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Best Winter Treks to do in India

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For adventurers and trekkers, Himalayan winter treks in India are very popular. It is the natural dose that keeps their heart racing and prepares them for more challenges. Himachal and Uttarakhand are two marvellous states which are crowned with the mighty Himalayan ranges. Experiencing these herculean treks that will challenge your stamina but at the same time will allure you with their breathtaking views and amazing sceneries. 

Categorising these winter treks with lots of snow in Himalayan ranges the trekkers now have started taking visiting these amazing places mostly in winters where they can experience the snow-clad mountains which offer some of the best views of the region with the scintillating snow-capped mountains and the distant valleys. Here you will pass through the scenery of the meadows, magical oak trees, cascading waterfalls, and some little hamlets during the treks. The winter treks are the best experience altogether to see nature in a different mood.

Chopta trek

Those who want to experience serenity and solitude then must go for Chopta trek especially in winters. This region in winters is blessed by huge snowfall, it looks like mini Switzerland in Uttarakhand. Chopta blanketed with snow is an ideal place for winter sports like skiing, snow trekking. The temperature will drop at minimum to minus five and it snows throughout March. However what makes the valley more mesmerising during the winters are the snow-clad peaks, large icefields, and adventure activities. During the winters, Chopta witnesses a good influx of people from all across India. 

The winters at Chopta start as it receives its first snowfall, generally the first snowfall occurs late in November. Sometimes it may happen in the first week of November but that doesn’t last long. If you want to experience the heavy snowfall in Chopta then you must plan your visit here in December or January.

  • Difficulty: Easy-Moderate
  • Region: Kedarnath wildlife sanctuary, Uttarakhand
  • Duration: 3-6 Days

Kuari Pass Lake

The serene Kurari pass is located in a glacial valley in Tapoban, Uttarakhand is so unpredictable that it almost doesn’t look real. The spell bound views of the surrounding snow-clad mountains, the entire way are to die for. You may be an experienced trekker or not but this trek is a delight for everybody. The trek takes 6 days to complete but it is worth visiting every moment.

  • Difficulty: Easy-Moderate
  • Region: Tapoban, Uttarakhand
  • Duration: 6 Days
  • Base Village: Karchhi village

Kedarnath Trek

The Kedarnath, not to be confused with the popular Kedarnath trek, is a 6-day long trek equipped with endearing campsites, the most thrilling views, and one of the best winter treks in the Himalayas. The sheer beauty of this trail is no secret, as the views from this hiking trail are unmatched, and the villages along the way are truly national gems. It is undoubtedly one of the most exciting winter treks in India.

  • Difficulty: Easy-Moderate
  • Region: Kitchawan Road, Uttarakhand
  • Duration: 6 Days
  • Base Village: Sankri village

Chadar Trek, Leh

The rugged terrain of Leh is certainly not a secret anymore as the Chadar trek is one of the most difficult winter treks in India. The most unpredictable trek is where adventure comes to reality. Physically this trek is not that hard but it is a mentally challenging thing to do in winters. Chadar is a frozen river where trekkers walk to reach the peak of this trek. The most ravishing beauty of the different sections of the river keeps you enchanted throughout the trek. Although the beauty here is at its peak in the form of harsh temperatures, that is the very element that keeps the Chadar river frozen.

  • Difficulty: Difficult 
  • Region: Leh
  • Duration:9 – 10 Days

Brahmatal Trek

Brahmatal trek is a paradise in every season, especially in the winters it makes for an incredibly beautiful snow trek. The highlight of this trek is the gigantic snow-clad mountain views that you will be enjoying while on this trek and the frozen lakes. The alluring lakes look like frozen white carpets, shining like gleaming stars blending perfectly with the surroundings. 

  • Difficulty: Easy to Moderate 
  • Region: Raithal, Uttarakhand
  • Duration: 6 Days
  • Base Village: Lohajung

Triund Trek

If you are from the north side like Delhi or Chandigarh and looking for a short weekend trek in winter the Triund winter trek is one of the most popular winter weekend treks to enjoy in India. The best part about the trek is that it can even be taken up by beginners who have no prior experience in trekking. The mesmerising oakwood forests are truly the highlight of this trek.

  • Difficulty: Easy  
  • Region: Dharamshala
  • Duration: 2 Days

 

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