Namik Glacier gets its name from Namik village, which means ‘a place where saline water spring’ is found. Namik Glacier is found in the Kumaon Himalayas at an altitude 3,600 metres in the Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand. Namik Glacier is not a very popular option thereby making it perfect for the solace you are looking for because it is situated right in the heart of Himalayas. Peaks of Nanda Devi (7,848 metres), Trishuli (7,120 metres) and Nanda Kot (6,861 metres) will be your ally. Namik Glacier is the source from where a number of waterfalls and sulphur springs originate. You can also savour the Indo-Tibetan culture as this was the ancient Indo-Tibetan trade route. The eternal beauty of Himalayas through unsoiled villages will put you in a trance. Note: Uttarakhand Tourism has announced Namik Glacier as the 'Trek of the year' for the year 2018, so we will be organising special batches in the month of June comprising of 25 people in a group.
Drive from Kathgodam to Bageshwar (1,004m) (155 km)
Arrive at Kathgodam Railway station by 8 AM, from where we will pick you up and drive to Bageshwar village. The drive will take about 5-6 hours. This quiet town is situated on the confluence Sarju and Gomati rivers. Bageshwar is surrounded by mountains of Bhileshwar, Nileshwar, Suraj Kund and Agni Kund. Overnight stay at Bageshwar.
Drive from Bageshwar to Gogina (1,950m) (76 km)
After breakfast, we drive towards Gogina via the beautiful Kapkot village. Gogina is situated in the heart of Ramganga valley at the foot of Nanda Kot mountain. Overnight stay in camps/homestays.
Trek from Gogina to Thaltop.
After enjoying a beautiful sunrise and filling your stomach with healthy breakfast, with our lunch packed we trek to Thaltop. Most likely you will find no humans other than shepherds on your trek today. The vivid views of Panchachuli range will you companion for today as well. Overnight stay in camps.
Trek from Thaltop to Nandkund.
Post breakfast we trek to Nandkund which is situated in the Ramganga River Valley. Large chunks of ice and magnificent views of Nanda Devi and Nanda Kot will leave you feeling euphoric. Overnight stay in Nandkund
Trek from Nandkund-Namik Glacier-Nandkund
After having breakfast we trek for around 5 kilometres and reach Namik Glacier. The length of Namik Glacier is 3 km. The Nanda Kot peak is is very close that it almost appear at a hand’s distance. Soak in the beauty and finish your packed lunch. Trek back to Nandkund. Overnight stay in camps at Nandkund.
Trek from Nandkund to Thaltop
After having our breakfast, we trek back to Thaltop. Overnight stay in camps.
Trek from Thaltop to Gogina.
Post breakfast, we start our trek from Thaltop to Gogina via Namik village. The trail up to Bhotia village is a fairly easy one. After trekking another 3-4 km, you reach the hamlet, Namik village. We trek towards Gogina via the beautiful Kimu village. Gogina is situated in the heart of Ramganga valley at the foot of Nanda Kot mountain. Overnight stay in camps/homestays.
Drive from Gogina to Kathgodam. (225 km)
Today we drive back to Kathgodam from Gogina. The drive back journey will be approximately for 9 hours. We are expected to reach Kathgodam railway station late in the afternoon. The trip ends here. Make your booking for the onward journey.
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