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My 18 days expedition to Nanda Devi East Base Camp is definitely among one of the best memories of my life. However, I would not have enjoyed the trip ...
One thing that I just can’t forget about Nanda Devi Trek is that entire time we were so lost in the beauty that we kept on standing at places and the e...
About the Nanda Devi Base Camp Trek:
- The journey starts with your arrival in Kathgodam, from where you will drive towards Munsiyari. After a night in the guesthouse there, you will trek to Lilam the next day. Spend a day in the tents here.
- Feel the trans-Himalayan trekking experience as you trek through Bogudiar, Rilkot, and Ghanghar before trekking to the Pachu Glacier with overnight stays in tents every night.
- From Pachu Glacier, you will explore the base camp for a day, before starting the return trek the next day. You will trek to Martoli, Rargari, and Munsiyari, staying at every location for a night.
- On the last day, you will be transferred from Munsiyari to Kathgodam to bring the trek to an end.
About the destination:
Home to some of the most majestic peaks in the country, Uttarakhand is also the home to the second highest peak of the country, the Nanda Devi. One of the most beautiful peaks in the Himalayas, the mountain is of significant importance to the locals. This trek leads you to the base camp on the eastern face of the peak, which is also the home to Pachu Glacier. Leading from an ancient trade route that was once home to a large civilization, the trek takes you to the base camp of Nanda Devi.
The trek starts and ends at Kathgodam, passing through Munsiyari, Lilam, Bogudiar, Rilkot, Ghanghar, Martoli, and Rargari. The scenic beauty of the snow-clad peaks, the surreal nature that prevails around the peak, the exotic range of flora and fauna in the vicinity has earned it the fame of being one of the most magnificent peaks in the world. Originating from Munsyai, Uttarakhand, this high altitude trek takes you through some of the exhilarating passes, winding trails, lush forests and several pictorial meadows. Following the ancient trade routes between India and Tibet, this astounding trek also offers glimpses of life in the higher altitudes and several cultures that are indigenous only to the Trans Himalayan Range.
Difficulty Level: Difficult
Altitude: 13,123 ft
Best Time: May to June & September To October.
After your arrival in Kathgodam, you will be taken on a drive through the hills of Kumaon to reach Munsiyari.
The destination for the day is Chaukori, which is famous for its tea gardens and iconic views of the Himalayas.
The rest of the day is for you to acclimatize in the guesthouse.
Dinner and overnight at accommodation.
The trekking begins after breakfast with the easy trek from Munsiyari to Lilam, which is a small village and winter residence of the inhabitants of Milam Village.
You will be staying here, surrounded by some of the most amazing views.
Dinner and overnight in tents.
After breakfast this morning, you will be trekking through forests of Utees trees. This forest is where the small rivulets of Ralam and Gori Ganga meet.
Following the way, you will arrive at a point where the Gori Ganga is met by the river Poting, marking the village of Bogudiyar.
Dinner and overnight in tents at Bogudiar
The beginning of the true Trans-Himalayan terrain and trekking experience is from this point on. After breakfast, you will start the trek to Rilkot.
There will be a short diversion on the way to the Laspa Village to visit the Northern Nanda Kot Glacier.
Keeping on the trek, you will arrive at the village of Rilkot, where you can set up camp by the river.
Dinner and overnight at tents
After breakfast, the trek leads out of Rilkot, and just after a short distance, you can see the view of Martoli Peak.
You can see the terrain opening up to reveal true forms of Trans-Himalayan landscape.
You will walk through meadows to finally arrive at the village of Ghanghar. This village marks the beginning of the Pachu Valley, which eventually leads to the base camp of Nanda Devi.
Explore the local houses with ancient wood carvings. Also visit the ancient temple of the region.
Dinner and overnight at tents.
After breakfast this morning, the steep climb to Pachu Glacier will begin.
As you walk past the forests of Rhodendron, the peak seems to be looming closer with each step you take.
After trekking for about 5 hours and covering 7 kms, you will arrive at the Pachu Glacier on the northern face of Nanda Devi.
Dinner and overnight in tents.
The morning will see you waking up to a mesmerizing sunrise. You will then have your breakfast.
The day is for walking up on the glacier, so you can get a closer view of the beautiful peak.
Dinner and overnight in tents.
The trek begins after breakfast this morning, where you will be trekking downhill for a long while before experiencing an uphill trek.
