Touch-icon-iphone-76x76

Download Thrillophilia App

Book Tour and Activities on the Go!

X
Tophikingdestinationsinindia-kiril_rusev-flickr.jpg

Top 20 Hiking Destinations in India

 

Featured Deals for you!

Check out top today's top travel deals below and save on your next trip.

  • d3 Daysn2 Nights
    Dusshera Special Trek to Nag Tibba in Uttarakhand
  • d5 Daysn4 Nights
    Kasol and Kheerganga Trek from Delhi
  • Bought : 2114d9 Daysn8 Nights
    Chadar Trek - Frozen River Zanskar Trek - 2017
  • Bought : 61d4 Daysn3 Nights
    Indrahar Pass Trek, 2016
    6,499
  • Bought : 242d5 Daysn4 Nights
    Hampta Pass Trek, Manali 2016
    9,930
  • Bought : 33d3 Daysn2 Nights
    Nag Tibba Trek 2016, Uttarakhand
  • Bought : 535d8 Daysn7 Nights
    Roopkund Trek, Uttaranchal 2016
  • Bought : 107d5 Daysn4 Nights
    Snow Trek to Deoria Tal and Chandrashila Peak, Uttarakhand 2016
  • Bought : 19d7 Daysn6 Nights
    Har Ki Doon Trek Via Jaundhar Glacier, Uttarakhand 2016
  • Bought : 286d6 Daysn5 Nights
    Kedarkantha Trekking, Uttarakhand 2016
  • Bought : 240d6 Daysn5 Nights
    Kuari Pass Trek 2016, Uttarakhand
  • Bought : 8d10 Daysn9 Nights
    10 Days/9 Nights Goecha La Trekking in Sikkim , 2016
    • India is a vast and varied country, having many places to visit and explore. Hiking destinations in India is broad and vast. When it comes to hiking in India, India has plenty of places where this activity is possible. Hiking is a good way to experience and appreciate the outdoors and get in touch with nature.

      There are some oft-visited places in the country which are popular among one and all. These hiking regions witness hundreds of backpackers every year.

      Here is our list of the top hiking destinations in India:

    • 01Winter Treks | Himalayas | Nov-Feb

    • Hiking the Himalayas in Himachal Pradesh

    • 02The Grand Indrahar Pass, Himachal Pradesh

      Image Credit : Raman Sharma - flickr
      This is essentially a mountain pass which is also one of the top hiking destinations in India. Located in the Dhauladhar range in the Himalayan section, the trekking start off point is the Galu temple. The Galu temple is located in Dharamsala. On the way you can see Triund – which is a camping ground. You must also visit the Lahesh Caves on the way. Triund and Lahesh Caves are popular camping points for hikers through the Grand Indrahaar pass. The trek ends at Chamba.

      Image Credits : Hiranmay



      The hiking expedition lets you experience the Dhauladhar range and Pir Panjal Mountains. The hiking trail is moderately difficult. On the way you hike through green pastures and navigate through dense forests. These are Deodar and Rhododendron jungles, and if you have never been to a tropical forest, then this could be an enchanting experience. You also trudge on the ancient Gaddi Shepherds trail.

      Hiking through this pass is an amazing experience. You can see the Mani Mahesh Kailash peak. The snow clad Panjal Range will never cease to delight you. The best time to visit this place is between May and October.


      Indrahar Pass Trek, 2016

      Indrahar Pass Trek, 2016

      NNNNN28 Reviews

      d4 Daysn3 NightslMcleodganj

      O6,499

      Starting from

      O6,499

    • 03Trekking in Manali, Himachal Pradesh

      Image Credit :  _Virdi_

      Manali is the epicenter of adventure in Himachal Pradesh and is one of the top hiking destinations in India. There are numerous things to do and see here. Be it adrenaline pumping outdoor sports, or experiential hiking trips, Manali has all the options. The best place to start hiking in Manali is the Solang Valley. It is also called locally as Snow Point. You can trek up to this point or take a public bus.

      From Snow Point, you hike up to Dhundi passing naturalistic settings along the way. You can engage a local guide to help you get to the place. Along the way you will see the Beas River. The mountain water is icy cold on most times of the year. Purple Rhododendron flowers stand in an inviting stance throughout the hike. The Solang Valley hike in Manali is the most engaging and enlightening hiking destinations of them all.

      There are some popular day hikes in Manali. Some of them are Bijli Mahadev and Dashaur Lake. The former is a trek to Bijli Mahadev and back. The latter is a 5 km trek from Manali to the Dashaur Lake and back. For first time hikers, a day hike is recommended. And Manali presents so many options for the same.

    • 04Seven Sisters Trek, Himachal Pradesh

      Image Credit : Deepak Bhatia - flickr
      Looking to scale a peak and hoist your flag when hiking In India?  An easier option is the Seven Sisters inHimachal Pradesh. Located in the Western Himalayas, this group of peaks is one of the most wonderful places on Earth. This place is full of apple orchards and dotted with ancient wooden temples. The mountains have pleasant climatic conditions which makes it one of the ideal top hiking destinations in India.
    • 05Hampta Pass Trek, Manali 2016

      Hampta Pass Trek, Manali 2016
      • d5 Daysn4 Nights
      • lManali
      • NNNNN48 reviews
      • supplier
        Supplier
        Code: 6691309

      About the Activity:

      Discovering the unique landscape on the Manali side of Himachal Pradesh with the Hampta Pass trekking is like a dream to reality experience. A rich, diverse canvas with resplendent flora and fauna, the trail goes through a picturesque setting of lush green forests, meadows, and also throws glimpses of barren lands.

      An integral part of Manali’s topography, which is the India’s favourite adventure zone, this trek is voted amongst the easiest of trails and most attractive to beginners. An exciting activity, being around Hampta Pass opens a whole new beautiful world. Coupled with a stop over at the eerie and placid Chandra Tal, this journey is replete with adventure and scenic moments.

      Altitude: 14,100ft

      Temperature Range: 0 - 20 degrees Celsius

      Total Trekking Distance: Approx. 34 kms.



    • Hiking the Himalayas in Uttarkhand

    • 06Doon Valley Trek, Garhwal, Uttarakhand

      Image Credit : Dr. Umesh Behari Mathur - flickr

      Hiking in Garhwal is always an exhilarating experience. You trek through flower meadows and thick forests. The Har Ki Doon Valley presents you varied flora and fauna. Hiking through the Har Ki Doon Valley is a 50 mile trip. It is only for trekkers who like to hike in fair weather conditions. You will hike through a steady gradient in the valley and is relatively easier compared to Himalayan trails where you have to navigate from one valley to the other.

      Geographically it is located in the Garhwal Himalayas, the Har Ki Doon valley is cradle shaped but you cannot see its shape when on the ground! There are numerous snow covered peaks in this place. The alpine vegetation is one of the prime attractions in these regions. The valley is snow clad throughout October to March which is generally avoided. The hiking trails through this valley pass through remote villages such as Gangaad, Seema and not to forget Osla which is an overnight camping spot.

      On the way you will encounter the Tamsa River. If you are hiking here during the monsoon season, this river is swollen and flows at full capacity. Further into the trail, it bends into gorges and deodar forests. You can choose to stop at Torluka, stay at the Forest Rest House or the accommodation provided by the Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam. From Torkula, the trail gets tougher. You will have to navigate through this rugged terrain to ultimately reach Osla.

    • 07Clouds End Trek, Mussoorie, Uttarakhand

      Image Credit : Paul Hamilton - flickr
      Clouds End is a resort in Mussoorie. It was initially purchased from the Swetenhams of England by Durga Ram Agarwal as their summer retreat center. He was instrumental in making this huge area a resort. Over the years, this resort has grown in popularity with hikers and campers. Wilderness enthusiasts hiking in India spend many weeks in these serene settings.

