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Winter and Snow Treks in India

Winter and snow treks in India
Winter and snow treks in India
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Winter and Snow Treks in India : India is consecrated with the mighty Himalayas that offers plethora of opportunities to hike and try different adventures. Himalayas being accessible round the year , there are several treks which are suitable for different seasons or are considered best to visit during that time.

Out of all, some are categorized as winter or snow treks as well. The word Himalaya means “Abode of Snow” and due to its higher terrain, the Himalayan region receives an ample amount of snow especially on these trek trails.

These treks become too scenic like a snowy wonderland after receiving fresh snowfall during the winter months and provides an experience like never before.

If spring is the season for nature lovers, then winters are for thrill seekers. The snow treks let you walk through winty grasses, snow laden trails, frozen lakes and verglas made of streams. Here we introduce you to some of the Best Winter Treks in India that we are organizing this winter.

Kedarkantha Trek
  • State : Uttarakhand
  • Region : Uttarkashi
  • Number of Days : 5 ( Dehradun to Dehradun)
  • Difficulty level : Easy to Moderate
  • Maximum Altitude : 3800 Mts
  • Trek Length : 24 Kms
  • Base Village : Sankri
Winter and snow treks in India

Juda Ka Talab – Kedarkantha Trek

Kedarkantha Trek is one of the most famous winter treks in Uttarakhand. Kedarkantha peak in the Govind Wildlife Sanctuary of Uttarkashi district remains covered in snow from mid November to March. The peak dedicated to Lord Shiva has an easy trail and gradual incline towards the peak thus quite popular with the first time trekkers.

The base village of the trek is Sankri, which is well connected by road from Dehradun,which is also the last railway station. 

The journey to the summit offers breathtaking views of snow capped mountain peaks surrounding the summit ,the initial trail of Kedarkantha is through the forest with abundant  along the trail, beautiful landscapes, extensive variety of flora and. The 2 campsites on the trail are Juda Ka Talab and Kedarkantha Base camp.

On the 4th day of the trek you start early for the Kedarkantha Summit, as early as 2-3 am so that the trekkers get a glimpse of the sunrise. One of the best sunrises that the trekkers acn view while trekking in the Himalayas of Uttarakhand.

Short Itinerary :

Day 1: Drive from Dehradun and Arrival at Sankri

Day 2: Trek from Sankri to Juda Ka Taal (9050 Feet, 4 Kms)

Day 3 : Juda Ka Taal – Kedarkantha Base Camp (11200 FT, 4 Kms Trek)

Day 4: Kedarkantha Base Camp- Kedarkantha (12,500 FT)- Juda ka Taal(9050 FT, 10 KM)

Day 5: Juda Ka Taal – Sankri- Dehradun (6 Kms Trek)

Kuari Pass Trek
  • State : Uttarakhand
  • Region: Joshimath , Chamoli
  • Number of Days: 6 (Dehradun to Dehradun )
  • Difficulty level: Easy to Moderate
  • Maximum Altitude: 4200 Mts
  • Trek Length: 30 Kms
  • Base Village: Dhak

Also called as Lord Curzon trail, Kuari Pass trek is another popular winter trek in Uttarakhand. The trek begins from a village called Dhak, which is situated near the famous tourist spot, Auli.

A great trek for beginners , Kuari Pass is an easy to moderate trek and is recommended for first timers. Kuari top which is the highest point of the trek is at an altitude of 4250 mts and a number of 7000 + mts peaks like Kamet , Trishul, Nanda Devi , Nanada Devi east and Chaukhamba are all visible from here.

The trail has a lot to offer, be it the scenic meadows, trail through Oak and Rhododendron forests, beautiful campsites with views of the peaks.  Best time for Kuari Pass Trek is from November to March when the trail is mostly covered by snow.   

Short Itinerary :

Day 1: Drive from Haridwar/Rishikesh to Joshimath; 10-12 Hours drive

Day 2:Drive from Joshimath to Dhak; 45 minutes. Trek from Dhak (6,956 ft) to Guling (9,832) ft; 5-6 hours

Day 3: Guling (9,832) ft to Khullara (10,492 ft); 4-5 hours

Day 4: Khullara (10,492 ft) to Chitrakantha/Tali (11,031 ft) via Kuari Pass (12,516 ft); 8 hours

Day 5: Chitrakantha/Tali (11,031 ft) to Auli (8,625 ft); 4-5 hours. Drive to Joshimath; 45 minutes

Dy 6: Drive from Joshimath to Haridwar. 

