Kumaon Himalaya

Straddling the regions of Garhwal and Kumaon, close to the Tibetan border, Nanda Devi (7816 m), is the geographical and spiritual high point of India. Surrounding the peak is an incredible expanse of mighty 6000 and 7000 metre peaks. Nanda Devi's inner sanctuary is currently off limits to climbers and trekkers. However at one time it was the coveted destination of several early 20th century expeditions all of which failed to reach the sancturay until Eric Shipton and Bill Tilman reached it via the Rishi Ganga gorge in 1932. Tilman eventually climbed the main peak for the first time in 1936.

Ever since the closure of the Nanda Devi sanctuary by the Indian Government, the access to Nand Devi East is possible from the beautiful Johar valley whose gateway is the small Himalayan town of Munsiyari. With its operational base at the Wayfarer Himalaya Lodge in Munsiyari, the Wayfarer Group offers you a variety of high altitude treks in the Nanda Devi region.

Explore Kumaon Himalaya Trekking

To reach the point of departure, you will begin your journey by boarding a train from Delhi to Kathgodam. From Kathgodam you will be driven to Ranikhet and spend the night at Snow View Hotel. Next morning, weather permitting, you will get your first breathtaking view of the Himalaya right out of your window! Yes form here you will have a wide angle view of some of the best peaks of the Indian Himalaya. After breakfast you will hit the road again and drive to Munsiyari (240 kms) where you will spend the night in one of our aesthetically designed cottages. The next day you will commence your trek. Every trek in the Nanda Devi region is an excellent experience and this area is still relatively undiscovered, which means that you will encounter very few other trekkers.