50 Best Treks in Uttarakhand | Places for Trekking in Uttarakhand

Trekking in Uttarakhand

Kedarkantha Trek, Nag Tibba Trek, Har Ki Dun Trek, Chopta Chandrashila Trek, Roopkund Trek, Valley of Flowers Trek, Kuari Pass Trek, Pangarchulla Peak Trek, Brahmatal Trek, Rupin Pass Trek, Dayara Bugyal Trek, Panchachuli Base Camp Trek, Bagini Glacier Trek, and many more adventurous treks.

Magnanimous mountains, plains carpeted with meadows, wild and thick forests, holy rivers and alpine lakes, and many other scenic vistas, this is what it's like when you go trekking in Uttarakhand. A mountainous state in North India, Uttarakhand is a naturally bounteous land that attracts tourists and trotters for its serenity and laid-back charm. Adventure seekers looking for some excitement as an escape from the mundanes of life can and must plan a trip to go on the best treks in Uttarakhand. Doesn’t matter if you are an amatuer or a seasoned trekker, you will just find the trail that will give you the chills and thrills. 

Starting from short trudges of 5 to 10 kilometers of relaxed terrains, to the more treacherous and strenuous excursions that go on for days, covering vast distances, there are plenty of trekking places in Uttarakhand worth exploring. Some of the most prevalent treks that are a part of many bucket lists are the ‘Roopkund’, ‘Valley of Flowers’, ‘Panch Kredar’, ‘Dodital Lake’ treks among more that you can explore. 

Here are some of the best treks in Uttarakhand:

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About the Kedarkantha Trekking:

Kedarkantha is such a popular winter trek that it would be apt to entitle it as the Queen of Winter Treks. Knee-deep snow in winters, mesmerizing view from the top, and the beautiful and easy trails make it popular among trekkers. The ‘easy on endurance’ trail goes through the thick pine forests of Govind National Park. The views from the top are worth climbing to an altitude of 12,500 ft.

Kedarkantha trek will give you an inimitable view of the cosmic sky, lush meadows, snow paths, charming villages, scented pine forest, sky-knocking peaks, tranquil rivers, and some mythological story whispers.


Kedarkantha Trekking Quick Facts:

Start/ End Point of the Trek: Sankri village

Duration: 6D/5N

Kedarkantha Trek Distance: 20 km

Kedarkantha Trek Height: 12,500 ft

Kedarkantha Difficulty Level: Easy To Moderate 

Kedarkantha Trek Temperature: Day (8°C to 15°C) and Night: (-5°C to 3°C)

Best Time to do Kedarkantha Trekking: November to April

Railway Station: Dehradun is the nearest railway station 

Airport: Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun

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About the trek:


Head out for a fascinating trek expedition to Chandrashila, the summit of Tungnath, which is prominently known as a famous tourist attraction for high altitude trek lovers. It is located at a height of about 4,000 meters above sea level. Spot the spellbinding glimpses of Nandadevi, Trisul, Kedar Peak, Bandarpunch, and Chaukhamba peaks, the views of which are going to be your rewards for the hike. Discover the laid-back side of the Himalayas while trekking through the lush jungles and snow-capped mountains. Make way through the forests with snowy paths and discover rich flora and fauna until you reach the destination at an altitude of 13,000 feet. On arriving at Chopta - a picturesque and unexplored destination, famous as 'Mini Switzerland of Uttarakhand', you are surely going to reconnect with nature and soothe your senses completely. Later, proceed towards Chandrashila - the 'Moon Rock' summit of the Tungnath.


Start Time - End Time from Delhi: 10:30 PM (Day 0) - Between 5:00 AM - 6:00 AM (Day 4)

Start Time - End Time from Rishikesh: 6:00 AM (Day 1)-Between 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM (Day 3)

Pickup Point/ Drop point from Delhi: near Akshardham Metro Station

Pickup Point/ Drop point from Rishikesh: Natraj Chowk/ Rishikesh ISBT


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  • Stay: Swiss tents/Home stays on sharing basis
  • Meals: Breakfast,Lunch and Dinner
  • Transportation: Delhi/Riskesh to Chopta in a semi sleeper AC bus, Tempo Traveller/Sedan/Suv depeneding on the group size(As per the variant selected)
  • Activities: Trekking & Camping
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About The Brahmatal Lake Trek:


Another jewel of the Himalayas which is untouched by trekkers around the world is the Brahmatal trek, which is devoted to Lord Brahma. It is beautifully positioned amidst the Himalayas and covered with blankets of snow. The trail allows you to see the centuries-old forest of Oak and Rhododendron. Walking in meadows besides Brahamatal Ridge you can see many sites of Roopkund Trek. A glance at the Garhwal Mountains in the distance on a clear day will totally melt your heart.


Brahmatal Trek Quick Facts:

  • Duration:6D/5N
  • Brahmatal Trek Distance: 22km
  • Brahmatal Trek Height: 12,150 ft
  • Bhramatal Trek Difficulty Level: Moderate 
  • Temperature: Day: (8°C to 15°C) and Night: (0°C to -7°C)
  • Best Time for Brahmatal Trek: December - March
  • Nearest Railway Station: Kathgodam is the nearest railway station 
  • Nearest Airport: Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun
  • Nearest ATM: Dewal has the last ATM point before your trek begins. It's advisable to withdraw money in Kathgodam itself.
  • Start/End Point: Kathgodam
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About the Nagtibba Trek:

Nag Tibba is located at an altitude of 3,022 meters that makes it the highest peak in the lower Himalayan region of Uttarakhand. The trek has got its name from 'Nag Devta' and offers an ideal weekend getaway destination for adventure lovers. NagTibba trek is a wonderful delight for adventure lovers from all over the world since it showcases the best serenity and exciting trekking routes through thick jungles and meadows. During the Nag Tibba trekking, you'll witness beautiful flora and fauna, lush green mountains, and dense forests that will make you fall in love with its beauty.


Nag Tibba Trek Package Inclusions:

  • Stay: Dome tents on sharing basis
  • Meals: Breakfast,Lunch and Dinner
  • Transportation: As per the variant selected
  • Activities: Trekking & Camping
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About The Trek:


Nestled cozily on the hinges of the Gharwal Himalayas, Har ki dun trek is one of the most popular treks among a lot of trekkers and nature enthusiasts. This exhilarating trek is also known as a hanging valley because of its cradle-shaped mountains.

