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Maneater of Mohan ?Walking Trail near Corbett Wildlife Park
Days: 6
Level: Easy
Season: November till February
Location: Northeast of Corbett Wildlife Park, Dist Almora, Uttaranchal, Dist Almora, Uttaranchal
Altitude: 600 m - 1250 m

Intro
There are treks that test your resolve, there are treks that take you to unscalable heights, but this is one trek that tests man's wit against the instinct of a wild beast. This forest trek takes you on the old district road that Jim Corbett once took in hunt of the legendary 'Maneater of Mohan'. Immortalized in his bestseller 'Maneaters of Kumaon', this tiger killed many humans in the Kosi Valley until Corbett finally killed it in the summer of 1930. It's a rare opportunity to walk through the peripheral forest of Corbett Wildlife park, where exploring on foot is not allowed in the reserve. The trail winds past old forests dominated by sal and ficus, evident by giant birds like Great Hornbill, Great Slaty Woodpeckers, several species of large owls and a wide array of other birds. Wild elephants and big cats also visit the area regularly. Apart from spectacular views of the icy Nanda Devi range, the hike also offers an insight into the lives of the communities who live surrounded by forests.

Day 1
Mohan - Pania Dokhan (8km)
Time: 6 hours
The hike takes you on the abandoned old district board road, now a fire lane, a path cleared manually to prevent forest fires from spreading. You pass a boulder-strewn stream, walk along the Kathkinaul ridge and camp for the night at an abandoned Bhotia campsite - a clearing by a broad streambed known as Pania Dokhan.

Day 2
Pania Dokhan - Baurad Nullah (8 km)
Time: 5 hours
You continue towards Baurad, a pretty village set amidst a thick Sal forest and camp at the picture-perfect stream of Baurad nullah. The place finds a mention in international birdwatching itineraries and is popularly known as Forktail Stream. Apart from forktails, you can see owls, flycatchers, minivets, tisias, the brown dipper and many other species.

Day 3
Baurad Nullah - Kathkinaul (9 km)
Time: 6 hours
You gain over 1000m in altitude today. After Malla Baud village you come to a water source, where Jim Corbett had an insightful conversation about the maneater with a village woman filling water. The campsite offers a spectacular view of the Kosi Valley stretching southwards, the Ramganga Valley to the north with terraced fields and mountains dominated by the icy Nanda Devi range.

Day 4
Kathkinaul - Bhakrakot (5 km)
Time: 2 hours
The forest bungalow at Kathkinaul where Corbett had camped while stalking the maneater is in ruins today. If you are really serious about the Corbett legacy, you can drive from Bhakrakot to Kaladhungi to spend the night. This is where Corbett's father worked as a Post Master and Jim spent many his childhood. It's uncanny that it was at Kaladhungi that he shot his first leopard at the age of 13 and his last tiger at the ripe old age of 70 shortly after WW2. You can still visit the canal where he shot it, which acts as a boundary between the Corbett estate and the jungle.

Day 5
Bhakrakot - Chimta Khal - Vanghat (4 km)
Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Jim Corbett, known more as the slayer of maneaters, was also a keen angler and mentions the Western Ramganga Valley, our next destination, in his story 'The Fish of my Dreams'. The walk to Vanghat is extremely rewarding for birdwatchers and you can see exotic forest birds like Rufous-fronted Niltava and Long-tailed Broadbills.

Day 6
Vanghat - Chaknakl chaur (4 km)
Time: 2 hours
From Vanghat Mahseer Camp you follow the meandering course of the Ramganga and after a few river crossings, reach Chaknakl Chaur. This was where Corbett shot the Maneater of Mohan in 1930, bringing this legendary trek to its logical end. If you are lucky, you might encounter the Chunars, a hill tribe who carve pots out of wood.
Corbett Corbett Wildlife Park - Nainital Trek

Time: 4 - 5 days
Season: November to March
Grade: Moderate
Region: Kumaon foothills of Nainital, Uttaranchal
Altitude: 450 m to 2525 m

Unlike most other treks that are done in summers for easier access, this trek is best enjoyed around winter months as high altitude birds migrate to lower regions and the forests are in bloom. This forest trek has an altitudinal variation of 450 m to 2500 m, giving the whole region a diverse bird and mammal life. An astounding 650 bird species have been reported here and the assemblage of mammals is equally impressive, the most notable being the elusive Serow. Highly recommended for beginners, this is a moderate trek through beautiful natural surroundings. You hike along old pony trails, camp at scenic spots or stay in colonial era forest bungalows. Starting from the right bank of the Kosi River this trek leads through dense broadleaf forest rich in wildlife, forging through shallow streams. As we gain altitude, vegetation & landscape go through considerable change and you move on to conifer forests of oak and pine that open into scenic valleys & gorges. You finally end the trek at temperate forest higher up that offer spectacular views of the icy Himalayas along the way. What is quite remarkable is the ever-changing biodiversity, rich wildlife and the dramatic difference in forest types each day. You pass through small villages and hamlets, where you can see people lead a simple symbiotic life in harmony with their wild surroundings.

