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Nanda Devi East Base Camp Trek: Days 1,2,3

Nanda Devi (7,816 m, 25,643 ft) is the second highest mountain in India and is located in the state of Uttarakhand.
Nanda Devi meaning Bliss-Giving Goddess is a twin peaked massif, forming a 2 km (1.2 mi) long high ridge, oriented east-west. The western summit is higher, and the eastern summit is called Nanda Devi East. The main summit stands guarded by a barrier ring comprising some of the highest mountains in the Indian Himalayas, twelve of which exceed 6,400 m or 21,000 ft in height. The interior of this almost insurmountable ring is known as the Nanda Devi Sanctuary, and is protected as the Nanda Devi National Park. Nanda Devi East lies on the eastern edge of that ring and that\'s where we are going.
Munsyari, Uttarakhand is the starting point for this trek. To get to Munsiyari, take the overnight train or bus to Kathgodham from Delhi (Anand Vihar Bus stand). From Kathgodham you can hire a taxi to do the 300km road trip from Kathgodham to Munsiyari which can be done in a single day.

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Nanda Devi East Base Camp Trek: Days 1,2,3 After travelling more than 600kms from Delhi by bus and a taxi we reach Munsiyari where we start our trek. We are all packed and ready to go. This is the KMVN guest house at Munsiyari where the rooms were great. Take the rooms on the second floor for the best view of the Panch Chuli Range

After travelling more than 600kms from Delhi by bus and a taxi we reach Munsiyari where we start our trek. We are all packed and ready to go. This is the KMVN guest house at Munsiyari where the rooms were great. Take the rooms on the second floor for the best view of the Panch Chuli Range

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Nanda Devi East Base Camp Trek: Days 1,2,3 We need an innerline permit to do this trek. Movement of people in the Nanda Devi region is closely monitored. We wait for the paperwork to get done at the District Tashildars office and the ITBP (Indo Tibetan Border Police Force), Munsiyari.

We are a team of five. Meera and I, Lakshman the guide, Gangaram the cook and Nathuram the horseman. We buy all supplies to last us 9 days at Kathgodham. Not everything is available at Munsiyari. We need the horse to carry some of the heavier stuff.

We need an innerline permit to do this trek. Movement of people in the Nanda Devi region is closely monitored. We wait for the paperwork to get done at the District Tashildars office and the ITBP (Indo Tibetan Border Police Force), Munsiyari. We are a team of five. Meera and I, Lakshman the guide, Gangaram the cook and Nathuram the horseman. We buy all supplies to last us 9 days at Kathgodham. Not everything is available at Munsiyari. We need the horse to carry some of the heavier stuff.

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Nanda Devi East Base Camp Trek: Days 1,2,3 We drive down to Dumur from Munsiyari which is about 7kms. Here, we get our stuff out of the jeep and load some of the stuff on Kali the horse, a nice strong fellow. The rest, we carry.

We drive down to Dumur from Munsiyari which is about 7kms. Here, we get our stuff out of the jeep and load some of the stuff on Kali the horse, a nice strong fellow. The rest, we carry.

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Nanda Devi East Base Camp Trek: Days 1,2,3 After a rather long descent from Dumur to the Gori Ganga River, we head towards Lilam. The path is pretty much cut into the rock. For the next six days we shall be walking up this river into the Milam Valley.

After a rather long descent from Dumur to the Gori Ganga River, we head towards Lilam. The path is pretty much cut into the rock. For the next six days we shall be walking up this river into the Milam Valley.

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Nanda Devi East Base Camp Trek: Days 1,2,3 We stop for tea at a village.

We stop for tea at a village.

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Nanda Devi East Base Camp Trek: Days 1,2,3

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Nanda Devi East Base Camp Trek: Days 1,2,3 A recent landslide on the hill opposite. Landslides are very common here and many paths also disappear. The paths are just piles of rock or cuttings set on the hill face.

A recent landslide on the hill opposite. Landslides are very common here and many paths also disappear. The paths are just piles of rock or cuttings set on the hill face.

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Nanda Devi East Base Camp Trek: Days 1,2,3 After a rather strenuous climb (thanks to a sedentary lifestyle back in Bangalore), we are at Lilam. The guide has arranged for us to stay in a PWD house just behind the ITBP (Indo Tibetan Border Police Force) checkpost.

After a rather strenuous climb (thanks to a sedentary lifestyle back in Bangalore), we are at Lilam. The guide has arranged for us to stay in a PWD house just behind the ITBP (Indo Tibetan Border Police Force) checkpost.

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Nanda Devi East Base Camp Trek: Days 1,2,3 Not the best of accommodation, but we didn\'t want to sleep in a tent out in the cold. Some rather larger than average size jungle spiders with shiny eyes kept us company that night. We didn\'t bother them and they didn\'t bother us. There were many of them on the walls.

