This is a trans-Himalayan
trek in the heart of Kumaon Himalayas. Nanda Devi of course,
needs no introduction. The second highest peak in the
Indian Himalayas and touted by many as one of the most
beautiful peaks in the world. The trek is through the
Jauher valley the center of ancient Indo Tibetan trade
route. Once upon a time this was one of the most important
commercial center with a throbbing civilization influenced
by the Tibetan culture in so many ways.
of Garhwal Himalayas
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Takeover Point: Delhi/ Kathgodam
Grade : Sternuous
At 2290m Munsiyari
is on the arterial water body of the Goriganga, which
emerges from the Milam glacier system of the eastern
flanks of the Nandadevi sanctuary, fed also by the Kalaband
glacier and Panchchuli from the east. The Jauher valley
is on the outer rim of the Nanda devi sanctuary. Apart
from the spectacular views of the famous peaks such
as the Nanda devi and Nanda kot, the trek is along the
river Gori Ganga through ancient villages and rolling
The Martoli village,
one of the centers of the Jauher valley, represents
the ruins of the history of the Indo - Tibetan trade.
Once a big village, one can clearly see in the ruins
stories of a mighty commercial center Martoli was long
time back in the heart of Himalayas.
Day 0: Departure
from old Delhi Railway station for Kathgodam (the railhead)
for an overnight journey. This day we travel for Almora
for obtaining Inner Line Permit for entring in Nanda
Devi Region. Night Stay at Almora.
Day 1: ALMORA
- MUNSIYARI by jeep. The first day's drive
is through the pleasant Kumaon countryside including
the Almora Township. Our destination Chaukori is famous
for the tea gardens and splendid views of the snow covered
Himalayas. A good halt for acclimatization. Overnight
in tourist guesthouse.
Day 2: MUNSIYARI-LILAM
A fairly easy walk brings us to Lilam the
winter home of the Milam villagers. Most of the residents
have become permanent though a few houses continue the
tradition of migration to Milam during the summer months.
Overnight in tents/village
Day 4: LILAM
- BOGUDIYAR (1850m) 12 km trek In the thick
forest of Utees trees, the Ralam rivulet meets the Gori
Ganga. After a steep uphill climb one reaches Bogudiyar
where the Poting River meets the Gori Ganga. Overnight
Day 4: BOGUDIYAR
- RILKOT (3200m) 12 km trek This is truly the
Trans-Himalayan region. En route one can divert to the
Laspa village and further to northern glacier of Nanda
Kot. Rilkot village is situated above the river and
one can visit the ruins of old Rilkot. Overnight can
be in a camp set up near the river.
Day 5: RILKOT
- GHANGAR (3319 m) 13 km trek One gets the
view of the Martoli peak soon after Rilkot and the valley
really opens out into the typical trans-Himalayan terrain.
The walk through the sunny meadows is very enticing
to the ancient village of Ghangar. Here we are entering
into the Pachu valley which leads upto the Nanda devi
base camp. Ghangar village is also exciting in terms
of the typical Jauhar houses with woodcarvings and an
Day 6: GHANGAR
- PACHU GLACIER (3880 m) 7 km trek The climb
is rather strenuous from Ghangar. And the 7 km would
take approximately 5 hours. The view just keeps getting
better with Nanda devi looming closer with each step.
The rolling High altitude rhododendron with the pink
and white flowers and the fresh green birch forests
make the trek an ultimate experience. We reach an open
alpine meadow with varied flora and at the head of the
Pachu Glacier emanating from the northern face of Nanda
Devi. Overnight in the tents.
Day 7: EXPLORING
THE BASE CAMP We spend the day walking up along
the glacier towards the peaks and get real close up
views of Nanda devi. Overnight in tents.
REST DAY ADVICED
Day 9: PACHU GLACIER - MARTOLI
17 km trek. Today we trek mostly downhill only the last
bit is up. Martoli is one the very important destinations
from the ancient Indo-Tibetan trade route. The exquisite
wood carvings on old houses speak stories about how
this was the commercial center once upon a time. From
Martoli you also get fascinating views of the Nanda
devi (East) and Nanda kot. Overnight at a village house.
Day 10: MARTOLI - RARGARI
18 km trek. Again we return towards Munsyari Fairly
easy downhill. Overnight in huts.
Day 11: RARGARI - MUNSIYARI
14 km trek - CHAUKORI 98 km by jeep. Back to our roadhead.
We stay overnight at the guesthouse /tents.
Day 12: CHAUKORI - KATHGODAM
198 km by jeep Drive back starting early from Chaukori
to reach Kathgodam by the evening to catch the overnight
train to Delhi from Kathgodam in the evening. Arrive
in Delhi early morning the next day.