In India, the snow trek season typically starts from November and lasts till March. It is the favourite season for snow lovers and provides an incredible opportunity to all who have an adventurous spirit to trek through the snow-clad mountains and feel the adrenaline rush. 

The cold weather, and high altitudes makes the trekking experience challenging and rewarding at the same time. During these snow treks, you can be sure to traverse through one-of-a-kind wilderness and come across the most pristine and surreal views of the mountain peaks covered in snow. 

In this blog, we list down 6 best snow treks in India. Some of these are suited for beginners and first-time trekkers, while other are strictly for seasoned and professional trekkers. These winter treks in India will take you across frozen streams, oak forests, and awe-inspiring view of the snow-clad peaks. 

You can use our Distance Calculator to know the distance from your city to closest city where you want to go trekking or the base village from where the trekking begins. The tool also gives you driving directions, allowing you to plan your travel easily. 

Chadar Trek, Ladakh

One of the best snow trekking places in India, Chadar Trek is only meant for the daring souls with an unending penchant for adventure. One of the hardest treks in India, it gives you the most unique and unforgettable trekking experience of the mighty Himalayan peaks. 

The trekking season here typically starts in February when the Zanskar River begins to freeze. Walking on the frozen river is not just an experience of a lifetime and the walk all the up to the summit will test your fitness and willpower. 

As you start your journey to the top from the base village known as Chilling, during the trek, you would surely meet a few local residents who live in the village. You can interact with them to know about how they have adapted their lifestyle to survive in this challenging habitat. 

If you manage to complete this trek against the harsh climatic conditions which is deceptively alluring but dangerous, it would be one of the greatest achievements and adventure tales of your life. 

Difficulty level

Challenging

Trek duration 

5-7 days

Maximum Altitude

11,950

Closest City/Town

Leh

Distance from Leh to Chilling village

60 kms (approx.)

 

Har Ki Dun, Uttarakhand

One of the most popular winter treks in India, Har Ki Dun is located in the heart of Govind Ballabh Pant National Park in the Garhwal region. Har Ki Dun is a wonderland and a snow haven. Many trekking enthusiasts from all over India and overseas come here every year to go on a trekking excursion. 

The trek to Har Ki Dun is a fascinating experience as the untouched valleys and the stunning views surround you all the time. As you climb your way up to the summit, you would cross enchanting alpine meadows and pine forests that are covered in snow. Also, you would see many villages along way that have been here for more than 3000 years. 

The trek is suitable for beginners and first-time trekkers, and it is sure to give you immense joy when you complete the trek. Along with the adventure, the trek also gives you a chance to explore the local culture and get acquainted with the local lifestyle. 

Difficulty level

Easy to moderate

Trek duration 

7-9 days

Maximum Altitude

11,811

Closest City/Town

Dehradun

Distance from Leh to Sankri village (base camp)

200 kms (approx.)

 

Goechala and Dzongri Trek, Sikkim

Towering over 15,000 ft and sitting comfortably on Goecha La, the trek offers you the most stunning view of the grand snow-clad mountains. The trek overlooks the awe-inspiring Kanchenjunga Mountain ranges and from the top you can see 14 other stunning summits. 

Rated among the top snow treks in India, the trek gives you a chance to witness the most magical sunset and sunrise over the snow-clad Himalayan mountain ranges; it is a sight that would remain etched in your memory for ever. It is as surreal as it can get. 

While you make your way to the top, your will have to pass through a stretch of gorgeous alpine forest. The ethereal calmness and the peaceful vibe of the place surely transcend you into another world. Also, along the way you would come across the magnificent, teardrop-shaped Goecha Lake. 

Difficulty level

Challenging

Trek duration 

10-12 days

Maximum Altitude

15,100 ft

Closest City/Town

Sikkim

Distance from Sikkim to Thansing village (base camp)

86 kms (approx.)

 

Kedarkantha Trek, Uttarakhand

If you are a first-time trekker and looking for the best winter trekking in India, you would surely enjoy the Kedarkantha trek. One of the best trials in India for the beginners, the trek would give you a memorable experience for a lifetime. 

The trail is covered in a thick blanket of snow and the cover becomes thicker during winters. It is also a wonderful expedition for nature lovers to soak in the untouched and unfiltered natural beauty. 

The trail is about 20 to 25 kms long and all along the way on your journey to the top, you get the most stunning panoramic view of the tall pine trees covered in snow. Although the trek is easy, certain portions of the journey will require a steep climb, which will test your fitness and stamina. 

Difficulty level

Easy to moderate

Trek duration 

5-7 days

Maximum Altitude

12,500 ft

Closest City/Town

Dehradun

Distance from Sikkim to Sankri village (base camp)

200 kms (approx.)

 

Nag Tibba Trek, Uttarakhand

Located in the Garhwal region, Nag Tibba Trek is nestled in the lower Himalayas. It is one of the easy trekking trails in the region as trekkers don’t have to worry about high altitude sickness. The trek takes about 2-4 days maximum to reach the summit, making it an excellent weekend adventure getaway for trekking lovers in India. 

For the initial part of the climb, the trail is rock but once you pass through, you would be greeted by a patch of Oak and Rhododendron tree forest. During winters, the entire stretch is covered under snow and once you reach the top you get the most enchanting view of the Garhwal Himalayan range. 

Difficulty level

Easy to moderate

Trek duration 

2-4 days

Maximum Altitude

9,915 ft

Closest City/Town

Mussoorie

Distance from Mussoorie to Pantwari village (base camp)

57 kms (approx.)

 

Kuari Pass, Uttarakhand

When you talk about best snow treks in India, Kuari Pass inevitably must find its place in the list. Located in the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve, the trek leads you through the most picturesque views of the Garhwal meadows. 

A wonderful trekking option for beginners looking to go trekking in the snow-clad mountains, the trail leads you to old forests and magnificent landscapes that are just awe-inspiring. 

Difficulty level

Easy to moderate

Trek duration 

4-6 days

Maximum Altitude

13,990 ft

Closest City/Town

Rishikesh

Distance from Mussoorie to Tugashi village (base camp)

265 kms (approx.)

Now that you know about the best winter trekking places in India, you can plan your adventure trip and have the best experience of your life. 

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