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5 Best Beginners Trek in Himalayas

Published On 01 Mar 2020 by Oshank Soni

Are you a beginner in trekking and a little anxious in choosing the first trek of your life? Don?t worry we have jotted down a list of just the right trek for a beginner that will help you get familiar with trekking and its basics.



Chandrashilla summit is a rock face above and beyond the temple of tungnath, the highest Shiva temple in the world. The trail is tricky with its abrupt climbs and sudden changes in the terrain. The snow-filled hills will make you forget every worry and you experience sheer peace in the white surroundings. The trail is surrounded by an imposing forest of oak, deodar, and rhododendron that shadow a rich bed of flowering plants. This under-rated, untouched beauty provides a 360-degree view of some of the most astounding views of the Garhwal Himalayas. This trek is great for first-timers who want an introduction to trekking in the Himalayas. It?s also a must-do for seasoned trekkers who must be here for the visual delight.


Trails lined up with rhododendron and fringed with pine trees, vast meadows with myriad butterflies and snow-capped mountains all around, Kedarkantha trek is one of the most sought-after winter treks in the country.

This trek originates from Sankri, a small little village nestled deep inside the Garhwal Himalayas. The drive from Dehradun to Sankri offers one of the most beautiful drives in the region of Uttrakhand, so don?t doze off in the car especially towards the end. The distance for the trek is not much and the terrain is not so challenging which makes this trek just the right one for first-time trekkers. The campsites here range from camping near a frozen pond to verdant meadows and are guaranteed to leave you awestruck. And mate we assure you when you climb that summit; nothing?s ever going to look the same.


Kuari-pass is a trek that is in some different league altogether. The trek which lies south of the Tibetan border begins from Joshimath, in the Chamoli district of Himalayas; which has evolved into a hub for trekkers and pilgrims in this part of Himalayas. Kuari means ?doorway? and we suggest it to be a doorway into your inner-self. As you reach higher, the Himalayas are arrayed before you in a stupendous arc and the play of light from the trees is a visual delight. Looking so closely at the sky-high mountains is almost religious. Walkthrough the jungles of oak and deodar to get the closest view of mt. Nanda Devi.


Situated 45 km north of Mandi, frozen in winters and a visual spectacle otherwise; Prashar Lake is a secret well kept in the Himachal district. Perfect for first-time trekkers, the lake is located at a height of 8,900ft above sea level. Surrounded by snow-capped mountains, the treks offer a 180-degree view of the Kinnaur, Pir- Panjal, Dhauladar ranges. The lake is fenced with tall Cedar trees and has a small floating island in the middle. The depth of the lake remains unknown while it is considered sacred because masses believe that sage Prashar meditated there, giving the lake its name. That is probably the reason the locals have been spotted saying ?no man can live there, it is a place for the gods!?.


The panorama of the Himalayan snow peaks of Garhwal and Himachal offers views of some of the famous peaks from here including the Bandarpoonch, Swargarohini, Srikanth and Black peak. This trek is perfect for anyone looking for a quick getaway from the monotony of routine. Being one of the best weekend treks there is to offer, this one is a relatively unknown trail near Mussoorie and being a moderate trail can be done by first-time trekkers. The trail goes through thick deodar forest and with only a day into the trek, one reaches a very remote region with next to no habitation. The icing on the top would surely be the opportunity to dunk one?s feet into a cold and inviting stream at the end of the trek.

  1. Oshank Soni : Co-Founder at Trekmunk. Has travelled to 28 Indian States, has led more than 50 high altitude treks in the Indian Himalayas. He is an Investment Banker by profession but a traveller by passion. He has led treks in Kashmir, Ladakh, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, West Bengal, Sikkim and Nepal. He is a NOLS certified First Aid Responder. Chasing the sun is his full-time job, a Storyteller, Travel photographer and Videographer at Insane Traveller Productions.

Mohit Goswami

Thank you for the comment, Mr. Rajput. No it is not necessary to hire a guide for these treks but I would recommend you to go with a trek organiser if this is your first trek. At a later stage, when you have enough experience of High Altitude treks then you can go solo for these treks.

H S Rajput

Thank you so much for sharing best beginners trek. I want to do these trek solo, so is it necessary to hire a guide for trek like these? If yes then how much do they charge? If you could help me with my queries.

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