      The surrounding area is spread over more than 2000 acres offering plenty of avenues to experience some of the best hikes in India. There are thick oak and deodar forests spread across the area. There are numerous species of flora and fauna that exist here. Camping here brings you back to living in a bygone era. If you are looking for a complete lifestyle overhaul for some time, then this is the place for it. Apart from hiking, you can also do horse safaris, and numerous other adventure activities.

      There are plenty of activities that you can do here. You can climb a hill. Walk among deer. Try to entice a pheasant. You can setup a perch point and look at the Himalayan snow peaks that stretch for a distance of 250 kilometers. You can hike up to the Jwala Devi Temple. You can head off into the Benog Mountains to see quails. From here you can see the estate of George Everest. There are so many activities to do here that this place befits a mention in the top hiking destinations in India.


    • 08Nag Tibba Trek 2016, Uttarakhand

      Nag Tibba Trek 2016, Uttarakhand
      • d3 Daysn2 Nights
      • lDehradun
      • NNNNN42 reviews
      • supplier
        Supplier
        Code: 3713222

      Group Departures:  [November: 5, 19] ; [December: 3]

      About the Destination:

      The panorama of the Himalayan snow peaks of Garhwal and Himachal offers views of some of the famous peaks from here including the Bandarpoonch, Swargarohini, Srikanth and Black peak. Enjoy the magnificent views of Gujjar or shepherds dotting the envrons from the Nag Tibba Top.

      Nag Tibba trek route is a circular trek where the finish point is different from the start point and at no time there is an overlap of trail. On your way down you will go through a completely contrasting landscape having a dense mixed forest of Oak, Rhododendron, Cider and Alpine. Adding to the beauty of the trek is the opportunity to visit a couple of quaint villages which are extremely scenically situated amidst thick Deodar forests. Icing on the top would surely be the opportunity to dunk one's feet into a cold and inviting stream at the end of the trek.

      Another great attraction of this trip is the camping experience. There are beautiful meadows and thick jungles along the trail offering numerous scenic camping locations. Nag Tibba trekking is suitable for people of all age groups having reasonable fitness levels who seek adventure.

      Temperature: 16-25 degrees (days) and 8-16 degrees (nights) during March, 14-22  degrees (days) and 6-14 degrees (nights) between September and December

      Max Alt: 3050m

    • 09Snow Trek to Deoria Tal and Chandrashila Peak, Uttarakhand 2016

      Snow Trek to Deoria Tal and Chandrashila Peak, Uttarakhand 2016
      • d5 Daysn4 Nights
      • lHaridwar
      • NNNNN43 reviews
      • supplier
        Supplier
        Code: 3713222

      Group Departures:      [November: 5, 12, 19, 26][December: 3, 10, 17, 24, 31]

      About The Destination:

      To be spellbound by the natural splendour of the Garhwal Himalayas, take a snow trek to Chopta, Deoria Tal and Chandrashila Peak, that offers you the best of trekking in Uttarakhand. Not only will you get a chance to surpass breathtaking pastures laden with snow, anyone can take this trek due to the easy terrains and comfortable trails. The first bit of the trek comprises a walk up to Deoria Tal Lake at 2438m surrounded by dense thickets all around. This trail does not comprise of much snow which explains the easy start to the trek. The sight of the lake reflecting the mighty Chaukhamba Peak, located nearby, is a vision worth marveling at.

      The next bit of the trail is the hike up to Chopta peak laden with beautiful blankets of snow in winter. Upon arriving at Chopta peak, marvel at the expanse of snow surrounding the environs. Due to the snow conditions, either camps will be set up or arrangements will be made in some homestays dotting the area. There is also the trek to Tungnath temple at 3680m, known to be the highest Shiva shrine in the world. This trail offers magnificent views of Bandarpoonch, Kedar and Chaukhamba peaks. After a 1km long trek from Tungnath is the top of Chandrashila peak at 4000m that gives a panoramic visual on the gorgeous valleys and snow-peaked mountains around.

