Trekking is addictive. Ask anyone who has been to the Himalayas on the ‘trek of a lifetime and odds on they’ll be planning a return. Dreamers are what we become; eyes have a distant glaze and the pulse quickens as memories are drawn into focus with a host of experiences crowding the dreams of day and night to demand a repeat visit. One trip is clearly not enough; that trek of a lifetime is just the first of many.
Since there is so much snow at higher elevations throughout the winter, the majority of treks are cancelled. Though there are always exceptions, as they say. The top 5 winter hikes are listed here. They will get your heart pumping. Let the snow evaporate without any more waiting.
1. Har Ki Dun Trek
The valley of gods is the literal meaning of the name Har ki Dun. Numerous local stories and traditions contend that this is the valley the Pandavas travelled through to reach heaven. The surrounding mountain peaks are visible from this cradle-shaped valley, and they are so high that they make you question your place in the universe. The valley is covered with snow for a large number of months, winding through fragrant orchids, broad meadows, and dense alpine woodland. This easy hike brings you to a part of the Garhwal Himalayas that hasn’t been much explored, where urbanisation hasn’t yet had an impact on the modest village residents’ way of life. On the ascent, the trail passes by rhododendron trees, rivers, villages, and flowers at various points.
2. Kurari Pass Trek
A trek like Kuari-pass is in an entirely different league. Joshimath, in the Chamoli region of the Himalayas, which has developed into a hub for trekkers and pilgrims in this section of the Himalayas, is where the trek begins south of the Tibetan border starts. Kuari, which means “portal,” is what we propose to be a doorway into your inner-self. The Himalayas are arranged before you in a magnificent arc as you ascend, and the play of light from the trees is a beautiful treat. It almost feels religious to focus so intently on the towering mountains. To see Mount Nanda Devi up close, through the oak and deodar jungles.
3. Chadar Trek
What do you call a territory that spans two borders, three of the world’s five highest motorable passes, the second-highest saltwater lake, three different terrains, three different cultures, and five mountain ranges? It is what we would refer to as soulful meditation.
Ladakh becomes inaccessible in the winter, which is when we, the adventurers, decide to take on one of the treacherous ice sheets, THE CHADAR TREK. Chadar walk is one of the paths that link settlements in the deep-mountain Zanskar valley with chilling. If the thought of traversing a frozen river’s ice with a rucksack on your back and icy water just inches below your feet
4. Sandakphu-Phalut Trek
Darjeeling is a town located in the foothills of the Himalayas and is unquestionably the jewel of West Bengal and the nation. Darjeeling is aptly known as the “queen of hills” because of Mt. Kanchenjunga, India’s highest peak, which towers above the clear blue sky in the background. Tea estates stretch over steep mountain ranges like emerald green ribbons. When you’re not gaping at Kanchenjunga with open mouths, you can choose to go on a journey that will have such an impact on your life that it will completely alter your outlook. One of the most popular treks available in India is the Sandakphu trek. Given that it is the highest peak in West Bengal, it offers a panoramic view of four of the tallest peaks in the world, including Everest, and Kanchenjunga.
5. Brahmatal Trek
A popular winter trek is to Brahmatal. The majority of the climb is on snow, which makes it quite exhilarating. The top reveals a divine side when the snow gently falls on its slopes. Aside from the rough terrain, the walk is full of stunning scenery, expansive forests, the tall Gharwal mountains stretching across the sky, and white, undulating snowfields all around you. The true splendour of the Himalayas strikes you after you pass through the forest shadows. It is an attractive proposition for a winter journey because of the trail’s snow cover and the area’s endless ridgelines, expansive Bugiyals, high-altitude lakes, and breathtaking peak views. According to legend, Lord Brahma pondered in Brahma Tal, a secret lake tucked away among the mountain.
6. Ali Bedni Bugyal
It’s challenging to compare Ali Bedni Bugyal to other treks. Because it will always have something to astonish hikers, regardless of the season. The wonderful colours of the meadows in the summertime. Winter brings the charming snow-covered woodlands and their clearings. Not to mention the close-up views of Mt. Nanda Ghunti and Mt. Trishul, two of the most renowned summits among trekkers. Protip Very few individuals take on this expedition because it is so uncommon. So close your eyes and pick this if you want a stunningly solitary experience.
7. Dayara Bugyal Winter Trek
This is a trek I adore just because it’s a peaceful ascent with such magnificent rewards. Such sights and adventures on such a short hike are unheard of! And if it’s possible, the meadows are even more beautiful in the winter when they are covered in glistening white snow. Protip This trip is excellent for novices and families in the winter due to how simple the ascent is. However, if you are an experienced hiker, don’t let that deter you because you can complete this walk ten times without becoming tired. Additionally, I would suggest it to people who have already seen it in a different season. Wintertime makes the trek entirely different.
8. Deoriatal – Chandrashila Winter Trek
In the winter of last year, we sorely missed this excursion. It used to be a very well-liked winter trek in India. The popularity decreased after the forest authorities shut down some important campsites. However, brand-new camping options have recently emerged. We’re now running this enormous expedition once more.With its bright woodlands, lake, ascent to the Chandrashila top, and climb to the Tungnath temple, the trail continues to be lovely.
Protip: The return for the amount of work you put into this expedition is incredibly unjust. Nearly all of the Indian Himalayas’ most stunning peaks, including Mt. Nanda Devi, the country’s highest peak, are visible. Additionally, you can enjoy the winter snow. Don’t hesitate if the dates work for you.