Top 10 Trekking destinations in India

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 Top 10 Trekking destinations in India 

Trekking is one of the most cherished introductions to the mountains. Travel in India is an experience of a lifetime. If you take adrenaline rushes well and are an adventure freak, then this is for you. The height and beauty of Indian Himalayas provide enthralling opportunities for trekking.

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India, with its diverse topography and numerous hill ranges spread across the vast subcontinent, offers a myriad of trek trails. It’s really hard to put together a list of Top 10 Trekking destinations in India because there are so many wonderful locations which are breathtakingly beautiful to the eyes and the soul.

We tried our best to take in account, the beauty, the difficulty level and accessibility of the locations and made the following list.

Here is our list of the Top 10 Trekking destinations in India:

1.  Gomukh Tapovan Trek : The Sources of Ganges

gomukh

The trek along the holy Bhagirathi River takes the tourist right up to the source of the river that is commonly known as Goumukh, Cow’s at the base of the Gangotri glacier.  A journey in the Garhwal Himalayas of Uttarakhand, this trek takes you to the Gangotri glacier at Gomukh, the source of the Ganges.
A true natural delight, the region features a large diversity of plants and animals, including rare blue mountain goats. The glacier is surrounded by beautiful mountains on all sides, a truly mesmerising sight to behold, and the highlight being.

Area: Garhwal Himalaya
Altitude: 4465 mts
Duration: 12 Days
Season: May to October
Grade: Moderate

2. Singalila Kanchenjunga Trek
singalila

The Singalila Ridge, near Darjeeling, offers outstanding view of Kanchenjunga- world’s third highest peak. From Singalila, there is a long but highly interesting approach to Goecha-La pass below Mt. Kangchenjunga. On this route, the enchantment of Himalayas upland trekking are there for the trekkers to enjoy, with the enticing challenge of the 5000 mts high Goecha-La at the end. An extra advantage is that the elevation gain is more gradual, and there is ample time to familiarize oneself to the climate. A trek is to one of the last remaining immaculate Himalayan wilderness.

Area: Sikkim Himalaya
Altitude: 4940 mts
Duration: 20 Days
Season: Mid March to May, September to October
Grade: Moderate to Challenging

3. Roopkund Trekroopkund trek

One of the lesser known treks in India, Roopkund trek is named after a glacial lake in Utrakhand. Known as the Skeleton Lake, it’s shrouded in mysteries. A trek to Roopkund is not just known for adventure, but also spiritual beliefs.
Enjoy the view of snow-capped peaks of Himalayas as you hike through verdant alpine forests, mountain passes, and glaciers. Frozen most of the year, the lake defrosts after summer and one can see several hundred human skeletons in the water.

Area: Utrakhand.
Altitude: 4462 mts
Duration: 7- 9 Days
Season: May to June and September to October
Grade: Moderate to Challenging

4. Chadar Trek, Zanskar, Kashmir

chader trek

The ultimate trekking adventure in India, the Chadar Trek in Ladakh is only for the brave ones. In the winter months, the Zanskar River transforms into an icy sheet and hence the name ‘Chadar’. To walk over the thick blanket of ice on the river is considered to be one of the most challenging tricky treks in the world. The surreal beauty of the icy world, the muted sound of waters, the freezing temperatures and the thrill to have achieved it all make it one of the best offbeat treks in India.

Area: Kashmir
Altitude: 3390 mts
Duration: 11 Days
Season: January and February
Grade: Challenging

5. The Lord Curzon Trail “Kuari Pass Trek”

“Kuari Pass Trek”

Well-liked among the trekkers worldwide, Kuari Pass Trek offers startling vistas of the snow capped peaks of the Greater Himalayan Range. Also named as Lord Curzon’s trail, this trek goes through the lush valleys, thick forests and small villages. On reaching Kuari Pass, the trekker is rewarded with panoramic views of the magnificent peaks of Nanda Devi, Chaukhamba, Kamet, Hathi-Ghodi Parvat and Dronagiri.

Area: Garhwal Himalaya
Altitude: 4268 mts
Duration: 10 Days
Season: Mid April to June and September to November
Grade: Moderate

6. The Phuktal Monastery Trek, Ladakh, J&K

The Phuktal Monastery Trek, Ladakh, J&K

The remote Phutkal monastery in Leryadhak is one of best lesser known treks in India. The ancient Buddhist monastery is shaped like honeycomb settled over a cliff over the Tsarap River. The monastery can only be reached by foot. The journey takes you through some of the secluded and remarkable places of the Zanskar Valley. The far away from everything location leaves you nothing but all the peace and solitude you can ask from the Mother Nature. The 15th century monastery is where you can truly feel the divine bliss.

Area: Jammu and Kashmir
Altitude: 3850 mts
Duration:  7-8 days
Season: July to September
Grade: Moderate

7. Nag Tibba Trek, Uttarakhand

Nag Tibba Trek, Uttarakhand

Nag Tibba is a trekkers’ delight. One of the easiest trails in Himalayas, it offers grand views of the clouds kissing the mountain tops, snow covered peaks and lush valleys dotted with small hamlets.  The scenic offbeat trek in India takes you through dense forests rich in flora and fauna. Accompanying you on trial are stunning views of Bandarpoonch peak, the Gangotri group of peaks, Kedarnath peak, Doon valley and the snow peaks of Changabang.

Area: Utrakhand
Altitude: 3022 mts
Duration: 2 Days
Season: Throughout the year
Grade: Easy

8. Japfu Peak Trek, Nagalan

Japfu Peak Trek, Nagaland

The most beautiful yet lesser known treks in North East India, the Japfu Peak. The beautiful trail in Kohima, Nagaland is sure to enchant you. The hike to the peak is a soothing treat to your senses.
The highest point in Nagaland, the peak presents spectacular views of the Dzukou Valley, greenery as far as the eye can see, meadows of rhododendrons, colorful mountain flowers, rare birds and the most important highlight, the tallest rhododendron tree in the world, at 130 ft.

Area: Nagaland
Altitude: 3048 mts
Duration: 4-5 Days
Season: October to May
Grade: Easy to Moderate

9. The Bhrigu Lake Trek, Himachal Pradesh

The Bhrigu Lake Trek, Himachal Pradesh

This trek is blessed with spectacular beauty, it’s an ideal weekend trek that promise thrill to both beginners as well as experienced hikers. This place will take you to the unique alpine meadows at such lower altitude of Himalayas that too in such a short time. Pass through the lush Manali Valley, reaching the holy lake.
Pitch your camps on the lake shores. Enjoy pure bliss of mountains and spend time stargazing likes never before.

Area: Himachal Pradesh
Altitude: 4270 mts
Duration: 4 Days
Season: May to October
Grade: Moderate

10. Dodital Winter Trek
Dodital Winter Trek

It is located in Gharwal Himalayas in the State of Uttrakhand, Dodital trek is a beginner’s delight. The trek takes you through dense forest and opens meadows and eventually to the beautiful Dodital Lake and eventually to Dwara pass top at 4150 Meters offers mesmerising views of Dhauladhar and greater Himalayan ranges.
At 3050 Meters Dodital Lake is a beautiful campsite surrounded by pine and oak trees the Lake is also home to fresh water golden masheer one of most famous trout fish in the Himalayas.

Area: Gharwal Himalayas, Uttrakhand
Altitude: 3050 mts
Duration: 5 Days
Season: January to March
Grade:  Easy

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