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Top 10 winter treks of India

Explore the mountain circle with these amazing winter treks

Open up your arms in the Himalayas this winter on this Indian tavern. And for anyone who thinks winter is a short-fall season, let me tell you it isn’t in the Himalayas. You will find snow there from December to March throughout. 

If you want to travel in immersed snow, then target for January & February month, during this time, you will find less traffic as well – A peaceful paradise, I must say! 

Now let’s discover the wonderful top 10 winter treks of India!

1. Dayara Bugyal

Dayara Bugyal
Dayara Bugyal

A perfect trekking destination amidst snow for beginners. This trek has a perfect ascending climb with scenic landscapes, dense oak forests and lush green meadows. During the winter season, the snow gheraoed the entire region making it look like a bygone seen of Narnia movie. 

For those who are planning to travel with family, this trek can be your call. And if you have travelled to Dayara Bugyal in summers, then you should see it in winters as well! This trek begins from Barsu village, 45 km from Uttarkashi. 

Difficulty in winter: Easy to Moderate

Highest altitude: 11,978 ft

Duration: 6 days

Available in: November, December, January, February, March

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Brahmatal Winter Trek

Brahmatal trek ranks as one of the most visited treks of India & is quite famous because of snow-covered alleys. For an enthusiastic trekker, nothing can serve better than Brahmatal trek this winter. Amidst the snow, high altitude alpine lake is tucked in the Garhwal region of the Himalayas. But despite this scenic landscape this trek is comparatively moderate & an easy go.

The Brahmatal trail has deep and shadowy forests of oaks and rhododendrons to snow-covered meadows, lakeside camping at Bekaltal, the alpine Brahmatal lake proximity, and a snow-covered vision! The trek surmounts a closer look to peaks like Mt. Nanda Ghunti and Mt. Trishul.

Difficulty in winter: Moderate

Highest altitude: 12,200 ft

Duration: 6 days

Available in: Mid-October to February

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2. Brahmatal Winter Trek

Brahmatal Winter Trek
Brahmatal Winter Trek

Brahmatal trek ranks as one of the most visited treks of India & is quite famous because of snow-covered alleys. For an enthusiastic trekker, nothing can serve better than Brahmatal trek this winter. Amidst the snow, high altitude alpine lake is tucked in the Garhwal region of the Himalayas. But despite this scenic landscape this trek is comparatively moderate & an easy go.

The Brahmatal trail has deep and shadowy forests of oaks and rhododendrons to snow-covered meadows, lakeside camping at Bekaltal, the alpine Brahmatal lake proximity, and a snow-covered vision! The trek surmounts a closer look to peaks like Mt. Nanda Ghunti and Mt. Trishul.

Difficulty in winter: Moderate

Highest altitude: 12,200 ft

Duration: 6 days

Available in: Mid-October to February

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3. Kedarkantha Peak Trek

Kedarkantha Peak
Kedarkantha Peak

It is one of the most popular winter treks and always tops the traveller’s list. During winters this trail is capped with snow amidst long alpine trees. Situated in Western Garhwal region of the Uttarakashi district, the Kedarkantha Trek is known for being one of the easy treks of the country which can be chaperoned by people who are inexperienced trekkers and have no knowledge of prior trekking. 

In this summit, you will have the prettiest campsite locations available, the snow-capped 360 degrees of the Himalayas. The drive to Kedarkantha takes you through Mussoorie, Nowgaon, Purola and Mori before finally bringing you to Kotgaon. 

Difficulty in winter: Easy to Moderate

Highest altitude: 12,500 ft

Duration: 6 days

Available in: December to April (Winters) and July to August (Summers)

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4. Chopta- Chandrashilla Deoria Tal Trek

Chopta Chandrashila Deoria Tal Trek, Uttrakhand
Chopta Chandrashila Deoria Tal Trek, Uttrakhand

No matter where you go in the world, the experience always stays with you. And this is what Chopta-Chadrashilla trek is about. The trail is loaded with hazy snow, dense pine trees and rich fauna making the entire trek enchanting. The first major destination of this trek is Deoria Tal lake, situated at an elevation of 7, 800 feet. It is often said that once the Pandavas from the Mahabharata had come to the waters of Deoriatal when they thirsty and stood a test of wisdom. In this trek, you will experience the pleasure of camping under the azure twilight. 

