As per the legend after Kurukshetra war Pandavas intended to visit Lord Shiva to wash their sins. Being incensed by the death and dishonesty at this war Lord Shiva wanted to avoid Pandavas and therefore, he disguised in the form of a bull (Nandi) and disappeared into the ground with different parts of the body appearing at various places.His five (panch) parts of his body appeared in five different locations : the most holy site is Kedarnath, where his hindquarters are worshipped, his arms (Bahu) emerged at Tunganath, his face (Mukh) at Rudranath his Navel (Nabhi) at Madmeshwar and his hair at Kalpeshwar. Shrines erected at these sites are worshipped as the Panch Kedar and all lie within Garhwal Himalayan region in Uttarakhand, India.
The Garhwal region is also called the Kedar-Khanda after Kedar — the local name for Lord Shiva. The western part of this region in particular, which constitutes half of Chamoli district being known as Kedar-Kshetra or Kedar mandala, encompasses all the five temples constituting the Panch Kedar.
The five temples are the Kedarnath (11,755 ft), the Tungnath (12,070 ft), Rudranath (7,500 ft), Madmaheshwar (11,450 ft) and Kalpeshwar (7,200 ft). The Kedarnath is the main temple and is also one of the twelve Jyotirlingas. Each temple perched in one of the valley known as Kedarnath valley, Madmaheshwar Valley, Tungnath Valley, Rudranath Valley and Palpnath Valley.
Although the entire ancient temples are similar in architecture, yet each temple has its own attraction in different, valleys rich in flora and fauna. The view from each temple of the mighty Garhwal Himalayas is most fascinating for the trekkers. While visiting the temples enroute, one can have lovely view of the peaks of Nanda Devi, Trishul and Devastan peaks.
Day 01: Rishikesh - Pipalkoti (3998 ft, 218 km)
Day 02: Pipalkoti - Helang - Urgam (7000 ft, 9 kms trek)
Day 03: Urgam - Kalpeshwar - Urgam (2 kms one side)
Day 04: Urgam - Kalgot (7265 ft)
Day 05: Kalgot - Rudranath (7498 ft)
Day 06: Rudranath - Sagar - Mandal (8 kms drive)
Day 07: Mandal - Chopta (9512 ft) - Tungnath (19 km drive / trek 3.5 km)
Day 08: Tungnath- 3.5 km Trek - Chopta – 30 km drive - Jagasu – 12 km Trek - Gaundhar - Overnight at Tent.
Day 09: Gaundhar - Madhmaheshwar (10788 ft - 18 km Trek) -Overnight at Tent.
Day 10: Madhmaheshwar – Gaundhar- Overnight at Tent.
Day 11: Gaundhar - Jagasu – Guptkashi (12 Km Trek & 30 km drive)- stay at Hotel.
Day 12: Guptkashi - Gaurikund - Kedarnath (11756 ft)
Day 13: Kedarnath - Gaurikund – Rudraparya.