The top treks of Uttarakhand are:
Brimming with adventure, serenity and beauty, the Pangarchulla trek lures in herds of trekkers every year. Replete with mesmerising forests and blooming rhododendrons, the trek climbs up to views of some of the tallest mountains in the Garhwal Himalayas. The initial trail winds through verdant forests which house numerous enchanting floral species crisscrossing the ground, while as you climb higher up, you can treat yourself to a pristine carpet of powdery snow. The undulating terrain of the trek trails through dense oak forests and high altitude pastures that fill you with instant joy! The trek may demand that you struggle your way through a fair share of boulder for impressive rewards! The thrilling summit climb is truly surreal, and sets your heart racing as you hustle through toil through boulders and deep snow. What await you at the end of a challenging climb are literally breathtaking views of the grandest Himalayan peaks that fence you.
Max. Altitude – 4,593 m
Duration – 7 days
Difficulty – Moderate to challenging
1. Bask in the glorious views of Mt. Nanda Devi, Dunagiri, Hathi Parbat, Chaukhamba, and Ghori Parbat as they spread a close watch over you.
2. The summit climb
Amongst the most challenging and unexplored trails in Uttarakhand, Auden’s Col is a high altitude mountain pass that links Gangotri III and Jogin I. Named after JB Auden who was the first explorer of the pass, the trek stems from Gangotri and extends right up to Kedarnath, the most revered pilgrimage site in India. The trek is arduous and forms a bridge between Khatling glacier and Jogin I glacier. The trail is rugged and challenging, snaking through moraines, mountain ridges, boulders, and loose rocks. It puts your mental and physical strength to test. The trek may be arduous, but the views from the top are worth an arm and a leg (not literally, though)! Behold the stellar views of Kedar Dome, Gangotri group, Jogin group and Bhagirathi group of peaks in a panoramic sprawl!
Max. Altitude – 5,400 m
Duration – 15 days
Level – Ultimate (technical)
1. The lofty peaks of Rudragaira, Kedar Dome and the Jogin group shadow you throughout.
2. The descend from Auden’s Col to the crevasse laden Khatling Glacier is a mind-boggling experience!
3. The trek is ideal for young, beginner mountaineers.
One of the least explored trails, the Devkyara trek climbs up to an altitude of 4,100 meters, straddling the Himachal and Uttarakhand border. It is ideal for beginner, owing to the slightly gradual gradient. The enchanting meadows of Devkyara, shadowed by the majestic Devkyara peak, are something right out of a fantasy movie. The trail begins from Sankri, and leads you through beautiful dense forests and meadows of the valleys Supin and Obra, along with moraines, glaciers, and narrow cliffs. Furthermore, the trek winds through some of the most rustic villages of Uttarakhand, offering you a sneak peek into the fascinating daily lives of the natives. As steeped in mythology as it is, the campsite of Babra is arguably the most interesting campsites of your trek, brimming with countless mythological tales. It is also one of the few treks that can be attempted in winters.
Max Altitude – 4,100 meters
Duration – 10 days
Level – Moderate
1. The Devkyara trek is ideal for those wishing to wander off the trodden trails.
2. The Devkyara peak chaperones beautifully over the trek, but the looming beauty is unleashed
3. Cradled by the valleys Supin and Obra, the trek meanders through beautiful, shaded villages of Uttarakhand, with natives who are warm and equally welcoming.
The Dhumdhar Kandi Pass trek is well known for its treacherous trails and extreme weather conditions. DhumdharKandi Pass sits to the north of the Bandarpunch massif, and links the Bhagirathi valley with Rawaeen, part of the upper Tons Valley. The trail is flanked by icy glaciers on each side. These glaciers mother the magnificent rivers Yamuna and Bhagirathi, which drip down the massive snout. The trail stems from Jhala village, and is marked by the conflux of the river Sian Gad and Bhagirathi. Zooming through the treacherous Kalanag Icefall and Bandarpoonch Glacier, the trek ends a little beyond Ruinsara Tal, at the quiet little village of Sankri. What is now a well known trail, is believed to have been secretly traversed by invaders and traders to enter the isolated beauty of Tons. Though discovered by James Baillie in the year 1815, the pass remained virtually untouched till the year 1987, when an expedition was successfully led through.
