6D/5N
Duration
2400 m
Highest Point
Easy
Grade
4.5/10
Physicality
2 Km
Trail Length

Embark on a Sacred Journey: Buda Kedar Trek in the Himalayas

Discover the spiritual sanctum of Buda Kedar Trek, a pilgrimage site dedicated to Lord Shiva in the Tehri Garhwal region of Uttarakhand. Enveloped in the serene ambiance of the Northern Indian hills, this trek unfolds a divine narrative alongside breathtaking landscapes.

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Exploring the Hills:

As you tread along the Buda Kedar Trek, immerse yourself in the life of locals nestled in the mountainous realms. Traverse cultivated farms and caught glimpses of wooden huts that echoed the stories of the villagers.

Unique Temples and Architecture:

En route, encounter temples adorned with distinctive styles and rich architecture. Each temple narrates a unique story, adding layers of history and spirituality to your journey.

Buda Kedar temple

The Tale of Buda Kedar Temple:

The origins of Buda Kedar Temple are intertwined with the Mahabharata era. During their search for Lord Shiva post the Kurukshetra battle, the Pandavas encountered Sage Balkhily at Bhrigu Parvat. The sage guided them to the confluence, instructing them to meet an old man meditating there. Upon reaching the spot, the old man vanished, leaving behind a Shivling.

The Pandavas, following the sage’s guidance, embraced the Shivling to absolve their sins. This Shivling, adorned with the impressions of the Pandavas, stands as the largest in Northern India.

Key Points of Buda Kedar Trek:

  • Level: Easy
  • Conditioning & Training: Basic conditioning needed
  • Gear & Clothing: Prepare for sub-zero temperatures
  • Footwear: Choose comfortable and sturdy trekking shoes
  • High Altitude: Acclimatization is crucial
  • Photography: Capture beautiful landscapes with extra battery backup
  • Travel Light: Limit backpack weight to 10 kg

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Short Itinerary of Buda Kedar Trek:

  • Day 1: Dehradun to Ghuttu (1500 m) (156 km)
  • Day 2: Ghuttu to Bhairon Chatti (2400 m) (5/6 hours)
  • Day 3: Bhairon Chatti to Buda Kedar (1500 m) (5/6 hours)
  • Day 4: Buda Kedar to Belak (2400 m) (6 hours)
  • Day 5: Belak to Malla (1500 m) and Drive to Uttarkashi
  • Day 6: Uttarkashi to Dehradun (1198 m) (145 km)

Embark on the Buda Kedar Trek, a soul-stirring journey that blends spirituality with the natural beauty of the Himalayas. With its easy level, this trek is perfect for those seeking a tranquil pilgrimage in the lap of the majestic mountains. Join us in creating memories and stories that resonate with the echoes of Buda Kedar.

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Duration: 6 Days (Dehradun to Dehradun)

Prerequisite: Proper fitness training is required.

Grade: Easy

Physicality: 4.5/10

Trail Length: 2 Km

Highest Point: 2400 m

Seasons: Throughout the year except for the monsoon season

Access: Trek’s starting point is Dehradun

Railway station: Dehradun (Station Code: DDN)

 Airport: Dehradun, Jolly Grant in Dehradun (Airport Code: DED)

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Dates for Buda Kedar Trek:

Explore the breathtaking beauty of the Buda Kedar trek with our upcoming scheduled dates. Here’s how you can join us:

Check the Dates: Simply visit our website and navigate to the booking form or REGISTER NOW section to view the scheduled fixed departure dates. These dates are highlighted according to our 6-day itinerary.

Stay Updated: While the BOOK NOW feature is currently disabled, you can still stay informed by submitting the REGISTER NOW form. All the details will be sent directly to your email.

Customize Your Experience: If the available dates don’t align with your group’s schedule, don’t worry! You can opt for the Custom date mode and fill out the displayed form to select a date that works for you.

Plan Ahead: Take a glance at our TREK CALENDAR to see all the available dates at once.

