‘A mixture of adventure pleasure and self-realization, trekking in India is an experience of a lifetime!’
India offers plenty of opportunities for trekking in the regions through which the majestic Himalayan ranges cross. Trekking as an adventure activity in the Indian Himalayas is really incredible. Where trekking in the Sikkim Himalayas offers you panoramic views of Mt. Kanchenjunga, a trek in Ladakh Himalayas brings you face to face with the surreal beauty of the region. Walking on the Zanskar River is thrilling, while visiting its centuries old monasteries is enlightening. Going on treks across the Kumaon and Garhwal Himalayas combines spirituality with adventure. In some places, you also get to observe the traditional lifestyle of the people while in others, the lesser-trodden routes overwhelm you with their beauty. Trekking in the Himalayas belt of Himachal Pradesh offers a chance to witness the ancient villages, high passes, and the ethereal natural beauty, making it an experience to remember forever. If you are an avid trekker, or are planning a hiking & trekking tour in India anytime soon, then check out these best 25 treks in Indian Himalayas for your adventurous holiday trip in 2020.
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Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek is one of the most thrilling treks in India. Kanchenjunga proclaims its glory at a height of 8586m and as the third highest mountain in the world. Embarking on this trek allows you to enjoy the panoramic views from Frey Peak to Kabru Peak. An 8-day trek, it begins at Yuksom, a sleepy village in West Sikkim.
Along the course of the trek, you are offered the gorgeous views of Rathong River, lovely orchids, rare birds and evergreen fern plantations. The route of the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek will also bring you face to face with a famous waterfall at the Paha Khola Bridge. A major attraction awaits you on the first day at the Prek Chu River. The highlight of this trek, however, is the route that crosses Dzongri. It takes you past the Tshoka hamlet followed by Phedang Pass offering panoramic views of Pandim, Thenchinkhang and Jhuponu Mountains.
Walking on the ice-covered river of Zanskar is an ultimate experience for adventurers who are keen to enjoy trekking in the Ladakh Himalayas. This trek is also named as Chadar trek (as Chadar means blanket, and the frozen river acts like a blanket). Spring water prevents this icy blanket from completely smothering the river, which in some places, retains its rapids. The trek goes by shuffling along the Chadar that breaks and changes colour on the river every few hours!
A magnificent and at times challenging trek, Chadar Trek gives opportunities to enjoy a visit to ancient Buddhist monasteries and secluded villages situated in the Trans Zanskar ranges. At places, the Chadar (ice sheet) does not form a cover over the river. Then, the trekkers have to forge a new trail trekking over snow-covered banks to move down to a spot on the Zanskar river, where the ice is more stable. What sets this trek apart is its matchless experience. Everything about it is exceptional: the panorama, atmosphere, the frozen river, caves, unusual campsites, sledges and the ever changing Chadar.
The Gomukh Tapovan Trek can be said to be the best trekking destinations in India, both because of the wonderful sightseeing opportunity it provides and the spiritual significance associated with it. The trek along the holy Bhagirathi River takes the tourist right up to the source of the river which is commonly known as Gomukh (which means the cow of the mouth in local language). The camp at Tapovan offers some of the rarest sites in the Himalayas i.e. the view of eight enthralling peaks- Bhagirathi I, II, III, Mt. Shivling, Chaturangi, Meru Parvat, Bhirgupanth and Sudarshan. Many other peaks that offer brilliant views of the Gangotri Glacier are also the alluring part of this trek.
Gomukh Tapovan Trek can be undertaken by amateurs, provided they possess the physical fitness. During the course of the trek, you will also come across a huge patch of lush meadow. The towering peaks of the Garhwal Himalayas surroundes Tapovan, which is itself a lush, verdant region. Herds of the blue mountain goats ‘Bharals’, are often spotted here, to the great delight of trekkers.
One of the most famous treks in Ladakh, Markha Valley’s trekking trail passes through remote mountain passes, sleepy villages, quaint monastic settlements,and pale alpine meadows of Nimaling in the silhouette of Kang Yatze Peak. From this point, trail ascends to the Kongmaru La (the highest point on the trek) with its imposing views of the Karakoram and K2.
