You might have heard people saying “If traveling was free, you wouldn’t see me again.”
There is a reason why people have “Wanderlust” written in their Instagram Bios.
Everyone loves to travel, in their own capacities.
Travel is not just about seeing places, exploring culture, meeting people, and local cuisines. It is much deeper than that for the people who are actually passionate about it. People often tend to find and recognize themselves while traveling.
It basically takes you away from the regular rut and puts you elsewhere.
Travel opens your mind.
Travel frees your soul.
Travel is almost therapeutic in nature.
And, the effect intensifies manifolds if you are trekking in mountains.
Trekking in India does not require any official introduction. Zillions of people go for trekking tours in India every other day, regardless of time. From Kanyakumari to Kashmir, every part of the country possesses some of the great altitudes that can be conquered if you have real interest and willpower.
Heights from 2,000 feet to 20,000 feet have been ascended regardless of however tough the trekking trail was. There are winter treks in India, summer treks in India, monsoon treks in India, and all year treks in India with plenty of surprises waiting at each turn and curve!
Here are the 9 best trekking places in India if traveling is always on your mind!
1. Singalila Kanchenjunga Trek:
Sky is the limit, try to reach it
Almost at an altitude of 490 meters, this Himalayan trek would leave you spellbound by the beauty you would come across. The Singalila ridge, very close to Darjeeling, offers an outstanding view of Kanchenjunga, the world’s third highest peak. While trekking, trekkers can also relish the mountains of Himalayas, with a challenge to climb almost an altitude of 5000 meters.
While trekking here, you get ample time to get acclimatized to the climate around, making it extremely comfortable for you to traverse through. The Singalila Kanchenjunga Trek is one of the most breathtaking mountain trekking in India.
Best season for the Singalila Kanchenjunga Trek: Mid-March to May or September to October
Time required for the Singalila Kanchenjunga Trek: 17 days
Difficulty level of the Singalila Kanchenjunga Trek: Moderate to challenging
Highlights of the Singalila Kanchenjunga Trek:
• See four of the tallest mountains in the world – Mt. Everest, Mt. Kanchenjunga, Mt. Lhotse, and Mt. Makalu
• Trekking through wildlife forest and sanctuary
• Unforgettable sunrise and sunset views
2. Markha Valley Trek:
Don’t you want to go and see for see for yourself how monestry looks
This Ladakh trek passes through remote villages and monastic settlements through the scenery of Markha Valley. Tourists are made to stay in parachute tents at the villages which come in the route, hence this trek is also known as ‘tea house trek’.
Apart from the outstanding contrast of trekking in a cold desert valley, tourists also get an arresting view of Zanskar and Ladakh ranges, the Kang Yatze (21,000 ft) and Stok Kangri (20,086 ft).
This trek also passes through various monasteries of Kang Yatze peak. It is at an altitude of 5150 meters. Until the final day, there is something to revel in every step of the way. This Ladakh trekking package will surely uplift your excitement levels.
Best season for the Markha Valley Trek: Mid-June to Mid-October
Time required for the Markha Valley Trek: 11 days
Difficulty level of the Markha Valley Trek: Moderate
Highlights of the Markha Valley Trek:
• Markha Valley takes you to enjoy the unexplored beauty of Hemis National Park
• Markha Valley is one of the most alluring regions located in Ladakh with the support of pure greenery and streams
3. Nilgiri Hills Trek:
Beauty that will insist you to stay
With 24 peaks, this serene place is a part of the Western Ghats and a very favorable for trekking. Ooty, Kotagiri, and Coonoor of Nilgiri district are the most wanted trekking destinations of Tamil Nadu.
The climate while trekking here is extremely favorable and also gentle slopes make it extremely popular with the travelers. The picturesque beauty of the Nilgiris fills the trekkers with enthusiasm, thrill, and excitement. The Nilgiri Hills Trek is one of the most serene trekking trips in India.
Best season for the Nilgiri Hills Trek: April – June, and September – December
Time required for the Nilgiri Hills Trek: 6 days
Difficulty level of the Nilgiri Hills Trek: Easy
Highlights of the Nilgiri Hills Trek:
• Explore clear lakes, gushing waterfalls, large dams, lush meadows, and rich green tea plantations while on the trek
• Spot wild animals like Nilgiri langoors, lion-tailed macaque, tigers, bison, etc. if lucky and quiet.
4. Zanskar Frozen River trek:
Haven’t you wondered what a frozen river looks like? Get a chance to visit
This is once in a lifetime kind of trek who wants to explore and perform trekking in Indian Himalayas. Deducing from the word blanket, it is also known as ‘Chadar trek’. Spring water in the middle prevents the river from turning completely icy, stays constant at a temperature of -25 degrees to -30 degree Celsius.
Hiking the Himalayas trek gives an opportunity to the travelers to explore Buddhist monasteries and also secluded villages. The trek goes by shuffling along the Chadar that breaks and changes color on the river every few hours! Such winter treks in India are definitely a must-go.
Best season for the Zanskar Frozen River Trek: Mid-January to February
Time required for the Zanskar Frozen River Trek: 9 days
Difficulty level of the Zanskar Frozen River Trek: Difficult
Highlights of the Zanskar Frozen River Trek:
• It is one of the toughest and most adventurous treks in India
• Most of the trek is done on ice
5. Garbett Point Trek:
Get closest to nature
Garbett Point or Garbut Point is located near Matheran with the grand view of the plateau below. The plateau gives view to the humongous mountains and serene waterfalls. This attracts a lot of tourist attention and is one of the top things to do in Matheran hill station.
