Trekking Himalaya – List of 50 Top Treks

classic manaslu trek

Amongst the potent world’s mountain ranges, Asia is the abode of the largest, highest, and most inhabited mountain system – Himalayas. This mountain system is comprised of series of mighty ranges and is home of the highest mountain ranges in the world. The gigantic mountain range is believed to have formed between 40 and 50 million years ago. This Hindu-Kush-Himalaya mountain string extends over 3,500 kilometer across the countries of Pakistan, China, India, Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh, covering an area of about 43 lakh km2. The Himalayas, the hidden kingdom of Gods, is an enchantment terrain of the nature where the splendour of the world’s highest mountains is mirrored in the craggy beauty and unique and deeply spiritual culture of the people who live in their silhouette.  Stay tuned if you want to know more about trekking himalaya and check out 50 best Himalaya treks spread across India, Pakistan, Nepal & Bhutan.

The Himalayas of NEPAL:

Owning nine of the world’s fourteen highest mountain peaks, Nepal is a true place for trekking in Himalaya. The Himalayas cover three fourths of the land in Nepal. It is home to some of the maximum, remotest, and most rugged and difficult trekking terrains in the world. The loftiest peak in the world – Mount Everest  and other high peaks like Lhotse, Nuptse, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and Manaslu, and the exquisitely beautiful trekking routes, attract hundreds of thousands of people from all over the world to this divine Himalayan destination.

1. The Extravagant Everest Base Camp Trek: 

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Everest Base Camp

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Everest Base Camp Trek is a famous challenging trek in Khumbu, Nepal. Mount Everest soars above the Khumbu, andis possibly the most iconic pictogram of challenge and adventure on Earth. The trek to Everest is famous for its lofty mountain peaks, the vast glaciers, and finely honed ridgelines of the Everest Himalayas, home of the world’s highest peaks. The Everest region is one of the most admired destinations for tourists in Nepal and of course, definitely not for people with altitude sickness! Many of the routes to the mountains are arduous, yet portray a quaintly mosaic vista in verdant meadows beneath the soaring peaks. Above Namche, the air grows thinner and the cultivation is meager as the towering peaks of Kantenga, Ama Dablam, Cholatse, Lhotse, Nuptse, and eventually Everest, loom above.

Altitude: 8848 m

Duration: 18 to 22 days

Difficulty Level: Extremely Strenuous

Best Season: February to June and September to mid November

 2. The Daunting Dolpo Traverse of Nepal:

dolpo trek

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The Great Himalaya trek is a network of electrifying treks and trails which together form one of the longest and highest walking trails in the world. Dolpo is a high altitude region in the mid-western Nepal and had been isolated from the world till 1990. Dolpo-pa , the original Tibetan inhabitants of Dolpo, are thought to have settled here over two thousand years ago. It was a forbidden land with an authentic Tibetan culture largely unchanged. It passes through the lush green valleys, parched high plateaus, magnificent landscapes and raw beauty of the land and innocence of the people. The journey dominates several high- passes into the seemingly endless remote villages, truly an unprecedented adventure. One will be thrilled to encounter nomads and yak caravans on the way and the whole trekking is a true delight.

Altitude: 5093m

Duration: 24 to 27 days

Difficulty Level: Moderate

Best Season: March to May and September to October

3. Classic Manaslu Circuit Trek, Nepal – A classic Himalaya Trek:

classic manaslu trek

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The Classic Manaslu Circuit is known for its isolated and most challenging trek, and is the eighth tallest mountain in the world at an altitude of 8163m from the sea level crossing Larkya La pass. The journey passes through one of the splendid mountain panorama, culturally fascinating vicinity of ancient Buddhist monasteries and undeniably challenging passes. This high altitude valley is one of those “Clandestine Lands” of pristine Himalayan ranges and definitely appeals to anybody who is looking for an audacious trek.

Altitude: 8163m

Duration: 22 to 24 days

Difficulty Level: Moderate

Best Season: October to May

 4. The legendary Nar and Phu valleys of Nepal:

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Nar Phu Valley Trek

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Concealed by the eddy mountain mist from Kangla pass is the magnificent vista of Nar and Phu valleys of Annapurna circuit which was forbidden till early 21th century. Trekking the Annapurna circuit and the conduit leads over to the Maryland River to the sheer porches of the Nar and Phu valley system open up to a huge span of high snow-peaks, ancient and ethnically Tibetan villages and high altitude grazing settlements. These culturally enriched valleys are the remotest part of the circuit and are virtually untouched. The trek is only for authentically Himalayan addicts as the Kang La pass is physically taxing but the remote villages offer to explore the unexplored!

Altitude: 5416 m

Duration: 23 to 27 days

Difficulty Level: Easy

Best Season: March to May and September to October

 5. The Sacred Tsum Valley of Nepal:

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Tsum Valley

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Set alongside the majestic ,milieu of the Ganesh and Boudha Himal ranges in the northern Gorkha district of Nepal, Tsum Valley seems solely serene and carries history of ancient Himalayan civilization styles; culture, art, tradition,  mores and thinking. As you reach the first settlement in Upper Tsum, you instantly feel as though you have been elated to another world. This forgotten corner of the world, Tsum valley was opened to trekkers in 2007 and very few foreigners have made it to the top of this magical valley close to the Tibetan border. The highest pass here is Ngula Dhojhyag (5093 m). The area is home to fauna such as blue sheep, yaks, naks and chauris.

