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Toughest Lord Shiva Trek in Uttarakhand

Rudranath Yatra 2023

April - June September - December

₹ 10999 + 5% GST

Rudranath Yatra 2023

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This is among the world's unique temples, where Lord Shankar's face is worshipped.

Talking about the scriptures, along with religion, many temples of Lord Shankar are established in the country and world where Bholenath sits in a unique style. One of these is the Rudranath temple included in Panch Kedar which is located in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand.

What is so special about Rudranath Temple?

This temple of Lord Shankar is situated at an altitude of 3600 meters above sea level. The most special thing about this temple is that the face of Lord Shiva is worshipped here. Not only this, but it is also even more special than the rest of the body of Lord Shiva is worshipped in Kathmandu, Nepal. Yes, this is the reason that this temple is very popular in the country.

This temple is also known as Pashupatinath Temple, since Rudranath is different from other temples, people come from far away to visit this temple. While Shiva's lingam form is worshipped, only his face is worshipped in this temple. According to beliefs, the face of Lord Shiva is there in this temple and it is known as 'Neelkanth Mahadev'.

Do you know that the name of Rudnath temple is included in Panch Kedar?

According to the stories, after the Mahabharata war, the Pandavas wanted to get rid of their sins. For this, he went to Shri Krishna and wanted to know the solution from him. Then Lord Krishna advised the Pandavas to go to the shelter of Lord Shankar. There are stories that Lord Shiva was angry with the Pandavas because the Pandavas destroyed their own clan. So when the Pandavas reached Varanasi, Lord Shiva came and hid in Guptkashi, when the Pandavas reached Guptkashi, Bholenath reached Kedarnath and took the form of a bull. It is said that Pandavas received blessings from Lord Shiva.

There are popular beliefs that when Lord Shankar disappeared as a bull, the upper part of his torso appeared in "Kathmandu", which is known as Pashupatinath. Then there is the worship of Lord Shiva's arms in Tungnath, the navel in Madhyamaheshwar, the shape of the bull's back-body in Shri Kedarnath. Apart from this, it is said that Lord Shiva's jata appeared in Kalpeshwar and Mukh Rudranath. These five places are called "Panchkedar". One of them is 'Rudranath Temple'.

Rare Stone Statue 

It is said that in the huge natural cave near Rudranath temple, a rare stone statue of Lord Shiva is seen in the temple. In which Lord Shiva appears to his devotees with a crooked neck. It is popularly believed that this rare idol of Mahadev, the God of the Gods, is Swayambhu and to date, no depth could be ascertained.

How to reach Rudranath Temple?


Nearest airport: Jolly Grant, Dehradun 258 km.

Nearest railway station: Rishikesh 241 km.


Most of the trekking routes to Rudranath are from Gopeshwar or nearby places. Most of the trekking routes to Rudranath are from Gopeshwar or nearby places. There is a motorable road to Hotel Sagar, located 5 km (3 mi) from Gopeshwar, beyond which a 20 km (12 mi) trek is required to reach Rudranath. The trek winds through tall grass, oak, and rhododendron forests. The trek path is described as slippery.

The best trekking route is from Sagar Village which is 215 km from Rishikesh

What is the best time to do Rudranath Trek?

Summer is known to be as the best time or season to do Rudranath.`


Day 1:-Haridwar to Sagar (240 km/ 7-8 hours drive)

You will start at Haridwar early in the morning so that you can reach Sagar Village via Gopeshwar by evening. It's a long ride and you will drive along the Alaknanda river. In the evening you will reach Sagar Village which is located at an altitude of 6397 feet. Sagar is a small market where you can buy all the essentials.

Night Stay: You will stay in a hotel/homestay at Sagar village.
Altitude: 1568m



Day 2:- Sagar to Panar Bugyal (4-5 hours/ 12 km Trek)


After staying in Sagar Village, Early in the morning, you will start your trek after having your breakfast in Sagar Village. After starting your trek through the dense forest, you will reach Bugyal within 2-3 hours. You can take a rest in the bugyal and have some tea. This bugyal is known as Pun Bugyal. 

After trekking for approx 5 km you will reach Liti Bugyal. You can take a rest here and have some food. You will reach Panar Bugyal within 4 hours which is approx 4 km. 

Enjoy your evening at Panar Bugyal. 

