Famous Hiking Destinations in Uttarakhand

Kedartal Trek

Uttarakhand is called the “abode of the Gods” for good reasons.

The Indian state situated west of Nepal is considered to be the epicentre of the great Himalayas. A holy land and a frequent pilgrimage spot for the Hindus, the state is home to the magnificent Gangotri Glacier, the source point of the Ganges River. The state is also home to the second tallest mountain in India – the Nanda Devi which stands 25,643 feet tall. Needless to say, there’s an abundance of trekking routes in Uttarakhand. Here let’s look at the 10 Best Treks in Uttarakhand:

1. Kedartal Trek

●Maximum Altitude:16,110 feet
●Trek Duration:7 days
●Best Season: During the months of May-June and September-October
●Difficulty Level: Moderate Located in the Gangotri area of the Garhwal Himalayas, this trek in Uttarakhand is ideal for mountain aficionados as it offers remarkable views of the Great Himalayan ranges such as the Join peaks, the Bhirgupanth peak and the Thalayasagar peak. This high altitude glacial lake is the hidden gem of Uttarakhand.

2. Rupin Pass Trek

●Maximum Altitude: 15,250 feet
●Trek Duration: 8 days
●Best Season: During the summer months of May-June and the Post-Monsoon months of September-October
●Difficulty Level: Moderate Lofty waterfalls, illusory views of neighbouring peaks, and exotic flower-laden pastures guarantee that Rupin Pass is unforgettable. On the way, there are several beautiful villages such as Jakha that serve as ideal resting stops.

3. Kedarkantha Trek

●Maximum Altitude: 12,500 feet
●Trek Duration: 5 days
●Best Season: December-April
●Difficulty Level: Easy Stunning 360-degree views of various celebrated mountain peaks in Kedarkantha certainly makes it worth the while. Start from the village Sankri in Uttarakhand and by the time you reach the Kedarnath/.

4. Bali Pass Trek

●Height Above Sea Level: 16,250 feet
●Trek Duration: 9 Days
●Best Season: During the summer months of May–June and the Post Monsoon months of September-October
●Difficulty Level: Difficult The Bali Pass Trek is meant for seasoned trekkers only due to its challenging terrain. This trek route falls inside the famous Govind Wildlife Sanctuary so expect to see a lot of exotic flora and fauna.

5. Auden’s Col Trek

●Maximum Altitude: 18,020 feet
●Expedition Duration: 16 days
●Best Season: Summer and Post Monsoon (May and October)
●Difficulty Level: Very Difficult Auden’s Col is one of the hardest trek routes in Uttarakhand. The trek commences from Gangotri. As you trek towards Nala Camp, you’ll come across pine and cane woodlands. From Nala Camp, the route will take you to the Rudra Gaira Base Camp – an ideal place to catch extraordinary glimpses of snow-laden Himalayan peaks.

6. Har Ki Dun Trek

●Maximum Altitude: 11,500 feet
●Trek Duration: 7 days
●Best Season: Spring months of March-June and Post Monsoon months of September-December ●Difficulty Level: Easy This is one of the easiest to accomplish treks in the Garhwal region of the Himalayas.

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