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Top 7 Winter Treks in Himachal Pradesh

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An adventurer is an extraordinary soul. He or she will always look for exciting adventures in travel. Normal sightseeing will just make their day monotonous as by heart they are always enthusiastic and energetic to explore and try new things.

For these souls, India has numerous places with a lot of adventures to make their holidays exciting and thrilling. Himachal Pradesh is one such place, where one can get the chill and grill vibes in fascinating adventures.

Himachal Pradesh is a land of all seasons and all reasons and each season has its own beauty but it looks most beautiful in winters. In fact, Himachal Pradesh is one of the best winter destinations to visit in India. ‘Him’ in Himachal means snow and ‘achal’ means land, Himachal Pradesh is a land of snow.

The land of this beautiful state is a perfect fit for trekking as it has the highest mountains in the world. Numerous low scrublands, paddy fields, mountain paths, flowing streams, deep woods make some of the most challenging paths to indulge in these thrilling treks. If you are planning an adventurous vacation in India, you must visit Himachal Pradesh once in a lifetime.

In this blog we are going to mention some of the best winter treks of Himachal Pradesh for an amazing adventurous holiday in India.

  • Triund Winter Trek
  • Kasol – Kheerganga Winter Trek
  • Kareri Lake Winter Trek
  • Prashar Lake Winter Trek
  • Pin Parvati Winter Trek
  • Beas Kund Winter Trek
  • Hampta Pass Winter Trek

Also Check Out: Popular Himachal Trekking Tour Packages

Triund Winter Trek

Triund Winter Trek Himachal

If you are looking for a weekend trek from Delhi or Chandigarh, Triund Winter Trek is one of the most popular winter weekend treks to enjoy in India. The interesting fact about the trek is that it can be enjoyed by beginners who have no prior experience in Trekking. In this trekking tour, the breathtaking vistas of Dhauladhar Ranges and stunning Kangra Valley will seduce your senses. Forests of Rhododendron and Oak trees will gaze at you in bliss. Sweet chirping of birds will soothe your ears. For photographers, the stunning sunset views will be awesome. Picturesque views and the thrill to explore the unknown will bring excitement to this journey. It is indeed one of the best winter treks to enjoy winter holidays in India.

  • Trek Level- Easy
  • Duration of the Trek – 2 days

Highlights of Triund Trek

  • Delightful views of Lofty Dhauladhar Ranges and Stunning Kangra Valley
  • Enchanting forests of Oak, Deodar and Rhododendron
  • Inderahara Point on Mt Dhauladhar
  • Visit here in January if you are a snowfall lover.

How to Reach?

You can reach Triund either from Mcloedganj or Dharamshala, you can easily get buses or Taxis to reach here. Gaggal Airport is the nearest airport which is just 10km from Dharamshala if you are coming by air.

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Kasol- Kheerganga Winter Trek

Kasol- Kheerganga Trek is one of the most soul- pleasing winter trekking destinations to enjoy in Himachal Pradesh. Located amidst the gorgeous Parvati valley in Kullu district, Kheerganga magnificent landscape offers blissful Himalayan terrains surrounded by snow-capped Peaks which is a treasure trove for trekking enthusiasts. Numerous stunning waterfalls like Rudra Nag will come on your way in this trekking tour. The scenic remote villages like Kalga and Pulga will give you soul soothing vistas for photography. The soothing hot springs of Kheerganga have therapeutic properties which will fine tune your toil -weary spirit. The Terrain of Kheerganga has always lured the tourists from different corners of the world and satiated their adrenaline desires for an amazing trekking holiday.

  • Trek Level – Easy
  • Duration of the Trek – 2 days

Highlights of Kheerganga Trek

  • Scenic remote villages of Himachal Pradesh to get useful insights on the culture of the people living there.
  • Hot springs of Kheerganga
  • Splendid waterfalls. The most prominent one is a serpent shaped Rudra Nag Waterfall.
  • Mind-boggling snow-capped Himalayan Peaks

How to Reach?

From Delhi you can easily get buses to reach Manali and from there you can head to Kasol. From Kasol you will be moving forward to Manikaran and then to Barsheni. Walk till Tosh or get a bus for Tosh. The journey of Kheerganga will start from Tosh.

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Kareri Lake Winter Trek

Kareri Lake Winter Trek Himachal

In the gorgeous town of Dharamshala you will get to enjoy the scenic trekking trail of Kareri Lake. It is one of the most popular winter treks in India. Steep and gradual ascent makes this trek a little difficult for beginners but they can still do it. This trek offers awesome views of scenic Pine forests.  Rocky grasslands and shepherd villages will compel you to be lost in the seduction of nature. There is a scenic lake on the way – Nyund Nallah which will rejuvenate your soul and refresh your mind. From straight roads to river crossings, this trek will make your trekking holidays in Himachal Pradesh the most memorable one.

