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This Summer Explore The Hidden Treasures Under The Snow-Cover



A new season is arriving which will give you the opportunity to experience the hidden treasures and adventures underneath the beautiful snow cover. Summer brings all-natural livelihood back to the Himalayas when the sun is up and all the living things come out of hibernation. You can hear the chirping of birds, the sound of gushing rivers, see the colorful bright flowers, feel the energetic warm sunrays, walk on the green scenic trail, basically be part of a cheerful world. Here, we bring some of the most wonderful trails through which you can enter into such an effervescent environment.

1. Rupin Pass Trek

Rupin Pass Trek is unique in a way that presents various sceneries at every other twist in the path. Before you get used to the scenery, you will step into another landscape. The trail is made of rocks and wooden bridges passing through the white Rhododendrons and expanse of green meadows. Situated at an altitude of 15,250 ft in Himachal Pradesh, it starts from a small village named Dhaula and ends at the city of Sangla which lies in the Baspa Valley.

Rupin River will escort you throughout the trail hence provides picturesque camping sites. Another advantage of the trek is it being less crowded you can enjoy the tranquil time within mountains. An experienced Trekker or a beginner, all should definitely experience this distinctive trek.


2. Buran Ghati Pass

While we thought climbing up on steep slopes is the thrill. But have you imagined how adventurous climbing down that steep slope is? Well, that is the unique thing about Buran Ghati Pass. The descent from the summit is rappelling over 400 ft ice wall. Not only that the world-famous Dayara Bugyal is also a striking encounter on the trek route.

The trek starts from the popular and beautiful Shimla. Actual trekking begins from Janglik that shows wooden huts with tasteful construction. The trail goes through and fro Pabba river. The scenery keeps changing from meadows to Pine to maple to Silver Birchwoods. In summer the entire painting comes to life with vibrant colours breathing with views of Gunas Pass and Dhauladhar
range.

The campsite of Litham is besides Chandranathan stream with distant views of Chandranathan waterfall and a mysterious lake hiding in the mountains. To our surprise snow also starts after Dunda. The snow is merged with rocks and scree, sometimes makes it difficult to walk. Post-June, the snow keeps melting and the route becomes easy. The route, therefore, becomes difficult with ups and downs and the river flowing furiously.

The path again falls into the Silver Birch forest cover, later takes you to cross the Chandranathan stream. The camping site of Litham is mysteriously stunning. You can find Chandranathan waterfall snout and a lake, behind those, are elegant white-capped mountains. The trail henceforth changes often, it has steep ascend and descend.

You can find snow traces from Dhunda, which is covered with loose rocks and scree. The Pabbar river flow also becomes furious. After many ups and downs and crossing ridgeline, you will reach Buran Ghati. After June the snow begins to melt making it easier to walk on the slopes. After crossing many snowfields the Buran Ghati Pass arrives which also shows Rupin pass and spectacular Dhauladhar range. And the heart-throbbing rappel, as you know, is yet to be done after the summit.


3. Bali Pass Trek

Presenting the new high pass we introduced for your high experience, Bali Pass. Not that popular but will definitely become number one soon because of its stupendousness. To begin with, it heads to Yamunotri, one of the Chaar Dhaams. It connects the famous Har Ki Doon and Ruinsara valley. As you might have guessed, the beautiful Osla village also is the attraction of this trail. The trek is a gateway to heaven and it shows the clear views of Swargarohini (stairway to heaven) peak. The most prominent factor is that the pass is really high of height 16,207 ft. Hence, trekkers looking for serious height gain and challenging trek, grab this one.

The trek may be difficult but it never fails to treat our eyes. The trail is flourished with enriching inherited beauty of Ghangad and Osla habitats. The meadows of Debshu Bugyal add a spice of greenery and vibrancy of flowers. Ruinsara tall adds quenches the thirst for marvellous reflections of mountains in an alpine lake. Until now if everything seems like the cherry on a cakewalk, the summit negates it all. The climb to the summit is a 12 month round snow-jammed trail.

Bali pass is the trek that shows an adventurous side of the religious Yumnotri valley. The high pass is a house to kaleidoscope of Bandarpoonch, Kalanag (Black Peak), Ruinsara and Yamuntori side, the logical route to Saptarishikund.


