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Trekking or Hiking is considered amongst adventure sports involving fewer risks compared to Mountaineering. Trekking in India especially the Himalayas has a long history. Since years explorers loved hiking through high passes, glaciers, high altitude villages, research of flora fauna and much more. Over a decade trekking has become a popular adventure activity. Now it is considered equal to going on a leisure trip. With the increasing craze for mountain lovers, there are many trails available. We realise how hard it is to select any one trek and opt out other. We have collectively drawn all the treks available in the Indian Himalayas.

Rupin Pass Trek

Rupin Pass Trek - Trekking in India

Rupin Pass is choice of trekkers who want to explore more and try something challenging. At the height of 15,125 ft, Rupin pass is not an easy trek, yet it never fails to bring the hidden and the unseen. Interestingly, the trek route goes from Uttarakhand to Himachal Pradesh. Giant waterfalls, snow-bridges, hanging villages, Kinnaur temples and marigold fields, every step will be distinct and mind-blowing. As it is said, great views come after great efforts; this trek is a perfect example for it.
May-June has the slopes layered with snow adding another level of difficulty, but August-September brings a pleasant and colourful trail. You can the feel of immense adventure right from Dehradun to Dhaula, the actual journey of hiking commences from Dhaula. Vast fields of marigold blossoms in Mori village are something never seen in the Himalayas. Do not forget the more unseen is yet to come! The trail henceforth gradually becomes strainful, which feels no, due to the stunning sights. Distantly, you can witness the furiously falling Ripin river from a high cliff. Not only that, the antique Kinnaur temple at Sewa habitat will also stun you.
The bridge after Sewa is popularly called as 'No Man's place', as it does not belong to any state; it lies on the border of Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh. Patiently observe how the trail ahead goes seamlessly from a cliff to Jiksun village to Jhaka village to Saruwas Thatch crossing boulders and rocky terrain. During this transition do not miss the changing forests from Deodar, walnut, Fir to dense Rhododendrons.
If you feel you have seen enough then hold your breath, there will be an arduous trail filled with phenomenal beauty. From Dhanteras Thatch the path rises drastically, going through thick snow and vast marigold meadows with striking waterfalls in the background. You will experience the thrill of walking over snow-decorated bridges over Rupin river. The trail is often covered with thick snow, therefore use trekking pole efficiently. Be extremely careful, stay hydrated and take it slow on steep climbs as there are chances of getting attacked by AMS. The last section of the ascent is steep and brings the alluring Dhauladhar range into sight. The suspense does not end until the very end of the hike to Sangla Kanda lake, Blue pine trees with astounding views of Kinnar Kailash peak.

Goechala Trek

Goechal Trek - Trekking in India

Goechala Pass trek has suddenly taken boom in the trekking world. Despite its difficult grade, it is on every trekker’s bucket list. It is the only commercially successful trek of Sikkim and Kanchenjunga range. The trail is such that it shows all the prominent features of the Kanchenjunga range. Right from the most stunning, bright Sleeping Buddha to the closest view of Kanchenjunga from its base, the trail gradually presents everything. Summer and winter both are great times to be in the Sikkim’s trek. September to October has more traffic, as it offers colourful rhododendrons.
Yuksom at 7000 meters is the base for this trek, the up trail from here can give the insight into this arduous trek. The trail from henceforth to Tshoka at 9700 feet is through dense forest cover. The Kanchenjunga National Park is flourished and enriched with lively flora-fauna. A camping night in this forest is very fulfilling. Surprisingly, more than trekkers you can spot Yaks and mules trudging with luggage. En route there are many iron bridges and hanging bridges, hence walking one at a time is important.
Mt. Pandim will show its slight glimpse from the Tshoka camp. The trail ahead goes through another forest cover of Buransh tress. The pathway is paved with wooden logs that give a unique natural and wonderful look. The trail is also ascending which requires crossing some boulders too. The most awaited sight of Sleeping Buddha can be seen from Dzongri viewpoint. Wake up early, start at 3 in the dark and stay all equipped with a camera to capture the fluorescent Sleeping Buddha in the first glistering rays of the sun.
The gleaming Sleeping Buddha is itself an overwhelming experience, but there are many more such experiences to come. Just keep calm and keep walking. Do not forget to stay hydrated; the height gain may trigger AMS. The summit day is the longest and exhausting. Yet, nature never fails to cheer you by its alluring elements. The elegant Kanchenjunga with its triangular summit, poised blue Samiti Lake, Zemthang white desert and freezing cold. No one can deny these thrills of this stunning trek.

Har Ki Doon Trek

Har Ki Doon Trek - Trekking in India

A winter wonderland and a trekker’s delight, the Har Ki Dun trek is a stairway to heaven that will make you fall for its beauty. The thing that makes it an alluring trek is its accessibility both in summer as well as the winter season. Har Ki Dun valley is situated at the western flank of Garhwal in the Uttarkashi district is very popular to the trekkers as well as that to the climbers. It is a lovely walk to the Har Ki Dun valley with fascinating views of Jaundhar glacier and Swargarohini group of peaks. Har Ki Dun catchment area is a major source of Yamuna River System and the main source of the largest tributary of Yamuna.
It takes you through some of the most charismatic alpine meadows, glaciers and pine forests which are a treat to the eyes. During winters the snow-covered trails look mesmerizing as and when the sun tries to peep behind the clouds. One of the oldest treks in the Himalayas, known as the 'Valley of Gods', some believe it's the same route taken by the Pandavas in the Mahabharata on their ascent to heaven. Swargarohini—the snow peak, the vision of which dominates this trek bears a legacy of the mythical stairway to heaven.
The Har Ki Doon trek is an ideal winter wonderland that mystifies you with its beauty.

Pindari Glacier

Pindari Glacier Trek - Trekking in India

Glacier or moving ice is the most stunning and alarming features of the Himalayas. Many strive hard to reach up to glaciers, Pindari glacier is an easy opportunity for those. The Pindar river melts from this glacier. Lying between Nanda Devi peak and Nanda Kot Mountains, the glacier is 5x2.5km big. Rated as easy compared to other glacier treks, this trek is suitable for a family tour to glaciers. The journey commences from a village in Nainital.
Khati village is the base camp for this trek; from here you can find hiding Nandakot and Nandabaner peaks. Sadly, the trek route takes you through the destruction caused by the cloudburst in 2013. At places, you will have to overcome landslides and devastated banks of Pindar river. Dwali is another quaint camping place, which lies at the joining of Pindar and Kafni valley. This also marks as the confluence of Pindar and Kafni rivers. Though the path takes sharp ascend ahead, it goes through dense forests of rhododendrons. The forest covers in some way rejuvenates you. Also, the views of Nanda Devi East and Nandakot peaks become considerable. Again there are remarkable sections of crossing landslides area, be watchful. Such slopes are a real pain. The trail suddenly opens up in bloomed meadows. From rhododendrons to meadows the excursion is extremely varied and pleasant. At Phukriya campsite there are still remains of ruined houses, you will feel sympathy and humbled in front of the magnificent Mother Nature.
The last day of the trek is most of the time a walk on the snow-land. Phukriya to Zero Point is 3-4 hours moderate hike. It is recommended to leave early to reach Zero Point before 8 am. The initial path is through Pindari valley that opens up to the Pindari ice-fields. Walking on ice adds complexity, from June the snow begins to melt. You will be amazed to strike upon at Pindari Baba's hut at such altitude in such weather conditions. Just towards the left, you can see huge ice-falls of Pindari glacier. The glacier looks thousand times stupendous than photos. This epic display of scenery will bring pure satisfaction!

