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    An adventurer takes on a trekking adventure in India

    India, with its diverse topography and numerous hill ranges spread across the vast subcontinent, offers a myriad of hiking trails. The best trekking places in India range from icy deserts to tropical rain forests and from soaring Himalayan peaks to rolling meadows.

    Here’s a month-wise guide to the best options of adventure trekking in India. Have a look before you plan an adventurous holiday in India.

    January: Dodital Winter Trek

    Trekkers walk on the snow covered trails on their Dodital Himalayan Winter trek

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    Dodital is one of the best trekking places in India for those who love snow but are new to the trekking hobby. The adventure treks to these snow-capped mountains involve camping around the beautiful Dodi lake – a lake that holds a reputation for its Himalayan Golden Mahseer Fish – and hikes through oak woods, pines, & rhododendron forests.

    Altitude: 3,050 m
    Duration: 5 days
    Level of difficulty: Easy
    Route: Sangam Chatti – Agoda – Bebra – Manjhi – Dodital – Darwa Pass
    Highlights: Fish feeding at Dodi Lake camp, views of Bandarpoonch peak (Tail of Lord Hanuman) & Dhaula Dhar ridges, and side strip to Yamunotri base camp
    Other options for the month: Nag Tibba trek, Auli Gorson winter trek, Kedarkantha winter trek, and Dayara Bugyal trek


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    February: Chadar Trek

    A trekker stops before starting the walk on the frozen river during Ladakh Zanskar trekking

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    Those looking for some high on adventure trekking trips in India must head to Ladakh in winter. Of all the winter adventure treks that one can opt for in this region, the Chadar Trek is the most challenging one. The trekking adventure involves walking on a sheet of ice that is formed when the temperature falls to as low as – 35° Celsius.

    Altitude: 3850 m
    Duration: 9 days
    Level of difficulty: Challenging
    Route: Chilling – Zaribago – Deepyokma – Naerak Pullu – Lingshed – Nyarakpulu – Tso Mopoaldar – Tilatdo – Chilling
    Highlights: Shanti Stupa and Walk on frozen river
    Other options for the month: Kuari Pass winter trek, Snow Leopard trek, Chopta Chandrashila winter trek, Dzongri winter trek, and Brahmatal trek

    Must Read: Chadar Trek: A Complete Guide For That Walk Of Life

    March: Chopta Chandrashila Winter Trek

    Snap-shots of different trekkers on a Chopta-Chandrashila winter trek

    Some of the adventure treks in Indian Himalayas take to you to some high altitude religious places. One such trekking adventure is the Chopta Chandrashila winter trek that involves a hike to the highest Shiva temple. Other attractions include Deoria Tal Lake and remote villages nestled in the backdrop of the Chopta Valley. Himalayan Monal, Hill Prinia, Golden Eagle, and Lammergeier are some of the birds that one will come across on this adventurous hike.

    Altitude: 4,090 m
    Duration: 7 days
    Level of difficulty: Challenging
    Route: Ukhimath – Deoria Tal – Sari – Chopta – Tungnath – Chandrashila
    Highlights: World’s highest Shiva temple at Tungnath, Chandrashila (moon rock), bird-watching in Chopta, and views of Nanda Devi & Trishul peaks
    Other options for the month: Nag Tibba winter trek, Auli Gorson winter trek, Kedarkantha winter trek, Chadar trek, Triund trek, Har ki Dun winter trek, and Dzongri winter trek

    Suggested Read: Triund Trek: A Trekking Paradise For Experts & Beginners

    April: Kedarkantha Trek

    Snaps from the Kedarkantha winter trek of different people

    Kedarkantha is one of the best trekking places in north India. The trekking adventure through the enchanting forest goes on to the snow-covered lands in Uttarakhand. And then there are pretty campsites surrounded by giant pines.

    Altitude: 3,500 m
    Duration: 6 days
    Level of difficulty: Easy
    Route: Sankri – Juda ka Talab – Kedarkantha Base – Kedarkantha peak – Hargaon camp – Sankri
    Highlights: Juda-Ka-Talab & Hargaon campsites surrounded by giant pines and 360-degree view of famous mountain summits, Kempty falls, Tons Valley, and Sankri
    Other options for the month: Bagini Glacier trek, Sandakphu trek, Triund trek, and Sudhagad Fort trek

    Suggested Read: 15 Most Beautiful Places To Visit In Uttarakhand In Winter

    May: Lamayuru – Alchi Trek

    Alchi monastery on the lamayuru-alchi trek

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    Lamayuru and Alchi are among the best trekking places in India for those who want a short & easy trek in the scenic hills of Ladakh. And the chance to interact with the inhabitants of the remotest villages and an option to visit a large number of monasteries en route makes this trekking adventure all the more delightful.