Brahmatal Trek
  • State : Uttarakhand
  • Region : Chamoli
  • Number of Days : 6 (Rishikesh/ Dehradun to Rishikesh/Dehradun )
  • Difficulty level : Easy to Moderate
  • Maximum Altitude : 3700 Mts
  • Trek Length : 24 Kms
  • Base Village : Lohajung
Winter and snow treks in India

Frozen Lake

There are several reasons why Brahmatal Trek is considered one of the better winter treks, trail passing through forest of Oak and Rhododendrons , camping by the lake at Bekaltal and finally the view of Mt. Trishul , Nanda Ghunti, Mt. Chaukhamba , Mt Neelkanth and few others.

One of the few treks in Uttarakhand where you cover 2 lakes, Bekaltal and Bhramatal. Brahmatal Trek doesn’t get too crowded during the peak months of December , January and February.

Closest railway station to the base camp Lohajung is Kathgodam , but better transport options are available from Rishikesh and Dehradun.  

Short Itinerary

Day 1 :Drive from Rishikesh to Lohajung – 300 kms

Day 2:Trek from Lohajung to Bekaltal,4-5 hours.

Day 3: Trek from Bekaltal to Brahmatal

Day 4 :Trek from Brahmatal to the summit (Brahmatal Pass) and back to Brahmatal

Day 5 :Trek from Brahmatal to Lohajung

Day 6: Drive from Lohajung to Rishikesh

Sandakphu Trek
  • State : West Bengal
  • Region : Darjeeling
  • Number of Days : 6
  • Difficulty level : Easy to Moderate
  • Maximum Altitude : 3600 mts
  • Trek Length : 44 Kms
  • Base Village : Maneybhanjang

This trek is one of its kind as it lets you witness 4 of the highest 5 peaks in the world. Lhotse, Makalu, Kanchenjunga and Everest. The Kanchenjunga cluster which is visible from Sandakhu is also known as sleeping Buddha. It is located in the north westernpart of Darjeeling and is the highest peak in West Bengal. The trek route passes through Singalila National Park ,and Sandakphu itself is a part of the National park. The National Park is famous for its varied fauna and flora & boats of several species of birds and animals. 

Best time to do Sandakphu trek is from September to March,although the trail can be done round the year except for the monsoon months. September, October, and November are the months when the sky is mostly  clear and there are high chances of seeing all the peaks.The trail is easy and can be accessed by both first timers and moderate trekkers. The route of the trek is along the Nepal – India border and on some occasions we are trekking in Nepal.

Short Itinerary :

Day 1: Pick up from NJP. Overnight at Maneybhanjan

Day 2 :Maneybhanjan to Tumling. (13 km ~ 7 hr)

Day 3: Tumling to Kalipokhri. (13 km ~ 7hr)

Day 4: Kalipokhri to Sandakphu. (6km ~ 3hr)

Day 5: Sandakphu to Sri khola. (12-13 km ~ 5hr)

Day 6: Sri khola to NJP

Kareri Lake
  • State : Himachal Pradesh
  • Region : Dharamshala 
  • Number of Days : 3 (Dharamshala to Dharamshala )
  • Difficulty level : Easy to Moderate
  • Maximum Altitude : 2950 Mts
  • Trek Length : 25 kms
  • Base Village : Kareri Village

Kareri Lake is a freshwater lake situated at an altitude of 2950 meters above sea level. Surrounded by scenic meadows and Dhauladhars, the campsite is a treat for trekkers. The glaciers located in the Dhauladhars act as a water source to the lake. Minkiani Pass is a 1 additional trek from Kareri Lake. The Kareri Lake Trek is less explored and offers great scenic views of valleys and mountain ranges, with river flowing next to you on most part of the trail  The difficulty level of this trek varies from easy to moderate and is suitable for both beginners as well as experienced ones.

The trek starts from a small village called Kareri, which is around 2 hours drive from Dharamshala town. The trail of the trek is all the way ascending from the starting point and it passes through the lush forest of oak and spruce, narrow terrains and beautiful meadows. The site of the Kareri Lake is also the basecamp of Minkiani and Bleni passes.

During peak winter months, the trail is majorly covered with snow and most part of Kareri Lake freezes. For trekkers for not looking for multi day option, 3 day Kareri Lake trek is a very good option for them. 

Short Itinerary

Day 1:Arrive in Dharamshala, drive to Kareri village and Trek to Reoti Village

Day 2: Trek from Reoti Village to Kareri Lake

Day 3: Trek from Kareri Lake to Kareri Village and drive to Delhi

Prashar Lake Trek
  • State: Himachal Pradesh
  • Region : Mandi
  • Number of Days: 2 (Delhi to Delhi )
  • Difficulty level: Easy 
  • Maximum Altitude: 3400 Mts
  • Trek Length: 18 kms
  • Base Village: Baggi
Winter and snow treks in India

Prashar Lake in Winters

Considered one of the best weekend treks near Delhi, Parashar Lake is one of the few treks in Himachal which is operational round the year. The trek is situated near Mandi, and is 9 km long. The trail passes through river streams, forests, meadows, and finally to the lake.

