10 Best Trekking Trails in India (Part I)

There’s no denying that when it comes to the worldwide fame, India is primarily known for its rich culture, heritage, and famous tourist spots. However, you’ll be fascinated to know that this South Asian country also has some of the most magnificent and gorgeous trekking destinations to offer, ideal for both beginners as well as pro-trekkers. Being home to the Himalayas, one of the most famous mountain range in the world, India tends to naturally satiate the soul and mind of any trekking enthusiast.

In my previous blog, I’ve discussed why one should go on a trek at least once in his/her lifetime. Today, I’m here with some of the best trekking trails that you can go on exploring in case you’ve made up your mind to put your trekking shoes on. Trust me, opting for the trekking trails in India will certainly be an experience of a lifetime. Be it the trekking trails through the tropical rainforests or through the valleys and the hills, the many trekking trails sprawling across the various states of India have some enchanting attraction about them.

So, without further delay, let’s go straight to the 10 best trekking trails of India that includes treks of various difficulty levels i.e. easy, moderate and difficult.

  1. The Great Lakes Trek (Jammu and Kashmir)

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Best Season: June – September

Difficulty Level:  Easy

Trail length: Around 72 km.

Altitude: 5000 m max.

Often referred to as the most gorgeous trekking trail in India, the Kashmir Great Lakes trek has its own charm and adventure. Unlike any other treks, this single trek in Kashmir let’s one witness five pristine alpine lakes. In case you are wondering what does the word ‘alpine lake’ stands for, then know that alpine lakes are those lakes that are situated at high altitudes or minimum 5000 feet above the sea level.

The further you’ll proceed on this trekking trail, you’re bound to discover another heaven, surrounded by precipitous peaks of the famed ‘Jannat’ of India. This trekking trail may not be that popular like the Roopkund trek or the Hampta Pass trek, but those who seek the heavenly beauty of the Alpine lakes, this trek is a must.

  1. Rupin Pass Trek (Himachal Pradesh)

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Best Season: May – June, September – October

Difficulty Level:  Easy

Trail length: Around 52 km.

Altitude: 4650 m max.

The Rupin Pass trek is known to be one of the most beautiful and picturesque treks in the Himalayas. Staring from Dhaula in the state of Uttarakhand, this is high altitude crossover trek ends in Sangla, a town in Himachal Pradesh. Though the Rupin river is the highlight of this trek; the dramatic sceneries, the sparkling waterfalls, the white snow and the hanging Himalayan villages throughout the trail are equally enthralling and worth the climb.

  1. Har Ki Dun Trek (Uttarakhand)

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Best Season: April end – Mid June, Mid-September – Early November

Difficulty Level:  Easy

Trail length: Around 50 km.

Altitude: 3566 m max.

When it comes to the oldest yet tremendously beautiful trekking trails in India, the Har Ki Dun trek is certainly one of them.  It is the unique charm of this river valley trek that attracts trekkers from all over the world. Presently, Har Ki dun is one of the top 10 most popular trek destinations in India.

The captivating views of the snowclad peaks of Swargarohini, Kalanag or the Black peak and the Bandarpunch from the Har Ki Dun valley are bound to make anyone fall for this trek again and again. Also referred to as the ‘Valley of Gods’, this trek lets one explore the ancient Garhwali villages where people have still held on to their age-old culture, clothes, and customs.  This trek is also known for its mesmerizing yet completely different looks in summer with green meadows and in winter when it gets completely covered with snow.

While on this trek, one can also witness the beauties of Jaundar glacier and the Marinda Tal if two separate days can be added to the Har Ki Dun trek itinerary.

  1. Valley of Flowers Trek (Uttarakhand)

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Best Season: Mid July – Mid August

Difficulty Level:  Easy

Trail length: Around 40 km.

Altitude: 3658 m max.

Offering a picturesque flowery visual that you won’t find anywhere else in the country, the Valley of Flowers trek is one of the prettiest treks in India. The trekking trail goes through a huge valley where a variety of flowers bloom, such as the poppies, zinnias, petunias and the list goes on.

During the blooming season, the entire valley becomes a heavenly home to flowers of numerous colours, offering a spectacular view to the trekkers. This trek destination also hosts endangered animals and rare species of butterflies. The exhilarating trek to the Hemkund Sahib is often added with this trek.

  1. Roopkund Trek (Uttarakhand)

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Best Season: Mid May – June (1st week), Mid-September – October end

Difficulty Level:  Moderate

Trail Length: Around 53 km.

Altitude: 4965 m max. (Junargali top is 5,150 m)

It is the famous ‘Roopkund’ or the ‘Mystery Lake’ that attracts trek enthusiasts to this trekking trail in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. As stories have it, in the year of 1942, a British forest guard had discovered hundreds of human skeletons at the bottom of the lake which resulted in its popularity as the ‘Skeleton lake’. It is believed that the lake has skeletal remains that are around 500 to 600 years old.

However, it is not only the ghost story or mystery regarding the lake that makes this trekking trail an attractive one.  The entire trekking trail of Roopkund along with the pristine and spotless glacial lake is known to offer some of the most serene and enchanting views of the Himalayas.

To know more about the best trekking trails in India, stay tuned to the next part Top 10 Trekking Trails in India (Part II) where I’m yet to unfold another five beautiful trekking trails.

Reference:  All the information related to the trek altitudes, trail lengths and the best time to trek, have been provided by Riddho Dutta, an avid adventurer, professional trekker, and owner of Altitude Adventure Holidays.

About The Author

Debaki Pramanick

Debaki Pramanick

Debaki is a freelance writer by choice, a movie buff by interest and an avid travel enthusiast by love. She likes to explore different mountain terrains and have a passion for hiking and trekking. Also a nature lover, she likes to document her trekking experiences with her photography works, bringing out the most alive, and fascinating stories from the mountains.


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