“December, being the last month of the year, cannot help but make us think of what is to come.” -Fennel Hudson
December is the last month of the year and as the quote above says, it truly makes us think about what will be coming next. The month of December in most places has been a month associated with, new hope and warmth. It makes us introspect, analyze and channelize our energies to the directions that haven’t been touched upon in the last whole year and probably even before it. It is also the month of winters, and northern hemisphere at this point of the year experiences snowfall, utter blows of cold winds and spine-chilling cold. In India, the month brings up challenges to the whole nation, and especially the Himalayan embellished states. It’s that time of the year when the nation faces a number of unwelcomed situations, but some of the thrill lovers, deliberately tend to jump inside these difficulties. The Himalayan climbers, from the beginners to the professionals, all love to climb these great ranges, firstly due to the snow-laden crowns and secondly, as this snow, makes the view extremely paradisiacal. But as it is said the path to heavens is often tough, so are these excursions during the months of December and January when the whole journey becomes ten times more breathtaking and excruciating.
If you are pondering where to go on Trekking in India in December, then here we are, with the list of our most-cherished trek tours in December. Before we tend to take a look upon these treks in December firstly, let’s have a generalized sketch of India’s Himalayan covered states of India and the average temperature across the subcontinent in the month of December.
By the end of November, steadily the winter enters the subcontinent. The winters remain in India by the end of March. The month of December gives way to the coldest month of the year, that is, January. At this Gregorian month, the northern-most states and few states of north-east and north-west undergoes snowfall and the winter-wind starts to drive from the oceans and mountains towards the other states of India. Thus, the Greater Himalayan Ranges experiences severe climatic conditions, but as the mountains start to get capped with snow in December, the states become the prime tourist destination and the month becomes a highly adored month of the year. During the last weeks of December, vacations mark their presence too. During this time, climbers from around the globe love to go for thrilling adventure trips like trekking. Thus December becomes a highly busy month for the companies who provide Trek Tours in December, this is also due to the popularity, and a limited number of really good trails that are available in December. Also, there are very few states who experience snowfall in December. Few of these states are Uttrakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu, and Kashmir, and also West Bengal, which is in the north-east. The inspiring and majestic Himalayas of India, are all about their scenic beauty, colorful valleys, explicit glaciers, and snow, in the coldest months of the Gregorian year. Snow-laden slopes and peaks attract the passionate adventurers from the whole world to not only go on climbing but try out other sports too, like skiing and snowboarding. Also, the month gives the opportunity to try the treks on a frozen lake and also, walking on snow. Few of the most destined territories for trekking in the month of December can be, Ladakh, Jammu, Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, and Uttrakhand.
So now if you will be thinking as we reach December, that what is to come, then just pack your bags and go trekking to a few of the best treks in December in India, and fall into the pool of amazement, excitement, introspection, and thrill. Lose yourself as you read down about a few of our most adored treks to go for in December.
All the Himalayan Treks in December are:
|Trek Name||No. of Days||Cost||Details|
|Annapurna Base Camp Trek||8 Days||Rs. 35500/-||View Details|
|Brahmatal Trek||6 Days||Rs. 8450/-||View Details|
|Chandrashilla Trek||5 Days||Rs. 8900/-||View Details|
|Devkyara Trek||10 Days||Rs. 22450/-||View Details|
|Hampta Circle Trek||4 Days||Rs. 8950/-||View Details|
|Har Ki Dun Trek||7 Days||Rs. 9750/-||View Details|
|Kauri Pass Trek||6 Days||Rs. 8850/-||View Details|
|Kedarkantha Trek||6 Days||Rs. 8450/-||View Details|
|Nag Tibba Trek||2 Days||Rs. 4650/-||View Details|
|Pangarchulla Summit Trek||7 Days||Rs. 10450/-||View Details|
|Prashar Lake Trek||2 Days||Rs. 3150/-||View Details|
|Sandakphu – Phalut Trek||7 Days||Rs. 9750/-||View Details|
|Sham Valley Trek||6 Days||Rs. 16500/-||View Details|
Popular Treks in January
Some of the best treks in December are:
1. Kuari Pass Winter Trek, Uttrakhand
The Kauri Pass is one of the best winter treks in India and the whole world. One of the best months to go for this trek is December Starting from the south of the Tibetan Border from the district of Chamoli district of the incredible Himalayas, you walk towards the Kuari, the word can be translated as the “doorway”, which further connotes, the pathway to one’s inner self. Chamoli in itself is a charming district of Joshimath. It is often called as the hub of faith-filled pilgrims and passionate mountaineers, who rever Himalayas, the Kauri Pass trip thus is a mildly spiritual experience. It makes one fall deep into thoughts about oneself, retrospecting life, death, and the inner-self. The feeling of compassion at times calms one and develops as an aura around many. Thus, the trek is both challenging and at the same time transforming. It takes you closer to the beauty of nature and the grand view of various mountains. The person connects to oneself as they walk through. You’ll walk through the deep wilderness of deodar and oak trees, reaching to the close view of gigantic Nanda Peak.
