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What You Should Know More About Trekking in Uttarakhand
You can plan a trip to Uttarakhand all year round, the best time to visit is during summers (March to June) and winters (October to February).
Summers are considered favourable due the awe-inspiring beauty and pleasant weather. Monsoon is not considered favourable as there lies a risk of landslides in this region as it receives maximum rain during July and August.
Winters are perfect to plan a holiday here, though some tourist sites are inaccessible for tourists due to snowfall. Still Corbett, Haridwar, Auli, Nainital, Valley of flowers, Dehradun and Ranikhet are best destinations you should visit in winters.
Reaching Uttarakhand is easy because it is well connected with other cities via air, rail, and road.
By air: There two domestic airports (Jolly Grant in Dehradun and Pantnagar near Nainital) and regular flights land in Dehradun.
By Train: Rail network offers convenient travelling to Uttarakhand. Similarly, it’s well connected to Delhi and major state highways.
By Road: It is 372.8km from Delhi via Meerut Pauri NH.
If spring is the season for nature admirers, winters are meant for adventure junkies.
Here is a list of some famous treks in Uttarakhand which you must try:
When the entire country is getting baked in the sweltering heat, you may want to escape snowcapped Himalayas, where you’d enjoy the cool breeze, icy streams and chilly nights under the starry skies.
Here are some of the options you can consider :
Trekking in Uttarakhand is safe unless you’re visiting in Monsoons. Trekking is difficult in heavy rains not just because it’s difficult to move but because most of the area is prone to landslides.
It’s highly not advisable for beginners but if you are adamant to undertake a trekking expedition to Uttarakhand, make sure you wear the right clothing, pack all your basics, camp overnight and carry right eatables with you. Avoid places that are prone to natural disasters like cloudbursts, landslides etc.
Nanda Devi is the highest peak of Uttarakhand.
Roopkund trek isn’t an easy trek and you’ll have to face lots of hardships to reach your destination, which is the mystery lake of Uttarakhand called Roopkund.
This trek is therefore, a must do for an avid trekker, but if you’re a beginner, you should try some easier trek first.
It’s a difficult trek that trails through mountainous rivers, enthralling ridges, lush forests and scenic meadows.
Trek to Valley of Flowers lets you discover the lost path made by Frank Smith in 1931. His book by the same name created a stir among nature lovers, making it one of the most sought after expedition since then.
With millions of species of wild flowers, this valley holds many streams that adds on to the natural beauty of the place.
It’s a moderate trek. Though the altitude where the valley is situated is very high (3858 m), the enchanting scene is worth it.
It’ll cost you INR 9000, which includes an accommodation, veg meals, trekking equipment, necessary permits, and first aid kits, along with the guidance of qualified and experienced trek leaders.
Yes, it’s an ideal weekend trek suited for people looking for a refresher. Moreover, it offers some of the best camping locations.
It’s an easy trek and anyone with normal fitness and zero experience can do this.
The trail of Pindari glacier is like the full course meal for trekkers. For starters, there are level walks through peaceful forests where birds thrive. Next, you’ll traverse varied mountain ridges, spider-walls and stream crossing.
At last, desert comes in the form of Pindari glacier at zero point, whose unearthly beauty leaves ecstatic.
No, it isn’t a difficult trekking option. In fact, it’s the most easily accessible glacier in the Kumaon region and is ideal for families including children.
It is situated in Garhwal Himalayas. This trek originates in Joshimath, gives you a brief stopover, Devprayag, before it gradually ascends to take you to a height that ends in the mesmerizing view of Nanda Devi Summit.
It’s worth trekking in winters to Kuari Pass..
Kedarkantha trek is classified as an easy-moderate trek. In fact, anyone above the age of 7, is fit for this trek. Kedarkantha is the best winter trek.
It’s a seven day trek.
It’s moderately easy trek. The real challenge is summiting the Chandrashila peak. It’s a perfect option for beginners and it’s just the top summit that will test your endurance.
This summer trek takes you through pine and oak forests with rhododendrons blooming all around.
Here you’ll get a chance to camp beside the pristine Deoriatal and soak in the mesmerising meadows of Chopta. Once you’re on top, you pay homage to the highest Shiva temple of the world, Tungnath.
That depends on the region you’re trekking in. if you’re travelling through some village, you may take shelter there along with the localites.