Altitude: 1905m

Duration: 18 to 22 days

Difficulty Level: Easy

Best Season: March to May and October to December

[Also check out trekking tour to Kashmir Great Lakes]

 6. Langtang Valley - The Valley of Glaciers:

Langtang is a narrow valley lying in the southern part of Tibet that lies between the main Himalayan ranges to the north and range of snowy gigantic peaks to the south. This region is considered the Nepal’s third largest trekking locale and is rightly called ‘the Valley of Glaciers’. The trek throws in ample amount of opportunity to explore the ethnic Tamang villages, to climb small peaks and to see the glaciers at a relatively lower altitude. Once you reach the valley, the mountain panorama looks exceptionally gorgeous. The Langtang trek also offers to get a glimpse of some of the oldest monasteries, vibrant Tibetan Buddhist culture and plenty of yak herds on the alpine meadows.

Altitude: 7246m

Duration: 12 to 16 days

Difficulty Level: Easy

Best Season: April to May and October to November

 7. The picturesque ranges of Annapurna Circuit:

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Annapurna Circuit

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Annapurna circuit is a major trek route in the west of Nepal. The circuit traverses one of the most implausible mountains and glaciers of the Annapurna Conservation Area. The Annapurna circuit is popular as it allows the trekkers to pass through various terrains, from jungle to high alpine, and passes through villages dominated by Tibetan Buddhist culture and through the world’s deepest gorge of about 8,000-plus meter peaks. At one point, trekkers even have the opportunity to look into the greatly restricted Mustang Region, which extends all the way into Tibet itself. The trek also goes through Buddhist villages and Hindu holy locales, most notably the village of Muktinath, a holy site for both Buddhists and Hindus, and Braga, one of the oldest monasteries in the region.

Altitude: 5300m 

Duration: 21 to 25 days

Difficulty Level: Moderate

Best Season: March to May and October to November

 8. The Mighty Mt. Kanchenjunga Trek:

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kanchenjunga Circuit

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Mt. Kanchenjunga trek, a journey through wild high-mountain terrain is said to be a long and challenging walk and has been portrayed as the finest Himalaya trekking route in Nepal. The trek goes deep into the secluded mountain ranges of Nepal’s border with Sikkim and Tibet, in the vicinity that is less accessible than the Khumbu or Annapurna’s.  The track explores the environs around Kanchenjunga, the third highest mountain in the world. You will get to experience the Nepalese culture and life-style from Rai and Limbus to Tibetan Buddhist villages.  The mighty rivers flowing down from the Himalayas offer top-notch rafting opportunities, and the terrain with jungle reserves that shelter some of Asia’s most exotic wildlife is indeed breathtaking.

Altitude: 8586m

Duration: 15 to 17 days

Difficulty Level: Moderate

Best Season: April to June and October to December

 9. The Majestic Lhotse Trek:

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Lhotse Trek

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Lhotse at 8511 metres, is the fourth highest mountain in the world, reputed to be Nepal’s “easiest” 7000 metre peak. The Lhotse route follows the Everest route to above the Yellow Band, then splits off to Lhotse Camp 4. Lhotse is a stiff climb, more difficult than Cho Oyu.

Altitude: 8511m

Duration: 21 to 25 days

Difficulty Level: Moderate to strenuous

Best Season: April to May and Late September to October

 10.   The Serene Grander of Helambu and Langtang Valleys:

Helambu trek is popular among the trekkers for its scenic grander and sympathetic climate. The serene Buddhist monasteries, the enchanting landscapes and local traditional culture plug in to one’s heart. Located about 72 kilometers northeast of Kathmandu, it extends from north of Taramarang to the trek limit of the Gosainkunda Lake and lower slopes of Jugal Himal. The Helambu circuit is one of the most convenient short treks close to Kathmandu and is moderately a low altitude trek. The original inhabitants are chiefly Tamang with Sherpa people dwelling in the higher villages of Melamchi Gaon, Tarkegyang and Sermathang. Beyond Hemalu traverse a mountain pass through the lakes of Gosainkunda opens out into the valley of Langtang. Gosainkunda Lake is situated at an altitude of 4380m and is a sacred valley for Hindus.

Altitude: 4300m

Duration: 11 to 14 days

Difficulty Level: Easy

Best Season: March to May and September to November

11. The Solitaire Kathmandu Valley Trek, Nepal:

Many visitors who make it up to Nepal leave for the mountains a little too hurriedly and never enjoy the affluence closer at hand! Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal, offers ample amount of opportunity for short treks along the rims of Kathmandu Valley and tendering the view of snow-capped mountains and typical Nepali countryside life and ethnicity.  Hiking here is one of the most fascinating activities on one’s to-do list.  As the trail passes through Shivapuri, one can see the western mountains of Manaslu, Boudha Himal, Ganesh Himal, Langtang, Dorjeelakpa, Shisapangama and Gaurishankara mountain ranges. One can get to see the dazzling sunrise and sunset along the glorious mountains and Nagarkot (2020m) is the best vantage point for mountains and sunrise views.