Difficulty in winter: Easy to Moderate

Highest altitude: 12,500 ft

Duration: 5 days

Available in: October to December (Winters) and April to June (Summers)

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5. Nag Tibba Trek

Nag Tibba Peak
Nag Tibba Peak

It is one of the most alluring trekking destinations for the weekends. This trek is can be done by beginners and children and is also a perfect match for first-time doers.

This trek poses no threat of altitude sickness and has an easy ascend & descend. For Delhites, this can be the best planned weekend trip to enjoy a rejuvenating weekend in the calm depths of forested mountains.

The trek goes on up to Nag Tibba base, marked by a temple dedicated to the ophidian god, and from there to Nag Tibba top. From the high point of Nag Tibba, you can mark out Bandarpoonch, Kedarnath and Chanabang.

Difficulty in winter: Easy to Moderate

Highest altitude: 12,500 ft

Duration: 5 days

Available in: October to December (Winters) and April to June (Summers)

6. Har ki Dun Trek

Har ki Dun Trail
Har ki Dun Trail

Often called as one of the oldest trekking trails of India. All your fears, your aspirations, your dreams will fall in love with this trek. From elegant riverside trail to the warm behaviour shown by the locals to Ruinsara Tal all the intimidating attraction compose this trek. 

This trek can be a bit strenuous for the beginners. Snowfall also has great shifts in the itinerary. 

Difficulty in winter: Moderate

Highest altitude: 11,811 ft

Duration: 9 days

Available in: October, November, December, March, April

7. Everest Base Camp, Nepal

Everest Base Camp
Everest Base Camp

And the credit to father of all Treks goes to Everest Base Camp, Nepal. Being extremist in nature this trek is for experienced trekkers only. The Everest Base Camp on the south side (Nepal) is a paradise for adventure seekers and nature lovers. This is the most popular trekking route visited by thousands of people every year. Being surrounded by the Himalayas and the Everest this trek serves as a great source of providing peace to mind, body and soul.

The destinations covered in this trek will rise from Lukla while making it’s way to Phakding trek and then from Phakding to Namche Bazar, Tengboche, Dingboche, Lobuche, Gorakshep and then finally arriving at the peak of Everest Base Camp – Kalapathar.

Difficulty in winter: Difficult

Highest altitude: 18,200 ft

Duration: 13 days

Available in: November, April, and May

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8. The Great Chadar Trek

Chadar Trek, Leh Ladakh, India
Chadar Trek, Leh Ladakh, India

The feeling when you reach the top of your summit can’t be described in words! Chadar Trek journey commences from Leh town. For anyone who is planning to go for this trek, the only way to reach Leh is by flight. The entire region is surrounded by snow – A white paradise one may say! Glimpses of the snow-capped mountains are vigil from the flight as it descends toward Leh which is located at 11400 feet above sea level. 

The trek is aloft the Zanskar River which rests frozen during the winter. The most favoured time to cross the ice would be in February. During that time, the ice is at its most stable state. This Frozen River Trek will start from the small village of Chilling from where the Zanskar River begins to freeze.

Difficulty in winter: Difficult

Highest altitude: 3500 ft

Duration: 09 days

Available in: January and February

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9. The Sainj Valley Trek

The Sainj Valley Trek
The Sainj Valley Trek

 

 

If you are someone looking for a short span of a trek, then this is your go-to call The alpine background, pine trees, graceful clearings, small grasslands, big mountains all compromise of Sainj Valley Trek. And if plan it in winter, you’ll get the chance to see the whole Sainj Valley covered in snow. 

For just a weekend, this trek is a major bargain. It’s very close to Mandi. I would highly recommend it to anyone in Delhi, Chandigarh or surrounding cities.

Difficulty in winter: Easy-Moderate

Highest altitude: 6,890 ft

Duration: 2 days

Available in: January, February, March

10. Parashar Lake Trek

Prashar Lake Trek
Prashar Lake

It is located at a distance of nearly 50 km from Mandi and is a trending offbeat hiking spot in Himachal Pradesh. Snow covers the entire region here under his arms and the golden rays of sun falling compromises a majestic view. The end of the trek is a beautiful lake with azure waters, held sacred by the local people. You can also visit the three-storied pagoda here, located just along the lake. The shrine is dedicated to the sage Prashar, who is said to have meditated here.

Reaching here one can get clear and glittering sights of the Dhauladhar, Pir Panjal and Kinnaur range. The silence of the trek uplift the positive environment making it a life long experience. 

Maximum Altitude: About 8,477 ft. above sea level.

Duration: Take about 2-3 days to complete.

Difficulty Level: Easy to Moderate

Distance Covered: Approximately 8 kilometres from Baggi village.

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