15 Best Family Adventure Treks in Indian Himalayas

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Our tight schedules often leave us with little or no time for our family and kids. It is an irony that we only earn to fulfill the needs of our beloved and then cannot spare time to spend with them. What’s the point in it? Somehow, I have realized that fulfilling the needs isn’t just enough, our family and kids deserve more than that! This would mean that they need our time, a family holiday, celebration of festivals together and other ways to spend quality time with a person and not a money transaction machine. I have also realized that the least that we can do to contribute towards our family’s happiness is to take them on trips (yes I know that doesn’t come free and for it we need money and money comes by working hard, however there is still exists a thing called balance!). One of the best ways to help your family understand their environment, culture, tradition, landscape and the meaning of adventure and thrill is by taking them on trekking holidays. And what better place than India can you think of. The country’s diversity says it all; India indeed has some great family treks that pass through such places that teach one the importance nature’s conservation and the meaning of symbiosis. Doing a trek in India also helps us realize that happiness neither resides in materialistic things nor in big things we aim at; even a smallest gesture can make a heart happy. Here are some of the best family treks in India that will change your and your family’s perspective.

Recommended Trekking Trails in Sikkim:

Singalila Ridge Trek:

Singalila Ridge Trek
Singalila Ridge is the international border between India and Nepal. Therefore, one can expect splendid scenery here. The trekking trail traverses through the Singalila National Park, which is an exciting part of the trek. You can show around to your kids the different species of both flora and fauna. Enjoy the beauty of rhododendron and orchids orchards and walk amidst the conifers. The view of the lofty Everest, Kanchenjunga and Lhotse Mountain is yet another treat during Singalila Ridge Trek. Your kids and even you have the opportunity to learn about the culture of Tibet and Nepal. As a family this will be a memorable trek as there is so much to observe, absorb and enjoy! Click here for detailed itinerary.

Duration: 6N/7D

Altitude: 3636m

Difficulty Level: Moderate

Starting Point: Bagdogra

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Dzongri Trek

Dzongri Trek
A classic trek in West Sikkim, Dzongri is one of the best family treks in Sikkim. Cutting and running through the forest of rhododendron, this trek can be a quite a visual treat for everyone in the family. It wouldn’t be wrong if we call it the smaller version of Goecha La trek. This trekking trail provides an opportunity to get spectacular view of the Mt. Pandim, Kanchenjunga, Mt. Kabru north, Mt. Kabru south, Mt. Kumbhakarna (Janoo), Mt. Simvo, Mt. Kabru Forked, Mt. Frey Peak, Mt. Rathong, Mt. Kokthang and Mt. Goecha Peak. The trail passes through the lush green Kanchenjunga National Park, beautiful human settlement at Tshoka Village, gorgeous landscape. This trek truly have sights to behold, your kids are going to enjoy being around pristine nature, where you can teach them about environment conservation and its importance. Click here for itinerary.

Duration: 6N/7D

Altitude: 4200m

Difficulty Level: Easy to Moderate

Starting Point: Yuksom

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Recommended Trekking Places in Himachal Pradesh:

Hampta Pass Trek

Hampta Pass Trek
In this trek, one can get the best of the state in a short duration and therefore, it is the best trek in Himachal Pradesh to pursue with family. Easy access, open meadows, valleys and lush green pine forest, you can enjoy with your kids the beauty of pristine nature and surreal surroundings. Most people prefer including Chandratal trek in this trek to get added adventure, however it is absolutely a personal choice. As Hampta Pass trek touches all aspects of trekking adventure, one can simply stick to it particular trail. Enjoy the gifts of nature in the form of beautiful maple forests, small streams and sprawling meadows. Get gorgeous views of Dhauladhar, Chandra Bhaga and Mulkila ranges and the high peaks of Indrasan, Deo Tibba, Shigri Parvat, Kullu Pumori. Hampta Pass is also one of the best places to camp in Himachal Pradesh. Click here for itinerary.

Duration: 4N/5D

Altitude: 4267m

Difficulty Level: Easy to Moderate

Starting Point: Manali

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Beas Kund Trek

Beas Kund Trek
With moderately steep slopes and lesser challenging trails, Beas Kund is a popular trek in Himachal Pradesh amongst the beginners. The trail then passes via Dhundi and Bakartach to enter the Beas Kund glacier, which is the origin point of River Beas. A thrilling trek takes one away from the hustle and bustle of popular hill stations of Himachal; Beas Kund trek shall let you along with your family enjoy the beauty of nature. The highlight of the trek is not only the view of glacial lakes but also the camping near the base of towering Himalayan peaks masked with snow and ice. It is one of a kind experience which might be a completely new thing for you and your kids. Click here for itinerary.

