Craving to explore the Himalayan paths and peaks this upcoming season! So, while you choose your route, let me tell you that Himalayas are at its best in the month of September, October, November and December. You can witness the clear views with favourable weather conditions, while clicking some amazing photographs and creating memories for a lifetime. Here’s my suggestion to some of the kickass treks in the approaching season.
DRUK PATH TREK
A rather popular trek in Bhutan takes you through an ancient trading route, over high mountain passes as it connects the valleys of Paro and Thimpu. This moderate (+) trail passes through the idyllic rhododendron forests, alpine yak pastures and dazzling lakes like - the Jimiling Lake, whose waters are home to gigantic trouts. Accompanied by yak Herder’s camps and a spectacular view of Himalayas along the Bhutan- Tibet border, further trekking will lead you to a final descent via Phadjoding monasteries into Thimpu, the capital of Bhutan. October onwards till the mid December is the perfect season to experience the mesmerising views and trails of Druk Path Trek.
Duration : 11 Days | Season : Feb - May, Sep - Dec | Grade : Mod+
DZONGRI, GOECHA LA TREK
A truly utopian escape in Sikkim, Goecha La trek has innumerable things to fall for. The trek encompasses an enchanting walk through Tshoka, amidst the rhododendron forests and the vast Dzongri and Thansing meadows. The idyllic blue waters of Samiti lake and the magnificent presence of Kanchenjunga and Pandim makes it a trekker’s paradise. The high point of the trek is its steep gradient, beginning from Yuksom town (known for it being a historically cultural hub) and the near grip of the third highest peak of the world- Kanchenjunga. The trek is incomplete without treading through the lush oak plantation and a variety of wild flowers. To experience the challenging bit of this trek September and October is the best time.
Duration : 10 Days | Season : Apr-May, Oct-Nov | Grade : Mod+
INDRAHAR PASS TREK
The Indrahar Pass lies in the Dhauladhar mountain ranges of Western Himalayas. The short trek begins from McLeodganj in the Kangra Valley and passes over the snow-capped Dhauladhar range to end at Chamba. This moderate trek encompasses the spectacular views of the sacred peak of Mani Mahesh Kailash and the Pir Panjal Range. From the lush green forests, the trek towards the latter half becomes bouldry and rocky, as this route leads us to Lahesh caves. Starting from here the Indrahar Pass is a steep climb amidst rocky trails. As we scale a height of 4300 mts, one can witness the majestic views of Kangra valley. The best time to take up this trek is from September till November.
Duration : 05 Days | Season : May-Jun, Sep-Oct | Grade : Mod+
HAMPTA PASS & CHANDRATAL TREK
This trek is a repository of experiences, starting from Jobri Nullah, Manali, there are tons of surprises that awaits you. This trek is an easy walk up till the first base Chika followed by a moderate trek ahead till Hampta Pass. This exhilarating trek from Balu Ka Ghera to Shea Garu will embrace you with the euphoric glaciers and snow all day long. The valleys of Lahaul and Spiti along with the Pir Panjal range is a perfect landscape to reach Chatru, the confluence point of paths from Rohtang pass, Hampta Pass, Lahaul and Spiti. Between Chatru to Manali, the ending point of the trek is the Chandratal Lake; with it’s deeper than blue shades. All in all, this trek ensures to surprise you each day. From climbing out of the lush green valleys to a mountain high further leading to the deserts of Spiti, ensuring a dramatic change at each level! The ideal time to undertake this trek would be from June till the mid of October.
Duration : 05 Days | Season : Jun - Oct | Grade : Mod+
KUARI PASS TREK-
Located at an altitude of 12,200 feet in the Nanda Devi Biosphere of Garhwal region in Uttarakhand, the trek is a perfect start for beginners in snow treks. A perfect blend of Himalayan panorama and the temperatures falling down to zero degree - it is indeed a trekker’s way to glory! This moderate trek is a historically tread route, as it is also known as Lord Curzon trek, for obvious reasons of Lord Curzon having trekked the same route, along with several other historical figures. Confronting the magnificent views of Dronagiri, Chaukhamba and Neelkanth, while Mt. Nanda Devi is also visible in its full splendour from here. The best time to take up this trek is during September and October.
Duration : 06 Days | Season : Mar -May, Sep - Dec | Grade : Mod+
Situated at 4756 mts (15,696 feet), in the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand, Roopkund Trek is a mesmerising escape with its oak trees, sprawling green meadows and a majestic backdrop of snow clad Himalayas. Offering the view of the first 7000 mt summit to be climbed by man, Trishul Parvat, along with alpine meadows and a bouquet of steep climbs and descents, the trek is a paradise for beginners. The name of this moderate trek is derived from the frozen lake at Roopkund. This trek starts from Lohajung and move towards Kulling where one can take a glimpse of exotic birds that inhabit here. The trail to Roopkund encompasses alpine forest, oak and birch trees. From Bhaguabasa or the ‘Abode of Tiger’, one reaches the final destination - Roopkund. The best time to take up this trek is during September and October.
Duration : 07 Days | Season : May-Jun, Sep-Oct | Grade : Mod+
HAR KI DUN & JAUNDHAR GLACIER TREK
The trek summit of Har Ki Dun is perched at an altitude of 11,482 Feet, in the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand. The endless lush meadows, wild alpine trees, towering snow – capped peaks, glaciers and gushing streams are the highlights of this trek. From Sankri (a hamlet) we move towards Taluka which is at a hikeable distance. From Taluka a trek to Seema, where the local way of life greets us, we move ahead to Har Ki Dun. A day’s excursion to Jaundhar glacier will bring us closer to the base of Swargrohini peaks. The Har Ki Dun Valley has its own interesting culture to reckon with. This moderate trek is ideal for beginners who will find themselves immersed into the mystical beauty of this region. The best time to take up this Moderate (+) trek is between the months of September to December.
Duration : 07 Days | Season : Mar-Jun, Sep-Nov | Grade : Mod+
CHOPTA- CHANDRASHILA TREK
This Moderate trek is a short 5 day hike in the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand at an altitude of 7998 feet. The hike has the most abundant variety of flora & fauna. The first leg of this trek is Deoriatal, which is a beautiful lake at an altitude of 2438 mt. Next on our trail is Chopta, popularly referred to as Mini- Switzerland of India, for its snow carpeted meadows & a breath taking view of the Himalayan peaks. From Chopta we trek ahead to Tungnath temple, the highest Shiva shrine in the world, at an altitude of 3680 mt. A trail of mixed forests & a 180 degree view of the Himalayan peaks like Bandarpunch and Kedar in a 1km trek ahead, lies the summit of Chandrashila (13,123 feet). The ideal time to be on this trek is between the months of September to November.
Duration : 05 Days | Season : Jan-Jun, Sep-Dec | Grade : Mod
With so much to explore, these trails are certainly a treat for rubberneckers like me!
Author: Samiksha Khanduri
A fiercely wandering soul, (literally & metaphorically)I take bits of myself to places all around! A literature lover, born in a family of travel enthusiasts, I dream of the best of both worlds. With every new flavour of adventure to my palates, I believe in unravelling A 'NEW ME' EACH DAY!