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Nandi Kund - Ghiya Vinayak Pass Trek | Best Of Uttrakhand

Nandi Kund - Ghiya Vinayak Pass Trek

A less visited, uncrowded gem of a trek taking you to through the terrific terrain of the Garhwal Himalayas, beneath the mighty Chaukhamba

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+ Quick Info
  • Duration: 9 Days, Rishikesh to Rishikesh
  • Highest Altitude: 5250m
  • Grade: Strenuous ( learn more )
  • Best Time: May End - June, Sep - Early October
  • Terrain: forest, bushes, alpine meadows, rocky, snow field
  • Activity Type: Trek
  • Trail Type: Different Entry Exit Point
  • Starts At: Ransi
  • Ends At: Urgum
  • Region: India - Uttrakhand
  • Country: India
  • Nearest Airport: Jolly Grant Airport, Dehraoon, Uttrakhand
  • Nearest Rail Head: Rishikesh, Uttrakhand
  • Mobile Network: BSNL and Vodafone available at the base and Urgum
  • Internet Option: No
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  • Is Cloak Room Available: No
  • Generic Food Menu: Indian, Garhwali
+ Travel Description

The Nandikund - Ghiya Vinayak Pass trek is a gem of a trek in the lap of the Himalayas of Uttrakhand. Offering up close views of Chaukhaba, Mandani and views as far as the Panpatia Snow field, Neelkanth, Parvati and that of the elegant Nanda Devi etc, from the top of Ghiya Vinayak pass, the Nandikund - Ghiya Vinayak Pass trek is just superb and a must do for all the Himalayan High Seekers.

Nandi Kund - Ghiya Vinayak Pass Trek
The pristine and holy lake of Nandi Kund

Though, it is not an easy trek, and is bit strenuous trek, on the other hand it is not a technical trek as well which makes it doable for any trekker who is physically fit and likes challenges offered by the Himalayas. The trek is involves steep climbs and descends, and some of the patches has no defined trail. Specially, the trek from Kachni Khal to Pandavsera is very easy to get lost without a sound local guide. The climb upto the top of the Ghiya Vinayak Pass adds further to make the Nandikund - Ghiya Vinayak Pass trek one of the lesser known and done treks in the Himalayas of Garhwal.

This trek is connected mythologically to the Pandavas, who followed Lord Shiva and built temples on their way, worshiping and pleasing him to attain salvation. These temples are known as the Panch Kedars. Madhyamaheshwar and Kalpeshwar are two of the Panch Kedars which falls on this trek route. Tungnath, Kedarnath and Rudranath being the other three of the five Panch Kedars.

Mt. Nanda Devi from Ghiya Vinayak Pass
Mt. Nanda Devi from Ghiya Vinayak Pass

This route is considered very pious by the Hindus and we need to follow local customs while on the trek. The most important one being not camping near the Nandi Kund Lake.

Route Details: Ukhimath -- Unaina -- Ransi -- Gaundhar -- Bantoli -- Khatra -- Nanu -- Madhameshwar -- Kachni Khal -- Kachni Taal -- Pandavsera -- Nandi Kund -- Ghiya Vinayak Pass -- Barma Bugiyal -- Manpai Bugiyal -- Bansi Narayan -- Urgaon

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INR 22,000
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USD 321
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9 Days, Rishikesh to Rishikesh

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  • Day 1


    Arrival Day
    Arrive In Ransi (2100m ), Via - Guptkashi (1320m ), Ukhimath (1310m ). 7 - 8 Hrs. 197 Kms
    Overnight In: Ransi (2100m )
    Accommodation: Hotel / Ransi
    Meals Included: Evening Snacks, Dinner
    Cost Of Transport Included: NO
  • Day 2


    From Ransi (2100m ) To Bantoli (2700m ), Via - Gaundhar (2850m ) . 4 - 5 Hrs. 8 Kms
    Overnight In: Bantoli (2700m )
    Accommodation: Homestay / Tents / Bantoli
    Meals Included: All Meals
  • Day 3


