Trekking is recreational activity that involves covering any specified journey on foot. This is mostly done in rural areas and rugged regions. Trekking is often done in combination with backpacking and rock climbing.
Trekking is mainly done to have an interaction with nature. Trekkers cross forest areas, mountains, deserts and face different weather conditions and topographies. The activity does not require much of planning and is usually done in groups. The travelling through isolated areas by being close to nature and surroundings; makes this activity enjoyable and worth an experience.
Trekking can be done in any part of world, although, there are some regions where it is carried out extensively.
In India, trekking is mainly done in Western Himalayas and Eastern Himalayas. The western region consists of Jammu and Kashmir, Uttaranchal and Himachal Pradesh, while Darjeeling, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh and West Bengal are covered in Eastern Himalayan region. Down south, trekking is popular in Coorg, Chikamagalur and Kerala.
The best time to undertake trekking In India is between May and October months. The treks in Ladakh region are usually done between July- August and then from September to October. For trekkers, who want to explore parts of Sikkim and Darjeeling, the best time is between May to October. The trekking season for Arunachal Pradesh starts in October and ends in February.
Many trek routes in India go through the sensitive areas declared by Indian Government. The Non-Indian trekkers need to have proper trekking licenses and permits to cross such area.