11 Most Popular Treks In India

It is no exaggeration if said that trekking is one of the most popular adventure sports in India, famous world-wide. It is lifetime experience, which offers you a high adrenaline rush and a chance to come close to the wonders of nature. The Himalayas offers several trekking routes, which range from being easy to extremely difficult. Such trails are a mix of flora, fauna, man-made structures, cultural experiences, religious delights and much more.If you too are in search of such wonderful pleasures.

Here Are 11  Best Treks In India:

Hampta Pass Trek, Himachal Pradesh

Hampta Pass Trek

Starting from village Hampta in the Kullu Valley and finishing at Chatru in the Lahaul & Spiti Valley, the popular Hampta Pass Trek is of around 35 km. The duration is of around 4 to 5 days, with the highest altitude being 4400 m. If this is going to be your first high-altitude trek, it is an ideal option for you. The scenery is breathtaking and the experiences are unforgettable. You walk past snow-covered valleys, dense deodar forests, floral meadows, crystal clear water streams, Himalayan avifauna and finally end it by walking through barren lands of Lahaul-Spiti. The trek also includes of night camp stay at Chandra Tal.

Difficulty Level: Easy

Best Time: June to Mid- November

Beas Kund Trek, Himachal Pradesh

Beas Kund Trek

One of the most challenging trekking places in India, Himachal Pradesh offers a wonderful short trek named as Beas Kund Trek. It is a popular long weekend trail in Manali. Walk along the banks of River Beas, as you enjoy wonderful views of the Pir Pinjal ranges, and Dhundi & Bakarthach meadows. Climb upwards to arrive at the originating point of the River, a glacial lake. It is also called Beas Kund, which as per legends was the bathing site of Sage Vyas, the author of Mahabharata. No prior trekking experiences is needed for this trek.

Difficulty Level: Moderate

Best Time: Mid-May to Mid-October

Chandrakhani Pass Trek, Himachal Pradesh

Chandrakhani Pass Trek

With generally a duration of around 10 days and maximum altitude of 3650 m, Chandrakani trek has a distance of 22 km. The Pass lies at a higher elevations and the surrounding views are stunning. The journey starts from the picturesque Naggar Village in the Kullu Valley. Once at the Pass, treat your eyes to the views of Pir Panjal, Deo Tibba and Parbati peaks. As you walk past meandering paths, dotted with oak and fir trees, enjoy the isolation being offered to you, away from human eyes.

Difficulty Level: Moderate

Best Time: Mid June to Early October

Markha Valley Trek, Ladakh

Markha Valley is one of the largest valleys in the Ladakh region and Markha Valley trek is one of the most sought after hiking trails in the region. With the Leh as the starting point, this strenuous hike will take you through the Chilling, Skiu, Sara, Hankar, and Nimaling. During the 10 days of trekking, you will traverse through the tiny hamlets and you will be astonished to get a glance of the preserved monasteries, ruined forts, and temple. With the maximum altitude of 5,200 m above the mean sea level, one has to cover the 65 km and get an opportunity to cross two cardinal passes namely Ganda La and Kongmaru La. You will get a glance at the infinite Karakoram and Ladakh ranges. The stunning sights of K2 Mountain, Stok Kangri, and Kang Yatse peaks are fulfilling and the motivation of this trek. On a clear day, one can get a glimpse of the distant Tibet region.Enjoy Markha Valley Trek with this package.
Difficulty Level: Moderate to Difficult
Best time to visit: July to Mid September

Valley of Flowers Trek, Uttarakhand

Valley of Flowers Trek

Clearly one of the best trekking tours in India, Valley of Flowers trek in Uttarakhand takes you to the UNESCO world heritage site and also the Sikh pilgrimage site of Hemkund Sahib. The trek distance of 55 km and the highest altitude is of 3658 m. During the monsoon season, this pristine valley gets covered with various kinds of thousands of colorful high-altitude Himalayan flowers, making it look like a heaven. Starting from Govindghat, it is ideal for trekkers of all age groups. Admire the finest creations of Mother Nature and feel the spiritual bliss.

Difficulty Level: Easy to Moderate

Best Time: July to Mid- September

Rupin Pass Trek, Garhwal, Uttarakhand

Rupin Pass Trek

One of the best places for trekking in India, Garhwal region has the challenging Rupin Pass Trek, which is of around 7 days with the maximum altitude of around 15250 feet. This trek of approximately 52 km starts from Dhaula in Uttarakhand and ends at Sangla, Himachal Pradesh. Loved by expert trekkers, this trek is full of challenges and breathtaking scenery. Only for people above 14 years of age, it involves walking on various kinds of terrains- rugged, meadows or snow, encountering waterfalls and a hanging village. Savor stunning views of Kinner Kailash Peak.