Not the best of accommodation, but we didn't want to sleep in a tent out in the cold. Some rather larger than average size jungle spiders with shiny eyes kept us company that night. We didn't bother them and they didn't bother us. There were many of them on the walls.

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Nanda Devi East Base Camp Trek: Days 1,2,3 All packed and ready to leave. Light breakfast of maggie noodles. Nathuram has all the kitchen stuff packed and our duffel

All packed and ready to leave. Light breakfast of maggie noodles. Nathuram has all the kitchen stuff packed and our duffel

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Nanda Devi East Base Camp Trek: Days 1,2,3 Heading to Bogudiyar 12-15km away.

Heading to Bogudiyar 12-15km away.

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Nanda Devi East Base Camp Trek: Days 1,2,3 We climb higher and higher up the Gori Ganga river gorge.

We climb higher and higher up the Gori Ganga river gorge.

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Nanda Devi East Base Camp Trek: Days 1,2,3 Looking down to the river. The area where the landslide happened is visible on the opposite hill. Far behind just below the cloud is the town of Munsiyari where we walked from the previous day.

Looking down to the river. The area where the landslide happened is visible on the opposite hill. Far behind just below the cloud is the town of Munsiyari where we walked from the previous day.

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Nanda Devi East Base Camp Trek: Days 1,2,3 A fossil of sorts. The villagers pray to it like a snake shrine, for safe passages. If you look carefully, it looks like three fossilized snakes. Very interesting, as the detail is superb including the snake eye.

A fossil of sorts. The villagers pray to it like a snake shrine, for safe passages. If you look carefully, it looks like three fossilized snakes. Very interesting, as the detail is superb including the snake eye.

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Nanda Devi East Base Camp Trek: Days 1,2,3

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Nanda Devi East Base Camp Trek: Days 1,2,3

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Nanda Devi East Base Camp Trek: Days 1,2,3 We put our cameras into our backpacks as you are sure to get drenched as you walk under this waterfall. There is no other way but under the waterfall and this place is notorious for falling rocks, hence the tin sheets. Meera enjoyed walking under falls so much that she wanted to go again.

We put our cameras into our backpacks as you are sure to get drenched as you walk under this waterfall. There is no other way but under the waterfall and this place is notorious for falling rocks, hence the tin sheets. Meera enjoyed walking under falls so much that she wanted to go again.

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Nanda Devi East Base Camp Trek: Days 1,2,3

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Nanda Devi East Base Camp Trek: Days 1,2,3 Excellent weather for walking all day. These paths are supposedly very treacherous in the rainy season and winter. So villages up the river are cut off during those months.

Excellent weather for walking all day. These paths are supposedly very treacherous in the rainy season and winter. So villages up the river are cut off during those months.

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Nanda Devi East Base Camp Trek: Days 1,2,3

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Nanda Devi East Base Camp Trek: Days 1,2,3

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Nanda Devi East Base Camp Trek: Days 1,2,3

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Nanda Devi East Base Camp Trek: Days 1,2,3 The Hasling forest. A beautifully tranquil place.

The Hasling forest. A beautifully tranquil place.

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Nanda Devi East Base Camp Trek: Days 1,2,3

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Nanda Devi East Base Camp Trek: Days 1,2,3 A tea shop on the way, where we stop to eat our packed lunch of parathas.

A tea shop on the way, where we stop to eat our packed lunch of parathas.

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Nanda Devi East Base Camp Trek: Days 1,2,3

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Nanda Devi East Base Camp Trek: Days 1,2,3

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Nanda Devi East Base Camp Trek: Days 1,2,3 We meet a shepherd who was carrying this lamb. Supposedly, a few days old.

We meet a shepherd who was carrying this lamb. Supposedly, a few days old.

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Nanda Devi East Base Camp Trek: Days 1,2,3 Dusk at Bogudiyar. Come evening, the clouds fill the valley.

Dusk at Bogudiyar. Come evening, the clouds fill the valley.

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Nanda Devi East Base Camp Trek: Days 1,2,3

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Nanda Devi East Base Camp Trek: Days 1,2,3 We sleep the night at the ITBP metal tent. 5 star accomodation considering that we are two days walk away from the nearest town that has a motorable road and electricity. It even has a light bulb that glows for two hours every evening. This tent is used by the Border Police, they let us use it as it was not being used that night.

We sleep the night at the ITBP metal tent. 5 star accomodation considering that we are two days walk away from the nearest town that has a motorable road and electricity. It even has a light bulb that glows for two hours every evening. This tent is used by the Border Police, they let us use it as it was not being used that night.