You may live in resorts if you want. But, if you’re travelling to some uninhabited place or if you want to experience the real thrill of living amidst the beauty and tranquility of nature, you’d willingly stay in camps.
Whether you’re travelling alone, with a group of friends or family, you’d want to camp somewhere in Dome tent, inflatable tent, quick pitch tent and large family tents are available
Uttarakhand is pretty safe for a solo female trek. Crime against women is barely reported. Being a tourist spot, most localities earn their revenue from visitors and they treat them with due respect. Lots of solo women travel here and there have hardly been any complains of eve-teasing etc.
These are now being replaced by compression sacks which less bulky and have an extra water resistant layer.
To name a few.
Traveller Tales from Uttarakhand
13 October 2017
"The things I have seen , the things I have done are pretty amazing . I can tell you tales about it , show you volume of pictures , speak on lengths about it but you wont understand . And its not your fault . Beautiful things are hard to understand and even more hard to earn. Unless you are there breathing in all what I had , you wont get it. And such an everlasting impression could only be created by wonderful people around - my trek guide Nanu , cook Jeeta and Trek coordinator Raj mohan . Rightly called as Valley of Gods through alpine meadows, ridges, glacier basins, pine forests and ancient villages will leave you spellbound in its web of magic , will give you 7 days of peace amd tranquility and lifetime of memories . "
13 October 2017
"The things I have seen , the things I have done are pretty amazing . I can tell you tales about it , show you volume of pictures , speak on lengths about it but you wont understand . And its not your fault . Beautiful things are hard to understand and even more hard to earn. Unless you are there breathing in all what I had , you wont get it. And such an everlasting impression of the journey is only created by the wonderful people around you ; to name my Trek Guide Nanu , Cook Jeeta and Trek coordinator Raj Mohan . Rightly called as the Valley of Gods through alpine meadows, ridges, glacier basins, pine forests and ancient villages will give you a week of peace and tranquility and lifetime of memories."
04 July 2017
Our first trek was exciting. It was Roopkund. One of the best treks in India. Thanks thrillophilia for suggesting us. Trek was organised in a very professional way and thoroughly enjoyed out trek all 6 days. Now this is becoming addictive. Planning for rupin pass soon with Thrillophilia again.
18 May 2017
"the best experience so far....\nlimitless scenic view from the top \ncool guides and tents\nawesome friendly people around ... snowfall was the best part of the trek. I couldn't say more about the nature there."
25 June 2015
The trekking experience was fine and good. To be honest, the trek was really good. We had a great time. It was one of the really nice treks that I have had.
13 June 2015
We were hoping to feel tired and worn out but surprisingly despite the tough trek it was nice and enjoyable and we were with high energy levels even after the trek. This was definitely a nice trekking experience. We had some great memories to take back home and share. I really loved the whole travel too as it was a road trip for us.
08 June 2016
Drive, Trek, Camp, Trek, Camp, Drive – Wow! What an eventful and mesmerizing break it has been. We had a really great 8 days here in this trek. Rupin Pass Trek is one of the most beautiful and the best treks to take in the country. With a high altitude of 4800 m this trek is indeed a thrilling experience. One can get to experience thrills at each level of the trek. It was a really brilliant and an awesome trek. We enjoyed it totally. I recommend this trek to everyone.
10 April 2015
I am out of words. This was a great trekking in Uttarakhand. The place is splendid and classy beauty. This is what a perfect vacation looks like.
18 November 2017
"My experience with the trek is just above the sky... I enjoyed a lot... Especially it's an beginners trek. We need to have basic fitness level to go for the trek. What's most best thing about the trek is our guides Mr. Surrender Rana, Mr.Ramesh who call themselves as Pahad ka Bacha and the team who filled us with delicious food and lots of care. They are so helpful through out the trek. Now coming to the trek everyday you will get to see different landscapes. The mightiness of the Majestic Himalayas is something which filled my heart with unbelievable experience. For people who would love to experience the nature with a decent amount of trek this is perfect. This trek could be a ignition start for the next treks we would like to go. Do go with the complete trek essentials what will be mentioned the list. For a good trekker the most important things are perfect shoes and proper clothing, this will make the trek easy. Experience the Majestic Himalayas, The secrets, wilderness, calm and blissfulness mountains give you!!.."
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