Area: Garhwal Himalayas
Duration: 21 Days (6 day travel/15 days trekking)
Best Season: May - October
Altitude: 4900 mts
Total Trekking: 165 K.M
The foremost part of this trek is its geographical location mingled with scenic beauty and craggy paths. The mulish rock walls do hear the ringing of the peaks that offers feeling of humbleness and beauty inside. Travellers are all astonished with the river Rishi Ganga that formed astounding gorges famous all around the globe. Trekkers come and visit this place almost throughout the year, even if there are swelling places and risky areas. This area posses amazing twelve peaks about 6500 metres long. Few eminent are –Dunagiri , Changabang in its Northern side and Nanda Kot and Trishul to its western and southern part circling Nanda Devi that is in between.
The year 1983 saw this part of the trekking area completely blocked by the management due to the maintenance of the ecological development that restricted its lovers. But later on due to its influx of the trek lovers and also for shepherds it did inhale its wings out. The year 1939 opened up Nanda Devi sanctuary by Tilman and Shipton. The untold and unrevealed history gave birth to its finest writers, poets, photographers, and filmmakers from its womb. This place has a perfect place for Hinduism –often popular as Bliss giving divinity blessed from natures lap. Due to its superfluous history the Uttaranchal Forest department often conduct various programmers with all the visitors who are usually available in Nanda Devi trekking, the other professionals are not thrown out though. The history reveals that this is an important trading point for crop growing villages of Kumaon and Tibet. One must know that every 12 years this Nanda Devi commences its voyage from her home based out in Trishul via jagged, mountains and gurgling streams and often blesses the path full of trekkers, villagers and other professionals.
The trekker's main ideology to visit this place is for its fame and then the spectacular beauty offered to them in the name of World heritage place surrounded with most famous five peaks. On the way to the path the lovers can meet few exceptional species – musk deer, Himalaya Thar, snow leopards, and blue sheep's. They are most of the time available to meet you without appointments. Do visit Tolma just adjoining to the national part a small tranquil village with captivating flavours of the cooked tribal food, from the tribal homes. While meandering via the route the birdwatchers often conduct breakfast with 100 varieties of birds that offers a lifelong memory. The mythological significance would make you peaceful when you casade through the confluence of Bhagirathi, Alaknanda leaving behind Rudraprayag and Nandprayag. The best time when trekkers visit during May – August this is because of its life soothing climate that embraces' all who step's the place.
Well while on the expedition one most of the times comes across myths and stories few are true enough about more than 500 kind of medicinal herbs are found here in this Himalayan ranges and beside passes. There are many business owners who visit this place due to its medicinal benefits and often take for their own consumption and some make medicines out of it offering employment to the tribal bunch of the village. Apart from this the power of Himalayas named Nanda Devi is the centre of attraction as during her journey the sheep's are being decorated with ornaments and cloths – treated as the siblings of Devi herself.
April to June (Summer) and September to October (Autumn)
Summer: Throughout the summer season, the weather remains mild and salubrious, it not too good nor hot.
Monsoon: During monsoon, the area receives rainfall, thus the roads remain blocked due to landslide. It will be a strenous trek, but the scenic view of surrounding mountains is worth all the effort.
Autumn: Best time to go for trekking as the landscapes have an exotic bloom.
One of the most spectacular forest reserve in India, Nanda Devi National Park, along with the valley of flowers, forms the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve. The park was formed in 1982 and in 1988, it was titled as the UNESCO world heritage site. Langurs, Himalayan musk deer, Gorals, snow leopards, Himalayan Black Bear, Rhesus macaque, Mainland Serow, Himalayan Maple, Snow leopards and Himalayan Thar are some prominent animals that can be spotted in the park.
By Air: Jolly Grant Airport (Dehradun), 295 km from Nanda Devi National Park, is the closest airport. You can easily get regular flights to Dehradun from other major cities of the country.