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Nanda Devi East Base Camp Trek: Days 1,2,3 The village of Bogudiyar. Two or three houses and one police check post.

The village of Bogudiyar. Two or three houses and one police check post.

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Nanda Devi East Base Camp Trek: Days 1,2,3 Another shepherd. When you meet a train of goat or sheep, the rule is that you give them way. Should any goat or sheep get scared, it would jump off the cliff and many others would follow it.

Another shepherd. When you meet a train of goat or sheep, the rule is that you give them way. Should any goat or sheep get scared, it would jump off the cliff and many others would follow it.

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Nanda Devi East Base Camp Trek: Days 1,2,3 Another shepherd who was happy to pose for a photograph. He carried a very tiny lamb which was too weak to walk in his backpack.

Another shepherd who was happy to pose for a photograph. He carried a very tiny lamb which was too weak to walk in his backpack.

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Nanda Devi East Base Camp Trek: Days 1,2,3 The cliff wall of Nahar Devi. A lovely place. Camp here if you can.

The cliff wall of Nahar Devi. A lovely place. Camp here if you can.

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Nanda Devi East Base Camp Trek: Days 1,2,3 The shrine of Nahar Devi

The shrine of Nahar Devi

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Nanda Devi East Base Camp Trek: Days 1,2,3 Heading towards Mapang. The path climbs very high at Mapang. We struggled to cross Mapang.

Heading towards Mapang. The path climbs very high at Mapang. We struggled to cross Mapang.

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Nanda Devi East Base Camp Trek: Days 1,2,3

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Nanda Devi East Base Camp Trek: Days 1,2,3

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Nanda Devi East Base Camp Trek: Days 1,2,3

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Nanda Devi East Base Camp Trek: Days 1,2,3 The Milam valley comes into view.

The Milam valley comes into view.

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Nanda Devi East Base Camp Trek: Days 1,2,3 An Indian Air Force Helicopter patrols the sky

An Indian Air Force Helicopter patrols the sky

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Nanda Devi East Base Camp Trek: Days 1,2,3

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Nanda Devi East Base Camp Trek: Days 1,2,3 The other side of Mapang. Fantastic views and breezy valleys guaranteed from here. We are entering the Laspa region

The other side of Mapang. Fantastic views and breezy valleys guaranteed from here. We are entering the Laspa region

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Nanda Devi East Base Camp Trek: Days 1,2,3 Laspa Tea shop

Laspa Tea shop

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Nanda Devi East Base Camp Trek: Days 1,2,3

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Nanda Devi East Base Camp Trek: Days 1,2,3 Up ahead behind the hill on the right is Rilkot

Up ahead behind the hill on the right is Rilkot

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Nanda Devi East Base Camp Trek: Days 1,2,3

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Nanda Devi East Base Camp Trek: Days 1,2,3 The stream from Laspa Glacier

The stream from Laspa Glacier

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Nanda Devi East Base Camp Trek: Days 1,2,3

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Nanda Devi East Base Camp Trek: Days 1,2,3 The beautiful mountains of Laspa glacier. Trek up this region to get to Laspa Glacier

The beautiful mountains of Laspa glacier. Trek up this region to get to Laspa Glacier

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Nanda Devi East Base Camp Trek: Days 1,2,3

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Nanda Devi East Base Camp Trek: Days 1,2,3

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Nanda Devi East Base Camp Trek: Days 1,2,3

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Nanda Devi East Base Camp Trek: Days 1,2,3

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Nanda Devi East Base Camp Trek: Days 1,2,3

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Nanda Devi East Base Camp Trek: Days 1,2,3

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Nanda Devi East Base Camp Trek: Days 1,2,3

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Nanda Devi East Base Camp Trek: Days 1,2,3

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Nanda Devi East Base Camp Trek: Days 1,2,3

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Nanda Devi East Base Camp Trek: Days 1,2,3

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Nanda Devi East Base Camp Trek: Days 1,2,3 The man made structure on the hill at the far end where the river disappears is Rilkot

The man made structure on the hill at the far end where the river disappears is Rilkot

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Nanda Devi East Base Camp Trek: Days 1,2,3

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Nanda Devi East Base Camp Trek: Days 1,2,3

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Nanda Devi East Base Camp Trek: Days 1,2,3 Lakshman chats up with a villager

Lakshman chats up with a villager

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Nanda Devi East Base Camp Trek: Days 1,2,3

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Nanda Devi East Base Camp Trek: Days 1,2,3 The ITBP tents at Rilkot. The one on the left leaks a whole lot less than the one on the right.

The ITBP tents at Rilkot. The one on the left leaks a whole lot less than the one on the right.

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