Kumaon Village Walks

Shakti Kumaon includes both the Shakti Kumaon Village Walk as well as Shakti 360° Leti – a Relais & Chateaux property. These experiences, located in the stunning and lesser known region of the state of Uttarakhand, can be experienced separately or combined to create a unique Himalayan journey.

Shakti Kumaon

The little-known Kumaon region lies in the northern hill state of Uttarakhand, promising some of the most stunning mountain scenery in the world from the perennially snow-capped peaks of the Great Himalaya range in the north, to the pretty hill stations at its foothills.

Lucky to have escaped the influx of backpackers common in other hill areas, in Kumaon Shakti has been able to pioneer the concept of village walks in an unspoiled, offbeat part of India.

Experiences

SHAKTI KUMAON VILLAGE WALK

A privately guided village-to-village walk usually over the course of 4 or 5
nights, taking in 3 beautifully renovated villages houses located in the Almora region of Uttarakhand. Days are spent walking in a remote and beautiful region, in an area known for its gentle people, lush surroundings and sweeping views of the Panchachuli Himalayan range.

SHAKTI 360° LETI

Located 5½ hours drive north of the Shakti Kumaon Village Walk, Shakti 360° Leti offers a one of a kind mountain experience. With only 4 bedrooms, outstanding cooking & service, excellent privately guided hikes & space to relax and take in the stunning Himalayan views. Designed with sophisticated simplicity and style.

Sample Journeys

Every journey is private and tailored to individual requirements, preferences and timings, but we hope that these sample itineraries give you a sense of the magic that awaits in Kumaon.

7 night / 8 Day package
for USD 5976 per person
on 2 Person travelling basis

Includes private accommodation in three village houses and 360° Leti on a fully inclusive basis including
all meals and beverages, all activities, accompanying English speaking guide, private chef,
support guide and porters, car at disposal and taxes. Also includes return transfers
between Kathgodam and village houses.

Sample Journey

01.Shakti Kumaon Village Walk
+ Shakti 360° Leti
Tariff & Information

The following itinerary is our classic Shakti Kumaon journey; starting with 3 nights on the Shakti
Kumaon Village Walk taking in two houses over 3 nights before a 3 night stay at Shakti 360° Leti,
and finally a night in a Shakti Kumaon Village house on the journey back to Delhi. The village walk
before or after the stay at Shakti 360° Leti can be extended for a more immersive experience.

Day 01

This morning you will board your train (Shatabdi express) departing at 0600hrs from New Delhi railway
station and arriving into Kathgodam at 1140hrs.On arrival in Kathgodam you will be met and driven to the
Almora region (3½ hours away) from where the Village Walks will begin. En route you will stop for lunch.
You will then begin walking from the village of Chitai – also famous for the Chitai temple (god of justice)
for about 2 hours to reach your first village house in the small and sleepy town of Deora.

Day 02

Setting off from Deora, you will walk for thirty minutes towards the village of Chirala where you can visit the local school.
Continue along the path, passing a ‘ghatt’ (water powered flour mill) and
terraced fields through the village of Palyu, before climbing for twenty minutes to the road head at Ka- Chula pool.
From Ka-Chula Pool you have the option of taking our car to Dhaulchina, around twenty
minutes away, before walking gradually uphill for thirty minutes to the lunch spot. After lunch, continue walking
gradually uphill through stunning rhododendron forest for around 1½ hours until you reach the village of Jwalabanj.

Day 03

This morning you may wish to wake early and head up the ridge where at the view point - you can witness the
grandeur of the rising sun, as it lights up 'the Nanda Devi’ in shades of orange. You will then visit Jageshwar
Temple Complex built in the 8th century, which is very interesting to explore. We will organize a picnic lunch at a lovely spot nearby.
There is an additional walk through the forest for those who are more energetic, or you could be driven directly to your village house.

Day 04

This morning you will walk for 10 minutes to the road head where you will be met and driven for around 6 hours
to Leti. Later today you could take a cooking lesson with your chef and learn how to make some of our favourite Shakti
dishes, like Momos & Biriyani.

Day 05

At Leti, you may take gentle walks or more strenuous hikes out into the countryside, and picnic hampers and
guides are provided. You may just like to be at leisure to enjoy the surroundings. Spend your evening curled up
in a pashmina blanket with a book from our collection or play a board game.