Buran Ghati Trek

Buran Ghati Trek - Trekking in India

Buran Ghati is the extraordinary trek of the Himachal Pradesh. Just like every other trek, it too displays elegant snow-capped mountains, lush meadows, gushing rivers, but including its own unique thrills. Unlike other treks, this trail has six huge snowfields to slide on. Not only that, the retrace from summit actually includes rappelling over a 400 feet ice wall. Right, it surely brings that adrenaline wave. Dayara is the most renowned meadows of the Himalayas; the trail amazingly passes through this bugyal. Given a choice, every trekker would first select this trek for its fun adventurous snowy ride.
Striking wooden huts beautifully decorate the mud trail from Janglik to Dayara. In June the entire surrounding comes to life by dressing in their green coats, calling us out! There are many ascends and descends on the path which plays a hide and seek with Pabbar river. The river gushing between the grass lands and dark green Pine forests looks like a precious painting. The scenery keeps changing seamlessly from grasslands to thick Pine and maple forests.
You would never realize when you trudge on the world-famous Dayara bugyal, enriched with liveliness. There are distant views of Gunas Pass and Dhauladhar range. 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. Although climb down on these slopes is easy when covered with snow, you can just slide down! The Dhauladhar range looks mind-blowing, with the distant view of Rupin valley. There is a sudden drop that requires using rope and ice-axe to move down. This rappelling experience at 15,000 feet will be incredible and you would want more of them.

Bagini Glacier Trek

Bagini Glacier Trek - Trekking in India

Bagini glacier trek is one of the gems that have been missed out by trekkers often. It takes you through the Nanda Devi National park revealing some old folklore that you live by majestic mountains and the outlying. This wonderful trek ends at the base of Chang Bang peak; therefore it forms as the base camp of Chang Bang expedition. Yet, the Nanda Devi peak shows its glamour.
The journey incepts with a thrilling ride from Haridwar to Joshimath. Well, the trek does not start from Joshimath, until an hour's ride to Jumma. Well, as weird the village name may sound but the locals are friendly. You can see the fierce flow of Dhauliganga. You need to cross a steel suspension bridge over it to go towards Ruing village. The Jumma village is believed to have strong winds during the daytime. Hence, one should stay precautious.
As you keep rising the Dronagiri peak comes into visibility. If you might have guessed Dronagiri has a presence in Ramayana. It is the same mountain and the villagers have faith in it. The trail to Dronagiri village is through loose scree and crossing landslide prone sections. Hathi and Ghora Parbats are seen in prominence from this camping site. Wood and stone houses are placed stunningly on these slopes forming the perfect 'pahadi ghar'. The most awaited stupendous landscape is silver light moon rise behind the Dronagiri peak. The moon glisters like never before in the night sky.
During daytime, you will be walking over the Dronagiri ridge which opens to Langatoli meadows. This is unexpected after some strainful terrain, even though this will energize you. The Bagini stream will also accompany. The stunning Hardeol and Trishuli peaks will also be seen standing proudly as if they are cheering you. The wonderfully flourished meadows with these peaks in the background will put a new wave in you.
En route to upper base camp you can hear scary avalanches and ice-falls. You can also spot some crevasses. As alluring as they might look, they will send a wave of fear instantly. From the summit peaks visible are Hathi, Satminal, Rishi, Kalanka, right, Chang Bang too. It is the most amazing feeling to contemplate right in between the ocean of heavenly mountains!

Gangotri Gaumukh Trek

Gaumukh Tapovan Trek - Trekking in India

The Indian Himalayas are more than only mountains for us, we worship them. Most of the mountains are part of Hindu mythology and have names of God or goddess. Ganga river is considered as the mother who nurtures all the living on the earth, it has immense significance in our folklore. Therefore, the source of Ganga, Gomukh-Gangotri is prominent amongst the pilgrims. Not only those, the adventure seekers are also attracted to Gangotri glacier for its magnificence. Gomukh Tapovan is one such trek that is famous everywhere. Right from Gangotri to Tapovan, the trail is filled with devotees, who believe in deity and the mountains.
The trek is open from May to mid-October; hence a lot of crowds are flooded during the summer time. The starting point of the trek, Gangotri is one of the Char Dhams, hence, recieves enough tourists all around the year. As the trek incepts from here, one will get the first mystic experience. As you move ahead, through Gangotri National park the views of snow-crowned mountains come closer. The park is flourished with alpine trees, flora fauna. Bhagirathi river flows throughout on the trail, even while you camp for the night on its banks. The prominent peaks visible are Bhrigu, Manda and Bhagirathi sister peaks.
Just as you move up the greenery disappears and the snow line starts. Also, the difficulty of the route increases. The hike to Tapovan is along the glacier moraines, comprised of loose rocks and boulders. One must be careful and use a trekking pole for ease. Despite that you will never feel tired, as the excitement to be on the holy grounds of Tapovan drives you. Once you reach Tapovan you will be awestruck by the giant Shivling. This is the most loved mountain amongst all the mountaineers. Also, it is a difficult peak; therefore you can find many mountaineers. Tapovan is the base for Shivling expedition. Also, it is the place where Sadhus meditate and strive for peace. Standing in front of Shivling you too will the same contemplation.
There is more to come, the suspense of the trek Gomukh is located after a small yet strenuous climb. The source of Ganga, Gomukh is literally like a cow's mouth. You will be thrilled by hugeness. You can only be humbled in front of it. It is only on this trek where one gets the spiritual encounter along with an adventurous trek!

Milam Glacier Trek

Milam Glacier Trek - Trekking in India

Milam glacier is a name that is hardly heard or written about, despite of its overwhelming charms. It is one of the largest glaciers of Kumaon that feed rivers Gori Ganga and Milam. Another interesting fact about this trail is that it also takes you to the base of Nanda Devi East peak. This glacier is said to be joined by glaciers namely Timphu glacier, Sakram glacier, West Bamchu glacier, Mangraon glacier, Surajkund glacier, Ikualari glacier, Bilanlari glacier. It is an adventure truly not seen before; a chandelier gleamed with gems at every step. You can encounter that from the starting village, Munsiyaari after Almora. It is a missed out hill station located at the banks of Gori Ganga river, surrounded by dark green dense forests.
The Lilam village is a few climbs away that might be tiring. The habitat has settled happily in the Johar valley, where Joharis are famous for their ayurvedic medicinal treatments and handmade shawls. The path is skillfully paved on the edge of the banks of the Gori Ganga river. A small mistake will lead to a fall in the gushing river. At many points, you may spot the disastrous effect of the cloudburst here. The array of Panchchuli peaks come to sight and go away.
The meadows at Martoli, with horses, sheep and small lambs grazing around, with the stunning peaks will bring an innocent smile on your face. You can spot lake like ponds here. Capture the picturesque reflections of the tall mountains. You need to cross ice-fields if the snow does not melt early. There is one family in Martoli that will host you and greet you with hot tea. There are many grasslands traversing to Burphu habitat to Milam village which is fairly big with 400 houses. You can see ITBP camps and personnel here. If you roam in the settlement you can see ruins of monuments of 1666 AD.
Right from the homestay in Milam village, you can get a clear view of Milam Glacier. Trishuli 1, Rishi Parvat, Hardeol, Nanda Devi peaks are seen arising from the glacier.

