In the Shadow of Nanda Devi
- Trekking in the foothills of India`s greatest peaks
- An unspoiled corner of the Himalayas
- Ridge-top trekking and idyllic campsites
- Views of Nanda Devi and Panch Chuli
- Quiet trails in an area visited by few adventure travellers
Straddling the districts of Garhwal and Kumaon, close to the Nepalese border, Nanda Devi (7817m) is the geographical and spiritual high point of India. After sightseeing in Delhi, our trekking holiday in the area of this sacred mountain begins on the night train to Kathgodam and continues by road to the village of Song. Trekking from the valley of the Ram Ganga to finally reach the Gauri Ganga in the east, our route is rich in interest, passing through a delightfully scenic and unspoiled corner of the Indian Himalaya. Traversing alpine meadows and crossing high passes, we have panoramic views of the clustered peaks of the Nanda Devi Sanctuary and of the adjacent Panch Chuli group. This is a delightful trek through a beautiful and unspoilt corner of the Indian Himalya with excellent green campsites. Visits to several villages and shepherds' camps provide a wealth of cultural interest and help to make this a wholly memorable trekking holiday in an area visited by few adventure travellers.
Is this holiday for you?
This is a very beautiful 10-day trek, in an area seldom visited by other trekkers. The average day's walk will be between 5 and 7 hours - although during the day's trek along the Sudam Khal Ridge we could be walking for 8 or 9 hours. Generally the route follows ancient trade routes and village connections that offer very good walking conditions, but there are some sections of looser ground. There are several passes to cross during the trek which does make the trip quite challenging within its grade. Overall this is an excellent walking holiday, both for experienced trekkers who want to travel in a little-visited region and also for well-prepared novices looking for a short, but reasonably demanding trek.