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Nanda Devi East Base Camp Trek: Days 4,5

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Nanda Devi East Base Camp Trek: Days 4,5 Sunrise over the mountain behind where we camped

Sunrise over the mountain behind where we camped

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Nanda Devi East Base Camp Trek: Days 4,5 The mountains of Laspa Glacier come into view to the right

The mountains of Laspa Glacier come into view to the right

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Nanda Devi East Base Camp Trek: Days 4,5 Laspa mountain range

Laspa mountain range

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Nanda Devi East Base Camp Trek: Days 4,5 The way to Martoli

The way to Martoli

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Nanda Devi East Base Camp Trek: Days 4,5

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Nanda Devi East Base Camp Trek: Days 4,5

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Nanda Devi East Base Camp Trek: Days 4,5 Mt Hardeol (7,151m, 23,461 ft) comes into view

Mt Hardeol (7,151m, 23,461 ft) comes into view

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Nanda Devi East Base Camp Trek: Days 4,5

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Nanda Devi East Base Camp Trek: Days 4,5

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Nanda Devi East Base Camp Trek: Days 4,5 Martoli Peak

Martoli Peak

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Nanda Devi East Base Camp Trek: Days 4,5 The village of Martoli sits on the high plateau ahead

The village of Martoli sits on the high plateau ahead

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Nanda Devi East Base Camp Trek: Days 4,5 Our first view of Nanda Devi. Hidden between the peaks, it was a very emotional moment for us. We just stood there, watching.

Our first view of Nanda Devi. Hidden between the peaks, it was a very emotional moment for us. We just stood there, watching.

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Nanda Devi East Base Camp Trek: Days 4,5 Mt Nanda Devi
Martoli is a very peaceful village with a 360 degree view of very high mountains. The wind blows all day and suddenly we felt very happy being there. Our minds just blanked out and we dint have a thought in our minds. The mountain does have a presence, you just cant stop looking at it. The villagers look upon it as a Godess.

Mt Nanda Devi
Martoli is a very peaceful village with a 360 degree view of very high mountains. The wind blows all day and suddenly we felt very happy being there. Our minds just blanked out and we dint have a thought in our minds. The mountain does have a presence, you just cant stop looking at it. The villagers look upon it as a Godess.

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Nanda Devi East Base Camp Trek: Days 4,5 We are entering the village of Martoli. Martoli is a large village situated on the Indo Tibetan trade route. The Indo tibetan border closed since the Sino-Indian War of 1962, and Martoli is now a ghost village with very few inhabitants. Before the war, it used to be a trade center bustling with 500 families. As of now all trade with Tibet is stopped and the families have settled in Munsiyari and other places in the lower ranges. In summer months very few people go there and cultivate medicinal plants, high altitude Buckwheet and Jambhu. Tibetan merchants visited this place and traded in Borax, precious stones, Pashmina and salt. The inhabitants of Martoli too travelled along with pack mules to Tibet. They took rice, cotton clothes, jaggery, sugar, etc. to sell in Tibetan markets.

We are entering the village of Martoli. Martoli is a large village situated on the Indo Tibetan trade route. The Indo tibetan border closed since the Sino-Indian War of 1962, and Martoli is now a ghost village with very few inhabitants. Before the war, it used to be a trade center bustling with 500 families. As of now all trade with Tibet is stopped and the families have settled in Munsiyari and other places in the lower ranges. In summer months very few people go there and cultivate medicinal plants, high altitude Buckwheet and Jambhu. Tibetan merchants visited this place and traded in Borax, precious stones, Pashmina and salt. The inhabitants of Martoli too travelled along with pack mules to Tibet. They took rice, cotton clothes, jaggery, sugar, etc. to sell in Tibetan markets.

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Nanda Devi East Base Camp Trek: Days 4,5 Martoli village sits in the middle of a grand amphitheater of Himalayan peaks.

Martoli village sits in the middle of a grand amphitheater of Himalayan peaks.

