The Shadow of Nanda Devi


Nanda Devi, whose name means holy Goddess, is the uppermost mountain in India. It is a enormous white double pyramid overlooking the sacred Garhwal province. Nanda Devi raises from a huge ring of high mountains that form the Nanda Devi Sanctuary, an amphitheater seventy miles in perimeter and 6000 m high, neighboring the Rishiganga valley. Only once in this gigantic cirque does the altitude drop below 5200 m. constant early efforts to reach the inner sanctuary failed. Bill Tilman finally reached the sanctuary in 1934 with Eric Shipton, and then Tilman climbed to the summit in 1936 with Noel Odell. With this ascent, Nanda Devi became the highest peak attained by man, a trace that remained until the 1950 ascent of Annapurna.

Tour Name: - The Shadow of Nanda Devi (Mountain Goddess).
Duration: -     20 Nights 21 Days.

Programme is as under: -

Day 1: -     Arrive Delhi transfer to hotel, half day sightseeing tour of Majestic Red Fort. Evening board overnight train to Kathgodam.

Day 2: -     Arrive Kathgodam in morning and drive to Binsar. Two night's stay in Khali Estate.

Day 3: -     Full day leisure time to rest and relax.

Day 4: -     Drive from Binsar to Munsiari, reroute-dazzling views of Nanda Devi, Panch Chuli, and Nanda Kot. Overnight at Camp.

Day 5: -     Munsiari to Lilam, two hours walk more often than not downhill takes us to the starting point of the Pavad trail. A short walk then takes us to the village of Lilam. Overnight camp.

Day 6: -     Lilam to Bogdiar: - We will start our trek from Lilam, which is situtated at the start of long gorge. We trek all the way through dense, semi-tropical rain forest and thick bamboo, which grows on the steep slopes. Have lunch, continue ascending along the gorge for another couple of hours to rest house.

Day 7: -     Bogdiar to Rilkote: - Steady climb for most of the morning after the first hour we arrive at the beautiful opening of the gorge and a small track side shrine to a local diety, which stands under an huge cliff wall. Our camp is up next to the cliff walls with a small spring nearby.

Day 8: -     Rilkote to Ganghar: - We follow a trail that descends to Burfu and to the thinly populated village of Martoli. Our camp at Ghanghar sits at the head of the Pachhu Valley. From Ganghar we catch our first glimpse of Nanda Devi and Milam Village.

Day 9: -     Ganghar to Nanda Devi Camp: -  A beautiful campsite lies within a few kilometers of the foot of the Nanda Devi. Our base camp is at 3904 mtrs.

Day 10: -     Nanda Devi Base Camp, full day for rest at spectacular campsite.

Day 11: -     Base camp to Milam: - Start early; we will be retracing our steps back to Ganaghar and Burphu. We cross the Gauri Ganga River on a wodden bridge. We will stop for lunch before continuing to reach Milam Village. (3300mts.)

Day 12: -     Beautiful day's trek descending the Gauri Ganga Valley. We continue for 1 KM to Tola, a lovely campsite on a plateau near Sumdu Village. (3400mtrs.).

Day 13: -     Sumdu to Ralam: - After a short distance, crossing a icy stream on a stone and a log bridge we begin a steady climbfor about 5-6 hours reaching the summit of the Brijganga pass (4878 m). We move down steeply to Ralam Camp at 3799 mtrs.

Day 14-16: -     Ralam-Munsiari: - for three days, we trek down the densely forested Ralam valley where we finally rejoin the Gauri Ganga valley near Lilam. We end our trekking by making the steep ascent back to Munsiari for overnight camp.

Day 17: -     Munsiari to Almora: - We start an early start to our journey to Almora. Overnight hotel.

Day 18: -     Almora to Corbett National Park: - After breakfast, a short drive to Corbett National Park. Game viewing by jeep or Elephant. Overnight stay in park.

Day 19: -     Corbett to Delhi: - Early morning after breakfast drive back to Delhi. Overnight at hotel.

Day 20: -     Delhi departure: - Full day for your personal activities, shopping or going to places of interest. Late night transfer to International Airport.

Day 21: -     Early morning fly to your home country.

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