Placed amid the mighty Himalayas, Uttarakhand has some of the best trekking routes and allures trekking enthusiasts from all around the globe. Introducing you to some of the most stunning and inspiring natural wonders of nature: the top 10 best treks in Uttarakhand.
1) Kedarkantha Trek
Considered as the best winter trek in Uttarakhand, this most common and easy yet delightful trek you’ll hear from a trekker is Kedarkantha Trek in Uttarakhand that begins from Dehradun. The astounding 360-degree views of celebrated mountain peaks in Kedarkantha certainly makes it worth the climb. The magnificence of the landscape is doubled by the ‘Juda Ka Talab’ known for its magical aura that brightens the trekking experience.
Starting Point: Dehradun
Altitude: 12,500 feet
Highlights: Juda Ka Talab
Best time to visit: December to April
2) Valley of Flowers Trek
For all those who are a true lover of Mother Nature, a visit to the Valley of Flowers, a UNESCO Heritage Site, is a must. It is one of the simplest treks in Uttarakhand and can be attempted without the help of local trekking agencies. Embellished with beautiful wildflowers, the locals consider the valley to be the abode of the angels and fairies.
Starting Point: Joshimath/Govindghat
Total distance: 37 km
Altitude: 14,400 feet
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Highlights: Hathi Parvat and Saptarishi peaks, Hemkund Sahib gurudwara
Best time to visit: July to mid-August
3) Har ki dun trek
This is one of the easily accomplished treks in the Garhwal region of the Himalayas. The place has a religious significance to the Hindus and is believed to be the mountain through which the Pandavas ascended to heaven.
Starting Point: Arrive at Dehradun, Drive to Sankri
Altitude: 11,500 feet
Highlights: Swargarohini and Jaundhar glaciers.
Best time to visit: March to June and September to Mid-November
4) Gangotri and Gomukh trek
What can be more interesting than witnessing the origin point of the holiest river in India, Ganga? The trek starts from Gangotri, the most important and popular destination in Uttarakhand which offers an unbelievable experience of climbing peaks like Mount Meru, Mount Shivling, Mount Sudarshan Parbat, ranging 6500m each.
Starting Point: Gangotri – Chirbasa – Bhojbasa – Gaumukh
Altitude: 14,200 ft
Highlights: Akash Ganga, the actual river Ganga that flows from the Jata of Lord Shiva
Best time to visit: March-June and post-monsoon from mid-September to mid-October.
5) Rupin pass trek
Rupin pass trek is another beautiful trek that takes you through some of the most unexplored parts of Uttarakhand. Lofty waterfalls, illusory views of neighbouring peaks, and exotic flower-laden pastures guarantee an unforgettable experience. The amazing part of this trek is, it starts from Uttarakhand and ends in Himachal Pradesh, with a climb of almost 10,000 feet to get to Rupin Pass and a stunning view of Kinnaur Kailash.
Starting Point: Dehradun- Mori- Douala
Altitude: 15,250 feet
Highlights: Waterfalls, a famous hanging village at Jhaka, snow bridges, Kailash Peak
Best time to visit: May to June and post-monsoon months from September to October
6) Bali Pass trek
This is one of the more challenging treks to Yamunotri, the origin of the holy river Yamuna in Uttarakhand, and is more suited to seasoned trekkers. The route of the trek includes the famous Govind Wildlife Sanctuary which gives trekkers a chance to enjoy lovely sights of local flora and fauna. The trek terminates at an enchanting lake called Ruinsara Tal with the most beautiful views of Kalanag, Bandarpoonch, and Swargarohini peaks.
Starting Point: Sankri Govind Wildlife Sanctuary
Altitude: 16,250 feet Difficulty: Difficult
Highlights: Bandarpoonch, Kalanag, Ruinsara Tal, Yamunotri Shrine, Swargarohini Peaks.
Best time to visit: Mid-April to June and September to Mid-November
7) Kuari pass trek
If you are a newbie and looking for an easy trek, then you must consider Kuari Pass Trek. It is also known as the Curzon trail as it was explored by Lord Curzon in 1905. The trek takes you through a narrow track, displaying mighty visuals of snowclad mountains, wandering through a dense forest of bamboo, birch, oak, and conifer.
Starting Point: Guling – Khullara – Chitrakantha
Altitude: 13,990 ft
Highlights: Dronagiri, Nanda Devi, Hathi-Ghodi Parvat, Kedarnath, Neelkanth, Chaukhamba, Gauri Parvat, Bithartoli, and Kamet peaks.
Best time to visit: April-June & September to mid-November
8) Dayara Bugyal trek
Situated in the Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand, Dayara Bugyal is a walk into a fairyland that inspires you to learn and take back from nature. It provides one of the best Nordic and Alpine skiing corners in the world during winters. This place also has beautiful alpine meadows regarded as one of the top two, Bedni Bugyal in Uttarakhand being the first.
Starting Point: Haridwar- Raithal -Barsu
Altitude: 13,612 ft
Highlights: Bhagirathi Peaks, Bandarpoonch, Black Peak, and several other snow-clad mountains.
Best time to visit: Mid-March to Mid-November
9) Dodital trek
Encircled by thick forests of oak, pine, deodar, and rhododendrons, you’ll find Dodital, an emerald lake deemed sacred by Hindus, for it is considered to be the birthplace of Lord Ganesha. You can locate rare species of fish like Golden Trout called Dodi in local slang.
Starting Point: Sangam Chatti
Altitude: 13,612 ft
Difficulty: Moderate to difficult
Highlights: Dhauladhar, Bandarpunch and Swargarohini ranges, Lord Ganesha temple
Best time to visit: Jan-June and September-December
10) Nag Tibba trek
Considered as the best short trek in Uttarakhand Nag tibba is a go-to trek for all ages who want to go for a weekend escape. In Hindu culture, the snake has prime significance as Nag Devta. One such lesser-known place in the lower Himalayan region known as Nagtibba or the ‘Mountain of the Serpent’ is an attraction for adventure enthusiasts out there.
Starting Point: Dehradun- Pantwari- Nag Tibba Base camp
Altitude: 9998 ft
Highlights: Bandarpoonch Peak, the Gangotri Peaks, Kedarnath Peak, Changabang Peaks, and the Doon Valley.
Best time to visit: any time of the year except July & August.