    From Bantoli (2700m ) To Madhyameshwar (3500m ), Via - Nanu Chatti (2720m ), Kun Chatti (2780m ). 4 - 5 Hrs. 8 Kms
    Overnight In: Madhyameshwar (3500m )
    Accommodation: Tents / Madhyamaheshwar
    Meals Included: All Meals
  • Day 4


    From Madhyamaheshwar (3500m ) To Kachni Dhar (4400m ) . 5 - 6 Hrs. 9 Kms
    Overnight In: Kachni Dhar (4400m )
    Accommodation: Tents / Kachni Dhar
    Meals Included: All Meals
  • Day 5


    From Kachni Dhar (4400m ) To Pandavsera (4100m ) . 5 - 6 Hrs. 9 Kms
    Overnight In: Pandavsera (4100m )
    Accommodation: Tents / Pandavsera
    Meals Included: All Meals
  • Day 6


    From Pandavsera (4100m ) To Barma Bugiyal (4100m ), Via - Nandi Kund (4800m ), Ghiya Vinayak Pass (5250m ). 7 - 8 Hrs. 12 Kms
    Overnight In: Barma Bugiyal (4100m )
    Accommodation: Tents / Barma Bugiyal
    Meals Included: All Meals
  • Day 7


    From Barma Bugiyal (4100m ) To Bansi Narayan (3500m ) . 6 - 7 Hrs. 14 Kms
    Overnight In: Bansi Narayan (3500m )
    Accommodation: Tents / Bansi Narayan
    Meals Included: All Meals
  • Day 8


    From Bansi Narayan (3500m ) To Urgaon (2000m ) . 6 - 7 Hrs. 12 Kms
    Overnight In: Urgaon (2000m )
    Accommodation: Hotel / Urgum
    Meals Included: All Meals
  • Day 9


    From Urgum (2000m ) To Rishikesh (552m ) . 8 Hrs. 230 Kms
    Overnight In: Rishikesh (552m )
    Accommodation: None
    Meals Included: Breakfast

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  • 1 Medical Expert + Certified Technical Climbing/Trek Leader.
  • 1 Dedicated Pre-Trek Orientation Expert
  • 1 Dedicated Pre-Trek Coordinator
  • 1 Local Route Guide.
  • 1 Assistant Route Guide/ Technical Help ( for group size between 8 - 15 ).
  • 1 Cook + Required Kitchen Helpers.
  • Required Camp Helpers.
  • Required Evacuation Helpers.
  • All camping equipment including Dining and Toilet Tents.
  • All essential safety gears as required according to the condition like Helmet, Harness, Crampons, Gaiters, Ice Axes, Climbing Rope, etc
  • Sleeping bags with fleece liners for warmth and hygiene.
  • All meals on Treks suited for high altitude.
  • 3 meals, i.e BLD with morning and evening teas, evening snacks, dessert and hot drinks after dinner
  • High Altitude Medical kit with oxygen cylinders.
  • All permits required for trekking and camping in the National Park
  • All staff, their wage, insurances, transfers to and from their home and meals.
  • Accommodation for 2 nights in Ransi & Urgum ( room + breakfast + lunch + dinner )
+ Cost Exclusions


  • Porter For Personal Bags ( optional at extra cost )
  • TRANSPORT Ex Haridwar / Dehraun / Rishikesh: Can be arranged on request to be paid on actuals and shared by the group ( ~ 6000 Rs. one way fare for small vehcicle with seating capacity of 7 pax )
  • Personal Travel Insurance
  • Personal Purchases
  • Food Purchased Outside Our Menu
  • Personal Gears
  • Anything not mentioned in inclusion list
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+ Detailed Itinerary

Day 1From Rishikesh To Ransi, Via - Guptkashi, Ukhimath

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Get ready to take the scenic mountainous drive to Ransi on the famous pilgrimage route of Madhyamaheshwar. The drive is very interesting and offers you a display of various colours of the Himalayan State of Uttrakhand. 

