Char Dham by walk?

#31 Mar 28th, 2017, 10:11
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Originally Posted by the_blue_bharal View Post Peace and Serenity abound at all places above 10k ft
It's only disturbed by presence of humans.
In my opinion, lesser visited temples like the Panchkedar, Anasuya Devi, Kalishila have better vibes than the chardham.

Maybe chardham too are peaceful when there is less crowd but I think presence of concrete destroys positive vibes of any region, and 90% of Indian construction is concrete based. Stone and wooden building preserve good vibes even when there are a lot of humans around, and this style of construction remains only in non-touristy places and even there, it's fast vanishing.
True Bro,
Last week I had been to Mathura & visited Janamsthan of Shri Krishna. We were allowed to sit peacefully for few minutes inside Kamsan jail. After our thoughts settled we felt the vibe...
But not all in our group felt it, only few....

Stone & wood are 100% natural ... Concrete is artificial...
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Originally Posted by streetcat View Post Out of curiosity, I got to ask you all- Did anyone feel near to the god or found some peace while doing the Char Dham?
I started this thread a couple of years earlier, when I planned on this trip. Unfortunately, the trip did not happen. But the curiosity is still there.
Yes...
Still there are many people interested in doing by foot...
So far two of my school mates have joined with me to do by walk...

During my last week visit to Gowardhan, Mathura, Gokul we hired a driver for two days... He is from Jaipur & has drove more than 1L km in Chardham route.. He is also willing to join our team...
After reaching Gowardhan we learnt about 21km parrikrama route. I was interested in doing by bare foot. So my family as well the driver also joined. Ladies of family completed 12km by foot & rest by Rick. My son 7yrs old completed 15km by foot & then by Rick. Self & Driver completed fully by foot...
It was a pleasant experience. It took 6hrs (9:30pm to 3:30am)..
Jai Shri Krishna...

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Vijay
#33 Jul 22nd, 2017, 21:20
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Dear friends,

Please give your feedback or alternatives to below given route for Char Dham by foot.
Our pilgrimage might start from Hanuman chatti - Yamunotri. From there as given below.

Yamunotri to Gangotri
Yamunotri – Hanuman chatti – Dangurgaon – Nishni – Naugan/Sangam chatty/Agoda – Dayara – Barnala cam site - Barsu – Gangnani – Harsil - Gangotri

Gangotri to Kedar
Gangotri to Gaumukh pedestrian way is parallel to river Bagirathi...
Crosses Chirbasa.. and continues..Reaches Bhojwasa or Bhojbasa.
In Bhojbasa there is a Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam Rest House.
Then the route continues upto Gaumukh parallel to River Bagirathi...
From Gaumuk there is a walkable route to Tapovan.
Beyond this how to reach Kedarnath directly?

Optional route
Gangotri –Harsil-Gangnani – Bhatwari-Tanku range(Take diversion for kedar) - Jalang-Kamad-Marwari-Bodh kedar- Gainwali – Gangi –Sonprayag – Trigunarayan(diversion)-sonprayag-Gauri kund- Kedarnath

Kedar to Badri
Kedarnath – Rambara Bridge – Gauri kund – ( Jal talla, jal malla) – Ransi - Madyamaheshwar – Rudranath – Dhumak (below urgam)– Kalgoth – Lyari Than – Helang – Parallel Alakananda river reach Vishnuprayag – Join NH7 – Reach Badrinath.

Optional route
Madyamaheshwar – Kanchani khal – Ghiavinayak pass - Bansinarayan - Urgam - Helang - Parallel Alakananda river reach Vishnuprayag – Join NH7 – Reach Badrinath .

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Vijay
#34 Jul 23rd, 2017, 20:39
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Originally Posted by vijay.ssa View Post Dear friends,

Please give your feedback or alternatives to below given route for Char Dham by foot.
Our pilgrimage might start from Hanuman chatti - Yamunotri. From there as given below.
As already said most of the route now became road and it can't be avoided without high altitude trekking.
Here is what I understand about your route.

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Yamunotri to Gangotri
Yamunotri – Hanuman chatti – Dangurgaon – Nishni – Naugan/Sangam chatty/Agoda – Dayara – Barnala cam site - Barsu – Gangnani – Harsil - Gangotri
Above is a trek route via Darwa Pass. At least 4 days camping needed to reach Barsu. Daywise itinerary may be as follows.
Hanumanchatti > Sema ( tent) > Kanasar (tent) > Dodital (dhaba/FRH) > Agoda ( Lodge) > camp1
> Dayara Bugyal (tent) > Barsu. From Barsu to Gangotri is by road.
Another route probably the traditional one is from Simli which is 20 km from Hanuman chatti and goes via Singot up to near Uttarkashi.
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Gangotri to Kedar
Gangotri to Gaumukh pedestrian way is parallel to river Bagirathi...
Crosses Chirbasa.. and continues..Reaches Bhojwasa or Bhojbasa.
In Bhojbasa there is a Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam Rest House.
Then the route continues upto Gaumukh parallel to River Bagirathi...
From Gaumuk there is a walkable route to Tapovan.
Beyond this how to reach Kedarnath directly?
No direct route to Kedarnath. For Taovan guide needed for Glacier crossing.

