This trek is along the old pilgrim route from Gangotri
to Kedarnath. From Gangotri to Mala is done by
motor vehicle. The actual trek starts from Mala after crossing the river
Bhagirathi. The trek is on level ground up to Jauri-ki-Gad. From this
point, the climb to Belak is gradual.
From Belak to Budakedar, it is downhill through very dense forests full of birds and wild life. Then from Budakedar to Panwali Kantha, it is an uphill climb through terraced fields and picturesque villages.
Though this trek, along ridges and through valleys and dales, is tiring, it is worth it. The splendid panoramic view of the Garhwal Himalaya is magnificent and compensates for all the efforts of ascending and descending.
The 'Bugyal' (alpine meadows) on this trek are the most beautiful in Garhwal, especially the Kush-Kalyani and Panwali Bugyal. In the rainy season, the colourful flowers in the lush green meadows make the whole atmosphere fragrant and the environment romantic.
There are rest houses and Dharamshalas along the trek, but the trek should be well planned beforehand. The services of a guide are advisable.
|Place||Altitude (M)||Distance (km)||Accommodation|
|Gangotri||3048||---||TB*, F*, DS*|
|Mala||1478||73 motor||V*, DS*|
|Jauri-ki-Gad||1218||5 trek||V*, TB*|
|Phyalu||2286||3 trek||V*, DS*|
|Chunachatti||1463||3 trek||V*, TB*|
|Belak||2439||4 trek||V*, TB*|
|Pangrana||2203||5 trek .||V*, TB*|
|Jhala||2439||4 trek||V*, TB*|
|Agund||1981||3 trek||V*, TB*|
|Tolachatti||1311||4 trek||V*, TB*|
|Bhaironchatti||2493||3 trek||V*, TB*|
|*Ghuttu||1524||9 trek||PWD*, H*|
|Gawanachatti||1677||1 trek||V*, TB*|
|Gaumanda||2134||3 trek||V*, TB*|
|Dhuphanda||2896||3 trek||V*, TB*|
|Panwali||3963||3 trek||V*, TB*|
|Kyunkholakhal||3658||4 trek||V*, TB*|
|Triyugi Narayan||1982||7 trek||V*, DS|
|Gaurikund||1981||5 trek||TB*, H*, DS*|
|Kedarnath||3583||14 trek||TB*, H*, DS*|
|* TB = Tourist Bunglow, H = Hotel, F = Forest Lodge, DS = Dharamshala, V = Village,|