Nanda Devi Base Camp Trek is a gift to the souls of adventurers that takes you 13,123 ft high in the Trans Himalayan Trail through the villages of Bogudiar, Laspa, Raikot, and Ghanghar. The 11-day and 10-night trek is one of the most challenging Himalayan treks in India. The beauty of the trek is its green trail that takes you through the mesmerizing dark forests of Rhododendrons with the blooming wildflowers, birch trees, and pinkish-white flowers. The captivating Nanda Kot Glacier is directly visible throughout the trek. The long hike lets you understand the mountain culture as you experience the high-altitude village life of Johar tribal people and witness Raikot ruins. You can witness the breathtaking confluence of the Ralam Rivulet and Gori Ganga Rivers. Another highlight of the trek is the most beautiful glacier of Pachu at an altitude of 4000 meters, just near the Nanda Devi Base Camp. You can stay at the campsite of Nanda Devi base camp and explore its alpine beauty with the clearest views of Nanda Devi Peak, standing proudly at a height of 7816 meters.
Drive from Kathgodam to Munsiyari (2,290m)
After reaching Kathgodam Station, take a drive through the beautiful Kumaon Himalayas.
Drive through the countryside of Almora, and get permits for Nanda Devi East Base Camp Trek.
Travel to the beautiful hamlet of Chaukori to witness tea gardens implanted by the Britishers and reach Munsiyari.
Rest for the day in the guesthouse to acclimatize and witness snow-capped views of Nanda Devi, Panchchuli, Maiktoli, Nadakot, and Trishul.
Trek from Munsiyari to Milam Village (1,850m)
Enjoy a scrumptious breakfast at Munsiyari guest house and embark on the 7 km trek from Milam Village.
Pass through the market of Munsiyari as the trail meets an open path.
Walk for 4-5 hours with a few descents.
Reach Milam to understand the local culture and rest overnight in the village at 1850 meters.
Trek from Milam to Bogudiar (2,609m)
Start trekking from Milam Village to Bogudiar for 12 kilometers.
Ascend through the dense Utis Trees in the sub-tropical Himalayan region.
Halt at the confluence of Ratlam Rivulet and Gori Ganga river.
Climb the steep ascent to Bogudiar Village shortly before the sun sets.
Watch the confluence of Poting and Gori Ganga Rivers from the elevation of 2609 meters at Bogudiar.
Trek from Bogudiar to Railkot (3,130m)
Start trekking for 12 km through the Trans Himalayan region according to Nanda Devi Base Camp Trek Itinerary.
Explore the route around Laspa Village and get on one of the most popular trails to Pindari Glacier, lying between Nanda Devi, and Nanda Kot ranges.
Reach Railkot Village at 3130 meters above Alaknanda River and enjoy an overnight stay in the camps.
Trek from Railkot to Ghanghar (3,300m)
Start trekking for 13 kilometers to reach ancient Ghanghar Village at 3,300 meters.
Ascend through the Trans Himalayan region and walk on the blooming meadows beneath the sunshine.
Enter the Pachu Valley to experience the beautiful path.
Witness Johar tribal people setting up their homes and preparing for winter.
Explore the village and surrounding areas to stay overnight in the small hamlet.
Trek from Ghanghar to Pachu Glacier (4,000m)
Have a tasty breakfast at Ghanghar Village and embark on a 7-kilometer trek.
Witness the breathtaking views of Nanda Devi Mountain getting clear with each step taken.
Move through the dense forests of high-altitude rhododendrons.
Ascend through the beauty of Fresh green birch forests, and exotic pink and white flowers.
Reach Pachu Glacier and rest for the night at the campsite.
Exploration day at Nanda Devi Base Camp
Wake up in the morning and freshen yourself up with a tasty meal.
Today’s Nanda Devi Base Camp Trek Itinerary allows you to explore the base camp at an elevation of 13123 ft.
Enjoy the fascinating views of Mount Nanda Devi and experience the coldness.
Have your dinner and rest for the night in the tents.
Trek from Pachu Glacier to Martoli
Wake up at the campsite and have a healthy meal to start the 17 km-long descent.
Start descending through the ancient trade route along the Indo-Tibet border.
Reach the rustic village of Martoli and explore this enchanting place of wooden carvings.
Witness the magical views of Nanda Devi and Nanda Kot from the village and rest for the night.
Trek from Martoli to Rargari
Get up at the campsite of Martoli Village and enjoy your breakfast.
Embark on a 20-kilometer-long easy descending trail through the picturesque valleys and mountains.
Arrive in Rargari village to admire its beauty.
Stay in the traditional hut for the night and rest peacefully.
