Trekking in Himachal Pradesh

The citadel of natural beauty, Himachal Pradesh is one of the most popular adventure destinations in India. Several serene and mystic valleys, towering mountain peaks, gurgling streams, dense alpine forests, etc. are speckled all over the state. Endowed with immense beauty, this state is a paradise for nature lovers. With its scenic splendor and flawless beauty, the state has gained popularity among the trekkers and adventure sports lovers across the globe. Himachal trekking trails test your capability and limits while offering some of the best panoramic views of the Himalayan mountain range. Some of the most amazing treks in this amazingly beautiful state are:

1. Pin Parvati Pass Trek : One of the most difficult treks, Pin Parvati Pass connects the Parvati Valley, which is one of the fertile and flourishing valleys of Kullu region with Pin valley of Spiti. Situated at an altitude of 5,400 m, this is a famous trek in the state, which was first crossed in the year 1884 by Sir Louis Dane. As it is one of the most challenging treks, it is often explored only by the experienced trekkers. The Pin Parvati Pass trek is regarded as the shortest route between the Kullu and Spiti valley. Trekking through this pass offers a glimpse of changes of landscape, from evergreen to barren and rugged along with the varied cultures isolated within the mountains. While trekking through this pass, trekkers cross several gushing streams, glaciers, small hamlets, thick alpine forest, pasture lands and pristine lakes. Walking along the mountains, crossing downhill, snowfield areas, unusual natural rocky bridges, Himalayan brown bears and wild small colorful flowers builds an ever unforgettable flash. The best time for trekking in this beautiful pass is between the months of July and September.

2. Kinnar Kailash Trek : Another challenging yet exciting trek of Himachal Pradesh is the Kinnar Kailash Trek, which lies in the Kinnaur Valley. Located at Indo-Tibet boarder, it has a height of 6500 m and is revered by both Buddhists and Hindus. It is one of the five mount Kailash, which is considered to be the abode of Lord Shiva. Along with being a popular adventure destination, it is also popular among the devotees of Lord Shiva, who is believed to live here. Trekking to Kinner Kailash is very rewarding as well as challenging for experienced trekkers. You will have to cross Charang La Pass, which is located at an altitude of 5300m while trekking to this enchanting land where God resides. Best season for trekking in Kinnar Kailash is between Mid May and September.

3. Chandertal Trek: Perched at an altitude of 4270 m, Chandertal Trek is a popular trek in the state, which falls in Lahoul and Spiti district. It is nestled between low ridge and the main kunzum range and the lake is also known as “Moon Lake”. The Chandertal is the source of River Chandra and the trek offers an excellent view of Mulkila mountain range and Samudra Tapu Glacier. The trek commences from Baralacha to Chandertal and is an easy trek as compared to many in the state. Offering spectacular view of its surroundings, it is a jewel in the crown of the spellbinding Spiti Valley. The best time to trek in this route is from mid-May to first week of October as the lake gets covered by snow during the winters owing to its high altitude. It is an approximately 10 days trek.

4. Beas Kund Trek: Beas Kund Trek is the most popular treks in the state of Himachal Pradesh, which lies in the Kullu Valey. According to the legends, Vyas, the author of the great Indian epic Mahabhrata, used to bathe in the Beas Kund, which makes it a holy pond and is frequented by pilgrim from near and far. This lake is the source of the river Beas that meanders through some of the beautiful cities of the state. The trek offers enchanting view of some of the most spectacular mountain ranges of the region. The trek starts from Manali and passes through some of the most spectacular valleys, meadows and glaciers as well as Solang Valley. It has an altitude of 3690 m approximately and the best time to visit is from mid-May to mid-October.

5. Hamta Pass Trek: Hamta Pass Trek is an ideal trek for beginners as it is considered to be the easiest as well as most convenient of all treks in the state. Even though the trek might not send chills to your spine but is sure to leave you awestruck with its spectacular beauty. The trek passes through some of the majestic and stunning foothills of the Himalayas. It is the pass that connects the astoundingly beautiful valleys of Lahaul and Kullu and is a haven for bird watchers. The breathtaking landscape and the lush greenery attract the trekkers across the globe and it is home to some of the rare species of Himalayan birds as well as orchids. Dense Alpine forests, glacial valleys and vast stretches of meadows characterize this valley, which makes is an ideal trekking destination. The maximum altitude is 14,100 ft and its starts from Manali. It is a 26 km trek, which can be completed in 5 days and the best time to trek here is during the months of May and June, and from August to October.

6. Malana Village Trek: A small ancient village in Kullu valley, Malana Village trek is one of the most beautiful treks in the state. The village is considered to be the oldest democracy in the World and stands as an autonomous self-sufficient place with Greek ancestry. It is also often referred to as “Little Greece” and is connected o Kullu by three mountain passes, namely Parvati Valley, Rashol Pass and Chanderkhani Pass. One important thing that should be kept in mind is that although people are friendly, outsiders are asked to maintain a distance and should not touch anything in the village. It is an easy trek that leads through some picturesque landscape, green meadows, birch forests and rhododendron bushes, while offering captivating view of snow-capped mountain peaks of Dhaula Dhar Peak and the Ghalpo peaks in Lahaul. It is a 5 days trek and the ideal time to visit is between the months of June and October.

