Nestled in the towering mountains of the Himalayas, the North Indian state of Himachal Pradesh is a trekkers’ abode. It doesn’t matter if you are new to the world of trekking, or an accomplished conqueror of tough trails in different parts of the world, the trekking in Himachal Pradesh would leave you spellbound with Himachal’s mystifying natural beauty.
Trekking In Himachal Pradesh
Here are some of the best treks you may opt as a part of your Himachal Tour Package!
1# A Trek to Malana VillageA complete beginner to the world of trekking? If that’s the case, a trek to the Malana Village would be ideal for you! This isolated village in the Parvati Valley is situated at an altitude of almost 10,000 ft. Malana is often regarded as the world’s oldest living democracy.
Its inhabitants claim that their roots go back to Alexander the Great, and they consider themselves superior to almost everyone else. As a result, visitors are requested not to touch the locals and a lot of the local landmarks. Be mindful of where you lay your hands, as any violation usually results in a fine.
- How to Reach: Take an overnight bus to Bhuntar from Delhi. Both buses and taxes are available till Jari. The trek commences from this point.
- Trek Distance: Approximately 12 km.
- Time:5-6 hours
Owing to its distinct culture, we have added this into the trekking in Himachal Pradesh that you may attempt in case cultural variances excite you.
2# A Trek to Triund HillAnother trek for beginners, the trek to Triund Hill can be covered within a day. The climb starts from Mcleodganj, and is a gradual one, but does get a bit steep towards the end. Nevertheless, all the effort is worth it, as you take your steps through a trail that is renowned for its beauty.
Magnificent views of Dharamshala and the Kangra Valley are the highlights of the trek, and if you visit in May, a major part of the trail turns bright red as the rhododendrons begin to bloom. The trek is also popular among wildlife enthusiasts as animals and birds such as black bears, leopards, and Monals can be spotted as you make your way to the top.
- How to Reach: Both government and private buses ply till Mcleodganj from Delhi. The trek starts from McLeodganj.
- Trek Distance: Approximately 9 km.
- Time: 1 Day
Owing to being easy for beginners, we have added Triund to our list of trekking in Himachal Pradesh.
3# A Trek to Hampta PassThe Hampta Pass trek is a major step up from the challenges you would face on either the Malana or the Triund trek but is still considered one of Himachal’s easier treks.
The Hampta Pass connects the Kullu and Spiti Valleys and is an enigmatic transition from the lush green setting of the Kullu Valley to the cold mountain desert landscape that dominates Spiti. And it’s not just a transition of landscape too, as you leave the primarily Hindu Kullu region for Spiti’s Buddhist culture and lifestyle.
Even though this four-day trek isn’t the most physically demanding, if you have hopes of completing treks to peaks of higher altitudes, this would definitely help you adapt!
- How to Reach: Take an overnight bus to Manali from Delhi. The trek starts from Jobra. The Manali to Jobra ride should be a part of your trek itinerary.
- Trek Distance: Approximately 25 km.
- Time: 4 Days
Since some of our readers might have crossed the stage of beginners and might be looking out for treks that are of intermediate difficulties, we have listed Hamta pass trek into the list of trekking in Himachal Pradesh.
4# Chandratal Baralachala Trek
Set amidst the mountain desert landscape of the Spiti Valley, the Chandratal Lake is a joy to behold and marks the beginning of this particular trek. While the three-day trek suggests that it is easier than the Hampta Pass trek, in reality, it is tougher thanks to a higher maximum altitude of 16,043 ft.
As you make your way through the magical landscapes of Chandratal, Tokpo Yongma and Tokpo Gongma to finally reach the Baralachala Pass.
Along the way, you would encounter scenic streams, and snow-capped mountain peaks on almost all sides. This trek spans across two North Indian states, as it kicks off in Himachal Pradesh and ends in Jammu and Kashmir.
- How to Reach: Take a car from Manali to the Chandratal Lake. Start the trek after an overnight stay.
- Trek Distance: Approximately 21 km.
- Time: 3 Days
5# A Trek to the Pin Parvati PassThe Pin Parvati Pass connects the Parvati Valley in the Kullu District to the Pin Valley in the Spiti region. Many mountaineers regard the Pin Parvati Pass trek as one of the toughest treks in Himachal Pradesh. The pass is situated at an altitude of approximately 17,500 ft. and this means you need to be in great shape in order to make it to the finish line. The first few days of the trek, which sees trekkers climb through Kheerganga, Tunda Bhuj and Thakur Khan, is mostly through lush green forests and meadows, accompanied by the magical sound and glimpses of the ever-flowing Parvati River. En route the Pin Parvati Pass, you would pass the origin of the Parvati River, the magnificent Mantalai Lake. Onwards from Mantalai, the landscape changes from almost all green to almost all white, as the ice takes over.
- How to Reach: Take an overnight bus from Delhi to Bhuntar, followed by a 4-hour car or bus journey to Barshaeni, from where the trek starts.
- Trek Distance: 100+ km.
- Time: 11 Days
A trek in Himachal Pradesh is sure to make your Himachal tour package a memorable one. Go ahead, and trek along any of the aforementioned routes as soon as possible !
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