Kedarnath in detail

Flights & getting there

The main transit hub for the area is Guptkashi, from where you can take a shared/private jeep (₹70/1000) to Sonprayag; last departure around 6pm. Alternatively, take a GMOU bus to Sonprayag from Rishikesh or Haridwar. From Sonprayag, morning buses run to Rishikesh (₹321, seven hours), Haridwar (₹320, eight hours), and Dehra Dun (₹350, nine hours).

From Sonprayag, shared jeeps (₹20) make the trip to the trailhead at Gaurikund.

Going to or from Kedarnath by helicopter is becoming an increasingly popular option for Indians, with numerous operators flying the route that takes a mere seven minutes. It costs from ₹3000 to ₹3650 to fly one way. Several companies fly out of – and have offices in – Phata, between Guptkashi and Sonprayag, while Himalayan Heli Services is based in nearby Sersi. All companies have offices at the Kedarnath helipad. Flights typically end by early afternoon. Weight limits for passengers are 80kg, with around ₹150 per extra kilo; baggage allowance is as little as 2kg. Note that scientists are concerned about the impact of frequent helicopter flights on wildlife in the Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary, which surrounds the area.