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Char Dham Yatra

10 Days
  • 11,755 ft
  • 100 km
  • Moderate
  • Summer - may to june, Post-monsoon - September to October
  • Able to run 5 km in under 38 mins before your trek.
  • Haridwar Railway station
  • Tata Sumo/Mahindra Bolero
  • Comfortable Camping tents with sleeping bags and mats/Guest house/Home stay
  • All meals during the trek
  • 10
  • 60

Embark on a Sacred Journey: Exploring the Char Dham Yatra in India

Char Dham Yatra is a popular Hindu pilgrimage tour that covers four holy shrines located in the Uttarakhand state of India. These shrines are Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri, and Yamunotri. Char Dham Yatra is considered one of the most sacred journeys in Hinduism and is believed to provide spiritual liberation to the devotees who embark on this journey.

The Char Dham Yatra usually starts from Haridwar or Rishikesh, where devotees take a dip in the holy river Ganges to purify themselves before embarking on the journey. The first stop on the journey is Yamunotri, the source of the Yamuna River. The shrine is located at an altitude of 3,293 meters and is accessible by a trek of 6 km from Janki Chatti.

The next stop on the journey is Gangotri, the source of the river Ganga, which is located at an altitude of 3,100 meters. The shrine is accessible by road and is located about 300 km from Yamunotri.

The third stop on the journey is Kedarnath, which is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva. The shrine is located at an altitude of 3,583 meters and is accessible by a trek of 14 km from Gaurikund.

The final stop on the journey is Badrinath, which is located at an altitude of 3,133 meters and is one of the four Char Dhams. The shrine is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is believed to be the holiest of all the Char Dhams.

Char Dham Yatra usually takes 10-12 days to complete, and we offer packages that include transportation, accommodation, and guided tours to these holy places. The best time to undertake the Char Dham Yatra is from April to June and from September to November.

Journey of a Lifetime: Unforgettable Highlights of the Char Dham Yatra

  • Spiritual Experience: The Char Dham Yatra is considered one of the most sacred journeys in Hinduism, and visiting these four holy shrines is believed to provide spiritual liberation to the devotees.
  • Scenic Beauty: The journey to these holy shrines is filled with stunning natural beauty, including snow-capped peaks, dense forests, and gushing rivers.
  • Trekking and Adventure: The trek to Yamunotri and Kedarnath shrines provides a thrilling adventure experience. The trekking routes are well-maintained, and the breathtaking views make it worth the effort.
  • Cultural Experience: The Char Dham Yatra is an opportunity to explore the rich culture and traditions of the Uttarakhand region. The local food, music, and festivals are a delight to experience.
  • Pilgrimage Sites: The four holy shrines of Char Dham Yatra - Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri, and Yamunotri - are some of the most revered pilgrimage sites in India. The history and mythology associated with these shrines add to their significance.
  • Spiritual Healing: Many people believe that a visit to these holy shrines can provide spiritual healing and physical well-being. The natural surroundings, pure air, and serene atmosphere can provide a soothing effect on the body and mind.

Char Dham Yatra (Detailed Itinerary)

Haridwar is a holy city in the Indian state of Uttarakhand, situated on the banks of the river Ganges. It is a popular destination for pilgrims and tourists alike, and there are several places to visit and things to see in and around the city.

Here are some of the popular tourist attractions that you can see on a drive from Haridwar to JankiChatti:

Chandi Devi Temple: Located atop the Neel Parvat hill, the Chandi Devi Temple is a popular pilgrimage site and offers a panoramic view of the city.
Mansa Devi Temple: Dedicated to Goddess Mansa Devi, this temple is located on top of the BilwaParvat hill, and can be reached by a ropeway ride.DaksheswaraMahadev Temple: This ancient temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is believed to be one of the oldest temples in the city.

Har Ki Pauri: This is a famous ghat on the banks of the Ganges, and is considered to be one of the most sacred places in Haridwar. It is also a popular spot for the evening Ganga Aarti ceremony.
JankiChatti: JankiChatti is a small town located at an altitude of 2,650 meters, and is the starting point for the trek to Yamunotri, one of the Char Dham shrines.

Yamunotri: The Yamunotri temple is located at an altitude of 3,293 meters and is dedicated to Goddess Yamuna. It is one of the four shrines that make up the Char DhamYatra.

Kempty Falls: Located near Mussoorie, the Kempty Falls is a popular tourist spot and is known for its beautiful cascading waterfall.

