Sarayu Valley – Jaikuni Bugyal

Upcoming fixed-departure trips: 12 - 17 May 2019

 

Tucked away in a remote corner of Kumaon, picturesque Sarayu Valley is bestowed with commanding views of the Himalayan giants, a gushing river, alpine meadows and virgin forests. On this trip you will stay in a humble homestay in a quaint village for a couple of nights. This gives you an opportunity to experience the famed Kumaoni hospitality, and to observe Kumaoni culture from close quarters. There are plenty of short and long hikes in the neighbourhood. We will do a couple of walks in the vicinity before moving to Jaikuni, a high-altitude meadow with astounding views of the Himalayas. Nandakot, Mrigthuni, Maiktoli, Trishul and other peaks seem within touching distance from here!

 

On the return leg, you will descend to a beautiful campsite called Dhakuri before hitting the road. On the way to Sarayu and back, you will stop at a couple of scenic locations near Binsar and Kausani.

 

Difficulty Level Medium
Season mid-April to mid-June & mid-Sep to Nov
Duration Trip Duration: 6 days/5 nights
Trek Duration: 4 days
Max Elevation 3100 m (Jaikuni Bugyal)
Region Bageshwar dist, Kumaon, Uttarakhand
Costing Adults: Rs. 20,500, Children under 12 yrs: Rs. 17,500
Day Start Finish Description
Day 1 Delhi Kathgodam Reach Kathgodam by 11.30 am. One convenient option is to take Kathgodam Shatabdi express. Dep from New Delhi – 6 am, Arrival at Kathgodam – 11.30 am
Day 1 Kathgodam Kasar Devi It's about a 4- hour drive to a resort/hotel in Kasar Devi, the destination for the day. Kasar Devi is a small village with great views of the Himalayas and it is a few kilometres short of Binsar sanctuary
Day 2 Kasar Devi Supi The drive to Supi (2000 m) via Bageshwar should take about 5 to 6 hours. We shall start immediately after breakfast and reach Supi at around 3 pm, making a quick stop for lunch en route. Supi is a remote village in Sarayu valley. Check into a humble homestay at the village and spend the rest of the evening exploring the serene surroundings of the village.
Day 3 Supi   We shall go on a 2-hour village walk in the morning – visit the local temple, walk through terraced fields, mingle with the village folk. After a sumptuous lunch, we shall set off on a hike to Bhadratunga – a temple situated by Sarayu river, in a neighbouring village. The walk should take about 3.5 hours.
Day 4 Supi Jaikuni bugyal The toughest stretch of this trip is the 5-hour strenuous ascent to Jaikuni bugyal, a high-altitude meadow situated at 3100 m. The lovely campsite here offers fantastic views of various tall Himalayan peaks.
Day 5 Jaikuni Bugyal Dhoor - Kausani From Jaikuni, it is a leisurely 2.5 hour downhill walk to Dhakuri, a lovely campsite surrounded by evergreen oak and horse-chestnut forests. After a brief stop at Dhakuri, we descend further to Dhoor (30 min) to meet the road once again. Kausani, about 100 km away from Dhoor is famous for stupendous views of the Himalayas. The drive should take about 4 hours.
Day 6 Kausani Kathgodam Enjoy the famed panoramic views of Kausani in the morning. It's a long , 140 km drive from Kausani to Kathgodam. We shall start immediately after breakfast and reach Kathgodam at around 3 pm.
Day 6 Kathgodam Delhi From Kathgodam, the Shatabdi express that departs at 3.30 pm is a convenient option to go back to Delhi. Ranikhet express, an overnighter that departs at 8.40 pm, is another option.