It is also known as the winter-wonderland as in winter the trails are totally covered with snow and the sun throw its rays within the clouds. The Har ki Dun trekking is embraced with soothing sights of deodar trees that will definitely enchant your soul with the pine smell.


Har Ki Doon Trek Quick facts:

Duration: 7D/6N

Maximum altitude: 11,675 ft

Har Ki Dun Trek Difficulty Level: Easy to Moderate

Har Ki Dun Trek Distance: 47 KM

Temperature: 10℃ to 15℃ during the day and 2℃ to -5℃ during the night

Best Time to do Har ki Dun Trek: April to Mid-June and October to Mid-November

ATM: Purola has the last ATM before your trek begins

Start/End Point of the trek: Sankri Village

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About the Kuari Pass Trek:

With a visit to popular pilgrim cities such as Rishikesh, Devprayag, Joshimath, and Haridwar, the Kuari pass trek, situated in Garhwal Himalaya is a 33 KM long journey. The trek is famous for letting you onlook India’s second-highest peak, Mount Nanda Devi.

The trek at an altitude of 12,516 ft. also offers you summit views of Dronagiri, Chitrakantha, Chaukhamba, and Tali top. The Interlude of meadows, beautiful forests blooming with rhododendron, and oak trees make your path all the more scenic. While on the trek, you can also admire the mesmerizing views of holy rivers such as Bhagirathi and Alakananda which makes the ascent even more exciting.


Kuari Pass Trek Quick Facts:

Duration:6D/5N

Kuari Pass Trek Distance: 33 km

Kuari Pass Altitude: 12,516 ft

Difficulty Level: Easy To Moderate

Kuari PassTemperature: Day: 13°C to 18°C and Night: -3°C to 4°C

Best time for Kuari Pass Trek: March till mid-June & mid-September to early November 

Railway Station: Haridwar is the nearest railway station 

Airport: Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun

ATM: Last ATM is available in Joshimath

Start -End Point: Haridwar

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About Bali Pass Trek:


The show up of the Bali Pass trek is its changing landscapes from pine and fir forests to riverside camps to the surreal villages of Har Ki Dun valley to connection to Yamunotri valley to beautiful waterfalls to the alpine lake of Ruinsara to meadows overlooking Swargarohini peak and Bandarpunch ranges to snow-capped mountain tops and base camp & a thrilling high altitude summit like crossing. You can spot some of the wildlife of the Uttarakhand Himalayas during Bali Pass trekking — monals, the Himalayan ibex, and the endangered brown bear. Also, see mighty Kalanag (Black Peak) up close. Spend a full day beside the glacial Ruinsara Lake and walk across the two delightfully pretty meadows of Devsu Thatch and Thanga.


Quick Facts About Bali Pass Trek:


• Bali Pass Trek Duration: 8N/9D

• Bali Pass Trek Altitude: 16076 ft.

• Bali Pass Trek difficulty: Moderate

• Trek distance: 60 Kms

• Temperature: 20°C to -2°C

• Bali Pass Trek Best Time: May, June, mid-August to October

• ATM: You will find ATM in Mussorie

• Start Point/End Point: Dehradun

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About Pangarchulla Peak Trek:


Adorning the Lord Curzon circuit- one of Garhwal Himalaya’s most fabled trails, Pangarchulla Peak Trek. The peak is usually covered with snow and rugged mountain terrains. The one dominant characteristic of your winter adventure to the Pangarchulla Peak will be the treat of snow.

The paves are swaddled with alluring lush greenery, dense jungles, and pristine snow-capped landscapes around. A close-up look of the Garhwal region can be discovered through this trek with the sunshine falling on its summit. Travelers choose to head out on this Trek just to behold the remarkable sights of Nanda Devi, Mana, Hathi, Lampak, Dronagiri.


Pangarchulla Peak Trek Quick Facts:


Duration: 6D/5N

Maximum Altitude: 15,069 ft.

Pangarchulla Peak Trek Difficulty Level: Moderate to Difficult

Trekking distance: 38 km

Temperature: Day 18°C to 12°C & Night -3°C to -6°C

Pangarchulla Peak Trek Best Time: April, May, October, November

Start point/Endpoint: Joshimath

ATM: Joshimath

Railway Station: Haridwar

Airport: Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun

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About the Gaumukh Tapovan Trek:


The Gaumukh Tapovan trek is a thrillfest with gigantic views of the cow-shaped Gaumukh Glacier which is also one of the main water sources of the holy Ganges. The trek offers breathtaking views of the Gangotri peaks - Shivling, Thalay Sagar, and Meru.

The Gomukh Tapovan trek is scenic with nature's bounty and is decorated with fragrant flowers, snow-capped peaks, and similar jaw-dropping views. Take a dip in the holy Bhagirathi River, which is considered one of the sacred rituals. During the Gomukh glacier trek, one can also immerse in the divine aura of the pilgrim cities- Rishikesh, Uttarkashi, Gangotri, and Bhojwassa. Marvel at the sight of the Bhagirathi sisters to experience the summit views.


Quick facts about Gaumukh Tapovan Trek:


Duration Of Gomukh Trek: 8D/7N

Maximum altitude: 14222 ft.

Gomukh Tapovan trek gradient: Moderate

Gomukh Trek route distance: 46 Km

Temperature: Day: 18°C to 12°C and Night: 5°C to -5°C

Best time for Gangotri Gomukh trek: May end to June, September to October

ATM: Uttarkashi

Start Point/End Point: Gangotri

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About Rupin Pass Trek:


The Pass is perched at 15250 ft in the surreal Himalayan mountain range of Himachal Pradesh. The trek is surrounded by the small hamlets from Dehradun of Uttrakhand to Shimla of Himachal Pradesh, which gives the reason to explore its local culture beauty. You will be greeted with stunning scenery such as cascades, verdant glacial meadows, the snow bridges are something incredible to cross, snow-kissed mountains, charming hamlets, big rivers, hanging villages, terrific forests, hundreds of waterfalls, and an exhilarating pass crossing as a whole, Rupin Pass Trek is a complete experiential trek to do.


Quick Facts About Rupin Pass Trek:


• Rupin Pass Trekking Duration: 7N/8D

• Maximum altitude: 15,250 ft.

• Rupin Pass Trek Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult

• Rupin Pass Trek Distance: 52 Kms

• Temperature: Day: 13°C to 18°C and Night: 0°C to 7°C

• Best Time for Rupin Pass Trekking: May-June (Pre Monsoon), Sep-Oct (Post Monsoon)

• ATM: Purola which is on the way to Dhaula has the last ATM point before your trek begins.

