Walking in the Kumaon
Trip Code: AITWIK
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The spectacular Kumaon region in the state of Uttarakhand, close to the border of western Nepal, is one of the best-kept secrets in the Himalaya. This unique trip involves gentle walking of 10 to 15 kilometres per day, with overnight stays in refurbished village homes.
Breathtaking views of the snowy summits of the Upper Himalaya are on offer throughout the Kumaon region. The trail takes you through small villages, farmland, forest and green valleys, with a diverse range of flora and fauna
This unique trip involves gentle walking of 10 to 15 kms per day, with overnight stays in refurbished village homes. Walking from village to village in this untouched area allows you to to mingle with local families and experience village life without disturbing the local life (in fact your visit provides an economic benefit to the village communities). The terrain is hilly but because the location is the Himalayan foothills (rather than mountains), the altitude or gradient is not overly demanding – suitable for anyone with reasonable fitness!
– this walk can be tailored to suit virtually any level of fitness – we can lengthen or shorten the amount of walking.
– This is an ideal walk for families. The village and farm life is most interesting for kids of all ages and there is always a game of cricket which you will be welcome to join in.
– Ideally it’s worth adding atwo night stay at one of the lovely mountain lodges at end of the walk – reward for your effort!
Day 1 Delhi
Late afternoon transfer to Delhi train station to board an overnight train bound for Kathgodam, a small town at the foot of the lower Himalaya.
Day 2 Kathgodam
Arrive at Kathgodam by train in the early morning. You will be met by a local representative and driven 120 kms to Dallar village via Bhimtal, Almora and the Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary. Breakfast en-route at Kainchidham. Your overnight village stay is reached after an easy 2 kilometre walk through open pine forest.
Day 3 Gaunap
Today enjoy a lovely 3 to 4 hour walk through pine hills and thickly forested jungle trails – with some patches of tar roads. Before the trek downhill to Gaunap you have the option of doing the 2 kilometre uphill trek to “Zero Point”, the highest point in the Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary, which affords spectacular views of the Himalayan range.
Day 4 Gaunap
Spend a day in Gaunap Village where you can interact with the locals, take walks around the village, engage in some bird-watching or just relax and enjoy the calm and serene environment.
Day 5 Jageshwar
This morning witness a magical sunrise over the mountain tops of Gaunap. After breakfast, depart for your easy to moderate trek, through thickly wooded conifer forests, to Kotli Village. Lunch at Hill View Hotel and Restaurant. From here you have the option – if you don’t want to trek further – of driving to Jageshwar. Otherwise proceed to Kotli village.
Day 6 Jageshwar
In addition to enjoying the calm and simple village life, you may like to visit the various temple structures of Jageshwar, Dandeshwar, Kuber and Jhakharsem. The temples here are dedicated to the various manifestations and avatars of Lord Shiva. There are also numerous walking options, including the cedar lined trails along the river flowing near the temple complexes.
Day 7 Kathgodam
After breakfast drive to Kathgodham. Stop enroute at Lakhudhiar to view the pre-historic rock paintings and explore the famous Chitai temple. On arrival in Kathgodham board the evening train back to Delhi.
On arrival in Delhi transfer to a hotel or to the airport for departure.
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