Snowfall is the driving factor for trekkers visiting Himalayas around the winters. The view takes a drastic change, providing wonderful visual treat to the trekkers. The view of sunsets here is mystical; and then the bonfires take it to an altogether different level. The temperatures here during the winters go low to about -10oC above 3000 metres of altitude, thus adding further to the trekking period.
Himalayan trails in India acquire amazing beauty around the winters. Crossing the frozen waters, wintry grasses and snow clad trails during winter trekking in Uttarakhand is marvellous. You witness ample of adventure and enthusiasm while seeing the natural wonder that is out of this world!
During springs, everything becomes colourful; on the other hand, winters showcase their playful side. Winter season is that period of the year when the magnificent, snow clad mountains entice trekkers worldwide to visit the Himalayas. A majority of the Himalayan treks are open to public from mid-May till October. However, some of the Uttarakhand Himalayas’ trekking options are available throughout the year.
For people seeking for hiking adventure in the Himalayas, following are the top trekking destinations in the Uttarakhand:
- Chopta Tungnath Trek, Uttarakhand:
The short and easy Chopta Tungnath trek runs alongside the sky-scraping Himalayan treks. During the hiking of Tungnath, the highest temple of Garwal, you can enjoy views of majestic mountains of Panchchuli, Kedarnath, Nilkanth and Nanda Devi. The Chopta gives a beautiful view of Himalayas. It brings to you, the picturesque glow of the Rhododendron forest all red as the flowers bloom. There is a rich collection of delightful views to enthral the trekkers of Chopta, providing scenic beauties of enormous flora in the summers and springs.
- Har Ki Dun Trek, Uttarakhand:
Har Ki Dun trek, one of the most beautiful treks, takes you through some really unknown and less explored parts of Gharwal Himalayas. During the trek, you see, the Swargarohini snow peak said to have the mystical stairway to the heavens. You visit the famous Duryodhana Temple while being at the Osla, a small hamlet. You get the opportunity of camping under brilliant night skies with the added joy of a bonfire. You get to pass through small streams and see the grazing areas of cows and horses. You may stop and meet the affectionate village locals and learn about their daily lives. You also get an opportunity to see the beautiful sunrise at Sankri.
- Kedarkantha Trek, Uttarakhand:
The Kedarkantha trek is the perfect choice for you, if you are looking for exciting adventures. The Kedarkantha mountain has an enchanting glory of snowfall and pine tree borders. This makes it stand out among the most sought-after snow trek destinations in India. During the trek, you come across some magnificent views of the snow clad Himalayas, the enthralling greenery; rich landscape views and a varied group of plants and trees and frozen ponds. You might see small remote areas, with women and children busy taking wood log bundles, sticks and dried leaves for cooking food; and bonfires lit up at night.
- Rupin Pass Trek, Uttarakhand:
Rupin Pass Trek gives you an opportunity to experience the delightful sights of waterfalls and rivers as the trek progresses. Camps near the flowing waters and clear night skies below trillions of stars are sure to please your soul. Additionally, you can light beautiful bonfires with friends. Trekking through the alpine forests, fir forests, and forests of Oak and Rhododendron thrills you with excitement. Witness the majestic Kailash peak and the unique animals and plants of the area as the trek progresses.
- Brahmatal Trek, Uttarakhand:
Brahmatal trek gives you an opportunity to see the various small hamlets and streams through the trek. The beauty of the magnificent sight from the top is a delight to the eyes of the viewer. You get to enjoy camping at high summits and the brilliant night skies, while being under those billions and trillions of stars. Also, you get to enjoy bonfires with friends. This trek is a mix of challenges and the amazing Himalayan beauty. It’s one of the most sought-after treks in the world. Snow clad and amidst the Himalayas, the Brahmatal trek is sometimes challenging for the trekkers.