Trekking in Uttarakhand – A List of 10 Best Treks

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

The Uttarakhand is considered to be the epicentre of the great Himalayas. There’s plenty 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 region of the Garhwal Himalayas, this trek in Uttarakhand is ideal for mountain aficionados as it offers stunning views of the Great Himalayan ranges such as the Join peaks, the Bhirgupanth peak and the Thalayasagar peak. This high-altitude frozen lake is the hidden gem of Uttarakhand.

  1. Rupin Pass Trek
  • Maximum Altitude: 15,250 feet
  • Trek Duration: 8 days
  • Best Season: During the summertime months of May-June and the Post-Monsoon months of September-October
  • Difficulty Level: Moderate

Lofty waterfalls, illusory views of nearby peaks, and exotic flower-laden pastures ensure that Rupin Pass is unforgettable. The trek starts from the minute township of Dhaula and over 7 days, trekkers have to climb almost 10,000 feet to get to Rupin Pass, thus passing over from Uttarakhand to Himachal.

  1. Kedarkantha Trek
  • Maximum Altitude: 12,500 feet
  • Trek Duration: 5 days
  • Best Season: December-April
  • Difficulty Level: Easy

The thought of covering over 18 km in just 4-5 days, gaining an altitude of over 6000 feet may seem harsh but the stunning 360-degree views of various well-known mountain peaks in Kedarkantha certainly makes it worth the while.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

During the Har Ki Dun trek, explorers will get to witness the beautiful Tons River valley that is encircled by the highlands and dense woodlands. The pre-Monsoon spring months are ideal for bird watchers and the post-monsoon season is recommended for flora lovers as they blossom in these months.

  1. Satopanth Lake Trek
  • Maximum Altitude: 14,600 feet
  • Trek Duration: 8 Days
  • Best Season: June, September, and October
  • Difficulty Level: Moderate

Satopanth lake trek will take you to Satopanth Tal, an astonishing glacial lake whose beauty is heightened by the soaring snow-garbed foothills like Neelkanth, Satopanth (23,206 ft), Chaukhamba etc. The reflections of these astounding peaks on the crystal-clear glacial lake are truly a sight to behold!

  1. Valley of Flowers Trek
  • Maximum Altitude: 14,200 feet
  • Trek Duration: 4-5 days
  • Best Season: Monsoon months of June-October
  • Difficulty Level: Very Easy

The trek to Valley of Flowers, a UNESCO Heritage Site, is conceivably the easiest trek in all of Uttarakhand and trekkers can attempt to trek this route without the help of local trekking agencies. This 4-5 day trek attracts visitors for its amazing display of wildflowers.

  1. Brahmatal Trek
  • Maximum Altitude: 12,500 feet
  • Trek Duration: 10-14 days
  • Best Season: December to February
  • Difficulty Level: Easy

This is one of the best winter treks in the Himalayas, located opposite the famous Roopkund Trek. A paradise for snow enthusiasts, the inimitable views of the Himalayan ranges should be your number one reason to go on this trek. The trail of this trek is entirely covered in snow and is a paradise for snow lovers.

  1. Kalindi Khal Trek
  • Maximum Altitude: 19,520 feet
  • Expedition Duration: 15 days
  • Best Season: June and September
  • Difficulty Level: Very Difficult

Kalindi Khal Pass Trek is the most difficult trek route in the Garhwal Himalayas. Trekkers will be expected to cover a distance of almost 100 km. The course of this rough trail connects the pilgrimage sites of Gangotri and Badrinath. The Kalindi Khal Trek is undeniably difficult and since some basic mountaineering skills are required to accomplish this trek, it is recommended for experienced trekkers only.

All of the above mentioned treks in Uttarakhand will give you a glimpse of a variety of landscapes, from the luxuriant meadows, vast green valleys, infinite glaciers, rough terrains, snow-clad trails to humongous mountains.

We hope to see you on the other magnificent trails of Uttarakhand this season.

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