Trekking Nandadevi Alpine in Garhwal Himalayas

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2012 Most popular Nanda devi Trekking Trip ::

Group departure 2012 :: April 20 :: May 10  :: 15 June :: 10 & 15 :: 2012

Trip Departure 2012

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April - May - June - September - October - November


USD :: 2489


The Nanda Devi National Park has been closed since 1982 to protect its bio-diversity and only now parts of the park have been open to the interested tourist. None less than Sir Edmund Hilary has described the sanctuary in glowing terms as "the training ground for adventure in India". No description of this trek would do justice to the scenery that unfolds in front of your eyes. The snow-clad peaks like Mount Bithartoli-Himal (6354 m), Nanda Ghunti (6309 m), Ranthi Peak (6003 m), Dronagiri (7066 m) and of course India's highest peak Nanda Devi (7817 M) herself in all their Majesty. The Nanda Devi basin must surely be one of the most legendary regions in the entire Himalayan chain. The mountain itself, revered since time immemorial by all those who live in its shadow, has long attracted the attention of the pioneering mountaineers and explorers, mystics and spiritualists, writers and everyday travellers who have visited the area. Everest may well be the highest peak in the world but the beautifuSl peak of Nanda Devi must surely be the most fascinating. The area first came to the attention of the Western world as a result of the 19th century explorations by Traill, Graham and Longstaff but shot to fame in the 1930's when Shipton and Tilman forced a route into the Inner Sanctuary. Nanda Devi is the highest mountain situated completely within India and is surrounded by a ridge wall of nearly 6000m. The only break in this wall is the Rishi Ganga, The trek also offers great views of the Auli bugyals, Urgam valley and Lata village and moving through forests of Rhododendron, Birch and Fir.

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Main Activities

Equipment Required

Specialist gear required include walking boots and day pack (a comprehensive gear list is provided in the pre-departure information provided on booking).

What You Carry

In your daypack you will need to carry extra warm clothing (depending on the altitude, location and weather), a rainjacket, water bottle, film and camera gear, valuables and personal items such as sunscreen, lip-eze etc. Porters and mules carry all group gear and your trek pack.


One of the finest alpine treks in the Himalaya

Although the Kuari Pass (3640m) is not high by Himalayan standards, the views from the Pass rival some of the finest in the entire Himalayan range. To the north the peaks stretch to the Tibetan Plateau while to the east Nanda Devi (7816m) the highest mountain in India - is ringed by a host of 7000m peaks. This is one of the many highlights of this exceptional trek that follows trails through luxuriant forest of bamboo, conifer and oak and many traditional Hindu villages. At higher elevations the meadows are carpeted with wildflowers while the serene lakes and the shepherd encampments beneath the sacred peaks add to the beauty of the area. Combine this with no shortage of magnificent campsites, an incomparable trekking service and many opportunities to wander to the high ridges and you have the essence of this fulfilling trek.



Day 1 Arrive Delhi

Upon arrival you will be transferred to the group hotel. The remainder of the day is free for personal exploration of this exciting city. Note: If you are arriving in Delhi on a late night flight, you may like to arrive the day before the trip commences. 

Day 2 Train to Haridwar & drive to Garhwal (10 hours)

The train to Haridwar takes around five hours. It is one of India's most modern trains and you will be served breakfast and snacks during your journey. On arrival at Haridwar we drive alongside the course of the Ganges as we slowly ascend through the Himalayan foothills. It will take around six hours to reach our comfortable hotel in the Garhwal region.

Day 3 Drive to Auli (6 hours) & commence trek to Gurson meadow

It is a further 5 hours drive to the famous pilgrim centre at Joshimath. After our staff have purchased last minute supplies we will continue our drive to the ski resort of Auli. At 2600 metres you will begin to appreciate the alpine air after the temperatures of the Indian Plains. We commence our trek for two hours, following a trail to the highest ski lift - with impressive views of Nanda Devi at the head of the Rishi Gorge - before entering a holy oak forest to our camp at Gurson meadow.

Day 4 Gurson Bugyal to Chitraganta (4 to 5 hours)

Beyond Gurson Bugyal the trail crosses a series of beautiful meadows to a ridgeline that affords a birds eye views up the Rishi Ganga. We then follow a trail through pine and oak forest for two to three km to the meadow at Chitraganta (3300 metres). From camp we appreciate the impressive snow capped ridgeline including Chaukhamba 1 (7138 metres), Chaukhamba 2 (7068 metres), Chaukhamba 3 (6974 metres) and Chaukhamba 4 (6854 metres) on the far side of Joshimath. The shepherds living in the vicinity, mostly from Rishikesh or Haridwar, graze their flocks of sheep and goats throughout the summer months.

