One tour per person
4620 m
Highest Point
60 KM
Trail Length

Embark on a Scenic Odyssey: Darma Valley Trek in Kumaon

Nestled in the breathtaking landscapes of the Pithoragarh district in the Kumaon Himalayas, the Darma Valley Trek unfolds as a picturesque haven in Uttarakhand. The valley is cradled between the Lassi Yangti and Kuthi Yangti valleys, offering a journey through scenic vistas, alpine meadows, and charming villages.

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Moderate to Difficult Gradient

Commencing from Sobla, the Darma Valley Trek navigates through Dar village, Duktu, Dantu, Sela, and Baling. The trek presents a gradient ranging from moderate to difficult, challenging trekkers with strenuous climbs, especially across glaciers. However, the breathtaking views make every step worthwhile.

Highlights of Darma Valley Trek:

  1. Panchulli Peaks: The alpine meadows of Duktu provide a mesmerizing view of the Panchulli peaks, adding a touch of grandeur to the trek.
  2. Rich Flora and Adventure: The trek is renowned for its diverse flora and adventurous trails, leading through blooming meadows, rivulets, and quaint villages. A delight for trekkers seeking both natural beauty and thrill.
  3. Mythological Tales: According to legends, the divine valley holds mythological significance. It is believed that the Pandavas cooked their last meal on the five peaks of the Panch Chuli Massif before ascending to heaven.

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Key Points of the Trek:

  • Level: Moderate to Difficult
  • Conditioning & Training: Basic conditioning required
  • Gear & Clothing: Prepare for sub-zero temperatures
  • Footwear: Choose comfortable and sturdy trekking shoes
  • High Altitude: Acclimatization is crucial
  • Photography: Capture beautiful landscapes with extra battery backup
  • Travel Light: Limit backpack weight to 10 kg

Short Itinerary of Darma Valley Trek:

  • Day 1: Kathgodam to Dharchula (9/10 hours)
  • Day 2: Drive from Dharchula to Sobla (2 hours) and trek to Dar village (2134 m) (5 km) (3/4 hours)
  • Day 3: Dar to Sela (2438 m) (12 km) (5/6 hours)
  • Day 4: Sela to Baling (2743 m) (11 km) (5/6 hours)
  • Day 5: Baling to Duktu (3048 m) (6 km) (3/4 hours)
  • Day 6: Duktu to Panchulli glacier (4620 m) and back (8 km) (5/6 hours)
  • Day 7: Duktu to Nagling (2743 m) (11 km) (5/6 hours)
  • Day 8: Nagling to Bungling (12 km) Drive to Dharchula
  • Day 9: Dharchula to Kathgodam (9/10 hours)

Embark on the Darma Valley Trek, where nature’s grandeur meets mythical tales, promising a trekking adventure wrapped in the scenic beauty of the Kumaon Himalayas. Join us in crafting memories and stories amidst the enchanting landscapes of Darma Valley.

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Duration: 9 Days (Kathgodam to Kathgodam)

Prerequisite: Proper fitness training is required.

Grade: Moderate to Difficult

Physicality: 7/10

Trail Length: 60 Km

Highest Point: 4620 m

Seasons: May, June, Sep, and Oct.

Access: Trek’s starting point is Kathgodam

Railway station: Kathgodam (Station Code: KGM)

 Airport: Dehradun, Jolly Grant in Dehradun (Airport Code: DED)

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Dates for Darma Valley Trek:

Explore the breathtaking beauty of the Buda Kedar trek with our upcoming scheduled dates. Here’s how you can join us:

Check the Dates: Simply visit our website and navigate to the booking form or REGISTER NOW section to view the scheduled fixed departure dates. These dates are highlighted according to our 9-day itinerary.

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Customize Your Experience: If the available dates don’t align with your group’s schedule, don’t worry! You can opt for the Custom date mode and fill out the displayed form to select a date that works for you.

Plan Ahead: Take a glance at our TREK CALENDAR to see all the available dates at once.

