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China Peak, Nainital Overview

Naina Peak is the highest peak of Nainital at a height of 2615 metres. A major tourist attraction in the city, the peak remains covered with snow throughout the year and the blanket of trees over it project a picturesque view. Due to the high altitude and scenic trails, the peak is very popular among hikers and trekkers. Also known as China Peak, it is renowned among tourists and locals for its romantic sunrise and sunset. It is a must-visit for couples as well as friend groups.

One can capture the landscape from many angles, while on a trek to Naina Peak. Apart from trekking, people also reach the summit of the mountain with the help of a pony-ride. About 3 kilometres from the base of the peak is Tanke Band, which is the nearest taxi stand. One can indulge in a photography session of nature and snowclad mountain views during the day and the immensely beautiful cityline of Nainital at night.

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Naina Peak Trek

A trip to Nainital is incomplete without undertaking the 6 kilometres trek to the summit of Naina Peak from Mallital. Reaching the top is worth all efforts as it rewards one with an incredible view of the snow-clad mountains and the beautiful city of Nainital. The trek is one of the most popular treks completed by tourists flocking to Nainital. It is an easy to moderate trek. 

The trail passes through trees of deodar and cypress, pine forests and rhododendrons. At the beginning of the trek, one goes across the forest covered with blooming rhododendron trees and as the trek advances, one can see oak trees dark and laden with mosses, towering the sky. The trail upwards is steep and it can take an hour to reach the peak. There is a lodge where one can have tea and chat with the forest rangers and hear from them the stories of leopard sightings. It is best to watch the sunset and return downwards before it gets dark to avoid any mishaps. The trek downwards takes about half the amount of time one takes to reach upwards. For instance, if it takes an hour for one to reach the summit, it is not going to take him/her more than 30 minutes to come down. 

From the summit, one can look at the elevated view of the tranquil kidney-shaped Naini Lake, the Nanda Devi peak and the mountains of Tibet border which are sure to leave one speechless. If one is unwilling to hike on the hilly paths, they can also take a horse ride to reach the peak. The pony or horses can be hired from the Snow View Point or Mallital. It is recommended to equip yourself with a pair of sturdy trekking shoes, carry small eatables and drinking water since there are no shops available on the peak. It is advisable to make the trek during the daytime when the visibility is best and the views can be captured best.

Best Time to Visit

Since Nainital is a hill station, it is advisable to visit it during the summer months. The months from March to June present the tourists with pleasant weather suitable for both trekking and local sightseeing. The best time to start the Naina Peak trek is early morning and one must come down post-sunset before it gets dark.

How To Reach Naina Peak

Naina peak or China Peak is about 17 kilometres from Tallital bus stand of Nainital and 40 kilometres from Kathgodam railway station. If one is reaching Nainital via train, take private or shared taxis or traveller vehicles to reach Tallital. If one is flying to Nainital, it is suggested to take the route which goes via NH 109 as Naina Peak is then only about 75 kilometres from Pantnagar Airport.

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