Sunderdhunga Trek 2024

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Sunderdhunga , Maiktoli Glacier Trek, Wachham, Uttarakhand, India
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7N 8D

Tour Type

Daily Tour

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22 people

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About this tour

Sunderdhunga Trek is a breathtaking trekking destination located in the Bageshwar district of Uttarakhand, India. Known as the “Valley of Beautiful Stones,” Sunderdhunga offers mesmerizing views of the surrounding Himalayan peaks and lush green valleys. The trek is suitable for both beginners and experienced trekkers, promising an unforgettable adventure amidst the pristine beauty of nature. The trail passes through charming villages such as Khati, Jatoli, and Kathaliya, allowing trekkers to experience the local culture and lifestyle. The region is adorned with vibrant wildflowers, making it a haven for nature lovers and photographers. Trekkers can also encounter local shepherds grazing their flocks, adding to the pastoral charm of Sunderdhunga.

The trek provides an excellent opportunity to witness the serene beauty of the Sunderdhunga Glacier and experience the rich cultural heritage of the region.

Quick Information on Sunderdhunga Trek

  • Trek duration: 7N/8D
  • Trek difficulty: Moderate – Challenging
  • Trek starting Point: Khati Village, Bageshwar.
  • Best time to Visit: May-June & September-November
  • Highest altitude: 13,100 ft.
  • Total trek distance: 50 km approx.
  • Temperature: Day (10°C to 20°C), Night (5°C to 10°C)
  • Meals: Veg & Egg
  • Accommodation: Homestay and Tents
  • Age group: 10-60 years
  • Nearest airport: Pantnagar Airport – Pantnagar
  • Nearest railway station: Kathgodam railway station.

Sunderdhunga Trek Route: Distance and Duration

The Sunderdhunga Trek spans over 8 days, covering a distance of approximately 50 kilometres (31 miles). The daily trekking duration varies from 4 to 6 hours, depending on the day’s trail, and includes steep ascents and descents.

The trekking route for the Sunderdhunga trek starts from Khati Village and covers picturesque locations such as Dhakuri, Khati, Jatoli, and Sunderdhunga Glacier before ending back at Khati.

Trek Difficulty Level

The Sunderdhunga Trek is a moderate to challenging level trek. It involves steep ascents and descents, requiring good physical fitness and stamina.

Proper acclimatization, hydration, and nutrition are crucial for successfully completing this trek. It is suitable for both novice and experienced trekkers who are well-prepared for a challenging trekking experience.

Read more – Fitness preparation for Himalayan trek.


Sunderdhunga Trek Itinerary

Day 1: Drive from Kathgodam to Khati 

  • Altitude: Starting at 1,200 ft (Kathgodam) to 7,216 ft (Khati)
  • Drive: 228 km
  • Travel Time: Approx. 9-10 hours
  • Meals: Dinner
  • Stay: Guest house/Homestay

Your adventure begins with a scenic drive from Kathgodam to Khati, passing through the picturesque towns of Bageshwar and Almora. Enjoy the changing landscapes as you ascend into the Kumaon Himalayas. Khati is the last inhabited village on this trail and offers a glimpse into the traditional lifestyle of the local communities.

Day 2: Khati (7,216 ft) to Jatoli (8,036 ft)

  • Trek Distance: 8 km
  • Trek Duration: 5-6 hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Stay: Campsite

Leaving Khati, the trek to Jatoli takes you through dense forests and alongside the serene Pindar River. The trail is adorned with rhododendron and oak trees, offering plenty of natural beauty to enjoy. Jatoli, situated at a higher altitude, provides a peaceful campsite with stunning mountain views.

Day 3: Jatoli to Kathaliya (10,660 ft)

  • Trek Distance: 13 km
  • Trek Duration: 7-8 hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Stay: Campsite

This day’s trek is longer and more challenging, as you ascend further into the mountains. The path to Kathaliya takes you through varied terrains including lush meadows, rocky paths, and high-altitude forests. Kathaliya is known for its enchanting beauty and proximity to the Sunderdhunga Glacier.

Day 4: Kathaliya – Baluni Top (13,100 ft) – Kathaliya

  • Trek Distance: 9 km total
  • Trek Duration: 5-6 hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

From Kathaliya, you will trek to Baluni Top, reaching the highest point of your trek at 13,100 ft. This part of the trek offers breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding peaks and valleys. After soaking in the vistas and taking ample photographs, you will return to Kathaliya for the night.

