While you may travel far and wide, there is something about the Himalayas that is unbeatable. While the village culture is immensely charming, trekking through pristine natural beauty is an experience in itself. Since winter is slowly drawing to a close, many trekking trails in India will soon be opening up. Find out more more about treks in India, you must attempt – to truly experience the mountain life in India!
Here are 6 treks in India you must explore in 2020. We’ve covered more trekking destinations in other posts like the top 10 trekking destinations in India
Treks in India – The bucket list for 2020
1. Hampta Pass Trek from Manali and Chandratal
If you are a first time trekker then Hampta Pass is the ideal trekking trip. Situated at an altitude of 14000 feet, Hampta Pass guarantees unforgettable views. Imagine rock faces, frosty valleys, thick pine forest, open meadows, adrenaline pumping waterways as well as adventurous crossing areas. Hampta pass trek connects two beautiful valley named; Kullu and Lahaul, where one gets to witness various landscapes. The scenic landscape, frequently change in weather and pleasant atmosphere delights the trekkers and provides great photo opportunities. The trek usually takes 5 days to complete. For those who are willing to go the extra distance and have an extra day, Chandratal is a great way to end the trekking trip since it promises spectacular views.
2. Trek to Kareri Village and Lake
While Mcleodganj and Dharamshala are now beginning to get infested with tourists, those looking for stunning offbeat treks can now explore the Kareri Lake trek. Kareri village is about 4 hrs walk from the last road head of a village called Ghera.The trek to the lake is approximately 14 kms from here. If you’re running short on time one can drive from Dharamshala or Mcleodganj via Shahpur to Nioli village and start the trek to Kareri Lake. The Kareri Lake is situated North West of Kareri Village and is at the foot of the Minkiani Pass. Apart from the lake’s natural beauty, the trek itself goes through beautiful forests and tiny villages. While this is a trekking trail, it is relatively easy and great for all age groups.
3. Patalsu Peak Trek
Patalsu Peak is an astounding trek that reaches upto 4200 Meters and boast of scenic beauty and enchanting appeal. It’s an ideal trekking destination in the most sought after region in the Solang Valley near Manali. It rewards promising views and an amazing experience to both beginners and experienced trekkers. While it starts from moderate gradients of Solang Valley, it gradually start offering challenging climbs from camp 2 in Shagadug. Although a bit difficult in nature, the picturesque panoramic landscapes make the endeavor worth undertaking.
4. Naggar-Malana over Chandrakhani Pass
Chandrakhani Pass is one of the most beautiful and serene pass, at an altitude of 3660 m located in the Kullu valley. Chandrakhani Pass offers fabulous views of the Deo Tibba peak, Pir Panjal and Parvati range of mountains. Below the Chandarkhani pass lies a small cluster of around two hundred stone roof houses constituting a village called Malana. Its inimitable culture and the temple of Jamlu distinguish the village. Malana stands out since it is an autonomous self-sufficient unit whose inhabitants claim Greek ancestry. For the outsiders, there is a long list of do’s and don’ts to be followed here. Kanashi, the language of Malana, does not resemble any of the dialects spoken in its neighborhood but seems to be a mixture of Sanskrit and several Tibetan dialects. If you’re looking a for trekking trip with a unique cultural experience, this is where you must go.
5. Bhrigu Lake Trek
If you’re looking for a trek over a long weekend, Bhrigu Lake is a 4 days 3 night trip wherein you get a chance to explore the stunning beauty of the region. It is located in the east of Rohtang Pass at an elevation of 4300 meters and it can be accessed from Gulaba Village. While you’re there, visit the Vashistha temple in Manali, famous for its hot water springs. Bhrigu Lake is extremely popular since it is great for beginners as well as experienced hikers. It is a great destination for hikers as there is a neatly carved wooden temple, hot springs, surrounding waterfalls, and great views.
6. Beas Kund Trek from Manali
It is extremely popular, since Beas Kund is set against the backdrop of several mountain peaks like Shitidhar Peak, Friendship Peak and Hanuman Tibba. Along the way to Beas Kund is the Solang Ropeway Point; a skiing spot and Bakarthach, a preferred camping site. The Bhrigu lake and Beas Kund Trek in Himachal Pradesh are every adventurer’s paradise. This trekking trip is suitable for both beginners as well as advanced-level trekkers since the slopes are moderately steep yet offer challenging trails. From Solang Nallah, the route winds through the famous Solang Valley. The trail goes via Dhundi and Bakarthach to enter the Beas Kund glacier, the birthplace of the River Beas.
One of the places we have covered in more detail in another post is Kashmir, and you should check that out as well. What are you waiting for? Plan that trekking holiday with your best friends to experience the best of the Himalayas.
Check out this detailed post about how you can prepare yourself for a trek in the mountains inside India. If you’re looking for a mix of adventure also thrown into the trekking destination, this post should be worth your time about destinations which have a high adventure quotient! Check this out if you are interested in trekking in Ladakh?
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