Uttrakhand is a Northern Indian state, which is also termed as “Devbhoomi” or “Land of the Gods.” Uttrakhand has the numerous and some of the oldest Hindu temples, and some of the most important pilgrimage centres of Hinduism including (Badrinath and Kedarnath among others). The state also has the natural wonders of Himalayas and is home to rare and endangered fauna and flora. The province is the geographical centre of the Himalayan mountain range and has the beautiful glaciers like Gangotri Glacier, major peaks including Nanda Devi, majestic snow-capped mountains, the lush green, and verdant forests and much more. The state also borders Nepal and Tibet, and the treks of the region are as fascinating as other regions of the province.
The right time for a trek in Uttrakhand is between April and June, and then again in between October to March. Here are the five best treks of Uttrakhand that may offer you the most beautiful views of natural sceneries, and may have unique tour aspects.
1. Kedarkantha Trek
Kedarkantha trek is one of the most popular snow mountain trekking and tourist destinations in India. The trek is based in the Western Garhwal region of the Uttarkashi district of Uttrakhand. The trek is convenient even for those who are new to trekking. It has a distance of 20 kilometres, while the maximum height of the trek is 3810 meters. The snow is here to view for all, up to the end of April. The dense Pine forests add to the charm.
To reach to Kedarkantha as a trekker, you will have to travel from the capital city of Uttrakhand, viz. Dehradun to Sankri ( located at the height of 6400 feet and a distance of 220 kilometers for Dehradun), via Mussoorie. The starting point of the trek is “Juda ka Talab” in Sankri. The trekkers have to travel to a distance of around 4.5 kilometers from this point to reach the base camp of Kedarnath peak.
The panorama is beautiful throughout the trek, and you catch a complete view of the snow-capped mountains, the lush green meadows, streams, Pine/Oak/Maple forestry, and the fascinating flora of the reason in your vacations. Some of the significant peaks in view include Kala Nag, Swargarohini, Bandar Pooch, and Rang Lana among others.
From the base camp, the trekkers embark on the final trek, which is more challenging. Conquering the Kedarkantha peak is jubilation for the trekkers, especially the enthusiasts and novices. The return trip may be made through the Hargaon camp.
2. Valley of Flowers Trek
The “Valley of Flowers,” located in Chamoli district of Uttrakhand, is an internationally recognized and highly famous National Park. The abysmal variety of flora makes for an exhilarating view while many of the Alpine flowers are endemic to the region. Some of the endangered species of the area include Musk Deer, Blue Sheep, Snow Leopard, and Asiatic Black Bear among others. The higher altitude birds may also be one of the many things that you may be witnessing the first time when you make you trek successfully.
The beautiful valley is 2 kilometers wide and 8 kilometers long and is a transition zone in between the Great Himalayas and the Zanskar mountain range. To see this magnificent natural wonder, you will have to reach to Hardwar, the holy city in Uttrakhand. From here, you will have to drive to Joshi Muth in Devprayag. This automobile drive in itself will be a new experience, and you will pass through the Alaknanda and Bhagirathi rivers before reaching Joshi Math, and to GovindGhat. The trek to the Valley of Flowers will start from GovindGhat.
Your first trek will be from GovindGhat to Ghangaria, which is a 14 kilometers trek that is complete in around 6 hours. You can call it a day here and start the trek from Ghangaria to Valley of Flowers (of 3 kilometres length) the next day. The valley of flowers is a feast for your soul. Apart from a myriad palette of the different hues and colours of flowers, you also call view the colourful butterflies, birds, and insects. The UNESCO World Heritage site is located at the height of 3600 meters.
3. Deoria Tal
Deoria Tal is one of the purest high water bodies, and it is located at the height of 2438 meters from sea level. The backdrops of the lake include the Chaukhamba peak and the Kedarnath Range among others. The beautiful snow-capped mountains, wild and lush green forests and the meadows enhance the natural beauty of the trekking destination. Deoria Tal is a part of Kedarnath Musk Deer Sanctuary. You can also find the musks and deers quenching their thirst through the lake waters in the morning. The fascinating range of birds, meadows, jungles, and lake water are other attractions of the region are a perk to cherish.
To reach one of the most beautiful natural wonders of Uttrakhand, you will have first to reach Haridwar, and drive a distance of 190 kilometres to Sari, a village close to Deoria Tal. The trek starts at Sari and is of 1-hour duration and 3-kilometre distance. While you cannot camp at Deoria Tal, you can have your tents at the places nearby.
4. Har Ki Dun Trek
The Har Ki Dun trek is no less than a stairway to heaven. The valley has the shape of a cradle. It is situated amidst the Garhwal Himalayas. Alpine vegetation and the Snow covered peak are significant attractions here. The valley is located at the height of around 3566 meters and remains covered with snow from October up until March.
The Har Ki Dun is one of the most challenging treks in Uttrakhand, which may span across five days. To do the trek, you have to reach to Hardwar, Sankri, and then to the last destination is achieved through an automobile, Taluka. Taluka is a small village situated close to the Har Ki Dun Valley and is situated at the height of 2100 meter. Ancient villages like Osla, Gangar, and Seema (some of which can be more than the 2000-year-old) are part of your trek route. The trek can be divided and completed comfortably in multiple days, and a brief ternary is given below.
●Taluka to Osla/Seema-14 kilometres
●Osla/Seema to Simatra Thach- 8 kilometres.
●Simatra Thach to Har Ki Dun- 12 Km
Another route and trek can be through Taluka, Pauni Garaat, Kalkattiyadhhar, and Har Ki Dun.
The region is also one of the primary catchment areas of the river Yamuna, and you will cross through several streams and the beautiful and sparkling waters of the river Tons. The ancient temples, crop fields, and the snow-capped Himalayan Mountain peaks (including Swarnabhoomi and Black peek) among others make for a breathtaking panorama.
5. Bharmatal Trek
Brahmatal Lake (situated at the height of 3700 feet meters) is one of the most popular winter treks in Uttrakhand. Open from October up until March. The trek has the two essences of summer and Winter Himalayas rolled into one. You can reach to Kathgodam and then have to drive to Loha Ganj (a ride of 225 kilometers). The first trek will be from Loha Ganj to Bekal Tal, which is of around 5 hours duration and 8-kilometer distance. The trek passes through the magnificent and dense forests of Fir and Oak. The final trek to reach the destination is from Bekaltal to Brahmatal. It is also of around 8-kilometer duration and takes you through the sparkling and crystal waters of the Brahmatal.
The trek has some of the finest and most mesmerizing views of the Himalayas. The glittering streams, small hamlets, and the lush green and verdant forests are a feast for the eyes. Other highlights also include the cuisine, local culture, and the Telandi meadow, which is a vast meadow that can be fully covered in snow and offers a stunning view.