• Start Point: Dhaula, Uttarakhand

• End Point: Sangla, Himachal Pradesh

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About the Dayara Bugyal:

The breathtaking alpine meadow of Dayara Bugyal reigns atop a staggering 12,000 ft., against a stunning canvas of lofty Himalayan Neighbours like Bandarpoonch, Kala Nag, Shrikhand Mahadev, Srikanth peak and Gangotri peaks. This trek is marked by a rich carpet of wildflowers, and dense forests of maple and oak fenced by misty valleys.


The trail unveils expansive grasslands, alpine lakes and trickling streams that lull the senses with a sylvan symphony. The wondrous grasslands of Dayara Bugyal are locked in a Himalayan embrace and make for an ideal long weekend trek. Those who wander into this world of untouched beauty leave with far more than what they seek.


Quick Facts About Dayara Bugyal Trek:

Temperature: -4 degrees (Min), 25 degrees (Max), days are relatively warmer

Dayara Bugyal Trek distanceTrekking Distance: 29 km

Maximum Altitude: 12,000 ft

Difficulty Level: Easy To Moderate 

Railway Station: Haridwar is the nearest railway station 

Airport: Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun

Base Camp: Barsu

ATM: Uttarkashi and Bhatwari on the way Barsu have the last ATM point before your trek begins.

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About the Pindari Glacier Trek:


Zero Point of Pindari Glacier is situated at a breathtaking altitude of 12370 ft above sea level, 5km ahead of Phurkia. The Pindari Glacier, in the Bageshwar district, falls in the Kumaon Himalayas. The glacier flows to the south for a short distance of about 9 KM and gives rise to the Pindari River which meets river Alakananda at Karnaprayag in the Garhwal district.


The views from the pass of the Dhakri Khal are particularly impressive and include the many snow-capped peaks that form the southern rim of the Nanda Devi Sanctuary. Stunning and calm lakes with crystal clear waters, snow-clad mountain peaks, charming wooden bridges, everything just adds to a mystic and exhilarating experience when you are on this trek!


Quick Facts About Pindari Glacier Trek Package:


• Duration: 8N/9D

• Pindari Glacier Trek Height: 12370 ft.

• Trek difficulty: Moderate

• Pindari Glacier Trek distance: 48 Kms

• Temperature: 18°C to -2°C

• Best Time To Travel: April, May, June, Mid August to November

• ATM: You will find ATM in Kathgodam

• Start Point/End Point: Kathgodam

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About the Panchachuli Base Camp:

Snuggled in the lap of snow-peaked mountains, the Panchachuli Base Camp trek originates in the Darma valley of Pithoragarh district between the borders of Nepal and Tibet. Bestowed with nature’s splendour, the route to the Panchachuli glacier, lying in the lap of Kumaon Himalayas, is adorned with enchanting landscapes, snow-capped mountains, cascading waters, Alpine meadows and a rich variety of flora and fauna. Situated in Eastern Kumaon Himalaya, the trekking route forms the watershed between the Gori Ganga and Darma Valleys. The entire trek to the glacier is a walk along the river Dhauliganga.

The last road head Dar is 42km from Dharchula, and from Dar to Panchachuli Glacier will give us a pleasant walk. The trails unwinding through the tribal villages of Bongling, Sela, Nagling, Baaling and Duktu along the river Dhauliganga and thick forests of deodar and Bhojpatra and conifer are the best ones to enjoy the natural sights. The five peaks of Panchachuli form majestic visuals and enhance the Him Khand, Yuli River skirted by the forests of Devdaar, Bhoj Patra and conifer trees.

This amazing Panchachuli Base Camp trek is truly a feast to the eyes and the scenery throughout the journey is one that can only be experienced, not explained.

If you are someone who would love to roam around the mountains then Panchachuli Base Camp trek is one of the best options and the journey would come up with a lot of astounding moments. The five different peaks of Panchachuli sector numbers 1 to 5 are located at an elevation of 6904 meters, 6437 meters, 6355 meters, 6334 meters and 6312 meters. And almost all of them were conquered by many trekkers in the 1970s itself.

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About the Bagini Glacier Trek:

Here comes an eight-day Bagini Glacier trek with so much enthusiasm hidden in each day of your adventure. It starts from Joshimath and from there you will directly go to Jumma and Ruing Village. The meandering paths going up and down through a forest will take you to enjoy the magnificent beauty of Hathi Parvat, Ghori Parvat and Bhumial God Temple. Dronagiri Village with many ruins and inhabited will be a surprise.

Bagini Base Camp is the next stop on your Bagini Glacier trek resuming from Dronagiri Village which will open up many wonderful sights of the peaks, the meadows and the landscapes. Rishi Peak is the highly acclaimed peak you can witness on the way to the base camp. A concrete bridge over the Bagini Nala and the unwinding routes going through the rocks and boulder ridden path can be the perfect supporters of you. Longatulli is also a halt where you will be awe-struck with the amazing Satminal, Hardeul and Rishi Pahar views.

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About the Auden’S Col Trek, Uttarakhand:

The Auden’S Col Trek is also one of the toughest treks in the Garhwal Himalayan region and hence it has been the least explored one by regular trekkers; a dream for all the ardent trekkers. It will take you through some of the dangerous moraines, narrow cliffs and stony, snaky and twitchy paves. 

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Dodital Lake Trek

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Nestled at an altitude of over 3,000 meters above the sea, the climb to the serene Dodital is one of the most beautiful treks in Uttarakhand. Surrounded by lush forests of fir and oak, the lake glitters like gems in the distance, stowed away in the hidden folds of the Himalayas. At one end of a lake sits an ancient Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Ganesha, and is believed to be the very birthplace of the deity. Trekkers would also get to pitch on the very banks of the lake, enjoying a splendid view of the clear star-cluttered skies.

The trek to Dodital Lake starts from the village of Sangam, and makes its way across the Agora settlement, the river Bhebra, and the stunning bamboo forests of Gujjar. The trek is a fairly easy one to complete, and can be attempted by beginners as well. Additionally, the trail here is home to some amazing views of the surrounding snow-clad ranges, making it a perfect choice for photographers. 

