The easternmost of the Kumaun valleys, the Darma valley is also now open for trekkers, of course after taking the required permissions. The Darma valley is divided into two part upper and lower Darma Valley. It is the upper Darma Valley Trek which is of interest to the trekkers and wanders. It is the Britishers who penetrated these valleys. they named these people “Bhotiyas”, a term commonly accepted for inhabitant of these valleys or for those who are Hindu but follow Buddhist practices.
The Tibet in the North and the Kaliganga in the west separates it from NepaL. This region is amongst the least explored areas in Himalayas. From the snout of Panchachuli you get majestic spectacle of Panchachuli Peaks, all five ranging above 6,300 meters. Panchachuli has been named so as it believed that Pandava cooked their last meal here at the base on way to heaven.
“A thousand, two thousand passes,
Passes in the lands of the strangers,
I will cross three thousand passes
To go to my own country..”
Why Darma Valley Trek?
Apart from spectacular views of the Himalayas. It is a place where one can truly experience which very few people in the world has. The amalgamation of Tibetan, Indian and Nepali culture in Rang People of the valley will give you new perspectives on life. Their beliefs which despite the absence of a direct causal connection between the ritual. And the desired outcome, performing rituals with the intention of producing a certain result appears to be sufficient for that result to come true.
It’s almost like a time travel to the shepard’s cave and turn into an Alchemist. The route abounds in snow capped peaks, sushing streams, and flower filled fields. These valleys are also lined with the high peaks e.g. Panchachuli, Chiring We, Sangthang.