NANDA DEVI CLASSIC
The Kuari pass is
one of the most beautiful trek in the Garhwal Himalayas.
Rishikesh To Chapna camp side 9-10 hours
Nandaprayag and to ghat. (Starting point of the trek). Further
drive to chapna camp side.Night stay camping
Day 02: Trek to
Ghuni: 3-4 hours walk
It is nice walk
next to the river and ascent through coniferous and mixed forests.
This walk followed by wooded ridge takes us to village called
Ramni (2550m). It is a typical Garhwal village with friendly
people and attractive houses with heavy slate roofs and paved
alleys surrounded by fertile fields. It has a solar-powered
electricity scheme. Night stay and meals in camp at Ghuni.
DAY 03: TREK TO
SEMKHERK MEADOW. (2,600m approx.)5-6 hrs.
This is a long
but rewarding day. From the campsite you climb steeply for
1,000ft/300m on a good zigzagging track to emerge on open grassy
grazing meadows. Snow peaks begin to emerge above the forest to
the north. The path continues up through forests of rhododendron,
pines and oak with more pastures for summer grazing with shepherd
huts. The highest point, reached in 2¼ hours from the camp, at
3,064m/10,053ft, is the Ramni Pass, also called Binayak Top. It is
also possible to make out the Kauri Pass, which we will cross on
Day 8. From now on there may be a chance to see the multi-coloured
monal pheasant but they are very shy, being hunted by the locals
for the pot. You then trek gently down for a while across more
pastures and open glades, then into lovely forests of horse
chestnuts and walnut trees with waterfalls. From here, the trek is
a zigzag descent to Camping place. Camp overnight at Semkherk.
DAY 04 : TREK TO
KALIAGHAT. (2700m approx.)-6 hours.
Day starts with
descend to the colourful village of Jhinjhi. The trail carries on
down past small farms through woods to the spectacular suspension
bridge at 1,840m/6,037ft across the Birehi Gorge, currently
inhabited by a large number of monkeys. From here a very steep
climb takes you back to 7,382ft/2,250m, where the track eases
after a one and a half-hour ascent. From here the path is almost
flat passing through fine rhododendron forest with long-tailed
magpies flitting about. There are many streams and waterfalls as
the route contours round many deep re-entrants. Camp overnight.
DAY 05: TREK TO
DHAKAUNI VIA SARTOLI (11,000ft/3353m approx.) - 7 hours.
This is another
long, but spectacular day. The route traverses above the village
and then starts a steep climb up into rhododendron forest, with
many zigzags - it is a broad, well made track but after quite a
number of false summits, a Col is reached at 9,842ft/3,000m. The
path now descends gently, traversing along the valley, to open
meadows with views across to the Kuari Pass. The track then
traverses down around the side of the valley, across several
streams, before it plunges down a very steep and loose section,
much of which has been washed away by the monsoons - an awkward
and loose descent.
DAY 06: TREK
ACROSS KAURI PASS(12,000ft/3,658m) TO TALI (11,155ft/3,400m). 5
It is a long
because of the break on the pass for views and spectacular day.
You aim to cross the pass so that you will have the benefit of the
clear early morning views the following day. The climb up to the
pass is made on a zigzag track to the top. You make a traverse
along the high ridge past a shrine to Shiva before dropping down
to your camp at Khulara which is the name given to a clearing
amongst the Rhododendrons about half an hour and 500ft/150m below
Shiva's shrine to await the spectacular views of the morning.To go
to Tali we take left trail from Shiva shrine instead of right
which leads down to Khulara. Camp overnight.
DAY 07: TREK TO
AULI/TAPOVAN. (6,562ft/2,000m/), DRIVE TO JOSHIMATH.
A long way below
lies Tapovan or Auli (Auli is in little different direction. Most
of summer treks finish in Auli and early summer and early winter
treks finish in Tapovan because of the icy condition on the trail
to Auli) and the road head. Anyway a 3-4-hr walk to either place.
A very steep descent to the Tapovan though it is gradual to Auli,
down through woods and pastures. At Tapovan or Auli our car will
be waiting for the drive to Joshimath which, although having none
of the elegance of its sister hill resorts, does have a charm and
beauty of its own. It is the site where the famous Adiguru
Shankaracharya attained enlightenment before beginning his
campaign for the unification of India and the revitalization of
Hinduism. The arm gets smaller every year! It is the centre of the
Indian ski scene, and the cable car up to the resort of Auli
starts in the middle of Joshimath. Overnight in the High Bank
Himalayan View in the Himalayas..our own guest house located at
the elevation of 2400 meter. Also can do massage etc..at our
Cottage at High Bank Himalayan View.
DAY 08: DRIVE TO