Indian mountainous terrains, mainly the Himalayan stretch, are the most desired trekking destinations in India and remains the most sought-after thing to do when you are an adventure freak.
Adventurists, across the world, diverge their routes towards India. The reason being the varied landscapes it offers, ranging from cloud kissing Himalayan peaks to dense, bio-diverse forests.
Here are the top ten trekking destinations in India ranging from a pure leisure walks to exhaustive adrenaline rushing adventures.
Chadar Trek in Ladakh!
…a walk on a river!
Location: Leh, Ladakh
How to Reach: Nearest Airport: to Leh Airport
Nearest Railway Station: Jammu-Tawi. From there one can take the roadway to Ladakh
Altitude: 11,123 Ft
Approx Trekking Km: 105 Km (one way)
Plan your trek in: January to February
Chadar Trek is a heart pumping, adrenaline rush through the Zanskar region of Leh. Chadar means a sort of layer of ice that wraps the region in a cold sheet, prominently the Zanskar river. So Chadar trek takes you on a breathtaking walk on the icy surface of Zanskar river. Climbing the rocky mountains would be a tweak of a thrill to your adventure.
Hampta Pass Trek in Himachal Pradesh!
…varieties in landscapes, amateur trekkers invited!
Location: Prini Village near Manali, Himachal Pradesh
How to Reach: Bus ride from Delhi to Manali will be a bliss
Altitude: 14,100 Ft
Approx Trekking Km: 34 Km
Plan your trek in: May to October
Amateur Trekkers can have their first footstep of trekking on the land of Hamta Pass. Hampta is a village in Kullu Valley and the Hamta Pass connects Kullu valley with Lahaul Spiti Valley in Himachal Pradesh. Hampta stands out boldly for the variety of landscapes it offers for its trekkers, beginning with the thick forests of Kullu, crossing the rivers in between and ending on the barren lands of Lahaul-Spiti. Trekking in India for the beginners will surely drive their way onto the Hamta Pass as it has become the most favoured trekking destinations in India.
Roopkund Trek in Uttarakhand!
…through the alpine pastures into the mysterious lake!
Location: Lohajung town, Chamoli Dist. Uttarakhand
How to Reach: Nearest Rail.Station: Kathgodam
By Road: Delhi to Lohajung town
Altitude: 15,696 Ft
Approx Trekking Km: 53 Km
Plan your trek in: May to June, September to November
Roopkund Trek was (and will always be) in the sight of trek hunters (for a mysterious reason) in the Himalayan region. Ascending from 10,000ft to an altitude of around 16,000ft is an easy to moderate walk through the alpine pastures of Himalayas.
Roopkund trek is picked as the most preferred trek in India and is the most popular trekking destination amongst other Himalayan trekking. The trek ends with a mystery, the mystery of Roopkund Lake, which is also known as Skeleton Lake, for the presence of humans skeletons in and around the lake.
Goechala Trek in West Sikkim!
…explore flora & fauna with a breathtaking backdrop!
Location: Yuksom Base Camp, Near Siliguri, Sikkim
How to Reach:
Nearest Airport: Bagdogra Airport
Nearest railway station: New Jalpaiguri
Altitude: 16,200 Ft
Approx Trekking Km: 90 Km
Plan your trek in: In summers between March to May end and in winters between September to November.
Himalayan ranges as perceived worldwide as one of the few breathtaking wonders of the world and Goecha La, a mountain pass in the Himalayan ranges of Sikkim, will prove another heaven to witness this wonder.
Goechala trek is an isolated yet most visited trek in India and is considered, a treasure house of biodiversity. Trekking through the green meadows of Goechala is mesmerising, but Goechala has something much more exciting in its store. While trekking through thrilling trails of the Goechala, you can observe the Kanchenjunga peak, the third highest mountain peak in the world. All-in-all, Goechala Trek comes up as one of the most favoured trekking destinations in India around North-east frontiers.
Psst! When you are on the right part of the trek, have a 100 Rupees currency with you and try to match the picture present on the back side of the currency. Yes, the mountains range on the currency is the same viewed from the Goechala trek.