Altitude: 2100m

Duration: 4 to 7 days

Difficulty Level: Easy

Best Season: March to May and October to November

12. The Rarest of the rare – The Rara Lake Trek:

Hiking in the magnificent Rara Lake trail on the north-western of Nepal offers the best panorama. Rara Lake is 28 kilometers to the North of Jumla and in the vicinity one can find the Rara National Parks, the smallest park in Nepal, where in turn the country’s largest lake, the Rara Lake can be found is hovering on a high ledge on the northern flank of Ghurchi Lekh. Rara National Park flourishes in coniferous forest and is the perfect habitat for the musk deer, Himalayan black bear and other faunae. The serene ambiance is enhanced by the reflection of Ghurchi Lekh in its azure waters. The trek is very much “offbeat” and affords glimpses of ethnicity and quaint villages very different from the rest of the country.

Altitude: 2980 m

Duration: 11 to 14 days

Difficulty Level: Moderate

Best Season: February to Early December

 13. Humla - The Hidden Himalayan Expedition:

Humla, a world in itself, continues to be at a tempo untouched by the world, is a part of Karnali Zone, a landlocked country of South Asia. The Northern part of Humla District is inhabited by Buddhists, originating from Tibet, whereas the South is mostly colonized by the Hindus. Beautiful, blissful, holy, all but forgotten by the rest of the world, is the isolated territory of Humla which offers vistas that are boundless and eternally beautiful. Accessing Humla is perilous, but for those who survive the journey is blessed with beguiling vista and can get to see few of the oldest monasteries of about 400 to 1000 years old! Humla is the newest trekking route into Nepal’s least-visited region and is certainly an incredibly stimulating heroic Himalayan experience.

Altitude: 5630m

Duration: 17 to 21 days

Difficulty Level: Moderate

Best Season: : Late April to Late October

 14.   Espying the Upper Mustang Trek:

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Upper Mustang

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Mustang is one of those few places in the world that has survived a very close-niche life and that region was, until recently, was a forbidden land for outsiders. This isolation helped the people of Mustang to preserve their lifestyle and heritage that remained almost untouched for centuries. Hidden behind the majestic Himalayan ranges, Mustang is filled with beautiful trekking zones. The high desert rain shadow region of Himalayas receives scanty rainfall making this region dry and parched, similar to the bordering Tibetan Plateau.  The Lo Manthang, capital of Upper Mustang, lies in the remote Himalayan desert behind the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna Mountain Ranges, is an antique Tibetan village, with rare medieval Buddhist arts and exotic culture.

Altitude: 4010m

Duration: 18 to 20 days

Difficulty Level: Extreme Strenuous

Best Season: March to November

 15.   The Pallid Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek:

Dhaulagiri

Dhaulagiri

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Dhaulagiri is the seventh highest mountain in the world,  and is one of the most difficult treks of Himalayan expedition. This extraordinary route was first discovered by the 1950, following Marsyangdi Khola towards west. The route, roofed with snow and glacier, passes by French pass into the Hidden valleys, and then into the high passes and rivers of Kali Gandaki and Bheri and travers the best panorama of Annapurna and other 14 lofty peaks.  This seldom itinerary starts in Pokhara and leads, through rice-terraces, up to Beni and farther up through the charming villages of Tibetan culture along the Myagdi Khola, to the very heart of the Dhaulaghiri massif. Dhaulagiri factually means ‘White Mountain’ which authenticates a magnificent peak rising as a giant shoulder of impeccable ice and snow.

Altitude: 8167m

Duration: 26 to 28 days

Difficulty Level: Extremely Strenuous

Best Season: March to May and September to November

 16. Cho Oyu Trek – The Turquoise Goddess Trek:

Cho Oyu Trek

Cho Oyu Trek

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Cho Oyu, as suggested “The Turquoise Goddess” is proudly the sixth highest mountain in the planet which is situated a concise distance towards the west from the world’s highest mountain, the Everest and the fourth highest – the Lhotse within the Khumbu area of Eastern Nepal along the Tibetan border. It is one of those lofty peaks in the vicinity of the world’s highest peak – the Everest and other soaring mountains. This trek trail has been an acquainted milestone to hikers climbing Everest’s north confront.

Altitude: 8201m

Duration: 21 to 25 days

Difficulty Level: Moderate to Strenuous

Best Season: April to September

 17. The imperially Royal Trek of Nepal:

Down the foothills of Annapurna circuit, north of the Pokhara valley, is the Royal Trek route, a short trek following a shrub like path. It was so-named because HRH Prince Charles and his 90 person entourage had explored this route in the early eighties. This Royal Trek endows the opportunities for evocative cultural experiences with the diverse mix of people and culture that inhabit this region. The itinerary of Royal trek begins in the dazzling lakeside city of Pokhara passes through beautiful Gurung hamlets. The stunning views of the eloquently built hillside rice terraces, and the glorious Annapurna range, Machapuchhre [fishtail] and the Langtang Mountain views presents a perfect picture of uniqueness and allowing us the opportunity to immerse in the traditional lifestyles of the tribes whose ancient spiritual practices and mores have remained unchanged for thousands of years.

Altitude: 1760m

Duration: 8 to 10 days

Difficulty Level: Easy

Best Season: March to May and October to November

18. The picturesque holy lakes of Panch Pokhari:

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Panch Pokhari Trek

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Moderately easy, but a high altitude trek to the holy lakes of Panch Pokhari are one of those many unexplored and unidentified trekking routes in Nepal waiting to be discovered. The trek follows a ridge track most of the way, which sheds out to a quite sturdy ascend in altitude in a short period of time. , Panch Pokhari area is one of the new and unspooled trekking destinations in Nepal that is named after 5 holy ponds of great religious significance in the north-eastern part of Sindhupalchowk district and is a famous Hindu pilgrimage site in Nepal. The trail offers picturesque vista, pristine Himalayan distinct villages and nature.

