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No Adventure Lover Should Miss these 5 Trekking Destinations in India

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The Himalayan range is a towering mix of nature’s beauty, adventure, and solace. Spread across the ten Indian states, it is the favourite among both Indian and international trekkers. If you too are planning to be the ‘Alice in Wonderland,’ here’s a list of the best treks you can explore.

Kuari Tapovan Trek

Located in the Garhwal region, the trek consists of more than 7000 peaks, which give you a sneak peek into the nature’s bounty and local culture of this region. Though, it is an easy trek, it will take you 5-6 days to cover it completely and reach  the Kuari pass which is located at the altitude of 4264 metres. The journey begins from the base camp at Rishikesh and covers Joshimath, Auli, Gorson, Tali, KuariPass, and Kuari Khular.  The hard-to-spot fauna includes the snow leopard and musk deer. The highlight of the trek is the Kuari pass at an altitude of 4264 m. April-June and September-November are the best seasons to begin this journey.

Valley of Flowers

Booming with numerous types of flowers, Valley of Flowers seems like a heaven on Earth. One of the national parks and a UNESCO world heritage site, it lures botanists, trekkers, and tourists alike. With an altitude of 3658 m, this trek makes for an easy-to-moderate hike as one moves his or her way up on the 8 kilometres long trail. Ghanghria, which is 13 kms away from Govindghat is the last spot of human habitation that you will find here. This means, it is a remotely located trekking destinations and one needs to be well-prepared with all the essentials required for survival. Visit here in July to September and experience the floral resplendence which will get etched in your mind and soul forever.

Nanda Devi Trek

The highest peak of Garhwal, it stands at an altitude of 7816 mts. The Nanda Devi National Park, sprawled across the mountains is home to unique Himalayan flora and fauna. The magnanimity of nature will present itself in the form of several rivulets, streams and glaciers. Attracting thousands of photographers, trekkers and mystics every year, climbing up the Nanda Devi is a mix of easy treks in the beginning and tougher ones as you go up. Hence, adequate preparation is a must. The months of May-June and September-October are best suited to embark on this journey.

Hampta Pass Trek

Choke-full of stunning sights reflecting nature’s beauty, Hampta Pass trek is located in the Kullu region of Himachal Pradesh. It is one of the few crossover treks in India as it offers the panoramic view of both sides of the Himalayas i.e. the stark opposites artworks of Mother Nature—the lush green Kullu Valley and the frozen desert of Lahaul on the other side. Further, the breathtakingly soothing sight of the Chandrataal Lake in Spiti is one of the major highlights on this trekking route. The trek is moderately difficult to cover and is suitable for beginners and experienced trekkers alike. The highest altitude one can go up to is 4200 metres after covering a distance of 35 kilometres. On the way back, a stopover at the famous Rohtang Pass in Manali adds to the list of attractions on this trail. June-October is the best suited time to start trekking here.

Chadar Trek over the Frozen Zanskar Lake

One of the most difficult, awe-inspiring, and difficult treks in India, this trek is a dream of every trekker and nature-lover. Unlike other treks mentioned above, crossing the frozen Zanskar River is what sets it apart from the experiences offered by other treks in India. The expedition begins at Leh and covers Tilat Sumdo, Tsomo Paldar, Dibb, Naerak Pullu, and Shingra Koma. In a feat which is both thrilling and dangerous, the trekkers need to spot the safe areas over the precarious ice sheet and must always be careful about state of ice below their feet. Caves and tents are two options to camp in here; though, caves are a better option due to bone-chilling cold. The temperature remains around -20 degrees and may go even lower after sunset. Warm and layered clothes are a must along with essentials such as biscuits, chips, dry fruits, medicines, and a first aid box. What makes this trek even more arduous is that you cannot rest here for longer periods as being on the move is required to keep the body warm, prevent cold sores and freezing of blood. As a precaution, all trekkers are required to spend two days to acclimatize their bodies to the low temperatures before beginning the trek.  Interested trekkers need to be declared medically fit to be allowed to undertake trekking on the Chadar trek.

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