Best Treks of the Himalayas 2021

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Himalayan Treks

The Himalayas” ,one of the most important mountain range in South Asia stretch across the northeastern portion of India. They cover approximately 1,500 mi (2,400 km) and pass through the “The Himalayas” stretch across the northeastern portion of India. They cover approximately 1,500 mi (2,400 km) and pass through the nations of India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, China, Bhutan and Nepal. The Himalayan range is made up of three parallel ranges often referred to as the Greater Himalayas, the Lesser Himalayas, and the Outer Himalayas. This gigantic beauty of nature also beholds the glaciers of many holy rivers like Ganga, Parvati, and Mandakini and so on, flowing through these countries connected to the range.

For trekkers, it is the place for the hardships of the adventure tours , the breathtaking views resonating the charism of nature.

You’re on the right place if you wants to know about the top 20 trekking sites in “The Himalayas”.

#1. MOUNT EVEREST TREK

Mount Everest, the world’s top attraction for hardened mountaineers, a heaven for alpine enthusiasts and is in the bucket list of adventurers from around the world.It is located in the north eastern province of Nepal, this region is in a world of its own with vast glaciers, icefalls, the highest mountains, deep valleys, precarious settlements, and hardy people challenging the harshest conditions thrown at them by nature in the thin air of high altitude makes it one of the top trekking site of “The Himalayan Range“.

Region :-  Nepal

Base Camp :- South Base Camp (Nepal) (17,598 ft) (28°0′26″N 86°51′34″E), North Base Camp is in Tibet, China (16,900 ft) ( 28°8′29″N 86°51′5″E).

Trekking Level :-  Difficult

Duration :- It takes nearly two months

Best time to visit :-March, April, May, October and November

Altitude :-29,031.7 ft

Average Temperature :- 4 F to minus 31 F

Pro Tip :- Bring a travel thermos

#2. MARKHA VALLEY TREK

Passing through beautiful Buddhist Monasteries, Mountain Villages, Ganda La Pass (15748 ft.) and the Kongmaru La Pass (17,060 ft) reaches one of the most popular treks in Ladakh, “The Markha Valley Trek” Being one of the most challenging treks in India, it also holds rich geographical diversity which makes the trek simply amazing. There are good chances to spot some high altitude wildlife as well as experience the life of nomadic families as they herd their yaks in these big and marvelous valleys

Region :- Ladakh, India

Base Camp :-Stipuk (10419 ft)‌Trekking Level :- Moderate – Difficult.

Duration :- 2 to 12 days

Best time to visit :- June, July, August, September and October

Altitude :- 17,060 ft

Average Temperature :- 22 °C to 30°C (summers) and dips to –5 °C or way below that in winters.

Pro Tip :-Must Carry Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) Medications

#3. HAR KI DHUN TREK

In Garhwal Himalayas, the valley of Har-ki-Dun is located at the base of Fateh Parvat. The accessibility through Govind National Park makes it rich in flora. This place is blessed with all bounties of nature makes the trek more enjoyable & adventurous. Har-Ki-Dun is marked by remote villages, terraced fields, lush green meadows and conifer forests surrounded by glittering snow covered peaks. The Har-ki-Dun trek gives an opportunity to adventure enthusiasts to witness and admire the beauty of the Himalayan region, which since centuries has been a popular retreat for travelers from across the globe

Region :- Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand, India

Base Camp :- Sankri Village

Trekking Level :- Easy to Moderate

Duration : 6 hours

Best time to visit :- April to Mid-June and October to Mid-November

Altitude :- 11,675 ft

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

Pro Tip :-  Hydrate Yourself Frequently When Walking

#4. CHADAR TREK

Chadar Trek, also called Zanskar Gorge is heaven for adventurers,the challenge of trekking across the frozen stretch of Zaskar river in Leh, is extremely exciting and thrilling.The picturesque landscape is definitely the most rewarding aspect of this strenuous and difficult trek, which tests the physical stamina and mental focus of the trekkers at every turn.Trekkers can enjoy the thrill of walking on ice, climbing on icy rocks, spending nights in caves and the beauty of the ever changing Chadar, which make for a truly unique experience.

