Nandadevi National Park
     
Nanda Devi National Park
(World Heritage Site)
Nanda Devi National Park is situated in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. The spectacular panoramas of peaks encircling the National Park are Trishul (7120 m) Dunagiri (7066 m) Nanda Devi (7817 m) Nanda Devi East (7430 m) Bethartoli (6352 m) etc.. The beautiful surroundings with abundant flora and fauna like Brahma-Kamal and Bharal (blue mountain goat) make this a sanctuary of nature.

In 1982 access to trekkers into the Nanda Devi National Park was banned to protect its biodiversity. The Nanda Devi National Park, which has been declared a world heritage site, has been partially opened recently for restricted number of tourist.

Sir Edmund Hillary, in his autobiography, has described that the “Nanda Devi Sanctuary is God-gifted wilderness-India’s-training ground for adventure”……




















Approach
From Rishikesh to Joshimath is a 253 km drive followed by a further drive of 25 km to the road head at Lata village where the trek begins.

Visiting Season
The park will remain open for a period of six months from 1st May and close on 31st October.

Visitor’s number and movement
The visitors will move in groups. Each group will consist of maximum of five visitors. Not more than two groups are permitted in one day and not more than four groups will be permitted in one week. One registered guide will accompany every five visitors. Visitors only above 14 years will be allowed to go inside the park. It will be mandatory for all the tourists to obey and observe all the provisions of wildlife protection act inside the park area.

Medical fitness
However, since the terrain is hilly and arduous, a visitor should get himself medically checked and should take all precautionary measures on his own. There is no provision of any rescue and succor at present and Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam management will not be responsible for any mishap.

Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam
Dr. T. Longstaff, renowned mountaineer, naturalist and trekker, has described Garhwal as "the most beautiful land in the mountain of the Asian sub-continent". Garhwal with its beautiful mountain ranges and dense forests has immense opportunities for adventure. TREEKING options in GARHWAL are unlimited. They are not bound by any season. Hard, medium or soft treks can be tried any time of the year. GARHWAL MANDAL VIKAS NIGAM is engaged in the promotion of Tours/Treks in Garhwal Himalayas and has a full fledged mountaineering and trekking division based at Muni-ki-reti, Rishikesh. High Class trekking equipments/gear are offered on hire at very nominal tariff.

