Where is Madhmaheshwar?

Madhmaheshwar (3,490 metres) is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva located in the Mansoona Village of the Garhwal Himalaya, Uttarakhand. While it is widely believed to be the Second Kedar to be visited, in case you are keeping up with the sequence of the Panch Kedar circuit, some also claim it to be the Fourth. However, the temple premises have a board that says ‘Dwitiya Kedar’, meaning ‘Second Kedar’. I’ll leave it up to you to decide. The other four being Kedarnath, Tungnath, Rudranath, and Kalpeshwar

The Temple of Madhmaheshwar, Uttarakhand.
Where does the motorable road end?

Haridwar – Rishikesh – Devprayag – Srinagar – Rudraprayag – Ukimath – Ransi

It ends at Ransi village in the Rudraprayag District of Uttarakhand. And the trek starts from here.

This more than sorts it out in case you are driving your own vehicle or a self-drive vehicle.

And the road is more or less well-maintained except for a few patches that fall under the landslide zone.

 In case I want to opt for public transport?

1.       Take a bus or shared taxi (Max) from Haridwar/Rishikesh to Rudraprayag

2.       Take a bus or shared taxi (Max) from Rudraprayag to Ukimath

3.       Take a bus or shared taxi (Max) from Ukimath to Ransi

Buses, both local and of Uttarakhand State Transport, and shared taxis start plying from Haridwar/Rishikesh to Rudraprayag and further as early as 4 am.

There is also a direct bus from Rudraprayag to Ransi but it takes it own sweet time. In fact, all the local buses do. The one from Rudraprayag to Ransi starts at around 1 pm. And the bus from Ransi to Rudraprayag too starts about the same time.

It should cost one person 700-800 bucks, Haridwar to Haridwar.

Midway Panoramas. On the way to Madhmaheshwar.
How long is the trek?

Ransi to Madhmaheshwar – 18 km

Madhmaheshwar to Boodha Madhmaheshwar – 2 km

If the weather is clear, Boodha Madhmaheshwar is a solid vantage point to see The Greater Himalaya’s Gangotri Group of Peaks. Well, some of them; to name a few Kedarnath, Kedar Dome, Kharchkund, Mandani, and Chaukhamba. It’s an awe-inspiring view you should not, should not miss.

In the flutter of wind, eternity revealed itself. Mount Chaukhamba and its reflection. Boodha Madhmaheshwar, Uttarakhand.
What’s the trek route? Do I need a guide?

Ransi – Gaundhar – Bantoli – Upper Bantoli – Khatra Khal – Nanu – Maikhamba Chatti – Koon Chatti – Madhmaheshwar – Boodha Madhmaheshwar

It’s a well laid out trek; you cannot divert from it unless you have some hidden agenda of disappearing into the night. You don’t need a guide. However, if you’re trekking solo, you might as well take one. It’s your safety, it’s your call.

An evening that culminated into THIS. A view to die for and live with.
How’s the trek route?

Ransi to Gaundhar – About 6 km – Gradual descent

Gaundhar to Madhmaheshwar – About 12 km – Gradual ascent – Gets steeper after Nanu

 Nanu to Madhmaheshwar – About 5 km

Madhmaheshwar to Boodha Madhmaheshwar is a 2 km ascent through the meadows. It felt shorter to me.

Depending on fitness, one can complete the entire 40 km stretch in 2-4 days. Ideally, 3.

Porters and mules are available at Ransi.

A dream setting, a dream house. Nanu Village, 5 km before the temple.
Where to stay and how much will it cost?

Small village homes or lodges are available at all these points. However, Maikhamba and Koon have only one home with one room, I’m guessing. Boodha Madhmaheshwar is a clean green meadow with no human settlement. All you can do is camp. And you can also camp around the Madhmaheshwar temple.

Rates are, as of June 2017, which is peak-season time:

Ransi – 500 for 2 people

Gaundhar, Bantoli, Upper Bantoli, Khatra Khal and Nanu – 100 per 1 person

Madhmaheshwar – 100-150 per person

This is the gist of it. If you have any further queries, feel free to leave a comment below or contact me through Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. I’ll get back to you as soon as I can. Stay safe, travel responsibly!

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Mohit Behl

Photographer by day. Travel Writer by night. And a Copywriter in between.
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17 Comments

  1. can i stay in a tent in budmaheswar in the night?? if yes,where can i rent a tent for that??

  2. Sir can provide mobile number of khaccar wala for Madmaheshwer temple from Ransi village…

  3. Can you please share contact numbers of khacchhar wala ? and how much they charge ?
    Also do you have contact details of concerns for Rudranath, as well.

    • Hi. I’m sorry the contact number hasn’t been operational for a while now. And I haven’t trekked to Rudranath yet. Hopefully, soon. Will update the blog after.

  4. This is wonderful! Thank you so much.
    I saw that you have one for Kalpeshwar as well but could not find one for Rudranath. Any info that you could share?

    Thanks again.

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