Stop by in between to have your breakfast and lunch before you reach Ransi, the starting point of the trek

Accommodation: Hotel / Ransi
Meals: Evening Snacks, Dinner

Photos From The Day:

Day 2From Ransi To Bantoli, Via - Gaundhar

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Today is the starting day of our Nandi Kund - Ghiya Vinayak Pass Trek. We head towards Bantoli from Ransi and its a very scenic trek. The village and religious life of the high altitude villages of Uttrakhand is on display throughout the trek route. Being a popular pilgrimage route, the route is chirpy as well with full of vivid colours and life.

The trek is more or less easier getting steeper at times. We get enough option to have our lunch and little snacks enroute Bantoli. Gaundhar is a point we come across on the route very near to Bantoli on the Nandi Kund - Ghiya Vinayak Pass Trek. It is here where the Madhyamaheshwar Ganga and Markanda Ganga meets, with a lovely looking small bridge over it. Little more on the route and we reach Bantoli, our halt for the night.

We have quite a few options to settle in one of the homestays on offer. If not, we pitch our small tents somewhere. Hot dinner awaits us and with this, the first day of our trek to Nandi Kund and Ghiya Vinayak Pass ends.

Accommodation: Homestay / Tents / Bantoli
Meals: All Meals

Photos From The Day:

  • day2 photo - ransi village
  • day2 photo - waterfall on the way from ransi to Gaundhar

Day 3From Bantoli To Madhyameshwar, Via - Nanu Chatti, Kun Chatti

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We are into the second day into our trek to Nandi Kund and Ghiya Vinayak Pass. Madhyamaheshwar is one of the panch kedars and is one of the popular and highly rated pilgrimage route for the Hindus. The trek route crosses Nanu Chatti just after some time into the trek. It the passes by Maikhamba and Kun Chatti, from where its a good walk for some 3 hours to bring us to the shrine of Madhyamaheshwar.

Post lunch, we go on for a acclimatization walk to Buda Madhyamaheshwar. If lucky, we might catch a glimpse of Chowkhambha in a small water body near Buda Madhyamaheshwar.

Our route for tomorrow to Kachni Khal is visible and inspires enough motivation in us to take the challenge. Post dinner, we wish good night to  each other and get into our cozy sleeping bags.

Accommodation: Tents / Madhyamaheshwar
Meals: All Meals

Photos From The Day:

  • day3 photo - madhyamaheshwar temple
  • day3 photo - budha madhyamaheshwar

Day 4From Madhyamaheshwar To Kachni Dhar

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Today our trek to Nandi Kund takes a drastic change, both in the form of difficulties of the climb, and the solitude of the trail.

After waking up to a lovely morning in the blessed site of Madhyamaheshwar, we get ready to tackle the day's trek. It involves a steep continuous climb to the Kachni Khal marked typically by 2 huge rocks forming a gateway.

An arduous climb of some 4 - 5 hours gets us to the top of Kachni Khal. From here, the trail forks and one goes left towards Kedarnath, other to Panpatia and the route on the right goes towards Nandi Kund. Our campsite is a rocky patch today with great views of Chowkhamba.

Evening, we take a light acclimatization walk to Kachni Khal and return to our campsite

Accommodation: Tents / Kachni Dhar
Meals: All Meals

Photos From The Day:

  • day4 photo - looking ahead from budha madhyamaheshwar
  • day4 photo - looking behind from budha madhyamaheshwar
  • day4 photo - kachni khal

Day 5From Kachni Dhar To Pandavsera

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The trek for today leaves behind all signs of civilization and follows an unmarked shepherd's trail to reach Pandavsera. A very efficient local guide is much required here. We trek through bushes and cross the Madhyamaheshwar nala multiple times and pass by few small waterfalls to reach a flat meadow. This is marked as Pandavsera and we camp here for the night, by the stream.