Altitude:  4200m

Duration: 12 to 15 days

Difficulty Level: Moderate

Best Season: October to May

The Himalayas of INDIA:

The Indian Himalayan Regionis a mountain range that spans across ten states of India namely, Jammu Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttaranchal, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura
as well as the hill regions of two states – Assam and West Bengal. The region is the major source for many rives, providing water to a large part of the Indian subcontinent and contains varied flora and fauna. It is also the home of massive mountain system that includes the Karakoram, the Hindu Kush, and other lesser ranges that extend out from the Pamir Knot.

19.   The Mesmerizing Markha Valley Trek, India:

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Markha Valley

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Trekking along the Markha River through ‘Little Tibet’, one of the world’s highest inhabited plateaus, which are secluded for months by snow of Ladakh and Zanskar ranges, remains one of the best places to experience the unique culture of the High Himalayas. Traversing the Ganda La and the Markha River, hiking through canyons, barley and mustard fields and picturesque Ladakh villages marks indelible impressions on one’s hearts.  Exploring the gloriously illuminated peaks, one can enjoy incredible vista of the Karakorum, the Himalaya and Tibet.

Altitude: 5150m

Duration: 12 to 15 days

Difficulty Level: Moderate

Season: June to October

 20The Frozen River Trek of Ladakh - Chadar Trek:

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Chadar Trek

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Walking on the frozen river of Zankar is an ultimate experience for every adventure lover. As the traditional name of the trek implies “Chadar Trek” – the frozen sheet, which is the only feasible way out for the inhabitants of the region during winter as the all other routes, are closed due to heavy snowfall.  Now the route is popular among the adventure trek and this trek permits you to penetrate into this secluded region of Ladakh to catch a glimpse of the lifestyle and ethnicity of people. The average temperature of the region in winters remains almost -15 to -20 during daytime and -25 to -30 during night.

Altitude: 3850m

Duration: 17 to 21 days

Difficulty Level: Extreme Strenuous

Best Season: January to March

21. The Striking Stok Kangri Trek:

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Stok Kangri

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Stok Kangri, the shapely Ladakhi capital of Leh, is prominent mountain range on the southern lane. Ladakh is the most remote region of India, a desolate, almost rainless region which lies north of the Himalayas and area known geologically as the Tibetan plateau. Trekking in Ladakh is the most gratifying and fantastic opportunity due to its high altitude terrains.

[Apart from Himalayas trails around Bangalore are also popular among trekking enthusiasts]

Leh, the capital city and administrative capital of the Ladakh district offers ancient monasteries, colorful markets, deserted royal palace and interesting Hindu and Buddhist encounters.  Traversing across Ladakh region brings in magnificent views over Zanskar Mountains and across the Karakoram snow capped peaks with fantastic Tibet panorama in the distance.

Altitude: 6153m

Duration: 11 to 13 days

Difficulty Level: Easy

Best Season: June to October

 22. The Glorious Goecha La Trek:

Goecha La Trek

Goecha La Trek

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Goecha La is a high mountain pass in Sikkim, in the Himalaya range towards the southeast face of Kanchenjunga, the world’s third highest mountain. The virtual road ends at an altitude of 1770 meters from where the trek to Goecha La starts in Yuksom. Sachen, Bakkhim, Tshoka, Phedang, Dzongri, Kokchurong, Thansing and Lamuney are the vital places to look out for. The trek proceeds through dense verdant forest, entering bugyals, and ends in rocky terrain. The trek is highlighted by the presence of rhododendrons of various colors during the month of May.

Altitude: 4940m

Duration: 12 to 15 days

Difficulty Level: Moderate

Best Season: March to May

 23. The holy Kinner Kailash Circuit Trek:

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kinner kailash

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Trekking in Kinner is the optimum venture in Himacahl Pradesh. Kinner, bounded by the Tibet to the east in the northeast corner of Himachal Pradesh, is an elegant district that embraces three of the world’s majestic mountain ranges – the Zanskar, the Greater Himalaya and the Dhauladhar.  Mount Kinnaur Kailash has religious connotation for a massive “SHIVA LINGAM”- the symbol of Lord Shiva which is a 79 feet vertical rock formation and considered one of the mythical abodes of Lord Shiva. In the ancient mythology, the inhabitants of Kinnaur are known as Kinners, the halfway between men and gods. Thousands year old monasteries still exist in the area.

Altitude: 6500m

Duration: 12 to 16 days

Difficulty Level: Moderate to Strenuous

Best Season: July to October

[Check Out the Other Trekking Destinations in Himachal]

24. Pin Parvati Valley – Discovering The Valley of Gods:

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Pin Parvati Pass Trek

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The awe-inspiring journey from High altitude Deserts to the flourishing greenery and monsoon swept slopes of the Himalayan foothills was discovered in 19th century by an English explorer. The Pin Parvati Valley, also known as ‘Valley of Gods’, is cuddled up between the Dhauladhar and Pir Panjal ranges, and is located in the cold desert region of the Spiti valley. The trek passes through lush pine forests, wild flowers and dramatic barren landscape. This region is covered with heavy snow for most of the year. The path to the pass is tough not just because of the altitude but also since it involves a long journey beyond habitation.

