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Trek Details :

Region: Garhwal Himalaya
Altitude: 13451 ft/ 4100 mts
Grade: Moderate to Challenging
Duration: 17 Days
Season: July - Mid Oct

In the Shadow of Nanda Devi

Day 01 : Delhi Arrival

On arrival at Delhi airport met our representative and transfer to hotel for overnight stay.

Day 02 : Delhi - Haridwar - Karnprayag (395 kms/10-11 hrs)

In the morning after breakfast drive to Karnprayag via Haridwar & Devprayag. On arrival check in to hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 03 : Karnprayag - Kuling - Begin Trek - Didana (8340 ft)

In the very early morning, our road follows the Pindar River up to Tharali. From here, the road continues up to Mandoli, where a dirt road leads a little further to Kuling (7,615'). We start our trek with a hike down into the Gyan Ganga Valley, entering rhododendron and oak forest.

After a descent to the river valley, we follow the riverbank trail, cross the river, and make a steep climb to the small village of Didana. Our first camp is above the village just below the forest. Overnight at camp.

Day 04 : Didana - Bedni Bugyal (11600 ft)

The day starts with a steep climb up through the forest. After three hours we emerge above the tree line with wonderful views of Chaukhamba and Nilkanth peaks as we walk along high grassy ridges en route to the meadows of Bedni Bughyal. This high meadow is the main camp used by travelers on the great pilgrimage to Roop Kund Lake that takes place every 12 years. It is a beautiful place dotted with shrines and temples, and the morning should offer awesome views of Trisul as well as mountains of the Garhwal, including Nilkanth to the northwest. Overnight in camp.

Day 05 : Day hike to Bagubassa (13451 ft)

Today we take a day hike to Bagubassa, an improvised stone shelter that is generally used by local pilgrims. The trail crosses a hump to reach Bistola and then climbs higher up to Bagubassa. Those who prefer a less strenuous option can stay in Bedni Bugyal and take short day hikes.

Day 06 : Bagubassa - Meadow above Wan (8565 ft)

We make a long, steep descent through a fine forest of firs and rhododendrons and across a beautiful clearing, with much of the track being paved. After another descent, we reach the river for a late lunch. We then ascend to reach the main valley, at the head of which is the village of Wan. We camp above the village by a Tourist Bungalow on a wide, tree-fringed terrace. Just above the bungalow is the sacred grove of Latu, another famous local devta (spirit), whose temple lies under one of the biggest deodar trees in India. Wan is a fascinating old village where the men and women continue to wear traditional Garhwali brown homespun wool blankets pinned across the chest. Overnight in camp.

Day 07 : Wan - Cross Kukin Khal Pass (10070 ft) - Sutol via Kunol (7115 ft)

We hike past Latu's temple then climb gently up through magnificent cypress trees to the beautiful Kukin Khal Pass at 10,070 feet, reached in about two hours. There are graves of two holy men here. The path drops down to broad meadows, and we descend further on a long undulating traverse through a magnificent forest filled with monkeys to the confluence of two rivers. Overnight in camp below Sutol.

Day 08 : Sutol - Dekhandhar (7330 ft)

A short climb brings us to Sutol, a lovely village with paved alleys and heavy slate roofs (there is a post box here should you wish to post letters). Our trail now traverses along the valley through fir-scented forests with a number of ups and downs and huge drops to the river gorge below. After we drop to the river, crossed by a green girder footbridge, we make a long, steep climb to the little temple on a col at 8,200 feet. From here, passing fields and small settlements, we drop once again to a side river, a good place for lunch after our climb of 4.5 hours. A very steep upper trail leads to a bridge, and then a gradual climb brings us through forest to emerge near farms and fields up to Dekhandhar at 7,330 feet on a ridge with amazing views of Trisul, about 1.25 hours from our lunch stop. Overnight in camp.

Day 09 : Dekhandhar - Ramni and Ghunni (9,100')

Lots of high traverses and villages make this a great day of hiking. In the village of Ala, we stop to see an ancient house with beautiful carvings on its doorway. A steep climb leads to Ramni village, with its old houses and small temples, and we climb further to a meadow above Ghunni village. Overnight in camp.