Accommodation: Tents / Pandavsera
Meals: All Meals

Photos From The Day:

  • day5 photo - after crossing kachni khal
  • day5 photo - waterfall between kachni and pandavsera
  • day5 photo - pandavsera in sight
  • day5 photo - pandavsera
  • day5 photo - nandadevi junior in greens

Day 6From Pandavsera To Barma Bugiyal, Via - Nandi Kund, Ghiya Vinayak Pass

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Today is the highlight day of out trek as we come across the pious lake of Nandi Kund and will also cross the mighty Ghiya Vinayak Pass to topple over to the other side of the valley. It will be a long day today, so as early as we can leave, it will be rewarding for us.

The trail follows the Madhyamaheshwar nala emmerging out from Nandi Kund. Its a gradual climb which gets steeper at times. The rough terrain presents its challenges. We cross the Madhyamaheshwar nala multiple times and then climb up steep for another hour to reach the serene Nandi Kund. The peaceful lake takes our heart right away. The peaks of Chowkhamba hovers over and on a clear weather, its very easy easy to catch a reflection of the Mighty Chowkhamba on the emerald surface of the serene Nandi Kund.

The trek for the day is not over yet as we are required to cross the daunting Ghiya Vinayak Pass. A steep continuous climb for about 3 hours fro here will take us to the top of the Ghiya Vinayak Pass. The view from the Ghiya Vinayak pass is just breath-taking. The peaks of Chowkhamba, Neelkantha and Nanda Devi are visible on a clear day. The glacier table of the Panpatia too is visible from here.

Soon we find ourself negotiating the very steep descend to the other side of the Ghiya Vinayak pass to the meadow of the Barmna Bugiyal. We loose altitude very fast and in some hour and a half we reach out designated campsite for the night.

Its been a long rewarding day and we have completed the 2 missions of our trek to Nandi Kund and the Ghiya Vinayak Pass. The remaining days of the trek is just about taking ourselves back to civilization. The trek still remains very beautiful.

Accommodation: Tents / Barma Bugiyal
Meals: All Meals

Photos From The Day:

  • day6 photo - loooking behind pandavsera
  • day6 photo - nandikund from a distance
  • day6 photo - chaukhamba from nandikund
  • day6 photo - chaukhamba
  • day6 photo - barma bugiyal seen from top

Day 7From Barma Bugiyal To Bansi Narayan

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Today's trail is longer, but is much comfortable, easier and is also beautiful with drastic difference to the previous day's terrain. Its all about soft green meadows and thick cover of conifers.

The trail winds easily to the Manpai Bugiyal from Barma Bugiyal before descending steeply through the forest to the tributary of the Kalpa Ganga. From here, it further climbs up to the greens of Bansi Narayan, marked by a small temple.

Accommodation: Tents / Bansi Narayan
Meals: All Meals

Photos From The Day:

  • day7 photo - temple in bansi narayan

Day 8From Bansi Narayan To Urgaon

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We continue the descend similar to yesterday with multiple ascends and descends to get us to the settlement of Urgum.

Kalpeshwar is just 2 Kilometers from here and we will visit it in the evening. With this, our beautiful trek to the Nandikund and Ghiya Vinayak pass has ended.

What a terrific trek it was !!

Accommodation: Hotel / Urgum
Meals: All Meals

Photos From The Day:

  • day8 photo - village of urgum

Day 9From Urgum To Rishikesh

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  • Urgum: 2000 meters / 6600 feets
  • Rishikesh: 552 meters / 1822 feets
  • Approximate Distance: 230 Km
  • Approximate Time: 8 hours
  • Day's Activity: Drive
Brief Details Of The Day:

Early morning, we drive back to Rishikesh and bring an end to our walking ways! We bid good byes with a promise to meet sooner, in the Himalayas - same spirit, different location !

Accommodation: None
Meals: Breakfast

Photos From The Day:

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