10 Best Treks In India

While India has innumerable trails and vast, verdant landscapes, it is almost impossible to limit the list of best treks to just ten. However, we have managed to craft a list of ten treks that will take you through some untrodden routes, dense forests, and river crossings all the way up to snow-laden peaks with views of magical sunsets.


1. Hampta Pass Trek, Himachal Pradesh

The Hampta Pass Trek is one of the best monsoon treks in India. This stunning crossover trek takes you 14,000 feet above sea level with the lush green valleys of Kullu on one side, and the arid backdrops of Lahaul on the other.
Best time to visit: Mid-June to mid-October
Trek duration: 5 days
Total distance: 35km
Base camp: Jobra (Closest to Manali)


2. Beas Kund Trek, Himachal Pradesh

The Beas Kund Trek is another popular monsoon trek. Beas Kund is the alpine lake that rests at a height of 12,100 feet. You will trek through the beautiful meadows of Dhundi and Bakarthach and you can pluck wild strawberries along the way. This trek will take you to experience panoramic views from peaks like the Hanuman Tibba, Friendship Peak, Shitidhar, and Seven Sisters.
Best time to visit: Mid-May to mid-October
Trek duration: 5-6 hours
Total distance: 16km
Base camp: Solang or Dhundi

 
3. Chandrakhani Pass Trek, Himachal Pradesh

 If you’d like to be introduced to the cultural heritage of Himachal Pradesh, the Chandrakhani Pass Trek one of the best treks in India. You would be trekking at an altitude of 12,030 feet with a stunning view of the Pir Panjal and Dhauladhar ranges and the scenic Kully Valley, also known as the “Valley of the Gods”. The trail is continuously steep, so make sure you’re well prepared for it.
Best time to visit: March to October
Trek duration: 5 days
Total distance: 22km
Base camp: Naggar


4. Markha Valley Trek, Ladakh

The Markha Valley Trek is a lesser known monsoon trek in India but allures adventurists from all over the globe once they hear of its picturesque beauty, deep valleys tucked in between towering mountains, the opportunity to witness exotic wildlife, and explore the rich culture of the Indo-Tibetans settled there, giving it the name “Little Tibet”.
Best time to visit: May to September
Trek duration: 6 days
Total distance: 65km
Base camp: Chilling
Altitude - 17,000 feet


5. Valley of Flowers Trek, Uttarakhand

The Valley of Flowers is actually a UNESCO world heritage site offering an ethereal view of the Himalayan ranges and one of the oldest known and best treks in India that offers a spiritual and adventurous experience in one. Visit the Hemkunnd Sahib Gurudwara as you trek through the floral carpet of orchids, daisies, poppies, primulas and spot the leopard, musk deer, red fox, Himalayan black bear.
Best time to visit: July to September (It is a typical monsoon trek)
Trek duration: 4 days
Total distance: 50km
Base camp: Govindghat
Altitude – 14,000 feet

6. Rupin Pass Trek, Garhwal, Uttarakhand

The Rupin Pass Trek, also called “Shepherd’s Trail”, connecting Uttarakhand to Himachal’s Sangla Village. It is commonly known the “Iceland of India”, but truly has a charm of its own. As you trek through the Garhwal Himalayan region, you will encounter numerous thrills and rapid changes in landscapes, from gushing waterfalls on one end to a beautiful meadow of maple trees and yellow flowers on the other.
Best time to visit: May to June and September to October (It is not a monsoon trek as there are high chances of landslides and floods)
Trek duration: 7 days
Total distance: 40km
Base camp: Jiskun
Altitude – 15,200 feet
 

7. Yuksom Dzongri Trek, Sikkim

Trek in the Eastern region of the Himalayas and experience the most magnificent sunsets from the snow-covered mountains. The Yuksom Dzongri Trek is the most sought-after adventure in Sikkim that takes you to the famous Goecha La to get a glimpse of the majestic Kanchenjunga peak through Rhododendron forests where you can spot the Bharal or Blue mountain sheep.
Best time to visit: March to June (It is not a monsoon trek as the trails get really slippery)
Trek duration: 11 days
Base camp: Dzongri campsite
Altitude – 12,900 feet

