Trekking in the Himalayas is a bucket list task for a lot of youngsters, going off season or peak season, choosing an easy or a difficult trek is entirely up to the thrill level a person is seeking. Here are 5 best Himalayan treks that you should consider going to-
- Triund– The trek from Mcleodganj to Triund has been continuously gaining popularity over the years. Reason being- the breath-taking views of the entire Kangra valley and the Moon Peak. It’s a three-hour easy trek after the motorable roads end at Galu Devi Temple. And as soon as you see the panoramic views of the Dhauladhar mountain range- you’re going to run out of breath for sure.
Location- Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh
- Kinnaur Kailash Shivlingam– A mythical abode of Lord Shiva. Need I say more? The locals and pilgrims reach this holy place in a span of about 2-3 days to see the rock. It’s a 79-foot vertical rock that resembles a Shivling, it changes colour during the different phases of the day. The gradient is a slowly graduating one but people with no trekking experience should avoid it.
Location– Kinnaur, Himachal Pradesh
- Roopkund– Hailed as the most popular trek in India, Roopkund is the kind of adventure we all need in our lives. Climbing from 8,000 ft to 16,000 ft in a period of 8 days, with beautiful campsites and snow clad mountains all around- it’s a treat! One can also get amazing views of peaks such as- Kedarnath, Nanda Ghunti, Neelkantha, Chaukhamba and Trishul. In case you haven’t heard already- this place engulfs a lake with hundreds of human skeletons found at the edge of it.
Location– Chamoli, Uttarakhand
- Remote Zanskar– This place has not only kept the ancient form of Tibetan Buddhism alive but also protected itself by being covered by snow-covered mountain passes. This place has some of the highest mountain passes across the country and quite a few popular treks- Chadar being one of them. Rafting in the freezing cold water of Zanskar River, understanding about the Zanskari culture, visiting monasteries in the remote valleys are some of the things that you will remember for a lifetime.
Location– Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir
- Hemkund– Widely known as the valley of flowers, this trek has been a wonderful beginning point for all the aspiring trekkers. Situated at an altitude of 3300 mts to 3650 mts, it is nothing short of a spectacular hike. It was declared as a National Park in 1982, and has about and more than 520 species of flowers, various types of wild animals, rich variety of birds and butterflies. The holy lake at Hemkund is a pilgrimage of Sikhs and Hindus.
Location– Govind Ghat, Uttarakhand