Last Updated: November 22, 2019 Arun Joshi
The mighty Himalaya, a jewel of the diverse topography of India, makes India no less than a trekker’s paradise. The rugged trails bequeathed with stupendous atmosphere and fascinating panorama in the Indian Himalaya cater an unmatched rejuvenation. There is a plethora of trails available in the Himalaya and that too across all difficulty levels i.e. easy, moderate and difficult.
Are Himalayan Trails Apt for Beginners?
Despite the Himalaya being frequented by hordes of adventurers every year, there is a swarm of adventure enthusiasts, who are still waiting for their chance to set foot on these giants. The Indian Himalaya, holding an impressive mix of trails suiting people of all age groups and experience levels, offers the fitting opportunity to the beginners. Luckily, you don’t need to be a crackerjack to savour the splendiferousness of the mighty Himalaya.
What are the Best Indian Himalaya Treks for a Beginner?
For a novice trekker, the Indian terrain has a potpourri of options. If you are an amateur and want to explore some of the best-kept secrets of nature tucked away in the confines of the Indian Himalaya, here are some of the trekking trails just right for the beginners like you…
Valley of Flowers Trek, Garhwal Himalayas:
Perched on the spellbinding Garhwal Himalayas, Valley of Flowers National Park is well known for its meadows of widespread alpine flowers and dazzling natural splendor, and is home to rare and endangered animals as well. This list of rare animals includes the Asiatic black bear, snow leopard, blue sheep etc. In monsoon, the entire valley becomes carpeted with hued flowers making the site extremely amazing. Valley of flower has the honor of being included in the list of world heritage sites recognized by UNESCO.
When to Visit: The months of July, August and September are most suitable for trekking in Valley of Flower
Days required: 7 Days
Pindari Glacier Trek, Kumaon Himalayas:
Attracting the admirers of nature from all around the blue planet, Pindari Glacier Trek is a trail that caters splendiferous beauty, mesmerizing vistas and a route that perfectly suits a novice. This rugged trail commences from Saung Base Camp and encompasses beautiful sites like Khati, Dhakuri, Phukria, Dwali and the rugged and fascinating Pindari Glacier.
When to Visit: April to November is the best duration for Pidari Glacier Trek.
Days required: 11 Days
Kafni Glacier Trek, Kumaon Himalayas:
With its not so strenuous trail combined with the spectacular beauty and tranquility of the place, Kafni Glacier Trek renders a peerless environment to the trekkers, especially the beginners. Kafni Glacier lies on the left side of Pindari Valley below the renowned Nandakot Peak. This valley is broader than Pindari and is sheeted with Rhododendrons making the trail truly mesmerizing.
When to Visit: April to June and then September to October end are the best durations for Kafni Glacier Trek.
Days required: 11 days
Dodital Trek, Garhwal Himalayas:
Flowing at the mighty elevation of 3085 meters, Dodital Lake is flanked by lush and verdant forests. In this lake, you can find the golden Trout. The trekking trail to Dodital Lake is endowed with spellbinding opulence. The lush green grasslands of the route create an astounding setting for the trekker to carry out trekking in the midst of a gripping backdrop.
When to Visit: April to November is the best duration for Dodital Trek.
Days required: 7 days
Chopta – Chandrashila Trek, Garhwal Himalayas:
One of the best treks for the beginners, Chopta Chandrashila Trek is counted amongst the fabulous treks of the Garhwal Himalayas. You get to enjoy stunning views of the snow-capped Himalayas from the famous Chandrashila Point that falls on this trek. Snowfall, which covers the entire valley in a carpet of white, makes for stunning vistas when one trudges along this trek. One of the most arresting parts in Garhwal, Chopta is a treat for the eyes. Moreover, the trail can be measured by the amateurs as well.
When to Visit: The best time for Chopta Chandrashila Trekking is from May to November.
Days required: 5 days
Sham Valley Trek, Ladakh:
Because of the low elevation, Sham Valley Trek is also popular as ‘Baby Trek’. Several sacred monasteries can be visited by the trekker on the route. The majestic landscapes of Spituk, Hemis, Thiksey, Lamayuru and Alchi that one gets to savor along the route, make the trip worth carrying out. Moreover, the Likr Monastery, primordial Sham Kingdom and the Indus Valley add on to the gratifying travel experience.
When to Visit: This route can be trekked all round the year. However, Mid June to September is the best time to enjoy it.
Days required: 6 days
Dzongri Trek, Sikkim:
Dzongri Trek encompasses a paradisiacal trail with a maximum elevation of 4020 meters. It is an apt trek for novices. The engrossing route offers captivating sights of Mount Padum and Kanchenjunga. The trail traverses through verdant forests of oak, bamboo, rhododendron, birch and maple. The environment of the trekking route is simply irresistible making this trail exquisite.
When to visit: The best time for Dzongri Trek is from mid March to April, and then from September to mid October.
Days required: 8 days
Indrahar Pass Trek, Himachal Pradesh:
Fascinating trekking enthusiasts and the novices alike, Indrahar Pass Trek starts from Macleodganj and terminates at Chamba. The trail caters the incredible panorama of Dhaula Dhar and Pir Panjal mountain ranges. This moderate trek makes the trekkers traverse through verdant forests like Deodar and Rhododendron. There is also an alternate route, which is taken by the Gaddi shepherds for taking their flock to the grassland. Trekkers can also take that route. To reach Indrahar Pass, the trekker has to ascend several boulders. However, after reaching the top, you will come across fabulous views of Mani Mahesh Kailash and the hypnotic Indian plains.
When to visit: April to October is the best time for Indrahar Pass Trek.
Days required: 9 days
These are the trekking routes that you, as a beginner, can choose in order to grab some of the never to be forgotten moments of a lifetime. Pack your rucksack and embark on any of the aforementioned destinations to satiate the adrenaline rush inside you.
Published: 09 Feb, 2015