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I believe David Corcoran is trying to schedule a Meetup at Nanda Devi Base Camp.

  • May 1, 2014 · 1:00 PM

David Corcoran is trying to organize a (serious) return to Nanda Devi.  Let him know if you're interested.

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  • Mike M.

    I'm interested in going back, but May 1, 2014 is a little too soon for me :P I'm on travel right now and will be in a meeting at 1PM. I've been researching this since last year. The sanctuary remains closed. Nanda Devi East and Longstaff's Col can be climbed from the east. A group attempted the climb while we were in Providence last year and posted pictures but I don't have the link with me. Changabang can be reached from the north, but Rishikot is in the closed area.
    A limited number of trekkers are allowed to spend one night at Dibrugheta each year, which is on the closure line - no one can go east of here.
    Our man in India, Capt. Swadesh Kumar, left Cox & Kings the year after he handled our trip, and started his own company. He's registered with the Indian Mountaineering Federation. Nun Kun is one of his standard trips.

    April 30, 2014

    • Nathaniel S.

      Very interesting, Mike. If I were able to go on another trip, which is doubtful, I'd be nearly as interested in going back to the Zanskar range. I'm curious what the little village of Tongul is like now--probably full of guest houses and trekkers.

      May 1, 2014

  • Claudia T.

    I have been thinking hard about going back to Nanda Devi in the last few days. I would love to go back but there are so many other places in the world to see; when I am able to get away for a big adventure it will be to go somewhere new.

    April 27, 2014

  • Tom B.

    I would love to go on a trip/trek/adventure. Unfortunately my back and feet will not let me go physically, but I am always there in my mind and heart.
    I don't believe access to the Nun Kun area is possible due to the conflict over the area between India and Pakistan.

    April 25, 2014

  • Alexis W.

    Good idea to go to Nanda Devi area, but if it proves to be too comllicated for logistical or political reasons, another plan might be to place a plaque at the trailhead leading to Nun Kun. In 2006 I scouted the location, there are a few good spots for a small monument, and local officials from Jammu & Kashmir gov't with whom I spoke in person seemed open to the idea. That was then and this is now, so would have to investigate if this might still be feasible. That is IF we decide for a Nun Kun memorial. Advantages, in my opinion, include the fact that more people would actually pass by the monument at Nun Kun than at Nanda Devi...

    April 25, 2014

  • Nathaniel S.

    Well, there is Longstaff's Col, but that might be scarier than the gorge. I've read that locals did find a way to bring herds into the inner sanctuary, via a pass from the Trisul nala. It would be interesting to try to find that.

    Something to commemorate Tim seems like a good concept.

    And, yeah, Willi Unsoeld sounds like a much nicer guy to hang out with. But he died in an avalanche on Mt Ranier, and Roskelly is still alive.

    May 31, 2013

    • John B.

      that nanda devi expedition paid porter $1.25 a day which must be about what we paid them shortly after. i wonder what they get paid now, do you know?

      May 31, 2013

    • Nathaniel S.

      No idea, but I think I read that some kind of porters union was formed. I'd guess that various kinds of high altitude and peak permits, liaison officer, etc would be required by the Indian Mountaineering Foundation--pretty expensive all in all, probably.

      June 4, 2013

  • John B.

    i just finished reading Roskelley's account of nanda devi. lots of detail about the march in. glad he wasn't with us.

    May 31, 2013

  • John B.

    the placement of a plaque officially recognizing tim much, if it had some international fanfare, might be of sufficient importance to warrant a special permit. i'd be interested in this, but do not want to go via the gorge if at all possible!

    May 31, 2013

  • Nathaniel S.

    There has been talk, apparently, of reopening the sanctuary, and possibly some restrictions have been lifted. Some trekking companies say they offer trips now, but so far as I can tell, they only go as far as Dibrugheta.

    I think the only way we could get in would be to get permission for some special purpose expedition.

    My thought is that we could mount a search for the lost nuclear-powered monitoring device. Has anyone in our group become a nuclear engineer since 1978?

    May 29, 2013

  • Nathaniel S.

    I'd be interested to learn what the possibilities are.

    As far as I know, the sanctuary was closed in 1983, and only a few survey teams have been allowed in since.

    But there seems to be some confusion about what the boundaries of the sanctuary are, and what the policy is throughout the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve.

    Some accounts say the sanctuary was closed due to garbage left by mountaineering expeditions.

    (There's some implication that we are among the guilty parties, which I feel is a little unfair. We may have left garbage, but we cleaned the area up quite a bit and left it better than we found it.)

    Other accounts say the area had to be protected from grazing by locals' domestic animals. It seems unlikely that herders would be able to get animals into the inner sanctuary, past the Trisul Nala, but maybe poaching and foraging was a concern there.

    (continued, next post)

    May 29, 2013

  • Steve P.

    I'm not planning on attending (at least not at this point in time) but just to get things started...........

    May 28, 2013

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