Nanda Devi Sanctuary Trek

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About Nanda Devi Sanctuary Trek

Location: Garhwal Himalayas (Uttarakhand)
Altitude: 4152 m above Sea Level
Best Time: May To October.
Duration: 10 Days

The Nanda Devi Sanctuary Trek is one of the popular treks in the Garhwal Himalayan region that takes you to the abode of the sacred Goddess Nanda Devi, idolizing to India's highest peak Nanda Devi, rising and shining at an altitude of 7,816 meters. The hulking high pyramid peak, rising from the gigantic ring of high mountains and with the sacred Garhwal at its backdrop, is the major attraction in this trek. The vicinity offers high mountaineering routes and trekking opportunities for all. The Nanda Devi trek passes through the opulent Nanda Devi Sanctuary, an amphitheater of seventy miles in perimeter and stretching to an altitude of 6,000 meters lies adjacent to the Rishi Ganga valley.

The Nanda Devi trek commences from Lata, a small village that is approximately 2 hours drive from Joshimath. From Lata village, the trek commences towards Lata Kharak at an elevation of 3,689 meters and thereafter turns towards Dharansi Pass, which is set an altitude of 4,250 meters. At this point one can capture the rewarding view of the snow clad peaks of Dronagiri, Nanda Gunthi and many more. The Nanda Devi trek from Lata Kharak to Dharansi Pass follows a steep climb that crosses Jhandi Dhar and Bagfyana Pass. Thereafter, from Dharansi Pass, the journey follows a steep descend to Debrugheta and follows back to Dharansi Pass. The downhill trek continues towards Hitoli at 2,900 meters and finally ends at Joshimath.

Nanda Devi Sanctuary Trek Highlights

  • Visit the legendary villages of Rainee and Lata, which were the birthplace of the Chipko movement in the Himalayas
  • Witness the rare and endangered mammals of the Indian Himalaya like the musk deer, blue sheep, serow, Himalayan black bear, Thar and snow leopard.
  • Opportunity to witness the flights of varied bird species as the entire trail is blessed with 100 species of high altitude birds
  • Avail the exclusive opportunity of interaction with locals and villagers and get a sneak peek in to their simple lives.
  • Behold the sacred confluence of holy rivers at Devprayag, Rudraprayag and Nandprayag

Best Time to Visit

Best time to travel to Nanda Devi Sanctuary is in summers (April – June) and springs (September - October) as during these months the weather remains pleasant.

In summers: The weather of Nanda Devi Sanctuary remains salubrious during summers. The Himalayas are distinctly visible. Carrying woolens is advised.

In monsoons: The greenery of Nanda Devi welcomes the tourist to lose oneself amidst the beauty of nature. There are chances of roads block for a couple of hours due to landslides but the scenic beauty of Nanda Devi Sanctuary during monsoons is worth taking the risk for. Carrying raincoats is adviced.

In springs: Serenity and solitude are at its best during springs at Gomukh Tapovan. You can see the best of Nanda Devi Sanctuary during the spring time.

Where is the Nanda Devi Sanctuary?

Nanda Devi National Park is located in the Indian state of Uttarakhand in the upper Himalayan ranges. A part of the Garhwal Himalayas, the park can be entered from Lata village, which is around 23 km from Joshimath. Mountain peaks surround it from all sides except the west where it is bounded by an inaccessible gorge.

How to Reach

By air: Jolly Grant airport Dehradun is the nearest airport Km from Joshimath. Dehradun is 295Km from Nanda Devi National Park. Jolly Grant airport is well connected with Delhi and Mumbai.

By rail: Haridwar/Rishikesh Railway Stations are the nearest railheads from Joshimath. Rishikesh is 276kms away from Nanda Devi National Park. You can find taxi or bus to Joshimath from Rishikesh Railway Station which is connected to Haridwar, Dehradun and other parts of Uttarakhand state.

By road: Joshimath is 254Km from Rishikesh, 274Km from Haridwar and 293Km from Dehradun. These four places are well connected through roadways to other parts of Uttarakhand state. Raini is 22.8Km from Joshimath and a few meters away from Lata village.

Route to Nanda Devi National Park: Dehradun - Rishikesh – Devprayag – Rudraprayag – Karnprayag – Nandprayag – Joshimath – Lata Village - Nanda Devi National Park

situated in the Garhwal Himalaya, is also known as the Nanda Devi Sanctuary to mountaineers by virtue of its almost inaccessible terrain which kept the mountain inviolable till 1934, when Shipton and Tilman pioneered a trail up the Rishi gorge to reach the base of the mountain. In doing so, they were the first men to ever put foot into a remarkable mountain basin with rich pastures and a veritable Garden of Eden where herds of Himalayan ungulates grazed which knew no fear of man.

Following their first entry and BilTilman's successful attempt on the Nanda Devi itself in 1936, there was little further human intrusion into the Basin as a result of the moratorium on mountaineering during the Second World War. Immediately after the war independence and the years thereafter saw this area closed to expeditions. The unique Himalayan wilderness therefore remained largely untouched by Man right into the 1950s.