Day 5 Chitraganta to Kuari Pass (2 to 3 hours).

A short stage to assist acclimatisation. We head along a ridge for an hour gaining views of the Kuari pass as well as the numerous peaks that stretch as far as the horizon. From our camp in the vicinity of the pass we gain spectacular views of the Himalayan and Zanskar ranges. Our guides will help you identify them. North of Joshimath is the Chaukhamba Range, Nilkanth (6596 metres) and Narayan Parbat (5965 metres), while the peaks of the Zanskar Range, including Mana Peak (7272 metres), Kamet (7756 metres) and Abl Gamin (7355 metres), extend to the Tibet border. In the middle foreground, the main Himalayan chain in the vicinity of the Bhyundar Valley and Hem Kund includes Nilgiri Parbat (6474 metres), Rataban (6166 metres), Ghori Parbat (6708 metres) and Hathi Parbat (6727 metres). Dunagiri (7066 metres) dominates the peaks to the north of the Nanda Devi Sanctuary, which also include Changabang (6864 metres) and Kalanka (6931 metres).

Day 6 Kuari Pass to Sutoli (5 to 6 hours).

The Kuari Pass (3530 metres) is just a small col in a grassy ridge. From the pass our guides can point out Sutoli meadow and the route we follow in what is a challenging stage. From the pass there is a steep descent to a small shepherd encampment at Dakwani (3300 metres). The meadow marks the upper limit of the mixed oak and pine forest and time for a short break before we descend to a side river (2515 metres). There follows another ascent and descent (steep again in places ) to an impressive waterfall before a gradual climb through the forest to Sutoli meadow (2850 metres). From camp you savour views back towards the Kuari pass and the pristine forests that characterise the upper section of the valley.

Day 7 Sutoli to Jhangi (5 to 6 hours).

After the vigour's of the previous stage we follow a series of well-defined trails leading through a series of traditional hill villages. We appreciate the almost Arcadian scene with the hills dotted with two-storied slate roofed dwelling set amid fields of maize and corn. After several hours we descend through bamboo and tropical undergrowth to the Brithi Ganga. There is a large suspension bridge over the river before a 200-metre ascent to Jhangi (2000 metres), a small pleasant village situated in the upper Brithi Ganga Valley.

Day 8 Ghangri to meadow camp (4 hours).

The trail ascends through oak and rhododendron forest and across a series of meadows from where we gain panoramic views of the Brithi Ganga Valley and the snow capped peaks looming above the forested ridges at the head of the valley. There is no shortage of campsites with plenty of time that afternoon to explore the forests and meadows in the vicinity.

Day 9 Camp to Gorli (3 hours)

We commence with a short ascend to the wooded ridge (marking the watershed between the Brithi Ganga and the Nandakini Valley). There follows a gradual descent through the pastures and forests where the villagers from large village of Ramni graze their animals before descending to a beautiful camp just above the village of Gorli (2345metres). That afternoon we may decide to walk to the nearby Ramni village and visit the small bazaar.

Day 10 Gorli to Pehri (4 to 5 hours).

A well-defined trail leads high above the Nandakini River and through several substantial villages. On this stage we can appreciate the intricate wooden carving of Ganesh (the elephant-headed god) in many of the houses as well as the simple Hindu temples that line the trail. In between the villages we enter oak and rhododendron forest as we make our way to our camp at Pehri (1940 metres).

Day 11 Pehri to Sutol (3 to 4 hours)

From Pehri (2500 metres) we continue along a village trail through a number of settlements before a descent to a major tributary. There follows a trek through rhododendron and blue pine forest to Sutol (2200 metres), one of the most substantial villages in the upper Nandakani valley. Just beyond the village there is an excellent campsite alongside the Nandakini River.

Day 12 Sutol to Wan (5 hours).

Views of Trisul (7120 metres) loom above Sutol as we ascend through spruce and oak forest to the village of Kunol (2600 metres). Barking deer have been seen in the forest clearing, while the heavy spiked collars worn by the shepherd dogs reflects their need for protection from the forest leopards. The village at Kunol (2600 metres) is set in an idyllic location with views of the summits of the high peaks north of Joshimath. A small ridge separates Kunol and Wan where views of the main Himalaya are complemented with impressive views south down the Bedni Ganga towards the Indian plains. We camp above the village of Wan (2450 metres) in the delightful grounds of the Forest Rest House.

Day 13 Wan to Badni Bugyal (5 hours).