Best season:
 May - October

Duration: 
6 Days

Altitude: 
13,615 ft

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Dodital Hanumanchatti Trek

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Those not wanting to terminate their journey at the Dodital could opt for the Dodital Hanuman Chatti trek instead, which crosses the Himalayan lake and heads onwards towards Hanuman Chatti. A brilliant summer getaway, this route has been traditionally used by Gujjar herdsmen who get their buffaloes to the higher meadows each summer via the trail.

The trekking route is home to unparalleled views of the Bandarpunch range, coupled with the show stopping Dodital, which nestled between verdant forest of oak and pine. Finally, the route stops at the Darwa Pass, suspended at 4,000 meters and well regarded for its magical views of the surrounding peaks. The trek takes about 10 days to complete. It is deemed to be a fairly moderate one, and can be attempted by first time trekkers as well as seasoned experts.

Best season:
 May - October

Duration:
 10 Days

Altitude:
 4150 m

Difficulty Level: 
Moderate

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Kafni Glacier Trek

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Kafni glacier is located southwards of Nanda Kot hill and on the Eastern side of the Pindar canyon. This tranquil and pleasant place has a unique charm which makes it a hotspot for tourists. It is rich in flora and fauna.

Some of the famous Himalayan peaks near to Kafni glacier include Nandakot, 6860 meters and Nandabhanar, 6236 meters. The trek to Kafni glacier is at a distance of 12 kilometers from Diwali through Byali udayar, which is 8 kilometers from Diwali. The canyon is broader as compared to the Pindar and is blessed with spectacular natural beauty.

Best season:
 May - October

Duration:
 10 Days

Altitude:
 4000 m

Difficulty Level: Moderate to Difficult

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Kalindi Pass Trek

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Kalindi pass trek is considered as one of the most arduous treks of the Himalayas. This trek is suitable for physically fit and adventure loving trekkers who possess the abilities of mountaineering and high altitude trekking. It is indeed a thrilling and nail-biting experience.

During this trip, trekkers can visit some of the most famous Hindu pilgrimages on the way. This place is a home to some of the most protected mammals like bulbuls, owls, cuckoos, bearded vulture, golden eagle,  Himalayan snow cock, brown bear and so on and this is one of the best trekking in Uttarakhand.

Best season:
 July - September

Duration:
 12 Days

Altitude: 
5946 m

Difficulty Level: Moderate to Difficult 

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Binsar Trek

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Binsar is a beautiful hill station valley of flowers which offers breathtaking views of the Kumaon Valley. The beautiful Himalayan range stretches to about 300 kms along the horizon out of which the most noticeable peaks are the Chaukhamba, Trishuli, Kedarnath, Panchchuoli, Nanda Kot and Nanda Devi.

The Binsar trek begins from Thalisain towards Pauri. The trek leads through thick forests of oaks, pine, silver fir and deodar that describe complete wilderness. The ascents and descents are gradual and the best time to visit is during winters. One can come across the Samadhi of the great Indian hero Veer Chandra Singh Garhwali situated at Musa Kota amidst Dudhatoli sanctuary.

The Binsar trek is an exciting experience and the trekkers can enjoy the beautiful views throughout the expedition. Binsar is enveloped with hanging moss, ferns, alpine flora, different varieties of wild flowers and forests where one can find rhododendron and oak trees.

If you are a bird watching enthusiast, during a trek in Binsar you will come across a number of beautiful and rare birds. This trekking in Uttarakhand is rather simple and the forest cover will lead to small streams, lush green fields, but be careful of lion ants and tunnel spiders.

Best season: 
Mid September to early July

Duration: 
3 Days

Altitude: 
3030 m

Difficulty Level: Moderate

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Ali Bedni Bugyal Trek

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One of the top treks in Uttarakhand for the nature lover, the Ali Bedni Bugyal Trek takes you through some of Uttarakhand’s most beautiful alpine meadows. Bordering the northern edge of Almora and Nainital, the Ali Bedni Bugyal meadows are known for their year-long beauty.

The meadows command an extraordinary view of the surrounding ranges as well, with the mighty Mount Trishul jutting out prominently at a distance. The trek takes you through rustic grasslands, lush forests of rhododendron and oak and finally endless stretches of flowering meadows. The trek is a fairly moderate one, and can be attempted by adventurous beginners as well.

Location:
Ali Bedni Bugyal Meadows, Lohagunj-Lohagunj trek

Price:
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Bali Pass Trek

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One of the most popular summer treks in Uttarakhand for the seasoned trekker, the challenging Bali Pass is an exhilarating trail. Connecting the Har ki Dun Valley to Yamunotri, this grand pass is known for its extraordinary ice-clad beauty. The trek itself spans across 8 nights and 9 days, with Dehradun as its starting and ending point.

Crossing glacial lakes, meadows and forests as it goes by, the trekkers at Bali Pass get to witness some of the best views in Uttarakhand. The Bali Pass trek is a special treat to adventure campers, making night stops at several scenic landmarks like the Ruinsara Lake or beside waterfalls. It is also regarded as one of the best trekking places in Uttarakhand for birdwatchers. 

Location: Bali Pass, Dehradun- Dehradun trek

Price: Rs.18,000 per person
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Benog Tibba trek

With breathtaking cliffs dominating its skyline, Mussoorie is well known as India’s Queen of Hills; and one of the best ways to explore its beauty is to embark on the Benog Tibba trek. Piercing the sky at an elevation of over 2,500 meters, Benog Tibba is one of the tallest peaks here.

Making its way through the Benog Wildlife Sanctuary, this gorgeous trail treats its trekkers to some of the best views of wildlife anywhere in the country. One of the shortest treks in Uttarakhand, the trail is ideal for those looking for an adventurous day out. The trek is customizable as well, and its timing can be tailored to suit the group’s collective needs.

Location:
Benog Wildlife Sanctuary, Mussoorie

Price:
Rs. 1,300 per person
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Borasu Pass

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Popularly regarded as one of the most beautiful treks in Uttarakhand, the Borasu Pass trek is a high altitude trek in the Garhwal region. Passing through untouched forests, glacial meadows and lakes, the postcard like landscapes here are to die for. The trail snakes its way through several mountain villages, allowing trekkers to explore the local Himalayan culture here.

It also makes a short detour through Govind National Park, home to a wide array of local flora. However, the Borasu Pass trek is also among the most difficult treks in Uttarakhand, and can be attempted by seasoned trekkers only.

