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Roopkund-Bedni BugyalTop 10 summer treks

Name itself brings thrill in minds of trekkers. Roopkund is situated in Chamoli district of Garhwal, in the lap of Trishu massif. Deep virgin forests, gurgling rivulets, breath-taking campsites and miles of surging meadows gratify the soul of great adventure as he climbs 5029m from the sea level. The lake is usually called the ‘Mystery Lake’, since human skeletons and remains of horses from the Paleolithic age are found here. This place is covered by strewn glacier and snow clad peaks. This high altitude lake has a past shrouded in mystery- What we find here are numerous, partially decomposed skeletal remains of human origin embedded in the ice around the lake. Stories in plenty float this site; most believable of course is that an entire unit of a small army perished here albeit under mysterious circumstances. Some however says that pilgrims here were buried here as a result of a nasty avalanche as early as in the 14th century. The region is dominated by Mount Trishul (7120m) and makes for another pilgrim for the faithful Lord Shiva devotees, on the walk up to the lake we camp at the Himalayan meadows of Bedni Bugyal & Auli Bugyal and cross the Roop Kund ridge which is a an extension of one between Sutol and Wan and forms the divide between the catchments of the Badni Ganga and the Nandakini River. Nanda Rajjat Yatra that takes place once every 12 years also goes to Roopkund. This Yatra starts from a small village 'Nauti' near Karnaprayag, and goes beyond Roopkund to Homkund. Roopkund can be trekked from many routes. You can take Loharjung- Didna Village- Ali Bugyal- Ghora Lotani-Bhagwabasa-Roopkund-Bedni Bugyal-Lohajung route. Loharjung can be accessed by road from Kathgodam. April to June and then September to November are best times to trek on this route.

Vasuki Tal-Kalindi KhalTop 10 summer treks

One of the most sought after trek by the adventurers. This trek is not made for the weak hearted. A strenuous trek is not viable for amateurs or families and children. One needs to have experience in trekking and have a zest and thrill for adventurous trips such as these. If you have what is needed for this expedition, then there is nothing quite like the Kalindi Khal trek. Covering a total distance of 99 Kms, this high altitude trekking route is from Gangotri - Badrinath, via Kalindikhal and popularly known is Kalindikhal Pass Trek. The trek is full of thrill and adventure and requires some fundamental knowledge of mountaineering. The trek embarks from Gangotri across the Kalindi Khal. The arduous 99 kms that commences at Gangotri (3048 mts), passes through Gaumukh (3892 mts), Nandanvan (4500 mts), Vasuki Tal (5300 mts), Kalindi Base (5590 mts), Kalindi Khal (5948 mts) and then descends to Arwa Tal (3980 mts), Ghastoli (3600 mts) and ends at Badrinath (3100 mts). The route passes through one of the most breathtaking mountainscape under the shadow of great peaks of Garhwal - Bhagirathi II, III & I, Shiblinga, Basuki, Chandraparbat, Satopanth etc, and covering terrain over boulders, glaciers, scree, and snow. The specialty of the trek is that it takes you half way round Garhwal from the Bhagirathi river Valley to the Alaknanda river Valley. This trip is advised only for those who have a prior experience of high altitude treks. The very mention of this trek gives even seasoned veterans of the trekking community a thrill, as some of the stretches on this trip are not for the faint hearted. The route takes you through breathtaking view of the greater Himalayan peaks in the Garhwal region - Bhagirathi, Shivlinga, Basuki, Chandraparbat, Satopanth and many more. Best time to do this trek is Mid June - July & August.