By Rail: Haridwar/Rishikesh Railway Stations are the nearest railheads from Joshimath. Rishikesh is 276kms away from Nanda Devi National Park. Rishikesh Railway Station is 252 km from Nanda Devi National Park
By Road: To reach Nanda Devi National Park, one can take bus or taxi from the neighbouring cities like Joshimath (254 Km), Rishikesh (274 Km) and Dehradun (293 km).
Board a 06:50 am Shatabdi Express to reach Haridwar at 11:25 am. On arrival at Haridwar meet our executive and drive to Rishikesh by road and check in to hotel. By evening one can go for sightseeing of Rishikesh. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.
We will start early for Joshimath, driving on road with spectacular views of mountains and gushing rivers coming from the Himalayas. On the way, an interesting spot will be chosen by the banks of a river to have a yummy lunch. Reaching Joshimath, check-in to a hotel for an overnight stay.
The day will be spent relaxing at the small town of Joshimath. Being placed in the way towards Badrinath, one of the most prominent destinations for worship in Hindu religion, the place is often swarming with pilgrims. Overnight stay will be in the hotel at Joshimath.
Today we will be driving till the Lata Village. It is a small village near the confluence of Rishi Ganga and Dhauli Ganga Rivers. After five hours of the drive, we will reach Tapovan; it is known for its natural hot springs. Reach Lata. It is the place from where dirt road starts and our trip by car ends. Overnight stay in tents at Lata Village.
Begin trek from Lata Village to Lata Kharak. It is a little hard trek with stiff slopes, but it will be surrounded with nature's beauty in the form of rhododendron, oak and pine forest. Enjoying the flora and fauna, reach Lata Kharak where the night will be spent in tents.
The day will be used for the purpose of rest and acclimatization, enjoying the views from the Lata Kharak. A two hour trek to Semi Kharak is advisable to provide a light trekking exercise in the new environment. From Semi Kharak, you can witness an amazing vista of Nanda Devi and Rishi Valley. Night in tents at Lata Kharak.
Today we will cross the Dharansi Khal (pass), which is located at the height of 13,943 ft / 4250 metres. From the pass we will trek on a curved path to arrive at the meadows of the Dharansi Plateau. Due to shortage of water, this place is not chosen for camping. Walk across the plateau and embark upon a long and steep descend (about 3 km) to reach a grazing pasture at Debrugheta. After crossing a stream, the camp is just a short climb away. Overnight stay in tents.
Spend the day resting and relishing at the camp which is placed above a picturesque location. An English Himalayan Mountaineer, Eric Earle Shipton, greatly praised the beauty of this location with these words"...one of the loveliest spots it had ever been his good fortune to behold." Overnight stay in tents.
Embark on a trek down the gorge of Rishi Ganga. It is a relatively easy walk with trail going up and down several times. Cross the Rishi Ganga at Deodi to reach our campsite. Overnight stay in tents.
Start the trek which snakes up the gorge on the southern side. Reach Ramni, the next campsite which is located in a small area between the cliffs and the surging flow of Rishi Ganga. Stay overnight in the tents.
This day involves a very critical stage of our expedition. We will be entering into the Nanda Devi Sanctuary while treading a difficult terrain. Depending on the weather and time, we can camp at a slab platform at Tilchaunani. Or trek a little more to reach Patalkakhan (placed inside the Inner Sanctuary), which is located at a slightly higher altitude of 14,763 ft/ 4500 metres, and camp there. Overnight stay in tents.
From our campsite, Nanda Devi is about 10,000 ft/ 3000 metres above. Near our camp takes place the confluence of two rivers that together create the Rishi Ganga River. We will trek towards the south to reach our Nanda Devi Base Camp. Overnight stay in the tents.
Now there are three days with us to explore and travel around the sanctuary. There are several ways in which the Nanda Devi Sanctuary can be explored. Provided the weather is fine, we can see the glaciers situated to the south of the sanctuary and make an exit from the south side, just as the famous British Mountaineers Shipton and Tilman did in 1934. Or, we can go across the Rishi River and tour the Northern part of the sanctuary from where one can have a marvellous northern view of Nanda Devi Mountain. Overnight stay in tents.
