Overlooking Munsiyari, situated at a height of 11500 ft.
this hill top has a beautiful Alpine meadow surrounded by snow laden peaks. Offering an incredible view of the entire Kumaon Himalaya with towering peaks like the Panch Chulli, Rajrambha, Hardeol, Nanda Kot, Nanda Devi, the trek to Khaliya also allows people to experience the snow line in early summer.
This is an ideal beginners' trek and for first timers an ideal introduction to the Himalayan landscape. The trek commences from the Wayfarer Himalaya Lodge at Munsiyari.
Arrive in Delhi : Check into your choice of hotel, preferably in Central Delhi.
Travel from Delhi to Kathgodam railway station. The best option is to take the New Delhi Kathgodam Shatabdi Express from New Delhi railway station. Train departs at 06.00 hours & reaches Kathgodam station by 11.30 hrs. At Kathgodam station you would be met by Wayfarer & driven by car to Ranikhet for overnight stay in our Snow View hotel (95 kms / 3.5 hrs )
Morning after breakfast drive to Munsiyari (220 kms, 8 hrs) …a journey that would take the full day to complete. This drive is across a range of mountains past small hill towns like Kausani ,Bageshwar, Chaukhori , Thal , Birthi Falls and finally Munsiyari . The final stretch of the road ascends to a height of 2748 meters before descending into the glorious Munsiyari valley.
Check in at our mountain lodge called Wayfarer Himalaya Lodge at Munsiyari for a much deserved rest. This lodge is situated amidst a forested area and offers a completely local experience. It overlooks the magnificent Panch Chulli range
Acclimatization..... morning after breakfast brief discourse on the legend of Munsiyari and the Greater Himalayas, proceed on half-day trek to Munsiyari bugyal (2300 mts, 3 kms walk) a picturesque meadow covered with alpine grass offering panoramic views. Return for lunch. Afternoon free time.
Morning after breakfast proceed on trek for Bhujani (8 kms.) Trekkers to walk through rhododendron and oak forests and climb upto 10000 ft. Overnight camp at beautiful camp site.
Proceed from Bhujani to Khaliya (11500 ft., 6 kms). Overnight camp at Khaliya. Camp site to offer panoramic views and access to snow line.
Descend from Khaliya to Okhal Dunga (16 kms) Overnight camp in a beautiful forest.
Return to Munsiyari (8 kms). Arrive at Wayfarer Mountain Resort by afternoon and wash, change and relax.
Munsiyari to Ranikhet (240 kms). It is time to bid farewell to Munsiyari and its mountains. Today we board a vehicle that drives us to Ranikhet through Vijaypur, Bageshwar and Kausani. We checkin for the night at Snow View Hotel.[more..]
Ranikhet to Kathgodam (90 kms). Today is another day when we can chill out and relax. Late morning we board a vehicle that drives us to Kathgodam. There is also the option of leaving Ranikhet after breakfast and driving to the legendary Jim Corbett Park.
The optimal timing for our trekking trips is between May 1st and June 30th and between September 1st and October 15th. Both seasons have their attractions. During the month of May the spring flowers bloom at the margins of the snowline while the weather is generally settled barring the occasional pre monsoon storm that can blow up at any time. Day time temperatures can rise to the mid 20s even at altitudes while at night they can fall to 0 degrees C. The post monsoon season is a time of settled weather with clear views of the mountains.
Day time temperatures will still be quite warm, upto 20 degrees C during the middle of the day, however at night the temperatures will occasionally drop below 0 degrees C.