Mountaineering & Trekking in Uttaranchal
Trekking in Kumaon
Pithoragarh, the easternmost hill district of Uttar Pradesh, bordering Nepal in the east and Tibet in the norith, is often called 'miniature Kasmir'. Its environs are known for the abundant natural beauty and many fine temple that are important pilgrimage points and it is the base for many exciting treks eg. Pithorgarh-Parwati Lake -Chota Kailash-Sinla Pass Trek.
Along the Gori valley in the district of Pithoragarh are may interesting trekking routes eg Munsyari-Martoli-Milam-Ralam glacier. During treks in the kali, Kuti and Dhauli eastern valley regions, one not only walks along a large portion of the Kailash-Mansarover route, but also gets an exposure to The socio-cultural life of the people libving in the Chaudans, Byans and Darma valleys.
Bageshwar - sunderdhunga - pindari - kafni Glacier Trek :
36 kms from kausani, at the confluence of the rivers Gomti and Saryu lies this religious towon of Bageshwar.An important pilgrime centre of the Kumaon Himalayas, Bageshwar is adonred by temples and places of worship and is often eqated, by piligrims , with Varanasi in its divinity and religion.From Bageshwar to Song is a 40Kms motorable road and from Song and there is a trek of 14kms to Dhakuri, 8km trek to khati and 7km trek to jatoli from where the route diverges to Sunderdhunga Pindari and Kafni.
Trekking in Garhwal
Panch Kedar Trek :
Panch Kedars are the five different forms of the Hindu God Shivas, and are known as Kedarnath (3584m); Madmaheshwar (3289 m); Tungnath (3810 m); Rudranath (2134 m). The mountainscape from each temple is fascinating, the valley full of rich fauna & fiora and the people hospitale.
Kedarnath - Vasuki Tal Trek:
The terk stsrts from Gaurikumd,Where one can have a refreshing bath in the hot water sulphur springs. The trek from Gaurikund to Rambara winds along the river Mandakini forest and across beautiful waterfalls. The trek from Kedarnath to Vasuki Tal is a continous Ascent along a goat track and it offers a panoramic view Of Chaukhamba peaks. The final trek to Vasuki Tal is Downhill for 1 km. At the bottom of this, one can see Rectangular slabs of rocks.
Best Season- May - Sept.
Dodi Tal :
Situated at an elevation of 3024 mts., north of Uttarkashi and surrounded by dense woods of oak, pine, Deodar and rhododendrons. The crystal clear lake is full of Rare fishes and the Himalayan Golden Trouts. The trek to Dodi Tal connemnce from Utarkashi to Kalyani and is Approachable by motor. Kalyani to Agoda is gradual climb through woods, fields and villages on a mule track the trek from Agoda to Dodi Tal is steep and thgrough thick forests.
Best Season: The route is open thuorghout the year, though in winters it is quite cold.
Gangotri Kedarnath Trek:
This trek is along the old pilgrim route from gangotri to kedarnath. From Gangotri one has to come down to Mala by motor . The actual ltrek starts from Mala, after crossing the river Bhagirathi. The trek is on level upto Sauri-ki-gad and from this point the climb to Belak is gradual. From Belak to Budha Kedar, to is downhill through dense forests full of birks and willlife. From Budha Kedar to Panwali, it is an uphill climb through trreaced fields and picturesque villages. The enchanting view of the Garhwal Himalaya is very refreshing and compensates the efforts of rgular ascend and descend. The 'Bugyals' (alpine meadows ) on this trek are most beautiful, specially the Kush-Kalyani and the. Panwali bugyals.
Gangotri-Gaumukh-Nandavan-Tapovan Trek :
This trek combines the experience of mountain climbing, rock climbing, boulder-hopping and glacier traversing. The trek is not a very rigoroous one and is easily negotiable by non mountaineers too. It passes through orchards of coniferous pine trees at chir-basa and birch at Bhojasa. From Gaumukh to Nandanvan, one traverses along the Gangotri and Chatturangini glaciers. Pitch a camp at the junction of chatturangini and Bhagirathi gangotri glaciers. From Nandanvan, view the Shivling, Bhagirathi, Sudarshana, thelu peaks and Kedar Dome. Cross the Gangotri glacier and rocky face before arriving at the lush green meadows of tapovan, surrounded by many named and unnamed peaks of the Garhwal Himalayas.
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