Nanda Devi Base Camp
Nanda Devi Base Camp trek is a very high adventure trek, which starts at Munsiyari (2290M).It is a home to the Johari people who are famous for their ayurvedic remedies and woolen shawls. The fantastic sights of Panchchuli from here are breathtaking. The course traverses through places like Milam, Ralam glaciers, Namik & the Nanda Devi Peak.
The miracles of nature at Hardeol, Rishi Pahar and Milam Glacier leave a lasting impression on the mind and soul. If you are lucky, you may encounter a Snow Leopard or a Himalayan musk deer. You cross the river which lies on the way to Naspanpati at an altitude of 4200 m. You reach the pasture where flowers bloom aplenty.
Here you will find a cave made out after digging in a rock. Trek to opposite side of it that leads to grassy gradients. Opposite Lwan gad is Shaima Kharak where you come across a massive snowy Bangatia just behind it.
Munsyari: Only 120 km from Pithorgarh, Munsyari is set at a height of 11500 ft.It is the entry point of Johar area. Musyari is nestled with snow clad peaks.
Nanda Devi Temple: Very old temple is made with stones. This 18th century temple is set in Almora. It is dedicated to Goddess Nanda Devi, the supporter goddess of the Chand rajas. Nanda Devi is the only souvenir which survives today. During the month of September, the fair is held in Almora.
Nandakini valley: Short but energetic trek is rewarding. You may find common birds like; Lammergeyer, Golden Eagle and Himalayan Griffon.
How to get there
By Air: The nearest airport is Jolly Grant, situated at a distance of about 24 km from the main Rishikesh town. Air is not the preferred mode of transport for getting into the town.
By Road: Road network is well connected to all major towns of Uttaranchal and surrounding areas.
By Rail: Rishikesh is linked to all the major towns and cities of India. Some of the links are accessible only from Haridwar.
Best time to visit: April to June and September to October.
- The Nanda Devi East Base Camp is located at an altitude of 4150 mts/13612 ft.
- Wear warm clothes on the high altitude voyage.
- Grade: Moderate. You should be reasonably fit.
- Do not exert or exhaust unnecessarily as this will not let you cherish the trek.
- Get acclimatized with environ before trekking.
- Silence is must. Cherish the natural home grounds while trekking.
Things to Carry
- Medical kit
- A good compass
- An extra pair of clothes
- Woolen clothes
- Walking stick
- Sleeping bag
- Hiking shoes
- Water, juices, snacks
- Electric torch
Joshimath: Joshimath is a well known tourist spot and centre of attraction. It has a tourist bungalow, and dharamshalas. It is the main source to reach valley of flowers. Visit the markets of Joshimath, and rest there in forest rest houses or in Gurudwara.
Tapovan: Located 32 km from Auli, hot springs of Tapovan are the main attractions. The perfect base camp for trekkers, it has shivling peak in Uttaranchal hills. Many visitors including foreigners explore this sacred place every year.