Best things to do in Kathgodam are numerous and that is what makes the place special. Kathgodam, also known as the ‘Gateway of Kumaon Hills’ is a city in Uttaranchal, which is situated on the riverside of the Gaula at an altitude of 554 meters from the sea level. The city is developed in the foothills of the Kumaon Hills. Since the city is a hub of commerce and trade in its district, it got the name ‘Kathgodam’ meaning ‘timber depot’. The city is famous for two major temples devoted to the Hindu Goddesses Kali Chaud and Sheetla Devi. Devotees have been visiting these temples to take God’s blessing for over decades now. This city has a rich cultural and historical heritage as it was once ruled by the king of Kumaon.

Being located close to the Himalayas, Kathgodam has become an adventure activity base camp. Many treks and camping expeditions originate from this city. Adventure enthusiasts visit throughout the year to enjoy the various hiking and trekking activities. The trek to the Roopkund lake via Lohajung is one of the best treks to embark upon as the view of the lake amidst the backdrop of snow covered mountains is breathtaking. The avid trekkers can take the ten-day long trek to the Nanda Devi East Base Camp or the Pindari Glacier trek. These experiences will definitely be once in a lifetime experience for you and your friends and family.

The city Bhimtal is just a stone’s throw distance away from Kathgodam. Activities like boating, kayaking, paragliding etc. can be done here. The city Nainital is also located close to Kathgodam and is a famous hill station in Northern India. Boating in Naini lake is a must do activity. Nainital also houses a lot of viewpoints that provide a spectacular view of the mountain valleys. When with family one can always visit the parks there and have a picnic to have fun. These are just a few of the best things to do in Kathgodam. We have tried to answer some FAQ’s below; hope they help you in making your holiday trip to Kathgodam successful.

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Kali River Rafting, Uttarakhand 2020
Kali River Rafting, Uttarakhand 2020



