Trekking at the regions of Garhwal and Kinnaur along the Rupin Pass is all made for the adventurous nature lovers who are keen to explore a remote Himalayan valley. This fascinating trekking brings all the classical attractions to hold the ascending gentle trails through luxuriant Oak and Conifer Forest and ancient traditional Hindu mountain villages to the alpine meadows where mountain peaks soar above Rupin Pass to highlight the lush green landscape all around the valleys. The trek will also carry the adventurers around the three valleys namely Rupin, Baspa & Pin to catch the meadow campsites with each having a great feature of their own.
The local villages in each region bring an occasion of looking upon at and appreciate different cultures, religion and practices. The stark Himalayan landscape of Spiti region is quite challenging bringing impressive ideas of Himalayan beauty with Sangla Valley as one of the most fascinating and least visited areas of the Himalaya.
Valley of Flower is such a name in the Uttarakhand valley of Himalayas that blooms and blossoms every time, round the season. Stumbling across the never-ending fairy land is such a heady feeling for the nature lovers and for the trekkers admiring colorful environs that trekking in Valley of Flowers becomes the next best experience of rejuvenation and energizing moments. Known for the endemic alpine flowers and outstanding natural beauty, the area is home to rare and endangered animals, including the Asiatic black bear, snow leopard, brown bear and blue sheep. And interestingly, Valley of flower is also being recognized by UNESCO as the world heritage site.
Rare, but the most glorified truth is that no other valley in the Himalayas can match the beauty of this valley. The flowers are everywhere in myriad of colors: purple, yellow and white. They envelope the valley floor like a carpet so much that there are times when you can’t see the valley at all. At an altitude of 3300 mtrs to 3650 mtrs, the monsoon season can act best flourishing moment for you to enjoy trekking amidst the blossoming buds and titillating flowers all around the valleys.
A little beyond Joshimath at a piligrim hamlet called Govind Ghat, the trek to valley of flowers (VOF) and Hemkund starts. In that manner, the trekkers can make a fresh start from Haridwar or Rishikesh to travel along the Alaknanda River across the Badrinath highway to reach VOF. Trekking in valley of flowers is the most dwindling part of appreciating the natural beauty with great challenges on the way; when you discover the routes are precariously cut on the mountains edges and at times you can only see the river flowing in the gorge deep below. Further, at a distance of 12 kms, the rout will take you to Hemkund Sahib, up to Gangaria. Ahead of Ghangaria, the Uttaranchal trekking route to the valley will take a detour towards the left. From Gangaria, at the distance of 5 kms, the trekkers can reach to the Valley of Flowers.
The Dzongri- Goechala Trek in Sikkim is the most demanding trek for the rugged players that takes them towards Goecha La from Yuksom to Dzongri and brings the outstanding views of Kanchenjunga. From Yuksam, the trail follows the Rathong Valley to Bakhim and then brings a steep ascent to the village of Tsokha. Above Tshokha, the trail of Dzongri-Goechala takes you to Pethang and then with a further steps towards Dzongri (4020M). From this point, the trail drops steeply down the river to Thansing (3930M).
The final destination of the Dzongri- Goechala Trek is at Samiti Lake from which the way to Goecha La brings the best views of Kanchenjunga. Dzongri, which is located at an altitude of about 4020 m in west Sikkim; brings the trekker a most fascinating close-up view of Kanchenjunga and Mt. Pandim. The west of Dzongri brings the long outline of the Kyangla ridge to make the region a trekker’s paradise. Goecha La, the region which is located at an elevation of around 4940 m, brings mind blowing sights of the mountains like Pandum, Kanchenjunga and more. Trekking round the Dzongri-Goechala ranges can also take the zealous trekkers around the Kanchenjunga National Park to volunteer different species of animals and mammals like Barking Deer, Musk Deer, Himalayan Black Bear Marbled Cat and the very rare and endangered Red Panda.
Lying at an altitude of 3010 m, Dodital is a pristine lake in Garhwal Himalayas surrounded by dense Oak, Pine and Deodar trees, precisely at the north of Uttarkashi and east of Hanuman Chatti. The Dodital lake brings a lively environ to the entire Uttarkashi area where the fishes and especially the Himalayan Golden Traut are its major attraction along with the wildlife and the forested areas. All these fascinating surroundings bring an impressive and resting location. This is the reason; the Dodital area is being visited often by tremendous tourists. And being located at a fantastic altitude, the area brings a captivating trekking opportunity for all including other recreational activities like boating, angling, bird-watching and so on.
Significance in the Name: Surrounded by natural beauty, the Dodital Lake is generally hexagonal in shape and is inhabited by the Golden trout. Locals call the trout as Dodi and so the lake has been named as Dodital. The legendary beliefs of Purana termed this lake as the holiest one; and the lake is the source of 80 rivulets that merge to form the Assi Ganga. This is the reason the valley is also called the Assi Ganga Valley. Further, the Assi Ganga meets Bhagirathi, the origin of River Ganges.