Travel Logistics:

Departure: Plan to arrive in Kathgodam by Day 1 morning, preferably no later than 7 am, or consider reaching the previous night to ensure a smooth start to your adventure.

Return: On Day 9 evening, around 6-7 pm, we’ll head back to Kathgodam. Make sure to arrange your tickets for both the inward journey and the return accordingly.

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How to Reach Kathgodam

For treks in Kumaon or bordering areas of Garhwal, Kathgodam/Haldwani serves as the primary access point. Lal Kuan is 20 km away, and Haldwani is just 5 km before Kathgodam. Various transportation options are available, including buses, shared taxis, and private cars.

By Train:

Direct trains from Kolkata to Kathgodam (KGM)/Lal Kuan (LKU) are available. Trains such as BAGH EXPRESS (Train No. 13019) and HWH LKU EXP (Train No. 12353) provide convenient options. Sleeper class (SL)/Second Sitting class (2S) tickets are advisable to avoid waitlisted bookings.

By Bus:

Buses from Haldwani are more frequent than those from Kathgodam, making it easy to reach Kathgodam from Haldwani, just 5 km away. Govt. Road Transport buses offer regular services from Anand Vihar ISBT, with online reservations available for Volvo/A.C Luxury buses.

Accommodation in Kathgodam:

For travelers arriving the day before the trek, standard accommodation options are available in Kathgodam. State-run KMVN operates a Tourist Rest House opposite the railway station, offering reliable and decent standard accommodation. Private hotels/lodges near the railway station and Haldwani Bus terminus are also available.

Departure from Kathgodam:

Travelers typically return from the trek base to Kathgodam by 5/6 pm. Trains or buses departing after 7 pm are suitable for onward journeys to Delhi or elsewhere.

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Day 1

Drive from Kathgodam to Dharchula (9-10 hrs)

Depart from Kathgodam Railway Station at 6:30 AM.
Drive through Almora via the picturesque valley of Kumaon.
Cross Joulijbi and witness the confluence of River Gori with Kali River at Dharchula, marking the border between India and Nepal.
Day 2

Drive from Dharchula to Sobla (1670 m/2 hrs) and trek to dar village (2134 m/5 km | 3-4 hrs)

Drive to Sobla, the entry gate of Darma Valley, and start trekking to Dar village, 5 km away, taking 3 to 4 hours.
Pitch tents at Dar village and spend the night.
Day 3

Dar to Sela (2438 m/12 km/ 5-6 hrs)

Trek 12 km from Dar to Sela, passing through hilly alpine pasturelands and forests.
Set up camps on the outskirts of Sela and retire for the night.
Day 4

Sela to Baling (2743 m/11 km/5-6 hrs)

Trek from Sela to Baling, witnessing distant views of glaciers and snow-covered mountains.
Reach Baling campsite, rest, and spend the night.
Day 5

Baling to Duktu (3048 m/6 km/3-4 hrs)

Descend through Himalayan villages to reach the Bhagirathi River.
Trek to Duktu, one of the last villages on the Darma Valley Trek, offering excellent views of Panchulli peaks.
Pitch tents at Duktu and retire for the night.
Day 6

Duktu to Panchulli Glacier (4620 m) and Back (8 km/5-6 hrs)

Trek from Duktu to Panchulli glacier, an adventurous day to explore the glacier.
Enjoy the views of sprawling meadows and Panchulli peaks.
Day 7

Duktu to Nagling (2743 m/11 km/5-6 hrs)

Descend from Duktu to Nagling, covering 11 km in 5 to 6 hours.
Witness shepherd with their flocks along the way, set up camps at Nagling, and spend the night.
Day 8

Nagling to Bungling (12 km) | Drive to Dharchula

Trek from Nagling to Bungling, covering 12 km.
Drive back to Dharchula from Bungling, arrangements will be made.
Day 9

Dharchula to Kathgodam (9-10 hrs)

Drive from Dharchula to Kathgodam via Almora, arrangements will be made.
Reach Kathgodam Railway Station on time for departure.
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Trek Fee: ₹ 15,000 (Kathgodam to Kathgodam) + 5% GST.