About the Activity: On this rip-roaring rafting extravaganza, get to Kali River rafting that is plonked on Indo-Nepal border. Savour the adventure as rafting on Kali trip takes you down the upper sections of this river. Your journey begins at Kathgodam, a charming town in the Nainital, Uttarakhand. It forms the last station on its Indian Railways line. From here onwards, you would have to take the automobile to reach the Kumaon region of the Himalayan Mountains. Uttarakhand is the ideal playground for adventure sports. Displaying breath-taking beauty, it enchants with dramatic and arrayed landscape of pretty lakes, windy rivers, high mountains and soaring sights of the mighty Himalayas.   Lap up the journey amidst varied landscape comprising thick forest, farms, sandy beaches and more before you dash off to the plains. Enjoy run amidst remote and desolate area that opens up natural splendours. Through this activity, pass many stalactite and stalagmite formations. Making this trip all the more delightful is all the natural beauty and the chance to challenge Class II – IV rapids rafting on Kali river. Temperature Range: The expected temperatures would be 12-20°C during the day and 7-8°C during the nights
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02 February 2019
19th to 23rd January 2019 can’t forget, can’t explain the experience in my life !! The Brahmatal trek is unforgettable in this lifetime!! Yes, we faced some mighty powers of mountains and skies , when we were at Brahmatal camp at 12000feet severe snow storm was hit !! Yea we wanted live snowfall we were praying for it since we booked for the trek but the holy nature gave us so much snowfall that’s enough for one lifetime!! It was almost 4 to 5 feet snow outside our camps !!! we experienced temp of around -15 to -20 degree !! we took shelters in chacha ki dhukhan (small shop with wooden roof covered with tarpol)! The best part was our guides when all others trekking companies like India hike, trek the Himalayas team went down in snow storm our team stayed back up until the 36hours storm was gone and descended with a view that can be remembered every day in this lifetime !! Thinking about the hike up the mountain, right before the peak, the pain is unbearable. The trek has been long and the journey has been uphill against snow filled rocky terrain. Just before you reach the top, you feel as if you’ll never be able to take another step, yet you do. You forget ahead and just as the desire to give up becomes strongest, you reach the top. The light, the view is incredible, and you can finally see clearly what you’ve been fighting for. Suddenly, the next part of your journey is clear. It's beautiful, and its all laid out in the sight ahead and below. You are renewed, you know now where you are going. Today, if you are in a season where you are heading uphill and all you see is the mountainous terrain ahead, I hope to inspire you to keep going. Take small steps, but don't stop and don't dare go backwards. When it feels like you can't move, take a deep breath, and cry out for strength to just take the very next step. You will reach the top of your mountain and your joy will be great!! You are moving forward and your destiny awaits! After this trek, my confidence has boosted for sure !! I would like to thank my trek guides from bottom of my heart Raju bhayia, Praveen bhai who took very good care of us overnights and days in that severe snow storm and motivating on each and every step which was very difficult on the way back !! Again I Repeat this experience “Cannot be explained and cannot forget” in this lifetime!! Guys from experience I recommend you to carry all the trekking gears without fail or u gonna suffer REAL bad in those mighty mountains especially must if u are doing in peak winter ... (don't forget to see the forecast ) imp gears are Minus temp waterproof outer jacket, down jacket .thermal inners, lots of t-shirts at least 4, thermal pants, trek pants 2 , track pants , walking poles , WATERPROOF SHOES ( very imp ), 4 pairs of thermal socks , GATERS u can't walk without it in snow, in safer side carry one meter of tarpol that can be used in heavy snow as gaters (telling with experience) , woollen caps, glove inners, waterproof gloves .. Be mentally prepared for the worst !!!u will really enjoy it and ur confidence will be much more then what you were !! MUST DO TREK!
03 July 2017
Roopkunda, one of the most mysterious and surprising trek each and everyday a different surprise waiting for you on next turn. I have done this trek on May 2017. That trek contains everything from nature forest, meadows, snow, rain and hailstorm too. Trek begins from the day you land on Kathgodam. Its a 10 hrs long and beautiful journey passing via beautiful hill stations of Uttrakhand. Once you cover that part you reach WAN/Lohanjung, a small peaceful village where you will forget all your tiredness of 10 hrs long journey. You will meet your guide here and from next day the real adventure begins. Day 1: WAN - Ran bugad - Didina 4-5 hrs trekking - easy trek with gradual uphill and downhill through dense mountain forest. Campsite at Didina is amazing. We reach there by mid 2 PM and then enjoyed rest of the day here. Day 2: Didina - Ali bugyal - Bedini Begyal, 4-6 hrs, moderate day, very steep ascent in some part, most of the part is via dense forest, you need lots of stamina and water in first half, in later part you will trek on asia's largest green meadow with amazing view of snow capped mountains. When we reach Bedini it starts raining