Are you a mountain person? Do heights give you a thrill? Do you pride yourself on some serious stamina? If the answers to all these questions are in affirmative, you must pack your bags and embark on an adventurous trekking experience immediately. Thanks to the various mountain systems in the country, especially the majestic Himalayas, India has some of the best trekking routes in the world.
Our hills are lush green yet rugged, mystical and definitely full of old world charm. From mild walks to heavy duty climbs, there is something for every grade of enthusiast. Expertise at the sport is not a necessity in India! Below we try to take a quick look at five great trekking destinations in India:
Manali: Trekking in Himachal is good in and around Chamba, Manali, Kullu and Lahaul, with Manali being the base camp. Manali is also a base for easy trekking and can be the best option for the beginners. The Manali – Beaskund trek can be completed in a period of five days. A lot of people club them with their usual summer holidays in Himachal. Then we have the Naggar – Malana – Kosal trek which is a moderate trail in the Kullu region.
The Ladakh Area: Ladakh is breathtakingly beautiful flanked by two of the highest mountain ranges of the world: the Himalays and the Karokoram. Ladakh is replete with treks of different courses. There are monastery treks, high altitude lake treks and alpine meadow treks. The best time to visit is between July and September.
Pindari Glacier, Kumaon: One of the most popular trekking destinations in the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand, the Pindari glacier is beautiful! The trek starts from a road head called Song near Bageshwar. Song to Loharket (4 km), Loharket to Khati (19 km), Khati to Phurkia (16 km) and Phurkia to Pundari Zero Point (6 km) is the trek course which takes about eight days. The trail also offers some really beautiful landscape and is a photographer’s delight!
Garhwal: The Garhwal Hills have some of the highest peaks in the world and the treks here are not considered easy. However, there are some easy to moderate routes for beginners and somewhat experienced trekkers. Popular treks include the Har Ki Dun trek (easy), Dodi Tal trek (easy), Valley of flowers trek (easy), Nanda Devi trek (moderately tough), Kalindikhal trek (tough) and the Kedarnath trek (tough).
The gorgeous Nilgiri hill range of Tamil Nadu witnesses pleasant weather throughout the year. With their no plastic policy of the state, the hills are spotlessly clean too! Owing to plentiful rainfall, the trekking routes in these hills are lush and green all the time. Apart from treks, there are opportunities for soothing nature walks as well. The best time for trekking in the Nilgiris is from October to May.