If adventure and freedom run like a storm in your soul, then consider the evergreen state of Himachal Pradesh as your summer trekking destination in 2020. Mostly romanticized as a winter holiday destination, Himachal Pradesh’s sublime summer season is also one of a kind bringing in a new sort of liveliness in the surroundings followed by clement weather.
To say the least, it is such an action-packed place that can be best explored in summer that too by hiking and trekking. Ah! Honestly there can’t be anything better than being an adventurer and traversing the fresh streams, high altitude lakes, shimmering waterfalls, lush meadows, and valleys in the months of June to September in Himachal when they all become surreal.
And if we really give it a thought then there will actually be a never-ending list of summer treks in Himachal Pradesh. But in this blog, we ease off the pain and chalk out the top 5 trekking places for you to enjoy in the summer season.
It doesn’t matter whether you are a beginner or a seasoned trekker or someone on his first trek, this North Indian state is perfect to prepare you for more upcoming adventures and challenges. So, hold your cliched ideas to vacation in the same-old tourist places and pick from the five best treks for summers we have shortlisted for you.
Top 5 Summer Treks to Do in Himachal Pradesh
- Indrahar Pass Trek
- Hampta Pass Trek
- Kareri Lake Trek
- Pin Parvati Pass Trek
- Friendship Peak Trek
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Indrahar Pass Trek: A Rendezvous with Charming Aura of Mighty Peaks, Alpine Lakes, and Meadows
- Altitude: 4375 m
- Best Time to Visit: September to October
- Grade: Moderate
- Duration: 10 Days
- Route: Mcleodganj – Triund – Lahesh Cave – Indrahar Pass
A place with beautiful landscape, high-altitude lakes and narrow deep gorges, Indrahar Pass Trek in Himachal is one loved by many adventurers. The trek offers a perfect combination to satiate your thirst for a scenic hiking getaway. With the trek starting from one of the most visited tourist-friendly destinations, McLeodganj, you’ll probably get stuck in some of the most awe-inspiring moments sighting grandiose mountains and charming mid-way villages like Dharamkot.
As you ascend to Triund (2994 m), which can also be considered as a miniature trekking trail for beginners, perfect for even families, you’ll slowly gain access to a wide expanse of Oak and Coniferous covered forests leading to some of the mountain attractions of Lahesh Cave. The trail gets more scenic as soon as you start your ascend to Indrahar Pass.
The path traverses two attractive looking peaks of Pir Panjal Range (4,100 m) facing north and Manimahesh Kailash (5656 M) facing east. A rather mind-boggling view is that of Kangra valley settled in the Western Himalayas and the far-off plains of Punjab during this trek. Following a series of meadows, you’ll end up walking and hiking amid the valley of Kursi before heading for a downhill trek to Machetar.
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Hampta Pass Trek: A Perfect Match for Beginners to Explore the Majestic Himalayas
- Altitude: 4227 m
- Best Time to Visit: Mid-June to October
- Grade: Moderate
- Duration: 6 days
- Route: Prini – Pandu Ropa – Chikka – Balu ka Gera- Hampta Pass
To an outsider, it seems a paradox, the one who has not explored their inner self-wandering through the perfectly calm trekking trails of Himachal. But what might come up as a surprise to them is that this next trek has won hearts for its perfect elevation which is spot on for amateurs. In fact, to experience more of what Himachal has to offer, trekking in June is considered the best time to visit.
Starting from the hub of adventure activities, Manali the trek touches the altitude of 4268 m, situated on the eastern side of Manali and Pir Panjal Range. The trek leads you to eternal peace and other tourist attractions like gorgeous Hadimba Devi Temple, old Manali, Tibetan Monastery and Chikka to begin with.
Taking you closer to your destination, the trail also let you have glimpses of the pretty Hampta River which bridges the gap between Hampta and Lahaul & Spiti Valley. Traversing your way through the deep forests you might come across Prini Village which is the base point of Hampta Pass Ranges from where you head to a higher altitude to see the transitions in the sky.
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Kareri Lake Trek: Relish an Adventure of a Lifetime while Crossing the Calming Monasteries and Enthralling Alpine Passes and Lake
- Altitude: 3100 m
- Best Time to Visit: Mid-April- October
- Grade: Easy
- Duration: 7 days
- Route: Mcleodganj – Kareri Village Camp – Lioti – Kareri Lake
The adrenaline rush is a thing of the past, why not dive into tranquil realms of Dharamshala this summer season and also sightsee the abode of Dalai Lama and the base camp for Kareri Lake Trek. Giving forth an adventurous quest of a lifetime, Kareri Lake Trek not only makes you come across the outshining beauty of nature but lets you lay your feet on high altitude places like 3100 m.
