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Binsar Trek

Binsar Trek

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(Kathgodam to Kathgodam)
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Overview

Region :- Uttarakhand
Duration :- 2 Days
Grade :- Easy
Max Altitude :- 8,000 Ft.
Approx Trekking Km :- 22 Kms.


When it comes to weekends, a few treks offer the perfect blend of adrenaline rushes for adventurer in you and a relaxed itinerary to let you go back to work on a Monday. Binsar Sanctuary to Jageshwar Trek in the Kumaon region of Himalayas ensures that you make the most of your weekend. Starting at the picturesque Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary, the trek includes walks through pine forests accompanied by the music of tiny rivulets of clear water, spotting a few rare flora and fauna and camping amidst thick deodars to reminisce about the (literally and factually) breathtaking Himalayas. Besides the natural beauty, Kumaon invites you to enjoy the local culture and traditions.

Their ancient temples and splendid architecture leaves you in a state of amazement. The itinerary begins at Delhi, where Ranikhet Express leads you to Kathgodam at the dawn and then a drive through the twirling roads drops you at Almora. Frankly, if you are not too tired of the rail and road journey, you can begin the trek right here. At approximately 2500 meters, the Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary is home to barking deer, himalayan black bear, leopard, serow, sambhar and a few rare species.

For the tree lovers, the sanctuary is lined with oaks, rhododendrons and cedars among others. The best time to visit Binsar is from October to March as the clear weather lets you soak in the beauty of snow clad peaks like Nandadevi, Trishul, Nandaghunti, Panchachuli massif and the entire Kumaon Himalayas range. On a human front, the locals are warm and welcoming. An elaborately detailed chat gives you a window into their lives, cultures and customs. And if they really like you, they open a treasure of ancient stories cherished over generations.

These stories and the steadily rising moon are the perfect companions as you retire for the day. The dawn of the next day brings in even more splendid destinations like the Jageshwar temple, one of the 12 Jyotirlingas. This temple, rather the temple city, dating 9th to 13th century AD is a cluster of 124 exquisitely crafted stone temples, believed to be renovated by Adi Shankaracharya. The peaceful walks through the mighty Himalayas, a glimpse into the locals’ lives, architectural marvels like the Vridh (Old) Jageshwar leave you wanting for more. And after such enchanting experiences we’re are sure you will have a tough time fighting the Monday blues at work.

Brief Itinerary

Day 1 :- Departure from Delhi and take overnight train to Kathgodam.
Day 2 :- Arrive at Kathgodam and drive to Binsar National Park (7 hrs Drive) and trek to Jawalbanj. Overnight camping.
Day 3 :- Jwalabanj to main Jageshwar temple and drive to Kathgodam via Nainital. (4 hrs trek) Overnight train to Delhi.


Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 : Departure from Delhi and take overnight train to Kathgodam.

Departure from Delhi and take overnight train to Kathgodam. By rail: Board a train from Delhi to reach Kathgodam the next morning. By road: Kathgodam is 284 km from Delhi by road. A drive down the road takes approximately 6 hours.


Day 2 : Arrive at Kathgodam and drive to Binsar National Park (7 hrs Drive) and trek to Jawalbanj. Overnight camping.

Arrive at Kathgodam and drive to Binsar National Park (7 hrs Drive) and trek to Jawalbanj. Overnight camping. At 960 metres, Kathgodam gives you an opportunity to stock up your basic provisions. Post that, a drive of around 4 hours leads you to Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary. Take the path on your right, heading to the old Sapteshwar Mahadev Temple. There is a teashop by the stream where you can stop for a break after visiting the temple.

The walk from Deora should have taken no longer than 1- 1.5 hours. From the teashop backtrack to the point where you turned off on the path to the right. Now head north for a few minutes and then take a left into the valley heading to the north-west. It is more convenient to walk on the cemented walls of the irrigation channel, but do this only if you have a head for heights.

