Nanda Devi Base Camp Trek
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 Trek is the perfect way 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. Munsiyari 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.
Nanda Devi Base Camp Trek is a moderate plus trek climbing to a high altitude of 3,900 metres. It requires more strength and endurance than moderate level treks. Therefore, it is recommended that you first gain an experience of trekking to altitudes of 3700 metres and learn about campsite basics, ascending and descending on mountain trails, basics of high altitude acclimatization process and then move up a notch with the Nanda Devi Base Camp Trek. For details on trek difficulty level, please read on Bikat Rating Scale .
Should have at least 7-10 trek days in the Himalayas in their kitty. For the trek’s achieving more than 5000 metres, a person must have a prior experience of trekking at altitudes of or more than 3700 metres.
Jog/Run for 5 Kms in 25-30 mins Or Walk continuously for 10 kms (with 3-4 small breaks) on plain terrain (slight incline is better) Hold your breath for 40 seconds 3 sets of Climbing 30 – 40 steps in one stretch Push Ups – 10 Lunges & Squats – 15 X 2 sets If you are meeting these benchmarks, please use the preparation schedule to improve your fitness till you achieve the above benchmarks.
Know campsite basics like how to use a sleeping bag, sleeping tet, toilet tent. Ascending & Descending technique for mountain trails Basic mountain mannerisms Ascending & Descending on snow Basics of Mountain Sickness Basics of Mountain Hazards How to cross small water streams
Pre monsoon : May - June
Post monsoon : September - October
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The base of Nanda Devi Base Camp Trek is Munsiyari.
By Flight : Pantnagar serves as the nearest airport to Munsiyari lying at a distance of 249 km. Connected with daily flights from Delhi, it is easy to commute from the airport to the village by taxis available outside the airport. Naini Saini Airport in Pithoragarh is the other option, however, the flight are not that frequent from this airport.
By Road : Munsiyari is connected to many major cities of Uttarakhand as well as neighbouring states via a well maintained network of road. State-owned buses and private buses run regularly from Delhi and other states. Since the journey from Delhi to Munsiyari is quite long, it is advisable to break your journey at various stops and finally change the bus from either Almora or Pithoragarh.
By Train : Kathgodam (275 km) and Tanakpur (286 km) are the two best options of the nearest railway head to reach Munsiyari via rail. These stations are well connected to many major cities via good rail network. Cabs and buses can be hired from outside the station till Munsiyari.
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. There is also a chance of spotting snow leopards and musk deer.
Munsiyari has 3G coverage for all major networks.
Some places to see in Munsiyari -
The minimum age limit is 13 years. However, minors aged between 13 to 17 should be accompanied with their parents or guardians. If you are above the age of 60, kindly carry a medical certificate from your doctor that deem you fit for adventure activities like trekking.
You must have prior trekking experience reaching altitudes of more than 3000 meters. You must be physically fit to successfully complete this trek.
The Nanda Devi Base Camp Trek is a moderate plus trek i.e. it requires more strength and endurance than moderate level treks. It is a high altitude trek climbing to the height of 4000 meters. Therefore, it is recommended that you have prior trekking experience and learn about campsite basics, ascending descending on mountain trails, basics of high altitude acclimatization process and then move up a notch with Nanda Devi Base Camp Trek. On Bikat scale the difficulty level of this trek is 5. For details on trek difficulty level, please read on Bikat Rating Scale
If you are not meeting these benchmarks, please use the preparation schedule to improve your fitness till you achieve the above benchmarks.
One should be familiar with the following:
The best months to undertake this trek are in May, June, September and October.
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The base camp of the Nanda Devi Base Camp trek is the quaint village of Munsiyari. Munsiyari is at a distance of 290 km from Kathgodam/Haldwani and can be approached by local buses, shared taxis or private taxi.
Kathgodam is well connected to Delhi through rail and road transport. Here is how you can reach:
By Road: Uttarakhand Roadways provides all kinds of bus services between Delhi ISBT to Haldwani. The distance between Delhi to Kathgodam is 294 km which takes about 7 hours to cover. You can book your bus tickets online through https://utconline.uk.gov.in/ or any other bus services available. You can also hire a private taxi or an outstation cab from Delhi. These taxis come at exorbitant prices.
By Rail: Kathgodam is the last railhead before Lohajung. Board Ranikhet Express from Delhi which reaches Kathgodam early in the morning. Or you can take Delhi Sampark Kranti which reaches Kathgodam in the night in case you want to stay for the night.