  • Trek Level – Moderate
  • Trek Duration – 2 days

Highlights of Kareri Lake Trek

  • Narrow terrains, whirly passes, scenic meadows, gorgeous rock grasslands will blow your heart away.
  • Kareri Lake is a Bird watcher’s paradise
  • Beautiful town of Mcleod Ganj
  • Scenic beauty of Kareri Lake
  • Awesome Bleni and Minkiani Pass
  • Stunning lofty Dhauladhar Range

How to Reach?

From Dharamshala you will get taxis and buses to reach Kareri village. It will take 1-2 hour to reach Kareri Village. From Kareri village you will be able to reach Kareri Lake via Kareri Village camp.

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Prashar Lake Winter Trek

Prashar Lake Winter Trek Himachal

The blue water lake amidst the stunning Dhauladhar Ranges in Kullu Valley is one of the best winter trekking destinations to explore in Himachal Pradesh. Mesmerizing vistas of forests and stunning rivulets, scenic villages and breathtaking views of Pir Panjal, Dhauladhar and Kinnaur mountain ranges will gaze you with a smile.  It is a best trek for nature lover and solace seeker not only because it offers scenic views but also offers tranquility and serenity in abundance to refresh your soul. There is a temple of Parashar Rishi next to the lake to fine tune your spirit. During winter Parashar lake is partially frozen and the entire landscape is covered in a thick blanket of snow.

  • Trek Level- 2 days
  • Trek Duration – Easy to Moderate

Highlights of Prashar Lake Trek

  • Blissful Dhauladhar Range
  • Stunning Rhododendron and Oak forests
  • Shops of Til
  • Lush green meadows
  • Gorgeous views of Kap Chuli, Friendship peak, Mukila, Ali Ratni Tibba
  • Man Hill, Hanuman Tibba, Sikar Beh, Mukar Beh, Manali peak.
  • Mind- boggling Prashar Lake and serene Prashar Rishi Temple
  • Breathtaking Papsura and Dharmasura Mountains

How to Reach?

You have to reach Mandi for Prashar lake Trek. From Mandi you have to reach Baggi village through the woods. In winters, either trek or drive till the last point and hike the rest of the journey to Prashar by road. You can also go by bus as regular buses operate from Mandi for Prashar Lake.

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Pin Parvati Winter Trek

Pin Parvati Winter Trek Himachal

Pin Parvati Winter Trek is one of the most challenging winter trekking trails in Himachal Pradesh. A lot of adventure, beauty in abundance and fun will accompany you in this trekking tour. Pin Parvati Winter trek offers mind blowing traverses, verdant forests and lush green meadows of the scenic Parvati Valley. It is challenging because of its rich biodiversity. In this trekking tour you will come across lush green meadows, dry and cold mountain deserts of Spiti, Buddhist villages and alpine meadows, uncountable waterfalls, high-altitude lakes and glaciers and scenic Parvati Valley. If you are a seasoned trekker, Pin Parvati Winter Trek would be one of the most soul-pleasing and thrilling winter treks for you.

  • Trek Level – Difficult
  • Trek Duration – 12 days

Highlights of Pin Parvati Winter Trek

  • Scenic Pulley Bridge at Tunda Bhuj
  • Marshlands of Mantalai
  • Alpine meadows of Odi Thach
  • Dense forests near Kheerganga
  • Scenic Glaciers
  • Hot springs of Parvati Valley
  • Dry mountain deserts of Spiti
  • Charming Buddhist villages

How to Reach?

Pin Parvati Winter Trek starts from Kaza. To reach Kaza you have to reach Manali. From Manali you will get a bus to reach Kaza, the journey would take around 10-12 hours.

Also Read: How to Get Trekking Permit in Himachal?

Beas Kund Winter Trek

Beas Kund Winter Trek Himachal

Beas Kund Trek is one of the most popular winter treks in Himachal which will lead you to the origin point of river Beas and many ancient glaciers that surround it. The fascinating water body surrounded by the magnificent Pir Panjal Range looks extremely stunning. Cascading waterfalls and the settlements surrounding makes this place delightfully chaotic yet sublime. It is said that Sage Vyas used to take daily baths in this river. The scenic views of lofty mountains, mesmerizing lake and lush greenery definitely makes this place one of the most enchanting trekking trails in Himachal Pradesh.

  • Trek Level – Easy to Moderate
  • Trek Duration- 4 days

Highlights of Beas Kund Trek

  • Lofty Ladakhi Peak, Hanuman Tibba, Shitidhar and Friendship Peak, Mt Indrasen, Deo Tibba will delight your soul.
  • Pine Forests and mountains of scenic Solang Valley
  • Gorgeous streams and the blissful Beas River
  • Breathtaking campsite of Lohali surrounded by lofty mountains
  • Lady Leg, summit camp of Friendship Peak
  • Grasslands of Bakarthach and Dhundhi.
  • Solang Nallah and Manu Temple

How to Reach?

