Kathgodam Railway Station
Kathgodam Railway Station
If you’re exploring a trekking option for the weekends, look no further to our weekend trek pick of Binsar Trek. This trek is specially designed keeping in mind three parameters – safety, experience and learning.
Our trek in the Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary in the Kumaon region of Himalayas ensures that you have a guaranteed great weekend. This trek takes you to the “inner” sanctuary from a route that no one takes. Unlike others conducting trek from the outer fringes, we start our trek from a pristine village of Kholsir.
From Kholsir, we trek inside the park along with our local and experienced team. It will take you through the forests and through some of the most amazing trails with water streams, waterfalls en-route. Wildlife in the park includes a large bird species variety which makes Binsar a paradise for birders, number of mammals including Leopard and Leopard car amongst others. Flora of Binsar include oaks, rhododendrons and cedars among big trees.
We camp either at the riverside camp of Kholsir or in the tiny hamlet of Santri which is an amazing campground with few homes and huge grazing grounds. We get clear open views from the campsite and it is surely one of the hidden secrets of the region.
The trek remains beautiful throughout the year except for the monsoon months when it rains hard in the region. From the Binsar Zero Point, one can soak in the beauty of snow clad peaks of Nanda Devi, Mt Trisul, Nandaghunti, Panchachuli massif and the entire Kumaon Himalayas range. The culture of Kumaon is warm and welcoming. And we are very sure, this small weekend learning trek option is probably the best weekend trek for the beginners but also is a great relaxing choice for seasoned trekkers.
In the morning, we pick up from Kathgodam Railway Station at 7 am in the morning. We drive to Kholsir village in the northern edge of the Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary. It is a beautiful, quaint village and we have our briefing and lunch at the village.
Post lunch, we start our hike to Sontri village which is a short but beautiful village trail of about 2 hours. The route starts with pine forests and then cedar trees start to take over. The village is a beautiful hamlet with great mountain views, complete seclusion and nice grazing grounds.
We stay in a local home or camps in the night. The place also offers a chance to view a perfect night-sky without any light pollution.
Early morning after a quick bite, we start with the morning sun and climb up to the Binsar Zero Point. It takes about two hours to reach the top with mesmerizing views. We start early to give ourselves the best time of the day to spend at the top. After spending some time and having refreshments, we descend back to the basecamp.
We trek through the cedar, oak and rhododendron forests and witness amazing biodiversity of birds and animals. Binsar Zero Point is a summit point with a 180-degree view of the mountains. The route has many small streams and waterfalls en-route.
We have our lunch at Kholsir and post lunch we drive back to Kathgodam. We drop by 7 pm so one can book train/bus to Delhi anytime after 8 pm.
|Binsar Trek Dates 2019|
|Start Date||End Date||Status|
|13 Apr||14 Apr||Open|
|20 Apr||21 Apr||Open|
|27 Apr||28 Apr||Open|
|04 May||05 May||Open|
|11 May||12 May||Open|
|18 May||19 May||Open|
|25 May||26 May||Open|
|01 Jun||02 Jun||Open|
|08 Jun||09 Jun||Open|
|15 Jun||16 Jun||Open|
|22 Jun||23 Jun||Open|
|29 Jun||30 Jun||Open|
– Transport from Kathgodam and back.
– Camping / Homestay in Binsar.
– Service of Experience and Qualified Trek Leader.
– All Meals from Lunch on Day 1 to Lunch on Day 2.
– First Aid Medical Kit with the Team.
– Permit / Forest Permits.
– Meals during the journey.
– Any kind of personal expense.
– Portage to carry Personal Luggage.
– 5% GST
Note: Normally our company expects you to carry your personal luggage on your own, if you don’t want to carry your backpack so you can give it to the porter, please inform us in advance and charges would be Rs. 500/- extra per day per bag.
Up to 30 Days:- 90% of Trek/adventure program cost will be refunded.
Between 21 – 30 Days:- 60% of Trek/adventure program cost will be refunded.
Between 20 – 11 Days:- 30% of Trek/adventure program cost will be refunded.
Less than 10 Days:- No refund.
Any additional costs due to weather / unforeseen situation will have to be borne by the traveller.
Our team reserves the right to change the plan in case there is danger involved for the group or whenever the trek leader deem it necessary.
Final word of the trek leaders will have to be followed by all the members.
No particular risks.
Every adventure has its own set of risks and precaution one needs to take.
Wildlife and jungles itself offer its share of risks. Simply, do not venture out yourself and listen to the team.
Binsar trek is a beginner’s easy-grade trek. But the same makes it risky because many first-timers come who are unaware of the basic risks in the adventure.
Risks in a fine weather day can be a pain in the legs due to fatigue, injury due to slip or fall. Mountains can also present harsher climates which include heavy storm and rainfall, snowfall etc. They may add risk to the route.
Binsar Trek is a relatively easy trek depending on your fitness/age/experience. The trail is well marked and our team is always present to give you a helping hand.
One can easily reach Kathgodam by overnight train (Ranikhet Express) from Delhi. There are also da trains from which one can come and stay overnight for the next day’s pick up.
Also, one can choose the option of numerous private buses to Kathgodam (on RedBus etc.) or Government-run Volvo Bus (recommended) to Haldwani town which is just 15 minutes before. Govt-run buses can be booked on http://utconline.uk.gov.in
One can also drive/take a cab from Delhi which takes about 6 hours to reach.
Yes, sure. At Kholsir village, we will provide you with space where you can leave your luggage. But please make sure that it is as compact as possible to have space for others too. Also, Avoid any valuable in the bag and secure it nicely. In the end, responsibility lies with the keeper.