Max Altitude – 5,490 m
Duration – 12 days
Level – Challenging (Technical)
1. One of the most treacherous and thrilling trails in Uttarakhand, the trek follows the infamous Kalanag Icefall, and Bandarpoonch Glacier.
2. The trek is ideal for young mountaineers, and pro trekkers having the fundamental knowledge of mountaineering techniques.
3. Bask in the breathtaking views of Black Peak, Swargarohini, and Bandarpoonch!
Nested in the Garhwal Himalayas of Uttarakhand, Dodital is considered to be the birthplace of Lord Ganesha. It is often referred to as a beginner’s delight. The trail winds through pristine Himalayan forests, home to oak and pine trees, and high altitude meadows which lead to the unmatched beauty of Dodital Lake, and the stunning Darwa Pass perched at 4,150 meters. The trek opens up a panoramic window to captivating views of the Dhauladhar ranges. And while the trek is preferred most during the pre and post monsoon months, winters add a fairytale touch to the journey. Besides the unprecedented beauty of the trails during winters, it also offers you a dose of solitude as not many trekkers can be seen on this trek during winters. The beauty of the trek is so dynamic, that the trek changes colours every season!
Max. Altitude – 4,150 meters
Duration – 6 days
Level – Moderate
1. Do it for the sweeping views of the Dhauladhar Range from the top!
2. The trek can be done throughout the year. Every season the trails change colors drastically, switching from vibrant hues to lush greenery to a pristine white!
3. Believed to be the birthplace of Lord Ganesha, the beauty of the lake will instantly captivate your fascination. Moreover, the many myths and tales that surround the trek will keep you thoroughly entertained, even if you’re an atheist.
One of the most challenging yet offbeat treks in Uttarakhand, Barasu Pass is a high altitude mountain pass straddling the boundaries of Uttaranchal and Himachal Pradesh. The trail follows an old trade route between the valleys of Kinnaur and Har ki Dun. The trek stems from the lovely little hamlet called Taluka and plunges into the mesmerizing forested terrain of Har Ki Dun valley, chaperoned by neighboring snow-clad peaks. The trail moves along the raging Har ki Dun Ganga river, while the magnificent Baspa river marks the end of the trek. Weaving through stunning terrains including dense alpine forests of willow, chestnut and walnut, colossal valleys, moraines, narrow mountain ridges, and steep inclines, the trek poses an exhilarating challenge to trekkers. As you move along the forested trails of the Govind Pashu Vihar Wildlife Sanctuary, countless blossoming floral species greet you.
Max. Altitude – 17,224 ft.
Duration – 7 days
Difficulty – Difficult
The most beautiful of all adventures in the Garhwal Himalayas, the Kalindi Pass trek is the ultimate adventure, demanding a basic knowledge of mountaineering skills and techniques. The pass sits at a staggering elevation of 5,968 meters, and compensated for the daunting climb with breathtaking views that will leave you speechless. It also links the holy places of Gangotri and Badrinath. The arduous journey begins Gangotri, and stretched across Gaumukh, Nandanvan, Vasuki Tal, and Kalindi Khal. The challenging trail is laden with boulders, scree, moraines, and glaciers, chaperoned constantly by the majestic Mt. Shivling, Satopanth and the peaks of Bhagirathi I, II and III. The trail to Kalindi is a bridge between the river valleys of Bhagirathi and Alaknanda. The trek is a favourite amongst veterans and mountaineers, as the journey is not for the faint of heart. The journey is just as much of a spiritual experience as it is a physical one, and comes to a magical end at the holy pilgrimage site of Badrinath.
Max Altitude – 5,968 m
Duration – 18 days
Level – Challenging; Technical
1. The most challenging and thrilling of all treks in the Garwhal Himalayas.
2. Treat yourself to majestic views of the neighboring behemoths like Mt. Shivling, Satopanth, and the Bhagirathi I, II, III peaks! Also, the confluence of the glaciers Kalindi, Sweta, and Chaturangi are a once in a lifetime sight to behold.