From Solang Nallah you have to trek to Dhundhi and camp at Bakarthach. From Bakarthach you have to trek to Beas Kund and after an overnight stay at Bakarthach camp, head back to Dhundhi.

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Hampta Pass Winter Trek

Hampta Pass Winter Trek Himachal

Hampta Pass is a colorful palette of verdant forests, scenic grasslands, gorgeous valley of flowers, barren stretches and rugged terrains which makes it one of the most alluring and thrilling winter Trekking destinations in Himachal Pradesh. You will be spellbound to see the snow-covered mountains, vast barren stretches and beautiful rugged terrains of Lahaul and Spiti, Stunning Oak, Birch and Maple trees. The dramatic pass crossings will elevate your excitement to a whole new level. You will walk through a gorge decked in snow and tall cliffs and flowers and dense grasslands in Shera Goru will blow your heart away. The beauty of Hampta Pass is so blissful that’s why it is one of the favorite treks for honeymoon couples.

Trek Level- Easy to Moderate

Trek Duration- 6 days

Highlights of Hampta Pass

  • Pristine alpine like Chandratal
  • Scenic Apple Orchards and Deodar Forests
  • Mesmerizing Jwara Campsite, Balu Ka Ghera and Shera Goru
  • Narrow valleys decked in Ice
  • Stunning snow passes of Lahaul
  • Stunning snow-covered mountains, barren stretches and rugged terrains
  • Valley of flowers
  • Rare Himalayan Birds and variety of floras
  • Glacial valleys and waterways

How to Reach?

You have to reach Bhuntar Airport to reach Hampta Pass. From Bhuntar you will get a taxi or a cab to reach Jobra Base Camp. From Jobra Base camp you can start your trek for Hampta Pass. This trial will offer lush green landscapes, hairpin bends and lots of adventures.  You can get overnight buses from Delhi to Manali for Hampta Pass Trek.

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Himachal Pradesh is a blissful seat of wonder for those who dare to tread its unknown terrains and a true adventurous soul will definitely take a chance to explore the stunning vistas and indulge in thrilling adventures for a soul- pleasing holiday to cherish for a lifetime. We hope that this blog has helped you in planning your winter trek in Himachal Pradesh. If you have any query, you can definitely ask in the comment section. Travelling to Himachal Pradesh will be absolutely worth it if you indulge in soul soothing trekking journeys.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q.What are the top winter tourist destinations to visit in Himachal Pradesh?

Top winter tourist destinations to visit in Himachal Pradesh are –

  • Kullu- Manali
  • Shimla
  • Chail
  • Kufri
  • Dalhousie
  • Dharamshala
  • Sangla
  • Kasauli
  • Lahaul
  • Spiti
  • Kalpa
  • Naldehra

Q.What are the things to carry for Trekking activity in Himachal Pradesh?

Some of the guidelines to follow before doing Trekking are -

  • The things to carry for Trekking activity in Himachal Pradesh are-
  • You need good Trekking shoes whether you are a beginner trekker or an expert.
  • On a high-altitude trek you need layers to protect yourself from cold. (Light fleece layers, sweater and padded jackets are must)
  • Sun glasses, sand caps, synthetic hand gloves, woolen caps and socks are very important to carry on a trek.
  • Personal medical and toilet kit are very essential items to keep when you are planning for trekking.
  • You need to carry important documents like ID proof, medical certificate etc.

Q.What are some other winter treks to do in Himachal Pradesh?

Some other top winter treks to do in Himachal Pradesh are -

  • Lamadugh Winter Trek
  • Thachi Valley Trek
  • Indrahar Pass
  • Bijli Mahadev Trek
  • Chandrakhani Pass Winter Trek

Q.What are the top adventure sports in Himachal Pradesh apart from Trekking?

Tips for winter holidays in India –

The top adventure sports in Himachal Pradesh apart from Trekking are -

  • River Rafting
  • Camping
  • Rock climbing
  • Rappelling
  • Angling
  • Zorbing
  • Hiking
  • Ice Skating
  • Jeep Safari
  • Mountain Biking
  • Paragliding
  • Ice- skiing
  • Heli- Skiing

Published: 17 Sep, 2021

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Pallavi Roy

She is a candle who burns and melts in the chaos of infinity, from where her visceral whistles and leaves an imprint of desire in her heart to know the map of an Island where there are different sunrises and sunsets. Her curiosity brightens to conquer the hearts unrelieved and sometimes mysterious. Her name is - Pallavi Roy - A traveller by soul and a writer by Profession.