The little known region of Kumaon in India’s northern hill state of Uttarakhand remains firmly off the beaten track. Village walks offer an authentic experience of local life rich in cultural heritage among stunning mountain scenery all without compromising on comfort.
With a charming private guide to take the lead and porters to carry your bags you dictate the pace. Days are relaxed and the walking isn’t too demanding – it’s more about getting away from it all in this forgotten part of India. With so much to see and enjoy along the way, a steady pace allows you to soak up the scenery and immerse yourself in rural life.
Between ancient temples and cultivated terraces, along trails lined with pines and beside fast flowing streams there’s time to meet the region’s gentle people, enjoy a cup of chai with friendly villagers and gourmet picnics prepared by your dedicated trek team. Over three to five days the activities can be adapted to suit you as you explore between the three different village houses, but for the ultimate experience of the region we recommend continuing north for a few days at a remote mountain lodge with sublime Himalayan views and mighty snow-capped peaks that seem in touching distance.