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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

Where can one go trekking in Kausani?

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Most travellers think hill-stations to be a perfect, quiet retreat from the madness of city life. But for some, hilly terrains hold the promise of thrilling adventure and some serious fun. Trekking, for such travellers, is in itself a reason to take a trip and get that much-needed adrenaline rush. If you’re into trekking, either casually or big time, then Kausani has a lot of options for you.

Take a casual stroll around the town of Kausani, depending on how much you love to walk and how much you can walk. Pine trees and a host of other flora will accompany you on these nature walks, while the chirping birds create a perfect background score. Travellers usually like to trek to the Gandhi Ashram and even the tea-estate here. You can consult the staff at the hotel where you’re staying for arranging guided tours along the landscape of this mini-Switzerland.

For the brave-hearted and adventurous trekkers, Kausani serves as an ideal base-camp, either as an originating point for treks or an en-route stopping point for treks originating elsewhere. Some of the popular trek routes you can embark on from Kausani are:

  • Adi Kailash Trek

    This popular and strenuous trek is spread over 8 to 9 days, with camping thrown in, quite naturally. The trek route begins at Dharchula, about 199 kms from Kausani, and ends at Om Parvat (also known as Adi Kailash or Chhota Kailash). You can hire a cab till Dharchula to begin this trek.

  • Base Kausani Trek

    This popular trek route begins at the base-camp of Kaatali, a 30 mins drive away from Kausani, and goes till the Bara Pinnath temple, about 30 kms away. It usually takes 2 to 3 days to complete the trek and get back to the base camp. Tour operators in Kausani will be able to arrange the trek for you and give you more detailed information about what to expect on your journey.

  • Bageshwar - Sunderdhunga Trek

    The beautiful tea-town of Bageshwar is also the gateway to the Sundardhunga, Pindari and Kafni Glaciers in the Himalayan range. This usually takes 9 to 10 days, with various camping at locations en route.

These trek routes mentioned above are fairly strenuous and require a lot of stamina. It would be advisable to take these treks in groups, either with tour operators or experienced trekkers. You could even get in touch with the hotel staff to advise you regarding trek-tour operators, or speak to a local about a guided trek. Make sure you carry enough food in your rucksack, for shops and stalls along the way are very few. Be prepared to weather some extreme climate with proper trekking gear and shoes - keep all these tiny tips in mind all these and you’re all set to go!

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