The Himalayan Mountain Ranges in India are known for beholding spectacular beauty. Millions of visitors from all over the globe come to catch a glimpse of this wondrous land where heaven feels to be at home. Himalayas start at that majestic altitude where the rest of the mountain ranges in the world come to an end. There are thousands of magnetic regions in the Himalayas that are located by travellers, trekkers, adventure tourists and government have no written record of them but the footprints they leave behind stand as an attest. The beauty and natural bliss that abodes here has spread throughout the world. One lifetime is not enough to catch a glimpse of the entire Himalayas. Even so, there are many Himalayan peaks and valleys that have remained less known and meagrely explored by the human population.

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One such stunningly beautiful valley located in the Kumaon region of the Uttaranchal Himalayas is the valley of Sunderdhunga. Sunderdhunga is also known as the “Valley of beautiful stones”. These beautiful stones shine like hundred splendid stars making it a very appealing sight for by-standers.

Sunderdhunga is an eye-catchy region gloriously resting among the Himalayas in Uttarakhand. The criss-cross trails of this location brings you to the villages of Song, Dhakuri (located at a height of 8,860 feet), Dhakuri Khal (located at a height of 9,520 feet), hamlet of Loharkhet (5 kilometres from Song), village of Khati (8 kilometres from Dhakuri), Jatoli (located at a height of 6,500 feet) and Kathelia (located at a series of Bugyals). The rivers that flow through the route are Pindari River, Wacham River, Khati River, Karrni River and Dau River. On these rarely trodden pathways lies the true essence of Himalayas.

In the blissful valley of Sunderdhunga, resides a cosy yet breathe-taking lake of crystal clear waters called as Devi Kund. Dwelling at a majestic altitude of 14,500 meters and surrounded by magnificent mountains is the Lake of Devi Kund. Devi Kund is an exotic medley of colours coming from a huge variety of blossoming rich flowers, alpine meadows, snow bridges, enticing waterfalls and rich range of mountains. The popular mountain peaks of Mrigthuni, Maiktoli, Simsaga and Nandakot are visible from close quarters while standing at this glorious height. The enticing valleys of Pindari, Khafni and Sunderdhunga can also be seen from Devi Kund. The green patches of mesmerising and endless Himalayan grasslands will soothe your senses. The dark night sky crowded with tiny stars is clearly visible while you lay in your tents at night. While camping in these lush green lands, you will come close to nature and its spell-binding beauty. Devi Kund is named after the “Devi” or the “Goddess” that is believed to be residing here. The rich history of this place also attracts many people to this land.

Watching the first sunray touch the feet of majestic Maiktoli peak and climb towards the Baluni top will be an enchanting experience. To the east of Maiktoli peak 6803 mts is the gorgeous Mrigthuni peak 6856 mts., the tallest peak in the region. The Bhanoti peak, Durga Kot, Tharkot 6100 mts, Tent peak (which is also known as Simsaga mountain range), Panwali Dwar 6663 mts (also known as ‘cream roll’), Nanda Kot 6861 Mts and Bailjuri peak 5992 Mts are all visible at close quarters during your trek.

When you set out to explore mountain ranges in Europe and the United States of America, mountain peaks are located at an altitude of 13,000 feet and 14,000 feet high. Whereas, when you arrive at Himalayas for a trekking adventure, your basecamps will be set up at that height. Your trekking begins from an altitude of 14,000 feet. Your trail takes you through a journey that will alter the definition of holidays for the rest of your life. Passing through the beautiful ridges and delicate bridges will help you cross small streams and rivers as a part of your exciting adventure. The beautiful hills lay alongside the serpentine roads passing through the mountains and valleys parallel to the legendary Saryu River. You can take a dip in this river during your trek. Setting up camps at the banks of River Saryu is another unforgettable experience.

