Nanda Devi is the second highest mountain in India, it is located in the state of Uttarakhand, between the Rishiganga valley on the west and the Goriganga valley on the east. Its name means Bliss-Giving Goddess. The peak is regarded as the patron-goddess of the Uttarakhand Himalaya. It is a two- peaked massif forming a 2 km long ridge towards from east to west. The west summit is higher forming the main peak, and the eastern summit is called as Nanda Devi East. Together the twin peaks are referred to as twin Peaks of Goddess Nanda.
Nanda Devi East Trek starts from the beautiful town of Munsyari (2290 mts) and the route ascends up the Gori Ganga river gorge which separates the Nanda Devi group from the beautiful peaks of the Panch Chulli group. There are quaint Himalayan settlements on the way and villages like Burphu and Martoli have houses that are at least one hundred and fifty years old reminding every one of the extent of Indo-Tibetan trade through the old silk route. Five days of steady walking takes you to Pachu glacier (3950 mts) the base camp area for Nanda Devi East.
Transfer to New Delhi Railway Station , arrive at Kathgodam 06:30 hrs. Received by our escort and transferred to waiting vehicle after brief rest & drive to Chaukori. Overnight in Guest house & Dinner.
After breakfast drive to Munsyari via Thal. The drive is beautiful we pass through a wide altitudinal range, dropping as low as 500m and getting as high as 2700m, with equally varying vegetation and birds.Overnight in Hotel & Dinner.
After breakfast drive to the short distance to Dhapa (30 minutes) and from here we start our trek, following the well-paved trail to the Gori Ganga valley. Lush broad-leaved forest is alive with birds and huge Lammergeiers and Himalayan Griffon Vultures are a common sight. we shall be sharing the paved trail with villagers from the lower Ralam valley. Along this initial part of the trail there are several simple teahouses. Behind one you will see an “Inner Line” foreigners prohibition sign dating from before the 1994 re-alignment of the “Inner Line”. We stop for lunch at Jimighat (1445m). As we approach Lilam, the valley becomes narrower and the temperature and humidity increases; the vegetation is now increasingly luxuriant. Overnight in Tents & Dinner.
LILAM – NAIN SINGH TOP – BOG UDIYARI (2540 mt./Trek 12 km.)
Today is a strenous walk along a gorge past the Gori Ganga River. We pass a footbridge, which crosses the river and leads up towards the Ralam valley. The trail climbs steadily throughout the morning until we reach “the bamboo palace” teahouse at Radgari (2100meters) where we enjoy our picnic lunch. Rhododendrons, ferns, orchids, peonies and climbing hydrangeas are prevalent on the surrounding cliff faces. The route is fairly up and down passing through the ITBP post at Bougdiyar. The camp site at Nehar Devi is close to the river, with high rocks rising on the other side.Overnight in Tents & Dinner.
From Bog Udiyari the trail climbs to 2655m before descending to the Hindu shrine at Naha Devi. Descending to the fields of Naha Devi, the valley sweeps around to the right. This village is situated at the junction with the Lawan valley, an important tributary valley that flows down from the Nanda Devi group of peaks to the west . Overnight in tents & Dinner.
Today We press on to our campground at Ganaghar at the mouth of the Pachu valley. En route we pass a bridge crossing the Gori Ganga to Burphu on the opposite bank; that is the way of the main trail. You walk through the vast Alpine pastures with intermittent views of magnificent Himalayan peaks From here we get our first views of the summit of Nanda Devi East and Milam village further up the Milam valley. Overnight in Tents & Dinner.
As you start climbing up from Ganghar, the Nanda Devi twin peaks become more n more prominent visible in full glory. A narrow and steep trail leads into the Pachu valley at the head of which lies the gigantic northeast face of Nanda Devi East towering almost 4000m above the Pachu glacier. The camp site is a vast Alpine meadow surrounded and magnificent Himalayan Peaks from all sides, with the Nanda Devi peaks in front.Overnight in Tents & Dinner.
It is the day to just enjoy the mesmerizing view of the peaks and enjoy the magnificent location. Options include the hike up to the snow ridges of Nanda Devi East and a visit to the base of Nanda Lampak(5782 mts.). There have been several sightings of blue sheep in the region.Overnight in tents & Dinner.
It is time to return and we descend from Pachu to Ganghar then follow the Gori river upstream up to Milam Village. We cross over the bridge and camp at Milam Village.Overnight in Tents &Dinner.
Milam Glacier Exploration day. An early start so we can accomplish our objectives during the clearest part of the day. We walk up the narrow trail along the left bank of the Milam Glacier which takes us to Segchakund; set in a stunning amphitheatre with a backdrop of the 7000metre peaks of Hardeol and Trisuli. From here we can see the clear white glacier, as well as the junction where three smaller glaciers join the main Milam glacier. Overnight in Tents & Dinner.
This is a steady walk and mostly downhill pass the villages of Rilkot, Lhaspa, Mapang and the narrow gorge at Nahar Devi.Overnight in Tents & Dinner.
We walk back amidst a beautiful forest of Ragarhi, and the climb of Nain Sing Top and the reach camp site by late afternoon.Overnight in Tents & Dinner.
We retrace our steps along the Gori river past Jimi Ghat to Dhapa from where we board a jeep that takes us to Munsyari.Overnight in Tents & Dinner.
It is time to bid farewell to Munsyari and its mountains. Today we board a vehicle that drives us to Kausani.Overnight in Hotel & Dinner.
Start after early lunch to catch Ranikhet Express to Delhi. (Departure at 8.40 p.m. from Kathgodam, arrival, at Delhi at 4.30 a.m., the next morning & Transfer as your schedule at Delhi.