      Adding to the serenity of this expedition is the experience of residing in the charming lodges in Kund that overlooks the Mandakini river under the Kedar peak. 

    • 10Har Ki Doon Trek Via Jaundhar Glacier, Uttarakhand 2016

      Har Ki Doon Trek Via Jaundhar Glacier, Uttarakhand 2016
      • d7 Daysn6 Nights
      • lDehradun
      • NNNNN26 reviews
      • supplier
        Supplier
        Code: 2484300

      Group Departures:  [October: 22, 29][November: 5, 12, 19, 26][December: 17, 18, 19, 20]

      About the Destinations:

      Nestled away in the heart of a cradle shaped valley, the trek to Har Ki Doon valley is known to be one of the most stunning and picturesque treks in Uttarakhand Embraced with scenic alpine meadows and striking greeneries, the beauty and splendour of this portion of the Garhwal Himalayas is credited by snow clad peaks, panoramic views of the Himalayan Range, gurgling rivulets and much more.

      Locally known as the 'Valley of Gods', trekking through this eternal meadow is one of the best experiences and is rewarded with mesmerising views of the glaciers, mountain ridges, ancient temples, appealing caves and high altitude villages. According to the legends, Har Ki Doon valley shares its history with the age of the Mahabharata and holds an important place in the Hindu mythology.

    • 11Kedarkantha Trekking, Uttarakhand 2016

      Kedarkantha Trekking, Uttarakhand 2016
      • d6 Daysn5 Nights
      • lDehradun
      • NNNNN30 reviews
      • supplier
        Supplier
        Code: 6691309

      Group Departures on:  [November: 26]; [December: 3, 10, 17 to 31]; [January: 7, 14, 21 & 28]; [February: 4, 11 & 18]

      About the Destination:

      Situated in the Garhwal Himalayas, Kedarkantha trekking in Uttarakhand is an amazing experience for those who enjoying spending time in nature. One of the often visited locations, the area’s natural beauty is complemented with quaint hamlets, unending lush green meadows, and some terrific sights of the towering Himalayan peaks.

      The snaking trail to the 3,850m tall summit goes through Govind National Park, which offers an exclusive glance of the Himalayan flora and fauna. With views of peaks like the Swargarohini, Banderpooch, Black, and Ranglana, the highlight of the trail is undoubtedly sunsets against the backdrop of impressive snow-capped mountains.

      Altitude: 3,850m

      Temperature Range: -5 to 20 degrees celsius

      Total trekking distance: 36km


    • 12Kuari Pass Trek 2016, Uttarakhand

      Kuari Pass Trek 2016, Uttarakhand
      • d6 Daysn5 Nights
      • lHaridwar
      • NNNNN40 reviews
      • supplier
        Supplier
        Code: 6691309

      Trip Starting From: Haridwar

      Group Departures on:  [November: 6, 7, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26 & 27]; [December: 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 16 & 17 to 31][January: 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21 & 22]

      About the Destinations: 

      Kuari Pass is situated in Garhwal Himalayas. used extensively by the local shepherds, exploring this route is one of the richest manners to get a full view of the splendid Himalayas. Their imposing and scenic presence can be witnessed from atop Kuari, which literally means “a getaway”.

      Originating in Joshimath, a meeting point for many a religious pilgrimage, the path gives you a brief stopover at Devaprayag, before it gradually ascends to take you to heights that end with a mesmerising view of the Nanda Devi summit in all its glory. Replete with tributaries of the Ganges, dense mountain forests, and a fleeting interaction with local life, Kuari Pass trekking can be best enjoyed during winter months.