Kumara Parvatha Trek in Karnataka!
…stroll through the incredible green ranges of Western Ghats!
Location: Coorg, Karnataka
How to Reach: By Road: Bengaluru is the nearest city. From there head on to Coorg (about 230 Kms).
Altitude: 5,617 Ft
Approx Trekking Km: 16 Km
Plan your trek in: October to March
Trekking in India, especially through the southern mountain ranges, has always on the eye of trekkers residing in the southern nooks. Kumara Parvatha, also known as Pushpagiri, is an abode of diverse rare species situated in the Western Ghats range of Karnataka. Trekking Kumara Parvatha trails will excite you at one moment and will exhaust you at the other. Nonetheless, it’s a must explore beauty in the ranges of Western Ghats.
Chembra Peak Trek in Kerala!
…elegance on the grounds of God’s Own Country!
Location: Wayanad, Kerala
How to Reach: Meppady Forest Office, Wayanad.
Altitude: 6000 Ft
Approx Trekking Km: 3.5 Km
Plan your trek in: June to October
There is one nice thing about Kerala, it’s beauty is luring. If you cannot withstand the thrills involved in the high altitude meadows of the Himalayas then trekking through the serene, lush green pathways of Chembra trek is a sure destination for you. Chembra Peak sits along the Wayanad hill ranges of Western Ghats and joins in with the Nilgiri hills of Tamil Nadu.
Rajmachi Trek in Maharashtra!
…where warriors throned and nature inspires!
Location: Near Lonavala, Maharashtra.
How to Reach: Drive from Mumbai or Pune.
Altitude: 2710 Ft
Approx Trekking Km:15 Km
Plan your trek in: Monsoon is the best time to visit
Sahyadris mountain ranges, a part of Western Ghats range in Maharashtra, is famous amongst trekkers for its diverse trekking destinations, one of which is the Rajmachi fort trek in Maharashtra. The fort lies very near to the two serene hill stations in Maharashtra, Lonavala and Khandala. Rajmachi is actually a small village in the Sahyadri ranges of Maharashtra. Being declared as a protected monument, the Rajmachi fort has its roots going down in the era of Greatest Warrior of Maharashtra, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.
Kedarkantha Summit in Uttarakhand!
…charms of Kedarkantha trek snows around!
Location: Dehradun, Uttarakhand
How to Reach: Drive for Dehradun to Sankri base camp
Altitude: 12500 Ft
Approx Trekking Km: 20 Km
Plan your trek in: Between December to April
Snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas, snowy trails amidst long pine trees, Kedarkantha summit in Uttarakhand is one of the most sought-after trekking destinations in India. You don’t need to worry if you plan your trek in early summers, Kedarkantha summit is wrapped in snow till the month of April. Himalayan peaks can be viewed while trekking and they are magnificent as always.
Valley of Flowers Trek in Uttarakhand!
…discovered, protected, treasured!
Location: Dehradun, Uttarakhand
How to Reach: Drive to Ghangaria, Uttarakhand.
Altitude: 12,700 Ft
ŌApprox Trekking Km: –
Plan your trek in: Between July to August
There were two crucial events in the history. First was in 1931 when botanist and mountaineer – Frank Smith discovered the hidden beauty of Uttaranchal ranges of Himalayas. He named it as the Valley of Flowers. It was 1982 when the Valley of Flowers was declared as the National Park and now the World Heritage Site. Well, you’ll witness the third crucial event by yourself when you are on the trails of the Valley of Flowers, the soothing trekking destinations in India.
The Markha Valley Trek in Ladakh!
…barren yet astonishing!
Location: Leh, Ladakh
How to Reach: By air: to Leh Airport.
Altitude: 1,500 Ft.
Approx Trekking Km: 75 Km
Plan your trek in: Between June to September
Markha Valley trek is one of the most famous trekking destinations in India lying in the deserts of Ladakh region of Jammu & Kashmir. Trekking through the arid trails of Markha Valley with a scenic backdrop of Himalayan ranges is must-experience feel.