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Overview

8N/9D :

Kathgodam - Naukuchiyatal - Mukteshwar - Chalnichhina - Ganghet - Thikalna - Kathgodam

What will you do : Hiking, Cycling, Village Experience

What will you see : Himalayan Peaks, Villages, Valleys, Forests,

Beautifully nestled in the Himalayas is the mystical land of Uttarakhand, often heralded as the Land of Gods (Dev Bhumi). For over here are many important pilgrimage centres found throughout the state. Magnificent views of the Himalayan peaks, amazing setting of the small villages dotted on the hillsides and charming local cultures – provide the perfect blend for a memorable cycling and hiking trip.

Right from the coquettish charms of the sparkling Rhododendrons to the sombreness of stately Deodars, the beauty of Kumaon is best explored on the quaint rural roads atop a bicycle or on foot. Not only do you see the spectacular panorama of this land but also experience it, so as to instil in you the age old conviction that great things are born when people and mountain meet.

During the hiking part of the tour, enhancing your experience is your few nights stay in traditional village houses which are stunningly located and have been touched up (and added on with attached bathrooms) to provide very comfortable lodging without compromising on the authenticity.

Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Kathgodam – Naukuchiyatal

    Naukuchiatal Cycling Experience

    On arrival in Kathgodam you will be received and driven to the scenic Naukuchiatal (50 km / 1.5 hr) that is nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas. Once here, check in to the hotel. After lunch, enjoy cycle around the riveting area.

  • Day 2 - Naukuchiyatal

    Naukuchiata Bicycle Tour, Saat Tal Bicycle Tour

    Post breakfast; unravel the breath-taking Naukuchiatal and the celestial like Saat Tal area.

    Fringed by hills covered in trees and shrubs, the land of Naukuchiatal referred to the ‘Lake of Nine Corners’ offers the ideal backdrop. In Saat Tal, seven lakes beautifully connect at the lush Mehragaon Valley.

  • Day 3 - Naukuchiyatal – Mukteshwar

    Mukteshwar Cycling Experience

    This pleasant day, prep up with breakfast, and go cycling up to the fascinating summit of Mukteshwar. As you pedal along, reel in the refreshing sight of pine trees and charming landscapes. Once you reach the destination, you will be rewarded with views of the Himalayan Peaks, eagles and other birds.

  • Day 4 - Mukteshwar – Chalnichhina

    Chalnichhina Cycling Experience

    After a hearty breakfast, cycle to the charming village of Chalnichhina. Take delight in the in the initial downhill ride that goes uphill near the destination. Amidst Oak trees and terrace farmlands, Chalnichhina offers mesmerising views of the valley and the snow-capped mountains. The cycling expedition ends today.

  • Day 5 - Chalnichhina

    Hiking Expedition, Local Interaction

    Today, begin the day with an exciting day hike. Sojourn with picnic lunch on inviting estate and the neighbouring area. Accompanying you is walk guide experts who gives you insights into this region and help you mingle with the local people. The highlight of the day includes having tea with the locals, and witnessing heavenly sights once at the top.

  • Day 6 - Chalnichhina – Ganghet

    Jhankarsem Hiking Experience

    Post a sumptuous breakfast, indulge in a walk uphill to the temple of Jhankarsem, one of the most revered and famous temples of the region. From here, go hiking uphill towards the valley of Dudum, a treat for the eyes. En route, pass through quaint villages and get a whiff of local life. Take in the splendid sights of terraced fields, old Kumaoni houses and small village temples.

  • Day 7 - Ganghet to Thikalna

    Hiking Experience

    Enjoy a relaxed breakfast, post which saunter through the lush rhododendron and pine forests for an hour. After an exciting uphill and downward stretches, reach the ridge of Naini and continue walking to the ancient Temple of Jageshwar (1780mts) for another one hour. Reflecting the Nagara style of North India, it features a tall curved spire surmounted by an amalaka (capstone) and a kalasha crown. After visiting the temple complex, relish in a picnic lunch nearby.

    Post lunch, set off for an uphill walk to Gurdaba Village and pass through some of the oldest Deodar forests in the entire region. Tread along the ridge towards Bridh Jageshwar temple complex (2229mts) and sink in the splendid views of the Nanda Devi Range on your left. Explore the fascinating facets of the temple. A befitting finish to the walk is to the pleasant village of Thikalna where you will halt for the night. Spend the evening at leisure and by a bonfire.

  • Day 8 - Thikalna

    Hiking Expedition, Village Experience

    Indulge in breakfast, and take a refreshing walk downhill through a small trail laced with Rhododendron trees. Continue walking on the trail to Dhaulchina. From here, head downhill through the verdant pine forest to ‘Kachula’ and then carry on to the small village town of ‘Barechina’. Indulge in the sights of villages buzzing with little children, people farming their fields, elderly men enjoying their hookah over tea, cattle grazing, and the elegant Magpie. From Barechina, enjoy the vehicle ride to the village house for a late lunch. Come evening and mingle with the local people over a merry bonfire.

  • Day 9 - Thikalna – Kathgodam

    Transfer to Kathgodam railway station for your onward journey (4 hours). 

Other Inclusions

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  • Accommodation on twin-share basis in the mentioned hotels or similar in standard rooms
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  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary
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  • Entrance fees to cultural sights
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  • All cycling arrangements:
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  • An accompanying support vehicle
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  • An accompanying Cycling Guide on cycling days
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  • Bicycle Rental
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  • Spares for cycles
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  • Mechanic-Helper
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  • Bottled water during cycling
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  • All hiking arrangements:
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  • Accompanying Walking Guide and support staff on hiking days
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  • Following items will be available with our staff on all walking days: bottled water, energy bars, adjustable walking sticks, first-aid kit, hand sanitizer, tissues, fruits and snacks
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  • All currently applicable taxes

Advisory

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  • Hiking: Country path through Oak, Pine and Rhododendron forests with lovely views of valleys, terraced fields and Himalayan peaks. The path will be rough at some stretches. You will find the villagers doing their daily chores, children going to the school and herds of goats and sheep. You will also fine numerous species of birds and small mammals along the route.

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