Adi Kailash Om Paravt

Adi Kailash Trek - Trekking in India

Adi Kailash or OM Parvat, you might have guessed it from the name, has a resemblance to Lord Shiva. It is believed that Ravana came to Adi Kailash to bestow his prayers to Shiva. Another myth is there are 8 impersonated symbols of OM, out of which only one is known. And that is Adi Kailash, hence it is also known as OM Parvat. The snow-covered on the black mountain looks like OM and the shape of the mountain resembles Kailash. Despite, is devotional popularity, adventurers also love this trek due to great views of Annapurna. Also, this akin of Mount Kailash in Nepal, it is well known as Chota Kailash. There are have been several expeditions to Adi Kailash(6131 meters) mountain. July to September is the correct time to take the full advantage.
Similarly to Mansarovar, there is Partisarovar a poise lake at the base of Adi Kailash. Another lake found is Gaurikund, next to the previous lake. These lakes are so camouflaged with the surrounding that reflections of Adi Kailash look mystic and magical.
Starting from the trade center Dharchula the epic and spiritual excursion begins. You can spot waterfalls at Bundi village. A steep climb through exuberant valley will lead to the striking Annapurna peak at Gunji habitat. After overwhelming sights, the next day will display nothing but the most awaited Om Parvat. You can precisely see the incarnation of Om due to snow on the slopes. The Kalapani river is named after the Kali temple, which is located 18kms ahead. This long hike is totally worth it, considering the awesome and fulfilling adventures. While you retrace you will be at the Indo-Tibet border in Gunji village.
A trek that has legendary stories associated and that has mountaineering significance too. A very rare combination not to be missed!

Vasuki Taal Trek

Vasuki Tal Trek - Trekking in India

Vasuki Tal trek is a trek that has Hindu mythology prominence yet is less popular in the trekking world. It is like the extended version of Gomukh Tapovan trek, that goes ahead from Tapovan to Meru glacier to Vasuki lake. Vasuki is basically a glacial lake situated at the base of Mount Satopanth. The trek route unveils all the precious gems of the mountaineering and devotional worlds. The magnificent Shivling, Thalay Sagar, Jogin 3, Bhagirathi sisters, Satopanth and Vasuki Parvat, all these giant mountain peaks will unravel with glamor. The path is almost same till Tapovan as for the Gomukh trek.
Another myth associated with this mighty lake is that Ravana had a bath in this water body on Rakshabandhan, hence the name. Well, the journey commences from Gangotri, one of the Char Dhams. The trail traversing through Bhojawassa, Chirbasa, goes through the superabundant Gangotri National Park. The hike is gradual ascent-descent with surging Bhagirathi river. There will be camping on the river banks under oak, pine and rhododendron trees.
The route then slowly becomes difficult as it comes closer to the Gangotri glacier. Crossing moraines, scree, and boulders you arrive at the Tapovan grounds, in front of the marvelous Shivling. Tapovan is extremely serene and you realize the reason why monks meditate here. Gomukh is only a hike away, which is huge and looks like a Cows mouth. You move up through the Meru glacier to Nandanvan. This walk on ice is not an easy one! You would have to dodge large crevasses and overcome moraines.
The next morning will be filled with rigor and start energetic. The hike up is a bit difficult to Vasuki tal. But the amazing lake, lying in tranquil at the base of Satopanth and Vasuki peaks will fade away all the exhaustion.

Bhrigu Lake Trek

Bhrigu Lake Trek - Trekking in India

Bhrigu is a high altitude lake which is famous amongst the trekking community that has views of snow-capped mountains, lush meadows and verdant rich forests. The easy trail makes it an ideal trip for beginners as well as the experienced trekkers. At over 14,000 ft. the trek offers you some of the spectacular views of the mountains and forests.
The scenic Bhrigu Lake has significant historical and religious implications. As per information provided by the locals, there is an association of the Lake to Sage Bhrigu since the pious soul is known to have performed strong meditation and rituals on the banks of the lake, hundreds and hundreds of years ago.
Awe-inspiring views of the Seven Sisters Peaks, Deo Tibba and Hanuman Tibba greet you as you walk along the trail towards the lake. The entire Pir Panjal range is a treat to watch, offering you some stunning views. Starting from Mid-May, till the month of October, trekking to Bhrigu Lake is absolutely allowed and travellers can plan accordingly. However, the ideal time is before the month of June and after August since this is the monsoon time and there remains the probability of landslides in the region. It must also be noted that the temperature of this place during summers hovers around 20-25C in the daytime and falls to 5-7C at night. In winter the temperature gets lower with 10-15C around daytime and nearly 0 to -7C at night. Almost half a year the lake remains frozen, and travellers can enjoy the sight of snow even during the early summer time.

Valley of Flowers Trek

Valley of Flowers Trek - Trekking in India

Valley of flowers is a trek that definitely as the name suggests is a mesmerizing walk through colorful blossoms. Colors that show us every shade of life. It is a journey which should not be missed by anybody, and not specifically applicable only to adventure lovers. Every click in the valley effortlessly manifests to a professional portrait.
Post monsoon is the best time to visit this striking valley, July-September being the optimal season. Along with stunning white-crowned mountains, every moment of climb will be blissful. You will get the first insight of it during the dreamy bus ride from Joshimath to Govind ghat of long 22 km. You will ride on the highly busy Badrinath highway. The entire road is along Alaknanda river, which through poise flow brightens the scenery.
The amazing thing of this trail is that for aged worshippers mule rides are available. You can also choose to hop on one just for fun! Ghangaria is the base for Valley of flowers trek and Hemkund Sahib. Hemkund Sahib is the highest gurudwara at 4,392 meters; hence it receives thousands of devotees. Interestingly, lays a Lakshman temple near this gurudwara. Therefore, this place is a renowned pilgrimage spot and adventure lover’s destination as well. If you are already awestruck by this, there is another amazing addition, the Hemkund lake. This lake actually completes the already mindblowing landscape. The glaciers of surrounding mountains like Saptrishi peaks feed the lake. Although the hike up to Hemkund is strainful, such elegant sights after tough climb will only bring satisfaction.
Be watchful as the first trace of mighty flowers can be seen from the lake itself. The godfather flower, Brahma Kamal can be found from the lake to the valley. Yet, be patient and do not dive into the pool of flowers until the early morning rays fall on the blossoms. Try to start before time to book your place with the camera for that perfect capture. You can find many like-minded wanderers like you strolling in the valley, hopping from one flower to other. Blue Poppy, Snake Foil, White Leaf Hog Foot, Himalayan Rose, Meadow Geranium, Dog Flower, Hooked Stick Seed are the native flowers. Again Chandravati river flowing through the valley completes the valley of flowers!

Kashmir Great Lakes Trek

Kashmir Great Lakes Trek - Trekking in India

Kashmir Great Lakes trek or KGL is quite obviously the best trek that represents serenity of the mighty Kashmir. The heavenly Kashmir valley, and its mystic alpine lakes surrounded by tranquil meadows, this is what KGL can be summarized as. Although the name of the trek evidently reveals about the mesmerizing lakes, one should deliberately try to explore the valley for other stunning elements of this valley. Right from July to September, one can meet enormous tourists and adventure seekers who want to experience this thrilling ride. Sonmarg, another popular tourist destination opens the trail. The stone built houses and friendly villagers warmly welcome you on the trek. The huge Thajiwas glacier seems to disappear slowly as you move ahead. The first lake that builds the thrill is Vishansar Lake. The camping site is as big as a football ground, the only difference is, and this is the stunning playground with having mountains as the stadium audiences. Crossing another stunning Kishansar, Gadsar lakes you will find yourself strolling under the shelter of maple, birch forests.
The next big sight is the Satsar twin lakes. Trudge up the rocky slope to Zaj Pass, and more 2 strikingly beautiful lakes will come to sight. All the four lakes together form an eccentric, which can never be found anywhere.
Gangabal is the biggest lakes of the entire Kashmir Great Lakes trek. The campsite at this lake also brings big experiences. The Kashmiri locals on our team perform traditional songs and dance. Well, this signifies the fun full stop to the mysterious, adventurous and gorgeous Kashmir Great Lakes trek. The next camping area literally brings a large lake, Gangabal, which is the biggest lake of the trek. This lake also forms the enticing climax for the lovable trek.
The heavenly Kashmir valley, and its mystic alpine lakes surrounded by tranquil meadows, this is what KGL can be summarized as. A mini expedition that has it all!