The trek which actually starts from the suburbs of Dharamshala, Mcleodganj, connects you further to the beauty of nature passing through valleys, emerald green meadows and terrains. Along with high mountain passes like Minkiani, Baleni, and Lioti, Kareri Lake trek finally lands you at your ultimate destination.
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Pin Parvati Pass Trek: Escape to a Paradisiacal Valley Accessible Through Dreamy Meadows and Villages
- Altitude: 5319 m
- Best Time to Visit: July – September
- Grade: Tough
- Duration: 16 days
- Route: Manikaran – Barsheni – Khirganga – Tunda Bhuj – Thakur Kuan – Odi Thach – Mantalai Lake – Base Point of Pin Parvati-Camp Site of Pin Parvati
Contemporary landscape offering distilled peace to all the adventure enthusiasts is the Pin Parvati Trek. Popular among the travellers who like to endeavour new heights every now and then, Pin Parvati trek is suitable only for people who have at least some experiences of high-altitude trekking ranging around 4500+ m and lasting around 6-7 days. Loomed as a passage to connect Parvati valley of Kullu with the surreal Pin valley of Spiti, this scenic hiking trail takes one through high altitudes places situated at a dizzying height of 5319 m and let you witness the charm of barren mountains, lush valleys and remote villages.
Starting from Manikaran near Kasol, the trek stretches for 100 km and takes you through the dreamy meadows, lakes, and makes you witness the beauty of tourism places like the Buddhist Villages, Kheerganga, Manikaran, Tunda Bhuj, Odi Thach, Thakur Kuan, Mantalai, Barsheni, etc. There is no sight as beautiful as the cold mountain desert region of Spiti from where you traverse and step by step come nearer to Parvati Valley, where with the end of 16 days you witness the ecstatic charm of lush greenery.
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Friendship Peak Trek: Scale Lofty Mountains and Savour Panorama of Vivacious Orchards and Undulating Lush Lands
- Altitude: 5289 m
- Best Time to Visit: June – October
- Grade: Tough
- Duration: 10 days
- Route: Solang – Bakarthach – Beas Kund Camp – Advance Camp
Adding on to the distinctive beauty of Himalaya is the Pir Panjal Range of Himachal which is famous for nurturing the lofty Friendship Peak. Offering an amazing opportunity in the summer season to scale a stellar height of 5289 m and witness the picturesque chain of Dhauladhar Range is the Friendship Peak trek. This quest is counted amongst the most beautiful nature trails as well as challenging treks to do in Himachal. And if you are one of them who eats, sleeps and breathes adventure then Friendship Peak Trek is without a doubt your type of expedition.
Trekking in July is indeed considered the best time to take on this adventure tour where the most important thing to keep in mind is that you should be mentally and physically prepared before setting forth for the journey. Solang Valley set at an elevation of 2050m is where you begin your trek to Friendship Peak, crossing the vivacious orchards, charming alpine meadows, your trail continues to more scenic places with mesmerizing views of the Himalayan mountains.
Further leading you to Bakarthach the trek also connects you with other base camps landing you on some undulating lush green grounds enhancing the blissful aura of the surroundings. And that’s not all as there’s much more in the treasure of Himachal for you to set your eyes on while on this trek.
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Whenever the thought of taking a break takes over you then Himachal Pradesh is what your heart whoops for joy. Why wouldn’t it when just a trekking tour in Himachal through these top summer trekking routes can let you behold the winsome mountains, prolific meadows, valleys and shining rivers, which is certainly going to knock you off your feet. Now it would be wrong not to agree that Himachal is the most sought-after tourism destination ruling like a King not just in North India but your heart too. And I hope this blog made you come closer to the decision of planning your next vacation in Himachal Pradesh. And the best part is you can contact us at +91-9212553109 and email@example.com to get further insights like the best time to travel and hand tailored trekking tour packages which are accompanied with best adventure trips that would be just perfect for you.
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Tanisha Sharma, born and brought up in Delhi is a travel writer who longs to travel the entire world someday, exploring all the heritage sites. She also tirelessly volunteers at various animal NGOs and is quite keen about working for wildlife conservation. She loves reading romantic and fictional novels and also devotes her time listening to music. Also she likes to visit places where she can savour her favourite junk foods like momos and pizza.