Top summer Himalayan treks never to miss
As we step into the new year all we can think is nothing should halt our adventure plans. Mountains are the biggest playground to create memories, get peace and gather the meaning of life. With so many things coming to perceptive in lockdown we are totally in awe of nature. It creates, nurtures and destroys us. If the universe pulls you down it will also uplift through incredible outdoors. After the unprecedented hurdle of the pandemic, we deserve a big break in the mountains. To make the upcoming year thrilling for you we have fantastic Himalayan journeys.
Although there is uncertainty we are sure you might have already prepared a travel plan which has all the missed tours of last year. So, it is time you include the following unique trails. So, here are the top Himalayan treks you should never miss.
1. Rupin Pass Trek
Rupin Pass Trek is one of the most sought treks for those who are looking for a moderately challenging to a difficult level of the trek. It is at an altitude of over 15,000 ft above sea level in the state of Himachal Pradesh. It is an 8 days journey, which starts at a small hamlet in Uttarkashi, named Dhaula and ends at the city of Sangla which lies in the Baspa Valley of Himachal Pradesh. The path goes from several desolated places of the mountain ranges of Himalaya. What is astonishing about Rupin Pass Trek is the constantly changing scenery throughout the journey. The experience of camping sometimes at the riverbank, under the sky or amidst the snow-capped mountains and dense forest is both thrilling and captivating. The trekker can also see the vast expanse of green fields along the way. The trek route takes you to Jhaka, which is a hanging village and world-famous amongst hikers.
If you want to tick-mark hard treks then Rupin must be the one.
2. Goechala Trek
Goechala Trek is a magnificent trek which starts from Yuksom and joins the conventional Dzongri-Goechala trail. It presents the magnificent sight of Mount Kabru and Kanchenjunga. Situated at the height of about 16,000 ft above sea level, Goechala pass trek is the high pass where one can access Kanchenjunga from the Indian side in the state of Sikkim. The trek provides a rich experience of trekking amidst prosperous valleys, deep forests and beautiful orchards. The trek offers the dangerous and tough terrains often sought after by experienced and qualified trekkers. Considered as one of the hardest treks, Geochala is also known for changing landscapes every new day. Samiti and Goechala lakes are the cherries on the cake apart from wonderful Himalayan aspects. Watching the sun rays bloom on the Sleeping Buddha (Kanchenjunga range) is one epic moment of life.
3. Har ki Doon Trek
If you are looking for easy to moderate trekking in India, Har ki Doon in the Uttarakhand region provides some spectacular sites. The innate beauty of tranquil rivers, dense forests, profound valleys and caverns, snow-capped mountain peaks and flourishing flora and fauna are only a few to mention. Har ki Doon Trek gives even the inexperienced trekkers, something to marvel. It is an eight day-long journey which starts at Sankri. Sankri is about 5 hours drive from Dehradun. At Sankri, you can view the beautiful Garhwal Mountains which are covered with snow. The journey continues from Sankri to Taluka, which offers the beautiful scenery of vast pastures. In the spring season, you will find this place filled with some of the most beautiful and colourful wildflowers. The trip will take you to Osla, which is known for stunning wooden architecture, 2000 years old.
Come to Har Ki Doon and make your dream trek come to reality.
4. Buran Ghati Pass Trek
While we thought climbing up on steep slopes is the thrill. But have you imagined how adventurous climbing down that steep slope is? Well, that is the unique thing about Buran Ghati Pass. The descent from the summit is rappelling 400 ft ice wall. Not only that the world-famous Dayara Bugyal is also a striking encounter on the trek route. The trek starts from the popular and beautiful Shimla. Actual trekking begins from Janglik that shows wooden huts with tasteful construction. The trail goes through and fro Pabba river. The scenery keeps changing from meadows to Pine to maple to Silver Birchwoods. In summer the entire painting comes to life with vibrant colours breathing with views of Gunas Pass and Dhauladhar range. The camping site of Litham is mysteriously stunning. You can find Chandranathan waterfall snout and a lake, behind those, are elegant white-capped mountains
So experience the thrill of climbing up and descending all in one.