    Altitude: 5200 m
    Duration: 5 days
    Level of difficulty: Easy
    Route: Lamayuru – Wanla – Urshi – Tar La – Tar – Mangyu – Gera – Lardo – Alchi
    Highlights: Lamayuru monastery, Indus river, Sham valley, Alchi monastery, Ladakhi culture, Remotest villages
    Other options for the month: Harishchandragad trek, Roopkund trek, Triund trek, Kheerganga trek, and Sudhagad Fort trek

    Must Read: 9 Astounding Treks In Ladakh That Need To Be On Every Hiker’s Bucket List


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    June: Roopkund Trek

    Trekkers on the way to Roopkund

    The moderately challenging trek to Roopkund takes you through easy & hard routes to the the beautiful Skeleton Lake atop the hill. Here, you can enjoy 360-degree views of the snow-clad Himalayas and camp under the stars. Ranked among the best trekking places in north India,

    Altitude: 5,029 m
    Duration: 8 days
    Level of difficulty: Moderately challenging
    Route: Kathgodam – Lohajung – Didna Village – Ali Bugyal – Bedni Bugyal – Ghora Lotani – Patar Nachauni – Kalu Vinayak Temple – Bhagwabasa – Roopkund – Patar Nachauni – Ghora Lotani – Bedni Bugyal – Doliya Dhar – Ghaeroli Patal – Neel Ganga – Ranka Dhar – Wan Village – Lohajung – Kathgodam
    Highlights: Views of Nanda Ghunti, Kali Dak, & Trishul peaks, Roopkund ‘Skeleton’ Lake, and meadows of Ali Bugyal
    Other options for the month: Harishchandragad trek, Padum – Darcha trek, Spiti Valley trek, trek to Valley of Flowers, Ripchar Valley trek, and Lamayuru – Stok Kangri trek

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    July: Valley Of Flowers Trek

    Flowers looking beautiful on a misty morning at the valley of flowers

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    There is a reason as to why UNESCO listed the long-unexplored Valley of Flowers among the world heritage sites. The green valley with numerous patches of vivid-colored flowers surrounded by towering snow-capped mountains is even considered to be the abode of the fairies by the locals. And like all beautiful things, this too is hard to get to. And in case you’re up for this trekking adventure, read through the all-inclusive guide for the trek to Valley of Flowers in order to plan it better.

    Altitude: 3,890 m at Valley of Flowers; 4,390 m at Sri Hemkunt Sahib
    Duration: 6 days
    Level of difficulty: Challenging
    Route: Haridwar – Rishikesh – Devprayag – Rudraprayag – Karnprayag – Chamoli – Joshimath – Govindghat – Ghangaria Camping Ground – Valley of Flowers National Park – Ghangaria Camping Ground – Sri Hemkund Sahib – Ghangaria Camping Ground – Govindghat – Joshimath – Haridwar
    Highlights: Sri Hemkund Sahib and alpine flowers
    Other options for the month: Lohagad Fort trek, Rupin Pass trek, Lamayuru to Darcha trek, Zanskar trek, Spiti Valley trek, and Roopkund trek

    Suggested Read: 15 Photogenic Valleys In India That Every Traveler Must Visit

    August: Spiti Valley Trek

    Nature photographer in Spiti valley in Himachal

    If not the best, Spiti Valley is definitely one of the best trekking places in India. The moderately challenging Spiti Valley trek involves strenuous walks through the difficult mountain paths. But the beauty and the experience of staying with the locals makes the effort totally worth-it.

    Altitude: 4,600 m
    Duration: 5 days
    Level of difficulty: Moderately challenging
    Route: Kaza – Kibber – Langza – Hikkim – Komik – Chemai Lepcha Pass – Demul – Lalung – Dhankar – Tabo – Kaza
    Highlights: Key Monastery, Asia’s highest inhabited village at Komik, world’s highest polling station at Hikkim, and Tabo Monastery

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    Note: More adventurous trekkers can also try a winter trek in the Spiti Valley during the cold months of December – March when the region is covered with a thick layer of snow.

