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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  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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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!
Abhijeet Saxena Roopkund Trek
"Roopkund is a beautiful trek with heart-filling views throughout the trek. You travel from forests to meadows to rocky areas to snow in a matter of 4 days with landscape changing every day. Trek though tiring is worth trying even for beginners & first timers (like me). You just need to follow the trek leaders' guidelines and nothing can stop you from reaching the summit. Everything was decently arranged by Thrillophillia & UTT (local agency whose part we were). The only downside was that our group size was large around 28 people and we were mostly running behind the schedule. Food was okay, you can really not expect a lot when in mountains.Prepare for the trek in advance and if possible keep a day extra in reserve. Carry spare clothes and prepare for rain extensively because the weather in the bugyals & beyond is very unpredictable and you should be ready for everything. Must do trek. All the Best...."
16 June 2018
Pradeepta Mohanty Roopkund Trek
The awesome journey started from the station Kathgodam itself where we could see the ubiquitous Pine and Fir trees that we had seen previously only in TV. We had a warm welcome from the UTT staff in Lohajung where we plucked some peaches and relished along with the briefing. We met the trek leaders, cook, support staff and fellow group members with whom we were to live like a family for the next 7 days. Along with the heavenly environment, the people with their simple ways won permanent place inside us. On the 2nd day we trekked to Didna village via Kuling - 12 kms stretch, half road and other half mountains and valleys. The family who had given us home stay in Didna village welcomed us with Rhododendron drinks. By this time natural spring water had been inveterate to us. Next day trek was to Bedni Bugyal via Ali Bugyal, the most beautiful and largest meadows of Asia - 12 kms stretch. For the first time I saw real snow before my eyes when Mount Trishul and Nanda Ghunti came in front of us. We faced heavy rainfall along the way where the ponchos and waterproof shoes became handy and saved us the whole trek. Next day was a 4 km trek to Pathar Nachauni. Each place has its own fascinating fable and folk lore described to us by the Trek leaders - Raghu, Rajat, Pradeep, Uday, etc. Next was another 4 km trek to Bhagwabasa where a little AMS started to peek in and temperature dropped steeply. Folowing early morning 0300 hrs, we started on the steep 3km trek to Roopkund crossing land, waterfalls, snow and ice; and it was all heavenly out there when we could see the ice covered lake with snow surrounding it like a white glass. We returned to Bhagwabasa the same day by evening. And next day descended to Lohajung via Wan village - 12 kms. Now having returned it feels, some part of our lives could never come back from those mountains.
Ashutosh Dubal Brahmatal Trek
"perfect trek to starters , helps gain confidence really enjoyed lot ,management was perfect nothing to suggest. . . Thanks Thrillophilia\n"
15 March 2016
Himadri Bhat Roopkund Trek
The trekking experience was great. I had a really really fun filled trek. The beautiful surrounding, the bird’s eye view of the place, and everything else added more beauty to the travel experience. the roopkund was mostly frozen, and when we went close you could actually see the skeltons on the bed of the lake. oThis trip is something that I can never ever forget the final climb to roopkund was very difficult and tedious but it was worth it. I totally loved this trek. I wish I could take more such treks in the future.
14 March 2020
Nimit Bandopadhyay Roopkund Trek
I did this trek with my friends and we all enjoy this very much, the view was superb, the guide and food were fantastic, the adventure activity was amazing, but the best part was the Roopkund Lake. The very beautiful whole covered with ice. Mesmerizing. camping was very comfortable and I never forgot this adventure. Worth doing it.
05 March 2020
Gajadhar Gandhi Roopkund Trek
It was a unique experience when I was surrounded by the snow so we friends start playing with it and we trek nicely. camping was good and we take many pictures for memories, the guide was professional but the food was a little bit spicy but overall we can say this was one of the best vacations I spent.
11 March 2020
Mukul Ahluwalia Roopkund Trek
When I was in Uttarakhand with my friends so one of them suggest me to do roopkund trek so I book the trek from Thrillophilia and this gives me lifetime experience, the location was good relaxing, the guide was funny and polite in nature and food was ok-ok but we had a memorable experience.
07 March 2020
Adhrit Menon Roopkund Trek
The guesthouse was the best to stay, the food was ok on all the times. The guide was good and well experienced, this place is for those people who seek for adventure. I was there with 3 other solo travelers, try to go with bigger groups.
01 March 2020
Deeptanshu Achari Roopkund Trek
I have done many treks but this one has a different exposure. Totally amaze and with such a good food on trek was unexpected. I would suggest that adventure lover people must try this one as it will give you thrilling experience.

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