Imagine a land threaded by a mountain river strewn with reddish boulders, a remote corner of the Himalayas watered by hundreds of streams that give birth to lofty waterfalls. The mist roaming fearlessly on mountain tops covered in snow, the sun playing hide and seek with restless clouds. Rhododendron flowers blooming in the meadows where lush grass flourishes without care. The trek to Sunderdhunga Valley, the valley of beautiful stones, is an undertaking that will seldom disappoint as it is a perfect blend of intense natural bliss and adventure.
Pickup from Kathgodam/Haldawani railway or bus station and drive to Loharkhet via Almora, Kausani and Baijnath. Sight-seeing en route at Bhimtal , Sat Tal, Katarmal Sun Temple and hill station of Kausani. Baijnath was the erstwhile capitol of the Katyui Kings and is home to an impressive cluster of temples dating to the 11th century.
11 km of uphill trek through verdant jungles of oak, rhododendron and pine to Dhakuri Pass. Overnight in the picturesque camping grounds of Dhakuri in the shadow of Maiktoli and Panwali Dwar peaks.
Easy downhill trek from Dhakuri to Rithang followed by gradual uphill trek till Jatoli.Jatoli is a quintessential Himalayan village tucked along the Sunderdhunga River.
Moderate trekking day along beautiful Sunderdhunga Valley navigating massive boulders, precipitous drops, lofty waterfalls and fickle landslips. Overnight in the camping grounds of Kathaliya surrounded by mountains hidden in mist.
Leave for Baluni Top early morning just after morning tea and snacks. 4km of steep climb to Baluni Top is richly rewarding as one gets to see amazing panoramic views.
Trek back to Jatoli village.
Trek from Jatoli to the road head at Khirkiya and take a taxi to Baijnath, the old capital of the Katyuri Kings that has an impressive cluster of temples dating to the 11th century.
Drive back to Kathgodam . Sight-seeing on the way can include Kaichi temple and folk and culture museum displaying artefacts, culture of Uttarakhand and work of famous Indian archaeologist Dr Yashodhar Mathpal (most of the work is focused on Stone Age inscriptions)