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Gannath Trek in Almora

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Road through the forest

Road through the forest

It was mid july last year and some of my friends wanted to trek around our city. They left it upon me to searching a new trekking route. I had heard about Gannath village but have never been there, so I inquired about it to a friend who belongs from nearby and he guided us on how to get there.

I informed my friends and we firmed up on this trek however we had to go by car nearby area of Taluka (zone), so we arranged for a car quickly and headed towards our destination.

It was already raining that month and had started to become green everywhere as far as we could see. After driving for an hour and half, we reached Kande village, from whereon we had to go on foot for about half an hour to reach Gannath.

Ponds, Gannath trek

Ponds, Gannath trek

There has an ancient temple right at the top of the Gannath and the local villagers believes that temple is belongs to Lord Shiva. The temple is situated in middle of forest and there are very few villagers living since most of villagers has migrated towards near city. Gannath is itself on top of a mountain peak surrounded by pine and deodar trees. As we went there in rainy season the view was awesome and most of empty places full filled with rain water ponds. Most of natural water resources have opened up.

Dense Pine Forests

Dense Pine Forests

After spending few hours there, we decided to trek towards the upper side of forest. The villagers told us about a place that is situated upside of forest from you can see whole valley. Unfortunately we couldn’t see anything due to dense fog. The place was call Mallika with a temple to the goddess, Mallika Devi. The climb was quite tiring as we had to climb over 3 kilometers and we had to relax for some time. But after some time the rain started again so had to descend down quickly.

The cave temple with a waterfall, obscured by friends posing in front

The cave temple with a waterfall, obscured by friends posing in front

We were back to our homes by the evening with another unforgettable journey.

Other things to do:

The Gannath trek begins from an off shoot road to the Someshwar valley which in itself is a beautiful stretch of green terraced fields.
The most enjoyable part of the trek is the walk via the dense deodar forest areas under whose shade the temperature falls down by more than a few degrees.

Alternatively you can just rest within the pine forest zones and enjoy the sound of the breeze flowing through the trees while watching the different species of sub-himalayan birds.
If you are lucky you might even spot a few barking deers or even the elusive leopard.

Staying and getting there:

Gannath village is located, Takula block, dist. Almora. It is 35 kms away from Almora.

You will have to either stay at Almora or further ahead at Kausani from where you can drive down to start the trek. Kausani is closer to the destination than Almora. There are a few resorts in the Someshwar Valley that could be closer options.

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