4. Pindari Glacier Trek 

Pindari Glacier trek is one of the easiest glacier treks. Usually reaching a glacier demands walking through big boulders, steep climb, moraines and scree walk. But Pindari Glacier is magically placed such that it is easily accessible and is surrounded by some of the biggest mountains. One of which is the Nanda Devi peak. Lying the Nanda Devi National, this trek has that advantage.

Due to its easy grade, the trek is best suitable for kids and family treks. Once Pindari was amongst some top treks, however, it is regaining its status again. The trek shows typical Kumauni style of stay and food with homestays. The trek begins with a hike in dense rhododendrons, lush green wheat farms, waterfalls and stiletto mountain ranges at distant.

Slowly walking up high through the easy trail the path goes closer to the distant mountains. In no time after crossing snow patches and slippery slopes, the trek leads to Pindari glacier. Right before the summit, there is a famous Baba who resides at the foot of the glacier. And we thought only walking to the glacier was difficult!

The summit is a high point from which the glacier is seen the nearest, just a hand’s distance away. If observed you can spot the crevasses. Not only the glacier but big mountains like Nanda Devi, Nanda Ghunti etc are also seen the closest.

This summer, be cool by standing right in between the big peaks.


5. Kedartal Trek

Who thought an emerald coloured, tiny lake could be motivation for climbing mountains? Kedartal is amongst the most amazing lakes in the world. It is like a tiny bud that is marvellously surrounded by astounding petal-like peaks. Those mountains not only feed in the pure water but show also massive reflections of themselves that magnify the beauty of the area.

The lake is again located in the source of purity, Gangotri range. However, the trek never shows Shivling peak but another most prominent peak of beauty, Thalaysagar. Apart from that peaks Manda, Bhagirathi, Gangotri, Bhrigupanth, Mt. Meru are also adding to the serenity.


The trail to the lake is not easy it is steep, narrow, rocky, scary at times. Therefore, the trek is considered of difficult grade. The trail also adds a thrill of walking on an extremely narrow path formed on a 60-degree rock face. Despite its difficulty, the trail never fails to treat the eyes with lush green meadows, gushing rivers, star-filled skies and the mountains. Along with that there numerous animals wandering around. Every sunset after reaching campsites in such a serene environment is dream come true. So, every pain is just worth it!


6. Markha Valley Trek

Walking through an enclosed valley is a rare kind of trekking adventure. Exceptional because it is Leh. Even if you have done enough treks all around the Himalayas, the mountains of Ladakh region are extraordinary. The cold dessert is known as barren, yellowish-brown mountains, less vegetation and pricking cold. But Markha Valley negates all of that. The trail shows the life of remote villages, greenery of their huge fields, the liveliness of vast animals and birds, enriched Buddhist culture, remains of the old heritage and the gushing Markha river throughout signifies the intensity of life in this valley.

The trek starts from Leh. It actually starts from Chilling village in the Hemis National Park. Each day is a walk through the same for 6 days. So you can imagine the massiveness of the valley. Though the trail is through the same valley, the views might not change, but experience changes every day. Each camping site is a typical Buddhist house treating with Ladakhi cuisine. The trails are flourished with Mani Stones, White Stupas, Buddhist caves, animals and birds. Each day a surprising factor of the valley gets revealed.

After Nimaling the valley opens up to show the clearest spectacles of Kang Yatse peaks. The Kongmaru La pass at 5000 meters is a literal high point of the trek. One side you can see the green and brown Markha valley through which you climbed up and the other side Copper brown, muddy valley which goes down to Leh.

This year trek some unique trails through Markha Valley trek.


7. Kashmir Great Lakes Trek

The Kashmir Great Lakes Trek as its name suggests lies in the most appealing place on earth, Kashmir. The trek will therefore never fail to fulfil your dreams of walking in paradise. Every step you take will bring you closer to your inner self.

