A trail to the highest peak of India

The Nanda Devi is one of the most gigantic and gorgeous peaks in India. It is the second highest peak in the country and the 23rd highest peak in the world. The Nanda Devi is located in the Garhwal Himalayas in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand between the Rishiganga valley on the west and the Goriganga valley on the east. The Nanda Devi has a spectacular elevation of 7,816m (25,643ft). A trek to the Nanda Devi Base Camp will take you on an exhilarating journey to the king-size landscapes of India. The Nanda Devi Mountain peak holds a high significance to the locals as it is considered very auspicious.

The Nanda Devi Base Camp Trek will also take you on a ride in the midst of the resplendent biosphere of The Himalayas. The peak of Nanda Devi and the mountains surrounding it were closed in 1983 to preserve and protect its fragile ecosystem. The area around is the Nanda Devi National Park which is declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The trek to the Nanda Devi Base Camp is a difficult trek of 9 to 12 days depending on your trek guide. This trek will provide you the glimpse of many enormous Himalayan peaks. This trek leads you to the base camp on the eastern side of the peak which is also the home to Panchu Glacier. You will get to witness the rich biodiversity of this place with a sneak peak in the lives of the Himalayan people.

Best Time to Travel to Nanda Devi Base Camp Trek

The Best Time to Travel the Nanda Devi Base Camp Trek is during the months of May to June & September to October. During this time the weather is bearable as it is neither to cold nor too rainy, which makes trekking in this region a bit easier.

Itinerary of Nanda Devi Base Camp Trek

Day 1- Kathgodam-Munisiyari (2290 mtrs)
Distance- 277kms

  • Arrive at Kathgodam from your respective city, you can travel by bus or train as Kathgodam is well connected to railways and roadways across the entire Uttarakhand. Then travel on your journey to Munsiyari while passing by the lush grandeurs of the Himalayas.
  • Stay overnight at Chaukori and explore the place as it is very famous for its tea gardens and iconic views of The Himalayas.

Day 2- Munsiyari – Lilam (1850 mtrs)
Distance- 7 km

  • The trek begins from a small trek from Munsiyari to lilam which is a small winter village of this area.
  • Stay overnight at Ilam.

Day 3- Lilam – Bogudiar (2609 mtrs)
Distance- 12 km

  • Trek through the forest of Utees, where the small rivulets of Ralam and Goriganga meets.
  • Keep following the way, you will arrive at a point where the Goriganga meets the river Poting , marking the village Bogudiar, stay overnight here.

Day 4- Bigudiar – Rilkot (3130 mtrs)
Distance- 12 km

  • The Trans-Himalaya trek begins from here while you will head towards Rilkot.
  • A short diversion on the way to the Lapsa Village to visit the Northern Nanda Kot Glacier. Keep trekking you will reach the Village Rilkot where you can stay overnight by the river.

Day 5- Rilkot – Ghanghar (3300 mtrs)
Distance- 13 km

  • Start from Rilkot, at a distance you will find the Martoli Peak, which will open up the view of the true form of the Trans-Himalayan landscapes.
  • Walking in the midst of the meadows you will arrive at the village Ghanghar. This village marks the beginning of the Panchu Valley which eventually leads to Nanda Devi base camp. Explore the culture of this area and stay overnight at this village.

Day 6- Ghanghar – Panchu Glacier (4000 mtrs)
Distance- 7 kms

  • The steep trek to Panchu Glacier begins on this day. You will pass by the Rhododendron trees where the peak seems to loom closer and closer.
  • After trekking for about 5 hours and 7 kms you will discover the Panchu Glacier on the Northern face of Nanda Devi. Stay overnight here.

Day 7- Explore the Nanda Devi Base Camp

Watch the beautiful sunrise at the Nanda Devi Peak from here. Walk up and down the glacier and get a very clear and beautiful view of the Nanda Devi Peak.

Day 8- Panchu Glacier – Martoli 
Distance- 17 km

  • You will trek downhill for a while before having an uphill trek at a distance.
  • The town of Martoli falls on an important ancient trade route, therefore you will see a number of houses with many ancient wood carvings. This town is also famous for getting the unbeatable views of the Nanda Devi east and the Nanda Kot. Stay here overnight.

Day 9- Martoli – Rargari
Distance- 20 km

  • The trek will take you towards Munsiyari as you arrive at Rargari, where you will stay overnight.

Day 10- Rargari – Munsiyari
Distance- 14 km

You will travel on your way back to Munsiyari, where you will stay overnight.

Day 11- Munsiyari – Kathgodam 
Distance- 296 km

It is the day of departure. You will travel to Kathgodam from Munisyari. You can halt at Chaukori for refreshments and further move ahead to Kathgodam from where your trekking journey will end and you can head out to your hometown.

Trail Type: Circular trail which starts and ends at Munsiyari. The trail is slippery and prone to landslides in many areas.

What is Nanda Devi Base Camp famous for?

Nanda Devi Base Camp is famous among tourist as Trekking, Expedition.

Nanda Devi Base Camp is popular destination for following activities/ interests - Base Camp (Trek), Trekking.

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