Nanda Devi Trek
The trek offers great views of the Nanda Devi (7826 m), the highest mountain of Garhwal, and most of the famous mountains including , Kamet (7756 m), Abhi Gamin (7355 m), Chokhamba (7138 m) Trishul (7125 m),Nanda Ghunti (6309 m) and many more, and moving through forests of Rhododendron, Birch and Fir. On the whole this trek provides us a superb view of Indian Himalaya and a deep insight of Indian culture.
DAY 01 DELHI
Arrival in Delhi and transfer to Hotel. Combined sightseeing of Old and New Delhi. Visiting Red Fort, Jama Masjid, Qutab Minar, Shanti van, Raj Ghat , and pass through India Gate and Parliament House and President’s Estate.
DAY 02 DELHI/NAINITAL (1938 m)
Drive 303 km/8 hr. Nainital is a hill station set around Naini Lake, named after Naina (eyes) of Parvati, Lord Shiva’s wife. It is believed that emerald lake is one of the green eyes of her. Overnight in guest house/hotel.
DAY 03 NAINITAL
In the morning we make an excursion to Naina Peak (2610 m) from where we have a glimpse of Himalayan peaks including Nanda Devi (7826 m).
DAY 04 NAINITAL/DEBAL (1218 m)
Drive approximately 182 km to Debal via Kausani and Gwaldam. En route we will enjoy the scenic beauty of terraced fields, villages and snow clad Himalayan mountains At distant horizon we can still see Nanda Devi sometime en route and also Trishul and other peaks. O/N in tents.05
DAY 05 DEBAL/MANDOLI/DIDINA (2439 m)
Drive 24 km/1-1/2 hrs. on the rough road to Mandoli by jeep . Then we start our trek to Didina village. First 1-1/2 hours almost levelled walk through villages then steep ascent till Didina village. 4/5 hr trek. O/N Tents.
DAY 06 DIDINA/PATHAR NACHUNI (3658 m)
Today is a steep trek through oak trees and bamboo shrubs up to Ali Bugyal. From here we walk over Ali Bugyal enjoying the view of Hima-ayan peaks till we arrive Bedni Bugyal , From Bedni Bugyal we can have a view of Mt. Nanda Ghunti, Trishul massif and also peaks on the north of Garhwal. We continue our trek to Pathar Nachuni where we stay in tents for night. 5/6 hr.
DAY 07 PATHAR NACHUNI/BHAGWABASA (4267 M)/ROOP KUND (4800 M)/PATHAR NACHUNI (3658 M)
Today’s trek is also steep. During the months of August to October the valley is full of fragrance of Saussurea Obvallata flower, locally known as Brahmkamal. This flower acquires special importance to make offerings to Gods, especially to Lord Shiva and is found only in certain places in high altitudes. After touching the flower by hand, the smell lasts for hours. 7/8 hr trek.
In Roopkund human skeletons of 500 – 600 years old are found. There are several beliefs about the mystic presence of these skeletons. Some say refugees fleeing from prosecution of Tuglak’s army under General Zorawar Singh died here on the way. Others believe traders from Tibet might have died in a natural calamity. Yet another belief is that King Jasdal of Kanauj was on his way with his wife undertaking a pilgrimage called, „Nanda Jat“ to propitiate Goddess Nanda Devi 560 years ago. The Queen delivered a child on the way. This made the Goddess Nanda Devi angry by spoiling Her Holy Land. A snow storm was sent down by the Goddess killing hundreds on the trail of pilgrimage. According to the artefacts recovered so far this explanation of “Nanda Jat” seems more viable. Yet curiosity is unsatiated to find reason for this mystery.
DAY 08 PATHAR NACHUNI/ KUNOL (2186 m)
Today we trek for some time over the ridge enjoying the superb closer view of Trishul and Nanda Ghunti peaks and then we trek down to Kunol village. 6/7 hr trek.
DAY 09 KUNOL/Sitail(1800 m)
We trek through beautiful remote villages. First 3 hrs. steep down till the village Sitail. We cross Nandakini river. Sitail is a small village with few shops . Overnight in Tents. ¾ hr.
DAY 10 Sitail/RAMNI (2200 m)
Trek through villages which gives us a chance to see the local people engaged in various day to day activities. This is easy trek with little up and down. Overnight in tents. 4/5 hr.
DAY 11 RAMNI/JHENJI (1524 m)
Trek through beautiful forest, sometimes with a nice view of snow peaks. It is uphill trek for first 2 hrs till Binayak top. We can see the glorious view of Nanda Ghunti peak from this top. Then very steep descend to village Jhenji. Overnight Guest house/Tents. 6/7 hr.
DAY 12 JHENJI/PANA (2448 m)
Trek to Pana, which is the last village on our route before we reach Kuari Pass. First ½ hr. steep descend and then steep ascend till Pana. On the way it is a nice view of the valley. 3/4 hr. Overnight in Tent.
DAY 13 PANA/KUARI (4268 m)
Today is a longer trek through forests, creeks and some possibility of wildlife. After ½ hr. we reach at Syaartoli from where we can see the view of Kuari Pass. Kuari Pass means “door way”. Then trek goes down to Doma Bheti. From this point it is very steep climb till Kuari pass. Blinding view of snow peaks rewards for all our efforts to reach the top. Many high peaks of Garhwal can be seen from here. Kamet, Abi Gamin, Mana, Chowkhamba, Dunagiri, Neel Kanth are some of them. We camp here for two nights. 7/8 hr. Overnight in Tent.
DAY 14 KUARI PASS
Rest day. Possibility of exploring new ways in the beautiful grassy valleys.
DAY 15 KUARI PASS/AULI (2400 M)/JOSHIMATH (1875 m)
Descend to Tali between lush green forest of Cedars, while the view of Nanda Devi continues to play hide and seek. Arrive at Auli Ski Resort where we make end of our trek and go down to Joshimath by road for 14 km. Overnight in Guest House/Simple Hotel. 6/7 hr.
DAY 16 JOSHIMATH/BADRINATH(3096 M)/PIPAL KOTI
We drive 65 km to Badrinath Temple, which is the last town before Tibet border. Badrinath Temple is situated on the bank Alaknanda river, one of the main tributaries of Ganga river. From Joshimath further drive 35 km to Pipal Koti for over night in a Guest House/Simple Hotel.
DAY 17 PIPAL KOTI/RISHIKESH
8 hr drive to Rishikesh. Overnight in hotel.
DAY 18 RISHIKESH
Sightseeing of Ashrams, Ghats, Yoga Centre in the morning. Afternoon free.
DAY 19 RISHIKESH/DELHI
Drive 225 km/6 hr via Haridwar. En route small stop at Haridwar for sightseeing.
DAY 20 DELHI/DEPARTURE
Transfer to the International Airport.