The rich traditions and cultures of the local hill folks are very interesting. You can observe and learn their attire, lifestyle and entire belief system in this short trip. They are friendly and warm people wanting to help those who come here to quench the thirst for peace and glory. The combination of remarkable humans with an abundant of wildlife, flora and birds will be a nerve-calming experience. These forests are a home to a wide variety of bears, langurs and deers. The oak forests of this region form your pathway during your trails. You will be leaving your footprints behind on some of the deep and dark trails where the sunlight has never been shone. The adrenaline thump of exploring this land where not many have been before will bring to you the experience and glory of accomplishment.

Trip Highlights
  • Devikund if one of the High-Altitude lakes of Kumaon region.
  • Sunderdhunga trek is a neighbor of the more famous Pindari glacier and Kafni glacier treks.
  • Sunderdhunga Valley just to renowned mystery lake Roopkund .
  • Sunderdhunga valley is known as valley of beautiful stones.
  • Valley is renowned for breathtaking scenery and array of High snowclad peaks.
Trip Facts
  • Base Camp : Loharket
  • Duration : 7 Nights – 8 Days
  • Dhakuri Altitude : 8600 feet
  • Jatoli Altitude : 6570 feet
  • Dudhiadhong Altitude : 8858 feet
  • Devikund Altitude: 14500 feet
  • Best Time : May, Jun, Sep, Oct & Nov
  • Overall Distance : 625 Kilometres (89 Kms by Trek).
  • Trek Grade : Moderate (Subjective to Individual)
  • Nearest Airport : Delhi
Why to choose?

Even though multiple trekking trails are available to choose from, it is essential to understand the very reason to opt for Devi kund Trek is...