Markha Valley Trek

Markha Valley Trek - Trekking in India

Trudging between the walls of the largest valley of Leh mountains, welcomed by the cordial Ladakhi habitats, living the mystic life of Buddhist culture, the undulating thrill of the high altitude trek, sharing all of this with the Kang Yatse and Stok Kangri peaks, is Markha Valley trek. This could be a small description of the Markha Valley trek. What makes this a unique hiking encounter is added friendliness and love of the numerous villagers that come on the route. This is a trek that has been missed out due to the increasing popularity of Stok and Chadar treks. Same as Stok Kangri trek, the best time is July to September, but January-March the coldest time is like a mini-Chadar trek. The lively Markha river hibernates and freezes just like the Zanskar river. Therefore, it provides the identical excursion.
Skui being the first village of homestay it will give the first insight into Ladakhi families and Buddhist religion. Their houses have the typical decor and they greet everyone saying 'Juley' and offering the Namkin chai. Namding, Sara, Markha, Chalang, Nimaling, all these habitats are ready to serve you and welcome you. You will be stunned by their sustenance in such a detached environment, yet having a peaceful life.
Though the entire hike is through this huge Markha valley, never will you get monotonous. There are hidden delights everywhere build your excitement. Beautifully carved Mani stones will be laid next to White Stupas, signifying the flourishing Buddhism. At every turn in the valley, you can find dumps of ruins of palaces which are known as signaling point when Kings ruled. The valley harbors wildlife which is evident with frequent sights of Blue sheep, mountain goat, snow-leopards, Magpai bird etc. Women's cafe, Techa (the oldest monastery), meditation caves, snow-leopard, uphill barley fields, and the elegant Kang Yatse 2 views, all these soul-stirring thrills will make Markha valley a unique trek.

Stok Kangri Expedition

Stok Kangri Trek - Trekking in India

Stok Kangri trek has boomed suddenly and attracts trekkers that no other trek does, despite its difficulty. Stok Kangri trek is a mini-version of a mountaineering expedition. This is the highly facilitated mountain that has fixed camps and is well-monitored. Yet, one should never underestimate its perils. There are numerous failed winter attempts, even though it is a normal hike. The temperatures on Stok fall to -30 degrees and there are heavy winds even at the base camp. Therefore, July-September is the perfect time to be here, a comparatively warm season.
Stok is an insight into the Leh Mountains. On this peculiar route to the top, one can encounter the unusual barren, greyish yellow, cold topography mountains, very distinct from the lush green flourished the Himalayas. You will be awestruck how the parched mountains also are exquisite. The intensity of this trek is evident right from the first hike to Chang Ma. Manokarma to Base Camp walk also resembles the same. Sights of Golap Kangri and many other peaks come to visibility. The trail will evidently entice you by the serenity and uncommon beauty filled with blue sky touching the thirsty barren mountains.
There will be a resting day when you reach Basecamp. Utilize this opportunity to gain a lot of strength and get acquainted with the technical equipment. Try walking with crampons and gumboots on. The summit push will be 8-10 hours long with the added difficulty of the glacier crossing. You will be roped with each other to overcome big crevasses. Stay hydrated and do not overdo, listen to your body, stop if it says so. Always remember that going up is optional, but coming down is mandatory.
Whatever you go through, the 10-15 minutes on the summit of Stok Kangri peak, between the lavish mountains ranges, will be the precious moments of your life!

Hampta Pass Trek

Hampta Pass Trek - Trekking in India

Hampta Pass trek is like a miniature of Himachal Pradesh beauty. Starting from Manali, the most popular tourist and trekker's centre place, it is like a dream come true. Stunning mountains, flourishing flowers beside Rani river and dreamy camping sites, this trek will be a true excursion. The best time to be here is from September to October. But it is quite famous in winters too.
The route is laid parallel to the Rani river, re-energizing us at every step. You can find wonderful flowers blooming around the trail. Also, the dense deodar and pine forests surround you during the trek. If at the right time you can find infinite rhododendrons everywhere. From the second day of the trek, the Dauladhar range keeps calling you! The hidden Jwara valley comes to sight after crossing waterfalls. The valley is filled with numerous species of blossoms. Take the most out of this green scenery; the treeline magically vanishes as you gain more height.
The summit point lies at 14,000 feet, but the summit climb is an array of ups and downs over ridges. This route is mostly covered with thick snow in winters, which lasts till mid-summer. Therefore, Hampta is another option for snow-lovers in summer. Though the hike is strenuous you will never feel exhausted as the silent serenity around you will only motivate you. Stand on the top and from this high point try to look into lower beauty. The renowned Hampta, Rohtang and Spiti pass merging is the striking feature, which can be witnessed from Chatru.
If you are already overwhelmed, let us warn you for the surprise coming further, the Chandrataal lake. This mesmerizing alpine lake seamlessly reflects and amplifies the spectacularity around it. Capture reflections of the mountains on the quaint lake surface.

Tarsar Marsar Trek

Tarsar Marsar Trek - Trekking in India

What is the first thing that comes to your mind when someone talks about Kashmir? Deep valleys, lush-green meadows or is it the fascinating snow clad mountains. The famous couplet of the Persian poet shall ring true— if there is a paradise on earth, it is here, it is here, it is here!
One such picturesque trek is the Tarsar Marsar trek that may rob the most masterful wordsmith off adjectives. Kashmir’s inherent classical romanticism aside, there are some things exclusively special to trekking and the Tarsar Marsar twin lakes bring all of them together. One of the highlights of the trek is the snow patches which feed these lakes. The ice looks artistic when it slides down the mountain slopes into the lakes. Then, there are the lush green meadows of which stretch over a distance making it look captivating.

Pin Parvati Pass Trek

Pin Parvati Pass Trek - Trekking in India

Pin Parvati Pass is a high pass connecting two valleys, Parvati and Pin, hence its name. It is one of the difficult grade treks rising to the height of 5319 meters. The interesting fact of the trek is that it starts and ends at the two most renowned tourist destinations, Kullu and Manali, respectively. Therefore, this is like a lucky chance for excited Manali and Kullu lovers. Of course, the trail is 11 days arduous hike, but to counterpart that it offers mesmerising abundant beauty of waterfalls, vast meadows, vibrant flowers, outstanding views of snow-crowned peaks. The route magically takes you through all the enriched Himalayas.
The trekking starts from Barsheni Village to Rudranath and to Khirganga you can observe the alluring scenery of quaint villages lying between lush green grasslands, high cliff waterfalls and the silent Parvati river. You can consider this as a teaser of what is coming. The trail Khir Ganga to Tunda Bhuja goes through a high pass, showing the clear view of Parvati valley. The high point will show the seamless merger of barren mountains with the lively valley. Sounds of chirping birds, gushing river and the vibrancy of the surrounding will energize you. It is believed that Lord Shiva took bath in the hot water of Khir Ganga.
Henceforth, you will suddenly find yourself in the lands of Manali heading towards Thakur Kuan and Mantalai. There are huge orchid lands near Thakur Kuan. The hike to the wonderful Mantalai Lake goes over boulders and glacier moraines. You will be spending an additional day in the spectacular Mantalai lake camp. Everything around you will only give pleasant vibes, filling you with all the positive energy for the final section of the trek.
Take a breath and incept upon the harder climb of the hike. You will go through glaciers, overcoming boulders, ice fields and steep ascents of the Spiti valley. During this tough hike, you will be blessed with mind-blowing views of Dibibokri and Kulu Makalu ranges. After attaining the high point of Pin valley you will begin the return journey of this long trek. There will be no retracing of steps as the homecoming is from Wichkurung Thatch to Mud to Kaza and finally to Manali.

