Passing through a beautiful forest at Noon with sun and shadow plays
Passed a nice waterfall by the side of trail at 2:30PM
We reached end of trail on the motor road to Munsiary, between Bala & Birthi at 3:45PM. It was the longest ever trekking day for me. Today we had done Dist=24KM UP=350M UP, DN=1700M
And finally we hit the motor road at Bala at 3-50PM here - where the lady porters are emerging from the trail
After tea from a roadside chai shop, we went the remaining 2Kms to Birthi Falls and checked into a pretty new and neat KMVN-GH for a night's rest. Debu and Balwant stayed there too and left early next morning at 6AM to head back the same way via trails to Namik and Mikila.
Next day (23rd Dec 08) after breakfast, I dropped the idea of going to Munsiary and took a share-jeep to Thal and continued on to Almora KMVN, for night stay. At the Railway counter attached to KMVN was lucky to get a sleeper berth for same night. And so on 24th Dec a share-Alto to Kathgodam to catch the Ranikhet Exp to Delhi.
PS: In March 2009, I received an email (see feedback section) from a young man named Arnab Choudhuri, saying he was in the Almora KMVN lawn, standing beside me and taking pictures of the 'Om' of Trishul. It was his father who had shown us the Om and asked us to take a 'zoomed' photo of that! From Almora, Arnab and family had moved on to see Chaukhori and Munsiary. He sent me a stunning picture (below), taken by his father, Shri A. K. Chauduri, of Nanda Devi Temple, at Munsiary, with towering prescence of the Five Panchachulis!
Nanda Devi Temple Munsiary
by A. K. Chaudhuri on 25th Dec 2008
**** End of Kumaon Villages Trek ****