      Total Trekking Distance: 33km


    • 13Roopkund Trek, Uttaranchal 2016

      Roopkund Trek, Uttaranchal 2016
      • d8 Daysn7 Nights
      • lLohajung
      • NNNNN52 reviews
      • supplier
        Supplier
        Code: 2817568

      About the Destinations:

      A trek to Mystery Lake of Uttarakhand i.e. Roopkund Lake is a must-do for an avid trekker! Battling several adversities common to the Himalayas, this water body perched in the laps of the snow clad Mt. Trishul is situated at an altitude of 16,499ft.

      Most attractive for the human skeletons lying at the bottom of the lake, which are distinctly visible when the snow melts, the lake is swarmed by plenitude of visitors.

      The route along this trek is a fascinating journey of discovering the most pristine of Himalayan contribution of oak and blooming rhododendron forests. A moderate trek, the trek trails through mountainous rivers, enthralling ridges, lush forests and scenic meadows.

      Roopkund Trek Altitude: 5,029m


    • Hiking the Himalayas in West Bengal

    • 14Tiger Hill, Darjeeling, West Bengal

      It is from Tiger Hill that you can view the majestic contours of the Himalayas and Mount Kanchenjunga. If you tread all the way to Tiger Hill, be ready to be treated with breathtaking views. The magnificent sunrise and sunset views provides a perfect photography spot. March and June is the perfect time to visit this spot. During this time Tiger Hill is frequented by hundreds of people to experience one of the best hikes in India. In fact thousands of people climb the hill during this time every day.

      You should try to get here by pre-dawn to witness the sunrise. During this time, the mountains are painted by the sun’s rays in vivid colors such as yellow, pink and purple. After witnessing the splendid sunrise, you can hike to Ghoom – which is a scenic town. On the way you can see beautiful tea plantations that will amaze you to no end.

    • 15Singhalia Ridge Trail, Darjeeling, West Bengal

      Image Credit : solarshakti - flickr

      Experience the Singhalia Ridge Trail in the heart of a beautiful city, Darjeeling in any month other than July to mid-September. During this time, this park is not open for the public. Darjeeling is one of the picturesque destinations in the country. When you get here, you will be amazed at the plenitude of options available. Whether it is to take a break from the hot summer season or to conduct hiking activities, the fringes of the Himalayas have plenty to offer.

      The most popular is the Singhalia Ridge Trail. If you are staying while in transit through the trail, you must make advance bookings in Darjeeling for accommodation. This hiking trail in Darjeeling is the most adventurous and exciting of them all. You take this trail only if you are willing to expend some thrills on the way. Local guides have expert knowledge on how to navigate the trail without a hitch.

    • 16Darjeeling to Kurseong Trek via Old Military Road, West Bengal

      Image Credit : Ankit Agarwal - flickr

      The Darjeeling to Kurseoung trail via the Old Military road is considered one of the top hiking destinations in India. This is essentially a one-day hiking trail. Due to this, it is a very popular one amongst first-time hikers. The expedition starts off in the picturesque settings of Darjeeling and ends at Kurseoung.

      The Old Military road is an amazing sightseeing route to take. One point of interest is the Mag-Dhog Yolmowa Buddhist Monastery. Also known as Aloobari, this monastery was built by Sri Sangay Lama. Construction of the monastery began as early as 1914. This was the same year that the First World War erupted. Hence, the monastery got the name Mag-Dhog – which means avoiding war.

      Apart from the monastery, the coffee plantations are worth a visit. These plantations stretch over several acres of land and offer one of the best hikes in India. These sloping lands have narrow passages for people to walk through. Along with coffee plantations, there are plenty of tea estates as well. These sprawling tea estates give off the aroma of tea leaves. 

      The freshness of the air is unmistakable. You will feel like you are in one of purest environments on Earth. One of the reasons to this is that the estate owners take special care that the environment that these plants grow in is pure and verdant.