Location:
Borasu Pass, Uttarkashi, Taluka to Chitkul

Price:
Rs. 28,500 per person
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Darma Valley Trek

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Dotted with enchanting waterfalls, verdant forests and several magical vistas, the Darma Valley Trek. The Valley is a fairly unexplored one, exposing trekkers to the virgin beauty of the Himalayas. The trail passes through a number of little hamlets, allowing trekkers to stop and interact with the local villagers here.

The Darma Valley is an especially important landmark in Hindu mythology, as the Pandavas are believed to have had their last meal here.

Location: North East of Kumaon, Pitorgarh 
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Gangotri Glacier Trek

One of the most sought after winter treks in Uttarakhand, the Gangotri Glacier Trek is a delight for every extreme adventure enthusiast. Nestled at a height of over 3,000 meters above ground, the Gangotri Glacier Trek is also pretty popular among high altitude trekkers. The Glacier itself forms the largest region in the Himalayas, and is the source of origin of the river Ganga.

Snaking its way along the river Bhagirathi, the route travels through some of the most beautiful stops along the glacier. The trek is a special treat for photographers as well. Pine forests and flowering valleys pepper the route on both days, making the walk twice as scenic. The trek also includes sightseeing at places such as Char Dham or the Nehru Mountaineering institute. 

Location:
Gangotri Glacier, Uttarkashi

Price:
Rs. 24,000 per person
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Gurson Bugyal Trek

The Gurson Bugyal trek is one of the few treks in Uttarakhand that can be enjoyed throughout the year. Whether it is the flowering summer meadows , the ice clad peaks  of winter or the fresh beauty of monsoon that attracts you, the trek is bound to leave you enchanted throughout the year.

The trail travels through lush forests of oak and rhododendron in Auli, whose rustic charm is unmissable. The trek is a fairly easy one as well, making it the perfect choice for beginners and first time trekkers. It is also well known to command stunningly clear views of the range.

Location: 
Gorson Bugyal, Auli

Price:
Starting from Rs. 2,559 per person

Preferred Age:
Above six years old
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Gulabi Kantha Trek

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Well known for its breathtaking views, the Gulabi Kantha trek is a popular low altitude trek in the lower Himalayan region. Scattered with flowering meadows and forests, the scenic route travels all the way to the freshwater lake of Dodital. Owing to its high altitude- about 12,000 feet above sea level- the trek commands gorgeous panoramic views of the surrounding ice clad peaks.

Apart from its beautiful vistas, the trek is also known for the various adventure sports it has to offer. Trekkers will also get to experience a bundle of fun activities such as music jams and bonfires, making it one of the most enjoyable treks in Uttarakhand.

Location:
Yamunotri Glacier, Uttarkashi

Price:
Starting from Rs. 7,559 per person
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Juda ka Talab

Moderately easy in its approach, the Juda ka Talab trek is ideal for those looking for a short trekking expedition in Uttarakhand. Home to several enchanting streams and waterfalls, this trek is one of the prettiest locations for trekking in Uttarakhand.

One of the most scenic of trekking places in Uttarakhand, the path snakes its way through several little hamlets, offering a delightful glimpse into the local culture here. The trek pitches camp by Juda ka Talab, a scenic glacial lake in the heart of the Himalayas. The lake remains frozen during winter, but its crystal-clear waters offer quite the allure when thawed. 

Location: Juda ka Talab, Uttarkashi, Uttarakhand 

Price:
Rs. 6,000 per person
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Kagbhusandi Tal

An untamed location in the heart of Himalayas, the KagBhusandi Trail is one of the most adventurous treks in Uttarakhand. Named after the eponymous KagBhusandi Lake, the trail travels across a vast rocky expanse to get to the stunning blue lake.

Mainly done between June and October, this trail is among the most popular monsoon treks in Uttarakhand. The trek is a fairly long one and takes about 8 days to complete. The scenic route commands spectacular views of the adjacent Nar-Narayan, Neelkanth and Chaukhamba peaks as well.

Location:
Chamori, Uttarakhand 

Price:
Rs. 16,500 per person 
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Kalpeshwar Rudranath Trek

Promising to test your physical and mental constraints, the Kalpeshwar Rudranath trail is among the most challenging of treks in Uttarakhand. The 12 day trek cuts through the mountain at odd angles, passing ravines and temples as it goes by.

Although the Kalpeshwar temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, is the biggest attraction here, several smaller Hindu temples can be found scattered across the place as well. The route sets up camp in several little villages, including a jungle camp on one night.  The trek can be done throughout the year, although the months of November to December is generally regarded as the best time for it. 

Location:
Kalpeshwar, Haridwar

Price:
Starting from Rs. 32,500 per person
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Kedarnath Trek

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Lying in the heart of the Garhwal Himalayas, Kedarnath is one of the most important Hindu pilgrimage sites in the country. The holy site can only be reached via a 16kilometer trek from Gaurikund. The first half of the trek, travelling through thick forests, is a fairly easy one.

From Bheembali however, the trail gets decidedly trickier, and demands a fair bit of physical strain. The sight at the summit, however, makes the climb well worth the effort. Set against the backdrop of the majestic Himalayas, the Kedarnath temple stands out in its vibrant colors. The panoramic vistas add to the charm of the place, making it one of the most beautiful treks in Uttarakhand. 

Location:
Rishikesh, Uttarakhand 

Price:
Starting from Rs. 12,000 per person 
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Kedartal Trek

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Nestled close by the Gangotri Glacier, the Kedartal Lake is one of the top trekking places in Uttarakhand. Surrounded by the Thalaysagar and Bhrigu Pantha peaks, the glacial lake is renowned for its magical beauty.

However, located at the high altitude of over 4,700 meters above sea level, the trek to the lake is a fairly difficult one and demands a certain degree of experience from the trekker. Crossing several charming streams and falls, the Kedartal Trek is home to several splendid sights, making it a popular haunt among photographers. 

Location:
Rishikesh, Uttarakhand 

Price:
Starting from Rs. 15,300 per person 

Preferred age:
Above 7 years 
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Khaliya Top Trek

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One of the best treks in Uttarakhand for beginners, this 4 kilometer trail is among the easiest of Himalayan treks. Tucked away between its many peaks, this short trek is well known for its scintillating views of the surrounding ranges. Being covered in snow even during the summer months, the views here remain magnificent throughout the year. The trek is a great catch for photographers and nature lovers as well, passing through several beautiful forests as it goes by. 

