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Nanda Devi East and Milam glacier

Nanda Devi National Park is one of the most spectacular wilderness areas in the Himalayas. It is dominated by the Twin peak of  Nanda Devi. Nanda Devi East 7434 m and Nanda Devi West   7,816 m and Nanda Devi East India’s second highest mountain which is approached through the Rishi Ganga gorge, one of the deepest in the world. No humans live in the Park which has remained more or less intact because of its inaccessibility. It has a very diverse flora and is the habitat of several endangered mammals, among them the snow leopard, Himalayan musk deer and bharal.

Nanda Devi National Park lies in eastern Uttaranchal State, near the Tibetan border in the Garhwal (western) Himalaya, 300 km northeast of Delhi. The main entrance to the Park is via Lata and Tolma villages, some 25 km and 31 km respectively east of Joshimath township. It leads through the almost inaccessible gorge of Rishi Ganga to a basin surrounded by high mountain ridges and peaks except to the west.

Starting our trek from Munsiyari we approached to Nanda Devi east base camp from the Ramganga and Saryu valleys. We walk along the gorge made by Gori Ganga river. We pass stretches of high alpine pastures and villages. Crossing over passes magnificient view of Nanda Devi, Trishul and Panchchuli and Milam glacier gives awesome images of Himalaya.

Trip facts

Trip Length: 23 days ex-New Delhi,

05 nights hotel and lodge,

02 overnight train journey,

15 nights camping

Trip Grade: Strenuous

Maximum Altitude: 4750 m

Best Period: May to June,

October to November

Day 01: Arrival in New Delhi: Meeting upon at IGI airport. Transfer to hotel.

Day 02: New Delhi – Kathgodam by train.

Day 03: Kathgodam – Almora . drive. After breakfast drive to Almora. Overnight hotel.

Day 04; Almora to  Munsiyari  2290 m.).drive.

Day 05: Munsiyari – Lilam ( 1850 m.)

Day 06: Lilam to Rilkot (3200m).

Day 07: Rilkotot to Martoli 3324m) 

Day 08: Martoli: rest day and exploring day of  Lawan valley

Day 09: Martoli to Ganghar (3260 mts, 12 kms).

Day 10: Ganagar to  Pachu 3960 m.

Day 11: Pachu rest day and walk to Pachu glacier back same camp and lunch.

Day 12: Pachu glacier to Burfu village (3350 m.) 5,6 hour

Day 13: Burfu to Milam (3452 mts, 8 kms).  5,6 hours

Day 14: Milam rest day walk to Milam glacier

Day 15; Milam to Railcot  (3250 mts, 17 kms) 6,7 hours.

Day 16: Railcot to Bugdiar (2700 mts, 12 kms)  4-5 hours.

Day 17: Bugdyar to Lilam (1810 mts, 12 kms) 5 hrs

Day 18: Lilam to Munsyari (2290 mts, 12 kms).

Day 19: Munsyari to Ranikhet (240 kms

Day 20: Ranikhet to Kathgodam (90 kms).

Day 21: Arrive Delhi. Drive to Agra - Taj Mahal. Overnight at Agra.

Day 22: Agra -New Delhi

Day 23 - Early morning transfer to the international airport for the flight to hometown Paris.

Our Cost includes

1. Hotel accommodation in Delhi or similar places on a twin share basis for the nights listed in the itinerary. Breakfast is included All internal transport & transfers as the itinerary by bus, jeep, car, train
2. Sightseeing tours where specified

3. All trekking arrangements including trekking permits,

4. National Park entrance fees, * Trekking gears: 2 men sharing tent, Kitchen tent, dining tent, toilet tent, mattresses.

5. All meals on trek: We serve Indian, Tibetan, Continetal and local cuisine.Staff: Guide, porters, cook and kitchen helpers

Cost  does not Includes

1. Visa fees , Airfare. Airport taxes

2. Personal expenditure, bar bills, laundry, telephone calls.

3. Tips for Guides & Porter

4. Lunch & evening meals in Delhi

5. Personal clothing & equipment

6. Travel insurance

7. Optional trips Anything not mentioned in the trip cost includes list.

Trek Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival in New Delhi: Meeting upon at IGI airport. Transfer to hotel.

 

Day 2 New Delhi – Kathgodam by train.

There is time to relax and explore the area. Evening transfer to the railway station for the overnight sleeper train (Train No. 5013, Departure-22:40 hrs IST) to Kathgodam. Overnight sleeper train.

 

Day 3 Kathgodam – Almora . drive. After breakfast drive to Almora. Overnight hotel.

 

Day 4 Almora to  Munsiyari  2290 m.).drive.

We drive by jeep from Almora to Munsyari along a winding road that reaches a height of 2748m before descending into the beautiful Munsyari valley. Camp overnight.

