About Place: The people of Johar, as the Milam valley is locally known, were traders whose caravans crossed from India into Tibet by the high passes of Unta Dhura and Kungribhingri La. Once the trading season was over the entire population of Milam and the surrounding areas migrated to Munsyari or lower during winter. Trade stopped with the Indo-China conflict of 1962 and these once prosperous villages are now deserted. However the trail still exists, linking the villages and beckoning trekkers. Munsyari is the starting point of Nanda Devi Trekking and OSHIN offers you a combined itinerary that includes a visit to the Nanda Devi base camp area followed up by a trip to Milam glacier. Initially five days of walking takes you to Pachu (3950 mts, 60 kms) the base camp area for Nanda Devi East. The location is exquisite and we usually spend a full day over here. We then return from Pachu to camp at Burfu, across th Gori Ganga river. From Burfu we ascend to Milam where we spend a day and then return to Munsyari. We are sure that Trekking In Nanda Devi will be the most cherish moment of your life.
Duration : 12 Days 11 Nights
Activity Type : High Altitude Trekking
Highest Altitude : 4150m
Grade : Moderate to Difficult
Best time : June-July / September-October
Starting Point : Kathgodam Railway Station
Ending Point : Kathgodam Railway Station
Region : Uttarakhand - Himalayas
Group size : 15 People
What is included in the tour
- Camping Tents, Kitchen tents, Dining Tent and Sleeping bags (Holofill) and Carry mats.
- Nutritious, high calorie vegetarian food
- Transportation from Kthgodam to Munsyari.(Day-1)
- Guide, cook and camp helpers.
- Tented accommodation (3 people in each tent)
- Basic First Aid
- Forest Permission Charges
- Coordinator throughout the trek
- Transporttaion from Munsyari to Kathgodam ( Day-12)
What is NOT included in the tour
- Any expenses of personal nature like phone call etc
- Any air/train to reach Delhi and return from Delhi.
- Travel from Delhi to Kathgodam.
- Any hotel accommodation
- Horses with horsemen to carry your loads on the route.
- Your Accommodation or any other expenses before or after the trek schedule.
- Extra food apart from mentioned above
- Anything not mentioned above.
- Backpack 35- 40 Liters (You can chose to send it with horse/porter at actual cost)
Things to Carry List:
Backpack (55,65 L) with sturdy straps and supporting frame. Quechua Forclaz 60 is a good choice.
Daypack (20-25 L) optional. Useful for summit/pass day, handy if you want to offload your backpack on the trek.
Trekking shoes Sports shoes are an absolute NO in trekking. You need Traction on Snow and Sport Shoes with PVC soles hardly justifies the choice. Ensure the shoes are well used before the trek. Forclaz 500 and Woodland are good choices.
3 pair of track pants (at least one should be synthetic quick-dry kind). Or 3 pair of cotton pants with lots of pockets. Track pants are light and we highly recommend them. Plus when things get really cold then layers of clothes matter.
3 cotton t-shirt with collar. Avoid bright colours like red and fluorescents. Stick to lighter tones. There are plenty of Birds and Animals one would come across while trekking and you won�t want them to get scared with your dressing sense.
One full Sleeve Sweater. A fleece jacket would be an alternative.
A full sleeve thick Jacket.
4 pairs of Undergarments.
1 pair of Thermal Inners.
4-5 pair of Sports Socks.
Woolen Monkey cap/Balaclava that cover the ear.
Light weight Rain Coat/Poncho (to escape a quick burst of rain).
Hand Gloves (water proof).
Sunglasses Buy the one which will cover your eyes well. Choose from Black, Green, Brown. Blue coloured Sunglass cannot block UV rays.
Avoid multi toned ones too. Sunglasses prevent snow blindness, and are mandatory for treks.
Sun Cap and/or Head-Scarf.
Trekking Pole is mandatory.
Light towel (a quick drying kind).
Chap stick or Lip Balm.
Cold Cream and Sun Screen Lotion (SPF 40+).
2 Water bottles (1 L each). Do not carry packaged water bottles.
LED torch with extra set of cells/ Head Lamps (preferred).
Personal Toilet Kit (minimal) and Toilet Paper.
Small Repair Kit consisting of Safety Pins, Needle, Thread and String (mandatory).
Slippers/Sandals (for walking around campsite).
While there are adequate food provided on trek, some do feel very less energetic compared to others. So you can carry few energy bars,dry fruits, etc
Camera, writing or recording material to log your experience.
