Garhwal & Kumaon Himalayas
Duration : 14 / 16 Days.
Altitude : Max.. 4650m
Grade : Moderate
Best Season :May / June / July / September /
Departure Dates : May
12th - 2010 : Trip Cost : Euro 750 /
DAY 01. RISHIKESH / JOSHIMATH DRIVE 8- 9 HRS.
Today after breakfast,
long drive(240kms) along the crushing Alaknanda River to
Joshimath (1890 m). . The entire drive toady is along the
Ganga and Alaknanda river. We stop at Devprayag to visit
the confluence at the beginning of the Ganges. Arrive
Joshimath and transfer to hotel. Eveing visit the hill
town. Dinner and overnight hotel.
DAY 02. JOSHIMATH/ AULI/TALI/CHITRAKNATHA TREK 5-6 HRS.
Gradual climbing to Gairson 1 hour in meadow and ½ hour in
forest and than meadow. From Auli you will have your first
views of the mountain goddess-Nanda Devi , Neelkanth,
Kamet, Hathi parbat, Hathighori, Mukut, Dronagiri and
Nanda Devi. From the Tali lake, You can find the panoramic
enchanting view of Mt. Dronagiri shadow in the crystal
clear lake at Tali. the trail continues through a mixed
pine and oak forest for two to three kms, before a short
descent to the meadow at Chitriganta ( 3310 m). Today we
camp inside a dense forest.Dinner and overnight in tents.
DAY 03. TALI /DHAKWANI TREK 5-6 HRS.
Today is a gladual and sleepy mix climbing till to kunwari
pass, from kunwari pass descending to Dhakwani meadow.
Today we ascend the ridge above Chitriganta and just below
the ridge, the trail leads through a large meadow offering
spectacular views of the Himalayas and Zanskar ranges. We
then cross over the Kauri pass (3640m ), a small col in a
grassy ridge. From the Pass we have beautiful views of
Nanda Devi (7816 m) and Nanda Devi East Summit (7434 m).
From here the route leads along the right side of the
gorge past a small shepherds encampment to a clearing at
Dakwani. O/N - Camp.
DAY 04. DHAKWANI / PANA TREK 5-6 HRS.
Today we have a trek about 5 / 6hrs in rich forest of OaK
, rhododendron steep climbing and steep descending till we
reach to Pana. There is a tiny beautiful village near by
where we Camp. O/N - Camp.
DAY 05 PANA / SEEMA KHARAK TREK 4-5 HRS.
Today in beginning first we 2 hour the trail commands
descending and later 2 and ½ hour or 3 hour steep climbing
in the forest of Deodar blue pines. After crossing a small
wooden bridge over the river which flows through the Kauri
Pass , we reach up to our beautiful camp side a flat
meadow Sem Kharak. O/N - Camp
DAY 06. SEEMA KHARAK /GHUNI ( RAMANI) 4-5 HRS.
We will continue trekking up through the forest for 450
metres to Brithi Ganga. First 1 and ½ hour climbing in the
forest there are some small patches of medow on the way.
Chechani vinayak (pass) view of Trishuli, around 2 hour
gradual descending in the meadow. Ghuni is near by village
named Ramni. Explore the village at evening and overnight
DAY 07. GHUNI / SUTOL TREK 5-6 HRS.
Today we follow a well
defined trail which leads high above the river along the
true right side of the Nandagini valley. Easy but long
walking In between 5-6 valleys, sutol last village in the
confluence Nandakini - Roopkund. We stay overnight in
tents at an excellent campsite beside the Nandagini river,
just beyond the village
Day 08 : Sutol /Kunol
(2286m 13 kms Trek) -
breakfast with packed lunch trek 5 to 6 hrs, to
Kunol, ascending through thick forests and this
day you will see the Trisul peak. PM visit Kunol
Village for meeting with the local family. Overnight
stay in tent.
Day 09 : Kunol /Bhuna
(3661m 9 kms Trek) -
Morning after breakfast with packed lunch trek 5 hrs
to Bhuna through the dense forest. Overnight stay in
Day 10 : Bhuna /Bagubasa
(4100m 10 kms Trek) -
breakfast with packed lunch trek 5 hrs, to Bagubasa
today you will see the beautiful panorama view.
Overnight stay in tent.