Kanamo Peak Trek

Kanamo Peak Trek - Trekking in India

Kanamo peak is the highest trekking peak in Spiti Valley. It shows the elegant Spiti, Kinnaur, Ladakh mountains, and the dryer yet stupendous beauty of the Himachal Pradesh. Taking to the maximum height of 19,600 feet almost equal to a 6000-meter peak, it is widely considered as an alternative to Stok Kangri trek. Also, the trek is only of 4 days, much short duration as compared to Stok or other treks. Yet, one should not underestimate Kanamo peak. It requires the physical strength to continuously walk uphill or 3-4 hours for 3 long days. Sometimes the trail is covered with snow making it more tedious. On the summit day the height gain is almost 4000 feet, hence proper acclimatization is the key to avoiding AMS. This trek is recommended for trekkers having enormous fitness and high altitude experience.
The arduous climb of Kanamo begins from Manali to Kaza bus ride. The ride will be through the most scenic Rohtang pass. Enjoy the wonderful ride through arid mountains and lively villages inhabited here. You will slowly enter into Spiti valley after crossing Gamphu and Batal settlements. The Spiti valley again presents its unique essence of quaint villages surrounded by flourished fields of green peas. Take a halt at Kaza while patiently waiting for the next venture into the wild! Another one hour drive to Kibber and your true adventure begins. Kibber is at 14,108 feet, proper acclimatization is necessary henceforth for easy trekking. While your stay at Kibber, make it sure to explore the locality. The historical Key Gompa of Spiti valley lies in the village, enhancing the richness of the mountains. Drink a lot of water to make the process of acclimatization faster.
The harder sections of the wonderful trek are about to start. Long 3-4 hours ascent to Kanamo Base camp will be strainful. The sights around you will never make you feel exhausted. After difficult terrain, the trail levels out opening into villages with lush fields of green peas. The locals are friendly enough to offer you the freshly grown peas. You can find 2 lakes as if they are to pleasantly treat you with fresh water for your efforts. The lakes also serve as a water source to the adjacent habitats. You will be camping next to these lakes at the Kanamo base camp, which is surely a precious treat after a long day.
Well, the tougher climbs are yet to come! The summit push has overall height gain of 4000 feet, reaching to the 19,600 feet top. The route is filled with snow, loose rocks, scree, and boulders. There is continuous 3-4 hours vigorous uphill hiking until you reach the summit. This high point is the best you can ask for. It is like a 3D display of the majestic Spiti, Kinnaur, Ladakh mountains. All variants of the Himalayas from one elevated place, just like a dream come true!

Kang Yatse Expedition

Kang Yatse Expedition - Trekking in India

Kang Yatse 2 trek is nothing but an expedition. Hiking to the peak will definitely grow you as a mountaineer. For trekkers seeking beyond the traditional treks, Kang Yatse 2 is like a step further. Interestingly, the trail of this trek is identical to Markha valley, only the trail for base camp diverges. Therefore, Kang Yatse 2 manifests the one on one offer! Being popular amongst the foreign hikers, Kang Yatse 2 mainly sees fewer crowds and is the ideal silent trail. Therefore, it is also a good option for Stok Kangri, to avoid the commotion of large groups. Big crevasses, crawling through glaciers, crossing moraines, roping up experience, it has it all. Much more than one can ask for!
Same as Stok Kangri trek, the best time is July to September. One has to be physically prepared, well aware of using crampons, gumboots, trekking pole to ease the strainful summit climb. Though the team is always there, one should be mentally sound and fit for the upcoming endeavors. Similar to Markha valley trek, the arduous journey goes through Chilling, Skui, Namding, Sara, Markha, Chalang, Nimaling, all the high altitude habitats. The homestays are extremely facilitated will warm water and cozy beds. The people are also warm-hearted and resemble the Ladakhi style. Every house will give vibes of Buddhism. You will only wonder how these people can live in remote places, yet so acquainted with the modern world.
The entire walk is through the sheltering Markha Valley with Markha river flowing beside you. You can find numerous Mani stones placed near White Stupas, representing the prayers to protect the Buddhist culture. Not only that, there will be remains of Monastery, old forts, again reminding of the Buddhism and its magnificence. The sun rays gleaming the barley fields, prayer flags, white sand on the river banks, tilted wooden bridges, changing nature of bushes on the trail, etc. will keep you busy. If the river is gushing, there are many instances of walking through the chilled water of Markha.
After enough of delightful experiences, the summit attempt may exhaust you. The climb will be one of its kind and fulfilling. The ocean of Ladakh, Stok, Pangong and Nubra ranges will make you feel as if you are one of them, as high as them and as peaceful as them!

Pin Bhabha Pass Trek

Pin Bhabha Pass Trek - Trekking in India

A whole new mesmerizing hike every day with the added thrill of Himalayan adventures is Pin Bhaba pass trek. The trail is varying constantly showing wondrous sights, each day will allure you. Pin Bhaba pass is also considered as an easier alternative to the Pin Parvati trek. Camping on river delta is something very unusual that can be experienced here. The meadows and might snow-fields with an amazing backdrop will emphasise you of how the serene nature is nothing but the heaven.
From Shimla to Kafnu is the wonderful long bus ride on the snake-like roads. Once you reach Mulling the dense cover of coniferous trees begins to protect you. A river silently flows beside the trail of lush forests of pine, silver birch trees. India's first underground hydro project 'Bhaba hydro project' comes on the way to Mulling, beside Bhaba river. As exciting as the first camping place seems, the next overnight stay on the delta of Bhaba river is more relishing.
What comes next cannot be imagined? Every new day will manifest something unique. The trail to Karah is over ravelling meadows bloomed with flowers. If you be observant you can hear gushing Underground River, called as a subterranean river. This phenomenon is extremely rare and cannot be seen on any other Himalayan trek we know. By the time you reach Phutsirang, you will already be overwhelmed by the epic and superabundance of the mountains. You can find horses gazing on the vast spread grasslands. These grounds are filled with yellow flowers. If you look closely you can find Nimish Khango (16,185 feet), Tari Khango (17,318 feet) and Pin Bhaba Pass in unison.
The real tough climb comes way as you climb up. The scenery is enthralling that the strain feels nothing. Crossing moraines of glacier, boulders, slippery terrain, you rise higher from Mangrungse campsite to Bara boulder. Anybody experiencing this trail will surely get a feeling of being on an expedition to the summit. The excursion is so elegant and the feeling is satisfactory. You would wish for nothing but more of such heart throbbing trails.

Yanum Peak expedition

Yunam Peak Expedition - Trekking in India

Yunam peak is a 6000-meter peak, unpopular as Stok Kangri, shining on the highest passing road of Himachal Pradesh, aloof from the civilization, bloomed with enticing experiences. The key to Yunam peak is good acclimatization and of course immense fitness. What makes this trek stand out from other Himachal Pradesh treks is that it signifies the arid serenity of the green Himalayas. No one can imagine how amazing the dryness can be hidden under the lush carpet.
Starting from Manali the base village is remote, it, therefore, requires 2 days of bus rides to reach Bharatpur. During this ride, there will be a night stay at Keylong/Jispa. You are in Manali and how can you omit Rohtang and Spiti pass? The elegant Rohtang and Spiti pass will wave goodbye as you head to Tandi. It is a striking point where rivers Chandra and Bhaga merge. While at Keylong, spot the Khardang Shashur monastery on a hilltop. You will cross the highest motorable pass Baralacha La. This is another stunning attraction of the trek. Bharatpur camping place is famous for the butter tea. Have your share while enjoying the never seen barren hills around you. The Chandra river later becomes Chandrabhaga which will be escorting you.
There are purposefully 2 additional days in the itinerary for better acclimatization. Make the most of this spare time to explore around and learn the technicalities of the mountain climbing. Try to walk with crampons on snow, practice efficient use of trekking pole.
The summit climb, as you have imagined is not a cake walk. There are serious 3-4 hours steep ascents, along with walking on thick snow, scree and big rocks. Carry enough water, since there will no refilling sources. As you ascend the snow may thicken and the winds blow with great force. This increases the wind-chill factor on the summit. Despite all the hardships being on the top will bring pure happiness. And satisfaction is the biggest outcome of this happiness.

