Askot Arakot Yatra 2024 – 6th Edition

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This year on 25 May 2024, the sixth edition of Askot Arakot was flagged off. Held every 10 years, this Yatra starts from Askot in the Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand and ends in Arakot, Uttarkashi. Crossing various districts like Pithoragarh, Almora, Chamoli, Tehri, Dehradun, and Uttarkashi this yatra provides a deep insight into Uttarakhand’s culture, geography, and ground situation.

Organized by the PAHAR organization, this yatra covers over 1000 km and crosses over 350 villages.

Askot Arakot 2024 Yatra Route

Itinerary of Askot Arakot 2024 Yatra

District Pithoragarh

25 May, Saturday: Birthday of Sangrami Sridev Suman – Beginning of the Yatra and good wishes ceremony at Shanshyai-Gabla temple premises in Pangu at 11 am. Thereafter via Thanidhar to Tawaghat and Elagad Khela, Palpala, Syankuri/Tapovan

26 May, Sunday: Dharchula, Kalika Baluwakot.

27 May, Monday: Khati Bagad, Gagra, Binya village, Dhungatoli, Kimkhola, Jauljibi, Tham, Garjia, Narayan Nagar.

28 May, Tuesday: Ceremony at Government Inter College Narayannagar at 10 am. Askot, Garjia, Balmara.

(New members arriving late can start their journey from Narayan Nagar and those who wish to return can end their journey here)

29 May, Wednesday: Chifaltada, Toli, Khanpara, Ghattabagadh, Baram, Chami, Manwal, Lumti, Chhoribagdh.

30 May, Thursday: Bangapani, Shillong, Khartoli, Mawani-Dwani, Sera, Tanga, Madkot Munsiyari.

(New members joining from Munsiyari can start their journey from here and those who wish to return can end their journey here)

31 May, Friday: Villages around Munsiyari, programs in schools.

1 June, Saturday: Harkot, Patalthauda, ​​Kalamuni, Girgaon, Birthi-Bhurting, Kethi, Bala.

2 June, Sunday: Rugeru Kharak, Galgadi Kharak, Dharapani Top, Namik.

(The last village of Pithoragarh district on this route and in this valley)

District Bageshwar

2 June, Sunday: Keemu (First village of Bageshwar district).

3 June, Monday: Chuloria Kharak, Lamtara Kharak, Bhainsiya Kharak, Lahur.

4 June, Tuesday: Soupi, Tatai, Gasi village, Ghurkot, Sumgarh, Chaurathal, Kaithi, Karmi.

5 June, Wednesday: Participation in Environment Day in Karmi, Suraag, Patakh, Tik, Daula, Badiyakot.

(New travelers joining in the middle of the expedition can start their journey with the expedition team from Karmai and those who wish to return can end their journey here)

6 June, Thursday: Baura Kharak, Bor Balda, Samdar, Bharadkande.

7 June, Friday: Rajkharak (Bageshwar district ends).

District Chamoli

7 June, Friday: Manatoli Bugyal (Chamoli district starts) Dulam Kharak, Himani, Ghes.

8 June, Saturday: Balan, Mouni Kharak, Ali Bugyal/Khar.

9 June, Sunday: Bedini Bugyal, Van, Kanol, Sutol.

(New travelers joining in the middle of the expedition can start their journey with the expedition team from Van and those who wish to return can end their journey here)

10 June, Monday: Sutol, Pairi, Geri, Ala.

11 June, Tuesday: Padher village, Ramni, Jhinjhi.

12 June, Wednesday: Pana, Irani, Kuarikhal, Danu Kharak, Rakhili Kharak, Karchi.

13 June, Thursday: Dhak Tapovan, Rani (Chipko movement and Gauradevi’s village), back to Tapovan.

14 June, Friday: Bada Gaon, Joshimath, Helang.

15 June, Saturday: Dungri, Barosi, Salad Dungra, Patal Ganga, Peepalkoti, Hatgaon, Chhinka, Gopeshwar (Chipko starting point).

(Yatri who wish to return can end the journey at Gopeshwar and new Yatris can join here)

16 June, Sunday: Visit nearby villages and Bachher and rest at Gopeshwar.

17 June, Monday: Khalla, Mandal (Chipko resistance site), Badakoti, Bairagana.

18 June, Tuesday: Bhains Kharak, Kanchula Kharak (Kastura Mrig Sanctuary), Chopta.

District Rudraprayag

19 June, Wednesday: Tala, Sari, Usada, Mastura, Sirtola, Kanyagaon, Kimana village, Makku, Ukhimath

20 June, Thursday: Guptkashi, Nala, Hryuna, Narayankoti, Jyuraani, Byujgad, Mekhanda, Phata (Chipko movement area)

21 June, Friday: Barasu, Shersi, Rampur, Sitapur, Trijuginarayan

22 June, Saturday: Maggu Chatti, Kingkhola (District Rudraprayag border ends)

District Tehri

22 June, Saturday: Rajkharak (District Tehri border begins) Panwali Kharak

23 June, Sunday: Panwali Kharak, Dofandh Kharak, Pobami Kharak, Piao Kharak, Gavana, Rishidhar, Ghuttoo

24 June, Monday: Sankari, Hitkooda, Bhatgaon, Bajinga, Bhairo Chatti, Kaldi Chatti, Bheti, Khawada (earthquake affected areas)

