The Indian Himalayas gives countless opportunities to the adventure seeking trekkers from all around the world, with its myriad landscapes and challenging treks. Here are the top 10 summer treks in India.
Rupin Pass Trek
Rupin pass trek is one of the most sought after place for trekking experience, for those who are looking for a moderately challenging to difficulty level of trekking. It is at an altitude of over 15,000 ft above sea level in the state of Himachal Pradesh. It is about eight days journey, which starts at a small hamlet in Uttarkashi, named Dhaula and ends at the city of Sangla which lies in the Baspa Valley of Himachal Pradesh. The path goes from several desolated places of the mountain ranges of Himalaya. What is astonishing about Rupin Pass trek is the constantly changing scenery throughout the journey.
The experience of camping sometimes at the river bank, under the sky or amidst the snow capped mountains and dense forest is both thrilling and captivating. The Trekker can also see the vast expanse of green fields along the way. For Rupin Pass trek, you have to follow the Rupin River upstream, to the Upper waterfall camp. There are two trails that lead to the Rupin Pass. One is through Gosangu, the last road head of the state, which can be reached from Shimla. Another route is from Naitwar village in Uttarakhand, which can be reached from Dehradun through Dhaula. Both routes take you to Jhaka, which is a hanging village.
Goechala Trek is a magnificent trek which starts from Yuksom and through Sachen pass; it joins the conventional Dzongri–Goechala trail. It presents the magnificent sight of Mountain Kabru and Kanchenjunga. Situated at the height of about 16,000 ft above sea level, Goechala pass is the uppermost peak where one can reach in the Himalayan mountain range in the state of Sikkim. From there you can watch the eastern face of majestic Mount Kanchenjunga, the third highest mountain in the whole planet. You can take various trails for Goechala trek. However, the shortest and the most suitable is the one which starts from and ends at Yuksom village.
This is for those who do not have more than a week’s time to complete the trek. For those who are looking for a more than a fortnight of a challenge, the best and most thrilling and adventurous routes are either Singalila trek or Kasturi trek. The Singalila trek lets you enjoy not only the grandiose of Kanchenjunga but also the majesty of Everest range. Relish the rich experience of trekking amidst prosperous valleys, deep and dark forests and beautiful orchards. The trek offers the dangerous and tough terrains often sought after by experienced and qualified trekkers.
Pin Parvati Pass Trek
Pin Parvati Pass is another trek that attracts the thrill seeking trekkers who are looking for trekking in Manali. The trek begins by crossing the lush Parvati Valley which falls on the Kullu side and reaching the Spitti Valley. Located at more than 17,000 ft above sea level, this is one of the toughest treks, with extensive crossing area and intense snow fall throughout the year. In this eleven days trek, there are a lot of things to enjoy and remember. From dense alpine forests to vast grazing lands, from vivid flowers to vast glaciers and from lush green fields to pristine white snow filled landscape, the changing scenery never fails to astonish the trekkers.
The trekkers can also encounter Himalayan brown bears while trekking in the western Himalayan region. The journey starts from Kullu to Rudranath, which is famous for God Shiva temple made of natural rocks. At Thakurkuan, the trekkers can enjoy the flourishing wild life sanctuary. The trekking gets more difficult from the base camp at Pine Valley, with continuous snowfall and downpour, making the area slippery. The trek ends with the 9 hours drive from Kaza to Manali, during which the trekker can enjoy picturesque scenes of beautiful villages.
Stok Kangri Trek
At a majestic height of 20,000 ft, lies the Stok Kangri peak, which provides the most challenging and thrilling trekking experience to the trekkers. At a distance of almost 24 km from the Leh district, this is the highest peak of the Himalayan Stok range. This is one of the most enchanting destinations for the trekkers. However, it is by no means an easy one to reach. The difficulty of this trek lies in its great height. The air gets thinner at such heights, which makes it very difficult for breathing. The trekkers also have to get prepared for the frequent and unexpected changes in the weather conditions.
However, for those who are looking for trekking in Ladakh, the Stok Kangri trek can provide one of the ultimate experiences of their life. The months of July to September are the best time to go trekking in Ladakh. Since, it is one of the most difficult treks, covering it in nine days is recommended. There are some initial preparations that are mandatory before carrying out this quest. Preparing your body for the sudden climatic changes and getting used to the thin air at 20,000 ft can be challenging. The trek starts from and ends at Leh.
Bagini Glacier Trek
Bagini Glacier trek is another adventurous and thrilling trek with a moderate level of difficulty. It is located at Garhwal at a height of around 14,800 ft above the sea level. The most astounding and memorable part of this journey is the natural splendor and the magnificence of the snow capped peaks of Doonagiri, Changa Banga, and Kalanka. The purity and tranquility of the place not only mesmerizes you, it also helps you feel re-energized. The duration of this expedition is eight days which starts at the holy city of Haridwar. From Haridwar, you have to reach Joshimath.