 
8. Rajmachi Trek, Maharashtra

The trek to Rajmachi Fort, located between the two hill stations Lonavala and Karjat, is nothing short of a wholesome experience. This trek promises the most beautiful views of the Sahyadri Hills; the lush green valleys, waterfalls, and the sight of fireflies from your campsite at night. The trek is quite easy and does not have steep slope or a rocky terrain, but it does include a long walk.
Best time to visit: June to September
Trek distance: 15km
Trek duration: 5-6 hours
Base camp: Udhewadi base village
Altitude – 9,000 feet  


9. Roopkund Trek, Uttarakhand

Roopkund is a famous glacier lake, also known as the “mystery lake” because it is believed that humans, about a thousand years ago, perished here after a strong hailstorm! It is located in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand at an altitude of 15,000 feet. The Roopkund Trek passes through the thick rhododendron, oak, and pine forests of the Didna Village where you can spot the Himalayan Magpie, witness an amazing sunset from the Trishul Mountain peak, and you get to camp amidst all the serenity.
Best time to visit: May to June (It is one of the best monsoon treks in India)
Trek distance: 53km
Trek duration: 8 days
Base camp: Lohajung
 

10. Sandakphu Trek, West Bengal

One of the very few treks that will take you to a summit where you can see the world’s highest snowline at 12,000 feet is the Sandakphu Phalut Trek. Located near the Singalila National Park (Indo-Nepal Border), it will take you through some of the most beautiful silver fir and rhododendron forests, monasteries and stupas, the bean-shaped Black Lake, the Siri River with magnolias blooming all around you! It is classified as a difficult trek that requires a good level of preparation, but it is definitely one of the best treks in India.
Best time to visit: Mid-March to May
Trek distance: 44km
Trek duration: 6 days
Base camp: Manebhanjan


Things To Carry For A Trek

Here is a list of trekking essentials that you must have in your kit:
1. Rain jackets, rain ponchos, or raincoats
2. Jackets – A technical jacket or a down jacket, an extra fleece jacket if you’re going on a winter trek
3. Footwear – Waterproof trekking shoes, a pair of closed-toe sandals
4. Pants – Trekking pants or convertible pants, waterproof pants
5. Bags – A good capacity, waterproof rucksack and a small backpack with a rain cover
6. Accessories – Water bottle, umbrella, gloves, hat, sunglasses and sunblock
7. Medical kit
8. Toiletry kit
9. Necessary documents

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. Which is the best trek in India?
These are some of the most popular treks in India:
1. Hampta Pass Trek, Himachal Pradesh
2. Beas Kund Trek, Himachal Pradesh
3. Chandrakhani Pass Trek, Himachal Pradesh
4. Markha Valley Trek, Ladakh
5. Valley of Flowers Trek, Uttarakhand
6. Rupin Pass Trek, Garhwal, Uttarakhand
7. Dzongri Trek, Sikkim
8. Rajmachi Trek, Maharashtra
9. Roopkund Trek, Uttarakhand
10. Sandakphu Trek, West Bengal
11. Chokramudi Trek, Munnar

2. Which is the toughest trek in India?
Here are some of the most challenging treks in India that really take adventure to another level:
1. Chadar Trek, Ladakh
2. Auden’s Col Trek, Uttarakhand
3. Rupin Pass Trek, Himachal Pradesh
4. Pin Parvati Trek, Himachal Pradesh
5. Goecha La Trek, Sikkim

3. Which is the easiest trek in India?
Here are some relatively easy, but extremely enthralling treks in India for the novices:
1. Hampta Pass Trek
2. Brahmatal Trek
3. Kheerganga Trek
4. Valley of Flowers Trek
5. Nag Tibba Trek

4.  Which is the most beautiful trek?
These are some of the most beautiful treks in India that take you through picturesque pathways and lush landscapes:
1. Chandratal Lake Trek
2. Nanda Devi Trek
3. Rajmachi Fort Trek
4. Rupin Pass Trek
5. Stok Kangri Trek
6. Valley of Flowers Trek