Trekking is a common term for multi-day hikes without the need for permanent accommodation and tent, partly away from infrastructure such as roads or paths. Trekking is a long journey be undertaken on foot in areas where there are usually no means of transport available. Trekking is not necessarily mountaineering; it is walking for a number of days, usually on uncharted paths, in challenging environments which are likely to be hilly or mountainous. Trekking is a form of walking, undertaken with the specific purpose of exploring and enjoying the scenery. Trekking is the best way to explore the region and meet local people. Uttrakhand is a place blessed with magnificent and beautiful Himalayas and natural beauty. It is also known as, “Land of Gods” Uttrakhand is a major choice for trekking as you will find yourself connected to nature here which makes your trekking experience more beautiful and exciting. The Garhwal and Kumaun regions of the state of Uttrakhand have long been known for providing excellent opportunities for trekking. It gives travelers an opportunity to experience different cultures and enjoy breathtaking views of the majestic Himalayas and alpine meadows.
Chandrashila is summit of the Tungnath . It literally means "Moon Rock". It is located at a height of about 4,000 metres (13,000 ft) above sea level. This peak provides a spectacular view of Himalayas, especially Nandadevi, Trisul, Kedar Peak, Bandarpunch and Chaukhamba peaks. There are various legends associated with this place. According to one of the popular legend, this is the place where Lord Ramameditated after defeating the demon-king Ravana.Another legend says that moon-god Chandra spent time here in penance. The Beauty of Chandrashila is Incredible. It is an impressive vantage point that offers 360 degrees panoramic views of the mighty Himalayas. This is a beautiful trek, with difficulty level rated as easy to moderate.
Rishikesh ---> Ukhimath ---> Deoriatal ---> Chopta ---> Tungnath ---> Chandrashila
It is a place that is yet to be fully explored and one of the best hill stations in India. Chopta is a must visit destination for nature lovers and those who are passionate for trekking. Chopta has a very cool and pleasant climate from March to May with the temperature between 10 °C and 30 °C. After that comes monsoon season that starts from July and ends in October. Chopta witnesses snowfall from November to March and the temperature is between a minimum of −15 °C and a maximum of 15 °C. It starts snowing in the month of November and increases significantly day by day. By January it is a 4- to 7-foot-thick layer of snowfall. It is fully covered with snow during winters and during the same time, some of the routes going to Chopta are blocked. An alternative route to Chopta is from Deoria Tal, which is 10–12 km trek that starts from Deorial Tal. Deoria Tal can be approached from Saari Village. It can be taken during winter season. So, trekkers must visit the place during winters if they want to see snowfields.
Rishikesh ---> Ukhimath ---> Sari Village ---> Deoria tal ---> Chopta
Devariya tal Trek
Deoria Tal (Also spelled as Devaria' or 'Deoriya) is a lake located about 3 km on an uphill trek from the villages of Mastura and Sari, on the Ukhimath-Chopta road in Uttarakhand. At an altitude of about 2438 meters, it has heavily wooded, lush green surroundings with snow-covered mountains (Chaukhamba is one of them) in the backdrop.Trek to Deoria Tal from Ukhimath, a fairly comfortable 7 km trek. There are options of overnight camping, jungle trek etc. There are a couple of shops which sell tea and snacks, but these close at sundown. Trekkers usually combine this trek with the nearby trek to Tungnath (highest Hindu shrine devoted to Lord Shiva) and Chandrashila which are approached from Chopta.
Rishikesh ---> Rudraprayag ---> Ukhimath ---> Sari Village ---> Deoriatal
Tung nath trek
Tungnath is the highest Shiva temple in the world and is the highest of the five Panch Kedar temples located in the mountain range of Tunganath in Rudraprayag district, in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. The Tunganath (literal meaning: Lord of the peaks) mountains form the Mandakini and Alaknanda river valleys. Located at an altitude of 3,680 m (12,073 ft), and just below the peak of Chandrashila, Tungnath temple is the highest Hindu shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple is believed to be 5000 years old and is the third (Tritiya Kedar) in the pecking order of the Panch Kedars. It has a rich legend linked to the Pandavas, heroes of the Mahabharataepic.
Rishikesh ---> Ukhimath ---> Deoriatal ---> Chopta ---> Tungnath
Kunjapuri Temple Trek
Kunjapuri Temple is situated on the top of the hill Kunjapuri 1,676m high, 7 km away from Narendra Nagar, around 15 km from Rishikesh and 93 km from Devapraya. Trek from Hidolakhal village to the temple through the green forest will be more adventurous to nature lovers. The distance is 5km. The Char Dham pilgrims can pay a visit to Kunjapuri temple on their way from Rishikesh to Gangotri. The sunrise and sunset view from the Himalayan peak are mesmerizing. After reaching the temple, one can shoot photographs and enjoy the surrounding beauty.
Rishikesh ---> Hindolakhal Village ---> Kunjapuri temple
Roopkund (locally known as Mystery Lake, Skeletons Lake) is a high altitude glacial lake in the Uttarakhand state of India. It lies in the lap of Trishul massif and is famous for the hundreds of human skeletons found at the edge of the lake. The area is uninhabited, in the Himalayas at an altitude of 5,029 metres (16,499 feet).Surrounded by rock-strewn glaciers and snow-clad mountains, the lake is a popular trekking destination. A shallow lake, having a depth of about two metres, Roopkund is a picturesque tourist destination and one of the important places for trekking in Chamoli District.
