Winter Treks in India: Top 5 destinations for trekking this winter

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    If hiking through snow-laden pine tree forests is something that excites you, this list is for you. Throughout the year, hikers and backpackers from not just the country, but all over the world visit to complete these majestic winter treks in India. The breathtaking views, impeccable landscapes and flora & fauna that is to die for, make North India one of the best places in the world for fellow hikers. Beginners or pros, there’s something here for each one of you!

1. Kuari Pass Trek

Difficulty: Easy – Moderate 

Region: Tapoban, Uttarakhand

Duration: 6 Days

Base Village: Karchhi Village

     The beautiful Kuari Pass, located in a glacial valley in Tapoban, Uttarakhand is so whimsical, it almost doesn’t look real. The jaw dropping views of the surrounding snow-clad mountains, the entire way are to die for. An experienced trekker or not, this trek is a delight for everybody. The trek takes 6 days to finish but will definitely be worth every moment. This trek is a must-do, mostly for the views of some of India’s most enormously celebrated mountains – Mt Nanda Devi & Mt Dronagiri.

winter hikes in India
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2. Kedarkantha Trek

Difficulty: Easy – Moderate

Region: Gaichawan Gaon, Uttarakhand

Duration: 6 Days

Base village: Sankri (6,455 ft)

      Kedarkantha, not to be confused with the popular Kedarnath trek for all the Bollywood buffs out here, is a 6 day long trek equipped with endearing campsites, the most thrilling views and one of the best winter treks in the Himalayas. The sheer beauty of this trail is no secret. The views from this hiking trail are unmatched, and the villages along the way are true national gems. It is undoubtedly one of the most popular winter treks in India.

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3. Chadar Trek, Leh

Difficulty: Extreme

Region: Leh

Duration: 9-10 Days

      The rugged beauty of Leh is definitely no secret. The Chadar Trek is one of the most difficult winter treks in India. It is the most unpredictable trek where adventure comes to reality. Physically, this trek is not that hard but it is definitely mentally-challenging. Chadar is basically a frozen river that trekkers walk on in order to reach the peak of this trek. The ravishing beauty of the different sections of the river keeps you enchanted throughout the trek. Although the beauty here is disguised in the form of harsh temperatures, that is the very element that keeps the Chadar river frozen.

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Note: Due to the difficulty level of this trek, you will have to spend 3 nights in Let before starting out with the trek, mostly in order to acclimatise. On day 3, a fitness test will be conducted in order to check your vitals and only then will you be granted the trekking permit.

4. Brahmatal Trek

Difficulty: Easy – Moderate

Region: Raithal, Uttarakhand

Duration: 6 Days

Base Village: Lohajung

     Though this paradise is beautiful in every season, specially in the winters it makes for an incredibly beautiful snow trek. The highlight of this trek is the enormous snow-clad mountain views that you will be enjoying while on this trek and the frozen lakes. The frozen lakes are a sight you cannot miss. The surreal lakes look like frozen white carpets, shining like a gleaming star blending perfectly with the surroundings.

Winter treks in Uttarakhand
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5. Triund Trek

Difficulty: Easy

Region: Dharamshala

Duration: 2 Days

If you are from Delhi or Chandigarh and looking for a short weekend trek in the winters, Triund Winter Trek is one of the most popular winter weekend treks to enjoy in India. The best part about the trek is that it can even be taken up by beginners who have no prior experience in trekking. This beautiful & serene pass located near Dharamshala offers breathtaking views of the Kangra Valley and Dhauladhar mountain ranges. The enchanting Oakwood forests are truly the highlight of this trek.

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