India has various treks to offer from simple, moderate to very tough ones. Ramble through charming meadows, quaint villages and hidden waterfalls. Witness the marvels of nature.
‘A mixture of adventure pleasure and self realization, trekking in India is an experience of a lifetime!’ Trekking is a popular adventure activity.
Given our country’s vast, stunning landscapes, it has been extremely hard for the trekkers to mark its best treks. Usually they make their selection of the best treks on few criterias – the view, the variety & the accessibility.
The View: A trek should have great views every day & not just on one or two days.
The Variety: A trek needs to spring surprises in scenery & settings every other moment.
The Accessibility: The trek must be accessible and not too physically demanding, doable by the average trekker.
Routes range in difficulty from easy half-day jaunts to arduous multiweek expeditions. With a commercial trekking industry that’s far less developed than in neighbouring Nepal, many places still feel wild and relatively unspoiled, and thrillingly scenic treks can take you into magical roadless villages, through craggy gorges and across dazzlingly stark mountain passes.
Few Treks loved by many:
Parvati Valley: The Parvati River enters the Beas just above Bhuntarand its ethereally beautiful valley stretches back up to the hot springs at Manikaran and beyond into the 5000m heights of the Great Himalayan Range. The valley has a well-deserved reputation for its charas (hashish), and several villages have been transformed into hippie/backpacker hang-outs, offering cheap accommodation, international food and nonstop music to crowds of international travellers. Like Manali, the Parvati is a favourite destination along the ‘hummus trail’ followed by post–military service Israeli travellers. It’s also increasingly popular among young Indians. Police sometimes set up checkpoints along the roads to search for charas.
There are some excellent treks in the area, including over the Chandrakani Pass to/from Naggar, or the Pin-Parvati Pass to/from Spiti. For safety reasons, solo trekking is not recommended.
Expedition offered by: Nishant Aneja
Introducing Zanskar: Majestically rugged, the greatest attraction of this mountain-hemmed Ladakhi Buddhist valley is simply getting there, preferably on a trek. As in Ladakh, the main sights are timeless monasteries, notably at Karsha, Stongdey, Sani and Phuktal, the latter only accessible on foot. The area’s tiny capital, Padum, is not much more than a village with a few shops. It is not a major attraction in itself but is a key transit point if you want to drive in or out on what remains, for now, the only access route (via Kargil). While days can be scorching hot, come prepared for cold nights, even in summer.
Expedition offered by: Vandana Mishra
Churhdar Trek: organised by Sunil @ Himgiri
Uttarakhand is a place of myth and mountains. Hindus think of it as Dev Bhoomi – the Land of Gods – and the dramatic terrain is covered with holy peaks, lakes and rivers. Twisting roads and high-altitude hiking trails lead to spectacular pilgrimage sites where tales from Hindu epics are set.