Travel Logistics:

Departure: Plan to arrive in Dehradun by Day 1 morning, preferably no later than 7 am, or consider reaching the previous night to ensure a smooth start to your adventure.

Return: On Day 6 evening, around 6-7 pm, we’ll head back to Dehradun. Make sure to arrange your tickets for both the inward journey and the return accordingly.

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How to Reach Dehradun:

  • Nearest Rail Station: Haridwar (Station Code: HW)
  • Nearest Airport: Delhi, Jolly Grant in Dehradun (Airport Code: DED)

Depending on the number of travelers, a car pickup from Haridwar to Dehradun may be arranged and shared equally among the team members. The cost, approximately ₹2000 to ₹3000 per person (including pick-up and drop), is divided among fellow trekkers. This option offers convenience and flexibility for reaching Dehradun.

Alternatively, if you prefer public transportation:

  • By Train:
    • Several trains provide good connectivity to Haridwar, running daily. These include:
      • Kumbha Express (Train No. 12369): Arrives in Haridwar by 5 pm, allowing travelers to spend the night in Haridwar and begin their onward journey by car the next morning.
      • Upasana Express (Train No. 12327): Reaches Dehradun directly by 5 pm, offering the option to spend the night in Haridwar and start the onward journey the following day.
      • Doon Express (Train No. 13009): Not recommended for immediate long onward journeys the same morning.
    • It’s advisable to avoid booking waitlisted (WL) tickets in AC classes (1A/2A/3A) or Chair Car (CC) and instead book Sleeper class (SL)/Second Sitting class (2S) tickets, which have a higher chance of confirmation.
  • By Bus:
    • Government road transport buses from various states like Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Haryana, and Punjab frequently ply to Haridwar. These buses can be boarded at Kashmiri Gate ISBT in Delhi.
    • Privately operated buses offer online booking options with different boarding points in Delhi. Overnight Volvo/AC/Push-back buses are available, taking approximately 7 hours to reach Dehradun ISBT. From there, travelers can take an auto rickshaw to the Railway Station (5 km away)/Hotel Drona (GMVN) or utilize shared autos.
  • Nearest Airport:
    • Jolly Grant Airport, located 25 km from Dehradun, offers flight connectivity to various cities, predominantly via Delhi. Travelers can book a private taxi to reach Dehradun city from the airport.
  • Night Stay in Dehradun:
    • Trekkers arriving the day before their journey can find accommodation options ranging from premium to budget in Dehradun. Privately operated hotels/lodges and state-run tourist rest houses like Hotel Drona complex (operated by GMVN) are available. Hotel Drona is conveniently located near the railway station and ISBT, offering a reliable choice for standard accommodation.

Upon arrival in Dehradun, usually, by 6/7 pm, travelers can plan their onward journey, either by taking a train after 9 pm utilizing regular bus services to reach Delhi or continuing their homeward journey directly on the same night.

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Day 1

Dehradun to Ghuttu (1500 m/156 Km)


Meet at Dehradun Railway Station at 6:30 AM.
Depart for Ghuttu, the base camp of Buda Kedar and Panwali Kantha Trek.
Ghuttu is a small town situated at an altitude of 5100 feet, reachable in 7 to 8 hours.
Day 2

Trek from Ghuttu to Bhairon Chatti (2400 m | 5-6 hrs


Trek through farms, quaint villages, and rich architectural temples.
Pass through pine forests, enjoying the shade of tall trees.
Explore the surroundings and set up camps at Bhairon Chatti for the night.
Day 3

Bhairon Chatti to Buda Kedar (1500 m | 5-6 hrs


Descend through fields and dense forests, crossing the Baal Ganga River on the way.
Reach the Buda Kedar village and visit the pilgrim site dedicated to Lord Shiva.
Set up camps and spend the night amid high hills and Deodar forests.
Day 4

Buda Kedar to Belak (2400 m | 6 hrs)


Start the ascent to Belak, trekking through forested areas and descending through fields and villages.
Pitch camps near the village of Belak, enjoy a wholesome meal and retire for the night.
Day 5

Belak to Malla (1500 m/4 hrs) and Drive to Uttarkashi (26 Km/2 hrs)


Descend through Himalayan villages to reach the Bhagirathi River.
Ascend to Malla village and drive to Uttarkashi, where arrangements will be made in a hotel for accommodation.
Day 6

Uttarkashi to Dehradun (1198 m/145 km)


After breakfast, depart from Uttarkashi to Dehradun.
Enjoy lunch en route and conclude the trek.
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Trek Fee: ₹ 15,000 (Dehradun to Dehradun) + 5% GST.

