Trekking in Uttarakhand

An Amazing Treks in Garhwal : Nanda Devi Trekking

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Area : Garhwal Himalayas
Duration : 11 Days
Altitude : 4500 m above Sea Level
Grade : Moderate to tough

An amazing trek that retraces the pioneering steps of Shipton and Tilman through the Garhwal Himalaya. The Nanda Devi basin must surely be one of the most legendary regions in the entire Himalayan chain. The mountain itself, revered since time immemorial by all those who live in its shadow, has long attracted the attention of the pioneering mountaineers and explorers, mystics and spiritualists, writers and everyday travelers who have visited the area.


This classic trek takes us across the picturesque meadows and valleys that border the western edge of the Nanda Devi Sanctuary. The route we follow was used by Shipton and Tilman on their amazing journey to the Nanda Devi basin. During the trek there are many views of the surrounding peaks and the Kuari Pass (3658m) itself has an unrivalled panorama of the Great Himalayan peaks including Nanda Devi (7816m), Changabang (6864m), Dunagiri (7066m) and Kamet (7756m).

This amazing feat of endurance and determination was capped when Tilman later returned to conquer the peak itself. Sadly, the mystic of the area led to an excess of expeditions and ecological damage and the Sanctuary was closed in the 1980′s. Investigations are currently underway to assess the recovery.

Understandably, the country that surrounds the Sanctuary now has its own attractions for walkers and pilgrims alike. The immediate landscape has been beautifully tamed by centuries of low-key habitation and cultivation but the constant backdrop of the mighty Himalayan peaks makes for a magnificence unrivalled elsewhere in the region.

Itinerary : Nanda Devi Trekking

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Days TOUR ITINERARY
Day 01 : Delhi Arrival
On arrival at Delhi airport met our representative and transfer to hotel for overnight stay.
Day 02 : Delhi – Haridwar
After breakfast drive to Haridwar. Up on arrival at Haridwar check into hotel. Evening free to explore the area. Overnight stay.
Day 03 : Haridwar – Joshimath (270 kms/8-9 hrs)
In the morning after breakfast drive to Joshimath via Devprayag, Rudraprayag. Lunch enroute. Upon Arrival at Joshimath check into hotel. Evening explore Joshimath. Overnight stay in hotel.
Day 04 : Joshimath – Lata Village (2317 mts/7599 ft) (2 kms/ 1 hrs)
An hour’s drive takes you to the Lata Village road head. Then trek to the village. Visit The Nanda Devi Temple and get a first hand experience of the distinctive culture of the region. Overnight in the village.
Day 05 : Lata Village – Lata Kharak (3689 mts/12099 ft) (9 kms/4-5 hrs)
Today’s trek is a steep incline. The going is arduous but very satisfying as the trail unfolds before ones eyes. Lata Kharak is a high plateau with high peaks surrounding it. Trekking time could vary from 5 – 7 hrs! Overnight in Camp.
Day 06 : Lata Kharak – Dharansi Pass (4250 mts/13940 ft) (10 kms/4 -5 hrs)
A good nights sleep and what a morning! Towering snow clad peaks all around. Dronagiri, Nanda Gunthi and many more. The trail today takes a steep climb to Jhandi Dhar and Bagfyana Pass. From here on it ascends and descends through the narrow gorge of Satkul to Dharansi Pass. Over night in Camp.
Day 07 : Dharansi Pass – Debrugheta (3500 mts/11480 ft) – Dharansi Pass (6 kms/3 -4 hrs)
On today’s trail the Malthuni – Bethratoli Ridges of the inner and outer sanctuary form a magnificent pass up to Rani Kholi and Donidar.The trail is a steep descent of about a kilometer to Debrugheta. Return to Dharansi Pass by late afternoon. Overnight at Camp.
Day 08 : Dharansi Pass – Hitoli Camp Site (2900 mts/9512 ft) (12 kms/5-6 hrs)
Today we go through Jhandi Dhar a steep descent of 4.5 km to the Hitoli camp site through thick forests of Rhododendron, Birch and Fir. Overnight at Camp.
Day 09 : Hitoli Campsite – Joshimath (1890 mts/6199 ft) (8 kms/3-4 hrs)
The trek goes through the village of Tolma to the road head from where it is a 30 km drive to Joshimath. We will trek through thick forests of Rhododendron, birch and many others. Upon arrival at Joshimath check into hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 10 : 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 11 : Rishikesh – Haridwar – Delhi
In the morning after breakfast drive to Haridwar to catch same train for Delhi at 10:30 hrs. Arrival at Delhi by 14:45 hrs. On arrival transfer to hotel for relaxes. Overnight stay at hotel.