Kedar Tal Trek

Kedar Tal Trek - Trekking in India

Kedartal lake is a mystic glacial lake. It is of stupendous significance because it is enclosed by all the giant peaks like Thalaysagar, Jogin, Bhrigupanth, Gangotri and Manda Parvat. Reflection of these magnificent ranges makes this lake as enormous as the mountains. Gangotri being the starting point of this trek, the entire trail is symbolic. One can experience it as every step.
Gangotri is filled with sounds of religious prayers; it is the devotional epicenter of India. You can encounter many religious pilgrims everywhere. A full day is allotted for acclimatization and to stroll here. You can visit all the historical temples of this religious hub on the banks of Bhagirathi river. Let the spirituality boost your energy. The trail to Bhojkharak is on the rock walls. Walking on a ledge of this rocky terrain, you will move ahead. Watch you’re every step, a single mistake will cause harm. The rock face is vertical and strenuous. There are trees of birch or bhojpatra on the route. Towards the end of the day, the forest ceases at the valley. The valley is enclosed and no clear views are seen from BhojKharak camping site.
The hike to Kedar Kharak is somewhat easy and has completely different displays than earlier. There are huge meadows of green and red bushes. This is optimal for the wildlife; you can find blue sheep and bharal grazing nonchalantly around. The Kedar Kharak camping site is comparatively on an open grassland with a stream flowing and mighty Brighupanth peak at the backdrop, protecting you!
After a serene night comes painful ascends to the Kedar tal. The trail is continuously steep with some descends. Therefore, this requires tremendous strength. As you rise up the temperature begins to fall. Kedar Lake is known for unpredictable weather, hence being prepared for rain or snowfall is better. The impeccable reflection of the Thalay Sagar comes to visibility on the tranquil Kedar tal. The entire composition is so exhilarating that you start ruminating about nature. It is a feeling that will capture your heart and soul for lifetime.

Sandakphu Trek

Sandakphu Trek - Trekking in India

Sandakphu trek is a master that takes you directly to the top 8000er peaks. Everest, Kanchenjunga, Makalu, Lohtse manifest the stunning array of tallest and elegant mountains. The mind blowing Sleeping Buddha, formed by the ridge of Kanchenjunga range is the primary attraction of this trek. The trail in the lap of the highest peaks of the world is like climbing a staircase literally to heaven.
Snaking on the Indo-Nepal border in the Sanglila National Park, it is the only trek, West Bengal hosts. The superabundant national park nurtures wildlife and alpine coniferous trees. Post monsoon there are striking blossoms of rhododendrons. Cordial villagers of Sikkim and Nepal will greet with hot tea. The first ray falling on the world's top, Everest is scenery every person should encounter. The rays slowly lit up the entire range, unraveling the glistering snow-crowned mountains. The grand view of Sleeping Buddha is alluring that will leave you smitten by the elegance of Kanchenjunga range. This view was used in the earlier 100 Rupees note.
The Kalpokhri lake lies on the Indo-Nepal border. It is a black coloured lake, magically placed between white-blue topography. The tranquility of this water body will trigger contemplative thoughts. Lying next to the Kalpokhri settlement, the Buddhist influence is quite evident. Basically, you can observe a mixed religious culture.
The trail has no steep ascends or direct height gain. Also, most of it is under dense forest cover, keeping AMS aloof. Therefore, the trek is suggested to beginners. An excellent inauguration of the fab Himalayan journey.

Panchachuli Base Camp Trek

Panchachuli Base Camp Trek - Trekking in India

Based on the Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand, the Panchchuli trek manifests the spectacular 5 peaks enclosed by the tall conifers and lush meadows. The trek route passes through many tribal villages and towns, which are never heard of, notwithstanding, it proudly showcases the elegance of Panchchuli glacier and Kumaon Himalayas. The glacier lies on the border of Nepal and Tibet, probably that is the reason why the Himalayas are being applauded, they represent various nations. The trans-Himalayan journey commences from the base village Dharchula, which itself is sitting between India and Nepal.
Get ready to pronounce names that are weird, loads of them form your transit camps. Like the foremost village is Dar followed by Urthing. There is a narrow trail on the Dhauliganga river ledges to Urthing. The first tribal habitats of Tawaghat and New Sobla will come your way. Dhauliganga river will flow throughout the trek, the pathways are magically paved on the river edges. These are the famous mule tracks that now trekking trails.
The camping site of Naagling is on the green pastures beside Dhauliganga. The sights of glacier come to visibility from Son, which is a small settlement in the Dharma Valley. The trail to this valley is on rocky terrain for 3 long hours. The terrain then opens up to forests of alpine trees and lush meadows. The sights from here are cheerful and peaceful. Crossing another vast Dantu Bugyals with dense forest cover the glacier comes closer. The glacier is enveloped within the sprouting grasslands, undulating oak and pine forests and not to forget the stupendous Panchachuli peak in the background.

Nanda Devi East Base Camp Trek

Nanda Devi East Base Camp Trek - Trekking in India

Nanda Devi the magnificent and second highest peak of India has a terrific climbing history. It has been extremely popular amongst the mountaineers all around the world. Known for its technical climbs it is loved by many climbers and now by trekkers too. In the full necklace of beads, the Nanda Devi sister peaks stand boastfully like gleaming precious gems. A 12 days long excursion is truly a trans-Himalayan journey. The south and north glaciers of the peaks are extensive sourcing out Gori Ganga and Rishi Ganga. Numerous waterfalls are also fed by these glaciers.
After loading your luggage on the mules, they begin trudging on mule track heading to Lilam from Munsiyari. The famous Jimighat is adjacent to a big green coloured iron bridge over the Gori Ganga river. The trail to Bugdiyar is filled with surprises. You will cross a natural tunnel encircled by rocks, snow-bridges, head rolling waterfalls, bamboo forests. Moreover, you will be struggling on a narrow ridge on rock faces. A hot spring called 'Garam Pani' is like a revitalizing source arranged for you especially by nature. The Martoli village is at the confluence of the trails to Milam Glacier and Nanda Devi base camp. You can find deserted houses here between lush green meadows. A Nanda Devi temple of historical importance lies between the grasslands. The first sight of spectacular Nanda Devi peak can be seen from the camps of Martoli.
The real thrill of this trek is about to start with the changing hue like a sliding coulisse. Between rhododendrons, birch trees, elephant grass, waterfalls, snowfields and muddy roads, you get closer to the base camp. The hiking route from Patta to Bittalgwar to Advanced base camp gets tricky involving boulders, mud fields, snow patches. Despite the unstable terrain, you can find hairy goats and sheep grazing on the Narspanpatti grasslands. The main wall of Longstaff stands directly in front of the ABC. This is the route taken to climb up Nanda Devi peak.

