As you arrive after a long trek of 75 km from Ranikhet, all your tiredness vanish in a jiffy as Kausani is a delight to any sore eyes. You are faced with the best view of nature including a 350 km long continuous stretch of the Himalayan peaks and undulating landscapes transcending through thick Oak and Pine forests where you can breathe in some cool and clean mountain air without the fear of polluting your lungs. In 1929, this place became famous for being Mahatma Gandhi Ji's staging point.
Perched at a height of 1890 mts above sea level, it makes an ideal destination for vacations and adventure seekers as it has one of the best trekking routes in the region offering you with a view of the Nanda Devi Peak, Trishul Peak and Panchchuli Peak.
These trails are accompanied with a view of the religious side of Kumaon along with picturesque terrains. After resting overnight, you can embark on your next field trip through three different routes. The first trek route to start with is from Kausani to Bara Pinath via Chhota Pinath that gives you a view of the Himalayas and takes 2 days to complete.
The second path takes 2 days to complete and leads you from Kausani to Garur covering 19 km and then to Gwaldam via Baijnath. The total distance to cover is approximately 22 km. Gwaldam has many good sights to visit including the beautiful setup of a crystal clear lake flanked by the Nanda Ghunti Peak [6309 mts], Nanda Devi Peak [7817 mts], Trishul [7120 mts] and Chaukhamba Peak [7838 mts] on the north. 6 km away is the Badharangadi elevated at 2260 mts that home the remains of a fort. Gwalnaag is just 3 km from Gwaldam and has slopes ideal for Skiing. Another ideal trekking route is Latatoli about 4 km away from where you can reach the Pindari Glaciers. It was discovered by a few adventurous local youth. Other places to see are the Navali Garden, Angyari Devi forest and Buddhist Mutt.
One of the best trekking and strenuous routes is from Kausani to Adi-Kailash via Dharchula. The route includes travelling by car to cover a distance of 199 km to Dharchula. After enroute lunch, visiting the remote village that lies on the banks of Kali River and staying overnight, next day, early morning start hiking to Pangu that covers 9 km via the foot trails. Pangu elevates at 2250 mts and you can spend one day in the Pangu valley and visit a beautiful Bhutia village.
Camp overnight and next day trek from Pangu down to Juntigad and ascend the steep routes to sasa village accompanied with a gradual climb till Tihalakot, here you can visit a nice Bhutia village and then arrive at Sirkha [2440 mts] by the evening. The total distance covered from Pangu to Sirkha is 8 km and camp overnight.
The next morning trek 2 km to Samuri that involves a steep climb through thick forests to reach Dhar [3048 mts] where you see stone boulders filled with flags or you can call it a marking point for trekkers. As you continue through the thick forests, you arrive at Simkholagad stream and in a few minutes you enter Galla village and Jipti where you get a view of Kali River. Then you trudge along downhill to finally reach Galgad [2315 mts] after covering a total distance of 14 km from Sirkha.
Rest in tents and next morning continue hiking along a steep descent till Kali River and after a few hours of walking you reach the spectacular 100 ft high Najang waterfalls. You can rest here for a few minutes and continue along criss-cross paths to arrive in Malpa covering a total distance of 10 km from Galgad.
You rest overnight in your tents and next day you trek for 5 hours along green valleys, waterfalls and steep climbs covering 8 km till you reach Budhi [2740 mts]. After a night rest, continue next day with a steep ascent to Chhiyalekh crossing through forest and valleys and a glimpse of Mount Annapurna. The journey is a 6 hour trek of 17 km till Gungi [3220 mts].
Again rest in Gungi and the following day trek along the Kutti River and steep climbs to Bhijpatra Forest where you get a view of Api Peak and Nampha Peak of the Himalayas. The trekking route covers 18 km uphill for 6 long hours to arrive at Kutti Village [3600 mts]. This village derives its name from 'Kutti', the mother of the five Pandavas of the Mahabharata fame. Rest at Kutti overnight and the next day you trek uphill to Jollingkong [4572 mts] covering 14 km uphill for 5 straight hours. Here you arrive at the Indo-Tibetan Border Police check-point [ITBP] where you need to check-in and register. Stay overnight in Jollingkong under tents or fibre huts.
The next day, you climb to your final destination to the base of Mount Adi Kailash [6191 mts] covering 4 km uphill that welcomes you with astounding beauty of nature including Mt. Adi Kailash, also known as 'Chhota Kailash' and 'Om Parbat'. The name originated as the snow on this peak forms an impression of 'OM' imprinted on it. You get to see the crystal clear Parvati Lake and Jollingkong Lake and on the opposite stands the Majestic Mountain named 'Parvati Muhar' and the snow on these peaks radiate such vibrant colours of the sun. Professionals normally don't cover beyond 6000 mts due to the sacred nature of this place.
After a few hours, you can trek back to Jollingkong, stay overnight and drive back to Kausani from where you embark on your last route from Kausani to Garur where you can visit the remains and ruins of relics dating back to the 12th and 13th Century. Then trek from Garur to Bageshwar via Baijnath where you should visit the old ancient temples dating to 10th Century AD including the famous Baijnath Temple believed to have been constructed by the five Pandava Brothers.
Bageshwar that offers good places to stay where you can rest overnight and continue your journey through more grandeur landscapes and an explosion of spectacular Glaciers making people name it the 'trekker's paradise' that personifies the place completely.