You will always be amongst the meadows throughout this trek. Post winter is the best time for this trek when the trails blossoms with colorful flowers. At every step, you will find yourself being part of a perfect dreamy picture. Just 3 km far from Sonmarg, the trek enters into the fairyland. Crossing enough number of meadows, you will reach Shekdur, the only campsite with trees on this trek. After crossing a tunnel-like Nichnai pass followed up comes the first lake, Vishansar Lake. This lake will leave a lasting impression on you as it is surrounded by 4 big mountains.

With the sight of the first lake, you will forget about the hectic trail and just want to move towards other lakes in the greed of serene beauty. You just have to keep walking and the scenery will be changing at every turn offering captivating lakes surrounded by magnificent mountains. No other place on Earth will prove as wonderful, tranquil to you as this trail.


8. Goechala Trek

Goechala (16,207 ft) is a high mountain pass and base camp for the world’s third highest mountain, Kanchenjunga. Every explorer looking for the extraordinary elegance of mountain ranges should never miss the vibrant Sleeping Buddha view from the Dzongri top. Those few minutes of your life when you experience the first sun rays on the Kanchenjunga range transforming into fluorescent shining peaks will be lifelong memorable ones.  Another astonishing fact about the stunning views from Goechala trail is that when the government authorities first saw the view from Goechala, they were so moved by the view that they decided to feature it on the Rs.100 note.

After the very first alluring views of Pandim mountain, you tend to just follow its sight in the greed to capture its entire sight. You will also get to see 14 summits of the entire Kanchenjunga range. The trail meets the typical Dzongri top trek route. It is only through this trek one gets an entry in the astounding Kanchenjunga National Park and its hidden flora fauna. Though the trek lasts for about 11 days, each day will bring surprisingly variant trail. The trail that sometimes passing through dense forests, sometimes beside river, sometimes green bushes, sometimes steep terrain. In spite of such variety throughout the entire trail, you will be welcomed by the scenic Samiti Lake on the summit day. The trek is considered as difficult, each step of endurance is worth it.


9. Chopta Chandrashilla Trek

This is the most popular Summer Trek. As the Himalayas blossom after the harsh winter, you can enter into the brighter and vibrant Himalayas through this trek. The trail passes beside the Chandrashilla peak and the enchanting Deoriatal lake. This 5-days plan is a gift for a nature treasurer, bird watching amateur, or a trekker. The plan which will never fail to please you.

The first major attraction of the trek is the Deoriatal lake. Situated at a height of 7,841 ft the lake is not surrounded by mountains but forests for a change. At a short distance ahead, the Chaukhamba massif glistens and the reflection of it is caught in the crystal-like waters of the lake. Next up on the line of visual ecstasies are the extensive meadows that turn to snowfields along the way to Chopta. As one furthers up the trail, great peaks jump to view—Bandarppoonch, Kedar, and Chaukhamba to name a few. These stunning views stretch up to the end till Tunganath temple.


10. Gomukh Tapovan Trek

We introduce a wonderful trek for your summer trekking bucket list, the Gomukh Tapovan Trek. This is not one of those popular treks offering fairyland experiences. But it will offer eccentric views which no other trek can offer. The trek starts from Gangotri, the most devoted religious place on earth. The trek route passes through the serene Gangotri National Park providing sights of alluring Bhagirathi sister peaks, Manda Peak, Bhrigu Parbat, Sudarshan Parbat and many more.

Gomukh is the end of Gangotri Glacier, the source of mighty river Ganga. This trek will give you an opportunity to be at the start of river Ganga, the Gomukh. It looks just like cow’s mouth, hence the name.

Tapovan is one of the most famous locations in Hindu mythology, where Sadhus used to sit for meditation. It is also very known amongst the Mountaineers as the base camp for Mount Shivling expeditions. Shivling is the most beautiful mountain which entices climbers all over the world. The holy gushing river Bhagirathi will escort you to Mount Shivling right from Gangotri where the trek begins. Camping beside Bhagirathi river, under the dark sky embellished with stars, is the best way for relaxation. The trail to reach Tapovan is the most difficult part of the route due to moraines on Gangotri Glacier. It is not a technical climb but a strenuous one, adding thrill for Adventurous Trekkers. With such thrills, you will cherish the trek for the lifetime.


