Rudranath trek

Rudranath temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is the fourth temple to visit in the circuit of Panch Kedar pilgrimage. It is one of the most strenuous treks to commence in the Garhwal Himalayas of Uttarakhand. The temple is nestled amidst the rhododendron forests and the lush alpine meadows. The trek to Rudranath begins from Sagar village, Helang or Urgam village. Rudranath temple is one among the Panch Kedars. From here, one can see the gorgeous Himalayan peaks of Nanda Devi, Trishul and Nanda Ghunti.

  • Region                – Chamoli
  • Duration             – 07 Days
  • Grade/Level      –  Moderate to Tough
  • Altitude (Max)  – 11,811 ft.
  • Best season     – April to June

Rudranath Travel Guide

Set your foot on the adventurous trail to Rudranath:
The Rudranath trek offers mesmerizing views of the diverse beauty of nature that is sprinkled everywhere. You can find deep gorges here and tantalizing views of the lofty Himalayan peaks. The 
gradient is tough though but it is rewarding. You can hear the calls of the birds and can also indulge in photography. Many spiritual seekers visit here to clear off their mind from disturbing thoughts.
You can partake in the morning aarti performed at the Rudranath temple which starts at 8 am and the evening aarti which takes place at 6:30, every day. 
Sit near the Vaitarni river also known as the ‘Water of Salvation’ and hear its tranquil music. If you are someone who is looking for spiritual bliss, along with some thrill in the mountain region, then Rudranath is the trek for you.

Rudranath Trek Insight

  • Trek routes : 
    • Via Helang – Kalpeshwar – Durnak – Rudranath
    • Via Sagar – Leuti Bugyal – Panar – Rudaranath
    • Via Mandal – Anusuiya Devi – Noala Pass – Rudranath
  • Grade/Level: Moderate to Tough
  • Staring Point: Helang
  • Ideal Time to Visit: In summers, April to June
  • Category of trek: Meadows and High Altitude Pass
  • Duration: 07 Days
  • Total trekking: 20 km
  • Places to Cover: Helang – Kalpeshwar – Bansi Narayan – Panar – Rudranath – Sagar

Short Itenerary

Helang – Kalpeshwar – Bansi Narayan – Panar – Rudranath – Panar – Sagar

  • Day 1: Helang to Devgram
  • Day 2: Acclimatisation day; Trek to Kalpeshwar
  • Day 3: Devgram (6,627 ft) to Bansi Narayan (11,482 ft) 
  • Day 4: Bansi Narayan (11,482) to Dumak (7,874 ft)
  • Day 5: Dumak (7,874 ft) to Panar (11,155 ft) via Toli (9,186 ft)
  • Day 6: Panar (11,155 ft) to Rudranath (11,811 ft) and back
  • Day 7: Panar (11,155 ft) to Sagar (6,561 ft)

9 Reasons Why To Visit Rudranath

  • Fourth in the hierarchy of Panch Kedars, Rudranath owes much to the old temple for its vogue and transcendence.
  • Rudranath temple is situated in the beautiful alpine meadows of Garhwal Himalayas. In Winters, the Temple and meadows remains covered in snow.
  • Glimpse of mountain peaks of Nanda Devi, Hathi Parbat, Devasthan, Nanda Ghunti, and Trishul.
  • Sacred Kund (water tanks) near Rudranath temple are Surya kund, Mana Kund, Chandra Kund and Tara kund.
  • During May to September, Green meadows Of Dayara blossomed with colorful flowers.
  •  As Rudranath trek is toughest in Panch Kedar Trek, there is prominent saying populor among locals – ‘Rudranath ki Chadai aur German ki Ladai’ 
  • Rudranath Temple is belived to be established by Pandavaas
  • The trail meanders through rhododendron forests and the alpine meadows and offers awe-inspiring view of Garhwal Himalayan ranges.

Rudranath Trek Map

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How To Reach Rudranath

There are three routes to reach Rudranath 

  • Via Helang – Kalpeshwar – Durnak – Rudranath
  • Via Sagar – Leuti Bugyal – Panar – Rudaranath
  • Via Mandal – Anusuiya Devi – Noala Pass – Rudranath

Nearest Airport –  Jolly Grant Airport Dehradun, located about 25 km from the city. There is a daily flight from Delhi to Dehradun, which take around an hour to reach the city

Nearest Railway Station – Rishikesh Railway station. You can take the overnight train to Dehradun from Delhi.

There is regular bus service from Delhi to Dehradun, from Delhi’s ISBT Kashmere Gate. 

Rudranath is located on Gopeshwar-Kedarnath Road. There are Buses and Taxis available From Dehradun to Rudranath Base Camp.