Treks in India For The Rugged Adventure Lovers

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Treks in India

Going on treks in India is one of the best ways to explore its mountains, beaches and biodiversity. From the mighty snow peaks of the Himalayas in the north to the dense jungles of the Western Ghats in the south, there is a spectacular range of treks in India for adventure lovers. The Himalayan treks vary in difficulty from the difficult and almost impassable Upper Himalayas in Uttarakhand to the long winding trekking trails of Himachal Pradesh. The South Indian treks are tedious in a different way and include several river crossing, navigating dense jungles and spotting wild animals such as leopards and wild elephants.

Here is the list of 30 Treks in India For The Rugged Adventure Lovers

1. Roopkund Trek - Best Treks In India- Holidify Explorer Awards 2018 Winner

4.0 /5

Perched at an elevation of 5,029 m above the sea level in the lap of Trishul Peak and Nanda Ghunti, the Roopkund trek in India is a place full of mystery. Also called as 'Mystery Lake', the place is synonymous to its name owing to the discovery of human skeletons and horses remains from Palaeolithic age at this very place. Surrounded by the mesmerising scenic beauty of lush green mountains and rocky glaciers, the place presents a perfect package for trekking in India. The human and horse skeletons found around Roopkund are believed to be about 500-600 years old. The place remains frozen almost throughout the year but offers a great view of beauty.
Difficulty Level: Very Difficult
Duration: 8-9 Days
Best Time to Visit : May-June

2. Chadar Frozen River Trek - Of the challenging treks in India

4.0 /5 View 12+ photos

"Chadar" refers to the blanket or sheet as the Zanskar river transforms itself from a rapid river into a white blanket of ice during winter making it a magnificent trek in India to embark on. The frozen spectacle awaits the trekker to the experience of glass ice ranging from a bluish tinge to golden yellow that is seen during the few hours that sunlight reaches directly into the gorge to the milky whitish on a moonlit night. Chadar Frozen River trek is said to be one of the best treks in India. This is one of the toughest treks in India and of course, the most adventurous as well.
Dificulty Level: Difficult
Duration: 5 Days
Best Time to Visit : January - February

3. Kheerganga Trek

4.2 /5 View 10+ photos

Kheerganga is a must do when in Karol or Manali, India. Kasol, located in the state of Himachal Pradesh is the hippie paradise with the weed growing freely everywhere. Malana, the magical valley producing the best hash in the world is a half day trek from Kasol. Kheerganga is unlike any other trek in India partly due to its free-spirited ideals towards recreation. The base point of the trek is from Barshiani which is 20 km from Kasol and one can reach Barshiani via private cabs or via local buses.
Difficulty Level: Easy
Duration: 3 Days
Best Time to Visit : May - June and September - October

4. Kedarkantha Trek - Of the moderately difficult treks in India

3.5 /5

Situated in the lap of mountains of the Tons River Valley, Kedarkantha is a stunning place offering an easy, classic trek in India. It is a lovely ridge peak accessible throughout the year with a plethora of rewarding adventures.
Difficulty Level: Moderate - Easy
Duration: 5-6 Days
Best Time to Visit : December to April

5. Har ki Dun

3.5 /5

Nestled away from the hustle bustle of the city, Har Ki dun is a beautiful cradle shaped valley with untouched panoramic beauty. Perched at an elevation of 3,566 meters above the sea level, this place is one of the remotest areas of Uttarakhand offering a plethora of treks in India.
Difficulty Level: Moderate - Easy
Duration: 7 Days
Best Time to Visit : September - December

6. Hampta Pass

3.5 /5

Hampta Pass, situated in the Manali region of the Himachal Pradesh, serves as one of the most convenient and enjoyable treks in India. Laden with pristine form of nature, the trail comprises of dense pine forests, pristine glacial valleys, vast meadows and panoramic landscape.
Difficulty Level: Moderate
Duration: 6 Days
Best Time to Visit : June to October

7. Triund

3.8 /5 View 17+ photos

Far off from the hustle and bustle of cities, a trek to Triund offers you an escape into the majestic Himalayas. Situated a few kilometres from Dharamshala, it is a place perfect for trekking with amazing trails offering scenic views of the entire Kangra_valley. Triund is the perfect trek in India for beginners as the trek to Triund is short and simple. It can be done from either McLeodganj or Dharamkot, which is 2km ahead of McLeodganj. The first half of the trek is a gradually inclined walk with the last 2km from Snowline Caf which involves a vertical climb all the way till Triund. The evening sky from Triund is a sight in itself and is a good excuse for camping here at night.
Difficulty Level: Easy
Duration: 2 Days
Best Time to Visit : May-June and September-October

8. Kanchenjungha National Park Trek

4.0 /5

Once known as the Kanchenjunga National Park, today this place serves as a Biosphere reserve of India as well as a National Park. Nestled in the lap of the mighty Himalayan range, it is named after the third highest peak in the world and makes for an exciting yet relatively easy trek in India.
Difficulty Level: Moderate
Duration: 11 Days
Best Time to Visit : April - May

