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Best Winter Treks in India

Updated: Oct 3, 2021

For trekkers and adventure lovers, winter treks in India have a lot more to offer than just adventure. Treks in the winter season are a bit difficult and in such a situation, the trekkers have to face many challenges. The magnificent Himalayan hills in Uttarakhand and Himachal, two beautiful cities of the country, are very famous among adventure enthusiasts.

Winter Treks in India
Trekkers crossing snowline

There are some special places for trekking in the winter season in India, but even here trekking is done keeping the weather in mind. It is not that you can trek on the Himalayan hills during the entire winter season. There are many beautiful valleys, saugan trees and beautiful waterfalls and small villages in the middle of trekking during winter. During this, all the routes are covered with a sheet of snow.

Let's know about the best winter treks in India

Uttarakhand's mysterious lake Roopkund Lake Trek is quite different from other trekking destinations. Trekking this trek gives a different experience. If you like to face difficulties then this trek is for you. This lake is situated in the lap of snow-clad Mount Trishul mountain. This mountain is 16,499 feet high.

Human skeletons are lying in the middle of the lake which can be clearly seen when the ice melts. This special feature of this lake attracts tourists. There are many oak and rhododendron trees on the way to this trek. The path of this trek will pass through mountains, dunes and dense forests and plains.

Roopkund Lake Trek
Roopkund Lake

Nanda Devi Raj jat yatra ​​is organized every 12th year from Nauti village in Chamoli district. According to the legend related to this journey, when the unique beauty Himalaya (Himwant) daughter Goddess Nanda (Parvati) was going to Kailash with Shiva weeping and struggling, she felt thirsty at one place on the way. Seeing Nanda's dry lips, Shiva looked around, but there was no water anywhere. So, he struck his trident on the ground, causing a fountain of water to burst there. While Nanda was quenching her thirst, she saw a reflection of a beautiful woman in the water, one with Shiva.

If you are interested in Roopkund Trek then you can check the complete itinerary here: Roopkund Trek Itinerary.

2. Kuari pass

Located in the Garhwal Himalayas, Kuari Pass is a very beautiful and spectacular place. If you are new to trekking then Kuari Pass is the right place for you.

Kuari Pass
Kuari Pass Trek

The path of this trek is covered by many beautiful forests which are full of oak and rhododendron trees. The local people come to this area to graze their cattle. Here a beautiful view can be seen in the Himalayan hills. The most beautiful view of the region is visible from the summit of Kuari.

Brahmatal is no less than a priceless treasure in the Himalayan hills. Brahmatal is very popular among trekkers around the world. This trek also has a difficult route to spectacular places that will make your journey memorable.

Located in the Himalayan hills, Brahmatal remains covered with a sheet of snow and trekking here is considered quite difficult.

Brahmatal Trek
Brahmatal Trek

The Brahmatal trek is considered to be the best winter trek in India (Winter Treks in India 2021). Often people keep comparing the Kedarkantha trek and Brahmatal trek. However, both have their own importance.

Brahmatal Trek
Brahmatal Trek

Two seasons are very good for doing Brahmatal Trek Best Time, one is April and May, but the real fun of Brahmatal trek is in winters. Because at this time you get a lot of snow here. If you go between December and February, then you will get to see snow-capped mountains, trekking which will give you a good experience.

Kedarkantha is considered to be the best winter trek in Uttarakhand. During winter thousands of people gather in Sankari village (starting point of Kedarkantha Trek)

Feel the blessings of Lord Shiva at the height of 3800M. Kedarkantha is in the Sankri Region of Uttarkashi district of Uttarakand. This region comes under Govind Wildlife Sanctuary, and if you are lucky then you may get a chance to encounter the flora and fauna of the Himalayas. The Kedarkantha trek is a joy for mountain lovers who need to investigate every bit of the landscape.

Kedarkantha Trek
Kedarkantha Trek

Beginning this trek will be probably the best choice for you as it will take you through the thick blue-cedar backwoods, which will then enter into Bugyals also known as alpine meadows which are covered by a thick layer of fresh snow from December to March. There are camping sites on the way to Kedarkantha like Juda ka Talab, Hargaon and Kedarkantha Base Camp which offer scenic views. ​

Want to know how to do Kedarkantha Trek? Here is the complete itinerary for Kedarkantha Trek: Kedarkantha Trek Itinerary

Har Ki Doon is located in Uttarkashi district and is one of the best trekking in Uttarakhand state, is called the land of God. It is situated in the lap of mountains along the rivers Rupin and Supin, tributaries of the Yamuna river. It is a very inaccessible region located between the upper Himalayas.

When it comes to trekking, Uttarakhand is the best place for trekking in India. Tourists visiting here can admire the natural beauty here. Har Ki Doon is one such amazing trek that has attracted trekkers across the world for decades.

Har ki Dun Trek is located at an altitude of 3556 meters above sea level and is surrounded by cedar forest. The Himalayas Har-ki-Doon, also known as the Valley of the Gods, is a beautiful place to see in the modern era. Tourists visiting here will get a lot of peace as well as feel the beauty of nature. Moving towards Har-Ki-Doon, you will know many such areas of Garhwal, which are very beautiful, while trekking in Uttarakhand, you can feel nature and see some of the most beautiful places in your life.

It is an 8-day long trek, starting from Dehradun and returning to Dehradun, during trekking, trekkers can see five beautiful places in Garhwal including Sankri, Taluka, Osla, Harkidoon and Jaundhar Glacier.

