5 Best Short Treks in Uttarakhand
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Owing to the grace of the mighty Himalayas, short treks in Uttarakhand are a treat for anyone who wishes to lose themselves in the magic of nature. The state, due to the presence of snowy mountains and valleys full of flowers, is an adventurer’s dream. From adventure sports to tranquility, a lot is up for grabs on the trekking trails in Uttarakhand.

The state is full of natural marvels that attract tourists, especially adventurers to come to take a plunge in a world full of adventures. The snowy peaks and the flower knitted meadows are only a few of the things these mountains hold together proudly for the visitors. The landscapes here offer views that would take your breath away.

From sacred temples to romantic valleys, the trails have a little something for everyone who wishes to walk on them. The best part of the treks are the little detours that take you to unexplored little natural marvels that stay hidden from the world. The memories of walking these unexplored trails often are the most memorable moments the travelers take back home.

There are various trek opportunities that await adventurers in the state. Some take you to snowy peaks, some to icy glaciers and some take you to blankets of beautiful flowers that make you want to stay there forever.

A getaway with friends or a solo trip, whatever may be the reason, every person has something new to explore on these trails. A treat to the eyes and the soul, the state of Uttarakhand is where the Himalayas rise in the Indian Peninsula and form the world’s largest mountain range.


Here are some of the best short treks in Uttarakhand:

01

Chopta Trek

Chopta Trek

Known for its mesmerizing beauty, the Chopta Trek makes for one of the perfect weekend getaways especially for the ones looking for short treks in Uttarakhand. Enveloped by lush evergreen forests and meadows, Chopta finds the spot among the favorite trekking destinations in Uttarakhand along with the Tungnath and Chandrashila.

What adds more to the trekking is the magnificent views of the snow-clad mighty Himalayan ranges that run parallel to the trail! Starting from Haridwar, the Chopta Tungnath Trek allows you to surpass the incredibly famous 1000-year old Shiva Temple, located at a height of 12,000 feet.

A steep climb leads you to the Chandrashila Peak that further treats your eyes with the pristine beauty of the Gangotri peaks, Chaukhamba, and other Himalayan peaks. No words can describe the feeling of witnessing the beauty of these peaks.

Altitude: 4030 m/ 13415 ft.

Duration: 06 Days.

Difficulty Level: Easy.

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Dayara Bugyal Trek

Dayara Bugyal Trek

Soak in the beauty of the Himalayas on the trail to Dayara Bugyal. This short trek in Uttarakhand takes you to the full-of-life Dodital Lake teeming with rare species of fish including the Himalayan Golden Trout. The trail knitted together by pine forests and the Darwa Meadow is also popular among those who consider the trail sacred.

When you feel that the trek is about to end, the magnificent view of the Yamuna Valley and Hanuman Chatti revitalize you and fill you with positivity. Located in the Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand, the trek starts from the village of Barsu. The Barnala Lake rests peacefully amidst the velvety green Bugyal. The trek ends at Sangamchatti only to offer you more when you feel exhausted. 

If you are fond of snow, then visit the place during the winters when fresh cotton like snow starts to fall. The entire area seems resting in a white blanket and a peaceful vicinity blesses travelers who do a bit extra to be there during the winter season.

Altitude: 4150 m/ 13165 ft.

Duration: 09 Days.

Difficulty Level: Moderate.

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Nag Tibba Trek

Nag Tibba Trek

North-east of Mussoorie and resting comfortably in the foothills of the Garhwal Himalayas, Nag Tibba is known to be the abode of the God of Snakes or ‘Nag Devta’. The trek is a part of the routine for the locals here as they make frequent visits to offer prayers to the Snake God.

Short treks in Uttarakhand bring you across places full of wonderful sites. Dayara Bugyal serves as a viewpoint for many peaks like the Bandar Poonch, Gangotri, Kedarnath, Doon Valley and Chanabang.

Also known as the Serpent's peak, the Nag Tibba Trek starts at the village of Pantwari. The trail leads adventure seekers through dense forests which are filled with deodar and oak trees. Adding more to the experience is the vivid wildlife that trekkers come across on this trail, from bears to deer, animals roam freely in the forest on this hill.

Altitude:
3048 m/9998 ft.

Duration: 06 Days.

Difficulty Level: Easy.

04

Bedni Bugyal Trek

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Bedni Bugyal Trek

A salubrious and modest trek in the Garhwal Himalayas, the Bedni Bugyal Trek is famous throughout the world for its romantic trail. Amidst undulating meadows and lush alpine forests, an immeasurable blissful experience awaits those who love to be lost in the wild.

Resting on the slopes of Mt. Trishul, the trail overlooks the tranquil water of the Bedni Kund. The trail marks its inception from Mundoli and takes travelers through such an experience that stays forever in their hearts.

Vast natural gallery of flowers serves as the morale booster for the tired souls. What adds more to the energy of the adventurers is the majestic view of the Trishul massif, Nanda Ghunti, and Chaukhamba peaks.

Altitude: 3354 m/ 11000 ft.

Duration: 07 Days.

Difficulty Level: Easy.

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Gurson Bugyal Trek

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Gurson Bugyal Trek

The salient features of this trek include riding on Asia’s longest and highest ropeway, skiing on the longest tracks and savoring the beauty of some of the most gorgeous peaks in the world. Great for beginners who have turned towards the mountains to find peace and rejuvenation.

Starting from Rishikesh, the Gurson Bugyal trek offers an exciting view of mountain peaks like the Nanda Devi, Kamet, Mana Parvat and the Dunagiri. During the summers a massive breakout of flowers engulfs the entire valley and transforms the rocky and snowy terrain into a story you will only find in the books of Ruskin Bond.

Perfectly suitable for a family seeking adventure, the trails here are not too wild yet offer enough to please everyone’s senses. The trail also goes through the holy Devprayag, a sacred river in the Hindu Mythology which emerges from the confluence of the Bhagirathi and the Alaknanda rivers. The same is what gives birth to the holy Ganges.

Altitude: 3500 m/11482.94 feet.

Duration: 07 Days

Difficulty Level: Easy

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