9. Brahmatal Trek

3.5 /5

A paradise for adventure lovers and nature buffs, the Brahmtal Trek in India is nothing short of fascinating and thrilling. Hidden away in the secluded region amidst the ridge, the lake provides an ideal destination for the intriguing trekkers.
Difficulty Level: Moderate
Duration: 6 Days
Best Time to Visit : April - May and October - December

10. Sandakphu Trek - West Bengal's treks in India

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Sandakphu Peak (11,941 Feet) is the highest peak in West Bengal. The highest peak of Singalila Ridge in Darjeeling district, almost near the border of Nepal, it is located very close to Singalila National Park. Sandakphu trek in India will take you to the highest peak in West Bengal, giving you a spectacular view of four out of the five highest peaks in the world - The Kanchendzonga.
Difficulty Level: Moderate
Duration: 7 Days
Best Time to Visit : February to march

11. Chandratal Baralacha Trek

3.5 /5

Chandratal Baralacha is a perfect trek destination steeped with all the right elements such as nature's beauty, enough challenges to be thrilling and tranquillity. Perched at an altitude of 4,300 meters, it is one of the high altitude lakes in the Himalayan region. Located on the Samudra Plateau of Spiti Valley, the most delightful sight of sunset gleaming upon the turquoise waters of the lake, pristine landscape, mountain passes, several gushing streams, verdant meadows, the gush of colourful orchards and exotic wildlife make this trip an unforgotten experience to cherish forever.
Difficulty Level: Easy - Moderate
Duration: 4 Days
Best Time to Visit : June to October

12. Kashmir Great Lakes Trek

3.5 /5

Described as heaven on Earth, Kashmir offers some of the most exciting treks in India. This Great Lakes Trek is definitely one of them, though lesser known. Surrounded by sheer beauty, the trek begins at Sonamarg.
Difficulty Level: Moderate - Difficult
Duration: 7 Days
Best Time to Visit : July - August

13. Rupin Pass Trek

3.5 /5

Perched at an altitude of 4600m, Rupin Pass is a place adorned with stunning beauty offering an adventurous thrill to its trekkers in India. Situated in the lap of a surreal Himalayan mountain range, the trek holds several surprises for you.
Difficulty Level: Moderate - Difficult
Duration: 9 Days
Best Time to Visit : May - June and September - October

14. David Scott Trail - Eastern treks of India

3.2 /5

Most popular trekking routes of Meghalaya, this path was originally laid by David Scott, a British officer as early as in the 1800s. It is still used to commute between Assam and Bangladesh. A 16km stretch covers horse tracks, waterfalls and the beautiful terrain of the East Khasi Hills. This 4-hour trek is best enjoyed in a group. October and November are the best months for this North-East Indian trek.
Difficulty Level: Easy - Moderate
Duration: 1 Day
Best Time to Visit : October - November

15. Mcleodganj Treks

3.4 /5

A number of treks are available in and around Mcleodganj, ranging from simple to difficult terrains. There are also a number of institutes that provide training as well as tools and facilities for trekking.
Difficulty Level: Moderate
Duration: 2-10 Days
Best Time to Visit : October to Februaury

16. Trekking in Great Himalayan National Park

4.1 /5

The Great Himalayan National Park is a blessing in disguise for nature lovers. From lush green forests to blooming flowers and meandering streams, this place also houses various well laid out trek paths.
Difficulty Level: Moderate - Difficult
Duration: 7 Days
Best Time to Visit : April to June and December to Februaury

17. Chandrashila

3.1 /5

Another 1.5 km trek from Tungnath and you will reach a place called Chandrashila, an epitome of beauty and bounty of nature. The trek trail is not a proper path but enough marking to walk on.
Difficulty Level: Easy - Moderate
Duration: 5 Days
Best Time to Visit : March to May

18. Dzongri Trek

3.5 /5

Nestled at an altitude of 4,200 m, Dzongri Trek serves as one of the most popular high altitude trek destinations in Sikkim that can be completed in a short time. The trek offers some enchanting sights while hiking through the fascinating trail comprising of varied terrains, from patches of land streaked with green and gold and lush green meadows to dense forest and mighty peaks covered in snow.
Difficulty Level: Moderate
Duration: 7 Days
Best Time to Visit : March to June and September - November

19. Trek to Suru Valley

Dras is a famous trekking base for a three days trek starting from Minamarg in Zotila towards Amarnath. The trek passes through some enchanting spots with vibrant flowers strewed all over the landscape, beautiful villages and lustrous river streams.
Best Time to Visit : July to September

20. Panch Kedar

Panch-Kedar refers to the five temples collectively which have been dedicated to Lord Shiva and are situated in the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand, India. These five temples include Kedarnath which lies at an altitude of 3583m, Tungnath which lies at a distance of 3680m, Rudranath which lies at an altitude of 2286m, Madhyamaheshwar which lies at a distance of 3490m and Kalpeshwar which lies at an elevation of 2200m.
Difficulty: Moderate
Duration: 12 days
Best Time to Visit : May - June and September - October