Region :- Ladakh, India

Base Camp :-Leh

Trekking Level :- Difficult

Duration :- 8 days

Best time to visit :- January to Mid February

Altitude :- 11,100 ft

Average Temperature :- -5 degree Celsius to -25 degree Celsius.

Pro Tip :- Use Cold Cream Or Vaseline to protect yourself from piercing.

#5. ROOP KUND TREK

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Roop Kund lake, situated at an altitude of 16, 499ft in the higher reaches of the Uttarakhand Chamoli district. There are a number of theories about the identity of people who died there and how did it happen. Some people believe that those are the remains of pilgrims who lost their way and were caught up in a freak storm or avalanche. Others believe that the victims were part of General Zoravar Singh of Jammu who were returning after a raid on Tibet.Apart from this the lake is surrounded by rock-strewn glaciers and snow clad mountains makes it one of the amazing trekking place. Trek through probably the most snow-capped and backwoods of  Rhododendron and Oak. Get an opportunity to observe the uncommon vegetation of this locale as you proceed with your trek.Some mythology regarding the ban of Roop Kund trek , there is no straight ban on trek, doing it without camping in the meadows is not possible. And camping in meadows of Uttarakhand is banned till further orders.

Region :- Chamoli, Uttrakhand, India

Base Camp :-Lohajung

Trekking Level :- Moderate To Difficult

Duration :- 8 Days

Best time to visit :- May, June, Mid August to October

Altitude :- 16,499 ft

Average Temperature :- During day: 13 to 18°C and During night: -5 to 7°C

Pro Tip :- Carry a few extra pairs of thick woolen socks along with your shoes to keep you warm during the extremely cold nights of Roopkund.

#6. SAR PASS TREK

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Sar Pass Trek is a stunning trek in Parvati valley of Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh. The trek is recommended for all those who love adventure, snowy landscapes, and high mountains.This place hosts a trail along the changing scenes of the turbulent Parvati River, quaint hamlets, gushing waterfalls, endless forests, crisp green meadows and pebbled rivulets. Camping in the midst of forests and meadows under the light of a million shimmering stars, breathing in the cool, fresh, unpolluted air, probably experiencing snowfall, walking through sand, mud, snow and staring down slippery slopes, are just a few of the elements which are sure to make it an experience of a lifetime for many.

Region :- Shivalik ranges, Himachal Pradesh, India

Base Camp :-Kasol Base Camp

Trekking Level :- Easy to Moderate

Duration :- 4-5 Days

Best time to visit :- April to June

Altitude :- 13,800 ft

Average Temperature :- 22°C (Max. During Day Time) to -5°C ( Min. During Night Time)

Pro Tip :- You don’t tend to feel too cold when it’s raining. So wear a pair of shorts as your first layer and rain pants over that. Shorts don’t get too wet, and take less time to dry up.

#7. KASHMIR GREAT LAKES TREK

Kashmir, the heaven on earth is full of unparalleled beauty, postcard-perfect scenes. Kashmir Great Lakes trek traverses some of the hidden jewels in the Himalayan mountain cape of the pristine alpine high altitude lakes of Vishansar, Krishansar, Gadsar, Satsar. Nundkol and Gangbal. It is a slice of heaven on earth  offering an experience of overwhelmingly beautiful alpine lakes, magnificent passes, lush green meadows, verdant valleys and snow kissed mountains

Region :- Jammu & Kashmir, India

Base Camp :- Shitkadi (75 km NE Srinagar)

Trekking Level :- Moderate to Difficult

Duration :- 8 Days

Best time to visit :- June to October

Altitude :- 13,800 ft

Average Temperature :- 17-20 degrees Celsius during daytime, which drops to 3-5 degrees Celsius in the night.

Pro Tip :- Floaters or Sandals, Trekking Shoes (waterproof are better during snow and rain).

#8. KEDARTAL TREK

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Guarded by the mighty snow-clad peaks and enriched greenery, Kedartal is one of the most visited destination in Uttarakhand.  An enchanting lake situated next to Kedar Bamak Glacier at the foot of the enormous Thalaysagar and Brigupanth Peak , Kedartal is one of the most beautiful high altitude lakes. The pea green lake with melting snow of Kedar glacier originate Kedar Ganga, a tributary of Bhagirathi, measured as Lord Shiva’s contribution to Bhagirathi . The trek are little bit challenging but the rewards are very soaring.