Day 06

You will have the option of doing an overnight camp at the Lodhura top. A strenuous walk up
from the campsite, through a narrow path brings you to a flat piece of pastureland. One can see
this land from the campsite, and it offers a fabulous sense of achievement to reach this area.
Dinner will be prepared by your Shakti chef this evening and you will feast next to the fire under
the most amazing blanket of stars over head.

Day 07

This morning after a leisurely breakfast, you will bedriven 6 hours to the village of Kana.
Enroute, you will have the option to visit the main town of Almora. Visit the Panchachuli
Women’s Factory - Panchachuli Women Weavers Co-operative. For those keen on trekking
you could leave early from Shakti 360° so you can reach the Kana village well in time to
take a beautiful hike in this area.

Day 08

This morning after breakfast you will be driven back to Kathgodam Railway Station for 4
hours for your journey back to Delhi. You will board your train (Shatabdi Express) departing
at 1535 hrs and arriving into Delhi at 2105 hrs.
There is an Air India flight operating four times a week on; Tues/Weds/Fri/Sat (Pantnagar to Delhi).

Introduction

5 night / 6 Day package
for USD 4518 per person
on 2 Person travelling basis

Includes private accommodation in two village houses and 360° Leti on a fully inclusive basis including
all meals and beverages, all activities, accompanying English speaking guide, private chef,
support guide and porters, car at disposal and taxes. Also includes return transfers
between Kathgodam station/Pantnagar airport and village houses.

Sample Journey

02.Shakti Kumaon Village Walk
+ Shakti 360° Leti
Tariff & Information

Shakti 360° Leti can be visited either as an extension to the Shakti Kumaon village walks or as a
standalone itinerary. If it is visited on its own, it can be accessed by private charter or an
overnight train. We recommend breaking the journey at one of our village houses for better
logistics. Due to the remote location of Shati 360° Leti, there is a 3 night minimum stay - although
the average stay is in fact 4 or 5 nights. Contact us for more information on the best duration of
stay for you and what to do while you are with us.

Day 01

This morning board your train from Delhi, departing at 0600hrs, arriving into Kathgodam at
1140hrs. On arrival, your Shakti guide will collect you from the station and you will be driven to
the Almora region (3½ hours away). En route you will stop for lunch. Take a short walk into the
village of Jwalabanj and enjoy a leisurely evening.

Day 02

This morning you will walk for 10 minutes to the road head where you will be driven for 6 hours
to Shakti 360° Leti. There will then be a walk of 5 minutes to the property.

Day 03

Your days at Shakti 360° Leti can include hikes, more gentle walks, time spent at the small
charming school close by or spend time in the kitchen with the chefs. Lunches will either be as
picnics on longer hikes, or return for lunch under the shamiana, with mesmerizing views down
the Ramganga Valley. Enjoy peaceful time reading, or playing backgammon or simply snoozing -
your day is yours to spend as you wish. Spend the evenings by the fire before a home cooked
supper by candle-light.

Day 04

Your days at Shakti 360° Leti can include hikes, more gentle walks, time spent at the small
charming school close by or spend time in the kitchen with the chefs. Lunches will either be as
picnics on longer hikes, or return for lunch under the shamiana, with mesmerizing views down
the Ramganga Valley. Enjoy peaceful time reading, or playing backgammon or simply snoozing -
your day is yours to spend as you wish. Spend the evenings by the fire before a home cooked
supper by candle-light.

Day 05

This morning after a leisurely breakfast, you will be driven 6 hours to Kana. Enroute, you will have the option to visit the main town of Almora. Visit the Panchachuli Women’s Factory - founded in the late 1990's. For those of you who wish to walk more, there is a beautiful hike near Kana.

Day 06

This morning after a leisurely breakfast you will be driven back to Kathgodam Railway Station for 4.5 hours for your journey back to Delhi.You will board your train (Shatabdi Express) departing at 15:35 hrs and arrive into Delhi at 21:05 hrs. Alternatively you could take the flight from Pantnagar to Delhi. There is an Air India flight operating four times a week on; Tues/Weds/Fri/Sat (Pantnagar to Delhi).

Introduction

4 night / 5 Day package
for USD 2916 per person
on 2 Person travelling basis

Based on 4 nights at Shakti village houses on a fully inclusive basis including all meals and beverages,
activities, an accompanying English speaking guide and porters, car at disposal and all
taxes and return transfers between Kathgodam railway station/Pantnagar airport, village
houses and Leti. Train & Flights not included.

Sample Journey

03.Shakti Kumaon Village Walk
Tariff & Information

The itinerary here is a brief example of what we offer as the Kumaon Village experience, however,
each client’s itinerary is tailored specifically to suit his/her interests. The Kumaon Village
experiences can be combined perfectly with Shakti 360° Leti to create a complete
Himalayan experience.

