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Mt. Nanda Devi East Base Camp & Milam Glacier Trek

Mt. Nanda Devi East Base Camp & Milam Glacier Trek

Duration: 14Days/ 13 Nights
Price: $ On Request
Best Season: March - June/ Sep- Nov

Nandadevi East Base Camp trek with Milam glacier is one of the best available treks in the Kumaun Himalayas of Uttrakhand. The starting point of the trek - Munsiayari itself is a very beautiful hamlet in the lap of the Himalayan peaks. Trekking to East Nanda Devi Base Camp is on the bucket list of many trekkers. The second highest peak in Indian Himalaya, Nanda Devi despite being a challenging trek instigates passionate trekkers to take up this arduous journey. Alluring trekkers with the view of majestic Nanda Devi Peak, which happens to be one of the most stunning peaks in the world, the trek to the East Base Camp of Nanda Devi is an unmatched experience. This trek takes you to the base of Nanda Devi east peak and to Milam Glacier which offers great views of Trishuli, Hardeol and Rishi Pahar peaks. it certainly makes it to the best trek of India.


Milam Glacier is a major glacier of the Kumaon Himalaya. Milam Village which is located near the glacier is one of the highest villages in the Himalayan range. Milam Glacier is about 28 km long, biggest glacier of the Kumaon, Uttarakhand. It originates from the slope of Trishul peaks and situated on the south facing slope of the main Himalayan range  


The Milam Glacier Trek that passes through several solitary hamlets, lush green alpine meadows dotted with wild flowering plants, evergreen whispering and raging forest and varied landscape simply grab the imagination of every explorer.  it is in the list of every mountain lovers.


Kumaon Hilmalaya, Uttarakhand

(Munsiyari, Dhapa, Lilam, Bugdiar, Rilkot, Martoli, Ganghar, Milam)


BEST SEASON - March - June/ Sep- Nov

NO OF DAYS/ NIGHTS: 14Days/ 13 Nights            

ACTIVITY: Trekking, Great Landscapes, Cultures, Heritage


* Trek through the deserted villages around Munsiyari and Milam.
* Closest views of Nanda Devi East (4150 mt.)
* MIlam Glacier
* Interaction with local villagers and their lifestyle
* Throughout the trail superb view of the neighboring mountains like Nanda Devi (7,816m), Trishul (7,074m), *Panch Chuli peaks and Nanda Kot (6,861m)
* Possibility to spot some Himalayan species like black bear, leopard, Himalayan Thar, Bharal and snow leopard along with a rich diversity of birdlife.
* Trek follows an ancient Tibet Trade Routes through the Indian Himalayas.


Sketch Itinerary



Arrival at Kathgodam railway station & drive to Munsiyari (300 Kms/ 10 Hrs)



Drive from Munsiyari to Dhapa (Drive 12 Kms./ 45 Min), Trek Dhapa to Lilam (Trek 06 Kms/02 Hrs)

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Trek from Lilam  to Bugdiar (2500 mts/8200 ft)(18 kms/5-6 hrs) , over Nain Singh top ((2475MT)- View of thick forest of Utees, Conifer, Bamboo, waterfalls & Snow Bridges.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Trek from Bugdiar to Rilkot along the Gori Ganga through series of narrow gorges- true view of the Trans Himalayan region (3385 Mts/ 12 Kms/ 7 Hrs)

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Continue trek from Rilkot along the Gori Ganga River to Martoli Village & in the evening back to Rilkot.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Rilkot – Ganghar (3319 m) (13 Kms Trek)

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day Trek Ganghar to the base camp (3900m) of Nanda Devi east (7430M -7 KMS/3 HRS)

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Ganghar to Milam Village

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Trek to Milam glacier view point

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Return Trek from Milam village to Railkot (14Kms/4 Hrs)

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Trek down from Railkot to Bugdiyar (12Kms/05 Hrs)

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Return trek from Bugdiar – Lilam (12Kms/05 Hrs )

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Lilam to Dhapa Trek (06 Kms / 02 hrs)  & Dhapa to Munsiyari (Drive 12 Kms / 45 Min)

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


After breakfast, drive from Munsiyari to Kathgodam (300 Kms/ 10 Hrs) & drop at Kathgodam railways station




Day 01 Arrival at Kathgodam Railway Station & Drive to Munsiyari (300kms/ 10 Hrs)

Upon arrival at Kathgodam drive to Muniyari via Almora. On Arrival Check into the Hotel. Overnight stay at hotel

Meals : Dinner Only

Day 02 Drive Munsiyari to Dhapa (Drive 12 Kms./ 45 Min.) Trek Dhapa to Lilam (1850 Mt.)  Trek 06 Kms/02 Hrs

After Breakfast, drive to Dhapa we will start our day 01 to Lilam trek is descent to the Gori Ganga and continues descending until to the River at Jimighat. From here 03 hrs upward walk to Lilam (height 1850 mt. & 6068 feet). On arrival setup the camp. Overnight at Camp 

Meals : Breakfast,Lunch & Dinner

Day 03: Lilam - Bugdiar (2500 Mts/8200 Ft)(18 Kms/5-6 Hrs) Over Nain Singh Top(2475mt.)

