Want to experience the Himalayas but have no idea which trek would be the ideal choice? This guide will help make it easy for you.
It is not on every trek that you get to see five beautiful alpine lakes. Each lake competing with the other in beauty that is almost divine. What’s more, these lakes come one right after the other. So everyday there is a new one to look forward to.
If there is a any classic trek in India, it has to be the Rupin Pass Trek. This trek is like an orchestra, building up momentum with surprises in scenery every hour or so. With every step, the trek throws up a new views to see, a new scenery to unfold. All along, to complement the scenery, the blue waters of the Rupin run along, sometimes rushing, at times gliding by. It culminates in the famous three stage water fall of the Rupin.
If you are into trekking in India, the Roopkund trek is a must do! It’s got everything going for it. Deep virgin forests, gurgling brooks, breath-taking campsites, miles of undulating meadows, snow and ice and the taste of a great adventure as you climb from 8,000 ft to 16,000 ft in 5 days.The beautiful Mt Trishul looms over the setting getting closer as you climb higher, when at a ridge above Roopkund, only air separates the trekker from them and Trishul.
Best Time to visit – April
First are the five terrific alpine lakes on the way. At 17,500 ft on top of Gokyo Ri, look up and see four of the 14 eight thousanders in the world (Everest, Lhotse, Makalu and Cho Oyu). Look down and see the Ngozumpa glacier – the biggest glacier in the world!
The Annapurna base camp trek (Nepal) is one of the most popular treks in the world. It literally brings you face to face with an eight thousander – for a moderate-difficult trek, this is incredible! The fascinating Annapurna massif includes the world’s tenth highest peak. Annapurna I (8,091 m) holds an almost fatal attraction for mountaineers. It has the highest fatality ratio among the eight thousanders. This formidable aura apart, the ABC trek holds several treasures for the mountain lover. (Nepal)
A high summit climb in the heart of Spiti .Looming in the background of Kibber and Tashi Gang Village is the Kanamo Peak. This snow bound mountain ridge, also known as “White Hostess”, is a 19,600 feet summit which can be attempted from Kibber. The White Lady peak does not require any mountaineering skill and is one of the few trekkable peaks which are easy to climb once properly acclimatised.One should definately have this on his/her bucket list.
When it comes to trekking in India in winter, the Kedarkantha trek would be your best bet. From December to April, Kedarkantha makes for a terrific trek in virgin snow, with pretty campsites and astonishingly wide clearings in the forests.
Sandakphu, being the highest peak in West Bengal, offers grand views of the world’s tallest peaks. Lhotse and Makalu, the fourth and fifth highest peaks in the world stand tall at 8,516m and 8,463m, trying to outdo the world’s tallest peak. But how can they? After all, the Everest stands between them, towering over everything! On the other hand, Kangchenjunga, the third highest peak, stands with its family at 8,586m.