Himalayas – The Perfect Setting For a Snowy Christmas!
Christmas brings with it a unique joy that permeates the air, filling our hearts with warmth and anticipation. The festive season is traditionally associated with cozy gatherings, twinkling lights, and the comforting aroma of holiday treats. However, there’s an exhilarating twist to celebrating Christmas that goes beyond the familiar confines of home and hearth and it is celebrating Christmas on snowy Himalayan treks.
In recent years, an increasing number of adventure enthusiasts have been redefining their Christmas celebrations by choosing a path less travelled. Winter treks, with their snow-covered landscapes and crisp, invigorating air, offer a refreshing departure from the customary festivities. This novel approach to the holiday season opens up a world of exploration, bringing a sense of adventure to the table alongside the traditional Christmas cheer.
Imagine a snowy trail winding through majestic mountains or a serene forest blanketed in white, each step echoing with the soft crunch of snow beneath your boots. These enchanting winter scenes not only complement the festive spirit but also elevate it to new heights.
Most Popular Winter Trekking Destinations for The Holiday Season
- Chopta Chandrashila
A beautiful beginner-friendly trek located in the Garhwal Himalayas. It is a perfect blend of beauty, spirituality and an immaculate snowy adventure. The trail takes you through dense forests of rhododendrons and deodar, opening up to Chopta’s lush meadows, which are completely covered in snow during this time. As you ascend towards Chandrashila Peak, you cross the Tungnath Temple en route – it is the highest Shiva Temple in the world. At the Chandrashila summit point, you are rewarded with panoramic vistas of the snow-clad Himalayan peaks, including Nanda Devi, Trishul, and Chaukhamba.
- Accessibility: Easily accessible from Haridwar or Rishikesh.
- Difficulty Level: Moderate, suitable for beginners with good fitness.
- Scenic Beauty: Offers breathtaking views of the Himalayas, including Nanda Devi, Trishul, and Chaukhamba peaks. The trek takes you through lush forests and snow-clad landscapes.
- Dayara Bugyal
Starting from the quaint village of Natin, the Dayara Bugyal Trek leads you to beautiful alpine meadows covered in blankets of snow. It is an easy to moderate trek that makes it suitable for novices as well as experienced trekkers. Surrounded by snow-capped peaks, including Bandarpoonch and Draupadi ka Danda, Dayara Bugyal provides a serene and picturesque setting, ideal for celebrating your holidays in an adventurous yet tranquil way.
- Accessibility: Accessible from Dehradun or Rishikesh.
- Difficulty Level: Easy to Moderate, making it ideal for beginners and experienced trekkers alike.
- Scenic Beauty: Known for its vast alpine meadows and snow-covered peaks surrounding the landscape.
One of the most serene winter adventures, Brahmatal Trek takes you to a frozen lake surrounded by snow-covered landscapes and majestic peaks. Camping by the lake is truly an amazing experience. The trek provides spectacular views of Mt. Trishul and Nanda Ghunti, making it a tantalizing visual treat. With a moderate difficulty level, it is again ideal for trekkers of all experience levels.
- Accessibility: Begins at Lohajung in Uttarakhand.
- Difficulty Level: Moderate, making it suitable for both beginners and seasoned trekkers.
- Scenic Beauty: Brahmatal offers mesmerizing views of Trishul and Nanda Ghunti peaks, and the trek is characterized by dense forests, a frozen lake, and panoramic mountain views.
Kedarkantha trek is one of the most popular winter treks in our country and this is the perfect winter wonderland that one can dream of in the holiday season. The trek begins from Sankri, a charming little hamlet in the Uttarkashi region. The village also serves as the base for several other popular Himalayan treks. From Sankri, the trail winds through snow-covered slopes, dense forests of Pine and Oak sparkling in the sun with snow dust. As you trudge your way through the snow, a vivid gallery of Himalayan peaks awaits at the summit – the likes of Swargarohini and Bandarpoonch peaks, along with the Yamunotri and Gangotri ranges. This is truly an ideal way to celebrate the holiday season.
- Accessibility: The starting point is Sankri, accessible from Dehradun and Rishikesh.
- Difficulty Level: Moderate, suitable for beginners with a passion for snow trekking.
- Scenic Beauty: The trail takes you through dense pine forests and offers stunning views of Himalayan peaks.
- Winter Kuari Pass
Kuari Pass is yet another beautiful winter trek that beautifully showcases the charm of the holiday season. Also known as the ‘Lord Curzon Trail’, this trek takes you to an altitude of 12,750 ft. From the summit, you can see stunning views of Nanda Devi, Kamet, Dronagiri, and other peaks. This classic winter trek is suitable for experienced trekkers as well as fit beginners and if you are big on views, this trek is surely the best option for you.
- Accessibility: The trek starts from Tugasi, accessible from Haridwar or Rishikesh.
- Difficulty Level: Moderate, suitable for experienced trekkers as well as those with a good deal of fitness.
- Scenic Beauty: Renowned for its majestic views of Nanda Devi, Kamet, Dronagiri, and other peaks.
These winter trek destinations cater to various difficulty levels, ensuring that both beginners and experienced trekkers can find a suitable adventure. Each trek promises not only a physical challenge but also an opportunity to immerse oneself in the pristine beauty of winter landscapes, a perfect way to celebrate holiday cheer.