India offers plenty of opportunities for trekking in the regions through which the majestic Himalayan ranges cross. Trekking in the Himalayas belt of Himachal Pradesh offers a chance to witness the ancient villages, high passes, and the ethereal natural beauty, making it an experience to remember forever. If you are an avid trekker, or are planning a hiking & trekking tour in India anytime soon, then check out these best treks in Indian Himalayas for your adventurous holiday trip.
1. Kedar Tal Trek
Situated at a height of 4719m, Kedar tal is a delight to witness with its colour changing to blue, emerald, grey, depending on the weather. The trail to Kedar tal offers views of famous Himalayan mountain peaks like Mt Thalaysagar, Mt Bhrigupanth, Manda Parvat, Mt Jogin, and Mt Gangotri. One has the opportunity to camp almost at the feet of Mt. Thalaysagar and Bhrigupanth. The challenging trek starts with climbing from 3352m (Gangtori) to 4800m (Kedar Kharak) in the course of 3-4 days. One has to navigate steep ascents and descents and climb boulders. This trail that is high on adventure also has patches of meadows and that of forests. The campsite of Kedar Kharak is itself quite a reward for the trekkers during this trek in Uttarakhand.
2. Chadar Trek
A magnificent and at times challenging trek, Chadar Trek gives opportunities to enjoy a visit to ancient Buddhist monasteries and secluded villages situated in the Trans Zanskar ranges. At places, the Chadar (ice sheet) does not form a cover over the river. Then, the trekkers have to forge a new trail trekking over snow-covered banks to move down to a spot on the Zanskar river, where the ice is more stable. What sets this trek apart is its matchless experience. Everything about it is exceptional: the panorama, atmosphere, the frozen river, caves, unusual campsites, sledges and the ever changing Chadar.
3.Hampta Pass Trek
Hampta Pass trek is one of the highly sought after treks in North India. This trek is all about experiencing the beauty of the region. Wide green pastures, glacial valleys and lofty mountains, these are some of the faces of nature that this trek introduces you to. During a certain point in the trek, you will be able to enjoy the spectacular views of Lahaul and Spiti valleys as well as the mountain ranges of Spiti and Pir Panjal. This trek also offers you adventure in good measure, as you get a chance to camp at Chandratal, the Moon Lake. Hampta Pass is at an altitude of 4270m and stretches across the Pir Panjal Range in the Himalayas. The landscape here is such that it compels you to stare at it until you are lost in a train of thoughts, and that’s certainly one of the reasons why it is so popular among international tourists.
4. Roopkund Trek
Located in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand, the Roopkund Trek is one of the most popular treks in Uttarakhand. There are few places as mysterious, and thrilling, as Roopkund in Uttarakhand. It is famous for its five hundred skeletons which are found at its edge. These human skeletons are believed to date back to the Palaeolithic Age. For this reason, it is called the Mystery Lake. Several routes are followed to reach Roopkund, with the most common among these being that which passes through Lohajung. The route takes you past meadows, waterfalls and places such as Bedni Bugyal. A particularly fascinating part of the trek is the climb to the snow-covered mountain of Chang Ma. Once you reach the lake, you are immediately struck by its beauty.
5. Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek
It is one of the most thrilling treks in India. Kanchenjunga proclaims its glory at a height of 8586m and as the third highest mountain in the world. Embarking on this trek allows you to enjoy the panoramic views from Frey Peak to Kabru Peak. An 8-day trek, it begins at Yuksom, a sleepy village in West Sikkim. Along the course of the trek, you are offered the gorgeous views of Rathong River, lovely orchids, rare birds and evergreen fern plantations. The route of the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek will also bring you face to face with a famous waterfall at the Paha Khola Bridge. A major attraction awaits you on the first day at the Prek Chu River. The highlight of this trek, however, is the route that crosses Dzongri. It takes you past the Tshoka hamlet followed by Phedang Pass offering panoramic views of Pandim, Thenchinkhang and Jhuponu Mountains.