Kalpeshwar - Bansinarayan - Rudranath trek

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Hola amigos!

I'm Shashank from Bangalore. Me and my brothers are planning a trek from Kalpeshwar to Mandal via Bansinarayan and Rudranath in second week of may. Please can anyone tell me about the difficulty of the trek. We just have hemkund and vasudhara falls trek as our "trek" experience. We intend to take 2 porters and 1 guide with us (also does anyone how much they cost!?!). Thanks in advance.
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Havent done but its on my to do list. But did some research. Pasting it here !!

Day 1 from delhi - rishikesh to pipalkoti 218 kms/7-8 hrs
drive to Pipalkoti via Devprayag, Rudraprayag, Karanprayag, Nandprayag
pipalkoti has stay options
pipalkoti has gmvn guest house too
Jeep / Bus from Rishikesh to Nandanprayag

day 2 Pipalkoti - Helang - Urgam - Debgram 9 kms trek/3-4 hrs then same day Urgam - Kalpeshwar - Urgam (2 kms one side)
Shared jeep from Nandanprayag to Helang
From Pipalkoti, a 15 km drive will bring you Helang
then Urgam village which is 9 km from Helang OR from Helang to reach Debagram,a village with a few lodges which is ahead of Urgam
You can camp at Urgam
There is no decent stay options at helang
Stay at Kalpeshwar
homestays
dharmashala of the temple
rent a tent
your own tent
Kalpeshwar is the only temple of the Panch Kedar which remains open throughout the year
Alaknanda and Kalpganga River unites at Helang
A giant rock hanging from the mountain with a small cave inside is the actual place where Lord Shiva is worshipped in his matted hair form in Kalpeshwar Temple.
Devgram(2020 mtr) Kalpeshwar(2134 mtr) Devgram(2020 mtr) , 6-7 kms 2- 3 hours
From Helang one can take a shared jeep to Devgram. which is around 12 13 kms and takes around 30 45 minutes. Last 1 2 kms need to be covered on foot
The initial trail is a stone paved mud track through green valleys. As you move near to the village the trail changes to cemented track with terraced fields and settlements seen at a distance up and down the hill
There are many guest houses in Devgram that offer accommodation and food at very nominal charges.
Kalpeshwar temple. It takes around 45 mins to an hour to reach the temple from Devgram.
in devgram, lodge walas arrange for the guides and porters for the further trail. 250rs per day or the whole trail
Kalpeshwar houses the famous Kalpavriksha. This tree is believed to fulfill all the wishes of a person.
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Day 1 and 2 could be clubbed ; from rishikesh reach directly to pipalkoti/helang/urgam/Debgram and visit Kalpeshwar Temple on the same day
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Day 2: Devgram(2020 mtr) Bansi Narayan(3500 mtr), 12 kms 8-10 hrs
long day and you need to start early
no shops on the way
have heavy breakfast and if required you can carry packed lunch
packed lunch could be bought in Devgram
you reach basna village : Urvasha temple + Bansi Narayan temple 10 kms from here
Bansi Narayan temple is surrounded by huge 8 12 feet boulders. Some of them are overhanging boulders and provide temporary shade
One can pitch tents here or proceed ahead to the natural cave that can accommodate around 30 40 people: Bansi Narayan Cave
wild flowers which are in full bloom in the months of August and September
Bansi Narayan Cave : The cave is another 25 30 minutes of gradual climb through lush green meadows
The trail to cave crosses the huge boulders beyond the temple
After 25 30 minutes of hike you will see the cave
Cave is a little difficult to find as the place is full of similar huge boulders spread across the huge meadow.

Day 3: Bansi Narayan(3500 mtr) Dumak(2400 mtr), 10-11 kms, 6-7 hrs
The trek today is going to be a relaxed downhill walk to Dumak village
One needs to take the trail back to Bansi Narayan temple.
first comes Kalgoat then comes Dumak
You can take a small break at Kalgoat village and replenish your energy. The trail from Kalgoat village to Dumak village is well marked
Dumak has guest house which provides stay and food. you can camp here too

Day 4: Dumak(2400 mtr) Toli(2800 mtr) Panar(3400 mtr), 12 kms 6-8 hours
a long demanding day so you need to start early today as well
the huge meadows of Toli comes into the way
It takes around 3 3.5 hours to reach here
Toli has huge green grasslands with a beautiful alpine lake, surrounded by thick forest
have a lunch break here
It takes around 2 3 hours from Toli to reach the meadows of Panar and around 6 8 hours from Dumak to reach Panar.
Panar has a tourist hut and a shepherd settlement nearby that provides food
Pilgrims also stay in the gufa or cave which is a few meters above the Panar meadows on the route to Rudranath.

