'Beautiful Stones' as the name translates to is itself intriguing enough to go explore the place - The Valley of Beautiful Stones.
Offering great views of Maiktoli, Mrigthuini, Tharkot and Panwali Dwar, the Sunderdhunga Valley trek is one of the most beautiful trek of Uttrakhand. This trek used to start from Lokharkhet, and Dhakuri used to be its first camp, a very beautiful one indeed ! New jeepabe road has opened up till Kharkiya which skips the campsite and saves a day. Although, if you are trekking to experience the Himalayas and its beauty, we recommend stopping at Lokharkhet trek to Dhakuri on the next day. It passes through the Dhakuri pass, which offers good challenge at the beginning of the trek .
This trail follows the same route as that of the adjacent glaciers of Pindari and Kafni, before separating at the village of Khati. The trek takes you through dense forest, some of the remote villages of Kumaon and then to the ravine of the Sunderdhunga river to the beautiful campsite of Kathaliya, which then acts as your Exploratory base camp of the beautiful valley. Here you are surrounded by some of the most beautiful peaks in the region. Trek upto Maiktoli base camp and then to the Baluni top, Sukhram caves offers a spectacular view of the surrounding, something which will remain with your forever.. Devi kund, is a small hike from Baluni Top.
With great views from the campsite of Devikund, we put Panwali Dwar on our back and trek further up towards Nag Kund and then the Kanakata Pass. As the terrain slowly becomes difficult and extremely rocky, the desire to stand atop Kanakata Pass becomes stronger too.
After leaving behind the campsite of Banakar, we head for the ultimate - The cross over of Kanakata Pass. Its a difficult day, not the ascent, but the terrain on the other side of the pass is extremely treacherous. A knowledgeable guide and fit, fearless trekkers make a good team for this trek.