Treks in India, can itself be very challenging and interesting. It is evident that treks give you the best of memories which you will cherish for the rest of your life. Now, to add to the thrill and adventure of the treks, trekking in winters in India with an abundance of snow in the Himalayas heightens the challenge. Winter treks in India, without a doubt, open a gate to the opportunity of thrilling adventures with some amazing memories.
Before we start with the list of winter treks in India, it is essential to know the elements of a trek. The key elements of a trek are an adventure, beautiful sights, and experience.
Tighten your seat belts and be ready to go through the list of some amazing winter treks in India.
1. Chadar Trek – Frozen River Zanskar Trek
The word Chadar means a blanket of snow (locally) and thus, the name ‘ice sheet on the river’.
This trek will be one of the most surreal and out of the box experiences you will ever experience. The Chadar Trek in Ladakh is one of the most challenging, exciting, and picturesque treks, though it is one of the toughest and adventurous, it will be worth all the efforts.
The place is surrounded by massive and steep mountainous walls. And the weather! It is severely cold and thus, requires you to be prepared 100% for the excursion.
The approximate distance covered is 70-100 kilometers and it takes about 7-9 days to complete the trek.
2. Kuari Pass Trek
This is one of the most amazing treks which affords the traveler with the most incredible views of majestic Himalayas. You will also see peaks such as the Changabang, Dunagiri, Nanda Ghuti, Dronagiri, Neelkanth, and Rishi Pahar as well.
This trek is also known as Lord Curzon Trail. Well, this name is in honor of former British Viceroy of India, who was the first person to hike through it. On your way, the trek will passes will present you with beautiful landscapes.
The distance covered is approximately 33 kilometers and it takes 4-6 days to complete the trek.
3. Nag Tibba Trek
The serpent’s peak or Nag Tibba is the highest peak in the range of Nag Tibba. Nag Tibba is one of the three principal ranges of the Lower Himalayas. The trek is characterized by picturesque and will offer you all the scenic views. You will see clear and unhindered sight of the beautiful Bandarpooch peak along with the group of peaks of Gangotri, Kedarnath, snowy crests of Chanabang and Doon Valley.
For beginners, it is one of the best winter treks in India. The trek is filled with the most mesmerizing flora you will ever come across. You will also pass through mix forests of Oak and Deodar where you will hear humming with a rich diversity of birds and animals.
The distance covered is approximately 16 kilometers and it takes 2-3 days to complete the trek.
4. Dodital Trek
It is the dramatic and picturesque trail which is located at an incredible height. This trek involves most of the trek through the forest and you will pass through the most beautiful thickets of Oak, Rhododendron, Deodar, and Fin. In winters, you will witness the landscape capped entirely in snow and you will come across the stunning scenery from all around. The campsites are easy to access.
I have been to Dodital myself, and needless to say, it is one of the best trips I have ever had.
And if you are lucky enough (just like us), you will witness snow even in the month of April.
Also, there’s a temple nearby the Doditallake. Do not, I repeat DO NOT believe any stories which people or local people will come and tell you. Those stories are fake.
What are you waiting for? Get ready to embark on some of the beautiful journeys of your life. Explore the world, and experience something which you have only read in fables and adventure stories.