Mandani Valley

Mandini Valley - Trail to Heaven

Mandani Valley trek is one of the tough and less explored treks in the Garhwal Region of Uttarakhand. The valley connects the Madhmaheswar trail to Kedarnath at Chorabari Glacier, the origin of river Mandakini. The trek involves crossing 3 high altitude Cols, the highest being the Bisali Col (4750 mts)

Mandani Bugyal is a heavenly place with beautiful views of valley, flowers and snowy peaks. Apart from trekking, the trail and valley have a strong mythological association with Pandavas, who crossed it during their final ascent to Swargarohini.

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About Mandini Trek

The beautiful Mandini Valley is at the base of Mandini Peak. Mandani Valley is around 35 kms from Ransi village and 55 kms from Ukhimath in Kedarnath Valley. The trek to Mandini Valley is tough which passes through numerous forests, meadows, streams, glaciers, rocky terrain, passes and cols. This trek is not recommended for beginners.

During the trek you will get the best views of Chaukhamba peaks, Mandani Peaks, Kedardome, Younbuk, Bisali, Mahapanth, Sumeru and Mansa group of peaks. Panpatia region in front of neelkanth is superbly visible at Thouli. Thouli, Dagra Bugyal & Mandani Valley are extremely beautiful with green bugyals and valley full of flowers.

You can also visit one of the oldest temple, and it is dedicated to Goddess Mandini.

Best Time to Visit

Best Time for Mandani Valley Trek: June and September

You can plan during Saavan month (mid of July) of Hindu Calendar. During that time the local villagers and devotees take the statue of Mandani Goddess in the chariot to Mandini Bugyal. This yatra starts from Rakeshwari Temple to Mandini Bugyal.

In June: You will get virgin trail, snow and some flowers with lush green valley.
In July and August: Flowers will be plenty, mostly red in colour makes the view of valley heavenly. But rains will effect the speed and itinerary of your trek as well. Though the water will be easily available.
In September: One of the best time, with less rains and plenty of flowers around. Snow will be less.
In October: Good time with start of winters. Water sources will be very less.

Approx Cost for Mandani Trek ranges from: Rs 22000 to Rs 28000 per person

Mandani Valley Travel Tips

  • This trek is not for beginners. So do get your hands on trekking exprience is some moderate high altitude treks of 7-8 days first.
  • The trek is mainly open in rainy season, so be prepared for rains, wet trails in some areas
  • As the trail is less traveled, take experienced guide or team along with you on Mandani Trek
  • There will snow at Yembuk Col and Mahapanth Col base camps. Carry gaiters and crampons (if possible), they would be helpful.
  • If you have 3 more days then you can also include Madhmaheshwar trek in your tour as well.
    Read More: About Madhmaheshwar Trek : Madhmaheshwar Trekking Tours

Mandani Bugyal also know as the Final Trail of Pandavas to Swargarohini

According to Mahabharata, It is believed that Pandavas passed through Mandani valley, during their final journey to Swargarohini. The ancient temple is also present in Mandani Bugyal near the Usha River.

According to one story, Mighty Goddess Durga killed Mahishasur and buried him into the earth at this place. After that, she took the shape of the rock and decided to sit on him forever. That rock still remains at the same place.

Suggested Trek Itinerary for Mandani Trek

Day 1: Arrival at Ransi Village (2080 mts) from Rishikesh/ Haridwar/ Dehradun via Ukhimath by road, around evening. Time: 7-8 hrs, Distance: 230 kms from Haridwar, 203 kms from Rishikesh

Day 2: Trek starts from Ransi 2080 mts to Saniyara 2850 mts. The trail will pass through the beautiful meadows.
Time: 4-5hrs, Trek: 5 kms

Day 3: Trek from Saniyara 2850 mts to Paturi 3300 mts
Time: 7 hrs, Trek: 7 kms

Day 4: Paturi 3300 mts to Thouli camp 3865 mts via Thouli top 3920 mts
Time: 8 hrs

Day 5: Trek from Thouli camp 3865 mts to Dagla bugyal 3505 mts via Dwara Pass & Dwara Top 4150 mts
Time: 7 hrs

Day 6: Trek from Dagla bugyal 3505 mts to Mandani valley 3550 mts or via Dubra Top 3750 mts. The magnificent Mandani valley can be explored for the rest of the day.
Time: 5 Hours

Day 7: Trek from Mandani valley 3550 mts to Yembuk Col Base camp 4130 mts
Trek: 7 hrs

Day 8: Trek from Yembuk Col Base camp 4130 mts to Mahapanth Col base camp 4450 mts or via Yembuk Col 4635 mts.
Time: 7 hours

Day 9: Trek from Mahapanth Col Base camp 4450 mts to Kedranath 3380 mts or via Mahapanth Col 4602 mts. Night stay in Kedarnath Dham.

Day 10: Kedarnath to Gaurikund (16 Kms). This 16 kms you can either come down by trek or take a helicopter from Kedarnath (if operational). Son Prayag another 20 km away takes 30 min over the road has plenty of hotels in Sonprayag. You can stay at Guptkashi, Sonprayag or any other place in that region.

Day 11: Drive back from Guptkashi to Dehradun/Haridwar/Rishikesh.

*Note: Keep 1 day as rest day or reserve day trek acclimatization or for exploration. 

Detailed Route Map of Mandini Valley Trek from Ransi to Kedarnath

Read this:  Travel Blog on Mandini Trek :: Pictures from Ransi to Mandani to Kedarnath

Some Faqs (Frequently Asked Questions) about Mandani Valley

Q. What is the total duration of the trek ?
A. It takes around 11 to 12 days for Mandana Bugyal Trek from Haridwar/Rishikesh.

Q. I have read about sources of water are less, is that true?
A. Yes, the first three days there is water shortage, mainly in the the month of October. During July, August and September you will get rain water sources at various places. In October most of the water sources offer muddy water only.

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What is Mandani Valley famous for?

Mandani Valley is famous among tourist as Trekking, Mythology, Less Explored Trail, Valley, Meadows, Flowers.

Mandani Valley is recommended destination for Foreigners, Groups.

Mandani Valley is popular destination for following activities/ interests - Adventure, Meadows, Trekking.

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