Trekking in India gives you innumerable opportunities to stay close to nature and explore the charm of the geographical diversity of the country. Among the regions in India containing the most varied topography are the mighty Himalayan mountains. You may start hiking on the vast Northern Plains below the Shivalik foothills and travel all the way to the highest points of the ranges. Trails through the foothills are generally easy, and not much elevation gain will be experienced by you. On ascending higher, the paths will start to become tougher and more challenging. With the passage of time, many new paths and destinations are being discovered and utilised for hiking. In present times, there are many admired and famous treks, which you can easily undertake with the help of such travel companies.
A high altitude valley, laden with numerous species of exotic and colourful flowers in the spring, summer, and rainy seasons. This is an ideal beginner's trek; this one in Uttarakhand will be a precursor to your tryst with the Himalayas. The best time to visit is from July to September as the flowers will be in full bloom around that time and make for a deeply fascinating sight. For this trek, you will have to trek from Govindghat, on the route to Hemkund Sahib, up to Ghangaria, which is quite an exhilarating climb. Catch a glimpse of the Himalayan beauty while you head out on this trek. At an altitude of 14,400 ft, you will come across a large clear water lake, which will make you stare at it for a long time. This hidden gem is a one-of-a-kind habitat for millions of wildflower species such as saxifrages, sediams, lilies, poppy, calendular, daisies, geraniums, zinnias, and petunias. Not just this, you will come across varieties of colourful butterflies as you continue your trek.
A mountain pass, the journey to which is known to be strenuous and challenging, is ideal for expert mountaineers. The breath-taking beauty along the trail is incredible. Top this outdoor experience off with a trek to Chandratal Lake and treat yourself to even more aesthetically appealing vistas. This makes it a doubly rewarding experience for trekkers who are also nature lovers.
Situated in the Garhwal Himalayas, Kedarkantha trekking is one of the best things to do in Uttarakhand. It is an amazing experience for those who enjoy spending time in nature. One of the area's most often visited locations, the area’s natural beauty is complemented by quaint hamlets, unending lush green meadows, and some terrific sights of the towering Himalayan peaks. The snaking trail to the 3,850m-tall summit goes through Govind National Park, which offers an exclusive glimpse of the Himalayan flora and fauna. With views of peaks like the Swargarohini, Banderpooch, Black, and Ranglana, the highlight of the trail is undoubtedly sunsets against the backdrop of impressive snow-capped mountains.
A walking tour on the frozen Zanskar River from Chilling, near Leh, to Naerak. It is recommended for those who are adapted to extremely low temperatures. Even if it is a challenging trek, this one remains a favourite for many owing to its frozen glacier basins, snow-clad eskers, and the overall stunning icy-white environs.
An alpine lake with human skeletons in its water. However, apart from the local mystery surrounding the "skeletal lake", this trek is quite a handful-- gorgeous waterfalls, vast lands of rhododendron and oak forests, amazing peaks, beautiful campsites. It is quite an experience.
Har Ki Doon is home to a magnificent multitude of the most exotic flowers, beautifully strewn amidst a vast network of streams and with a splendid spread of mountains all around. The Jaundhar Glacier is known for its dense greenery and snow-clad mountains. Govind Wildlife Sanctuary is known for its incredible variety of exotic flora and fauna. Hata Valley is known for Hata and Jeju peaks and wildly scented meadows. Catch a sureshot glimpse of the Bandarpoonch and Swargarohini peaks. Locally known as the "Valley of Gods", trekking through this eternal meadow is one of the best experiences and is rewarded with mesmerising views of the glaciers, mountain ridges, ancient temples, appealing caves, and high altitude villages. According to the legends, the Har Ki Doon valley shares its history with the age of the Mahabharata and holds an important place in Hindu mythology.
Best months to visit: April-June, September-December.
The Chopta Tungnath trek is short and easy in the Chopta Tungnath region, which runs parallel to the sky-scraping Himalayan peaks. Tunganath is the highest temple in Garwal. During this hike, one can enjoy a clear view of the majestic peaks of Panchchuli, Nanda Devi, Nilkanth, and Kedarnath. Chopta gives a picturesque view of the Himalayas. In the early spring, the rhododendron forest glows red as the flowers bloom. Your journey for the Chopta Tungnath trekking will start from Haridwar. In Haridwar, you will visit the famous Mandakini Valley, the river and lake. Then we will visit Chopta, which is surrounded by dense forests. From Chopta, we will start towards Tungnath and Chandrashilla Top (our last destination).
Kheerganga Trek, located at a height of about 2950 m, is one of the most well-known trekking destinations. Located deep in the Parvati Valley, it is said that thousands of years ago, it was the abode of Lord Shiva. Kheerganga is nature's paradise. The beauty of the place is spellbinding. The place is famous for its hot water springs and a splendid view of the valley.
The Triund trek near McLeodganj has gained vast amounts of popularity in recent years for the scenic beauty and adventurous nature of the trek. Situated at a height of 9500ft above sea level, the views from the top of the Triund hill will never fail to mesmerise you with the sheer beauty of the entire valley in front of you. With a large number of travellers and adventure lovers trying on the trek every year, this activity goes the extra mile and takes you to the famous Laka Got glacier to have some fun and frolic before availing the chance of camping there. You will have a chance to stay in Alpine-style tents on a triple-sharing basis.
The Prashar Lake trek is fit for individuals of all interests and expertise levels. It sounds exciting, doesn't it?! With views fit for a king, the trail leading to the lake region, i.e., from the city of Mandi to the little village of Baggi, becomes private and exclusive to every group that visits. The setting of the campsite in the Prashar Lake location is yet another pleasant surprise because of its closeness to the water and its harmony with nature. The Prashar Lake trek (2,730m), which happily takes people to the lake which is completely frozen in the winter and a dazzling beauty otherwise, is considered to be an important trek in Himachal Pradesh. It has a maximum altitude of 8,956 feet, a daytime temperature range of 13°C to 18°C, and a nighttime temperature range of 0°C to 7°C. The picture-perfect blue-water lake is surrounded by the majestic Dhauladhar Ranges in Kullu Valley and it is always kept as a secret in the Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh.