Nanda Devi Inner Sanctuary trek

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Area         : Garhwal Himalayas
Duration  : 15 Days.
Altitude   : (4463 mts /14638 ft)
Grade      : Moderate to tough
Season    : May – June & August – Mid Oct

In 1934 two prolific explorers Eric Shipton and Bill Tilman from England  discovered a route to enter the Nanda Devi Sanctuary through the formidable Rishi gorge .River Rishi Ganga which drains this great basin emerges to the west in one of the most spectacular gorges in the world.In this ring of mountains are at least twelve peaks over 21,500 ft/ 6500 metres including several famous names such as Changabang and Dunagiri to the North and Trishuli and Nanda Kot to the West and South. In the centre is the goddess mountain – Nanda Devi. At 25,643 ft/ 7816 metres this is the second highest peak in India.In 1983 the Indian government closed the Sanctuary to regenerate the basin after the inevitable damage caused by expeditions and shepherds who were also finding their way in.

Day 1:- Arrive- Delhi
Upon arrival at Delhi airport mee and assist with our representative and then transfer to your hotel. Overnight in the hotel.

Day 2:- Delhi – Haridwar – Rishikesh (235 kms/ 6 hrs)
In the morning after breakfast drive to Rishikesh via Haridwar. Upon arrival at Rishikesh check in to hotel. Evening free to explore the area. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 3:- Rishikesh – Joshimath – Lata (7995 ft/ 2437 metres metres)
We start early morning for the long upwards drive of the Ganges and Alaknanda rivers to Joshimath. While the pilgrims head up the Alaknanda gorge, we take the road leading east following the Dhauli Ganga River to Lata – a small village just past where the Rishi Ganga River meets the larger Dhauli Ganga. Dinner and overnight stay at camp.

Day 4:- Lata – Lata Kharak (12467 ft / 3800 metres/ 7 hours)
Our first day’s trek is a hard climb above Lata village to Lata Kharak. A Kharak is a summer pasture and often an area of grazing just above the tree line. The stiff climb will take us up through Rhododendron, Oak and Chir forest, onto the grassland at just under 13,000 ft. Overnight stay in tents.

Day 5:- Lata Kharak – Debrugheta (10827 ft/ 3300 metres/ 8 hours)
We cross our first pass – Dharansi Khal at 13,943 ft / 4250 metres today . It is part of a ridge coming down from the great Dunagiri range above and a watershed between the Dhauli and Rishi Ganga rivers. Today we descend steeply to a beautiful grazing pasture at Debrugheta. It is a long descent of about 3 hours which ends at a stream. We cross over and a short climb brings us to our campsite. Overnight in tents.

Day 6:- Debrugheta – Deodi (7545 ft/ 2300 metres)
We now make our way up the great gorge of the Rishi Ganga itself. Today is fairly easy trekking with plenty of ups and downs as the trail makes its way into the gorge. We cross the Rishi Ganga at Deodi .Overnight in tents.

Day 7:- Deodi – Ramni
Working our way up and contouring up the gorge on the southern bank, we reach Ramni between the cliffs and the raging torrent of the Rishi Ganga. The camp is named after the Ramni River that joins the Rishi Ganga from the North from the Ramni Glacier flowing from Changabang. Overnight in tents.

Day 8:- Ramni – Patalkakhan
This is the crucial stage of entry into the Sanctuary. Today’s trekking takes us into a different dimension .The trail demand determination to win through. We will establish our camp at Patalkakhan crossing some more rock slabs . We are now almost at 14,763 ft/ 4500 metres and have entered the Inner Sanctuary. Overnight in tents.

Day 9:- Patalkakhan – Nanda Devi Base Camp
From our camp Nanda Devi herself towers immediately above us. Near the camp is the junction of two rivers that join to form the Rishi Ganga. One heads to the north of Nanda Devi, and up into the northern half of the Sanctuary. Overnight in tents.

Day 10:- Exploration of the Inner Sanctuary
We now have the entire day to explore the inner Sanctuary. We have several options to explore the glaciers to the south of Nanda Devi or head south to where Shipton and Tilman made their dramatic exit in 1934. Alternatively, we could cross the Rishi River and explore the Northern Sanctuary and view the tremendous North face of Nanda Devi. Overnights in tents.

Day 11:- Inner Sanctuary – Bhojgara
After our day of exploration of the Inner Sanctuary today we begin our thrilling descent. This is a spectacular setting area looking out across the sheer cliffs of hundreds of metres on the northern side of the gorge. Overnight in tents.

Day 12:- Bhojgara – Deodi- Dharansi
Today we negotiate on our way down the now familiar but no less exhilarating slabs of rock to regain our more normal trekking ground at Ramni. We continue past our old camp back to Deodi and further to Dharrnsi . From Deodi we crossed the gorge on our way up and after crossing the Rishi Ganga we retrace our steps contouring the gorge on the northern bank. Passing the alpine meadows at Dribugheta again, we make the steep climb up to Dharansi. Overnight in tents.

Day 13:- Dharansi – Lata
Today once again we make our way over the pass and with the Dhauli Ganga again in view far below us we pass through Lata Kharak. Descending through the forest we will camp again at Lata. Overnight in tents.

Day 14:- Lata – Joshimath – Rishikesh(Drive)
We met our vehicles in the morning and driven back to Rishikesh via Joshimath . Overnight at the comparatively luxurious Hotel.

Day 15: Rishikesh – Haridwar – Delhi
Morning after breakfast drive to Delhi via Haridwar. On arrival at Delhi transfer to Airport / Railway Station for onward destination.

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