NANDA DEVI TREK
19 days - October 21 to November 8, 2019
Trek Ancient Tibet Trade Routes in Northern India Himayalays
Breathtaking Views of the Himalaya and Nanda Devi East "plus" Milam Glacier
October 21, 2019, Tim Rippel will be leading an exploration trek to the base camp of Nanda Devi and Milam glacier. Nanda Devi is the second highest peak in the Indian Himalayas at 7816m. This trek will take 19 days including layover in Dehli. We'll use a mix of hotels in the lowlands, and camping expedition style on the trek route. We'll be offering optional extended tours to places like the Taj Mahal, or even the Triangle of Indian (Delhi, Agra, Jaipur) at the end of the trek.
This trek was inspired as an opportunity to take a look at the possibilities of a future summit climb, an opportunity to assess routes. Climate change has changed the way we climb. It's better to look and observe how feasible a climb might be before putting money and time into preparations for a full scale expedition. This will be an exciting opportunity to explore Peak Freaks friends (old and new) in the beautiful Himalayas.
Ang Karsung Sherpa from Nepal, who many know well from out years on Everest will join us as our team cook ensuring Peak Freaks nutritional and hygiene standards are not compromised.
To learn more please contact us. Space will be limited.
Tim and Becky Rippel
Email: Becky .... firstname.lastname@example.org
Except for the Rishi Ganga gorge to the west, Nanda Devi is encircled by a ring of mountains with no col lower than 18,000 feet (5,500 m). This mountain chain surrounds and completely encloses the Nanda Devi Sanctuary. Tom Longstaff had reached an eastern col in 1905 and had been able to see into the Sanctuary but he did not try the formidable descent. The immensely deep and narrow gorge by which the Rishi Ganga river drains the Sanctuary had never been ascended despite many attempts. However, before the 1934 monsoon, Shipton and Tilman along with three Sherpas who they regarded as co-climbers – Ang Tharkay, Pasang and Kusang – became the first people to find a way through the gorge and to set foot in the Sanctuary in what has been described as "the most exciting story in the whole saga of mountain discovery".
During their retreat from the Sanctuary for the duration of the monsoon, the 1934 expedition continued exploring by crossing the Badrinath–Kedarnath watershed for the first time, a feat that was not repeated until 1998. After the monsoon they again ascended the Rishi Ganga gorge and climbed part way up Nanda Devi's southeast ridge thereby discovering the route to the summit that was to be used in 1936. They left the Sanctuary by traversing a col to the south and making a descent that had previously been thought impossible.
In 1936 Nanda Devi became the highest mountain ever to have been climbed when a jointly-led American expedition, which eventually passed the leadership to Bill Tilman, reached its 25,643-foot (7,816 m) summit by climbing the southeast ridge. Tilman had chosen Charlie Houston and Noel Odell for the summit attempt but mischance led to Tilman rather than Houston partnering Odell to the top.
HIMALAYAN HIGH ALTITUDE SPECIALISTS since 1983