Nanda Devi (7816 M) is India’s second highest mountain. It is a massif with two peaks namely the Nanda Devi East (7434 mtrs.) and Nanda Devi West (7,816 mtrs.). Nanda Devi East Base Camp is the closest an admirer of the Himalayas can get to witness the beauty of the sister peaks - standing in the centre of a ring of peaks – majestic and aloof. The trek is approached through the Rishi Ganga gorge, one of the deepest in the world. The trek begins from Munsiyari that offers excellent views of the Panchachuli peaks and then passes through the Ramganga and Saryu valleys. Munsyari is a small beautiful hamlet with a scenic array of waterfalls and home to the Johari Tribe who are famed for their ayurvedic medicines and woolen shawls. Munsyari is the base for trekkers to Milam, Namik, Ralam glaciers & the Nanda Devi Peak. The region is adjacent to Nanda Devi National Park which is one of the most spectacular wilderness in the Himalayas. It is home to a variety of Flora & Fauna. If luck is favoring you on this trip you might even sight the elusive Snow Leopard or the Himalayan musk deer.
|3||Maximum altitude||3900 M|
|4||Total Trekking Distance||108 Kms|
|6||Trek Starts from||Munsyari|
|7||Trek Ends in||Munsyari|
|8||What is Included in the Fee||Meals during the trek
Forest Permits/Camping Charges
Tents, Sleeping bags, mats
Services of Trek guide, cook, helpers
Porters or mules for carrying common supplies
Services of a Certified Trek Leader
2 Nights Hotel/Guest House Stay in Munsyari
|9||What is not included in the Fee||Meals during road journeys,if any.
Meals during Hotel/Guest House stay.
Carriage of personal rucksacks
Cost of any kind of travel insurance.
Any expense of personal nature.
Any expense not specified in the inclusion list.
Arrive in Munsyari by evening. Hotel stay & dinner will be arranged by us. Rooms will be on twin or triple sharing basis. Address of the Hotel & Contact person will be provided by us in a separate email before the departure date.
Today trek is easy and planned so for better acclimatization. After breakfast in the Hotel, we board a taxi and drive to Selapani (10 Kms)which is the last road head. The trek begins with a steep descent to Gori Ganga River. We cross the river through a bridge at a place called “Jimighat”. From here a gradual ascent along the river bring us to Lilam Village. Lilam is the winter home for the residents of Milam Village (Closer to Milam Glaciar). Although most of the people have become permanent residents of Lilam, few families still continue the tradition to migrating to Milam in summer. We will arrive in Lilam by late afternoon.Overnight stay in Camps.
We will trek in the same gorge. The trek is parallel to the river on a trail which consist of Bamboo thickets & Connifer trees. After about 5 Kms we come to a point where a steam called Ralam meets Gori Ganga.The trail climbs from here to our next milestone which is a tea shop at Radgari. Trekking along the river we arrive in Bugdyar which is a beautiful camping site. It also has a small rest house. There is a memorial in Bugdyar which is dedicated to Villagers and army personnel who died in an avalanche in 1989. A cruel reminder of what nature’s fury can do to a place and its people. Overnight stay in Camps.
Cross the bridge over the river. Initially the climb is steep upto a overhanging cliff which shelters a diety. The tail after that eases out. Now you are walking at the level of river parallel to it. This is probably the best section of the complete trail. There are two notable waterfall on the way both of the height of 80 M or more. The trail ascends gradually till we reach Rilkot by late afternoon. Overnight in the camps.
We are above the tree line & the region is arid now. The villages on the way are deserted till we reach Burphu. Behind the village you can spot Burphu Peak (6300 M).Now we are entering the Pachu valley which leads to Nanda Devi base Camp. Ghangar (3340 M) is a small village with beautiful Johari houses. If you come here in the month of October, you will see goat skins drying on the rooftops of houses with beautifully carved wooden doors & windows. There is also an ancient temple in the village. The eastern side of Nanda devi east also comes into view from here.
The narrow trails climb steadily into the Pachhu Valley, through small stretches of tiny rhododendron & birch trees. The view is mostly dominated by the North face of Nanda devi east above the Pachhu glacier. In the later half, the valley opens up to reveal beautiful, lush alpine meadows. A beautiful campsite lies within a small distance of the foot of Nanda Devi. Overnight Camping.
Day for rest & exploring the surroundings utilize this day to soak in the beauty of this amazing place. Photographers can put their cameras to good use today.
Trek from Base camp to Rilkot following the same route. Overnight in camps.
Trek from Rilkot to Bugdyar following the same route. Overnight in camps.
Trek from Bugdyar to Munsyri following the same route. Overnight in Hotel.