My top 13 picks
In Ladakh1/ The Incredible Markha Valley Trek
Trekking along the Markha River through ‘Little Tibet’, one of the world’s highest inhabited plateaus, which are secluded for months by snow of Ladakh and Zanskar ranges, remains one of the best places to experience the unique culture of the High Himalayas.
Altitude: 5150m; Duration: 12 to 15 days; Difficulty Level: Moderate; Season: June to October
2/ The Frozen River Trek of Ladakh - Chadar Trek
Walking on the frozen river of Zankar in Ladakh is an ultimate experience for every adventure lover.
Altitude: 3850m; Duration: 17 to 21 days; Difficulty Level: Extreme Strenuous; Best Season: January to March
3/ The Stunning Stok Kangri Trek-Ladakh
Trekking brings in magnificent views over Zanskar Mountains and across the Karakoram snow capped peaks with a fantastic Tibet panorama in the distance.
Altitude: 6153m; Duration: 11 to 13 days; Difficulty Level: Easy; Best Season: June to October
In Sikkim4/ The Astonishing Goecha La Trek
Goecha La is a high mountain pass in Sikkim, in the Himalaya range towards the southeast face of Kanchenjunga, the world’s third highest mountain. The virtual road ends at an altitude of 1770 meters from where the trek to Goecha La starts in Yuksom. Sachen, Bakkhim, Tshoka, Phedang, Dzongri, Kokchurong.
Altitude: 4940m; Duration: 12 to 15 days; Difficulty Level: Moderate; Best Season: March to May
In Himachal5/ The Spiritual Kinner Kailash Circuit Trek
One of the most picturesque treks in Himachal. Mount Kinnaur Kailash has religious connotations for a massive “SHIVA LINGAM”- the symbol of Lord Shiva which is a 79 feet vertical rock formation and considered one of the mythical abodes of Lord Shiva. In the ancient mythology, the inhabitants of Kinnaur are known as Kinners, the halfway between men and gods. Thousands year old monasteries still exist in the area.
Altitude: 6500m; Duration: 12 to 16 days; Difficulty Level: Moderate to Strenuous; Best Season: July to October
6/ Where Gods live-Pin Parvati Valley
The Pin Parvati Valley, also known as ‘Valley of Gods’, is cuddled up between the Dhauladhar and Pir Panjal ranges, and is located in the cold desert region of the Spiti valley. The trek passes through lush pine forests, wildflowers and dramatic barren landscape.
Altitude: 5319m; Duration: 13 to 17 days; Difficulty Level: Moderate to Strenuous; Best Season: June to October
In Uttarakhand7/ The Imposing HemKund And Valley of Flowers
The beautiful valley situated at an altitude of 3650m is the ecstasy of nature lovers. As suggested by its name, the valley is exceptionally affluent in its extensive variety of flowers. River Pushpawati gushes through the lush valley that teems with. It is said that there are about 520 species of flowering plants and hence this place was declared a National Park in 1982. The animals such as Himalayan black bears, Musk deer, Brown bears, and a rich diversity of birds and butterflies are found in abundance. The sacred lake of Hemkund, a significant pilgrimage of Sikhs and Hindus, lies near the Valley of Flowers
Altitude: 3853m; Duration: 9 to 13 days; Difficulty Level: Easy; Best Season: May to October
8/ The Mystery bounded Nanda Devi Expedition
Nanda Devi, the second highest peak in the Indian Himalayas, is boasted to have one of the most beautiful peaks in the world. The Nanda Devi Sanctuary located in the Garhwal Himalayas is surrounded by the ashen snow-clad mountains.
Altitude: 4268m; Duration: 10 to 13 days; Difficulty Level: Moderate; Best Season: June to October
The Mythological Lake of Himalayas- Dodital
Dodital is a beautiful lake associated with mythological history at the backdrop of impeccable beautiful Darwa Bugyal. Dodital is said to be the birth place of Lord Ganesha and is said to have witnessed the beheading of the deity by Lord Shiva.
Altitude: 4150m; Duration: 6 to 8 days; Difficulty Level: Moderate; Best Season: May to October
9/ The Thrilling Khatling Glacier Trek
The Khatling glacier, the incredibly beautiful glacier, is the source of the river Bhilangana. The entire trek traverses through lush, thick forests and beautiful green meadows in the beginning and later, it crosses two passes, which are very treacherous, and negotiates glaciers and a snow patch.
Altitude: 4200m; Duration: 12 to 14 days; Difficulty Level: Moderate; Best Season: May to October
10/ The Haunted Lake of Roopkund
Roopkund is situated in Chamoli district of Garhwal, in the lap of Trishuli massif. Deep virgin forests, gurgling rivulets, breathtaking campsites and miles of surging meadows gratify the soul of great adventure as he climbs 5029m from the sea level. The lake is usually called the ‘Mystery Lake’, since human skeletons and remains of horses from the Paleolithic age are found here.
Altitude: 5029m; Duration: 7 to 9 days; Difficulty Level: Moderate; Best Season: May to October
11/ The Love of Lord Curzon-Kuari Pass Trek
The Kuari pass trek (Also known as The Curzon Trail) is the best trek in the Garhwal Mountains of Uttarakhand and can be done by people of average fitness levels. The trek takes you through thriving green fields, isolated villages and virgin forests. The Gohna Tal Lake is one of the delights on the route. The view of Mt. Nanda Devi, the beloved mountain goddess, along with many other fascinating peaks is the reward that waits on the trail to the Kuari pass.
Altitude: 4575m; Duration: 9 to 12 days; Difficulty Level: Moderate; Best Season: April to mid June and mid August to September
12/ The Spectacular Panchachuli Base Camp Trek
The trek route flourishes splendid blend of riveting vista, snow-capped mountains, voluble streams, alpine meadows and a rich diversity of flora & fauna. The Himalayas foothills are simply the perfect place to escape and just experience the authentic adventure!
Altitude: 4260m; Duration: 7 to 10 days; Difficulty Level: Moderate; Best Season: May to October
13/ The Great Adventure of Pindari Glacier
Pindari Glacier, the most effortlessly accessible glacier in the Kumaon region, has a beauty of its own. The path to the glacier traverses along the southern wilderness of the Nanda Devi Sanctuary offering stunning purview of peaks like Panwali Dwar and Maiktoli. This “Soft Adventure” trek can amply reward you by the magnificence and grandeur of the towering Himalayas.
Altitude: 3990m; Duration: 11 to 13 days; Difficulty Level: Easy; Best Season: May to October