The town falls on an important ancient trade route, and hence you can see houses with many ancient wood carvings. The town is also famous for getting unbeatable views of the Nanda Devi east and Nanda Kot.
Dinner and overnight at a village house
The trek after breakfast takes you closer to Munsiyari as you arrive at Rargari.
Dinner and overnight at huts
A jeep will take you to Munsiyari after your breakfast.
Dinner and overnight at guesthouse/tents
After breakfast this morning, you will be driven back from Chaukori to Kathgodam, from where you can leave on your onward journey.
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Rated : 5.0
My 18 days expedition to Nanda Devi East Base Camp is definitely among one of the best memories of my life. However, I would not have enjoyed the trip without Thrillophilia’s great assistance. The company stands true to its name and gives you a comfortable yet adventurous trek in an affordable price range. All thanks to the fantastic tour management, our whole team enjoyed each and every movement on and off the trek.
Rated : 5.0
One thing that I just can’t forget about Nanda Devi Trek is that entire time we were so lost in the beauty that we kept on standing at places and the entire team used to wait for few of us. they did a fabulous job for the enteire group. also when you get to cam with the view of nanda devi peak you will just die to the core and just be amazed. amazing vibes.
Rated : 5.0
During the total of 9 days of trekking and 2 days for transportation, our entire group enjoyed a lot. Luckily, most of our group members were from hilly region and we were able to get acclimatised to the climate easily. Keeping all these aside, the trek was truly and purely an enthralling experience for us!
Rated : 5.0
Seriously, our entire group used to wonder, from where do you got so much patience? The trek was a fantabulous experience for all of us. Especially the visiting to different villages were the best part apart from the Himalayas.
Rated : 5.0
Guys if you feel that Rohtang is the only place you can chill out with your buddies then I would suggest you to take a trip to Nanda Devi Base Camp. The view is spectacular, Worth a try if you love photography and wilderness.
Rated : 4.0
People living in Nanda Devi are just the luckiest folk on earth, they get to see such beautiful, calm and amazing place every day. its been a good journey for me and my friends. the exciting himalayas always surprise you with every step you take. it was just splendid and had to give this review so that everyone goes there. guys pack ur packback and leave!!!
Rated : 5.0
I had the best time of the year, well spent vacations in a stunningly terrific place. This is the best trek for beginners as well take it off guys.
Rated : 5.0
I am still not done with Nanda Devi for sure, such a beautiful place…totally spell bounding. The whole trek was like I walking on some movie set.
Rated : 5.0
As I happen to see the Nanda Devi peak, I felt the sudden rush of excitement and adrenalines in me. It was a moment of a lifetime. All the climbs and descends got rewarded with the prized views all around.
Rated : 5.0
Beautiful is a small word, Nanda Devi is that awesome. What lovely huge trees. I still have the fallen rhododendron flowers as memoirs of my trip in my novels
This trek falls into the difficult category of Himalayan treks, and demands optimum fitness levels. Start preparing for the trek at least 3 months in advance. To increase your cardiovascular endurance and stamina, begin jogging everyday for 5 km. You should be able to jog 5 km within 25 minutes to be called fit for this trek. Add a regime of 3 sets of squats with 15 reps per set to strengthen your knees. Do some yoga asanas and stretches to avoid muscle cramps during the trek.
The Nanda Devi East Base Camp trek is best attempted in the summer months of May to June, and post monsoon months of September to October. The trek should be avoided during monsoons, for there is high possibility of landslides. The trails are also a lot more slippery during monsoons. The period from October to May sees a lot of snowfall, and the trek shuts down temporarily until the summers, when the snow begins to melt, and the trail is a lot clearer.
A 60L backpack with proper back support. Headgear: Beanie, Balaclava / Monkey Cap, Neck Scarf, UV Protect Sunglasses, Head Torch (Optional if carrying regular torch) Layers: Thermals, Fleece Jacket, Down Feather Jacket, Cotton and Woollen socks, T-shirts, Trekking Pants. Besides the above, carry a trekking pole, torch, a personal medical kit, toiletries, and energy bars.
Accommodations during the trek will be in tents.
During the summer, the weather will be quite pleasant, though nights can turn very cold. However, October means the onset of winter. This means the weather in October will be a lot colder, and possibility of snowfall may be slightly higher.
No, diamox is not advisable, as with proper acclimatization and regulation of water intake, AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) can be avoided. However, if you begin to experience symptoms of AMS, which include headache and nausea, inform your trek leader without further ado. They are fully equipped with oxygen cylinders and medical kits for emergencies. Never take diamox tablets without first consulting with your trek leader.
