Nanda Devi Sanctuary Trek

Trek LocationArea: Garhwal Himalayas

Trek DurationDuration: 09 Days (3 days travel and 6 days trekking)

Trek SeasonBest Season: April - June & September - October (Except July & August)

Trek GradeGrade:

On these treks one does not require to trek for more than 5 - 6 hrs a day. Also the terrain is not too difficult. These treks are normally a week or so long. For these treks prior trekking experience is not necessary. Very rarely on these treks would one camp at altitudes higher than 3800m. These treks are great for first timers or for veterans wanting to go on a trail which is relatively less challenging.

AltitudeAltitude: 4152 mts (Dharansi Pass)

Trekking DistanceTotal Trekking: 55 K.M

About Nanda Devi Sanctuary Trek

The Nanda Devi Sanctuary Trek is one of the popular treks in the Garhwal Himalayan region that takes you to the abode of the sacred Goddess Nanda Devi, idolizing to India's highest peak Nanda Devi, rising and shining at an altitude of 7,816 meters. The hulking high pyramid peak, rising from the gigantic ring of high mountains and with the sacred Garhwal at its backdrop, is the major attraction in this trek. The vicinity offers high mountaineering routes and trekking opportunities for all. The Nanda Devi trek passes through the opulent Nanda Devi Sanctuary, an amphitheater of seventy miles in perimeter and stretching to an altitude of 6,000 meters lies adjacent to the Rishi Ganga valley.


Several attempts were made to climb the Nanda Devi Peak but it was only in 1934, Bill Tilman accompanied by Eric Shipton reached the sanctuary and then in 1936 climbed the summit with Noel Odell. With this ascent, Nanda Devi became the highest peak attained by man, a record which remained until the 1950 ascent of Annapurna. Nanda Devi trekking tour takes the demented trekkers to the tremendously unapproachable basin being named as 'Nanda Devi Sanctuary'. The Rishi Ganga River originates here and then flows down from Nanda Devi to create a deep valley. Nanda Devi East that rises and shines at an elevation of 7,434 meters is a supreme summit that encloses the Sanctuary from the east. It is joined to the main summit by a spiky, 3 km edge almost entirely at a height of over 7,000 meters to bring perfect Nanda Devi trekking routes.

The Nanda Devi trek commences from Lata, a small village that is approximately 2 hours drive from Joshimath. From Lata village, the trek commences towards Lata Kharak at an elevation of 3,689 meters and thereafter turns towards Dharansi Pass, which is set an altitude of 4,250 meters. At this point one can capture the rewarding view of the snow clad peaks of Dronagiri, Nanda Gunthi and many more. The Nanda Devi trek from Lata Kharak to Dharansi Pass follows a steep climb that crosses Jhandi Dhar and Bagfyana Pass. Thereafter, from Dharansi Pass, the journey follows a steep descend to Debrugheta and follows back to Dharansi Pass. The downhill trek continues towards Hitoli at 2,900 meters and finally ends at Joshimath.

Nanda Devi Sanctuary Trek Highlights

  • Visit the legendary villages of Rainee and Lata, which were the birthplace of the Chipko movement in the Himalayas
  • Witness the rare and endangered mammals of the Indian Himalaya like the musk deer, blue sheep, serow, Himalayan black bear, Thar and snow leopard.
  • Opportunity to witness the flights of varied bird species as the entire trail is blessed with 100 species of high altitude birds
  • Avail the exclusive opportunity of interaction with locals and villagers and get a sneak peek in to their simple lives.
  • Behold the sacred confluence of holy rivers at Devprayag, Rudraprayag and Nandprayag

Best Time to Visit

Best time to travel to Nanda Devi Sanctuary is in summers (April – June) and springs (September - October) as during these months the weather remains pleasant.

In summers: The weather of Nanda Devi Sanctuary remains salubrious during summers. The Himalayas are distinctly visible. Carrying woolens is advised.

In monsoons: The greenery of Nanda Devi welcomes the tourist to lose oneself amidst the beauty of nature. There are chances of roads block for a couple of hours due to landslides but the scenic beauty of Nanda Devi Sanctuary during monsoons is worth taking the risk for. Carrying raincoats is adviced.

In springs: Serenity and solitude are at its best during springs at Gomukh Tapovan. You can see the best of Nanda Devi Sanctuary during the spring time.

Where is the Nanda Devi Sanctuary?

Nanda Devi National Park is located in the Indian state of Uttarakhand in the upper Himalayan ranges. A part of the Garhwal Himalayas, the park can be entered from Lata village, which is around 23 km from Joshimath. Mountain peaks surround it from all sides except the west where it is bounded by an inaccessible gorge.

