India is home to a large part of the mighty Himalayas which serve as the perfect place to take a break from the mundane city life and spend a couple of days trekking in the lap of nature.
Trekking in the Himalayas is pleasing in numerous ways- it takes you through lush green meadows, and picturesque snow-clad mountain peaks give you an insight into the rich Pahari culture of the inhabitants and bestow you with memories to cherish throughout your lifetime!
This article talks about the best popular treks in the Himalayas.
The Roopkund Trek is set in the state of Uttarakhand at an altitude of 16,499 ft. Commencing from Lohajung village, this 8-day long trek takes you through dense Rhododendron, Oak and Pine forests with a stunning bird’s eye view of the Bedni Bugyal. Rated as an easy to moderate level of a trek, it attracts trekkers because of the mysterious skeleton lake of Roopkund.
2. Frozen River Trek
The Chadar Trek, popularly called the ‘Frozen River Trek’ is a 65-mile trek over the Zanskar river- covered in ice which lies in Ladakh. It is a 6-day trek which is done in sub-zero temperatures. The temperatures at the night often drop to -20 to -25 degree celsius. The best time to cover this trek is in January and February. It is considered to be one of the toughest treks in India because of the extreme weather conditions and the large distance of 65 miles to cover.
3. Gangotri Glacier Trek
The Gangotri Glacier Trek is a 6-day pilgrimage adventure that starts from the town of Gangotri and ends at the starting point of the most sacred river in India- the Ganges. This trek covers a distance of 17 km from Gangotri to Gaumakh. It is of moderate difficulty. The Gangotri Glacier Trek is specifically popular among Hindus because of its holy connection. It is endowed with unforgettable experiences and breathtakingly beautiful landscapes to witness.
4. Markha Valley Trek -Ladakh
The Markha Valley Trek is famous for its panoramic views. It is one of the most coveted treks in the Himalayan region. It is classified as a moderate to difficult trek in the dry cold desert of Ladakh. It offers incredible views of Mt Kang Yatse and the Kongmaru La. This trek is popularly known as the “Te House Trek” because one can find accommodation in parachute tents throughout the route of the trek. The trek also continues in the beautiful Hemis National Park. Several Buddhist Monastries lie along the route of the Markha Valley Trek.
5. Har Ki Dun Trek
The Har Ki Dun Trek is a celebrated trek which takes 8 days to complete. It allows witnessing the perfect amalgam of culture and beauty in the mountains. One gets to experience the ancient villages of the Himalayas closely. Along the route lie many meadows, lakes and breathtakingly beautiful valleys. The Har Ki Dun Valley is set at a height of 3566 metres and is surrounded by picture-perfect alpine forests.
6. Hampta Pass Trek
The Hampta Pass Trek is a moderately difficult 6-day trek. It begins from the green valleys of Kullu and offers a panoramic view of the Spiti Valley. It is located at a height of 4,320 metres. The trek is about 25-27 kilometres long. Along the route of the trek is the stunning crescent-shaped Chandrataal Lake with its clear waters. The Hampta Pass Trek offers a breathtaking view of many waterfalls and streams along its route.
7. Rupin Pass Trek -Himachal Pradesh
The Rupin Pass Trek is a 7- day long moderately difficult trek which mesmerises with sceneries every few hours. It covers a varied topography which includes hanging villages, dense pine forests and frozen glacial valleys. The Rupin River is also a beautiful attraction along the path of the Rupin Pass Trek.
8. Great Lakes Trek
Kashmir is termed to be “The Heaven Of Earth” and the Great Lakes Trek of Kashmir is one of the most beautiful treks in India. It is a 7-day long trek of moderate to difficult level. It covers several lakes along its routes which are a treat to the eyes of the trekker. This trek is an opportunity to spot the wildlife of the mountains in the rugged topography of the meadows and alpines.
The majestic Himalayas offer some of the most magnificent and challenging treks in India which surely should make their way to the bucket list of every adventure seeker!!