Winter Treks in Himalayas

The Himalayas are known to be the newest mountain ranges of the world. They offer a diverse range of topography from barren beige arid lands to lush green pine forests with extraordinary rivers, waterfalls, and valleys. India is blessed to be home to such alluring mountains and trek trails. Winter treks are like a cherry on the top for trekkers and travel enthusiasts. With India’s tropical weather, the Himalayas are an escape from this world. The mountains are calling you for a religious, adventurous, cultural journey, so pick up the call and pick up your bag! 

Chadar Trek

This is a unique frozen river trek in India. The trek is best to complete in winters when the Zanskar river is frozen and surrounded by lofty gorges in minus temperatures. The 7-day trek stretches from Leh to Nyerak, Lingshed encompassing the frozen river, streams, waterfall, Tibb cave, and wide-open sky. The distance covered is approximately 105 km. The winters in Ladakh are extremely cold which requires a physically fit body and proper acclimatization in order to go on this trek. There are campsites at regular distances which makes trekking comparatively easy. Be thoroughly prepared for this trek with appropriate trekking gear, tents, shoes, hiking sticks, etc. The enchanting view you will get of the Himalayas will be worth each and every step you took. The best time to visit this wonder of nature is January and February. 

Kedarkantha Trek

The Himalayas ’ next winter trek would be Kedarkantha, Uttarakhand. While Ladakh displayed an extreme barren, arid, beige fragment of the Himalayas, Kedarkantha on the other hand is covered in a white blanket of snow. At an elevation of 3810 m, Kedarkantha offers a mind-blowing view of snow-covered valleys and neighboring mountain peaks of Swargarohini, Kalang, and Bandarpoonch. Situated in the Garhwal ranges of the Himalayas, the Kedarkantha trek takes 4-5 days to complete.Winter Treks The campsite of Juda ka Talab offers a spectacular view of tall pine trees with a frozen lake in the middle. The tents are set up on the snow-covered terrain which is once in a lifetime opportunity. The trek is fairly moderate and can be done provided one is physically fit and doesn’t have health issues. The best time to experience this snow trek is from December to March-end. 

Hampta Pass Trek

Himachal Pradesh is the most happening place to be for trekkers and travel enthusiasts. The state has a perfect harmony between snow-capped mountains and lush green valleys. The Hampta pass is brilliantly situated as it has Lahaul valley on one side and Kullu valley on the other.  The trek takes you through places that feel like walking in a painting. The trail covers green forests, the Chenab river, meadows filled with colorful flowers, snow-covered Hampta Pass, and lastly to the frozen moonlike shaped Chandratal Lake. En route experience the most everlasting stay in moon lake camps, under the crystal clear skies and millions of diamonds up above. There is a campground for stargazing near the Chandratal base to admire nature, river, mountains, and the sky all in one place. This 4-day trek is fairly easy which can be visited during July-Sept. 

Sandakphu  Trek

The Himalayas stretch from north to northeast of India which is often overlooked by many. The Eastern Himalayas are equally stunning and are booming with diverse flora and fauna. The tallest peaks of Kanchendzonga, Everest, Padam are visible while on this trek. Sandakhphu borders closely between Darjeeling and Singalila National Park in Nepal. Winter Treks This cross country trek definitely makes its way to the list of top 10 treks one should do. The majority start their trek from Darjeeling or Maneybhanjang making their way to this small summit village on the border of Nepal. The trail covers stunning sunsets, forests, waterfalls, valley views, and eventually the sight of snow-clad mountains. The true essence of this trek can be enjoyed during winters when the temperatures drop down to -4 degrees.  

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Snowman Trek  

Hidden in the interiors of Bhutan, the Snowman Trek is the most strenuous trek in the country. The trek requires a good amount of thorough planning, accurate documentation, and rigorous training, and prior trekking experience. The trek lasts for 31 days covering 11 high altitude passes and bordering Tibet in the north. The highlights of this trek are ravishing views of mount Jumolhari, Jichu Drake, Kangbum, Tsendhen Gang, Terim Gang which range from 5000 m to 7000 m. The journey is taxing, time-consuming with incredibly beautiful and astonishing views of the Eastern Himalayas. The trek begins from the capital city Paro and ends in Bumthang. 

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