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 worldwide. It is a 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, take a look at these best treks in India.

Here Are the 11 Best Treks In India:

Hampta Pass Trek, Himachal Pradesh

  • Difficulty Level: Easy
  • Best Time: June to Mid- November
Hampta Pass Trek

Starting from the village Hampta in the Kullu Valley and finishing at Chatru in the Lahaul & Spiti Valley, the popular Hampta Pass Trek is around 35 km. The duration is about 4 to 5 days, with the highest altitude being 4400 m. If this is 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 the barren lands of Lahaul-Spiti. The trek also includes of night camp stay at Chandra Tal.

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Beas Kund Trek, Himachal Pradesh

  • Difficulty Level: Moderate
  • Best Time: Mid-May to Mid-October
Beas Kund Trek

One of the most challenging and the best summer treks in India, Himachal Pradesh offers a wonderful short trek named 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 experience is needed for this trek.

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Chandrakhani Pass Trek, Himachal Pradesh

  • Difficulty Level: Moderate
  • Best Time: Mid June to Early October
Chandrakhani Pass Trek

With generally a duration of around 10 days and a maximum altitude of 3650 m, the Chandrakani trek has a distance of 22 km. The pass lies at 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.

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Markha Valley Trek, Ladakh

  • Difficulty Level: Moderate to Difficult
  • Best time to visit: July to Mid September

Markha Valley is one of the largest valleys in the Ladakh region, and the Markha Valley trek is one of the best Himalayan treks in India. 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 at the preserved monasteries, ruined forts, and temples.

With the maximum altitude of 5,200 m above the mean sea level, one has to cover the 65 km and 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 glimpse the distant Tibet region.

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Valley of Flowers Trek, Uttarakhand

  • Difficulty Level: Easy to Moderate
  • Best Time: July to Mid- September
Valley of Flowers Trek

One of the best trekking tours in India, the 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 3658 m. During the monsoon season, this pristine valley gets covered with thousands of colorful high-altitude Himalayan flowers, making it look like heaven. Thus, it is the best August treks India. Starting from Govindghat, it is ideal for trekkers of all age groups. Admire the finest creations of Mother Nature and feel the spiritual bliss.

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Rupin Pass Trek, Garhwal, Uttarakhand

  • Difficulty Level: Difficult
  • Best Time: May to June and September to October
Rupin Pass Trek

One of the best places for trekking in India, the Garhwal region has the challenging Rupin Pass Trek for around 7 days with a maximum altitude of around 15250 feet. This trek of approximately 52 km starts from Dhaula in Uttarakhand and ends at Sangla, Shimla, 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 terrains- rugged meadows or snow, encountering waterfalls and a hanging village. Also, savor stunning views of Kinner Kailash Peak.

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Dzongri Trek, Sikkim

  • Difficulty Level: Easy to Moderate
  • Best Time: April to June and October to December
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. Among the best winter treks in India, Dzongri Trek starts and ends at Yuksom, covering a distance of 21 km, with a maximum altitude being 15,000 feet. If you have limited time and wish to admire the best Himalayan views, including Dzongri La peak and Mt. Kanchendzonga, it must be this trek.

This walking expedition takes you through Siachen, Bakkhim, Tshokha, Kanchenjunga National Park, hanging bridges, gushing waterfalls, and white and red rhododendron flowers. This high-altitude trek also needs a day for acclimatization.

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Rajmachi Trek, Maharashtra

  • Difficulty Level: Easy
  • Best Time: June to September
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 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 beautiful valley views. The best site is Rajmachi Fort, a 17th-century structure by Shivaji. You walk past dense forests on both sides, 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.

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Roopkund Trek, Uttarakhand

  • Difficulty Level: Moderate
  • Best Time: May to October
Roopkund Trek

The Roopkund trek starts from Lohajung at an altitude of 3200 m and brings you to a lake named Roopkund, located at an altitude of 5029 m. This lake is popular for human skeletal remains found at its bottom. There are many legends about 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 the roaring sounds of rivers. Here, you can spot Hindu temples, Himalayan peaks including Nanda Devi and Nanda Ghunti, several bird species, and flat green plains.

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Sandakphu Trek, West Bengal

  • Difficulty Level: Easy to Moderate
  • Best time: April to May and October to February
Sandakphu Trek

Sakdakphu is the highest point in West Bengal and is known as ‘Trekker’s Wonderland’. Witness majestic views of peaks like Mt. Everest, Kanchenjunga, Lhotse, and Makalu, around 11,500 feet. The trek is 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, also called so as a poisonous flower – Aconite grows here.

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Chokramudi Trek, Munnar

  • Difficulty Level: Easy
  • Best time: All year
Chokramudi Trek

With a duration of 5 to 7 hours, the Chokramudi trek in Munnar has tea estates, hills, high-altitude forests, and rivers along with a mist-clad ambiance, offering a stunning sight. The highest point in this trek is 2100 m. This is a wonderful trek for beginners who have a shortage of time but wish to experience the best scenery of this hill town. The starting point of the trek is near 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.

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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.