Day 5: Panar(3400 mtr) Rudranath(3600 mtr) , 4-5 hours
gradual and relaxed
around 3 3.5 hours to reach highest point on the way from Panar
after this point The trail now gradually climbs down the valley.
keep moving you reach Rudranath
the tourist hut
It has 2 rooms that are used by pilgrims and tourist that wish to halt at Rudranath
The temple is bounded by Surya Kund, Chandra Kund, Tara Kund, ManasKund.
you can have lunch at one of the local hotels

Day 6: Rudranath Sagar Mandal (Altitude: 2175 m, Distance: 18 km trek, 8 km drive)
From Rudranath, trek down to Sagar village.
Trek passes from dense forest, ups and downs and followed by some small meadows.
After arrival Sagar village, 8 km drive will bring you to Mandar village.
Mandal is suitable place for overnight camp
in Sagar, you can see the bus stop
The Mandal Gopeshwar road passes through Sagar village and you can get shared jeeps / bus going to Gopeshwar from here. It is around 5 kms from Sagar village. From Gopeshwar one can go to Chamnoli village from where you can get frequent buses to Haridwar and Rishikesh.

Mandal is located on the road connecting Chopta and Gopeshwar, Chamoli
Mandal-Chopta= 24 kms
Mandal to Gopeshwar = 5kms

Porter / Guide
Narayan Singh (Porter cum Guide Rs 250 )
C/O Prathik Lodge run by Shri RajinderNegi 9411359450 / 07895233415

Staying Options
Devgram
Prathik Lodge run by Shri RajinderNegi 9411359450 / 07895233415
Rs 350 for 3 people, Rs 50 per plate, he also has another lodge which does not have food service Rs 250 for 3 people (in 2011).
He also arranges for guides / porters for treks

Dumak
Bhandhari Rest House
Rs 200 250 for 4 people (in 2009), Rs 50 per plate

Panar
You can stay at the government tourist hut, shepherd settlement or camp in the open meadows Mr Bhandari who is the local shepherd serves food if requested.
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It's an excellent trek. As compared to Hemkund Sahib it's an easy trek.

g7771455 give you all information. Here is little more. Rudranath temple may not be open in the second week of May. See this post Rudranath Madhmaheswar trek suggestion for expected opening date. Except Bansinarayan you find food , shelter & blanket throughout the route. So one porter cum guide is sufficient for this part.

From Rudranath go via Anusuya to Mandal & visit Atri muni cave from Anusuya. Better to spend a night at Anusuya Mata.

From Bansinarayan You may visit Chota Nandikund in a day.


From Dumak one route goes directly to Rudranath (12/14 km)
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Originally Posted by g7771455 View Post Day 1 from delhi - rishikesh to pipalkoti 218 kms/7-8 hrs
drive to Pipalkoti via Devprayag, Rudraprayag, Karanprayag, Nandprayag
pipalkoti has stay options
pipalkoti has gmvn guest house too
Jeep / Bus from Rishikesh to Nandanprayag

day 2 Pipalkoti - Helang - Urgam - Debgram 9 kms trek/3-4 hrs then same day Urgam - Kalpeshwar - Urgam (2 kms one side)
Shared jeep from Nandanprayag to Helang
From Pipalkoti, a 15 km drive will bring you Helang
then Urgam village which is 9 km from Helang OR from Helang to reach Debagram,a village with a few lodges which is ahead of Urgam
You can camp at Urgam
There is no decent stay options at helang
Stay at Kalpeshwar
homestays
dharmashala of the temple
rent a tent
your own tent
Kalpeshwar is the only temple of the Panch Kedar which remains open throughout the year
Alaknanda and Kalpganga River unites at Helang
A giant rock hanging from the mountain with a small cave inside is the actual place where Lord Shiva is worshipped in his matted hair form in Kalpeshwar Temple.
Devgram(2020 mtr) Kalpeshwar(2134 mtr) Devgram(2020 mtr) , 6-7 kms 2- 3 hours
From Helang one can take a shared jeep to Devgram. which is around 12 13 kms and takes around 30 45 minutes. Last 1 2 kms need to be covered on foot
The initial trail is a stone paved mud track through green valleys. As you move near to the village the trail changes to cemented track with terraced fields and settlements seen at a distance up and down the hill
There are many guest houses in Devgram that offer accommodation and food at very nominal charges.
Kalpeshwar temple. It takes around 45 mins to an hour to reach the temple from Devgram.
in devgram, lodge walas arrange for the guides and porters for the further trail. 250rs per day or the whole trail
Kalpeshwar houses the famous Kalpavriksha. This tree is believed to fulfill all the wishes of a person.
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Day 1 and 2 could be clubbed ; from rishikesh reach directly to pipalkoti/helang/urgam/Debgram and visit Kalpeshwar Temple on the same day
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Day 2: Devgram(2020 mtr) Bansi Narayan(3500 mtr), 12 kms 8-10 hrs
long day and you need to start early
no shops on the way
have heavy breakfast and if required you can carry packed lunch
packed lunch could be bought in Devgram
you reach basna village : Urvasha temple + Bansi Narayan temple 10 kms from here
Bansi Narayan temple is surrounded by huge 8 12 feet boulders. Some of them are overhanging boulders and provide temporary shade
One can pitch tents here or proceed ahead to the natural cave that can accommodate around 30 40 people: Bansi Narayan Cave
wild flowers which are in full bloom in the months of August and September
Bansi Narayan Cave : The cave is another 25 30 minutes of gradual climb through lush green meadows
The trail to cave crosses the huge boulders beyond the temple
After 25 30 minutes of hike you will see the cave
Cave is a little difficult to find as the place is full of similar huge boulders spread across the huge meadow.

