India is a diversified country with different people belonging to different states and following a different religion. Amidst all this, they all come together as being one ‘an Indian‘. Be it North-South or East-West, there are numerous majestical places to trek in India. There is no exaggeration that trekking is one of the most popular adventurous activities in India. It not only gives you a chance to visit the places but also a lifetime experience that gives you a high adrenaline rush and an opportunity to come close to nature. Such Himalayas and mountains are a mixture of flora and fauna, man-made structures, cultural experience, religious delights, and much more.
This article will give an insight into different places and different types of experiences one can gain after visiting these places. I am enlisting here Top 8 Spots to Trek in India.
1. Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek
The Kanchenjunga Trek is one of the most thrilling treks of India. It is the world’s third-highest mountain with a height of 8586m. This trek will allow you to enjoy the panoramic views from Frey Peak to Kabru Peak. The trek usually takes 8-10 days and starts from a small village in Sikkim known as Yuksom.
The trek offers gorgeous views of the Rathong River, beautiful flowers like orchids, rare birds, and evergreen fern plantations. The path towards the Kanchenjunga Base Camp will witness the famous waterfall at the Paha Khola Bridge. Prek Chu River is an added attraction for the trekkers. The highlight of the trek is when you pass Dzongri, it takes you through the Tshoka Hamlet followed by Phedang Pass offering different views of Pandim, Thenchinkhang, and Jhuponu Mountains. The best time to trek at this mountain is from March to May or September to November.
2. Chadar Lake
Walking on an ice-covered river is the ultimate experience for adventurers who are keen to enjoy trekking in the Ladakh Himalayas. It is named ‘Chadar’ as it means blanket in Hindi and the frozen river acts as a blanket. The trek is taken forward by shuffling along the Chadar that breaks and changes color on the river every few hours.
The trek allows visiting the ancient Buddhist monasteries and secluded villages situated in the Trans Zanskar ranges. At some stage, the Chadar doesn’t form a cover on the river so the trekkers have to take a new route through the snow-covered banks to move down to a spot on the Zanskar River. Everything about the trek is new and something that one has to experience: the panorama, atmosphere, and the frozen river, caves, unusual campsites, sledges, and ever-changing Chadar. The trek usually takes close to 13 days and the best time to plan a trip is during January and February.
3. Hampta Pass Trek
Hampta Pass Trek is one of the highly sought treks from North India. The trek is all about experiencing the beauty of the place. Glacial valleys, lofty mountains, and wide green pastures are some of the faces of nature that this trek will introduce you to. At a certain point, you will enjoy the view of Lahaul and Spiti valleys as well the mountain ranges of Spiti and Pir Panjal. The trek also allows camp at Chandratal, the Moon Lake.
Hampta Pass stretches across the Pir Panjal Range in the Himalayas. You will get lost in the landscape here and it is one of the reasons why it attracts a large number of international tourists. The mountains geometrically meet the meadows below. The snow-capped Dhauladhar Peaks are some fabulous views that will be in view throughout the trek. If you are looking for nature’s beauty then is the right place. To plan this trek you need a minimum of 8 days and the best time is during September-October.
4. Markha Valley Trek
The most popular treks in Ladakh, Markha valley’s trekking passes through remote mountain passes, sleepy villages, quaint monastic settlements, and meadows in the silhouette of Kang Yatze Peak and then to the Kongmaru La with its imposing views of the Karakoram and K2.
Accommodation is expected to be in parachute tents in the villages that come on the route hence making it a ‘tea house trek’. The route is made in such a way that the trekker passes the beautiful Hemis National Park and through two passes, Ganda La and Konmaru La. There are many interesting things to do and experience on the trek but one of the most challenging things is to cross the Markha river whose water is waist-deep. To plan this trek one needs 10 minimum of 10 days and it’s best to go anytime between June to October. The climate is moderate at that time.
5. Nanda Devi East Base Camp
Kumaon is an eye-catching region of the Indian Himalayas which is a border between Nepal and the Western end. This mountain houses Nanda Devi which is its highest peak. This part of the Himalayas has fascinated many explorers and mountaineers and a majority of them have drawn towards its mysterious aura and tales surrounding it.
This trek is known to be India’s best treks in India which passes along the Gori Ganga ravine to the village of Milam and then goes to the East Base camp. The duration of the trek is almost 16 days and the best time to visit is from May to October.
6. Dzongri-Goecha La Trek
This trek begins from Yuksom a small town, a place that is known for its historical significance. Here you will get to know the tradition and culture of people living there and will also learn more about their lifestyle. The wooden fencing that is aesthetically placed is very pleasing for all the tourists and trekkers.
The trek routes through Sikkim Himalayas so the view of Mt. Kanchenjunga is just spectacular. The clouds conceal their peak at times and sometimes bring an open view to others. At the bottom, the lush meadows stretch themselves out to make it more beautiful. Such sights just calm one’s mind. In this trek view of Mt. Pandim and Mt. Kabru are just breathtaking. It’s a trek that lets you enjoy nature as you pass the oak plantation, fields of flowers, and the vast forests. To plan this trek one needs to do so in March – June or September- November with a minimum of 8 days.
7. Adi Kailash Trek
The name ‘Adi Kailash’ signifies that it is a religious trek and is of the best-hiking destinations in India as it takes you to the heart of the Kumaon Himalayas. It stands in the district of Pithoragarh, and it also has a close resemblance to Mt. Kailash in Tibet thus the name Adi Kailash. This trek is not like other treks, it requires experience and knowledge about it. The trek commences from Tawaghar which can be reached from Darchula.
The trek covers the following places – Lamari, Budhi, Nampa, Kutti, Nabhi, Nabidhang, Jyollingkong, and Kala Pani. When you reach Gunji, the route splits in two and the trekkers can take a detour and first visit Om Parvat. During the trek, one will also get an opportunity to view the ranges of Kali River, Annapurna, Narayana Ashram, and the forests. There are some famous water bodies in the area like Parvati Sarovar, Gauri Kund, and Aachari Tal. The best time to plan this trek is from June to October and needs a minimum of 10 days.
8. Dodtilal Trek
Dodtilal is named after the rare Himalayan trout, which is known as Dodi in the local language. The trek starts from Sangam Chati and is followed to Agoda. An exciting experience during the trek is camping which is close to the rivulet at Bhebra. As you walk through the dense forests the beauty of the place keeps unfolding before you. The birds chirping and the beautiful sight just delight your mind and relaxes you.
The trekking trail brings you close to the Himalayan Ranges. Once you reach Dodtilal Lake, all the efforts put in to reach the place will all just be worth it. You will be mesmerized by the beauty of the lake. The crystal clear water of the lake plays a major role in lending tranquillity to the surrounding. If you are fond of avifauna then you are in the right place. A huge variety of birds can be found here like the Himalayan blabber, Grey Tit, Red-billed Blue Magpie, Brown Fronted Woodpecker, and Bush Robin. The trip can be planned anytime between March – Jun or September – December for a minimum of 6-8 days.