Region :- Garhwal Himalayas, Uttrakhand, India

Base Camp :-Pilgrim town of Gangotri

Trekking Level :- Moderate

Duration :- 6 days

Best time to visit :-  Mid May – Mid October

Altitude :- 15000 ft

Average Temperature :- 10 – 12 degrees Celsius in the daytime whereas at night it can fall to 8 – 6 degrees Celsius or even more.

Pro Tip :- Acclimatization is necessary to avoid high-altitude sickness

#9. VASUKI TAAL TREK

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“Vasuki Taal” is a high altitude Lake in Garhwal Himalayan region, it is named Vasuki Tal because it resembles the snake of Lord Shiva and people believe that Lord Vishnu took bath in this Lake and it became sacred. The water is clear and it is fed by Mt.Vasuki.Well, beyond the pilgrimage site lies another serene and pristine beauty that is set in the midst of mountains layered with snow. the Vasuki Tal that offers a spiritual aura. It is approximately 5 kilometers up from Kedarnath and the thrilling trail allows you to get acquainted with the wildlife along with sprawling natural hues. Camping at the shore of this glacial lake is a unique part on your holy trip to Kedarnath.

Region :- Garhwal Himalayas, Uttrakhand

Base Camp :- Gaurikun

Trekking Level :- Moderate

Duration :- 7 to 8 days

Best time to visit :- May to September

Altitude :- 14638 ft

Average Temperature :- Day (5°C to 10°C)   Night (-2° C to 6° C)
Pro Tip :- Consider using walking poles.

#10. GOECHA LA TREK

Dzongri Goecha La Trek

Goecha La or Goecha Pass is a Himalayan mountain pass in Sikkim.Entry to Goecha La is restricted and Indian travelers are required to register themselves at Yuksom. International travelers are only allowed to travel in groups. Moving through one of the greenest zones on the planet, this trek starts from a small establishment called Yuksom, and takes you to the feet of Mt. Kangchendzonga, the tallest peak in India. Untouched by any effluence, these forests of the Kangchendzonga National Park (KNP) support a fine ecosystem, with innumerous species of unusual flora and fauna. The weather remains clear during the winter and dramatic during the pre-monsoon season, with misty clouds playing around with your imagination.

Region :- Sikkim, India

Base Camp :- Yuksom town

Trekking Level :- Difficult

Duration :- 10 Days

Best time to visit :- April – May, October – November

Altitude :- 15,100 ft

Average Temperature :- It ranges from 15 to 22 degrees during the days, while sometimes falling to -1 degree Celsius at nights during the summer months.

Pro Tip :- Spend A Night Under The Starry Sky At Thangsing.

#11. LUNANA SNOWMAN TREK

Lunana Snowman Trek, a spectacular 30-day adventure in Bhutan into one of the most remote valleys. This is probably one of the hardest high altitude treks, but an incredible experience for anyone who takes the challenge. Bhutan’s pristine landscape, wonderful people and fascinating Buddhist culture provide the ingredients for a memorable journey into one of the world’s most remote kingdoms. Camping at the altitude of 5,000 m are normal and sometimes on the snow depending on the weather.

Region :- Bhutan Himalayas

Base Camp :- Par

Trekking Level :- Difficult

Duration :- 29 days

Best time to visit :- April-June and September-October.

Altitude :- 16,076ft

Average Temperature :-  –7°Celsius to –14°Celsius

Pro Tip :- Took winter sleeping bags along.

#12 .MOUNT KAILASH KORA TREK

Mount Kailash, in the Himalayas of western Tibet, is the holiest mountain in the world as measured by the number of people who worship at it.Every year, thousands from India, Nepal, and Tibet make a religious pilgrimage to Mount Kailash, following a tradition going back thousands of years. Pilgrims of several religions believe that circumambulating Mount Kailash on foot is a holy ritual that will bring good fortune and added merit.For globe travelers, Tibet Mount Kailash tour equates to pursue a unique adventure with a landmark of inspirational beauty, and a place to seek spiritual peace.Harsh land with quaint villages, yak herds set in a timeless landscapes along with its curious, lively and friendly people make this spiritual trip a very extraordinary experience.

