The Hindu mythology believes that Lord Shiva is 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 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 a high-altitude lake located at 15748 ft. above sea-level. It is 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 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. From Ransi, the trail continues ascending sometimes and descending thereafter, till you reach the scenic place, Gaundhar. From there the trail continues to Bantoli and Nanu. On the ascending trail, you can view the beautiful sight of the rivers Madhyamaheshwar Ganga and Martyenda Ganga.

From Nanu to Madhyamaheshwar, the ascending trail on a paved path is easier, journeying for 6 km. The trail passes through green forests, full of grown-up trees, singing birds, and rare wildlife specimens. Till you reach Kachanidhar, you can see a variety of flowers like Neelkamal, Brahmakamal, Swarnakamal, etc. Kachanidhar to Pandvasera is also easier. At Pandvasera local people believe that the Pancha Pandavas resided here for a 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 see a big and deep lake. It is the origin of the Madhyamaheshwar river. Here is a small temple for Devi Nanda, you can see swords believed to be that of the Pandavas. Overall, from start to finish you will relish the thrilling experience of Nandikund Trek.

Altitude: 15700 Ft. 
Trek Length: 120 Km. 
Duration: 11 Days 
Difficulty Level: Difficult 
Base Camp: Ukhimath
Best Season: May, June, and  September - October
Pick & Drop: Rishikesh To Rishikesh 

11 Days
Rishikesh to Rishikesh
INR 38,999 Per person + 5% GST


Tour Itinerary 

Day 01
Rishikesh - Ukhimath - Mansuna
In the morning after early breakfast drive to Mansuna via Devprayag, Rudraprayag, and Ukhimath. The distance between Rishikesh and Mansuna is approx 230 km. We shall stop for lunch at Srinagar. Overnight stay in hotel/ Guest House.

Day 02
Mansuna – Uniana - Bantoli
Post breakfast, we will drive to Uniana, which is 15kms from Mansuna. This will also be the 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 03
Bantoli - Madhyamaheshwar - Budha Madhyamaheshwar
Today after the breakfast at 8.00AM, we will 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 04
Madhyamaheshwar - Kachani Dhar
At 8.00AM after having breakfast, we will trek 10kms to reach Kachani Dhar. Packed Lunch will be carried along. Overnight stay in a camp in Kachani Dhar.

Day 05
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 06
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 07
Nandi Kund - Dwari Gad
Our trek after breakfast will be towards Dwari Gad, which is 12kms away. Packed lunch will be carried along. Overnight stay in tents at Dwari Gad.

Day 08
Dwari Gad - Dhaula Udiyar
Today after 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 09
Dhaula Udiyar - Bantoli
In the morning after breakfast, we shall trek 14kms to reach. Packed lunch will be carried along Overnight stay in Guest house/ Tent.



Day 10
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 11
Ukhimath - Rishikesh
We shall drive to Rishikesh, which is 200kms from Ukhimath. Lunch will be at Srinagar.

Day 12
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.




  • Transportation during the journey from the pickup on day 01 to drop on day 11 is covered.

  • Accommodations on sharing basis as per itinerary (Triple /Quad Occupancy).

  • Meal Plan: AP (Breakfast+ Lunch + Dinner, starting from Day 01 Dinner till Day 11 Morning Tea Only)

  • The trip Lead will be present at all times during the tour.

  • Local Transportation Joshimath to Pulna and Return

  • A local Guide will be present at all times during the tour.

  • All kinds of Permits

  • First Aid Kits

  • Oxygen Cylinders

  • Infrared Thermometer

  • Oximeter



  • Any expenses of personal nature.

  • Meals during transit.

  • Hot water Rs. 100 per bucket in Ghangaria.

  • Insurance of any kind.

  • Any fees and permits (for non-Indians).

  • Unscheduled delay due to a landslide.

  • Cost Escalation due to “Force Majeure and Evacuation charges”.

  • Anything not mentioned explicitly in the above program.

Cancellation Policy


The Trans Himalayan reserves the right to cancel trips. The Trans Himalayan is not responsible for additional expenses incurred by preparing for the trip (for example non-refundable advance purchase air tickets, clothing, equipment, visa fees, medical expenses, etc.).

  • If you cancel or leave a multi-day trip for any reason:

  • More than 60 days prior to the trip start date, we will grant you a full refund less a INR 2500 per person administrative fee.

  • Between 59 and 30 days prior to the trip start date, we will retain 25 percent of the trip cost

  • Between 29 and 15 days prior to the trip start date, we will retain 75 percent of the trip cost.

  • Less than 15 days prior to the trip start date, or once the trip has begun, there will be no refund.

  • Day Hike Cancellation Policy: 50% refund with 48 hours notice; no refund within 48 hours

Things To Pack

  • Thermals (Upper & Lower)

  • Down Jacket /Main Jacket

  • Clothes

  • Socks

  • Undergarments

  • Gloves

  • Slippers

  • Running Shoes/ Outdoor Shoes

  • Hats/Caps

  • Daypack

  • Medicines (Diamox – to reduce chances of AMS)

  • First Aid Kit

  • Documents – ID (Driver’s License, AADHAR Card, Voter ID :: Passport and Visa copy for Foreign Nationals)

  • Sun Glasses

  • Torch

  • Water Bottle

  • Power bank

  • Mobile Charger / Travel Charger

  • Raincoat

  • Hand Sanitizer

  • Toiletries

  • Cold Cream

  • Lip Guard

  • Sunscreen Lotion

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