Travelling around the Inner Sanctuary.
After three days of touring the Inner Sanctuary, we will start our journey back. The descent will continue till Bhojgara, where we will camp for the night. The landscape around the campsite is simple amazing.
Continue the journey down the trail. Negotiating through slabs of rock, reach a comparatively simpler trail at Ramni. Reach the camp at Deodi and spend the night in the tents.
Cross Rishi Ganga, tread on a winding path through the gorge on the northern bank of the river. Pass by the meadows of Debrugheta and embark on a steep ascend towards Dharansi. Overnight stay in tents.
From Dharansi Khal we will be moving to Lata Village via Lata Kharak. On the way you will be able to see Dhauli Ganga River flowing below. Making our way down the forests, we will be camping at Lata.
In the morning after breakfast drive to Rudraprayag via Joshimath. If you wish, you can take a dip at the hot springs of Tapovan. On arrival at Rudraprayag check in to to hotel. Dinner and overnight stay at hotel.
In the morning transfer to Haridwar train station and from here catch morning train for Delhi at 18:10 hrs. Arrival at Delhi by 22:45 hrs.
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You should book Nanda Devi Inner Sanctuary Trek well in advance (at least 4 month prior) advance so that you get ample amount of time to prepare well for the trek.
There will be pony/porter that will carry your backpack while on trek; you only need to carry your small knapsack.
Once you book your trek with us we will give you a list of things to carry and the total weight should not cross 12 Kgs.
Our pick up and drop point for Nanda Devi Inner Sanctuary Trek is New Delhi train station at platform no. 16. We will send you the train ticket and you can board train from there to Haridwar. At Haridwar our guide will pick you from train station and then from there your tour will start.
We always have an experience trekking guide who leads the trek.
Our group size is minimum 4 people and maximum 12 people with mix of men and women.
Nanda Devi Inner Sanctuary Trek is a challenging trek with a maximum altitude of 16072ft (4900m) minimum age required is 18 years.
In the month of May & June the temperature during the trek can go as low as 2 Degree Celsius during the night and September – Mid October also in minus by night and morning which will further decrease the temperature.
We plan our treks in such a way that after 6-8 hours of trekking we reach next camp in between 14:00 – 15:00 hrs time and normally trek a distance of 10-15 Kms a day.
Additional hotel stay and food charges may apply in case the trip extends due to unavoidable reasons.
Diamox is indeed very helpful, but it's advisable to consult the doctor first.
Yes, it is a safe trek for girls.
Different shoes are suitable for different kinds of treks, depending on the weather, trail condition as well as duration of the trek. For warm and dry terrains, you can choose low-ankle hiking shoes. Trek boots are best for the rugged and cold condition. Trekking on the glaciers and extensive snow, on the other hand, will require trek boots with crampon-ready features. Any footwear brand that provides ankle support and comes with crampon-ready features is considered as the best for trekking.
While trekking, we serve vegetarian food rich in protein, carbohydrates and highly nutritious. Sometimes, we surprise our trekkers with tasty treats like pakora, local food, etc.
Yes, it's completely safe for drinking and even for cooking, but, to be on the safer side we always carry filters and chlorine tablets
Vehicles like Mahindra Bolero, Tata Sumo, Scorpio, Max, and Tempo Traveller are suitable for a ride on damaged Himalayan roads.
We guarantee that even if that there will one trekker we will go on that date.
Trekking on high Himalayan altitudes is always a rewarding experience. However, it is important that you should keep your safety in mind. Emergencies, like illness, AMS, storms, missteps, landslides and even avalanches, are rare but can happen anytime during the trekking, so be prepared for any random goof-ups. To deal with any emergencies your guides, who are an expert mountaineers will be there for your rescue. Your tour guide will always carry a first aid kit to deal with any medical emergencies. In the case of some rescue operation, extra charges will be borne by the trekkers.
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