25 June, Tuesday: Vinakkhal, Kundiyala, Dalgaon, Tisadmana, Budhakedar

26 June, Wednesday: Agar, Newal village, Med (District Tehri border ends)

District Uttarkashi

Brahmapuri (District Uttarkashi border begins), Khal, Kamad

27 June, Thursday: Raktiya, Kumarkot, Bhadkot, Bhetiyara, Dikholi, Saud, Chaurangikhal, Ladari (Forest movement area), Joshiyara

28 June, Friday: Uttarkashi (earthquake affected area)

29 June, Saturday: Survey of Uttarkashi town and Varunavat landslide

30 June, Sunday: Visit to earthquake affected villages

(Yatri who wish to return can end the yatra at Uttarkashi and new Yatri’s can join here)

1 July, Monday: Badethi, Matli, Nakuri, Barsali, Gadh, Phalancha Kharak

2 July, Tuesday: Rajtar, Barkot, Koti Banaal, Krishna village, Tunalka, Naugaon

3 July, Wednesday: Chhudoli, Veenigadhera, Chandela, Purola town

4 July, Thursday: Purola village and nearby villages

5 July, Friday: Agoda, Moltari, Peera, Jarmoladhar, Kharsari, Mori

6 July, Saturday: First group: Sandra, Khooni Gad, Badiyar, Hanol, Badhtora

District Dehradun

6th July, Saturday: Second group: Chatrigad, Koti, Koona, Mahendrath

District Uttarkashi Talwar (Uttarkashi)

7th July, Sunday: Sainj, Tuni, Pegatu, Bhargadhi, Kadhang, Jirad

7th July, Sunday: Pandranu (Himachal Pradesh),

District Uttarkashi Arakot (Uttarkashi). Welcome to all travellers including friends from Himachal

8th July, Monday: Discussion and closing ceremony at Government Inter College, Arakot (10 am) Main route journey ends.

Important Links

Askot Arakot 2024 Registration: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScZuo7eKBI-erCoMzRF0ubRD65PBSfmZtDFERBr_vCu_ZCIuA/viewform?embedded=true

2024 Yatra Logo and other designs: https://pahar.org/aaa-2024-designs/

2024 Yatra Geet Pustika : http://pahar.org/wp-content/uploads/geet-pustika.pdf

FAQ’s

How can I register for this Yatra?

This is not a trekking or adventure trip that is organized normally. If you have read about the previous four expeditions, you will get to know that this Yatra is undertaken out of genuine curiosity to understand Uttarakhand’s Social issues and explore culture and geography. The motto of the expedition is “अपने गांवों को हम जानें, अपने लोगों को पहचानें: समझें अपनी नदियां ताल, शिखर घाटियां बण,बुग्याल !” So ​​joining this trip is completely voluntary.

How much registration fee do I have to pay for this Yatra?

    Askot Arakot Yatra 2024 is being organized by Pahad Sanstha. Please remember that this Yatra and the registration process for it is completely free. There is no fee to register. You do not have to pay anything to be a part of Askot-Arakot Yatra.

    This yatra is unique in many ways and Pahar does not charge any fee from its participants. But there are some important conditions regarding the discipline required to join the yatra and the expected behavior of the travelers. You can read travelers’ experiences from previous expeditions; 1974, 1984, 1994, 2004, 2014, in the Askot-Arakot issue available on Pahar’s website to know about them.

    I am unable to spare 45 days for Askot-Arakot Yatra 2024. Can I join Yatra for a few days?

      The complete itinerary of the Askot-Arakot Yatra is mentioned above. Some participants will be involved for the entire duration of the yatra but there is no restriction or limitation on anyone in this regard. You are free to join the yatra from anywhere in the yatra route, for any duration, as per your convenience.

      We advise you to read the entire program routes related to the yatra carefully and choose a short yatra as per your convenience and ability. We also want to clarify that the 2024 yatra will be different from the last five yatras in the sense that this time the routes of the yatras passing through some rivers, forests, and villages will also be proposed by the groups of travelers. Information in this regard will be updated from time to time on our website.


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      Bhuvi Uniyal

      Bhuvi Uniyal

      Hailing from Uttarkashi, Uttarakhand, Bhuvi Uniyal is a professional marketer and a dedicated trekking enthusiast. Since 2018, he has pursued a career in marketing, all the while nurturing his love for the mountains. At Himalayan Dream Treks, Bhuvi manages the website, leads the marketing team, and strategizes marketing campaigns. Bhuvi shares a deep connection with the Himalayas. Over the years, he has trekked across the Garhwal, Kumaon, and Himachal regions. Additionally, he regularly volunteers with various NGOs that work for the betterment of these majestic peaks.

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