Nandanvan Trek – The Most Adventurous Trek in Uttarakhand
Nandanvan trek is one of the most loved adventurous treks in the Garhwal Himalayan region of Uttarakhand. This meadow lies at a height of 15,780 feet at the base of Bhagirathi massif.
Therefore, the journey connects many Hindu holy sites and takes one to the source of River Ganga “Gomukh which is the snout of Gangotri glacier.
During Nandanvan trek get thrilling experience of crossing Gangotri glacier. Nandanvan is a beautiful lavish meadow located on the base of Bhagirathi Group 1, 2, 3 with the magnificent views of Mt. Shivling, Mt. Kedar Dome and Mt. Meru. The campsite is windy and offers great sight of snow covered peaks. Setup your camps here and settle for the day.
Explore the Verdant Beauty of this Remote Region
Nandanvan Trek is an Enthralling Gangotri valley in the Garhwal Himalayas of Uttarkashi district in Uttarakhand India, this trek come under Gangotri National park .No doubt, the Himalayas have enchanting beauty, bracing climate and desirable soothing green meadow. So, what else can be better than spending some days here in the serenity!
About Nandanvan Trek
The Nandanvan trek starts from Gangotri; shrine of Goddess Ganga and a famous pilgrimage site.
And, further pass through the verdant forests of pine and cedar which ahead merges with the glaciated tracks. Most importantly, come across the colorful beauty of Flora and Fauna while exploring this remote region.
It is home to a number of Himalayan animals and Bharals can be easily spotted here. But, do not miss to witness Sadhus meditating here who permanently live in caves.
Prior experience is Important
The gradient of Nandanvan trek is moderate but the trail demands crossing moraines, glaciated tracks and steep climbs and glaciers. Fitness and prior experience is important to do this trek.
But, the beginners should choose some easy level treks and avoid treks like Nandanvan. However, if your fitness is good and you are capable enough then you can choose to taste its adventure.
History of Nandanvan and Bhagirathi peak 1, 2, 3
Nandanvan trek start from Gangotri base camp, Gangotri is a holy town perched at an altitude of 3,415 m on Bhagirathi River’s banks in Uttarkashi district. According to the legend, it is Goddess Ganga’s shrine and this pious site is the part of Char Dham which holds a great place in the heart of Hindu mythology and Hindu devotees.
A temple “Gangotri” is present in this region which was built by “Amar Singh Thapa” in 19th Century. Therefore, the purest deity “Ganga” is worshipped in this town. Here is the presence of many hot water springs nearby and it is believed that a dip in the pure water of Ganges washes all the sins.
During treta yug – maha Ashwamedha Yagna King Sagar sent his 60,000 sons along with a horse and the horse got lost and the sons went in search of horse to saint Kapil muni ashram, he was in deep meditation. The saint opened his eyes in anger and turned all 60,000 sons into ashes.
Then, Kapila advised Anshuman (grandson of king Sagar) to request Goddess Ganga to come on earth and cleanse all the ashes and provide salvation but he failed.
Bhagirathi extreme meditation made goddess Ganga to come down to earth. Lord Shiva tied Ganga then distributed the water into many streams to save earth from the powerful force. Bhagirathi is second name of Ganga maa,
WHY TO CHOOSE NANDANVAN TREK?
Before heading towards the itinerary, it is really essential to perceive the reason behind choosing Nandanvan trek.
See firstly, the trekking distance is a total of by taxi 516 Km both side and on foot 56 km which is to be covered into 9 days. . Dehradun to Dehradun
Nandanvan trek is a high altitude mountain trek Altitudes is 15,780 feet
The Starting trail is moderate as compare to other treks this is difficult trek. So this trek is not for beginners
Need proper gear & clothing for sub-zero temperature?
You got to see so many heavenly bodies at one place like the panoramic view of the Himalayan ranges Gangotri, you can see pine forests, different variety of flora and fauna surpassing through bona fide Garhwali culture.
I think Do spare time in Interaction with our local’s team, and you will get to know about some of the ancient tales of Indian mythology and our local cultures, this is good ideas for trekkers
Beautiful landscapes so carry proper photo gear & Extra battery backup.
The backpack should not exceed 12 kg only
Altitude we are going to cover
Gangotri – 3415 Meter
Chirbasa – 3580 Meter
Bhojbasa – 3775 Meter
Gomukh – 4255 Meter
Tapovan – 4500 Meter
Nandanvan – 4810 Meter
Getting to Himalayan hikers Base Camp Gangotri
Option 01 – Direct flight Available – Bangalore to Dehradun
Kolkata to Dehradun
Mumbai to Dehradun
Pune to Dehradun
Delhi to Dehradun
Option 02 – Take the night train from Delhi to Dehradun.
(Special A/C train from New Delhi would be best)
You can reach Dehradun Railway Station around 5:00 am to 7:00 am, vehicles will be arranged and there you can meet our office member.
Note: – Himalayan Hikers arrange vehicles for you from Dehradun Railway Station Pickup and Drop Tempo
Transport costs per person one way Rs. 1200/- Extra pay to directly your taxi driver
ATM Point & Mobile connectivity
ATM POINT:Withdraw money before your journey;Uttarkashi is the last point where you will find ATM.
(If you want to withdraw money then do it in Dehradun.)
Mobile Connectivity:There will be no networks during the trek, inUttarkashi your device will receive the networks and at Gangotri only Idea and BSNL Airtel, signals are there but you cannot rely on the connectivity because the signal strength is not good. So make sure you finish all your important work and calls before starting of the trek.
Key Points Nandanvan trek
Duration: – 8 Nights 9 Days – from Dehradun to Dehradun
Base camp: – Gangotri
Summer Temperature: – Day (5°C to 10°C) Night (2° C to 6° C)
Tapovan Altitude: – 4810 Meter
Best Time: – May, June, September, October
Trek Level: – Difficult,
Trek distance: – On foot 56 Km – By taxi 516 km
Group Size: – 15 people
Short Itinerary Nandanvan Trek –
Day 1 :- Pickup to you from Dehradun railway station – Drive to Gangotri – 258 km) (10/11 Hours) (3415 Meter
Day 2 :– Trek from Gangotri to Chirbasa camp (09 km) (5/6 Hours) (3580 Meter)
Day 3 :– Trek from Chirbasa camp to Bhojbasa camp (5 km) (3/4 Hours) (3775 Meter)
Day 4:- Trek from Bhojbasa camp to via Gomukh to Tapovan camp (09 km) (6/7 Hours) (4500 Meter)
Day 5:- Exploration Day Nil Tal and Shivling base camp (4619 Meter) back to camp (4/5 Hours)
Day 6:- Trek from Tapovan to Nandanvan camp (6 km) (3/4 Hours) (4810 Meter)
Day 7:- Nandanvan to Bhojbasa camp (14 km) (5/6 Hours) (3775 Meter)
Day 8:- Trek from Bhojbasa camp to Gangotri (14 km) (6/7 Hours) (3415 Meter)
Day 9:– Drive from Gangotri to Dehradun by taxi (258 km) (10/ 11 Hours)