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 we offer 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 the 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 cherished moment of your life.
- 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
Day 1: Kathgodam to Munsyari (Altitude: 6500 ft, Distance : 290 Kms, 9-10 Hours Drive)
Reporting at Kathgodam Railway Station at around 06:30 AM (You are expected to reach Kathgodam on previous night). We will meet up there & proceed to Lohajung which is around 290 km and 9-10 hours drive. On the way 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 be 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 is a crucial one. The trail now begins uphill towards the Nain Singh top with beautiful landscape along with a large view of Bugdyar Meadows. It takes a minimum of 6/7 hrs to reach to the top of Bugdyar. Overnight stay in tents.
Day 4: Bugdyar to Railkot - Martoli (Altitude: 11000ft, Trekking Distance - 15km, 8/9hrs trek)
Wake 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 the 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 day's 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 Distance - 15km, 8/9hrs trek)
From the Railkot campsite head down along the stream towards the tree line. Don't 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 day's 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 Kathgodam (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 Kathgodam is 6 to 6.30pm.
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.
Basic First Aid
Forest Permission Charges
Coordinator throughout the trek
Transportation 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)
Ruck Sack: Compulsory to carry strong and steady rucksack, Between 55 to 60 Litre
Ruck sack cover: Protect your things from quick rain or snowfall
Day Pack: Optional, carry only if you are planning to offload your bigger bag. If you are offloading your bigger backpack, then you have to carry your personal valuable things, water bottles, pack lunch, raincoat/poncho etc.
Trekking Shoes: Good quality, rubber soul shoes with ankle support is advisable. Please make sure that shoes are well used before trek.
Note: Sports shoes are not recommended but you can carry as additional back up shoes.
T-shirts: As per your need, carry at least one quick dry type, avoid too bright/dark colours T-shirts. Cotton T-shirts avoid especially while walking. Full sleeves T-shirts are recommended.
Track Pants: As per your need, one synthetic quick dry type track pant is highly recommended.
Warm Jacket: Highly recommended one thick fleece jacket/ Down feather jacket is must to carry. You can use this when you cool down at camp.
Windproof Jacket/ Windcheater: We advise you to carry one as it resists wind chill/snowfall and quick burst of light rain.
Thermal Wear: You can use this once you reach the campsite. Thermal will keep your body warm especially during harsh winter temperatures.
Towel: One medium sized light weight towel quick dry type
Raincoat/ Poncho: Raincoats/ ponchos are water-resistant to protect the body from rain.
Woollen Cap / Balaclava: Mandatory to carry woollen cap or balaclava to protect from cold.
Sun cap / Hat: To protect you from direct sunlight
Undergarments: As per your need.
Socks: Hiking socks have the ability to wick moisture and keep feet dry. Full length socks are advisable.
Hand Gloves: Compulsory to carry, few gloves are constructed of water resistant or waterproof material that keep your fingers dry.
Walking stick / Trekking pole: Trekking pole provide useful literal stability on rough terrain and give balance while descending while also reducing pressure on knee.
Water Bottle/ Hydration pack: Compulsory to carry, please do not carry packaged drinking water bottles.
Sunglasses: Compulsory to carry. It is protecting from snow blindness. Person who use spectacle need to carry custom make powered sunglasses.
Head Torch / Torch: It is mandatory to carry with extra batteries. Head torch is advisable to keep your hands free while walking.
Sunscreen Lotion: Optional, advisable to carry sunscreen lotion (SPF 50+ and more)
Chapstick/ Cold cream: Optional, as per your need
Toilet Kit: Must carry, Personal toilet kit (toilet paper)
Sandals / Slippers: Optional, to walk around camp
Small Lunch Box & Tea mug: Compulsory, sometimes we give pack lunch so you can carry pack lunch items in it (one small leak proof lunch box is the best one), also carry one tea mug/glass
Dry Fruits / Energy Bars: We provide healthy adequate food on trip. Some do feel very less energetic compared to others, so you carry energy bars, dry fruits etc.
Repairs Kit: Must, one small repair kit which includes safety pins, needle, thread and string
Personal Medical Kit: Must carry small basic first aid. If you are taking any specific medicine from your doctor please inform us in advance. There will be a basic first kit will be available throughout the trek. Our Instructor has done a first aid course.
Camera: Optional, to capture your lifetime memories.