Amongst many blessed countries, India is the one that is highly blessed to have so many beautiful places in her lap. Sited amidst mountainous terrains and scenic grandeur of Garhwal Himalayas, Nandadevi is one of the beautiful and massively visited tourist destinations in India. Nandadevi is proudly counted amongst few places owing the two peak massif of Nanda Devi, which is the highest mountain in the Garhwal Himalayas and the second highest (after Kanchenjanga) in the country. Such proud possessions have managed to attract the fun enthusiasts and adventure lovers from all over the world. The steep roads that are surrounded by forests of rhododendron, offers exciting trekking routes as well as a fantastic way of connecting to nature.
Description of this trek on papers is complex and would be injustice to the scenery that unfolds in front of the eyes of the beholder. Snow-clad mountains like Bithartoli-Himal (6354 m), Nanda Ghunti (6309 m), Ranthi Peak (6003 m) to name a few proffers a perfect alternative for people in search of an escapade. Moreover, trekking in Nanda Devi offers the tourists, a chance to have a view of ethereal beauty of Auli bugyals, Urgam valley and Lata village and forests of Rhododendron, Birch and Fir. So if you are one of those, who are in search of an exhilarating trekking experience, Nandadevi is the justified destination for you.
Some of the fantastic trekking routes in Nandadevi are:
Nanda Devi Trek
Scaling heights and all clad in beautiful valley of rhododendron flowers, Nandadevi is an apt choice for satiating your craving for adventure and fun. The trek takes a couple of days and along the route encompasses a whole lot of places that are paragon of beauty and splendor. Some of these places are Bageshwar – Munar – Mikila, Mikila – Rajkharak, Rajkharak – Namik village, Namik Village – Thalthok, Thalthok – Sudamkhan Pass – Bhuyadabli to name a few. During the trek, the trekkers also get the opportunity of experiencing the fun-filled base camps in Lwan – ND East Base camp, ND East Base Camp – Martoli being few of them.
Milam Glacier & East Base Camp
Based in the Himalayan region of Kumaon, Milam Glacier & East Base Camp is an ultimate region to quench your hunger for thrilling trekking experience. Encapsulating several beautiful paces along the way, the Milam Glacier also encompasses the splendor of the Mt.Trishul (7070m), which stands tall outshining everything in the locality.
Namik Glacier Trek
Rarely trekked route, Milam Glacier & East Base Camp is located in the heart of the Himalayan wilderness surrounded by the biggest peaks – Nanda Devi (7848 m), Nandakot (6861m), and Trishul (7120 m). The route covers glimpses of villages that are rich in heritage from the Indo- Tibetan trade route and particularly the two villages of Gogina and Namik. Some of the places of interest are Kathgodam – Chaukori, Senar Gad – Dhaldauk, Sudamkhan – Hiramani Glacier and Gogina – Liti to name a few.
Nanda Devi Base Camp Trek
The Nandadevi Base Camp Trek traces route through the Jauher valley, which is the center of ancient Indo Tibetan trade route. The valley is located on the outskirts of Nandadevi Sanctuary and wraps up the resplendent glimpses of famous peaks such as the Nanda Devi and Nanda kot. Passing through ancient villages and grassy meadows, the trek is along the river Gori Ganga. Some of the places of interest are Almora – Munsyari, Lilam – Bugdiar, Rilkot – Ghangar and many more.
Panchachuli Base Camp
Panchachuli Base Camp is one of the exciting base camps that set out its marquee in a 40-kilometer trek starting from Sobla to Panchachuli Glacier. The route to the glacier flourish in enthralling scenery, snowcapped mountains, gushing Alpine meadows and a rich variety of flora & fauna. Some of the places of interest are Almora – Dharchula, Dhar – Sela, Baaling to Duktu/Dantu and many more.
Panchachuli Glacier & Darma Valley Treks
Touted as one of the most frequently visited trekking glaciers, Panchachuli Glacier & Darma Valley Treks is the ultimate destination for adventure lovers based all over the world. Situated in Eastern Kumaon Himalaya, the trekking route forms the watershed between the Gori Ganga and Darma Valleys. Moreover, the eastern part lies through the Sona and Meola Glaciers and the Uttari and Dakshini Balati glaciers guard the western approaches. The starting point of the route is the Wayfarer Mountain Resort at Munsyari from where drive by jeep is for around 95 kms. to the Indo-Nepal boarder town of Dharchulla. From this town a further drive of 35 kms along the banks of the Dhauli Ganga River approaches the village of Sobla.
Sunderdhunga Base Camp
The Sunderdhunga Base Camp is another exciting trekking destination that manages to attract mass in all the seasons. Some of the places of interest are Almora – Loharkhet, Dhakuri – Khati, Jatoli – Kathalia, Kathalia – Maiktoli Top, Dhakuri – Loharkhet – Song – Bageshwar and many more.
Nanda Devi Sanctuary Trek
Nandadevi Sanctuary Trek is one of the attractive destinations that manage to attract wildlife as well as adventure lovers all over the world. The route to be followed was used by Shipton and Tilman on their amazing journey to the Nanda Devi basin. During the trek there are many views of the surrounding peaks and the Kuari Pass (3658m) itself has an unrivalled panorama of the Great Himalayan peaks including Nanda Devi (7816m), Changabang (6864m), Doonagiri (7066m) and Kamet (7756m).
Today, people from all across the world come to the Nandadevi for different purposes. Some people come to view the ethereal beauty of the nature and some for vacation and holidays. Reasons don’t hold much importance, as the Himalayas foothills are just the perfect alternative to experience adventure and get freedom from monotony. Appreciated much for her splendor, Nandadevi encapsulate numerous breath-taking routes to offer you the real sense of adventure that you have been longing for.