These are just a few of the popular attractions that you can see on a drive from Haridwar to JankiChatti. There are several other places to visit and things to do, depending on your interests and preferences.
after 1 hour you will come across a check post Naitwar, reaching the Himari camp site you will enjoy the tea or snacks.

The distance from JankiChatti to Yamunotri is approximately 6 kilometers, and the trek takes around 3-4 hours to complete, depending on one’s pace and fitness level. The trek to Yamunotri is considered to be a moderate-level trek, and it involves a gradual ascent through the beautiful Himalayan landscapes.

Here are some of the highlights of the trek:

Scenic beauty: The trek to Yamunotri takes you through beautiful Himalayan landscapes, including lush green forests, cascading waterfalls, and snow-capped peaks.

Hot springs: On the way to Yamunotri, you will come across the Kharsali hot springs, which are believed to have medicinal properties and are considered to be holy by the locals.

Yamunotri temple: The Yamunotri temple is the main attraction of the trek, and it is located at an altitude of 3,293 meters. It is believed to be the source of the Yamuna river and is dedicated to Goddess Yamuna.

DivyaShila: Located near the Yamunotri temple, the DivyaShila is a rock pillar that is believed to be the seat of Lord Shiva. It is considered to be a sacred site by the pilgrims.

Yamunotri glacier: The Yamunotri glacier is located at a distance of around 1 kilometer from the temple, and it is one of the main sources of the Yamuna River.

Overall, the trek to Yamunotri is a beautiful and spiritually uplifting experience, and it provides a glimpse into the natural and cultural treasures of the region.

The route from JankiChatti to Gangotri passes through some beautiful and significant places. Here are some of the important points that you can visit on the way from JankiChatti to Gangotri:

BhairavGhati: BhairavGhati is a narrow gorge on the way to Gangotri. It is believed to be the abode of Lord Bhairav, who is considered to be a fierce form of Lord Shiva.

Mukhba Village: Mukhba Village is located on the banks of the Bhagirathi River. The village is known for its beautiful apple orchards and traditional wooden houses.

Harsil: Harsil is a picturesque village situated on the banks of the Bhagirathi River. It is surrounded by snow-capped mountains and is famous for its apple orchards and natural beauty.

Gangnani: Gangnani is a hot water spring located on the way to Gangotri. It is believed to have medicinal properties and is a popular spot for pilgrims to take a dip.

Gangotri Temple: The Gangotri Temple is one of the holiest shrines for Hindus. It is dedicated to Goddess Ganga and is situated at an altitude of 3,042 meters above sea level.

Gaumukh: Gaumukh is the source of the River Ganga and is located about 18 kilometers from Gangotri. It is a popular trekking destination and offers spectacular views of the surrounding mountains.

These are some of the important points that you can visit on the way from JankiChatti to Gangotri. You can also enjoy the beautiful landscapes, rivers, and mountains that you will come across during the journey.

The road from Gangotri to Uttarkashi is a scenic route that passes through several picturesque locations and important landmarks.

Here are some of the key points that you can visit on this route:

Harsil: Harsil is a charming hamlet located on the banks of the Bhagirathi River. It is known for its apple orchards, dense forests, and breathtaking views of the Himalayan peaks.

Dharali: Dharali is a small village located near Harsil. It is famous for its natural beauty and traditional wooden houses.

Gangnani: Gangnani is a hot water spring that is believed to have medicinal properties. It is a popular spot for pilgrims to take a dip.

Uttarkashi: Uttarkashi is a town situated on the banks of the Bhagirathi River. It is a significant pilgrimage site and is known for its ancient temples and ashrams.

Kashi Vishwanath Temple: The Kashi Vishwanath Temple is one of the most famous temples in Uttarkashi. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is known for its unique architecture and intricate carvings.

Nehru Institute of Mountaineering: The Nehru Institute of Mountaineering is located in Uttarkashi and is a renowned training center for mountaineers. It offers various courses on mountaineering, rock climbing, and skiing.

These are some of the key points that you can visit on the road journey from Gangotri to Uttarkashi. You can also enjoy the scenic beauty of the Himalayan ranges, rivers, and valleys that you will come across during the journey.

To reach Kedarnath via Uttarkashi and Guptkashi, you can follow the following route:

Uttarkashi to Guptkashi: Uttarkashi to Guptkashi is a distance of approximately 190 km, and it takes around 7-8 hours by road.