More Moderate Treks In Garhwal Himalayas

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Garhwal Himalayas Treks Altitude Grade Duration Season
Roopkund ‘The Mystery Lake’ Trek 4450 Mts Moderate 9 Days June – October
Gomukh & Tapovan Trekking 4463 Mts Moderate 13 Days June & Sept – Oct
Ruinsara Tal -Yamunotri Pass Trek 4800 Mts Moderate 11 Days May – July & Sept – Nov
Roopkund – Kuari Pass Trekking 4450 Mts Moderate 15 Days June – Mid Oct
Dodital – Darwa Top Trekking 4150 Mts Moderate 9 Days Jan – June & Sept – Dec
The Lord Curzon Trail Kuari Pass 3460 Mts Moderate 9 Days May – June & Sept – Oct
Panch Kedar Trekking 3810 Mts Moderate 17 Days May – Sep
Satopanth Lake Trekking 4330 Mts Moderate 9 Days June – Sept
Sources Of Ganges Trek 3890 Mts Moderate 7 Days April – Jul & Sept – Oct
Nanda Devi Trek 4500 Mts Moderate 17 Days May – Sep

Sunderdhunga Trek

One can also trek to the Sunderdhunga Glacier while in the Pindar region. It is a tough trek as compared to Pindari and Kafni. Sunderdhunga means the valley of beautiful stones. This valley is situated to the west of the Pindar valley and has two glacier to offer to trekkers and nature lovers, namely Maiktoli and Sukhram. The route upto village Khati is common for both Pindari and Sunderdhunga glacier. The peaks which offer a spectacular view when seen from here, are Tharkot (6099m), Mrigthuni (6856m), Maiktoli (6803m) and Panwalidwar (6663m).Sunderdhunga is approximately 24 Kms

Sunderdhunga trek Region: Uttarakhand (Treks in Kumaon) – Duration: 11 days

Days TOUR ITINERARY
Day 01 : Arrival at Kathgodam. Proceed to Almora. (Drive 85 kms.) Over night stay at Almora.
Day 02 : Almora to Song. (Drive 110 kms.).Song to Loharkhet. (Trek 04 kms.) Over night stay at Loharkhet.
Day 03 : Loharkhet to Dhakuri. (Trek 11 kms.) Over night stay at Dhakuri.
Day 04 : Dhakuri to Jatoli. (Trek 14 kms.) Over night stay at Jatoli.
Day 05 : Jatoli to Kathaliya. (Trek 12 kms.) Over night stay at Kathaliya.
Day 06 : Kathaliya to Devi Kund & back. (Trek 18 kms.) Over night stay at Kathaliya.
Day 07 : Kathaliya to Maiktoli Glacier & back (Trek 16 kms.) Over night stay at Kathaliya.
Day 08 : Kathaliya to Jatoli. (Trek 12 kms). Overnight stay at Jatoli.
Day 09 : Jatoli to Dhakuri. (Trek 14 kms). Overnight stay at Dhakuri.
Day 10 : Dhakuri to Song. (Trek 14 kms.) Song to Almora. (Drive 110 kms.) Over night stay at Almora.
Day 11 : Almora to Kathgodam. (Drive 85 kms.). The tour end up arrival at Kathgodam.

Pindari Glacier Trek

This world famous glacier is a trekkers paradise, as it is easier to visit than most other glaciers. This glacier is situated between snow capped NANDA DEVI and NANDAKOT mountains.The river Pindari originates from this glacier. The glacier is at an altitude of 3820 mtrs. The entire trekking route is filled to the brim with natural beauty. The beautiful view of Kumaon Himalaya can be seen from the Zero point of Pindari Glacier.

Pindari Glacier Trek Region: Uttarakhand (Treks in Kumaon), Duration(09 days)

Days TOUR ITINERARY
Day 01 : Arrival at Kathgodam. Proceed to Almora. (Drive 85 kms.) Over night stay at Almora.
Day 02 : Almora to Song. (Drive 110 kms.) Song to Loharkhet. (Trek 04 kms.) Over night stay at Loharkhet.
Day 03 : Loharkhet to Dhakuri. (Trek 11 kms.) Over night stay at Dhakuri.
Day 04 : Dhakuri to Khati. (Trek 08 kms.).Over night stay at Khati.
Day 05 : Khati to Phurkiya. (Trek 16 kms.) Over night stay at Phurkiya.
Day 06 : Phurkiya to Zero Point & Back to Dwali. (Trek 19 kms.) Over night stay at Dwali.
Day 07 : Dwali to Dhakuri. (Trek 19 kms.) Over night stay at Dhakuri.
Day 08 : Dhakuri to Song. (Trek 14 kms.) Song to Almora. Drive 110 kms. Overnight stay at Almora.
Day 09 : Almora to Kathgodam. (Drive 85 kms.)
The tour end up arrival at Kathgodam

