Trekking Spots in Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary

Established with a motive to protect and harbor the endangered Himalayan Musk Deer, the Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary is the largest protected area in the Western Himalayas. Enveloped by the thick foliage of nature, the sanctuary is besieged by the scarlet rhododendron trees and varied exotic Himalayan birds that make it a trekker’s dream destination. Check out some of the popular trekking destinations near Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary that you can head-on.

Popular Trekking Routes in Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary

Kedarnath Trek

Kedarnath temple in June 2018

Trek Route Map To  Kedarnath From Gaurikund: Gaurikund – 6 kms –  Rambara Bridge – 4 kms – Jungle Chatti – 3 kms – Bheembali – 4 kms –  Linchauli – 4 kms – Kedarnath Base Camp – 1 kms – Kedarnath Temple

Those searching for popular trekking destinations in KWLS can commence the Gaurikund to Kedarnath trek which is a 15-16 km long trek. Approved by NIM (Nehru Institute of Mountaineering), this rewarding trek has been accessed by many. Since the route between Rambara and Kedarnath was completely swept away, the pilgrims can reach Kedarnath from Linchauli.

Vasuki Tal Trek

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Close view of Vasuki Tal, Uttarakhand.

Trekking Routes for Kedarnath Vasuki Tal Trek: Delhi -  Haridwar - Rishikesh - Guptkashi - Gaurikund - Kedarnath - Gaurikund -  Rudraprayag - Haridwar - Delhi

The 8 km swift trek to Vasuki Tal starts from the holy Kedarnath temple in Rudraprayag district. The trail takes you through a cocktail of nature’s glory and later opens up to the view of the colossal Vasuki Tal. The crystal clear water penetrating through the bottom of the Vasuki Tal and Songanga, a tributary of Mandakini River originating from the Vasuki Tal is a gorgeous view to savor.

Trek to Gandhi Sarovar or  Chorabari Tal

This picture was clicked from the mesmerizing lake called Chorabarital or Gandhi Sarovar. You can the rugged mountains, moraines and the concrete road. The place itself is a Himalayan Wonder

Road Route from Delhi: Delhi - Meerut - Haridwar - Rishikesh - Rudraprayag - Guptkashi -  Gaurikund - (17kms Trek) - Chorabari Tal

The Chorabari Tal is cradled on the snout of Chorabari Bamak Glacier. A meandering 4 km trail starting from Kedarnath will make you reach the jade blue Chorabari Tal also known as Kanti  Sarovar. The lake is sometimes referred to as 'Gandhi Sarovar' as Mahatma Gandhi’s ashes were immersed in the lake in 1948.

Chopta-Tungnath-Chandrashila trek

Tungnath temple in Chopta after fresh snowfall of 2018 winters

One of the popular treks of the Garhwal region, the  Chopta-Tungnath-Chandrashila trek is a 4.5 km mild trek that starts from the hushed village of Chopta. The trek blesses you with the views of Tungnath temple considered as the highest Shiva shrine in the world. From Chandrashila one can relish the lustrous views of the majestic Himalayan peaks such as Chaukhamba, Trishul and Nanda Devi, etc.

Trek to Madhyamaheshwar Temple

Budha Madhyamaheshwar and Chaukhamba parvat or peak in the background.

A moderate 16 km trek to Madhyamaheswar starts from the minion Ransi village. The trek to Madhyamaheshwar that literally suggests ‘The Drunken God’ is easy to upto  Bantoli but from Bantoli to Madhyamaheshwar there is a steep ascent.

Trek to Kalpeshwar Temple

Trishuls and Shivalingas at Kalpeshwar Mahadev

Tucked at 2,134 meters above sea level near Urgam Valley in Chamoli district, Kalpeshwar can be easily reached by commencing an easy 11 km trek from Helang. Kalpeshwar is the last temple on the list of Panch Kedar pilgrimage circuit that remains open throughout the year.

Sari Village to Devariyatal Trek

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Saari Village - On the way to Deoriyatal, Uttarakhand.

The emerald Deoria Tal or Devariya Tal is a tranquil lake located near the tiny hamlet of Chopta. Perched at an elevation of 2,300 meters, Devariyatal can be reached by initiating a 3  km uphill trek from Sari village. Deoriyatal is also a perfect place for overnight camping.

Trek to Anusuya Devi mandir/Atri  muni ashram trek

Ansuya Mata Temple- Gopeshwar, Chamoli,

Situated near Gopeshwar town, the Anusuya Devi Temple can be reached by commencing a  brisk 5 km trek from Mandal village. If you want to visit the Ashram of Atri  Muni, the husband of Anusuya Devi then trek 2 km further from Anusuya Devi temple.

Rudranath Temple Trek

Panar Bugyal, Rudrnath Chamoli.

A moderate 20 km trek to Rudranath temple starts from the Sagar village located at a distance of 3 km from Gopeshwar. The trail passes through the dense thickets and deep gorges that later opens up to the awe-inspiring views of Nanda Devi, Trishul and Nanda Ghunti peaks. On reaching there you can bask at the Vaitrani riverside and enjoy the therapeutic music of the river.

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