This is a perfect getaway for adventure seekers. This monsoon trek takes a bit longer to accomplish and requires some patience. One needs a rope to cross the stream during the monsoon season. The fields and the mountains are lush green with waterfalls all around.
While trekking, one can also observe manmade lake on the way. From this plateau, a short steep ascends will lead to the Garbett Point. The path is very narrow and on one side there is a sheer drop of some thousand odd feet into the valley. From this point, the 5 km long trail will lead to Matheran. The entire trail takes about 6 to 8 Hours.
Best season for the Garbett Point Trek: July – September
Time required for the Garbett Point Trek: 1 day
Difficulty level of the Garbett Point Trek: Easy to moderate
Highlights of the Garbett Point Trek:
• Flanked by a gorgeous valley on one side and thick jungles on the other, Garbett Point is a place where enthralling views of sunrise and sunset can be observed.
6. Kedarnath Trek, Uttarakhand:
All good things are wild and free
This is one of the most frequently visited locations when it comes to trekking in Uttarakhand. This is perfect for the people who want to enjoy their time in nature’s lap. Situated in Garhwal Himalayas, this place is often complemented by beautiful hamlets, alluring lush green meadows, and obviously towering Himalaya peaks.
With views of peaks like the Swargarohini, Banderpooch, Black, and Raglan, the highlight of the trail is undoubtedly sunsets against the backdrop of impressive snow-capped mountains. Gear up for this adventure trekking in India!
Best season for the Kedarnath Trek: May – June, and September – October
Time required for the Kedarnath Trek: 15 days
Diffculty level of the Kedarnath Trek: Difficult
Highlights of the Kedarnath Trek:
• Gaurikund has a famous hot water Sulphur spring where trekkers can take a holy bath
• Here, you get to enjoy dense forests, mesmerizing views of peaks, and radiant waterfalls.
7. Nanda Devi and Milam Glacier Trek:
Don’t you want to try this trek? Get a chance
This trek is majorly done by travelers and in the quest to open the clandestine of approaching Nanda Devi. This is a wonderful trek in Kumaon Himalayas explores the fascinating Nanda Devi East Base Camp and astounding Milam Glacier. Kumaon Himalaya is an exquisite area of the Indian Himalayas, bordering to the western end of Nepal and consists of the famous mountain of Nanda Devi.
Done at an altitude of 4670 meters, this trek trails the Gori Ganga ravine to the village of Milam and then goes to the East Base Camp of elating Nanda Devi. Treks in Uttarakhand are always among the youth’s favorites!
Best season for the Nanda Devi and Milam Glacier Trek: May to Mid-October
Time required for the Nanda Devi and Milam Glacier Trek: 17 days
Difficulty level of the Nanda Devi and Milam Glacier Trek: Moderate
Highlights of the Nanda Devi and Milam Glacier Trek:
• View of Nanda Devi east – 7000m plus
• Village of Munsyari
• Astounding view of Milam Glacier
8. Kalsubai Peak Trek:
If there’s heaven anywhere, it is here
This peak is a plateau and offers an exceptional view of nearby forts and the Bhandardara dam. Located at the topmost peak of Sahyadri mountain range of Maharashtra, it was built to keep a close watch on the enemies during Maratha rule.
This is considered to be one of the most famous trekking spots in Maharashtra. It attracts a large number of tourists. Some want to capture the highest peak in Maharashtra, and some just want to offer prayers to the deity Kalsubai. The temple houses an old well, where the water level never drops below 3 feet.
There are several routes to explore this trek. The most popular route starts from the village of Bari which is about 10 km from Bhandardara. Such hiking trips and treks near Pune are attempted by travelers for expedition purpose only, more like a getaway.
Best season for the Kalsubai Peak Trek: December – February
Time required for the Kalsubai Peak Trek: 1 day
Difficulty level of the Kalsubai Peak Trek: Easy
Highlights of the Kalsubai Peak Trek:
• Spectacular view from the top of the peak
• Chains, steel railings, and ladders at places where it is difficult to climb
9. Spiti Valley Trek:
Experience the mixed culture of India and Tibet at Spiti
This place is popularly known as the ‘Little Tibet’. People are exposed to a lot of Tibetan culture. It is exactly located between India and Tibet. Hence, the name ‘Spiti’ which means middle land.
The valleys are not very steep but this place is exceptionally complemented by snowcapped mountains and alluring vistas. There are some monasteries that are almost 1000 years older and attract a lot of tourist attention.
Monasteries like Shankar and Lalung are major attractions. Test your grit and take the Spiti Valley hiking trek in India!
Best season for the Spiti ValleyTrek: June to October
Time required for the Spiti Valley Trek: 9 days
Difficulty level of the Spiti Valley Trek: Easy to moderate
Highlights of the Spiti Valley Trek:
• A peak into the Tibetan lifestyle
• Walk through picturesque trails and rolling meadows
If you’re an avid traveler and your spirits are always at an all-time high, you should know the right places to visit this holiday season. If trekking doesn’t call you, you can check our other travel journals of Things to do in “The land of sand and mystery – Dubai” or “Rejuvenate yourself at Bali”
Plan your next retreat soon because destinations are calling you and you must go 😋
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