(Last Updated On: August 12, 2017)

The Himalayas are more than just a mountain range. They’re an icon. Home to many of the world’s tallest mountains, they’ve lured explorers from far and wide eager to test their mettle against the might of these show-covered sentinels. It’s not an easy task as anyone who’s tried it will admit but conquering the challenges will leave you with a sense of pride you never had before. Go for the best Himalayan summer treks that we offer you.

There are numerous trekking trails in the Himalayas, some ideal for beginners and amateurs and others worthy of experienced pros. The landscape is incredibly varied though snow and ice are ever present, even if only in patches. The trails can lead past green meadows with horses grazing, barren terrain with a stark beauty, and snowy regions that challenge your trekking skills.

Many of the trails are located in Himachal Pradesh, long known for its pristine natural landscape. Others are situated in Uttarakhand, Jammu & Kashmir and Nepal. Each is unique and offers a different experience. If you’re willing to climb precipitous inclines and navigate your way through narrow paths and rocks, the Stok Kangri trek and the Everest base camp trek could be for you. If you prefer a mix of terrains with moderate difficulty, the Goechala trek and Bara Bhangal should be given a try. Trekkers leaning towards an easy to moderate journey will find the Har ki Doon and Valley of Flowers treks right up their street.

Here are some of the best Himalayan summer treks:

1) Rupin Pass Trek

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The Rupin Pass is a popular trekking destination. The high altitude trail is regularly explored by seasoned trekkers and is often a goal for amateurs. Spanning 52 kms, the trail begins in Dhaula in Uttarakhand and ends at Sangla in Himachal Pradesh. It takes about 8-9 days to complete the trek with a majority of the trail located in Himachal Pradesh.

The trail is favored for including different types of terrain. Although situated at around 15,250 feet, it not only covers snowy regions but meadows, waterfalls and streams. Trekkers pass through the famed Jhaka Village that’s situated on the side of the mountain. Owing to its position, the village appears to hang, giving it a uniqueness that makes for great photo ops. Trekkers can replenish their supplies here before heading out again.

Rupin Pass trek is not an easy one and going early in the season can pose difficulties as many areas are covered by snow and ice. The best time to trek is during August to September when the snow has melted and flowers come into bloom.

Max Elevation: 15,250 feet

Difficulty Level: Moderate to difficult

Best Time/Season: August to September

Location: Himachal Pradesh

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2) Goechala Trek

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Goecha La is more than a mountain pass; it’s a window that looks out at Mt. Kanchenjunga, the third highest mountain in the world. It’s a base camp for mountain climbers looking to scale its majestic peak. It provides views of other Himalayan peaks as well such as Talung, Rathong and Kabru N. At 16,200 feet high, the pass opens up a world of white interspersed with meadows of blooming flowers, rivers and forests. The incredible beauty it has makes it one of the best Himalayan summer treks.

The Goechala Trek is not for the faint-hearted. It’s a tough journey and you need to be willing and able to walk for hours at a stretch. The high altitude can take a toll too, which is why it’s important to be physically fit before undertaking the trip. The trek will take you up steep slopes and through the Kanchenjunga National Park. The trail begins from the town of Yuksom and continues through trekking points including Sachen and Dzongri before reaching Goechala and heading back home.

Max Elevation: 16,200 feet

Difficulty Level: Moderate to difficult

Best Time/Season: End of April to the beginning and middle of June is the best time to trek in summer. Any later and the monsoon makes the trail slippery and dangerous.

Location: Sikkim

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3) Kashmir Great Lakes Trek

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This is a trek that will yield more social media-worthy photos than you’ll know what to do with! Five lakes, each more beautiful than the next, will take your breath away and leave you wondering if you’ve stumbled upon paradise. At different points of the trail, trekkers pass through maple and pine forests, rivers, valleys and hamlets. There are other small lakes that dot the landscape in addition to the great 5.

The Kashmir Great Lakes trek trail stretches for 72 kms and though not as arduous as other treks, it still requires you to be physically fit. There are some challenging climbs and sharp descents that you’ll want to be able to conquer without using up your stamina. As with any high elevation location, altitude sickness can occur and trekkers should be prepared to deal with it.

The trek begins from Sonamarg and continues to Nichnai and Vishansar Lake. From there, it heads to Nichnai Pass or Vishansar Berry before moving to Vishansar Lake and Gadsar Pass, the highest point of the trek. The trail then goes on to Gadsar Lake and the Satsar lakes before leading to Gangabal Twin Lakes.

