Darma Valley Trek INR 50000/-

Darma valley is a Himalayan valley situated in the Pithoragarh District of Uttarakhand state of India. This valley is located in the eastern part of Uttarakhand.

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  • Vacation Style Open Group
    Camping Trek
  • Activity Level Moderate
  • Group Size Large
All about Darma Valley Trek

The Darma or Darma Ganga valley is formed by the Darma River. The valley is situated between two other valleys—Kuthi Yangti valley to the east and Lassar Yankti valley in the west. The Darma valley links with the Lassar valley by Gangachal Dhura and connects with Kuthi valley by Sinla pass and Nama pass.
Darma valley starts near Dawe village on the Sino-Indian border and flows southwards. At Tidang it joins the Lassar Yankti and is called Dhauli Ganga until it confluences in the river Kali at Tawaghat. Darma valley has rich flora including orchids. A rivulet called Nyuli Yangthi that drains Panchachuli east glaciers flows into Dhauli Ganga at Dugtu-Dantu villages. Mandab River joins Dhauli at Sela.
The Darma valley is inhabited by some 12 villages with population less than 1000. The villagers have been livestock rearers and traders, cultivating land in the valley with common buckwheat (Fagopyrum esculentum) and potatoes. After migration of 1970s, cultivated land has decreased to 25% of former size, allowing biodiversity to return to Darma Valley.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
Whats included in this trek (Includes) Items that are covered in the cost of tour price.
  • Accommodation on twin sharing basis
  • Dharchulla and Almora in Hotel/lodge as AP basis.
  • On the trek: In camping tents on twin sharing basis including all meals (Veg).
  • AP basis: All meals included
  • Travel: Kathgodam to Kathgodam in Jeep/ Tempo traveler.
  • Govt. Service Tax (9%).
  • Local experienced guide and kitchen staff on the trek
  • Porters for personal baggage up to 12 kg.
  • All camping gears as; Tents, Mattress (Rubber + Air), camping chairs and folding table, Dinning tent and Toilet tents.
  • Entry/ Permit fee in national parks.
Whats not included in this trek (Excludes) Items that are covered in the cost of tour price.
  • Stay and food in Rishikesh.
  • Travel from Delhi-Rishikesh-Delhi.
  • Cold drinks, Mineral water, Rider pony
  1. Day 1 Kathgodam-Almora (4 hr Drive)

    Arrive at Kathgodam railway station, Drive 3 hrs to Almora. Evening visiting market and stay in Hotel.

  2. Day 2 Almora-Dharchula (8hrs Drive)

    After breakfast drive 206km; 8hrs to Dharchula via picturesque Kumaoun valley. We cross Jouljibi; At Jouljibi there is the confluence of river Gori with Kali that crosses into India from Nepal at Dharchula.

  3. Day 3 Dharchula-Sobla (2hrs Drive)

    The route now travels northwards past Dharchula and Tawa Ghat and diverts westward into a gorge following the Dhauli Ganga river up to Sobla. Sobla (1670m) is the entry point to the Darma Valley and is the starting point of our trek. Our destination is Dar Village (2134m) which is 5 kms. From Sobla we pitch up here for the night.

  4. Day 4 Dar to Sela (2438 mts. /12 kms 5 to 6 hrs.)

    Today’s walk is long but easy. The mule track from Dar to Sela goes through hill sides of green pastoral land. The campsite is on the outskirts of Sela.

  5. Day 5 Sela to Baling (2743 mts./11 kms.. 5 to 6 hrs)

    It is another relatively trouble free day. The trail to Baling goes up and down hill sides but the altitude gained is moderate. The views of the distant glaciers are exciting and the temptation to push ahead is high. Nevertheless we camp here for the night.

  6. Day 6 Baling to Duktu (3048 m/6 kms. 3 hrs.)

    Duktu and Dantu are two adjacent villages which are the last centers of human habitation in this part of Darma valley. The view of the Panch Chulli peaks from here is just magnificent. On the outskirts of Duktu is a huge meadow that provides a perfect setting for viewing the Panch Chulli glacier with the backdrop of the Panch Chulli peaks. This particular spot is almost picture perfect. We pitch up here for the night.

  7. Day 7 Duktu to Panch Chulli (4 kms. each way; 5 hrs.)

    Today is a momentous day when we set out to explore the Panch Chulli glacier from our base camp at Duktu. The glacier projects outwards from the East face of Panch Chulli and a 4 kms. Trek from the campsite along the Yuli river leads to the massive glacier itself. The place itself provides an incredible scenery of a sprawling meadow bordered by tall oak and birch trees with the Panch Chulli (6904 mts./22652 ft.) looming in the background.

  8. Day 8 Duktu to Nagling (2743 mts./11 kms.)

    We start on return trek today. The trail from Duktu to Nagling is a gradual descent and the days’ walk takes around 5 hours.

  9. Day 9 Nagling to Bungling (12 kms.)

    This is the last day of our walking. We arrive at Bungling by noon. From here after a brief rest we get on to a waiting jeep that drives us back to Dharchulla.

  10. Day 10 Dharchulla to Mukteswar (260km: 9hrs)

    Today we board a vehicle that drives us to Mukteswar. We check in for the night at Trisul orchards. Mukteswar is a beautiful place and popular for its amazing views of Himalaya.

  11. Day 11 Mukteswar to Kathgodam (80km.)

    Today is a day when we can chill out and relax. Late afternoon we board a vehicle that drives us to Kathgodam. There is also the option of leaving Mukteswar after breakfast and driving to the Nainital; visiting Mall, High altitude Zoo and Boating on Naini Lake. The train to Delhi departs from Kathgodam at 20.40 hrs. Trip End

Overall Rating 5/5
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Hillary Powell (USA)
Reviewed on 14 June 2007

My guides helped to create memories I will cherish for a lifetime. I had such a great time on a trek to Kuari pass I booked another trek with the Adventure Trips India to the Dharma Valley. Both treks offered spectacular views, great hikes with plenty of support from porters and sustaining food along the way. I felt safe at all times. The equipment provided, tents, sleeping bags etc kept me comfortable and warm in the Himalayan wilderness. I highly recommend Kundan and his team.


Best Time: From May - Oct

Cost: INR 50000/- Per Head (all inclusive) BOOK NOW

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