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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Gauri Kund on way to Sri Kedarnath

Gauri Kund main entrance

Gauri Kund is an important place on the begning of trek to Sri Kedarnath , here is a hot water spring which is connected with Lord Shiva’s wife Parvati also known as Gauri. Legend is that Ma Gauri wanted to marry the Lord Shiva and please him  she did lots of penance and Yogic practice, during this period she lived here and it was in this place lord Shiva accepted her ,they were finally married at Triyugi Narayan, which is about 15 km from here,  this place is also said to be where Ma Gauri  made Lord Ganaesha out of soap suds, gave life and placed at  the entrance when Lord Shiva was stopped by him he was beheaded and when came to know the facts placed the elephants head on the body to give him the life. devotees take bath in the hot spring before starting their trek to Sri Kedarnath. Just as the Kedarnath temple closes in the winter so is this temple and images are taken to the nearby village for the daily rites and puja.

In the olden days pilgrims use to stay a night at Gauri kund have a bath in the hot water spring perform the puja and next morning proceed to Sri Kedarnath but now mostly they proceed same day to save the time.

One can see the rate chart here for registering and performing puja at Sri Kedarnath Shrine.

Rate chart at Gauri Kund for Puja at Sri Kedarnath shrine

During the floods in 2013 this places had maximum impact of flood water and yatra was suspended for one year from Gauri Kund . This year 2015 the trek ( Yatra) is repaired and expected to be operational from April trek  will start again from here to Rambara 07 km on the right bank of river Mandakini then cross the bridge over Mandakini river trek 06 km on left bank to reach  Limchuli, from here almost a plain trek 3.5 km to Sri Kedarnath .

Palki, Mules and Pitthu porters are also available from here, it is advised to hire these services through the office of Zila Panchaayat very next to the gate from where the trek starts. they issue the receipt for the money paid  and give a token number of porter who is registered with them.

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Office contact 011 45725562, 63, 64

For Callers outside India +44 7700093414

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