Valley of Stones’ sounds a perfect adventure getaway isn’t it? A destination less explored and a nature that remains completely untouched, the virgin territory that is yet to be exploited and traversed by few, the Sunderdhunga Base Camp is in the eyes of several mapquesters.
The trail brings in the harmony of every single elements of nature, even fire while camping overnight. The route to the base camp follows the same as that of Pindari till village Khati and thereafter it diverts to a completely different terrain that passes through a snaky, rocky and crazy path via villages like Jatoli, Dhungia Dhaun and Kathalia. The Sunderdhunga Base Camp Trek is not an easy trek in the Kumaun Himalayan region as it presents some hard hours of trail to Dhungia Dhaun. Recognized as one of the moderate to challenging treks in the Kumaun Himalayan region, the trail gets rolling in the summer season. It is approximately 10 -11 days of journey from Loharkhet to Bageshwar.
The Sunderdhunga Base Camp trek commences from Loharkhet and heads upward to Dhakuri, which is a fair climb and is approximately 11 kilometers of trail. From Dhakuri the journey snakes to Khati, which is the largest village on the way and thereafter it winds towards Jatoli via Warbham following the River Pindar and later the Sunderdhunga stream. The journey from Jatoli to Kathalia, which is a 12 kilometers long trek, passes through a thick alpine forest and thereafter the trail leads off at Sunderdhunga view point via Sukhram Cave. The trail from Kathalia to Sunderdhunga view point is approximately 10 kilometers but truly strenuous BUT one can capture the panoramic view of the majestic peaks like Tharkot at 6,100 meters, Mrigthuni at 6,856 meters, Maiktoil at 6,803 meters and Panwalidwar at 6,663 meters. Further, a steep climb of 4 kilometers from Kathalia leads to Maiktoli Top and there again the trail continues downhill to Khati following the same route. The journey ends at Bageshwar via Dhakuri and Loharkhet.
|Altitude||4100 mts/13448 ft|
|Season||May – Jun|