Nanda Devi Group of Glaciers is a collective name of seven glaciers namely Bartoli, Kururntoli, Nanda Devi North, Nanda Devi South, Nandakna, Ramani and Trishul in Chamoli district of Dev Bhoomi Uttarakhand. Among these Nanda Devi North and Nanda Devi South, both almost 19Km long, originate from Nanda Devi peak 7,108 meters above sea level and are the sources of numerous river valleys decorating Uttarakhand state and the whole India.
Beautifully sited in between tall breathtaking Himalayan peaks, Nanda Devi group of glaciers are large and majestic. Trekking enthusiasts love profound beauty and the difficult route of Nanda Devi group of glaciers as the professional trekkers like to take challenges and examine own capability. Adventurer and nature lovers are fascinated by the heart throbbing beauty of these glaciers and could not resist the desire to be at the mountain valleys covered all in snow besides its inaccessible route. Nanda Devi group of glaciers entertain hundreds of nature lover tourists and trekkers every year. Though difficult, the path to Nanda Devi group of glaciers offer you pristine view of alpine valleys, pine forests, rivers and gorges that takes away your tiredness and pain. When you reach your destination- Nanda Devi group of glaciers- you will feel relaxed and forget not just the trouble you had to bear on the way but also your troubles back home and at workplace. Nanda Devi group of glaciers have a healing power – the therapy of nature is above all healing methods.
Several streams and rivers form from the melted water of Nanda Devi group of glaciers and later form Rishi Ganga river who flows to meet Dhauli Ganga- one of the tributary of holy river Ganga who meets another tributary of sacred Ganga Alaknanda river to form the first of the Panch Prayag Vishnuprayag nearby one of the CharDham pilgrimage Badrinath– at Raini. Raini is 25Km from Joshimath on Malari-Lata road. Lata, just few meters away from Raini, is the last point of fine road. The tour now begins in a bridle path through Pine, Bhoj and Deodar forest with alpine meadows at some places till Lata Kharak. Now come the narrow gorges, tall steep mountain slopes and snow patches which challenge trekking professionals until they reach glaciers’ snout.
Nanda Devi group of glaciers lie in Nanda Devi Sanctuary protected as Nanda Devi National Park or Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve.
Nanda Devi Group of Glaciers |Best time to Visit
The best time for Nanda Devi Group of Glaciers trek is during May to October when Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve is open for tourists. You should consider escaping monsoon months – mid-June to mid-September to avoid heavy rainfall and slippery pathways though the greenery and enchanting view is preserved for monsoon.
Nanda Devi Group of Glaciers | How to Reach?
Your trek begins from Lata through a bridal path in between dense forest and continues through the challenging narrow gorges, steep hills and snows.
- By Air: The nearest airport is Jolly Grant Dehradun. You need to hire a taxi or cab to Lata from Dehradun airport.
- By Rail: The nearest railhead is Rishikesh. You can find taxi and cab to Lata from Rishikesh railway station.
- By Road: You can find bus, taxi or cab to Uttarkashi from various parts of Uttarakhand state. You will need to hire taxi or cab to Lata from Uttarkashi.
Route to Nanda Devi group of Glaciers
- Dehradun – Rishikesh – Narendera Nagar – New Tehri – Chiniyalisour – Dunda – Uttarkashi – Lata – Nanda Devi Group of Glaciers
- Dehradun – Mussoorie – Bhediyana – Munogi – Barnigad Khatal – Chhetanga – Maneri – Lata – Nanda Devi Group of Glaciers
- Nainital – Bhowali – Ranikhet – Chaukhutia – Karnprayag – Rudraprayag – Ghansali – Tehri – Chamba – Chiniyalisour – Dunda – Uttarkashi – Lata – Nanda Devi Group of Glaciers
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