No, consumption of any kind of liquor is strictly prohibited on all treks. Alcohol leads to rapid dehydration especially on higher altitudes, which can bring AMS, or cause fatal health conditions. Remember, hydration is key in order to avoid AMS.
During daytime, the temperature will range somewhere between 5 to 8 degrees, while at night, the mercury level may dip to as low as -5 degrees. Make sure you carry at least 3 warm layers including a down feather jacket and fleece jacket.
Look for good quality trekking shoes with high ankle support and decent grip. Preferably, choose water resistant shoes, and make sure to break them in at least a month before the trek to avoid blisters and chafing. Please DO NOT carry sports shoes as they are not meant for Himalayan terrains, and can cause fatal slips. Also carry a minimum of 5 pairs of cotton socks for the trek
The trek to Nanda Devi East Base Camp follows one of the oldest Himalayan Trade routes known to start and concluding both in Kathgodam. After reaching the last railway station at Kathgodam, the trek’s first destination is the small yet beautiful village of Munsiyari. Munsiyari is the base camp where the trek starts by gathering all the necessary shopping for edibles and other lacking aids. The trek stops there for a while at the famous lodges such as Pandey’s Lodge or Zara’s lodge as per the budget and then departs for the next stoppage.
The itinerary tour of Nanda Devi East Base Camp starts at Kathgodam in Uttarakhand. One can opt for choosing either Bus or train available in their respective cities and reach Kathgodam. After reaching KAthgodam, you can hire a transport service to reach Munsiyari from where the original trekking starts.
Once reaching the trekkers often gather all the necessary items from the local markets and move further covering the trails of several bases, namely Lilam, Bogudiar, Rilkot, Ghanghar, and Rargari. After reaching the base camp, the trekking expedition ends with the tourists traveling all the way down to the Pachu Glacier.
The Nanda Devi Trek is located in the Kumaun region of the Himalayas situated at the altitude of 13,123fts. Hence, the trekking itself involves 11 whole days at a regular pace.
Nanda Devi East Base Camp Trek is situated at an altitude of about 13,123 ft. The itinerary of the Nanda Devi trek includes climbing the second highest peak in Indian Himalayan Region. Hence, the trekkers require some additional medicative aids such as propane gas, oxygen cylinders, and much warmer clothes.
The trans-Himalayan trek to Nanda Devi East Base Camp involves a circular trail into the deepest of the Kumaon region. Although the trek involves an adventurous exploration of some of the most dangerous Himalayan peaks, the trek is undoubtedly danger-free.
The travel and tourism ministry has made the place easily accessible. Additionally, a well-equipped medicare center is also in the nearest valley of Munsiyari.
Also, the trek requires some of the essentials such as Oxygen Cylinders, Warm Clothing, Toiletries, Paracetamols, and other medicines for Nausea, Asthma, BP, and other prescribed ones.
In the list of top ten most challenging treks in India, Nanda Devi Trek, along with Nanda Devi National Park Trek, ranks in the third position. Nanda Devi peak is the second highest peak in India. Hence, the route to the East Base Camp involves a circular path, slippery and slope with low oxygen as you go high. The adverse climate of the Kumaun region is perhaps another factor making the trek one of the most challenging treks in India.
Yes, one can easily opt for a solo itinerary to Nanda Devi East Base Camp. All they need to do is submit the required paperwork to the ITBP and get an approval for the trek. After getting the approval, if the person is not trained in this field, then there are several trekkers and experts on hire in the village of Munsiyari leading them to their destination. Several tourist agencies too offer a fully guided solo trail of the Base Camp trek at affordable price ranges.
The trek to Nanda Devi East Camp roughly involves an expenditure of about 34,500 INR per head. The cost covers all the necessary amenities such as sleeping bags costing 200-500 as per the services availed, hired vehicles, hired mules or donkeys, edibles, masks, oxygen cylinders, propane gas, medical aids, toiletries, etc.
This cost also includes the fee of guides and experts, giving you all the necessary information regarding the place and the expedition.
Yes, with all the safety measures taken by the Uttarakhand Tourism Department the trek has minimal dangers under regular circumstances. All the tourist agencies along with the government’s aid make sure that the trekkers are not bothered with any difficulty.
In case of the problem arises, trekkers are sent back to the nearest medical spots. Additionally, the danger of traveling is also minimized with the improved quality of roads and trails constructed by the government.
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