Day 5: Kathaliya – Devikund (12,513 ft) – Kathaliya

  • Trek Distance: 8 km total
  • Trek Duration: 5-6 hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

From Kathaliya, you will trek to Devikund, a pristine lake at 12,628 ft. This part of the trek offers breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding peaks and valleys. After soaking in the vistas and taking ample photographs, you will return to Kathaliya for the night

Day 6: Kathaliya to Jatoli (8,036 ft)

  • Trek Distance: 13 km
  • Trek Duration: 5-6 hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Stay: Campsite

Retracing your steps, the trek back to Jatoli allows you to enjoy the beauty of the trail from a different perspective. The descent is less strenuous, giving you a chance to relax and enjoy the natural surroundings.

Day 7: Jatoli to Khati Village

  • Trek Distance: 8 km
  • Trek Duration: 5-6 hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Stay: Guest house/Homestay

On your return to Khati Village, you’ll have another opportunity to explore this charming village. Reflect on your journey and interact with the locals to learn more about their way of life.

Day 8: Drive from Khati to Bageshwar to Kathgodam

  • Travel Distance: 228 km
  • Travel Time: Approx. 9-10 hours
  • Meals: Breakfast

Your trek concludes with a drive back to Kathgodam. Enjoy the scenic drive as you descend from the heights of the Himalayas, carrying with you unforgettable memories of your Sunderdhunga Trek.


Best Time to Visit Sunderdhunga

Spring/Summer (May-June)

  • Weather: Pleasant and mild, with temperatures ranging from 10°C to 20°C (50°F to 68°F) during the day and 0°C to 10°C (32°F to 50°F) at night.
  • Scenery: Lush greenery, blooming rhododendrons (May), vibrant wildflowers, clear skies, and stunning views of the snow-capped peaks.
  • Advantages: Ideal for photography, comfortable trekking conditions, longer daylight hours.
  • Disadvantages: May experience occasional showers in June, some trails may be slightly muddy.

Monsoon (July-August)

  • Weather: Heavy rainfall, unpredictable weather patterns, slippery trails, and often obscured views.
  • Scenery: Lush greenery, cascading waterfalls, but views of the peaks may be limited.
  • Advantages: The valley transforms into a verdant paradise, less crowded.
  • Disadvantages: Trekking can be challenging and dangerous due to slippery trails and unpredictable weather, leeches might be present.

Autumn (September-October)

  • Weather: Clear and crisp, with temperatures ranging from 5°C to 15°C (41°F to 59°F) during the day and -5°C to 5°C (23°F to 41°F) at night.
  • Scenery: Golden meadows, clear skies, breathtaking views of the Himalayan peaks dusted with fresh snow.
  • Advantages: Stable weather conditions, excellent visibility, fewer crowds compared to the summer months.
  • Disadvantages: Temperatures can drop considerably at night, requiring warmer clothing.

Winter (November-April)

  • Weather: Harsh and cold, with heavy snowfall, temperatures often dropping below freezing point.
  • Scenery: The valley is blanketed in snow, creating a magical winter landscape.
  • Advantages: Unique experience for those seeking snow adventures.
  • Disadvantages: Trekking trails become inaccessible, extreme cold and challenging conditions, not recommended for most trekkers.

Overall Recommendation:

The best time to trek Sunderdhunga is during the pre-monsoon (May-June) and post-monsoon (September-October) seasons, when the weather is pleasant and the trails are in good condition. These seasons offer the most comfortable and enjoyable trekking experience with stunning views and a vibrant atmosphere.

How to Reach Sunderdhunga Trek

Nomad Adventures will arrange a vehicle from the pickup point in Kathgodam for Khati Village (base camp for Sunderdhunga Trek), with additional charges if not included in the package.

Nearest railway station is Kathgodam/Haldwani. From there, a 9-12 hrs road journey to Khati Village via Almora and Bageshwar. Distance from Kathgodam to Khati Village is around 230 km.

Note: Always book your return flight/train tickets after including the buffer day in your itinerary. Buffer days are kept for unforeseen conditions in the mountains.


