Considered one of the major peaks in the Kumaon Himalayas, Hardeol is the highest peak on the northern side of the ring of peaks guarding the Nanda Devi Sanctuary. It is situated at the northern end of the Milam valley, in the Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand. It is also known as ‘Trishuli South’ or ‘Temple of the God’.
After a few serious attempts starting in 1967, the first ascent of Hardeol was made by a team from the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) on 31 May 1978, led by S. P. Mulasi, climbing from the ridge connecting the peak to Trishuli.
- East face (via the Ikualari glacier and thence to the right, up the Trishuli valley towards the Hardeol icefall)
HOW TO REACH
The nearest place which is accessible through motorable road is Munsiyari. This place is starting point of many treks into the Kumaon Himalayas.
- ROAD: Munsiyari is very well connected to all the important town and cities in the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand. Buses and taxis are easily available from Kathgodam, the major transport junction for the Kumaun Hills.
- RAIL: Ramnagar railway station is the nearest railway station from Munsiyari from where you can commute to all important cities. You can take a bus, taxi or any other mode of transport to reach here.
- AIR: Pantnagar Airport is the closest airport from Munsiyari located at a distance of about 188 kilometers. With the available means of transport you can easily reach the airport which is well maintained and ensures convenience.