Trekking is the best method of touring if you want to explore the neighbouring places of Nainital to the fullest. It is ideal for avid and amateurs trekkers that offers a journey worth taking once in your lifetime with local guides of expert knowledge available at a realistic budget. It is mandatory for trekkers to wear comfortable shoes, clothes, carry a small backpack with snacks, emergency-aid kit, water and glucose, map, binoculars, camera or video camcorders to capture every moment of your journey. It is always better not to hurry the walk but rather take shorter walks and few breaks to be able to reserve your energy during steep climbs. The best time to trek higher altitude is from mid April to mid November and lower regions from mid December to February. Trekking during winters is available at lower altitudes.
The Lake city of Nainital District in India welcomes trekkers to feed in the beauty of this region and bathe in the joy and delight of walking through the rugged trails and enjoy themselves to the fullest. Trekkers and start their journey from Nainital to Khurpatal which is about 11 km from Nainital. Then walk to Sattal which is another 11 km ahead, and another 2 km ahead is Bhimtal and further 4 km away is Naukuchiatal. The total trek route covers 28 km from Nainital but it is much shorter as you would be walking downhill and through rugged terrains. more about Lakes Trekking
A good trek route to try for beginners is through the scenic mid-altitude, broad leafs- temperate forests that engulf an array of flora and fauna. The walk is easy throughout and highly recommended for those looking for a light and gentle trek that allows you to soak up the diverse landscapes, culture and nature of this region.
The routes to follow are Nainital to Betalghat Trek route and Nainital to Kumeria Trek route.
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Another famous trekker's route is from Nainital to Jim Corbett National Park filled with lovely trails, camping at beautiful spots on the banks of Kosi River. You walk through dense forests full of wildlife, shallow streams and wildlife.
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Nainital alone does not offer good places to trek but the real challenge comes when you trek from Nainital to the other parts of the Kumaon region. The journey is worth taking and trekkers who have passed those routes will definitely agree.
Nainital to Binsar via Almora is a good trekking route and definitely a long 100 km walk, though Binsar offers only a good sanctuary and
As you arrive at Almora from Binsar which is 34 km in distance, you can follow many lovely trek routes just waiting to be seen and experienced. It is filled with natural beauty and a good view of the Himalayas with thick forests and winding landscapes.
The common trek routes to follow are Almora to Mornaula, Almora to Jageshwar and Almora to Ranikhet.
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Ranikhet is about 50 km from Almora that offers spectacular sights to see as you trail through its mountains and thick forests. This is the place that won the heart of Queen Padmini and she chose it as her home. Follow the route from Ranikhet to Dunagiri via Dwarahat or Ranikhet to Kausani via Sutalakhet. more about Ranikhet Trekking
As you arrive at Kausani which is 75 km from Ranikhet, you are faced with the best view of nature including a 350 km stretch of the Himalayas and Pine forests.
After an overnight stay trek from Kausani to Bageshwar via Garur village and Baijnath and from Baijnath to Gwaldam and Kausani to Bara-Pinath via Chhota-Pinath. And a strenuous trek recommended with an escort is the Kausani to Adi-Kailash route. more about Kausani Trekking
Bageshwar is also known as the Trekker's Paradise that offers a plethora of scenic brilliance and awe inspiring Glaciers which is a must visit to believe and be able to admire the true beauty of nature. It is located 39 km from Kausani.
The famous and best trek routes are the Kafni Glaciers Trek route, Pindari Glaciers Trek route, Sundardhunga Glaciers Trek route, Maiktoli and Sukhram Glaciers Trek. more about Bageshwar Trekking
An icing to your cake is the trek route from Chaukori, just 2 hours and 60 km from Bageshwar and famous for fruit orchards, tea gardens, thick forest and a lovely cool climate. It is surrounded by the majestic Himalayan ranges and unmanned natural beauty. The best thing to watch here is the sun setting behind the Himalayas making it a memorable experience.
It offers good trekking routes like the Gangolighat Trek route, Kotgari Trek route and Pithoragarh Trek route. more about Chaukori Trekking
After a 112 km trek from Chaukori, you can take a day's rest in Pithoragarh rest houses and choose to undertake a more strenuous trekking path that leads you from Pithoragarh to Sinla Pass elevated above 3500 mts and requires guidance by experts. The trail is surrounded with remote villages, lush green environs and virgin forests including a spectacular view of Chhota Kailash Peak. more about Pithoragarh Trekking
You can end your trek and Journey at Munsiyari which is about 120 km from Pithoragarh and welcomes you with small beautiful hamlets, waterfalls and scenic beauty.
This place is known as the haven of trekkers and mountaineers. Trekking routes include the Namik Glaciers Trek route via Hiramani Glacier and Milam Glaciers Trek route is where you arrive at the highest trekking point beyond which hiking is recommended only for professionals. more about Munsiyari Trekking