From Wan the trail ascends to a meadow complete with a small temple with views of Trisul at the head of the valley.There follows a short descent to a small tributary, before we commence the ascent to Badni Bugyal. The trail through the forest is steep in places. The oaks continue to around 3000 metres, while the pines and rhododendrons thin out at 3200 metres. This marks the upper limit of the forest, as there are no silver birch trees in this region of the Garhwal. The 800 metre climb through the forest takes around three hours. It is a further three km across the meadows to the camp at Badni Bugyal.The alpine camp at Badni Bugyal (3350 metres) would rival the best in the Himalaya. To the west, the views of the Himalaya stretch as far as the peaks in the vicinity of Gangotri, while the Chaukhamba Range and the peaks beyond Joshimath are also visible. To the north, the peaks of Trisul (7120 metres) and Nanda Ghunti (6309 metres) rise above the alpine ridges.

Day 14 Badni Bugyal to Bhoga Basa (4 to 5 hours).

From camp there is a gradual climb up and along the north-east ridge towards Trisul. Here on the trail continues around the contours before ascending steeply in places to a small shrine on the ridgeline, which marks the catchment divide between the Badni Ganga and the Nandakini River. The camp at Bhoga Basa (4100 metres) is a couple of km beyond the temple.

Day 15 Bhoga Basa to Rup Kund & return to Badni Bugyal (7 to 8 hours).

The 500 metre climb to the sacred lake of Rup Kund takes around two to three hours. En route there are some steep rocky sections just before Rup Kund, which may require a bit of scrambling to reach the lake.Rup Kund (4550 metres) has no outflow and is covered in snow for 10 months of the year. If the waters arte not under snow you may glimpse human bones that legend has it are dated to a time when a party of pilgrims were trapped by bad weather in the 14th century. There is a possible optional climb to Jyuri Gali (4620 metres) that marks the divide between the headwaters of Rup Kund and Hom Kund, the main sources of the Nandakini River. From Rup Kund it takes about two hours to return to Bhoga Basa and a further three hours back to Badni Bugyal.

Day 16 Badni Bugyal to Didana (4 hours).

The trail leads south across the alpine grazing meadows to Ali Bugyal. The views are again magnificent, both across to Joshimath and south to the Indian plains. The trail then descends steeply through the forest to the village of Didana (2450 metres).

Day 17 Didana to Loharjang (4 to 5 hours)

After crossing the substantial bridge over Bedni Ganga the trail then gradually ascend through pine, fir, oak and bamboo forest and past cascading side streams to the jeep trail coming from Lohrajang. It is a further six km along the jeep trail to the prosperous village of Loharjang.

Day 18 Drive to Naini Tal (8 to10 hours).

Our bus will take a full day to Naini Tal. At first the road descends to the Pindar valley before crossing the ridges of the Himalayan foothills to Naini Tal

Day 19 At Naini Tal

We spend two days exploring the bustling hill resort of Naini Tal. There is plenty to do including wandering around the lake and visiting the main bazaar at Malli Tal or taking out a boat on the lake. Other options include undertaking a day walk to one of the many vantage points above the town where you may enjoy one last panorama of the snow capped Himalayan peaks.

Day 20 Drive to Kathgodam, train to Delhi

From Naini Tal we drive down to the plains and the station at Kathgodam to board our early morning train to Delhi. We arrive in Delhi by mid afternoon ad transfer to our hotel that is centrally located in New Delhi.

Day 21 Trip concludes Delhi.

We have most of the day free to complete last minute shopping and sightseeing. Rest rooms will be provided if you are scheduled to fly out that evening.


PANGARCHULLA PEAK mini peak 4575 meter climb April 15th n April 25 :: May 5th & 15th & 25th :: June 5th n 15th n 25th

September :: 5th n 15th 25th :: October 5th & 15th & 25th :: November 5th n 15th n 25th :: November 5th & 15th

The Pangarchulla peak, is a beautiful climbing possibility near the well known Kuari Pass area. The peak is approximately 4575 Mtrs, and can have a lot of snow till as late as May. The best snow climbing experience can be had in the months of April and May, after which the peak would have a difficulty level similar to a trekking peak.

Our expedition starts from Auli, which is famous for its ski slopes. Excellent views of Nanda Devi can be had from the Auli camp site. The approach to the base camp at Khullara is through dense forests, meadows and a small summit called the Gorson top. Throughout the expedition, the participants would get glorious Himalayan views, with some of the prominent peaks being : Nilkanth (6596m), Narayan Parbat (5965m), Mana peak (7272m), Kamet (7756m), Abi Gamin (7355m), Nilgiri Parbat (6474m), Rataban (6166m), Ghori Parbat (6708m), Hathi Parbat (6727m) and Dunagairi (7066m). During the summit day, one can catch sight of Chaukhamba peaks ( 7138 Mtr ) as well.

