NANDA DEVI TREKKING

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Location: Garhwal Himalayas
Base: Joshimath
Altitude: 4500 m above Sea Level
Attraction: Nanda Devi Peak

Nanda Devi Sanctuary is situated in Chamoli District at altitudes exceeding 4500 metres. It is surrounded by seventy colossal white peaks, many named and some unnamed. The most famous of them is the majestic Nanda Devi.

The sanctuary is shaped like a cup and has several lush green meadows and beautiful water falls. Herds of blue mountain goats (Bharal) graze everywhere.

Sir Edmund Hillary in his autobiography described the ruggedness of this sanctuary so: "Nanda Devi Sanctuary is God-gifted wilderness -- India's training ground for adventure..."

The starting point for this trek is Joshimath, which is easily reached by motor road from the foothills of the Garhwal Himalaya. At Joshimath, arrangements for guides, porters and last minute purchases can be made. Joshimath to Lata is 25 kms by road and then the trek starts. From Lata to Lata Kharan is an arduous trek, but exhaustion is forgotten on seeing the fantastic views of the snow glistened peaks of Runti, Nanda Devi, Nanda Ghunti and Bethartoli across the river Rishi Ganga.

Lata Kharan is an open, wide, grass hill-top which is usually windy' and chilly. The trek from Lata Kharan to Dharansi Pass is a long one, featuring regular descents and ascents. On crossing the Dharansi Pass, Nanda Devi is seen.

This trek along a ridge, traversing on rocky surface upto Malatuni Pass. From here it is a continuous descent of 750 metres through alpine grassland. Snow clinging to slopes, dense forest, the wide meadows of Debrugheta beside a river are some of the marvelous sights along the way. In summer, Debrugheta meadow is a riot of colour with flowers in all their variety. From Debrugheta to Ramni is a long trek. At first, there is a steep ascent after crossing the Rishi Ganga before arriving at Deodi.

Deodi ·to Ramni is through dense forests of junipers and rhododendrons. And then there's the world-famed Nanda Devi Sanctuary.

The Trishul base camp can be approached from Deodi via Bethartoli and Tridang.

For this trek, guide services and ropes are essential.

Place Altitude (M) Distance (km) Accommodation
Joshimath 1890 - TB*
Lata 2317 25 motor TB*
Lata Kharan 3689 10 trek TB*
Dharansi 4250 7 trek TB*
Debrugheta 3500 8 trek TB*
Deodi 3354 6 trek TB*
Ramni 3520 6 trek TB*
Bhoj Gera 4050 5 trek TB*
Tilchuni 4200 5 trek TB*
Nanda Devi Sanctuary 4500 (avg.) 8 trek TB*

* TB = Tourist Bunglow

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