A stretch of 2500 km of mighty Himalayan ranges standing in the north of India creates numerous opportunities for adventure activities, especially trekking. There are thousands of treks in India, but most of them are seasonal and tough, demanding mountaineering skills. But if you are an adventure enthusiast and looking for some beautiful winter treks in India, here is a list of some of the most beautiful winter treks in India, specially for trekkers with no or little trekking experience. Please go through this list before finalising your destination for trekking this winter season.
1. Laka Glacier Trek
If I were to think of any winter trek, especially for beginners, then my first favourite would be the Triund and Laka glacier treks. Least marketed but one of the most beautiful winter treks in the range of 10,500 feet. This trek will offer you breathtaking scenery along a thrilling adventure trek route. If you have limited time or no prior trekking experience, then you should opt for this trek. This 16-kilometer trek, starting from Mcleodganj (Dharamshala), will give you goosebumps at many places along the route, and the bold Dhauladhar range will accompany you throughout your journey.
Height:- 10,600 feet
Duration:- 3 Days / 2 Nights
Total trekking distance:- 32 Kms
Starting / Ending Point:- Mcleodganj (Dharamshala)
Lak Galcier Difficulty Level:- Easy to Moderate.
Main Attraction:- Laka Glacier, Triund Top, Bhagsunag Waterfall, Mcleodganj Market
2. Kedarkantha Trek
Kedarkantha is one of the most famous and beautiful winter treks in India. The summit climb and 360-degree view from the summit make it the most popular trek. Starting from Sankri village, this trek will take you to Juda Ka Talab, which is believed to be the meditating ground of Lord Shiva. Then we move to Kedarkantha base camp, and the next day we give a summit push that starts at 2 AM with the aim of reaching the summit before sunrise. The view of the sunrise from the Kedarkantha trek will leave you amazed. Located at an altitude of 12,500 feet above sea level, this trek attracts thousands of trekkers every year.
Height:- 12,500 feet
Duration:- 5 Days / 4 Nights
Starting / Ending point:- Dehradun
Basecamp:- Sankri village( Uttarakhand)
Main Attraction:- Summit view and Sankri village and market around
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3. Kareri Lake Trek
Located at an altitude of 10,800 feet above sea level and about 9 km from Dharamshala (Himachal Pradesh), this is another gem of the Himalaya that you can try this winter season. This beautiful and exciting trek will take you through the dense forest of oak and deodar and ultimately to the beautiful lake, Kareri Lake, which is also called Kareri Dal by locals. The perfect blend of the beautiful views from the Dhauladhar range and Kareri lake make it one of the best and most demanded treks in India.
Height:- 9700 feet
Duration:- 3 Days / 2 Nights
Starting / Ending Point:- Dharamkot
Basecamp:- Kareri Village
Main Attraction:- Kareri Lake, Dhauladhar Range, Kareri Village, and Dharamkot
4. Kasol-Kheerganga Trek
Another famous and beginner-friendly trek in Himachal Pradesh is the Kasol Kheerganga trek. Located in Parvati Valley, Kheerganga is famous for its hot water spring, located in the middle of snow-covered mountains. A dip in Parvati Kund (a hot water spring) will cure your pain from trekking. Located at 9700 feet above sea level, it is a marvel of trekking and a boon to adventure lovers. The trails of this trek will take you through dense forests, deep valleys, freshwater streams, and beautiful waterfalls.
Height :- 9700 feet
Duration:- 3 Days / 2 Nights
Starting / Ending Point:- Kasol
Base Camp:- Bharshaini
Main Attraction:- Parvati Kund, Bharshaini Dam, Parvati River, and Rudranag Waterfalls
5. Kuari Pass Winter Trek
If you are a high-altitude trekker and wish to explore something amazing this year, then Kuari Pass is another of the most beautiful treks in India. Lord Curzon’s favourite trek will give you a chance to get a close look at some of the highest peaks in the Himalayas, like Trishul, Chaukhambh, Kamet, etc.
Located in the Chamoli district at an altitude of 14,520 feet above sea level, this is one of the most amazing treks and is recommended for regular trekkers.
Height:- 14,520 feet
Duration:- 6 Days / 5 Nights
Starting / Ending Point:- Rishikesh
Main Attraction:- Trishul, Chaukhambha, Nandagunti, and Neelkanth peaks
6. Nag Tibba Winter Trek
Another alluring trek in Uttarakhand is the Nag Tibba trek. It is famous for a temple dedicated to Nag Devta (the god of snakes) and the beautiful view from its top. It starts from Pantwari village, which is located at a distance of 100 km from the state headquarters at Dehradun. Although a small trek, the trails of the Nag Tibba trek will take you through dense forest and some lonely settlements.
Height:- 9917 feet
Duration:- 2 Days / 1 Night
Starting / Ending Point:- Dehradun
Basecamp:- Pantwari, Uttarakhand
Main Attraction:- Nag Tibba Shrine, Nanda Devi, and Swargarohini Peak
7. Brahmatal Trek
Have you ever wondered why most of the gods and goddesses selected Uttarakhand for meditation or why Uttarakhand is known as Dev Bhoomi? If not, then visit another marvellous trek in India, i.e., the Brahmatal Trek. Even the creator of earth, Lord Brahma, had selected this place for meditation, and hence this place got its name as Brahmatal Trek. One of the marvellous treks offers a close view of some of the highest peaks of the Himalayas, like Mt. Trishul, Nangagunti, etc. So if you also want to meditate and feel the divine presence of the almighty, then this should be your top priority.
Height :- 12,200 feet
Duration:- 7 Days / 6 Nights
Starting / Ending Point:- Rishikesh, Uttarakhand
Basecamp:- Lohajung, Uttarakhand
Main Attraction:- Brahmatal, Bekaltal, Mt. Nandagunti, Mt. Trishul, Mt. Devtoli, etc.