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Trekking to Naina Peak



JIM'S INDIA TOUR

There are no motorable road to Naina Peak. it can only be reached through a trek of around 6km from the main road

There are no motorable road to Naina Peak. it can only be reached through a trek of around 6km from the main road


I climbed Naina Peak to get the best view of Nainital. I don't know how much some images are worth but when you know that no other means would suffice than you do what you have got to do. Everyone who have climbed Naina Peak would agree that it offers the best view of Nainital.
View of Naina Peak from Nainital

View of Naina Peak from Nainital



Nainital is a little valley surrounded by hills. In fact it looked like a lake formed by volcanic eruption many years ago. It is definitely one of the most picturesque towns in India. At 2,615m Naina Peak towered over Nainital which is at 2,084m and offered the best view of Nainital and that alone is worth the trek.

Naina Peak is around 9.4km from Nainital. A motorable road covers only a small portion of that and requires 6 km of steep mountain trekking. The trail is well maintained and frequented by trekkers and forest rangers who stayed in the forest camp near Naina Peak. The mountain is covered with thick forest and extended for miles, bordering Jim Corbett national Park on one side.

At the beginning of the trail, the forest is covered by rhododendron trees, which in their blossom would lit up the whole forest like wild forest fire. As the trail moves upwards oak trees dark and laden with mosses began to tower over the sky. This was a bonus. I had no clue that the forest were so beautiful. It was like a scene of middle earth from Lord of The Rings and Hobbits.
Naina Peak is a trekker's paradise

Naina Peak is a trekker's paradise


The beginning of the trek is lined with rhododendron trees

The beginning of the trek is lined with rhododendron trees


For an avid trekker 6km climb is not much of a trek but the trail was upward and steep. It took us an hour to reach the peak. We had tea and chatted with the two forest rangers at their lodge who regaled stories of leopard sightings. They cautioned us not to walk back too late as the possibility of running into a leopard was not completely out of question.
Brewing tea with firewood at Forest Rangers camp at Naina peak

Brewing tea with firewood at Forest Rangers camp at Naina peak


A few years back ponies and horses ran up and down the trail. Tourists were rampant as it was much easier but now without the horses to carry them up, most tourists have abandoned the idea altogether. During that whole time we came across only two team of trekkers.
An abandoned Forest Camp at Naina Peak. A new one has been built in place of this

An abandoned Forest Camp at Naina Peak. A new one has been built in place of this


Beautiful forest just before reaching Naina Peak

Beautiful forest just before reaching Naina Peak


Moss covered trees at Naina Peak are a treat to hikers

Moss covered trees at Naina Peak are a treat to hikers


The beautiful trees at Naina Peak are so beautiful, they looked like a scene from fairytale

The beautiful trees at Naina Peak are so beautiful, they looked like a scene from fairytales


A trek runs through enchanted forest at Naina Peak

A trek runs through enchanted forest at Naina Peak


A hiker walking back from Naina Peak

A hiker walking back from Naina Peak


Leafless trees cramming for space in the sky

Leafless trees cramming for space in the sky


Silhouette of trees against the evening sky at Naina peak

Silhouette of trees against the evening sky at Naina peak


At the peak we waited for the sunset and then when the lights came on the town began to sparkle. It was a beautiful sight, worth all the climb and wait. While we were taking photographs a Himalayan Ghoral paid us a visit, on a steep ravine but when it saw us, it warned its mate and the two ran down the ravine into the forest.
Rays of light shone through clump of clouds

Rays of light shone through clump of clouds


View of Nainital from Naina Peak before sundown

View of Nainital from Naina Peak before sundown


View of Nainital after sunset from Naina Peak
The shape of Naini Lake has been likened to pear fruit but at night it formed a perfect paisley.
The lake formed a perfect paisley

The lake formed a perfect paisley


The trek down was so much easier and we managed to cover in 20 minutes.The road was sufficiently lit by half moon. We had come prepared with torches for additional light if we needed but for most stretches of the trek we didn't need to use. When we walked back I was assured that I had seen the best of Nainital and that was a big thing when you are genuinely interested in a place.




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