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Optional route
Gangotri –Harsil-Gangnani – Bhatwari-Tanku range(Take diversion for kedar) - Jalang-Kamad-Marwari-Bodh kedar- Gainwali – Gangi –Sonprayag – Trigunarayan(diversion)-sonprayag-Gauri kund- Kedarnath
This is the part of old traditional route. Up to Latasera ( Bhatwari) by road.
Latasera > Belak khal ( dhaba) > burra kedar ( L) > Ghuttu ( H) > Panwali kanta ( shepered hut) > Triyuginarayan (H) > Gourikund > Kedarnath > Gourikund.

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Kedar to Badri
Kedarnath – Rambara Bridge – Gauri kund – ( Jal talla, jal malla) – Ransi - Madyamaheshwar – Rudranath – Dhumak (below urgam)– Kalgoth – Lyari Than – Helang – Parallel Alakananda river reach Vishnuprayag – Join NH7 – Reach Badrinath.
If Madmaheswar is included, up to little before Guptakashi by road. Guptakashi > Kalimath > Kalshila > Rao Lenkh > Ransi Madmaheswar > Ransi> Ukhimath.
The optional route via Ghiyabinayak pass is a high altitude trekking route and need guide, Porter, tent, Ration etc.
Other route is from Guptakashi to Mondal via Chopta by road. Tunganath the 3rd Kedar can be visited from Chopta. You may walk from Ukhimath to Chopta via Deoriatal.
From Mondal > Anusuya mata ,> Rudranath > Dumak
> Kalpeswar ( 4th Kedar) > Helong. Helong to Badrinath by road.
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Originally Posted by rajkumar View Post Dear Vijay

In the book by Stephen Alter, which I have mentioned earlier, he says he did not carry map. It's his conscious choice. And this was done before Google maps and GPS. His plan is to follow the old pilgrim track wherever possible. And ask for directions from people and went from village to village. He lost his way sometimes...but he had a previous trekking experience and a sense of finding his bearings. So he did n't face any serious problems. And he did it solo !

You must read that book not only to know the route but to be inspired and to know the true purpose and spirit of pilgrimage on foot, which is lost in the days of fly-by-heli and motorable transport based spiritual tourism.
It's also a must read for people who want to trek in Garhwal Himalayas.
Recently Stephen Alter has written one more book about three treks he did to address certain internal issues. He did these treks without any camera but had companions. Nice read this one too.
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Originally Posted by seaface View Post As already said most of the route now became road and it can't be avoided without high altitude trekking.
Here is what I understand about your route.


Above is a trek route via Darwa Pass. At least 4 days camping needed to reach Barsu. Daywise itinerary may be as follows.
Hanumanchatti > Sema ( tent) > Kanasar (tent) > Dodital (dhaba/FRH) > Agoda ( Lodge) > camp1
> Dayara Bugyal (tent) > Barsu. From Barsu to Gangotri is by road.
Another route probably the traditional one is from Simli which is 20 km from Hanuman chatti and goes via Singot up to near Uttarkashi.


No direct route to Kedarnath. For Taovan guide needed for Glacier crossing.


This is the part of old traditional route. Up to Latasera ( Bhatwari) by road.
Latasera > Belak khal ( dhaba) > burra kedar ( L) > Ghuttu ( H) > Panwali kanta ( shepered hut) > Triyuginarayan (H) > Gourikund > Kedarnath > Gourikund.


If Madmaheswar is included, up to little before Guptakashi by road. Guptakashi > Kalimath > Kalshila > Rao Lenkh > Ransi Madmaheswar > Ransi> Ukhimath.
The optional route via Ghiyabinayak pass is a high altitude trekking route and need guide, Porter, tent, Ration etc.
Other route is from Guptakashi to Mondal via Chopta by road. Tunganath the 3rd Kedar can be visited from Chopta. You may walk from Ukhimath to Chopta via Deoriatal.
From Mondal > Anusuya mata ,> Rudranath > Dumak
> Kalpeswar ( 4th Kedar) > Helong. Helong to Badrinath by road.
This is all big group technical trekking which is against the grain of the type of Chardham "on-foot" thing you are envisaging. Minimalism is the key for such a pilgrimmage. Do it with plane and simple intersections of road and ordinary treks, like the way sadhus do. Once, going to Madhmaheshwar, I trekked from Uniyana to Madhmaheshwar with a group of 3 sadhus. They were coming from Himachal for Y-G-K-B circuit on foot. Here is a pic of that group. Find them for you plan next year :-)

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#37 Oct 23rd, 2017, 16:16
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There was a guy from Madhya Pradesh who was doing this on foot while carrying his mother in a basket hung on his shoulder. Just like the legend of shravan kumar.
We tried to find him during our valley of flowers trip in September 2009 but sadly he had just passed through at 4-5 places where we enquired
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