Top 10 Winter Treks in India

Chopta Chandrashila Trek

The Chopta Chandrashila walk passes via the pristine lake, highest Shiv temple, and distant villages brilliantly lit in the picturesque backdrop of Chopta Valley, making it one of Uttarakhand’s most popular and well-known treks. The trekking trip begins in Ukhimath and continues through Sari Village to Deoria Tal. Chopta is a birdwatcher’s paradise, with Himalayan Monal, Hill Prinia, Lammergeier, Golden Eagle, and other Himalayan birds to be seen. Trekkers will be able to see the world’s highest Shiva temple in Tungnath. Trekkers will go to the peak of moon rock, Chandrashila, at 4000 meters, after receiving Lord Shiva’s blessing. The trip will reward you with a breathtaking vista of the nearby peaks of Trishul, Nanda Devi, and Chaukhamba. For trekkers, leaving the camera at home for this walk can be a costly mistake.

Kedarkantha Trek

The Kedarkantha Winter Trek is a treasure trove of nature’s best-kept secrets. The walk begins at Sankri and leads to Juda-ka-Talab, or simply Jaadu Talaab, an enchanting lake nestled among deep alpine forest and maple trees. Next, a day of relaxation at the Juda-Ka-Talab, trekkers will travel to Kedarkantha Base and ascend the Kedar Kantha peak. The hikers will continue descending till they reach Hargoaon Pass, an apple garden. Hargoaon Pass, according to trekkers, is one of the most magnificent descending trails in the Himalayas.

Dodital Trek

One of the most incredible treks for individuals who want to try trekking for the first time is from Sangamchatti to Dodital. The hike is accessible in the summer, but it can be problematic in the winter due to the snow. This walk begins in Sangamchatti and travels through dense woodland, where various Himalayan birds can be seen flying freely in the sky. As trekkers ascend to the Agoda hamlet, Western and Eastern Uttarakhand mountains appear in the distance. The journey will continue to Bebra hamlet, a picturesque village famed for its potato, bean, and Rajma plantations, as well as the Assi Ganga River. Trekkers can either relax in the camp or go Himalayan trout fishing on the banks of the Assi Ghat River. Trekkers will ascend a steep incline to reach Manjhi the next day after spending the night in a tent on the banks of the Assi Ganga River. Trekkers will unwind and prepare for an overnight camp at Manjhi. The trekkers will reach Dodital Lake after ascending along zigzag pathways. Dodital Lake is said to be Lord Ganesh’s residence in Hindu mythology. Dodital Lake is one of the most picturesque high-altitude lakes in North India, and it is well-known for being home to Himalayan Trout, known locally as Dodi.

Bedni Bugyal Trek

Starting in the holy city of Rishikesh, the trip will take you through the Garhwal region’s various elevations. Trekkers will go to Wan Village after a long drive from Rishikesh, passing via the magnificent trails of Karnprayag. The action-packed hiking excursion begins in Wan Village, and hikers will continue uphill to Bedni Bugyal. The trek from Wan Village to Bedni Bugyal is challenging because it requires crossing dense woodland and water streams to arrive at the end destination. There will be a time on this voyage where there will be no trees visible, and just grasslands will accompany you to the conclusion. Flower-strewn meadows greet every traveller that visits Bedni Bugyal.

Nag Tibba Trek

Adventurers, nature enthusiasts, and Hindu worshippers go from all over the world to participate in the Nag Tibba Trek. The walk begins in Dehradun and concludes in Thatyur, passing through hidden hamlets such as Pantwari, Nag Tibba, and Devalsari. Locals regularly trek here to pay homage to Nag Devta, known as Snake God in the local translation for the village’s protection. Pantwari is the starting point for the summit expedition. The glistening trip is recognized for its natural beauty, which is evident here. Views of nearby peaks such as Swargarohini and Nanda Devi may be seen from Thatyur village.

Kuari Pass Trek

Lord Curzon’s most significant contribution to India is the Winter Trek. The trekking excursion starts at Joshimath, a city that has evolved into a hub for all trekkers. The journey will lead you down through lesser-known passes before culminating in the trek’s highest point, Kuari Pass. Kuari Pass is being explored. The trekker will be rewarded with a beautiful vista of the nearby peaks such as Nanda Devi Chaukhamba Kamet Hathi-Ghodi Parvat and Dronagiri after they reach Kuari Pass. While on the descending trail, tourists may enjoy one of India’s most beautiful snow skiing resorts, Auli. It will take you through the confluence of numerous books, alpine forest verdant meadows or ‘Bugyals,’ and rhododendron woods, making it one of the most enthralling trekking trails in Garhwal.

Snow Leopard Trek

Snow Leopard Trek, as the name implies, allows visitors to see snow leopards. The journey is amazing in and of itself. It’s partly placed in Hemis National Park, with two 3900-4100 m high passes to cross. Hemis National Park is a wildlife empyrean that does everything it can to preserve nature’s splendour. The walk, which takes place in the Himalayas, is home to some of the world’s most endangered animal species. Tibetan wolves, horned sheep, blue sheep, and Eurasian Brown Bear, among other animals, live in the rugged mountains that line the road. It is also home to a variety of bird species as well as vultures of various sorts. The journey provides an opportunity to learn about Rumbak Valley’s mythology. The perks are the magnificent sights.

Sham Valley Trek

Sham Valley Trek, located in the enthralling Ladakh region, is famous for its apricot blooms that bloom in the valley throughout the winter season. Because it is the ideal option for beginners, the trip is also known as the “baby trek.” The hike will take you through various scenery, including small mountains, streams, and isolated hamlets. The trek begins in Leh and takes you to Yangthang via Chagatse La, Hemis Shukpachan via Tsermangchan La, a settlement via Mebtak La, and Nurla before returning to Leh. In addition, various attractions such as Likir Monastery, the ancient Sham Kingdom, and the Indus Valley can be visited.

Dzongri Winter Trek

Dzongri Journey is an exciting trek for both experienced hikers and novices. The Dzongri Winter Trek begins in Yuksom, Sikkim’s former capital. The trail then ascends to Tsokha via Bakkhim before continuing to Dzongri via Phedang, passing through gorges and forests adorned with Himalayan flowers. Trekkers will also be rewarded with a spectacular panoramic view of nearby peaks like Mt Pandim, Mt Thenchinkhang, and Mt Jopuno from Dzongri. To get to the base camp, trekkers will take the same route downhill.

Har Ki Dun Winter Trek

The Har Ki Dun Winter Trek is one of the most appealing trekking journeys in the Western Himalayan region. Nestled in the center of the valley, which is famous as cradle-shaped, it is immediately below the Har ki Dun summit. The lovely Har ki Dun Trek may be found amid Uttarakhand’s enticing countryside. The trek begins in Dehradun and continues to Sankri, the gateway of Har ki Dun. The journey from Sankri is well-marked and takes you through lush woodland with stunning views of the valley. After Sankri, the next stop will be Taluka village. Trekking or hiring a vehicle are the two options for getting to Taluka from Sankri, depending on which route is ideal for hikers. The trail from Taluka village descends at first, then gradually ascends on the left side of the valley, parallel to the river Rupin. After traveling through Chestnut, Walnut, and Willow trees, the trail will wind higher till it reaches the Gangar hamlet. While trekking, tourists will come to a place where they may get a bird’s eye view of Osla village. The next campsite will be in Seema, near the village of Osla.

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