About Nandi Kund Trek

The Himalayan Mountains of India beckon both national and international Mountain Trekkers to enjoy the thrill of trekking, the snow-clad glaciers, lush green meadows, crystal-clear water flowing in rivers with abundance of scenic beauties and a serene atmosphere. Nandi kund Trek is one of them. But the difference is, in addition to the pleasure of trekking mountain-paths, the trekkers can also visit en-route heritage and Hindu mythology-related places, temples and monuments.

The Hindu mythology believes that Lord Shiva is also wielding His divine powers from the high-peaks of snowy Himalayan Mountains. In Nandikund Trek, one can get the chance of visiting Madhyamaheshwar – one of the five places, where Lord Shiva also appeared for giving Darshan to Pandavas, the legendary five brothers of Mahabharat. Folklore stories go to show that Lord Shiva did not want to oblige Pandavas first, since they had committed sins of killing their own brothers; disappeared from his shrine; and re-appeared from ground, in five parts of the body in which Madhyamaheshwar is the central part of his navel and stomach, in the form of Lingam.

Actually Nandikund is also a high-altitude lake located at 15748 ft. above sea-level. It is also located in the Chaukhamba group of peaks and is of 1.5 kms wide. It is frozen during winter and the entire Nandikund Trek is changing by seasons. In summer, you can also walk through beautiful meadows, breathtaking sceneries and dense forests, rare species of wild-life and flora and fauna all the way. At the same time, this Nandikund Trek is somewhat strenuous, to cross steep climbs and downslides, narrow ridges, and sharp-turns to augment the thrill of adventure-lovers. The popular trail preferred by many trekkers covers Madhyamaheshwar; Kachani Dhar; Pandavsera; Nandikund; Ghiya Vinayak Pass; Bansinarayan and Kalpeshwar temples.

Before commencing the Nandikund Trek, you have to reach Ukhimath from Rishikesh. Ukhimath is famous for its Omkareshwar Temple, the winter-abode of the idols of Lord Shiva – Kedarnath and Madhyamaheshwar. From here you can reach Uniyana by vehicle and get dropped 2 to 3 kms before Ransi, on a climbing uphill to reach this village by walk. Ransi Onwards, the trail continues ascending sometimes and descending thereafter, till you reach the scenic place, Gaundhar. From there the trail also continues to Bantoli and Nanu. On the ascending trail, you can also view the beautiful sight of the rivers Madhyamaheshwar Ganga and Martyenda Ganga.

From Nanu to Madhyamaheshwar, the ascending trail on paved path is easier, journeying for 6 kms. The trail also passes through green forests, full of grown-up trees, singing birds and rare-wildlife specimens. Till you reach Kachanidhar, you can see variety of flowers like Neelkamal, Brahmakamal and Swarnakamal etc. Kachanidhar to Pandvasera is also easier. At Pandvasera local people also believe that the Pancha Pandavas resided here for long, and they dug a canal and transformed the lands into fertile ones.

From Pandavsera the ascending trail will be difficult, but the lush-green meadows, scenic beauties and snow-laden glaciers viewed from here make you forget your troubles. Reaching Nandikund you can also see a big and deep lake. It is the origin of Madhyamaheshwar river. Here in a small-temple for Devi Nanda, you can also see swords believed to be that of the Pandavas. Overall, from start to finish you will relish the thrilling experience of Nandikund Trek.

Nandi Kund Trekking Tours Highlights

  • Relish the view of Panpatia glacier (4,200 meters), Neelkanth (6,596 m), Chaukhamba (‎7,138 m) and Mandani
  • Get awed by the beauty of Nandi Kund
  • Ramble over the meadows of Barma Bugyal and Manpai Bugyal
  • Seek blessings of the God Shiva at Madhyamaheshwar, which is also an important temple of Panch Kedar pilgrimage circuit
  • Experience the thrill of trekking to one of the toughest trek of the Garhwal region

Best Time to Visit

Best time to travel to Nandi Kund Trek is in summers (May – June) and Post Monsoon (September – October).