Day 10 : Ghunni - Cross Ramani Pass (10053 ft) - Kalia Ghat (8250 ft)

From camp we climb steeply over 1,000 feet on a good switchback trail to open grassy pastures with snow peaks beginning to emerge above the forest to the north. We then continue to climb steeply as the path moves diagonally through forests of rhododendron, pine, and holm oak, with more pastures for summer grazing and shepherd huts below to our right. We may meet flocks of sheep and goats ambling along the trail. Our highest point, reached in 2.25 hours from camp, is Ramani Pass at 10,053 feet (also called Binayak Top). There are magnificent views of Trisul through the trees and from the open meadow that we soon reach. It is also possible to make out the Kuari Pass, which we will cross on Day 14. From now on there may be a chance to see the multi-colored monal pheasant, but they are very shy as they are hunted by the locals. We then trek gently down for a while across more pastures and open glades, then into lovely forests of waterfalls and horse chestnuts and walnut trees. The trail now starts a steep and long zigzag descent, reaching the colorful village of Jhin-jhi. The trail carries on down past small farms through woods to the spectacular suspension bridge at 6,037 feet across the Birehi Gorge, currently inhabited by a large number of monkeys. From here, a very steep climb takes us back to 7,382 feet where the trail eases after 1.5 hours of ascent. Now our path is almost flat, passing through fine rhododendron forest with long-tailed magpies flitting about. There are many streams and waterfalls, and if we look down to the deep gorge below, we can see the landslide and the Gauna Lake, which burst to flood the whole of the Ganga Valley down to Rishikesh in 1898. After going around the head of a horseshoe valley, we reach two lovely rivers cascading down under the path. A short climb brings us to a spot called Kalia Ghat, a good campsite near the village of Pana. Overnight in camp.

Day 11 : Kalia Ghat - Sartoli Meadow (9935 ft)

Today we explore the village of Pana (8,500') before traversing above the village and starting a steep climb up into rhododendron forest, with many trail switchbacks. After quite a number of false summits we reach a saddle at 10,410 feet. Our path now descends gently, traversing along the valley, to open meadows with views across to Kuari Pass. Within a half hour of the pass we reach our camp on Sartoli meadow, grazed by livestock from Pana village and surrounded by thick rhododendron and pine forest. The beautiful monal pheasant can be heard in the forest above our camp and an occasional Himalayan black bear has been spotted by the locals.

Day 12 : Sartoli Meadow - Dhakauni Meadow (11000 ft)

We traverse down around the side of the valley and across several streams before plunging down a very steep and loose section, much of which has been washed away by the monsoons-making it an awkward and loose descent. At the bottom, we see to our right that the river has cut through a deep, rocky, and dramatic gorge. This is wild country and there are no settlements, while blue sheep and the Himalayan black bear are said to roam here. From the river, it is a very steep climb of about 3,000 feet, with a small break about half the way up to cross a large stream. A final climb brings us above the tree line to our campsite on a large pasture where sheep and goats graze in summer, with the Kuari Pass towering above. In the late afternoon we hike to the top of the pass for a spectacular sunset, then return to camp for the night. Overnight in camp.

Day 13: Dhakauni Meadow - Cross Kuari Pass (12200 ft) - Tali Meadow (11155 ft)

Today we ascend Kuari Pass, considered to offer one of the greatest mountain views in the world. British mountaineer Frank Smythe, who came this way in 1931 en route to Kamet (25,446'), the second highest mountain in this region, summed up beautifully the views from the pass. Kamet, Nilkanth (23,425'), Dunagiri (23,182), Changabang (22,516'), and even Nanda Devi herself are visible if you walk along the ridge for a while. We traverse along the high ridge past a shrine to Shiva before dropping down into a deep pine and rhododendron forest. Tonight, our last night of camping, offers one of our most spectacular campsites. Overnight in camp.

Day 14 : Tali Meadow - Auli (9450 ft) - Joshimath

From our camp at Talli, we climb up slightly and then traverse the mountain on a high exposed stretch with wonderful views of the valley and the mountains. About an hour from camp, we have the first views of the peak of Nanda Devi, framed in the Rishi Ganga gorge to the east. After turning a big corner, the exposed trail drops steeply down through meadows then pine forests and we hike all the way to our hotel at Auli. Overnight at a comfortable hotel.

Day 15 : Joshimath - Rishikesh

After an early breakfast drive to Rishikesh via Nandprayag, Karnprayag, Rudraprayag and Devprayag. Upon arrival at Rishikesh check into hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 16: Rishikesh - Haridwar - Delhi

In the morning after breakfast drive to Delhi via Haridwar. On arrival transfer to hotel for relaxes. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 17 : Delhi Departure

Transfer to international airport according to your flight schedule.

Tour & Services Ends.