Day 3: Bansi Narayan(3500 mtr) Dumak(2400 mtr), 10-11 kms, 6-7 hrs
The trek today is going to be a relaxed downhill walk to Dumak village
One needs to take the trail back to Bansi Narayan temple.
first comes Kalgoat then comes Dumak
You can take a small break at Kalgoat village and replenish your energy. The trail from Kalgoat village to Dumak village is well marked
Dumak has guest house which provides stay and food. you can camp here too

Day 4: Dumak(2400 mtr) Toli(2800 mtr) Panar(3400 mtr), 12 kms 6-8 hours
a long demanding day so you need to start early today as well
the huge meadows of Toli comes into the way
It takes around 3 3.5 hours to reach here
Toli has huge green grasslands with a beautiful alpine lake, surrounded by thick forest
have a lunch break here
It takes around 2 3 hours from Toli to reach the meadows of Panar and around 6 8 hours from Dumak to reach Panar.
Panar has a tourist hut and a shepherd settlement nearby that provides food
Pilgrims also stay in the gufa or cave which is a few meters above the Panar meadows on the route to Rudranath.

Day 5: Panar(3400 mtr) Rudranath(3600 mtr) , 4-5 hours
gradual and relaxed
around 3 3.5 hours to reach highest point on the way from Panar
after this point The trail now gradually climbs down the valley.
keep moving you reach Rudranath
the tourist hut
It has 2 rooms that are used by pilgrims and tourist that wish to halt at Rudranath
The temple is bounded by Surya Kund, Chandra Kund, Tara Kund, ManasKund.
you can have lunch at one of the local hotels

Day 6: Rudranath Sagar Mandal (Altitude: 2175 m, Distance: 18 km trek, 8 km drive)
From Rudranath, trek down to Sagar village.
Trek passes from dense forest, ups and downs and followed by some small meadows.
After arrival Sagar village, 8 km drive will bring you to Mandar village.
Mandal is suitable place for overnight camp
in Sagar, you can see the bus stop
The Mandal Gopeshwar road passes through Sagar village and you can get shared jeeps / bus going to Gopeshwar from here. It is around 5 kms from Sagar village. From Gopeshwar one can go to Chamnoli village from where you can get frequent buses to Haridwar and Rishikesh.

Mandal is located on the road connecting Chopta and Gopeshwar, Chamoli
Mandal-Chopta= 24 kms
Mandal to Gopeshwar = 5kms

Porter / Guide
Narayan Singh (Porter cum Guide Rs 250 )
C/O Prathik Lodge run by Shri RajinderNegi 9411359450 / 07895233415

Staying Options
Devgram
Prathik Lodge run by Shri RajinderNegi 9411359450 / 07895233415
Rs 350 for 3 people, Rs 50 per plate, he also has another lodge which does not have food service Rs 250 for 3 people (in 2011).
He also arranges for guides / porters for treks

Dumak
Bhandhari Rest House
Rs 200 250 for 4 people (in 2009), Rs 50 per plate

Panar
You can stay at the government tourist hut, shepherd settlement or camp in the open meadows Mr Bhandari who is the local shepherd serves food if requested.
Quote:
Originally Posted by seaface View Post It's an excellent trek. As compared to Hemkund Sahib it's an easy trek.

g7771455 give you all information. Here is little more. Rudranath temple may not be open in the second week of May. See this post Rudranath Madhmaheswar trek suggestion for expected opening date. Except Bansinarayan you find food , shelter & blanket throughout the route. So one porter cum guide is sufficient for this part.

From Rudranath go via Anusuya to Mandal & visit Atri muni cave from Anusuya. Better to spend a night at Anusuya Mata.

From Bansinarayan You may visit Chota Nandikund in a day.