You can hire a taxi or take a bus from Uttarkashi to Guptkashi. The route passes through some beautiful towns and villages such as Srinagar, Rudraprayag, and Agastyamuni.

Guptkashi to Kedarnath: After reaching Guptkashi, you can take a shared jeep or hire a taxi to reach Gaurikund, which is the starting point of the Kedarnath trek. The distance between Guptkashi and Gaurikund is approximately 32 km, and it takes around 1-2 hours by road.

On the way from Uttarkashi to Guptkashi, you can visit some beautiful places such as:

Kashi Vishwanath Temple in Uttarkashi

Tehri Dam

Chamba town

Devprayag, the confluence of Alaknanda and Bhagirathi rivers

On the way from Guptkashi to Gaurikund, you can visit:

Triyuginarayan Temple

Sonprayag, the confluence of Son Ganga and Mandakini rivers

Phata, the helipad point for Kedarnath

These places are not only scenic but also have significant mythological and religious importance. You can also enjoy the beautiful landscapes, rivers, and mountains that you will come across during the journey.

Today reach Kedarnath from Guptkashi, you can follow the below route:

Guptkashi to Gaurikund: The first step is to reach Gaurikund, which is the starting point of the Kedarnath trek. Gaurikund is located around 32 km from Guptkashi. You can take a shared jeep or hire a taxi to reach Gaurikund. The road journey takes around 1-2 hours, depending on the traffic and weather conditions.

Gaurikund to Kedarnath: After reaching Gaurikund, you need to trek 14 km to reach Kedarnath. The trek is moderately difficult and takes around 6-7 hours. You can also hire a pony or a palanquin to reach Kedarnath if you are unable to trek.

On the way from Guptkashi to Gaurikund, you can visit some of the following places:

Triyuginarayan Temple: This ancient temple is believed to be the place where Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati got married. The temple is located around 40 km from Guptkashi and is a popular pilgrimage site.

Sonprayag: This is the confluence of the Son Ganga and Mandakini rivers. It is located around 5 km from Gaurikund and is a scenic spot.

Phata: This is a helipad point for Kedarnath. You can take a helicopter ride from Phata to Kedarnath if you do not wish to trek.

on the way from Gaurikund to Kedarnath, you can visit some of the following places:

Bhairavnath Temple: This temple is located around 4 km from Gaurikund and is dedicated to Bhairavnath, a fierce form of Lord Shiva.

Gandhi Sarovar: This is a beautiful lake located at an altitude of 4,000 meters. It is named after Mahatma Gandhi and is a popular spot for trekking and camping.

Kedarnath Temple: This is the main pilgrimage site and is one of the four sacred shrines of the Char DhamYatra. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is believed to have been built by the Pandavas during the Mahabharata era.

These places not only offer a scenic view of the Himalayas but also have significant mythological and religious importance. You can also enjoy the natural beauty of the rivers, mountains, and landscapes that you will come across during the journey.

After visiting Kedarnath, on the way back to Guptkashi, you can visit some of the following places: follow to same way Kedarnath to Guptkashi

These places offer a scenic view of the Himalayas and have significant mythological and religious importance. You can also enjoy the natural beauty of the forests, meadows, and landscapes that you will come across during the journey.

To reach Badrinath from Guptkashi, you can either take a shared taxi or a private taxi. The distance between Guptkashi and Badrinath is around 190 km and it takes around 7-8 hours to cover the distance by road.

On the way to Badrinath, you can visit some of the following places:
Joshimath: It is a popular hill station located around 45 km from Badrinath. It is home to the famous Shankaracharya Math and is also the winter seat of Lord Badri.

Auli: It is a popular skiing destination located around 55 km from Badrinath. It is surrounded by snow-capped mountains and offers stunning views of the Himalayas.

Today after breakfast visit Mana Village, and Vasudhara Falls from Badrinath, you can either take a shared taxi or a private taxi. The distance between Badrinath and Mana Village is around 3 km, Mana Village is the last village on the Indian side before the border with Tibet. The village has significant mythological and historical importance and is believed to be the place where Sage Vyas wrote the Mahabharata. There are several points of interest in Mana Village, including the Vyas Gufa (cave), BhimPul (bridge), Ganesh Gufa, and the old village temple.