Trekking at the major ranges of Singalila and Sandakphu is yet another marvelous experience at Sikkim. This interesting trekking that starts off from an altitude of 1,524 meters (5,000 ft) and takes you across the rugged forests of rhododendron, giant magnolias, spruce and other species of sub-alpine region and around more than 600 varieties of orchids- the largest to be found in one geographical area in the world. Those who really love the ambiguity of the floral varieties in the region, the spring months would be the best season for them. And those who wish to witness the greenery of the lushly mountains all around the Sikkim trails, the autumn season is the perfect timing for them.
The trekkers can also find the unsurpassed views of the Sandakphu region along with the 180 degrees of snow capped mountain including the famous Everest, Makalu, Lhotse, Kumbhakarnad, Kanchenjunga and Chomolhari at a single stretch of snow all around the valley. Through this trekking, the trekkers can understand the rural and local lives of the people and why they leave their hearth and home to cross thousands of miles along the terraced fields of maize, rice, millet and barley, leaving the last traces of their civilization for their livelihood.
Deep, dense forests, vast meadows and panoramic views of the snow clad Himalayas- When you are at the Garhwal Himalayan ranges, the one and only trekking alternative that will captivate you the most, and that impressively is the famous- Chopta Chandrashiela Trek.
The highest peak of the Tungnath ranges and highest among the Panch Kedars, the Chandrashiela is actually a “Moon Rock”, located at an altitude of 4000 meters and brings a spectacular view of the Himalayas including the famous peaks of Nandadevi, Trisul, Kedar Peak, Bandarpunch and Chaukhamba Peaks.
Ideal for the enthusiastic trekkers, the Chandrashiela peak also brings the legendary values and this is the reason both the spiritual as well as the sporty trekkers mark their presence at different seasons on different occasions. The Chandrashiela peak is the point where according to the legendary tales, Lord Rama meditated after defeating the King of the demons- Ravana and this is the same spot, as per the other legendary belief, where Moon God- Chandra used to spend time in penance and so the name Chandrashiela is given to the peak.
The Chopta Chandrashiela Trek is an easy 3.5 km trek from Chopta, lying on the century old Cheh Footiya (6 feet) path on the Tungnath region, lying in the Kedarnath Musk Deer Sanctuary. This is a protected sanctuary for musk deer and is rich in flora and fauna.
An ideal trek for the nature as well as adventure lovers, the Chopta Chandrashiela Trek is the outstanding option at the Garhwal Himalayas.
Bedni Bugyal is one of the most beautiful alpine meadows located at the border of Garhwal and Kumaon in Chamoli district in the Uttarakhand state to bring the most amazing views of the mighty Trishul Parvat (7120 meters). Bedni Bugyal at an altitude of 3,354 meters above the sea level brings the varied colors and diversified splendors of nature and is considered amongst the finest altitude of grasslands in the Garhwal mountains (altitude 3354 meters) famous for wild high altitude flowers and herbs during the spring thaw, and thaws the splendid view of the Greater Himalayan range.
This stipulated meadow of Bedni Bugyal brings the most fascinating trekking opportunities for the visitors to find the scenic mountains, deep valleys and lofty mountains along the most memorable sunsets and sunrises and the most enormous western flanks of Trishul and the Nanda Ghunti bringing heaven on earth. Trekking in Bedni Bugyal will take the trekkers to the highest bugyal in Uttarakhand. Bugyal that means the high altitude meadows brings the most scenic and lush surroundings all along the cushiony treks of Bedni Bugyal. Besides that, the Vaitarni Lake (also called the Bedni Kund) can also be spotted at this region which is famous for the rare Brahma Kamal flower, and is also a major stopover during the Nanda Devi Raj Jaat Yatra, a ritual procession which is held every 12 years. The trekkers can also mark their presence at the famous Roopkund Trek that serves en route during the Bugyal trekking tour.
Kedarnath lies at an altitude of 3584 m and is significantly popular for the presence of the temple of Lord Kedarnath (Lord Shiv). It’s a magnificent temple being built by the Pandavas at the base of the Kedarnath Peak facing the South-eastern Kedar Parvat where millions of pilgrims offer their prayers to Lord Shiva.
Kedarnath trekking makes its start from Gaurikund where there is a famous hot water sulphur spring. People take a holy bath in that spring to get freed from the fatigue of trekking and then the route takes the trekkers through the densely forests and some mesmerizing and radiant waterfalls. Trekking across Kedarnath will bring a continuous ascent along the Vasukital and brings a great trekking achievement. The trekkers can find the outstanding view of the Chaukhamba Peaks and the Mandakini Valley. The Vasukital Lake with the crystal clear waters brings the most entrancing captivations all around the Kedarnath Valley.
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