Pahadi Homestays: Stay in a beautiful spacious home stay with a Kumaoni family, where they will happily invite you inside their kitchens and pamper you with lip smacking traditional food. Our rooms will be private and updated with all the basic modern amenities.
Majestic Panchachuli Peaks: Get possessed by the breathtaking snow-clad Panchachuli Peaks.
Farm Walk: Understand their organic agricultural practices. Pluck some fresh cucumbers, lemons, corns, carrots and taste them. Feel free to pack some samples to bring them home.
Organic food: We will be served fresh organic meals, during our stay in the village. Kumoani ladies pluck home-grown vegetables from their farms, for every meal.
Maati Sangathan: Women are the powerhouse of this village. At Maati, interact with the worker’s to know about the functioning of this enterprise. We can also shop handcrafted woolen fabric including Pashmina and Angora, and locally grown organic food products.
Trek: Trek through the lush green forests of Pine, Deodar and Oak trees witnessing the charming Panchachuli peaks and rich flora & fauna of Gori Valley.
Day 1: Reaching the Village
Reach Sarmoli early evening. You will be welcomed by the hospitable Kumaoni hosts and splendid Panchchuli peaks. The flavor of ginger tea served with pakodas will take your tiredness away. To rejuvenate you, we have arranged for pahadi home stays with clean fresh linen and duvets, and attached western bathrooms with running water. All the rooms are comfortable and quiet with a view of majestic Panchchuli peaks. You will end the day with a freshly prepared organic dinner with your hosts or in private as per your wish.
Day 2: Exploring the Kumaoni Mountain Village
After breakfast, you will start your day with your guide, discussing briefly about the Gori valley and the life there. You can walk around the village understanding the region’s seasonal farming practices and interacting with the village communities. The guided tour through the village will tune you to the seasonal agricultural practices. This will give you an insight on how the locals have stuck to the methods of organic farming, despite harsh conditions, and still live a content life. Post lunch, you can visit visit Tribal Museum which is founded and managed by Mr. S. S. Pangtey. The museum is his life’s work and dedication towards preserving and protecting the local Bhotiya Tribe (a scheduled tribe that used to trade with Tibet). A half-day visit to this museum will give you a glimpse of the old Bhotiya culture which once flourished in the region. In the evening, you can consider visiting Munsiari Bazaar, Nanda Devi Mandir and Danadhar. The Bazaar is set between three villages and is a one-road Bazaar. Seek the blessings of the local goddess in the temple and get a bird’s eye view of the Gori valley from the vantage point of Danadhar.
Day 3: Trek
You shall spend the day leisurely with nature, walking on the stony pathway with a stream running along to the Mesar Kund (a pond nestled in an old Oak forest). Mesar Kund has a very interesting folklore associated, which will be described during the walk. On the way, just before the ancient Mesar Kund, the village community (with their bare hands and efforts) has built another pond, also known as the Mesar Kund (the new one) to keep the water stream running through the village throughout the year. With every step, view of Panchchuli will take our breath way, and it keeps getting better and better! Depending on your interest, you can continue the hike to Budgair Dhar above Mesar Kund and can walk up to the Bugyals (meadows) of Lalsingair at around 10,000 feet. if you are fit enough, you can even consider going up to Khaliya top. You can easily notice the richness of Flora and Fauna in the valley, comprising of over 326 recorded bird species, 36 mammals, and 2,200 flowering plant species. There will be a local guide accompanying you.
Day 4: Exploring on your own
Today is a free day. You can sip your tea leisurely while gazing at snow clad Panchachuli peaks. You can also take some tips from your host family on where to hangout for the day. We recommend you to visit Maati Sangathan, which a women enterprise is running across 50 nearby villages. You can interact with the village women to know about the functioning of this enterprise, and also shop locally produced handicrafts including finely woven pashminas and other woolen wear, furnishings, and locally grown organic food products.
Day 5: Adieu
Today after the breakfast, you will say goodbye to the village and its wonderful people.