Himalaya is a mine of the diverse topography of India, rugged trails, stupendous atmosphere, and fascinating panorama. This is what makes India a trekker’s paradise serving an unmatched rejuvenation to the stressful mind. The Himalayan region of India is brimming with a plethora of trails across all difficulty levels. And, for trekkers who want to explore some of the best-kept secrets of nature, there is a potpourri of options that resides within the Indian Himalaya. If you are thinking that treks won’t open your doors too diverse and breathtaking landscapes, then you are wrong buddy. Here are some of the best treks that will fulfill a beginners zest for the adrenaline rush.
This seven day trek is a gem of the Garhwal Himalayas and is known for its sprawling meadows and dazzling splendour of a majestic valley. Not only this, the valley is home to a wide gamut of rare species including Asiatic black bear, blue sheep. Don’t freak or awed if you happen to spot a snow leopard. The monsoon months of July, August and September attracts the most soul seekers as the valley is carpeted with hued flowers. And if that’s not all to call you then you would definitely not want to miss a site that is recognized as a world heritage by UNESCO.
Khar Myundari Trek, Himachal Pradesh
Situated at an altitude of 3800m from sea level, Khar Myundari Trek welcomes its admirers round the year. This two day trek is perfect getaway from Manali for those short on time. Starting from Sethan which is an hour of drive from the town of Manali, the trek glides through enchanting Kullu valley and lands you at a lake side camp. The best per of this trek is the breathtaking view of Kullu Valley that takes you to another world of your own.
Dodital Lake, Uttarakhand
Another gem perched in the Garhwal region of Himalayas is the trail to Dodital Lake. Flanked by lush and verdant forests the mighty Dodital Lake floats at an elevation of 3085 meters. The seven day trek to Dodital Lake is spell bounded with opulence. The trail is set through the lush green grasslands that astound the trekkers and the gripping backdrop gets them going through the trail.
Chopta Chandrashila Trek, Uttarakhand
Counted amongst the most fabulous treks in the Garhwal region, the easy-moderate grade of Chopta Chandrashila Trek makes it perfect for amateurs. All through your trail, you will be offered with stunning vistas and the snow-capped Himalayas that are visible to the naked eye from the Chandrashila Point. As one trudges along this trek, the scenic vistas are transformed into a white carpet post snowfall and are a sight to behold. The best time to visit this 5 day trek is in the months of May to November.
Sham Valley Trek, Ladakh
Also popular as ‘Baby Trek’ for its low elevation, Sham Valley Trek offers several monasteries en-route for the trekkers to visit. The trek is one of the easiest in the Ladakh region and takes you through the majestic landscapes of Spituk, Hemis, Thiksey, Lamayuru and Alchi. Without any serious hardship to trek through the path you will have a chance to mix up with the local village communities and witness their customs untouched by time. You can even stay in the village home stays to feel like a local. Though the route can be trekked all round the year but Mid June to September are the months to relinquish the beauty at its best.
Indrahar Pass Trek, Himachal Pradesh
Fascinating for all trekking enthusiasts and the amateurs, Indrahar Pass Trek boasts incredible panoramic vistas of Dhaula Dhar and Pir Panjal mountain ranges. This moderate trek that starts from Mcleodganj and terminates at Chamba traverses through verdant Deodar and Rhododendron forests. Trekkers can also go for an alternate route and find themselves accompanied by the Gaddi shepherds taking their flock to the grassland. You might have to ascend several boulders to reach Indrahar Pass but once atop you will be rewarded with fabulous views of Mani Mahesh Kailash and the hypnotic Indian plains
Har Ki Doon Trek, Uttarakhand
The Vallley of Gods, as the name says Har Ki Dun Trek is a visual treat for first time trekkers. Though Har ki Doon is a moderate trek, it takes you to through some of the least explored places in the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand. The beauty of the trail is hard to explain in words unless you are there breathing in all by yourself.
These are the trekking routes that you, as a beginner, can choose in order to grab some of the never to be forgotten moments of a lifetime. Pack your rucksack and embark on any of the aforementioned destinations to satiate the adrenaline rush inside you.