5. Gaumukh Tapovan Trek (Gangotri)
From the polluted rivers to the source of purity, Ganga, from roads to hiking trails and from tall skyscrapers to mightly Shivling. Gomukh Tapovan trek is a gateway from high-end city life to the religious, dirtbag life of the mountains blossomed with stunning spectacles and a journey of a lifetime. Of course, every trek means the same, but Gomukh Tapovan has a powerful touch of devotion. Right from the base village Gangotri to the Tapovan grounds, this trek reveals the high-spirited pilgrim adventurers. The trail is nerve-wracking due to narrow ledge walk, rock falls from nowhere, huge boulders to challenge our every step. The greenery of Rhododendrons, tall trees, meadows vanishes and opens to barren grounds near Gomukh. The Gomukh is like a giant cow’s mouth. It is magical in a way how strategically the opening looks and Ganga flow out. The journey ahead follows with even more mesmerizing views as Mount Shivling keeps peeping out. The desire to admire the beauty of Shivling standing right in its front drives to overcome the tough terrain and keep moving. And the perfect location to stand face to face to Shviling is the Tapovan. You will be camping on the Tapovan Grounds, the pure place where thousands attain peace.
Do not miss the chance of camping right in front of the Shivling peak.
6. Kedartal Trek
Who thought an emerald coloured tiny lake could be motivation for climbing mountains? Kedartal is amongst the most amazing lakes in the world. It is like a tiny bud that is marvellously surrounded by astounding petal-like peaks. Those mountains not only feed in the pure water but show also massive reflections of themselves that magnify the beauty of the area. The lake is again located in the source of purity, Gangotri range. However, the trek never shows Shivling peak but another most prominent peak of beauty, Thalaysagar. Apart from that peaks Manda, Bhagirathi, Gangotri, Bhrigupanth, Mt. Meru are also adding to the serenity. The trail to the lake is not easy it is steep, narrow, rocky, scary at times. Therefore, the trek is considered of difficult grade. The trail also adds a thrill of walking on an extremely narrow path formed on a 60-degree rock face. Despite its difficulty, the trail never fails to treat the eyes with lush green meadows, gushing rivers, star-filled skies and the mountains. Along with that there numerous animals wandering around. Every sunset after reaching campsites in such a serene environment is dream come true. So, every pain is just worth it!
This year enjoy the experience of camping in the majestic Gangotri mountains.
7. Pangarchulla Peak Trek
Pangarchulla the knife-like summit ridge peak lies in the Garwhal Himalayas. With the height of 14, 700 ft, this chimney peak offers best practice for non-technical climbing. This trek route has abundant of flora-fauna encompassed by red rhododendrons, oaks, silver birch, blue pine, and bhojpatra. Until the snowline, you might be lucky enough to encounter musk deer, black bear, or Himalayan Tahr. A steep ridge taking you on an ascent to the peak on summit day is a painstaking but highly gratifying feature of this trek. The strenuous climb on the last day might fill your body with pain, but it is the pain of achievement. Another prominent feature of this trek is the riskless snow. The slopes covered in powdery snow will offer you an ascent without the risk of a deathly fall. If you are someone wishes to test your strength, then winter is the suitable time for you. For others, summer should be the preferable time to walk on this trail to the chimney peak.Stop looking for a tough trekking peak, Pangarchulla is waiting for you.
8. Kashmir Great Lakes Trek
Trekking in Kashmir is not only about adventure and thrill. The peace and calmness that comes with the journey are what is remembered by most of the trekkers at the end. For some, it is a life-changing experience. Kashmir Great Lakes Trek allows you to experience the tranquillity and ecstasy, which comes when you harmonize with the beauty of nature. The trekking starts from Srinagar and ends at Narnag. It is a seven-day voyage that allows you to feel one with nature. From June to August, you will find this trek flourishing with colourful and enchanting flowers and lush green meadows. You can also enjoy the beauty of majestic mountain peaks and deep blue colour of the lake filling you with unfathomable harmony. During the seven days of the quest, you will be mesmerized by the collection of different lakes, cascading waterfalls, snow-peaked mountains and crimson flowers.
So, witness a new lake for the new day through Kashmir Great Lakes trek.
