This is a trans-Himalayan trek in the heart of Kumaon Himalayas. Nanda Devi of course, needs no introduction. The second highest peak in the Indian Himalayas and touted by many as one of the most beautiful peaks in the world. The trek is through the Jauher valley the center of ancient Indo Tibetan trade route. Once upon a time this was one of the most important commercial center with a throbbing civilization influenced by the Tibetan culture in so many ways.
At 2290m Munsiyari is on the arterial water body of the Goriganga, which emerges from the Milam glacier system of the eastern flanks of the Nandadevi sanctuary, fed also by the Kalaband glacier and Panchchuli from the east. The Jauher valley is on the outer rim of the Nanda devi sanctuary. Apart from the spectacular views of the famous peaks such as the Nanda devi and Nanda kot, the trek is along the river Gori Ganga through ancient villages and rolling grassy meadows.
The Martoli village, one of the centers of the Jauher valley, represents the ruins of the history of the Indo - Tibetan trade. Once a big village, one can clearly see in the ruins stories of a mighty commercial center Martoli was long time back in the heart of Himalayas.
Upon arrival at Delhi airport met our representative and then transfer to pre booked hotel. Overnight at hotel.
In the morning after breakfast drive to Almora. Arrival Almora by evening and check in to hotel for overnight stay.
After breakfast drive to Munsyari through the pleasant Kumaon countryside including the Almora Township. On the way to Munsyari one can see the snow covered Himalayas. On arrival check in to hotel for overnight stay.
After breakfast get ready for our day one trek to Lilam. Meet our trekking crew and brief introduction with team. Start your trek with a fairly easy walk that brings us to Lilam the winter home of the Milam villagers. On arrival set out tent for overnight stay.
Today we will trek through the thick forest. We will trek 12 kms to reach our next destination Bugdiar. After a steep uphill climb one reaches Bugdiar where the Poting River meets the Gori Ganga. On arrival set out tent for the night stay.
This is truly the Trans-Himalayan region. En route one can divert to the Laspa village and further to northern glacier of Nanda Kot. Rilkot village is situated above the river and one can visit the ruins of old Rilkot. Overnight can be in a camp set up near the river.
One gets the view of the Martoli peak soon after Rilkot and the valley really opens out into the typical trans-Himalayan terrain. The walk through the sunny meadows is very enticing to the ancient village of Ghangar. Here we are entering into the Pachu valley which leads upto the Nanda devi base camp. Ghangar village is also exciting in terms of the typical Jauhar houses with woodcarvings and an ancient temple.
The climb is rather strenuous from Ghangar. And the 7 km would take approximately 5 hours. The view just keeps getting better with Nanda devi looming closer with each step. The rolling High altitude rhododendron with the pink and white flowers and the fresh green birch forests make the trek an ultimate experience. We reach an open alpine meadow with varied flora and at the head of the Pachu Glacier emanating from the northern face of Nanda Devi. Overnight in the tents.
We spend the day walking up along the glacier towards the peaks and get real close up views of Nanda devi. Overnight in tents.
The day is for rext and acclimatisation.
Today we trek mostly downhill only the last bit is up. Martoli is one the very important destinations from the ancient Indo-Tibetan trade route. The exquisite wood carvings on old houses speak stories about how this was the commercial center once upon a time. From Martoli you also get fascinating views of the Nanda devi (East) and Nanda kot. Overnight at a village house.
Again we return towards Munsyari Fairly easy downhill. Overnight in huts.
Back to our roadhead. We stay overnight at the guesthouse /tents.
After an early breakfast drive to Delhi. Arrival at Delhi by evening. Overnight stay at hotel.
Transfer to international airport according to your flight schedule.