DAY 11 BHOGUBASA /ROOP KUND TREK 4-5 HRS
Nachawani- Bhagubasa to Roopkund is easy walking in the
flat but in morens ½ hour climbing with same view as last
day. During month of August to October the valley is full
of fragrance of Saussurea Obvallata flower, locally known
Brhma Kamal. This flower acquires specila importance to
make offerings to Gods, especially to Lord Shiva and found
only in certain places in high altitude.After touching the
flower by hand, the smell lasts for hours. The Roopkund
lake is surrounded by rock strewn glaciers and snow clad
peaks, is magnificent and enchanting. This lake is usually
called the 'Mystery Lake' since human skeletons and
remains of horses were found here. After enjoying views at
Roopkund we step back to Kaluka Vinayak (pass) descending
till to patar nachwani. O/N - Camp.
DAY 12 PATAR NACHANI / BEDNI BUGYAL (Aali)- TREK 3-4 HRS
The best view of Chaukhamba , Neelkanth and Nanda devi ,
Trishul and also the peak of the Northern Garhwal enlarge
the beauty of Bedni Bugyal. Bedni Whole trek is in meadow.
Bugyal means meadow in Garhwal dialect.
DAY 13. BEDNI / WAN TREK TREK 4-5 HRS
Steep descending 2 and ½ hour and 1 hour climbing in rich
forest of rhododendron, Oak camping in small medow of wan
with the view of trishuli. O/N - Camp.
DAY 14. WAN / LOHAJANG PASS/MUNDOLI TREK 4-5 HRS.
Easy walking gradual decending around 3 hour and 1 and ½
hour steep climbing to Lohajang pass whole day in rich
forest of conifer rhododendron etc. view of trishuli from
lohajang pass. Arrive and camp . Our coach / jeep will be
waiting for us. O/N - Camp.
DAY 15. MUNDOLI / ( Shivpuri 15kms up river from Rishikesh
) RISHIKESH DRIVE 9-10 HRS. Overnight HIGH BANK Himalayan
Retreat On the Ganges Morning after breakfast drive to
Shivpuri . Check in to HIGH BANK
Himalayan Retreat On the Ganges . Rejuvenate your self
with a complimentary Ayurvedic( Traditional Indian )
Massage. Camp fire BBQ followed by dinner. Overnight at
we can start the trek from mundoli to auli as well.
Day 1 : Drive DELHI to ALMORA
(5,432 ft/1,646 m) - 363 km - 10 hours
A long drive via Ghaziabad, Hapur, Gajraula, Moradabad
and Haldwani gets you to the small township of Almora,
which lies in the Kumaon hills. Almora is renowned for its
rock slate, used for roofing and the pathways all over the
region, as well as for its chocolate sweets, known locally
as baal mithai. Almora offers good views of Nandadevi and
adjoining peaks. Overnight at a simple and neat hotel.
Day 2 : Drive ALMORA to DEBAL (4,020 ft/1,218 m)
- 136 km - 6 hours
Start early in the morning to Deba l. You begin by
driving downhill for about 45 minutes to the Kosi river
and, following its true right bank for about two hours,
climb steeply uphill to the beautiful summer retreat of
Kausani, a small hill station popular with the British and
the Nehru family. Kausani offers much better views of
Nandadevi and its adjoining peaks than Almora. After a
brief stop drive down for about 45 minutes to the big
village of Gurur.
Another two-hour uphill drive gets you to the large
valley of Gwaldam, situated at the top of the ridge,
overlooking Tharali village situated by the Pindar river.
Drive for an hour downhill to the village where you cross
the Pindar river. The river originates from the Pindar
glacier, located at the base of Nandakhat (21,598
ft/6,545m), 120 km north east of Tharali village. Continue
on to the village of Debal where overnight camp is set.
Debal is a small cluster of huts with a population of 700
to 800 people, situated in a sloping narrow valley covered
with terraced fields of barley, wheat and potato with the
Pindar river flowing below. The village has a high school
and a college. Camp is set by the Pindar river on an open
Day 3 : Drive DEBAL to BAGRIAGAD (5,429 ft/1,645
m). Trek to LOHAJUNG (7,045 ft/2,134 m) - 4 to 5 hours
Drive along the Pindar river on an unmettled road to
The Pindar river turns east after the village of Debal at
its confluence with the Kail river. Follow the Kail
upstream, driving along its true right bank through the
villages of Haripur and Mander.
