The Sunderdhunga Valley Trek is a moderate to difficult 09-day trek in the Kumaon Region of Uttarakhand. Located on the border of the Nandi Devi Sanctum and a part of the Nanda Devi National Park, the trek is as beautiful as it is remote. The trek itself begins from the same point as the Pindari Glacier Trek; Kahrkia and over the course of 07 days you cross remote Himalayan villages, rich biospheres and majestic views of some of the most spectacular Himalayan Peaks. The highest point of the trek is Devikund Lake, a high-altitude lake at 4415 metres.
While on the trek, you’ll be staying in a combination of forest guest houses and tents. At Jatoli and Kathaliya, accommodation will be in the forest guest houses which are basic but clean rooms. After Kathaliya, accommodation will be in tents on a double sharing basis.
The trail starting from Kahrkia begins with a descent to the bottom of the valley and then a climb to the picturesque village of Jatoli. The 03-hour climb to Jatoli is tough and will test your fitness. From Jatoli, we follow the forest trail as it makes its way through the forest, some streams and eventually a gradual descent to the moraine field at the bottom of the valley. We follow this field for a couple of hours before another steep climb to Katheliyan. The next day we head back to a different valley floor to make our way to Sukhram Caves. The climb up to Devikund Lakes begins from Sukhram Caves and is one of the hardest days of trekking. From Devikund Lake, you get up close to Maiktoli, Panwalidwar, Tharkot and Nanda Kot, all 6000-metre peaks in a radius of 10 kilometres from you.
This trek is recommended for individuals with some trekking experience and a good level of fitness. This trek is not for beginners. The significant altitude gain, steep terrain and long days of trekking make it a moderate-difficult trek. This is also what makes it less popular than Pindari Glacier Trek and Kafni Glacier. Thus, if you are looking for a trek away from the crowds with access to stunning views of Maiktoli, Panwalidwar, Nanda Kot and Nada Devi, this is the trek for you.
Read more about the trek here: The Sunderdhunga Valley Trek: The undiscovered valley of Uttarakhand
Best Time : August, September and October
Duration : 09 Days
Max. Altitude : 4415 Metres
Commences At : Kathgodam/Pantnagar
Ends At : Kathgodam/Pantnagar
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