Wednesday, 16 March 2016

High altitude trekking in Uttarakhand Himalayas

With the advent of spring, the snow starts melting at higher reaches of mountains in Himalaya. The adventure takes a shift towards high altitude which are above 4000 mtrs. The trek enthusiast start pondering the trek conditions of different trek routs. The few famous trek routs are Kuari pass, Nanda devi sanctuary trek, Gaumukh trek etc.
Kuari pass can be reached by four routes and one of the routes is known as Lord Curzon trek. All the treks are used for the trekking purpose. It is advisable to go in a group with guides and porters as most of the the trek routes have no habitation and any mistake may lead you to problem. The trek normally starts from April months and ends by November every year due to heavy snow fall blocking the route after November. Till April the most common route for Kuari pass is from Auli or Tapovan. The base point is Joshimath for all the trek routes except for the route from Nandaprayag.
Nanda Devi sanctuary trek also opens after the month of April and the base point is Joshimath. From Joshimath, after night halt, trekkers go to Lata village which is around 20 km from Joshimath to start the trek. The perimeter of this sanctuary is about 120 km with an area of 640 sq km. Nanda Devi sanctuary comprises of some of the most outstanding peaks of the Central Himalayas clustered between Gangotri and Milam glaciers. Among all these peaks, Nanda Devi is the most popular with its top shaped like a camel’s hump.
Although, there are many other interesting treks, but the last trek which shall be discussed is Gaumukh – Tapovan – Nandavan trek. This trek route falls in Uttarakashi district, which is also famous for the origin of the sacred river Ganga from Gaumukh. People visit Gaumukh for religious purpose, but many trek this route till Nandanvan for its scenic beauty. The total length of this trek is around 56 km, which can be completed in 5 to 6 days. The trek is surrounded by beautiful peaks like Bhagirathi peaks, Shivling mountain etc.
All the treks mentioned above are few of many treks in Uttarakhand. The journey to these treks will definitely give you immense pleasure and a total different experience of the adventure tourism.