Vasudhara Falls is a picturesque waterfall located around 9 km from Badrinath. The waterfall is believed to have medicinal properties and is a popular spot for trekking and camping. The trek to Vasudhara Falls is a moderate trek and offers stunning views of the surrounding mountains.

BhimPul is a bridge located near Mana Village and is believed to have been built by the Pandavas during the Mahabharata era. The bridge is made of stone and is believed to have been constructed by Bhim, one of the Pandava brothers.

Overall, the route from Badrinath to Mana Village, Hemkund Sahib, and Vasudhara Falls offers a unique blend of natural beauty, spirituality, and history.

Today is our last day of travel from Badrinath to Haridwar, you can take a shared taxi or a private taxi. The distance between Badrinath and Haridwar is around 320 km, and the journey takes around 10-11 hours. Here are some of the key points of interest you can visit on your way from Badrinath to Haridwar:

Rudraprayag: Located at the confluence of the Alaknanda and Mandakini rivers, Rudraprayag is a small town that offers stunning views of the surrounding mountains. The town is also known for its ancient temples, including the Rudranath Temple and the Chamunda Devi Temple.

Devprayag: This is another town located at the confluence of two rivers, the Alaknanda and the Bhagirathi. It is considered to be one of the most sacred places in the region and is believed to be the place where the two rivers meet to form the Ganges.

Rishikesh: Known as the ‘Yoga Capital of the World’, Rishikesh is a spiritual hub that attracts thousands of tourists every year.

The town is famous for its ancient temples, ashrams, and yoga centers. Some of the key attractions in Rishikesh include the TriveniGhat, LaxmanJhula, and Ram Jhula.

Har Ki Pauri: This is a famous ghat located in Haridwar and is considered to be one of the most sacred places in India. It is believed that taking a dip in the Ganges at Har Ki Pauri can wash away one’s sins. The ghat is also famous for its evening aarti ceremony, which is a must-see for all visitors to Haridwar.

Overall, the journey from Badrinath to Haridwar offers a unique blend of natural beauty, spirituality, and history. You can visit these key points of interest and also explore the local cuisine and culture of the region.

Physical Fitness

Who can participate

1. Age; 10 years.
2. First timer can apply; previous trekking experience is more appreciated.
3. The climber must be fit and have sufficient stamina to cover 4 km of distance in 30 minutes without stress.
4.  The climber should be able to carry a 10-15 kg backpack.

Health Awareness

1 Pulse rate at rest must be between (60 to 90 beats per minute)
2. Blood Pressure Reading must be in between (DIASTOLIC 75 – 85, SYSTOLIC 100 – 130 mm Hg)
3. The respiratory rate at rest must be between (12 to 20 breaths per minute)
4. Should not have Liver and kidney issues
5. Should not have Diabetes Mellitus, Bronchial Asthma, Epilepsy, Heart problems, Very High blood pressure, etc
6.No pacemaker implant
7. People with Sinus issues please contact to trek coordinator before booking the trek
8. If your BMI is not normal, Please contact our Trek coordinator before Trek booking.

Note

1. Junior trekkers (below 15 years) should have the company of a parent/guardian.
2. Trekkers between 15 to 18 years can come solo with the disclaimer form signed by a parent/guardian.

What's Covered and What's Not

The Cost Includes

  • 1. Pick-up or Drop-off service from Rishikesh to Joshimath (in our own vehicle)
  • 2. Food all along the trip (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and a cup of coffee or tea)
  • 3. Trek equipment (Sleeping bag, mattress, Kitchen & dining tent, crampon, utensils, tent)
  • 4. Accommodations during the trip in the lodge with a family environment
  • 5. First Aid Medical Kit(Your guide will carry the Medical Kit but we also advise you to bring yourself for your own use, as far as possible)
  • 6. All the required permits and paperwork and entry fees
  • 7. Dedicated customer support team is available 24/7 to assist clients with any issues or concerns that they may have during the Tour.

The Cost Excludes

  • 1. Porter/Mule charges for carrying personal luggage.
  • 2. Personal expenses like tips, telephone calls, laundry, etc.
  • 3. Food during the transit.
  • 4. Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances like landslides, roadblocks, bad weather, etc.
  • 5. Alcohol, soft drinks, beverages, etc.
  • 6. Your travel and medical insurance
  • 7. Services not mentioned or not promised by the agent/agency
  • 8. Airfare or train tickets to reach the starting point of the tour

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. How long does the Char Dham Yatra usually take?

