Darma Valley Trek

9 Days - 8 Nights
  • Darma Valley Trek

Description

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.

Travel light

The backpack should not exceed 10 kgs.

Must Read about Darma Valley Trek

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)

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Day 1: Kathgodam to Dharchula (9/10 hours)

The vehicle will be arranged from Kathgodam Railway Station and the departure time is 6:30 am. The drive is through Almora via picturesque valley of Kumaon.

Cross Joulijbi, see the confluence of River Gori with Kali River which crosses at Dharchula from India to Nepal.

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Day 2 : Drive from Dharchula to Sobla (1670 m) (2 hours) and trek to Dar village (2134 m) (5 km) (3/4 hours)

The trail now is towards north past Dharchula and Tawa Ghat. Then it diverts into a gorge; westwards, following River Dhauli Ganga till Sobla which lies at an elevation of 1670 m.
Sobla is the entry gate of idyllic Darma Valley and is the starting point of Darma Valley Trek.

Post breakfast the drive is towards Sobla, reach there in two hours and start trekking towards Dar village – today’s destination. It lies 5 km away from Sobla and can be reached in 3 to 4 hours. Pitch your tents here and retire for the night.

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Day 3 : Dar to Sela (2438 m) (12 km) (5/6 hours)

The distance from Dar to Sela is 12 km and the gradient is easy. Pass through the hilly alpine pasturelands, see the cattle and flock of sheep grazing here.

To reach Sela go through the forest covers. The campsite is located on the outskirts of Sela. Set your camps there, wait for delicious food to be served and retire for the night.

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Day 4 : Sela to Baling (2743 m) (11 km) (5/6 hours)

Sela to Baling is an easy trek and the trail goes up and then descends through hill sides. The altitude is gained on a moderate level today. Witness the distant views of glaciers and snow covered mountains which makes the hike scenic.

Reach Baling campsite, rest here in the tranquil charm and retire for the night.

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Day 5 : Baling to Duktu (3048 m) (6 km) (3/4 hours)

The two adjacent villages are Duktu and Dantu, these are the last villages on Darma Valley Trek.
Get excellent views of Panchulli peaks from here. A huge meadow lies on the outskirts of Duktu which is perfect for admiring the spell binding views of Panchulli glacier with Panchulli peaks looming in the background.

Pitch your tents here and retire for the night.

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Day 6 : Duktu to Panchulli glacier (4620 m) and back (8 km) (5/6 hours)

Today is an adventurous day to explore the Panchulli glacier. The trek starts from Duktu. The glacier extends outwards from the East of Panchulli and 4 km trek.

Walk along the Yuli River and reach this huge glacier. It offers views of sprawling meadows with birch and oak trees on the sides and Panchulli peaks standing in the background.

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Day 7 : Duktu to Nagling (2743 m) (11 km) (5/6 hours)

Start the descent today from Duktu to Nagling. The distance is 11 km which can be covered in 5 to 6 hours, the descent is an easy one through forest covers, sprawling meadows and some pasturelands.

You can see the shepherd with their flocks on the way. Reach Nagling, setup your camps there, have delicious food and retire for the night.

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Day 8: Nagling to Bungling (12 km) Drive to Dharchula

Today is the last trekking day so make sure you enjoy to the fullest. Post breakfast, start the trek from Nagling to Bungling, it is a 12 km long trek.

The vehicle will be arranged from Bungling and then we will drive back to Dharchula. The arrangements will be there.

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Day 9 : Dharchula to Kathgodam (9/10 hours)

Today the drive is from Dharchula to Kathgodam via Almora. The vehicles will be arranged. Post breakfast, leave early to reach Kathgodam on time.

Things to carry on trek

Mandatory Documents

Please carry the documents given below

Original and photocopy of government photo identity card- (Aadhar Card, Driving License, Voters ID, etc,
Passport and Visa important to foreigners
Medical Certificate (First part should be filled by the Doctor and Second part by the Trekker)
Declaration Certificates

Note: –  Many trekkers commit the same mistake of carrying unnecessary items on a trek which only makes the backpack heavy. It is important to know the right items to carry.
It differs from season to season if you are trekking in summers then carry less layers of warm clothing and if you are trekking in winters carry enough layers to protect yourself against chilly cold.

Necessary Items for trekkers

carry on a trek

Backpack (50 to 60 liters)
A strongly built backpack with good support is compulsory for a trek. (Rain cover is important)

Sturdy Trekking Shoes
The shoes should be strong enough with good support. The people ask if sports shoes would be comfortable but it is good to bring the right trekking shoes.

The Clothes You Should Bring On a Trek
Avoid keeping extra clothes because it only makes you backpack heavy.

Trek Pants – The jeans are never suitable for a trek so you need at least 2-3 trek pants for treks carry more for longer treks.

Jacket – Jackets are very important to carry on a trek it protects you against the chilly weather. So carry 2 jackets on a week long trek.

Layers of warm Clothing 
Carry warm woolen layers or fleece. Carry more layers during winter season (at least 2 to 3) and less during summer.

Thermals – The Temperature decreases at night so you might be need thermals for Night.

T- Shirts – Bring those t shirts which dry fast.

Poncho –They are needed if you are trekking on a Rainy day to keep you dry.

Hiking Pole

Water Bottle 2

Cap or Balaclava

Sunglasses

Slippers

Woolen and Waterproof Gloves

Socks (Woolen and Regular)

Sunscreen

Torch head light

Personal Toiletry Items –  (toothpaste, toothbrush, toilet paper, sanitizer etc.)

Carry Personal Medical Kit

Personal Medical Kit (Carry minimum 5 tablets and maximum 10)

Medical Kit

Diamox – (Prevents altitude sickness)

Digene – (It cures discomfort in stomach, acidity)

Crocin Advance – (Cures fever and headache)

Aspirin/Combiflam – (Pain reliever)

Disprin – (Cures headache)

Avomine – (Prevents motion sickness)

Avil – (It treat allergies)

Norflox TZ & Lomofen – (Prevents Diarrhoea)

Ranitidine – (Reduces the amount of acid in stomach)

Volini/Moov spray – (For sprains)

Betadine/Savlon – (Antiseptic cream)

ORS

Band aid

Cotton

Stretchable/Elastic bandage

Gauze

Note:- Use medicines only when prescribed by the doctor. In case you face any problem during your trek, discuss and take advice from the Professional guide.

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What is Included In This Trek?

Transport Facility Kathgodam To Kathgodam

Forest Permit and entrance fee

Accommodation in tents on twin share basis

All meals: breakfast, packed lunch, tea, coffee, snacks, soup and dinner

(All camping gears)

High quality tents

Sleeping bags

Mattress

Liner

Pillow

Separate Toilet tents – Ladies and Gents

Dining Tent

Dining Table

Porters

Helper

Mules

Kitchen team

Radio Walkie Talkie for Communication

Good Experience Trek Leader guide and Technical guide

Medical Kit

Oxygen Cylinders

Crampons and Gaiters

What is Not Include In This Trek?

Personal Insurance

Medical Certificate

Personal toiletry Items and Personal Medicine kit

On first day En Route to base camp the Breakfast and Lunch are Not Included

Last Day En Route Lunch and Dinner are Not Included

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