Quench your thirst for adventure with these beginner treks in the Himalayas!
One of the best treks in India starts with Himalayan ranges, housing some of the world’s highest peaks Mount Everest, Kanchenjunga, and Nanda Devi. These are the peaks and mountains that can be ranged only by the professionals and skilled adventurers. Having said this, Himalayas are not just about these peaks and not every part of it is restricted to experts. You will find several treks, which range from easy to moderate difficulties, thus staying open beginners and amateur as well. Alluring charm and appeal of scaling higher altitudes, a large number of trails hidden in the ranges will interest any beginner to give it a try. The breathtaking beauty of the snow-covered peaks in the picture of lush green forests, the sparkling beauty of the glaciers and much more only add to the beauty of the place and experience of the trekkers. We bring you some of the best Himalayan treks in India, most suitable for the beginners, so go ahead pack your gears and hit the road.
1. Sach Pass Trek
Kasol which is a backpacker’s paradise forms a base for this fascinating trek. You will get to pass through some of the most beautiful ranges of PirPanjal ranges and Dhauladhar ranges of Himalayas. The delight lies in passing through some beautiful paths and trails of this trek making way through lush evergreen forest, noisy rivers, and snow-capped peaks. This is one of the easiest treks in the Himalayas which is a beautiful combination of nature as well as adventure.
2. Beas Kund
This is one of the most popular treks in Manali, Himachal Pradesh and also considered holy by most Hindus. This is a trek ideal of people of any age group with a lot of excitement and fun in store for the trekkers. It begins with a sight of the Mount Hanuman Tibba and continues with picturesque landscapes all along the trail.
3. Chopta Chandrashila
Chopta is the point of origination of this trek which is fondly also known as the Switzerland of India. It is located in the Garhwal Himalayas of Uttarakhand and makes for an exciting trek. One would be left spellbound by the time he completes the trek for immense beauty this trek offers. Narrow and exciting passes, abundant forests make the trek even more of amazement and breathtaking.
This is a place housing one of the highest meadows across the globe and the trek to this place begins from Uttarkashi in the state of Uttarakhand. The starting point of the trek would be Barsu which will further take you through some of the most scenic places. Darya Bugyal is one of the easiest and best treks in the Himalayas, India for the beginners offering snow-covered peaks, flowery meadows, scenic oak forests across the trail of the trek.
5. Kareri Lake Trek
Kareri lake is one of the high altitude water reservoirs also known as Kumarwah Lake. It is amongst the most stunning lakes of Himachal Pradesh, located in the Kangra Valley is covered by the beautiful Dhauladhar Range of Himalayas. The lake freezes with the onset of winter making it worth a visit. It remains frozen from December until March or April, thus attracting numerous tourists from across the globe.
6. Kedar Kanta
This is among the ideal treks for the beginners offering an easy ascend and a gradual descend through the trail. You will be welcomed by some of the breathtaking views of the entire valley completely wrapped in snow during winters. The trek will include an ascend through the valleys of river Tons and the scenic views of Govind National Park. So it is among the best treks in the Himalayas, India for the beginners. You will find the most beautiful campsites, come across the 10,000 ft mark and walk through a snow bed full of pine trees, as you trek along the trail.
7. Prashar Lake
This is a lake in the Kullu Valley, tucked amidst beautiful Himalayan ranges of Himachal Pradesh. The trek to Prashar lake is quite dreamy which overlooks the Dhauladhar Ranges as you pass through some of the picturesque local villages, dense forests stunning rivers and more.
The trek is a trial to one of the highest temples in the world – Tunganath Temple. It is one of the well-known treks also offering panoramic views of Panchachuli, Nanda Devi and Kedarnath peaks. You will be rewarded with some of the beautiful views of rhododendron forests, especially during the spring season.
9. Hampta Pass Trek
If this is your first trek in the Himalayas, Hampta Pass trek is one of the best ones to go for. This trek is easy ascending with beautiful views of two connecting valleys of Kullu and Lahaul. You shall be passing through some of the alpine forests with views of glaciers, the majestic Himalayas making a perfect combination of things any beginner would want on his first trek.
10. Kauri Pass
This Pass trek is amidst the Garhwal Himalayas among one of the major treks of the region. Kausi Pass trek offers fascinating sights of the natural beauty of the place. The trail was discovered by Lord Curzon during the British Rule in the country. Some of the most stunning views of peaks like Trishul, Kamet Chuakhaba and the majestic Nanda Devi can be witnessed during this trek.
11. Valley of Flowers
This is at an altitude of 3,600 m above the sea level surrounded by snow-clad mountains. As the name suggests this is a valley dotted with stretches of colorful flowers is also recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Hundreds of flowers in this valley bloom for three months every year. It houses around 300 species of flora also supporting a large number of rare and endangered flower species and medicinal plants. You may get to spot the blue sheep (bharal), musk deer, Himalayan bear, Himalayan mouse hare, and snow leopard while on the trek apart from coming across many butterflies.
12. Brighu Lake
This is a lake sitting on the high elevation to the east of Rohtang Pass. This is among the cold lakes in Kullu Valley, which is highly appropriate for families as well as beginners. Highlighting features of this trek is that you can experience snow during the drek, achieve an amazing elevation of 14,000 feet, and will wake up in the picturesque landscapes offered by the region. It is at a distance of 14 km from Gulaba and popular for trekking in Manali. You shall pass through greenfield lands, clear streams, and welcoming apple plantations.
13. Har Ki Dun Trek
The trek will take you through some of the enchanting forests of alpine forests, one of the most ravishing valleys, offering you an extraordinary view of surrounding mountains. The valley is scattered with Himalayan flowers and packed with thrilling wildlife. With an essence of vast meadows and the invigorating aroma of scented flowers, the trek through this Garhwal Mountains is a delight. You may even encounter deers and bores as you stroll to the euphoric Har Ki Dun Pass. Witness charming landscapes of prairie and snowflakes, frozen glaciers of Jaundhar and Swargarohini as you trek through.
14. Sandakphu Trek
This is a popular trek at an altitude of 11,941ft in the Darjeeling district of West Bengal. It is known to be ‘Trekkers Wonderland’ will take you through different picturesque locations that were untamed until now. You will also catch the glimpse of the Everest, Kanchenjunga, Lhotse, and Makalu and come across a diverse range of flora and fauna. This is considered the highest peak of West Bengal, the trail lies along the border of India and Nepal. You will also get to see Three Sisters and few other peaks of Nepal, Sikkim, Tibet, and Bhutan in one single stretch of snow. The Sandakphu Trek is definitely one of the best treks in the Himalayas, India for beginners.
15. Brhmatal Trek
This is a wonderful blend of challenges and the picturesque beauty making it one of the sought after treks in the Himalayas. This starts from Kathgodam taking you to some of the most amazing locations of Kumon Himalayas of Uttarakhand. You will reach up to 12,100 feet approximately within 22 KMs with this trek witnessing beautiful landscapes and sprawling forests. The trek shall lead you to the frozen lake of Brahmatal.
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