Nanda Devi, whose name means sacred Goddess, is the highest mountain in India. It is a huge white double pyramid overlooking the sacred Garhwal province. Nanda Devi rises from a gigantic ring of high mountains that form the Nanda Devi Sanctuary, an amphitheater seventy miles in perimeter and 6000 m high, adjacent the Rishiganga valley. Only once in this massive cirque does the elevation drop below 5200 m. constant early efforts to reach the inner sanctuary failed. Bill Tilman finally reached the sanctuary in 1934 with Eric Shipton, and then Tilman climbed to the summit in 1936 with Noel Odell. With this ascent, Nanda Devi became the highest peak attained by man, a record which remained until the 1950 ascent of Annapurna.
The two peak massif of Nanda Devi is the highest mountain in the Garhwal Himalayas and the second highest (after Kanchenjunga) in the whole of India. The tremendously unapproachable basin has been named the 'Nanda Devi Sanctuary'. The Rishi Ganga River originates here and then flows down from Nanda Devi to create a deep valley.
Nanda Devi East (7434 m) is a supreme summit which closes the Sanctuary from the east. It is joined to the main summit by a spiky, 3 km edge almost entirely at a height of over 7000 m. For the Hindi people, Nanda Devi is a blessed mountain, the name of which can be translated as follows: Nanda is one of the nicknames of the Goddess of Death, the wife of Shiva, while Devi means 'Goddess'. This region have been recognized has one of the most beautiful land in the mountain ranges and dense forest has immense opportunities for adventure. Trekking options in Garhwal are unlimited. They are not bound by any season.