Altitude: 5319m

Duration: 13 to 17 days

Difficulty Level: Moderate to Strenuous

Best Season: June to October

 25. The Serene HemKund & Valley of Flowers:

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Valley of Flowers

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The beautiful valley of flowers situated at an altitude of 3650m is the ecstasy of nature lovers. As suggested by its name, the valley is exceptionally affluent in its extensive variety of flowers. River Pushpawati gushes through the lush valley that teems with. It is said that there are about 520 species of flowering plants and hence this place was declared a national Park in 1982. The animals such as Himalayan black bears, Musk deer, Brown bears, and a rich diversity of birds and butterflies are found in abundance. The sacred lake of Hemkund, a significant pilgrimage of Sikhs and Hindus, lies near the Valley of Flowers. The blissfully looking holy Gurdwara near the lake’s edge is visited by large number of pilgrims from all over the world.

Altitude: 3853m

Duration: 9 to 13 days

Difficulty Level: Easy

Best Season: May to October

 26. Tranquility at the feet of river Ganges – Gangotri- Gaumukh- Tapoban:

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Gaumukh Gangotri glacier

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The sanctified river Ganges is the most sacred river in the Hindu religion and its source is at Gomukh on the Gangotri glacier. Gomukh is one of the holiest places for Hindus and people across the world come here to witness the birth of Mother Ganga. The trek takes you to Gomukh which literary means cows mouth, the legendary source of the River Ganges. This peaceful and surreal land offers spectacular vista of Mt. Shivling and the Bhagirathi group of mountains, and can be reached after an 18 km trek from Gangotri.

Altitude: 4463m

Duration: 9 to 13 days

Difficulty Level: Moderate

Best Season: May to October

 27. Boundless Nanda Devi Expedition:

Nanda-Devi

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Nanda Devi, the second highest peak in the Indian Himalayas, is boasted to have one of the most beautiful peaks in the world. Nanda Devi, that holy mountain, second only in holiness to Kailas, the abode of the Gods, is one of the most important commercial centers with bustling society inclined to Tibetan culture. The Nanda Devi Sanctuary located in the Garhwal Himalayas is surrounded by the ashen snow-clad mountains. Ronti, Nanda-Devi, Nanda-Ghunti and Bethartoli Himal, Hanuman are mountains in the vicinity.

Altitude: 4268m

Duration: 10 to 13 days

Difficulty Level: Moderate

Best Season: June to October

 28. Dodital - The Mythological Lake of Himalayas:

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Dodital

Dodital is a beautiful lake associated with mythological history at the backdrop of impeccable beautiful Darwa Bugyal. Dodital is said to be the birth place of Lord Ganesha and is said to have witnessed the beheading of the deity by Lord Shiva. This lake is about three kilometer in circumference and is the source of River Asi Ganga that merges with the River Bhagirathi near Gangotri. “Dodi” is the local name of this lake and is a freshwater lake with enticing trout pool. Huge number of trout floats in the lake, hence the name Dodital.

Altitude: 4150m

Duration: 6 to 8 days

Difficulty Level: Moderate

Best Season: May to October

 29. The Majestic Khatling Glacier:

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khatling Glacier

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The Khatling glacier, the incredibly beautiful glacier, is the source of the river Bhilangana. Sahasratal and Masartal are on the west and east of it respectively. The Valley of Bhilangana is one of those places that excite every photography lover offering a panoramic view of majestic snow capped peaks and hanging glaciers. Jogin group, Kirtistambha and Meru are sublime and magnificent. The entire trek traverses through lush thick forests and beautiful green meadows in the beginning and later, it crosses two passes which are very treacherous and negotiates glaciers and a snow patch.

Altitude: 4200m

Duration: 12 to 14 days

Difficulty Level: Moderate

Best Season: May to October

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 30. The Inexplicable Lake of Roopkund:

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Roopkund Lake

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Roopkund is situated in Chamoli district of Garhwal, in the lap of Trishuli massif. Deep virgin forests, gurgling rivulets, breath-taking campsites and miles of surging meadows gratify the soul of great adventure as he climbs 5029m from the sea level. The lake is usually called the ‘Mystery Lake’, since human skeletons and remains of horses from the Paleolithic age are found here. This place is covered by strewn glacier and snow clad peaks.

Altitude: 5029m

Duration: 7 to 9 days

Difficulty Level: Moderate

Best Season: May to October

 31. The Mesmerizing Trek of Garhwal Mountains - The Kuari Pass Trek:

The Kuari pass  is the best trek in the Garhwal Mountains of Uttarakhand and can be done by people of average fitness levels. The trek takes you through thriving green fields, isolated villages and virgin forests. The Gohna Tal Lake is one of the delights on the route. The view of Mt. Nanda Devi, the beloved mountain goddess, along with many other fascinating peaks is the reward that waits on the trail to the Kunwari pass.