Otherwise, descend to the valley floor and walk up north-west, crossing the stream over a pucca bridge. The path ascends gently for about an hour to the small hamlet of village, and then goes level, still heading north-west for a short while through pine forests, before dropping down to a small shallow stream. The path skirts along the hill and to your right and below is bowl hamlets.

After about an hour, you will come to a lone mud-hut, a tea shop that is a good place for a break. From here the road turns gently to the north-east, ascending slowly through thick oak and rhododendron forests. It offers great Himalayan views to your right. After about 2-3hrs, when you find the road turning east again, look up to about one o’clock (North-west). On the top of the hill you will be able to see the glinting white house’s of Jwalabanj. A gradual descent on a well defines track takes you to Dhaulachina and Jawalabanj.


Day 3 : Jwalabanj to main Jageshwar temple and drive to Kathgodam via Nainital. (4 hrs trek) Overnight train to Delhi.

Jwalabanj to main Jageshwar temple and drive to Kathgodam via Nainital. (4 hrs trek) Overnight train to Delhi. Wake early at dawn the next morning, head to the rock garden and look to the north-east. You will get a spectacular view of the Central Himalayas, right from Neelkanth in Garhwal to the Nampa in Nepal. If you have the energy you can climb the hill behind the guest house for the 360-degree views. The climb up will take about 30 min to 1hr, so factor that in when planning the day.

The track has a couple of points where enormous boulders provide perfect picnic spots, so if you don’t like early breakfasts you could pack rotis and have a picnic on the rocks. The track soon curves back to meet the road, onto which you descend gently to Vridh Jageshwar. As you step on the tarred hill road which culminates into a pony trail, you pass by several Kumaoni habitations. The dense temperate jungles are the first signs of being in the vicinity of Vridh Jageshwar. After spending enough time observing the craftsmanship of the temples, you drive to Kathgodam via Nainital. And return to Delhi by road or rail.


How to Reach

By Train :-
The Kathgodam station is one of the main stations in the district and it is an old station. It has good connectivity to many places and these include Lucknow, Delhi, and Howrah. Tickets from Delhi to Kathgodam by train cost around Rs. 150 for a second class sleeper ticket and Rs. 400 for a third A/C sleeper ticket. It is essential to book the tickets at least one month in advance as this route is always in demand From Delhi take the Ranikhet Express (5014) Dep. Delhi at 10:40pm arrival Kathgodam at 5:30am (Overnight Journey) or the Uttar sampark kranti (5035) Dep. Delhi at 4:00pm arrival Kathgodam at 10:40pm (6 hrs.40min.Journey) From Dehardun take the Doon Express (4120) Dep. Dehardun at 10:30 pm arrival Kathgodam at 7:10 pm (8hrs.journey)


By Road :-
Regular buses ply from ISBT Delhi Anand Vihar station to Kathgodam. Buses that go to Nainital stops at Haldwani which is a twin town of Kathgodham (8 hrs. Journey).

Cost Terms

Inclusions :-
1. Accommodation (Camping)
2. Meals while on trek (Veg.)
3. Transport from Kathgodam to Binsar and return.
4. Trekking and forest permits
5. Trek equipment (Tent, sleeping bag, mattress, kitchen & dining tent, toilet tent and utensils)
6. First aid medical kits
7. Mountaineering qualified trek leader and support staff.


Exclusions :-
1. Meals during the transit.
2. Any personal expenses.
3. Anything not specifically mention under the head.
4. Insurance


Note : Normally TTH expect to carry your personal luggage on your own, if you don't want to carry your backpack so you can give it to porter, but you have to informe us in advance and have to pay Rs. 300/- extra per day per bag. To book a Trek/ adventure program please use our online booking form or, alternatively, you can call us on the given for confirmation of tour you have to wire a deposit and initial deposit.


Paying the Trek/ Adventure activity fee: The fee can be paid by online transfer/check deposit/ demand draft. Instruction for payment will be forwarded along with your confirmation email. When your transfer is done, please e-mail us a confirmation mail with your transfer details, so that we can follow up your reservation efficiently.