How to Reach

By air: Jolly Grant airport Dehradun is the nearest airport Km from Joshimath. Dehradun is 295Km from Nanda Devi National Park. Jolly Grant airport is well connected with Delhi and Mumbai.

By rail: Haridwar/Rishikesh Railway Stations are the nearest railheads from Joshimath. Rishikesh is 276kms away from Nanda Devi National Park. You can find taxi or bus to Joshimath from Rishikesh Railway Station which is connected to Haridwar, Dehradun and other parts of Uttarakhand state.

By road: Joshimath is 254Km from Rishikesh, 274Km from Haridwar and 293Km from Dehradun. These four places are well connected through roadways to other parts of Uttarakhand state. Raini is 22.8Km from Joshimath and a few meters away from Lata village.

Route to Nanda Devi National Park: Dehradun - Rishikesh – Devprayag – Rudraprayag – Karnprayag – Nandprayag – Joshimath – Lata Village - Nanda Devi National Park

Nanda Devi Sanctuary Trek (Detailed Itinerary)

Day 01: Delhi – Haridwar - Rishikesh

In the morning, take an AC train for Haridwar at 06:50 hrs. After arriving in Haridwar, meet our guide who will help you transfer to Rishikesh, check into your hotel. Evening time is free for leisure activities. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 02: Rishikesh - Joshimath (253 kms/8-9 hrs)

Today, we will drive to Joshimath and enroute visit Devprayag (the confluence of Bhagirathi and Alaknanda river). Upon your arrival at Joshimath, check into your hotel. Evening time is free to explore the beautiful Joshimath town. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 03: Joshimath - Lata Village (2317 mts/7599 ft) (2 kms/1 hrs)

After spending time in Joshimath, we shall leave the national highway and drive on the mountain roads. The 28 km drive from Joshimath to Lata Village takes about an hour. Enroute, witness the thermal hydro project at the enchanting Tapovan village. At Lata, you will be introduced to porters and trekking team. We shall then trek through the fields and abandoned houses. Upon arriving at the village, we are likely to get a warm welcome by the local people. In the evening, visit the Nanda Devi Temple and explore the beauty of village. Overnight stay in the village.

Day 04: Lata Village - Lata Kharak (3689 mts/12099 ft) (9 kms/7 hrs)

The trek from Lata village passes through Oak, Rhododendron and Pine forests, to a ridge followed by crossing of a side stream. After this, the trail again climbs over another ridge and continues to another side stream. After crossing the second side stream the trail becomes steeper, with a series of switch backs. Finally, the trek for today terminates at the campsite at Lata Kharak. Overnight stay in the tents.

Day 05: Lata Kharak - Semi Kharak - Lata Kharak

Today, we will undertake a trek to Semi Kharak, on a boulder path. The trek will take around 4 hours to complete both ways. Return to camp and enjoy lunch. Evening time is free for leisure activities. Overnight stay in tents.

Day 06: Lata Kharak - Dharansi Pass (4250 mts/13940 ft) (10 kms/4 -5 hrs)

Our trek today will be from Lata Kharak to Dharansi Pass. The trail from Lata Kharak is steep till Jhandi Dhar. From Jhandidhar the trail becomes a bit easier for about 1.5 kilometer before it becomes steep again for 500 meters to reach Bagfyana Pass. From here, we shall ascend and descend through the narrow gorge of Satkul to reach Dharansi Pass. Overnight stay in tents.

Day 07: Dharansi Pass - Tolma Village

The trek today is a long descent to the village of Tolma. One starts the reverse trek on same trail till Jhandidhar. From this point, a new trail which descends down a ridge and continues to descend further through an Oak and Rhododendron forests finally terminates at the village of Tolma. Overnight stay in the village.

Day 08: Tolma Village - Surai Thotta (8 kms/3-4 hrs) - Karanprayag (90 kms/3-4 hrs)

The trekking trail descends through fields to reach Surai Thotta. We will board the vehicles and drive towards Karanprayag via Joshimath and Nandprayag. Overnight stay in the hotel.

Day 09: Karanprayag - Haridwar (195 km/6-7 hrs) - Delhi

We will drive 195 kilometers in around 7 hours. Enroute visit the confluences at Rudraprayag and Devprayag. Arrive at Haridwar by evening and from here catch an AC Train for Delhi at 18:05 hrs. Arrival at Delhi by 22:45 hrs….

