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Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary Walking Holiday
An All Inclusive Walking holiday through the Binsar Forest Sanctuary

Unforgettable journeys are made by foot. Thats how our ancestors travelled and knew the land, its habitat and people. Be a part of this unforgettable journey through the villages, forests of Uttarakhand. Meet the people and animals that live here , admire the unseen himalayan landscape and take home unforgettable memories

Note: We encourage responsible tourism. Practice these guidelines while on a trip!

Accomdations

Eco Resorts
Hi Altitude Nature Camp
Cottage

Service Level

Upgraded
All Inclusive

Transportation

Private

Food

Vegetarian
Non Veg

Age

8 to 60 years

Difficulty

Easy

Fitness Guide

Must be comfortable walking through uneven terrain at high altitudes

Who is this tour for?

Family & Friends, Group of Couples, Solo Women, Solo Men, Family with Kids, Family with Parents, Group of Singles

Note: This is a group tour. Minimum group size is None people

Tour Map

Tour Experience

A one of a kind walking holiday. Join this caravan of travellers as they walk across some of the most pristine, uninhabited landscape of the lower himalayas , discover hidden villages and explore their way of life .

  • An all inclusive walking holiday
  • An easy scenic adventure suitable for families, parents and children
  • Explore 3 hidden himalayan villages
  • Mingle with the Kumaoni Village folk
  • Walk through the Binsar Wild life sanctuary
  • For birding enthusiasts , sight - Common Hill Partridge,Chukar Partridge, Black Francolin, Kalij Pheasant,Koklass Pheasant, Wood Pigeon, Oriental Turtle Dove, Spotted Dove, Yellow footed Green Pigeon, Wedge-tailed Pigeon, Grey Nightjar , Himalayan Woodpecker and many more species in the area
  • Trek designed for kids 7 - 60 years !

4N/ 5D

Departure: Fixed

You will be doing:

Hiking
Trekking
Mountain Climbing
Wild life spotting
Bird Watching
Photography
Village Walk
Temple Visit
Village Stay
Short Treks
Local Interaction
Star Gazing
Camp Fire

You will be experiencing:

Nature
Culture
Wild Life
Village Life
Adventure

Itinerary

1 Ahoy Traveller !

Welcome to this one of a kind walking tour!

This is your first day on the trip. On your arrival at Kathgodam train station , our vehicle will pick you up for a drive to Binsar leaving the foothills behind. A 5 hour drive will get you to Binsar.

On reaching Binsar, a gentle 3 km hike ( downhill ) will take us to the village of Gaunap. We will refresh , relax , enjoy the downtime and breathe the fresh himalayan air as we witness the sun disappear in to these never ending valleys

  • Kathgodam ( 2000 ft)
  • Binsar ( 7500 ft)
  • Gaunap Village ( 8200ft)
110 km 3 km
Gaunap Village
Home Stays
Hiking, Village Stay
Road Trip, Nature
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Wake up refreshed to a new morning! Be greeted by the morning sun high up in the himalayas and chirping birds for company.

We catch the early morning sunrise at the village temple , a short hike gets us there! After breakfast we set out to explore the village , its local community and daily life. The entire village has lesser than 15 families ( the street you stay has more people than that! ) so the interaction is more meaningful. Don't shy away from asking questions and exchanging ideas, you might discover something new , something amazing and so will the village folk.

After lunch take a late afternoon nature walk for some bird watching, the area has is birders paradise with more than 250 species of birds.

If you have energy left , try your hand at farming. Work along side the local folk in their organic farms. When you notice the sun starting to set its time to return to the homestay and enjoy the born fire gathering while star gazing!

  • Gaunap Village
None 5 km
Gaunap Village
Home Stays
Hiking, Bird Watching, Photography, Village Walk, Jungle Walk, Photography, Local Interaction, Glacier watching
Culture, Nature, Village Life
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

An unforgettable walk ! Its true, perhaps one of the most beautiful walks you have been on yet. This 8 km walk through meandering paths , mixed forests of Pine , Deodhar and beautiful rolling meadows will make you never want to stop !