21. Bhabha Pass Trek

3.5 /5

Bhabha Pass trek combines the green of Kinnaur and the barren high altitude desert of the Spiti Valley. The trek starts from Kafnu situated in the Kinnaur Valley and passes through the lush green meadows and grazing fields on the banks of river Bhabha.
Difficulty Level: Moderate
Duration: 2-5 Days
Best Time to Visit : June to August

22. Gaumukh Trek

3.5 /5

The Gaumukh trek is one of the most arduous treks in Northern India. However, as is said of most treks, the longer and tougher it is, the more rewarding is the destination, so is the case for this instance of adventure.
Best Time to Visit : July to October

23. Parashar Lake

4.1 /5 View 8+ photos

Prashar Lake lies 49 km north of Mandi, Himachal Pradesh, India, with a the pagoda-like temple dedicated to the sage Prashar. The lake is located at a height of 2730 m above sea level with deep blue waters and holds a saintly position there. It is surrounded by snow-topped peaks and looks down on the fast flowing river Beas. The temple was built in the thirteenth century and its construction comes under the light of a vague myth. The lake has a floating island in it and its actual depth is unclear.
Difficulty Level: Easy - Moderate
Duration: 2 Days
Best Time to Visit : December to February

24. Gomukh Tapovan Trek

3.5 /5

(Gomukh) Gaumukh -Tapovan trek, one of the most gratifying treks in India, located in Uttaranchal will bring every fascinating trekking pleasure while passing through an orchard of coniferous pine trees at Chirbasa and birch at Bhojbasa.
Difficulty Level: Moderate - Difficult
Duration: 5 days
Best Time to Visit : May - June and Aug to Oct

25. Pin Valley Park Trek

3.5 /5

Nestled amid the cold desert region of Lahaul and Spiti district, Pin Valley National Park is a paradise for nature lovers.
Difficulty Level: Difficult
Duration: 8 days
Best Time to Visit :

26. Sharavathi Valley Trek

Nestled away among the central Western Ghats, the Sharavathi valley is a peaceful place for those looking to escape from their hectic lives. A two-day trek of roughly 20 kilometres will take you through beautiful waterfalls and streams. If you are an ardent admirer of flora and fauna, then the rich biodiversity of the region will surely enthral you. The Sharavathi backwaters are a major treat for your eyes once you reach and is a perfect camping spot for the night.
Difficulty Level: Easy - Moderate
Duration: 2 days
Best Time to Visit : November to May

27. Kudremukh Trek

With the promise of a picturesque view of a mountain in the shape of a horse face, Kudremukh is famous for its biodiversity and scenic beauty. On the trek to Kudremukh peak, there are serene forest trails, tall bamboo shrubs and over a dozen waterfalls to take quick stops at. The final stop is at the peak of Kudremukh from where you can gaze at the picturesque view of the surrounding valley and enjoy the chilly winds brush through your hair. The contrast of the steep drop on one side to the thick green cover on the other will surely amaze you.
Difficulty Level: Moderate
Duration: 2 days
Best Time to Visit : October to March

28. Kodachadri Trek -

3.7 /5

The trek to Kodachadri is arguably one of the most sought-after treks of South India. Popular hotspots along this trek are the temples of Adi Shankara and of Sri Mookambika which tourists visit all year round. These temples are blessed by the surroundings of mist and lush forests and pleasant weather. This trek is also unique as it can be undertaken through various paths of varying difficulty. Two of the most important trails are those of Karekatte and Marakuttaka. Karekatte offers a much simpler trek while Marakuttaka is for those who are looking for a challenge.
Difficulty Level: Moderate - Difficult
Duration: 2 days
Best Time to Visit : October to February

29. Antargange Trek

Situated at a distance of sixty kilometres from Bengaluru, the Antargange mountain is a famous trekking and pilgrimage spot. Caving is a popular activity here. Huge boulders and rocks stacked on top of each other and adjacently form a crisscross of mazes which make for some light cave exploration. The Shri Kashi Vishveshwara temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is situated here. Devotees flock to this temple to drink water from the famous pond inside which is believed to have healing properties. In the months of summer, trekking and camping in the night can be done here. This is one of the best treks in South India.
Difficulty Level: Easy
Duration: 1 day
Best Time to Visit : December to February

30. Dzukou Valley Trek

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Dzukou Valley is a valley of flowers in the northeastern state of Nagaland. It is arguably one of the most beautiful and untouched locations in India offering spellbinding sights of green rolling hills and carpets of bright flowers. It is located at an altitude of 2452 metres above sea level behind the Japfu peak. The rare Dzukou lily is a much sought after treat by those who come here.
Difficulty Level: Difficult
Duration: 5 days
Best Time to Visit : June till September

Which of these treks in India do you think you will be able to complete? Let us know in the comments below.

This post was published by Surbhi Parashar

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