Kumaoun Village Trekking – 9N10D
Trek Region: Uttarakhand – Indian Himalayas | Best Season for trekking: all year except July & August
Total Duration: 10 Days | Trekking days: 5 | Trek grade: Easy | Max altitude: 1650 m
Day 01: Arrive Delhi – Meet on arrival and transfer to your hotel for overnight stay.
Day 02: Delhi – Kathgodam – Enjoy sightseeing of Delhi. Late evening transfer to railway station to board overnight train to Kathgodam. Overnight on-board train.
Day 03: Kathgodam – Almora (Kalmatia Sangam) – Met on arrival at Kathgodam railway station and transfer to Kalmatia Sangam. After breakfast start an easy walk to Chittai. The Chittai bell temple is dedicated to Golu Devta (god of justice and peculiar to Kumaon). The temple is hung with petitions and bells of all shapes and sizes brought by grateful devotees. The walking path starts from the resort through Chir (pine) forests via Sintola with good views into the valley and Himalaya range. After temple visit walk back to the resort. Overnight stay at Kalmatia Sangam
Day 04: Kalmatia Sangam (Binsar Sanctuary Walk) – After breakfast drive to Binsar. Walk up to Zero Point through dense oak and rhododendron forests. Enjoy the view and hike downhill to Shiva temple. From there trek initially further downhill and then follow the western Binsar ridge towards Kangarchina. A very scenic walk with good views of the Himalaya on one side and the terraced valley on the other side. On route enjoy a packed lunch. Drive back to resort.
Day 05: Kalmatia Sangam – Deora Village – After breakfast start the village walk through picturesque villages along terraced fields, waterfalls, along a winding stream and Chir (pine) forests. This gentle walk through valleys then takes you up to the village of Deora. Before reaching Deora you visit the 1000 year old temples of Kali and Vishnu. Overnight at Deora. A lovely village with wonderfully carved doors and windows overlooking the valley with the the ancient temples. Freshen up and enjoy a welcome drink while the traditional and delicious Kumaoni dinner is cooked by the villagers, where the landlord while preparing it hops in and out of his fields to get fresh veggies and herbs for your meal. Guests are welcome to watch and help! Relax, chat with the locals listening to tales of the past.
Day 06: Deora – Paliu Village – Today walking on the old village trails you pass through several villages which gives you a fantastic impression of Kumaoni local life, where the old traditions and culture are still part of their daily routine lives. You pass villages where the castes are strictly segregated, walk through terraced fields then along traditional irrigation channels and finally climb up to Paliu village. As everywhere in the Kumaon the people are friendly, curious in a childlike manner and more than happy to answer questions and be photographed. The walk takes you past ancient flour mills, where you can stop and see how they work.
Day 07: Paliu – Sokyatal – Walking through chir pine forest along terraced fields and a few scattered small villages the path now climbs steadily up to Sokyatal amidst forests of oak and rhododendron. (If you can make it between mid Feb. and Apr. you will be rewarded with the lovely sight of the rhododendron flowers in bloom, a blaze of colour). The Himalayan and panoramic valley views from the top of this ridge are magnificent. The grand finale is the setting sun covering the peaks with fire. Stretch out with refreshment in the quaint, stone courtyard looking down into the Jageshwar valley.
Day 08: Sokyatal – Jageshwar Temples – Kalmatia Sangam – Walk from Jawalbanj to Jageshwar through terraced fields, villages and magnificent cedar forests. At Jageshwar you can visit the ancient temple complex built by the Chand and Katyuri rulers between 8th. and 12th. Century A.D. Drive back to the resort you can see the prehistoric rock art at Lakhudiar. Overnight stay at Kalmatia Sangam.
Day 09: Kalmatia – Delhi – Day at leisure. Later evening you will be transferred to Kathgodam railway station to board overnight train to Delhi.
Day 10: Arrive & depart Delhi – Arrive Delhi in the morning. Transfer o a hotel for wash/ change. Later you will be transferred to international airport for onward journey.
Add on suggestion: Corbett National Park – Corbett National Park is known for its tigers and a host of other animals including 600 species of birds; it is one of the few parks in the North that is home to wild elephants. From Kalmatia Sangam, you can drive to Corbett for 2-3 days of Jungle activities before returning to Delhi.
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