Sri Kedarnath Helicopter Service Temporary withdrawal during Monsoons

The Yatra Chardham started this year from 02 May 2014 , the helicopter service started from 15 May for Sri Kedarnath up to Limchauli and then from 18 May till Sri Kedarnath Valley helipad .

Due to the new long 21 Km. trekking route for Sri Kedarnath most of the pilgrims are using the helicopter service for a day return journey from helipads situated around Guptkashi operated by private helicopter chartering companies as shuttle service .

 

The service will be withdrawn from 20 June 2014 till September first week due to on set of Monsoon and poor visibility during this period .  Normally   the flight service resumes in the month of September depending upon the weather conditions , it remains operational till the annual closing of doors of shrines around Depawali.

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Kedarnath New trekking route 2014

Opening ceremony Sri Kedarnath Temple 2014

Opening ceremony Sri Kedarnath Temple 2014

Please note this route is changed and new route is being constructed which will be allowed for pilgrims from April 2015 . for more details check for Yatra Chardham year 2015 New route to Sri Kedarnath

The floods in Uttrakhand in June 2013 had a major impact on the roads and bridges , many places bridges were swept away and roads got damaged due to land slides or got washed away near the river banks , the major impact was in and around the roads to Guptkashi , Gauri Kund and trekking route Gauri Kund to Sri Kedarnath. Most of the places roads and bridges are repaired and few places work is still going on .

Till last year 2013  the Gauri Kund – Sri Kedarnath route was of 14 km and one could do it in a day with having rest and refreshments at Rambara . this route near was at places completely washed away in the floods and due to land slides the hill was not found to be safe for re construction of trek .

Year 2014 the Sri Kedarnath ( 11750 ft) is approachable through a new trekking route which starts from Gauri Kund is now of 21 km. The best part is one can reach Sonprayag  by any transport , from here onward the Govt. agencies have taken over for the all arrangements Govt. vehicles are available to take the pilgrims up to Gaurikund . All pilgrims are medically checked up to make sure that they are able to climb and walk in the high altitude area , after the registration they are allowed to start the trek  from Gauri Kund . 7 km. trek first stop is Bhim Bali where the refreshments are available, next halt is after 7 km at Linchauli ( 11000 ft)  from Bhim Bali , free tented accommodation , free food is available from the Uttrakhand Govt . Mules are available to take the pilgrims on payment basis till Linchauli

The next day the pilgrims are just 6 km short of Sri Kedarnath main temple , pilgrims are to visit the temple and return same day for a night stay at Linchauli ,it is a steep climb and quite exhausting,   for Senior Citizens free helicopter service is available , this year Uttrakhand  Govt. is taking all precautions and not allowing any one except for the priests and security personal to stay in the temple area and the Kedarnath Valley .

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