Nanda Devi Trek
Duration: 18 Days / 17 Nights
Destination Covered: Delhi - Kathgodam - Almora - Munsyari - Darkot - Lilam - Bugdiar - Railkot - Martoli - Milam - Kathgodam
Season: April - June and September - October
Altitude: 4150 m (Nanda Devi East base camp Grade: Moderate)
Road head for trek:Delhi / Kathgodam. From Kathgodam 300 kms drive to Munsyari enroute Almora (approximate driving time 8-9 hrs).
It is an adventureous trek from Munsiyari (2290M), at a distance of about 120 kms from Pithoragarh. Munsyari a small beautiful hamlet, a scenic eye catching waterfalls, also home for JohariTribe known for their knowledge of rare wonder herbs ,woolen shawls. Breathtaking views of the Panchchuli can be seen form this point, Munsyari the base camp for trekkers to Milam, Namik, Ralam glaciers & the Nanda Devi Peak. The views from Milam Glacier of Trishuli, Hardeol and Rishi Pahar are a sight to behold. The whole trip is full of magical sightings, and indeed the beautiful meadows at the Nanda Devi Base camp . If luck favours you can sight the elusive Snow Leopard and the musk deer.
- Day 1: Delhi
Arrive and transfer to hotel for over night stay.
- Day 2: Delhi - Kathgodam
Board over night train reach Kathgodam early next morning at 0600 hrs.
- Day 3: Kathgodam - Almora Munsyari (2290 m/7512 ft)
Travelling Distance: Approx 300 kms.
From Kathgodam drive towards Munsyari via Almora. This will take about 8-9 hrs.
- Day 4: Munsyari Darkot (1800 m/5904 ft) - Lilam (1850 m/6068 ft) (15 kms/ 5-6 hrs) Trek
Start trekking towards Darkot, 5kms from Munsyari. From Darkot we start the descent to the Gori Ganga and continue descending until we reach the River at Jimighat. This is the lowest point of the trail and fromhere we Ascend to Lilam. And pitch our camps for overnight stay.
- Day 5: Lilam Bugdiar (2500 m/8200 ft) (15 kms/5-6 hrs) Trek
Start for Bugdiar. 5 kms, we cross the confluence of Ralam River and Gori Ganga. Shepherds with their flocks of sheep and goats are a common sight at the meadows of Bugdiar. Overnight stay in tents.
- Day 6: Bugdiar Railkot (3100 m/10168 ft) Martoli (3430 m/11250 ft) (14 kms/5-6 hrs) Trek
We trek by the Gori Ganga through the gorges. This beautiful trail passes through gorges and meadows leading to Railkot. The trek continues to the village Martoli situated at the edge of Lwan Gad Valley. Overnight stay in tents.
- Day 7: Martoli Milam (3450 m/11316 ft) (11kms/5-6 hrs) Trek
We descend to a bridge over the Lwan Gad and continuing further we cross the bridge over the Gori Ganga. The trail goes on to the left bank and a short climb brings us to Burphu Village (3350 M). The valley opens up here and one get a spectacular view of several peaks. Trekking further we will reach the village Milam. Overnight stay in tents.
- Day 8: Milam Milam Glacier Milam (6 kms /3-4 hrs) Trek
After breakfast trek towards the Glacier. Visit the Glacier and the magnificent peaks of Rishi Pahar (6692 M), Hardeol (7151 M) and Trishuli 1 (7074 M). Later start retracing steps towards Milam village. Overnight stay in tents.
- Day 9: Milam
We take rest today and get acclimatize.
- Day 10: Milam Camp (Lwanl) (14 kms/5-6 hrs) Trek
We start to descend towards Lwani today and Camps opposite the settlements of Lwani. Overnight stay in tents.
- Day 11: Camp (Lwanl ) Nanda Devi East Base Camp (4150 m/13612 ft) (14kms/5-6 hrs) Trek
Start trekking towards base camp following the Lwan valley. The trail passes through a series of moraine fields and famous meadows of Sartol Kharak (3650 M) and Naspanpatti (3850 M) finally leads to the Nanda Devi East base camp. The meadows at the base camp are a sight to see. Overnight stay in tents.
- Day 12: N D East Base Camp Towards Nanda Devi East N D East Base Camp (6 kms/3-4 hrs)
We take a short trek about 3 km towards southeast of the Nanda Devi East. Explore the terrain and return back in the afternoon. This is the route leading to Trails Pass that links the upper Lwanl valley with the Pindari valley. Overnight stay in tents.
- Day 13: Nanda Devi East Base Camp - Martoli (3430 m/11250 ft) (15 kms/5-6 hrs) Trek
Start retracing steps towards Martoli. Its generally downhill and is an easy leisurely walk. Overnight stay in tents.
- Day 14: Martoli - Railkot (3100 m/10168 ft)- Bugdiar (2500 m/8200 ft) (14 kms/4-5 hrs) Trek
Towards Bugdiar passing through Railkot. This will take approximately 5 hrs. Overnight stay in tents.
- Day 15: Bugdiar (2500 m/8200 ft) Lilam (1850 m/6068 ft) Trek
Start trekking towards Lilam. Its mostly downhill and will take around five hours at an leisurely pace. Overnight stay in tents.
- Day 16: Lilam Munsyari (2290 m/7512 ft) Trek
Last day of the trek. We start leisurely towards Munsyari. The walk is comfortable and takes around five hours. Overnight stay in Guest house.
- Day 17: Munsyari Kathgodam
Early morning drive from Munsyari towards Kathgodam to board train for Delhi at 2040 hrs.
- Day 18: Delhi
On your own take a walk to janpath for shopping. Later we all gather for farewell dinner and transfer to airport for your departure.