very hard for 2-3 hrs. It was thrilling as temperature is freezing during rain, 10C Day 3: Bedini - patharnachuni - easiest day. Trekking on almost a flat track and downhill. I enjoyed a lot on that day, singing, photography, everything we did during this part. No difficulties at all apart from height gain. So you need to be relax. It took 4 hrs to complete. Day 4: Patharnachuni - Kalu vinayak -Bhaguwabasa, One of the tough day. Trekking on Mud and snow at a very low temperature. Here we got really tested with our stamina and fear of height. Till Kalu vinayak its a difficult part as it was on mud and snow mixed slippery narrow and rough trek (steep climb) On kalu vinayak we felt relax and enjoyed Ganesha's arti. After kalu vinayak, till campsite trekking was on fresh snow, comparatively easy (descent only) but trek was narrow so you need to be very careful while stepping. When we reach baguwabasa it starts raining or I can say hailstorm which lasts for 3 hours. Out campsite got completely covered in snow. I haven't seen that much snow in my life. Once hailstorm stops, we came out from tents and started playing on snow, you will fall in love with this campsite. However you will feel headache here, fortunately we didn't face this for a long time. Only precaution drink as much water as you can and cover your self with woolen temp is 0C and below here. Day 5: Bhaguwabasa - Roopkunda- Bhaguwabasa - Patharnachuni - Bedini Summit day, for which we were awaiting for a long time, a very long day almost 10 hrs of trekking. Started very early at 4 AM on that day our guide provided us crampon to wear on shoes as it was slippery and soft snow on trek. Crampon helped us a lot, without that it was almost impossible to trek from bhaguwabasa to ropkunda it took 3 hrs most difficult part of trek as it was on narrowest edge of mountain covered with snow, very sharm turn where you have to be very very careful, without guide it is pretty difficult on some turns I thought to moving back but our guide motivate us and finally we were able to complete. I was speechless when I saw roop kunda, lost in its beauty and peace for 10 mins and was senseless, I wasn't that much excited and emotional when India won world cup, finally all the efforts were paid a beautiful result. we enjoyed there for 30 mins and then started back to reach Bedin. We covered maximum distance and reach Bedini in late afternoon at Bedini we were welcome with a massive hailstorm which turn the entire green meadow in white layer it starts raining from patharnachuni, raincoat is must here. Day 6: Final day: Bedini - Neel ganga - Wan - steep descent via forest and then 2 km gradual ascent - easy day, lots of walking, enjoyed a lot during forest pass you can hear birds singing. Once you finish downhill part you will reach Neel ganga river, we had a break and rest in neel ganga river water. Freezing cold but relaxing. After that gradual climb for 2 km and then 1 km downhill to reach WAN. Best part of entire trek: Quick weather changes and maggie at every point. Must carry: raincoat, woolen and drink lots of water About me: I am 31 year old guy with normal physique, not a regular gym guy with normal stamina, but I must say that you should practice lots of walking and running before hitting this trek, it was my first trek and I enjoyed this a lot.
04 July 2017
Our first trek was exciting. It was Roopkund. One of the best treks in India. Thanks thrillophilia for suggesting us. Trek was organised in a very professional way and thoroughly enjoyed out trek all 6 days. Now this is becoming addictive. Planning for rupin pass soon with Thrillophilia again.
"perfect trek to starters , helps gain confidence really enjoyed lot ,management was perfect nothing to suggest. . . Thanks Thrillophilia\n"
18 January 2014
Roopkund was something that I wanted to visit and see since the time I read about the rumours on it. However, as time went by, the rumours subsided and so was my eager. Recently, when my friends and I were thinking of out of the box places to visit, one girl suggested this, and we ended up visiting here. It is a nice vacation spot to take with your gang.
02 March 2020
Our whole trip went superb, right from the starting we were well picked up from Kathgodam, then stay at lohajung. The Bekaltal was very beautiful and we also explored it a bit. The journey to the Brahmatal was excellent. Every arrangement was done perfectly and we had an awesome time there. Highly recommended as this place gave me the best memories.
10 January 2020
We booked our whole trek from Thrillophilia and it was great experience. It was completely safe except Chota Jhandidar and Bada Jhandidar, the guide will help you regarding that, just follow him, he is best guide I ever had in so many years of experience. Recommended for all adventure lovers.
04 February 2020
The location of the camping is good, the view was just mesmerising and it really fells so good and relaxed, the guide was a super knowledgeable and experience person and he helped us a lot during this entire trip.
25 May 2018
Very decent place with lots of snow to see. We visited in this peak season, there were many tourists but our group was leading as we had the best guide, the food and the stay were well managed and timely given. There is not a single casualty felt, this is great and good to go.
14 July 2019
It is a very nice location for all types. Coupes, families, and especially the friends group, we were 4 and had an amazing trekking experience here. Khabekhal Lake was my personal favourite .big yes to this trek.

