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Trekking

Somewhere between the bottom of the climb and the summit is the answer to the mystery why we climb

Overview

Trekking has been in our genes since childhood, our ancestors used to trek in order to travel from one place to another for trade purpose or for relocation. What currently is considered as adventurous experience/expedition was a necessity for our ancestors.

India is truly a trekker’s paradise. India has a diverse geographical condition,which makes it a heaven for the trekkers- be it amatuers or experts. There are snow covered mountains and dense forests to river plains and deserts. Its give’s trekkers multiple options to explore and experince the scenic extremity of nature.

Hence, India is home to a galore of terrains that offer uniquely divine experiences in the form of discovery on feet whether you are a seasoned veteran or a young enthusiast looking forward to getting lost in valleys, India is a host to one and all.

As said, “The toughest climbs lead to the best of views”.

Trekking in India

Most popular tours

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Kathgodam, Uttarakhand


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Rs.9400

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7 Days

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Leh, Ladakh


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Rs.9400

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8 Days

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Manali, Himachal Pradesh


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Rs.9400

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8 Days

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Yuksom, Sikkim


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Rs.9400

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11 Days

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Kopidana, West Bengal


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Rs.9400

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6 Days

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Dhaula


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Rs.9400

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8 Days

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Joshimath, Uttarakhand


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Rs.9400

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6 Days

Season for Trekking in India

Seasons

Unlike every other adventure sport which is moderated by weather conditions, trekking has no such reservations. The evergreen sport can accommodate your whims throughout the year. Discover which temperature quenches your appetite for your version of a quintessential trekking experience. Trekking should be experienced not only on a clear sky but also in rain, in snow and at night. Each location has a different season for trekking to ensure.

Trekking in Himalayas

Well, hiking and trekking can be done almost anywhere off-road, there are some major geographical land formations where trekking becomes a memorable experience. The Himalayan mountains, the river plains and the  ghats.

The plethora of such trekking destinations are imbibed with the local culture of the people and society belonging to the region. From hospitality of local villagers to immersive traditions, trekking can prove to be a time capsule to bygone eras.

Various trekking expeditions which begin from the Himalayas intertwine their way to the topographies down to the Deccan Plateau and further beyond. Here are a few of the locations best known for an impeccable experience.

HIMALAYAS

The melting glaciers, Snow covered mountains, babbling rivers, lake formations, high altitude mountains, deep gorges, and valleys ensure breathtaking scenery. Trekking in Himalayan is quite challenging. Chandrasheel, Nagtibba, Kedarkantha and Brahmatal are not so difficult short 2-4 day treks. Kuari Pass, Gangotri, Hampta Pass, Chandrataaland peaks in and around spiti are week-long treks. For those who want to up a notch and want to test their limits, here a few treks we recommend.

Trekking in Stok Kangri near Leh

1) Stok Kangri 

A beautiful trek in leh. It is one of the highest trekkable mountains in the world. Situated in the remote and scenic Ladakh region of north-west India, Stok Kangri  is one thrilling and adventurous trek.  With a  height of 6153mts above sea level , Stok Kangri is not for beginners. So venture here Only if you are  experienced in high altitude trekking and have completed at least two 4,000 meter peaks.

During the trek you may come across  some authentic high altitude Himalayan birds and animals like Blue Sheep or Bharal, Himalayan Marmots, Pikas,  Chukar (symbol of love), Alpine Chough and Yaks . The trek has an all around mesmerizing view of the Karakoram Rangen in the background. With multiple ridges, the scenic landscape changes quite suddenly during the treks.

Trekking in Chadar Trek Frozen river near Ladakh

2) The Frozen River – Chadar Trek

Have you ever imagined walking on a frozen river?. Well, chadar trek can make you experience that. During the winter months in Ladakh when all the routes to reach the Zanskar valley  are covered by snow, the  only way to reach the Zanskar valley is by crossing  the frozen river.

In January and February when the temperature drops to -30c to -35c the river turns  into  a mesmerizing crystal lake. The river freezes into sheets of ice in winter making a route for trekking. If you are an ardent adventure enthusiast and are willing to experience the harshness of the severe climatic condition, this trek is perfect for you. During this trek, porters play an essential role by carrying your trekking gear and other necessary stuff. The trek covers a distance of 15-16 km every day.

Trekking in Miyar Valley

3) Miyar Valley

Miyar is a special place, Sir Chris Bonington described it as the ‘Yosemite of India’. To reach Miyar Valley, one has to cross the famous Rohtang pass and travel for 7 hours which is not for the faint-hearted.

Miyar Valley is located in seclusion in-between the PirPanjal and Zanskar ranges. Known as the “Valley of Flowers” and especially noteworthy for the beautiful blue poppy flowers during the peak season, Miyar Valley is a treat for solo climbers and travellers from across the globe. The Valley offers climbing experiences par excellence – untouched and unparallel!

Trekking in Sar Pass

4) Sar Pass

It is an ideal trek for a beginner. The trek through forest, meadows and quaint villages. Climb to the summit of Sar Pass at 13,799 feet for stunning views of snow-capped mountains. This is also one of the toughest trek-stretch. This place receives good snowfall and is prone to blizzards.

The trek starts from Kasol, which is a haven for backpackers from around the globe. The trek further takes you to Becker and Bandhak Thatch. Bandhak Thatch is a beautiful alpine spot, with snow clad mountains and lush green meadows. The trek commences at Barshai, from where buses to Manikaran and further back to Kasol are available.

