Nanda Devi Base Camp Trek is a gift to the souls of adventurers that takes you 13,123 ft high in the Trans Himalayan Trail through the villages of Bogudiar, Laspa, Raikot, and Ghanghar. The 11-day and 10-night trek is one of the most challenging Himalayan treks in India. The beauty of the trek is its green trail that takes you through the mesmerizing dark forests of Rhododendrons with the blooming wildflowers, birch trees, and pinkish-white flowers. The captivating Nanda Kot Glacier is directly visible throughout the trek. The long hike lets you understand the mountain culture as you experience the high-altitude village life of Johar tribal people and witness Raikot ruins. You can witness the breathtaking confluence of the Ralam Rivulet and Gori Ganga Rivers. Another highlight of the trek is the most beautiful glacier of Pachu at an altitude of 4000 meters, just near the Nanda Devi Base Camp. You can stay at the campsite of Nanda Devi base camp and explore its alpine beauty with the clearest views of Nanda Devi Peak, standing proudly at a height of 7816 meters.
Drive from Kathgodam to Munsiyari (2,290m)
After reaching Kathgodam Station, take a drive through the beautiful Kumaon Himalayas.
Drive through the countryside of Almora, and get permits for Nanda Devi East Base Camp Trek.
Travel to the beautiful hamlet of Chaukori to witness tea gardens implanted by the Britishers and reach Munsiyari.
Rest for the day in the guesthouse to acclimatize and witness snow-capped views of Nanda Devi, Panchchuli, Maiktoli, Nadakot, and Trishul.
Carry headlamps, torches, flashlights, and power banks as high-altitude villages do not have electricity.
Medicine and first-aid kit are important to carry.
Take water bottles with you to refill along the sources and from villages.
Make sure to wear warm clothes as the temperatures drop by several degrees at higher altitudes of Nanda Devi East Base Camp Trek.
Carry thermal wear like jackets, scarves, woolen caps, gloves, and socks to protect yourself from cold.
Raincoat in case of any emergency rain at high altitudes.
Wear appropriate trekking shoes that are suitable for any kind of rugged terrain, especially for steep ascents and descents.
Protect yourself against the sun- with sunglasses, sunscreen, and hats.
Take a pair of trekking poles for balance and stability while ascending up the stairs to reduce your energy consumption by 30-40%.
Toiletry: Toothbrushes, toothpaste, soaps, tissues, moisturizer, cold coral, sanitizer, anti-fungal cream.
Eatables: Snacks like biscuits, protein bars, glucose-based chocolates, cup noodles, dry fruits, and quick energy bites.
1. By Train:
The Kathgodam station is accessible to major Indian cities like Lucknow, Delhi, and Howrah.
Take the Ranikhet Express (5014) from Delhi at 10:40 PM to reach Kathgodam at 05:30 AM the next day.
Take Uttar sampark Kranti (5035) from Delhi at 04:00 PM to reach Kathgodam at 10:40 PM.
Take the Doon Express (4120) from Dehardun at 10:30 PM to reach Kathgodam at 7:10 AM.
2. By Air: Pantnagar Airport is the nearest airport to Kathgodam at a distance of 32kms. You can access the airport via Delhi.
3. By Bus: Board a bus from ISBT Delhi Anand Vihar station to reach Kathgodam. There is no direct bus but the buses that go to Nainital stop at Haldwani bus station near Kathgodam. From there, you have to travel 4 km to reach Kathgodam Railway Station via taxis.