People Also Ask About Kathgodam Things To Do

  1. What activities can I do in Kathgodam?

    Kathgodam has a plethora of activities to offer for people of all ages. Below is the list of activities one can do in Kathgodam.

    •       Have a picnic with family at the dam at the river Gaula.
    •       Visit famous temples like the Kali Chaud and the Sheetla Devi temples.
    •       Go on treks like Roopkund trek, Nanda Devi East Base Camp trek, Pindari Glacier trek etc. and enjoy time in mother nature’s lap.
    •       Visit Nainital and enjoy sightseeing, boating in the lake, and visit viewpoints.
    •       Visit Bhimtal to enjoy activities like kayaking, boating, camping, and trekking.
    •       Take the Jungle camping trip to Binsar to experience rappelling, bird watching etc.
  2. Which are some famous treks in Kathgodam?

    Since Kathgodam is located in the foothills of Himalayas, it has become a hub of adventure enthusiasts who enjoy activities like hiking, camping, trekking etc. Many trekking tours are available in and around Kathgodam. One can choose from weekday or week long treks. The weeklong treks cover many fascinating places in the Himalayas like Brahma Tal, Rubin Pass, Roopkund Lake, Nanda Devi etc. some close by locations can be covered in the weekday treks. Few famous camping treks in Kathgodam are:

    •       Roopkund Trekking
    •       Trekking in Pangot
    •       Nanda Devi East Base Camp Trek
    •       Skeleton Lake Trek in Roopkund
    •       Trekking in Rupin Pass
    •       Panchachuli Base Camp Trek
    •       Pindari Glacier Trek
    •       Om Parvat Trek
  3. Which are some famous sites for camping in Kathgodam?

    Due to its proximity to the Himalayas, Kathgodam has become the base hub where all camping treks initiate from. Camping in the hills is an amazing experience that connects one to mother nature. Kathgodam is home to many camping treks and one can even customize them based on their requirements. There are many beautiful and tranquil locations where one can camp overnight on holiday trip. Few of them are:

    •       Nainital – One of the famous hill stations in Northern India, it is home to many beautiful camping locations that provide stunning view of the mountain valleys.
    •       Auli – It is a famous skiing destination and camping here amidst oak trees, dense woods and mesmerizing valleys will leave you spellbound.
    •       Binsar – It is located close to the ancient Silk Route and surrounded by a large number of oak trees. Jungle camping, rappelling, bird watching, and riverside camping make it an ideal place for adventure enthusiasts.
    •       Bhimtal – It is one of the most common places to camp due to the tranquillity of this city. Paragliding, horse-riding, and boating are other activities that one can do during their camping trip.
  4. Which are some famous temples to visit in Kathgodam?

    Kathgodam was once under the kingdom of the king of Kumaon as it lies in the foothills of Kumaon hills. Many temples have been built in and around Kathgodam. Few of the temples are:
    · Kali Chaur – this temple is dedicated to Goddess Kali and is built amidst scenic surroundings. The temple maintains a peaceful environment and hence people visit it to rejuvenate from mental stress.
    · Shani Mandir – dedicated to Lord Shani Dev this temple was built in Ranibagh. Many devotees visit this temple to take blessings from Lord Shani.
    · Shitla Devi Temple – this temple is dedicated to Goddess Durga. Shitala refers to “one who cools” in Sanskrit. She is worshiped by all Hindus and has been referred to Puranic Literature.

  5. Which are some famous sites for sightseeing in Kathgodam?

    Situated close to the scenic Kumaon hills, Kathgodam provides breathtaking scenic views. With mesmerizing hills and clouds on the backdrop, the panorama is gorgeous and attracts all the nature lovers and photography enthusiasts. Below are few places that one can enjoy visiting in Kathgodam:

    •       Sat Tal – an amalgamation of seven lakes Sat Tal is just 23 km from Kathgodam. Surrounded by Pine trees and flocked by migratory birds, this lake is beautiful in itself.
    •       Hanuman Garhi – this picturesque temple devoted to Lord Hanuman was constructed by Baba Neem Kiroli. This place is a famous sunset point in Uttarakhand.
    •       Ranikhet – Once a town of Queen Padmini, Ranikhet houses splendid valleys and spectacular mountain views. Trekking is one popular adventure activity here.

    ·       Naukuchia Tal – Located just 26 km from Kathgodam, this is a nine-sided lake where one can enjoy the profound beauty of the Himalayas.

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