3. You get to visit the beautiful village Mana, the last Indian village before the Chinese frontier.
A tryst with the mountains – that’s what the Kedar Tal trek is about. Though it is a moderately challenging excursion, the rewards are truly incredible. Kedar Tal is a glacial lake cradled by magnificent Himalayan giants like Mt. Bhridgupanth, Thalaysagar, Gangotri, Jogin, and Manda Parvat looming right beside your campsites. While many other treks boast of spectacular mountain views, Kedar Tal promises a close-up view of not one or two, but five mountain peaks! The trail meanders through beautiful forests of pine, and past several alpine pastures and meadows. All this while, the surrounding Himalayan behemoths stand tall through the trek, bearing witness to your magical journey. It is also common to spot the elusive Himalayan blue sheep. Final word on the Kedar Tal trek – Do it for the closely rising Himalayan peaks, and stunning mountainous views, above everything else.
Max. Altitude – 4,912 meters
Duration – 8 days
Level – Moderate to challenging
1. Wild, up-close views of not one, not two, but five massive Himalayan peaks is exclusive to the Kedar Tal trek. There are few other treks that can promise you that.
2. With the neighboring mountains maintaining such a close watch over your trek, what entails is some truly exceptional and impressive views.
Panpatia Col is a stunning high altitude mountain pass perched atop 4,200 meters and connects Kedarnath and Badrinath, two of the most sacred Hindu pilgrim destinations. Lapped by the lofty peaks of the Garhwal Himalayas, the trek offers outstanding views of Mt. Neelkanth, Shri Parbat, Kunaling and Chaukhamba massif. The trek follows moraine trails, alpine forests, roaring streams, and narrow mountain ridges. The Panpatia Col trek is far from easy and put your stamina and willpower to test. The trek begins from Badrinath, climbs up to Panpatia Glacier, and concludes at Ransi. The rocky terrain sits beneath loose stones, while some sections of the trek include crevasses and icefalls. The experience of walking over a glacier is both, terrifying and exhilarating. Explore some of the most untouched parts of the Himalayas, while your soul drinks in the beckoning wilderness. If you’re physically fit, then this trek is an unmissable one.
Max. Altitude – 5,260 meters
Duration – 13 days
Level – Challenging; Technical
A stunning high altitude pass named after George William Traill, Traill’s Pass is a beautiful high altitude pass that sits at the head of Pindari Glacier, linking the valleys of Lawan and Pindari. Flanked by Mt. Nanda Devi on one side, and Nanda Kot on the other, the pass segregates the Kumaon and Garhwal regions of the Himalayas. The rivers Pindar and Gori Ganga originate from the glaciers Pindari and Lawan Gad respectively, gracing the sides of Traill’s pass. The majestic peaks of Garhwal Himalayas, including the legendary Nanda Devi, stand watch over you throughout the trek. The inspiring grandeur and beauty of the circling Himalayan majesty never leaves you and lingers even when you’ve returned. Brimming with adventure and thrill, the incredible beauty of the Traill’s Pass unveils itself only to well-experienced mountaineers.
Max. Altitude – 5,312 m
Duration – 20 days
Difficulty – Technical; Challenging
1. Experience a rush of adrenaline cocooned in complete wilderness and isolation, as the trek is quite offbeat, and is accessible to fit and trained mountaineers only.
2. The trek offers great vantage points to the mighty Nanda Devi peak.
3. Marvel at the source of rivers Pindar and Gori Ganga, as the trek is flanked by the mother glaciers.
One of the less popular treks in India, though more exhilarating than most others, Bali Pass bridges the picturesque valley of Har Ki Doon to Yamunotri valley. It also boasts of stunning panoramic views of the neighboring Himalayan giants like Bandarpoonch, Kalanag, and Swargarohini, all of which seem to be within a touching distance! The trails cut through verdant greenery before beautifully transforming into an alpine terrain. The trek also takes you through the rustic base villages of Sankri and Osla, where a world of fascinating village cultures awaits you. The trail along the glacial Ruinsara river is lined with vibrant alpine flowers, and the waters bear a striking reflection of the skies, leaving you speechless.
Max. Altitude: 4,950 m
- Unmatched panoramic views of neighboring massifs like Bandarpoonch, Kalanag, and Swargarohini peaks.
