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Nanda Devi Base Camp -
Duration - 10 Days
Nanda Devi, whose name means
Blessed Goddess, is the highest mountain in India. It is a great white double
pyramid overlooking the sacred Garhwal region. Nanda Devi rises from a vast
ring of high mountains that form the Nanda Devi Sanctuary, an amphitheater
seventy miles in circumference and 6000m high, surrounding the Rishiganga
valley. Only once in this giant cirque does the elevation drop below 5200 m.
efforts to reach the inner sanctuary failed. Bill Tilman finally reached the
sanctuary in 1934 with Eric Shipton, then Tilman climbed to the summit in 1936
with No ‘l Odell. With this ascent, Nanda Devi became the highest peak attained
by man, a record which remained until the 1950 ascent of Annapurna.
Best months for Camping:
Nearest major airport:
|| 13 Nights
and 14 Days
Delhi - Haridwar -
Devprayag - Mundoli - Nanda Ghunti - Kanol - Nandakini Valley - Kuari
Pass - Tapovan
We arrive New Delhi early morning and transfer to the hotel. We then take the
early morning train to Haridwar, one of the most holy Hindu towns on the banks
of the Ganges. We then continue by road to the small hamlet of Devprayag perched
above the confluence of the Bhagirathi and Alaknanda rivers. A visit to the
saddhus on the riverbank for a good weather blessing is a must! Simple
Devprayag - Mundoli
We follows the gently winding road into the heart of the Garhwal foothills, past
Rudraprayag with its memorial stone to Jim Corbett and the infamous man eating
leopard and onwards up the Pindar valley. We camp above the road-head near
An excellent start to our journey as we trek through rhododendron forest,
hand-tilled fields and small, friendly villages. We camp near an old Forest Rest
House with impressively large deodar. Over night stay in the Camp.
Mundoli - Nanda Ghunti
Today involves a long climb to the magnificent bugyal or grazing meadow of Bedni.
Here we are rewarded with startling views of Trisul (7120m) and Nanda Ghunti
(6390m). A tougher day of steep ascent and descent. Over night stay in the Camp.
Nanda Ghunti - Kanol
Classic walking today as we head north through Rolling Meadows bordered with
ancient rhododendron trees that give the most wonderful display of colour in
spring. The trails are good and the scenery magnificent. We camp near a river
beside the village of Kanol. Camp.
A tough morning as we make the long descent to the Nandakini River. A welcome
paddle in the clear water to sooth our feet whilst the porters set up camp &
over night stay.
Kanol - Nandakini Valley
We start the day by trekking up and out of the Nandakini valley, a tough but
rewarding climb along good trails. Birds of prey such as Lammergeyer, Golden
Eagle and Himalayan Griffon are common in this area. The day's efforts are well
worth it as we camp in peaceful and wonderfully flat meadow for the night. Over
night stay in the Camp.
Nandakini Valley - Nanda Devi
A day traversing one of the main valleys that radiate out from the Inner
Sanctuary of Nanda Devi. A steep descent takes us to our interesting campsite
above the gorge of the Bhagirathi & over night stay.
Nanda Devi - Kauri Pass
We cross the river on a splendid suspension bridge. Shipton and Tilman were not
so fortunate and had to improvise a crossing out of fallen tree trunks and
rope.... From the river we climb steeply to a level trail that takes us to our
next campground, in sight of the Kuari Pass. Over night stay in the Camp.
An easier day as we make camp at Dhakwani near the base of the Kauri Pass in
preparation for an early start tomorrow & over night stay in the Camp.
We make a pre-dawn start for the pass to gain the best views. Climbing in the
footsteps of Shipton and Tilman, we follow the zigzag path to the top of the
pass (3658m). The route is not difficult and the views that unfold at the top
are unrivalled anywhere in the Himalayas. A stunning panorama of snow covered
6000 and 7000m peaks stretches as far as the eye can see. After savoring this
moment we descend to a sheltered grazing meadow to watch the peaks fade into the
Kuari-Pass - Tapovan
The final day of our classic trek. We descend further towards the Alaknanda
valley and the small settlement of Tapovan where we rejoin our transport for the
short ride to Josimath, an important halting point for Shipton and Tilman during
their explorations. Overnight at Hotel or Guesthouse.
Tapovan - Devprayag
A long day of driving as we follow the river to the Alaknanda valley southwest
on to Devprayag. Overnight at Hotel or guesthouse.
Devprayag - Haridwar - Delhi
We continue our journey to Delhi via Haridwar where we take the train on to
Delhi (if tickets are unavailable due to pilgrims we will continue by road). We
arrive in Delhi in time for last minute souvenir hunting and an enjoyable meal
in one of the many excellent restaurants. Overnight at Hotel.
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