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The best winter treks in India

1. Dayara Bugyal Winter Trek 

Dayara has the best rolling meadows in our country, which few people are aware of. Nothing can prepare you for what lies ahead in the next fold because it is so large, wide, and undulating. One fold at a time, the journey unfolds. Unlike the Ali-Bedni trek, which allows you to see the entire alpine meadow at once, the Dayara Bugyal trek is full of suspense. Each fold offers a unique experience. Sometimes you’ll come across abandoned shepherds’ chhaani huts, and other times you’ll be greeted with a breathtaking view. The Dayara Bugyal trek keeps you on the edge of your seat. It’s unusual to see it on such a large scale as Dayara. The sight of Mt Banderpoonch and Black Peak, which tower almost 21,000 feet above Dayara, is even rarer. The sight of these mountains emerging from the Dayara meadows is motivation enough to undertake this trip. It isn’t only these mountains, though. Some of the other major mountains of the Gharwal Himalayas — Mt Srikanth, Draupadi Ka Danda, and Mt Jaunli — can be seen in a complete sweep, panning from left to right in a broad panorama.

2. Deoriatal Chandrashila Peak Trek

The Deoriatal Chandrashila hike, located in the Kedarnath Nature Sanctuary in Uttarakhand, is a wildlife lover’s dream. It’s also a fantastic summit climb (12,083 feet) for people new to Himalayan hiking. Summit climbs, you see, are gratifying, even if you have to slog up a mountain for hours in the early hours of the morning. Like the sun’s beams illuminating the sky, you achieve its pinnacle. The sky, the hills, the specks of civilisation – everything is below you. Mountain ranges can often be seen in the distance during a Himalayan hike. Deoriatal Chandrashila stands out in this regard. You are not looking at a part of the Himalayan mountains. 

3. Kedarkantha Trek

Kedarkantha is a 6-day hike in Uttarakhand’s Govind Pashu Vihar National Park (6 when including the travel days from Dehradun to the base camp and back). Kedarkantha is unquestionably one of India’s most popular treks, attracting both experienced and novice hikers. There are several reasons why trekking in the Indian Himalayas is so popular. The summit ascent is the most significant of them all. The trek to the peak of Kedarkantha is quite gratifying. The peak looms huge even from the trek’s base camp. The world opens out around you as you begin your walk early in the morning and slowly climb up the steep incline. The ascent is not simple. The gradient is consistent throughout the stretch. It becomes more difficult as you approach closer to the peak. The huge mountains of the higher Himalayas, on the other hand, will keep you company until you reach the top. You experience a great feeling of pleasure and achievement as you stretch and take in the sights of the Himalayas from the peak. This is a sensation unlike any other. 

4. Sandakphu Phalut Trek

The Sandakphu Phalut Trek is one of the few hikes on the planet that offers views of 8,000-meter peaks. On Sandakphu, at an elevation of 11,950 feet, you can see the Everest cluster on your left. Lhotse and Makalu, the world’s fourth and fifth highest peaks, are competing with Everest for the title of tallest mountain. Then there’s Everest, who towers over everything with ease. On your right, Kanchenjunga, the world’s third tallest mountain, stands with its family of peaks. Because of its look, this group of peaks is known as The Sleeping Buddha. The Sleeping Buddha draws attention away from the Sandakphu trek’s other highlights. The settlements of Gorkhey and Samanden must be kept in mind by the hikers. They are really stunning! They remind us of villages in Europe.

5. Kuari Pass Trek

Whether you’re a seasoned trekker or a novice, the Kuari Pass is a trek you must take. In any season, it is a must-do for vistas of some of India’s most famous mountains, including Mt. Nanda Devi (25,673 feet) and Mt. Dronagiri (23,182 feet). There is an extra interest in the winter. Its nearly perfectly sculpted woods are blanketed in snow. Snowflakes falling from the Oak leaves above a white-carpeted woodland floor transport you to a world that would make Santa Claus jealous.

To begin, Kuari Pass is a four-day walk (6 days when you include the travel days from Rishikesh). The walk begins at Dhak, a tiny town near Joshimath in Uttarakhand’s Garhwal region. Kuari Pass is an easy-moderate trip that is suitable for those who are new to the Himalayas. 

6. Nag Tibba Weekend Trek 

We all know how gratifying peak climbs can be on a journey. This is why trekkers go to destinations such as Kedarkantha and Deoriatal – Chandrashila. You can feel the excitement of a summit climb in only a weekend on a path like Nag Tibba! The top of this hike, at 9,915 feet, is the highest in the Nag Tibba range of the Garhwal Himalayas. Swargrohini, Bandarpoonch, Kala Nag, Srikantha, and Gangotri are among the snow-capped Himalayan mountains seen from here. In the north, you can view Kedarnath Peak, Doon Valley, and Changabang’s snow-capped summits. This weekend hike may be one of the greatest, with vistas like this and a climb to make you earn them.

All treks are must do.

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