Madhmaheswar which is also known as Madhya maheshwar is a small village, named after the sacred Madhyamaheshwar temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Its a moderate 16kms picturesque trek. Snow capped Himalayas [mainly the peaks of Chaukhamba, Kedarnath and Nilkanth] and lush green alpine meadows is all what you will see enroute this trek.
Did you know facts –
– Mahyamaheswar is one of the Panch Kedars [Kedarnath, Tungnath, Rudranath,Kalpeshwar]
– Locals refer Madhyamaheswar as MADHMAHESWAR which literally means Drunken god [Yes, you read it right the Drunken God]
– Since there are no particular options for staying in Madhyamaheshwar, trekkers usually set up their tents and enjoy the natural beauty
– Its located in Uttarakhand , at around 18 kms from Ransi and Ukhimath is the closest point with the proper road connectivity
– Ideal trekking months are mid April to June and October to November. But if you want to see the colorful flowers and the beauty of meadows the ideal months are late July to mid September
– If you are a photographer and want to catch reflection of peaks in kunds of Boodha madmaheshwar, the ideal time is November as the kunds are filled with water and the skies are clear.
How to reach –
Madhyamaheswar is located in the Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand. You can take Bus / shared cab / pvt cab from either Haridwar / Rishikesh / Dehradoon till Ukhimath. Then you can book a cab for Ransi village which is the starting point for this 16 km trek.
From Ransi to Gaundaar is a 7km trek of which mostly is a downhill easy trek. Gaundhar has quite a few lodges. It is situated near the river madhganga. From here Bantoli is situated at a distance of 1 km.The trek is an easy trek till Bantoli but Bantoli to Madhmaheshwar there is a steep ascent. Bantoli is situated at the confluence of madhganga and banatoli ganga, and is an ideal place for camping.From here to Khatara [2km] then to Nanu [2km]. Nanu to Moukham (one and a half km) and Moukham to Koon.The next 4kms are through dense forests. Koon to Madmaheshwar is a beautiful trek with pink and purple colored rhododendron blossoms (mid april to late may) on both the sides of the road.
Once you reach Madhyamaheshwar Temple, The trek ascends uphill towards Budha madmaheshwar [around 2km], you will be amazed to see the dreamy views of Himalayas once you reach here. This 2 km trek is relatively easy and trekkers can come and relax while they witness the unparalleled views of Chaukamba peak that overlooks Budha maheshwar temple. Budha madmaheshwar is a meadow with a shiva statue and few kunds at the top of the hill. The most important thing you will be surprised to see the Prasad which is being offered to God, its Biscuits and chocolates [yeah again u read it right biscuits and chocolates, i guess now few of us can be motivated to plan this trip hehe].