The concept of the Village Trek is unique as it provides an insight into the lives and daily routine of the Kumaoni villagers. Overnight stays in our village houses will give you the chance to experience their warm and genuine hospitality Immerse yourself in a thriving ancient culture whilst enjoying the simple pleasures of village life!
Our village houses have been made in the traditional way using stone, wood and slate. The interior walls and floors are painted with mud and lime, keeping them cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Partially renovated with outhouse bathrooms and western toilets added, the houses are rustic but clean and comfortable with all basic amenities. After a day‘s walk you can enjoy a refreshing hot bucket bath! Fresh towels, linens and organic hand-made soap produced locally are all provided at each house. Traditonal Kumaoni food is cooked hygienically and mineral water provided.
You are accompanied throughout by a local and experienced English speaking guide. From day 3 to day 6 your luggage is carried by our young local porters. The walks end each afternoon at a different village house.
The trek starts in the region of Almora which is the first British hill station (1815) in Kumaon, Uttarakhand, in the western Himalaya. Kumaon lies at the feet of some of the tallest mountains in India. Nanda Devi 7816m, Kamet 7756m, Trishul 7120m, Nanda Kot 6860m and the Panch Chuli 6903m. Bordering Tibet to the north and Nepal to the east this unspoilt area of India offers soft trekking in some of the most awe-inspiring scenery imaginable.
Best time for the trek; mid September to mid April
Seasons : Each season has it’s own magic;
Spring : Blue skies, fruit trees in blossom, the forests flaming red with rhododendron flowers.
Autumn : Golden sunshine, the hills dotted with cosmos flowers and the wild cherry trees in bloom.
Winter : Dec. to Feb. Crisp and clear with the sweet scent of the mimosa filling the air.
*Himalayan views normally throughout Oct. to Apr., maybe a little hazy towards the end of Apr.