Even though trekking involves walking, it is far from your usual stroll in the park. At higher altitudes, you need to keep a number of things in mind before you take the journey, like your health and fitness levels, the group/companions you are travelling with and of course your motivation behind the trek.
Trekking is undoubtedly an exhilarating experience but most advanced treks are strenuous and strictly not for newbies. Which is why, if you’re an amateur or just about to start out, it is better to choose your destination wisely and start simple. Binsar is just the perfect example of one such place.
Situated in the lap of the Himalayas, the small town of Binsar is something right out of a postcard. With a majestic view of the mountains and weather to die for, it is perfect for someone looking for a weekend getaway, but offers an element that sets it apart from the usual hill stations we flock to.
Everything you need to know about the Binsar Zero Point Trek
The Zero Point trek in Binsar is a three-hour journey (about 2.5 km) that takes you to the highest point in this quaint little town, offering a magnificent view at the end. The best part is, even if you’re not the fittest person on the planet, you will still be able to complete this trek and get to experience what the hype is all about. However, if you want to make it more arduous, you can start from the ticket counter and head all the way up to Zero Point, which is a distance of about 11 km.
Where is it: The trail is located inside the Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary. Treat your senses with this beautiful trek, by walking through a thick jungle on the edge of a mountain to reach your destination. The lush green jungle and view of the valley beyond, soothe the eyes, while the sounds of birds, langurs and other wildlife feel like music to the ears.
Difficulty level: Considering it takes about three hours to complete the trek, this is a relatively easy one. It is mostly uphill but the route is well charted out and not very treacherous.
DIY or not: Unless you are interested in knowing about every plant and animal species present in the area, you will not need a guide. It is a single route with a few easy shortcuts laced through the forest, so there is no fear of getting lost. But since it’s a short journey, there is no provision of food or water in the area. You must carry your own supplies, including insect repellent. The trek closes at five in the evening and camping is not allowed. You can take a break at the Tourist Rest House, where you can find a bathroom and basics such as water and tea, in the sanctuary and then head to your respected resorts in the main town.
Cost: The entry cost to the wildlife sanctuary is Rs. 150 per person and Rs. 250 for the car, if you’re taking one. There is no separate cost for the trek
When to do it: October-November and February-March are the best months to visit the place. The weather is pleasant and it is not raining or snowing.
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