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Trekking Destinations in India

Moderate62 kmTrekking in India is a unique experience unlike other places in the world. With its surreal landscapes, varied flora and fauna, you will be treated to a multitude of awe-inspiring sceneries that will catch your breath away. Trekking trails in India are ideally suited for nature junkies looking for fresh air and scrumptious adventures. It's time to put those sneakers on, grab some colourful hiking bags and an endearing company or two to venture out at the heels of these top trekking trails!

Trekking Destinations for Rookies

 
If you're a newbie to trekking, then you've probably wondered where to go, what trek to choose and how to manage the exhaustion. Here are the trekking destinations for new trekkers:

1. Kheerganga Trek, Kasol

Trek Difficulty Easy
Trail Distance 12 km
Nearest Airport Pantnagar Airport
Closest Railway Station Kathgodam Railhead
Trek Altitude 9,700 ft
Possible Concerns Landslides and Mudslides in Rainy Season

Breathtaking scenery awaits you during this trek. It doesn't require much preparation or prior trekking expertise, making it ideal for first-time trekkers as well as backpackers looking to enjoy a lovely trek. Pristine and fresh air, accompanied by the freshness of natural waterfalls, along with a couple of wooden bridges are sure to make your Kheerganga trek experience a lifetime one.
 
2. Nag Tibba Trek, Uttarakhand

Trek Difficulty Easy
Trail Distance 15 km
Nearest Airport Jolly Grant Airport
Closest Railway Station Dehradun Railway Station
Trek Altitude 9,910 ft.
Possible Concerns Nothing severe


Nag Tibba Trekking is an ideal weekend getaway for trekkers. It has something for everyone — from thrill-seekers to nature lovers — and some of the most stunning landscapes and thrilling experiences on offer. With dense forests and lush green mountains, Nag Tibba Trek is a great place to enjoy unwinding holidays with your family and friends.
 
3. Triund Trek, Mcleodganj

Trek Difficulty Easy
Trail Distance 10 km
Nearest Airport Gaggal Airport
Closest Railway Station Pathankot Railway Station
Trek Altitude 9,500 ft.
Possible Concerns Nothing severe

Trekking to Triund is one of the easiest and shortest trips in India as it just takes you a few hours to complete this trek. The beauty of this trek is that it gives you a chance to visit high altitudes, but doesn't take much time from your schedule. If you're looking for more than a weekend trip, then this is the perfect trek for you.
 
4. Prashar Lake Trek, Himachal

Trek Difficulty Easy
Trail Distance 16 km
Nearest Airport Bhuntar Airport
Closest Railway Station Joginder Nagar Railway Station
Trek Altitude 8,900 ft.
Possible Concerns Nothing severe

Prashar Lake is tucked gorgeously in Kullu Valley located in the heart of the towering Dhauladhar Ranges, sitting in the midst of nature. The place has been a hit among tourists for centuries since it is one of those rare places that have remained untouched by the modern world. The tranquil atmosphere at Prashar makes it a beautiful destination for those who wish to get lost in the bliss and beauty of nature.
 
5. Perumal Peak Trek, Kodaikanal

Trek Difficulty Easy
Trail Distance 7 km
Nearest Airport Madurai Airport
Closest Railway Station Kodaikanal Road Railway Station
Trek Altitude 8,005 ft
Possible Concerns Steep Parts

Perumal Peak, with an elevation of 2,440 metres, is the highest summit in the Perumalai Hills. It is a portion of the gorgeous Western Ghats and is worth seeing when on a Kodaikanal tour. The mountain, endowed with the finest of nature, attracts both nature enthusiasts and adventure lovers.
 
6. Narasimha Parvata Trek, Agumbe

Trek Difficulty Easy
Trail Distance 7 km
Nearest Airport Mangalore International Airport
Closest Railway Station Shimoga Railway Station
Trek Altitude 3,772 ft.
Possible Concerns Extreme Weather Conditions

Experience nature in its rawest form with this trek, where adventure and beauty come naturally. The area gives you a complete contrast to normal city life, where you can enjoy nature in its true sense. You’ll be surprised by the different landscapes as you gradually climb to your destination. On your way, you can see the beautiful view of the Sita River flowing through the valley which forms a natural boundary to the place.

7. Beas Kund Trek, Manali

Trek Difficulty Easy
Trail Distance 16 km
Nearest Airport Bhuntar Airport
Closest Railway Station Chandigarh Railway Station
Trek Altitude 12,772 ft.
Possible Concerns No Electricity in Camping Places

Trekking the Beas Kund Trek will not only help you discover some of the most fascinating nooks and corners of the outermost regions of Manali but also give you a glimpse into the serene and green pastures interspersed by towering mountains.
 