Duration: 3N/4D

Altitude: 4267m

Difficulty Level: Moderate

Starting Point: Manali

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Indrahar Pass Trek

Indrahar Pass Trek
Located in the Dhauladhar Range, Indrahar Pass Trek is a famous trek amongst trekkers due to its proximity to popular hill station in Himachal called Dharamshala. The trekking route is a moderate one, which means with little efforts, your family can get going here. The trail for the trek passes through opulent and scenic Himalayan Range and offers view of the beautiful Dhauladhar and Pir Panjal Range. Camping is another highlight of the trek along with witnessing the magnificent Indrahar Pass.  You can also teach your kids about an ancient trail of Gaddi Shepherds who uses this trail to take their flock for grazing in the meadows in the upper Ravi Valley and Lahaul. Click here for itinerary.

Duration: 5N/6D

Altitude: 4375m

Difficulty Level: Moderate

Starting Point: McLeodganj

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Kareri Lake Trek

Kareri Lake Trek
Kareri Lake Trek is one of the most modest treks that you can imagine with your family in Himachal Pradesh. It is a perfect summer trek in India as the areas blossoms with lush flora during the season. With the backdrop of Dhauladhar Range, Kareri Lake is one of the most scenic places to see in Himachal. A trek to Kareri Lake is an interesting experience for you and your kids as you all will have the opportunity witness a variety of flora and fauna along with the chance to understand the village life. Click here for itinerary

Duration: 2N/3D

Altitude: 2975m

Difficulty Level: Easy

Starting Point: Dharamshala

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Recommended Trekking Getaways for Family in Ladakh:

Sham Valley Trek

Sham Valley Trek
What better way to enjoy the beauty of Ladakh with family than taking a trek to Sham Valley. Also known as Apricot Valley, this is probably the easiest trek in Ladakh. However, one should not underestimate the trek as it is one of the most beautiful treks in India. Passing through the remote human settlements, orchards of apricot, Buddhist monasteries and uninhabited areas, this trek is a perfect way to get your kids excited about trekking and nature conservation. Several homestays are offered during this trek, thus you and your family have the opportunity to interact with the locals and learn how living without the modern amenities can also keep you happy. Click here for itinerary.

Duration:  4N/5D

Altitude: 4000m

Difficulty Level: Easy

Starting Point: Leh

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Recommended Trekking Routes in Kumaon Region Of Uttarakhand:

Pindari Glacier Trek

Pindari Glacier Trek
Probably one of the best easy treks in Uttarakhand, Pindari Glacier trek is ideal for family including children. The trek passes through the ever-so beautiful rhododendron forests where a large population of birds also thrives. But it is not a cakewalk to do Pindari trek as the level of difficulty increases enough to push one out of his comfort zone. The trail becomes challenging and requires crossing mountain ridges, spider-walls and streams. However, the unearthly beauty of the final point or Zero Point shall make you forget all the hardships. Click here for itinerary.

Duration: 7N/8D

Altitude: 3749m

Difficulty Level: Easy to Moderate

Starting Point: Loharkhet

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Recommended Treks in Garhwal Region of Uttarakhand:

Har Ki Dun Valley Trek

Har-Ki-Dun Trek
It wouldn’t be incorrect if say that Har ki Dun is one of the most beautiful valleys in the Western Himalaya. The trek is perfect for summer and winter time and can easily be pursued with family. Infect the trek has enough elements to make this expedition with family in Uttarakhand a very interesting one. The valley boasts alpine meadows, moraine ridges, glacier basins, pine forests and ancient villages. Accessible through Govind National Park, Har ki Dun is a valley of opportunities as one can learn so much about the nature here. Click here for itinerary.

Duration: 6D/7N

Altitude: 3566m

Difficulty Level: Easy to Moderate

Starting Point: Sankri

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Dodital Lake Trek

Dodital Lake Trek
Another beautiful trek, Dodital Lake trek is a bit strenuous but worth all the efforts. Offering outstanding scenic views and excellent camping options, this trek in Uttarakhand is all in all a heart winner. A fairy tale land with an emerald lake in the centre, a small temple on the lakeshore and towering snow-clad mountains, there just couldn’t be a better place to camp. The trekking trail passes through meadows and pine tree forests. This trek guarantees utter fun and thrill to you and your family, the pristine nature here can actually inspire each one of you to work towards its conservation and safety. Click here for itinerary.

