Trekking Routes to Rudranath
There are three different routes (by trek) to reach Rudranath Temple, listed as follows.
Route 1: From Helang - Urgam - Kalpeshwar - Dumak - Rudranath
Route 2: From Sagar Village - Liti Bugyal - Panar Bugyal - Pitradhar - Rudranath
Route 3: From Mandal Village - Anasuya Temple - Hansa Bugyal - Naola Pass - Rudranath
Suggested Rudranath Trekking Itinerary
Day 01: Rishikesh-Mandal (Drive- 240 km)
Start your journey from Rishikesh and then hire a taxi up to Gopeshwar about 240 km from here. Gopeshwar lies on the way to Rudranath, but it is advised to spend the night at Mandal village about 20 km from Rudranath.
Day 02: Mandal-Sagar-Pun Bugyal-Panar Bugyal (Drive- 4-5 km, Trek- 12 km)
The next morning drive to Sagar village located about 4-5 km from Mandal village. On the way you’ll see a gate, it is the place from where the trekking starts. After 2 hours, you’ll reach Pun Bugyal, have breakfast there. Make your advancement towards Panar Bugyal which will be your destination for the second day.
From here, you have to climb uphill through the damp forest. As you move up, you can see the change in the atmosphere and the vegetation. Here you can capture the nature at its best as varied flowers, mushrooms, insects thrive here. After 4-6 km from Pun Bugyal, you’ll come across Litti Bugyal, have lunch there. It will take 3 hours to reach Panar Bugyal from here. On reaching Panar Bugyal, roll on the soft carpeted grasslands of Panaar Bugyal. Set up your tents and relax.
Day 03: Panar Bugyal- Rudranath (Trek- 8 km)
Post breakfast, start early for Rudranath temple. You can see the Chaukhamba peak, perched at an elevation of 7,138 metres above sea level. The Rudranath temple is 8 km from Panar. After traversing for 2 hours, you’ll come across Pitradhar, adorned with the bells and flags. About 1 km downhill from here, you will reach Naola Pass where you can have your breakfast. After traversing for about 4 km, you will see the Rudranath temple besieged by the misty clouds. Photography is prohibited here, so take the blessings from God and return to Naola Pass before the weather changes. Pitch your tents there and have an overnight stay.
Day 04: Rudranath-Mandal (Trek- 20 km)
Wake up early to start traversing downhill to Mandal village. On reaching Mandal, check in at a hotel and have an overnight stay there.
Day 05: Mandal to Rishikesh
After having breakfast, check out from the hotel and leave for Rishikesh.
- The temple remains closed from November to April due to heavy snowfall.
- The morning aarti at the sacred Rudranath Temple starts at 8am and evening aarti is performed at 6:30 pm everyday.
- The trail leading to Rudranath is challenging and risky but equally rewarding.
- It is wise to check with local authorities, tour guides or tour operators about the weather and road conditions during monsoons before you actually start your trek.
- Having an experienced trekking guide with you is always helpful as the guide would know the route very well and trekkers won’t lose their way and be stranded.
Rudranath is famous for?
Rudranath is famous among tourist as Temple, Panch Kedar, Trekking.
Rudranath is recommended destination for Couples, Foreigners, Groups, Solo.
Rudranath is popular destination for following activities/ interests - Panch Kedar, Pilgrimage, Temples, Trekking.