The last two decades, however, have seen a tremendous change all along the Himalayan range with roads penetrating remotest valleys and men with arms living at high altitudes throughout the year. With both civilian and military mountaineering being actively encouraged, several large and well-planned expeditions have operated within the Sanctuary and reports of indiscriminate shooting of wildlife have been causing considerable uneasiness among conservationists.

With restrictions being raised on foreign expeditions to the Nanda Devi area, there has been a spate of expeditions and summits within and around the Sanctuary have been reserved for several years in advance. This large-scale entry of Man into what was, till only a couple of decades ago, a wilderness rivaling such places as the Galapagos Islands and the Antarctic Continent, has given to rise to anxiety over the possible damage to the delicate ecosystem.

The investigator was invited to join the 1977 British Nanda Devi expedition as a naturalist, and his participation was considered a good opportunity for an inquiry into the damage already sustained by the area. World Wildlife Fund, India, sponsored a two- month study during May and June 1977. This report attempts to evaluate the impact of Man's activities in the Sanctuary and suggests some remedial action to conserve the magnificent natural heritage for future generations. The investigator was rendered valuable assistance by Kt. Hon. Capt. Jonathan Forbes of the British Army Team which was associated with the expedition.


Day 01: Delhi – Haridwar - Rishikesh

In the morning, take an AC train for Haridwar at 06:50 hrs. After arriving in Haridwar, meet our guide who will help you transfer to Rishikesh, check into your hotel. Evening time is free for leisure activities. Overnight stay at the hotel.


Day 02: Rishikesh - Joshimath (253 kms/8-9 hrs)

Today, we will drive to Joshimath and enroute visit Devprayag (the confluence of Bhagirathi and Alaknanda river). Upon your arrival at Joshimath, check into your hotel. Evening time is free to explore the beautiful Joshimath town. Overnight stay at the hotel.


Day 03: Joshimath - Lata Village (2317 mts/7599 ft) (2 kms/1 hrs)

After spending time in Joshimath, we shall leave the national highway and drive on the mountain roads. The 28 km drive from Joshimath to Lata Village takes about an hour. Enroute, witness the thermal hydro project at the enchanting Tapovan village. At Lata, you will be introduced to porters and trekking team. We shall then trek through the fields and abandoned houses. Upon arriving at the village, we are likely to get a warm welcome by the local people. In the evening, visit the Nanda Devi Temple and explore the beauty of village. Overnight stay in the village.


Day 04: Lata Village - Lata Kharak (3689 mts/12099 ft) (9 kms/7 hrs)

The trek from Lata village passes through Oak, Rhododendron and Pine forests, to a ridge followed by crossing of a side stream. After this, the trail again climbs over another ridge and continues to another side stream. After crossing the second side stream the trail becomes steeper, with a series of switch backs. Finally, the trek for today terminates at the campsite at Lata Kharak. Overnight stay in the tents.


Day 05: Lata Kharak - Semi Kharak - Lata Kharak

Today, we will undertake a trek to Semi Kharak, on a boulder path. The trek will take around 4 hours to complete both ways. Return to camp and enjoy lunch. Evening time is free for leisure activities. Overnight stay in tents.


Day 06: Lata Kharak - Dharansi Pass (4250 mts/13940 ft) (10 kms/4 -5 hrs)

Our trek today will be from Lata Kharak to Dharansi Pass. The trail from Lata Kharak is steep till Jhandi Dhar. From Jhandidhar the trail becomes a bit easier for about 1.5 kilometer before it becomes steep again for 500 meters to reach Bagfyana Pass. From here, we shall ascend and descend through the narrow gorge of Satkul to reach Dharansi Pass. Overnight stay in tents.


Day 07: Dharansi Pass - Tolma Village

The trek today is a long descent to the village of Tolma. One starts the reverse trek on same trail till Jhandidhar. From this point, a new trail which descends down a ridge and continues to descend further through an Oak and Rhododendron forests finally terminates at the village of Tolma. Overnight stay in the village.


Day 08: Tolma Village - Surai Thotta (8 kms/3-4 hrs) - Karanprayag (90 kms/3-4 hrs)

The trekking trail descends through fields to reach Surai Thotta. We will board the vehicles and drive towards Karanprayag via Joshimath and Nandprayag. Overnight stay in the hotel.


Day 09: Karanprayag - Haridwar (195 km/6-7 hrs) - Delhi

We will drive 195 kilometers in around 7 hours. Enroute visit the confluences at Rudraprayag and Devprayag. Arrive at Haridwar by evening and from here catch an AC Train for Delhi at 18:05 hrs. Arrival at Delhi by 22:45 hrs….


What is Included In This Trek?

Accommodation in Camp/ on share basis

All meals: breakfast, packed lunch, tea, and dinner

High quality tents

Medical Kit


What is Not Included In This Trip?

Personal Insurance

Medical Certificate

Personal toiletry Items and Personal Medicine kit

Mandatory Documents

Please carry the documents given below

Original and photocopy of government photo identity card- (Aadhar Card, Driving License, Voters ID, etc,
Passport and Visa important to foreigners

Water Bottle 2

Cap or Balaclava




Torch head light

Personal Toiletry Items – (toothpaste, toothbrush, toilet paper, sanitizer etc.)