8. Nishani Betta, Bhagamandala

Trek Difficulty Easy
Trail Distance 8 km
Nearest Airport Mysore Airport
Closest Railway Station Hassan Railway Station
Trek Altitude 4, 166 ft.
Possible Concerns Nothing severe

The Nishani Betta peak is a lesser-known mountain in the Nishani mountain range. Madikeri, the neighbouring town as well as the district capital of Coorg, is 12 kilometres away. The area is densely forested, with open meadows, unusual flora and animals, and extensive mountain ranges.
 

Trekking Destinations for Advanced Rookies

 
When it comes to trekking, I'd suggest a few destinations for all you advanced rookies out there:
 
1. Har Ki Dun Trek, Uttarakhand

Trek Difficulty Moderate
Trail Distance 47 km
Nearest Airport Jolly Grant Airport
Closest Railway Station Dehradun Railway Station
Trek Altitude 11,675 ft.
Possible Concerns Difficult Trails

For its famed hanging valley, Har ki Dun trek is among the most renowned excursions among trekkers and environment enthusiasts all across India. Situated snugly on the Garhwal Himalayas' hinges, the Har ki dun trek will take you to a place where you will find magic like never before.
 
2. Dayara Bugyal Trek, Uttarakhand

Trek Difficulty Moderate
Trail Distance 17 km
Nearest Airport Jolly Grant Airpor
Closest Railway Station Dehradun Railway Station
Trek Altitude 11,500 ft.
Possible Concerns Nothing severe

If we were to compose poetry about Dayara Bugyal, it’d probably be of the free-verse genre. From Wispy clouds to beautiful alpine meadows, what this place offers, indeed, is pretty much too good to be real. As you grope your way up along the narrow variety of trails and paths, you’re going to see many mesmerizing moments.
 
3. Premium Chadar Trek, Ladakh

Trek Difficulty Moderate
Trail Distance 62 km
Nearest Airport Leh Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport
Closest Railway Station Jammu Railway Station
Trek Altitude 11,123 ft.
Possible Concerns Heavy snowfall

Walking on ice sheets, frozen rivers and a frozen waterfall seems like a scene straight out of a luxury travel magazine. During the colder months, the mesmerising Zanskar River freezes, as though carrying a 'chadar' of snow. This Chadar Trek meanders along the Zanskar River, bordered by towering rusty hills — as far as the eye can see.
 
4. Kuari Pass Trek, Uttarakhand

Trek Difficulty Moderate
Trail Distance 33 kms
Nearest Airport Jolly Grant Airport
Closest Railway Station Haridwar
Trek Altitude 12,516 ft.
Possible Concerns Nothing severe

Kuari Pass Trek is among Uttarakhand's most famous hiking routes. This journey takes you to 4 pilgrim destinations known for temples as well as ashrams: Joshimath, Rishikesh, Haridwar, and Devprayag. During your voyage, you will also get a birds-eye glimpse of the nation's second-tallest peak, Nanda Devi, which stands at 7,816 metres above sea level.
 
5. Great Lakes Trek, Kashmir

 Trek Difficulty  Moderate
 Trail Distance  72 km
 Nearest Airport  Srinagar Airport
 Closest Railway Station  Jammu Railway Station
 Trek Altitude  13,800 ft.
 Possible Concerns  Nothing severe

Trekking in the Great Lakes of Kashmir is like walking through the Land of Heaven. The trail provides a vision of wild, craggy mountains, grassy meadows, and turquoise alpine lakes, with over 7 of these lakes as well as 5 distinct valleys to uncover! Put this hike on your wish list if you haven't already!

6. Hampta Pass Trek, Manali

 Trek Difficulty  Moderate
 Trail Distance  72 km
 Nearest Airport  Srinagar Airport
 Closest Railway Station  Jammu Railway Station
 Trek Altitude  13,800 ft.
 Possible Concerns  Nothing severe

There is no better place to enjoy trekking than the Hampta Pass. The lack of treacherousness and steepness in the path of the Hampta Pass trekking trail opens up a new creative profile in exploration, as the dreamland of unpredictable terrains will provide you with an idea of how to conquer the challenge and how to meet with nature in a very enjoyable way. The natural beauty of the Hampta Pass trek will leave you spellbound, with bedazzling scenes around the trail morphing every few minutes.

7. Chanderkhani Pass Trek, Himachal Pradesh

Trek Difficulty Moderate
Trail Distance 26 km
Nearest Airport Kullu Manali Airport
 Closest Railway Station Joginder Nagar Railway Station
Trek Altitude 12,030 ft.
 Possible Concerns Landslides and Mudslides in Rainy Season

The Chanderkhani Pass provides access to a few of the finest Himalayan peaks, which will accompany you on your tour. Witness the splendour of the Bara Bangal mountain peaks in the west, the Pir Panjal peaks in the north, as well as the Parvati peaks in the east. It greets you with vibrant meadows hoisting against a backdrop of towering hills.
 
