Dehra Dun : Romancing with adventure in the higher reaches of Chamoli disttict in Uttarakhand, a team of 19 local youths, have discovered a new trekking route that is going to mesmerize national and foreign trekkers, taking them through some of the most scenic landscape along virgin territory that has not been walked upon before.
The team, led by a trekking guide Mohan Singh Negi, and comprising of youth who had taken training from the tourism department of Garhwal University and state tourism department, Chamoli decided to unwind in the Nijmula Valley where a number of alpine pastures are located amongst snowbound areas, in the hope that they may perhaps locate a trekking route beyond compare.
And if they and the Distt tourism officer, Chamoli are to be believed, they have done exactly that. The team started on Oct 11, and after traversing 60 kms, reached back on Oct 19. It took them seven days to go from Nijmula to Sagalpuri via Gaunua, Durmi, Pangna, Irani, Jhinjhi, Daundib, Gauchal Uriyar and Saptkund, but just two days to come back.
The trekking route passes along some of the highest terrain amongst the 17 trekking routes in Chamoli, touching the highest point at 6500 metres. The route passes some of the most breathtaking alpine pastures at those heights with snow covered peaks along most of the route and all that one can see are the green pastures and the white snow, the team claimed.
Distt tourism officer, Chamoli, S S Rana said that there is British time bungalow at Durmi, which gives one to believe that during the days of the raj, the place was the private haunt of some highly placed British officer, as even in the good old days it must have taken some time and money to construct the bungalow at that distant place and not only maintain is but store it with all necessities.
“Now that the trekking route has more or less been established, the department will undertake a survey of the places where there are possibilities of setting up camping sites for trekkers. We have also decided to write to the Uttarakhand government to bring the trekking route on the tourism map of the state and also put it up on websites for trekkers”, he added.
The trekking team claimed that while the white snow and green alpine pastures form a breath taking view, there are seven small lakes at Saptkund and another natural water body at Sagalpuri. Four kms ahead of Saptkund is a waterfall where the water appears white as it cascades down and we called it Dughdkundi (milk source).
They said that if desired rather than returning back to Nijmula, if a trekking team so desires it can take the Kalyogarhi-Diyarisairi route from Saptkund and reach Tapovan in Joshimath, so there is also scope of branching off entirely to another city or place, rather than returning back, which at times trekkers do not like to do.