The first day of the trek is kept short in case you have
to walk more due to landslides. Pack ponies and porters
will be used to carry equipment and personal baggage. The
trek begins with a steady steep hour's climb from Mandoli
on a loose but well-defined trail which leads to the top
of the Lohajung Khal (7,045 ft/2,134 m), overlooking the
villages of Didna and Wan to the north and Debal village
and the Pindar valley to the south. There is a small Shiva
temple at the pass, with the village to the left.
Overnight camp is set up behind the Tourist Bungalow and
the Forest Rest House. One can hike for four hours to the
nearby Icing Top, a beautiful pasture on top of a
mountain, offering excellent views in all four directions.
Day 4 : Trek LOHAJUNG KHAL to TOLA PANI (8,800
ft/2,667 m) - 7 hours
A strenuous day. You will be descending about 1,000 feet
(303 m) and ascending about 2,700 feet (820 m) in total.
After breakfast descend through thick oak forests with
mixed vegetation to a small clear stream. Cross over a
bridge and gradually climb towards the north for about an
hour and a half to the beautiful open meadow called
Meldhar. To the left is the village of Kulin, perched high
above to the right, the winter home of villagers from
Didna. Descend about 200 feet to another stream, crossed
over by another "pucca" bridge. Another 30 minutes of
gradual walking will bring you to a small cluster of four
to five huts. This is the winter settlement of the
villagers from Wan where they grow potatoes and green
vegetables. Walk another ten minutes to Neel Ganga, coming
from Bedni Bugayal, a fairly large stream with a wooden
bridge. Climb steeply for an hour and a half to the small
village of Didna (7,500 ft/2,273 m) with barley, wheat and
potato farms and a junior school. After a brief stop
continue climbing through thick forests of pine,
rhododendron and oak for another hour and a half to the
pasture of Tola Pani. Villagers from Didna camp here from
June to September and use it as a summer grazing ground
for their cattle and sheep. Camp is set up on a clear
patch, away from the grazing animals.
Day 5 : Trek TOLA PANI to BEDNI BUGAYAL (12,000
ft/3,636 m) - 6 to 7 hours
A most beautiful day with excellent views of the Western
Himalayas. Climb for an hour and a half through thick
forest and reach the crest of the ridge and an open meadow
called Taula Pani, offering excellent views to the south
and to the far north. Cut across to the left from the
meadow towards the north following the ridge, from where
you get spectacular views of Didna and Kulin villages in
the foreground and the Jaturpani range (13,500 ft/4,091 m)
with the Brahm Tal and Bhegal Tal - two beautiful alpine
lakes at its base. Keep following the ridge through the
forest, with a gradual one-hour ascent to the alpine
meadow of Khurtal, situated at 11,000 feet (3,333 m). The
entire Neel Ganga valley opens up right in front of you,
with spectacular views of Chaukhamba, Banderpunch,
Neelkanth, Kedarnath and other upper Ganga valley peaks to
the north west; the villages of Didna, Kulin and Wan below
and Lohajung Khal and Icing Top to the south.
Climb further through rhododendron forest for about 500
feet to the beginning of Ali Bugayal, a most magnificent
open grassland some 3 to 4 km long and half a km wide.
Locally it is known as Dev Bhumi - the playground of the
gods. From here you have even more spectacular views of
Nandaghunti, Ronti, Trishul and Hathi Parbat. Continue on
for about two hours to Bedni Bugayal. Camp is set near the
Bedni Kund (pond).
Day 6 : At BEDNI BUGAYAL
Rest day. Relax in camp or walk towards Patal Nochni
ridge at 14,300 ft (4,303 m) to get even closer views of
Trishul, Nanda Ghuti and Chaugabang.
Day 7 : Trek BEDNI BUGAYAL to WAN (8,045 ft/2,437
m) - 4 to 5 hours
A short day with downhill walking. Descend sharply
through thick oak and rhododendron forest with bamboo
undergrowth. The track follows the curve of the mountain
towards the west, hitting the upper Neel Ganga which
originates from Bedni Kund. Crossing over a "pucca"
bridge, climb about 200 feet to the crest of the ridge,
when the semi-bowl-shaped Wan Valley suddenly opens up in
front of you, with the Wan village to the right.
