Sadanand Kamath (SK) and I decided to do the Nanda Devi Outer Sanctuary (NDOS) trek, after going through some stunning pictures of NDOS area by one Shobhit Das on the internet. And again IndiaMiker Rajkumar’s sticky thread of Niti, Mana and Darma Valley (HERE) provided us with lots of information and inputs for this area.
SK and I did this trek in June 2010, with Joshimath as our base. Both treks required Forest Dept Permits issued by DFO, at Joshimath. We were very lucky to get Sonu (Sohan Singh Bisht) as our Guide for this trek. He had been recommended by another IMer Mridula and turned out to be a gem of guide expert in every aspect of the trek. Plus a good organiser, cook and a lay-botanist to boot.
Since the Kuari Pass trek has been eluding me for a long time, we decided to club NDOS trek with Kuari Pass via Auli. And thus it became a Twin-trek!
Sonu (L) and our porters-team of Kuari pass trek. (Pic by SK)
Sonu as a Guide, was the main plus point of our trek! - more than the snow-peak views and more than the many wildflowers etc. that he showed us! SK said to him "you look like Ricky Ponting (the Aussy Cricket Captain) to me". Sonu just gave shy smile! Apparently, this was not the first time he had heard this comment.
Detailed day-to-day trek descriptions in the following subpages, with some scenic pictures of the Nanda-Devi Biosphere Outer Sanctuary.
BTW: The GPS coordinates of the our actual Trek Path is available in the respective subpages in Downloads section. You can download those KMZ files and see it in Google Earth!
Raghuveer Singh our Homestay host in Lata Village and was also a Porter for our NDOS trek. A constant-smiler and a non-stop-talker of whom SK said "Raghuveer, accompanied us in NDOS trek, though as a porter but actually, more as a mentor! " (This Pic by SK)
Our Guide Sonu (Sohan Singh Bisht) knows Joshimath area treks quite well and can organize everything including permits for any client. His contact details are: Cell: +91 9410365281 / +91 8126742291 email: firstname.lastname@example.org (Disclaimer: I liked Sonu's service and so I am recommending him; But, if you use him and find any deficiency, please don't blame me!)
You can read Sadanand's (SK) blog of these 2 treks: WANDERLUST
SK as usual kept detailed accounts of all tour expenses. I just gave him lump-some advance cash and saved myself lots of accounting headache.
A summary of our Itinerary & Costs is given below:
40 NDOS Treks
Twin-trek to Kuari Pass and Nanda Devi Outer Sanctuary (NDOS)