“The real essence of holidays comes from the time spent in resting”. These lines might be true for some but for others holidays are to explore the unexplored, to witness the unseen and to challenge thy skills. India, with a plenitude of trekking trails for the first timers and experts, is surely a paradise for adventure junkies and trekking enthusiasts.
There are many trekking trails where beginners can learn trekking and quench their thirst of high altitude trekking. Now you can book cheap flights to reach these amazing trekking destinations.
Pick up from the 5 below mentioned trekking trails and treat the trekker in you –
Chopta-Chandrashila Trek, Uttarakhand
One of the most amazing treks of the Garhwal Himalayas includes the Chopta Chandrashila Trek. Located at an elevation of 13,415 ft, this trek offers stunning views of the glittering peaks of Nanda Devi, Panchchuli, Nilkanth and Kedarnath. The main attraction of this trek is definitely Tungnath, which has the highest Lord Shiva temple in the world. The trek starts at Chopta, covers Tungnath and Chandrashila Top, and ends at Chopta. If tired, you can end the trek at Tungnath and not cover Chandrashila.
Chopta-Tungnath – Chandrashila – Chopta
Height –4,090 m (till Chandrashila)
Best Time to Visit – Round the year
Duration – 1 day
Distance covered – 5 km approx.
Hampta Pass Trek, Himachal Pradesh
Hampta Pass Trek, located at an altitude of approximately 14,100 ft above the sea level, is the first choice for beginners. The starting point of this 26 km long trek is Hampta village in Kullu Valley and the trek ends at Chatru in Lahaul and Spiti Valley. From picturesque deodar forests to shimmery snow-clad mountains, you will get to see varied landscapes during the trek. Also, you can add camping at the stunning Chandra Taal in your itinerary.
Manali – Chika – Balu Ka Gera – Shea Goru – Chatru
Height – 4297 m
Best Time to Visit – June to September
Duration – 4 to 5 days
Distance covered – 26 km approx.
Dodital Trek, Uttarkashi
Famous as a paradise for bird watchers, Dodital is also a delight for nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts. Situated at an elevation of 10,300 ft, Dodital is bestowed with immense natural beauty that includes oak woods, pine forests, serene environs and revitalizing breeze. The initial phase of the trek starts from Sangam Chatti to Bhevra. After a halt at Bhevra, you trek towards Dodital, which is a 16 km trek. A site of the mind-blowing Dodital will take away all the tiredness and justifies all the effort. After Dodital, head towards Darwa Pass top, which is around 5 kms and takes around 3 hours.
Uttarkashi – Sangam Chatti – Bhevra – Dodital – Darwa Pass top
Height – 3139 m
Best Time to Visit – April to November
Duration – 5 days
Distance covered – 27 km approx.
Sham Valley Trek, Ladakh
One of the easiest treks of the Ladakh region is the Sham Valley Trek. Situated at an altitude of 13,123 ft, it is also commonly known as Baby Trek. A number of monasteries on the way add to the overall grace. This trek starts from Likir and continues till Temisgam en route Phobe La, Mebtak La and Tsermangchen La, perched at an altitude of 3750 meters. These high mountain passes decorated with traditional Tibetan flags make for a picturesque setting. Likir Monastery gives a beautiful start to the trek and is one of the main attractions.
Likir – Yangthang across Phobe La – Hemis Shukpachen across Tsermangchen La – Ang across Mebtak La – Temisgam
Height –4,000 m
Best Time to Visit – May to October
Duration – 7 days
Distance covered – 35 km approx.
Dayara Bugyal Trek, Uttarakhand
Dayara Bugyal is counted among the most beautiful meadows in the country. Located at an altitude of 10,000 ft, it is also one of the best ski slopes in India. The trek starts at Barsu and passing through flowery meadows, snow-peaked mountains and lush green grasslands ends at Patanatuna. Barsu is located 32 km from the town of Uttarkashi on the Haridwar – Gangothri road. You can also enjoy a homestay while trekking on this route.
Haridwar – Barsu – Barnala – Dayara Bugyal – Pichkiya – Barsu
Height – 3048 m
Best Time to Visit – May to October, December to February (for skiing)
Duration – 6 days
Distance covered – 24 km approx.
Other than the trekking trails for beginners, there are a plethora of trekking trails in India for those who have expertise in this field.
So, pack your bags, take your camera and head out towards one of these scenic destinations. And yes, don’t forget to leave your gadgets behind as you will not need them there!
About the Author
Kanika Agarwal is an avid traveller and likes to express simply by words of her experience. She admires natural beauty and her dream is to explore the unexplored.