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Trek the western ranges of Nanda Devi with Martin Moran

15th Sept-6th Oct

Sunrise over 7816m Nanda Devi from Chaukori

Join Martin Moran for magnificent trekking and exploration around the west side of the Nanda Devi Sanctuary, most beautiful and famous part of the Indian Himalaya, including the first three days of the famous sanctuary trek. Only a few trekkers are allowed to do this trek into the Nanda Devi World Biosphere Reserve each year. It is an exciting privilege to enter this precious wilderness area.

“I invite trekkers and mountaineers to join me in a small exclusive group to explore the valleys and passes down the western side of the Nanda Devi range. Our group will be 4 in maximum number and we plan to move light and fast with help of a cook and 3-4 porters. We will explore the Bagini Glacier to the base of Changabang and Kalanka north faces, then cross two 4500m passes under the west wall of 7075m Dunagiri to link to the start of the Nanda Devi Sanctuary trek at Tolma village. With permits we will be allowed to follow the Sanctuary trek as far as Dibrugheta camp in the midst of the forests of the Rishi Ganga gorge with Nanda Devi main peak just  five miles distant. Members can leave the trip once we return to the Joshimath valley to complete a 15-day itinerary; or you can join me for an adventurous finale climbing the wild Ronti valley and crossing the 5300m Ronti Saddle, first crossed by Eric Shipton in 1936 and rarely since, on glacial terrain to reach Hom Kund base camp under Trisul West Face. Here, I will be joining our Trisul expedition to support the last two weeks of their attempt on the West Face whilst the trek team will trek out down the Nandakini valley with our Indian staff and return to Delhi.


The trip Is recommended to seasoned trekkers, photographers, wildlife enthusiasts and mountaineers who want to journey through the mountains in lightweight style. Glacial terrain and snow slopes are encountered on the Bagini Glacier and Ronti Saddle crossing. So long as you are between 18 and 70 years of age, have proven fitness and are seasoned to rough trekking terrain I welcome you to join me. The trek route can be broken at Joshimath so you can choose an earlier return date 30th Sept - 1st Oct if you are limited for time.

Planned Itinerary:

Fri-Sat 15th – 16th Sept: Fly to Delhi; stay in 4/5* hotel; city sightseeing and packing for journey
Sun 17th Sept: Morning train Delhi – Haridwar; transfer to minibus and drive up Alaknanda valley to Srinagar; stay in hotel.
Mon 18th Sept: Drive Srinagar to Joshimath; purchase supplies and organise porters for trek; collect Forest Office permits for Nanda Devi trek and meet guide; stay overnight at Auli hill-station (2650m)
Tues 19th Sept: Drive up Dhauli Ganga valley to Jumma and trek to Dunagiri village (3615m); overnight in homestay or camp
Wed 20th Sept: Day exploration of Bagini Glacier to view Changabang and Kalanka peaks; return to Dunagiri vilage
Thurs 21st Sept: Trek Dunagiri over Nandikund Khal (4514m); camp at Gannakhui Glacier snout (3837m) under Dunagiri peak north face
Fri 22nd Sept: Trek over Tarak Khal (4596m) and descend to Tolma village (2350m); meet official guide for Nanda Devi Sanctuary section of the trek
Sat 23rd Sept: Ascend to Jhandidhar on Outer Sanctuary curtain (4300m); camp
Sun 24th Sept: Traverse to Dharansi pass (4300m); camp Mon 25th Sept: Descend to Dibrugheta (3499m) - the current limit for access into the Sanctuary; beautiful clearing in forest under Inner curtain of Sanctuary; exploration of surrounding ridges and forests
Tues 26th Sept: Trek out to Lata kharak; camp; second chance to enjoy views of Nanda Devi peak and Sanctuary
Wed 27th Sept: Descend to Lata village; resupply for final stage of journey; stay at Reni village (members have the option to finish the trek here and travel back to Delhi for flights on Sat 30th Sept
Thurs-Fri 28th – 29th Sept: Ascend to Chamba Kharak in Ronti valley underneath Trisul W face
Fri – Sat 30th Sept-1st Oct: Ascend Ronti glacier and cross the Ronti saddle to Hom Kund base camp (meet up with Trisul expedition)
Sun 2nd Oct: Trek down Nandakini valley to Lata Kopri campground
Mon 3rd Oct: Trek out via Sutol and Sitel villages to Nandakini roadhead; stay in resthouse
Tues 4th Oct: Drive to Haridwar; stay in hotel
Wed 5th Oct: return to Delhi; stay in hotel
Thurs 6th Oct: Daytime return international flights

Trip Grade: A/B; Maximum number of members: 4 with guide Martin Moran

Price: 16 day itinerary 15th-30th Sept £2,900; 21 day itinerary 15th Sept-6th Oct: £3,400

Deposit: £600 booking deposit required. Balance payments: Balance due on 15th July 2017

Discounts: 2½% to past-Scottish/Alpine clients; 5% to past Himalayan-clients, 5% to group of 3 or more; deduct £550 for land-only price (Delhi to Delhi)

Price includes return flights UK to Delhi; 4/5* hotel accommodation in Delhi; all transport and accommodation from Delhi to Delhi; all meals and camp food on trek; personal leading/guiding from Martin Moran; services of cook and porters on trek; provision of tents and mess equipment; permit fees for Nanda Devi Sanctuary trek; full support agency services in India; 15% discount on equipment purchases from Cotswold Outdoor. Not included: Personal Insurance, Visas, Tips, Drinks, Lunches and Dinners in Delhi and on the road.

Changabang and Kalanka peaks viewed across the Sanctuary

Valley trekking in the Milam valley on the east side of the Nanda Devi range

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