Yamunotri-DoditalTop 10 summer treks

This is another of the oldest and most popular of Himalayan treks. Dodital is a freshwater lake in Uttarakhand, India, situated at a height of 3,024 metres (9,921 ft). According to one of the popular legends Lord Ganesha chose this place as his abode. There is also a temple devoted to Lord Ganesha here. Another name for this lake is 'dhundital' meaning ganesh ka tal or lake of Ganesha. One can approach Dodital trek from Hanuman Chatti which is in Yamnotri valley. Being close to Yamnotri, one can spend two nights at Syana Chatti which is a peaceful place compare to Janki chatti which is a starting point of the walk to the pilgrimage of Yamnotri. Yamunotri is the source of the Yamuna River and the seat of the Goddess Yamuna in Hinduism. It is situated at an altitude of 3,293 metres (10,804 ft) in the Garhwal Himalayas and located approximately 30 kilometers (19 mi) North of Uttarkashi. It is one of the four sites in India's Chhota Char Dham pilgrimage. The sacred shrine of Yamunotri, source of the river Yamuna, is the westernmost shrine in the Garhwal Himalayas, perched atop a flank of Bandar Poonch Parvat. The chief attraction at Yamunotri is the temple devoted to the Goddess Yamuna and the holy thermal springs at Janki Chatti (7 km. Away). Alternatively, to reach Dodital, one may reach Uttarkashi by road and then walk to Dodital here via Bevra and other minor villages alongside the Ganges river. From Uttarkashi, a short jeep ride will take you to Sangamchatti from where the 21 km trek to Dodital begins. This is a mostly gentle trek, with overnight halt options at the village of Agora or Bebra. At Agora, which is 7 km from Sangamchatti, one can stay at one of the private lodges or alternatively, camp at Bevra which is 9 km from Sangamchatti. From there one can start the second leg of the trek the next day which will take you to Dodital via the small village of Manjhi. There are a couple of forest rest houses at Dodital where one can book a stay by taking a permit at the forest office in Uttarkashi. Alternatively, one can camp by carrying tents. There's a basic canteen where one can get food and tea. Some trekkers go to Darwa pass (4100 mts ) from Dodi Tal and then to Kanasar to do the Darwa summit (4250 mts). Come back to Kanasar and then to Hanuman chatti.

Goecha LaTop 10 summer treks

Goecha La is a high mountain pass in Sikkim, in the Himalaya range towards the southeast face of Kanchenjunga, the world’s third highest mountain. The virtual road ends at an altitude of 1770 meters from where the trek to Goecha La starts in Yuksom. Sachen, Bakkhim, Tshoka, Phedang, Dzongri, Kokchurong, Thansing and Lamuney are the vital places to look out for. Yuksom is six to seven hours drive from New Jalpaiguri. The trek proceeds through dense verdant forest, entering bugyals, and ends in rocky terrain. The trek is highlighted by the presence of rhododendrons of various colors during the month of May. The trek can start from Yuksom and through Sachen pass, it joins the conventional Dzongri-Goechala trail. The Ridge is really gorgeous and full of exciting activity whereas the Goecha La pass is the decisive destination for the magnificent sight of Mountain Kabru and Kanchenjunga. Next day you can descend steep forest to the overpass on the Dzongri-Goecha La track after walking an hour from where one can reach to Tshoka. Goechala trek is Moderate to Difficult and trek goes to maximum altitude of 16000 Ft. April to June and then September to November are best times to trek.

Pin Parvati ValleyTop 10 summer treks

The awe-inspiring journey from High altitude Deserts to the flourishing greenery and monsoon swept slopes of the Himalayan foothills was discovered in 19th century by an English explorer. The Pin Parvati Valley, also known as ‘Valley of Gods’, is cuddled up between the Dhauladhar and Pir Panjal ranges, and is located in the cold desert region of the Spiti valley. Trekking in Himalaya at an altitude of 5319 meter high at Pin Parvati Pass is a great trek for seasoned trekkers. The best season to pin valley trek is in the month of July to September. The most beautiful region during the trek is the Pin Parvati valley of Spiti. The amazing trek tour begins via crossing over the flourishing green Parvati valley and beautiful Landscapes in Kullu which falls in the range of Great Himalaya into the Spiti valley. The name Pin Parvati Pass is derived after the linking of Parvati valley in Kullu and Pin valley in Spiti. The heavy snow fall gives an alpine feeling and experience to remember for life time. This region is covered with heavy snow for most of the year. The path to the pass is tough not just because of the altitude but also since it involves a long journey beyond habitation. This trek offers a brilliant view of staying in western Himalayan region at Himachal Pradesh. Walking along the mountains, downhill crossing, snowfield areas, unusual natural rocky bridges, Himalayan brown bears and wild small colorful flowers builds an ever unforgettable flash. Trek route also depends on whether you want to want to cross towards Pin valley or come back to Kullu side.