From Dumak one route goes directly to Rudranath (12/14 km)
Thanks, will keep in mind. I have spoken to the guide, will speak again once more to know the date of opening of both Kalpeshwar and Rudranath temples. Praying it will be in the starting of the 3rd week.
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Originally Posted by g7771455 View Post Day 1 from delhi - rishikesh to pipalkoti 218 kms/7-8 hrs
drive to Pipalkoti via Devprayag, Rudraprayag, Karanprayag, Nandprayag
pipalkoti has stay options
pipalkoti has gmvn guest house too
Jeep / Bus from Rishikesh to Nandanprayag
Your research is defective. Just Delhi to Rishikesh is over 230 km and takes 5 hours or more depending on traffic. The only way to get to Pipalkoti on Day 1 is by leaving Delhi the night before. Own car will of course be quickest. A direct night bus from Delhi is available upto Chamoli (destination Gopeshwar) but it'll be a killer ride. Other options from Rishikesh.
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Thanks. I know how to reach Helang. I was thinking of taking a cab till rishikesh and then take a bus till Helang. I just need to know the toughness of the trek, whether someone with less trekking experience could do it.
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Originally Posted by Dilliwala View Post Your research is defective. Just Delhi to Rishikesh is over 230 km and takes 5 hours or more depending on traffic. The only way to get to Pipalkoti on Day 1 is by leaving Delhi the night before. Own car will of course be quickest. A direct night bus from Delhi is available upto Chamoli (destination Gopeshwar) but it'll be a killer ride. Other options from Rishikesh.
yeah my apologizes....i should have mentioned that

yeah, i know.....from delhi to rishikesh it almost takes 6 hrs +/-.

i made this itinerary keeping that in mind.....

the only way to reach pipalkoti by the evening is to BOARD PUBLIC TRANSPORT FROM HARIDWAR OR RISHIKESH AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE, LIKE 5 AM

so you are correct that one needs to board the overnight bus from delhi to rishikesh and reach there by 4 am and board the bus for the further journey

one more thing:

transport lines from rishikesh open only at 5am. before that even if you board the bus you will need to wait on the road for the barricade to be removed....
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Hello, I think if one starts at 4.30/5 in the morning from Rishikesh (by local bus), you can reach Urgam via Hellong by early evening ....of course getting a shared vehicle from Hellong to Urgam is the difficult part...the jeeps come from Joshimath and mostly are filled up. But the locals are very accomodative and should be no problem. Kalpeshwar temple can be visited on the same evening....I have done it twice. By the way Kalpeshwar is open throughout the year unlike the other temples of Panch Kedar.
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Originally Posted by vrk View Post By the way Kalpeshwar is open throughout the year unlike the other temples of Panch Kedar.
i wonder "even at night" ???
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Thanks, that is really helpful. There's Nanda devi express from NDLS to haridwar at 11:50 pm. This reaches haridwar around 4 am. Is there any chance of getting a "deluxe" bus from haridwar to helang?

Still haven't got the reply regarding the difficulty of the trek though. Would appreciate it if i hear from someone who has done this trek (incl Bansinarayan).
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There are no deluxe buses going into the hills. What you can try for is a bus or share-jeep going to Joshimath which you can take upto Helang. Buses leave from opposite Haridwar RS, you should be able to catch the first one.
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Originally Posted by ShArQtAnK View Post .........Still haven't got the reply regarding the difficulty of the trek though. Would appreciate it if i hear from someone who has done this trek (incl Bansinarayan).
Kalgot onwards it's a 6/4 feet trail up to Mondal and for Bansinarayan from devagram (as i read) proper trail exist. So anyone who wants to walk about 80 km in 5/7 days can visit this place easily. Altitude is less than 12000 ft(except naola pass) through village,Bugiyal,forest,temple and the food & shelter option makes it an easy trek. Only the first day may be little tiring. If you are not following any tight itinerary then only weather can make it difficult.

You may read this http://indiahikes.in/kalpeshwar-rudranath-trek/

http://himalayancamping.com/modules....fd94aa3c269678
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like to know more abt the trek

we are planing to be there in between may 22 - 30. from kolkata. is there any other rute ro shorten the days. in cluding atri muni and anusua mata. as from koolkata- haridwar up down it will take 5 days itself.
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Possible but not suggested.

22 May Sealdah > Najibabad by Akal Takht Express
23 Najibabad > Rishikesh > Rudraprayag
24 Rudraprayag > mondal > anusua
25 anusua > rudranath
26 rudranath > dumak
27 dumak > kalpeswar
28 kalpeswar > haridwar
29 haridwar > Delhi > howrah
30 howrah
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From Najibabad to Rudraprayag, no need to go via Rishikesh. Straight up to Pauri and beyond.

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