Chhota Kailash (Adi-Kailash) Trek

To see the greatness of a mountain, one must keep one’s distance; to understand its form, one must move around it; to experience its moods, one must see it at sunrise and sunset, at noon and at mid-night, in sun and in rain in all other season, He who can see the mountain like this, comes near to the life of the mountain a life that is as intense and varied as that of a human being. Mt. Adi-Kailash – popularly known as Chhota-Kailash, is in Indian Territory, close to the Indian tibetan border. It is an area of great natural beauty, peace and sovereignty. Men and women, tired by the incessant roar of urban life, will find here a healing quietude conducive to liking inward and discouraging with one’s innerself. During Adi-Kailash Yatra, you will come across the mighty splendour of the snow peaks of Annapurna, the gushing Kali river, thick Forest, Narayan Ashram full of wild flowers and rare variation of fruits and number of waterfalls. At the very foot of Mt. Kailash is Gauri Kund, whose water reflects the mountain itself. The local folk, called Bhotias, have much to say about their land. The village Kutti, is named after Kunti, the mother of Pandavas. The great saga vyas lived here for a long time and wrote many books. The bhotias have preserved their heritage assiduously and are always ready to show glimpses ot it through their dance and music. In this very exciting trekking region, one not only walks along a large portion of the Kailash – Mansarovar route, but also gets to know and understand the social and cultural life of the people living in the Chaudans, Byans and Darma valleys. The journey begins and ends at Tawaghat, the confluence of the river Kali and Dhauli E. in district Pithoragarh.

Chhota Kailash (adi-kailash) trek Region: Uttarakhand (Treks in Kumaon) – Duration: 15 days

Days TOUR ITINERARY
Day 01 : Arrival at Kathgodam. Proceed to Almora. (Drive 85 kms.) Over night stay at Almora.
Day 02 : Almora to Dharchula. (Drive 200 kms.). Overnight stay at Dharchula.
Day 03 : Dharchula to Mangti. (Drive 60 kms.) Mangti to Bundi. (Trek 16 kms.). Overnight stay at Bundi.
Day 04 : Bundi to Gunji. (Trek 19 kms.) Over night stay at Gunji.
Day 05 : Gunji to Nabhidang. (Trek 18 kms.). Overnight stay at Nabhidang. (From Nabhidang Ohm Parvat can be seen.)
Day 06 : Nabhidang to Gunji. (Trek 18 kms). Overnight stay at Gunji.
Day 07 : Gunji to Kuti. (Trek 20 kms.). Overnight stay at Kuti.
Day 08 : Kuti to Jolingkong. (Trek 14 kms.). Overnight stay at Jolingkong.
Day 09 : Jolingkong to Parvati Tal & back. (Trek 10 kms). Overnight stay at Jolingkong.
Day 10 : Jolingkong to Kuti. (Trek 14 kms.). Overnight stay at Kuti.
Day 11 : Kuti to Gunji. (Trek 20 kms.) Overnight stay at Gunji.
Day 12 : Gunji to Bundi. (Trek 19 kms.). Overnight stay at Bundi.
Day 13 : Bundi to Mangti. (Trek 17 kms.) Mangti to Dharchula. (Drive 60 kms.) Over night stay at Dharchula.
Day 14 : Dharchula to Almora. (Drive 210 kms.). Overnight stay at Almora.
Day 15 : Almora to Kathgodam (Drive 80 kms.) .

Panchachuli Glacier Trek

Nestling snugly in the lap of the snow capped peaks of Panchachuli, the Darma valley in Pithoragarh district is endowed with abundant scenic grandeur. One hundred and thirty four kilometers from Pithoragarh and 35 kilometers from Dharchula is the last bus terminal Sobla. From sobla to Panchachuli Glacier is a 40 kilometer trek. The route to the glacier abounds in exotic scenery, snowcapped mountains, gushing streams, Alpine meadows and a rich variety of flora & fauna. And from the glacier one can see the panchachuli peaks in their towering glory.

Panchachuli that derives its name from the five peaks, named after the legendary Pandavas. The 5 kms length and width of glaciers project out from this range of hill. The five peaks of Panchachuli create the unforgettable specter of Him Khand, Yuli river skirted by the jungle of Devdaar and Bhoj Patra trees and vast meadows.
The interesting part of this trek is that the trekkers can be sojourning in the traditional houses of the local people and will have a face to face interaction with the indigenous culture and local tradition.

