India: 11d The Nanda Devi Sanctuary

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Country

India

Duration

11 Days

Activity

Trekking

Overview

At the very top corners of the Kumaon Himalayas’ most northernmost frontiers, at their most elevated points. The Johar Valley is one of those that is visited by a relatively small number of tourists even in modern times. This is because the Johar Valley is located in a remote area. Those individuals, on the other hand, who possess a genuine affection for the Himalayas are the ones who have the greatest interest in visiting these locations.

When it comes to Nanda Devi, there is no need for any kind of introduction to be provided. Books and other types of print media like publications and books are the only places where one can find information. They provide good information about this particular region of the Himalayas. This is due to the fact that the sanctuary is not currently accessible to members of the general public. On the other hand, as of late, as a result of the relaxation of the requirements for an inner line permit. It is now possible to walk all the way up to the Nanda Devi base camp. We walk to Nanda Devi base camp from Munsiyari via the Johar Valley. This was previously not possible. When I first started, this wasn’t an option.

Nanda Devi Sanctuary Trek Covered: Delhi – Pithoragarh – Munsyari – Lilam – Rilkot – Martoli – Shiama Kharak – Bhital Gaur.

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 01:

Delhi (evening) - Pithoragarh (morning)

Overnight journey by bus. arrival in the morning at Pithoragrh, also known as a part of Sor valley. Pithoragarh is curious amalgamation of the town and the village, the settlement and the agricultural fields. Famous for leather, woolen, wooden and cane goods, the town also has a host of temples.

Day 02:

Pithoragarh - Munsyari

Trek Distance

154 km

Overnight stay at Munsyari which is the road head of the trek. From Munsyari one gets an excellent view of the Panchchuli peaks.

Day 03:

Munsyari to Lilam

Trek Distance

13 km

After breakfast vehicle will drop participants at Darkot (4 km.) from where trekkers will commence walking along the banks of Gori Ganga at an average height of 4500 ft. Our destination is past Lilam village to Raurgari where we camp for the night.

Day 04:

Lilam to Rilkot

Trek Distance

4 km

Highest Altitude

3200 m

Today is a strenous walk along a gorge past the Gori Ganga river. The route is fairly up and down but generally eases off before reaching the Mapang (3100 m./9 km.) and to Rilkot

Day 05:

Rilkot - Martoli Village - Lawan

Trek Distance

10km

You are in high mountain country now and the tree line disappears giving access to vast stretches of Alpine pastures. One gets the view of the Martoli peak soon after Rilkot and we reach Martoli and explore the town before lunch. The trek to Lawan is along the river and through meadows with the Nanda Devi looming up large ahead.

Day 06:

Lawan - Shiama Kharak

Trek Distance

10km

Highest Altitude

4200 m

Shiama Kharak with its rolling meadows is our base camp. From here only we can get fantastic views of the biggest Indian Himalayan Peaks.

Day 07:

Bhital Guar

Trek Distance

5 km

Highest Altitude

4450 m

Day trek to the base for views of the glacier and the peaks. From here we can visit the glaciers on the Traill’s pass area and the base camp for Nanda Kot.

Day 08:

Nanda Kot

It is a day to rest and simply enjoy yourself in this magnificent location. Options include the hike up to the snow ridges of Nanda Devi East. There have been several sightings of bluesheep in the region.

Day 09:

Shiama - Rilkot

Trek Distance

20 km

Day 10:

Rirgari - Munsiyari

Trek Distance

20 km

Day 11:

Munsiyari to Delhi

Munsiyari – Saatal- Kathgodam – Delhi Drive back starting early from Munsyari to reach Kathgodam by the evening to catch the overnight train to Delhi from Kathgodam in the evening. Arrive in Delhi on the morning

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