Top 10 Trekking places in Himachal Pradesh
- Triund Trek
Triund is a serene and alluring trek destination known to be one of the easy treks among most of the treks in Himachal Pradesh. This destination is nestled in between the Dauladhar ranges which are 18kms from Dharmashala, the trek offers jaw-dropping views of the Dauladhar ranges on one side and the beautiful Kangra valley on the other. The trek time needs to be planned to ensure one gets to experience the best of the views such as dusk, the moonrise, or the dawn. The trek is accessible throughout the year except during January and February due to the high snowfall during these months whereas the best time to take this trek is between March and June as the skies are clear and the weather is just cozy and perfect.
The trek is an easy one making it possible for beginners and can be completed within a day as it’s a 9kms trek and takes about 4 to 6hrs. The trek can either be started from Mcleodganj or Dharmkot, the trek takes us through the Bhagsu Nag, passing via the breathtaking forests of oak, deodar, and rhododendrons, the trail has a total of 22 curves. This could easily be one’s weekend getaway to gain some peace and tranquility. Also, this is one of the most popular treks that one could find in the Himachal.
- Kheerganga trek
The name Kheerganga comes from the Hindi word “kheer” which means a sweet which is white and “Ganga” which is the river of milky waters hence the name Kheerganga was given. The Kheerganga flows into the Parvati River from all the sides of the mountain with all its vastness. Nested at the end of the Parvati river this the most peaceful and serene trek one could find in Himachal, which is known widely for its scenic aspects and mythological significance. Packed with a small bathing tank, an enchanting hot water spring, and an age-old Shiva temple, Kheerganga propels thousands of trekkers who come in search of spirituality and inner calm, every year.
On their way to the beautiful Kheerganga River, all the trekkers will get to pass through some small charming villages, picturesque waterfalls, and mighty snow-covered mountains. Among all the spell-bounding scenic sights of the trek, one of the most unique views is that of the snake-shaped waterfall in Rudra Nag.
- Hampta Pass Trek
Hampta Pass is a trek of dreams with an altitude of 14,010 compared to most of the other treks around, the Hampta pass is known for its alluring and captivating landscapes dense pinewood forests, endless green meadows, rustling mountain streams, vibrant wildflowers, daunting mountains, beautiful valleys, serene lakes, and pools – the entire trail of Hampta Pass trek is dotted with everything you can dream of to witness on a trek. The landscapes also keep changing from time to time with every few hours of walking through the Hampta Pass. You can notice the abundance of beauty that nature itself has to offer which would surprise you by the step. The trek usually starts from Jorba from where the wonderful journey begins. Dense pinewood forests, endless green meadows, rustling mountain streams, vibrant wildflowers, daunting mountains, beautiful valleys, serene lakes, and pools – the entire trail of Hampta Pass trek is dotted with everything you can dream of to witness on a trek.
Landscapes change vividly every few hours of walking on the Hampta Pass trekking trail. The lack of any treacherousness in the trail is compensated by the abundance of natural beauty, which will take you by surprise at every twist and turn of the trek that spans over 5 days. It begins with a drive from Manali to the base camp of the trek, Jobra. From there, the incredible journey on foot begins.
- Bhrigu Lake Trek
The Bhrigu Lake is known to be surrounded by the prettiest grasslands, this lake is known to be the place from where the well-known saint Maharishi Bhrigu sat for his deep meditation. The trek is not the only thing that we get to experience from this trek but it’s also the loveliest grasslands. These meadows almost seem endless as they stretch so far out. Along with these grasslands, you will be able to view the mountains of Pir Panjal and Dhauladhar. The best time to visit these beautiful grasslands would be between July and September when the meadows will be at their best and lushest green.
This trek makes sure you have it all, not only the mind-blowing views but also gives you an experience of the climb of 14,000ft. One will remember this trek throughout their lives and the greenery will give their eyes the calm nothing else can.
- Pin Parvati Trek
This trek is known to extend up to 110km and is one of the longest treks that one can find in Himachal Pradesh. This pass has been serving as a bridge between the two valleys that is the Spiti Valley and the Kullu Valley. The pass takes us through the snowy mountains, boulders, and a small hint of meadows. The high altitude of this place makes the trekkers want to reconsider their physical standards before taking the trek.
