“A walk in nature, walks the soul back home,” said Mary Davis.
Trekking is nothing but a challenging walk through nature’s toughest trails. All that qualifies you to embark on this adventurous journey that takes you closer to nature (and probably, your own self) is a certain level of physical fitness. Trekking in India has endless surprises in store for you, whether in terms of the scenic beauty of the trails or the sweeping views from the summit. So, take that first step right away, put those hiking boots on, and go trekking to these peaks that reward your adventurous spirit with breathtaking vistas.
Triund Trek, McLeodganj
Not all Himalayan treks are difficult, but all of them are distinctly beautiful. One of the shortest and easiest Himalayan treks, the Triund trek is known to offer spellbinding views of the Kangra Valley and the surrounding Dhauladhar Ranges swathed in snow. You can start the trek from McLeodganj or Dharamkot or Bhagsunag. Walking at your own pace through the beautiful rhododendron and oak forests and idyllic ‘pahadi’ villages, you can reach the peak in about 4-5 hours. And if the beautiful sunset views persuade you to stay back here till morning to watch the sun rising over the peak, consider camping overnight under the star-lit sky or find accommodation in Forest Department Guest Houses.
Best Time for Triund Trek: March to June & September to October
Nag Tibba Trek, Uttarakhand
Another easy Himalayan trek, Nag Tibba is often recommended for beginners who want to trek in the Himalayas early. The initial trek through rocky terrain is relatively effortless, and soon enough you will find yourself surrounded by oak and rhododendrons. As the highest peak in the lower Himalayan ranges of the Garhwal region, Nag Tibba is known to offer amazing views of Garhwal peaks such as Kedarnath, Bandarpoonch, Kala Naag, Swargarohini, and the Chanabang. On the summit, you will also find a temple dedicated to Nag Devta (Serpent God), which is popular among the locals. Nag Tibba Trek is an ideal choice, whether you plan to go trekking in India in the summer or winter season. While the place turns into a winter wonderland in the season of snow, a summer trek treats you to the refreshing views of dark green groves and hillsides.
Best Time for Nag Tibba Trek: April to June & October to December
Chembra Peak Trek, Wayanad
At 2100m above sea level, Chembra Peak is the highest point in Wayanad and thus, the perfect spot to catch stunning views of the forested Wayanad region in God’s Own Country. The trail to this peak takes you through rolling coffee/tea plantations, verdant forests, and lush grasslands; offering you a peek into the diversity of flora and fauna in this area. The highlight of the Chembra Peak trail is a mystical heart-shaped lake (locally called hridaya sarassu), whose waters are said to never dry up. The crisp mountain air and the lush green views that only get better as you gain ascent ensure that your hike uphill is more enjoyable and less tiring.
Best Time for Chembra Peak Trek: September to February
Dayara Bugyal Trek, Uttarakhand
One of the best treks in India, Dayara Bugyal is a popular with both amateur and seasoned trekkers. The trail passes through green pastures and alpine meadows encircled by towering Himalayan mountains. You will also traverse dense oak and pine forests crisscrossed by bubbling streams and rivulets during the trek. The scenic views and sweet scents of the wildflowers blooming in the meadows may captivate your senses. Furthermore, this is said to be the only trek that offers enchanting views of the entire Gangotri and Yamunotri Ranges. Campsites abound along the trail; allowing you to slow down and soak up this otherworldly beauty.
Best Time for Chembra Peak Trek: Throughout the year
Cloud’s End, Mussoorie
Tucked away in 2000 acres of oak and deodar forests, Cloud’s End is a beautiful stretch frequented by tourists for the wonderful views of snow-covered Himalayan peaks. A favorite retreat for nature lovers and peace seekers, Cloud’s End is located about 6 km from the Library Road in Mussoorie. One can reach this place by trekking along Hathipaon Road from the Happy Valley. Hiking along this trail covered in mist, with cottony clouds drifting overhead, is a dreamy experience, to say the least! You can also extend your trek to the nearby Jwala Devi Temple and Bhadraj Temple.
Best Time for trekking to Cloud’s End: October to May
Consider adding trekking in India to your itinerary and try these easy treks the next time you visit the country. Book your flight tickets to India with us for maximum savings and earn reward points too. So, which trek are you going to begin with?