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Things to Carry for Nanda Devi Sanctuary Trek

Things to Carry while Trekking

The following list only mentions the essential elements. You have to prepare a list of clothes and small personal articles that will be needed during the trek.

  • A small backpack of about 40 ltr. It shall contain all that is required during a trekking day.
  • A kit-bag with padlock or a big backpack. It will contain the 12 kg of personal belongings, which will be carried by porters. We advise you to protect the inside of the kit-bag with a plastic bag.
  • A good sleeping bag.
  • A walking stick (optional).
  • A frontal lamp or an electric torch.
  • A foam mattress is provided, but if you have a self-inflating mattress, we advise you to bring it.
  • Hiking shoes.
  • A sweater
  • A fleece jacket
  • A waterproof jacket preferably Gore-Tex
  • Good trousers
  • Waterproof trousers preferably Gore-Tex
  • Gloves and cap
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun cream
  • A water bottle

Booking Terms and Conditions:

Please read the booking terms as set out with your agreement with Tour My India Pvt. Ltd. A Noida based Tour operator herein called TMI. For More Click Here...

When to book Nanda Devi Sanctuary Trek?

You should book Nanda Devi Sanctuary Trek two months in advance so that you get ample amount of time to prepare for the trek.

Who will carry my backpack?

There shall be pony/porter that will carry your backpack while on trek; you only need to carry small knapsack.

What will be the weight of the backpack?

Once you book your trek with us we will provide you a list of things to carry, which should not weigh more than 8 Kgs.

Where to meet us?

Our pick up and drop point for Nanda Devi Sanctuary is New Delhi Railway Station at platform no. 16. We will hand over the train tickets and you can board train from there to Haridwar. At Haridwar, our guide will pick you from the railway station and then will assist you further.

How we run the trek?

We have an experienced Kuari Pass trekking guide who leads the trek.

What is the batch size?

Our group size is minimum 2 people and maximum 12 people with mix of men and women.

What is minimum age required for Nanda Devi Sanctuary Trek?

Nanda Devi Sanctuary trek is a moderate trek with a maximum altitude of 13620ft (4152m), so the minimum age required is 12 years.

What will be the minimum temperature during Nanda Devi Sanctuary Trek?

In the months between April and June and September and October, the temperature during the trek can go as low as 8 Degree Celsius during the night, July and August is rainy season.

How long do we trek during Nanda Devi Sanctuary Trek?

We plan our treks in a way that after 5-6 hours of trekking we can reach next camp around the lunch time. Normally, 10-12 Kms per day of trekking is required.

How monsoon affects the Nanda Devi Sanctuary Trek?

One can do Nanda Devi Sanctuary trek during the month of July & August but needs to be prepared for heavy rains and road blocks. If road gets closed due to landslide, BRO normally opens it only after the rain stops.

What will happen if a trek is extended because of landslides or any other reason?

If we have to extend the trek because of the reasons which is beyond our control then additional charges will be applied for hotel stay and food.

Can I take Diamox?

Diamox is indeed helpful when you have little time for acclimatization but we strongly advise to consult the doctor before taking Diamox.

Is it safe for girls to go on a trek?

Safety is of prime importance for us that is why the tours are managed by us personally and not by a third party. Thus, we assure that the trek is absolutely safe even for solo female trekkers, who can join us for fixed departure treks.

What kind of shoes will be required?

Trekking shoes with ankle support are a must for any trek in the Himalayas. Quechua is a good shoe brand with value for money./p>

What kind of food is served during the trek?

We serve nutritious simple vegetarian food during the trek. We maintain variety in lentils, vegetable and breakfast. At times, we also treat our trekkers in the Himalayas with delicacies like Pakora, local dishes etc.

Is it safe to drink water from the stream?

Himalayan stream water is safe to drink as well as for cooking but we also have water filters, and chlorine tablets in case of an emergency.

Which vehicle do we use for transportations?

Most of the Himalayan roads towards the trek are in bad shape, so vehicle with high ground clearance like Mahindra Bolero, Tata Sumo, Scorpio, Max, Tempo Traveller etc are used for transportation.

Are your fixed departures dates are definite?

We guarantee that even if that there will be only one trekker, we will head out on that particular date.

How do you deal with emergency situation?

Our trek leaders are certified mountaineers with knowledge of first aid in wilderness and they carry necessary first aid kit. At each camp they asses your condition and can take relevant and prompt action in case a rescue is required. Please note in the case of a rescue, all the additional cost will be borne by the trekker.

How to book the trek?

Register for the trek on the website and we shall send the details about the booking procedure.

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