In the morning we will trek up to Bugdiar. The climb takes us steeply to Nain Singh top and crosses down to the thick forest of Utees, Conifer, Bamboo, waterfalls & Snow Bridges, Waterfalls.  After upward trek we will reach Bugdiar. Here we can see herdsman with their flocks of sheep and goats are a frequent scene at the meadows of Bugdiar. On arrival set up campsite. Dinner and overnight stay in tents

Meals : Breakfast,Lunch & Dinner

Day 04: Bugdiar- Rilkot (3385 Mts/ 12 Kms/7 Hrs)

We go on with trekking along the Gori Ganga through series of narrow gorges. This beautiful trail passes through gorges and meadows leading to Railkot. Trek takes you all the way through the true view of the Trans Himalayan region. Experience the natural splendor of this landscape as the path takes a de tour in the region of Laspa Village. The Nanda Devi and the Nanda Kot ranges. Arrive at Rilkot Village located beyond the Alaknanda River and get into the tents.  Overnight in Tents.

Meals : Breakfast,Lunch & Dinner

Day 05: Rilkot – Martoli

We continue trekking along the Gori Ganga River. The valley opens up and the trail takes us up to the old trading center of Martoli village which is almost a ghost town now.


Martoli has a total population of 40 peoples. There are about 23 houses in Martoli village. In a lost valley near the Mt. Nanda Devi, Martoli is a small village. In autumn and winter, nobody lives here because of the snow (the village is at about 3384 meters above sea level). Milam is on a route over high mountain passes (Unta Dhura, Jandi Dhura and Kingribingri Dhura) to Gyanima mandi in Tibet. The border is closed since the Sino-Indian War of 1962, and Milam is now a ghost village with very few inhabitants. Before the war, it used to be a trade center bustling with 500 families. Tibetan merchants visited this place and traded in Borax, precious stones, Pashmina and salt. The inhabitants of Milam too travelled along with pack mules to Tibet. They took rice, cotton clothes, jaggery, sugar, etc. to sell in Tibetan markets. The famous pandit-explorers Nain Singh and Kishan Singh who mapped Tibet territory belong to this village. The only Nanda Devi temple is a short walk up the slope towards the beautiful bhoj patra forest, decorated with flags and bells offering a wonderful viewpoint of the Mt Nanda Devi, Goddess of Uttarakhand.        Overnight stay in tents.

Meals : Breakfast,Lunch & Dinner

Day 06: Rilkot – Ghangar (3319 M) 13 Kms Trek

We walk through the sunny meadows is very attractive to the ancient village of Ghangar. Here we are entering into the Pachu valley which leads upto the Nanda devi base camp. Ghangar village is also exciting in terms of the typical Jauhar houses with woodcarvings and an ancient temple. Overnight stay in tents.

Meals : Breakfast,Lunch & Dinner

Day 07: Day Trek Ghanghar to the Base Camp (3900m) of Nanda Devi East (7430m -7 Kms/3 Hrs)

After Breakfast start 4 hours narrow trails climb steadily through small stretches of rhododendron, juniper and birch forest offering the view of main Nanda Devi. As we pass by the peak of Nanda Bhanar (5900) the valley opens up to reveal beautiful, lush alpine meadows. A beautiful campsite lies within a few distance of the foot of Nanda Devi. Overnight at Ghanghar

Meals : Breakfast,Lunch & Dinner

Day 08: Ganghar to Milam Village

After Breakfast, Trek to Milam Village via Ghanghar at Burphu & Gori Ganga River. Climb to the former staging post of Milam village (3,300 m). In village where we will camp overnight camp was the home of a number of renowned Pundit explorers and is also the last major settlement before Tibet. However, in spite of the vicinity to Tibet most villagers here trace their ancestors to the Rajput clans of the desert state of Rajasthan. Overnight in tent.

Meals : Breakfast,Lunch & Dinner 

Day 09: Trek to Milam Glacier View Point

Trek to Milam Galcier. This excursion (3kms: 1 hour) is possible from the Milam village to the Milam Glacier (4,100 m). The path can be slippery due to clear ice uncovered by debris from earlier trekkers and one needs to be careful while crossing the left bank of this glacier. Trek back to Milam Village. Overnight in tent

Meals : Breakfast,Lunch & Dinner

Day 10: Return Trek Milam to Railkot (14kms/4hrs)

Meals : Breakfast,lunch & Dinner

Day 11: Return Trek Railkot to Bugdiyar (12kms/5hrs)

Meals : Breakfast,lunch & Dinner

Day 12: Return Trek Bugdiar - Lilam (12 Kms/5 Hrs)

Meals : Breakfast,lunch & Dinner

Day 13: Lilam to Dhapa (Trek 06 Kms / 02 Hrs) Dhapa to Munsiyari (Drive 12 Kms / 45 Min)

Meals : Breakfast,lunch & Dinner

Day 14: After Breakfast, Drive From Munsiyari to Kathgodam (300kms/ 10hrs)& Drop at Kathgodam Railways Station

Meals : Breakfast Only

End of your journey

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Prices Inclusions



On Request



* Accommodation on twin/ double sharing basis in unique experiential lodges/ hotels

* All meals as specified in the itinerary

* All transfers and transportation

* Trekking on full board basis

* 10 Kgs baggage allowance while on the trek

* Services of accompanying trip leader while on the trek (qualified mountaineering instructor)

* Services of expert local guides

* Trekking fees

* Camping fees

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