Max Elevation: 13,800 feet

Difficulty Level: Moderate

Best Time/Season: July to August. Monsoon renders the trail dangerous.

Location: Jammu & Kashmir

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4) Roopkund Trek

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The Roopkund trek is quite possibly the most intriguing and one of the best Himalayan summer treks. It has all the hallmarks of a great trek including picturesque landscapes, marvellous views and challenges at higher reaches. It also has the distinction of being home to hundreds of human skeletons at the glacial lake’s edge.

Although shallow, Roopkund Lake or Mystery and Skeletons Lake draws trekkers from all over the globe eager to get a glimpse of this macabre yet fascinating sight. Research has found that the remains are of victims caught in a violent hailstorm.

The 59-km trek begins from Lohajung and moves up towards Lohajung Pass. It dips to Bedni River and heads to Didna Village, the first base camp. It then continues to forests and comes to Ali Bugyal, the second campsite. The alpine meadow of Ghora Lotani is the next destination. From there, the trail moves to Bhagwabasa, which is completely different with its barren landscape and raw beauty. You’ll finally make your way to Roopkund Lake in the lap of Mt Trishul before moving to Bedni Bugyal. The next day marks the return of your journey.

Max Elevation: 15,700 feet

Difficulty Level: Moderate to difficult

Best Time/Season: May and June are ideal for trekkers looking to up the ante. However, the skeletons are not visible as they’re covered by snow. September to November sees clearer weather with very less snow. The skeletons are visible during this time.

Location: Uttarakhand

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5) Pin Parvati Pass Trek

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Seasoned trekkers can have a tough time finding treks that test their skills. After trekking through so many terrains, it’s not easy to be impressed. However, the Pin Parvati Pass trek has set itself apart for its many challenges including steep inclines, heavy snowfall and rugged landscapes. If you’ve done high altitude treks before and are physically fit, you should certainly give this a try. It will be one of the best Himalayan summer treks you’ve ever taken.

The trekking route covers a range of terrains including marshlands, meadows, forests, cold deserts and glaciers. It’s over 100 kms long and takes about 11 days to complete. At 17,500 feet, the pass takes a lot out of you and should only be attempted if you’ve trekked high elevation trails before.

The trek starts from Barsheni Village, through to Rudranath camp and Khirganga in Parvati Valley. From there it moves to Tunda Bhuj, Thakur Kuan and Mantalai, which is 13,400 feet high. It then goes to Pin Parvati base camp and finally climbs to Pin Parvati Pass before heading down.

Max Elevation: 17,500 feet

Difficulty Level: Difficult

Best Time/Season: June to July

Location: Himachal Pradesh

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6) Deo Tibba Trek

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The Deo Tibba trek is a great choice for beginners and amateur trekkers. It takes you through forests and pastures of the Gaddi shepherds and on to the village of Khanol. The trail leads to Seri and Chandertal Lake with its distinctive crescent shape. The next leg of the trek covers hamlets with temples framed against the lofty Himalayas before ultimately reaching the Deo Tibba base camp.

The trail provides opportunities for short explorations of the glaciers and moraines and takes trekkers through flower-filled meadows and paddy fields. The Beas River accompanies you as you make your way through the trail. Clear views of several mountains are offered including Hanuman Tibba and Rubal Kang.

Although appropriate for beginner and amateur trekkers, the trail does have a few tough obstacles to get through. Nevertheless, it’s less strenuous as those mentioned above so you really don’t have a reason not to go!

Max Elevation: 13,775 feet

Difficulty Level: Easy to moderate

Best Time/Season: May to early October

Location: Himachal Pradesh

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7) Kedarkantha Trek

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Within Govind Wildlife Sanctuary lies Kedarkantha, a mountain peak whose trekking trail draws adventure enthusiasts from all over. The base camp offers panoramic views of the Himalayan range, making it one of the best Himalayan summer treks. Although located at an altitude of 12,500 feet, the trek is considered easy to moderate, giving beginners and amateurs a good opportunity to hone their trekking skills. While it doesn’t require prior experience trekking, it’s important to stay in shape so you don’t tire out halfway on the trail.

The 6-day journey begins from Sankri to Shepherd Camp. The lake pond of Juda-ka-talab offers numerous opportunities for photography. When you’re done taking in the sights, you’ll make your way to Kedarkantha base camp after some steep climbing. This is where you’ll camp for the night and descend to Sankri the next day.

The trek is only about 20 kms long but the route can present some challenges to first-time trekkers. However, the hiccups can be overcome fairly easily, which is why the trail is recommended for trekkers who don’t have a lot of experience in high altitude treks.

