Nanda Devi Trek

12 Days

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Nandadevi Trek

nandadevi alpine trekThe Nanda Devi Alpine Trek is a spectacular and challenging journey through the breathtaking landscapes of the Indian Himalayas. Situated in the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand, this trek takes adventurers to some of the highest peaks and most stunning valleys in the world. The trail offers a perfect blend of natural beauty, cultural heritage, and thrilling experiences, making it a paradise for trekking enthusiasts.

The Nanda Devi Alpine Trek takes you through diverse terrain, including dense forests, meadows dotted with wildflowers, and rugged mountain passes. Along the way, trekkers are treated to mesmerizing views of snow-capped peaks, pristine glacial lakes, and cascading waterfalls. The region is also home to a rich biodiversity, and trekkers might come across various species of flora and fauna on their journey. Additionally, the trek provides opportunities to interact with the local communities and learn about their unique traditions and way of life. Overall, the Nanda Devi Alpine Trek offers an unforgettable experience, immersing trekkers in the awe-inspiring beauty of the Himalayas while challenging them to push their limits.

Why Nandadevi Alpine Trek Trekkers choice

  • You get truly spectacular views of the Himalayas - Trishul (23,496 ft/7,120 m) o Kedarnath (22,994 ft/6,968 m), Kamet's pyramid of granite (25,595 ft/7,756 m), Nilkanth (21,767 ft/6,596 m), the square-topped summits of Gori Parbat and Hathi Parbat, Badrinath, the icy crest of Dunagiri, Rishikot, Changabang (22,651 ft/6,864 m), Kedarnath and Chowkhamba (23,522 ft/7,128 m) and the legendary twin peaks of Nanda Devi, (25,643 ft/7,740 m), surrounded by an awesome 19,800-foot (6,000 m) wall which forms a sanctuary.
  • From the thrilling climbs to the serene natural surroundings, Nanda Devi proudly showcases its highlights and leaves an indelible mark on the hearts of those who seek its beauty and excitement.
  • The trek offers a multitude of highlights that leave adventurers in awe of the natural wonders that surround them. From glistening snow-capped peaks and picturesque meadows adorned with vibrant wildflowers to serene glacial lakes and ancient villages steeped in rich culture and history, every step along this trek is a testament to the sheer beauty of the mountains.
  • The trek also presents thrilling challenges with steep ascents, narrow trails, and crossing high-altitude passes, making it an exciting adventure for seasoned trekkers
  • Standing at the base of the majestic Nanda Devi, the second-highest peak in India, and being encompassed by the awe-inspiring surrounding mountainscape, is an experience that will undoubtedly leave an indelible mark on the souls of all who embark on this extraordinary journey.

Itinerary

Start early in the morning to Debal. You begin by driving uphill along a hilly road which snakes up the valley past Deoprayag, the confluence of the Alakananda and Bhagirathi rivers, and through the town of Shrinagar, once the capital of the kingdom of Garhwal. Debal is a small settlement situated in a narrow sloping valley. Camp is set by the Pindar river on an open grassland.

From Debal, the road runs up, following the old footpaths to the village of Mandoli. From here you follow an old pony track. The first day's walk is not too steep and often sheltered by the beautiful pine woods that fill the valley. Camp is set among shrines on the top of the ridge, about 500 m above Mandoli village.

A long traversing descent through rhododendron forests and across a beautiful clearing is followed by a climb to the main valley, at the head of which is Wan. A gradual walk through the village brings you to the Forest Rest House and Tourist Bungalow. Camp is set up near the Rest House. Wan is the biggest village in the Neel Ganga Valley, having a cluster of houses spread around the valley with Lohajung Khal to the left and Kokin Khal to the right. Just above the Tourist Bungalow is the sacred grove of Latu, a local devta (spirit) whose temple has one of the biggest deodar trees in India.

Walking on past Latu's temple, the path climbs up through magnificent cypress trees to the beautiful towards Kukin Khal (10,300 ft/3,121 m), reached in about two hours. There are two graves here. The path then drops to broad meadows with the track marked with stone rows on each side. An hour's walk takes you to the end of the broad meadows to near Kunol. From here the track drops down east, again on a long undulating traverse, through magnificent forest filled with monkeys, to the confluence of two rivers, to the campsite below Sutol.

A short climb brings you to Sutol, a lovely village with paved alleys and slate roofs. The track now traverses along the valley with a number of ups and downs and huge drops down to the river gorge below, through fragrant forests of fir trees. After dropping to a river, crossed by a green girder footbridge, there is a long steep climb to a little temple on a Col at 8,200 feet (2,485 m). From here, passing fields and smallholdings and dropping once again to a side river, there is a good spot to stop for lunch. An upper track leads to the bridge and then a gradual climb through forest emerges near farms and fields to a splendid campsite near Dekhandhar, set on a ridge, with amazing views of Trisul.

A short day with a traversing path to start with, passing through attractive small villages such as the outstanding Ala, with a house with magnificent carvings on the porch. As always, there are quite a few ups and downs, cutting into side valleys. Stop for lunch by a side stream before you reach the campsite, some half an hour's walk away from Ramani, set in lovely pine woods. There is time to walk into Ramani, a typical Garhwali village with friendly people and attractive houses with heavy slate roofs and paved alleys surrounded by fertile fields.