Region :- Western reaches of Tibet

Base Camp :-Darchen

Trekking Level :- Moderate to Difficult

Duration :- 3 Days

Best time to visit :- May – October

Altitude :- 18,471 ft

Average Temperature :-  16°C to -4°C, during trekking season, daytime temperatures are usually in the low to high teens (celsius), with nighttime temperatures often dropping below freezing.

Pro Tip :- Do not travel during full moon day or any other special occasion.

#13. MUKTA TOP TREK

Mukta Top is an offbeat trek, pristine and untouched, falls within the Garhwal Himalayas. Though this trek is unknown to many tourists, but the captivating beauty of this place attracts trekkers over and again. The enchanting forests, idyllic meadows and grand mountain views make Mukta Top trek an irresistible offer when coupled with the rewarding experience of exploring an undiscovered trek. Mukta Top is an easy – moderate summit winter trek offering a white carpet of snow and views of majestic snow clad peaks of the Gangotri and Bandarpooch Ranges of the Himalayas. The best part of this trek is the experience of isolation. This trek has received very little footfall and hence, silence is of permanence in these untouched mountains.

Region :- Dehradun, Uttrakhand

Base Camp :-Kuflon

Trekking Level :- Moderate

Duration :- 6 Days

Best time to visit :- December-February

Altitude :- 11,838 ft

Average Temperature :- During winters -2°C to -5°C and in summer it can vary from 8°C to 13°C.

Pro Tip :- The sun is very strong at such high altitudes, so it is important that you carry sunglasses for your trek.

#14. BEAS KUND TREK

“Beas” is a derivative form of the name of the legendary author Maharishi Vyas who scripted the noted epic Mahabharata. The name has been christened to the famous river originating from the Beas Kund and proves to be the remarkable destination for the trekkers and the tourists.At Beas kund spend some quality time in the tranquility of pure Nature.When you cross the Beas Kund Glacier, remember to pluck wild strawberries and mushrooms and watch the herds of sheep and goats grazing.This trek is a perfect choice for beginners because the trail offers several breathtaking sites that are ideal for nature photography.

Region :- Himachal Pradesh, India

Base Camp :- Sollang Nallah

Trekking Level :- Easy-Moderate

Duration :- 4 Days

Best time to visit :- Mid-May to July-End

Altitude :- 12,772 ft

Average Temperature :- Summers are quite cool, with the maximum temperature of 25 degrees Celsius and minimum of 10 degrees.

Pro Tip :- Carry refillable water bottles as you will encounter plenty of pure mountain streams to fill them up.

#15. NAG TIBBA TREK

There are many amazing trekking spots in the Uttarakhand region of India. Among many such spots there is the Nag Tibba trek which is one of the finest trek, it begins from the Pantwari village on the foothills of Garhwal. The first part of it’s name defines Nag Devta and and the second part ‘Tibba’ is a local word for hill or peak. The villagers, come here to offer their prayers to Nag Devta for the protection of their beloved animals.It has a beautiful temple on the top, and entire Bandarpoonch ranges of Great Indian Himalaya which looks most spectacular and alluring.Winters are chilly and summers are pleasant at this place.A beautiful weekend getaway, the Nag Tibba trek is perfect for anyone in the North Indian plains, looking to delve in the taste of the wilderness, over a weekend.

Region :- Uttarakhand, Garhwal Himalayas

Base Camp :-Pantwar

Trekking Level :- Easy to Moderate

Duration :- 2 Days

Best time to visit :- March – June and September – December (Except July & August)

Altitude :- 9,914 ft

Average Temperature :- 4°C to 18°C during summers & 4°C to -3°C during winters

Pro Tip :- Take down jacket or something like this that has a hood.

#16. SOEJ MEADOW TREK

Seoj Meadow (Dhar) , as locally known, is the camping ground for thousands of yatris of famous Kailash Yatra who come from Bhadarwah.pride of Jammu region. The amazing beauty is found in plenty. On the south is the sacred Kailash Kund , surrounded by snow-capped mountains.Like Gulmarg & Pahelgam, Soej Meadow is considered the most beautiful & enthralling tourist destination. It is also reffered as “Crown of Bhaderwah”.The trekking to Soej Meadow is full of adventures & only the official camping site of one of the most visited tourist place (‘Bhaderwah’) of Jammu & Kashmir.

