Nandi Kund is a located approx. 4800 mts. in Madmaheshwar – Kalpeshwar trail. The trail commands a beautiful view of lush green meadows and lofty snow covered peaks. There are some very old woods, which are worshipped, as belonging to the Pandavas. It is a lake spread over an area of one and a half km.
The Trail covers Madmaheshwar, kachani Dhar, Pandav Sera, Nandi Kund, Ghiya Vinayak Pass (5200 mts.), Bansi narayan and Kalpeshwar. Shiva is worshipped at Madmaheshwar in the form of navel - shaped lingum. Located at base of Chaukhamba peak, at an altitude of 3,289 mts, the classic temple architecture belongs to the north - Indian style. The Pandav sera valley is 3-4 km. wide and local people believe that Pandavas stayed here for a long time, dig a canal and transformed it into a cultivable land. Ghiya Vinayak pass is really a challenging task for trekkers where one has to walk on big boulders and an descent slope towards Vaitarni. Bansi Narayan Temple is 8th centaury temple and is a beautiful place to view Himalayan peaks. Lord Shiva is worshipped in the form of matted hair at Kalpeshwar. Kalpeshwar is a favorite spots for sages who come here to meditate, following the precedent of Arghya who performed austerities and created the celebrated nymph, Urvashi, here, and the irascible Durvasha who meditated under the wish fulfilling tree, Kalpavriksha.
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(Altitude 5450 Mtrs.)
Joshimath - 12 km motorable - Helang - 10 km motorable - Urgam (Salna) - 6 km Trek - Devgram - 12 km Trek - Bansinarayan- 8 km Trek - Manipaibugyal- 11 km Trek - Ghiya Vinayak- 5 km Trek - Nandikund
|42 Kms.||7 day||Medium|
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Taking a deep breath, we submit ourselves to the breeze with its icy fingers swooping clouds and the swirl of infinite space. The Chaukhamba massif, majestic in its mighty shroud, stands bang before us; coming on the heels of the sight of lake Nandi Kund, this burgles the breath all right. Such trekking moments make it all worthwhile — the climb, the uncertainty, monosyllabic porters, even bouts of nausea
As most treks in this region do, a trek from Okhimath to Helang in the Garhwal Himalaya takes the scenic route via Madhyamaheshwar, Nandi Kund, Bansi Narayan temple and Urgam. This high altitude trek, takes one over the high ranges without involving the glaciers or even snow if attempted in autumn. However, during spring and early summer, one may find plenty of snow.
The Nandi Kund at 15,000 ft is quite a big lake and seems deep also. The Madhyamaheshwar Ganga originates from it and it is surrounded on all sides by high ridges except on the side where Chaukhamba is towering at a distance. The reflection of Chaukhamba in the waters of the lake provide an excellent photo opportunity.
The climb was gentle in beginning along the Kund. Thereafter it started to climb and involved boulder hopping and climbing up. Three hours of hard walk to the Ghia Vinayak Pass at around 17,500-ft.
The Bansi Narayan temple is a single structure temple in front of a large slanting stone, which was being used by the Bakriwallas. No one stays at the temple since it is far from any habitation. The nearest village is half a day’s walk. The complete Himalayan range dominated by the great Nanda Devi was in front of the temple. The sun comes out from behind the peaks and so evening is the best time to get excellent photos. The Kauri pass was also visible in front of us
DAY ONE : Okhimath-Ransi : Level Easy
DAY TWO : Ransi-Madhyamaheshwar : Level Easy to Moderate
DAY THREE : Madhyamaheshwar-Kashni Dhar: Level Easy to Moderate
DAY FOUR : Kashni Dhar-Pandosera : Level Easy to Moderate
DAY FIVE : Pandosera-Nandi Kund : Level Moderate to Tough
DAY SIX : Nandi Kund-Manpai Bugyal : Level Tough to Moderate
DAY SEVEN : Manpai Bugyal-Bansi Narayan : Level Tough
DAY EIGHT : Bansi Narayan-Urgam : Level Easy
DAY NINE : Urgam-Helang : Level Easy
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