A long day. Start with a 1,000-foot (300 m) climb on a good zigzagging track leading to open grassy grazing meadows. Snow peaks begin to emerge above the forest, to the north. Continue ascending steeply, as the path moves diagonally through forests of rhododendron, pine and holm oak, with more pastures for summer grazing dotted with shepherds' huts below, to your right. You may come across flocks of sheep and goats moving along the track.
The highest point - Ramni Pass, also called Binayak Top - is reached in about three hours from camp. There are magnificent views of Trisul through the trees and from the open meadow. It is also possible to make out the Kuari Pass, still at least three days' walk away. From now on, you may have a chance to see the multi-coloured Monal pheasant, though they are very shy, being hunted by the locals for the pot. From the pass, the path goes gently down across more pastures and open glades, then into lovely forests of horse chestnuts and walnut trees with waterfalls. The track, most of it paved, now starts a steep zigzag descent to the small village of Jhi, where camp is set for the night.

A short day. A steep descent from the camp past small farms brings you down through woods to the spectacular suspension bridge at 6,037 feet (1,830 m) across the Birehi gorge, inhabited by a large number of monkeys. From here a very steep climb takes you back to 7,382 feet (2,237 m), where the track eases after about an hour and a half's ascent. From here the path is almost flat, passing through fine rhododendron forest with long-tailed magpies flitting about. There are many streams and waterfalls as the route contours around many deep re-entrants. Looking down to the deep gorge below, you can see the landslide and the Gauna Lake which burst to flood the whole of the Ganga Valley down to Rishikesh in 1898. After going around the head of a horseshoe valley, you reach two lovely rivers cascading down under the path. From here it's a short climb to the campsite at Kalighat.

A long and spectacular day. The route traverse above the village and then starts a steep climb up into rhododendron forest, with many zigzags - it is a broad, well made track but after quite a number of false summits, a Col is reached at 9,842 feet (2,982 m). The path now descends gently, traversing along the valley, to open meadows with views across to the Kuari Pass. The track then traverses down around the side of the valley, across several streams, before it plunges down a very steep and loose section, much of which has been washed away by the monsoons - an awkward and loose descent. At the bottom, you will see that the river has cut through a deep rocky dramatic gorge, to your right. This is wild country and there are no settlements, while blue sheep and the Himalayan black bear are said to be roaming here. From the river, it is a very steep climb of about 3,000 feet (900 m) with a small break about half the way up to cross a large stream. A final climb brings you above the tree-line to the campsite on the large pastures where sheep and goats graze in summer. The Kuari Pass towers above.

The high pass is only an hour and a half's walk from camp and it is recommended you leave as early as possible to get the full effect of sunrise over the peaks on the Indo-Tibet border. Frank Smythe, who came this way in 1931, en route to Kamet (25,443 feet), the second highest mountain in this region, summed it up beautifully: "We breasted the slope and halted, silent on the path. No words would express our delight. The Himalaya were arrayed before is in a stupendous arc".

Camp is set either on a high meadow along the ridge and across a small stream or lower down, in a forest clearing with wonderful views of the surrounding mountains. The blinding vision of snow peaks makes all the effort worthwhile, for it is often said that this is one of the greatest mountain views in the world. A long way below lies Tapovan, a day's walk away. If conditions are right, watching the sun set of the ring of mountains is a breathtaking experience.

The trail circles around the curving meadows to the left and descends gradually to the lower parts of the grazing grounds. Then descend steeply for about four hours through rhododendron, oak and pine forests to the village of Kulari. Cross Kulari nallah (stream) and walk gradually along it, bypassing a number of villages and their fields. Walk for another 30 minutes along the small canal jutting out of Kulari nallah, taking a right turn till you reach the hump overlooking the Dhauli Ganga valley, with Dunagiri right across the river and the village of Tapovan, known for its hot sulphur springs, right below, next to the road. Descend for another 30 minutes to the roadhead where vehicles are waiting to drive you to Joshimath for overnight stay in a simple basic hotel.

Drive 9hrs after breakfast at hotel in joshimath.

Nandadevi Alpine Trek end up here.

Nandadevi Alpine Trek cost

  • Accommodation: 2 Nights in a Hotel / Homestay on a double/triple sharing basis.
  • Tented accommodation on a double/triple sharing basis.
  • Transportation: Surface transfer from Rishikesh to Rishikesh by Innova / Bolero / Tempo Traveller ( Depends on the number of travelers).
  • Meals: All Meals from (day 1 dinner to day 12 Breakfast) are included. We provide simple nutritious vegetarian food on all days of the trek.
  • Snacks: Morning / Evening Tea / Coffee with light snacks.
  • Camping logistics: Tent, Sleeping bags, Mattress, Dining tent, Toilet tent.
  • Trek Leader Qualified and Experienced Trek leader and support staff.
  • Permits: All necessary fees and permits.
  • Trekking Equipment: Gaiters, Micro Spikes, and Rope if required.
  • Safety Equipment: Basic First Aid kit with Oximeter and Oxygen Cylinder.
  • Free Travel Insurance up to 4.5 Lakhs.
  • Guide ratio: 1:6

Nandadevi Alpine Trekking

  • 5% GST
  • Any expenses of personal nature.
  • Meals during transit.
  • Insurance of any kind.
  • Unscheduled delay due to landslide.
  • Cost Escalation due to “ Force Majeure and Evacuation charges”.
  • Anything not mentioned explicitly in the above program.

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The Nanda Devi Alpine Trek is a mesmerizing journey that takes adventurers through the breathtaking landscapes of Uttarakhand, India. As the trek begins, participants traverse through dense forests, meadows adorned with vibrant alpine flowers, and rocky terrains that lead to glistening glaciers. The experience of camping under the starlit skies and waking up to the majestic views of Nanda Devi, the highest peak in India, is simply unparalleled. This trek presents a rare opportunity to witness the unparalleled beauty of the Himalayas, making it a must-do adventure for nature enthusiasts

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