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Chopta → Rudranath


Rudranath is a Hindu temple dedicated to god Shiva, located in the Garhwal Himalayan mountains in Uttarakhand, India. Located at 3,600 metres (11,800 ft) above sea level,this natural rock temple is situated within a dense forest of rhododendron dwarfs and Alpine pastures.The temple is the third temple to be visited in the Panch Kedar pilgrimage circuit, comprising five Shiva temples in the Garhwal region. The other temples in the circuit includes: Kedarnath and Tungnath to be visited before Rudranath and Madhyamaheshwar or Madmaheshwar and Kalpeshwar to be visited after Rudranath. The face (mukha) of god Shiva is worshipped as "Nilkanth Mahadeva" here. Trek starts from Sagar village which is approx 03 km from Gopeshwar. The other trek starts from Mandal which is 12 km from Gopeshwar. This trek goes through Anusuya devi temple. Trek is very hard with a distance of approx 24 km.

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What to Take


Closed cell foam mat/bed roll – even if planning to stay in a hut, take one of these. Strap on to the bottom of your pack and it provides a great seat when you want to have a rest and in an emergency these are extremely useful for getting an injured person off the cold ground, they can also be used for immobilising joints eg broken arms and legs. Therma-rests work very well too. A mat ideally needs to be more than 1m long to be effective.

Walking stick/pole – not only does a stick or pole make walking easier, especially if someone has a sprained ankle, they are invaluable if you suddenly have to erect an emergency shelter or for making splints for fractures. Make sure you have at least two poles in your party. Sticks work well, but if you are above the bushline you aren’t going to find one!

Sharp pocket knife – not only makes chopping your salami and cheese easier, but vital for wilderness first aid e.g. making make-shift bandages out of clothing, cutting bed rolls up etc.

Spare clothes – consider having a couple of spare polypro layers and hat that live in your pack for emergencies, never know when you might need them

Bandages/dressings – are great things to have in your first aid kit, but in an emergency where someone has a major bleed you will be using anything you can get your hands on, cotton is much more absorbent than synthetics so consider having an old tee shirt or small towel for this possibility, you will find other uses for it too.

Spare torch batteries – if your flash light has an on-button on top, you need to beware that it doesn't switch on by accident.

Trek Description


REGION Garhwal Himalayas
DURATION 5 days
GRADE Moderate
Max ALTITUDE 3,600 mtrs

Short itinerary


Day -1 :-Haridwar/Rishikesh/Dehradun → Chopta
Max Altitude: 2,680 mtrs
Distance: 250 Km
Time Taken : 7-9 Hours
Day -2 :- Chopta → Panaar(via Saggar)
Max Altitude : 3,400 mtrs
Distance: 45 Km (by road) & 12 km (trek)
Time Taken : 9-10 Hours
Day -3 :- Panaar → Rudranath To Panaar
Max Altitude: 3,600 mtrs
Distance: 14 Km
Time Taken : 8-9 Hours
Day -4 :- Panaar → Gopeshwar
Max Altitude: 1,500 mtrs
Distance: 16 Km
Time Taken : 5-6 Hours
Day -5 :- Gopeshwar → Haridwar/Rishikesh/Dehradun

note that you will be staying at a guest house in Sari. The stay on all other days is in tents (3 per tent).

It is mandatory for trekkers to carry a copy of their photo id for entry at forest check posts on the trek.