9 Best Trekking Destinations in India – Trekking tours in India

For all those adventure lovers out there, I have some good news for you. If you have ever wondered about where you’d go trekking in India, do not worry.

 

Here’s a list of the best trekking destinations in India.

1.  Goecha La Trek, Sikkim

 

The Goecha La trek takes the tourist up-close for a splendid view of the great Kanchenjunga amidst a splendid vista of the other lesser Himalayan giants within its range.

 

In fact, this trek is an extension of the Dzongri trek.

 

Moreover, trekking beyond the meadows of Dzongri is an awe-inspiring raw adventure, where the tourist is taken into the monarchy of towering mountain peaks straight above and the camp is set amidst the sight of high mountain glaciers.

2. Singalila Kanchenjunga Trek

 

From the Singalila Ridge, one can see a huge vista of peaks stretching for 700 kilometers.

 

Moreover, it is included in this site are Mt. Everest (8,850m), Makalu (8,481m), Lhotse (8,516m) and Kanchenjunga (8,585m) that are four of the highest five mountains in the World. Also, this striking trek is also considered one of the excellent treks due to the natural beauty that is on display here.

 

The Singalila Ridge, near Darjeeling, offers incredible view of Kanchenjunga- world’s third highest peak. From Singalila, there is a long but highly interesting approach to Goecha-La pass below Mt. Kangchenjunga. An extra advantage is that the elevation gain is more gradual, and there is ample time to familiarize oneself to the climate.

3. Kumara Parvatha Trek, Karnataka

 

The second highest peak (at 1712 metres) in Kodagu, Kumara Parvatha is a popular peak to climb. However, the 15-kilometre trek is no cake walk, although it does offer some scenic views.

 

Also, the starting point is on temple road, approximately a quarter of a kilometre from the Kukke Subramanya temple. While water and food is available at Battara Mane (the second pitstop), there are no washrooms.

 

In fact, October to February is the best time to trek.

4. Chembra Peak Trek, Kerala

 

Located 2,100 metres above sea level, Chembra in Wayanad is the tallest peak in Kerala. It’s an easy climb, though the initial gradient can prove a little steep.

 

Best to visit during September – February, the trek extends across 9 kilometres, and can easily be completed within a day.

 

However, visitors can opt to extend their trip by a couple of days: the combination of exploring Wayanad’s grassy meadows and then residing by the heart-shaped lake (Hridaya Saras) at the top is an experience to be savoured.

5. Zanskar Frozen River Trek

 

Walking on the ice-covered river of Zanskar is an ultimate experience for adventure freaks that are keen to do trekking in the Indian Himalayas.

 

In fact, this trek is also named as Chadar trek, which means blanket. Not to mention, spring water prevents this icy blanket from completely smothering the river, which in some places, retains its rapids; all the more awesome in temperature of -25 to –30 degrees.

 

A magnificent and at times challenging trek, with opportunities to relish ancient Buddhist monasteries and secluded villages nestled in the depths of the deep gorges valley of Trans Zanskar ranges.

 

Moreover, what sets this trek apart is its matchless experience. Everything about it is exceptional: the panorama, atmosphere, the frozen river, caves, unusual campsites, sledges and the ever changing Chadar.

6. The Sources of Ganges “Gomukh Tapovan Trek”

 

The trek along the holy Bhagirathi River takes the tourist right up to the source of the river that is commonly known as Goumukh.

 

Moreover, the camp at Tapovan offers some of the rarest sites in Himalayas i.e. the view of eight enthralling peaks- Bhagirathi I, II, III, Mt. Shivling, Chaturangi, Meru Parvat, Bhirgupanth and Sudharsan.

 

Many other peaks providing a splendid full view of the Gangotri Glacier are also the alluring part of this trek. Goumukh Tapovan trek can however be undertaken by novices with good health.

 

Also, Tapovan is huge meadows where tourists can do camping. Many elating peaks of the Garhwal Himalaya confine Tapovan, a green verdant region. Herds of blue mountain goats ‘Bharals’ are a common scene here.

7. Valley of Flowers Trek, Uttrakhand

 

Possibly one of the most picturesque treks in India, the name ‘Valley of Flowers’ holds true.

Moreover, this exotic valley is transformed into a colourful kaleidoscope stuffed with wild flowers such as zinnias, petunias and poppies.

 

Also, it hosts several species of butterflies and endangered animals such as the mountain leopard and blue sheep. A moderately challenging climb (the entire trek can take a week), the 10-kilometre valley is situated at approximately over 3,600 metres (above sea level), and is ideal to visit from between June – September.

8. Classical Markha Valley Trek

 

One of the most famous in Ladakh, this trek traverse mountain passes to remote villages and monastic settlements in the tremendously lit lunar scenery of the Markha Valley.

 

However, the trek route passes through monasteries to the pale alpine meadows of Nimaling in the silhouette of Kang Yatze Peak. From this point, trail ascends to the Kongmaru La (the highest point on the trek) with its imposing views of the Karakorum and K2.

 

Also, a tourist can expect accommodation in the parachute tents at most of the villages on the route, thus making this trek known as a ‘tea house trek’. Some exhilarating waist-deep crossing sections of Markha River to trails that go across the fascinating Buddhist villages and rocky gorges are the major features that provide this trek a unique fervour.

9. Dzongri Trek, West Sikkim

 

If you have eight days or a fortnight to spare, a trek to Dzongri will grant you some magnificent views of Mount Kanchenjunga (the third highest peak in the world).

 

A tough climb by any standards, the trek commences from Yuksom (a popular base for Mt. Everest trekkers), and is best undertaken between September to November or March and April. Dzongri sits at 4,000 metres.

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