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Trekking in Uttarakhand

Set at the foothills of the Himalayas, Uttarakhand is one of the most popular destinations among trekking enthusiasts. People from around the world visit this place to explore varied opportunities for trekking in Uttarakhand. The state is dotted with charming hill stations like Kausani, Nainital, Dehradun, and Mussoorie, located at elevations of more than 6,500 meters, making it the perfect retreat for trekkers.

Every destination in the state promises thrilling adventures and new trekking routes to explore. Adventure enthusiasts have a variety of treks and trails to choose from based on their difficulty level and expertise. They can also get a chance to behold the breathtaking views of the majestic Himalayas.

Uttarakhand treks offer breathtaking vistas of scenic surroundings, making it an ideal getaway from the monotonous life. Trekking is one of the most popular adventure sports in Uttarakhand. Some popular treks in Uttarakhand are Chopta Tungnath trek, Kedarkantha trek, Roopkund trek, Auden's Col trek, Har ki Dun trek, Valley of Flower trek, and Pangarchulla trek. 

Kuari Pass trek, Brahmatal trek, Rupin Pass trek, Dayara Bugyal trek, Panchachuli Base Camp trek, and Bagini Glacier trek are some more adventurous treks. These treks are for various trekkers, from beginners to experts. Every type of trekker, from beginner to expert, shall find his or her desired adventure in these treks. 

Popular Treks in Uttarakhand

Before you plan a tour, here are brief descriptions of some of the most popular Uttarakhand treks. Take a look.

  • Valley of Flower Trek

One of the most incredible trekking expeditions in Uttarakhand is the Valley of Flowers Trek. It is also one of the country's oldest known treks of the Himalayas. This trek became famous after the Indian government built Valley of Flowers National Park in 1980 and declared it a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2002. With that being said, trekkers must note that this is a moderate-level trek with longer trekking days and a steep climb.

  • Duration: 6 Days
  • Highest Altitude: 14,107 feet
  • Trek Difficulty: Moderate 
  • Kuari Pass Trek

If you are trekking for the first time, Kuari Pass Trek is the ideal trek to choose. It is the only trekkable mountain pass in winter. The trail of Kuari Pass passes through ancient forests full of oaks and rhododendrons and lets you witness the panoramic views of snow-capped peaks from the top. On a clear day, you can see Mount Nanda Devi, India’s highest mountain. Camps on Kuari Pass Trek are set at picturesque locations - forests of Chitrakantha or Khullara meadow with Mount Dronagiri in the backdrop.

  • Duration: 6 Days
  • Highest Altitude: 12,516 feet
  • Trek Difficulty: Easy to Moderate 
  • Brahmatal Trek 

The only trek in winter that goes to an alpine lake is Brahmatal Trek. It is one of the best Himalayan treks in Uttarakhand, which lets you trek to an alpine lake and set camps near it. The view of the frozen lake will be captivating, and you will cherish it forever. The lake is located at around 12,000 feet amidst a majestic setting. There is a shrine beside the lake, and just beyond the rim stand the two magnificent mountains - Mount Trishul and Mount Nanda Ghunti.

  • Duration: 6 Days
  • Highest Altitude: 12,250 feet
  • Trek Difficulty: Easy to Moderate 
  • Har Ki Dun Trek 

Har Ki Dun, nestled in the Garhwal Himalayas, is one of the best places for trekking in Uttarakhand. Many trekkers and nature lovers go on this trek to have a memorable experience. Har Ki Dun is called “Hanging Valley” because of its cradle-shaped mountains. The region is encircled with green bugyals (alpine pasture lands), but in winter, the valley transforms into a winter wonderland with paths blanketed with snow. 

