Darma Valley Trek a Picturesque Valley in Kumaon
Darma Valley Trek lies in the Pithoragarh district of Kumaon Himalayas, Uttarakhand. It is perched amid Lassi Yangti valley towards left and Kuthi Yangti valley towards east.
It is one of the most scenic treks in the Himalayan region. The gradient of this trek is a bit difficult, the climbs are strenuous but can be traversed with the right trekking techniques.
The Gradient is Moderate to Difficult
Darma valley trek starts from Sobla. Pass through Dar village and head towards Duktu and Dantu; the two adjacent villages through Sela and Baling.
The climbs are strenuous especially while crossing the glaciers, the gradient is moderate to difficult but the scenic vistas are rewarding.
Highlights of Darma Valley Trek
The alpine meadows of Duktu offers exotic sight of the Panchulli peaks.
Darma Valley Trek is famous for highly rich flora and adventures.
Pass through blooming meadows, small rivulets and some quaint villages. This all together is a delight for trekkers.
Some mythological tales are related to this divine valley.
According to the legends, Pandavas cooked their last meal on Panch Chuli Masiff’s five peaks before they left for heaven.
Key Points of Darma Valley Trek
Level: Moderate to Difficult
Proper conditioning & training of body required
Need proper gear & clothing for sub-zero temperature
Shoes are the single most important equipment.
High Altitude requires proper acclimatization.
Beautiful landscapes so carry good photo gear & Extra battery backup.
The backpack should not exceed 10 kgs.
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Duration – 9 Days (Kathgodam to Kathgodam)
Best Season – May, June, Sep and Oct
Level – Moderate to Difficult
Highest point – 4620 m
Weather – Nights are cold and day temperature is pleasant during the season.
Temperature – (10°C to 15°C)
Starting point – Kathgodam
Short Itinerary of Darma Valley
Day 1 – Kathgodam to Dharchula (9/10 hours)
Day 2 – Drive from Dharchula to Sobla (2 hours) and trek to Dar village (2134 m) (5 km) (3/4 hours)
Day 3 – Dar to Sela (2438 m) (12 km) (5/6 hours)
Day 4 – Sela to Baling (2743 m) (11 km) (5/6 hours)
Day 5 – Baling to Duktu (3048 m) (6 km) (3/4 hours)
Day 6 – Duktu to Panchulli glacier (4620 m) and back (8 km) (5/6 hours)
Day 7 – Duktu to Nagling (2743 m) (11 km) (5/6 hours)
Day 8 – Nagling to Bungling (12 km) Drive to Dharchula
Day 9 – Dharchula to Kathgodam (9/10 hours)