Trek from Rargari to Munsiyari
Wake up in the Rargari Village traditional hut and enjoy a yummy breakfast.
Embark on a 14-kilometer-long easy downhill trek through the pictorial valleys.
Arrive in Chaukori to halt a bit and have lunch.
Start a thrilling jeep ride to Munsiyari Village.
Stay for the night in Munsiyari’s guest house to rest your bones as it is the last day of your trek.
Drive from Munsiyari to Kathgodam (296 km)
Today marks the last day of the trek package as you wake up in the Munsiyari guest house for a tasty breakfast.
Depart from Munsiyari guesthouse on a jeep.
Enjoy the mesmerizing views of captivating mountains, valleys, and ever-changing terrains.
Reach Kathgodam in 10 hours to leave for your home further.
Carry headlamps, torches, flashlights, and power banks as high-altitude villages do not have electricity.
Medicine and first-aid kit are important to carry.
Take water bottles with you to refill along the sources and from villages.
Make sure to wear warm clothes as the temperatures drop by several degrees at higher altitudes of Nanda Devi East Base Camp Trek.
Carry thermal wear like jackets, scarves, woolen caps, gloves, and socks to protect yourself from cold.
Raincoat in case of any emergency rain at high altitudes.
Wear appropriate trekking shoes that are suitable for any kind of rugged terrain, especially for steep ascents and descents.
Protect yourself against the sun- with sunglasses, sunscreen, and hats.
Take a pair of trekking poles for balance and stability while ascending up the stairs to reduce your energy consumption by 30-40%.
Toiletry: Toothbrushes, toothpaste, soaps, tissues, moisturizer, cold coral, sanitizer, anti-fungal cream.
Eatables: Snacks like biscuits, protein bars, glucose-based chocolates, cup noodles, dry fruits, and quick energy bites.
1. By Train:
The Kathgodam station is accessible to major Indian cities like Lucknow, Delhi, and Howrah.
Take the Ranikhet Express (5014) from Delhi at 10:40 PM to reach Kathgodam at 05:30 AM the next day.
Take Uttar sampark Kranti (5035) from Delhi at 04:00 PM to reach Kathgodam at 10:40 PM.
Take the Doon Express (4120) from Dehardun at 10:30 PM to reach Kathgodam at 7:10 AM.
2. By Air: Pantnagar Airport is the nearest airport to Kathgodam at a distance of 32kms. You can access the airport via Delhi.
3. By Bus: Board a bus from ISBT Delhi Anand Vihar station to reach Kathgodam. There is no direct bus but the buses that go to Nainital stop at Haldwani bus station near Kathgodam. From there, you have to travel 4 km to reach Kathgodam Railway Station via taxis.
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You must follow all instructions and guidelines by your trek leader as Nanda Devi Base Camp Trek is a long and strenuous trek. Gathering all the necessary documentation like National IDs and fitness level certification to start the trek is a mandatory task. Also, train before the start of the trek for walking long ascending distances.
Check the 14-day weather forecast as this is a long trek taking you to high altitudes.
Avoid planning to trek during monsoons as rain can make it even more difficult.
Get dressed according to the temperatures as higher altitudes require you to wear thermal layers.
Keep cash with yourself as there is no ATM or UPI facility in the entire trekking route from base camp to the top.
Carry a 60L backpack with support.
Don’t climb too quickly as the Nanda Devi East Base Camp Trek is long, sometimes 14 km per day.
Are there horses available for offloading at Nanda Devi Base Camp Trek?
Yes there are horses available for offloading at Nanda Devi Base Camp Trek, although you are advised to carry your belongings yourself but in case you need offloading facilities, you can avail it at some extra charges.
Where is Nanda Devi Base Camp Trek located?
Nanda Devi Mountain soars up to a height of 7,816 m, it is India's second-highest mountain. The Nanda Devi Base Camp Trek starts from the beautiful village of Munsiyari. The village is in the closest vicinity of Kathgodam, which can be reached through various Indian cities.
How difficult is the Nanda Devi Base Camp Trek?
The Nanda Devi Base Camp is considered as a moderate to difficult level trek. The circular route takes you high to 13000 ft reducing the levels of oxygen. Moreover, it is an 11-day trek with some days of 14-15 km trekking distance.
What is the best time to do Nanda Devi Base Camp Trek?
The best time for trekking to Nanda Devi base camp is around the summer months of May and June. If you choose to trek at other times, monsoons and snowfall would hinder your enjoyment.
What is the highest altitude of the Nanda Devi Base Camp Trek?
The highest altitude for trekking to Nanda Devi Base Camp is around 4000 meters or 13,123 ft. It makes you climb the second-highest Himalayan peak in India.