Rishikesh ---> Mundoli ---> Wan ---> Bedni Bugyal ---> Bagubassa ---> Roopkund
Pangot is a peaceful charming hill town, which is around 13 km from the very popular hill station of Nainital in Uttarakhand. Placed in the hilly Kumaon region, it is one of the best weekend gateway destinations from Delhi. If you have an interest in trekking, trek route from Pangot to the Naina Peak is one of the most amazing ones. Pangot is a paradise for bird watching activity and for nature photographers. Kilbury and Snow View Point are two perfect locations for both the activities. You can spot as many as 580 avifauna species including Lamergeyer, slaty-black Forktail, khalij pheasant and Himalayan griffon. Between November and February, this place is covered with a white sheet of snow. Pleasant climate, picturesque landscape and relaxing charm of Pangot town, every year attracts a good number of tourists who wish to spend a relaxed vacation while being close to nature.
Rishikesh---> Haridwar---> Ramnagar ---> Kaladhungi ---> Nainital ---> Pangot
Har ki doon trek
Har Ki Doon Valley is a cradle shaped hanging valley in the Garhwal Himalayas. It is surrounded by snow-covered peaks and Alpine vegetation. It is connected to Baspa Valley by the Borasu Pass. This valley is at an altitude of approx 3500m above mean sea level and is snow-covered during October to March. The valley is around 25 km from Taluka. The trek to the valley starts from Taluka village and passes through Gangaad, Osala, and Seema. It is a 2-day trek usually done in two stages. First stage is from Taluka to Seema/Osla, and second stage is from Seema/Osla to Har Ki Dun. Return route is the same. It is also possible to complete return journey in a single day, however it can be physically demanding. There is a shop and a small restaurant at Taluka, where trekkers can buy eatables like biscuits and wafers etc.
Rishikesh ---> Dehradun ---> Mussori ---> Har ki doon
Kuari Pass Trek
The Kuari Pass - Lord Curzon Trail is one of the most recognized treks in the Garhwal Himalayan region that is recommended for the beginners. It has an average elevation of 3,650 meters and commences from Auli, covering a stretch of 6-7 days. The trek furloughs you from your daily hustle and bustle of your life by providing you the everlasting vista of the beautiful meadows on the arm of towering peaks.
Rishikesh - Nandprayag – Ghat- Sutol – Ghunni- Pana Village- Dakhwani - Kuari Pass
Gaumukh - Tapovan trek
Gomukh Tapovan Trek is considered as one of the most exciting and thrilling treks. Resembling the mouth of a cow, the Gomukh Glacier is one of the main water sources of the holy Ganges. Around the glacier, one can also view the peaks of Gangotri Group - Shivling, Thalay Sagar, Meru, and Bhagirathi III. In addition to its mesmerising beauty and appeal, it is also an important pilgrimage site for the Hindus and a dip in its water is considered as a sacred ritual.
On the other hand, Tapovan is located at the foothills of the Shivling Peak and is considered as a challenging route for the trekkers. Reaching a height of around 14,640ft, it is often thronged by the sadhus. This thrilling Gomukh Tapovan Trek takes you through some of the untouched places of the region.
Rishikesh- Gangotri---> Bhojwasa ---> Goumukh---> Tapovan
Valley of Flowers Trek
The Valley of Flowers is a high-altitude Himalayan valley that has long been acknowledged by renowned mountaineers, botanists, and in literature. It has been recognized internationally for over a century. Local people have visited the valley since ancient times. Indian yogis are known to have visited the valley for meditation The Valley of Flowers has many different colourful flowers, taking on various shades of colours as time progressed. The valley was declared a national park in 1982 and now it is a World Heritage Site.
Rishikesh ---> Joshimath ---> Govind ghat ---> Ghangaria ---> Valley of flowers
Nanda Devi Mountain Trek
Nanda Devi is the second highest mountain in India and is located in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand, between the Rishi ganga valley on the west and the Gori ganga valley on the east. The peak, whose name means "Bliss-Giving Goddess", is regarded as the patron-goddess of the Uttarakhand Himalaya. In acknowledgment of its religious significance and for the protection of its fragile ecosystem, the peak as well as the circle of high mountains surrounding it—the Nanda Devi sanctuary—were closed to both locals and climbers in 1983. The surrounding Nanda Devi National Park was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988.
Rishikesh ---> Joshimath ---> Lata ---> Dribugheta ---> Deodi ---> Ramni ---> Patalkakhan ---> Nanda Devi
Auli is a ski destination in Chamoli district in the Himalayan mountains of Uttarakhand, India. Auli, also known as Auli Bugyal, in Garhwali, which means "meadow", is located at an elevation of 2,500 metres (8,200 ft) to 3,050 metres (10,010 ft) above sea level. Auli lies on the way to the Hindu pilgrimage destination of Badrinath. It is surrounded by coniferous and oak forests, with a panoramic view of the peaks of the Himalayas.The slopes are intended for both professional skiers and novices Uttarakhand Tourism Department conduct winter sports competitions at Auli to encourage skiing in India. It has a 4 kilometres cable car, a chairlift and a ski lift, along with a maintained trek route.
Rishikesh ---> Joshimath---> Auli
The temple is dedicated to Devi Sita, the female protagonist of Hindu epic Ramayana. Its association with the Ramayana, a Hindu epic, is corroborated by legends that state Sita, the protagonist of Ramayana, spent her days stranded in exile during the agnipriksha period. It is believed that at the ancient Valmiki temple located within the forest, sita was supposedly absorbed by the earth. It is a very spiritual and beautiful place around the jungle.