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Best Winter Treks in India

How about a hot cup of tea high up at 12,000 ft, with the view of sun’s first rays kissing a snow-capped peak? Sounds surreal, right? Now, imagine lying down on an open meadow with nothing to see but a sky full of stars — a lot more than you have ever seen. Want to do that already? Then head for a trek to the mighty mountains this winter. You will be able to do a lot more than just that. Far from phone signals and closest to the breathtaking peaks, you can experience walking on the snow and hear it crunching under your feet, breathe the fresh air, have your dinner by a campfire and sigh at the most beautiful views that you pass by. By now, if you are scratching your head thinking where to start, here’s a list of the most exciting treks in India you can go for this winter.

Kedarkantha Trek

Kedarkantha Trek

 

Duration: 6 days
Altitude: Starting at 6,000 ft and going up to 12,500 ft.
Difficulty: Easy. No prior trekking experience required.
Starting point: Sankri, Uttarakhand
Nearest rail head: Dehradun

 

Starting out from a quaint mountain village called Sankri, located at 10-11 hour driving distance from Dehradun, the trail takes you through a forest of pines and maples to start with, goes on to meadows and finally continues on to the snow. You will be greeted with enchanting views of snow-capped peaks all around with Bandarpoonch, Swargarohini, Kala Nag and Ranglana being the most prominent ones. Expect nights with a blanket of stars, with shooting stars visible from time to time. Camping will be in the woods and snow.

har ki dun trek

Har ki Dun Trek

 

Duration: 8 days
Altitude: Starting at 6,000 ft and going up to 11,700 ft.
Difficulty: Medium. No prior trekking experience required.
Starting point: Taluka, Uttarakhand
Nearest rail head: Dehradun

 

Named after the Har ki Dun peak, the trek starts from Taluka, located 12 km from Sankri village. The trails leads a trekker through alpine meadows, moraine ridges, glacier basins, pine forests and ancient villages. The biggest takeaways from this trek are some stunning views of the valley and an opportunity to experience the amazing slow-paced local lifestyle. Also, you can catch see the rarely found Brahma Kamal flower around Mahinda Taal, a beautiful alpine lake that can be covered with a short trek from a rest day at the Har ki Dun campsite on the fifth day of the trek.

Kuari Pass Trek

Kuari Pass Trek

 

Duration: 8 days
Altitude: Starting at 6,800 ft and going up to 12,500 ft.
Difficulty: Moderate, due to the presence of heavy snow throughout. Prior trekking experience needed.
Starting point: Ramni, Uttarakhand
Nearest rail head: Haridwar

 

This trek can bring you closest to an alpine trek, especially during the final push to Kuari Pass, which is no less than a Himalayan expedition with tremendous amounts of snow all the way up. The entire trek is located close to the Nanda Devi, India’s second highest peak and hence offers the most magnificent views of the untouched beauty that Garhwal is known for. Being on this trek, you will get an opportunity to walk on the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Chaukhamba, Hathi Parbat, Mana and Kamet are some of the well known peaks you can see on this trek.

Sandakphu Trek

Sandakphu Trek

Duration: 7 days
Altitude: Highest altitude is at 11,900 ft.
Difficulty: Moderate. Prior trekking experience can be a boon.
Starting point: Jaubari, Nepal
Nearest rail head: New Jalpaiguri

 

This can be called the mother of all treks for those who love mountains. This is because you can witness some of the great Himalayan peaks when you are on this trek. While there’s Kanchenjunga on one hand, there are incredible views of Everest, Makalu and Lhotse on the other. One of the most popular treks in India, the trek offers some of the most mesmerising panoramas, and takes you through a lush vegetation with numerous species of birds up to the snow laden fields laid across a wide expanse of land. In fact, the forests have a variety in the form silver firs, rhododendrons, magnolias and lovely large-leaved drumstick primulas. Apart from the great Himalayan peaks, a trekker on this trail is also prized with views of the Annapurna Range and some of the highest ranges of Bhutan.

Brahmatal Trek

Brahmatal Trek

 

Duration: 6 days
Altitude: Brahmatal peak is at an altitude of 11,000 ft.
Difficulty: Moderate. Prior trekking experience can be a boon.
Starting point: Lohajung, Uttarakhand
Nearest rail head: Kathgodam

 

One of the not so popular winter treks in the country, the trek has been named after the Brahmatal lake, located in Uttarakhand. The trek is known for offering the right amount of snow that makes a trek exciting. Even though the trail doesn’t climb to the highest of altitudes, yet it is known to offer views of some high peaks. A small lake and a few forests act as the bonus offerings in this trek.

Deoriatal Chandrashila Trek Uttarakhand

Deoriatal Chandrashila Trek

 

Duration: 6 days
Altitude: Chandrashila peak is at an altitude of 12,100 ft.
Difficulty: Easy. No prior trekking experience required.
Starting point: Sari, Uttarakhand
Nearest rail head: Haridwar

 

Another popular winter trek, the Deoriatal Chandrashila trek takes a trekker to a high altitude lake called Deoriatal, followed by a trail up to the breathtaking heights of the Chandrashila peak. This trek acts like an artist’s canvas with the variety of landscapes it takes one through. Starting from the multiple variety of forests, the trail leads a trekker through a wide alpine meadow surrounded by the jungles, the magical Deoriatal and finally truckloads of snow on the way to the Chandrashila peak. The climb up to the Chandrashila peak can be done via Tungnath, known for its temple. The trek is also consider to be a birders’ trail, thanks to more than 100 species that you can see.

 

Source: indiatoday.intoday.in