10 Best Trekking Trails in India (Part II)

India is a home to a variety of trekking trails which certainly lets any trekking enthusiast experience the most fascinating and spectacular natural view. Believe it or not but India has such heavenly beautiful and challenging trekking trails that it can give a tough competition to Austria and Switzerland, countries that are known for their mesmerizing Alpine terrains.

So here are the five moderate and difficult level best treks in India.

Wait! Those who haven’t read the 10 Best Trekking Trails in India (Part I), make it a point to take a look at it before proceeding to its second part here.

  1. Goecha La Trek (Sikkim)

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Best Season: March end – Early May, Mid October – November end

Difficulty Level:  Moderate

Trail Length: Around 90 km.

Altitude: 4940 m max

Sikkim, the alluring northeastern state of India offers the widely heard-about Goecha La trek. It is unquestionably one of the most magnificent trekking trails in India. It is a high altitude trek and ideal for people who have previous moderate trekking experiences. Beginning in the low flower-dressed terrains of Sikkim, this trekking trail goes all the way up to the snowclad mountain ranges of Sikkim.

This trekking trail is also known for bringing the trekkers closest to the third highest mountain in the world i.e. Kanchenjunga, at one point. Apart from the close encounters with the snowy mountains, this trek also offers a vista of meadows, pristine Himalayan lakes, and dense rhododendron forests.

  1. Gomukh Tapovan Trek (Uttarakhand)

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Best Season: Early May-Mid June, Mid-September – Mid October

Difficulty Level:  Moderate

Trail length: Around 50 km.

Altitude: 4330 m max. (Tapovan)

The Gomukh Tapovan trek is another popular trek in India that takes you to Gomukh, the snout of one of the largest glaciers in the Himalayas i.e. Gangotri. The Gangotri glacier is known to be the primary sources of the River Ganga or the Ganges. The trek through the Tapovan region and the camping at the Tapovan site offers some of the grandest views of the peaks of Mt. Shivling, Bhrigupanth, Meru, Bhagirathi (I, II, III) etc. After reaching the glacier, the view of the surrounding mountains is a mesmerizing sight to behold.

  1. Panpatia Col Trek (Uttarakhand)

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

Difficulty Level:  Difficult

Trail length: Around 135 km.

Altitude: 5260 m max.

The Panpatia Col trek is one of the most difficult yet spectacular treks in India. A high altitude pass trek, the magnificent Panpatia Col lies in between two unnamed peaks of above 5500 m. There is a lore revolving around this trekking trail that has attracted numerous intrepid souls over the years

As the popular mythological story states, there was a priest who used to perform the rituals both at the shrines of Kedarnath and Badrinath on the same day. This mythological story gave rise to the belief that there is a secret path through which the priest was able to trek from Kedarnath to Badrinath in one day. And this very belief then generated enough curiosity amongst the explorers and mountaineers that they went on expeditions after expeditions to find a connecting route between the two shrines. Since the year 1934, various explorations took place by reputed mountaineers, such as Eric Shipton, H.W. Tilman (Bill Tilman), Harish Kapadia, Martin Moran. It is in the year of 2007, that team from Bengal, India, led by Debabrata Mukherjee found a trekkable route to the Parvati Col which also offered access to the upper snowfields of the Panpatia Col.

Till date, the Panpatia Col is one of the least traversed Himalayan passes in India. Filled with massive icefalls, crevasses, and moraines, this trekking trail is both enchanting and demanding at the same time.

  1. Kalindi Khal Trek (Uttarakhand)

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Best Season: June – Mid July, September – Mid October

Difficulty Level:  Difficult

Trail length: Around 99 km.

Altitude: 5940 m max.

Decorated by the grandeur of nature and the majestic Himalayan ranges, the Kalindi Khal trek is a difficult one. Starting from Gangotri, this trekking expedition ends at Badrinath, covering long stretches of Bhagirathi and Alakananda valleys. The trekking trail is considered to be an offbeat one and involves crossing crevassed snowfields and glaciers.  Though the trail is indeed strenuous and challenging, its beauty can’t be expressed in words.

While one can explore places like the Vasuki Taal, Gomukh and Nandanvan while proceeding forward through this trail, majestic peaks of the Indian Himalayan range like Bhagirathi, Vasuki, Satopanth, Meru, and Shivling can also be witnessed. To complete this trek one needs to possess necessary boulder scaling skills, mountaineering skills, and skills of climbing glaciers.

 

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  1. Parang La Trek (Ladakh – Himachal Pradesh)

Best Season: Mid July – September

Difficulty Level: Difficult

Trail length: Around 90 km.

Altitude: 5600 m max.

Requiring prior trek experience, the Parang La trek trail retraces the ancient trade route between Tibet, Chnagthang in Ladakh and Spiti in Himachal Pradesh. Starting either from Kibber/ Chicham in Spiti, or Karzok village in Leh, the trek takes one thorough vast meadows, narrow river gorges or ravines, glimpses of enchanting valleys and a walk along the Tso Moriri lake. Being a recently opened trek route, not only the trekking trail possess untouched beauty but also many hidden valleys and peaks yet to be climbed. Involving harsh terrains, this trek is quite challenging but worth every strenuous step.

Remember, choosing a trekking trail completely depends on the personal preferences of a person.  But you can rest assured that no matter what trekking trail you choose from the above, you’re sure to have a world-class trekking experience. But before opting for any trekking trail, make sure to analyze your own trekking skills and find out whether you have the skills that the trail may require you to be successful. So, go on, choose any trekking trail from the above and experience the most thrilling and exhilarating mountain experience.

If you’ve already been to any of these trekking trails, don’t forget to share your experience in the comment section.

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.

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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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