When to book: It is wise to make your booking at least two months in advance. However, if you want a good deal on your domestic/international flight, we recommend organising your trip at least five months in advance. (Please contact us if you require a late booking)

In the event of cancellation of trek/adventure activity services due to any avoidable / unavoidable reasons we must be notified of the same in writing. Cancellation charges will be effective from the date we receive advice in writing, and cancellation charges would be as follows: -

Cancellations prior to 24 days from the start of the trek
Book any other trek till one year or get 95% refund
(Note: If the trek charges are more, the balance needs to be paid by the trekker)


Cancellation between 24 days and 14 days to the start of the trek
Choose to go for the same trek, with any other batch, till year or get 70% refund


Cancellation between 14 days and 10 days to the start of the trek
Choose to go on the same trek, in the same season, with any other batch or get 50% refund.


Cancellation less than 10 days to the start of the trek
Transfer your trek (same trek, same batch) to your friend. No cash refund.


Note:-
1)- Change of trek batch is dependent on the availability of seats in the batch.
2)- In case of transferring a trek to a friend, he/she should satisfy all the mandatory requirements put forward by TTH.
3)- TTH holds the right to change/cancel the policies, without prior notice.

Trek Essential

Fitness

Fitness regime for:

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If your BMI is normal, you can plan your fitness regime as mentioned. If your BMI is not normal, consult your trusted physician before you plan your fitness regime.
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FAQ

Risk & Respond

High Altitude Treks: Risk and Response A high altitude trek calls for an adventurous attitude, but embarking on an adventurous trip without calculating the risks is utter stupidity. That’s why we have listed a few risks and the response planned by TTH to minimise or address the risks in the best possible way.


Risk: Altitude Before you start the trek, it is important to understand the implications of high altitude on your body. Be aware of symptoms of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) like mild headache, nausea and general discomfort.

Response: If you feel any of these symptoms, inform the trek leader on priority and follow his instructions. Every campsite has as stretcher, fully equipped first aid kit, oxygen cylinders to address the situation.


Risk: Weather Weather is unpredictable in the Himalayas. Though we are always observant about the changing weather, no one can guarantee a snowfall, rain or Sun. Do understand that your security is of utmost importance to us and we will not proceed any further from the campsite if the weather is not favourable.

Response: The decision of the Trek Leaders and Guides to proceed or wait for the weather to get better will be final.


Risk: Injuries Often, while trekking over difficult terrains, you might have minor injuries like leg sprain, bruises etc. Serious injuries like fractures or major cuts are very rare.

Response: All our Trek Leaders are Certified Wilderness First Aid responders. They are trained to handle emergencies and can tackle minor injuries with a well-equipped first aid kit. In case of serious injuries, the patient is carried on a stretcher to the nearest road-head and is led to nearest medical centre.


Risk: Lack of communication devices In the remote areas of the Himalayas, mobile networks do not reach. On a trek, one is cut off from the world of calls, SMSs or watsapps.

Response: We rely on walkie-talkies and runners to communicate between the campsites and the base camps.

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How we runs the trek ?

Trek lead by mountaineering and wilderness first aid certified trek leader along with cooking staff and supporting staff.

Best Time to Trek-

All Around the year ( Week-end ) Trek

Mode of Transport-

Transport from Kathgodam to Loharjung base camp and return by Tata Sumo, Max or equivalent and in each vehicle share by the seven (7) participant.

Batch Size and age group -

In each fix departure batch there will be 18-22 trekkers including Male and female. Minimum age for the Binsar trek is 12 years and maximum depends on fitness level.

Pick Up and Drop Point-

Our pick up point is Kathgodam railway station at 6.00 in the morning and after the trek we drop at Kathgodam station 5:00 in the evening. The best way to travel Kathgodam by Ranikhet express train. It is overnight journey from Delhi.

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TTH team did an excellent job and I would definitely recommend TTH t for a trek experience. Thanks for everything.

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PERFECT tour. Everything was perfect. Would like to come again & again. Group was very good.