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Trek to Nanda Devi East base camp and Milam Glacier

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DAY 00    
Unlike most of our treks  which are based in the Garhwal region of Utarakhand, this one takes you to the  lofty mountains of the Kumayun district.  The easiest way to get till the base of these  mountains is by taking an overnight train from Old Delhi Railway station to  Kathgodam.

DAY 01
It’s with the early  morning mist that you arrive at Kathgodam, our vehicles will be waiting for you  here to take you through a picturesque drive (covering Almora, Bageshwar,  Chowkri and Tejam) to Munsiyari. You shirk off the journey here by getting a  sound sleep either at a tent or a rest house.

DAY 02
Most  part of the day is spent today in getting some paper work ready to get  necessary permits from the local administration. The evenings however are free  for you to see around the very beautiful village.

DAY 03
From Munsyari, a 10 km  drive will take you to Selapani from where we begin our trail up the hill. This  easy 7km walk will take only 2 ½ hours and you will find yourself in Lilam in  good time to halt at the tiny rest house for the night.

DAY 04
From Lilam the trail  enters a spectacular 25 km long gorge. Etched into the cliff face above the  Gori Ganga, the hillsides above are covered in dense bamboo thickets and mixed rain  forest. After the junction of the Ralam and Gori Ganga rivers the trek climbs  to a tea shop at Radgari, and then goes to a small rest house at Bugdiar (2700  m). Here, there is a memorial which laments the loss of life of villagers and  army personals in the avalanche of 1989- Today only a few houses remain on the  edge of a waste land-Perhaps a very horrid reminder of what nature’s fury can  do to civilizations.
 Overnight stay in tents/ rest house.

DAY 05
The valley opens up after  climbing quite steeply to a huge over hanging cliff, which shelters a local  deity. The route enters progressively drier terrain, but there are two waterfalls  of about 100 m, one of them opposite a tea shop at Mapang, where you can rest  your weary limbs and take in the limited available refreshments.  Further trek uphill brings you to Railkot  (3200 m).

DAY 06
The land is now almost arid  and the villages in passing are nearly deserted till you get till the Burphu  village which is backed by the Burphu peak ( 6300 m ). The eastern side of  Nanda Devi east comes in to view here while you reach up to Ghanghar village  (3300 m) where only three of the farmers of 60 families remain and the  carefully walled fields below are also deserted. In spite of the eeriness of  this town it is interesting to note the beautifully carved wooden doors and  windows.

DAY 07
A steep narrow trek leads  into the Pachhu valley, dominated by the north face of Nanda Devi East 35,00m  above the Pachhu glacier. Dwarf rhododendron and birch, with anemones and the Primulas  below, line the first section of the trek before it emerges into alpine meadows  below the debris of the glacier itself. Tom Longstaff came through this valley  in his unsuccessful attempt to climb Nanda Devi East in 1905 before trying the  parallel valley to south of Pachhu via what is now known as Longstaff’s Col.  There is a camp site (39, 00 m) 3 km from the base of Nanda Devi with both the  Col and the summit clearly visible; Provided the weather is clear.

DAY 08
Returning via Ghanghar at  Burphu, the trek crosses the Gori Ganga on a wooden bridge then climbs to the  former staging post of Milam village(3,300 m). Now, this village where we will  stop for an overnight camp was the home of a number of renowned Pundit  explorers and is also the last major settlement before Tibet. However, in spite  of the vicinity to Tibet most villagers here trace their ancestors to the  Rajput clans of the desert state of Rjasthan.

DAY 09
This excursion (3km: 1  hour) is possible from the Milam village to the Milam Glacier (4,100 m). The  path can be slippery due to clear ice uncovered by debris from earlier treks  and one needs to be careful while crossing the left bank of this glacier. 
The trail passes through  meadows dotted with sage, Junioer, miniature gorse and briar roses high above  the terminal moraine. At the head of the glacier the peaks include Rishi Pahar  (6992m), Hardeol (7151m) and Trishul (7075 m) while the peaks around the north  rim include Kholl (6114m) , Nanda Gond(6315m), Nital Thaur( 6263m) and Nanda Pal  (6306m).It is fascinating, just sitting here and noticing how three distinct  tributary glaciers join together to form this main Milam glacier. After taking  a fill of the glaciers we return to the camp at the village. Warning: one needs  to be more careful of the slippery ice while climbing down.

DAY 10
We  now start back tracking on our earlier steps, starting with getting back to  Railkot from Milam.

DAY 11
This day is another repeat  of our earlier days- Day 5 to be specific and we return back to Bugdigar today  making our way once more through the deserted village of barely 3 farmer  families.

DAY 12
This day is a repeat of day  4 and we pass once more through the bamboo thickets and dense rain forests,  which we did while climbing up to Bugdigar.

DAY 13
We  return back to civilization to Munsiyari. Checking preferably into a guest  house hotel or maybe another camp for reminisce sake as we make the end of a  wonderful and exciting trek.

DAY 14
The atmosphere while we  drive back to Almora from Munsiyari is saddened by the thought of leaving  behind an enchanting landscape behind. The early thing to cheer you up are the  rare pink-purplish flowers blossoming on the Cherry Blossom trees around  Almora. We take a break from our long journey by stopping for the night at a hotel at Almora.

DAY 15
The drive to Rishikesh takes  about 10 hours. Trip finishes at arrival at Rishikesh.

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Date From 3rd Oct, 14 to 31st Oct, 26
Where Kumaon (Uttarakhand)
Duration 15 days
Difficulty Moderate
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