Nanda Kot Peak

Literally meaning Nanda’s Fortress, Nanda Kot is a mountain peak situated in the Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand in the Kumaon Himalayas. It lies just outside of the ring of peaks enclosing the Nanda Devi Sanctuary. The Kaphni (or Kafani), Pindar, Lawan, and Shalang Glaciers drain the south, west, north, and east sides of the peak respectively.

The first attempt to scale Nanda Kot and reach its summit was made by T.G. Longstaff in1905, who proceeded via Lawan valley and Lawan glacier.The first successful ascent of the summit came in 1936 by a Japanese team led by Y. Hotta. In 1995, a new route via south face was discovered and a direct ascent was made using it by Martin Moran in 1995.



Mountaineering expeditions to Nanda Kot today typically follow the route through Loharkhet -- Dhakuri Pass -- Khati Village to Dwali Base Camp. The nearest motorable town to Loharkhet is Bageshwar.

Posted by: eUttaranchal/ Brijmohan Bisht
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