11. Har ki Doon Trek

If you are looking for easy to moderate Trekking in India, Har ki Doon Trek in the Uttarakhand region provides some spectacular sites of the flourished lively Himalayas. It is best in summers owing to the vibrant greens patched with orchids, rhododendrons, and other blossoms. The most part of the trail is through dense forest cover, hence preventing problems due to improper acclimatization.

The trek is located at the base of Fatheh Parvat, at a height of around 11,600 ft from the sea level. It is a place which is most sought after, for the first experience of Trekking. It is an eight-day long journey which starts at Sankri. At Sankri, you can view beautiful Garhwal mountains. As you trek and get tired you will be rejuvenated by having lunch near the harvested fields of potato, millet, and maize near the banks of Supin river.

Moving through a thick forest of conifers—chestnut, bhojpatra or papyrus bark, pines, and cedar, the trail is an intense experience of nature. There are several log bridges to be crossed over cool flowing streams concluded by the final ascent lap. The last landmark on the stretch of the valley is a waterfall. The vibrantly loaded trek ends with the delightful views of the Swargarohini mountain.


12. Pangarchulla Peak Trek

Pangarchulla the chimney peak lies in the Garwhal Himalayas. With the height of 14, 700 ft, this chimney peak offers best practice for non-technical climbing. This trek route is abundant of flora-fauna encompassed by red rhododendrons, oaks, silver birch, blue pine, and bhojpatra. Until the snowline, you might be lucky enough to encounter musk deer, black bear, or Himalayan Tahr.

A steep ridge taking you on an ascent to the peak on summit day is a painstaking but highly gratifying feature of this trek. The strenuous climb on the last day might fill your body with pain, but it is the pain of achievement.

Another prominent feature of this trek is the riskless snow. The slopes covered in powdery snow will offer you an ascent without the risk of a deathly fall. If you are someone wishes to test your strength, then winter is the suitable time for you. For others, summer should be the preferable time to walk on this trail to the chimney peak.


13. Bhrigu Lake Trek

Bhrigu Lake Trek is another walk through the mountains towards the high altitude glacial lake. It is Located in the upper Kullu Valley based on the eastern side of the famous Rohtang pass in Himachal Pradesh.

With only 4 days this trek is a weekend trek, suitable for experienced and beginner trekkers.  Based at an altitude of 14,000 ft trek offers mind-blowing views of snow-capped mountains.  Be it the breath-taking views of Seven Sister Peaks of Deo Tibba and Hanuman Tibba, or outstretched PirPanjal ranges. All this is decorated by the rich line of oak and cedar forests, green lush meadows, and gushing streams along the meandering trails. One can also rejoice the sight of Himalayan Monal, Snow Cocks, and the beautiful pheasants. With Brighu lake trek, you get an opportunity of enjoying the small enticing trek.


14. Bagini Glacier Trek

Bagini Glacier Trek ends at the base of Chang Bang peak. It is unique in a way that unlike other trek routes, the route commences with a walk on a suspension bridge over Dhauliganga. Another essence of the trek is the sparsely populated villages which have habitats at above 11,000 ft.

The Dronagiri village has merely 50-60 houses. The houses are placed on steps of mountain slope such that it looks more beautiful than coastal houses of Italy. You will be astonished to see how the village must have survived at such an altitude, far away from basic amenities. Dronagiri Parbat has its huge place in the Ramayana. It is believed that Hanuman cut part of this mountain and flew with the mountain in his hand. While Dronagiri has a part in Indian mythology the wonderful peak has a big spot for explorers too for the clear views of Hathi and GhoraParbats. As the night begins the dark sky lays an alluring black blanket of shining stars. If you are lucky enough you will encounter the attractive moon rise from Dronagiri peak.

The trail to the Bagini Glacier rises above the tree line where the trees, meadows just fade out. The lower base camp is the plain plateau surrounded by peaks of Satminal, Hardeul and Rishi Pahad. As you move to the upper Basecamp you will get a closer view of the huge Bagini Glacier. You may spot big crevasses in the glacier. The basecamp is one of those rarest points, similar to an amphitheater that entertains you with attractive snow-covered mountains.


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