How to Explore Best Indian Winter Treks

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The Mountain trails of Himalayas are transformed into a wonderland during the winters. Say the brilliance of the sparkling sunshine, the frozen lakes, to the brightness of the snow- capped peaks in the Himalayan region. Trees covered with snowflakes and the icy mists surrounding nature. If winter is your season, I mean if it is your favorite then this one’s for you! Winter Treks are challenging due to the harsh weather as well as the rugged features especially the mountains.

It’s time for the winter season lovers to plan their trek for the coming season.

Let us look at some of the well known winter Treks listed down below:

Kedarkantha Trek

Kedarkantha Trek

Also known popularly as “ The Queen of Winter Treks” is a popular choice for the beginners and the trekkers. The Kedarkantha trek is a six day duration trek which begins from Dehradun to the base camp and also includes the return journey as well. The summit climb as well as the presence of the big mountains prove to be a strikingly rewarding feature along the way. The diverse beautiful forests also add to the beauty and it gives a real sense of accomplishment and achievement. An additional feature is the mesmerizing views, the sight of beautiful campsites and the beautiful lakes are also suitable for winter treks.

Nag Tibba Winter Trek

The Trek is suitable for kids and beginners. A short duration trek, one of the best weekend treks and is very budget friendly. One gets to enjoy the lush green vegetation contrasted with snow. The name Nag Tibba symbolise “Serpents Peak”, is the highest peak in the Lesser Himalayas of Garhwal region near Mussoorie. One of the three ranges of the Lesser Himalayas, the other two being Dhauladhar and Pir Panjal. One can get a 360 degree view of the Great Indian Himalayas, from the small temple located at the top of the hill. A perfect place for camping during the summers as well as in the springtime. Due to its easy accessibility, it is also known as one of the most popular weekend treks in India. 

Brahmatal Trek

Located in a region known as Lohajung, Uttarakhand at an elevation of 12,600 feet, one finds oneself reaching for those peaks with their hand because that’s how close they appear from the Brahmatal Summit. The scenic beauty, the neverending ridge lines as well as the fresh alpine meadows boasts of it as one of the most interesting treks in one’s bucket list. Owing to its name, Brahmatal, a medium sized lake beneath the ridge can be observed while getting down from the ridge. As per legend, Lord Brahma meditated beside this lake.The peak view from the route is eye­-catching, from east to west one can get a view of the High Himalayan ranges. Snowfall adds up to the panoramic beauty of the surroundings.

Chadar Trek

Chadar Trek

Situated at an elevation of 11,123 above sea level, Ladakh is the home to many natural wonders. It is said that the Chadar Trek is the most precious gift bestowed upon this magical land . One can have a lifetime experience to survive in the harsh terrains at lowest temperatures at subzero interacting with the locals & understanding their way of living. As Page 1 in the harsh terrains at lowest temperatures at subzero interacting with the locals & understanding their way of living. As we trek across a gorge with frozen waterfalls on the frozen trail of Zanskar spread out like a “Chadar” , a sheet which acts as a mirror for the sky. It’s truly adventurous as well as a very exciting experience. Temperature goes down to as below as minus degrees. The serene and the mindblowing views of the Nerak falls and the beautiful river flowing under the sheet of ice are just captivating.

Pangarchulla Peak Trek

The Pangarchulla Peak is a mighty peak located at Joshimath in Uttarakhand at an altitude of 14,700 feet above sea level. It gives us some stunning views of Mt. Nanda Devi, Mt. Dronagiri, Mt. Garud and many more splendid views all throughout the trail. This trek mostly pushes one to his limits and examines his or her endurance level. This trek is perfect for those looking to go beyond the limits and get a unique experience altogether in the Himalayan region. It’s a 5 day trek and is also known for its summit climb. As one goes up, they can get the magnificent views of the Greater Himalayas. 

Chopta, Tunganath and Chandrashila Trek

A very short duration trek at Uttarakhand at an altitude about 13000 feet.This snow trek has to offer many splendid views of many peaks such as Kedar, Tungnath, Chopta, Nanda Devi and Chandrashila As this trekking falls under easy to moderate level of challenge so this is the best way to start any snow trekking adventures. It’s one of a kind of experience. One can also get to see some of the best tourist attractions like Deoria Taal, a beautiful valley of Chopta covered under the snow, a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva,one of the highest temples ending it with Chopta Chandrashila Summit.

Har Ki Dun Trek

 Har ki Dun Trek takes you to a cradle shaped valley, giving it a name as a  winter wonderland, which is located at the centre of the Govind Ballabh Pant National Park. Known as the haven for trekkers as this beautiful, untouched valley offers many trekking opportunities. One will get to pass through several ancient villages, by trekking across the enchanting alpine meadows and pine forests. One also gets acquainted with the culture and lifestyle of the local people of the valley and earns an adventurous experience. The snow-covered trails look so beautiful as and when the sun plays hide and seek with the clouds. This trek is one of the oldest and also some evidence from the great epic Mahabharata is also found here and is also known as the “Valley of Gods” .Swargarohini—the snow peak that symbolises the mythical stairway to heaven. It takes about 6 long hours to complete this trek and falls under the challenge of moderate level of difficulty. It finds the most attraction amongst the nature lovers, adventure seekers and mostly the backpackers.

Snow Leopard Trek

This trek takes to the snow- covered highlands and mountains of Ladakh and the Spiti to catch the sight of the big cats- snow leopards when the winters are at its peak. This is the time when they are most visible here. It is surely a wonderful experience as lone gets to see these beautiful creatures along with some other exotic mammals as the crowd is less and their time to escape.

So with these few best winter treks on our bucket list, we hope the best to plan our next trip. What do you say?? If you get to list down more trekking sites, you can update us with the same. Wish you all a Happy and Safe Trekking!!! 

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