Altitude: 4575m

Duration: 9 to 12 days

Difficulty Level: Moderate

Best Season: April to mid June  and mid August to September

 32. The Perfect Panchachuli Base Camp Trek:

Panchachuli Base camp trek is one of the most exhilarating base camps in the gazebo. Snuggled in the lap of the snow clad peaks of Panchachuli, the Darma valley in Pithoragarh district is bestowed with copious grandeur of panoramic beauty. The trek route flourishes splendid blend of riveting vista, snowcapped mountains, voluble streams, alpine meadows and a rich diversity of flora & fauna. The Himalayas foothills are simply the perfect place to escape and just experience the authentic adventure!

Altitude: 4260m

Duration: 7 to 10 days

Difficulty Level: Moderate

Best Season: May to October

 33Engrossing Milam Glacier of the Kumaon:

The trek to the Milam Glacier in the district of Pithoragarh is amongst the best of treks and takes one through remote areas with breathtaking panoramas, is about 28 km long, the biggest glacier of the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand. Situated on the south-facing slope of the Himalayan range, Milam Glacier originates from the slope of Kohli and Trishul peaks. It is the source of the Milam River and a tributary of the Pindar River.

Altitude: 4150m

Duration: 13 to 15 days

Difficulty Level: Moderate to Strenuous

Best Season: June to October

 34The Soft Adventure of Pindari Glacier:

Pindari Glacier, the most effortlessly accessible glacier in the Kumaon region, has a beauty of its own. This glacier is situated between the holy Nanda Devi and Nanda Kot mountains; Pindari is a massive glacier of almost 3 kilometer in length and 0.25 kilometer in breadth. This Glacier is the source of river Pindar and gushes down to converge into the river Alaknanda. The path to the glacier traverses along the southern wilderness of the Nanda Devi Sanctuary offering stunning purview of peaks like Panwali Dwar and Maiktoli. This “Soft Adventure” trek can amply reward you by the magnificence and grandeur of the towering Himalayas.

Altitude: 3990m

Duration: 11 to 13 days

Difficulty Level: Easy

Best Season: May to October

 35. Kafni Glacier -The hidden gem of Himalaya:

Kafni Glacier

Kafni Glacier

Source: http://www.en.wikipedia.org

The picturesque beauty and the harmony prevailing in the vicinity of Kafni Glacierare supremely charming. The Kafni Glacier lies left of the Pindar Valley south of the famous peak of Nanda Kot. Kaphini Glacier is 12 km from Dwali via Byali Udiyar, which is at a distance of 8 km from Dwali. Nandakot and Nandabhnar are the main Himalayan summits visible from the glacier. This glacier is an abode of diversely rich flora and fauna.

Altitude: 3892m

Duration: 9 to 11 days

Difficulty Level: Easy

Best Season: May to October

 36Padam – Darcha Valleys - Abode of Snow:

Amongst the most outstanding high altitude treks witnessed in northeast corner of India, Padam – Darcha is the enthralling trek with thriving Buddhist cultures. The route to this trek was fashioned just a few decades ago, mainly for military reasons. This high altitude trek is bounded by lofty mountains and high passes and the valleys of Zanskar are feasible only during summers. The trek traverses through the attractive unspooled peaks, prefect townships and homespun populace.

Altitude: 4950 m

Duration: 9 to 12 days

Difficulty Level: Easy

Best Season: June to October

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37. Hiking the Hemis – Nimaling Plateau of Himalaya:

 Nimaling plateau trek is one of the most beautiful treks in the centre of Ladakh and leads over four passes with religious flags fluttering high over it. This trek route lies to the west of the famous Leh- Manali road and is least travelled path in Ladakh. The trek begins from the renowned serene monastery of Hemis in the Indus valley and passes through the hidden villages that are culturally rich and vibrant.

Altitude: 5270m

Duration: 8 to 10 days

Difficulty Level: Moderate

Best Season: June to October

 The Himalayas of TIBET:

Tibet is situated on the Qingzang (Qinghai-Tibet) Plateau and is the highest plateau in the world with an average elevation of 4,875m and is also called the “Roof of the World” is not a mere statement. It is surrounded in the north and east by other provinces of China, in the south and west by Burma, India, Bhutan, and Nepal. The capital of Tibet is Lhasa. Tibet is surrounded on three sides by vast mountain systems; the Kunlun Mountains of Central Asia in the north, the Karakoram Range in the west and the Himalayas in the south.

38. Trekking around Holy Mount Kailash:

Mount Kailash

Mount Kailash

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Kailash

Parikrama, meaning circumambulation, around the Mount Kailash, a sacred Mountain to four religions and a deeply numinous place, is possibly the greatest mountain pilgrimage on earth. Pilgrims come to Kailash to walk the kora, the sacred circuit around the mountain, which is arguably the world’s best walk. Ancient texts describe Mount Kailash as the spiritual center of the universe and share the path with many Buddhists and Hindu pilgrims who would have endured great hardships to fulfill this high altitude and demanding pilgrimage where the altitude can brutally kill you!

Altitude: 5630m

Duration: 17 to 19 days

Difficulty Level: Extreme Strenuous

Best Season: 

 39. The pristine Ganden to Samye Trek:

Ganden, situated 45 kilometers to the East of Lhasa, is one of the most beautiful trekking routes of central Tibet and is considered the abode of Champa, the future of Buddha. Trekking from Ganden to Samye is one of the popular treks in Tibet. This path links the two of the most prominent monasteries in Central Tibet, traversing the Yatro Drak ranges of mountains that separate the tsangpo basin from the Lhasa Valley. The trek indisputably endows pristine panorama, accessing the Tibet’s first monastery of 8th Century.

