The Nanda Devi Sanctuary Trek

Duration : 15 Days / 14 Nights

Destinations:New Delhi - Rishikesh - Joshimath - Badrinath - Lata Village - Lata Kharak - Dharansi Pass - Debrugheta - Hitoli Camp Site - Joshimath - Rishikesh - New Delhi.


Time: Summer

Duration: 11 days

Duration: Between 2400 to 6817 mts

Average Walking Time: 6-7 hours per day

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The Nanda Devi National Park is one of the most spectacular wilderness areas in the Himalayas. It is dominated by the peak of Nanda Devi, which rises to over 7,800 m. No humans live in the park, which has remained more or less intact because of its inaccessibility. It is the habitat of several endangered mammals, especially the snow leopard, Himalayan musk deer and bharal.

Nanda Devi National Park is spread over an area of 630 sq. kms., just next to the Nanda Devi Peak (which is the second highest mountain in India -7817 mts.), is the Nanda Devi sanctuary. It was established in 1980. The first men on record to have reached this Sanctuary, while yet in its pristine form, were the the British Mountaineers Eric Shipton and Bill Tilman. The area had largely remained undisturbed till then, except for Tilman's successful attempt on Nanda Devi in 1936. However, from 1950 onwards the increasing number of treks & climbing expeditions to the area has somewhat affected the virgin character of this place.

A unique mix of flora and fauna is characteristic of this park. The fauna inlcudes the brown and Himalayan black bears, Himalayan thar, snow leopards, serow and chir pheasants.

Day By Day Itinerary

  • Day 1: (New Delhi)
  • Arrive New Delhi. Meet our representative. Bus/train to Rishikesh. Dinner and overnight in Rishikesh.

  • Day 2: (Rishikesh - Joshimath (1890 M)
  • On day 2 of Nanda Devi Sanctuary Trek, after an early breakfast we drive to Joshimath, which is at a distance of 250 km. Overnight in guesthouse at Joshimath.

  • Day 3: (Joshimath - Badrinath - Joshimath)
  • In the morning, we inform the local authorities, clearance of permits, complete legal formailities. In afternoon, we visit the Badrinath temple. Overnight in guesthouse at Joshimath.

  • Day 4: (Joshimath - Lata Village ( 2317 M)
  • Spectacular journey by jeep to the roadhead near Lata Village. Then we trek to Lata village, which is 1.5 km from the roadhead. We visit the Nanda devi Temple and explore the distinctive culture of the region. Overnight in the village.

  • Day 5: (Lata Village - Lata Kharak (3689 M)
  • On day 5, we trek an 8.5-km steep climb. The climb is strenous but extremely rewarding as the glimpses of the peaks are mesmerising. We reach Lata Kharak, which is a high plateau with high peaks surrounding it. We try and wrap up the trek in 6 hours but could take upto 9 hours so we move very early in the morning. Overnight in Camp.

  • Day 6: (Lata Kharak - Dharansi Pass (4250 M)
  • We wake up to view mighty snow-clad peaks all around, viz., Dronagiri, Nanda Gunthi and many more. Today, we take a steep climb to Jhandi Dhar and Bagfyana Pass. From here the trail ascends and descends through the Narrow gorge of Satkul to Dharansi Pass. Overnight at Camp.

  • Day 7: (Dharansi Pass - Debrugheta - Dharansi Pass (4250 M)
  • On day 7, we continue trekking to the Malthuni - Bethratoli Ridge's of the inner and outer sanctuary form a magnificient pass upto Rani Kholi and Donidar. The trail is a steep descent of about a kilometer to Debrugheta. Return to Dharansi Pass by late afternoon. Overnight at Camp.

  • Day 8: (Dharansi Pass - Hitoli Camp Site (2900 M)
  • We cover a distance of 11 km. From Jhandi Dhar a steep descent of 4.5 km to the Hitoli camp site through thick forests of Rhododendron, Birch and Fir. Overnight at Camp.

  • Day 9: (Hitoli Campsite - Joshimath (1890 M)
  • On day 9, we trek for 8 km. The trail takes us through the village of Tolma to the roadhead from where it is a 30 km drive to Joshimath. The trek is through thick forests. Overnight at guesthouse in Joshimath.

  • Day 10: (Joshimath - Rishikesh)
  • After early morning breakfast, we drive back to Rishikesh. Dinner and overnight in Rishikesh.

  • Day 11: (New Delhi)
  • Train/Bus to New Delhi. Arrive New Delhi. Trek concludes.