With the longest and largest mountain ranges, India is considered a paradise for trekkers. There are hundreds of treks that one can do to quench his/her thirst for trekking. With such a long list of treks, it becomes a little difficult task to select best out of all.
So we have compiled a list of 10 best trekking trails across India that hikers can do.
Hampta Pass Trek
Many called it a “Sholay of Treks” due to its variety of views. Hampta Pass is an excellent multi-day trek, which starts from Manali and ends at Lahaul and Spiti Valley. The duration of this trek is five days, and one can quickly notice a change in the landscapes on the trek. The pass connects the Kullu valley to Lahaul and Spiti Valley. For stay, Manali is home to several good resorts and hotels. One such is Sterling Mountain resort situated on the Naggar road.
Considered as one of the most beautiful treks in the Indian Himalayas. Valley of Flowers is a vast valley spreading across a vast area in the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve. The trek to Valley of Flowers starts from a small village called Ghangaria and to reach the village one has to do a trek of 9 km from the village of Govindghat which is situated on the Rishikesh-Badrinath highway. The trek will definitely amaze you with its eternal beauty and experiences.
Parashar Lake Trek
Parashar Lake is a sacred lake perched at the height of 2870 meters above the sea level near the Mandi district in Himachal Pradesh. It is considered one of the best weekend treks near Delhi. With the comfortable difficulty level, the trek is quite popular among hikers. The trek starts from a village called Baggi which is a two-hour drive from Mandi, and it passes through the forest. The lake is scenic, and one gets panoramic views of the Himalayas.
Kashmir Great Lakes Trek
We all are aware of the beauty of the Kashmir. Trekking in that region can quickly quench the thirst of hikers looking for adventure with natural beauty. The trek to the Kashmir Great Lakes offers once in a lifetime experience. The duration of this trek is eight days, and the highest altitude you will reach is 4100 meters. Also, you will cross few passes on this trek named Gadsar Pass, Nichnai Pass, etc.
Har Ki Dun Trek
Also known as the “Valley of Gods”, the Har Ki Dun valley is a breathtaking valley situated in the Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand. The trek is 67 km long and starts from a village called Sankri. Embraced by alluring alpine meadows and enchanting greenery, the trek can amuse anyone with its beauty. The valley offers an amphitheatre view of snow-capped Himalayan peaks. The difficulty level of this trek is moderate meaning beginners can also do it.
Deoriatal Chandrashila is a three days trek which starts from a village called Sari and ends at Chopta. If you’re looking for a beginners trek with a high altitude, then this is the one. The trek is 28 km long and covers several scenic sites such as Deoriatal lake, forests and meadows of Chopta and Chandrashila peak. One also gets to visit the Tungnath temple which is considered the World’s highest Lord Shiva temple.
Another weekend trek near Delhi, Nag Tibba is also one of the most sought-after treks for novice hikers. Nag Tibba is the highest peak of lesser Himalayas in Uttarakhand. Situated at an altitude of 23022 meters, the summit offers panoramic views of the Garhwal Himalayas. During winters, the trek gets blanketed by a layer of snow and which makes it one of the best snow treks to do in the Himalayas.
Dayara Bugyals or meadows are one of the most extensive alpine meadows in India. The trek to Dayara Bugyal begins from the Barsu village in the Uttarkashi district. The trek is easy and passes through the scenic forests of Rhododendrons and Oak. The highest point on the trek is Bakharia Top and offers awe-inspiring views of remarkable Himalayan peaks. One can spot Banderpooch, Black Peak, Gangotri, Jaonli, Srikanth and DKD2 peaks.
Another beautiful Himalayan trek that can be done in the state of West Bengal near the famous hill station, Darjeeling. Sandakphu is a mountain which is considered the highest point of West Bengal and is known for the views of Sleeping Buddha. One gets a complete view of many 8000 meter peaks in Nepal and Sikkim including Mount Everest, Makalu, Lhotse, Kanchenjunga and few more. One can also spot the rare Red Pandas on this trek. For stay, one can opt to stay at Sterling Mountain resorts and hotels in Darjeeling.
Kumar Parvatha trek is one of the most popular treks in Karnataka. It is considered the second highest peak in the state, after Tadiandamol. The starting point of the trek is Subramanya village located in the Coorg district. The trek includes a hike on two of the peaks which are Shesh Parvatha and Kumar Parvatha. The trek is easy except some steep ascents.
Rajamachi fort trek is one of the most exciting treks that can be done in the mountains of Western Ghats. The trek is smooth and does not consist of any steep sections, but the distance is 15 km from the starting point. The trek starts from a famous hill station near Mumbai, Lonavla. The attraction of this trek is the view from the top which is quite breathtaking. In Lonavla, Sterling can be one of the best options to stay at.