One can expect accommodation in the parachute tents at most of the villages on the route, thus making this trek known as a ‘tea house trek’. Apart from the outstanding contrast of trekking in a cold desert valley, tourists also get an arresting view of Zanskar and Ladakh ranges, the Kang Yatze (6400m) and Stok Kangri (6122m). The route takes the trekker inside the beautiful Hemis National Park and through two passes, Ganda La and Kongmaru La. There are many things about this trek which make it so fascinating like the part of the trek which requires you to cross the Markha River whose waters are waist deep.
Quite famous among trekking enthusiasts, Kuari Pass Trek offers stunning vistas of the snow-capped peaks of the Greater Himalayan Range. Also named as Lord Curzon’s Trail, the trek goes through the lush valleys, ancient forests, and small villages. On reaching Kuari Pass, the trekker is rewarded with panoramic views of the magnificent peaks of Nanda Devi, Chaukhamba, Kamet, Hathi-Ghodi Parvat and Dronagiri.
Pin Parvati Pass Trek falls in tough treks category as one has to walk over the glaciers in the Parvati Valley in Kullu and Pin Valley in Spiti. Starting from Manikaran, this walking & hiking tour passes through several villages, verdant meadows and stunning lakes. As the trekker follows the route upstream of Parvati River, he comes across the glaciers. It is a sight which remains lodged in your memory for a long time. Before reaching the Spiti Valley, one has to travel through the Pin Parvati Pass, which is the highest point of this trek. Tourist explores Spiti Valley and its monasteries before going back to Manali through Kaza and Rohtang Pass.
This is a wonderful trek in Kumaon Himalayas which explores the fascinating Nanda Devi East Base Camp and astounding Milam Glacier. Kumaon Himalayas is an eye-catching region of the Indian Himalayas which forms the borders with Nepal in the western end. This mountain range is also home to Nanda Devi (7,816m), which is its highest peak. This part of the Himalayas has fascinated many explorers and mountaineers, with the majority of them drawn to its mysterious aura and the tales surrounding it. This trek, counted among the best treks in India, passes along the Gori Ganga ravine to the village of Milam and then goes to the East Base Camp. The trail enters one of the most impressive mountain areas of the Himalayas nearby Nanda Devi and the adjoining peaks.
There are many reasons behind the Dzongri-Goecha La Trek being one of the most exciting treks in India. The trek begins from the town of Yuksom, a place famous for its historical significance. Here, you get an opportunity to explore the traditional culture and lifestyle of the people. Another thing which captures your attention is the unique style of wooden fencing which is aesthetically pleasing.
Since the trek follows the route through the Sikkim Himalayas, you are treated to breathtaking views of Mt. Kanchenjunga. Tufts of clouds conceal its peaks at times, and brings them out into open view at others, as if its beauty were meant to be admired in stages. At the foothills, vast expanses of lush meadows stretch themselves out in leisure. What sights are these, and what calming effects they have on the mind! You are also treated to views of Mt. Pandim and Mt. Kabru. Most of all, this trek offers you the luxury of being alone in the company of nature, even as you pass through oak plantations, fields with dancing wild flowers and rhododendron forests.
The Shepherd’s Trail Trek is famous, among other things, for taking you to the distant and secluded villages in Himachal Pradesh, which are open only four to five months in a year. The Shepherd Trail Trek crosses over Dhauladhar Mountain Ranges. ‘Hanuman Ka Tibba’ or ‘White Mountain’ (5639m), located just behind Dharamshala Town, is the highest peak in this range. The trek begins from the outskirts of Manali and ends at shepherd’s village of Bara Bhangal, situated on the banks of Ravi, one of the main rivers flowing out of these mountains. The forest of Birch and Rhododendron pave the way to the mountain pass after which a descent directs you to an exquisite walk through the verdant forests and over the debris of glaciers.
There are many reasons behind the Chopta Chandrashila Trek being one of the most famous high-altitude treks in North India. It is one of those treks which can be undertaken throughout the year. During the course of this trek, trekkers are treated to 360° views of various Himalayan peaks like Kedarnath, Chaukhamba, Nanda Devi and Trishul. One can also get to view the beauty of the alpine vegetation, for which this region is so famous. There are two to three routes which are suggested as the starting point for Chandrashila Trek. The highlight of the trek is when you go past the 1000-year-old Tungnath Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Located at a height of almost 3048m, Tungnath Temple is renowned for being the highest Lord Shiva Temple in the world.
