Uttarakhand all set to trek


Uttarakhand tourism department comes forward with various promotion programmes for trekking in the hill state, to make up the low in the fall foot of tourists after the devastating flood of 2013.

According to the officials, there is a huge decrease in the tourists and pilgrims opting for Uttarakhand, despite many improvements in infrastructure following the deadly flood.

The Khalia Munsyari route, which has been selected by the state government as the ‘trek of the year’ is all set to find favour with the trekkers “looking for some peace and lots of adventure. There is an unlimited potential to develop these trekking spots as tourism products,” Secretary (Tourism) Shailesh Bagauli says.

And the gamble seems to be paying off. A large contingent of trekkers – 780 – who have enrolled themselves with the trek will be arriving in Munsyari on May 4. The Youth Hostel of India and Kumayun Mandal Vikas Nigam have been assigned the task of hosting the trekkers. To pep up the mood of trekkers, a photo competition has also been organized, officials said.
Munsyari in Pithoragarh is located at a height of 7,200 feet and one can trek for another 4,000 feet, till 11,500 feet, giving it an edge over other areas in terms of altitude, adventure and thrills.

Uttarakhand Tourism Deputy Director Poonam Chand said that in winter, the entire area is snow-capped but during summer is covered with a pictureseque trail of flowers. The trek runs for seven days and the package comes at Rs.5,250 apiece.

“From the top of the trekking point, trekkers would be able to view the Nanda Devi, Raj Rambha, Nandakhat, Panchahuli, Suitala mountains in the Himalayas and Nampa and Mapi peaks of Nepal,” Chand said.