Another gradual walk for some 45 minutes through the
village brings you to the Forest Rest House and Tourist
Bungalow. Camp is set up near the Rest House. Wan is the
biggest village in the Neel Ganga Valley, having a cluster
of houses spread around the valley with Lohajung Khal to
the left and Kokin Khal to the right. The village has a
middle school, a government provision store and a
Day 8 : Trek WAN to KUNOL (7,545 ft/2,286 m) over
KUKIN KHAL - 5 to 6 hours
An easy day. Start wit h a climb through barley and
potato fields. Leave the village boundary after an hour's
walk and climb gradually towards Kukin Khal (10,300
ft/3,121 m). Just before the pass, some 2 km from Wan, is
a beautiful pasture - an excellent camping ground for big
groups. Climb steeply about 400 feet to the pass which is
a beautiful open meadow. Descend steadily for an hour and
a half to the village of Kunol - an enjoyable walk through
open grassland. Depending on the season, camp is set
either in the premises of the Forest Rest House in Kunol
or half an hour before the village, on an open ground next
to the stream.
Day 9 : Trek KUNOL to BORA (8,550 ft/2,591 m) - 8
A long day's walk through forest, a number of villages
and open slopes with gorgeous views of the Himalayan
peaks. Start with a gentle climb through the pine forest
for about an hour, keeping Kunol village to the far left
below the trail. Arrive at an open patch in the forest,
where you take a right turn and follow an ill-defined
trail which descends steeply through the forest for some
30 minutes, until it joins up with a proper well-defined
trail which circles the mountainside.
Another half-hour's walk gets you to the confluence of
the Nandakani river, originating from Homkund and Shila
Samundra - the western glaciers of Trishul - and Roopkani,
a comparatively smaller stream which originates in the
legendary and sacred Roop Kund. From the gorge, the icy
western face of Trishul looms high. Crossing the Roopkani
over a wooden bridge and then the Nandakani over a steel
bridge, the trail passes through the village of Sutol,
some 15 minutes climb from the bridge. The trail climbs
gradually along the mountain face overlooking the
Nandakani river to the left. Cross a stream and climb
sharply through forest and open patches for about two
hours to the village of Panna Chowk. From the crest of the
village magnificent views of the Nandakani Valley open up.
A gradual descent for another 45 minutes leads to Geri
Dhar stream, with watermills used for grinding barley and
wheat. Climb steeply for 45 minutes to a hump called
Dekhna Dhar, offering excellent open views of Nandakarni
Valley to the left. Take a right turn and walk gradually
for some time, the trail zigzagging its way up along the
An hour's walk brings you to the village of Ala. Since
the trail is on the south eastern slopes, it is quite
exposed to the sun during clear days. From Ala descend
gradually to a clear stream called Ala Ka Dhar. The trail
again zigzags up the mountain, leaving the Nandakani river
far below to the left. An initially gradual and then a
steep climb for an hour and a half takes you to the top of
the ridge to the beautiful meadow of Bora, overlooking
Pandergaon to the north. Camp is set up either at Bora
further down among the fields near the stream of Pander Ka
Dhar, a 30-minute walk from Bora.
Day 10 : Trek BORA to PANNA (8,078 ft/2,448 m)
via CHECHNI BINAYAK - 9 to 10 hours
Another long day, involving a lot of up and down walking
through dense oak and rhododendron forests, villages and
river valleys. Descend and then climb for 45 minutes to
the village of Pander. Cross the fields and start climbing
steeply for a good three and a half hours through dense
forest till you reach the top of the ridge called Binayak
(a junction where three or more trails meet). Descend for
about 10 minutes to an open meadow where local villagers
camp with their cattle. A further 10 minute descent leads
to another meadow where a well-deserved rest stop is made.
You get your first distant view of Kuari Pass in the north
from here. A steep two-hour descent through dense forest
brings you to the village of Jhinjhi (7,095 ft/2,150 m) -
a neat village with whitewashed houses. The villages of
Panna of Irani are visible across the Beheri Ganga river
on the other side of the mountain from Jhinjhi. Descend
for half an hour through forest to the Beheri Ganga,
crossing it over a steel rope bridge. The river drains the
western slopes of Nanda Ghunti. Climb steeply for two and
a half hours to the crest of the ridge through open grass
slopes interspersed with thick forest. Enter the semi
bowl-shaped valley of Panna, leaving the trail which leads
to Irani village to the right. Walk for another 45 minutes
to a waterfall. Camp is set some 10 minutes away.