Day 01

This morning board your train from Delhi, departing at 0600hrs, arriving into Kathgodam at
1140hrs. On arrival your Shakti guide will collect you from the station and you will be driven to
the Almora region (3½ hours away) from where the Village Walks will begin. En route you will stop
for lunch. You will then begin walking from the village of Chitai for about two hours to reach your
first village house in the small and sleepy town of Deora. Drinks by the fire are followed by dinner
prepared by your chef this evening.

Day 02

Setting off from Deora, reach the village of Chirala after 30 minutes, where you can visit a local
school. Continue along the path, passing a ‘ghatt’ (water powered flour mill) and terraced fields
through the village of Palyu, climbing for 20 minutes to the road head at Ka-Chula pool from
where you will have the option of taking our car to Dhaulchina, , walking gradually uphill for 30
minutes to the lunch spot. After lunch, continue walking through stunning rhododendron forest
for around 1½ hrs until you reach the village of Jwalabanj.

Day 03

This morning after breakfast, you will gradually climb up the south-west ridge, walking on the trails that were once used to transfer resin on horse backs, which now still is a boost for the local economy. In an hour and a half, further down the ridge you will start descending to Artola village. You will walk through the terraced fields and will reach your picnic spot which is laid on a hill top. After lunch, you will continue to walk uphill through the village of Kutul. Upon ascending this ridge, you will then take a small trail that will lead you to back to Jwalabanj.

Day 04

This morning after breakfast, you will start with a downhill walk through green terraced fields brings you to the Jageshwar Temple Complex built in the 8th century, which is very interesting to explore. Some distance ahead we have arranged lunch for at a lovely spot by a stream. Another hour further you will reach the village of Kana. For those who wish to walk more, there is a beautiful three hour walk from the house through rhododendron, pine and oak forests.

Day 05

This morning after breakfast you will be driven back to Kathgodam Railway Station for 4
hours for your journey back to Delhi. You will board your train (Shatabdi Express) departing
at 1535 hrs and arriving into Delhi at 2105 hrs.
There is an Air India flight operating four times a week on; Tues/Weds/Fri/Sat (Pantnagar to Delhi).

Introduction

Information

Early October – End of April

The post monsoon months of October and November offer lush scenery and clear views with warm sunny days and nights that are getting increasingly colder. In December and January it becomes very cold at night, however the days are still warm and sunny and offer the clearest views of the mountains. From February, both the days and nights start to get warmer and between March and end of April, the rhododendrons come into bloom. Being the Himalayas it is possible to experience a full span of weather in a single day - from bright sunshine that requires a high SPF and a sunhat, through to a rain storm that calls for a light waterproof jacket in one’s day pack.

  • KUMAON VILLAGE WALK
  • SHAKTI 360° LETI
  • Overnight train (7 hours) from Delhi to Kathgodam followed by a 3 ½ hour drive to Almora, where the Village walks begin.
  • Day train (5 ½ hours) from Delhi to Kathgodam followed by a 3 ½ hour drive to Almora. where the Village walks begin.
  • Drive (9 to 10 hours) from Delhi to Almora. We do not recommend this option as the traffic in and out of Delhi can mean long delays and the route is not very scenic.
  • Flight from Delhi to Pantnagar (1 hr), followed by a 4 ½ hour drive. It operates only Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays & Saturdays.
  • Private charter flight (1hr 15m approx) from Delhi to Pantnagar, followed by a 4 ½ hour drive.
  • Drive approximately 4 hours from Corbett to Almora
  • Drive 9 to 10 hours from Rishikesh to Almora with The Corbett National Park being around half way and making a good stopover.
  • Overnight train (7 hours approx) from Delhi to Kathgodam, followed by an 8 hour drive to Shakti 360° Leti.
  • Private charter flight (1 ½ hours approx) from Delhi to Pithoragarh, followed by a 5 hour drive to Shakti 360° Leti. Please check with us regarding this option as the Pithoragarh airstrip is not functional at the moment.
  • Helicopter / Chopper (2 hours approx) from Delhi to Kapkot, followed by a 2 hour drive to Shakti 360° Leti
  • Drive (5 ½ to 6 hours) from Almora to Shakti 360° Leti.
  • Please note that Leti is around 6 hours drive from Kana and Jwalabanj village houses and Deora is around 5 ½ hours away. There will then be a walk around 5 minutes to the property.