Note: This trek is usually organized as a customized private tour for smaller groups, allowing you to choose your preferred start date.

Inclusions:

One-night lodge accommodation at Uttarkashi on a sharing basis, including dinner.

All meals during the trek from Day 1 dinner to Day 6 lunch (breakfast, lunch, dinner, along with tea/soup).

Experienced Trekking Guide with profound knowledge of the trails.

Stay in tents (2/3 persons dome-shaped tents) on a sharing basis during the trek.

Camping equipment like Sleeping bag, Carry mattress. (Bring your sleeping if you have a high altitude specific personal Sleeping Bag. This is always better for hygienic reasons.). Any technical equipment like static/dynamic rope, carabiners, sling, ice axe, gaiters, micro spikes/crampon, etc.

Kitchen tent and toilet tent as required during the trek.

All permit fees, camping charges, and forest levies.

Basic Medical & First Aid kit.

Travel Insurance Policy covering illness and AMS (For Indian nationals up to 60 years of age, covering trek and return journey to Dehradun for a maximum of 7 days).

Exclusions:

Personal Rucksack/Backpack carrying personal belongings (optional horse carriage service available at Sari or Chopta at an additional cost).

Tips or gratuities to the support staff.

 Anything not mentioned in the “Inclusions” or personal.

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Booking:

  • We assume that you have read and understood our “Terms & Conditions” (https://greenvalleyhimalayas.com/terms-and-conditions) before Booking a trek/tour.
  • To reserve your place in a scheduled Fixed Departure trek or a Customised/Private trek pay 25% of the TREK/TOUR FEE as the initial “Booking Deposit”. You can pay by Net banking/Draft/Cheque/Credit/Debit/AMEX cards. This will ensure your participation in the desired trek and we will reserve your place on the scheduled date. You need to pay the remaining amount at least 15 days before the Trek Starting Date.
  • If you book a Trek/Tour before 14 days or less from the Trek/Tour Starting Date, you need to pay the full TREK/TOUR FEE.

 Cancellations:

  • “Booking Amount” i.e.25% of the TREK/TOUR FEE is Non-Refundable at any stage.
  • If in case you are not able to make it due to unavoidable reasons (s), we provide you avery flexible choice of Shifting to another trek within the next one year. One year is counted from the starting date of the trek/tour you booked initially with us.
  • In case you postpone your trip you need to inform a minimum of 15 days before the trek/tour starting date. (Though we suggest to inform us earlier if know)
  • In case you postpone a trek/tour 15 days before the scheduled Trek/Tour Starting date or prior, you may shift to another group of the same trek/tour scheduled in the same season or within the next one year. You may shift to another suitable route also. For changing any, you need our approval first. Your request must be in written communication through your registered email with us.
  • If you cancel/postpone a trek/tour from 14 days to 8 days before the tour starting date, your Booking Amount is Non-Refundable. We will not take any requests for shifting dates. We will charge 50% of the amount as Cancellation Charges and process a refund of the remaining 50%. You may also shift to another group within next year but 25% Booking Amount will be deemed as Cancellation Charge and the rest amount will be transferred to the shifted group.
  • If you cancel a trek/tour 7 days (i.e. a week) before the Trek/Tour Starting Date or later, there will be NO REFUND.
  • In case of any unforeseen incident including but not limited to natural calamities like flood, earthquake, landslide, forest fire, or any political unrest, if we are compelled to cancel the trek/trip, you will be entitled to redeem the full amount for the same/similar kind of trek/trip within next one year.

If you need more clarifications write to info@greenvalleyhimalayas.com

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