Panchachuli Glacier trek Region : Uttarakhand (Treks in Kumaon) – Duration: 09 days

Days TOUR ITINERARY
Day 01 : Kathgodam to Almora. 85 kms. By Road Over night at Almora.
Day 02 : Almora to Dharchula. 200 kms. By Road Over night stay at Dharchula.
Day 03 : Dharchula to Dar. 40 kms. By Road Dar to Sela (09 kms. Trek) Over night stay at Sela.
Day 04 : Sela to Baling. (11 kms. Trek) Over night stay at Baling.
Day 05 : Baling to Panchachuli Glacier & back to Dugtu. (14 kms. Trek) Over night stay at Dugtu.
Day 06 : Dugtu to Sela. (17 kms. Trek) Over night stay at Sela.
Day 07 : Sela to Sobla. (12 kms. Trek) Sobla to Dharchula. (35 kms. By Road). Overnight stay at Dharchula.
Day 08 : Dharchula to Almora. (200 kms. By Road) Drop at Almora.
Day 09 : Almora to Kathgodam. (85 kms. By Road). Drop at Kathgodam.

Milam Glacier Trek

At 4267 mts. altitude and spread of around 37 sq kms. is the mighty GLACIER OF MILAM. Surrounding by many high peaks. Trekking tour for this wonderful valley can be done from our resorts in 8 to 10 days through Lilam, Bugdiyar, Rilkot & Milam. Trekking tours for other glaciers near Milam can also be organized.

Milam Glacier trek Region: Uttarakhand (Treks in Kumaon) – Duration: 12 days

Days TOUR ITINERARY
Day 01 : Arrival at Kathgodam. Proceed to Almora. (Drive 85 kms.) Over night stay at Almora.
Day 02 : Almora to Munsiyari. (Drive 190 kms.) Over night stay at Munsiyari..
Day 03 : Munsiyari to Lilam. (Trek 13 kms.) Over night stay at Lilam.
Day 04 : Lilam to Bugdiyar. (Trek 12 kms.) Over night stay at Bugdiyar.
Day 05 : Bugdiyar to Martoli. (Trek 17 kms.) Over night stay at Martoli.
Day 06 : Martoli to Milam village. (Trek 12 kms.) Over night stay at Milam village.
Day 07 : Milam village to Glacier & back (Trek 10 kms.) Over night stay at Milam village.
Day 08 : Milam village to Rilkot. (Trek 16 kms.) Over night stay at Rilkot.
Day 09 : Rilkot to Bugdiyar. (Trek 12 kms.) Over night stay at Bugdiyar.
Day 10 : Bugdiyar to Selapani. (Trek 19 kms.) Selapani to Munsiyari. (Drive 12 kms.) Over night stay at Munsiyari.
Day 11 : Munsiyari to Almora. (Drive 190 kms.) Over night stay at Almora.
Day 12 : Almora to Kathgodam. (Drive 90 kms.). The tour end up arrival at Kathgodam.

Ralam Glacier Trek

At an altitude of 4176 mts, Situated RALAM GLACIER. Surrounded by many high peaks (like Burfu dhura, Sutela & Chering We). Trekking tour for this wonderful valley can be done from 10 to 12 days through Lilam – Paton – Lingurani – Ralam Village.

Ralam Glacier Trek Region: Uttarakhand (Treks in Kumaon) – Duration: 13 days

Days TOUR ITINERARY
Day 01 : Arrival at Kathgodam. Proceed to Almora. (Drive 85 kms.) Over night stay at Almora.
Day 02 : Almora to Munsiyari. (Drive 190 kms.) Over night stay at Munsiyari.
Day 03 : Munsiyari to Paton Village.(Trek 15 kms.) Over night stay at Paton.
Day 04 : Paton to Lingurani.(Trek 12 kms.) Over night stay at Lingurani.
Day 05 : Lingurani to Damphu (Trek 11 kms.) Over night stay at Damphu.
Day 06 : Damphu to Ralam village. (Trek 12 kms.) Over night stay at Ralam village.
Day 07 : Ralam village to Glacier & back (Trek 10 kms.) Over night stay at Ralam village.
Day 08 : Ralam village to Damphu.(Trek 12 kms.) Over night stay at Damphu.
Day 09 : Damphu to Lingurani (Trek 11 kms.) Over night stay at Lingurani.
Day 10 : Lingurani to Paton Village. (Trek 15 kms.) Over night stay at Paton.
Day 11 : Paton Village to Selapani.(Trek 07 kms.) Selapani to Munsiyari. ( Drive 12 kms.) Over night stay at Munsiyari.
Day 12 : Munsiyari to Almora. (Drive 190 kms.) Over night stay at Almora.
Day 13 : Almora to Kathgodam. (Drive 90 kms.). The tour end up arrival at Kathgodam.

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