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Best Popular Treks in the Himalayas

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Home to the very best peaks on the planet, the Himalayas are vast – stretching across India, Bhutan, and Nepal finding their beginning and end in Pakistan and China.

We’re lucky to change states in a country that hosts this majestic range. A number of us have made that thought a reality and some of us are still contemplating it. Either way, there’s always more to find out and more peaks to trek, the Himalayan list isn’t exhaustive. This article aims to try and address some of the questions you may have in your mind regarding Himalayan trekking.

Best Time To Travel To

  • Roopkund Trek: May to June before the monsoon, August-September to October after the monsoon.
  • Chadar Trek: January and February during winters, when the temperatures vary from -5 degrees Celsius to -25 degrees Celsius.
  • Beas Kund Glacier: From mid-May to mid-October, having a great climate.
  • Har Ki Dun: April to June during summers, and September to December post-monsoons.
  • Chandrashila Deorital: April to June.
  • Kashmir Great Lakes: July to September, considered to be a transitional period from peak summers to Autumn.

How to Reach

  • Roopkund Trek: Lohajang Pass, the starting point.
  • Chadar Trek: You can reach the Chadar trek by covering about 65 to 70 km distance from Leh to Chilling and then to Tilad.
  • Beas Kund Glacier: From Manali, the starting point of the trek, via air or road.
  • Har Ki Dun: From Dehradun via railways or airways, to Sankri, the beginning point.
  • Chandrashila Deorital: Rishikesh via overnight train or bus from Haridwar.
  • Kashmir Great Lakes: Firstly, you have to reach Nishant Garden in Srinagar, either by air, bus, or by train one day before the trek.

Reasons To Undertake To

  • Roopkund Trek: Deep oak forests of Gehroli, meadows of Bedni Bugyal and Ali Bugyal.
  • Chadar Trek: One of the most difficult walks, demands great health, an undistracted mind, and the ability to understand the command of the trek leader.
  • Beas Kund Glacier: Amphitheater of huge mountains, grasslands of Dhundi and Bakarthach, and ancient Deodar forests.
  • Har Ki Dun: Trekking from Taluka to Gangad, meadows of Kalkathiyadhar, the tale of the ancient villages and Devsu Thatch.
  • Chandrashila Deorital: Trail flared up with rhododendrons and birdlife. 
  • Kashmir Great Lakes: Splendid view of sunrise from the Tabletop or Shekdur campsite.

Things To Carry

The essentials you would need on Himalayan treks are as follows:

  • Trekking shoes
  • Backpack
  • Woolen clothing items
  • Three synthetic t-shirts
  • Insulation layers(3 in summers, 4 in post-monsoons, and 5 in winters)
  • Two trekking pants
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun cap
  • Synthetic hand gloves
  • Woolen caps(Balaclava)
  • Three pairs of socks
  • Headlamp
  • A pair of trekking poles
  • Rainwear
  • Rain cover for backpack
  • Day pack
  • Toilet kit
  • Cutlery
  • Plastic Covers
  • Personal Medicine kit
  • Necessary Documents(original and photocopy of photo id, Disclaimer Form, and Medical Certificate)

Level Of Difficulty

The difficulty level of a trek can be categorized into two parts: Broad category(Easy-Moderate, Moderate, Moderate-Difficult, and Difficult), and Levels(Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3).

Places To Travel To

  • Roopkund Trek
  • Chadar Trek
  • Beas Kund Glacier
  • Har Ki Dun
  • Chandrashila Deorital 
  • Kashmir Great Lakes, etc.

About The Locals

Of the four principal language families within the Indian subcontinent—Indo-European, Tibeto-Burman, Austroasiatic, and Dravidian—the first two are well represented within the Himalayas. In the past, people speaking languages from both families mixed in varying proportions in several areas.

Some Facts

  • Trekkers experience the cross-culture of the place.
  • The trek is considered to be sacred as it is believed that Lord Shiva had meditated for more than 3 utopias.
  • Though trekking here is fun, it is associated with many challenges and risks.
  • Visiting the Great Kashmir Lake trek is the best if you love beautiful sceneries and landscapes.
  • After going on the trek, you will surely realize how magnificent the world is.

Conclusion

There are many Himalayan treks you can explore. The place you would like to go on a trek here depends on your fitness level, how adventurous you are, and your will to visit that place. It would be a great way to take a chill pill from your strenuous schedule and a break from your monotonous life. You will never regret going for a trek as going for the right kind of trek according to your fitness level would be a memorable experience in your life.