Trekking is a major adventure activity in this country. Major trekking routes are as below:-
LADAKH : Nubra, Indus, Suru and Zanskar.
Nubra Valley which is the newly opened area and the Government has put the condition of having minimum 4-persons to visit this area.
Indus which is around Leh has popular trekking trails.
Suru valley starts from Kargil coming to Kashmir valley. This route was one of the most popular for trekking but because of the recent problems not operating now.
Zanskar which has Padum as headquarters has very popular trekking route which is connected with Himachal Pradesh. Best time to do the trekking in the above areas are summer months starting from July to September.
There are innumerable number of trekking trails available in Himachal Pradesh. Trekking is possible in this area from May to October. New areas like Kinnaur and Spiti has been opened two years ago and much sought after. Further, there is a condition of having minimum 4 persons travelling together in the group.
This area has been opened in Mid70s for trekking and is very popular with the tourists.
There are some limited routes available for trekking in Sikkim and Darjeeling. Normally in Sikkim, the trekking is possible only from October to December and then February to April. From May to September, there is a lot of rains and not possible to trek in these areas.
SOME POPULAR TREKKING ROUTES
Garhwal and Kumaon
The picturesque mountains of Garhwal and Kumaon, form the Central Himalayas, and are amongst the youngest Himalayan Adventures. The trade route between India and Tibet before 1965 passed through these mountains. The Garhwal region known as the DEV BHOOMI enshrines the holy Gangotri, Yamunotri, Badrinath and Kedarnath visited by thousands of pilgrims for whom it is extremely important to take a holy dip in the sacred river Ganges. The natural scenario is a riot of colour all along. The passionate glow of the blossoms, green and brown of the forest is overpowering.
SOURCE OF GANGES GAUMUKH ( 06 10 Days )
ROOP KUND HOMKUND ( 08 - 10 Days )
THE VALLEY OF FLOWERS ( 04 - 06 Days )
HAR KI DOON ( 03 - 05 Days )
KEDARNATH VASUKITAL ( 04 06 Days )
KHATLING GLACIER ( 05 07 Days )
KALSI LAKHAMANDAL ( 06 08 Days )
KAURI PASS ( 06 08 Days )
MUSSOORIE NAGTIBBA ( 05 07 Days )
GANGOTRI KEDARNATH ( 08 10 Days )
DODITAL Via YAMUNOTRI ( 04 06 Days )
SUNDER DUNGA GLACIER ( 20 22 Days )
PINDARI GLACIER ( 08 10 Days )
MILAM GLACIER ( 06 09 Days )
HOT WATER SPRINGS ( 05 08 Days )
SRIKHAND MAHADEV ( 07 09 Days )
JALORI PASS (3277 m) ( 08 10 Days )
BASHLEO PASS (3277 m) ( 06 08 Days )
WILD LIFE SANCTUARY ( 07 09 Days )
FLORA & FAUNA PARADISE ( 08 10 Days )
Trekking in Himachal is a unique experience with a difference. Himachal Pradesh is a picturesque land with lofty mountains, perpetual snows, beautiful valleys, extensive forests, alpine pastures and a number of perennial streams and rivers. Lying in the centre of the Western Himalayas the mountain peaks have sheer faces and sharp ridges. The Temples and Pagodas existing here date back to the 4th century. Himachal greets you with an innocent smile an impact of nature on Himachal because these elements of nature are closely linked with the life of Himachalis. The Kulu Valley has in its womb one of the world hottest spring having curative powers.
HANUMAN TIBBA CIRCUIT ( 07 09 Days )
ROHTANG PASS (3960 m) ( 04 - 06 Days )
HAMTA PASS (4268 m) ( 04 - 06 Days )
CHANDERTAL (4480 m) ( 10 14 Days )
VALLEY & PASSES ( 12 14 Days )
MANALI LEH ( 13 16 Days )
MANALI PADUM ( 08 10 Days )
MANIKARAN HOT WATER ( 06 12 Days )
CHANDERKHENI PASS ( 08 12 Days )
SACH PASS (4390 m) ( 12 14 Days )
SAR PASS ( 08 12 Days )
KHAULI PASS (3440 m) ( 07 09 Days )
WHITE SAIL BASE CAMP ( 08 12 Days )
PIN PARBATI PASS (5319 m) ( 10 12 Days )
TARA SALAMU PASS (5358 m) ( 10 12 Days )
KULU DHARAMSALA ( 05 07 Days )
SARA UMGA PASS (5358 m) ( 12 14 Days )
MANALI - DHARAMSALA ( 10 12 Days )
Cuddled in mother nature lap is this fascinating land The last Shangri La, a barren, virtually rainless area has a few fertile, irrigated patches which are like a lush green oasis amid an amazingly beautiful landscape of shimmering, desolate, grey brown hills and plains. Despite its forbidden terrain, Ladakh has its own blend of charm and
beauty. Ladakh is a vast highland desert lying between the Karakoram and the Himalayan Ranges. In the heart of the Greater Himalayan, locked away for nearly nine months of the year, is Zanskar.
KARGIL PADUM MANALI ( 18 20 Days )
LAMAYURU PADUM ( 08 10 Days )
LAMAYURU ALCHI ( 16 18 Days )
MARKHA VALLEY ( 14 16 Days )
The region of Darjeeling is a veritable paradise for trekkers. The trek takes you to virgin spots and brings you face to face with sublime grandeur of the Himalayas. The region abound in Rhododendrons, Primulas and Orchid of numerous varieties. The unique feature of this area is that about six hundred different species of birds inhabit the
forests on the slope of the mountains.
SANDAKPHU ( 10 12 Days )
Tucked in between Nepal and Bhutan and flanked to the North by the vast expanse of the Tibetan Plateau, the tiny kingdom of Sikkim nestles like a Jewel amidst the high mountains of the Eastern Himalays. Sikkim is a paradise for tourists with its snow clad peaks framed by dense tropical vegetarian, forested slopes and ridges, fastflowing rivers and undisturbed peace. Flora and fauna is rich and the forests abound with Black and Brown Bear, Barking Deer, Musk Deer, Sambhar, Trout, Salmon and Carp. There are over six hundred varities of birds and also an equal number of varieties of butterflies.