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Nanda Devi East Base Camp Trek: Days 4,5 Nanda Devi Temple at Martoli

Nanda Devi Temple at Martoli

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Nanda Devi East Base Camp Trek: Days 4,5

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Nanda Devi East Base Camp Trek: Days 4,5

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Nanda Devi East Base Camp Trek: Days 4,5 The clouds fill the valley as evening approaches

The clouds fill the valley as evening approaches

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Nanda Devi East Base Camp Trek: Days 4,5 Nanda Kot, the completely snow peaked mountain last in line (6,861m,22,510 ft)

Nanda Kot, the completely snow peaked mountain last in line (6,861m,22,510 ft)

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Nanda Devi East Base Camp Trek: Days 4,5 First rays of sunrise hit the twin peaks of Nanda Devi

First rays of sunrise hit the twin peaks of Nanda Devi

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Nanda Devi East Base Camp Trek: Days 4,5 Nanda Devi sunrise

Nanda Devi sunrise

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Nanda Devi East Base Camp Trek: Days 4,5 After breakfast, we head out to the village of Ganaghar from where we will trek to Base Camp the next day. Six days of walking in all to reach our destination. This was the village hut where we camped.

After breakfast, we head out to the village of Ganaghar from where we will trek to Base Camp the next day. Six days of walking in all to reach our destination. This was the village hut where we camped.

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Nanda Devi East Base Camp Trek: Days 4,5 The lady of the house was kind enough to present us with a Dried Brahma Kamala Flower. These flowers grow very high up in the mountains at an altitude of around 4500 m. We were told people perform a special puja and set out to find the flowers. These flowers are then offered to the shrine at Nanda Devi temple for the yearly puja.

The lady of the house was kind enough to present us with a Dried Brahma Kamala Flower. These flowers grow very high up in the mountains at an altitude of around 4500 m. We were told people perform a special puja and set out to find the flowers. These flowers are then offered to the shrine at Nanda Devi temple for the yearly puja.

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Nanda Devi East Base Camp Trek: Days 4,5 A horse watches us pass by as we head out of Martoli

A horse watches us pass by as we head out of Martoli

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Nanda Devi East Base Camp Trek: Days 4,5 A steep decent all the way to the stream and then a climb to get to the hill opposite

A steep decent all the way to the stream and then a climb to get to the hill opposite

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Nanda Devi East Base Camp Trek: Days 4,5 A man and his horse are crossing the bridge. We climb down to get to the bridge and take the path up the hill on the left.

A man and his horse are crossing the bridge. We climb down to get to the bridge and take the path up the hill on the left.

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Nanda Devi East Base Camp Trek: Days 4,5 Meltwater from Burfu glacier joins the Gori Ganga. At left, center is the village of Burfu.

Meltwater from Burfu glacier joins the Gori Ganga. At left, center is the village of Burfu.

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Nanda Devi East Base Camp Trek: Days 4,5 Mt Mapa comes into view

Mt Mapa comes into view

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Nanda Devi East Base Camp Trek: Days 4,5

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Nanda Devi East Base Camp Trek: Days 4,5

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Nanda Devi East Base Camp Trek: Days 4,5 The snow peaked mountain is Milam Peak. Just below it is the village of Milam

The snow peaked mountain is Milam Peak. Just below it is the village of Milam

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Nanda Devi East Base Camp Trek: Days 4,5 Meltwater from the slopes of Mapa and Juniper bushes

Meltwater from the slopes of Mapa and Juniper bushes

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Nanda Devi East Base Camp Trek: Days 4,5 The village of Mapa

The village of Mapa

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Nanda Devi East Base Camp Trek: Days 4,5

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Nanda Devi East Base Camp Trek: Days 4,5 Lakshman points us to Milam in the distance where he grew up

Lakshman points us to Milam in the distance where he grew up

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Nanda Devi East Base Camp Trek: Days 4,5

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Nanda Devi East Base Camp Trek: Days 4,5

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Nanda Devi East Base Camp Trek: Days 4,5 Yet another stream of glacial meltwater joins the Gori Ganga. The Gori Ganga originates from Milam Glacier. Several streams of meltwater join it to make Gori Ganga what it is, a process we have been witnessing from the last 5 days of walking all the way from Munsiyari.

Yet another stream of glacial meltwater joins the Gori Ganga. The Gori Ganga originates from Milam Glacier. Several streams of meltwater join it to make Gori Ganga what it is, a process we have been witnessing from the last 5 days of walking all the way from Munsiyari.

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Nanda Devi East Base Camp Trek: Days 4,5

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Nanda Devi East Base Camp Trek: Days 4,5 Just round the bend at left where the river bed disappears behind the mountain is our destination, Ganaghar
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Just round the bend at left where the river bed disappears behind the mountain is our destination, Ganaghar

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