The duration of the Char Dham Yatra varies depending on individual preferences and travel plans. On average, it takes around 10 to 15 days to complete the entire pilgrimage, including travel and darshan (worship) at each of the four holy sites.

2. What is the best time to undertake the Char Dham Yatra?

The best time to undertake the Char Dham Yatra is during the summer months, from May to June, and the autumn months, from September to October. These months offer pleasant weather and clear views of the Himalayan peaks. However, it is essential to check the weather conditions and road accessibility before planning the pilgrimage.

3. Are there any medical facilities available during the Char Dham Yatra?

Yes, there are medical facilities available at various points along the Char Dham Yatra route. The government and local authorities make arrangements for medical camps, emergency services, and helicopter evacuations in case of any medical emergencies.

4. What are some precautions to be taken during the Char Dham Yatra?

It is advisable to carry necessary medications, warm clothing, and comfortable walking shoes during the Char Dham Yatra. It is also essential to stay hydrated, avoid heavy physical exertion, and respect the local customs and traditions. It is recommended to consult with a healthcare professional before undertaking the pilgrimage, especially for individuals with pre-existing medical conditions.

5. Can senior citizens undertake the Char Dham Yatra?

Yes, senior citizens can undertake the Char Dham Yatra with proper planning and precautions. It is advisable for them to consult with their healthcare providers and undertake a medical check-up before embarking on the pilgrimage. Taking breaks, traveling in groups, and availing assistance from local guides can make the journey more comfortable for senior citizens.

6. Is photography allowed during the Char Dham Yatra?

Yes, photography is allowed at most of the Char Dham Yatra sites. However, it is important to respect the sanctity of the temples and follow the guidelines provided by the temple authorities. In certain areas, photography may be restricted or allowed for a nominal fee.

Is it necessary to take a guide for Char Dham Yatra?

While it is not necessary to take a guide, it is advisable to hire one as they can provide you with valuable information about the history and significance of the temples and also help you navigate the difficult terrain.

Trek Policies and Guidelines

Why trekkers should take Trek  Insurance?

If someone falls or gets hurt during a trek, the appropriate course of action would depend on the severity of the injury and the location of the trek.

Note: – dbtrekker will not pay for any trekker’s rescue or medical expenses on trekking

All this cost will have to be paid by Trekkers or by whom you have got insurance done.

But we will do every measure to give safety or comfort to our trekkers, Himalayan Hikers team will help by calling the rescue team for trekkers and taking them to the main road head hospital

Guideline for Trekkers 

If the injury is minor, such as a cut or scrape, the trek can usually continue with basic first aid treatment. The injured person should clean and bandage the wound and take any necessary pain relief medication. If the injury is more serious, such as a sprain or broken bone, the trek may need to be paused, and the injured person may need to be evacuated to receive medical attention.
The responsibility for paying for any costs associated with a trekker’s injury or accident will depend on a number of factors, such as the terms of the trekking company’s insurance policy and the specific circumstances surrounding the incident. In some cases, the trekker may be responsible for their own medical expenses, while in others, the trekking company or insurance policy may cover some or all of the costs.
It’s important to carefully read and understand the terms and conditions of any trekking company or insurance policy you’re considering and to ask questions if anything is unclear. Additionally, taking steps to minimize the risk of injury, such as following safety guidelines and being prepared with appropriate gear and supplies, can help reduce the likelihood of needing to pay for medical expenses.

However, in general, it is important to have travel insurance that includes coverage for medical expenses and emergency evacuation in case of injury or illness during the trek. This is especially important when trekking in remote areas like the Himalayas. It is the responsibility of the trekker to ensure that they have adequate insurance coverage and to be aware of the risks involved in trekking at high altitudes

Refund & Cancellation Policy

Here is the Cancellation Policy of dbtrekker

Make your booking one or two months prior in advance. If you cancel the trek due to any reason, it is mandatory to notify us. Cancellation charges will only be effective from the date we get your request to cancel the trek.

If the trek gets canceled from our side due to any reason (heavy snowfall, rainfall, natural disaster, etc.) then the refund will not be initiated but we will arrange another trek.

The cancellation charges are as follows –(Bank charges deducted are not Refundable)

Up to 30 Days – 90% cost is Refundable

Between 21 to 30 Days – 50% cost is Refundable

Less than 20 Days – No Refund

(Refund is initiated within 7-8 business days)

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