The Pin Parvati region is known to be covered in snow throughout the year, the most popular attraction of this trek is known to be its scenic beauty that flaunts both lush greenery, as well as the snow, covered mountains making this one of the most perfect places to go to if you’re keen on trekking and have good stamina.
- Sar Pass Trek
The Sar Lake in Himachal is one of the frozen lakes that Himachal has to offer and the adventure itself is one of a kind. This enchanting trek usually begins at this tiny hill station Kasol and then takes us through the forests of the Parvati Valley and then followed by the Grahan Valley, these are the perfect spots to set up our camps for the night.
These journeys also take us through the pines, and the deodar trails of the Chandrkhani stretch to reach Nagru which is another beautiful place to stop right before we can reach the frozen lake. The Sar Lake is on the way while passing through the Tila Lotni bridge, the beautiful mountains that surround the lake are snow-covered and that adds to the beauty of this trek.
- Bijli Mahadev Trek
The Bijli Mahadev temple is known for its beauty during the winters. It is white all around or rather as far as your eyes can reach. The trek through the thick snow with majestic views of the mighty Himalayan Mountains that are hovering over us as we trek.
The Bijli Mahadev trek is supposed to be one of the quickest and simplest treks that Himachal has to offer and also to be the most rewarding trek. The temple is known to be age-old and has a shiva linga that is made of butter and still never melts this is one of the most unique things about this shiva temple.
The Bijli Mahadev Trek starts from the village of Jana and passes through the old Naggar village. During their trek, the trekkers will pass through terraced pomegranate, apple, and pear orchards, paddy fields, and lush forests. This makes this trek very eventful and yet simple.
- Buran Ghati Trek
The Buran Ghati Trek is very famous for its scenic views and the walkable pathway that has to offer. The trek for Buran Ghati was previously called the Buran Pass and is situated at the unseen end of Himachal Pradesh. Buran Ghati is at 15,000ft altitude. Through this trek one gets to pass through the dense forests before exposing us to the majestic panorama of the Dayara meadows, these have acres of lush greenery and the Greater Himalayas Bordering it like its almost a protector for this stretch.
The weather at this mountainous stretch is always chilly to no surprise, and the winters are not an advantage to trek as there is a high increase in snowfall making it hard for the trekkers, and hence the summers are the best time to take this trek. And that would be the best of times to take this trek with friends or a solo trek could be either and it would still leave you amazed.
- Cobia Pass Trek
This amazing trek takes one along the ancient trails of the Gaddis they are the local shepherds and then over the high mountains that pass through the dry valley of Lahaul and then go into the valley of Chamba. This pass is almost at 5000m which was known to be a regular crossing for the shepherds now is more often taken by trekkers. The trek usually begins at the Lahaul Valley and goes through there till the Chamba-Bharmour region.
This pass is known to be the second-highest altitude pass in this Pir Pangal range, this pass is very risky during the winters and the shepherds also tend to lose a dew sheep on this journey during the winters due to the excess snowfall that this region experiences. This is a highly scenic and beautiful trek that allows one to experience something different and it is recommended for all enthusiastic trekkers to take this trek at least once in their lifetimes.
- Malana Trek
The Malana Village is a tiny village in Himachal Pradesh, this mountain top village is known to be one of the oldest human settlements. The peaks of Chandrakhani and Deotibba shadow the village. It is situated on a remote plateau by the side of the Malana River, at a height of 2,652 meters. Malana has its lifestyle and social structure and people are strict in following their customs.
This place instantly conjures up snow-glazed mountain peaks, valleys, picturesque waterfalls, and gushing streams. And Malana village exemplifies this! At an altitude of 9500 feet, Malana is a small self-governed village with distinctive customs. One will be amazed to know the magnitude of its distinctiveness. Set amongst the Chandrakhani and Deotibba mountain peaks, amidst the verdant green, snow-covered Parvathi valley, Malana offers a refreshing trekking attraction and a peek into the lives of the people in this village. Since Malana experiences extreme winters, the ideal time to take up this short trek and enjoy the pleasant vista would be from March to August.