After climbing steeply we are level with Jhuni; now seen across the valley on the opposite side
Walking past and then looking back at the Mikila village temple - as we near Mikila village (alt: 2300M)
A happy & playful Mikila kid
Cloud play at Mikila
My sketch map of Kumaon Trek route (click Image to see large)
Walking up steadily through several levels of terraced fields & meadows we reached Mikila by 11:10AM. Today was just a short trek of 3 hours. As we neared the village we passed, a small beautiful white-washed temple under a large shady tree. The village had several rows of homes in multiple terraced levels. Maybe there were 50 families there. This was also Debu's sasural village; so he got a rousing welcome from many locals!
Looking down the valley (south) from Mikila Village GH
That's Khalpatta village across a side-stream valley on Mikila side
We stayed in two rooms of a GH on top of a family home, with a big balcony just behind a big polythene green-house, growing variety of vegetables.
18th Dec 2008 Day-6 : Rest Day at Mikila Whole of today there were a series of villagers and children dropping into our GH balcony; either to play or watch the card-game that Debu & Balwant had going on the balcony or to be photographed by me, in my Canon DSLR. Plenty of children in Mikila and they spent most of the sunny afternoon playing in that big balcony and squealing with delight at the pictures, in the LCD of camera.
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Kumaon Hi-Altitude Villages Trek (K-Trek)
A 10-day, 100+ KM trek to some high-altitude Villages of Eastern Kumaon. Route: Loharkhet - Dhakuri - Khati - Mikila - Kimu - Namik - Thal~Kharik - Chupoo~Pass and finally the trail ending on the road to Munsiary (32KM), between Bala & Birthi Falls