    • Hiking the Himalayas

    • 1710 Days/9 Nights Goecha La Trekking in Sikkim , 2016

      10 Days/9 Nights Goecha La Trekking in Sikkim , 2016
      • d10 Daysn9 Nights
      • lYuksom
      • NNNNN30 reviews
      • supplier
        Supplier
        Code: 6691309

      About the Destinations: 

      If you want to live a Himalayan trekking experience to the fullest, attempt the Goecha la Trekking in Sikkim. For, it takes you on a fulfilling and rich journey that has you capture the Himalayan framework like no other trek. Originating from the historic Yuksom settlement (1,780m), the trail ascends to pass through really old rhododendron forests to land at clearings formed by high altitude alpine meadows.

      With the incredible view of the Kangchanjunga, the highlight of this experience is the Goechala Pass (4,940m) from where the second tallest Himalayan peak seems just an arm’s distance away.

      Just right for a seasoned trekker, the Goechala trek in Sikkim puts forth challenges of subtropical bamboo forests, luxuriant ferns, and dense forests of oak to eventually open vistas that provide uninterrupted views of the Kanchenjunga.

    • 18Chadar Trek - Frozen River Zanskar Trek - 2017

      Chadar Trek - Frozen River Zanskar Trek - 2017
      • d9 Daysn8 Nights
      • lKargil
      • NNNNN52 reviews
      • supplier
        Supplier
        Code: 2817568

      About the Activity:

      • Ladakh has always captivated visitors with its magical charm and beauty. Be it the picturesque mountain peaks, azure lakes or the challenging trekking trails, this scenic valley is known for all. While during the summers, the region adorns the most vibrant colour of the nature, during the winters it is embraced with heavy snowfalls that cuts off the entire region from the rest of the world.
      • Nestled deep within the whirly passages of the snow-clad mountains, this frozen river also entices thousand of trekkers from different corners of the world. Popularly known as the 'Chadar Trek' due to the formation of the thick blanket of the snow, it is considered as one of the challenging as well as tricky treks in the world. 
      • When this happens, the only way to continue with the trek is to hike through the snowy rocks and boulders besides the river. 

      Temperature Range: 15 to 20 degrees (during the day) and -25 to -35 degrees (during the night)

    • Hiking the Eastern Ghats

    • 19Nagalapuram Trek, Chittoor, Andhra Pradesh

      Image Credit : Ravi S. Ghosh
      Nagalapuram has grown in popularity with hikers over the past decade and has become one of the top hiking destinations in India. It has become a favorite destination for chronic trekking enthusiasts given its proximity. The clean water pools and trekker-friendly environment is what became Nagalapuram’s claim to fame. There are many well-known trekking trails in this place. One of them is Nagalapuram Hills.

      Nagalapuram Hills is a vast place spread over more than ten thousand acres. Here the trails run along streams. At all times you will be walking beside streams and jumping across them from boulder to boulder. There is another exhilarating trek that connects Nagalapuram and Tada. This is locally known as marathon in mountains given its difficulty level.

      That is why Nagalapuram is one of the toughest hiking destinations in the country. But the difficulty in hiking is compensated from the sights that are on display here. The scenic charm of the place is outstanding. The mountains of Nagalapuram have so many scenic delights that they look straight out of an adventure travel movie.


    • 20Araku Valley Trek, Andhra Pradesh

      Image Credit : roadconnoisseur -flickr

      Araku Valley is located between Vishakhapatnam and Hyderabad in Andhra Pradesh. This place is known for its verdant greenery and has some of the best hikes in India. There are plenty of hills, thick forests, and waterfalls in the Araku Valley. The valley is spread across an area of 36 kms. The valley is located on the Eastern Ghats of India. There are many ethnic tribes living in this area still.

      The hiking trails in Araku are moderately difficult. When in transit you will see the tribal habitation and their culture in full display. Hiking routes take you through these tribal villages. Along the trail you can also see the Barezolla Park. Then there are the Bora Caves which is a popular spot. The Bora Caves to Katiki Water Falls hiking trail is a popular one too. In the Araku Valley that you will see the Jindhagada Peak. This mountain is the highest in Andhra Pradesh and is one of the top hiking destinations in India. There are separate hiking trails to this mountain and beyond.