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NANDA DEVI ALPINE TREKKING TOURS ::
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) Ð 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
Stunning mountain scenery including views of Nanda Devi, Dunagiri and
Fully supported camping based trek including 3 hearty meals per day prepared
by our cooks
Trek through traditional Hindu villages and untouched forests
Cross the Kauri Pass
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. Please talk to your World Expeditions reservations
consultant or travel agent for pre-tour accommodation options.
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
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
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.
Information :: Cost USD $ 1999 per person
20 breakfasts, 18 lunches and 18 dinners
airport transfers on Day 1 and Day 21
expert bilingual guide
group medical kit
good quality accommodation in Delhi & Naini Tal
gear package for use during the trip including kit bag, sleeping bag, down
or fibre filled jacket and insulated sleeping mat
all park entrance fees and trekking permits
mules to carry all personal and group equipment
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.
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