The Darma valley in Pithoragarh district is endowed with abundant scenic grandeur. Nestling snugly in the lap of the snow capped peaks of Panchachuli,the route to glacier abounds in exotic scenery,snowcapped mountains,gushing streams,Alpine meadows and a rich variety of flora and fauna.
|Total Duration||10 Nights / 11 Days|
|Style of Trip|
|Maximum Altitude||3850 m/126320 ft|
|Best Season||May to June; September to November|
|Accommodation||Hotel/Guesthouse– 4; Organized Campsite – 6|
|Food||Almora, Dharchulla, Mukteshwar and On trek– All meals included|
|Travel||In small Non AC vehicles/coach depending on the group size|
*Based on a group size of 6-9
Day 01 – Arrival Kathgodham. Drive to Almora
Day 02 – Almora to Dharchulla
Day 03 – Drive to Sobla. Trek starts Sobla to Dar
Day 04 – Dar to Sela
Day 05 – Sela to Baaling
Day 06 – Baaling to Duktu
Day 07 – Panchachuli east base camp and back
Day 08 – Duktu to Nagling
Day 09 – Nagling to Bungling. Drive to Dharchulla
Day 10 – Dharchulla to Mukteshwar
Day 11 – Mukteshwar to Kathgodham. Final departure
Day-1: Kathgodam-Almora (3 hrs drive) Arrive at Kathgodam railway station, Drive 3 hrs to Almora. Evening visiting market and stay in Hotel.
Day-2: Almora-Dharchulla (8hrs drive) After breakfast drive 206km; 8hrs to Dharchula via picturesque Kumaouni valley.We cross Jouljibi; At Jouljibi there is the confluence of river Gori with Kali that crosses intoIndiafromNepalat Dharchula.
Day-3: Dharchulla-Sobla ( 2hrs drive and 2 hrs trek) (2134m / 7001ft) The route now travels northwards past Dharchula and Tawa Ghat and diverts westward into a gorge following the Dhauli Ganga river up to Sobla. Sobla (1670m) is the entry point to theDarmaValleyand is the starting point of our trek. Our destination isDarVillage(2134m) which is 5 kms. From Sobla we pitch up here for the night.
Day-4: Dar to Sela (2500m / 8202 ft; 12 kms; 5 to 6 hrs) Today’s walk is long but easy. The mule track from Dar to Sela goes through hill sides of green pastoral land. The campsite is on the outskirts of Sela.
Day-5: Sela to Baling (2743m / 8999 ft; 11 kms; 5 to 6 hrs) It is another relatively trouble free day. The trail to Baling goes up and down hill sides but the altitude gained is moderate. The views of the distant glaciers are exciting and the temptation to push ahead is high. Nevertheless we camp here for the night.
Day-6: Baling to Duktu (3210m / 10532 ft; 6 kms; 3 hrs) Duktu and Dantu are two adjacent villages which are the last centers of human habitation in this part of Darma valley. The view of the Panch Chulli peaks from here is just magnificent. On the outskirts of Duktu is a huge meadow that provides a perfect setting for viewing the Panch Chulli glacier with the backdrop of the Panch Chulli peaks. This particular spot is almost picture perfect. We pitch up here for the night.
Day-7: Duktu to Panch Chulli (4 kms. each way; 5 hrs.) Today is a momentous day when we set out to explore the Panch Chulli glacier from our base camp at Duktu. The glacier projects outwards from the East face of Panch Chulli and a 4 kms. Trek from the campsite along the Yuli river leads to the massive glacier itself. The place itself provides an incredible scenery of a sprawling meadow bordered by tall oak and birch trees with the Panch Chulli (6904 mts./22652 ft.) looming in the background.
Day-8: Duktu to Nagling (2743m/11 kms.) We start on return trek today. The trail from Duktu to Nagling is a gradual descent and the days’ walk takes around 5 hours.
Day-9: Nagling to Bungling (12 kms.). Drive to Dharchulla. This is the last day of our walking. We arrive at Bungling by noon. From here after a brief rest we get on to a waiting jeep that drives us back to Dharchulla. Stay in Guest house.
Day-10: Dharchulla to Mukteswar (8-9hrs drive) Today we board a vehicle that drives us to Mukteswar. We check in for the night at Trisul orchards. Mukteswar is a beautiful place and popular for its amazing views ofHimalaya.
Day-11: Mukteswar to Kathgodam (80km.) Today is a day when we can chill out and relax. Late afternoon we board a vehicle that drives us to Kathgodam. There is also the option of leaving Mukteswar after breakfast and driving to the Nainital; visiting Mall, High altitude Zoo and Boating onNainiLake. The train toDelhideparts from Kathgodam at 20.40 hrs.
End of Arrangements
COST PER PERSON* (Ex Kathgodham)
3 – 5 pax
6 – 9 pax
(on Hotel stay only)
Almora, Dharchulla, Mukteswar: In good hotel or Guest house as AP basis.
On the trek: In camping tents on twin sharing basis including all meals (Veg and non Veg).
AP basis: All meals included
Kathgodam to kathgodam in small vehicles / coach depending on the group size.
Local experienced guides and kitchen staff on the trek
Porters / Ponies for personal baggage up to 12 kg.
All camping gears as; Tents, Mattress (Rubber + Air), camping chairs and folding table, Dinning tent and Toilet tents.
Entry/ Permit fee in national parks.
Govt. Service Tax as applicable.
Stay and Food inDelhi.
Travel from Delhi-Kathgodam-Delhi.
Food expenses during travel between these destinations like Delhi to Kathgodam and back to Delhi.
Charges for ‘personal’ porters hired over and above the porters / mules hired for our trek.
Any kind of insurance, such as accident, theft, medical, evacuation etc.
Tips to the camping staff, porters & guide.
Any extra costs incurred due extension / change of the itinerary due to natural calamities, flight delays, road blocks, vehicle breakdown etc. factors beyond the control of our organization.
Items not specified in “Cost Includes”.
- Delays are expected on account of roadblock & weather conditions. Our effort will be to continue with the trip as per the schedule without compromising your safety and make you as comfortable as possible. However if the need arises in such situations we may have to compromise on the campsite / hotels and adjust to these situations then and there.
- Spot changes may be needed to be made to the itinerary if required so due to various reasons.
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