16 Days

Milam Glacier Trek

The twin peaks of 7818m Nanda Devi, the bliss-giving goddess, form India's second highest mountain, situated in a remote region bordering Nepal and Tibet. The alpine glaciers, high valleys and flower-strewn meadows on the eastern approach to this magnificent mountain are an enticing world apart and ideal for trekking.
Our trek starts at the quiet hill town of Munsiyari, where we descend to the lush Milam Valley, whose semi-tropical rainforests are alive with huge butterflies, exotic birds and large lizards. Once an important trade route, the broad trail was built by the British and is still used by local people to travel from village to village. Following the gorge of the Gori Ganga, we weave high above its foaming waters, climbing steadily among rhododendron forests, which support a botanist's paradise of ferns, orchids, peonies and hydrangea.
The Hindu shrine of Naha Devi heralds new vistas as the valley opens up to reveal the snow-capped peaks that tower above it. In the rain shadow of these mountains, the vegetation of the upper valley is sparser and the villages are only inhabited in the summer months. We now leave the main trail to explore some of the side valleys, whose lure is irresistible. The beautiful Lawan Valley is the usual approach to the base camp for 7340 m high Nanda Devi East while the Pachu Valley leads to the glacier of the same name, which lies 4000m below the summit of the mountain. We make camp in this spectacular setting and with luck enjoy magical views of Nanda Devi and Nanda Devi East bathed in the warm glow of sunrise, before exploring along the edge of the glacier.
Back in the main valley, we continue to Milam village, from where we explore the upper valley and its glacier, set to a splendid backdrop of the 7000 m peaks of Hardeol and Trisuli

  • Area: Uttarakhand Chamoli Garhwal India
  • Trip Duration: 16 Days
  • Trekking Grade: Moderate+
  • Max. Altitude: 7181 mts.
Documents Required: To Obtain The Permit For Trekking, You Have To Supply Us As Soon As Possible:
- Copy Of Passport
- Copy Of Visa

Detailed Itinerary:

1st Day

Day 01: Haridwar – Gwaldam/Chakori ( Drive)

Arrive Haridwar by Train and Drive to Gwaldam (200kms; 8/9hrs) through the valleys and terrace fields of Garhwal. Check in GMVN/KMVN guest house.

2nd Day

Day 02: Gwaldam – Munsiyari (Drive)

After Breakfast Drive To Munsyari (6hrs) Along A Road That Winds Itself Up To A Height Of 2748 Mts Before Descending Into The Glorious Munsyari Valley. Check In At Zara Resort For A Good Rest.

3rd Day

Day 03: Munsiyari- Lilam ( 5/6 Hrs Trek)

After Breakfast Drive For 6kms To Dumar And Then The Trek Begins. Our Destination Is Past Lilam Village (7 Kames) Where We Camp For The Night.

4th Day

Day 04: : Lilam- Bogdiyar ( 5/6 Hrs Trek)

Today Is A Strenuous Walk Along A Gorge Past The Gori Ganga River. The Route Is Fairly Up And Down But Generally Eases Off Before Reaching The Camp Site At Bogdiyar.

5th Day

Day 05: Bogdiyar-Rilkot ( 5/6 Hrs Trek)

You Are In High Mountain Country Now And The Tree Line Disappears Giving Access To Vast Stretches Of Alpine Pastures. The Day's Walk Ends At Rilkot.

6th Day

Day 06: Ilkot- Martoli ( 5/6 Hrs Trek)

This Fairly Easy Day (7km; 3hrs) Leads Us To The Most Beautiful Campsite In Valley. We Can See Nanda Devi, Nanda Kot And Many Other Peaks.

7th Day

Day 07: Martoli-Ganghar ( 4/5 Hrs Trek)

From Martoli A Deserted Settlement And Will Continue To Ganghar (3260 Mts,). Throughout The Day One Gets Intermittent Views Of Magnificent Himalayan Peaks And Just After Reaching Campsite You Will Glimpse Nanda Devi East.

8th Day

Day 08: Ganghar – Nanda Devi Base Camp ( 3/ 4 Hrs Trek)

It Is The Day When You Walk From Ganghar To Pachu(3950 Mts, 6 Kms) And The Camp Site Is In An Exquisite Location. An Alpine Meadow Laden With Rhododendron Bushes Blooming Pink And White, Stretches Of Glacial Ice And The Massive Nanda Devi Looming In Front ... It Is Just Another 5 Kms Away.

9th Day

Day 09: Exploration Around Base Camp (3/4 Hrs Trek To Zero Point And Back)

How Can You Walk Away From Here ? It Is A Day To Rest And Simply Enjoy Yourself In This Magnificent Location. Options Include The Hike Up To The Snow Ridges Of Nanda Devi East And A Visit To The Base Of Nanda Lampak(5782 Mts.). There Have Been Several Sightings Of Blue Sheep In The Region.

10th Day

Day 10: Base Camp – Milam Village ( 6/7 Hrs Trek)

It Is Time To Return And We Descend Form Pachu To Ghanghar And Upto Milam. The Scenery Is Exciting As The Valley Opens Up. The North Faces Of The Nanda Devi Peaks, Several Peaks On The Nanda Devi Sanctuary Wall And Hardeol Group Are Visible. Our Camp Site Is Close To The Goriganga River Amidst A Lush Green Meadow.

11th Day

Day 11: Milam Village - Milam Glacier (5/6 Hrs Both Side Trek)

We Will Explore Milam Glacier And Other Interesting Places Around The Glacier. Afternoon Back To Campsite For Hot Lunch. Evening At Leisure.

12th Day

Day 12: Milam – Sumdo (5/6 Hrs Trek) Return

After Breakfast We Trek 5-6hrs Down To Sumdo Via Tola. The Walk Is Pleasant Today And We Have Excellent Views Of A Good Number Of Major Peaks As We Descend Through The Gori Ganga Gorge. To Night We Camp On A Plateau Near The Village Of Sumdu.

13th Day

Day 13: Sumdo-Bogdiyar ( 6/7 Hrs Trek)

We Descend Along The Gori Ganga Mostly Downhill To Bogdiyar (18km), Where We Have Camped Few Days Ago.

15th Day

Day 15: Lilam-Munsiyari- Birthi (3/4 Hrs Trek)

After Breakfast We Trek To Road Head, Get Into Waiting Vehicles And Drive 40 km To Birthi. Birthi Is Located On Hill Top With Amazing Waterfall Just Behind The Guest House.

16th Day

Day 16: Birthi-Binsar/Nanital/Kathgodham/Delhi – By Ranikhet Exp – Dep: 2040 Hrs

Binsar Is Known For Its Beautiful Location With Great Views Of Himalayas. You Will Drive From Birthi To Kathgodham Via Biner And Nainital. Transfer To Kathgodham Railways Station To Board Your Overnight Train To Delhi. Overnight In Train.
Trip End