Top 5 Trekking Destinations in India

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“Mountains are the cathedrals where I practice my religion”- Anatoli Boukreev

If it is the same for you, then why don’t you take small small steps up to the world so high and leave a trail where there is not one? Trekking, an internationally acclaimed adventure activity, is one of the best ways to experience natural beauty of a place first-hand. Far away from crowded cities and daily chores, the fascinating mountains clad with snow or pine grooves makes way to witness the unsurpassed pictorial views and feel a different adrenaline rush altogether. Get ready to enjoy a thrilling journey through the mountain passes, green forests, river bodies and cascading waterfalls. With more than hundreds of trekking trails, India is an astounding country for amateur and expert trekkers. A true trekker by heart? Then here is your list of top 5 trekking destinations in India:

1. Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand

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Some rare flowers in Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand

Situated at an altitude of nearly 3,858m, Valley of Flowers became world famous when the British traveller Frank Smith discovered it by chance in 1931. The valley is home to rare species of flowers like Brahmakamal, Blue Poppy and Cobra Lily. Trek to this valley is a moderate one and can be a bit stressful. Nevertheless, once you are done, your eyes will be rewarded with the most captivating views of a colourful valley. Enjoy the fresh aroma of exotic colourful flowers, click beautiful pictures or take a short nap amidst tranquil ambience of the valley.

Trekking Duration: 6/7 days

Difficulty Level: Moderate

Best Season: July to September

2. Chadar Trek, Ladakh

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The thrilling Chadar trek, Ladakh

The most common yet most enthralling of all!! If you wish to get the thrill of adrenaline-rush, then you must choose Chadar trek in Ladakh, which takes along the frozen Zanskar river! The river is situated in Zanskar Valley and records the lowest temperatures during winter months. Be strong by heart before you decide to experience Chadar trek, one of the most exciting and challenging high altitude treks in the world.

Trekking Duration: 9-12 days

Difficulty Level: Moderate to Challenging

Best Season: January to February

3. Great Lakes Trek, Jammu and Kashmir

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Enroute Great Lakes trek, Jammu and Kashmir

Climbing up to an altitude as high as 13,750 feet high, the Great Lakes Trek deserves to be undertaken to experience one of the prettiest treks in the world. It boasts the sight of seven glacial lakes, deep green meadows, alpine forests and many gurgling streams. The journey resumes from Sonmarg in Kashmir and gradually passes through four of the highest altitude lakes in India. The panoramic stretch of snowy Himalayan ranges synchronized by green alpine meadows are vistas to behold till eternity.

Trekking Duration: 8 days

Difficulty Level: Moderate to challenging

Best Season: July to August

4. Kudremukh Hill Trek, Karnataka

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Trekkers at Kudremukh Hills, Karnataka

Kudremukh hills is situated in Karnataka and derives its name from the two Kannada words, ‘Kudre’ (meaning horse) and ‘Mukh’ (meaning face). The shape of the hill resembles the face of a horse. One of the most beautiful treks in the Western Ghats, it offers sights of overflowing streams, dark shola forests, tall and thick bamboo shrubs, brown fallen leaves and rolling green hills. Finally comes the peak, where stormy winds enamour you from four sides.

Trekking Duration: 1 Day

Difficulty Level: Moderate to Challenging

Best Season: November to February

5. Goecha La Trek, Sikkim

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Goecha La trek at Sikkim

The Goecha La trek journey begins at Yuksom, which is situated at an elevation of 5,600 feet in Sikkim. You will walk through dark rhododendron forests, fine-looking Rathong Chu River, beautiful meadows and exotic flowers during this trek. Also, the trek offers breathtaking views of the mighty Kanchenjunga, the 3rd highest mountain in the world. Though the journey is through tremendously tough terrains, but once completed, it promises to leave you astonished with white stunning peaks of Himalayas.

Trekking Duration: 11 Days

Difficulty Level: Moderate to Challenging

Best Season: September to November, March to April

And the list goes on. So get prepared to hike, tramp, camp, march or walk the trodden path. Discover yourself or get rid of the mundane life and breathe in the ethereal beauty our earth beholds.

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