Trekking in Western Ghat

WESTERN GHATS

The Western Ghats refer to the approximately 1600 km long stretch of mountains that runs along the Western coast of India and covers the states of Gujarat to Tamil Nadu. Beginning from Tapti River in Gujarat and already a declared UNESCO heritage site, this range encompasses the Cardamom, Nilgiri, Annamalai, and Sahyadri mountain ranges. The Ghats here are globally famed for the unique bio-diversity and are home to dozens of endangered species. Anamudi in Kerala is the highest peak at a height of 2695 feet.

Famous waterfalls like the Jog falls (Karnataka), Dudhsagar (Goa), Sathodi (Karnataka) among others are located here and rivers like Godavari, Krishna, Kaveri and Tungbhadra line the Ghats.

MalshejGhat is a fascinating place for monsoon travelers and climbers.  it is full of ideal climbing places and old ruins. You must check out Kalsubai, Harishchandragad, Bhairavgad and Ratangad which are beautiful during and post monsoons. Lush green covers and the rich flora of the area add to the thrilling experience of climbing and the place is seen teeming with tourist and climbers during the peak seasons.

Unlike Northern Mountains which lose the accessibility in winters and snowfalls, Western Ghats are accessible throughout the year even during rainfall months. This is also one of the reasons why tourists and climbers throng this area in search of lifetime experiences. these sentences are breaking the flow. could join them or use a connector here.

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Sports & Events

(Kindly help us refine the list below as it is devoid of peaks in the Aravalli ranges, Eastern ghats, North eastern Himalayas, Nilgiris and other mountain ranges. Write to us at help@extremesportsindia.com for adding peaks that you have trekked as per below mentioned grades)

1. Easy

Generally, a trek which has a small stretch of terrain to be walked and even a beginner can join is considered as an easy trek. An easy trek has low steep slopes, fewer gravels, no river crossing, favorable climatic conditions, fewer challenges, etc. This type of trek covers only 4- 7 km per day. Most of the time an easy trek is a one day trek. Some of the treks which beginners can try are:-

  • Lohagad Fort (Maharashtra)
  • Kalsubai peak (Maharashtra)
  • Beaskund (Manali)
  • Prashar Lake (Himachal)
  • Nag Tibba (Himalayas)
  • Prashar lake (Himachal)
  • Rajmachi fort (Maharashtra)

2. Moderate

A trek is graded as a medium when it requires little strength, efforts, stamina on the part of the practitioners. A moderate trek might also contain climatic conditions, high altitudes, less oxygen in the air, etc. Here distance covered is 9 to 13 km per day. Moderate trek might stretch for a couple of days. Beginners can step ahead increasing their ability for trekking to some of these beautiful treks:-

  • Markha Valley (Ladakh)
  • Harishchandragad (Maharashtra)
  • Kuari Tapovan (Uttarakhand)
  • Valley of Flowers (Uttarakhand)
  • Hampta Pass (Manali)
  • Kedarkantha (Uttrakhand)

3. Difficult

A hard trek tests the ability of participant. A hard trek tests stamina, strength, willpower, patience of the enthusiasts. An enthusiast has to deal with many difficulties during the strenuous trek. He/She might face steep slopes, rocky terrain, river crossing, etc. Climatic conditions become harsh as the altitude of the region increases. Average distance covered while trek is 5 to 17 km per day depending upon terrain

  • Chadar River – Zanskar (Ladakh)
  • Rupin Pass (Himachal Pradesh)
  • Roopkund (Uttarakhand)
  • Stok Kangri Summit (Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir)
  • Kang Yatse Peak

General Tips

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Though a nomadic sport, it still comes with its set of dangers. Hence it’s advisable to exercise caution in the following ways:

Acclimatize

Doesn’t just mean adjusting to the weather and altitude but also pre-emptively to the rigorous exercise of trekking by undergoing routine physical exertion and working out before the journey to avoid muscular discomfort.

Hydrate

Drinking water maintains a steady heart rate which is required to successfully complete any adventure.

Stick Together

Moderate and difficult grade treks should be done in groups. Follow the trek leader and his instructions at all times.

Sportswear only

Comfort is key. As much as you are tempted to populate your camera roll with Instagram-able moments, it’s best to travel light and breezy.

Higher Carb Diet For Energy

Eat sufficiently but not overtly. Energize yourself for it’s a long way to go. Energy consumption will be at its peak especially in areas with low oxygen level, the only way to stay ahead is by making your body a powerhouse of nutrients.

Local guide, if available

For those trekking alone, without a trekking operator, it’s best to have someone from the local arena give you guidance on the route, local remedies, and creatures to stay away from. Insights on quicker routes to get to your destination and accessibility to refreshments is best known to dwellers in the region.

Equipments

Different types of gears and preparation are needed for different grades and terrains to make your mountaineering is safer and enjoyable. These things are must have :

  • Sleeping Bag
  • Mountaineering Boots
  • Foldable Sleeping Pad
  • Extra pair of socks Slippers
  • Rain Jacket
  • Trek Pants
  • Sunglasses
  • Warm Hat
  • Water Bottles
  • Torch
  • First Aid
  • Snacks
  • Moisturizers
  • Medicines
General Tips for Trekking in India