Endowed with immaculate natural beauty, the Binsar trek at an altitude of around 2420 meters is a wonderful trekking experience straight out of the Bollywood movies. This two days short trek is a perfect escapade for people who are looking for a relaxing and refreshing atmosphere away from the humdrum of busy city life. The beginner-friendly trek starts with your arrival at Kathgodam railway station, from where you will be taken on a short drive to the Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary along a twisting trail that will leave you awestruck with its unimaginable beauty. Moving further, you will reach Dhaulchina to discover the local villages against the background of the mighty Himalayan peaks.
The second part of the Binsar trek itinerary is even more interesting which will take you from Dhaulchina to the ancient Jageshwar Temple with your fellow travelers. It will allow you to explore the captivating Kumaoni villages in the best possible way. After interacting with expert outdoor professionals, you will learn about the Kumaon region and the villages in-depth and savor the taste of hot piping meals made by expert chefs. After having a great time in the Jageshwar Temple, you will drive back to Kathgodam, from where you can return to your home, along with the wonderful memories of the trek that you would want to cherish for a lifetime.
Maximum altitude: 8100 feet
Duration: 2 days
Trekking distance: 30 kilometers
Rail head: Rishikesh Railway Station
Airport: Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun
Snow Season: January and February
Service from: Kathgodam
Base camp: Kathgodam
Best season: April to October
Kathgodam to Dhaulchina via Binsar Sanctuary Trek
The Binsar trek will begin upon your arrival at the Kathgodam railway station.
A representative will pick you up from the railway station at 6 am and take you for a drive of about four hours to the Binsar Sanctuary in a private vehicle.
The trekking expedition will start from the Binsar Sanctuary and take you to Dhaulchina with a gradual descent of about 7 kilometers in around three to four hours.
Refresh yourself with a delicious tea and some snacks during the halts.
You will reach Dhaulchina, which is located at an altitude of 6100 ft. by 3 pm.
Have a sumptuous dinner and enjoy the beauty of the mighty Himalayas.
Discover the local villages and learn about their culture and life in the evening.
Rest for the day at your hotel in Dhaulchina.
Dhaulchina to Jageshwar and Drive Back to Kathgodam
The second of the Binsar trek itinerary will commence with a beautiful sunrise view and a delicious breakfast.
The trekkers can admire the elegance of the Central Himalayas and the Rock Garden and click some pictures against the backdrop of the mountain ranges to cherish forever.
You can have a picnic with your fellow travelers to refresh and relax away from the hustle and bustle of city life.
After that, you will take a descent for two hours to reach the Jageshwar Temple, explore the heritage complex, and learn more about spirituality.
Enjoy some kumaoni villages en route and have your packed lunch.
Board the vehicles to drive back to Kathgodam via Nainital.
50 to 60 liters backpack and rain cover with comfortable shoulder straps
20 to 30 liters daypack and rain cover if you want to hire a mule or porter
Personal medical kit after consulting with your medical practitioner
At least one walking stick
2 water bottles of 1 liter each or a hydration pack
One thermos flask
Snacks, like dry fruits, energy bars, ORS or electrals, etc.
4 full-sleeved non-cotton T-shirts
1 fleece T-shirt
1 fleece jacket or a woolen sweater
1 down feather or a hollofil jacket
1 pair of wind and waterproof jacket and pants
1 pair of thermal inners (both upper and bottom)
3 synthetic trek pants (avoid wearing shorts, capris, and fitting denim)
1 pair of fleece or wool gloves
1 pair of waterproof gloves
Lip balm or chapstick
Quick dry towel
Toilet paper and wipes
Toothpaste and toothbrush
1 head torch
2 neck gaiters
1 sun cap that also covers the neck
UV-protected dark sunglasses for people who wear spectacles or photo-chromatic glasses
1 woolen cap
1 pair of climbing boots
6 pairs of cotton socks
1 pair of floaters or flip-flops
1 pair of gaiters
1 pair of waterproof high-ankle trekking shoes with good grip
2 pairs of woolen socks
By Flight - Pantnagar is the closest airport to the Binsar Mahadev trek from Delhi, situated about 140 kilometers away from the activity location. From there, you can take a bus or taxi and travel for about five hours to reach Binsar.
By Train - Kathgodam railway station or Haldwani railway station is the nearest railway station for the Binsar trek. You can take an overnight train from Delhi, Kolkata, Lucknow, and Dehradun to Kathgodam to enjoy the amazing trekking experience in Binsar.
By Bus - To reach Kathgodam, you are required to board an overnight Delhi Anand Vihar ISBT bus service from Delhi to Haldwani Bus Stand. After reaching there, you can take a cab to the meeting point of your trek, which is situated at a distance of about 6 kilometers and can be reached in just 15 minutes.
Rishikesh - Pauri - Thalisain - Piersain - Binsar - Gairsain - Rishikesh
Kathgodam - Almora - Kasar Devi - Katarmal Temple - Binsar National Park - Jawalbanj - Jageshwar Temple - Kathgodam
The trekkers are required to consider numerous tips and tricks before going on a trekking expedition. These tips help them to stay connected with their fellow travelers and provide aid in case of an emergency situation. Some of the crucial tips that trekkers should keep in mind on the Binsar trek are:
Do not go trekking at Binsar during the monsoon season as the trails become slippery.
Find a place to stay well in advance as several places near Almora get completely booked during the peak season.
Enjoy the great cellular connectivity on the Binsar trek, unlike other Himalayan treks, especially if you are a BSNL or Jio user.
Do not be concerned about the frequent power cuts if you are staying in a small resort as it is likely to be very common.
Where is the Binsar trek located?
Standing at an altitude of 2420 meters, the Binsar Mahadev trek is located in the Kumaon region and part of the Almora District, from where you can catch a beautiful glimpse of the Himalayas. Surrounded by Jhandi Hills.
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