- A thrilling experience of camping above 4,000 m.
- Pure bliss and serenity near the glacial lake of Ruinsara.
Kedar Dome, as the name suggests, is a majestic, dome shaped peak draped within the folds of the Garhwal Himalayas that form the Gangotri peaks. Named after Lord Shiva, the mountain also holds religious significance amongst Hindus.The northwestern flank of the mountain is relatively easier, compared to the eastern side which makes for a dangerous climb. The peak is ideal for ski ascents, and is popular amongst skiers. Standing tall at a dizzying 6,831 meters, the trek to Kedar Dome, though easy, demands prior high altitude trekking experience along with ability to endure extreme weather conditions. The initial part of the trek traces the trail of the Gaumukh Tapovan trek. It offers great views of the Gangotri glacier, Gangotri peaks, and the stunning Mount Kedarnath.
- The peak is merely 150 m shy of touching the 7,000 m mark!
- A great choice for those seeking to climb a 6,000+ meters peak without any hardcore mountaineering techniques.
- In pleasant weather conditions, you can also ski down the peak, making it a truly thrilling experience.
The glacial lake of Satopanth lies adjacent to Badrinath, shaded amidst the stunning Garhwal ranges of Uttarakhand, and reigning atop 4,600 meters. Relatively unexplored, Satopanth Lake is an ideal contrast to the maddening hustle and bustle of Badrinath. This 4-day trek brings you a medley of stunning terrains, including misty valleys, stunning glacial trails, quaint villages, and beautiful dense forests, while carrying a backdrop of towering Himalayan neighbors! The holy trinity of Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva are believed to have bathed in the crystal green waters of the lake, which adds a sacred touch to the trek. The lofty peaks of Swargarohini, Nilkantha, Balakun, and Narayan Parbat chaperone your journey. The trail originates from Mana, the last Indian village before the India – Tibet border, and runs through thick forests and alpine meadows that greet you with surreal Himalayan beauty.
Max Altitude: 4,600 m
Level: Moderately difficult
Duration: 4 days
- Visit the famous Satopanth Lake, whose waters are believed to hold the power of cleansing the sins of those who wander there.
- Lose yourself amidst the majesty of the neighboring Himalayan peaks like Satopanth, Nilkantha, and Chaukhamba.
- Let the melodious roar of Vasundhara Falls sing you a beautiful lullaby. Its waters are scientifically proven to possess unrivaled medicinal properties.
Bringing passion, spirituality, and adrenaline in one single trek is a menacing combination, and the mesmerizing Gaumukh Tapovan trek promises much more than that! The trek cuts through Gaumukh, the source of the river Ganga which can be seen cascading down the snout of the Gangotri glacier. While numerous neighboring massifs like the Bhagirathi twin peaks, and Mt. Meru can be seen, the most ensnaring sight is the majestic Mt. Shivling which chaperones the entire trek, unfolding bit by bit every hour until it looms over you in stark entirety, rendering you dumbfounded. Another marvel in the form of the stunning meadow of Tapovan awaits you, perched right above Gaumukh.
Max. Altitude- 14,202 ft. Duration- 8 days
1. Gaumukh forms the mouth of the Holy Ganga river as seen in its purest form.
2. Witness the magnificence of Mt. Shivling, Mt. Meru, and the twins peaks of Mt. Bhagirathi.
3. Experience spiritual reverence like never before!
Nanda Devi, the second highest mountain in India, constitutes a pair of massive peaks, namely Nanda Devi East (7,816 m) and Nanda Devi West (7,434 m). The Nanda Devi East Base Camp trek affords unmatched views of the two peaks, and is as close as one can get to their beauty. Beginning from the beautiful settlement of Munsiyari, the trail snakes through sense bamboo forests, verdant alpine meadows, rustic villages, and some of the deepest gorges in the country! If luck favours, the trek may also reward you with an extremely rare glimpse of the Himalayan Musk Deer, and Snow Leopard. It also introduces trekkers to the culture of the Johari Tribe, which are native to Munsiyari.
