Best Indian Treks: The Easy, the Moderate & the Hard
Your first trek is almost like your First Pilgrim.
Be it gliding through a dense lush green canopy of clouds to scaling oxygen-deficient ice caps on all fours.
India’s family of mammoths has its fine share of adventures for every kind of explorer.
Here’s a list of 11 such wondrous treks across the country guaranteed to have you scaling for more.
Har Ki Dun Trek
Highest Altitude: 3600 m
Often recommended to beginners, Har Ki Dun trek traces the lush green valley of Har Ki Doon, at the base of the Fateh Parvat at an altitude of 3556 m in the Garhwal Himalayas. This is 7-day-long trek, If you want a trek that is adventurous, yet, moderate in terms of difficulty, combined with scenic views and wildlife, Har Ki Dun is the perfect trek for you. The trek starts from Sankri at 1950m. It will let you walk through pretty meadows lined with orchids, terraced fields and glaciers and the best of all the panoramic mountain peaks forming the most beautiful background. Read More.
Bagini Glacier – Changabang Base Camp Trek Region
Highest Altitude: 4500 m
Imagine hiking in a Himalayan field with the grandiose views of Himalayan peaks like Kalanka, Changabang, Hardeol, Rishi, Trishuli, Hathi, Satminal, Garur And Dronagiri, feeling the oneness with the Himalaya while musing about the lines “Wind in my hair, I feel part of everywhere!”. Bagini Glacier Trek passes through some of the most majestic Himalayan highlands winding through few of the most intriguing Garhwali Villages. The trek takes you to the base of Changabang – The Shining Mountain, also the title of the book by Peter Boardman considered one of the best mountain literature classics. The book is based on Boardman’s and Joe Tasker’s successful summit of Changabang Dicult West Wall In 1976. Standing at an elevation of 6,864m, Changabang was first climbed on the 4th June 1974, in an expedition led by Lt. Col Balwant Sandhu and Chris Bonington. Read More.
Highest Altitude: 5029 m
A trek to the mysterious glacial Roopkund Lake is a must-do for an avid trekker. Battling several adversities common to the Himalayas, this water body perched in the laps of the snow-clad Mt. Trishul is situated at an altitude of 16,499ft. It is most attractive for the human skeletons lying at the bottom of the lake, which is distinctly visible when the snow melts. Thus having several visitors although uninhabitable. The route along this Roopkund trekking expedition is a fascinating journey of discovering the most pristine of the Himalayan contribution of oak and blooming rhododendron forests. Of fairly easy nature, the trail has several ascents and steep downhill hikes, which go past mountain rivers that flow in abundance. With some of the finest base camp locations such as Ali Bungyal, the Roopkund Trek has everything going for it. Read More.
Kedar Tal Trek
Highest Altitude: 4900 m
Apart from the pristine splendour it flaunts, Kedartal finds importance in Hindu Mythology as Lord Shiva’s contribution to Bhagirathi, a source stream of the Ganges. The glacial lake melts and descends the mountains as ‘Kedar Ganga’ which finally joins the Ganga at Gangotri, 17 kms away, which is the starting point of The Kedartal Trek. The trail follows Kedar Ganga through Bhoj Kharak and Kedarkharak to finally frost at Kedartal. Though the terrain is simple this trek is strenuous and requires previous mountain trekking experience. The steepness of the trail, as well as the large altitude gain, makes it important to distribute the ascent over 3 days to acclimatize to the high altitude and climate. The autumn flora and fauna along the way make it worth the struggle. Read More.
Highest Altitude: 4463 m
The Holy River Ganges is the most sacred river in the Hindu religion and its source at Gomukh at the Gangotri glacier. The glacier measures about 30 kilometres long. The Gangotri glacier is surrounded by peaks belonging to the Gangotri Group of mountains, including some that pose a challenge to mountaineers, such as Shivling, Thalay Sagar, Meru, and Bhagirathi III. The glacier follows an N. Westerly route located below Chaukhamba mountain, the highest peak of the group. Gaumukh is one of the holiest places for Hindu pilgrims who come here to witness the birth of Mother Ganga. The trek takes one to Gomukh (cows mouth), the mythological source of the River Ganges, which is at the south of the Gangotri glacier. Read More.
