10 Himalayan Treks You Should not Miss
There is a reason the Himalayas are called god and everybody who has trekked in its shadows knows exactly why. The mighty range holds the highest peak on earth and what could we say about it that hasn’t already been said?
No matter how many new treks come up in the Himalayan range, there are always untouched trails and untrodden paths in the mountains and hence, the number of treks and trekkers grows every year. From easy to moderate to difficult and to the most difficult trail, Himalayas are a gold mine for different terrains and varied seasonal treks. From altitudes that can differ from 12,000 ft to 20,000 ft, you can level up your game after every trek until you reach the most difficult treks like the
Everest Base Camp trek. From hopping over boulders, crossing streams, rolling down snowy slopes, walking through forest trails and sipping the magical untouched water directly from the glaciers, you can find endless adventure on every curve.
Since you have endless possibilities to choose from we decided to make it easier for you by putting together a list of our favorite Himalayan treks:
1. Annapurna Circuit Trek – Nepal
This horseshoe-shaped trek is also regarded as the holy grail of trekking since it was discovered. The Annapurna Circuit has often been voted as the best long-distance trek in the world. The approximately 200 km long trail takes you through green pastures, leafy pine forests, arid landscapes, rhododendron forests, isolated hamlets and reaches the zenith at Thorong-La pass (17,770 ft). The spectacular, larger than life route circles around Nepal’s high Annapurna range unfurling four of the worlds 10 highest summits. The trail is very diverse in its terrain, starting from a verdant forest that will shock you even if you are forewarned of its beauty to the white steep mountains without a patch of green as far as eyes could see. This trek is like a roller-coaster that only goes up and provides you with views so pleasing; no matter what position your body is in, your soul will be on its knees.
Ice Lake, Braka, Annapurna Conservation Reserve
So, Leave behind your corporate garbs, sleep amidst the stars, drink water from azure rivers and breathe fresh mountain air. Come trek with us. Discover that you are more than your corner office aspirations, see how the mountain people have such simple lives, know that after all, you can climb that peak.
Annapurna trek is among the highest trek available in the world, the Annapurna peak is about 8,091 m or 26, 545 ft, easily among one of the top peaks in the world. The highest point of the trek is at Thorung Pass at about 5,416 m or 17,769 ft. Due to the high altitudes involved during the trek, we have rest days to let you acclimate to the high altitude environment and avoid related sickness.
2. Goechala Trek – Sikkim
Dzongri La, Goechala Trek, Sikkim
Can’t wait to open the cap of your bottled adrenaline rush? This is just the perfect trek for all you adventure junkies out there. Providing you with equal doses of challenges and overwhelming views, Goechala is known as one of the preferred destinations amongst the trekkers in India. Test yourself in the arousing spirits of Sikkim, standing on Goecha La at 16,200feet, on looking the massive structure of Kanchenjunga, eyeing the Goecha lake with its tear-shaped structure. The trail takes you through snow-capped gigantic Himalayas, verdant Himalayan forest, meandering rivers, fringes of rhododendron trees, beautiful orchards, the list just keeps going on. Enjoy the misty taste of mountain fog when you climb the summit with tears of achievement in your eyes.
3. Pin Parvati Pass Trek – Himachal Pradesh
View of Pin Parvati Pass, Himachal Pradesh
Done with all the moderate treks India has to offer and looking for something even more nerve wrecking? Climbed summits, walked ridges and crossed lakes but still looking for something to calm that addiction of the drug named mountain fog? Pin-Parvati trek is one such ultimatum. It’s a long expedition that gives trekkers a massive dose of adventure, beauty and a sense of achievement. The name is derived from the fact that the pass connects Parvati valley in Kullu to Pin valley in Spiti. On the way, while travelling Trekkers enjoy the experience of the thick alpine forest, wildflower, lakes, wide glaciers crest, lush greenery, grazing land and North planetary landscape. The Pin valley builds an incredible hue with the sunrise.
A mixture of steep slopes, gradual climbs, barren mountains, snow-clad peaks and rugged passes, this 100km trek needs high trekking skills and can be completed in a course of 11 days. There will be highs and lows, rain and sunshine, snow and breeze, but with each passing day, the trek will become a pilgrimage to our own souls.
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4. Markha Valley Trek- Ladakh
Markha Valley Trek, Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir
This trail goes through giant rock pinnacles, beetling cliffs, narrow defiles, prayer-flagged passes and evidence of traditions so old it is guaranteed to give you chills. Also known as the tea house trek, it takes you through Hemis Nation Park. Now, if the breathtaking beauty of the contrast in the arid cold desert wasn’t enough, the nail-biting waist-deep river crossing in the Markha river is sure to make you fall in love with this trek. The USP of this trek is definitely the two pass crossing it has to offer, you will be at the edge of your adrenaline as you cross Gandala la at 15,748 ft. and Kongmaru la at 17,060 ft. Pass through ancient villages and rocky canyons to rediscover the adventurer in you.