8. Kedarkantha Trek, Uttarakhand

Trek Difficulty Moderate
Trail Distance 20 km
Nearest Airport Jolly Grant Airport
Closest Railway Station Dehradun Railway Station
Trek Altitude 12,500 ft.
Possible Concerns High Altitude

Kedarkantha is a famous winter trip that may be dubbed the "Queen of Winter Treks." It is famous among trekkers because of the knee-deep snowfall in the winter, the breathtaking sight from the summit, and the lovely and simple pathways. The gentle endurance track winds through Govind National Park's dense pine trees. The vistas from the peak are worth the 12,500-foot elevation climb. It's popular among hikers because of its physical characteristic. It’s not that hard to walk in a warm environment yet you get to see the scenic beauty all around you.
 

Trekking Destinations for Seasoned Trekkers

 
Here is a list of some of the nation's best trekking locations suited for the seasoned trekkers out there:
 
1. Goechala Trek, Sikkim

Trek Difficulty Difficult
Trail Distance 90 km
Nearest Airport Bagdogra Airport
Closest Railway Station New Jalpaiguri Railway Station
Trek Altitude 16,207 ft.
Possible Concerns High Altitude

The Goecha La hike is located at an altitude of 16,207 feet and offers a close-up view of Mt. Kanchenjunga, the world's third-highest summit. This trekking trail has all it takes to impress and overwhelm your senses. From the captivating flora that surrounds you to the dancing clouds that hang over your head, this place would provide you with an insight into the magnificence of Himachal Pradesh.
 
2. Friendship Peak Trek, Manali

Trek Difficulty Difficult
Trail Distance 34 km
Nearest Airport Kullu Manali Airport
Closest Railway Station Ambala Cantt
Trek Altitude 17,352 ft
Possible Concerns High Altitude

Hold the following points in consideration before embarking on your trek to Friendship Peak. This is a challenging hike across trails, moraine sections, streams, as well as alpine meadows. This excursion necessitates a high degree of fitness. Trekkers must be physically fit to complete the lengthy journey. Alongside this, you must also be mentally prepared to confront the challenges along the trail.
 
3. Kang La Trek, Himachal Pradesh

Trek Difficulty Difficult
Trail Distance 24 km
Nearest Airport Bhuntar Airport
Closest Railway Station Chandigarh Railway Station
Trek Altitude 17,929 ft.
Possible Concerns Multiple Crevasses

4. Auden's Col Trek, Gangotri

Trek Difficulty Difficult
Trail Distance 70 km
Nearest Airport Jolly Grant Airport
Closest Railway Station Dehradun Railway Station
Trek Altitude 18,011 ft.
Possible Concerns Dangerous Terrain

If you're planning on doing a trek in the Indian Himalayas then there's one trekking route that stands out from the rest. That's not to say there are no other fantastic treks to be done in India, but Auden's Col Trek takes you on a journey through some of the most beautiful mountain scenery in the country. There are precarious ridges, crevasses, and boulder sections to be seen along the way, making this a truly memorable trek.
 
5. Pin Parvati Pass Trek, Himachal Pradesh

Trek Difficulty Difficult
Trail Distance 110 km
Nearest Airport Bhuntar Airport
Closest Railway Station Chandigarh Railway Station
Trek Altitude 17,500 ft
Possible Concerns High Altitude

The trail to Pin Parvati Pass is a challenging one which lets you witness the splendid beauty of nature in all its glory. The ancient temple of Mantalai and its pristine lake is the first landmark on this trek. It is a destination that some call heaven on earth. Everyone needs a good dose of adventure once in a while, so break out from your monotonous life, grab your shoes, and backpack and head to Pin Parvati Pass – a close encounter with nature!

6. Panpatia Col Trek, Uttarakhand

Trek Difficulty Difficult
Trail Distance 7 km
Nearest Airport Jolly Grant Airport
Closest Railway Station Haridwar Railway Station
Trek Altitude 17,260 ft.
Possible Concerns Dangerous Terrain

The Panpatia Col trip, which connects the sacred pilgrimage destinations of Badrinath and Kedarnath, is among the most difficult and arduous hikes in the Garhwal Himalayas. The Panpatia Col trip is only for seasoned trekkers and ambitious mountain climbers who have extensive hiking experience and understanding of utilising ice axes, crampons, as well as rope methods, as it is among the least travelled routes in the Indian Himalayas. It necessitates a great degree of fitness, as well as physical and mental toughness.
 

Conclusions

The trek routes listed in this article have many invigorating mountain treks that leave you speechless every step of the way. With every stone you limp, every hill you slog up, every peak you climb-you simply realise that this is exactly where everything — or nothing — matters. So if you're looking for mountain trails that will petrify you, exhaust you and push you to your physical and mental limits, where adrenalin junkies would feel right at home, then these seven trek routes are the ones for you. They're a test of both your physical as well as mental strength and endurance. And perhaps that's why they're so exhilarating!
 
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