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5 Best Winter Treks for Beginners

Let’s close our eyes and try to imagine an ideal Himalayan escapade. I am sure that most of us associate snow-clad peaks, soft snow-covered trails, beautiful campsites along with a cup of tea and piping hot maggie whenever we think about a holiday in the mountains.

We must realize that we are extremely lucky as we have been bestowed with the Himalayan range. Not only are they popular tourist spots but also offer a wide range of activities for those who love to romance nature and spend some time away from their daily monotonous lives and into the wild.

And, I can speak here for most adrenaline junkies on the bang of a gavel. Himalayan winter treks are nothing less than perfect when it comes to tickling that adventure bone.

While trekking in winters is altogether a different ball game, but we must not think that it is not for the beginners or the inexperienced ones. Even though having some experience in trekking makes the activity easier but there is always a first time.

So, here’s a short compilation of all the phenomenal treks which all the beginners must undertake.

Kedarkantha Trek

best winter treks in India

Region

Uttarakhand

Max Altitude

12,500 Feet

Trek Distance

23 Kms

Start Point

Sankri

End Point

Sankri

Trek Duration

5 Days

The Kedarkantha trek is one of the most popular winter treks. When it was time for me to decide my first winter trek, I decided to ask my friends and the only suggestion given to me was this trek. So, without any delay, I booked Kedarkantha with Bikat Adventures and I cannot put my experience in words. It was one of the most beautiful sights that I had ever witnessed. Not only did I enjoy the trek but I also learned about the basic mountain and trekking etiquettes and acquired skills like pitching a tent, using trekking poles etc. on the trail.

Some of the major highlights of the Kedarkantha trek are the beautiful and unique campsites, the snow-covered alpine forests, the 360-degree mountain view from each and every campsite and the marvelous peaks namely, Swargarohini, Black Peak, and Bandarpoonch which stand in front of your eyes only leaving you baffled.

I strongly recommend this trek. The five days that I spent in the mountains were absolutely blissful.

Kuari Pass Trek

best winter treks in India

Region

Uttrakhand

Max Altitude

12,717 Feet

Trek Distance

30 km

Start Point

Joshimath

End Point

Joshimath

Trek Duration

5 Days

The legend says that Lord Curzon reached Kuari Pass in 1905 and thank god he did. The trek to Kuari pass is a doorway to heaven. This trek has everything one can look for. Fresh snow-covered trail, forest cover and, scenic beauty. You trek through a dense forest cover of Oak, Deodar and Rhododendron trees with snow sparkling like diamonds under your feet. The breath-taking views of the eastern peaks of Garhwal Himalayas, the twin peaks of Nanda Devi, Kamet, Dronagiri, Trishul, Bertholi, Hathi Ghodi Parvat, Mana, and Neelkanth peaks please you throughout the trek. Every step you take on this trek leaves you in awe of nature’s creations around you.

Brahmatal Trek

best winter treks in India

Region

Uttarakhand

Max Altitude

12,500 Feet

Trek Distance

21 Kms

Start Point

Lohajung

End Point

Lohajung

Trek Duration

6 Days

The Brahmatal trek is another great option for all the beginners. The trail of the trek takes you through pristine forests and lands you into in a snow heaven, a setting for the perfect photos. The Brahmatal is said to be the meditating spot of Lord Brahma. Camping next to the frozen lake is the best part of this trek. Since the trail of the trek is right opposite that of the famous Roopkund trail, trekkers get a great view of the twin Ali and Bedni Bugyal (Asia’s largest meadow) and, Junargali. The Trishul, Nandaghunti, Chowkhamba, Nilkanth, Kamet, Hathi and Ghoda peaks are also visible from most part of the trail.

Nag Tibba Trek

best winter treks in India

Region

Uttrakhand

Max Altitude

9,856 Feet

Trek Distance

19 km

Start Point

Pantwari

End Point

Auntar

Trek Duration

3 Days

If you love trekking but time is your only constraint then, the Nag Tibba Trek is your gift from the Himalayas. The 3- day trek makes an ideal weekend trip for the city dwellers of Delhi-NCR region. The trek is easy and is nothing short of an ideal Himalayan trek. The trail takes you through thick Deodar forests and lands you into a remote village on the first day itself. The Nag Mandir is one of the major highlights of this trek and the faith of many locals imbibes in this temple, giving the trekkers a rare chance to peek into the lives of people of the surrounding villages. The Nag Tibba trek proves to be an ideal escape from the office desks, rejuvenating your senses.

Dayara Bugyal Trek

best winter treks in India

Region

Uttrakhand

Max Altitude

12,303 Feet

Trek Distance

15 Kms

Start Point

Barsu

End Point

Raithal

Trek Duration

4 Days

Trekking to one of the most attractive high-altitude meadows sounds great but experiencing it is far better. Dayara Bugyal is a pristine meadow, that stretches far and wide, once you are at Bugyal, your eyes will only meet the colour white as far as you look. Along with the awe-inspiring meadow, the panoramic views of the Himalayas are an added pleasure. The trek often goes in and out of many forests and small meadows and the winter snow only makes the experience many folds better. 

Having talked about all of the above treks, I assure you that if you decide to go on one of these treks, your heart will be left behind in the Himalayas forever. Winter trekking is not only an adventure activity, but it is also a chance to look introspect oneself and admire the bounty of Mother Nature.

So, what are you waiting for? The winters have begun, make the most of it while it lasts.

Author

Kiritika Jyotshi: A Computer Engineer by degree but a travel and adventure lover at heart. Sharing my travel experiences and adventures through writing is my passion.

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