9. Markha Valley Trek
Walking through an enclosed valley is a rare kind of trekking adventure. Even if you have done enough treks all around the Himalayas, the mountains of Ladakh region are extraordinary. The cold dessert is known as barren, yellowish-brown mountains, less vegetation and pricking cold. But Markha Valley negates all of that. The trail shows the life of remote villages, greenery of their huge fields, the liveliness of vast animals and birds, enriched Buddhist culture, remains of the old heritage and the gushing Markha river throughout signifies the intensity of life in this valley. The trek starts from Chilling village in the Hemis National Park. Though the trail is through the same valley and the views might not change, but experience changes every day. Each camping site is a typical Buddhist house treating with Ladakhi cuisine. The trails are flourished with Mani Stones, White Stupas, Buddhist caves, animals and birds. Each day a surprising factor of the valley gets revealed. The Kongmaru La pass at 5000 meters is a literal high point of the trek. One side you can see the green and brown Markha valley through which you climbed up and the other side Copper brown, the muddy valley which goes down to Leh.
Come and cruise through the bigger world of Markha valley.
10. Pindari Glacier Trek
Pindari Glacier trek is one of the easiest glacier treks. Usually reaching a glacier demands walking through big boulders, steep climb, moraines and scree walk. But Pindari Glacier is magically placed such that it is easily accessible and is surrounded by some of the biggest mountains. One of which is the Nanda Devi peak. Lying the Nanda Devi National, this trek has that advantage. Due to its easy grade, the trek is best suitable for kids and family. Once Pindari was amongst some top treks, however, it is regaining its status again. The trek shows typical Kumauni style of stay and food with homestays. The trek begins with a hike in dense rhododendrons, lush green wheat farms, waterfalls and stiletto mountain ranges at distant. The summit is a high point from which the glacier is seen the nearest, just a hand’s distance away. If observed you can spot the crevasses. Not only the glacier but big mountains like Nanda Devi, Nanda Ghunti etc are also seen the closest.
If you are looking for an easy chill-pill trek with friends and family, Pindari must be your first choice.
11. Bali Pass Trek
Presenting the new high pass we introduced for your high experience, Bali Pass. Not that popular but will definitely become number one soon because of its stupendousness. To begin with, it heads to Yamunotri, one of the Chaar Dhaams. It connects the famous Har Ki Doon and Ruinsara valley. As you might have guessed, the beautiful Osla village also is the attraction of this trail. The trek is a gateway to heaven and it shows the clear views of Swargarohini (stairway to heaven) peak. The most prominent factor is that the pass is really high of height 16,207 ft. Hence, trekkers looking for serious height gain and challenging trek, grab this one. The trek may be difficult but it never fails to treat our eyes. The trail is flourished with enriching inherited beauty of Ghangad and Osla habitats. The meadows of Debshu Bugyal add a spice of greenery and vibrancy of flowers. Ruinsara tall adds quenches the thirst for marvellous reflections of mountains in an alpine lake. Until now if everything seems like the cherry on a cakewalk, the summit negates it all. The climb to the summit is a 12 month round snow-jammed trail.
So, do not miss the adventurous side of the religious Yumnotri valley through Bali pass.
12. Chopta Chandrashila Trek
This is the most popular allrounder trek open for almost 12-months. As the Himalayas blossom after the harsh winter, you can enter into the brighter and vibrant Himalayas through this trek. The trail passes beside the Chandrashilla peak and the enchanting Deoriatal lake. This 5-days plan is a gift for a nature treasurer, bird watching amateur, or a trekker. The first major attraction of the trek is the Deoriatal lake. Situated at a height of 7,841 ft the lake is not surrounded by mountains but forests for a change. At a short distance ahead, the Chaukhamba massif glistens and the reflection of it is caught in the crystal-like waters of the lake. Next up on the line of visual ecstasies are the extensive meadows that turn to snowfields along the way to Chopta. As one furthers up the trail, great peaks jump to view ie. Bandarpoonch, Kedar, and Chaukhamba to name a few. These stunning views stretch up to the end till Tunganath temple.
Find the adventure of pilgrim treks by walking to the Tungnath temple while enjoying the majestic mountains.
This year 2021 make the most of the wonderful summer trekswe offer. It is time to live the dream trek you wandered about in the lockdown. It is time to re-create those hiking memories you missed being at home. So, this summer do not miss to hike to the Himalayas!