Located amongst the supreme environs of the majestic Himalayas, Gaurikund in Guptakashi, Uttarakhand, is famous for being the starting point to and the last road head before the Kedarnath Yatra begins. Gaurikund is located on the banks of the River Mandakini and is rightly considered to be the gateway to spirituality and salvation. Situated in one of the most captivating settings, this is a place of infinite beauty, breathtaking landscapes and immense devotion, all rolled together into one. Located at an altitude of about 2,000 metres above the sea level, the place is highly regarded by devotees, who consider this place to be a base camp for the trek to the Kedarnath Temple, that is situated high up in the mountains. Other than this, the Gaurikund Temple and Gauri Lake are also important landmarks that the place is famous for.
After the disastrous floods shook Kedarnath in 2013, the original trekking route from Gaurikund to Kedarnath, via Rambara, a total walking distance of 14 kilometres, was completely washed away. However, after this sad event, the trek route has improved considerably and is now absolutely safe, complete with all facilities, thanks to the efforts of the Nehru Institute of Mountaineering (NIM). Today, Gaurikund has decent accommodation options in the form of dharamshalas, hotels and guest houses. Trekking is the main activity that takes place here. The entire area resonates with piety and spirituality, not to forget the mesmerising beauty and grandeur of the Himalayas in the backdrop. The area is almost always under cover of a snow blanket, except from March to November, which further adds to the immaculate gorgeousness of this destination.