Itinerary and other detailshttps://drive.google.com/open?id=0B8FmhZI-Ouh0SnZZMmpEX1UtR0E

Nag Tibba Trek
  • State : Uttarakhand
  • Region : Sankri , Uttarkashi 
  • Number of Days : 2 (Dehradun to Dehradun )
  • Difficulty level : Easy 
  • Maximum Altitude : 3400 Mts
  • Trek Length : 18kms
  • Base Village : Pantwari

Another famous weekend trek near Delhi, Nag Tibba is the highest peak in the lesser Himalayas of Uttarakhand. Standing at an elevation of 3000 m, the peak is known for the views of snowcapped Himalayan ranges. The trek is easy and is the best suitable trek for beginners and novice hikers.

Itinerary and other details:https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B8FmhZI-Ouh0clZJb042V3NqMXM

Deoriatal Chandrashila Trek
  • State : Uttarakhand
  • Region : Sankri , Uttarkashi 
  • Number of Days : 3 (Delhi to Delhi )
  • Difficulty level : Easy 
  • Maximum Altitude : 4000 Mts
  • Trek Length : 26 Kms
  • Base Village : Sari /Chopta
Winter and snow treks in India

View from Tungnath temple in Winters

Considered the best multi-day trek near Delhi and known for its grand views of Chaukhamba peak. The trek commences from a tiny hamlet called Sari and ends at a renowned tourist spot, Chopta. The trek offers you an opportunity to experience the nature at its best. The best part is the 14 km forest trail to Chopta.

Itinerary and other detailshttps://drive.google.com/open?id=0B8FmhZI-Ouh0aXlIZVhUUWVNdzA

Har Ki Dun Trek
  • State : Uttarakhand
  • Region : Sankri , Uttarkashi 
  • Number of Days : 7 (Dehradun to Dehradun )
  • Difficulty level : Easy
  • Maximum Altitude : 3654 Mts
  • Trek Length : 67 Kms
  • Base Village : Sankri

Har ki Dun is one of those treks which is always in high demand,one of the most sought after treks. Har ki Dun which translates into Valley of gods, is situated in Govind Pashu National park.At an altitude of around 3500 mts is surrounded by thick forest and Swargrohini, Black peak and Bandarpoonch .  

The cradle shaped valley is usually covered in snow from October to March . It is said that this is the same trail that Pandavas took to reach Heaven via Swargarohini. The trail is easy , but being a 7 day trek Har ki Dun requires good amount of fitness for both beginners and experienced trekkers. You trek almost 6 to 7 hours every day.

Short Itinerary :

Day 1: Drive from Dehradun to Sankri

Day 2: Drive from Sankri to Taluka and Trek to Seema

Day 3: Trek from Seema to Har Ki Dun

Day 4: Trek from Har Ki Dun to Jaundhar Glacier/ Maninda Tal to Har Ki Dun

Day 5: Trek from Har Ki Dun to Seema

Day 6: Trek from Seema to Taluka and Drive to Sankri

Day 7: Drive from Sankri to Dehradun

Dayara Bugyal Trek
  • State : Uttarakhand
  • Region : Uttarkashi , Garhwal
  • Number of Days : 4 (Dehradun to Dehradun )
  • Difficulty level : Easy to Moderate
  • Maximum Altitude : 3048 Mts
  • Trek Length : 18 Kms
  • Base Village : Barsu
Winter and snow treks in India

Dayara Bugyal

Of the many peaks and summits that you can do in Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh in winters, meadows have a completely different charm in the winters. Famously known as Bugyal in the local language in Uttarakhand. Out of many scenic bugyals, Dayara Bugyal still stands out because of the duration of the trek. Dehraun to Dehradun can be done in 4 days.

The Dayara Bugyal trek starts and ends at a small village, Barsu situated in the Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand. The village is 180 km from the state capital, i.e., Dehradun .The trails through the forest is surrounded mostly by pine tree,oak and Rhododendron during the months of March and April. 

The trail offers a clear view of the Gangotri range .Peaks visible are of Draupadi ka Danda, Jaonli, Srikantha and Bandarpunch  An easy trail and can be easily done by fit beginners. Bakharia Top at an elevation of 12000 feet, is the highest point that one can reach on this trek.

Short Itinerary

Day 1 :Dehradun to Barsu  (8530 ft) (220 km Drive)

Day 2: Barsu to Dayara Bugyal via Barnala (9980 ft) (9 km, 6-7 hours trek)

Day 3: Dayara Bugyal to Bakaria Top (12000 ft) (3 km, 2.5–3 hours trek) (Back to Barnala Tal)

Day 4: Trek from Barnala Tal to Barsu and drive to Dehradun

These are few good snow and winter treks that one can plan for during the month of November, December, January and February.

For details on any of the trek or any assistance in the planning do get in touch with Rohan 92057 25727.

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