The villages that fall in the trail are Jumma, Ruing and Dronagiri village to reach the Changa Banga base camp. The Trekker can experience various natural scenic beauties along the way. The trekker will also experience the eeriness of the deep, dark and dense forests that they need to pass while journeying from Ruing village to Dronagiri village. From Dronagiri to Changa Banga base camp, the trekker experiences, lush green pastures and snow peaks. From Changa Banga base camp, the trekker will reach the Bagini Glacier and enjoy the majestic views of various peaks. The Trekker resumes the trail to Haridwar to end the journey.
Har ki Doon Trek
If you are looking for easy to moderate trekking in India, Har ki Doon trek in the Uttarakhand region provides some spectacular sites full of innate beauty of tranquil rivers, dense forests, profound valleys and caverns, snow capped mountain peaks and flourishing flora and fauna. Har ki Doon trek gives even the inexperienced trekkers, something to marvel. The trek is located at the foundation of Fateh Parvat, at a height of around 11,600 ft from the sea level. It is a place which is most sought after, for getting the first experience of trekking. It is an eight-day long journey which starts at Sankri. Sankri is about 5 hours drive from Dehradun.
At Sankri, you can view beautiful Garhwal Mountains which are covered with snow. The journey continues from Sankri to Taluka, which offers the beautiful scenery of vast pastures. If you are lucky to visit this place in the spring season, you will find this place filled with some of the most beautiful and colorful wild flowers. Another ten to the twelve-kilometer trip will take you to Oslo, which is known for its charming orchids. From there the journey ascends to reach Har ki Doon, where you can spend time, captivated by the scenic beauty. The journey ends by following the trek back to Dehradun.
There is beauty, there is an adventure, there are stories and there is a mystery in this journey of the Roopkund Trek. Roopkund is a lake that lies in the Garhwal Mountains of Chamoli. Located at the height of around 15,900 ft above sea level, this lake is shrouded in myths and mysteries. The lake is also known as Mystery Lake and skeletal lake. It got its name owing to several hundred of human skeletons that were found here by a Forest Officer in the year 1942. Since then, several scientists from worldwide conducted several types of research on how these skeletons got there.
Eventually, it was found out to be a group of pilgrimages who died here due to a ferocious hailstorm. Apart from the mystery, the trek also offers some of the most spectacular, dreams like views of the beauty of lakes, forests, green pastures, and snow White Mountains. It is an eight-day trek with a difficulty level of moderate to difficult. It starts from and ends at Lohajung. The best time for Roopkund trekking is the month of May to June and during September to October. Trekking to this height needs some experience and better physical health to cope up with thinning air and unexpected climatic changes.
Tarsar Marsar Trek
Kashmir is known as the heaven on earth for a reason. There are only a few places in the world to compete with this enthralling place. It is also known for various treks, which gives the trekkers, the adventure of their lives. If you are looking for a moderate level trekking in Kashmir, the Tarsar Marsar Trek gives you an opportunity to experience the thrill and joy that comes with trekking. It is one of the most popular treks in Kashmir Valley. This trek will lead you to enchanting twin lakes, Tarsar and Marsar which are encompassed by Kolahi mountain peaks.
Those who are searching for peace than adventure will find more contentment with Tarsar Marsar trekking. The maximum peak height that can be achieved at this trek is located at about 13,000 ft from the sea level. The trek is more pleasant during the summer season when the beautiful flowers have blossomed on the surrounding alpine trees. You can also come across various faunas at this trek during the summer season. This seven-day expedition starts from Srinagar and finishes at Sumbal. Enjoy the scenic beauty of vast meadows, sweet flowers and stunning walnut trees and apple orchards along the journey.
Kashmir Great Lakes Trek
Trekking in Kashmir is not only about adventure and thrill. The peace and calmness that comes with the journey are what is remembered by most of the trekkers at the end. For some, it is a life changing experience. Kashmir Great Lakes trek allows you to experience the tranquility and ecstasy, which comes when you harmonize with the beauty of nature. The trekking starts from Srinagar and ends at Narang. It is a seven-day voyage that allows you to feel one with nature.
From the month of June to the month of August, you will find this trek flourishing with colourful and enchanting flowers and lush green meadows. You can also enjoy the beauty of majestic mountain peaks and deep blue color of the lake filling you with unfathomable harmony. During the seven days of the quest, you will be mesmerized by the collection of different lakes, cascading waterfalls, snow peaked mountains and crimson flowers.
Hampta Pass Trek
If you only have a week’s holiday, which you want to spend on trekking. Then you should choose the short Hampta Pass Trek which lasts for only 5 days. Located at the region of charming Manali at a height of about 14,000 ft above sea level. The Hampta Pass trek gives an easy to mild difficulty experience to the trekker. The trekking can be done all the year round. However, the best time is from the month of June to September.
The trek joins the valleys of Kullu and Lahaul. The Trekker can experience vast scenic beauty, lush green pastures, waterfalls. In addition, a vast stretch of pristine white snow and coniferous forests. The changing climatic conditions and scenery provide a great opportunity to capture various forms of nature in your camera. The trek starts from Manali and ends at Chandrataal. Although this trek is moderate, by the end of the trekking, slippery mud and rocks can make it a bit difficult.