Trek: 12 km
Stay: Camp
Altitude: 2286m

Day 3: Panar Bugyal to Rudranath (5-6 hours/ 8 km Trek)


Wake up early in the morning,  have your breakfast and get ready to leave Panar Bugyal, start your journey to Rudranath. After trekking for approx 2-3 hours, you can take some rest in Pitridhar. You can also relax for some time by reaching Naola Pass, which is located at a distance of 01 km from Pitridhar. 

After trekking for approx 4 km you will reach Rudranath Temple. If you are lucky enough then you will get a chance to do evening aarti at the Rudranath Temple. You will come back to Naola before the sunset and you will stay here in camps. 

You will be staying in tents at the campsite in Naola.

Trek: 16 km (Both Way)
Stay: Camp
Altitude: 3305m

Photography is banned inside the temple. 


Day 4: Naola to Sagar (5-6 hours/9km)


In the morning after breakfast start your trek to Sagar Village 12Kms.

Stay: Hotel/Homestay
Altitude: 1568m

Day 5: Sagar to Haridwar (1920 m / 5 hours)


In the morning after breakfast drive to Haridwar, enroot visit Devprayag, Rudraprayag, Karnaprayag, etc. Arrive at Haridwar (drop bus stand/railway station or your hotel).

Tour End.

  • Rain cover

  • Warm clothes

  • Caps

  • Toilet paper & wipes

  • Backpack (50-60l)

  • Water bottle

  • Fleece jackets and thermals

  • Hiking shoes

  • Led torch (with extra batteries)

  • Mosquito & insect repellent

  • Thermal inners

Included in the package

  • Certified Trek Leaders are provided to you by Walking The Himalayas. 

  • All the trekking essentials like Tents, Sleeping Bags, Gaiters, Crampons, Liners, Cutlery, etc.

  • All the staff members from team Walking The Himalayas are experienced that includes Guides, Cooking Staff, Helpers, Porters.

  • We promise our travellers to provide delicious, hygienic & nutritious meals during the trek that includes morning tea, breakfast, lunch, evening snacks & dinner).

  • Fully equipped medical kit, oxygen and safety equipment.

  • All forest permits and camping charges.

Not included in the package


Transport to and from Sagar – Walking The Himalayas will arrange shared taxis for trekkers. These shared taxis will pick you up from Haridwar Railway Station or Airport. Taxi from Haridwar to Sagar costs around Rs. 6000 - 7000 per taxi and Rs. 9000 - 10000 per tempo one way. So if you are in a group of 6 - 10 persons then a taxi/tempo will cost around 1000 per person for one side.  

Food during transit to and from the base camp – Walking the Himalayas doesn't include meals purchased during the journey to Sagar and back.

Backpack offloading charges – If you wish to offload your backpack, there will be an additional charge of Rs. 1,500 - 2000. The backpack cannot weigh more than 9 - 10 kgs. Walking The Himalayas does not allow Suitcases/Strollers/Duffel bags during the trek, so if you are bringing these then you have to take care on your own. These charges can vary for last minute offloading in case you decide to offload your bag after reaching Sagar (Rs.350 per day inclusive of taxes).

Personal expenses - Your trekking package doesn't include any kind of personal expenses. 



If your trek gets called off at the last moment due to a natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rains, snowfall, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh etc.) we will not refund your money. Instead of money, Walking The Himalayas will issue a trek voucher for the full amount. You can easily redeem that voucher for the same amount for any of the treks available at the same price. 

In case you wish to cancel your trek please email us at

Cancellation charges are based on the total trek fee, irrespective of the amount paid either full or partial.

The cancellation policy of Walking The Himalayas is based on the original booking time and the original start date of the trek.

  • If you cancel a trek before 30 days of trek start date and get a full refund after deduction of 1.99% payment processing fee.

  • If you cancel a trek before 15 days of the trek start date and get a refund after a deduction of 20% of the total trek fee.

  • If you cancel a trek before 10 days of the trek start date and get a refund after a deduction of 40% of the total trek fee.

  • If you cancel a trek before 5 days of the trek start date and get a refund after a deduction of 60% of the total trek fee.

  • The Trek fee is non-refundable if you cancel within 4 days before the trek start date.

Trek cancellation due to weather:

  • In case of an incomplete trek due to weather conditions, you can opt for the same trek again throughout your lifetime on all our fixed departures for the same trek.

  • This attempt only covers the trek fee and will not include any rentals or the transportation amount paid earlier.

  • This is non-transferable.

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