Nanda Devi Sanctuary Trek

Wayfarer Tours and Travels

  • (Duration)
  • Easy
  • 4.9
  • Hilly

Nanda Devi Sanctuary Trek by Wayfarer Tours And Travels.


It takes eight days to reach the base camp of Nanda Devi on the south side. The Rishi Ganga River forces its way through two gorges. The first one, near Lata village, cuts off any possibility of an easy approach, and therefore a route over two intervening ridges -the Dharanshi and Malathuni – was explored. Shipton and Tilman called this the Curtain Ridge. Near the second gorge of the Rishi Ganga a route was explored over precarious, rocky terrain.

The approach to the inner sanctuary will always be difficult. The route is: Lata, Lata Kharak, across Dharanshi Pass (4267m/14000ft) to Dharanshi Alp, across Malathuni Pass (4270m/14010ft) to Dibrugheta Alp, along the river to Deodi, Ramni at the foot of the gorge, Bhujgara half way through the gorge and Patalkhan across the main difficulties of the gorge. 'The Slabs' are the first of the challenges, where downward-sloping rocky slabs make for a precarious crossing. A narrow staircase of stones ahead cuts across a huge wall. Just one slip and you would plummet thousands of feet down the gorge, aptly called the vaikunth seedi (the 'staircase to heaven') by locals. If you climb up this, you will reach the heaven of the Nanda Devi Sanctuary, whereas if you fall, you might reach heaven anyway. Patalkhan is the first halt in the sanctuary. From Patalkhan, the route crosses the Rishi Ganga to enter the north side of the sanctuary.

Facilities Provided

Stay on full board at Wayfarer Retreat(Vijaypur), Wayfarer Mountain Resort(Munsyari) and Wayfarer Solitaire(Ranikhet) whenever necessary. Provision of all camping gear like tents (4-man Alpine tents on twin sharing) sleeping bags(hollow fibre bags attached with sleeping bag liners), mattresses, toilet tent, wash tent(with hot water once a day), camping furniture, ice axe, ropes and so on. Provision of vegetarian meals troughout the trek. Meals to comprise breakfast, lunch(which may be packed at times) and regular dinner. Breakfast and dinner would be supplied in a separate dinning tent. Provision of essential support services like escort, cooks, porters, mules, one rider pony(for any emergency) and basic medical kit. Trekkers will not be expected to carry their personal belongings during any of the Nanda Devi treks. Mules and porters will transport all bags. To and fro railway reservation in air conditioned sleeper class in Ranikhet Express from Delhi and from Kathgodam for all international trekkers and all those who desire to have this service. Jeep transport from Kathgodam to starting point of the trek and return to Kathgodam for all those selecting to follow our regular itineraries.

Arrangements for hotel accommodation in Delhi on request.

A Normal Trekking Day

At around 6 a.m. tea will be brought to you in your tent. The day's walk will typically begin after breakfast at 7 a.m. and you will walk for six or seven hours on average each day. Packed lunches will be served en route each day at a picturesque spot. In the afternoon, porters will travel ahead and set up camp, so everything will be ready for you when you arrive at around 3 or 4 p.m. Dinner will be served early to make the most of the last light of evening.

Trekking Clothing

The September 1st to October 15th period tends to be cold so warm jackets - preferably down - are recommended. The upside of trekking during this time is that it tends to be dry and the air is clear making views phenomenal. Waterproof outerwear is also required. Every trekker's personal clothing should include some of the following : wide brimmed hat(cloth/felt) balaclava/ski cap, scarf, T-shirts, Long-sleeved shirts, fleece jacket/warm jumper, fleece trousers, trekking pants, pajamas, shorts, socks/stockings, trekking shoes, light trainers, sandals, sunglasses, sunscreen, water bottle, day sacks.

Trekking in India

(Trekking in India - Best Season)

The optimal timing for our Trekking in India (in Kumaon and Garhwal) is between May 1st and June 30th and between September 1st and October 15th. Both seasons have their attractions. During the month of May the spring flowers bloom at the margins of the snowline while the weather is generally settled barring the occasional pre monsoon storm that can blow up at any time. Day time temperatures can rise to the mid 20s even at altitudes while at night they can fall to 0 degrees C. The post monsoon season is a time of settled weather with clear views of the mountains. Day time temperatures will still be quite warm, upto 20 degrees C during the middle of the day, however at night the temperatures will occasionally drop below 0 degrees C.

Quite unlike other regions in the Indian Himalaya, Ladakh experiences nine months of winter and three months of summer.The best time to visit Ladakh is in the summer - from early June to end September.Beyond that period , temperatures plunge to sub-Arctic levels and the region gets too cold for comfort.By October most of the trekking routes in the higher altitude areas are closed on account of heavy snowfall. Another good reason to visit Ladakh during the summer months is that this is the time when some of Ladakh's most important Gompas or Budhist monastries host their spectacular annual festivals.

Trekking Insurance

Trekking in the Nanda Devi region is a strenuous actvity and all trekkers are advised to ensure for themselves that they are medically fit before they opt to trek in this region. As a matter of precaution we advise that all foreign participants must be adequately insured before arriving in India. The medical insurance policy must be obtained from an established international insurance company that has a corresponding handling agent in India (for example, Thomas Cook). The policy must cover medical and personal accidents including the cost of air evacuation from high attitudes and subsequent medical treatmement. Given the high cost of air evacuation in the Indian Himalaya, we advise all trekkers to obtain medical insurance covers of at least US$ 20000 (Twenty Thousand Dollars) per person for their period of stay in India.

In addition all participants are advised to submit to us upon arrival in India an appropriate medical fitness certificate obtained from a registered medical practitioner in the country of their origin indicating that the individual is fit to go on a high altitude trek, and that he/she has no physical and medical disabilities that would limit him/her from trekking.

In ordet to ensure speedy and timely help during an emergency in a trek, we have contracted Goodmans Rescue to handle all road and air evacutaion cases on our behalf. For more details viewers are advised to visit Although accidents are rare but if something happens, then it must be noted that initially it is difficult to land a helicopter at high altitudes such as Pachu, Milam or Ralam Glacier and an accident victim is generally first brought down to the hellipad at Munsyari for transfer to a hospital in Delhi.

Indian trekkers are advised to co-ordinate with Goodmans Rescue for obtaining suitable medical insurance covers while deciding to visit the Nanda Devi region.


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