By Air: Pantnagar Airport is the closest to Lohajung at a distance of 256 km. There is one Air India flight running everyday between Delhi and Pantnagar. It is suggested to make your bookings well in advance due to low frequency of flights. In case you are flying to Pantnagar, take a taxi from airport to Kathgodam and then take one of those shared jeeps to reach Lohajung.
Cellular Network is intermittent at Munsiyari. There is no cellular connectivity beyond Munsiyari.
Kathgodam is located in Nainital district of Uttrakhand. Nainital is 53 km from Kathgodam and can be reached by local buses. Nainital is a famous tourist spot in the mountains & visited by a lot of people all around the year. Naini Lake is the heart of Nainital where you can enjoy boating, yachting, and paddling. Perch on the Tiffin Top to enjoy the views of Nainital. Stroll at The Mall Road where you can buy some souvenirs from the trip.
The minimum age limit is 13 years. However, minors aged between 13 to 17 should be accompanied by their parents or guardians. If you are above the age of 60, kindly carry a medical certificate from your doctor that deem you fit for adventure activities like trekking.
When you arrive in Munsiyari, your stay will be made at a homestay. The rooms will be provided on twin or triple sharing basis. You will receive the details of your accommodation through email few days prior the trek. On trekking days, all the trekkers will be accommodated in twin or triple sharing tents. Along with this, there will be also be a toilet tent and a dining tent installed at every campsite as we roll.
We provide 4 seasons tents by Gipfel for higher altitudes which can easily withstand heavy snowfall and storms. They are spacious enough to accomodate 3 people at once with a vestibule to place the backpacks. Our sleeping bags are made up of Heatseeker Pro synthetic insulation that can provide you comfort in -10 degrees celsius. We also use additional fleece liners to have thermal efficiency even in the extreme temperatures of -17 degrees Celsius. If you carry your own sleeping bag, you will get a cashback reward provided that you inform us as soon as you have booked your trek.
Toilet tents will be provided to you on the trek.These are portable toilets tents where a deep pit will be dug. A shovel will be provided inside the tent to cover the waste after you have made your business. You can take a toilet roll inside. Make sure you dig used toilet paper along with the waste. Though water is recommended in place of toilet paper. Please refrain from using wet wipes as they are non-biodegradable. There will be no facility for bathing on the trek. Go through our blog section for tips on how to maintain personal hygiene on treks.
You will be provided with good quality of gaiters and microspikes from us depending upon the situation of the snow. Our trek leaders will also be carrying ropes and ice axe.
Vegetarian food will be served throughout the trek. The only non-vegetarian item served on our treks are eggs. Our kitchen staff follows a proper menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner which has been designed in order to fulfil the nutritional requirements of the participants. There will be milk, poha, eggs, muesli/corn flakes, bread and butter served for breakfast. Rice or simple roti sabzi will be packed for lunch. In dinner, you will have dal, egg curry or any other vegetarian dish along with rice, roti, and a dessert item. Packed lunch will be provided to you on the days you are trekking. You are requested to carry your own tiffin box and a mug to consume food. The meals consumed on journey and arrival day are not included in our cost.
You can rent following items from us- Trekking Pole, Trekking Shoes, Fleece Jacket, Rucksack.
You can expect a good amount of snow in the first season i.e. May-June. It is difficult to expect snow post monsoons in September-October when the trek opens again for its second season.
If you want to offload your rucksack, you will have to make a request for offloading a few days prior the trek through an email so that arrangement can be made in advance. You will be charged per day for offloading your rucksack. In case you decide to offload on the spot, you may have to pay a higher price than usual. However offloading your rucksack is not recommended since it is not a safe practice.
A team of participant will be led by a course certified trek leader and a local guide. All participants are requested to abide by what their leader says. There will also be a team of kitchen staff and porters on the trek. We maintain 1:8 ratio of trek leader and participants. All our trek leaders and staff have a certified training in first-aid and rescue operation.
Yes, trekking pole is necessary. If you don’t want to buy one, you can rent it from us on minimal daily basis charges. You can request the renting link from us.
There is a possibility of buying stuff from shops in Munsiyari. However, please do not leave anything for last minute buying.
Yes, e-certificates will be given at the end of each trek provided that you completed it. It will bear your name, the trek, and the maximum altitude you achieved on the trek.
Yes, it is absolutely safe for solo woman to travel in fix departures. Women on the trek will be sharing tent with each other. In case you are the only woman on the trek, you will be given a separate tent.
We will pick up the participants from Haldwani and take them to the base camp of the trek, Munsiyari.
The participants will be dropped at Haldwani by the evening a day after returning from the trek.
ID Proof (Soft Copy to be sent to us in Advance & original to be carried) and Medical Certificate (Soft Copy to be sent to us & original to be carried) are the mandatory documents required for this trek.