7. Indrahar Pass Trek: Perfect example of high altitude trekking, Indrahar Pass Trek attracts a large number of tourists across the globe. The trek starts from McLeodganj, a Tibetan village in Dharamshala, which lies in the Kangra District. Spectacular landscape, gurgling streams, dense deodar forests, deep gorges and serene lakes speckled all throughout the trek makes this trek is one of the most spectacular treks in the state that has been luring trekkers of all age group across the world. The pass forms a border between Chamba and Kangra districts offering a glimpse of the hamlets that lies beneath as well as unveils the sparkling and tranquil lakes, Minikiani and Kareri. This trek is ideal for experienced trekkers as there are steep climbs enroute. The trek as well lets you experience some rich wildlife areas offering breathtaking view of the surroundings. This trek can be completed within 10 days with an average walking time of 5 to 6 hours. The best time to trek here is from May to June and from September to October.

8. Friendship Peak Trek: One of the popular trekking trails in the enchanting land of Himalchal Pradesh is Friendship Peak Trek. It is a strenuous and difficult trek, which is located within the vicinity of Beas Kund. The peak has an altitude of 5,289 m above the sea level, which remains blanketed by snow all the year round. This trek is quite popular among foreign trekkers and offers an awe-inspiring view of the nearby mountain peaks of the Himalayas. The journey starts from Manali and passes through the spectacular Solang valley, which is home to some of the best Alpine Meadows, dense forests speckled with different species of Alpine Trees, gurgling streams, vibrant orchards, etc. Steep climbs, thick bed of snow, glaciated tracks and narrow ridges; everything can be experienced in this trek after reaching a certain altitude. The entire trek can be completed within 10 days and the best time to trek here is between the months of June and October.

9. Manimahesh Kailash Trek: Revolving around Manimahesh Lake, which is also known as Dal Lake, Manimahesh Kailash Trek is a popular trek in the region. It is frequented by both avid trekkers as well as pilgrims worldwide. The lake is situated at an altitude of about 4,080 m in the Pir Panjal Range of the Himalayas. According to the legends, Lord Shiva resides in the mountains that surround the lake. As per Hindu mythology, Lord Shiva created Mani Mahesh after he married Goddess Parvati and also performed penance on the banks of Mani Mahesh Lake. The trek starts from Lakshminarayan Temple in Chamba and is an easy trek as compared to many in the region. It is a 9 days trek and the best time to visit is in the month of May and from September to October.

10. Triund Trek: Way from the bustling city life, Triund offers a good weekend getaway in the Himalayas. Located in Dharamshala in Kangra district, this is a popular trek in the region, which is frequented by trekkers across the globe. It is an easy trek, which can be enjoyed by all groups of people. The trek starts from Mcleodganj and has a steep soar of more than 1100 m. The trek offers a refreshing feeling as it leads to dense forests of oak and Rhododendron. The trek can be covered in 3 days and has a maximum elevation of 2875 m. From Triund, one can as well trek to Lahesh cave, which is about 5 km from Triund, perched at an altitude of 3550m. The best time for trekking in this trail is between the months of March and December; however, the rainy season must be avoided.

11. Deo Tibba Base Camp Trek: One of the most adventurous treks is Himachal that is sure to send chills to your spine, Deo Tibba Base camp trek is a popular trekking destination in Himachal Pradesh. This trek takes the trekkers through Gaddi shepherds grazing pastures and the emerald blue waters of Lake Chandratal, which is perched at an elevation of 4,480 m, offering magnificent view of Deo Tibba peak that has an altitude of 6,001 m and its glaciers. The trek provides a unique experience and is an absolute delight for nature lovers as well as photographers. It falls under easy to moderate trek, which can be completed a week’s time. The best time for trekking in this trail is between the months of June and September.

12. Dalhousie - Manali over Marhu Pass: A popular trekking trail in the state is Dalhousie - Manali over Marhu Pass. Although, it is not common among leisure travelers, this trek is in the list of every discerning trekker and explorer. The track has steep climbs and descends, broken tracks, thick alpine forests and gushing streams, which makes the journey memorable. Dalhousie has an elevation of 1,970 m with colonial influence that lingers all around. Further ahead, the trek enroute to Maru Pass, which has an elevation of 5,050 m and reaches Manali, which has an elevation of 2,050 m, known for its eternal beauty. The trek pass through remote villages, vast stretches of meadows and whispering woods, which are home to wide range of flora and fauna. The trek starts from Khajjiar at an altitude of 2,000 m. It is a moderate trek that can be completed in 10 to 12 days and the best season to embark up on is from mid June to early October.
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