Located at an altitude of 1,650mts above sea level, Pithoragarh is a small valley about 5kms long and 2kms wide. Kumaoni, Hindi and English are the three main languages spoken in this region. Pithoragarh district is named after the Pithoragarh town of Kumaon region of Uttarakhand.
Pithoragarh is the easternmost district of Uttarakhand, neighbouring Tibet in the north and Nepal in the east. A place of exquisite natural beauty and serenity, Pithoragarh is popularly known as the 'Little Kashmir'. This captivating town with fascinating forests around it is located at an impressive height of 1,645 m and is nestled in a small valley. Pithoragarh town is a historical landmark. It was a major center of power during the regime of the Chand Kings in Kumaon.
From here, pilgrims take their journey to the holy shrines, Kailash and Mansarovar.This valley also nestles the snow-crested peaks Nanda Devi East (7,434 m) and West (7,817 m). Below these mighty peaks lie the alpine valleys and glaciers like Milam, Ralam, Namik and Sundardunga.
Pithorgarh has a cool but pleasant climate in summers and chilly climate in winters.
Summers (April to June) are very pleasant with moderate climate and the temperature ranges from 7-20°C. Summers are ideal for all sight seeing, temple visit and also for visiting nearby attractions.
Monsoons (August to November) are accompanied with light showers. The days are pleasant and the nights are chilly.
Winters (December to March) are chilly days with average minimum touching near 4°C, with maximum never crossing 8°C. Typically tourists avoid this season. The winters are accompanied with heavy snowfalls.
The best season to visit Pithorgarh is from April to November.
April to August offers cool and pleasant climate and the right period to spend relaxing moments in the outdoors and is ideal for temple visits.
September to November is good for sight seeing and this season is eye catching with beautiful sceneries.
December to March is chilly. Those who like snowbound vacations can opt for this season. Heavy woolen clothes are required for outings in this period.