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Kuthi Valley is also called the Himalayan valley and is situated in Pithoragarh District that lies in Uttarakhand, a newly formed state in India. The Kuthi Valley lies in the eastern parth of Uttarakhand, running from the northwest to southeast direction. Kuthi River is one of the eastern most rivers of Kumaun and this is India’s last valley before the Indo-Tibetan border. The Kuthi River originates from the slopes near Wilsha and flows in all its beauty to the Kuthi village. At an altitude of 4,630m, this river passes through Lake Jolingkong. The Gunji village is where this north to south flowing river meets Kali River. The high Mangsha Dhura(5,490 m) and Lampiya Dhura(5,530 m) passes of the Himalaya are situated in this valley. The Kuthi Valley is joined to the Darma Valley via the Shinla pass and Nama pass. Parvati and Jolingkong are the most significate lakes of the Kuthi Valley. The highest mountain peak occupying this valley is Baba Kailash, with a height of 6,191 m. The valley is inhabited by the Bhotiya tribes who are found in many of the High Himalayan valleys. The Bhotiya speak Almora and other languages belonging to the Tibeto-Burman family, although their dialects are mutually unintelligible to the Kumaoni and Tibetan people.
The picturesque locations of the Kuthi valley are the delight or paradise on earth for the mountaineers, trekkers, adventure seekers, botanists, sightseers, tourists, and pilgrims. The Pithoragarh district which houses the Kuthi valley is one of the prominent halt for the people proceeding to the famous Kailash Mansarovar Yatra route. The rivers in the Kuthi valley provide excellent scope for organizing water sports, rafting etc. Botanists and Entomologists can find excellent varieties of plants and insect species in the lush jungles of the valley.
The region surrounding the Kuthi valley and the district of Pithoragarh are called as 'Miniature Kashmir'. The nature lovers can enjoy their stay with excellent sights of beautiful waterfalls, glaciers, meadows, flora, and fauna. The closest tourism destination to Kuthi is Darma Valley. Tourists can also plan to visit close by destinations like Munsiyari, Dharchula, and Chaukori.
The town of Pithoragarh where the valley is located is relatively warm during summer and cool during winter. The temperatures in the valley during the winter months remain below 8.0 °C and the summer temperatures are extremes. There is large variation in the temperature due to large variations in the altitude. The regions with altitude above 3000 ft have snow cover for almost 4 months and regions above 3500 feet have permanent snow. The area of Dharchula which is located near Kuthi valley experiences temperature as high as 40 °C in summer months. The Bhotiya tribes which are the main inhabitants of the Kuthi valley migrate to low lying warmer areas with their herds of livestock.
The best season to visit the Kuthi valley is the period between October to December and February to March.
How to Reach
The nearest airport for Pithoragarh is at Naini Saini which is 5 kms. However, the nearest operational airport is at is located at Pantnagar, Udham Singh Nagar which is at a distance of 241 Km from pithoragarh in the Nainital district of Uttarakhand. This airport is well connected with Daily flights from Delhi. Taxis are available to reach Pithoragarh.
The nearest rail head is at Tanakpur. The distance from Tanakpur railway station to Pithoragarh is 138 Km. Taxis and buses are available from Tanakpur to Pithoragarh. Tanakpur is well connected with railway networks from other Indian cities.
Pithoragarh is well connected by road with important towns of the region within the state and from Delhi. Buses from Anand Vihar, ISBT Delhi are available to Pithoragarh. Buses and Taxi to Kuthi valley are available from Pithoragarh to Dharchula.