India is one of the most popular tourist countries in the world. It’s rich culture and heritage distinguishes it from the rest of the nations. The beautiful and historic buildings, monuments and gardens are a great source of attraction for the tourists. The visitors also love the authentic Indian food and traditional attire of various states of India. Many foreigners also like to be a part of the religious festivals like Holi, Diwali, Uttrayan, etc. that are celebrated in India. Apart from all the above mention reasons for loving India, trekking is also one of the major attraction for the travelers. There are some top trekking destinations in India where hikers can climb mountains and hills and enjoy the beauty of nature. They are listed below:-
10.:Stok Kangri Trek:
This trekking place located in the Ladakh region is a difficult trekking expedition for the hikers because it is at the highest peak in India. Though the trekking does not need experience mountaineering skills it is definitely a trek meant for expert trekkers. The maximum altitude during the trekking is 6153 meters and it takes about 18 days time to complete the whole trek. The best time to plan this trek is between July to September. In spite of the trek being difficult the views of the Himalayas along with the colorful meadows visible from the peak make the whole trekking experience memorable.
9.Roopkund Trek :
If you a person full of watching horror movies or is a daredevil by heart then you can plan your trek to this Roopkund lake which is popularly known as “Skeleton Lake” because of numerous skeleton found deep inside the lake. This lake is located in Uttrakhand and a trek has a maximum altitude of about 5028 meters. It takes almost 8 days to complete the whole trekking area. During your trekking, you get to witness a 360-degree view of the Himalayas and attraction like Nanda Ghunti, Kali Dak, Trishul Peak and the meadows of Ali Bugyal. The time to plan your trek is between mid-May to October.
8. Valley Of Flowers Trek: –
For those who love to be surrounded by the beauty of nature, this trek is a wonderful experience. The Valley of Flowers is located at the Garhwal Himalayas in Uttranchal and has a maximum altitude of 3658 meters. It is a pure heavenly feeling to trek on a path which is a huge valley of wide, beautiful numerous flowers surrounded by huge mountains on all sides. The whole trekking area has a pleasant fragrance, different species of butterflies and endangered animals. Due to this mesmerizing beauty, it has been declared as a world heritage site by the UNESCO. It takes almost 6 days to complete the trek. You can also visit the Shri Hemkund Sahib during the trekking. The best season for planning this trek is between July to September.
7. Indrahar Pass Trek: –
One of the popular hiking destinations in India is the Indrahar Pass Trek. It is the pass located in the Dhauladhar range of the Himalayas. The trekking begins from Bhagsuor Dharamkot and is at an altitude of about 4342 meters. On your trekking journey, you can also visit the Galu Temple, Trikund, Lahesh caves, Mani Mahesh Kailash Peak and the beautiful snow – covered Panjal Range. You also get to loiter in the dense tropical forests like the Deodar and Rhododendron through your journey. It is generally a 4-10 days trekking journey and the best time of selecting the Indrahar Pass for trekking is between May to October.
6. Chopta Chandrashila Trek: –
One of the challenging trekking experience you get along the Garhwal Himalayas is the Chandrashila trek. If you are the one full of taking challenges, then this trekking region of Uttarakhand is made for you. During this trek, you get a chance to visit the highest Shiva temple, Deoriatal lake, and Chopta valley. The altitude of the trek is about 3658 meters and it takes 5 days to complete the whole trek because of the snow-covered peaks. March to May and October to November are the best season for this trekking.
5. Goecha La Trek: –
It is one of the most difficult trekking areas located at the popular hill station Sikkim. The trek has a maximum altitude of 4940 meters and it takes around 10 days to complete it successfully. Though you need to pass through the dense Rhododendron forests, crystal clear Himalayan lakes, it seems worth it when you witness the majestic views of the Mount Kanchenjunga, Mount Kabru and Mount Dome. Reaching the Goecha La Pass you can also experience being at arm’s length to the second tallest Himalayan peak, the Kanchenjunga. The season from April to September is most suitable for planning out this trekking expedition.
4. Kauri Tapovan Trek: –
This Gherwal region trek is an easy yet memorable hiking experience for the travelers. It has a maximum altitude of 4264 meters and takes almost 6 days to complete it. The main attraction of this trek is the Kauri Pass and the Tapovan base camp. This trek covers all the Holy destination located in the Himalayas starting from Haridwar to Joshimath. Some of the exotic site like the meeting of the Devprayag, Bhagirathi, and Alakananda rivers, places like Chaitrakantha and Chaukhamba add to the serenity of the trek. During the trek, you cover more than 7000 peaks and also meet the snow leopards and Musk dears. April to June and from September to November are favorable seasons for trekking.
3. Har Ki Dun Valley Trek: –
One of the trekking which holds an important spot in our history since the age of Mahabharata is the Har Ki Dun Valley. It is a cradle shaped valley located at the Garhwal Himalayan region of Uttrakhand. It is popularly known as the “Valley of God’s” by the local residents. The trek having an altitude of 3580 meters allows the travelers to trek through dense forest and witness the mesmerizing the view of the snow-covered mountains and short villages depicting Himachal architecture during the course 8 days. Some of the attraction worth visiting during the trekking is Osla Village, Jaundhar Glacier, Ruinsara Peak, Bandarpunch and Swargorohini. Best time to enjoy the serenity of this place is between mid-April to mid-November.
2. Markha Valley Trek: –
One of the most popular trekking destinations in the Ladakh region having an altitude of 5150 meters is Markha Valley. During the expedition, you can visit various Buddhist monasteries, palaces, and temples like the Shey Palace, Thiksey monastery and the Gurudwara Pathar Sahib. You can also enjoy the beautiful sunset at the Shanti Stupa and witness the bottle green colored Sangam of the Indus and the Zanskar rivers. The whole trekking area is surrounded by grand purple, black and grey colored mountains and huge trees like Juniper and Alpine. A variety of streams, villages with fields of wheat, barley and mustard crops enhance the beauty of the valley. It takes almost 10 to 14 days to complete the expedition and the best season is from mid-June to mid- October.
1. Zanskar Trek: –
One of the most difficult trekking regions at the Leh Ladakh having an altitude of about 3390 meters is the Zanskar Trek. It is challenging enough to trek to a frozen river with chilling winds. During the trekking region, you need to climb on icy rocks so it needs great courage and experience. Apart from this risky path, there is also an easy trekking path from Padum to Darcha which gives you a chance to take a walk through the Kargil region. This trek is popularly known as ” The Chadar Trek” due to the layers of snow that cover the area during the winter season. 9 days of this trekking period you can also visit Manali, Mulbek, and Phugtal monastery. If you are dare-devil and planning to challenge yourself by going for a trek here the best season is from January to February.
Trekking is an adventurous sport and requires great courage and daring. Many factors need to be taken into consideration before setting out for trekking like the climatic conditions, budget, shelter camps, conveyance, etc. It is surely the best way to get away from the day – to – day routine of life as it helps in refreshing your mind and brings you closer to the mother nature.
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