Once we reach the village of Dhaulchhina , we check in to our oh so beautiful homestay and explore the village , if you aren't up for it , you can chill at the homestay.

An early day tomorrow , so get your full quota of rest

  • Gaunap 8200 ft
  • Dhaulchinna 6000 ft
None 8 km
Dhaulchinna
Home Stays
Hiking, Jungle Walk, Bird Watching, Photography, Village Walk
Nature, Village Life
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

A quaint , tiny village set along the oak and rhododendron forests.

While you are here after a hike for those who are enthused and have energy, you should check out the near by forests . This forest is a bird watchers delight and do not miss the quick hike to Chandidhar view point to catch the sunset.

  • Dhaulchinna 6000 ft
  • Shaukyathal 5500 ft ( approx)
None 9 km
Shaukyathal
Home Stays
Bird Watching, Hiking, Jungle Walk, Wild life spotting, Photography
Nature, Culture
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

One last leg of forests ,birds, ridges, villages before we bid ADIEU to this magical world.

After breakfast we trek to the Vridh Jageshwar temple along a metal pathway before descending along the ridge to main land Jageshwar. This ends our Walkathon or Walking Holiday.

After cooling off in the campus of these temples (which by the way is a divine experience) we drive onward to Kathgodam.

Catch the Shatabdi which leaves Kathgodam in the evening bound for Delhi.

  • Shaukyathal
  • Jageshwar
  • Kathgodam
120 km 5 km
Home!
Hiking, Temple Visit, Drive
Nature, Spiritual, Road Trip
Breakfast

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Other Details

Inclusions

This is an All Inclusive trip

  • Ground transport from Kathgodam to Kathgodam
  • All Meals- Breakfast, Tea, Dinner starting from Day 1 to Breakfast on Day 5
  • Accommodation - 3 nights in a homestay and 1 night in a guest house
  • Forest Entry Fees
  • Local Guides
  • Porterage
  • Transportation of personal luggage

  • Purchase of personal items
  • Tips

FAQ's


What will the weather be like?

Minimum temperatures are likely to drop to around 10 deg during summer and to 5 deg C during winter. So please come prepared with adequate warm clothing. Also, mountain weather is unpredictable and it can rain sometimes. So simple rain gear is also necessary


Will there be clean toilets in all places?

Yes, there will be clean toilets in all places on this trek. Attached bathrooms in some places and common bathrooms in others


Is it possible to stay in tents?

We can pitch tents in Gaunap village if somebody is interested in experiencing camping.


My children are younger than 7. Will they be able to do this trek?

The recommended minimum age for doing this trek is 7. However you are the best judge. If your child is physically active and is used to walking long distances, he or she should be able to do it. Adequate preparation is necessary though.


What kind of preparation do you recommend for participants?

Brisk walking - at least 5 km, at least 3 or 4 times a week, preferably on hilly terrain. Stair-climbing - at least 15 minutes of climbing up and down stairs everyday.


Points to Note :

Will hot water be available at all places?

Hot water will be available on request at Gaunap and Shaukyathal villages. Running water and geysers are available in the guest-house in Dhaulchhina.


Are laundry facilities available?

No, there are no laundry facilities available anywhere on this trek


Do we have to carry our own luggage?

No, you will only need to carry a backpack in order to carry some water, short-eats personal medicines etc. We will either use porters or a vehicle to move luggage between stops.


Can I use sports shoes or do I need to buy trekking shoes?

While this trek is doable using sports shoes, trekking shoes are highly recommended since they have a better grip. It is very important that you break-in new shoes before coming on the trek.


Do all the places where we will be staying have electricity?

Gaunap village has been recently electrified. Dhaulchhina and Shaukyathal are connected to the grid yet. Please get torches or headlamps with extra batteries as electricity supply in these places in unreliable.


Is water safe to drink in these places?

Water is safe to drink. However as a precaution, please carry personal water purifiers (Aquaguard and LifeStraw are two popular brands available online)


What are the other things to pack for the trek?

We will send you a trek checklist when you register.

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