Day 11 : Trek PANNA to SHARTOLI (11,300 ft/3,424
m) - 3 to 4 hours
A short day. Climb for about an hour towards Shartoli
ridge, leaving the trail that leads to Panna village to
the left. It is a pleasant walk through open pastures with
views of the Beheri Ganga valley to the left. A steep
climb through dense forests for two and a half hours
brings you to the top of the ridge. Walk along the ridge
to the right in the forest for some 20 minutes. Descend
gradually 200 feet to reach the pastures of Shartoli, an
open ground on the northern side, surrounded by thick
forest. The Kuari Pass and Dhakhwani - your next day's
stop - is just across the valley towards the north.
Shartoli is full of shepherds and villagers with their
cattle from July to September. The campsite has to be
cleaned before tents are pitched for the night. In the
months of May and June, water is usually not available at
the campsite and has to be fetched from a stream some 45
minutes walk from the campsite.
Day 12 : Trek SHARTOLI to DHAKWANI (11,700
ft/3,545 m) - 6 hours
Descend gradually for about 45 minutes towards the east
through thick forest till you reach the hump from where a
cup- shaped depression and a waterfall are visible below.
Descend sharply through rubble and broken trail for about
20 minutes to the waterfall. It might take much longer for
the pack ponies. Cross the stream over rocks and climb
steeply through the forest for about two hours, taking the
left curve of the mountain with views of Shartoli to the
left. Continue descending to Dhakhwani Nallah, which
drains from Kuari Pass. Cross over the rocks and climb
steeply for 3 hours through rhododendron forest to the
open grasslands of Dhakhwani, the base of Kuari Pass where
shepherds camp with their sheep, goats, cattle and horses.
Day 13 : Trek DHAKWANI to KUARI (13,530 ft/4,100
m) over KUARI PASS - 5 to 6 hours
The trail taken depends on weather conditions. If it is
raining the trail could be tedious and tricky. Kuari Pass
used to be a grassland all the way up from Dhakwani.
However, erosion and landslides have changed the shape of
the pass which now consists mainly of loose rubble and
rocks. Leave early in the morning in time to see the
A steep climb of two hours takes you to Kuari Pass
(14,084 ft/4,268 m). Take a right turn and walk along the
grassy slopes full of shepherds. Cross a small tricky
stream coming from Kuari Top. Camp is set up near the
stream. Stop for a while at the campsite before starting
the hour and a half steep climb to Kuari Top, from where
you get magnificent panoramic views for which Kuari Pass
is renowned. Arranged in a stupendous arc lie the
Himalayas - from the gorges of Trishul to the peaks of
Kedrnath, Kamet's pyramid of granite, Nilkanth, the
square- topped summits of Gori Parbat and Hathi Parbat and
in the far east, the icy crest of Dunagiri gleaming in the
Day 14 : Trek KUARI to TAPOVAN (6,517 ft/1,975 m)
- 4 to 5 hours, drive to JOSHIMATH - 1 hour
The trail circles around the curving meadows to the left
and descends gradually to the lower parts of the grazing
grounds. Then descend steeply for about four hours through
rhododendron, oak and pine forests to the village of
Kulari. Cross Kulari Nallah and walk gradually along it,
bypassing a number of villages and their fields.
Walk for another 30 minutes along the small canal jutting
out of Kulari Nallah, taking a right turn till you reach
the hump overlooking the Dhauli Ganga valley, with
Dunagiri right across the river and the village of Tapovan,
known for its hot sulphur springs, right below, next to
the road. Descend for another 30 minutes to the roadhead
where vehicles are waiting to drive you to Joshimath for
overnight stay in a simple basic hotel.
Day 15 : Drive JOSHIMATH to RISHIKESH - 245 km -
Drive along the Alakananda river through Pipalkoti,
Karanprayag, Srinagar and Devprayag where the confluence
of the Bhagirathi and Alakananda forms the Ganga.
Overnight at a simple clean hotel.