Kalpeshwar Kalpeswar is the last temple in the order of the Paanch Kedars and is the only one which is accessible throughout the year. The Lord is worshipped here in the form of his matted hair. There is an old Kalpavrikhsa tree here which is said to grant wishes as per mythological beliefs.One can reach here by taking a road transport from Haridwar which would reach Joshimath on the first day and the next day one would proceed onwards to reach Urugam village. The village is reached post crossing Helang village and from the road head one needs to walk across for around three kms on a well paved road.
Rudrananth, the highly revered temple in the Garhwal Himalayan region, is one of the toughest to reach as well as the most isolated in terms of number of devotees visiting. Generally, only trekkers come here.The temple is situated in between rhododendron forests and mountainous rocky region. One can see the Himalayan peaks of Nanda Devi, Trishul while on the trek to Rudrananth. There are three different trek routes to reach Rudrananth,Route 1: Helang village &gt;Urgum village &gt;Kalpeshwar &gt;Dumak &gt;Rudranath ( 70 kms )Route 2: Sagar village &gt; Liti Bugyal &gt; Panal bugyal &gt;Pitradhar &gt; RudranthRoute 3: Mandal villahe &gt; Anusuya devi temple &gt;Hansa bugyal &gt; Naola pass &gt; RudranathMy suggestion or rather I had planned to trek to Rudrananth using the Route I i.e. starting from Helang village. In this route one has to reach Helang village which is 240 kms from Rishikesh by road. From Helang, the route takes one through hill side villages of Devgram, Dumak, Panar and Sagar. Additionally, one treks through meadows known as Bugyals as well as alongside the Rudra Ganga river and through long mountain ranges as we cross the ridges to transverse different ranges. It is 05-day trek from Helang and completed at Sagar village from where one can again take a bus to Rishikesh. This trek is definitely to be done with a guide as well support staff for one would be passing through forests as well as crossing streams.The villagers of Dumak and further ahead are actively engaged in collecting various medicinal herbs that are sold to the pharmaceutical companies that manufacture medicines and is one of the main source of livelihood out here. Additionally, this region abounds in the Himalayan brown bear hence one has to be careful when walking down on the trials.Rudrananth shrine where the face of the Lord appeared, is surrounded by huge rock walls and boulders. It is bounded on each side by ponds – surya kund , Chandra kund , Tara kund and Manans Kund. The Bandarpoonch range is very prominently visible from here. Near the temple is a stream of sparkling water known as Vaitarini – the water of Salvation. There are not much staying options out here but if required one can stay here else trek back to Panar village.Trek Duration 05 daysJump off point Urugam villageTrek distance 70 kmsStay options Basic tea house stay optionsWeather Undertake the trek post monsoons in order to avoid rock fall and landslidesAdditional Reach Urugam from either Haridwar or from Joshimath. Taxi and bus availableEssentials Well broken in shoe and comfortable clothes , water , cap , walking stick, sanitizerMadhyamadheswar