2. Sandakphu-Phalut Trek, West Bengal
Hiking in December in West Bengal is not a very cherished destination by many. People tend to opt for states like Uttrakhand and Ladakh. But if you ask us where to go for trekking in December, we will tell you to backpack and go alone to the heaven-like place of Darjeeling, climb on the gigantic heights of northern ranges of the Himalayas which decorates the state of West Bengal. On these ranges, you’ll be following the trail of Sandakphu-Phalut Trek, ascending through the eye-pleasing landscape of the West Bengal valleys, getting the glimpses of the world’s greatest peaks like the Everest, Kancho Zonda, Lhotse, Makalu, and you’ll also see the nature-made structure of the sleeping Buddha, who sleeps on these four Grands, combined and clustered together in one through the image, and finally reaching the crown of Sadankfu, which is above the altitude of 11,920 feets, from the sea-level. The pleasant climate and peaceful environment of the area will make you forget about everything and make you connect to nature.
3.Kedarkantha Winter Trek, Uttrakhand
Amongst our list of the Top 10 trekking ideas for December is one the simplest high altitude treks of Uttrakahand, which can be best opted for enjoying winter vacations. This is the Kedarkantha Winter Trek, which can be best enjoyed with a group of friends, strangers or family. It is not just thrilling but an extremely beautiful trek too. Climbing at the feet of 12,500 ft long you’ll be going through deep Garhwal ranges, where the Kedarkantha Peak is. It starts from the village of Sankri, and as you ascend through the trail, you’ll be able to see beautiful rhododendrons, fringed trees of pine, grand deep green meadows, colorful butterflies, frozen water bodies and snow-laden peaks, which are a number of Himalayan ranges. The Kedarkantha trek is thus one of the most attractive treks which are popular amongst almost everyone, the novice, the learner and the passionate. It is that kind of trek, which will tend to provide you with the unforgettable memories and one in the lifetime experience, and that’s why it is the best winter excursion in our lists.
4. Hampta Circle Trek, Himachal Pradesh
You’ll be climbing 14,300 ft above the sea level, with many others on one of the most popular paths of Himachal Pradesh and India. During your journey towards the peak on the Hampta Circle Trek, you’ll be able to see the beautiful apple orchards, maple and cedar trees, and the vast meadows. The whole route is through these majestic landscapes. You’ll meet the locals and their culture as you’ll climb through the roads of the village of Banara, Dhauldhar, and Pir Panjal. These ravines themselves are extremely enthralling. They are filled with seemingly endless views of landscapes, especially during the sunset and sunrise. Snow in December makes this four-day trip, thrilling and challenging. The slopes become slippery and the ridges are thus tough. That’s why the trek is considered to be a moderate one. This trek gives you a totally different view in summers. It is one of the treks, which can be done throughout the year.
Trekking in December is amongst one of the most thrilling sports in the season of winter but it is an equally pleasant one. Hiking in December can be a lot more than just going out on holidays. It can be like a pilgrimage for many. To others, it’s a way to accumulate all the positivity and enter into the month of January, with all the freshness and optimism to take up any kind of challenges and succeed. Trekmunk ensures to make its trips as memorable as they can be.