10 Most Picturesque Himalayan Treks

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Kanika Chopra

Kanika Chopra

Writer - Travel and Social Media at Adventure Nation
Kanika is a passionate traveler. She has traveled across India to some of the exotic places like Andaman, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Ladakh, Sikkim, Himachal Pradesh and many offbeat places in the Himalayas. Her wanderlust takes her to unexplored places. She wishes to experience the magic of Northern lights in Iceland. A keen reader, she is inspired by Ibn Batuta's famous lines- "Travelling leaves you speechless; then turns you into a storyteller".
Kanika Chopra

Travelling is a pleasure, when you want to spend some time with yourself away from the city life inhaling the fresh mountain air while hiking in the woods, walking through fragrant orchards, lazing around and feeling the warmth of the sun.

But if your idea of travel involves some adventure and taking the off-beat track, then a trek is all you need.

If you want to explore Himachal beyond Shimla and Manali and move beyond Dehradun and Mussoorie, see Ladakh beyond Leh and Sikkim beyond Gangtok, then stretch your leg muscles and get ready to venture into these 10 beautiful picturesque Himalayan treks across India. What could be more stress- busting and soothing than experiencing these breathtaking views?

As Ruskin Bond has said, “The adventure is not in arriving, it is in the “On the way” experience. You are not choosing what you shall see in the world but giving the world an even chance to see you.”  So pack your bags and embark on these 10 most picturesque Himalayan treks across India.

Chadar Trek: Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir

One of the most challenging treks as it involves walking on the ice-sheet of Zanskar River.  Chadar trek is not only a miscellany of adventure, but also melody of emotions. You will be awestruck when you see the frozen river, icy caves, unusual campsites, frozen waterfall and changing of the colour of the ice bed of Chadar. The trek became famous when pictures of Buddhist monks walking barefoot on the frozen river in -30 degree temperature went viral.

Chadar Frozen River Trek
Chadar Frozen River Trek

Parang La Trek: Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir

Parang La trek follows the ancient route from Spiti to Ladakh, through scenic valleys and picturesque snow clad mountains. The trek passes Kibber village, claimed to be the one of highest inhabited villagesin the world and the home to the elusive snow leopard. This new trek offers breathtaking views of the Himalayas. See the scenery change as you move closer to the destination. It will surely make you fall in love with the place! This region has recently opened for the public and still has many unclimbed peaks and unexplored spots.

Trekkers on the Parang La Trek
Trekkers on the Parang La Trek

Roopkund Trek: Uttarakhand

Roopkund trek is not only about amazing views of mighty Nanda Devi Mountain, it’s also about the Roopkund termed as the mystery lake.  You will get the chills when you see yourself surrounded by the rocky glaciers and human skeletons clearly visible at the bottom of the lake when the snow melts. For hardcore adventure seekers, this trek is a must-do!

The famous Skeleton Lake at Roopkund Top
The famous Skeleton Lake at Roopkund Top

Rupin Pass Trek: Himachal Pradesh

How would you like to get surprised by nature at every step you take? This will be one of the most thrilling experiences of your life. Surprises at every corner will encourage you to walk a little further to find out what’s next. The enchanting forest, wooden bridges, alpine meadows, waterfalls, snow and the magnificent trails will surely make it one of the best treks you will ever do in your life. You will see many undiscovered places while trekking to your destination which will leave you astonished.

The picturesque Rupin Pass Trek
The picturesque Rupin Pass Trek

Chandratal Trek: Spiti Valley

Chandratal, the moon lake, has stunning views of glaciers and mountain peaks of Mulkila ranges. The crystal clear water acts as a mirror to the glaciers. The lake is known for changing its colour from dawn to dark. From reddish to orange with sunrise, it turns blue to turquoise until sunset, definitely a once in a lifetime moment if you experience it! This is a perfect trek during monsoon time, since there is no rain in this fascinating valley.

One of the most beautiful spots to camp at - Chandra Tal Lake
One of the most beautiful spots to camp at – Chandra Tal Lake

Pin Parvati Trek: Himachal Pradesh

Starting from Manikaran, you will come across ancient monasteries, frozen glaciers, old villages and crystal clear lakes. This is one of the oldest treks in the Himalayas, which takes you to the “Valley of God” also called the Pin Parvati Valley. It is an 11-day trek, so plan extensively beforehand. Witness one of the most beautiful sunrises when the sunlight strikes the white glittering snow. It’s magic!

Pin Parvati Trek
Pin Parvati Trek

Trasar Marsar Trek: Jammu and Kashmir

Kashmir is Paradise on earth, and this trek proves it. Tarsar Marsar Trek is the journey to the two beautiful twin lakes, Tarsar and Marsar, surrounded by the peaks of Kolahi Mountain. Starting from Pahalgam valley, trekking along Lidder River and seeing the beautiful places on the way before reaching your destination will leave you breathless. The beauty and peace of the place is something you can never imagine.

The unmatched beauty of Kashmir
The unmatched beauty of Kashmir

Kashmir Great Lakes Trek: Jammu and Kashmir

Start the enchanting trek from Sonmarg to witness the amazing lakes located at the high altitude. In 7 days you will see 7 lakes which will never want you to leave the place because it is literally breathtaking. This trek is the best way to explore the true hidden beauty of Kashmir, where you will see every part of nature from deep forests to sparkling waters to snow clad mountain peaks. You will remember these 7 days all your life.

Heaven on earth - Kashmir
Heaven on earth – Kashmir

DeoTibba Base Camp Trek: Himachal Pradesh

Pass through lush green forest of pine, meadows of flowers and sparkling streams to reach Manali from where your trek starts to DeoTibba Base Camp. The ultimate place for nature lovers and photographers! The trek takes you to majestic foothills of the Himalayas, the Pir Panjal Range. The deserted landscapes above and the lush green valley below make it the most astonishing trek.

Deo Tibba Base Trek
Deo Tibba Base Trek

Goecha La Trek: Sikkim

No trail in India will take you so close to the big mountains than this.  The mountains, the red flowers and the changing colors of Samiti Lake will leave you thinking about it for a very long time. As the sun rises in the sky, it will light up the clouds and mountains with fiery colors. The sunrise from Dzongri Top is one of the best views that Sikkim has for you.

On the way to Goecha La
On the way to Goecha La

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Kanika Chopra
Kanika is a passionate traveler. She has traveled across India to some of the exotic places like Andaman, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Ladakh, Sikkim, Himachal Pradesh and many offbeat places in the Himalayas. Her wanderlust takes her to unexplored places. She wishes to experience the magic of Northern lights in Iceland. A keen reader, she is inspired by Ibn Batuta's famous lines- "Travelling leaves you speechless; then turns you into a storyteller".

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