Altitude: 5250m

Duration: 13 to 15 days

Difficulty Level: Moderate

Best Season: May to Early October

 40. The Briny Lake Namtso of Tibet:

Namtso Lake is second biggest salt lake in Tibet lies 210 kms north of Lhasa. The path is fairly rugged and off beaten but the rewards is significant. The lake is implausible beautiful and still totally wild. The altitude exceeds 4300m for the most of journey and one of the mountain pass is nearly 5200m. The path pierces in sheer, rocky canyons from Lhasa and climbs beside the plummeting river for several kilometers, and merges on the Tibet northern plateau. Windswept grassland alternating with severe desert stretch between snowcapped mountains and a chain of precipitous bare hills are too high for farms and villages.

Altitude: 5500m

Duration: 9 to 12 days

Difficulty Level: Moderate

Best Season: June to September

 The Himalayas of BHUTAN:

Bhutan is located on the southern slopes of the eastern Himalayas, landlocked between the Tibet Autonomous Region to the north and the Indian states of Sikkim, West Bengal, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh to the west and south. Bhutan, “The Land of the Thunder Dragon”, is the best-kept secret of Mother Earth and is still the last “Shangri-La” in the Himalayan region because of its isolation, its spectacular mountain terrains, varied flora and fauna and unique ancient Buddhist monasteries still remains untouched.

 41. Wild Lunana, Bhutan - The Kingdom of Blue Sky and White Mountains:

lunana trek

Lunana Trek

Bhutan’s most challenging and rewarding high altitude trek is traversing across Lunana. It is one of the most difficult treks that not just demands excellent health but also demands high spirits of adventure as the trek passes through five high passes over 5000m. The magnificent flaxen mountains that offer a unique mountain culture reassure a solely connoisseur of Himalayan culture. Camping beside the Ganga Puensum Mountain, the world’s highest unclimbed peak, allows to experience the untouched unspool beauty of the Himalayas.

Altitude: 4880m

Duration: 21 to 23 days

Difficulty Level: Moderate to Strenuous

Best Season: April to June & September to October

42. Pulsating Phubjikha Festival of Bhutan:

Phobjika_Valley

Phobjika Valley

Source: Wiki

The Kingdom of Bhutan has so much in its kitty to offer to its travelers. The truly unique culture, majestically mountain clad, ethnically rich villages and ancient Buddhist festivals. Bhutan has recently opened its borders for trekkers, and still remains isolated from rest of the world. The Phubjikha Festivals trek combines exploration of ancient Bhutan’s historic places that include Taksang or the Tiger Nest Monastery and the colorful Mask Dance Festival of Bhutan and the Crane Festival convivial the Black-neck Cranes in winter months that are held every year in the confines of the Phubjikha Valley, in the Gangten Monastery patio. It also has a popular 3-days trek route.

Altitude: 3000m

Duration: 3 to 5 days

Difficulty Level: Easy

Best Season: September to October

43. Ashen Expedition - The snowman trek of Bhutan:

snowman trek

Snowman Trek

Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/bluepeak/

The snowman trek in Bhutan is billed as the most challenging and optimum treks in the Himalayan Mountains. Very few people can trek along this path and access Lunana – the most isolated region of Bhutan. The trek crosses through eleven high passes over 4,500m that delineate the borders of Bhutan and Tibet. Beyond the milieu of 7000m peaks, one can discover a region of petite Buddhist monasteries, turquoise – tinted lakes and high altitude isolated villages that are inaccessible from the rest of Bhutan for many months of the year.

Altitude: 5240m

Duration: 27 to 30 days

Difficulty Level: Extremely Strenuous

Best Season: April to mid-June and October to November

 44. Bounties beauty of Bhutan’s Chomolhari and Laya Village Circuit Trek:

Despite the opening up of a number of new trekking potentials in Bhutan, the chronic route from Chomolhari Base Camp across to Laya still defenses as one of Bhutan’s supreme mountain walks. The trekking route offers a great multiplicity of conditions; from picturesque farmland and magical forest, to alpine pastureland and High Mountain passes, providing a great deal of cultural interest enroot. Bhutan is known as Druk Yul, ‘‘the Land of the Thunder Dragon,” the privileged tourists will discover an unusual amalgamation of harmony and accord, amongst incredible natural beauty. The air is clean and unpolluted, the mountains are splendid and the architecture is inspiring.

Altitude: 4390m

Duration: 15 to 17 days

Difficulty Level: Moderate to Strenuous

Best Season: February to June and September to November

 45. The prototypical valley of Himalaya – Merak and Sakteng Yeti Trek:

The yeti is an extremely, perhaps vanishingly rare cultural journey and nature trek, was opened to foreigners recently. Merak and Sankteng were closed to protect the quintessential unique cultural heritage of the Brokpa inhabitants – the highlanders of eastern Bhutanese.  Brokpa inhabitants are semi-nomadic yak herders who speak a unique dialect, are literally isolated from the world. This trek provides a typically top-notch Himalayan experience and tales of nomadic inhabitants in the valley!