Max Elevation: 12,500 feet

Difficulty Level: Easy to moderate

Best Time/Season: Can be trekked any time of the year except during the monsoon

Location: Uttarakhand

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8) Stok Kangri Trek

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At 20,100 feet, Stok Kangri is the highest peak in the Stok range of the Himalayas in Ladakh. Despite drawing novice and experienced trekkers alike, the trekking route is far from easy and requires proper acclimatization owing to its altitude. The trail is a modest 40 kms and takes about 8 days to complete. However, this doesn’t mean just anyone can sail through. Physical endurance is a must and unless you’ve done high altitude treks before, consider giving this one a miss. The weather can change in a heartbeat and make trekking a lot more difficult too.

If you’ve trekked at high elevations before, the Stok Kangri trek is truly worth doing. At such a high altitude, you’re rewarded with spectacular views of the Indus Valley, Zanskar and Karakoram. Small glacial lakes and meadows bursting with colorful flowers greet you as you pass by.

The trail begins in Leh and continues to Stok village, Chiang Mai and Manorma. It moves to base camp and reaches Stok Kangri. Owing to the altitude, several days are set aside for acclimatization throughout the trek.

Max Elevation: 20,100 feet

Difficulty Level: Difficult

Best Time/Season: July to August

Location: Leh, Ladakh, Jammu & Kashmir

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9) Hampta Pass Trek

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The Hampta Pass trek is filled with contrasts and considered by many to be one of the best Himalayan summer treks. The pass resembles a portal into another world, opening up into the deserts of Lahaul before leaving behind the lush greenery of the meadows of Jwara.

The trek is ideal for novices and amateurs alike. What it lacks in challenges it makes up for in beauty. The views are stunning and you’ll be presented with picturesque landscapes every step of the way. If you’re new to trekking or want to add a high altitude trek to your list of achievements, Hampta Pass is where you should begin. It takes about 5 days to cover the 26-km trail. The ascents are gradual and the descents are steep only in a few places.

The trail begins from Manali to Chikka and then to Balu ka Gera. The next campsite is Shea Goru, a lovely green area flanked by rocky moraines. The trail then heads to the small village of Chatru and on to Manali where the trek concludes.

Max Elevation: 14,100 feet

Difficulty Level: Easy to moderate

Best Time/Season: July to the end of September or first week of October

Location: Himachal Pradesh

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10) Bara Bhangal Trek

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The Bara Bhangal trek is ideal for experienced trekkers as the trail covers narrow and rocky paths, high altitude passes and glaciers. Also called the Shepherd’s trail trek, it reveals the raw beauty of Kalihani, the verdant landscape of Lama Dugh and the charming village of Bara Bhangal, an isolated hamlet of the Gaddi tribe with the Ravi River flowing through.

The trek spans 11 to 12 days and stretches for 30 kms. Although not as lengthy as some of the other treks, it requires physical and mental endurance as well as good trekking skills. The trail starts from Manali and goes to picturesque Lama Dugh and Riyali Thach. The Kalihani Pass is the next destination followed by Devi ki Marhi and Dal Marhi. It continues to Bara Bhangal and through the Thamsar Pass before reaching Palchak and heading to Raj Gundha. The path widens and flattens here and ends at Billing.

The Bara Bhangal trek provides fantastic views of mountains like Deo Tibba and Indrasan as well as of Kangra Valley and Manali. Meadows, barren lands and terrace farms dot the trail, giving you something new to marvel at every time.

Max Elevation: 16,000 feet

Difficulty Level: Moderate to difficult

Best Time/Season: Mid May to mid October

Location: Himachal Pradesh

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11) Indrahar Pass Trek

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The Indrahar Pass trek in the Dhauladhar range of the Himalayas is for serious trekkers who have enough experiencing trekking high altitude trails. Extending for 35 kms, it moves through streams and lakes to gorges and deodar forests.

The trail begins at McLeod Ganj and heads to Triund and Kangra. It then goes to Ilaqa Pass and the Lahesh Caves. The next leg continues to Indrahar Pass, which requires a steady and tough uphill climb. After exploring the past, it’s time to head back. The trail moves to Kuarsi and Chamba before continuing to Pathankot.

Although the trek spans around 9 days, a shorter 4-day trek can be done. Instead of going to Kuarsi, you return to Ilaqa Pass and back to McLeod Ganj. Although the duration is cut in half, the ascent to Indrahar Pass can be exhausting. Trekkers need to have sufficient experiencing with high altitude treks in order to be able to attempt the Indrahar Pass trek.

