We were in Pandav Sera and the rain continued till 3 PM. But as soon as the rain stopped, we spread our all clothes which were totally wetted. Fortunately, we have extra warm clothes in our rucksacks.
It was 22 June 2017 and a nice morning in Pandav Sera after a regular rain for 7-8 hours. There we saw the wide plain field known as Kshetrapal, where river Madhu Ganga flows. If you don’t know the way to Nandikund, you can follow Madhu Ganga and you will surely reach Nandikund. But it was not as easy as you are thinking after reading this on your computer screen. It was very hard and our luggage weighing 15 kg was making it further harder. You have to cross a very beautiful crystal water stream to reach on a new hill on the way.
That day we had to walk about a comparatively little 7 km but the altitude was very high as we trekked way up. Pandav Sera is about at 3900 m while Nandikund is at 4440 meters from MSL and this 540 Meters in 7 km makes it hard due to the steep terrain, odd cold climate, and rocky path; trekkers can understand it well.
Just after crossing the stream, you have to climb on a hill which is at about 70-80 degree and this all continued up to another 3-4 km. After this stretch, you found a small plain area which was covered with snow. But there had been no risk at all as it was a beautiful plain area supported for trekking enthusiast. When this snow cover ends, we got to encounter a picturesque natural fall of 5 steps. It wasn’t a big waterfall yet a beautiful one to reckon with.
Now we were in our final leg for Nandikund but the final task was not going to be easy as the height was going to challenge us in every bit. After walking about half of a mile you could see a with big land covered with snow and so you could not figure out the route and hence so you have to think logically and make your own way.
Do remember one important thing. There are boulders beneath that cover of snow and so you may get injured if your leg goes deep inside the snow. So, be very carefull otherwise, it would count on your life. Yes, it was in the month of June when we were trekking but if you trek in September, you will not encounter this type of snow cover in that area and will find it much easier.
You have to walk in a hemispherical way. But when you finish this line, you will really be really happy and will cry out loud ‘Hurrah! It is Nandikund finally’ a semi-frozen lake of Himalayas just in front of you. I was shouting but guide asked not to do that as it is prohibited to shout loudly as they think their local God will be angry with this act. We all obeyed his request. I would like to tell you that, there are some Swords kept all along which are observed as the Swords of Pandavas. One of those swords is about 40 kg in weight.
Nandikund is a big lake of Himalayas and its water is bluish which remains semi frozen till Mid July and gets completely frozen from October onwards. The river Madhu Ganga originates from this lake. Its area is about 3.0 sq. Km and is round in shape. We started our journey at 8:00 AM and reached here at about 12:30 PM. The sky was very clear so had a bath dip in the lake water. You know, I always take a dip in all the lakes whichever I have visited so far, does’nt matter how much cold it can be or whatever the weather conditions are .
It was about 3 PM as we reached Nandikund in the 5th day and temperature was abo3-degree Celsius. Cups of hot tea was in our hands which was giving some warmness. Our temperature device was actually teasing us showing temperature as 3 deg, means night will be icy cold and temperature will go down in negative. But we didn’t worry, as we have sleeping bags with us. Finally, the temperature reached minus 5 deg in the night and our tents were covered with a light layer of snow. Next day, it’s a fine sunny morning again there in Nandikund. We would further cross Vinayak 5500-meter height on the way and this would the final and toughest leg of this trek. So wait until I will write further about this trek in next article.