Nanda Devi the second highest peak in Indian Himalaya. It is a massif with two peaks namely the Nanda Devi East (7434 mtrs.) and Nanda Devi West (7,816 mtrs.). Nanda Devi East Base Camp is the closest an admirer of the Himalayas can get to witness the beauty of the sister peaks – standing in the centre of a ring of peaks – majestic and aloof. One of the most beautiful peaks in the Himalayas, the mountain is of significant importance to the locals. This trek leads you to the base camp on the eastern face of the peak, which is also the home to Pachu Glacier. Leading from an ancient trade route that was once home to a large civilization, the trek takes you to the base camp of Nanda Devi. This trek takes you to the base of Nanda Devi east peak and to Milam Glacier which offers great views of Trishuli, Hardeol and Rishi Pahar peaks.
The trek begins with an easy climb from Munsyari, but gradually it gets tougher as soon as it reaches Bugdiyar. The trekking trail passes through the extensive meadows, deep valleys, ancient villages, gorges and high altitude glaciers. The trek also traverses through an old trade route, cuts through moraine fields, thick forests and offers a view that is splendid in all senses.
The trail to the Nanda Devi East Base Camp is certainly very impressive, and when we blend it with historical background, it certainly makes it to the best trek of India. Munsyari is a small beautiful hamlet with a scenic array of waterfalls and home to the Johari Tribe who are famed for their Ayurvedic medicines and woolen shawls. Munsyari is the base for trekkers to Milam, Namik, Ralam glaciers & the Nanda Devi Peak. The region is adjacent to Nanda Devi National Park which is one of the most spectacular wilderness in the Himalayas. It is home to a variety of Flora & Fauna.
Milam glacier is the source of the river Gori Ganga and is one of the biggest glaciers of the region. The glacier is fed by 7 other glaciers namely Timphu glacier, Sakram glacier, West Bamchu glacier, Mangraon glacier, Surajkund glacier, Ikualari glacier, Bilanlari glacier.
The village of Milam, Lilam, Martoli, Pachu and other villages on the route gives lot of insights into the local life and culture. It is perhaps the best way to explore the Kumaon Himalayas and also understand the Himalayan geography
The trek to Nanda Devi East Base Camp leads off at an altitude of approximately 4,200 meters en route to Milam Glacier. The journey undertaken once remains framed forever with the magnificent view of Rishi Parvat at 6,692 meters, Hardeol at 7,151 meters and Trishul I at 7,074 meters.
Region – Kumaon (Uttarakhand)
District – Pithoragarh
Best season –May to mid-June, September to November
Altitude Range – 2,290mts to 4,050mts above sea level
Trekking Grade – Easy to Moderate
Duration – 9 Days Trek, 2 Days Travel (Total 11 Days)
Temperature – Max 15̊c (in summer), Min -5̊c (in winter)
Total Trek– Approx. 102km
Package – ₹13,500 /- person