Himachal Pradesh also known as the land of the Himalayas is nestled between Ladakh on one side and Uttarakhand on the other. The state has all sorts of terrain from lush green plains to meadows to moraines to rustic and snow-capped mountains. Himachal Pradesh offers one of the best trekking sites in the country from easy to difficult levels of trekking routes. Himachal has a large majority of the area under the Dhauladhar range, as the region is mountainous it is home to some of the best-known passes like Kinnaur Kailash Peak, Charang la pass trek which is one of the toughest treks in India. The majority of the treks in Himachal need an average physical fitness level.
Top 5 Treks in Himachal Pradesh
Hampta Pass Trek
Hampta pass trek is one of the most beautiful treks in the country where one can experience the transition of landscape from the lush greenery of the Kullu region to the arid deserts of Spiti. The whole trek is like a package enveloped with lush alpine forest, meadows, and surrounded by snow-capped mountains. The transition from alpine forest to green meadows to moraines is in itself a mesmerizing bliss to the eyes. The trek is considered a dreamland of unpredictable terrains. The trek is at an altitude of 14000 feet with dramatic pass crossings in the Himalayas. The whole trek can be covered in 6 days, covering 25km. The beauty of the trek is at its prime which lies in the small corridor of Lahaul and Kullu valley. While on the trek one can also witness the picturesque view of the Chandratal Lake and can capture the majestic view of the Pir Panjal ranges.
Pin Parvati Trek
This trek is one of the famous treks in Himachal which connects the Pin valley of Spiti to the Parvati valley of the Kullu region. The trek offers the route from the dense forest of the Great Himalayan National Park. The valley is quite lush and rich with alpine forests. The trek passes through an altitude of 17457ft. The complete trek is around 100km. The trek starts from Manali to Solang Nala which is at an altitude of 8100ft then to river Beas valley, the valley is surrounded by lush meadows then the valley connects Parvati valley to Spiti valley. It is advised that the trek must be attempted by someone who has some experience in trekking. The best time for Pin Parvati trek is from June to September when the weather condition is quite normal and not that cold.
Shiti Dhar Peak Trek
Also known as the white peak trek, with an elevation of 18000 feet. It is considered to be one of the best trekking summit experiences for those who have the next step planned to trek on the Great Himalayan trek. The trek starts from Solang valley, which is around 10 km from Manali city, then to dhundy which is another 9 km walk on the flat road beside the river Beas, then to climb through the thick green forest to reach Bakkarthach campsite, in the valley, one can notice the Beas kund lake from the top of the valley. Then from bakkarthach to lohali basecamp (12000 feet), which has a picturesque green meadow with streams, surrounding the beautiful Dhauladhar range. The trek doesn’t stop here, it tests both the physical and mental strength of an individual, from the basecamp to advanced base camp to lady leg campsite with an elevation of 14500 feet, and with steep snowy gradient, one must not forget to carry snow gears along with them. After the tiring long steep gradient covered with snow, the summit becomes clear, the summit is surrounded by various peaks like friendship peak, deo tibba peak, and many more in the Dhauladhar and pir panjal range. The 42 km trek to an elevation of 18000 feet will chill your nerves but the summit is worth every step.
Kinnaur Kailash Trek
The Kinnaur Kailash trek lies in the northeast part of Himachal Pradesh in the Kinnaur district. The trek is considered one of the toughest treks in the country. The trek starts from Sangla, one has to reach Sangla from Shimla which takes about 5-6 hours of road journey in the treacherous road of the mountains. The whole trek takes about 9 days to reach an altitude of 6349m. The most difficult part of the trek is to cross the Charang La pass which is at an altitude of 17400ft covered with snow and the weather condition is like a snow storm. Kinnaur Kailash trek is also an important religious pilgrimage as, at the top of the summit, a large rock resembles a Shiva Lingam.
Tosh – Sara Umga Pass Trek
The trek takes about 8 days to complete. It is one of the offbeat trek routes in the Tosh valley of Himachal. The pass connects to Lahaul. The trek route is alongside the Tosh river amidst the dense alpine forest and rhododendron clusters. The trek starts from Tosh then to Shamshi Thach then to the Tosh glacier at an altitude of 4300m, the glacier part is one of the toughest to hike as it ascends dramatically. The glacier offers the view of both the valleys i.e. the Lahaul valley and the Tosh valley. Upon crossing the glacier, then comes the sight of Asia’s second-largest glacier i.e. Bara Shingri. After the Shamshi Thach, the trek continues to Kuta Thach to the final summit of Sara umga pass at an altitude of 4900m. The complete trek route is a nerve-breaking journey but it is worth it when the summit is reached, from the summit one can witness the glaciers, the beautiful valley on both sides with lush green landscapes on the lower part of the mountains. Sara Umga offers some of the best views of both the valleys.