Namik Valley Trek

Namik Valley Trek
    This is a circular trek which explores the region around the Namik Glacier. The trail passes through high mountain passes, Rhododendron and Oak forests, waterfalls, river stream and pristine villages with and ancient temples.
     
    These villages have a strong local culture are rich in heritage from the Indo- Tibetan trade route and particularly the two villages of Gogina and Namik. We stay with the local people in their homes or camp out on rolling meadows with eternal Himalayas in constant view. Trek ends at a beach on the Ramganaga river where we can indulge in white water kayaking, swimming, fishing and sunbathing.
     
     
    Day 1: Board early morning Shatabdi (6:00 a.m.) from Delhi (Anand Vihar station) to reach Kathgodam by noon. Transfer to ‘Dankurhi’ heritage house, Ranikhet. (3 hours). Lunch enroute. Reach by early evening.
     
    Dankurhi - Ranikhet heritage house (Valley of the sun) is located approximately 12 kms from Ranikhet towards the Goluchina region. Stay in a traditional stone house called the Daan-kurhi - a local term for the highest dwelling in the valley. From the courtyard one can see a broad cultivated
    valley ringed by rising hills on all sides dotted with small villages on its slopes. In the centre of the valley is small stone temple, one of the only two sun temples in the Indian Himalayas.
     
    Go on short walks to explore hidden architectural gems. The surrounding mountain ranges are ideal for hiking, camping out in the forest or exploring neighboring villages on mountain bikes. You can also choose to simply relax in the 100 year old house which grows on you.
     
    Enjoy a Kumaoni meal by the campfire.
     
    Day 2: Drive from Ranikhet to Shaama via Bageshwar.(5 hrs). Reach the roadhead at Shaama by late afternoon. A two mile hike up the Gyandhura ridge brings you to Camp Shaama.
     
    Camp Shaama: The village with a secret view Stunning landscapes with silent meadows, peaks that reach for the sky and sparkling glacial rivers which cut through forested valleys. 50 kms from
    Bageshwar, is the roadhead of Shaama. Hike along the ‘Gyandhura’ ridge for 3 kms to reach a small table top at an altitude of 7500 ft., in the heart of the Central Himalayan wilderness surrounded by the biggest indian peaks – Nanda Devi (7848 m), Nanda Kot (6861m), Trishul (7120 m). Stay in small stone cottages just above the beautiful Gyandhura village. The site offers a spectacular 270 degrees view of the Himalayas up close, as the land drops away on all sides into vast forested valleys of the gleaming Ramganga below. Settle down in cottages. After lunch, explore the village on foot. Return and enjoy warm campfire and barbeques on a cold nights.
     
    Overnight at the Camp Shaama.
     
    Day 3: Early morning bird watching trail. Local Kumaoni breakfast made from fresh organic high altitude farm produce. Walk through the Gyanadhura village to the Shaama road head and ride in
    jeeps to the Gogina village. (24 kms) gradual incline mostly along a Kuccha road. Spectacular valleys and gorges along the route with some distant waterfalls visible. Reach Rathir after a short drive. Hike from Rathir via Gogina (3 kms) and further to Namik village Gogina and Namik villages are twin villages within a days hike from Shaama. Rich in heritage from the shepherd trails of the Indo- Tibetan trade route and known for its wool and stone houses with old wood carvings on doors and windows. These are the last permanent settlements along the Namik valley leading upto the Hiramani Glacier and one of the few truly remote mountain villages remaining. We camp out in the meadows or stay in village houses as we hike through the valley.
     
    Hike from Gogina to Namik village (5 – 6 kms). Gradual climb, the route is through stunningly beautiful landscape (distinctly upper Himalayan) – we pass a series of small pools in the forest -great for an icy swim.
     
    Evening – Reach the Namik village and stay in a village home or camp in the meadows over the village. Enjoy fresh high altitude vegetables, local brews and great conversations with the villagers over a warm fire.
     
    Explore the Namik village on foot, mainly shepherd communities. Stay at the Namik village the whole day – interact with the shepherd communities, day picnics on open meadows with constant Himalayan views.
     
    Overnight at the Namik village.
     
    DAY 4: Namik village to Bajemania . (9 kms climb). Slightly challenging trail, passes through thick Rhododendron and Oak forest.. Set up camp in the forest clearing, collect firewood.
     
    Day 5: Exploratory trek to bugyals beyond Thala. Reach the highest altitude on this trek around 9,200 ft. Depending on snow conditions we can extend the exploration towards the Hiramani glacier. Return back to Bajemania for the night.
     
    Day 6: Bajemania to Bala via the Sursundari pass.(13 kms mostly downhill). We cross the pass into the Birthi valley (Johar-Munsiyari side). Reach the roundhead and drive to rigonia village. Along the route we pass important settlement of Nachni (a major trekking base), a few suspension
    bridges and waterfalls to bathe under. Settle down in tents on the beach.
     
    Relax with a swim in the river.
     
    Overnight at the Ramganga beach camp.
     
    Day 7: Ramganga Beach Camp: A pristine sun soaked beach along the cool blue Ramganaga. Given its modest altitude, enjoying the warm sunny days and cool swims in the river, one can easily forget that the icy Himalayan peaks loom just around the bend from Munsiyari (8500
    ft). Stay in alpine tents on the beach, ride mountain bikes, learn to guide Kayaks, catch fish in the river, hike along birding trails, explore vast caves, enjoy a delicious Kumaoni meal in the village and sleep under a star cluttered sky.
     
    Late evening - Fishing with nets and angling. Cook self caught fish on an open fire in the local style.
     
    Day 8: Post breakfast, take a last dip in the river. Drive to Saat-tal camp. Reach by early evening at camp on the hilltop overlooking the lakes. Settle down, unwind. Option of hiking through the forest to the Garuda tal lake for a midnight swim. Overnight at the camp.
     
    Day 9: Early morning bird watching trail. Freshen up, late breakfast and pack up. Walk down to the lakes. Kayaking in the lakes, Splash under hidden waterfalls in the forest. Rock climbing / rappelling in the forest Post Lunch, drive to Kathgodam to board train to Delhi at 3:50 p.m. (Kgm – ANVT Shatabdi). Reach Anand Vihar railway station by 9:10 p.m.
     
    NOTE: Option of travelling in the overnight Ranikhet express from Delhi – Kathgodam – Delhi on day 8. (driving directly to Kathgodam from Ramganaga beach camp).
     
    Costs:
    (minimum 4 participants)-
    fixed departure from 18th – 26th Oct 2014
    8 days @ Rs. 16,500/- per participant
    9 days @ Rs. 18,250/- per participant+ Rs. 18,000/- Total internal jeep transfers
    (back up, logistics etc) – for up to 6 participants.
    (Participants can choose to arrange for own transfers or use public transfers like govt. buses to reach up to any of the locations enroute (Ranikhet, Shaama road heads)
    + 4.944% service tax on the total billing
     
    Cost includes:
    1. Facilitation of the trek, including all meals.
    2. Guides and all equipment like sleeping bags, tents etc.
    3. Accommodation in tents, lodges and Wildrift camps.
    4. All internal transfers as per itinerary from Kathgodam
    to Kathgodam.
    Does not include:
    1.Transportation from Delhi-Kathgodam -Delhi.
    2.Enroute meals
    3.Personal expenses.
    Note: Participants are advised to carry personal
    rucksacks and sleeping bags. The same can be provided by
    Wildrift at the camp on prior notice.
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