Highlights: Trekking from Nainital to Corbett, spectacular views of peaks, Tiger sighting in open jeeps & elephant ride at Dhikala, rich Himalayan flora, altitude migrant birds and occasional sightings of endangered mammals like Himalayan Black Bear and Serow, Homestays and Eco-tourism projects like Mahseer Conservation
Unlike most other treks that are done in summer for easier access, this trek is best enjoyed around winter months as high altitude birds migrate to lower regions and the forests are in bloom. This forest trek has great altitudinal variation, giving the whole region a diverse bird and mammal life. An astounding 650 bird species have been reported here and the assemblage of mammals is equally impressive, the most notable being the elusive Serow.
Highly recommended for beginners, this is a moderate trek through beautiful natural surroundings. You hike along old pony trails, camp at scenic spots or stay in colonial era forest bungalows. Starting from the right bank of the Kosi River this trek involves walking through dense broadleaf forest rich in wildlife, and forging through shallow streams. As we gain altitude, vegetation & landscape go through considerable change and you move on to conifer forests of oak and pine that open into scenic valleys & gorges. You finally end the trek at temperate forest higher up that offer spectacular views of the icy Himalayas along the way. What is quite remarkable is the ever-changing biodiversity, rich wildlife and the dramatic difference in forest types each day.
The hike takes you through forests dominated by dense undergrowth of Ringal, bamboo and ferns and you can encounter a variety of wildlife such as barking deer and pheasants. The forest stretch between Vinayak and Patahriya is of great ornithological importance as the once-considered extinct Himalayan Quail was reported here. You pass through small villages and hamlets, where you can see people lead a simple symbiotic life in harmony with their wild surroundings.