Trekking is the most popular adventure activity in India. The moment when you come close to nature, you feel the experience of heavenly entities soaked into your soul. Treks are for every type of traveler. For someone the location matters the most, and for some others may be the level of difficulty matters.
A thousand miles journey will begin with a single step. You will pass meadows, grasslands, rivers, lakes, snow, glaciers and most importantly you will get to meet new people. Trekking rejuvenates the soul, challenges our bodies, and soothes our minds. There may be easy trails and some harsh, you might even want to give up, but when everything feels like an unsettling battleground, just think about the view from the top. India has incredibly breathtaking topography where lies the mighty Himalayan range, hills and rainforests which offers enthralling trails to the adventure geeks. While walking down different terrains you will cross many different cultures, traditional practices and heritage of a place.
Here we have shortlisted seven best treks in India.
- Chadar Trek:
If you have seen the famous Disney’s animated film ‘Frozen’, then probably you’re well-acquainted with the frozen river. Get ready to experience the wholesome adventure in real life in Ladakh. The incredible Ladakh is a whole mood to dissolve in its natural beauty. On top of this, this place has something magical to offer, that is the Chadar Trek. The trek is full of harsh terrains at almost about 0°C, where you learn to survive and wonder about the livelihoods settled in a region where living is almost not possible. Walk over the frozen river of Zanskar which will reflect the brochure blue sky under your feet. You will witness a frozen waterfall when you pass by a narrow valley that will set you amazed by extraordinary creations of nature.
- Triund Trek:
It is one of the easiest and popular treks in Himachal Pradesh. It is situated at an altitude of 2828 m above sea level in the Kangra Valley. It is considered to be the core of treks, McLeodganj and Dharamshala trek starts from here. The valley is surrounded by green lushes, Oaks, and Deodars which makes a picture-perfect landscape to gaze on. The total distance of the trek is 9 km and it takes about 4-5 hours to complete the trek. It is a perfect trek for beginners and first-timers. The summer season is the best time to do the Triund trek.
Popular for winter trekking, all covered with pearly white snow, Kedarkantha trek is situated at a height of 12500 ft at Kedarkantha peak in Western Garhwal in Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand. This trek is associated with the Hindu mythology, Mahabharata. The literal meaning of Kedar is Lord Shiva and Kantha means throat. There are several stories you can outlive during your trek to Kedarkantha. The most special thing about this trek is that it is the only Himalayan trek where you can experience snow till April. The total distance of the trek is 23 km. you can cover very short distances in a day, due to which it takes about 6 days to complete the trek. The trek is of average difficulty and perfect for even a beginner.
Patalsu Peak Trek:
This is one of the most popular treks in Himachal Pradesh. Known for the picturesque landscapes filled with carpet green meadows and dense Oaks and Deodar forests. The peak is perched at a height of 4220 m above sea level at Kullu valley. Surrounded by snow-capped magnificent Himalayas, you will come across other peaks like Friendship Peak, Manali Peak, and Shitidhar on your way to Patalsu Peak. The trek is considered an easy to moderate level of difficulty. But every push in the high and steep inclinations and rough terrains will be worth it. The trek starts from beautiful Solang Valley. The total distance of the trek is 16km.
- Nag Tibba Trek:
The Nag Tibba Trek is considered as one of the most popular and easy treks in Uttarakhand. It rests on a close proximity to Dehradun, you can reach there by a 3 hours drive. Situated at a height of 9,910 ft in the Garhwal region. The tibba holds spellbinding landscapes of Deodar and beautiful colourful wildflowers which adds vibrancy to the journey. The name ‘Nag’ comes from Nagdevta. It is one of the best treks for beginners which covers a total distance of 25 km of the trek. The weather remains very pleasant throughout the year. While camping on the top, you will witness the views of Spiti on one side and on the other side you will capture the scenic Bandarpoonch. These breathtaking views will make you realize that you are living in a place not less than any paradise.
One of the easiest trek in Himachal Pradesh, Kheerganga is situated at a height of 2950m in the Parvati Valley resting under the mighty Himalayas. It is one of the most well-known trekking route near Manali. Kheerganga means ‘milky white sacred water’. Kheerganga trek is known for the hot water spring and the magnificent valley. Take a dip at hot water spring, it will calm down your tired muscles and soothes your soul. You’ll get chance to witness the wonderful valley and mountain ranges. During the trek, you will also come across the spectacular beauty of Nakthan village and Rudranag temple. The total distance of the trek is 9-10 km. It is considered fairly easy trek ideal for beginners. The best time to visit the trek is during the summer season from April-June and September-October.
- Valleys of Flower Trek:
The most popular trek in Uttarakhand is the Valley of Flowers. Resting alluringly at a height of 14,400 ft in the mighty Himalayas is all embellished with elegant wildflowers and green luscious meadows. This will hold your captive sights to a fairytale-like canvas that you cannot spare your eyes from. It is also one of the oldest treks in India. In 1980, Indian government designated it as Valley of Flowers National Park. In 2002, it was declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The steep ascendings of Hemkund Sahib will challenge this trek’s difficulty level as moderate. The total distance of the trek is 47km. The best time to visit the valley is from June end to September.
Well, if you are a beginner, start your journey with easy treks. There are so many mountains and hills apart from these 7 treks in India. There are many more unseen trails and still hidden under the maiden nature. Don’t stop until you reach your destination. Remember to follow all the safety procedures and government guidelines.