Location: Khaliya Top, Nainital, Uttarakhand 

Price:
Starting from Rs. 6,500 per person 

Preferred age:
Above 8 years
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Madmaheshwar Trek

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Lying in the heart of the Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary, the Madmaheshwar Trek is well known for its fantastic natural splendor. Spanning across 32 kilometers, the Madmaheshwar Trek travels through several quaint villages, thick forests and grasslands to reach the thousand year old temple of Madmaheshwar in Ukhimath.

The trek includes several sightseeing tours through the little Himalayan villages, with a tour of Ukhimath being the highlight of the package. Trekkers will get to witness the many little temples here, along with views to the Madmaheshwar Ganga. The trek is best done during the monsoon season, when the weather remains twice as pleasant.

Location: 
Garhwal Himalayas, Uttarakhand 

Price:
Starting from Rs. 6,500 per person
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Mayali Pass

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One of the most beautiful treks in the Garhwal region, the Mayali Pass trek offers enthralling views of the Himalayan peaks from every corner. The trek starts from the village of Ghuttu, and passes through several photogenic villages before ending in Chowki.

The trail crosses a number of meadows in Kharsoli, the lakes of Vasuki Tal and Masar Tal, and some gorgeous wooden bridges as it passes by. The trail ultimately leads to the Mayali Glacier, where one can bask in unadulterated views of the mountain and lake. The trek is a fairly difficult one, and can be attempted by seasoned trekkers as well.

Location: Garhwal Himalayas

Price:
Starting from Rs. 22,500 per person
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Milam Glacier

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Located in the Kumaon region, Milam Glacier is one of the most challenging trekking destinations in Uttarakhand. The base for the trek lies in Pithoragarh. Passing through the vibrant Gori Ganga valleys, the trail passes through several impressive forests of rhododendrons, stunning waterfalls and beautiful streams.

With several highs and lows, the Milam Glacier trek is a fairly challenging one, and can be attempted by seasoned trekkers only.

Location:
Nainital, Uttarakhand 
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Mukta Top Trek

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A hidden gem in the heart of Himalayas, the Mukta Top Trek is one of the best places to trek in Uttarakhand for those looking for a quiet experience. This trekking route was opened to the public only in 2018, and is still largely unexplored.

Travelling through flowering meadows and forests, the Mukta Top Trek is home to several beautiful sights. The trail travels across 28 kilometers, to and from Kuflon Base Camp. The best time to explore the region is between January and June, when the weather here remains most pleasant and the forests here remain in full bloom. 

Location: Garhwal Region, Uttarkashi, Uttarakhand 

Price:
Starting from Rs. 8,500 per person
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Namik Glacier Trek

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Riddled with adventure, the Namik Glacier trek offers a unique experience in the heart of Himalayas. The route is dotted with a smattering of sulphur springs, waterfalls, dense forests and meadows, each more beautiful than the next.

The campsites in the trek are carefully arranged across several scenic locales, making sure that the trekkers get to explore the mountains’ beauty in all its glory. The trek is a fairly easy one, and can be attempted by all. The Namik Glacier route is well known for its stunning sunset views as well. 

Location: Bageshwar, Uttarakhand 

Price:
Starting from Rs. 12,500 per person 
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Nanda Devi East Base Camp Trek

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One of the best difficult treks in Uttarakhand, the Nanda Devi trek witnesses some of the tallest peaks in the Himalayas. The trek starts and ends in Kathgodam. The serene beauty of the ice capped peaks is only complemented by the lush forests that dot the slopes.

The exhilarating trail takes its trekkers through some sharp bends and winding trails, making it a challenging climb. Following ancient trade routes, this trek also offers a glimpse into the life and culture prevailing in the higher Himalayan region, including some indigenous cultures that are unfound anywhere else. 

Location:
Nanda Devi Peak, Kathgodam

Price:
Starting from Rs. 34,000 per person 
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Panpatia Glacier Trek

Offering a delicious blend of beauty and adventure, the majestic Panpatia Glacier is one of the most daring yet beloved of treks in Uttarakhand. Reigning at an altitude of over 17,000 feet above sea level, the glacier stands as a bridge between the two most important of Himalayan shrines- Badrinath and Kedarnath, making it one of the most often visited trekking places in Uttarakhand.

The journey kicks off from Badrinath, setting up camps in scenic alcoves, lakesides and flatlands as it goes by. Although fairly taxing, the Panpatia Col trail offers some of the rarest and most rewarding views of Himalayan behemoths such as the Chaukhamba, Nanda Devi, Kualing and Balakun peaks. Owing to its high altitude and the very low temperatures prevailing here, the Panpatia Glacier trek is mostly taken during the summer and autumn months, and by seasoned trekkers only. 

Location:
Uttarakhand

Price:
Starting from Rs. 85,000 per person
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Panwali Kantha Trek

Situated on the southwestern edge of Kedarnath, the Panwali Kantha Trek is Dehradun’s pride. Positioned at a height of about 11,500 feet above sea level, the trail is home to some of the rarest views of the Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri peaks.

The trek makes its way through Panwali Katha’s seven meadows, littered with flowering plants, cattle and a rare species of indigenous animals. The trek commences from the village of Ghuttu in Rishikesh. From here, it makes its way through the verdant Buransh forests, all the way up to Gourmande. The Panwali Katha trek is said to be a moderate to easy one, and can be performed untrained as well. 

Location: Rishikesh- Gourmande 

Price: Starting from Rs. 9,000 per person
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Mount Rudugaira Trek

A largely unexplored route, the Mount Rudugaira trail is home to several rewarding views. Nestled between the massive Kedarnath and Badrinath glaciers, the route commands extraordinary views of the Gangotri massif and Auden’s Col.

The mountain, lying in the heart of the Gangotri National Park, is home to a stunning array of local flora and fauna. Spanning across 11 days and 10 nights, the trekking route offers a comprehensive tour of the Himalayan hill along with an expert guide. 

Location: Gangotri National Park, Uttarkashi, Uttarakhand 

Price: Starting from Rs 34,000 per person

Preferred Age: Above 15 years 
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Ruinsara Tal Trek

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Nestled in the Garhwal Himalayas, the Tons Valley presents a lush palette of oak and rhododendron forests. And situated in the heart of the Tons is the serene Ruinsara Tal, the heart of the eponymous Ruinsara Tal trek.

Situated in the heart of the Govind Wildlife Sanctuary, the area is littered with an array of indigenous bird and animal life, making it a haven for birdwatchers and photographers alike.  The trek itself passes through several little villages, where one can explore a variety of amazing wooden carvings and mythological artefacts. 