Located in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand, the Roopkund Trek is one of the most popular treks in Uttarakhand. There are few places as mysterious, and thrilling, as Roopkund in Uttarakhand. It is famous for its five hundred skeletons which are found at its edge. These human skeletons are believed to date back to the Palaeolithic Age. For this reason, it is called the Mystery Lake. Several routes are followed to reach Roopkund, with the most common among these being that which passes through Lohajung. The route takes you past meadows, waterfalls and places such as Bedni Bugyal. A particularly fascinating part of the trek is the climb to the snow-covered mountain of Chang Ma. Once you reach the lake, you are immediately struck by its beauty.
The Valley of Flowers, located in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Overlooked by the magnificent Zanskar ranges, this region boasts more than 300 kinds of alpine flowers, besides a biodiversity which has remained relatively untouched. The Valley of Flowers is a part of the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve.
The best time for visiting it is the monsoon season, because this is when the flowers are in full bloom. The trek for Valley of Flowers begins from Ghangaria. The highlight of the trip is when you reach the Valley of Flowers, which is clothed in the most colourful flowers belonging to different species and varieties. Some of the most commonly spotted flowers in this region are marigold, poppies, daisies and primulas. The park is also home to several kinds of medicinal plants and a few endangered animals.
The Adi Kailash Trek is a religious trek which takes you in the heart of the Kumaon Himalayas making it amongst 10 of the best hiking destinations in India. Standing at an elevation of 6310m in the district of Pithoragarh, it bears a close resemblance to the holy Mt. Kailash in Tibet, thus getting its name as Adi Kailash or Chhota Kailash. The trek is certainly not easy and requires some kind of experience in trekking. It commences from Tawaghat, which can be reached by road from Darchula.
The trek route covers the area of Lamari, Budhi, Nabhi, Nampha, Kutti, Jyollingkong, Nabidhang, and Kala Pani. At Gunji, the route splits into two, trekkers can choose to take a detour and first witness Om Parvat. During the course of the trek, one also gets an opportunity to admire the magnificent mountain ranges of Annapurna, Kali River, forests and the famous Narayana Ashram. The trek takes you to Kali Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva and Goddess Kali. The famous water bodies in this area are Parvati Sarovar, Gauri Kund and Aachri Tal.
The Auli Gorson Bugyal Trek is one of the most famous treks in Uttarakhand. The trek takes you past the most beautiful places in the Garhwal Himalayas region. In the summer season, you go past meadows where small colourful flowering plants dance vigorously in the wind and delight your mind. The alpine forests with trees like deodar and oak are pleasing to the eyes and enhance the aesthetic appeal of the place in a big way.
While the route of the trek is dotted with bright and impressive flowers in summers, it gets covered in ice in winter, making it slightly difficult to trek, but all the more beautiful. In fact, it is this rapid change in its landscape that makes Auli Gorson Bugyal Trek such a highly sought after tourist destination in Uttarakhand.
Located at an altitude of 3310m above sea level, Dodital is one of the most beautiful treks in North India. It is named after the rare Himalayan trout, which is known as Dodi in the local language. Dodital Trek starts from a small and sleepy village called Sangam Chati. This is followed by a steep climb all the way to Agoda settlement. An enjoyable experience during the trek is camping, which is done in close proximity to the rivulet at Bhebra.
As you pass the rhododendron, oak, bamboo and pine forests, the beauty of the surrounding landscape gradually unfolds before your eyes. The mind delights at the sounds of the birds chirping and the sights of valleys in the distance. The trek also gives you a dash of adrenaline, if adventure is what you seek.
The trekking trail also takes you past a steep ridge and brings you quite close to the Himalayan Ranges. Once you reach the Dodital Lake and its mesmerizing beauty, you realize that every part of this difficult trek was completely worth it. The pure blue and silent waters of the Dodital Lake play a large part in lending tranquillity to the surroundings. If you are attracted to avi fauna, you will find much to celebrate here. Some of the variety of birds which you can expect to see during the course of this trek are Grey Tit, Himalayan Babbler, Brown Fronted Woodpecker, Red Billed Blue Magpie and Bush Robin.