5. Everest Base Camp Trek – Nepal
At Everest Base Camp, Nepal
Mesmerizing views during the Trek, Nepal
Everest has been, from the time of its discovery, a magnet for kooks, risk takers, hopeless romantics, publicity seekers and other with a shaky hold on reality. Even being in its shadow had a major significance for adrenaline junkies and so has boomed the Everest base camp trek. With the mighty summit in front of your eyes, we assure you, your love for mountains will triple fold. Aside from the breathtaking landscape, trekkers also experience one of its kind Sherpa cultures, that they have always been reading about in books. Day after day the hours are consumed by walking for the sheer pleasure you derive out of it, past colorful rows of prayer flags while evenings are rewarded with warm tea. To top it up, every trekker that trots this path will be trekking in the footsteps of the legendary mountaineers like, Tenzing Norgay and Sir Edmund Hillary. The satisfying mixture of world’s greatest peaks, captivating culture and the personal sense of achievement makes it unforgettable. So its time to take an adventure up a notch and see Everest up close with pride in your heart.
6. Stok Kangri Trek – Ladakh
On the Way to Stok Kangri, Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir
Trekking on the Himalayas especially in the region of Jammu and Kashmir may sound life-threatening to some. But there is a niche of people who look at it as a drug; and for that niche of people, Stok-Kangri acts like the El-Clasico of trekking. While Leh is situated at the height of 3500-3800 mts and is considered the most adventurous place for trekking lovers, Stok-Kangri is at about 20,800 ft. above the sea level and is the highest peak in its namesake region of the ladakh Himalayas. The trek entails crossing a glacier, climbing long stretches and manoeuvring steep ridge leading to the peak. Illustrating the Himalayan range with a wider perspective, this trek embraces deserted surroundings and offers its trekkers the opportunity to experience complete peace. Battling diminishing oxygen and rising cold due to increase in altitude, when you reach the summit (you can see the Karakoram range to your north and the Zanskar range to your south) with tears in your eyes and frozen lips, you will ask yourself, “have I made it large?”
7. Kashmir Great Lakes Trek – Jammu and Kashmir
Kashmir Great Lakes Trek, Jammu and Kashmir
Cradled in the lap of ravishing Himalayas, lies the crowning glory of India, the land of Kashmir, which is proudly denoted as paradise on earth simply for its serene pristine beauty that till date remains unmatched to any location across the globe. Get enchanted with Kashmir, a celestial land nothing short of a fairy tale. A surreal destination, there are many natural gems tucked away here. One of those gems is the Kashmir great lakes trek. Perfect for a monsoon trek it is a feast for the eyes. This trek is like an orchestra building up momentum with surprises of scenery every hour or so. With every step, the trek throws up a new vista to see, a new scenery to unfold.
The trek is full of extensive mountain walking with some steep climbs and sharp descents.
Honestly, this particular trekking trip is not only a pleasure for the adventure seekers but it is an ideal expedition for the nature lovers too who finds it a privilege to bask in the undisturbed beauties of nature.
One of the Campsites, Kashmir Great Lakes Trek, Jammu and Kashmir
This trek is guaranteed to leave you awestruck as it simply unwraps the mesmerizing beauty of the region filled with sparkling high altitude lakes amidst alpine meadows and beautifully dotted with amazing colorful orchids. Alpine and snow clad mountains, green meadows, rocky terrains, gurgling streams, silver birch and other untouched beauties of Mother Earth make for a varied and complete trekking experience.
8. Rupin Pass Trek – Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh
Breathtaking view from Rupin Pass Trek, Uttarakhand
Trekking in India is most popular all over the world for its diversified terrains, high altitudes and abundant variety of terrains; and amongst all the treks that this nation has to offer, Rupin-Pass surpasses all the other. The trek is famous for the change of scenery at every turn and the famous three-stage waterfall on the rupin. In the higher reaches, the trek passes through superb snowfields. The pass crossing through an echoing snow filled gully is an adrenaline high. This trek has got it all; snowy cascades, verdant meadows, charming hamlets, glistering rivers, terrific forests, hundreds of waterfalls and a gushing pass crossing.
9. Buran Ghati Trek – Himachal Pradesh
Otherside of the Buran Ghati Pass, Himachal Pradesh
This is one of the treks that gives you the best of both worlds. The beauty of green verdant flowering meadows and the challenge to trek on the barren, rough and jagged terrain. Towards the start the trail is filled with flowers of different colors; it is like all your favorite flowery perfumes mixed together on one trail. It’s almost heavenly. The turquoise blue streams flow with you almost at all times sometimes gushing sometimes gliding by, creating a beautiful harmony to give you company. The Buran Ghati trek is a direct route from Pabbar valley in Shimla to Sangla valley in Kinnaur. The ascend is a little tricky but the most challenging part is the descent from the pass because of the steep and the hard snowy terrain it has to offer. It’s going to be mind-boggling and we guess that is exactly what you are looking for.
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10. Kanamo Peak Trek – Spiti, Himachal Pradesh
View from the Top of Kanamo Peak, Himachal Pradesh
If you are looking for a glacial mountain trek in its truest and rawest form with next to no pre- requisite knowledge of climbing, this is the one you are looking for. Kibber, once the highest inhabited village in the world is the starting point of Kanamo Peak which literally translates to ‘a white lady’ ( ka- white; namo- a lady ). The trek has a landscape that bears the mark of thousands of years of erosion by natural elements. Adding to the excitement, the base camp is situated next to a water body named chandratal. Camping beside the lake is an experience as satisfying and enriching as the climbing to the summit. The lake gets its name from the fact that it is shaped like a half- moon. In short, the best way for one to experience a climb to 19,600 ft. in India. To put a cherry on the top, you can enjoy rafting activities and visit monasteries around the area before and after the trek
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