Location: Ruinsara Tal, Govind Wildlife Sanctuary 
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Yamunotri Trek

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One of the four Char Dham pilgrimage sites, the Yamunotri Glacier is regarded as one of the best places to trek in Uttarakhand. Spanning across 12 kilometers, the trek takes three days to complete, and is said to be a fairly easy one. Home to robust sceneries, the Yamunotri trek is an ideal choice for weekend getaways.

The trek can be taken in any weather as per the trekker’s desires- while the summers are ideal for those desiring to explore the vivid wilderness of Yamunotri, the ice clad peaks in winter are equally inviting as well. 

Location:
Yamunotri Glacier, Uttarkashi 

Price:
Starting from Rs. 6,500 per person
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People Also Ask About Uttarakhand

  1. Which are the easy treks in Uttarakhand?

    1. Dodital Darwa Top Trek, Uttarakhand: Considered the birthplace of Lord Ganesh, Dodi Lake is what you will be rewarded upon reaching the Dodital Darwa Top.

    2. Har Ki Dun, Uttarakhand:
    A spectacular example of virgin beauty, Har Ki Dun is also known as Hanging Valley which offers you some amazing sights to behold. Also, you can witness a unique culture where they still follow polygamy and worship Duryodhana.

    3. Kuari Pass Trek:
    Gateway to some amazing trekking destinations in Uttarakhand, Kuari Pass Trek offers you eye-catching views of the hilltops in Garhwal regions as well as its nearby peaks.
  2. What are the best places for trekking in Uttarakhand?

    1. Roopkund Trek: A route ideally suited for seasoned trekkers, the trek to Roopkund commences from Lohajang and then makes its way through the snow-clad peaks. Locally dubbed as the ‘mystery lake’, the enigma of Roopkund owes to the discovery of human skeletons and horses from the Paleolithic Age in 1942.

    2. Valley of Flowers:
    One of the most charming trekking routes in Uttarakhand, Valley of Flowers is an easy summer trek generally preferred by first-time trekkers. As the name suggests, the trekking route takes its trekkers through meadows of alpine flowers. 

    3. Guano Hills Trek:
    A serene trail much sought-after by those looking for a peaceful escapade, the Guano Hills trek will take you through scenic forests of oak. Home to a million exotic bird species, this trekking route is a haven for birdwatchers and photographers. This easy to moderate trek can be availed by first-time trekkers.

    4. Dayara Bugyal Trek:
    An especially scenic route near Haridwar, this route takes its trekkers through lush green meadows and fragrant maple forests. Spotted with wooly lambs and mountain horses, the Dayara Bugyal Trek is one of the most beautiful trekking destinations in Uttarakhand.

    5. Kalindikhal Trek:
    A route especially tailored for adventure junkies, this is one of the most difficult treks in Uttarakhand. Perched in the Garhwal ranges, this trek takes you across several glaciers and rivers.
  3. Which are the difficult treks in Uttarakhand?

    1. Gaumukh Tapovan Trek: Source of the Bhagirathi River, Gaumukh is considered to be a sacred place by the believers. However, the adventure junkies turn it into an opportunity for them to relish on the snow-capped beauty of the surrounding regions.

    2. Roopkund Trek:
    A high altitude glacial lake, Roop Kund attracts many trekkers from across the country who hike up to witness the eternal beauty of the pond surrounded by gleaming snow sheets across the valley.

    3. Rupin Pass Trek:
    Snaking right through the valley between two slopes of mountains, Rupin Pass offers a spellbinding trek to its visitors. Also, the beauty of the pass is enhanced with colorful flora just post-monsoon.

    4. Pindari Glacier Trek:
    Nestled in the upper regions of Kumaon Himalayas, Pindari is a three kilometers long glacier that gives birth to the Pindar river enriching the everlasting beauty of the glacier.
  4. Which are the best 2 day treks in Uttarakhand?

    Nag Tibba Trek: Located at an altitude of 3025  meters above the sea level, this happens to be the  highest peak in the lower himalayas and one of the most sought after places to trek in Uttarakhand. Starting from the village of pantwar, this trek takes you to the peak in just 2 days. You will be spending time in a peaceful environment enjoying a great camping experience. 

    Gorson Bugyal Trek: 
    Gorson bugyal trek offers scenic views of the meadows full of green pastures and coniferous forests. Visiting these trekking places in Uttarakhand, you will get a chance to enjoy the calm and nostalgia filled landscape. 

    Kartiswami trek: 
    Kartiswami trek in Uttarakhand is yet another two day trek that takes the thrill seekers through the dense forests to the ridge. You will get a chance to sight amazing sunrise views and beautiful sunset views from various points of the trekking places in Uttarakhand. 

    Deoria Tal Trek: 
    Deoria tal is an emerald green lake that offers an enchanting surroundings with panoramic views of the mesmerizing chaukhamba, neelkantha, meru, sumeru, and many other peaks of Garhwal Himalayas. 
  5. Which are the best high altitude treks in Uttarakhand?

    Deoria Tal & Chandrashila Trek: Deoria Tal and Chandrashila Trek is not  only known to offer adventure opportunities to the thrill seekers but it is also known to offer fantastic views of the surroundings all around. 

    Gangotri glacier trek is a short 4 to 5 day trek that lets you reach the source of Ganga river. This also happens to be a famous pilgrimage site for Hindu followers. 

    Valley of Flowers Trek: 
    Valley of flowers trek is a 4 to 5 day long trek in Uttarakhand that takes you close to a famous area for wildflowers. If you are planning to be a part of this trek, you should be ready for rains and slippery paths. Starting from Govind ghat you will pass through the village of ghangaria. 

    Roopkund Trek: 
    Roopkund trek happens to be a 6 day Trek in Uttarakhand That takes you close to the haunted lake of roopkund located about 4450 meters above the sea level. Heading out on this trek, you will start in the dense oak and rhododendron forests and offer pristine views of Trishul, Nanda Ghunti and Badrinath.
  6. Is trekking in Uttarakhand safe?

    Trekking in Uttarakhand is completely safe as long as proper safety and precautions are taken. If you are not a seasoned and practiced trekker, it is best to avoid the activity during winter or monsoon months, when the routes are generally slippery and prone to accidents.
  7. Is Kedarkantha trek difficult?

