Nandi Kund via Giya Vinayak Pass
The Nandikund - Ghiya Vinayak Pass trek is a gem of a trek in the lap of the Himalayas of Garhwal Uttrakhand. The trek connects the Valleys of Kedarnath and Badrinath. The trek offers a close views of Peaks like Chaukhambha, Mandani and views as far as the Panpatia Snow field, Neelkanth Peak, Parvati Peak 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. The trek is involves steep climbs and descends, and some of the patches has no defined trail. The climb up to 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.
This route is considered very pious by the Hindus and we need to follow local customs while on the trek.