    Trekkers on an adventurous winter trek in Spiti Valley/

    Other options for the month: Tarsar Marsar trek, Kang Yatse and Dzo Jongo trek, Markha Valley trek, Vasota trek, and other monsoon treks near Mumbai & Pune

    September: Zanskar Trek

    Trekkers walking the Zanskar Trek trails

    Zanskar is one of the most popular trekking places in India and offers numerous adventure treks. While Chadar trek is a very challenging adventure, there are easy trails like the trek from Padum to Darcha that can be done in Ladakh. This trek also includes, among other attractions, a walk through the Kargil region.

    Altitude: 5,000 m
    Duration: 10 days
    Level of difficulty: Easy; but requires experience
    Route: Padum – Shilla – Reru – Changpa Tsetan – Purne – Phugtal – Purne – Kargyak – Shingo La Base – Ramjak – Pal Lhamo – Darcha
    Highlights: Beautiful Manali, Kargil, Mulbek, Phugtal monastery, and prayer wheels
    Other options for the month: Lamayuru to Stok Kangri trek, Dayara Bugyal trek, Markha Valley trek, Kheerganga trek, and Ripchar Valley trek

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    October: Singalila Sandakphu Winter Trek

    Huts at Phalut where trekkers can rest while on their Singalila - Sandakphu winter trek

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    There are very few adventure trekking trips in India that offer views of some of the tallest peaks in the world. And the trekking adventure to Sandakphu lets you see not one, but four such mountains – Everest, Kanchenjunga, Makalu, and Lhotse. And the lucky ones may even be able to spot red pandas and Tragopan.

    Altitude: 3,636 m
    Duration: 7 days
    Level of difficulty: Moderately challenging
    Route: Dhotrey – Tonglu – Garibas – Sandakphu – Phalut – Rammam – Rimbik – Darjeeling
    Highlights: Monasteries, snow-capped mountains, Tiger Hill, and views of Kanchenjunga, Everest, Makalu, & Lhotse
    Other options for the month: Jhunglam Hemis to Padum trek, Kalsubai Peak trek, Roopkund trek, and Hampta Pass trek

    Must Read: 13 Stupefying Winter Treks In Himalayas

    November: Har Ki Dun Winter Trek

    Trekkers rest in tents on the snow carpet on a Har Ki Dun winter trek

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    None of the adventure treks is so steeped in mythology as the one to the so-called Valley of Gods. One of the best trekking places in India, Har ki Dun offers splendid views of the snow-capped mountains and tiny villages with unique Himachali architecture.

    Altitude: 3,560 m
    Duration: 8 days
    Level of difficulty: Moderately challenging
    Route: Sankri – Taluka – Osla – Kalkatiya Dhar – Har Ki Dun
    Highlights: Osla village, Kala Nag, Bandarpunch, Ruinsara peaks, Jaundhar glacier, and the majestic Swargarohini
    Other options for the month: Auli Gorson winter trek, Goecha La trek, Nag Tibba winter trek, Khauli Pass trek, Kheerganga trek, and Prashar Lake winter trek

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    December: Nag Tibba Winter trek

    A shot taken while leaving the Nag Tibba base camp for trek to Nag Tibba summit

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    A journey for camping & trekking in Nag Tibba is one of the best adventure trekking trips in India. The pilgrimage to the temple of Nag Deva (or Snake God) is a perfect winter trekking adventure that even the amateurs can take up.

    Altitude: 3,050 m
    Duration: 5 days
    Level of difficulty: Easy
    Route: Dehradun – Pantwari – Nagtibba – Devalsari – Thatyur
    Highlights: Sight of the Swargarohini & Nanda Devi peaks from Thatyur, temple of Nag Tibba, and remote villages around
    Other options for the month: Dzongri winter trek, Chopta Chandrashila winter trek, Kuari Pass winter trek, Auli Gorson trek, and Har Ki Dun winter trek

    So, which of these places are you heading to for adventure trekking in India? Let us know as and when you take one such trekking adventure.

    Further Read: 6 Gorgeous Trails For Trekking In Munnar


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