Trek Accommodation and Meals

Accommodation:

  • Khati Village offers limited accommodation options with shared rooms and dormitories.
  • During the trek, spacious and comfortable tents are provided on twin, triple, and quad sharing basis. Separate tents and rooms are available for female trekkers.

Meals:

  • Meals start from day 1 dinner and continue till day 7 morning tea. Trekkers are served healthy and delicious hot meals, including breakfast, lunch, evening tea with snacks, hot soup, and dinner.
  • Hot drinking water is provided daily at the campsite to keep trekkers hydrated.

Packing List: Essentials to Carry

To stay comfortable in changing weather conditions, it’s important to layer appropriately. Here’s a comprehensive gear list to help you pack wisely:

  • Thermals – Tops and Bottoms
  • Day Pack (20 L-30 L) and Rucksack (50 L-60 L)
  • Bag Rain Cover
  • Fleece pants, Woollen gloves, and Woollen cap
  • Fleece/Woollen Jacket or Sweater
  • Headlamp with Fresh Batteries
  • Hiking Pants (Warm, Convertible, Quick-Dry, Lightweight)
  • Woollen Socks (4-5 pairs)
  • Trekking poles (1 Pair)
  • Insulated Jacket
  • Long Sleeve Shirts (Synthetic, Lightweight)
  • Rain-Coat/Poncho
  • Sport Sunglasses and Sun cap
  • Hiking shoes
  • Water Bottles

Mule/Porter Bag Offloading:

  • INR  /- if paid online 7 days in advance.
  • INR  /- if informed after reaching Loharkhet.

Clock/Baggage Room for Extra Luggage:

  • Utilize the luggage storage facility at Khati base camp. Avoid keeping valuable items in storage.

Important Tips to Know Before You Go on the Trek

  • Allow your body time to adjust to the altitude.
  • Be prepared for itinerary changes due to emergencies or natural disasters.
  • Consult with a doctor before the trek and carry basic medication and a first-aid kit.
  • Camping is basic with no electricity or charging points available. Keep power banks for mobile and camera.
  • Follow eco-friendly practices; avoid littering and conserve water.
  • Carry sufficient cash; there may not be an ATM available during the trek.
  • Avoid trekking at night unless guided.
  • Avoid using earphones for safety reasons.
  • Use reusable bags or containers instead of plastic bags.
  • Follow trek guides and instructors’ instructions.
  • Inform authorities in case of cancellation.
  • Keep luggage to a minimum for ease of movement.
  • Children under 10 years old are not recommended for the trek.
  • Avoid alcohol and other intoxicants during the trek.

Highlights

  • Stunning Views: Enjoy breathtaking views of the Himalayan peaks including Maiktoli, Panwali Dwar, and Tharkot.
  • Alpine Meadows: Traverse through lush green alpine meadows, known for their stunning beauty and vastness.
  • Glacial Sightseeing: Witness the majestic Devi Kund and Sunderdhunga Glacier.
  • Wildlife: Spot a variety of wildlife including Himalayan Monal, Himalayan Bear and Bharal.
  • Cultural Experience: Experience the local culture of the Kumaon region by passing through charming villages and interacting with locals.

Included/Excluded

  • Meals start from day 1 dinner to day 8 Morning Tea. During the trek, you will be provided healthy hot meals which include breakfast, lunch, evening tea and snacks, and dinner. Hot drinking water will be provided daily at the guesthouse/homestay.
  • Accommodation: During the trek, you will be provided rooms on a triple sharing basis or quad sharing basis. Separate accommodation for females and males.
  • Forest permits.
  • Experienced Outdoor leader, guide and support staff
  • Porters/mules to carry trekking equipment.
  • First aid medical kit, oxygen cylinder and UIAA certified safety equipment.
  • Trek E-Certificate.
  • Any kind of personal expenses on the trek.
  • Meal during road journeys.
  • Transport is available from Kathgodam to Khati Village and back at an additional cost.
  • Mules or porter to carry personal luggage.
  • Any kind of travel insurance.
  • Anything not specified in the inclusion list.

Itinerary

Season

Autumn (Sept-Oct)
Summer (May-Jun)

Duration

8+ Days

Difficulty

Modrate to Difficult

Tour's Location

Sunderdhunga , Maiktoli Glacier Trek, Wachham, Uttarakhand, India

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