Altitude: 4140m

Duration: 11 to 13 days

Difficulty Level: Moderate

Best Season: March to May and September to October

 

The Himalayas of PAKISTAN:

The Pakistani Himalaya is located to the south and east of the Indus River, which originates in the vicinity of the holy Mountain of Kailash in Western Tibet, making this ranges true western fortress. The river pierces Pakistan from India flowing north-west to Skardu. The Pakistan’s Himalaya totally separates the range to the Karakoram which runs parallel to the north. The Himalaya spreads across three of Pakistan’s provinces. The Northern area encompasses the Nanga Parbat massif and her surrounding valleys, Azad Jammu & Kashmir and extreme south-east corner of the North West Frontier Province include portions of the Lesser Himalaya, also known as the Middle Himalaya.

46. The Mighty K2 Base Camp Trek:

k2 base camp

k2 base camp

Source: http://www.etreksnepal.com

Trekking into the heart of the mighty Karakoram Range to Concordia Camp involves a long and challenging walk through a isolated and craggy land. K2 & Gondogoro is considered to be one of the world’s enormous treks with magnificent panorama unparalleled anywhere else in the mighty mountains. The journey starts with the extravagant views of the Karakoram Ranges with Nanga Parbat. The trail is creased with harsh mountains all the way from Askole up the Baltoro glacier to Concordia; Masherbrum, K2 and among many others. Concordia has been illustrated as the “Throne Room of the Gods” for its exclusive 360° panorama of 7,000m mountains and striking views of K2.

Altitude: 5760m

Duration: 18 to 22 days

Difficulty Level: Extremely Strenuous

Best Season: July to October

 47.  The Pallid Trek of Pakistan – Snow Lake Trek:

Snow_Lake

Snow Lake

Source: Wiki

The unified Biafo and Hispar glaciers, with a pooled length of 120 kilometers, afford an improbable natural artery that cuts through the heart of the Karakoram Range, is a river of ice that is amid the world’s longest incessant glacier systems outside of the polar regions. This long and moderately committing glacial traverse is undertaken annually by just a handful of expeditions. Spectacular scenery and authentic sense of adventure in a high mountain wilderness are key attractions of this magnificent trek.

Altitude: 5151m

Duration: 19 to 22 days

Difficulty Level: Extremely Strenuous

Best Season: June to Mid September

 48. The Nanga Parbat Trek - The Citadel of Western Himalayas:

Nanga_Parbat_Trek

Nanga Parbat Trek

Source: Wiki

Nanga Parbat, the second highest peak of Pakistan and ninth in the world, is the western most fortresses of the Himalayas. The word ‘Nanga’ means naked and ‘Parbat’ is mountain. Nanga Parbat is an executioner mountain and can literally kill the hikers. There are ample records of hikers who have died on their way due to acute lack of oxygen. The journey offers breathtaking sights of this Himalayan gigantic. The voyage of Mazeno Pass is a technical endeavor where ropes are fixed on sheer terrains. This trek is definitely for anyone who is longing to get close to this legendary mountain and experience its charisma deep in one’s soul! This is indeed a very challenging trek in Pakistan’s Himalaya.

Altitude: 8125 m

Duration: 21 to 23 days

Difficulty Level: Extreme Strenuous

Best Season: May to October

 49. The Captivating Karomber Lake of Pakistan’s Himalayas:

karomber_lake

Karomber Lake

Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/kaafoor/

Karomber Lake of Pakistan’s Himalayas, is the only lake in the world that is at an altitude above 4272 meters above sea level located in Ishkoman in the Northern region of Pakistan. The lake is fed by the surrounding mountain glaziers that melt in the summer. This lake is one of the most charming mountain lakes and is second highest lakes in Pakistan while it is 31st highest lakes in the world. The best time to visit this lake is during the end of summer when the scenery is stunning. Reddish wild flowers, flourishing green grass and mountains enclosing the reflective lake looks spell bound. The legendary Snow Leopard is can still found in the vicinity.

Altitude: 4272m

Duration: 3 to 5 hours

Difficulty Level: Easy

Best Season: July to September

 50. Hauntingly Beautiful Hunza Valley of Pakistan:

hunza_valley

Hunza Valley

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/

The Hunza Valley, a precipitous valley in the Gilgit-Baltistan region of Pakistan is the starting point for many trekking and climbing voyagers to the high mountains in the range of the Karakorams and the Pamirs. This valley is positioned to the north of the Hunza River, at an elevation of around 2,500 meters and the province of Hunza is about 7,900 square kilometres. Aliabad is the main town with Karimabad as an admired tourist destination because of the extravagant scenery of the mountains in the vicinity like Ultar Sar, Rakaposhi, Bojahagur Duanasir II, Ghenta Peak, Hunza Peak, Passu Peak, Diran Peak and Bublimotin (Ladyfinger Peak) and many others.

Altitude: 5650m

Duration: 17 to 19 days

Difficulty Level: Moderate

Best Season: March and April

To wrap up with this, if Himalayan trekking is on your mind, it is highly recommended for every soul to experience the exquisiteness milieu of the mighty Himalayas and Karakorum ranges. There is nothing more enjoying than planning a tour to Himalayas and plunging in the authentic Himalayan adventure. Exploring the culturally rich villages of India, Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan, camping amidst the world’s most beautiful places is surely a pure adventure. Treat yourself into this extravagant journey and you’ll find an escapade of a lifetime at the ace of Himalayas.

Please feel free to add names of treks in the comments section that you think we have missed.

Thrillchimp

I have been travelling across India for a long time and I am using this blog to share my experiences with you so that you can see the tremendous beauty which India has to offer.


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