If city life is getting the best of you, consider this as your chance to plan a trek for yourself with your friends away from the mundane to relish 2021 with some positivity and adventures. The Himalayas embrace the land, nature and the culture of the inhabitants and offer many wholesome trekking sites to explore our hearts out. Over 100 amazing peaks with an elevation exceeding 7,200 m are rested in the Himalayan mountain range. India has some of the most celebrated peaks with great summits, splendid beauty of beautiful valleys, lakes, waterfalls, river streams and landscapes with diverse local culture, each with unique tales to share.
Trekking is an exciting, thrilling, numbing as well as a peaceful journey to the place one usually can only dream of. The best or an ideal trek depends and differs from one individual to another as each mountain you climb has its own season, trekking distance, difficulty and experience to welcome and hold the trekkers with. Make your 2021 memorable with an unforgettable trek.
Although a fun activity, don’t take it lightly and make sure to be accompanied by a person certified in first-aid as you’ll need someone to assist if emergencies should take place.
Here are some best recommended Top Himalayan Treks to do in 2021~
Hampta Pass Trek, Himachal Pradesh
Popular for its gripping crossing in the Himalayan treks, Hampta Pass is rested at an elevation of 14,065 feet and is called a sister of Valley of Flowers for its mesmerizing grasslands, alpine meadows of conifer forest, flowing streams and waterfalls, steep glaciers and very much admired serene which fills the atmosphere. Fascinating enough, it begins from the green valley of Kullu to the other side holding the dry landscape and mountains of Lahaul. From the pass, the entire Spiti valley is under sight offering an unforgettable grand view. Hampta Pass trek stretches for 4 nights and 5 days with a trekking distance of 35 km. It has a moderate level of trekking experience with its dramatic climb. The best-recommended period for the trek would be the monsoon months; it relives the area with exquisiteness.
Sandakphu Phalut Trek, West Bengal
Perched at an altitude of 11,930 feet, Sandakphu Trek promises you views of 4 of 5 tallest mountains in the world namely- Mt Everest, Mt Lhotse, Mt Makalu and Mt Kanchenjunga. What’s more to the pack? From here, you also see the Kanchenjunga range which is popularly known as the Sleeping Buddha, a striking sight indeed. A trekkers dreamland with exciting touch, this trek leads on the Singalila Ridge that is located at the Southern end of a long crest, that goes down from the Kanchendzongha range and is the border between Nepal and Sikkim. The attraction of the Sandakphu Trek for many is the Tea Houses here, quite unique to describe. Found at the edge of Singalila National Park, it offers various species of flora and fauna, like Red Panda and the most pleasing scenic views to capture and lock. Sandakphu Trek goes on for 6 days with a trekking distance of 44km and a moderate level of difficulty. The best time to plan a trek here is from March to May and then October to January.
Tarsar Marsar Trek, Jammu and Kashmir
A trekker’s, perhaps, most avid imagination, Tarsar Marsar is rested at Aru Valley in Jammu and Kashmir, famously known as paradise on the Earth. A 6 days long trek offering trekkers to camp beside the royal blue alpine lakes covered with snow, beautifully decorating it. Tarsar Marsar leads to the core of Kashmir with the splendid beauty of crystal water flowing into the huge lakes surrounded by majestic mountains, grazing sheep and adorable horses, the quaint village of Aru, last but not the least, the pleasing clearings of Lidderwat. It is a moderate trek and welcomes travellers for its best from the months of July and August with mild rainfall. Unlike Himachal Pradesh or Uttarakhand, this place receives mild rainfall due to the Pir Panjal range that prevents most monsoon clouds from reaching the Kashmir valley. This, in fact, is a bonus for trekkers as it makes the whole journey more comfortable and pleasant with cool winds swirling around but not chilly and also hassle-free. Wah! What are you waiting for now?
Valley Of Flowers Trek, Western Himalayas of Uttarakhand
Nestled in the region of the western Himalayas of Uttarakhand, the Valley of Flowers is one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites, found at an altitude of 14,400 feet. “Phoolon ki Ghati” is one of the oldest treks in India that never fails to enchant you with its unworldly beauty, offering an endearing journey through green meadows of endemic alpine flowers with over 500 species, including some rare ones, blooming in the valley. Valley of Flowers is one of the most ideal treks in the Himalayas, known for its longer trekking days and exciting steep ascent to Hemkund Sahib. The best recommended time to plan a trek here is from May to September when the snow-capped mountains let go of snow and bright flowers spread like a blanket to cover the area with touches of little rainfall off and on. Not limited to some rare species of flora, some endangered animals like the Asiatic black bear, snow leopard, brown bear and blue sheep are also found here. Valley of Flowers is a monsoon bliss that is open to all from rookies to seasoned trekkers, No exaggeration intended!
Goechala Trek, Sikkim
Standing with an astounding height of 16, 207 feet, Goechala Trek offers a close-up view to the third-highest peak-Mt Kanchenjunga and Singalila range from the Dzongri top which is unique from any other. A perfect fit for the trekkers who chase after the thrill and breathtaking views. Not just about the panoramic views, it also graces itself with flora and fauna which will accompany you throughout your ascent. Goechala is also linked to the Kanchenjunga National Park, which explains its unearthly beauty. Popular for its big summits as well as for a difficult ascent to the top, not for the faint-hearted. The highlights of the trek are the rewarding sunset and sunrise views after a great climb and the spell-bounding Samiti lake. Goechala is a 10-day long trek with the best season ranging from April to June. Now, get all geared up for this adventurous trek.
So, are you ready to give 2021 a twist with a Himalayan Trek?