Stok KangriTop 10 summer treks

Now this is for the challenging ones. Stok Kangri, the shapely Ladakhi capital of Leh, is prominent mountain range on the southern lane. Ladakh is the most remote region of India, a desolate, almost rainless region which lies north of the Himalayas and area known geologically as the Tibetan plateau. Trekking in Ladakh is the most gratifying and fantastic opportunity due to its high altitude terrains. Stok Kangri is at an amazing height of 20, 182 ft (6, 153 m) and is the highest mountain in the Stok Range of Himalayas. It is 24 kms from the district of Leh. Even though the trek is the most glamorous one, it is by no means an easy trek. Only very few people who attempt, succeed to reach the Stok Kangri Peak. People from all over the world come here to endeavor this amazing trek to the summit. The only reason this trek is considered a difficult one is due to the height of the destination. One needs to be physically and mentally strong to take this trek. Trek starts from Chang Ma via Stok village and then Mankorma camp site to the Stok Kangri base camp. The best season to go trekking in Ladakh is July, August and September. The place is usually dry in these months with few bursts of rains in July and august. The nearest station to Stok Kangri is Leh. Leh can be reached from Delhi by air or from Manali or Srinagar by road.

Kuari PassTop 10 summer treks

Kuari Pass has been a favourite with many mountaineers. Mr. Shipman in his book- Nanda Devi writes about crossing this pass with these words, "The top of the pass was reached by 7 o'clock (am) of a clear, cold morning and we were privileged to see what must be one of the grandest mountain views in the world." The Kuari pass trek is the best trek in the Garhwal Mountains of Uttarakhand and can be done by people of average fitness levels. The trek takes you through thriving green fields, isolated villages and virgin forests. The Gohna Tal Lake is one of the delights on the route. The view of Mt. Nanda Devi, the beloved mountain goddess, along with many other fascinating peaks is the reward that waits on the trail to the Kunwari pass. In spite of the view this trek promises to offer, it is a fairly moderate trek, which offers most enchanting mix of the Himalayan life with a look at village life, culture, pristine wilderness, wild life and great Himalayan range. On a clear day one can see mountains like Nanda Devi (7816m), Dunagiri (7066m), Kamet (7756m) and many more. It’s a moderate trek and can be done between May to November. You can either start trek from Auli and end at Chefna or can do vice-versa. One can also add an excursion to Pangarchulli Peak (5000m) to this trek.

Milam GlacierTop 10 summer treks

The trek to the Milam Glacier in the district of Pithoragarh is amongst the best of treks and takes one through remote areas with breathtaking panoramas, is about 28 km long, the biggest glacier of the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand. Situated on the south-facing slope of the Himalayan range, Milam Glacier originates from the slope of Kohli and Trishul peaks. It is the source of the Milam River and a tributary of the Pindar River. This moderate trek starts at Munsiyari (2290M), a small beautiful hamlet with a scenic array of waterfalls and home to the Johari Tribe who are famed for their ayurvedic medicines and woolen shawls. The base camp for Milam Glacier is Munsiyari (2290m), in Pithoragarh District. From Munsiyari, the trek to Lilam is mostly downhill along the Gori Ganga River. Enroute Bugdiyar to Reilkot is a thickly forested area from where the land opens into the Gori Ganga Valley. After crossing the Gori Ganga river, and below Burfu village, one gets an uninterrupted view of the Nanda Devi and Hardeol peaks, right upto Milam Glacier. The Milam Glacier summit at 3872m is the nodal point for a different high grade routes and peaks. The main peaks are Hardeol (7115m), Burphudhura (6215m) and Kalabulanddhura (6215m). One gets breathtaking views of the Panchchuli peaks from here. This trek takes you to the base of Nanda Devi east peak and to Milam Glacier which offers great views of Trishuli, Hardeol and Rishi Pahar peaks.