Highest Altitude: 3846 m
The Himalayas lets you venture into a few treks in winter that are as adventurous and stunning like Brahmatal. The amount of snow at the Trek teases every trekker to take up the challenge. Forests coupled with impressive views of the Himalayas is a treat to the shutterbugs. Brahmatal reveals a heavenly facet in winter when the snow gently falls on its slopes. The frozen lake with the mighty Himalayan peaks overlooking it creates a mesmerising ambience. The trekkers are awed by the views of summits over 7000 meters. Where else would we encounter such high peaks at such proximity, we wonder! Read More.
Markha Valley Trek
Highest Altitude: 5150 m
The Markha Valley Trek is certainly one of the most varied and beautiful treks in the world. It ventures high into the Himalayas crossing two passes over 15,000 ft (4575 m) as it circles from the edges of the Indus Valley, down into parts of Zanskar, and passes through terrain that changes from incredibly narrow valleys to wide-open vast expanses! It is made all the more interesting by the ancient form of Buddhism that flourishes in the many monasteries that dot the landscape perched high atop hills The trails are decorated by elaborate “chortens” (shrines) and “Mani”(prayer) walls that further exemplify the region’s total immersion in Buddhist culture. As we trek to the upper end of the Markha Valley we are rewarded with spectacular views of jagged snow-capped peaks before crossing the 5150m Kongmaru La (Pass) and descending to the famous Hemis Monastery, where we end our trek. There are also a few days to explore the fascinating town of Leh and raft the Indus River. Read More.
Kashmir Great Lakes
Highest Altitude: 4175 m
Get enchanted with Kashmir, a celestial land nothing short of a fairy tale. A surreal destination, there are many natural gems tucked away here. One of them is Srinagar, the summer capital of the state known for its refreshing gardens, lakes and houseboats. Another sought after place here is Sonamarg. Meaning the meadow of gold this is where frosty mountains cast against the clear deep blue sky make for a postcard image. Pristine and untouched, the lakes over here be it Dal Lake, Vishansar Lake or Gangabal Twin lakes are surreal and a rare sight. Alpine and snow-clad mountains, green meadows, rocky terrains, gurgling streams, silver birch and other untouched beauties of Mother Earth make for a varied and complete trekking experience of around 63km. these days, rediscover serenity and uncover what makes Kashmir Great Lakes Trek a trove for adventure and nature enthusiasts seeking a thrilling experience of trekking in India. Kashmir Great Lakes best time to visit is from July to September. Read More.
Highest Altitude: 5060 m
Located in Sikkim, Goecha La trek is the dream and desire of the adventure lovers throughout the country! Nestled amidst vibrant and colourful flora and fauna, it is also the way to the astounding Kanchenjunga National Park and its opulent beauty. Originating from Yuksom, this trek passes through beautiful landscapes that are filled with exotic flowers and immensely attractive meadows and forests. The Rathong Chu River on the way adds more charm and appeal to the Goecha La trek. The pass is also an ideal spot to enjoy the best and most alluring views of the Mt Kanchenjunga. Read More.
Indrahar Pass Trek
Region: Himachal Pradesh
Highest Altitude: 4425 m
The Trigartha of the ancient times, Kangra is a continuity of culture from the infinity! Notwithstanding the grandeur of the Dhauladhar, this is the land of Hindu temples-Shiva at Baijnath, Brajeshwari at Kanga, Chamunda Devi at Chamunda, Jawalaji (Fire Temple), Chintpurni, Bhagsu at Dharamsala, Aghanjur Mahadev and many more. Masroor, the rock-cut temple, now in a poor state, is an archaeological wonder, the counterpart of Khajurao and Ajanta-Ellora. Dharamsala is the cultural and political centre for Tibetans in exile. His Holiness the Dalai Lama resides here at McLeodganj, Dharamsala. Kanga is also famous for its paintings, green-tea gardens, art gallery and pottery & craft training centre at Andretta. Dharamsala is a gateway to wonderful treks crosses the Dhauladhar that lead to the cultural wonderlands. The continuity of transhumance, the Chaurasia temple (84 temples) of Bharmour and the tribal Bara Bhangal over some of the most intriguing insights into the ancient cultures across the Dhauladhar. The longest-running monarchy, Lakshminarayan temple and the Bhuri Singh museum are the special attractions of Chamba once you cross the Dhauladhar. Read More.
Pin Parvati Pass Trek
Region: Himachal Pradesh
Highest Altitude: 5330 m
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