Level- Moderate to difficult
Max. Altitude- 3,900 m
1. Insanely beautiful vistas of the Nanda Devi and Panchachuli peaks.
2. Spotting of the rare Himalayan Musk Deer, and Snow Leopard.
3. Trek through some of the deepest gorges in the country
The snow peaks of Garhwal and Himachal offers panoramic 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 to a very remote region with next to no habitation. 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.
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 are majestic and leave you in awe, the quietness around along with surreal beauty brings everyone to a standstill. 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 people who want to start trekking in the Himalayas. It’s also a visual delight which attracts not only trekkers but also photographers around the world to capture the beauty.
Perched gracefully under the watchful eyes of the towering himalayan peaks, the valley is situated at an altitude of 3,858m above the sea level. When the snow melts every monsoon and the sun shines bright on this field, the entire valley comes alive and bursts into an array of colors. With a carpet of million species of wild flowers, snow clad mountains in the backdrop and diversified species of butterflies and insects; this rich in bio-diversity valley is a paradise for every nature lover. The trek entrails from Govind Ghat, on the route to Hemkund Sahib. According to the holy Granth Sahib, Guru Gobind Singh(10th guru of the sikh faith) had meditated on the bank of this lake. Encircled by seven snow-clad mountains and their associated glaciers, it reflects its surroundings enchantingly on its crystal clear serene waters.
Trekking in India is mostly popular all over the world for its diversified terrains, high altitudes and abundant variety of terrains; and amongst all the treks that this nation has to offer, Rupin-Pass surpasses all the other. The trek is famous for th change of scenery at every turn and the famous three stage waterfall on the rupin. In the higher reaches the trek passes through superb snow fields. The pass crossing through an echoing snow filled gully is an adrenaline high. This trek has got it all; snowy cascades, verdant meadows, charming hamlets, glistering rivers, terrific forests, hundreds of water falls and a gushing pass crossing.
When you opt for this trek, a lot of mystery is in store for you. Perched in the laps of mt. trishul, roopkund is a glacial lake that has over 500 skeletons of animals and men scattered on its banks. The icy cold weather is the reason for the preservation of the bones uptill now. Located in the Chamoli district of Garhwal himalayas it is one of the most picturesque treks. Walk on fresh powdery snow and feel shivers down the spine as the mystery of the skeleton lake unravels. The trek trails through mountainous rivers, enthralling ridges, lush forests and scenic meadows to give you an experience for lifetime.
Kuari-pass is a trek which is in some different league all together. 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. Walk through the jungles of oak and deodar to get the closest view of mt. Nanda Devi.
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 trek in the country. This trek originates from Sankri, a small little village nestled deep inside the Garhwal himalayas. The drive from dehradun till sankri offers one of the most beautiful drives in the region of uttrakhand, so don’t doze off in the car specially towards the end. The distance for the trek in 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.
Har ki Dun literally translates to the valley of gods. Numerous local beliefs and myths suggest that this is the valley through which pandavas made their way to heaven. This cradle shaped valley offers a panoramic view of the surrounding mountain peaks, peaks so high that they make you doubt your existence in the world. Running through fragrant orchids, sprawling meadows and a dense alpine forest, the valley remains covered with snow for a good number of months. This moderate trek takes you to one of the least explored regions of Garhwal himalayas where civilization has not yet affected the lifestyle of the simple village folk living here. The trail runs alongside rhododendron trees, rivers, villages and flowers at different parts on the way up providing you with views so beautiful, no poetry would serve.
Brahmtal is a classic winter trek. The summit unveils a heavenly facet when the snow gently falls on its slopes; most of the trek is on the snow, which makes it terribly exciting. Apart from the uneven terrain, the trek is filled with beautiful landscapes, sprawling forests and stretched across the sky are the big mountains of Gharwal and everywhere around you are the white undulating snow fields. Once you cross the shadows of the trees, the full grandeur of the Himalayas hit you. Never ending ridge lines, sprawling Bugiyals, High altitude lakes, snow on the trail and majestic peak views make it a compelling proposition for a winter trek. Brahma Tal is a hidden and secluded lake amidst the ridge, where Lord Brahma meditated according to the mythology. The frozen blue lake with the mighty himalayan peaks overlooking it, creates a mesmerizing and an unmatched experience.