Himalayas or the Great Himalayas is a mountain range in Asia. Himalayas has so many mountain ranges in it like, the Dhauldhars, Pir Panjal, Garhwal, and many more. The Himalayas are spread across 5 countries India, Bhutan, Nepal, China, and Pakistan.
Himalayas are on the list of every trekker. The best treks are nestled in the laps of Himalayas. One will never feel hot or humid while walking in the Himalayas. The weather and climate always remains cold. So many religious peaks and mountains are also there. Himalayas is also rich in Flora and Fauna. The place is home to many Wildlife Sanctuaries. It is a perfect place for adventure seekers, nature lovers, travelers, tourists, and backpackers.
Here is a list of top 5 famous Himalayan treks that will fill you with thrill and excitement:
- Nag Tibba
The Serpent’s peak or Nag Tibba is a famous winter trek in the Himalayas. The Nag Tibba hill is perched at an elevation of 3,050m in the Nag Tibba range of the Himalayas. It is the highest peak in the Garhwal Himalayas. Nag Tibba range comes among the three ranges The Dhauladhar, Pir Panjal, and Nag Tibba. A trek to the Serpent hill is very popular among beginners. The trek offers rhododendron and deodar forests, ankle-deep snow, and captivating views of the Himalayas.
It is a short trek of 10 km and can be covered in 2 days. After reaching the top, you will enjoy great views of Bandarpooch, Kedarkantha, and Changbang peaks. Camping here offers alluring sunrise, mesmerizing sunsets, and star-glanced nights. This trek is a perfect weekend getaway and offers great Himalayan views. The best and ideal time to do this trek is in winter.
- Brahmatal Lake
Brahmatal is a high altitude alpine lake that is nestled in the Garhwal Himalayas at an elevation of 12,000ft. Brahmatal lake is a popular, challenging, and perfect winter trek. The trek offers captivating views of the peaks like Mt. Trishul, Nanda Ghunti, and close view of Kamet.
The lake gets frozen in winters and all surrounded with snow-covered peaks, dense deodars, and rhododendrons. The trek will take you some quaint villages which are untouched by civilization. You will get a chance to explore the vibrant culture, lifestyles, and hardships of the villagers. Every place has its own story and so many myths and beliefs are present. Walking in ankle or knee-length snow and doing camping near a frozen lake is something that gives goosebumps. Brahmatal is once in a lifetime experience for trekkers. It is a hidden treasure in Uttarakhand that remains snow-covered in winters and green in summers.
Kedarkantha is a high mountain peak that is perched at an elevation of 12,500ft. It is located within the Govind Wildlife Sanctuary. Kedarkantha is one of the famous snow treks in Uttarakhand. The trek is of 23km and offers astounding 360-degree views of the Himalayan snow-covered peaks. With captivating views of Himalayan mountains, lush green landscapes, a variety of flora and fauna, frozen ponds, and alluring views of peaks is something that every trekker desire. The meadows of the area is covered with pristine white snow. Camping at high altitude with all covered with fresh snow will give you an unforgettable experience. The trek starts from Sankri village and you can 13 Himalayan peaks from the Kedarkantha peak. Juda Ka Talab, Kedarkantha, and Hargaon are some of the popular scenic campsites
For snow lovers, Kedarkantha is a perfect pick for you.
- Har ki Dun
Har ki Doon valley is nestled in the Garhwal Himalayas. It is one of the best and popular treks in Uttarakhand. The valley is nestled in the Govind Ballabh National Park at an altitude of 12,000ft. It is also referred to as God’s own valley and is a 27km long trek surrounded by numerous Himalayan Peaks and glaciers. The trek will take you through the wildflowers meadows, charming villages, rich flora and fauna, apple orchards, and a lot more. Har ki Dun Trek offers splendid vistas of the Kala Nag, Bandarpooch, and Swargarohini Peaks. You will walk through the alpine forests of pines and oak during the day and enjoy camping at night by witnessing the most scenic star-studded nights.
Har ki Dun is a moderate trek and requires high strength & stamina.
- Dodital Winter trek
Dodital is a high altitude lake nestled in the high mountains of the Garhwal region. It is the most scenic and beautiful trek in Uttarakhand. Dodital lake is perched at an elevation of 3,310m above sea level. The trek will take you through the dense alpine forests, rich variety of flora and fauna, high grasslands, gushing streams, and lots of beauty. The trek starts from Bhagirathi and offers great views of Himalayan peaks around and the greenery around the lake will make you stay longer. You can also explore the Asi Ganga valley. Camping near the lake will give you a great experience. The lake is also known as Ganesha-katal and considered a sacred lake. The place looks gorgeous in both winters and summers. The lush greenery of the place blooms in the springtime.
If these 5 top Himalayan treks are not in your travel list then add them and enjoy the best of nature and Himalayas together. Plan your next trek in the Himalayas and spend some days in the mountains with peace. Live. Travel. Explore!!