A peek into Abode of Devi
The Long Staaf Col, is a Saddle or depression between two mountain ridge,Mt.Nandakhat based on Pidari valley and Mt. Nanda Devi East based on Jawahar Parvat in Lawan Gad area from Martoli side in Kumaon region.
Known too as “Nanda Devi Khal” also and height is 5,910m(19,503ft). This part of Col is very sharp and narrow first explored by Dr. Tom Longstaff along with two swiss guide Alex and Henry Brocherel in the year of 1905.Climb’s have been recorded from Lawang Gud area.No records or attempts of entry to Nanda Devi Santuary is available till now.
Day 01 : Kathgodam to Chakori
Day 02 :Chakori to Munsiari - paper works
Day 03 : Munsiari to Lilam
Day 04 : Trek to Bugdiar, 16 km, 2417m
Day 05 : Trek to Rilkot, 15 km, 3130m
Day 06 : Trek to Lawan (3600m) via Martoli village (3300m), 14 km
Day 07 : Trek to base camp (BC) site on the north side of Lawan glacier, 12 km, 4300m
Day 08 : Set up BC and rest, reorganize and acclimatization day
Day 09 : Establish route to Advanced Base Camp (ABC) and Longstaff’s Col (5910m),
Day 10 : Occupy ABC at 4750m and set up route to Longstaff Col
Day 11 : Attempt Longstaff Col and set up Camp on Longstaff Col
Day 12 : Reserve Day
Day 13 : Reserve Day
Day 14 : Descend down to ABC; Dismantle ABC, Pack and move to BC
Day 15 : Trek to Martoli
Day 16 : Trek to Rilkot,
Day 17 : Trek to Munsiyari
Day 18 : Travel to Kathgodam
Cost : On Request (per person) from Kathgodham to Kathgodham for group size 9-10 members.
- Guides (two) :
- Basic Mountaineering Course qualified Guide from Summiters.
- Local Guide who has extensive knowledge of the route .
- Vegetarian meals on the trek (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
- Cooks/Helper and other requisite staff.
- Porters/mules for carrying common equipments (like rations/tents/utensils/)
- Equipments - Tents on sharing basis / Sleeping bags / Sleeping Mats
- Basic First aid Kit.
Forest Permits and camping charges .
- 2 Nights stay Uttarkashi and Gangotri.
- Personal trekking equipments – like trekking poles or sleeping ban liners
- Personal Porters for carrying backpacks of trekkers
- Personal insurance or cost of emergency evacuation
- Purchases of personal natures (like mineral water bottles/bottled or canned beverages/chocolates/dry fruits etc)
- Food to/from the trailhead
Q: Who can do this trek?
A: If you can walk on an average of 5 to 6km without a problem, then you can! If you have specific health issues like asthma, heart issues or the likes, consult your doctor before participating in the trek.
Q: How cold does it get?
A: It depends on where you come from, but from an Indian context – it can get quite cold. The temperature in the higher regions can touch -2 degrees at night. So be prepared and carry warm clothing. Although multiple layers will serve the purpose, it can get quite heavy and uncomfortable. Your best bet would be to buy a professional high altitude jacket.
Q: What should we carry?
A: The following items are a must-carry:
Shoes: A good pair of shoes is a must - a good pair does not mean your Adidas/ Nike/ Reebok/ Puma sport shoe. You need a pair that can withstand the wear and tear of walking for many days. A bad shoe can ruin your trek by causing blisters. Ask us, we can help you in choosing the right one for your budget.
The other things you need to carry are : gloves, a skull cap, a sun hat/cap, your personal clothes and toiletry kit, a good pair of sun glasses, a water bottle and your personal medicines (if necessary). Your sleeping bag, mat and tents will be provided to you by Summiters.
Q: What food do you provide?
A: We provide simple vegetarian food that is light and suitable for trekking. Don’t expect pizza hut or an Anand Bhavan - nor will you have to go hunting. You will have enough and when you are tired – anything served will taste superb!
Q: Is the mountain water safe to drink?
A: Yes. It’s as pure as it can be. But if you are finicky – you can buy mineral water
Q: Can I charge my phone on the trek?
A: The last point where you can charge it is at Lohajhung but this is subject to availability of electricity during your stay.
Q: How can I prepare myself?
A: Take daily long walks or jogs.
Terms and Conditions
*All about the elusive star*
Here are our conditions:
Booking must be confirmed 30 days prior to date of departure by paying the full amount – It takes lot of effort, time and money in planning the trek in remote locations. So please give us enough time to make your journey a lifetime’s journey.
All expenses accruing from change in schedule due to weather conditions or health issues are to be borne by the participants. Summiters will not be responsible for the weather or your personal health issues.
Cancellation policy – We plan everything for you well in advance, so that your trip is hassle-free and as smooth as possible. This means that porter fees, permits, accommodation expenses are all paid in advance. Any cancellation will mean inconvenience and loss to all the people involved in making your journey successful. Therefore, it is only fair to pass on the accrued costs to you. Our policy is:-
- Cancellation prior to 30 days from date of departure : Full Refund
- Cancellation between 30 days to 20 days prior to date of departure: 50% Refund
- Cancellation between 20 days prior to date of departure and departure date:No Refund
- No Show : No Refund