5 Best Treks to Do in Uttaranchal, India

  • Trekking in the land of rhododendron and snow leopards in Nanda Devi :-  Situated around Nanda Devi peak (7816m) this national park is an ideal destination for adventure seekers and nature lovers alike. Encompassed by tall peaks and watered by Rishi Ganga it is full of exotic flora and fauna. The trekking route passes through forests of rhododendron, juniper and birch. Flowers in the Valley of flowers create a riot in all the colours of rainbow. Also glimpses of Himalayan brown bear, leopard, musk deer and many endangered Himalayan bird species are also not uncommon. A truly unforgettable experience awaits you at Nanda Devi National Park.
  • Trek up to 4000m for the prodigious view of the Himalayas at

    Tungnath:- The trek starts from Chopta (2680m). First stop is Tunganath, the highest temple in the world located at an altitude of 3680m. Next morning an easy trek leads you to Chandrashila peak at a height of 4130mt. The flattened summit offers the breathtaking view of snowy Banderpoonch, Nanda Devi, Kedarnath, Chaukhamba, Panch Chuli and Neelkanth on one hand and the arresting view of the Garhwal valley on the other. Legend has it that Chandrama and Shri Ram had used this summit to meditate. You can spend some time there to completely assimilate the spectacle and immerse yourself in the beauty of this paradisiacal locale.

  • Follow the old trade route to Tibet starting at Munsiyari:-  27 km long Milam glacier is the biggest glacier in the Kumaon region and is situated in the south flank of the Himalayan Mountain Range. Trekking to this crevassed glacier is strenuous and takes at least 10 days. The maximum height of the trail is 4150m. On the trek you will come across deserted Bhotia settlements over grown with weeds. This trail was used by traders till 1962 to go over to the Tibetan side. The gushing Goriganga River leads you while the snowcapped Panch Chuli and Nanda Devi peaks stand as beacons on you way. Tents and shepherds caves are used as night shelters. Nature at its magnificent best humbles the trekker. A must for the seasoned trekker!!
  • Overnight stays at the ‘Van Gujjar’ huts while trekking up to Naagtibba:- The trek to Naagtibba (3022m), the tallest peak in the Tehri Garhwal district of the Uttarakhand twists through thick, enigmatic and isolated forests of rhododendron, oak and deodar. These forests have been duly romanticized in Heinrich Harrer’s best seller Seven years in Tibet. Abandoned huts of nomadic van gujjars near the Devta ridge during autumn and winter seasons are ideal for night stay. As you rest in the hut you can listen to the sounds of nature. A good population of black bears, leopard, wild boars and musk deer in the surrounding area increases the adventure many fold. Next morning watch the unparallel view of sunrise from the summit.
  • Follow the tough trail to Gomukh for a sight of primordial Bhagirathi:- One of the largest glaciers in the world, Gomukh (8km by 24km) at a height of 3892m feeds the perennial Ganga known as Bhagirathi at its source. A 19km trail from Gangotri (3049m) goes up to Gomukh. It passes through barren land, dense forests and alpine meadows under the shadows of the sky scraping mountain peaks. At the mouth of the glacier, Bhagirathi is only a trickle. A little higher up from Gangotri, Tapovan (4463m) provides a pleasant surprise in the form of a beautiful meadow occasionally visited by herds of blue mountain goats. Sharing the simple abodes of sadhus at the feet of the mighty Shivling peak is a humbling experience. It is a daunting and as well as alluring task to trek in this terrain.