Duration: 14 days
Altitude: 4100 mts/13448 ft
Season: May - Jun
Valley of Stones' sounds a perfect adventure getaway isn't it? A destination less explored and a nature that remains completely untouched, the virgin territory that is yet to be exploited and traversed by few, the Sunderdhunga Base Camp is in the eyes of several mapquesters. The trail brings in the harmony of every single elements of nature, even fire while camping overnight. The route to the base camp follows the same as that of Pindari till village Khati and thereafter it diverts to a completely different terrain that passes through a snaky, rocky and crazy path via villages like Jatoli, Dhungia Dhaun and Kathalia. The Sunderdhunga Base Camp Trek is not an easy trek in the Kumaun Himalayan region as it presents some hard hours of trail to Dhungia Dhaun. Recognized as one of the moderate to challenging treks in the Kumaun Himalayan region, the trail gets rolling in the summer season. It is approximately 10 -11 days of journey from Loharkhet to Bageshwar.
The Sunderdhunga Base Camp trek commences from Loharkhet and heads upward to Dhakuri, which is a fair climb and is approximately 11 kilometers of trail. From Dhakuri the journey snakes to Khati, which is the largest village on the way and thereafter it winds towards Jatoli via Warbham following the River Pindar and later the Sunderdhunga stream. The journey from Jatoli to Kathalia, which is a 12 kilometers long trek, passes through a thick alpine forest and thereafter the trail leads off at Sunderdhunga view point via Sukhram Cave. The trail from Kathalia to Sunderdhunga view point is approximately 10 kilometers but truly strenuous BUT one can capture the panoramic view of the majestic peaks like Tharkot at 6,100 meters, Mrigthuni at 6,856 meters, Maiktoil at 6,803 meters and Panwalidwar at 6,663 meters. Further, a steep climb of 4 kilometers from Kathalia leads to Maiktoli Top and there again the trail continues downhill to Khati following the same route. The journey ends at Bageshwar via Dhakuri and Loharkhet.
Day 01: Arrive Delhi
Upon arrival at Delhi met our representative and then transfer to hotel for overnight stay.
Day 02: Delhi - Almora (315 Kms/8 Hrs Approx By Car)
Early in the morning drive to Ranikhet via Kathgodam, Bhim Tal. Arrival at Ranikhet by evening. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 03: Almora - Loharkhet(130 Kms/2-3 Hrs) - Dhakuri (2680 Mts / 8844 Ft)
Mornings after breakfast drive to Loharkhet and from here we will start our trek up to Dhakuri. It is an 11 km trek today that takes you down into the depths of the valley and then a fair climb to Dhakuri. Dinner and overnight stay in tents/rest house.
Day 04: Dhakuri - Khati (2210 Mts/7293 Ft)
This is an 8 km trek; Khati is the largest village on this routeand is on the banks of the Pinder Ganga.The people here are extremely hospitable and legend has it that they are the descendents of the race who provided shelter to.
Day 05: Khati - Jatoli (2000 Mts/6600 Ft) 8 Kms/5hrs
In the morning trek to Jatoli village, from Khati we will follow the Pinder River up to Warbham - the meeting place of Pinder River and Sunderdhunga stream. Now along Sunderdhunga stream, reach Jatoli crossing boulders ascent for night halt. Dinner & overnight stay in camps.
Day 06: Jatoli - Kathalia (3206 Mts/14300 Ft) 12 Kms/5 Hrs
The distance covered today is 12 km through thick alpine forest for more than half the journey. You will also see the Saria River today. Kathalia is the last inhabited village (if you can call it that). Overnight in tents.
Day 07:Kathalia - Sukhram Cave - Sunderdunga View Point (3900 Mts/12870 Ft)
In the morning we will trek up to Sunderdunga view point passes through Sukhram Cave. Today we will trek 10 kms and it will take 4-5 hrs to reach over there. On arrival set out camp for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 08: Kathalia - Maiktoli Top 4320 Mts/14256 Ft)
After breakfast start a trek with a steep climb of 4 kms to reachMaiktoli top and from here you feel that you will touch the peak.The day is memorable for the adventure lover. Back to Kathalia for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 09: Kathalia - Jatoli(12 Kms/5 Hrs)
Trek back to Jatoli. Dinner and overnight stay in tents.
Day 10: Jatoli - Khati (8 Kms/4 Hrs)
Trek back to Khati. Dinner and overnight stay in tents.
Day 11: Khati - Dhakuri (8 Kms/4 Hrs)
In the morning trek back to Dhakuri. Dinner and overnight stay in tents.
Day 12: Dhakuri - Loharkhet - Song - Bageshwar
In the morning trek to Song (13 kms/ 5-6 hrs) and then drive back to Bageshwar. On arrival check in to hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 13: Bageshwar - Naini Tal - Delhi
In the morning drive to Delhi via Kathgodam. Arrival at Delhi by evening. On arrival check in to hotel for overnight stay.
Day 14: Delhi Departure
After half day sightseeing at Delhi transfer to airport to catch your onwards flight.