Rudranath Trek – The Toughest Panch Kedar
Rudranath, the highly revered temple of Lord Shiva, situated peacefully in the Garhwal Himalayas. It is situated at a height of, 3400 meters from the sea level. It is the fourth one temple in the Panch Kedar Pilgrimage to visit. The temple is located inside the rhododendron forests and the alpine meadows.
The adventerous trek to Rudranath can be started from Helang, Urgam Village and Sagar Village. Rudranath trek is the toughest one in comparison to other Panch Kedars. The Himalayan peaks adding lusture to Rudranath are Nanda Devi, Trishul and Nanda Ghunti.
Why to visit Rudranath Trek?
The trekking route to Rudranath offers the awesome beauty of nature, inspiring views and the deep gorges that makes the way to Rudranath more interesting and enjoyable. Rudranath temple is one of the toughest temples in comparison to other Panch Kedars, but it is worth the pain as one can see the glorious Trishul, Nanda Devi and Nanda Ghunti peaks. The route passes through the wild grassy Bugyals(Meadows), thick woodlands and the awesome inspiring beautiful views of the Himalayas.
You can include in the morning aarti that takes place at 8 AM and the evening aarti takes place at 6.30 PM every day. Sit beside the Vaitrani River also known as Water of Salvation(मोक्ष) and feel the music of the flowing water of the river.
There are three different routes to reach Rudranath and every trek offers different landscapes and beauty of the Himalaya and nature. There is a very famous saying about Rudranath trek by the local peoples “Rudranath ki Chadai” or “Germany ki Ladai”.
Activities to do in Rudranath
Rudranath trek is an approx 18 Km route, so the first activity for the visitors is a long Yatra. While trekking, explore the beautiful region of the Punar Bugyal and Lyuti Bugyal. Rudranath temple is surrounded by the small pools named as Surya kund, Tara kund, Chandra kund and Manas kund.
Travel Guide and Tips for Rudranath Trek
- Due to heavy snowfall, the temple remains closed from November to
- The morning aarti in Rudranath temple starts at 8 AM and the evening aarti starts at 6.30 PM every day.
- The trek leading to Rudranath is risky, challenging and tough, but is rewarding.
- It is advised to have an experienced guide who will have a good knowledge of the routes and you willn’t lose your way.
- It is advised to check the routes and the weather conditions before starting your journey.
Trekking Routes for Rudranath Trek
There are three different routes to reach Rudranath, here they are:
- Route 1
Helang- Urgam- Kalpeshwar – Dumak – Bansi Narayan – Panar – Rudranath
- Route 2
Sagar Village – Liti Bugyal – Panar Bugyal – Pitradhar – Rudranath
- Route 3
Mandal village – Aanasuya Devi Temple – Hansa Bugyal – Naola Pass – Rudranath
Accommodation in Rudranath
As Rudranath is situated at a heigher altitude, so there are no hotels and restaurants, there are aashrams maintained by the temple committee. Tourists can also carry their own camping equipment like tents etc. they can camp near the temple under the clear night sky. Accommodation options are available at Punar Bugyal, Sagar village, Lyuti Bugyal and Urgam.
Food Guide Rudranath
Rudranath is at a height of, 2200 meters, so there are no hotels and restaurants. The only option for food items and meals is to carry them with yourself. You can carry snacks and packaged food.
Save natureBut remember, don’t throw the poly bags and other stuff here and there. Please bring them with yourself.
- Location: Rudraprayag, Garhwal
- Nearest Railway Station: Rishikesh(241 Km)
- Nearest Airport: Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun
- Trek Distance: 19 Km
- Trek Grade: High Level
- Trek Duration: 3 Days
- Altitude Range: 3400 Meters
- Famous for: Panch Kedar, Rudranath Temple, Trekking, Meadows
Rudranath is famous for the Shiv Temple, Panch Kedar, Trekking and Meadows. Rudranath is a recommended destination for Solo, Couples, Friend groups and for all.
Rudranath is popular for the following activities – Panch Kedars, Pilgrimage, Shiva Temple, Trekking, Yoga and Meditation, Relegion and National monuments.