Kareri Lake Trek

Kareri Lake Trek - Trekking in India

Kareri Lake trek is the least popular trek of the Himachal Pradesh. The lake resides at 3,300 meters in the Kangra district. It feds the water to the Nyund Nallah, that passes through the Himalayan region. Basin of the lake is formed by melting of firns of Mankiani peak. The lake is adorned with alpine trees forming an impeccable high altitude lake. It comes on the tracks of many trekking routes to Mankaini and Baleni passes. It is known as the abode vibrant and chirpy Himalayan birds like black-white magpai and black drango. It is only a 2 day, easy, beginner level trek. It is a perfect weekend excursion for trekkers having leave and long travel concerns.
The trail to this mighty lake begins from Kareri village, traversing through tall pine and birch trees. Friendly tea stops may be spotted on the route. A metal bridge is paved on Nyunda stream. You can find animals ruminating on the slopy grasslands. The setup of Reoti camping site is pleasant with shacks are distances. Hot yummy Maggi is offered in the stays here. The path henceforth is well paved with stones steps leading to the Shiva temple. There also lies a Shakti temple devoted goddess Parvati. You can get a glimpse of the Kareri lake, waiting patiently for you to visit.
Follow the trail along Nyund Nallah which is now flowing in force. There are a few boulders to overcome. In no time you can find yourself next to the sublime lake. The splendid Dhauladhar ranges guard the lake. Sit and engulf the vibrancy, to allow the serenity of the lake quench all your thoughts.

Indrahar Pass Trek

Indrahar Pass Trek - Trekking in India

Indrahar pass represents the miniature form of the Dhauladhar range. The high pass of 4342 meters, is a border of Kangra and Chamba districts. The pass beautifully summarizes the mind blowing thrills of Himachal Pradesh Himalayas. The trail will traverse the Lahesh caves, Ilaqua pass and Triund.
The hike starts from Mcleodganj ridges towards Dharamkot and Bhagsu villages. The Dhauladhar range is known for its rocky terrain. It is quite evident in the trail of Indrahar pass too. This rocky pathway goes from Laka to Triund ridges. There are grassy meadows intermittently. The major sections of boulders are proximity to the Lahesh caves. In fact, the rocks are on the camping ground. The camping is between rocky faces with a few alpine blossoms here and there. The cave is nothing but a large hole between two huge boulders. Therefore, this overnight stay is thrilling and unique.
A long strenuous hike is yet to come. The trail is maximum time covered with rocks and rocky stairs with a few grassy patches. The habitat of Mon forms a picturesque landscape, it dominates the scenery. There ledges having a fall factor of 200-300 feet on steep rock walls. Be careful and watch out every step. Also, the weather changes drastically and is unpredictable. Be all prepared for everything!
The view from the pass is overwhelming with Pir Panjal range, distant plains of Punjab, Bara Bangahal, Kishtwar and Manimahesh. The wide ranges narrow and merge with Ravi river. All of this will seem as if you are part of a different world, a world that is worth being a guest of, after all the efforts.

Kuari pass – Lord Curzon Trail

Kuari Pass Trek - Trekking in India

Kuari pass trek is world famous as Lord Curzon trek, which named after the first explorer of the region. Kuari pass is an easy trek suitable for beginners that allows embracing all the characteristics of a Himalayan trek. Harboring in the Nanda Devi sanctuary the pass is a splendid subset of Garwhal Himalayas in Chamoli district of Uttaranchal. The stunning sights of Nanda Devi are visible right from the inception of the trek.
The trek route follows tributaries of the mystic river Ganga. There are dense forests of coniferous trees. The trail is fantastically bloomed with rhododendrons. In winter snow is covered on the lively grounds forming pleasant snow-fields. Walking on the snow poses a challenge but it also attracts adventurous trekkers. The stunning grasslands of Dhak, Gulling, Khullara, Chitrakantha will fill your heart. Every camping site has something alluring that will keep one contented.
Slowly as you rise up one by one each prominent peak shows its elegance. Hathi and Ghora parvat, Dronagiri, Chaukhamba and Nanda Devi are some of them.

Chadar Frozen river trek

Chadar Frozen River Trek - Trekking in India

Chadar trek is another buzzword amongst the trekkers since it has earned enormous fame. Everybody desperately wants an ice walk to remember! Walking on the frozen Chadar of Zanskar river should definitely be on adventure bucket list. This trek offers the maximum difficulties and balances it out with the most stunning views and memories. The trek opens in extreme cold months of January and February only, when the Zanskar river freezes in -30 degrees temperature.
Every morning will be filled shivering cold yet pleasant glistering sunrays brightening the surroundings. There are many waterfalls on the route that will also cheer you up. The long long walk to Tibb cave will be less painful due to the tranquility of the mountains. Also, the dark green coloured Zanskar river will also be along.
During the trek, there is a spare day for the practice of walking on the ice. At this time you will be guided on the usage of gumboots, trekking pole and efficient walking techniques on the Chadar so that it does not break.
How much ever you feel you are adjusted to the cold, nature will make it more challenging. As you gain height, you enter into the coldest region of the trek, Nerak. Have enough layering of clothes and stay hydrated all the time. We also provide a heater in some homestays, try to use it only for 2-3 hours and not keep it on for the entire night. This is only to avoid carbon dioxide intake in the body due to the heater.
Despite all the hardships, the frozen waterfall will remove all the exhaustion and everything will seem worth it. It seems as if the water has been suddenly stopped and it has gone static forever! Capture the magical nature in cameras and in memories and retrace to return. Again the nature has laid another set of puzzle on the frozen Chadar. The trail will not be same as the earlier one. Right, Chadar is fully a trek of astonishment and amazement!

Brahmatal Trek

Brahmatal Trek - Trekking in India

Brahmatal trek is extraordinary for the huge slopes that become as snow-fields in the winter. Considered as easy trek and popular as a winter trek, it is joyful walk into the Garhwal Himalayas. Unlike other Himalayan treks, this is open from December to March, in the peak winter season. The trail showcases gaint peaks like Nanda Ghunti, Chaukhamba, Mandir, Neelkanth, Mana etc. all holding hand in hand, cheering you!
From the beginning at Kathgodam, one by one amazing river Kosi, river Pindar, popular hill stations, Almora, Bheemtal, Kasauni and startling Kumaon range will astonish you. The first day of the trek ends at the serene Bekaltal and Khopdaliya lakes. Lying peacefully frozen in the shivering environment, it is a treat to be here. Rivers Kali and Pindar confluence at the lush Kali valley. Enclosed by the white snow slopes, this valley is like a ray of life.
Vibrant flowers of rhododendrons and oak forests will continuously energize you. Even as you rise up the green pastures will never leave you. During winter the meadows cover themselves with a shining carpet of snow. At the highest point of 11,000 feet, is marked by colourful prayers flags on a temple. Look down into the stunning Almora and Nainital valley. When you roll your eyes up, the tall Nanda Ghunti, Chaukhamba, Mandir, Neelkanth, Mana, Trishul, peaks will be gazing at you.

Dayara Bugyal Trek

Dayara Bugyal Trek - Trekking in India

As the name suggests, Dayara Bugyal is flourished with abundant meadows and vast grasslands, as big as playgrounds. One of the easy treks, it is renowned as a kid and family trek. Lasting throughout the bugyal, famous as the grazing grounds of shepherds, the route features a calmness of the Uttarakhand Himalayas. Camping in the dense alpine forests beside lake under the sky of gleaming stars is an experience that will last forever. Gangotri, Bandarpooch, Shrikanth peaks play hide and seek, peeping out the white ocean of clouds.
Though the route follows the undulating meadows, you can capture stunning sights of Shrikanth peak from Raithal village and Moryana top. The Bhagirathi river flows silently, guiding you. The walk to Gui campsite is completely under forests, giving a different insight. But the forests slowly disappear as you rise up to Barnala. It is known for widespread meadows that are covered with snow in winter. These snow-fields are famous for skiing in winter. Also, the Barnala lake lies between the snow formations. What makes it a perfect landscape is the Kalanath temple, surrounded by small huts.
While this was a teaser and small thrill, the final climb to Dayara top is a bigger picture. The ascend is tough but what comes next is amazing and worth the pain. The Dodital ranges stand right in front as if you can touch it. The trail then goes to Gidara pass, opening to the Gidara and Pichkiya bugyal. Bandarpooch peak rises prominently, engulf all the serenity of the landscape until the last moment of fulfillment.

