NANDA DEVI

EAST

With access inside the Nanda Devi Sanctuary being restricted there are very few locations from where one can spot the twin peaks of Nanda Devi from close. The trail from the Pachu valley approaches the twin peaks from the north and on a clear day the peaks look in touching distance.  The approach  to Pachu is most interesting as the trail moves through some dramatic locations including a through a  high gorge.  In addition to all this multiple villages including Martoli as well as the Nanda Devi temple at Martoli added an interesting element.

REgion

Uttarakhand

FIRST TRIP

October 2016

Trip Grading

3

Trip DURATION

9 Days

Best Period

May and October

Side TRIPS

Trek to the basecamp of Nanda Devi East

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

1.    Kumaon as a trekking destination is seldom visited as compared to Garhwal
2.    Dramatic walk up the Milam valley through high gorges 
3.    Opportunity to walk through and camp at historic villages like Martoli 
4.    Dramatic view of twin peaks of Nanda Devi 
5.    Superb view of Kumaon peaks from Chakori 

Nanda Devi East Gallery

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The terrain around Kumaon is far gentler as compared with Garhwal

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The Gori Ganga river making its way through a narrow section

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The initial part of the valley can be described as a gorge with high walls extending vertically

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Sections of the gorge carved to develop a trail

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Campsite at Rialkot at 3083m. A road has been constructed from Milam to Rialkot and is now being extended further down the valley

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Martoli village 3400m is a historic village and features the Nanda Devi temple

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After Martoli the Gori Ganga valley broadens, in the distance is Milam, the last village in the valley.

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Gangar village 3410m set amidst the abandoned houses

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The walk upto 4000m to the Pachu Glacier

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The twin peaks of Nanda Devi are connected with a razor sharp ridge with a distance of around 2kms running at approximately 6666m height or 22,000 feet

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Close view of Nanda Devi East. At 7816m Nanda Devi main peak is the 23rd highest peak in the world

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Views towards the Brij Ganga Pass leading to the Ralam Valley

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The steep descent to Lilam village

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Southern face of Nanda Kot 6861m as viewed from Chaukori on the drive back

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Last view of the Nanda Devi twin peaks as we drive through Chaukori

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