 

TREK START:

 

Day 5 Munsiyari – Lilam ( 1850 m.)

now here to trek start Munsiyari to by Selapani by jeep or walk to Lilam camp 5,6 hour  easy walk to down

After breakfast we start trekking. Our first steps take us away from the bustling bazaar and out onto the open trail and a steady descent down to our camp site for the night at Lilam. 4 - 4.5 hrs walking. Camp overnight.

 

Day 6 Lilam to Rilkot (3200m) Today is tough going as we hike up 1000m to a ridge from where we get very impressive views back to and beyond Munsyari, along a gorge made by the Gori Ganga river. The route is fairly up and down but generally eases off before reaching the camp site at Rilkot. 6 - 7 hrs walking. Camp overnight.

 

Day 7 Rilkotot to Martoli 3324m) 

You are in high mountain country now and the tree line disappears giving access to vast stretches of Alpine pastures. The day's walk from Rilkot to the magnificent and deserted hamlet of Martoli (3385 mts, 12 kms) provides a very interesting trail.. Camp overnight.

 

 

Day 8 Martoli: rest day and exploring day of  Lawan valley

 

Day 9 Martoli to Ganghar (3260 mts, 12 kms).

Throughout the day one gets intermittent views of magnificent Himalayan peaks and just after reaching campsite you will glimpse Nanda Devi East. Camp overnight.

 

Day 10 Ganagar to  Pachu 3960 m.

glacier camp this is the base camp of Nanda Davi  4 hours walk to steep up.

It is the big day when you walk form Ganghar to Pachu(3950 mts, 6 kms) and the camp site is an exquisite location. An Alpine meadow laden with rhododendron bushes blooming pink and white, stretches of glacial ice and the massive Nanda Devi looming infront ... it is just another 5 kms away.

 

Day 11 Pachu rest day and walk to Pachu glacier back same camp and lunch.

 

Day 12 Pachu glacier to Burfu village (3350 m.) 5,6 hour

It is time to return and we descend from Pachu to Burfu(3350 mts, 13 kms). The scenary is exciting as the valley opens up. The north faces of the Nanda Devi peaks, several peaks on the Nanda Devi Sancturay wall and Hardeol group are visible. Our camp site is close to the Gori Ganga River amidst a lushgreen meadow.

 

Day 13 Burfu to Milam (3452 mts, 8 kms).  5,6 hours

The day's walk from Burfu offers some spectacular scenery. The north face of Nanda Devi, several peaks on the Nanda Devi Sanctuary wall and Hardeol group are visible particularly from Bilju village which is about 4 km ahead. The trail leads to Milam (place of meeting) which was a large village but is quite deserted. We camp on the outskirts of the village. Camp overnight.

 

Day 14 Milam rest day walk to Milam glacier

Today we spend most of our time in exploring the Milam glacier. A two hour walk takes us to the tip of Milam glacier - it is the largest glacier in the Kumaon Himalaya. Camp overnight.

 

Day 15 Milam to Railcot  (3250 mts, 17 kms) 6,7 hours.

The return trip commences in a downhill gradient. We camp at Rilkot for the night. Camp overnight.

 

Day 16 Railcot to Bugdiar (2700 mts, 12 kms)  4-5 hours.

This is a steady walk and mostly downhill past the villages of Lhaspa, Mapang and the narrow gorge at Nahar Devi. Camp overnight.

 

Day 17 Bugdyar to Lilam (1810 mts, 12 kms) 5 hrs.

We walk downhill all throughout and reach camp site by late afternoon. Camp overnight.

 

Day 18 Lilam to Munsyari (2290 mts, 12 kms).

We retrace our steps along the Gori river past Jimi ghat to Dumar(8kms) from where we board a jeep to Munsyari. We arrive here by noon.

 

TREK END

 

Day 19 Munsyari to Ranikhet (240 kms).

It is time to bid farewell to Munsyari and its mountains. Today we board a vehicle that drives us to Ranikhet through Vijaypur, Bageshwar and Kausani. Overnight hotel.

 

Day 20 Ranikhet to Kathgodam (90 kms).

Today is another day when we can chill out and relax. Late afternoon we board a vehicle that drives us to Kathgodam. There is also the option of leaving Ranikhet after breakfast and driving to the legendary Jim Corbett Park. The train to Delhi departs from Kathgodam at 20:40 hrs.

 

Day 21 Arrive Delhi. Transfer to the hotel. Morning is free to relax before a guided sightseeing tour. Overnight hotel.

 

Day 22 New Delhi - a  day visit to Agra to see the Taj Mahal. Overnight hotel at Agra.

 

Day 23  AgraNew Delhi  international airport for the flight to hometown.

           

           

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