Plan your next trek to Har ki Dun. Know the complete itinerary for Har ki Dun trek: Har Ki Dun Trek Itinerary

6. Hampta Pass

Just get yourself lost in the beautiful valley of the Himalayas. Walk through the lush green meadows and white snow. Go and experience the Hampta Pass trek once in your life. Hampta Trek is one of the best trekking destinations in the Himalayas. Hampta Pass Trek is located near Lahaul in Manali.

Hampta Pass Trek is located between Kullu and Lahaul in Himachal Pradesh. Hampta Trek is one of the best trekking destinations in the Himalayas. Hampta Pass Trek is situated amidst snow-clad mountains. The Hampta trek can be completed in about five days. Manali is the best way to reach Hampta Trek. Buses are also easily available from Manali to Delhi and Chandigarh.

Hampta Pass
Hampta Pass Trek

This trek is situated amidst snow-capped mountains. Hampta Trek can be completed in about five days. Manali is the best option to reach the Hampta Trek. Manali is also easily accessible from Delhi and Chandigarh.

During the trekking of Hampta Pass, you will be exposed to the beautiful valleys of Himachal Pradesh. You can enjoy the picturesque views of the valley. The Hampta Pass is located at an altitude of roughly 4,270 m above sea level. This trekking starts from Kullu and ends at Lahaul.

Hampta Pass
Hampta Pass

Know the complete itinerary here: Hampta Pass Trek Itinerary

Dayara Bugyal is located at an altitude of 3605 meters above sea level in the Uttarkashi region of Uttarakhand. Bhatwari, situated on the Uttarkashi-Gangotri road, from here you can reach this beautiful meadow. To reach Dayara Bugyal, you have to travel about 8 kilometres by trekking from Barsu village, where you can reach by vehicle.

If you are an adventure lover then the Dayara Bugyal Trek is for you.

This green field of grasslands of Dayara Bugyal serves as an outstanding destination for skiing during winters and this bugyal is spread over 28 sq km. This breathtaking place is located amidst high mountains covered with snow. During this memorable trek to Dayara Bugyal in Uttarakhand, you will see the lake of Barnala Tal scattered amongst the green alpine valleys – the reflection of which makes the peaks look even more beautiful.

This winter if you are planning for Dayara Bugyal Trek then here is the complete itinerary to help you out: Dayara Bugyal Trek Itinerary

8. Tungnath - Chandrashila & Deoria Tal Trek

When it comes to trekking in Uttarakhand, no one can miss Tungnath and Deoria Tal Trek. Situated at an altitude of 3680 M, Tungnath is the highest Shiva temple in the world located in Uttarakhand. Tungnath is located on Chandranath Parvat and it is also one of the highest temples of Paanch Kedars.​ With its high altitude and alpine meadows, it is also one of the easiest treks to do. It is located at a distance of 3 KMs from Chopta market (Starting point of the trek).

Chopta is located at an altitude of 2650 M and is home to some of the beautiful Alpine Meadows and Burhansh Flowers. During winters, you will find heavy snowfall in this region and at that time, access to the temple becomes hard. There is a well-laid path to Tungnath and you can easily go to the temple, except during winters, when the area is fully covered with snow.

There is a short trek from Chopta to Tungnath. Tungnath is the highest altitude (3600 m) Shiva temple in the world. It is one of the Panch Kedar which is built on Chandrashila Peak. It is said that this temple is 1000 years old and some stories related to it have also been told in Mahabharata.

Imagine you are walking on grassland of green velvet grass stretching for thousands of feet. There are snow-clad Himalayan peaks just touching your right hand. The sky is changing colour every moment, wherever you look on the ground, give you different types of views, then undoubtedly this world will not look less than a dream. In the foothills of the icebergs, green velvet meadows begin from where the timberline (i.e. tree lines) ends.

Bedni and Ali Bugyal are some of the most beautiful places situated at an altitude of 3,354 metres. There are huge alpine meadows or high altitude grassland near Gwaldam, In the local language, they call it Bugyal. Bugyal is the area between the snow line and the tree line. These Bugyals provide pasture work for the local people and cattle, and a resting place and campsite for shepherds, wanderers and trekking enthusiasts. ⁣ In winter, when white sheets of snow are laid on the velvety grass of summer, Bedni Bugyal becomes the base of skiing and other snow sports. On almost every trekking route of Garhwal, you will find such Bugyal.

Interesting? Check out the complete details and trek itinerary here: Bedni Bugyal Trek Itinerary

10. Pushtara Bugyal

Pushtara Bugyal is one of the unknown heavens in Uttarakhand. You will love camping near an overflowing river and enjoying the morning near lush green meadows. It is among the most comfortable and attractive camping spots on Phulara Ridge Trek. Pushtara Bugyal Trek is located in Mori Tehsil of Uttarkashi district in Uttarakhand at an altitude of 3530m above sea level. You will find many trekking destinations in the Uttarkashi district but when it comes to the beautiful landscape and unknown destinations, Pushtara Bugyal is best among Har Ki Doon, Kedarkantha and Bali Pass. The best time you can visit Pushtara Bugyal is May and June as well as August and September.

The Phulara Ridge Trek is best in providing visitors with the ultimate adventure goal, which is also recognized as a dream destination that people want to see. After a couple of years, Phulara Ridge made its name in the list of best trekking destinations in Uttarakhand during summers, and we are happy that Walking the Himalayas is successfully providing trekking memories to adventure seekers.

During your trek, the 250-degree panorama of snow-capped mountains stays with you! The view almost makes you realize that these mountains are walking side by side as you cross the ridge that makes its way across the landscape. When you look down you will find meadows down on both sides and this is what makes Phulera Ridge a unique experience.

Know the complete itinerary of Pushtara Bugyal Trek: Pushtara Bugyal Trek Itinerary



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