The mighty and majestic Kumaon region of Uttarakhand is blessed with abundant natural beauty. Bounded by Tibet in North, Nepal in East, Uttar Pradesh in South and Garhwal region in West, Kumaon is home to lush greenery, lofty mountains and sparkling lakes and river. The diverse topography and beautiful locales also make it a great land of adventure. With trails ranging from easy to difficult, trekking in Kumaon Himalaya is one of the most enjoyed and anticipated adventure activities. According to the level of difficulties, the treks in Kumaon are divided under three categories namely, easy, moderate and difficult.
Kumaon offer several short treks that offer easy yet beautiful trails, so that along with trekking one can enjoy the splendid views as well. There are two popular easy trekking routes in Kumaon. Kafni Glacier Trek (4000m) is approximately a 12 days trek that begins from Song that is about 40kms away from Bageshwar. Pindari Glacier Trek (3900m) is amongst one of the most popular trekking routes in Kumaon Himalaya. It is a 13 days trek that begins from Loharkhet, which is 130 km from Almora.
The moderate treks in Kumaon can incite thrill and adventure. In fact trekking holiday in Kumaon is an ideal way of exploring the richness of this blessed region. There are two popular moderate trekking trails in Kumaon for those who are looking for an over the edge experience. Milam Glacier Trek (2290m) is an 18 days trek, which offers an exhilarating trekking experience. It is a 58kms one way trek that begins from Munsiyari. Sunderdhunga Base Camp trek (4100m) is another moderate trek in Garhwal. The trek for the same begins from Loharkhet, which is about 130 km away from Almora.
Trekking is like an adventure holiday in Kumaon. The beautiful yet difficult treks makes the adventure-seekers more excited about the expedition. There are two popular difficult treks in Kumaon that promises extreme adventure. Adi Kailash Trek (4770m) is a strenuous 23 days trek; it is like a dream to every adventure aficionados. Offering spectacular views and challenging trail, this trek begins from Tawaghat, which is about 122kms from Kausani. The Nanda Devi East Base Camp (4250m) trek is an 18 days strenuous trek that begins from Lilam, which is about 12kms from Munsiyari. Namik Glacier, Panchachuli Base Camp, Binsar Trek, Bhatkot and Sinla Pass are some other brilliant treks in Kumaon that offers equal thrill and adventure.
Best Time to Visit
October to December and March to May are the best months to visit Kumaon. While January and February are good for those who wish to experience snowfalls. June is quite hot, while July onwards, Kumaon receives lots of rains which makes commuting quite difficult in the area.
How to Reach
By Road:- Nainital offers excellent bus connectivity to mostly all the prominent destinations in North India. There are many buses running from Delhi to Nainital on a regular basis. Many tour operators offer you with buses having flexible timings as well. There are many bus coach options available to travel as per your requirements like air-conditioned, non-air-conditioned, Volvo buses and sleeper buses. The best option is to board the bus overnight and reach the destination by early morning. Most of the tourists prefer to reach Nainital by the road itself.
By Train:- The nearest railway station is located at a distance of 34 km at Kathgodham, it enjoys good connectivity with all the important places such as Delhi, Kolkata, and Lucknow. There are daily running trains from Delhi to Nainital. Some of the popular trains that you can take to reach Nainital are Kranti Express, Bagh Express, Ranikhet Express, Uttar Sampark and Dehradun Kathgodham Express. Outside the railway station, you can take a taxi to the hotel.
By Air:- As Nainital is a hill station, there is no direct connectivity through air to this place, however, there are many airports at a minimal distance to take you to Nainital. The nearest airport is located at a distance of 65 km from Nainital at Pantnagar. This is to note that only private chartered plane services are operational to and from here, no commercial flight service is available. The second nearest airport is in New Delhi which is at a distance of 290 km from Nainital. There are daily flights to Delhi from almost all the cities round the globe. You can hire private taxis from the airport to reach Nainital which will charge you around INR 4000 – 4500.