The expedition is led by experienced climbers, and may need the participants to use technical climbing gear such as ropes, crampons, ice axe, harnesses etc. As per the requirement, an orientation and skill training on the use of the technical gear would be provided during the expedition itself.













Day 0: Depart from Delhi by overnight train to Haridwar.

Day 1: Haridwar to Auli drive (9-10 hours). Overnight in tents at Auli ( 2750 Mtr ) overlooking great views of Nanda Devi peak.

Day 2: Trek Auli to Gorson meadows ( 3200 Mtr ). A short trek through Auli which is famous for its ski slopes and ski resort. We would walk past the last ski lift towers, to enter the forests largely comprising of oak. Overnight in tents.

Day 3: Trek Gorson meadows to Gorson Top and further to Talli (3300 Mtr). The walk up to the Gorson top is rewarding with beautiful views of Himalayan peaks all the way. Some of the prominent peaks are Nilkanth (6596m), Narayan Parbat (5965m), Mana peak (7272m), Kamet (7756m), Abi Gamin (7355m), Nilgiri Parbat (6474m), Rataban (6166m), Ghori Parbat (6708m), Hathi Parbat (6727m) and Dronagiri (7066m). At the Gorson top we get an all around view, and the Pangarchulla peak can also be observed right from base to the summit. One can get the feeling of how the climbing expedition is going to be like from here. After the Gorson top, we quickly descend into thick forests, and setup camp near Talli. Overnight in tents.

Day 4: Trek Talli to Khullara ( 3400 Mtr ), the base camp for Pangarchulla peak. A walk through thick forest brings us to the beautiful camp site of Khullara. Astounding views of Himalayan peaks. Overnight in tents.

Day 5: Trek/climb Khullara to Pangarchulla advanced camp ( 4000 Mtr ). Climbing gear is sorted out, and participants are equipped with ice axes, harnesses, ropes etc. An orientation about the use of the technical gear is also given. Today the climb would require all participants to walk with complete set of compact camping equipment and their necessary personal luggage. Camp is established on a high ridge, and can have snow conditions till the month of May. Overnight in tents.

Day 6: Pangarchulla peak ( 4575 Mtr), summit attempt, return to base camp. The summit attempt would be started very early, in the morning, so as to cover maximum ground before the dawn. Participants would need to be roped up for a large portion of the climb. After the summit, we return to the advanced camp, a quick snack later, we close the camp and descend to our base camp at Khullara. The day would be long and strenuous. Overnight in tents.

Day 7: Trek Khullara to Tapovan ( 1905 Mtr ). This is largely a downhill walk through beautiful forests and small villages. Further drive to Pipalkoti ( 2-3 hours ), overnight at hotel in Pipalkoti.

Day 8: Early morning departure from hotel, drive to Haridwar ( 8 hours ), further by train for onwards journey.

Fixed Departure

INR 21,989

Custom Date ( A-La-Carte )

4-6 Participants

INR 29,989

7-10 Participants

INR 24,989


* All price is per person
* Minimum group required to run this trip for fixed departures :

Transfers from Haridwar to Auli and return, Hotel stay as indicated in the schedule, all technical climbing gear as per needed, camping gear, kitchen and mess facilities on the expedition, all rations, logistics for the expedition, porters, guidance, permissions, first aid, instructions and safety standby support.

Delhi-Haridwar-Delhi train fares, expenses of personal nature, insurance of any kind, alcoholic drinks, anything not mentioned explicitly in the above program.

Booking is necessary to be done at least 60 days prior to the trip date.
- Full payment is required to confirm a booking.
- 75 % refund if cancellation happens 45 days prior to departure
- 50 % refund if cancellation happens 20 days prior to departure

No refund for any cancellation/no show in the last 20 days prior to departure

Prior to making a booking, please take a look at TRAVEL ADVISORY section.

Personal torch, trekking boots, fleece body warmers, windproof jacket and lower, warm headgear, UV protection sunglasses, gloves, warm socks, suitable backpack, camera etc.

- Minimum age for participation is 15 years.
- Participants are recommended to follow a personal physical training schedule prior to departure
- This is not a luxury trip; days would be tiring and intensive.
- People with past history/ailment of heart, asthma, epilepsy are recommended to take medical advice
- Weather disruptions may at times result in discomfort or unplanned adjustments.

Mountaineering is considered an extreme sport and has potential risks. Participants are expected to understand the hazards and would be required to sign an undertaking/disclaimer prior to participating in the expedition.

- Delhi to Haridwar travel is suggested by overnight train
- Haridwar to Delhi travel is suggested by overnight train
- Train tickets bookings can be organized by us if needed

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