Uttarakhand in the north attracts many adventure seekers with numerous trekking trails in the Himalayan region. Here are the top 5 Treks in Uttarakhand that you can include in your bucket list.
Chandrashila trek takes you to the world’s highest temple of Lord Shiva at an altitude of 12,083 ft, the Tungnath Temple. This trek with its literal meaning as ‘MoonRock’ is the summit above the said Tunngnath Temple. This provides you with a great vantage point where you can see various Himalayan peaks such as Nandadevi, Trisul, Bandarpoonch and Chaukhamba. A must visit after coming to the land of Gods. It also gives you a 360-degree view of the snow-clad mountain summit views of Kedar.
The Chopta Chandrashila trail itself is beautified with the famous rhododendron forest and pine trees. Don’t forget your lens for the memorable bird watching experience, you can even spot the golden breasted eagle on your way.
Although during winter the road to Chopta is rendered inaccessible due to snowfall, trekkers can take different paths to reach the beautiful destination. (Deoria Tal-Tungnath-Chandrashila)
Trek Distance: 25 km
Trek Altitude: 12,083 ft
Difficulty Level: Moderate
Best Season: September to November
Kedarkantha Trek starting its journey from Dehradun is about a 6-day trek to the top. It is one of the most sought-after treks in the Himalayan region due to its diverse scenery and stunning beauty. The rewarding summit climb will leave you speechless with its 360-Degree vantage point of daunting snow-clad mountains. The tall trees laden forest along the trail will keep you company with its soulful wilderness. One can get to see the trees of Pine, Oak and Deodar in this forest that even the sun has a hard time to get through. Another highlight of Kedarkantha is its clearings and beautiful sunsets that you can witness from this clearing. As long as you are not in the forest area you can see the summit looming over which motivates you to scale it.
Trek Altitude: 12,500 ft
Best Season: December to April
Level of Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Rupin Pass Trek
Rupin pass trek at an altitude of 15,279 ft is famous for its dramatically ever-changing trail. From rivers flowing down the hill to glacial valleys, Rupin pass covers every aspect of a classic trekking experience. You will get a chance to navigate through meadows, snow fields, waterfalls and hanging villages. The campsite on the lower pass of the valley among glaciers and the number of waterfalls surrounding the area is a perfect spot to rejuvenate oneself. Experiencing the adventurous pass through the snow-clad mountain is one of the thrills in itself during the trek. Of course, the landscapes are a sight to behold with every step in this journey. The climb is described as moderately difficult by the trekker because of its sheer height alone.
Trek Distance: 52 km
Trek Altitude: 15,250 ft
Difficulty Level: Moderate
Best Season: May, June, August
Valley of Flowers
Valley of Flowers Trek located in the heart of Uttarakhand is perfect for beginners and seasoned trekkers alike. Apart from being the oldest trekking route in India, Valley of Flowers gained its popularity after earning the ‘UNESCO world heritage site’ title. This trek tests your patience and endurance with a long trail to cover in a day that spans over 6 days. As you walk in between shades of pink and blue you can see blooming flowers on either side. The mesmerizing site is enough to keep you awe-struck and rooted in one place. You can trek up to Hemkund Sahib Lake, which will be comparatively difficult with its terrain. The serene surroundings of the lake will be enough to make you appreciate all the hardships.
Trek Distance: 40 km
Trek Altitude: 14,200 ft
Difficulty Level: Easy
Best Season: June to October
The infamous Roopkund trek leads to the lake of Roopkund, the mysterious lake with human skeletons. Located in Chamoli district at an altitude of 16,499 ft with breathtaking views of lush forests and wild flora will surely feed your soul. The altitude gain makes it harder to acclimatize and hence Roopkund is considered to be one of the most difficult treks among Uttarakhand. This six-days trail spans over dense oak forest, alpine meadows and extensive snow fields. You can see various high risers throughout your trek like Mt. Trishul, Mt. Nanda Ghunti and other ranges.This region is prone to sudden hailstorm, making the trek a tad bit difficult.
Trek Distance: 53 km
Trek Altitude: 16,000 ft
Best Season: August to October
Level of Difficulty: Difficult