Kedarnath badrinath trek
Kedarnath (or Kedarnath Main) and Kedarnath Dome (or Kedar Dome) are two mountains in the Gangotri Group of peaks in the western Garhwal Himalaya. Kedarnath (Main) lies on the main ridge that lies south of the Gangotri Glacier, and Kedarnath Dome, a subpeak of the main peak, lies on a spur projecting towards the glacier, two kilometres northwest of Kedarnath. They are located in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand, 15 kilometres (9 mi) south of the Hindu holy site of Gaumukh (the source of the Bhagirathi River). Kedarnath is the highest peak on the south side of the Gangotri Glacier, and Kedarnath Dome is the third highest. Both peaks have relatively easy routes on their northwest sides, but the east face of Kedarnath Dome is a large, very difficult rock climb.
Kedarnath and Kedarnath Dome were first climbed together, in 1947, by a Swiss team led by André Roch. Their route on Kedarnath Dome, the northwest flank, is still the standard route; it is straightforward and relatively low-angle, and is a popular ski ascent in the spring season. The east face of Kedarnath Dome was first climbed in 1989 by a Hungarian expedition led by Attila Ozsváth. Their climb involved "sixty pitches of very hard climbing."
Kedarnath badrinath trek
Apart from being a place of pilgrimage, Kedarnath is a trekkers’ paradise as well. The Garhwal Himalayas provide ample opportunities for the adventurous and the daring. The trek starts form Gaurikund, which is easily approachable by car or bus. From Gaurikund to Rambara the trek follows the river Mandakini. It is a little steep initially but then becomes a gradual climb through forests. There are several beautiful waterfalls along the way. From Rambara the trek to Kedarnath is much easier.
Kedarnath to Vasuki Tal is a continuous ascent along a goat track. The view of the Chaukambha peaks and the Mandakini valley is delightful from here. The final trek to the Vasuki Tal is downhill for a kilometer. Paian Tal is about 1 km northwest and at the bottom of it, one can see rectangular slabs of rocks. From here, one can go on to the Khatling glacier.
Primary Spots In The Vicinty Of Kedarnath For Mountain Trekking
* Vasuki Tal situated at an altitude of 4135meters is bounded by Chaukhamba Mountain Ranges where trekkers can get an exceptional view of the Chaukhamba Peak.
* Ukhimath a peaceful place for trekking located 62kms from Kedarnath.
* Devaria Tal situated at a distance of 68kms from Kedarnath is a trekker’s paradise.
While mountain trekking in and around Kedarnath, one can catch a glimpse of half-naked sadhus meditating on the bank of the glaciers. Grassy regions with numerous brooks surrounded by snowy peaks, dense forests and high altitude lakes are a pleasing sight during the trekking expedition.
Two chief means of reaching Kedarnath include one on foot for a sharp 14 km trek through a paved path (horses or palanquins are available for rent) from Gaurikund. Second means of transport is by air. Kedar Darshan offers helicopter services at reasonable rates running from Gupt Kashi in Rudra Prayag district.