    Kedarkantha Trek lies in the category of easy to moderate difficulty. In the course of taking this trek, you will come across a number of gradual ascends and descends. Being a winter trek, you would also face strong snowfall and chilly winds. Prepare yourself perfectly to come out with flying colors.
  8. What are the essential things to carry for trekking in uttarakhand?

    Here are some of the most essential things to carry while trekking in Uttarakhand: 

    - Water Bottle:
    Hydration during a trekking trip is an absolute must.
    Trekking shoes: Shoes with spikes, preferably waterproof for trekking in rain and snow.
    Sun protection: Sun caps, sunscreens, long-sleeved tops.
    Winter clothes: Woolen layers, boots, gloves, and caps for trekking during the cold season.
    Trekking or hiking pole: For steeper routes
    Essential Medicine: Crocin, Digine, High altitude sickness tablets 
  9. How long is Kedarkantha Trek?

    The Kedarkantha Trek is a 6 day long trek located in the Govind Pashu Vihar National Park in Uttarakhand. In the period of 6 days, you would travel from Dehradun to Base camp, cover the trekking distance, and then come back to Dehradun.
  10. How difficult is Chandrashila Trek?

    Chandrashila trek happens to be an easy trek to take if you have decent physical fitness. The first day of the trekking in Uttarakhand is super easy however you would need some stamina on the second day as you would need to cover about 8 km.

    The only risky place in this trek is the climb to Tungnath and Chandrashila.
  11. Which is the most difficult trek in Uttarakhand?

    Auden’s Col trekking in Uttarakhand in the Garhwal Region of the Himalayas happens to be one of the most difficult and challenging treks. The trek settles at a height about 5490 meters i.e. 18011.8 feet above the sea level. It connects Jogin I and Gangotri III ranges.

    If you wish to attempt this trek, you should prepare yourself accordingly and gear up with all sorts of equipment.
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This was my maiden trek and I am glad I chose Valley of Flowers and Hemkund Saheb. I carried home tonnes of great memories from the trip that I will cherish for my life. Serene Nature, Splendid weather, a great company of cousins, new friends we made and the team who lead the trek made a perfect mixture to cherish. While the chirpy young kept the team charged, the conviction of the others was inspirational to the rest. I am also glad that Thrillophillia conducts this trip which I came to know after reading thrillophilia reviews. The field team lead by Yogi and Sandeep was awesome. At some point or other everyone in the group were amazed with their knowledge, patience, perseverance, untiring efforts to make the trip a memorable and comfortable one for the entire team. Their daily briefing was quite interesting. Valley of flowers amazed us with the nuances it offered every minute. The continuous rain, the chill of the breeze, narrow steep path, rolling stones, changing landscape every minute, moving clouds around you, crossing the river over narrow bridges…. The list goes on and on Hemkund Saheb is another marvel. This place left most of the team members ecstatic. What a bliss. The only place I have seen made many people cry with joy. A place that one must visit atleast once in their lifetime. The trek(mule ride), the hospitality at the Gurudwara were breathtaking. It was a testimony to what faith can bring out of people. We could see people of all age groups from 3 to 70+ trek all the way from Govindghat to Hemkund Saheb, carrying children and luggage on shoulders and sometime on mules. Wow… We were exposed to a new world of Ghangaria which come alive in March and sleeps over from October. A town that has everything active only for 4 months.
To tell the truth, we started this trek with many doubts and inhibitions. Especially since we had 2 children aged 7 & 8 who had done only single day treks till date. Our trek leader Makkhan Singh gave us a complete overview of what we could expect but nothing prepared us for the unadulterated natural beauty that was all around us from the start to the finish of the trek. From Deodar trees in the lower ranges to tall pine forests on taller peaks. The autumn colours were visible in full glory. Many moments bring a smile back to our faces like speaking to the villagers we met on the way, finding a couple of langoors spying on us, having black tea with herbs that instantly refreshed us and many more such memories. Camping was a whole new experience for all of us. It taught us the discipline of timing and the regard for others comfort. The cooks who accompanied us were very thoughtful about our children and tried their best to serve food that kids would enjoy. Needless to say, the snow was the best part of the trek. We made a snowman with the help of trek guide Ashish. He was wonderful with our kids. He played with them, but was also very careful about their safety. I wish to wholeheartedly thank each and every one in the team who helped organize this trek so perfectly. We didn't feel a single moment of confusion or uncertainty over any of the arrangements made. This experience has definitely made us wish to do more such treks in the future.
13 April 2019
Moni Shankar Chandrashila Trek
Excellent
The stay at kund was a very pleasant one. It had wonderfull golden views of Kedardome. Sound of mountain river just below the campsite was like a soothing lullaby. The fully blooming rhododendron gave the perfect reddish look of the season FALL. Now as we come to the part of the trek to deorital, the day started with a double puncture of one of our car which was to take us to SARI. But to our joy it provided us the perfect excuse to start our trek right from kund. The opportunity gave us time to photograph the kedar dome from a height and on the way we also came by a hilly waterfall which gave us plenty to take home some mesmerizing photographs. By the time our car was ready to take us to Sari. On reaching Sari we started our climb to Deorital Lake . On the way we filled up our water bottles from a mountain spring and wow the most refreshing drink i had in my life off cousre accompanied by chewing of rhododendron petals. On reaching deorital we were greeted with patches of snow and a mesmerizing view of snow clad-en peaks of Chaukhamba. We could even capture the reflection of the cliffs in the clear water of the lake. After having a packed lunch we descended down to sari by taking a visit to hilly temple. On the way back we went to Ukhimath, the winter home of BABA Kedarnath. The secondays climb was from Chopta. There was snow right from Chopta. We claded our shoes with the mandatory spikes and started our climb throw the snow laden valley and mountain sides of chopta taking occassional breaks. The temple of Tungnath was almost under snow. After taking a break at tungnath we further ascended to Chandrasila peak making new path through the fresh snows. And like we were on the top of the world with 360 degree view of Nanda Devi, Trishul and Chaukhamba. The weather had by then started getting little naughty with patches of black clouds hovering around. After taking a quick packed lunch we started our descend, which was packed with thrills and surprises courtesy our guide Monu Rana. We went back to our childhood days by sliding and rolling through the snows like 3 year old toddlers and just yelling in excitement. On reaching chopta we boarded our cars to be back to kund. A heavy downpour welcomed us to Kund and let us have a unique experience of heavy mountain lashes. Next day we were back to Haridwar after having a tastefull lunch at Jayalgarh. A wow experience of lifetime in my sixth trek.