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TrekkingTrekking 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.

TrekkingTrekking 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.

TrekkingGangotri 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.

TrekkingKalindikhal Trek :
for the most adventurous trekkers, with fundamental knowledge of the mountains, this trek provides a rare experience . The trek takes on from Nandanvan to Vasuki tal after due acclimatization. There is a gradual ascent of kms, thereafter, the trek negotiates Kharapathar at a height of m before camping at Kalindi base (5590m.). Crossing the Kalindi Pass, one treks down to Arwa glacier and Arwatal (3980m) to Badrinath via ghastoli with two main rivers crossing on the way.

Valley of Flowers and Hemkund Trek :
Surrounded by the river Pushpavati and small streams, at an elevation ranging between 3000 to 4000 metres, the Valley is nearly l0 kms in length and 2 kms in width . the trek starts from govindghat(19 kms.), on the way to Badrinath, having two major gradients, one initially from alaknanda suspension bridge of Govindghat to Pulana villages for 3 kms and the other from Bhundar to Ghangharia. After trekking 3 kms from Ghangharia, a bifurcation point is reached. The routes are well marked here.

Khatling Sahasratal Masartal Trek :
The Khatlintg glacier is a lateral glacier , at the source of river Bhilangana. Sahasratal and Masartal are on the west and east of it. The valley of Bhilangana affords a panoramic view of snow capped peaks and hanging glaciers, viz. Jogin group, Kirti stambh and Meru are sublime and magnificent. The whole trek passes through thick forests and beautiful lush green meadows. In the rainy season, the meadows burst with splendid flowers. Trekkers will have to cross scores of small streams on improvised log bridges on this route.

Har- Ki- Doon Trek :
TrekkingAt an elevation of 3566m. it is surrounded by glittering peaks and dense forests. The forests are rich in wildlife and is veritable paradise ofr birdwatchers and nature lovers. The trek from :Betwar to Olsa is thgrough dense forests of chestnuts, walnuts, willows and chinarts. The trek from Osla to Har- Ki- Doon is through terraced miuntain fields , lush green grassy land and conifer forests.
Best Season : the rainy season is ideal for this ideal for this trek.

Roopkund Trek :
Situated at a height of 5029 mts. in the lap of Trisul Massif. This area is usually called the 'Mystery Lake' since human skeletons and remains of horses from the paleolithic age were found here. The lake is surrounded by rock-strewn glaciers and snow clad peaks. The starting point of the trek is Tharali, easily approched by motor from Rishikesh. Roopkund can also can also be reached from Ghat, connected by a motorable; road with Nandpryag situated on the main highway to Dadrinath. The route passes through lush green grassy land and conifer forests clinging onto the slopes of hills. The trel thereafter ;winds its way along the Pindar river. Then to round off this trek, one can approach Homekund vea Shail Samudra glacier and then m ove on to ghat or Nandprayag. For the round trek, services of a guide are advisable.

Rishikesh-Pauri- Binsar Trek :
The trek starts froms Thalisain via Pauri , an enchanting hill station presenting a panormic view of the Garhwal Himalaya snowy peaks, and on a clear day the sunset view is worth seeing from Kandolia, 5 kms from Riishikesh, and Kotdwar (way to Pauri), from Thalisain the trek trails t;hrough a very rich forest of deodar, silver, fir, pice and oak & wildlife. Best Season : Winter when it is not difficult with its ascents and descents., the trel is full of life and the trekkers will enjoy the scenic beauty ;throughout.

Mussoorie- Nagtibba Trek :
At the foot hill of the Garhwal Himalaya rages, north east of Mussoorie, Nagtibba is at an altitude of 3048 mts. The trek starts from Dhanaulti on a forest track upto Morina Dhar. This place is situated on a saddle and at sunrise it is a beautiful sight to watch the sun peeping from behind the mountains. From Morina Dhar the trek is o n a ridge, most of the time parallel to the Garhwal Himalaya ranges from Swaragaronini to Nandandevi. This part of the trek is very rich is flora and fauna. Only a few villges come enroute and even those are abandoned during winter months. From Nagtibba to Nainbagh is a downhill trek to the picturesque villge of Panthwari, (motorable too ) gay with life and presenting the culture of Jaunpur.

TrekkingKalsi- Lakhamandal Trek :
A cultural and historical trekl in the Jaunsar -Babar region at the foothills of the Garhwal Himalaya, between the rivers Yamuna and the Tons. This trek has great historical importance , for at Kalsi there is a rock edict of the Ashokan period in Pali script. At Birat Khoi is a fort, which according to the legendary epic, Mahabharat, belonged to Maharaja Birat . at Lakhamandal also there is an ancient palace of the Kauravas. It is now in ruins but is believed to have been made of lac for the Pandavas.

Kuari Pass Trek :
The pass (khall) is apprached through a narrow goat track at an elevation of 4265 mts. in the heart of Chamoli District on the north eastern part of Garhwal. The glorious view of the imposing eastern peaks of the Garhwal Himamayas is unforgettably enchanting. They appear so close with their grand glittering snow caps that on feels like almost touching them. Of the wether is clear then the peaks visible from Kuari Pass are Nandan Devi, Duunagiri Bethartoli, Devathan, etc. the trek- trails are scenic specially aroudn Ramni. Since Lord Curzon Road.

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