Trekking in India always brings the mighty Himalayas in picture. To conquer the daunting heights of the Himalayas is what every trekker dreams of. To give you an idea of where to start your journey among the plethora of trekking trails, here is the list of Top 5 famous Trekking spots in India.
The Garhwal Himalayan region based Kedarkantha Trek in Uttarakhand brings you the most out of trekking experience. With a comparatively short trail and the favourable terrain guides the first-time trekkers with the right amount of thrill. Although the seasonal trekkers also like to come back to this beauty because of its out-of-the-world sceneries and snow-fringed mountains.
You can bask in the sight of Himalayan range and the summit climb of the trek that are visible right from the start of the trek. Along your way, you will come across sacred Juda-ka-Talab where, legend has it, Lord Shiva used to meditate. The quiet and peaceful aura will make you one with nature.
Kedarkantha from mid-December to April is draped in white sheet of ice and marks the best time to visit. The panoramic view of the 13 Himalayan peak mountains with its abundant flora and fauna is awe-inspiring.
Trek Distance: 20 km
Trek Altitude: 13,500 ft
Difficulty level: Easy to Moderate
Best Season: November to April
Dayara Bugyal Trek
‘Bugyal’ meaning high altitude pasture land is one of the beautiful lands of alpine meadows just 425 km away from Delhi.
At an altitude of 10,000 ft, Dayara Bugyal is said to be the beginner’s friendly trek. The long panoramic view of the forests covered in snow makes it gorgeous to look at.
This trek starts its base at the quaint, little village of Barsu and stretches forward towards the forest of Dayara. On its trail you can witness lush forests, High Oak trees and gurgling rivers here and there.
The clear meadows serve as the skiing destination in the winters with breath-taking snow peaked mountains surrounding it.
Trek Distance: 29 km
Trek Altitude: 12,300 ft
Difficulty Level: Easy
Best Season: December to April
Valley of Flowers Trek
Valley of flowers, nestled in Uttarakhand caters to both nature lovers and photography enthusiasts. This trekking place is a renowned UNESCO world heritage site, meaning it comes under legal protection due to its cultural, historical or scientific importance. That’s how sacred it is.
Folklore calls it the garden of angels and fairies. Decorated with a number of wildflowers it attracts many wildlife species such as Deer, Himalayan Black Bear, Bharal and others.
Unlike all the other treks with its challenging terrain, this trek offers a leisure walk in the surreal world of flowers and wildlife. You can even take this trail on your own without any guide.
You can even choose to trek up to Hemkund Sahib. It is comparatively difficult to trek, but the peaceful aura in this Sikh Gurudwara alongside Hemkund Lake is incomparable.
Trek Distance: 40 km
Trek Altitude: 14,200 ft
Difficulty Level: Easy
Best Season: June to October
The Zanskar river in Ladakh during winters forms a sheet of ice covering it and forms a ‘Chadar’. Traditionally used as an only means of travelling in harsh winters, it now provides a 62 km of adventurous trekking. Chadar trek, which requires you to walk on a frozen river at the highest altitude, is definitely one of the most challenging treks in India. The most-awaited part of the trek, the Frozen waterfall of Nerak, is about 56 feet high, frozen in the shade of blue and white.
The beautiful campsites, mesmerizing high altitude sunsets and witnessing exquisite local culture of Zanskar has attracted many trekkers from all over the world making it one of the most popular treks not only in India but the entire world.
Trek Distance: 62 km
Trek Altitude: 11,400 ft
Difficulty Level: Challenging
Best Season: January to February
Rupin Pass Trek
Rupin pass trek starts its base from a quaint little Dhaula, Uttarakhand and goes all the way through sangla. This two state trek is a treat for nature lovers. Be it snow clad mountains, dense forest, and a very famous three-stage waterfall, this trek covers them all. This diversity in trail and many variations in sceneries is what attracts the trekkers most.
But, of course, the sudden change in trails due to this diversity will definitely make it all the more challenging. It takes a path through snowy, rocky terrain or a meadow and waterfalls.
Trek Distance: 52 km
Trek Altitude: 15,250 ft
Difficulty Level: Moderate
Best Season: May, June, August