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Nanda Ghunti Expedition

Nanda Ghunti, Chamoli, Uttarakhand
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16 Days

Tour Type

Specific Tour

Group Size

30 people



About Nanda Ghunti

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.

Region: Uttarakhand

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.

Departure: Haridwar/Rishikesh

Nanda Ghunti Expedition Difficulty Level

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 moreFitness preparation for Himalayan trek.

How To Reach Sutol Village

By Train

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.

By Bus

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.

By Flight

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.

Things to Carry on the trek?

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.


  • Thermals – Tops and Bottoms
  • Day Pack (20 L-30 L) and Rucksack 50 L – 60 L
  • Bag Rain Cover
  • Fleece pants
  • Woollen gloves and Woollen cap
  • Fleece/ Woollen Jacket or Sweater
  • Headlamp with Fresh Batteries
  • Hiking Pants (Warm, Convertible, Quick-Dry, Lightweight)
  • Woollen Socks (4-5 pairs)
  • Trekking poles (1 Pair)
  • Insulated Jacket
  • Long Sleeve Shirts (Synthetic, Lightweight)
  • Rain-Coat/ Poncho
  • Sport Sunglasses and Sun cap
  • Hiking shoes
  • Sun Block and Lip Balm
  • Water Bottles


  • The summit gives you unimaginably gorgeous views of Mt. Trishul, Chaukhamba massif, Kamet, Nanda Devi, Dronagiri and many more.
  • Travellers get a clear view of Nanda Ghunti and Trishul en route to Roopkund in the Himalayas.

Day 1 Rishikesh to Sutol Via Ghat /Karnaprayag : 240 km : 8 Hours

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.

Day 2 Rest Day & briefing

Today we have an introduction and briefing session and will also prepare for the expedition in terms of equipment and permits. Overnight in homestay.

Day 3 Sutol to Lata Khopri (9679 ft.)

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.

Day 4 Lata Khopri to Base Camp/Homkund (13,450 ft.)

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.

Day 5 Acclimatization Day at Base Camp

Today will be our rest and accimatization day!

Day 6 Base Camp to ABC (15,092 ft.)) and back to Base Camp

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

Day 7 Base camp to ABC (15,092 ft.)

Today we will move to Advance Base Camp from Base Camp.

Day 8 ABC to Camp 1 (18,373 FT) and back to ABC

Today we will load the ferry from ABC to camp 1 and return back to ABC where we retire for the night.

Day 9 ABC to Camp 1 (18,373 ft.)

Today we will move to Advance Base Camp from Camp 1.

Day 10 Camp 1 to Summit Camp (19,357 ft.) and back to Camp 1

Today we will load the ferry from Camp 1 to Summit Camp and return to Camp 1.

Day 11 Camp 1 to Summit Camp (19,357 ft.)

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.

Day 12 Summit Camp to Summit (20,699 ft.) and back to Camp 1

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.

Day 13 Camp 1 to Base Camp/Homkund

Today we will decend down to the base camp where we will rest for the night. Overnight in tents.

Day 14 Base Camp to Sutol

Today we will descend down to the Sutol Village where we will rest for the night. Overnight in Homestay.

Day 15 Sutol to Rishikesh - 240 km drive.

Drive from Sutol to Rishikesh

Day 16 Reserve Day

Extra day for summit climb if the weather does not allow you to summit the day before.

  • Food as per menu on the trek.
  • Tents, Sleeping bags, mats.
  • Forest permits and camping fee.
  • Trek guide, cook, and support staff
  • Porters/mules to carry trekking equipment.
  • First aid medical kit, oxygen cylinder and UIAA certified safety equipment.
  • Trek Certificate
  • Experience that you will gain.
  • Any kind of personal expenses on the trek.
  • Transport from Rishikesh to Rishikesh
  • Meal during road journeys.
  • Mules or porter to carry personal luggage.
  • Any kind of travel insurance.
  • Anything not specified in the inclusion list.

Summer (May-Jun)

Tour's Location

Nanda Ghunti, Chamoli, Uttarakhand

Will there be water sources on the way? Will two liters of water be enough?

Our campsites are pitched near water sources. For your day’s trek, two liters of water should be enough. You will find water sources on the trek to refill your water bottles. Your trek leader will brief you about these before starting the day’s trek.

What is the washroom/toilet facilities like on the trek?

During the trek, toilet tents will be set up along each campsite. A toilet tent will have a deep pit, where one can answer nature’s call. There will be a mound of soil and a shovel to cover it up. These are dry toilets, where you’ll have to use toilet paper. This is the most hygienic and convenient way to answer nature’s call in the wild. Please use plain toilet paper and refrain from using wet wipes since these are not biodegradable.

What if it rains while trekking?

If it starts raining while you’re trekking, we will continue on the trail as planned. Your poncho should protect you from the rain. Carry a backpack cover for extra protection from rain for your belongings.

When it gets really cold can I consume alcohol?

Alcohol is dangerous in extreme cold, especially at high altitudes. Contrary to what people believe, alcohol does not make you warmer. Instead, it opens your pores, making your body colder. Moreover, it dehydrates you very quickly. Hence consumption of alcohol is absolutely prohibited on all Nomad Adventures treks. Anyone found with alcohol is quickly removed from the trek. Smoking, similarly, is not allowed on Nomad Adventures treks.

Are trek poles, jackets and other equipment available for rent from Nomad Adventures?

No, but there are shops in Gangotri from where you can rent shoes, jackets and trek poles, headlights etc. It is advisable not to leave anything for the last-minute buying. Please come prepared for this expedition.

Do I need special snow shoes on this trek?

You don’t need special snowshoes. A good waterproof trekking shoe is sufficient for the trek. When there is snow, we provide micro spikes and gaiters.

Why is the trekking pole necessary?

A trekking pole gives you stability and balance and helps reduce fatigue.

Is this trek good for me?

At least you have experienced 2-3 difficult treks in the Himalayas before attempting this expedition or if you are a certified mountaineer from a reputed institute. A medical fitness certificate should be provided at the time of registration.

Is there a mobile network on this trek? And, what about charging points?

You will get an intermittent network till Sutol village. It is good to carry your power banks and extra batteries for your camera.

What is the age limit?

The minimum age limit is 15+ years and the maximum age is 60 years. However, minors should be accompanied by their parents and guardians. One needs to be mentally and physically fit for this trek. Everyone must provide a medical certificate and should be eligible to undertake this activity.

I am solo female trekker. Do I need to share a tent with a male?

No, Female Trekkers share Room/Tent with female co-trekkers and the same applies to others.

Is it safe to trek with Nomad Adventures?

All high-altitude treks come with their share of risks. We pay utmost importance to the safety of trekkers. While we do our bit to ensure a trekker is safe, we also expect any trekker who is enrolling with us to know what could go wrong, and if it does, how to tackle it.

Can I leave my extra luggage behind and collect after the trek?

Since you will be starting and returning to the guest house in Sutol, it is possible for you to leave some luggage behind, if required. However, make sure you do not leave any valuables. Nomad Adventures is not responsible for loss or damage to any belongings.

Is Diamox advisable?

No, but in case you are having so please consult your doctor because there are lots of myths about Diamox.

Is there any chance of offloading the backpack?

If you want to offload your rucksack, you will have to inform us in advance so that the necessary arrangements are made. You will be charged per day for offloading your rucksack. If you decide on the spot then the charges are higher than usual.


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