Tso Moriri Lake Trek is a thrilling trek to one of the highest altitude lakes in the trans-Himalayan region in India. The lake, located at an altitude of 4594m, is fringed by Ladakh to the north, Tibet to the east and Zanskar to the west. Trekking to this one of the most beautiful places in India, also promises to be a thrilling affair. Apart from witnessing the incredible beauty of the region, you also get to admire the various species of Himalayan mammals.
The route for the trek covers several mountain passes, one of which is Tanglang La, situated at an altitude of 5332m. Another fascinating place which it covers is Horlamkongkala, located at an altitude of 4900m. The route further makes it way towards Yalungnyaula, seated at an altitude of 5440m approx. From here, you are treated to the incredible views of Lake Moriri. This promises to be one of the most beautiful sights during the trek. It is hardly surprising then, that this trek attracts people from all parts of the world. This thrilling trekking trail also lets you explore the Chang Thang region, the high altitude plateau.
This trek is great for those who love the company of nature along with the solitude that comes with it. The Chenap Valley Trek takes you to the ephemeral beauty of Chenap Lake, located in the Chenab Valley of Uttarakhand. It is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Uttarakhand. It is also one of the treks which lets you explore the beauty of the alpine region. Counted among the best treks in India, there are many reasons which endears it to trekkers.
The trekking route takes you past the village of Chai, which wins the heart of visitors by its splendid beauty and isolation. A particularly delightful part of the tour is when your eyes are treated to the magnificent beauty of Nanda Devi, Nanda Kot and Dronagiri. The trek also lets you enjoy the floral beauty of this region, with flowers like orchids, marigold and daisies being the prominent among them. The highlight of the trek is when you reach Dhar Kharak, the valley is seen clothed with almost 500 species of flowers, along with several varieties of medicinal plants.
Hampta Pass Trek is one of the highly sought after treks in North India. This trek is all about experiencing the beauty of the region. Wide green pastures, glacial valleys and lofty mountains, these are some of the faces of nature that this trek introduces you to. During a certain point in the trek, you will be able to enjoy the spectacular views of Lahaul and Spiti valleys as well as the mountain ranges of Spiti and Pir Panjal. This trek also offers you adventure in good measure, as you get a chance to camp at Chandratal, the Moon Lake.
Hampta Pass is at an altitude of 4270m and stretches across the Pir Panjal Range in the Himalayas. The landscape here is such that it compels you to stare at it until you are lost in a train of thoughts, and that’s certainly one of the reasons why it is so popular among international tourists. Slopes of mountains extend gracefully to meet the meadow below. Throughout the course of the trek, the fabulous views of the snow-capped Dhauladhar Peaks remain with you, while the gentle murmurs of the streams and rivulets reach your ears. If nature’s beauty is what you seek, then you will get that in abundance here.
Mt. Kinner Kailash is situated almost 6050m, and the Kinner Kailash trek is counted among the best treks in the Himalayas. It is believed to be the abode of Lord Shiva from where he exercises control over the universe. It holds immense religious significance for the Hindus because of the enormous Shiva Lingam which is the representation of Lord Shiva. The rock formation is about 24m in height. The colour of the Shivalinga changes as the day passes. Devotees to this place start their trek from Tangling Village and get back to Sangla Valley. One can also visit Chitkul, the last inhabited village of India on Indo-Tibetan Border.
There are not many places where you can still see the raw beauty of nature. But North Sikkim is one such place, and the Green Lake Trek takes you to this part of the country whose charm lies in its untouched beauty. The landscape here is dotted with icy lake, mountains, colourful meadows and dense forests. The trek is named after the Green Lake, which offers incredible views of Mt. Kanchenjunga along with other majestic peaks.
Along the course of the trek, you will be taken to incredible sight of Phodong Monastery, Kabi Longstok, Mangan, Changthang & Lachen. An especially beautiful trail is the one from Zema to Talem. The entire route is dotted with boulders and thick rhododendron forests. The most fascinating part of this trek is the Icy Green Lake Trek, which takes you all the way up to the Green Lake, and treats you to views of Simvo, Twin Peaks, Siniolchu and Nepal Peaks.
