorated with various blessed water sources including the Surya Kund, Chandra Kund, Tara Kund, Manas Kund, Vaitarani, Baitarani, and Rudraganga rivers, in addition to the holy temple that is located in the lovely alpine meadow. One may also take in the breathtaking vistas of Nanda Ghunti, Hathi Parbat, Nanda Devi, & Trishul mountain peaks.

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    The temple and its surroundings open in the middle of May and are open to visitors for the following six months, or until the middle of October. Avoid scheduling a trek between July and August during the rainy season since the hike might get slick.

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