Surya Top- Dayara BugyalTop 10 summer treks

Dayara Bugyal is often placed at the top position only to be hotly contested and pushed to the next best. But there is no debate amongst trekkers that Dayara Bugyal would fall within the two most beautiful high altitude meadows in India. It is not difficult to see why. For hundreds of years shepherds from far have been taking their flock to graze at Dayara. They have come back with stories of the abundance of grass and splendor of the mighty Himalayan mountain peaks cradling the meadows. They described the place with such intensity that soon word about Dayara Bugyal reached explorers. When the explorers got back from their treks to Dayara Bugyal, they came back profoundly affected. The meadows were exactly as the shepherds had described them – but only more beautiful. The mountains they talked about were the Bhagirathi peaks, Bandarpoonch, Black peak and scores of other peaks they could not name. They discovered clear water bodies strewn across the green meadows – in whose reflection the peaks looked even more beautiful. Flowers sprung up around streams and brooks that ran across the meadows. Dayara Bugyal along with its twin Gidara Bugyal is perhaps one of the most beautiful alpine meadows in India. Here is a trek which is not only easy to do but also offers an amalgam of everything a Himalyan trek has to offer. Surya Top, situated at a height of 4200m offers great view of the upper Himalayan peaks such as Bandarpoonch (6350m), Dropdikadanda (6420m), Srikanth. The trek also offers an opportunity to experience firsthand the life style of the people of the village of Barsu and Agoda. You also get to walk through lush Deodar, Oak and Rhododendron forests as well as a high Himalayan meadow- Dayara before finally reaching the summit of Surya Top. What more! You can also catch a Himalayan black bear, musk dear or even a leopard while on your up through the forests. Worry not, these animals are more or less used to trekkers and are of no danger. If you have a knowledge and fondness for birds and/or wild flowers then this trip with its rich variety of Monal pheasant, eagles, butterflies etc is an idle trip for you. Alternatively you can also have a Barsu-Barnala-Dayara Bugyal-Bakaria Top-Pichkiya and Barsu trek. Barsu is 220 kms via road from Haridwar.

Har-Ki-Doon valleyTop 10 summer treks

A moderate one for fun lovers. This is an easy trek in which you may occasionally encounter rare Himalayan birds like the Paradise Fly Catcher, Fork Tail Fly Catcher and Monal; it is indeed one of the most popular treks in Garhwal. This trek is the simplest trek for the first time trekkers. Situated at the base of Fatheh Parvat, Har ki Doon is the most visited trail for experiencing the adventure of mountains. Har ki Doon is an ascending climb for 14 km from Osla. It is situated at the foothills of Swargrohini Peak and bestow its trekkers some amazing scenic views of the nature. Walk 2 km ahead and you will reach at Jaundhar glacier lies at the base of Swargarohini Mountain. Har-Ki-doon itself is a big valley with flowers carpeting it. Sankri is normally the base camp for this trek. It is almost a ten hour drive from Mussoorie. Starting from Sankri, Taluka and Osla are the other two hamlets on the way. Trek to Har-ki-Doon is 14 kms from Osla. The trail passes through villages with traditional buildings and lush green terraced mountain fields. There are villagers working in their potato fields, herding their sheep in to the jungle, in their traditional dresses, which is a rare and wonderful sight in our modern age. This Valley is also known for its polyandrous family system- where two or more than two brothers can have one common wife.

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