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Itinerary for Nanda Devi National Park (NDNP) Tour/Trek
Day From -To Drive/Trek (km) Description
1 Rishikesh (340 m) Joshimath (1890m) 253 km drive
After breakfast, drive to Joshimath 253 km. Lunch on route, overnight TRH Joshimath
2 Joshimath  
Day for obtaining final permission to venture into NDNP from forest authorities, Joshimath. Overnight Joshimath
3 Joshimath Lata Road Head (2000 m) Lata village (2317 m) 25 km drive to Lata village road head and 1.5 km trek to Lata village
This is the last human habitation on our trekking route. Trekking would be given on exposure with the unique culture and customs of the region. Visit Lata village and the famous Nanda Devi temple. Overnight in village.
4 Lata village Lata Kharak (3689 m) 8.5 km trek
The first day of the trek is probably the toughest and involves a steep ascent of almost 1524 m with a break at Belta. Today's trek can be anything from 6 to 10 hours depending upon the individual trekkers. However it is an excellent beginning from the point of view of acclimatization. The camp/hut at Lata Kharak is situated on the height of 3689m and high plateau surrounded by towering rocky Pinnacles. Overnight in Hut/tent.
5 Lata Kharak Jhandi Dhar Bagfyana Satkul Dharansi Pass (4250 m) 10 km trek
Wake up at down to breath taking view of Mount Bithartoli-Himal (6354 m), Nanda Ghunti (6309 m), Ranthi Peak (6003 m) Dronagiri (7066 m) and the vast view of Kunwari pass, Auli, Urgam Valley and Lata Village. After breakfast trek begins with a steep climb up to Jhandi Dhar and further up to Bagfyana pass. From Bagfyana the trail posses through a very narrow gorge of Satkula with steep ascents and descents and finally one arrive at the meadows of Dharansi pass where we stop for the overnight near the water point. Overnight in tents.
6 Dharansi Pass Debrugheta (3500 m) and back to Dharansi Pass 14 km trek
Like the inner sanctuary, the prominent Malthuni-Bethartoli ridge, between Dharansi Pass and Debrugheta, also divides the outer sanctuary. Both these ridges from magnificent Pass to Rani Kholi and up to Donidhar is a gradual descent and then from Donidhar to Debrugheta is a steep descent of 750 m till one cross the improvised bridge over the stream. Afternoon return trek to Dharansi Pass. Overnight in tent.
7 Dharansi Pass (4250 m), Satkula, Bagfyana, Jhandi Dhar, Hitoli Campsite 12 km trek
Return trek up to Jhandi Dhar of about 7.5 km and further steep descent of 4,5 km, through the rich forest of rhododendron (burans), birch and raga fur. Overnight in tents at Hitoli campsite.
8 Hitoli Campsite, Tolma village, Surai Thotha (2161 m) road head, Joshimath 8 km trek and 30 km drive
Ater breakfast 5 km trek down to Tolma village through the rich forest ot Thuner, Kail, Ddevdar and Surai. Then further trek down 3 km to road head Surai Thotha. Drive to Joshimath 30 km. Overnight in TRH Joshimath.
9 Joshimath Rishikesh 253 km drive
After breakfast to Rishikesh 253 km. Lunch enroute. On arrival Rishikesh tour / trek concludes.
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Note:- Itinerary will be strictly adhered to as per guidelines laid down by Nanda Devi National Park authorities.
Tariff For Continental Trek/Tour For Nanda Devi National Park (NDNP) As Per The Itinerary
Indians Foreigners
1 to 5 pax @ 2,500/- per day per / pax @ 2,600/- per day per / pax
(Minimum 3 pax required)
3.2% central excise tax will be charged on above-mentioned tariff.
 
Services
Transportation by Deluxe coach / cab, accommodation in Tourist Rest House/Tent, Vegetarian meals, 10 kg portage of personal belongings, park entry and eco fee, trekking equipments (tent, sleeping bag and mattress), first aid, Rs. One lack personal insurance high-risk policy and services of trained escorts with experienced camp followers.
 
Information
Confirmation of the trek is subject to requisite permission from Nanda Devi National Park authorities.
Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam will undertake to refund the advance deposit in case of failure to obtain requisite permission from Nanda Devi National Park authorities.
Since this is a restricted area therefore intimation for a trek to the Nanda Devi National Park will have to be given to Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam offices well in advance.
Trekkers may take a look at the local handicrafts, handloom products at the villages.

The money shall be refunded to the trekkers on seeking cancellation as follows:
30 days before         90% refund of total amount.
20 days before         60%refund of total amount.
10 days before         50%refund of total amount
5 days before           No refund
Environmental guidelines for visitors
  • Respect the frailty of the earth, let Himalayas remain pristine for all times to come.
  • Leave only footprints, take only memories.
  • Patronize tour operators who think "green".
  • Always use designated trails.
  • Forest conservation
  • Trees are meant to grow, use alternate fuel such as cooking gas, kerosene oil.
  • Be careful with matches. Grass fire causes serious damage.
  • Encourage your guides and porters to follow conservation measures.
  • Wild life protection
  • Do not disturb wildlife, plants or their natural habitats. Allow the flora and fauna to flourish in its natural environments; taking away of cutting, seeds and roots is illegal in the Himalayas.
  • Waste management
  • Bury biodegradable waste and carry back all non-biodegradable.
  • Bury human waste and toilet paper away from water sources.
  • Avoid using pollutants such as detergents, in streams or springs.
  • Batteries should not be thrown away, carry back for proper disposal.
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