1] Permit for Inner Line will be require so need two photo with ID proof.
2] Itinerary can be changed, in case of snow, rainfall and landslides.
Day - 1 Kathgodam to Munsyari (Altitude: 6500 ft, Distance : 290 Kms, 9-10 Hours Drive)
Reporting at Kathgodam Railway Station at around 06:30AM (You are expected to reach Kathgodam on previous night). We will meet up there & proceed to Lohajung which is around 290 kms and 9-10 hours drive.On the wy we will be waiting for breakfast and Lunch. Reach Munsyari, Introduction, Briefing & Overnight stay at camp.
Day - 2 Munsyari to Lilam ( Altitude:6070ft, Trekking distance - 15km, 6/7hrs trek )
Early morning after finishing the breakfast, we will travelling towards the starting point of the trek by jeep .From Darkot village we start descending towards Jimighat and from there gentle climbing up till Lilam village via Gori Ganga.Overnight stay in tents .
Day - 3 Lilam to Bugdyar ( Altitude: 8100ft, Trekking distance - 14km, 6/7 trek )
This day's climb was a crucial one. The trail now began uphill towards the Nain Singh top with beautiful landscape along with a large view of Bugdyar Meadows. It takes a Minimum of 6/7hrs to reach to the top of Bugdyar. Overnight stay in tents.
Day - 4 Bugdyar to Railkot - Martoli ( Altitude: 11000ft, Trekking Distnce - 15km, 8/9hrs trek )
Woke up early in the morning and we continue our trek along with the Gori Ganga. This range also has some beautiful water streams along with the icy-cold water.The initial part of the trek would be through the bank of the river through the rocks. A gradual ascent that offers excellent views of the snow-covered mountains Nanda Devi and thers peaks ! Overnight stay in tents .
Day - 5 Martoli to Ghanagar ( Altitude: 11200ft, Trekking Distance - 14km, 8/9hrs trek )
Steep 3 hour ascent followed by a steep descent followed a gentle up and down walk. The trail crosses the stream and heads up the mountain.Overnight stay in tents.
Day - 6 Ghangar to Panchu Glacier ( Altitude: 13200ft, Trekking Distance - 10km, 7/8hrs trek )
Medium climb to Glacier 13,200ft. The days trek is a long walk on meadows with the scenery changing for the better all along.From this point you can see magical close view of Nanda Devi peak !! Overnight stay in tents.
Day - 7 Panchu to nanda devi base camp and back to Panchu ( Altitude: 15200ft, Trekking Distance - 16km, 8/9hrs trek )
The climb continues to the Nanda Devi Base Camp. While the route on the Nanda Devi trek will take most of the time, the return is a fairly easy descent.We retrace the same trail back to panchu.Overnight stay in tents.
Day - 8 Panchu to Railkot ( Altitude: 11000ft,Trekking Distance - 16km, 8/9hrs trek )
Return to the pasture at Railkot on the same trail that was taken on the way up.Overnight stay in tents.
Day - 9 Railkot to Bugdyar ( Altitude:8100ft,Trekking Distnce - 15km, 8/9hrs trek )
From the Railkot campsite head down along the stream towards the tree line.Dont walk beside the stream but walk along the ridge on the right.Overnight stay in tents.
Day -10 Bugdyar to Lilam ( Altitude:6070ft, Trekking distance - 15km, 6/7hrs trek )
The days trek is a killer on your toes and knees.Looking behind at the opposite mountains, spot the Gujjar huts amidst the tall pines. You will not fail to notice the bareness of the mountains here and the greenery on the other side.Overnight stay in tents.
Day - 11 Lilam to Munsyari ( Altitude:6070ft, Trekking distance - 15km, 6/7hrs trek )
The last stretch of the last day does become an endurance test but soon the stone paved village track comes up and in no time you enter the main road of Munsyari Village.Overnight stay in Guest House / Tents.
Day - 12 Munsyari to Kathgodm ( Distance : 290 Kms, 9-10 Hours Drive)
Depart from Munsyari to Kathgodam (9-10 Hrs. drive).On the way we will stop for Lunch .Expected time to reach Kthagodam is 6 to 6.30pm.
Trips end here with Lifetime beutiful Memories !!!
1] There is a different permission charge for Foreigner & the difference amount should be paid by the participant on spot.
2] Itinerary can be changed, in case of snow, rainfall and landslides.
3] We advice you keep a extra day and plan your travel because the weather in the himalaya is unpredictable.