Summer: The weather of Nandi Kund Trek remains salubrious and pleasing during summers. The Himalayas are distinctly visible and the cool breeze adds charm to the vacation. Carry woolens with you.

Post Monsoon: Serenity and solitude are at its best during post monsoon at Nandi Kund Trek. The region is blessed with snowfall during winters. You can see the best of Nandi Kund Trek during post monsoon as it looks like Heaven on earth.

Where is the Nandi Kund?

Nandikund is also a beautiful high altitude lake, located at an elevation of 14,500 feet. Spread over an area of 1.5 km; the lake is nestled amid the green meadows and the snow covered Chaukhamba group of peaks and Mandani Parbat.

Nandi Kund Trek (Detailed Itinerary)

Day 01

Delhi – Haridwar – Rishikesh

Other Benfits (On Arrival)
  • Breakfast
  • Transfers
  • Stay Included

In the morning catch an AC train for Haridwar at 06:50 hrs. Arrival at Haridwar by 11:30 hrs, here meet our guide and transfer to Rishikesh by road, check into your hotel. Evening time is free for leisure activities. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 02

Rishikesh – Ukhimath – Mansuna

In the morning after early breakfast drive to Mansuna via Devprayag, Rudraprayag and Ukhimath. The distance between Rishikesh and Mansuna is also approx 230 km. We shall also stop for lunch at Srinagar. Overnight stay in hotel/ Guest House.

Day 03

Mansuna – Uniana – Bantoli

Post breakfast, we will also drive to Uniana, which is 15kms from Mansuna. This will also be our first day of our trek in which we will walk 11 kms to reach Bantoli. Lunch will be provided on the way. Overnight stay in Guest house/ Tent.

Day 04

Bantoli – Madhyamaheshwar – Budha Madhyamaheshwar

Today after the breakfast at 8.00AM, we will also trek 8kms to reach Madhyamaheshwar. Arrival at Madhyamaheshwar by 12:00 Noon. We shall then go and visit Budha Madhyamaheshwar and Evening Puja at the temple. Overnight stay in Guest house/ Tent.

Day 05

Madhyamaheshwar – Kachani Dhar

At 8.00AM after having breakfast, we will also trek 10kms to reach Kachani Dhar. Packed Lunch will be carried along. Overnight stay in a camp in Kachani Dhar.

Day 06

Kachani Dhar – Kachani Tal – Kachani Dhar – Pandav Shera

Today, we will trek 2kms to Kachani Tal and then Pandav Shera, which is 14kms away. Packed Lunch will be carried along. Overnight in tents at Pandav Shera.

Day 07

Pandav Shera – Nandi Kund

After the breakfast, we shall head to Nandi Kund, which is at a distance of 6 kms. Overnight stay in tent at Nandi Kund.

Day 08

Nandi Kund – Dwari Gad

Our trek after the breakfast will be towards Dwari Gad, which is 12kms away. Packed lunch will be carried along. Overnight stay in tents at Dwari Gad.

Day 09

Dwari Gad – Dhaula Udiyar

Today after the breakfast, we will trek to Dhaula Udiyar, which is 13kms from Dwari Gad. Packed lunch will be carried along. Overnight stay in camps in dinner.

Day 10

Dhaula Udiyar – Bantoli

In the morning after the breakfast, we shall trek 14kms to reach. Packed lunch will be carried along Overnight stay in Guest house/ Tent.

Day 11

Bantoli – Ukhimath

Our trek today will be 11kms long and will be headed to Uniana. Packed lunch will be carried along 35 km. On arrival in Uniana, we shall drive to Ukhimath. Overnight stay in a hotel in Ukhimath.

Day 12

Ukhimath – Rishikesh

We shall drive to Rishikesh, which is 200kms from Ukhimath. Lunch will be at Srinagar.

Day 13

Rishikesh – Delhi

Wake up early morning and transfer to Haridwar railway station to catch AC train for Delhi at 06:10 hrs. Arrival at Delhi by 11:45 hrs.

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