How Safe Is It To Travel Via Helicopter To Kedarnath?

by Vinita Jain
How Safe Is It To Travel Via Helicopter To Kedarnath?

Flanked by enchanting snow-capped mountains and legendary temples — sacred Kedarnath is known as a gateway to nirvana. Surrounded by the majestic Garhwal Himalayas, Kedarnath is one of India’s most revered temples. People from across India come to visit this pilgrimage site. The place is therefore easily accessible from the main cities of the country. Devotees can either travel to Kedarnath by road,  train or via helicopter.

However, there is no direct road to the temple and you will have to walk 18 km uphill from Sonprayag. But, using the Uttarakhand helicopter service can definitely cut the travel time. The safest way to navigate the rough terrain is by helicopter.

Helicopter Crashes In Kedarnath

Kedarnath Helicopter
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Well, after constantly hearing about helicopter crashes in Kedarnath, this is one of the common questions that come to our minds. But let us tell you the weather plays a huge role in all crashes. The temple cannot be reached by road and the only option left is hiking.

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Flying in snow, rain, sleet, fog, or other scenarios that impair visibility are common causes of helicopter crashes. The recent helicopter crash at Kedarnath also happened because of heavy fog. And unlike planes, helicopters fly at low altitudes, the crashes are likely to happen because of flocks of birds too. Talking about helicopter crashes in Kedarnath, the weather is mostly chilly and foggy. Hence, major helicopter crashes happen there.

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Should You Opt For A Helicopter Ride To The Pilgrimage Site?

Kedarnath Helicopter
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So, if you’re wondering if you should still travel by helicopter or not. Firstly, it’s very important to check the weather forecast before booking your helicopter ride to Kedarnath. Also, the helicopter service in Kedarnath operates daily. Hence, the staff over there are well-trained. If you are someone who can’t hike it’s better to opt for a helicopter ride.

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Also, the most significant part of helicopter rides is following all instructions. Pay close attention to all the safety protocols, and baggage rules and other information, stated by authorities. It’s a risky journey, so taking advice from the experienced is always beneficial. Wish you a safe journey!

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