Region :- Bhaderwah, J&K, India

Base Camp :- Bhaderwah

Trekking Level :- Moderate

Duration :- 2 days

Best time to visit :- May to September

Altitude :- 14,600 ft

Average Temperature :- 14°C to 5°C during Summers & 4°C to -11°C during winters

Pro Tip :- Bring a local guide with yourself.

#17. TRIUND TREK

One of the easiest treks in India, Triund in Himachal Pradesh is one of the best places for adventure. Nestled in the lap of Dhauladhar Mountains, Triund enjoys breathtaking views of the mountains and the Kangra Valley.For the true mountain lover or an adventure enthusiast nothing beats the thrill of enjoying trekking in Himachal Pradesh.Though the trail is steep, the hike up is relatively an easy one, the trek gives a wonderful view of the Rifle’s Horn and Arthur’s Seat peaks.The trek can be completed over a span of 2 days, which also makes for a perfect weekend trek in the mountains.

Region :- Himachal Pradesh, India

Base Camp :-Dharamkot

Trekking Level :- Easy

Duration :- 2 Days

Best time to visit :- March to June; Sept to December

Altitude :- 9,278 ft

Average Temperature :-  26 degree celsius to 13 degree celsius in summers & 10 degree celsius to 1 degree celsius during winters

Pro Tip :- Carry thermal wear with you

#18. BURAN GHATI TREK

The Buran Ghati pass — also called Barua pass — rises up to 15,000ft and links Shimla with Kinnaur district. Full of unprecedented splendors, you will love every bit of it. It’s a must do trek, but being moderately difficult in gradient, experienced and fully fit trekkers only should attempt it ideally. You will witness the most exotic and glistening floral world along the trail. The most adventurous path comprises dense forest and the alpine Chandranahan lake (to reach here you cross over five smaller lakes) which falls at a height of 13,900 ft and is one of the most beautiful lakes encompassed by snowy mountains. Considering a trekker’s paradise this lake remains relatively unexplored.

Region :- Himachal Pradesh, India

Base Camp :-Janglik Village

Trekking Level :- Moderate to Difficult

Duration :- 8 Days

Best time to visit :-  May, June, September, October

Altitude :- 15,000 ft

Average Temperature :- Day (5°C to 10°C) Night (-2° C to 6° C) during summers

Pro Tip :- Invest in a good pair of shoes.

#19. BARA BHANGAL TREK

Bara Bhangal trek is one of the most toughest trek routes in Himachal Pradesh and is recommended for all those people who are looking for some hard core trek. The trek starts with lush green forest through the alpine meadows with breadth taking view of the Himalayas. The fauna spotted from the Himalayan Brown Bear, to the elusive Musk Deer. This area is rich in bird includes, Snow Cock and the Monal Pheasant. This trek leaves one wondering at the awesome beauty of the Himalayas. 

Region :-Himachal Pradesh, India

Base Camp :- Rumsu 

Trekking Level :-Difficult

Duration :- 9 days

Best time to visit :-Mid June to September

Altitude :- 16,070ft

Average Temperature :- 4°C to 18°C during Summers

Pro Tip :- Start the trek with an early rise

#20. PARANG LA TREK

Parang La trek is an ancient route between Ladakh & Spiti valley in Himachal Pradesh. Spiti Valley is a cold desert mountain of Himachal Pradesh, India which means ‘the middle land’. It is named this because it lies between India and Tibet. The trail is rich in exotic wildlife such as the Himalayan snow leopard, Blue Sheep, Himalayan Thar etc. The unique highlights of the trek are high altitude passes, high altitude mountain desert, different valleys and glacial lakes along with a road tip through Spiti and visiting remote villages and monasteries. It is a trip that includes adventure in many forms.

Region :- Ladakh & Himachal Pradesh, India

Base Camp :- Karzok village

Trekking Level :- Difficult

Duration :- 12 days

Best time to visit :- June to September

Altitude :- 18370 ft

Average Temperature :- (5°C to 10°C) (-2°C to -5°C) during summers

Pro Tip :- The backpack should not exceed 10kgs.

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