Duration: 6N/7D

Altitude: 4150m

Difficulty Level: Easy to Moderate

Starting Point: Dehradun

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Dayara Bugyal Trek

Dayara Bugyal
When we talk about the best meadows in India, Dayara Bugyal is always deployed on top position. Surrounded by the lofty mountains like Bhagirathi, Bandarpunch and Black peak, Dayara Bugyal makes one of the most scenic places in Uttarakhand. Therefore, a family adventure trekking holiday here would be an excellent idea. Since the access to this place is easy and the scenic beauty is unmatched you and your family are going to simply fall in love with it. Needless to say that it makes one of the best places for photography in India. Click here for itinerary.

Duration: 5N/6D

Altitude: 3810m

Difficulty Level: Easy

Starting Point: Barsu

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Nag Tibba Trek

Nag-Tibba Trek
A lesser known trek in Uttarakhand, Nag Tibba is another great family trek. Easily accessible from Mussoorie, this trek can be completed over a weekend and that’s what makes it special. From the highest point of the trek, one has the opportunity to view Bandarpunch peak, the Gangotri group of peaks, Kedarnath peak in the north, Doon valley and the snow peaks of Changbang. The trekking trail crosses through a beautiful mix of Oak and Deodar forest where large population of birds and wildlife thrive. You and your family can probably plan a small picnic and camping at this place and enjoy some outdoor fun and photography. Click here for itinerary.

Duration: 2N/3D

Altitude: 3022m

Difficulty Level: Easy

Starting Point: Mussoorie

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Chopta Chandrashila Trek

Chopta Chandrashila Trek
This particular trek is amongst the finest family trek that you can ever think of. The trek includes paying a visit to the highest Shiva temple in the country and to a mountain peak from where the view is spectacular. The trek to Chopta certainly increases one’s faith and curiosity to learn beyond what is known about the place. The trail passes through pink and red rhododendron, deodar and oak forest before it reaches Tungnath temple. The trek route beyond Tungnath is rugged and challenging. However all your fatigue will vanish once you witness reach the top of surreal scene in front of your eyes on reaching Chandrashila. Click here for itinerary.

Duration: 4N/5D

Altitude: 3925m

Difficulty Level: Easy

Starting Point: Chopta

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Bedni Bugyal Trek

Bedni-Bugyal Trek
Another beautiful meadow in Uttarakhand, Bedni Bugyal is a perfect trek for family. This high altitude grassland is prosperous with flowers and herbs during the spring season and offers a lovely view of the Greater Himalayan range. Indeed, it is one of the most romantic spots in the Himalayas for as far as the eye can see; scenic mountains, deep valleys and lofty mountains offer incredible views.  The sight of western flank of Trishul and the Nanda Ghunti is an absolute treat to the eyes. One of the meadows in Uttarakhand, The Vaitarni Lake (also called the Bedni Kund) is located in this region, and is famous for the rare Brahma Kamal flower. Bedni Bugyal also serves as a stopover for the famed Roopkund trek. So, you see you have lot to explore and your kids are going to enjoy the thrill of finding so much at one place. Bedni Bugyal is the perfect way to connect to the nature. Click here for itinerary.

Duration: 6N/7D

Altitude: 3354m

Difficulty Level: Easy

Starting Point: Karanprayag

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Auli-Kuari Pass Trek

Kuari-Pass Trek
One of the best ways to enjoy the splendor of Himalaya is to go on a trek to Kuari Pass. The imposing scenery can be witnessed from atop Kuari Pass, the distant lofty snow clad mountains are simply a terrific site to be viewed. En route, you can stopover at Devprayag to get a view of the magical confluence of Bhagirathi and Alaknanda River and the majestic surrounding mountains. During the trek, you are likely to encounter several tributaries of the Ganges and dense mountain forests. You and your family will also have an opportunity to interaction with local, who spend their lives with minimum modern amenities. The best time to do this trek is during winter months. Click here for itinerary.

Durations: 5N/6D

Altitude: 3718m

Difficulty Level: Easy to Moderate

Starting Point: Auli

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So now you have it! Your reasons to take your family on holidays and also the list of places where you can take them! So, now don’t try to rationalize or find excuse for not being with your family. Devote some time and plan a trek to one of these trekking destinations in India with your family. We, at Tour My India, would be happy to help you with your preparations for trek. You can simply give us a buzz at +91-9212553109 or drop us a mail at info@tourmyindia.com. We assure you to offer an experience of travel in India like never before!

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Having an experience of more than 16 yrs in the Himalayas, Arun is the main driving force & mentor at the Peak Adventure Tours, a leading adventure travel agency in India offers trekking tours in Indian Himalayas including Nepal, Bhutan & Tibet. A long history with exceptional experiences he is the “Marathon Man” in the field of adventure. Today Arun looks after the Peak Adventure and shapes & designs the venture of the organization. He is contributing to this blog as a regular guest author.


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