NANDA DEVI EAST BASE CAMP AND MILAM GLACIER TREKKING
Trek Itinerary ::--->>
This involved the ten day hike to
Milam Glacier and back, in addition there was a more arduous side trip planned
to the base
camp of Nanda
This trek takes
one on a remote trail, a trade route between India & Tibet which existed more
than a century ago. Stunning views of some of Himalayan peaks.
Day 1 Arrival in New Delhi: Meeting upon at IGI airport. Transfer to hotel.
Day 2 New Delhi – Kathgodam by train.
There is time to relax and explore the area. Evening transfer to the railway station for the overnight sleeper train (Train No. 5013, Departure-22:40 hrs IST) to Kathgodam. Overnight sleeper train.
Day 3 Kathgodam – Almora . drive. After breakfast drive to Almora. Overnight hotel.
Day 4 Almora to Munsiyari 2290 m.).drive.
We drive by jeep from Almora to Munsyari along a winding road that reaches a height of 2748m before descending into the beautiful Munsyari valley. Camp overnight.
Day 5 Munsiyari – Lilam ( 1850 m.)
now here to trek start Munsiyari to by Selapani by jeep or walk to Lilam camp 5,6 hour easy walk to down
After breakfast we start trekking. Our first steps take us away from the bustling bazaar and out onto the open trail and a steady descent down to our camp site for the night at Lilam. 4 - 4.5 hrs walking. Camp overnight.
Day 6 Lilam to Rilkot (3200m) Today is tough going as we hike up 1000m to a ridge from where we get very impressive views back to and beyond Munsyari, along a gorge made by the Gori Ganga river. The route is fairly up and down but generally eases off before reaching the camp site at Rilkot. 6 - 7 hrs walking. Camp overnight.
Day 7 Rilkotot to Martoli 3324m)
You are in high mountain country now and the tree line disappears giving access to vast stretches of Alpine pastures. The day's walk from Rilkot to the magnificent and deserted hamlet of Martoli (3385 mts, 12 kms) provides a very interesting trail.. Camp overnight.
Day 8 Martoli: rest day and exploring day of Lawan valley
Day 9 Martoli to Ganghar (3260 mts, 12 kms).
Throughout the day one gets intermittent views of magnificent Himalayan peaks and just after reaching campsite you will glimpse Nanda Devi East. Camp overnight.
Day 10 Ganagar to Pachu 3960 m.
glacier camp this is the base camp of Nanda Davi 4 hours walk to steep up.
It is the big day when you walk form Ganghar to Pachu(3950 mts, 6 kms) and the camp site is an exquisite location. An Alpine meadow laden with rhododendron bushes blooming pink and white, stretches of glacial ice and the massive Nanda Devi looming infront ... it is just another 5 kms away.
Day 11 Pachu rest day and walk to Pachu glacier back same camp and lunch.
Day 12 Pachu glacier to Burfu village (3350 m.) 5,6 hour
It is time to return and we descend from Pachu to Burfu(3350 mts, 13 kms). The scenary is exciting as the valley opens up. The north faces of the Nanda Devi peaks, several peaks on the Nanda Devi Sancturay wall and Hardeol group are visible. Our camp site is close to the Gori Ganga River amidst a lushgreen meadow.
Day 13 Burfu to Milam (3452 mts, 8 kms). 5,6 hours
The day's walk from Burfu offers some spectacular scenery. The north face of Nanda Devi, several peaks on the Nanda Devi Sanctuary wall and Hardeol group are visible particularly from Bilju village which is about 4 km ahead. The trail leads to Milam (place of meeting) which was a large village but is quite deserted. We camp on the outskirts of the village. Camp overnight.
Day 14 Milam rest day walk to Milam glacier
Today we spend most of our time in exploring the Milam glacier. A two hour walk takes us to the tip of Milam glacier - it is the largest glacier in the Kumaon Himalaya. Camp overnight.
Day 15 Milam to Railcot (3250 mts, 17 kms) 6,7 hours.
The return trip commences in a downhill gradient. We camp at Rilkot for the night. Camp overnight.
Day 16 Railcot to Bugdiar (2700 mts, 12 kms) 4-5 hours.
This is a steady walk and mostly downhill past the villages of Lhaspa, Mapang and the narrow gorge at Nahar Devi. Camp overnight.
Day 17 Bugdyar to Lilam (1810 mts, 12 kms) 5 hrs.
We walk downhill all throughout and reach camp site by late afternoon. Camp overnight.
Day 18 Lilam to Munsyari (2290 mts, 12 kms).
We retrace our steps along the Gori river past Jimi ghat to Dumar(8kms) from where we board a jeep to Munsyari. We arrive here by noon.
Day 19 Munsyari to Ranikhet (240 kms).
It is time to bid farewell to Munsyari and its mountains. Today we board a vehicle that drives us to Ranikhet through Vijaypur, Bageshwar and Kausani. Overnight hotel.
Day 20 Ranikhet to Kathgodam (90 kms).
Today is another day when we can chill out and relax. Late afternoon we board a vehicle that drives us to Kathgodam. There is also the option of leaving Ranikhet after breakfast and driving to the legendary Jim Corbett Park. The train to Delhi departs from Kathgodam at 20:40 hrs.
Day 21 Arrive Delhi. Transfer to the hotel. Morning is free to relax before a guided sightseeing tour. Overnight hotel.
Day 22. Airport Departure. Trip end up here.
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