– This cost is applicable for Fixed Group Departure treks. Dates for such treks can be found in the Booking Enquiry Form or the Upcoming Treks Calendar.
– A 10% Group Discount is available for bookings of 5 persons or more in a Fixed Group Departure trek.
– Customized treks are available for private groups with flexible dates. The cost varies based on the number of participants and inclusions.
– To book a trek, submit the Booking Enquiry Form on the trek details page to receive relevant details via email and phone call.


2 nights accommodation at Kathgodam (Day 1 & Day 7) in a shared lodge (3 to 4 persons).

Tent stay on twin twin-sharing basis during the trek.

All meals during the trek, including breakfast, packed/hot lunch, evening snack, and dinner with coffee/tea/soup.

Experienced Trekking Guide with local knowledge.

Specialized Cook, Support staff, and Porters/Packed Animals.

Camping equipment like Sleeping bag, Carry mattress, Gaiters, Microspikes/crampons.

Kitchen tent, dining tent, and toilet tent.

All permit fees, camping charges, and forest levies.

Car drop from trek end point Wan to Lohajung on Day 5.

Basic Medical & First Aid kit.

Travel cum medical insurance covering high altitude trekking tours (For Indian nationals up to 60 years of age).


Transportation from Rishikesh to Lohajung and back (₹ 7,500 for Tata Sumo and ₹ 10,500 for Tempo Traveller, one way). Alternatively, trekkers may reach Lohajung independently.

Personal Rucksack/Backpack carrying personal belongings (optional horse carriage service available at ₹ 1,200 per rucksack for the entire trek).

An additional charge of ₹ 2,000 + 5% GST per person for foreigners towards permits/entry tickets/levies.

Tips/gratuities to the GVH support staff.

Anything not mentioned in the “Inclusions” or personal.

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  • We assume that you have read and understood our “Terms & Conditions” (https://greenvalleyhimalayas.com/terms-and-conditions) before Booking a trek/tour.
  • To reserve your place in a scheduled Fixed Departure trek or a Customised/Private trek pay 25% of the TREK/TOUR FEE as the initial “Booking Deposit”. You can pay by Net banking/Draft/Cheque/Credit/Debit/AMEX cards. This will ensure your participation in the desired trek and we will reserve your place on the scheduled date. You need to pay the remaining amount at least 15 days before the Trek Starting Date.
  • If you book a Trek/Tour before 14 days or less from the Trek/Tour Starting Date, you need to pay the full TREK/TOUR FEE.


  • “Booking Amount” i.e.25% of the TREK/TOUR FEE is Non-Refundable at any stage.
  • If in case you are not able to make it due to unavoidable reasons (s), we provide you avery flexible choice of Shifting to another trek within the next one year. One year is counted from the starting date of the trek/tour you booked initially with us.
  • In case you postpone your trip you need to inform a minimum of 15 days before the trek/tour starting date. (Though we suggest to inform us earlier if know)
  • In case you postpone a trek/tour 15 days before the scheduled Trek/Tour Starting date or prior, you may shift to another group of the same trek/tour scheduled in the same season or within the next one year. You may shift to another suitable route also. For changing any, you need our approval first. Your request must be in written communication through your registered email with us.
  • If you cancel/postpone a trek/tour from 14 days to 8 days before the tour starting date, your Booking Amount is Non-Refundable. We will not take any requests for shifting dates. We will charge 50% of the amount as Cancellation Charges and process a refund of the remaining 50%. You may also shift to another group within next year but 25% Booking Amount will be deemed as Cancellation Charge and the rest amount will be transferred to the shifted group.
  • If you cancel a trek/tour 7 days (i.e. a week) before the Trek/Tour Starting Date or later, there will be NO REFUND.
  • In case of any unforeseen incident including but not limited to natural calamities like flood, earthquake, landslide, forest fire, or any political unrest, if we are compelled to cancel the trek/trip, you will be entitled to redeem the full amount for the same/similar kind of trek/trip within next one year.

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