6 Best Destinations for Adventure Trekking in IndiaPosted by Arun Joshi on Date October 30, 2014
What better way to spend the break than going trekking in the breathtaking trekking destinations in India like ; the country is as diverse as it gets and is strewn with several trekking destinations that are some of the best in the business. Most of these trails are located amidst picturesque settings, rustic countryside, pristine natural beauty, and pass through meadows, alpine mountain passes, and challenging terrains thereby putting the trekker through a serious test. If you manage to come up with flying colors when trying your luck at overcoming the challenges thrown by one of the testing treks, you can sure stake claims to be an accomplished trekker.
Trekking in India provides all the fun and excitement that a trekker looks for in an adventure trip, and it is precisely why adventure fanatics from across the world head to the major trekking destinations in the country in large numbers. Pleasantly enough, trekking in India is not just limited to making one’s way through rugged terrains or lofty mountains, but there is so much to learn and see in India that by the time the adventure is done and dusted with, the trekker will have a bagful of memories and knowledge about India. Some of the major trekking destinations of India are located in Ladakh, Leh, Zanskar, Yuksam, Lahaul-Spiti, Manali, Kullu, Kangara, Sikkim, Darjeeling, Chamba, Garhwal and Kumaon regions.
Let’s check out some of the best destinations for Adventure Trekking in India:
The Garhwal Himalayas boasts some of the most challenging trekking trails in the country and consequently the reward one gets after completing one of these tricky treks is also the biggest. The treks in Garhwal take one deep into the Himalayas, across high mountain passes, gorges, and valleys. This part of India is strikingly beautiful with Mother Nature blessing the region abundantly, and the alpine forests, glistening meadows, and sun-drenched valleys, and countryside in the distance kind of beckoning you. The good thing about trekking here is that starting from professionals to amateurs to families; no one is going to feel left out.
Best Time to Visit: For maximum fun come here in the period from April to October and from November to March.
Some of the popular treks in Garhwal are:
Easy: Har ki Dun, Valley of Flowers, Chopta Chandrashila and Dodital Lake trek
Moderate: Nanda Devi, The Kuari Pass –Roopkund and Hemkund Trek
Alpine: Shivling, Auden’s Col, and Nandikund Trek
The trekking routes in Ladakh have a unique flavor to them –whether it is the rambling treks passing through some of the most challenging stretches strewn with boulders; high mountain passes; remote villages; and deep valleys or the unmissable beauty that accompanies the trekker throughout the trek. Ladakh being one of the coldest, most secluded and lush regions in the state of J&K is a litmus test for trekkers and draws trekking enthusiasts from both India and abroad.
Some of the popular treks in Ladakh are:
Easy: Sham and, Spituk Trek
Moderate: Markha Valley, The Nubra Valley, and Snow Leopard Trek
Alpine: Stok Kangri, Frozen River, and Darcha Lamayuru Trek
One of the best places for trekking in India is Sikkim that gives a trekker abundant opportunities to test his trekking skills. An incredibly beautiful land, it is home to the third-highest mountain peak in the world, Mt. Kanchenjunga. Dotted with mountainous terrains, the whole of the state is covered with hills; one will also come across numerous hill slopes that have been converted into terrace firms. Trekking here requires great skill and stamina on the part of the trekker, especially on the alpine treks. The treks are mostly high altitude treks and passes through high mountain passes.
Some of the popular treks in Sikkim are:
Easy: Dzongri, Singalila Ridge and, Varsey Trek
Moderate: Dzongri Goecha La, Hidden Himalayas and, Sikkim Off-beaten Treks
Alpine: Green Lake, Sikkim-Kanchenjunga, Kanchenjunga Base Camp and Darjeeling to Kanchenjunga Trek
Trekking in Himachal is a breath of fresh air as one gets to experience trekking in the lap of the Himalayas. The main trekking regions here are the Dhauladhar and Pir Panjal ranges, with most of the routes falling in the 1500- 6000 meter range. The route passes through snow-capped peaks, deep valleys, circuitous trails, and barren lands, providing the trekker all the fun and excitement of trekking. To top it, the views that one gets from the trekking trails are just jaw-droppingly beautiful.
Some of the popular treks in Himachal are:
Easy: Chandratal, Beas Kund and Bhrigu Lake Trek
Moderate: Charang Valley, Hampta Pass and, Pin Parvati Pass Trek
Alpine: Bara Bhangal, Shepherd Trail Gaddi, and Friendship Peak Trek
The Kumaon Himalayas is among the best places to embark on a trekking expedition in India. The region is covered with lush vegetation of many unique species, alpine mountains, glistening peaks, and unmatched natural beauty making trekking in these parts a truly one-in-a-lifetime experience. To add to appeal of trekking in Kumaon, the land is also a cultural potpourri with a rich and colorful heritage that tourists are immediately drawn to.
Some of the popular treks in Kumaon are:
Easy: Kafni Glacier and, Pindari Glacier Trek
Moderate: Milam Glacier, Sunderdhunga Base Camp and, Pithoragarh Sinla Pass Trek
Alpine: Adi Kailash, Nanda Devi East Base Camp and, Pancha Chuli Base Camp Trek
Jammu and Kashmir
Trekking in Jammu and Kashmir is not just restricted to Ladakh, but there are many other equally promising destinations. Also, trekking in J&K has its own charm as most of the trekking destinations are located far away from the commotion associated with cities; trekking is mostly done in tranquil and serene environs where the silence is only broken by the occasional chirping of birds or the roar of predatory animals. The gurgling rivers meandering crisscrossing the trekking trails, the high mountain passes, the remote villages inhabited by the local tribes all add to the excitement of trekking in J&K.
Some of the popular treks in J&K are:
Easy: Gangabal Lake Trek
Moderate: Kashmir Alpine Lake Trek
Alpine: Kolahoi Base Camp Trek