Day 1
Kumeria to Akashkhanda
Time: 8 hours
Level: Moderate
The trek begins at Kumeria from where a suspension bridge over the Kosi leads you to the trail that cuts right through the relatively large riverside village of Kunkhet. After crossing the village we went up the irrigation canal, which ran parallel to the river for about half an hour, before reaching the head of the canal. From here we climbed uphill through a narrow broken trail that soon merged with a fire lane and led to the village of Okhaldhunga (500m). Soon after crossing the village we came across the old district board road that meanders along the Kosi. Still used by villagers to carry supplies on packhorses and mules, this is a fairly broad trail and leads to the village of Babas (600m). There is a small tea stall here, which is of strategic importance because it is the only one in the area. From here the vegetation gets scanty and the steep ascent can get quite exhausting by the time you reach the small village of Mon. The verandah at the primary school of Mon is a welcome site to rest for a while. After Mon the trail gets narrow and the climb gets steeper. The vegetation transforms to coniferous forest from here all the way till the campsite at Akashkhanda (1600 m).

Day 2
Akashkhanda to Kunjkharak
Time: 6 hours
Level: Easy
Being miles away from road, the forest bungalow at Akashkhanda is seldom visited by tourists or even forest officials. Though in a dilapidated state now, this beautiful bungalow is set amidst pine trees and offers complete solitude. On a clear day you get spectacular views of Nanda Ghunti (20,700 ft) and Trishul (23,360 ft). From here the trek took us to dense temperate forests dominated by oak, chestnut and rhododendron, which is a riot of red when in bloom. Birds commonly seen here include the colourful Jays, Magpie and Thrushes. This area also supports rich mammal life; on the hill slopes you can try to spot the ghoral (goat antelope) and on the trail you stumble upon the occasional pugmarks of the leopard. The last part of the hike is quite steep though enjoyable as the temperature begins to drop and the views get spectacular. We camped for the night at the clearing in the forest department compound of Kunjkharak, kharak in Kumaoni meaning pass.

Day 3
Kunjkharak to Vinayak (16 km)
Time: 5 hrs
Level: Easy
Since this area is actually a high pass, it can get very windy and winter temperatures may drop to 0 degrees, with occasional snowfall in the area. Huge rocks in forested ridges make it a good place to sight high altitude birds like Lammergeier, Himalyan and Eurasian Griffon. Other raptors you may see are Tawny Eagle, Steppe eagle and Kestrel. From here we approached the main trail that ran all along the ridge to Vinayak, our next campsite. Though this is a motorable track, chances of coming come across any vehicle are very slim indeed. Barely a kilometer after Kunjkharak you get a magnificent 380 km broad view of the Himalayan range. A unique feature of this moist temperate forest is the Khoola moss that carpets the floor below. This moss absorbs water and helps in retaining moisture in the forest. However, due to indiscriminate extraction and collection for its use in several cosmetic products, this moss has become highly endangered. At Vinayak (2300m) you stay in the beautiful forest bungalow (booked from DFO Nainital) or camp out in the compound of the nursery. Evenings are magical as the setting sun transforms the icy Himalayas across Vinayak into gold.

Day 4
Vinayak - Pathariya
Time: 9 hours
Grade: Easy
In the morning we hiked to the highest ridge of Vinayak (2600m) that started from right in front of the bungalow. This day's trek took us through one of the finest patches of cedar forest, crisscrossed by streams. Here is your best chance to find the elusive serow and while you do so look out for signs of the Himalayan Black Bear. An hours' hike takes us to the top of the ridge for a stunning view of the Himalayas. From here we moved onwards on a narrow trail and headed southeast along the ridge to get to the main road at Sigri (2350m). We walked the next 3 km on an unpaved road till a culvert ahead of Guhugu Khan, from where a right turn onto a pony trail took us to the tiny but well-stocked market of Pangot (2150 m). Situated in a pass, this market served as an important trading center between the valleys in olden days. From here we took the trail that went along the southern end along dense oak forests with undergrowth of Ringal, bamboo and ferns. A long hike through rich forests offers the chance to encounter a variety of wildlife such as barking deer, Khaleej and Koklass Pheasant. This forest is of great ornithological importance as the once considered extinct Himalayan Quail was reported here. The search to discover it is still on. We finally got to the popular Naina peak (2600 m), earlier known as Cheena Peak. From here we took a trail to the right heading downhill to Pathariya (2200m). A magical spot that offered a birds' eye view of Nainital, this was where we set up camp and went to sleep as the glittering lights of Nainital slowly dissolved into darkness.

Day 5
Nainital and around
If you have had enough of camping out you can leave Pathariya at the end of Day 4 and opt for the comforts of one of the many hotels at Nainital, which is just a short walk away. The main hub of Nainital is the Naini lake, which according to a mythological story marks the spot where Sati's eye fell and thus reflects its emerald green colour. A temple dedicated to Naina Devi lies on the edge of the lake. While Nainital is a bustling township and offers many tourist distractions like boating on the Naini lake and shopping in its busy streets, you must take time out to visit Guerney House, the place where the legendary Jim Corbett was born.
 
 
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