Adventures With a View – 7 Best Treks in North India
The northern part of India is a beautiful canvas that showcases Mother Nature’s artistic skills. But it is also the playground for a wide range of adventure activities. The rugged mountainous terrain around the mighty Himalayas is home to some of the most beautiful trekking trails in the world. Trekking in North India, or any outdoor activity, is accompanied by breath-taking scenery. The Himalayas beckon. Answer the call of the mountains and head out on the trails. Here are seven treks in North India that offer adventure with a view.
Ladakh is the best place for an adventure traveller looking for awesome places for trekking in North India. The Chadar Trek is a thrilling experience that can satisfy even the most seasoned adventure enthusiasts. The frozen Zanskar River is your trail that leads you through a magical, snow-covered landscape adorned with frozen waterfalls and crazy icy formations. The 62-kilometre trek, at 11,123 feet, takes 9 days to complete. And when you complete it, it gives you an immense sense of satisfaction of having taken on and conquered a difficult trek.
The trek to Hampta Pass is among the most spectacular ones in India. Starting from Manali, the trail leads you through lush green forests and soaring mountain peaks until you reach Spiti Valley via Kullu Valley. The views along the way and at the end of the trek are stunning in their untamed beauty. The Club Mahindra resorts in Manali will pamper you with their hospitality as you prepare for this relatively easy, scenic trek. The 35-kilometre-long trek happens at around 14,000 feet and takes around 5-6 days to complete.
When you book one of the Club Mahindra resorts in Himachal Pradesh, you get easy access to some of the most beautiful treks in North India. Starting at Barshaini, the Kasol Kheerganga trek is a refreshing two-day trip that passes through the scenic Parvati Valley. The magnificent waterfalls you find along the way, prepare you for the wonder of Kheerganga, its mystical host springs. Rejuvenate your body with a soothing soak and take in the views of snow-capped peaks in the distance. This is one trek you won’t ever forget.
The trek to Valley of Flowers is filled with wonders. Laying your eyes on the colourful carpet of flowers, extending as far as the eye can see, for the first time is a heady experience. The valley floor is a riot of colours that beautifully complements the towering green mountains. The gurgling of the pristine Himalayan streams is a soothing salve for the soul. This UNESCO World Heritage Site has earned its distinction with its beauty and serenity. The 8-kilometre-long trek starts from Ghangaria and takes seven hours to complete.
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Starting from Munsiyari, at 2,290 metres, the Nanda Devi trek is a beautiful journey through Uttarakhand’s Garhwal region. Following the Gori Ganga River gorge, the trek offers breath-taking sights along the way. The cosy hamlets that you encounter along the way seem to have jumped straight out of picture postcards. But what you will remember the most is the snow-capped peak of Nanda Devi which watches over you as you trek over the tricky terrain and enjoy nature’s artwork. Be sure to carry enough woollens as it gets quite cold.
Kashmir is heaven on earth, and the Sonmarg-Gangabal trek is your chance to explore it first-hand. The Gangabal Lake is a stunning creation of nature that is considered sacred by locals and pilgrims alike. The 5-day trek is a treat for the senses. Breathing the crisp mountain air at 3,570 metres is a rejuvenating experience. But take it easy as it may easily take your breath away if you haven’t acclimatised properly. June to September is the best time to undertake this trek as clear weather makes the going easy.
This is the most unique trek in this list as the trails goes through a lush forest of deodar, oak, and rhododendron. Start your trek from the Main Square of McLeodganj. It is easy going until the first pit stop at Dharamkot Primary School. From here, the trail twists and turns, and curves steeply until it takes you to the top of Triund Hill. Spend a night under a starry sky at the campsite around two kilometres before the peak. This is a short trek that will recharge your batteries.
Trekking is a fun adventure activity which also happens to have multiple health benefits. Lose yourself in the rugged, mountainous landscapes to find your inner strength. Book your Club Mahindra holiday and get set for an exciting adventure.
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