  • The Altitude gain is 14,800 ft not too high and the distance of 62 km covered in 6 days.
  • A moderate trek, and suitable for an individual of minimum fitness, can do with gradual acclimatization and with no fear of Altitude sickness. The trail is scenic with forest cover, fresh air and Perennial water all along the trail. Popularly known as Valley of Colourful stones, Sunderdhunga valley is a haven for Nature lovers and birders.
  • It has much more to offer than hiking, like interaction with locals, Lifestyle, Variety of flora and fauna, rich heritage and can be done round the year.
  • Majestic views of Maiktoli peak 22,320 ft, Mrigthuni Peak 22,300 ft, Panwali dwar 21,860 ft, Tharkot 20,050 ft,Simsaga Mountain Range, Bhanoti Peak 18530 ft, Nanda Kot 22,500 ft, Balijuri Peak 19,450 ft from Baluni top..
  • During winter, this valley transforms into a fairy land and will be covered with white sheet of snow. In summers the valley turns into different hues, with Kaleidoscope of colors, wildflowers and woods in different shades & colors.
Trip Cost Includes
  • Food : During Stay and Snacks during Evening Refreshments only
  • Travel : Tempo Traveler/SUV Similar Non/Ac/Bus
  • Accommodation : Basic Multiple sharing or dormitory/Tent.
  • Group Size : Group size 12 and Above.
Trip Cost Excludes
  • Any trip extensions, Stay due to road blocks or landslides, extra meals, Accommodation
Itinerary:
Day one - Kathgodam to Loharkhet(7 hours, 130 kilometres).
On your arrival to Kathgodam this morning, our representative will meet you and escort you to the hotel to freshen up. After a brief resting time, sumo or vans will be arranged for your road trip from Kathgodam to Loharkhet which is located in the Kapkot Tehsil in Bageshwar District of Uttarakhand State.
Loharkhet is a peaceful small village with a lot of tranquil beauty kept in store and you will feel a lot closer to the natural scenic beauty as you arrive into this small settlement. You will be checked into a hotel for the rest of the day. You can relax at your basecamp before starting your adventure trek from the following day.
Day two - Trekking from Loharkhet to Dhakuri camp (6 hours, 11 kilometres – 2621 meters)
You will depart Loharkhet this morning on a trek to Dhakuri where the forests of oak and rhododendron rule the land. Trekking till the highlands of Dhakuri can be challenging for first timers. You will come across lush green grasslands during your trek. The spell-binding Himalayan valleys form an enticing back-drop throughout your trek.
As you reach Dhakuri, you will set up tents to relax in the gorgeous panoramic views of the landscapes around you. You will savour the Himalayan ranges of Kumaon all evening whilst gazing at the southern rim of Nanda Devi Sanctuary from a distance. If you are keen, you may continue your trek towards the mesmerising Dhakuri-Khal or Dhakuri Pass from where Bugyal meadows that is also called as the Chilta Top is nearby. From this location, the Mount Badrinath and Dharma Valley are visible in one picture frame forming it a picture-perfect moment.
Day three - Trekking from Dhakuri to Jatoli Camp (8 hours, 15 kilometres – 2000 meters).
You will begin your trek early in the morning towards the small hamlet of Khati which is at a distance of 7 kilometres from Dhakuri. The greenery in landscapes and the densely populated forests will provide you with a soothing trek. On your arrival to Jatoli, you will rest for a while and proceed towards the gorgeous village of Jatoli.
You will pass through River Pindar within sometime. The sight of the river is calming as it will follow your trail until Wacham. Wacham is known to be the notable place of confluence of River Pindar with the sparkling Sunderdhunga stream. From here, it becomes easy to trace human trail as the pathway is led by the serenity of Sunderdhunga stream. As you reach the refreshing village of Jatoli, you will set up tents for a relaxing day ahead.
Day four - Trekking from Jatoli to Dudhiadhong (5 hours, 8 kilometres – 2700 meters) to Kathelia (4 hours, 6 kilometres)..
This day is going to be the most challenging trek of your trip. If you are a beginner, you are going to feel the heat of this trek. You will set out during sunrise towards Dudhiadhong which is a spectacular region in the Himalayas. You can stare at the snow-clad mountains and lush greenery throughout your trek. The beautiful Sunderdhunga stream will lead your trail until Dudhiadhong. After covering the solid distance of 8 kilometres in just 5 hours, you will rest before starting towards Kathelia.
Your trek will get easier as you start towards the small settlement of Kathelia. But it is possible that as you gain altitude, the air thins down and you might struggle with minor breathlessness until your body gets accustomed to the sudden changes. On your arrival, you will set up camps/tents before you retire for the evening.
Day five - Trekking from Kathelia to Devi Kund 14500 ft and…back to Kathelia (8 hours, 16 kilometres).
You will start on an early trek towards Devi Kund this morning. You will pass through Baloni Top which is a snow-covered mountain peak. The gorgeous snow amidst dense greenery of this land will compel you to get lost in the blissful surroundings. You will then continue towards the magnificent Devi Kund. The semi-circled crystal-clear lake is nothing short of a wonder. The sight of colourful shimmering waterfalls, wild blooming flowers, beautiful mountain ranges and the rich culture of hill folks will bewitch you. The peaks and valleys of Pindari, Sunderdhunga and Khafni will be visible from a very close range.
There is abundance of wildlife, flora, forests and birds available in this region. After a content-full period of exploration and relaxation, you will begin your trek back to Kathelia passing through the Baloni region. You will rest the night in your tents on arrival.
Day six - Trekking back to Jatoli (6 hours, 14 kilometres).
As you begin your trek this morning, the trail descends through snow-capped peaks. Because of the downward slope, you will be able to cover the distance early. The shimmering Sunderdhunga stream will lead you. On arrival to the village of Jatoli, your camps/tents will set up for an overnight reside.
Day seven - Trekking back to Dhakuri (6 hours, 15 kilometres).
You will wake up to the soothing beauty of Jatoli this morning. Your trek towards the village of Dhakuri begins early. The trail sets off with the flowing company of Sunderdhunga stream. You will reach the village of Dhakuri by afternoon after which you will rest the day in your tents or explore the nearby areas whilst indulging in photography.
Day eight - From Dhakuri to Kathgodam (140 kilometres).
This morning, you will have the option of trekking until Loharket which is about 11 kilometres from Dhakuri hamlet. On your arrival to Loharket, you will be transferred into a van/car for your journey to Kathgodham.
What to Expect?

