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Travelling to Kedarnath? 5 essential tips for a safe, hassle-free journey

Know 5 essential tips for a safe and hassle-free journey to Kedarnath, ensuring a memorable pilgrimage to this revered destination. Learn about the best travel practices, necessary preparations, and key safety measures for a smooth trip.

Written By: Muskan Gupta @guptamuskan_ New Delhi Published on: May 26, 2024 10:30 IST
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Nestled in the majestic Garhwal Himalayas of Uttarakhand, Kedarnath is one of the most revered pilgrimage sites in India. A trip to Kedarnath is a spiritual and adventurous experience, offering breathtaking views and a deep sense of tranquillity. The journey to this sacred town, home to the famous Kedarnath Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, is both challenging and rewarding. From planning to staying informed, here are five essential tips to ensure a safe and hassle-free journey to this sacred destination.

1. Plan Your Trip During the Right Season

Kedarnath is accessible only for a few months each year, typically from late April to early November. The best time to visit is from May to June and September to October. During these months, the weather is relatively mild, and the chances of landslides and road blockages are lower. Avoid travelling during the monsoon season (July and August) as heavy rains can cause landslides and make the trek dangerous.

2. Acclimatize to the Altitude

Kedarnath is situated at an altitude of 3,583 meters (11,755 feet) above sea level. To prevent altitude sickness, it's important to acclimatize properly. Spend a day or two at intermediate altitudes, such as in Rishikesh or Haridwar, before heading to Kedarnath. Stay hydrated, avoid alcohol, and eat light meals to help your body adjust to the high altitude.

3. Prepare for the Trek

The trek to Kedarnath from Gaurikund is approximately 16 kilometers (10 miles) and can be quite strenuous. Ensure you are physically fit to undertake the journey. Wear comfortable, sturdy trekking shoes, and dress in layers to adapt to changing weather conditions. Pack essentials like a raincoat, water bottle, snacks, first-aid kit, and necessary medications. If you're not used to trekking, consider hiring a porter or using a pony or palanquin service available at Gaurikund.

4. Book Accommodation in Advance

Accommodation in Kedarnath and the surrounding areas can fill up quickly, especially during peak pilgrimage season. Book your stay in advance to avoid last-minute hassles. Options range from budget guesthouses to more comfortable lodges. Additionally, consider booking accommodation at intermediate points like Sonprayag or Gaurikund to break the journey and make it more manageable.

5. Stay Informed and Connected

Before embarking on your journey, keep yourself updated on weather conditions, road statuses, and any travel advisories issued by local authorities. Mobile network coverage in Kedarnath is limited, so inform your family and friends about your travel plans in advance. Carry a power bank to keep your devices charged, and consider having an offline map and important contact numbers handy.

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