Difficulty Level: Difficult

Best Time: May to June and September to October

Dzongri Trek, Sikkim

Dzongri Trek

Best trekking in India can be done in Sikkim by embarking on a 5-day Dzongri trek, ranging from easy to moderate difficulty levels. The starting and ending point of this trek is Yuksom, as one covers a distance of 21 km, with maximum altitude being 15,000 feet. If you have limited time in your hands and wish to admire the best Himalayan views including Dzongri La peak, and Mt. Kanchendzonga, it has to be this trek. This walking expedition takes you through Saachen, Bakkhim, Tshokha, Kachenjunga National Park, a number of hanging bridges, and gushing waterfalls along with white and red rhododendron flowers. This high-altitude trek also needs a day for acclimatization.

Difficulty Level: Easy to Moderate

Best Time: April to June and October to December

Rajmachi Trek, Maharashtra

Rajmachi Trek

There are a number of trekking places in India for beginners, and Maharashtra is one of them. Rajmachi is located at a distance of around 15 km from Lonavala. The average duration of this trek is one day and the highest altitude is 3000 feet above the sea level. The distance of this trek is 14 km and the base camp is Udhewadi. One gets a chance to explore Shrivardhan and Manaranjan forts, offering wonderful views of the valley. The best site is Rajmachi Fort, a 17th century structure by Shivaji. You walk past dense forests on both the sides, along with waterfalls, temples and ancient Buddhist caves. This trek can be completed from two routes- Karjat and Lonavala. The trail is well- marked and doesn’t need a guide.

Difficulty Level – Easy

Best Time – June to September

Roopkund Trek, Uttarakhand

Roopkund Trek

The Roopkund trek starts from Lohajung at an altitude of 3200 m and brings you to a lake named Roopkund, which is placed at an altitude of 5029 m. This lake is popular for human skeletal remains that were found at its bottom. There are a number legends so as to whose bones are these. The distance that one has to cover is 53 km, in a span of 7 to 9 days. One walks through lush jungles while listening to roaring sounds of rivers. Spot Hindu temples, Himalayan peaks including Nanda Devi and Nanda Ghunti, several bird species, and green flat plains.

Difficulty Level: Moderate

Best Time: May to October

Sandakphu Trek, West Bengal

Sandakphu Trek

Sakdakphu is the highest point in West Bengal and is known as ‘Trekker’s Wonderland’. Savor wonderful views of peaks like Mt. Everest, Kanchenjunga, Lhotse and Makalu, from an altitude of around 11,500 feet. The trek is of around 45 km, which one can cover in a span of 8 to 9 days. One of the highlights of this trek is colorful flora including ferns, orchids, and magnolias. Another attraction is the Kalapokhri or the Black Pond, considered holy by Buddhists. Walk past the popular Valley of Poison, called Bikhey Bhanjyang. It is called so as a poisonous flower- Aconite grows here.

Difficulty Level: Easy to Moderate

Best time: April to May and October to February

Chokramudi Trek, Munnar

Chokramudi Trek

 With a duration of 5 to 7 hours, Chokramudi trek in Munnar has tea estates, hills, high-altitude forests, and rivers along with mist-clad ambiance, offering a stunning sight. This is a wonderful trek for beginners who have shortage of time but wish to experience the best of scenery of this hill town. The starting point of the trek is near the Chokramudi Mountain. The views of the highest peak of the Western Ghats, Anamudi are matchless. Another attraction of this trek is the Idukki Dam, one of the highest arch dams in Asia. The highest point in this trek is 2100 m.

Difficulty Level: Easy

Best time: All year

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Geetika Handa

I am a lifestyle content writer of the blog Tourism of India, where I write and create visual diaries about travel places and attractions, the general art of living well.

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  • Katherin Geogre

    Really nice blog, i am a fan of adventurous trips and these are the best suggestion for my next vacation thanks to you. I went to Silent Valley, Kerala last summer and it was an amazing experience.

  • Feba Maria

    Best blog ever, really looking forward for visiting these places. Thanks for sharing this information

  • David John

    Thanks to sharing this nice info with us. Always keep sharing like this.

    • Diksha

      Hey David,

      Thank you for your kind words. Do follow our blog for more such informative posts in the future.

  • Manoj Agarwal

    Woww nice article the places you have mentioned really seems beautiful and adventures for trekking as me and my friends were planning for trekking from a long time in Maharashtra but we had no idea about the place for trekking in Maharashtra but now as you have mentioned Rajmachi Trek, Maharashtra now I’m really excited to go there. Thanks for this article would like to see more.

    • Diksha

      Hi Manoj

      Thank you for your kind words! Keep on following our blogs for more such interesting posts in the future.

  • Koyeli

    Great list of trekking places. Very informative. Thank you for sharing.