Best SeasonApril - June & September - October
The trail to the base of India’s second highest peak, Nanda Devi that looms at an imposing height of 7,816 meters, is a grapevine to every trekker from different parts of the world. After the closure of the Nanda Devi Inner Sanctuary region, the Nanda Devi East Base Camp Trek became the sole route to trekkers to attest the beauty of the twin peaks – Nanda Devi and Nanda Devi East.
Though the first attempt to climb the Nanda Devi massif resulted in a failure, it was done in the year 1930 and again in the year 1934. Later in 1936 a British team with three Sherpa as companions climbed the mountain successfully and was followed by several other mountaineers in the succeeding years. On the other hand, Nanda Devi East massif was first climbed in the year 1939 and later in 1951 a French group tried an attempt but lost two members. According to Tenzing Norgay, who went for an expedition to look for those two French mountaineers, the Nanda Devi East massif is one of the most difficult summits he climbed.
The route to the massif passes through the beautiful Milam Valley and through several ancient villages, alpine meadows and glaciated tracks. The trek to Nanda Devi East Base Camp leads off at an altitude of approximately 4,200 meters en route to Milam Glacier. The journey undertaken once remains framed forever with the magnificent view of Rishi Parvat at 6,692 meters, Hardeol at 7,151 meters and Trishul I at 7,074 meters.
Kathgodam to Munsyari drive 240 kms. (7590 ft.)
Munsyari to Dhapa Bend drive 15 kms. Then Lilam to Pochu Trek 15kms. (6270 ft.)
Pochu to Nain Singh Top to Babaldhar Trek (12 kms.)
Babaldhar to Bugdiyar Trek 8 kms. (8910 ft.)
Bugdiyar to Reilkot Trek 14 kms. (10560 ft.)
Reilkot to Martoli Village (Nanda Devi Temple) 11253 ft. Then Ganghar Trek 16 kms.
Ganghar to Nanda Devi Base Camp. Site seeing then back to Ganghar 10 kms (12795 ft.)
Ganghar to Reilkot
Reilkot to Bugdiyar
Bugdiyar to Lilam
Lilam to Munsyari
Munsyari to Kathgodam