Trek the Himalayas : What “else” to do in your Great Indian Experience

To many, India is a mystical land! It’s the unknown. Movies and books have portrayed India as the land where you can learn the secrets of living a healthy life, mentally (mindfulness) and physically (Yoga). But there is so much more to do beyond the mainstream things!

A lot of you asked us to do more of our “What else to do in..” posts, where we discuss itineraries beyond the mainstream ones. In this post, we discussed the top hikes we love that you can add to your Indian itinerary depending on the time you have but more importantly when you are in India. In this post, we will be focusing on the Himalayan hikes, but the rest of India offers some amazing (and probably more hikes as well), which we will cover later.

Hiking in the Himalayas

The states of Himachal, Uttarakhand & Kashmir along with the 7 North Eastern states offer some of the best hikes in India. While trekking in the Himalayas, it may be a good idea to just book a trekking guide as it will save you the trouble of carrying trekking equipments. We have always booked our hikes either through India Hikes or Trek the Himalayas unless it’s a short 1-2 day trek. Here are the best ones in our opinion :

1. Kheerganga :
Duration : 1-2 days
Difficulty : Easy
Best time to visit : March to July
Why we love this : A good trek for beginners and provides amazing views of the Parvati Valley and a great getaway if you are visiting Kasol (a lovely hamlet in the state of Himachal)
How to Reach : Take a bus from Delhi or Chandigarh and get off at Barshaini. The bus ride can take upto 10 hrs so be prepared for that.

 
 
 
 
 
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2. Triund
Duration :
1-2 days
Difficulty : Easy
Best time to visit : March to July is easier. But Dec to Feb is lovely if you want to see snow. Personally, we liked the latter.
Why we love this : A good trek for beginners and provides amazing views of the Dhauladhar Range and a very easy and rewarding hike that does not need much preparation
How to Reach : Take a bus from Delhi or Chandigarh and get off at Dharamshala. From there you will need a taxi. Like Kasol, it can take 10-12 hrs to reach from Delhi.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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3. Nag Tibba
Duration : 2-3 days
Difficulty : Easy – Moderate
Best time to visit : March to July is easier. But Dec to Feb is lovely if you want to see snow. Again, we liked the winter trek
Why we love this : A good beginner trek if you are looking to do longer high altitude treks
How to Reach : Take a bus to Dehradun. From here , you can take a taxi/bus to Panthwari (the base camp of the trek). We would suggest booking through India Hikes or Trek the Himalayas (we have no affiliation with the companies just fyi)

 
 
 
 
 
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4. Chopta – Chandrashila
Duration : 5-6 days
Difficulty : Easy – Moderate
Best time to visit : April to November
Why we love this : Gradual ascent. Rewarding views of some of the highest peaks of the Himalayas.
How to Reach : Take a bus to Rishikesh where trekking companies start their tours from.

 
 
 
 
 
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5. Valley of Flowers
Duration : 5-6 days
Difficulty : Easy – Moderate
Best time to visit : July to October. This is a monsoon trek so expect it to pour!
Why we love this : It’s in the name – A Valley full of flowers. Hemkund Sahib, a Sikh temple, the final stop of the trek offers  breathtaking views of the Garhwal ranges which is a great experience!
How to Reach : Take a bus to Rishikesh where trekking companies start their tours from.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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6. Dayara Bugyal
Duration : 6 days
Difficulty :  Moderate
Best time to visit : May to November (Like Valley of Flowers this is a monsoon trek and is known for its lush green meadows). Some trekkers like to visit in winters due to snowfall
How to Reach : You need to take a bus to Dehradun and from there take another bus to Raithal (the base of the trek)
Why we love this : Lush green mountains (if you go during the monsoons), snow covered hills and some of the best topography you will ever see if you go during the winters.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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7. Kedarkantha
Duration : 6 days
Difficulty : Moderate
Best time to visit : Nov to February (This is a winter trek but you can access this through the year except the monsoon)
Why we love this : Snow and a lot of it! Picturesque views of beautiful snow covered forests. Camping in the snow is an altogether different experience.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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8. Tarsar Marsar
Duration :  7 days
Difficulty : Moderate
Best time to visit : Jul to Aug
Why we love this: Unparalleled beauty.  There is something unique about trekking to a lake 13,000 ft above sea level (how about two!)
How to Reach : Take a flight to Srinagar from Delhi from where the trekking companies can book your onward trip.
Disclaimer : Kashmir, unfortunately, is classified as a highly unsafe area to travel due to regular militant activities (which is really unfortunate as it’s one of the prettiest part of the country), so please follow the safety advice of your consulate/embassy/local government before planning a trip.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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9. Chadar
Duration :
9-10 days
Difficulty : Difficult
Best time to visit : Jan to Feb
Why we love this : The chance to walk on a frozen river and camp in temperatures 20 degrees below the freezing point.
How to Reach : Take a flight to Srinagar from Delhi from where the trekking companies can book your onward trip.
Disclaimer : Kashmir, unfortunately, is classified as a highly unsafe area to travel due to regular militant activities (which is really unfortunate as it’s one of the prettiest part of the country), so please follow the safety advice of your consulate/embassy/local government before planning a trip.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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10. Goechala
Duration : 10 days
Difficulty : Difficult
Best time to visit : April to June
Why we love this : Challenging trek, which offers different obstacles with every passing day. Amazing views of the 3rd largest peak in the world – Kanchenjunga (8598m)

 

 
 
 
 
 
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And you thought India was all about ancient forts, beaches and chaotic cities ha! Trekking in the Himalayas is a life altering experience that gives you a chance to explore the world that you had not known existed!
We are conscious that there are many other treks which we couldn’t cover here but hopefully this gives a good idea of the of alluring beauty the Himalayas offer!
P.S. Hopefully we inspired you to travel to one of these destinations! We sincerely believe in responsible and sustainable travel which means we believe in preserving the environment. As far as possible, please avoid buying packaged food (noodles, biscuits, crisps) as there is no provision to safely discard these at such high altitude leading to an irreparable damage to the flora and fauna. As much as possible, please consume locally prepared cooked food – it saves the environment as organic waste is bio-degradable, much more delicious and supports the local economy 🙂

Author: thenomadicverses

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6 Replies to “Trek the Himalayas : What “else” to do in your Great Indian Experience”

  1. Really very happy to say your post is very interesting to read always. I never stop myself to say something about it. You are doing great job man. Keep it up. Very well written blog . Truly will give lot of tips to those who are fond of trekking to these places as everything explained in detail.

  2. Amazing blog. Thanks for sharing information. Will visit again once we are out of covid to pick couple of options

  3. Very nice article As a travel blogger myself, The Solo Girl Traveler, I admire several travel bloggers for their amazing creativity, talent, and sense of adventure.

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