(Last Updated on : 18/08/2010)
Kedarnath peak or Kedarnath Main and Kedarnath Dome are two mountains in the Gangotri Group of peaks in the western Garhwal Himalayas. Kedarnath peak lies on the main ridge that lies south to the Gangotri Glacier, and Kedarnath Dome is a sub-peak of the main peak, lying on a spur that is projecting towards the glacier, two kilometres northwest of Kedarnath. They are located in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand, 15 kilometres (9 m) south of the Hindu holy site of Gaumukh, which is the source of the Bhagirathi River. Kedarnath is the highest peak on the south side of the Gangotri Glacier, and Kedarnath Dome is the third highest peak. Both peaks have relatively easy routes on their northwest sides, but the east face of Kedarnath Dome is a gigantic and very difficult rock climb.
The Kedarnath Dome rises to an elevation of 6,831 m and is prominently viewed upto 100 m. Kedarnath and Kedarnath Dome were first climbed together by a Swiss team led by André Roch, in 1947. Their route on Kedarnath Dome, the northwest flank, is still the standard route and is availed by most of the climbers. It is straightforward and relatively low-angle, and is a popular ski ascent in the spring season. The east face of Kedarnath Dome was first climbed in 1989 by a Hungarian expedition led by Attila Ozsváth. Their climb involved sixty pitches of very rugged climbing.