New trails coming up soon in Uttarakhand

After opening the passage from Kunthkhal to Hanuman Chatti near Valley of Flowers, which was closed in 1970, the forest department is now planning to promote new treks around the valley. Chander Shekhar Joshi, divisional forest official of Joshimath, told TOI, “The 21km foot trek through terraced fields to Dibrugheta from Lata village, which is 15km by motorable road from Joshimath, provides a broad open grassy ridge covered with flowers and is home to rare animals such as musk deer in summers in Lata Khrak.”
According to state forest minister Dinesh Aggarwal, “Eco-tourism in Lata Khark is being developed along with trekking routes. The local people of nearby villages will also get employment through their homestays. The tourists will also get to savour local cuisines as well as enjoy the unique culture of this valley.”
To reach the Khiro valley for trekking, there is a 25km motorable road from Joshimath to Benakuli village on the national highway to Badrinath.. Then comes a three-km trek to Khiro village, which is spread across an area of about 4 sq km. This valley too has more than 300 species of flowers growing in it. There can be additional sightseeing on way to the Uniyani Devi temple and Uniyani lake also.
Another trek route being planned is a 16-km stretch in Santopath valley ahead of Mana village near China border (47km from Joshimath ). Taking a detour from Badrinath temple, the tourists can enjoy waterfalls, glacial moraines, lush grasslands, rich Birch forests and ridge walk across Santopath lake.
Chinab valley trek is another remarkable trek, say tourism officials. The total area of Chinab valley is about 5 and it is in the lap of a mountain known as Sona Shikhar. The entire area at 3200-4000 meter is bedecked with flowers during summer.


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