A trip graded as a Moderate takes you to high altitude regions - above 3000m / 10,0000 ft and will involve considerable altitude gain 800 ft - 1200ft over the course of the trek. Altitude will have an effect, hence one would need to be careful about Acclimatization. The guide will educate about acclimitization procdure.Moderate treks will have multiple days which involve considerable amount of ascents and descents and would require walking for more than 5 - 6 hours.
There might be a day or two of camping in relatively high altitudes above 4000m / 13,000ft. A typical trek will last around a week to ten days depending on the region and is fro those who have exposure to Himalayan treks, for people who have completed a beginner trek.
Good fitness levels are needed to enjoy these trips.Preparation of your body by doing some fitness actitivies before the trip would help. Prior trekking experience would be an added advantage.

Important Information:
Things To Carry
  • 1 pair of Shoes : Carry well broken/used Shoes with good Sole & ankle protection and that will sustain usage during the trek. Avoid wearing new shoes to avoid bite and blisters.
  • 1 Backpack : Light Weighted & approx 30 litres in volume with multiple pouches,good zip & straps.
  • Clothing & Toiletries : For your daily usage
  • 1 Jacket : Early mornings and nights can get really cold.
  • 1 Cap/hat : help in protecting your head and face from direct sunlight during treks.
  • 1 Water bottle : carry some reusable water bottles along.
  • 1 Towel : quick dry light towel.
  • 1 Head lamp / Torch : Keep it handy and use it only required.
  • 1 Personal Medical Kit : Carry few tablets such as crocin, Paracetamol, Band aid, cotton. ORS satchets. Glucose, Volini spray and crape bandage.
  • 1 Medic Kit : always pack a first-aid kit in case things go the other way.
  • 2 Batteries: Carry recharged spare batteries.
  • Gloves : Gloves that will keep your palms warm during extreme cold.
  • 1 Whistle : Whistle for signalling and use in times of distress only.
  • 1 Sun glasses : Carry tested and right one to protect from harsh Sunlight only.
  • Sleeping Bag : At times, there might be extreme cold and the camp beds might not be good enough to give you a good night’s sleep. It is better if you have your own warm sleeping bag.
  • Mobile : Use if for communication only. Check with trek coordinator of network availibility carry BSNL SIM if required.
  • 1 Poly Bags : To carry trash and wet clothes.
  • 1 ID Proof : Carry Photo ID proof DL / Voter Id/ similar.
Routes to reach
    • By Train:We recommend to Overnight train to Kathgodham from Capital city of Delhi.
    • By Flight: Delhi Airport is the nearest airport to reach Kathgodham.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q. What do I need to trek??
A. One must be able hike to a minimum of 5 to 6 kms without any issues, that’s all! Also, if you have any particular health problems such as respiratory problem, heart problems, one must check with the doctor regarding the hike.

Q. Is Devikund – Sunderdhunga Valley suitable for Beginners?
A. Individuals desiring to do Devikund should have minimum fitness and if trekked earlier will be an advantage, we often suggest people wishing for doing trek in altitude and Himalayan trek carrying load will be tiring.

Q. How chilly is it?
A. It is a question of where you belong to, but in terms of Indians – it is quite freezing. The temperature in the high altitudes can even be about -5 degrees during night time. Warm clothing is a must, though it adds to the weight of your luggage.

Q. What kind of food will be made available?
A. Summiters give plain vegetarian food which is not too heavy and apt for hiking. Pizza hut or Anand Bhavan will not be in the picture nor will hunting be an option. There will be enough to sustain and apt will be served when hungry.

Q. Does mountain water cause harm?
A. No. The mountain water is clean. But if you are skeptical – a mineral water can be bought.

Q. Is there a charger point for my phone during the trek?
A. The end point that you can charge during the trek is at Mana Village but depends if electricity is there during the stay.

Q. How to prepare for this trek?
A. You must try and get accustomed to walks or jogs on a daily basis.

Q. Is Camping next to Devikund Lake is allowed ?
A. Camping is not allowed at Devikund lake. It is considered as holy place and littering around , camping is an offence.