Kedarkantha Trek

Kedarkantha Trek - Trekking in India

Based in Western Garhwal in the Uttarkashi district, the Kedarkantha Trek is known for being one of the easy treks of the country which can be attended by people who are at the beginner level. The availability of snow till the end of April makes it a popular winter trek in Uttarakhand.
Kedarkantha is known for its prettiest snow covered campsites and very few treks can match scenic views that this trek has to offer. Every campsite is unique and has something special to offer. One such campsite is Juda ka Talab which is a sight to behold. As you cross the 10,000 feet you will be seeing patches of snow and a combination of Pine trees that make the surroundings look artistic. Another beauty of the trail is that it starts from dense pine forest, walking over the bed of brown dried leaves creating a unique experience.
A 360-degree view of some of the famous mountains summits surrounds the trail, making your climb worthwhile. Summiting the Kedarkantha peak is an experience of a lifetime because of the view that you get after reaching the top.

Shumga Trek

Shumga Trek - Trekking in India

Shumga trek is the one belonging to the Great Himalayan National Park that nurtures and manifests the hidden treasures of flora-fauna. The valley of Gods, Kullu valley, gives another opportunity to live and breathe every moment in this amazing valley. The starting village Shangarh is renowned for tower temples built 100 years ago. The old settlements lined by Cedar forests and quiet Sarah lake, boastfully highlighting the beauty of the mountains are major attractions.
The trek is far away from network connectivity, therefore be prepared for the exclusive remote jaunt. The historical tower temple Shangchul Mahadev, will stick in your mind at the start in the Shanngarh village. Sanj river makes way through the salient village. The trail takes a steep change to Lapah camp, but the exciting Pine tree forests and meadows will rejuvenate you. Walking on the same terrain the Saradhar ridge appears. The vegetation varies drastically from Cedar to pine to rhododendrons forests. Between these surfacing woodlands lays Sarah lake. The lake is encircled by Kharsu Oak trees.
The varying vegetation throughout the trek can be encountered nowhere. Heading to the summit point, pleasant shrubs and meadows are seen. Chirping birds like monal, tragopan, koklash etc can be spotted. Therefore GHNP is popular amongst bird watchers. From the summit dropping Sanj and Kullu valley, distant Pir Panjal range are also visible. It showcases a panoramic array of Gushu, Pishu in Tirth, Shupakuni, Kingkullen, Snow Peak in Rakti, Vasuki Nag, in Lahulibati.

Snow leopard Trek – Ladakh

Snow leopard Trek - Trekking in India

The snow leopard is like a precious jewel, every adventurer strives to get a sight of. Capturing the elegant animal having greyish skin with large black spots is like a dream project for many wildlife photographers. Leh-Ladakh mountains are renowned as the home of this exquisite creature. These highlands also nurture the prey of snow leopard like sheep, marmots, ibex etc. Leh, popular essentially for Pangong lake, Nubra valley, legendary monasteries, is also a harbour of wildlife. Ranging from 10,000 feet to 15,000 feet snow leopards can be found. It is a skill to spot it as it perfectly camouflages with the barren hills.
The trek is in the Hemis National park that manifests purple, greyish mountains is also a reservoir of extreme life. All of the famous treks, Markha, Chadar or Kang Yatse commence from this national park. Zanskar river silently brightens the forests here. From the Rumbak and Zinchen habitats, you can see pugmarks everywhere, giving a ray of hope. During winter the temperature fall and snow leopards loose height.
One has to be patient after all; good things come at the right time. Additionally, blue sheep, arghali, mountain goats, magpai bird, koklash etc. will also be a lively treat to watch. You will be thrilled to find how the arid cold desert is a treasure of hidden life. There are well-facilitated homestays and teahouses to rejuvenate you. The locals are cordial and offer hot tea as a greeting. The winter offers one of the stunning white lands. A wonderland filled with hospitality, warm houses and abounding wildlife.

Auli snow skiing Trek

Auli Snow Skiing Trek - Trekking in India

In the lap of the great Himalayas and no skiing makes no sense, therefore Auli is a complete trek package dedicated to ski enthusiasts. Large snow loaded wonderlands amidst magnificent mountains signifies an impeccable skiing ground. The 6 days long hike is a dual experience that gives the thrill of a high altitude trek and exhilaration of skiing. No prior experience is required, a naive trekker or skier can come to quench the adventure thirst. The Auli slopes are carpeted with 3 km thick snow layers having a rise of 500 meters. This is considered the best for skiing.
You can consider this as a ski training programme. For the initial days' basics of skiing are explained. The trekkers are allowed to get used to the techniques and practice on lower grounds. Controlling the speed, direction and many methods are taught by qualified guides. The highly skilled instructors make sure that you learn and never give up during the preparation. You will follow step by step programme. Towards the end, you will learn taking turns and runs on the ski. After grueling yet amazing training sessions you will be given an opportunity to showcase your talent. This will be your time, cease your moment and live it fully. The advanced slopes are longer than earlier slopes. The instructor will always be there for you. At the completion of the course, you will get a certificate of appreciation. Since you are in the wonderful Garhwal Himalayas, the majestic Nanda Devi, Kamet and Dronagiri peaks will be visible, encouraging you.

Deoriatal and Chopta Trek

Deoriatal and Chopta Trek - Trekking in India

Chopta Chandrashila trek is literally a stairway leading to heaven. Well, not really heaven, but peaceful and satisfactory encounters with own self. You will be accompanied by pilgrims who out of sheer devotion climb up the Tungnath temple. Tungnath is amongst the 12 Jyotirlinga and is the highest linga of India. Moreover, it is famous for the Deorital lake which manifests the flawless reflection of Chaukhamba. Many nearby tourists visit the lake as an excursion from day to day life. Already being a celebrity trek, the trek needs no introduction.
Right from the base village Sari the summit of Chandrashila is visible. The trail until Chandrashila is concrete and there are numerous stalls up to Deorital lake. There is a gradual rise but it seems no pain, thanks to the lively red rhododendrons. During the peak season, the blossoms are thick, just like red carpeting. The nearby stalls offer dark red buransh juice. The moment you arrive at the Deorital lake you will be lost into the calmness. Sit for hours beside the lake and inculcate the serenity. Wait until next morning, when the orange rays illuminate the surface, revealing the excellent reflection of the Chaukhamba peak. It is a sight that should not be missed.
The longest hike of the trek is from Deorital to Chopta base camp. With frequent up and down, the Chaukhamba, Kedarnath dome, Gangotri range will always be on the left to motivate you. At times you will be walking under the shelter of dense alpine forests. Suddenly, the route opens up in the Rohini Bugyal that is flourished with pink rohdodendrons.
The last section of the climb to Tungnath is on well-marked stair path. Many devotees start from here. During winter the path is covered with snow. The adjacent slopes add to the difficulty level and the thrill. The rhododendrons are of white hue now. Observe that more you gain the rhododendrons start fading from red to white, gradually. Once at the Chandrashila top, hidden Nanda Devi and Trishul peaks come to sight. You will be standing at a highpoint which is in direct eyesight of the distant tall mountains. It seems as if you are on an island between the ocean of clouds.