  • Duration: 7 Days
  • Highest Altitude: 11,675  feet
  • Trek Difficulty: Easy to Moderate 
  • Kedarkantha Trek 

Titled the “Queen of Winter Treks”, Kedarkantha Trek is a winter trek in Uttarakhand. It is popular among trekkers due to its stunning trails. The snow is knee-deep on this trek, so make sure to carry appropriate snow gear with you. The Kedarkantha Trek trail passes through the thick pine forests of Govind National Park and offers mesmerizing views from 12,500 feet. In addition, the snowy paths, towering peaks, and mythological stories will make this trek unforgettable.

  • Duration: 6 Days
  • Highest Altitude: 12,500 feet
  • Trek Difficulty: Easy to Moderate 
  • Chopta Tungnath Trek

Not that many people know about Chopta Tungnath Trek, but it is one of the most scenic treks in Uttarakhand. You will witness rich flora and fauna in Chopta amidst the dense forests, rhododendrons, and silver oak forests. As you cross them, you will reach Tungnath Temple. As per a legend, the arms of Lord Shiva are said to have emerged here. If you trek a little further, you will reach Chandrashila, situated around 13,000 feet. This place offers spellbinding views of the glorious Himalayas and is perfect for camping. 

  • Duration: 5 Days
  • Highest Altitude: 12,070 feet
  • Trek Difficulty: Easy to Moderate 
  • Roopkund Trek

If you opt for a trek in the Garhwal Himalayas, you cannot skip Roopkund Trek. This trek takes you to Roopkund Lake, also called “Mystery Lake” or “Skeleton Lake”, due to the remains of hundreds of ancient humans scattered around the lake. Walking through splendid rhododendron and oak forests will be an experience of a lifetime. From the top, you will spot the superb views of Mount Trishul and Mount Nanda Ghunti. Along with this, there will be a clear view of the two massive alpine meadows of Ali Bugyal and Bedni Bugyal. Neelkanth peak, Kedarnath, Chaukhamba range, Kedar Dome, and other mountains can also be seen on the Roopkund Trek trail.

  • Duration: 8 Days
  • Highest Altitude: 15,696 feet
  • Trek Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult

We offer a wide range of trekking tours in Uttarakhand, which you can book and embark on a lifetime journey. These tours are customizable, and you can modify the itinerary according to your requirements and budget. Contact us for more information and to book a tour with us!







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FAQs about Trekking in Uttarakhand

Q: Which trek is best in Uttarakhand?

Ans. Uttarakhand has many amazing treks that adventure enthusiasts can opt for. Some famous ones are -

  • Kedartal Trek
  • Valley of Flowers Trek
  • Roopkund Lake Trek
  • Har Ki Dun Trek
  • Bali Pass Trek
  • Auden's Col Trek
  • Kedarkantha Trek
  • Rupin Pass Trek
  • Satopanth Lake Trek
Q: What is the best time for trekking in Uttarakhand?

Ans. Trekking in Uttarakhand can be done in summers and winters.

Best Treks in Uttarakhand for Summer Season -

  • Har Ki Dun Trek
  • Kuari Pass Trek
  • Mount Shivling Trek
  • Gangotri Gaumukh Trek
  • Nanda Devi Base Camp Trek
  • Chopta Tungnath Chandrashila Trek


Best Treks in Uttarakhand for Winter Season -

  • Nag Tibba Trek
  • Kuari Pass Trek
  • Brahmatal Lake Trek
  • Kedarkantha Trek
Q: Can we do trekking in Uttarakhand?

Ans. Yes. Due to the topography of Uttarakhand, it is one of the best places for trekking in India. There are numerous summer and winter treks available in Uttarakhand, ranging from easy to moderate.

Q: Which is the easiest trek in Uttarakhand?

Ans. Nag Tibba Trek is listed among the easiest treks in Uttarakhand. It is a short trek, only reaching an altitude of 9,915 feet though it is truly mesmerizing. If you are a beginner and looking for a short and easy trek, Nag Tibba Trek is your best choice. It starts from Pantwari Village, located around 104 km from Dehradun.

Q: Which month is best for trekking?

Ans. April to June and October-November are the best times for trekking in Uttarakhand. The weather is pleasant and you can enjoy stunning views on your trek.