A crossover trek which starts from Dhaula in Uttarakhand and ends in Sangla in Himachal Pradesh, Rupin Pass is one classic trek in India. Popular amongst the trekkers for being full of surprises, the Rupin River being one, this trek in India is graded as moderate to difficult. The trekking trail of Rupin Pass crosses through glacial valleys and meadows, snow fields and bridges, and numerous waterfalls. The major highlight of this top trek is the crossing of Rupin Pass through a 4687m high gully. After the arduous climb to the pass, one is rewarded with the view of the lush meadow of Sangla Kanda and the Kinner Kailash Mountain Range.
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Kedar Tal Trek in Uttarakhand is for seasoned trekkers who are looking for some more adventure. Situated at a height of 4719m, Kedar tal is a delight to witness with its colour changing to blue, emerald, grey, depending on the weather. The trail to Kedar tal offers views of famous Himalayan mountain peaks like Mt Thalaysagar, Mt Bhrigupanth, Manda Parvat, Mt Jogin, and Mt Gangotri. One has the opportunity to camp almost at the feet of Mt. Thalaysagar and Bhrigupanth. The challenging trek starts with climbing from 3352m (Gangtori) to 4800m (Kedar Kharak) in the course of 3-4 days. One has to navigate steep ascents and descents and climb boulders. This trail that is high on adventure also has patches of meadows and that of forests. The campsite of Kedar Kharak is itself quite a reward for the trekkers during this trek in Uttarakhand.
This trek in Himachal Pradesh is inarguably one of the best treks in India. Buran Ghati Trek that starts from Janglik offers uninterrupted views of lush Dayara meadows right after one traverses a fascinating stretch of forest. One can also experience the Himalayan culture in villages of Janglik and Barua that have ancient wooden houses done in Kinnaur architecture style. The locals here are hospitable and would be welcoming you to their house for a cup of tea. The highlight of Buran Ghati Trek is pass crossing. The narrow ledge (pass) has a sharp 100m drop on the other side of it. In summer months, one has to rappel, followed by sliding down through one of the five snow slides. In autumn months, one has to descend through a trail. If you are looking for a summer or autumn trek, Buran Ghati makes for the perfect choice.
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A summit trek, Pangarchulla is everything that gets one’s adrenaline going. Pangarchulla Trek in Garhwal Himalayas is classified as a difficult trek, and thus, require great deal of physical fitness. One has to cover the elevation of 2103m to 4574m over the course of three days. This trek begins from Dhak and is best done in the winter months till April. When the trail is covered in snow, one has to carve the way using ice axe, and after April when the snow starts to melt, trekkers have to walk for hours on boulder section.
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A perfect trek to relish the grandeur of Garhwal Himalayas, Bali Pass Trek is the ultimate rendezvous with nature and adventure. Beginning from the scenic Sankri Village, the trekking trail goes through the Ruinsara Valley and the lush meadows of Devsu Thach. It also passes through the confluence of Tons and Ruinsara rivers. Bali Pass lies at an elevation of 4939m, and offers incredible views of Bandarpoonch, Kalanag and Swargarohini peaks. The trekkers also have the opportunity to witness ancient and beautiful Himalayan villages of Gangad and Osla during their Bali Pass Trek.
To make the most of your adventure outdoors, it would be useful to follow these trekking tips.
These are some of the tips which should be followed by every responsible trekker.
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On an Indian Himalayan trek, it is best advised to carry fewer but warm clothes irrespective of which season you are trekking. Good trekking pants and terrain-wise shoes are also very important for a comfortable trekking experience. Sunglasses, Suncap, Synthetic hand gloves, fleece or woollen hand gloves, woollen cap, headlamp/LED torch and trekking pole are some of the items which you must-carry on a trek.
The best beginner & family treks in India are:
Some of the most difficult treks in India are:
Some of the best summer treks in India are:
Some of the best monsoon treks in India are:
Some of the best winter treks in India are:
The highest peak in India is Kanchenjunga (8586m), which is situated on Indo-Nepal border. The best trek to witness it, is the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek.
The highest peak which is completely inside India is Nanda Devi (7816m). Nanda Devi East Base Camp trek gives the best view of Nanda Devi peak.
Some of the high-altitude lake treks in India are: