The High Altitude Trek in Uttarakhand -The Nandi Kund ( An Emerald  Lake)

  • Trek: —Nandi Kund Trek (Difficult)
  • Altitude: –4499mtr
  • Highest Altitude: –4968 Mtr(Ghiya Vinayak Pass Trail)
  • Best Season: –Mid September
  • Duration: –10N/11D
  • Trek Distance:– 100KM 
  • District:– Rudraprayag
  • Plan: –Full Board

Scheduled Itinerary Dayswise

Day 1: Rishikesh to Ranshi Village

From Rishikesh, a surface Drive in private transport for Ranshi(1730mtr)(197km). Ranshi is a tiny and mesmerizing village surrounded by middle Himalayans ranges approaching to the snowy Himalayas. One can experience the local lifestyle of Gharwal Himalayas and local and experience local food.  Overnight stay in the Homestay.

Day 2 Ranshi Village to Nanu Bugyal ( 10 Km/ Trek )

 After breakfast start trekking up to an enchanting lush green grassy flat-and called Nanu Bugyal (2212mtr)(10km). Nanu Bugyal is a meadow that is great for camping and overnight stays. While trekking, you will come across a village Gaundar/ Bantoli(confluence of Markanda river coming from Chaukhamba Peaks and Madhu Ganga river, flowing down from the Nandi Kund). Dinner & overnight stay in the camp.

Day3: Nanu Bugyal to Budha Madhymaheswar ( 11km/trek)

After getting breakfast at the campsite, you start trekking for Madhymaheswar Temple(3281mtr)(11km). A Shiva temple. According to Hindu mythology, this temple was built by the Pandavas during their visit to the Himalayas.

Today will be an easy-going trek, following the trail that takes you uphill through the stone-paved path. You can experience the trail going up.

Madhyamaheshwar is a solo Himalayan Temple site of Lord Shiva, where you see a very green & a very large Bugyal, filled with several small bushes all over the Bygyal area. You feel there a very silent and serene and spellbinding scenic beauty of nature.

You will get to see the  Madhymaheshwar valley that is covered with rain forest in the background, signifying that an adequate amount of rainfall.  You also come to see on the way to temple several thatched roof structured small guest house and. Overnight stay in the camps at Budha Madhymaheswar Bugyal.

You will see brilliant sparkling views of the Chaukhamba group of peaks and Mandani Parbat.

Day4: Madhymaheswar to Kachni Tal(4218mtr)(6km).

After having breakfast, take the blessings in the temple and starts trekking for the lake Kachni Tal(4218mtr)(6km). Today is going to be a strenuous trek day up to Kachni Dhar (Ridge). Local dwellers usually trek there to get Brahma Kamal( A Sacred Himalayan Flower) to offer to Lord Shiva.

While trekking up, the breathing might be irritating due to the high altitude. While going up, you get a stunning view of the Madhymaheswar valley, on the way to the Lake, you might get chances to see the rodents running around the lake, sizing more or less like hares. And locally, they are called Pikas –(small mammals), with tiny limbs and rounded ears. Overnight stay in the camp.

Day5: Kachni Tal(4218mtr)(6km)to Pandavsera(3937mtr)(11km).

After breakfast, start trekking up to Pandavsera(3937mtr)(11km). The trail,  this day,  is going to relatively easy. You will find the trail alternatively running between gradual uphill trek and steep downhill trek.

You can see the Pandavsera terraced land from the Kachani Dhar campsite. The lush green meadow is Pandavsera. If You would like to go furthermore, You can see Pandav Cave ( Gufa).

According to Hindu mythology,  Pandavas halted here for a long time and made a canal for irrigation purposes in order to do cultivation and farming. Overnight stay in the camps.

Day6: Pandavsera(3937mtr) to Nandi Kund(4499mtr)(14km)

After breakfast, You will start the trekking up to this holy lake, called Nandi Kund(4499mtr)(14km). Today is going to be strenuous climbing/trekking,  all the way up to the Nandikund.

Once, you see the river Madhu Ganga, coming from the Nandi Kund lake.  You will be in the middle, sky-touching peaks by three sides. After the rainy seasons in the months of September – October, after melting away the snow, you can have an eye-catching reflection of the peaks of the Chaukh­amba range of the mountain in the lake.

On the lake banks of Nandi Kund, There is a  rock-cut temple, dedicated to Nada Devi. You can see some iron-swords near the temple. People say that these swards belong to the great Pandavas and they had left here just before their final journey. Overnight stay in the camps.

Day7: Nandi Kund(4499mtr – Ghiya Vinayak Pass(4968mtr) (12km/ Trek).

After breakfast, you trek for snowy trails the Ghiya Vinayak Pass(4968mtr) followed by a slopy descending up to Barma(3937mtr). Today’s trek is very moderate for 12km

While following the snowy trails, you see a river  Rudra Ganga also known locally as Vaitrani, and there is a temple of the goddess Vaitarni.  Overnight stay in the camp.

Day8: Ghiya Vinayak Pass(4968mtr) Manpai Bugyal(3749mtr) 11km trek

After breakfast, you trek up to Manpai Bugyal(3749mtr)(11km). There is a stone-made temple, known as Panch Dyula. On the Shikhara of the temple, there are red and yellow flags and small bronze-bells hanging on it..

After a break at the temple site, you continue to follow the trail that taking you down to the beautiful flowered meadow. . After having trekked on the snowy trails the entire previous day,  these meadows make you feel refreshed and welcoming especially  Manpai Bugyal. overnight stay at the Camps.

Day9: Manpai Bugyal(3749mtr) Bansinarayan Temple(3280mtr)(12km).

After breakfast, you have a day trek up to Bansinarayan Temple(3280mtr)(12km). You follow the easy trek today that is made by the Kedarnath forest division.

Today, you cross several ridges and streams.  You trek through a series of up hills and down hills trails. You keep gradually climbing to the ridge on a muddy trail.

Bansi Narayan temple is a rock-cut temple Bansi means flute and Narayan means Lord Vishnu is another name for the Hindu God, Vishnu. Overnight stay in the camp.

Day10: Bansinarayan Temple(3280mtr)- Urgam Village(2200mtr)(13km).

After breakfast, you trek up to Urgam Village(2200mtr)(13km).  This trek is mostly easy downhills following the densely forested trail all the way to Urgam Village.

The Urgam is a valley with an enchanting apple orchard, terraced farming of Rajma (kidney beans), and Himalayan potatoes farming. Upon arrival at Village, a short break for refreshment in the camp or Homestay, then you visit the Kalpeshwar Temple which is 1.5 – 2 km. Overnight stay.

Day11: Urgam Village to Rishikesh (253KM).

After local breakfast, a surface drives up to Rishikesh (253KM).


Tour End



Namaste! I am Om. I am a licensed Tourist Guide ( Approved by Ministry of Tourism, Government of India), I’m originally from Varanasi. Now, I am living in Rishikesh. I set up this blog to share my tips and experiences for traveling to inspire and help you to travel more. Hari Om

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