Mount Nanda Ghunti’s expedition has attracted enthusiasts looking for arduous mountaineering. Situated in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. Nanda Ghunti is a 6,309-metre-high (20,699 ft) mountain in Gharwal, India. It lies on the outer rim of the Nanda Devi Sanctuary. The mountain was first surveyed by T. G. Longstaff in 1907. Eric Shipton surveyed it from the west in 1931. The first attempt to reach the summit was made by B. R. Goodfellow and J. Buzzard (UK) in 1944. Finally, a Swiss team under Andre Roch made the first ascent in 1947 via the east ridge. The first successful Indian ascent was made in 1960. Subsequent successful expeditions were conducted in 1977 and 1980. n the outer rim of the Nanda Devi Sanctuary.
Duration: 16 Days
Best Time: May -June, Sept-Oct
Accommodation Type: Camps/ Home Stay
Meals: Veg + Egg
Max. Altitude: 20,699 ft
Trekking distance: 115 km approx.
Nanda Ghunti is a difficult to strenuous trek. It takes three to six months of thoughtful planning to sign up for this expedition. Only suitable for seasoned trekkers. Read more: Fitness preparation for Himalayan trek.
The nearest best railway station is Dehradun. You can board DDN-NZM AC Express (2205), Nanda Devi Express or Dehradun Express from Delhi. People usually prefer trains over flights because it is more economical. Take a bus or cab to reach Rishikesh. From there, our team from Nomad Adventures will meet for the pick-up around 6:30 am.
There are regular buses from Delhi to Haridwar/ Rishikesh, Delhi (ISBT Kashmiri Gate). You can easily rely on government buses as they are also safe.
The nearest airport is Jolly Grant Airport – Dehradun. You can take a bus or local cab to reach Dehradun/Rishikesh. It just takes 30-40 min to reach Rishikesh from Dehradun Airport.
The key to staying comfortable while on an active trip is layering. To get maximum comfort with minimum weight, you need versatile layers that mix and match to create the right amount of insulation, ventilation, and weather protection. This gear list has been created to help you choose the proper equipment. Try to bring only what is necessary; this will help you and the field staff.
Today all the expedition team members will meet in the morning from 6:30-7:00 am and will drive to Sutol Village. Reach Sutol by evening. Overnight in a homestay.
Today we have an introduction and briefing session and will also prepare for the expedition in terms of equipment and permits. Overnight in homestay.
Today we start our trek to Lata Khopri leaving behind Sutol. The trek to Lata Khopri is 8km and will take about 5-6 hours through the forest. Lunch and Dinner at the campsite.
Today's trek will be 8km from Lata Khopri to Homkund. The Base Camp will be set up at Homkund, which is one of the major stops of the Nanda Devi Raj Jat Yatra, an important pilgrimage for the Uttarakhand people which takes place once every 12 years.
Today will be our rest and accimatization day!
Today we will do a load ferry from base camp to ABC (Advance base camp) and return to Base camp. Lunch and Dinner at Base Cam
Today we will move to Advance Base Camp from Base Camp.
Today we will load the ferry from ABC to camp 1 and return back to ABC where we retire for the night.
Today we will move to Advance Base Camp from Camp 1.
Today we will load the ferry from Camp 1 to Summit Camp and return to Camp 1.
Today we will move toward Summit Camp I and set up Summit Camp. We will also fix ropes wherever needed and prepare for the next day's summit push. It will be very windy at Summit Camp not only because of its location on a ridge but also because of the proximity of Nanda Devi peak, which creates its own local weather systems owing to its altitude nearing the 8000 m mark. This is the reason for the high winds that will be encountered almost continuously throughout the climb, and which of course will be felt in greater force on the Summit Camp. Overnight in tents.
Today we will push for the summit between 2-3 am. The gradient of slope at some sections is about 65 degrees with crevasses. Ropes will be fixed wherever needed to aid all the climbers. Upon reaching the summit you will be able to witness the splendid view of the surrounding peaks like Trishul, Bertoli, Chaukhamba, Kamet, Nanda Devi and plenty more. Cherish the moment and descend down to camp 1. Overnight in tents.
Today we will decend down to the base camp where we will rest for the night. Overnight in tents.
Today we will descend down to the Sutol Village where we will rest for the night. Overnight in Homestay.
Drive from Sutol to Rishikesh
Extra day for summit climb if the weather does not allow you to summit the day before.