Max Elevation: 14,245 feet

Difficulty Level: Moderate to difficult

Best Time/Season: May to October

Location: Himachal Pradesh

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12) Chanderkhani Pass Trek

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Located in Himachal’s Kullu district, the Chanderkhani Pass offers expansive views of Deo Tibba, the Pir Panjal range and the Parvati range of mountains. The pass is not just a way between Rumsu and Pulag to Malana; it’s believed to have been the meditation site of Saptarishi Jamadagni and holds religious significance for devotees.

Spread over 5 days, the trail starts from the village of Naggar, moves to Rumsu and halts at Stelling for the night. The next day’s destination is the Chikani base camp. Day 3 takes you to the Chanderkhani Pass and down to Nagrani Thatch. The next leg of the trek descends to the ancient village of Malana, which is noted for its distinct culture and way of life. It finally continues to Jari.

The trek can also start from Kasol where it continues to Magic Valley and the Chanderkhani Pass. It then moves to Malana and back to Kasol. Which trail to choose depends entirely on you.

Max Elevation: 12,000 feet

Difficulty Level: Moderate to difficult

Best Time/Season: April or May to November

Location: Himachal Pradesh

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13) Har ki Doon Trek

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The Har ki Doon Valley is a beautiful cradle-shaped hanging valley in the Garhwal Himalayas. It’s surrounded by alpine vegetation and towering snow-capped mountains. The trail is a popular one among trekkers who are just starting out and those who have trekked higher altitude trails. The beauty of the valley is what lures adventurers since the trek itself is not very challenging. Its appeal also lies in the mythology it’s steeped in; legend has it that the Pandavas took this very route on their ascent to heaven.

The 46-km trail can be completed in 7 days. It comes alive during the warm season, making it one of the best Himalayan summer treks. The orchids and rhododendrons bloom and the meadows turn a rich shade of green. The trail also stands out for its proximity to settlements where supplies can be replenished. It starts from Sankri, continues to Taluka and Osla before reaching Har ki Doon and the beautiful Jaundhar Glacier. The trail ends at the Har ki Doon campsite and loops back to Sankri.

Max Elevation: 11,675 feet

Difficulty Level: Easy to moderate

Best Time/Season: May to June

Location: Uttarakhand

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14) Everest Base Camp Trek

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The trek to Everest base camp was usually attempted by adventurers looking to scale the world’s highest mountain. Things have changed today and trekkers regularly undertake the journey even if summiting the mountain is not on the itinerary. The trail is tough and will put your trekking skills to the ultimate test. You should have experience with several high altitude treks before going on this one.

14 days of battling through the infamous Himalayan climate coupled with subzero temperatures and very high altitudes make this trek of the most challenging for many trekkers. Yet, the feeling of accomplishment that sweeps over you when you make it to base camp is unmatched. The trail commences at Lukla, moves to Phakding, Namche, Tengboche and Dingboche. It then continues to Lobuche, Gorakshep and Everest base camp. This isn’t the final stop, however; you’ll ascend to Kala Patthar, which provides the best views of Mt Everest. The trail heads back to Lobuche and down to Lukla.

Max Elevation: 18,192 feet

Difficulty Level: Difficult

Best Time/Season: March to May

Location: Nepal

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15) Valley Of Flowers Trek

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Situated at 12,000 feet, the Valley of Flowers is set in the Valley of Flowers National Park, famed for its endemic flora and home to endangered animals. ‘Discovered’ by mountaineer and explorer Frank Smith in 1931, it soon became a popular destination for nature lovers yearning to glimpse the valley filled with flowers. It’s now thought to be one of the best Himalayan summer treks for many.

Valley Of Flowers Trek is an easy one and ideal for novices. Although it doesn’t present any real challenges, it’s also favored by seasoned trekkers looking to take in the beauty of the valley. The snow-clad peaks and glaciers create a gorgeous contrast and compel you to take out your camera and capture as many memories as possible.

Starting at Haridwar, you’ll travel to Govindghat by car, which is where the trekking begins. The trail leads to Ghangaria and on to the Valley of Flowers, which is a few kilometers away. You’ll return to Ghangaria and move to Hemkund Sahib, a popular Sikh pilgrimage site devoted to Guru Gobind Singh. The trail then goes back to Govindghat.

Max Elevation: 15,190 feet

Difficulty Level: Easy

Best Time/Season: July to September

Location: Uttarakhand

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