The Himalayas is the most bio-diverse mountain range in the world. Spread from Kashmir in the north to Arunachal Pradesh in the northeast, the Himalayas offer some of the best trek routes that any trekking enthusiast would love to traverse. Even if you are a rookie just stepping into your hunter boots, or a seasoned trekker, there is adventure at every bend on this mighty mountain range. Here are the ten best Himalayan treks where beauty and trill speaks to those who have ears to listen.
1. Chadar frozen river
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The entire Chadar trek route is located in Ladakh. The actual trekking takes place only in January and February. The breathtaking view of the mountains and the glaciers enthrall trekkers as the party passes over a narrow trail intersected by magnificent glaciers. It’s counted among the best Himalayan treks. It requires trekkers to cross the Zanskar River and the valley, braving freezing temperatures that often plunge below -30°C.
2. Roopkund lake
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A trek to one of the most spectacular lakes in the world is one you should try without any further delay. May to October is the best season for the Roopkund lake trek. Nestled in the Himalayas at an altitude of over 16,500 feet, the trek provides some jaw dropping views of the meadows below and the snow covered peaks high above. The trekking route passes through evergreen forests and streaming rivulets. A must visit for every mountain enthusiasts.
3. Everest Base Camp
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Well, don’t raise your eyes in wonder. Though it is a tad bit challenging, this one is a lifetime achievement for those who dare to take nature head on. It’s nothing less than pure satisfaction. The trek route begins at Kathmandu to reach an altitude of 18,523 feet. The Everest Base Camp is swarmed by mountaineers and adventurers alike, and for good reason. The thrill of setting foot at the root of the world’s highest peak is incredible to say the least. The best seasons to attempt this trek is from February to June and September to November.
4. Annapurna Base Camp
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Annapurna is considered by mountaineers to be one of the most challenging peaks to conquer. It was the first of 14 eight-thousanders to be conquered. Negotiating the ridges and snow to reach the base camp of this mountain is considered as one of the best Himalayan treks. The route begins at Pokhara from where you can catch an amazing view of the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna and peaks. The best times to undertake this trek are from March to May, September to November, and December to February.
5. Markha Valley
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On this trek, you get to explore the untouched territories in Markha Valley that leads trekkers through Gandala La and the Kongmaru La, two of the highest passes in the world,. The best season to experience the Markha Valley trek is from June to September. The trek introduces you to the breathtaking beauty of the snow clad mountain desert, with ancient Buddhist monasteries lending an aesthetic touch to the environment. Markha Valley, truly, is one of the best Himalayan treks that you can experience.
6. Valley of Flowers
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Imagine traversing through the harsh snowy mountains when you turn a corner and a sudden surreal utopia of spellbinding colour surrounds you in a picturesque valley. One can experience this for real if he/she undertakes the Valley of Flowers trek that originates at Auli in Uttarakhand. The trek, which is best attempted from July to September, takes you to one of the most beauteous sites in the Himalayas. Behold the rare flowers and their colours in the gorgeous valley. This is one of the best Himalayan treks for those who appreciate the aesthetic beauty of nature.
7. Gangotri Gomukh
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The river Bhagirathi (Ganges) originates in the Gangotri Glacier, also known as Gomukh. It’s a sacred place for Hindus, and a trek to the Gangotri is sure to purify and sanctify your soul. Located in one of the most difficult part of the Himalayas, the serene beauty of Gomukh is inexplicable. Mid-April to June and August to mid-October are the best times for the trek.
8. Concordia and Gondogoro La
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The Concordia and Gondogoro La trek is extremely strenuous and is recommended solely for hardcore trekkers. It’s more of a mountaineering expedition than a trek. Considered as one of the best Himalayan treks in Karakoram, the trail begins from Askole in Pakistan, onwards to Concordia. On the way, trekkers get a breathtaking view of the intersection of four mountains that are over 26,000 feet. It’s called the ‘Throne Room of the Mountain Gods”. The trek to Gondogoro La, is covered with blankets of pure white snow. You can take a look at Mount K2, the second tallest peak in the world, while on this trek.
9. Mount Kailash
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This trek commences from the Karnail River on the Indo-Tibetan border. Mount Kailash is considered holy by both Hindus and Buddhists. Aside its religious importance, this trail is one of the best Himalayan treks as the topographical splendour and the sheer abundance of challenges make it a trek worth remembering. The trek to Mount Kailash is best attempted between the months of May and September. Trekkers and pilgrims are subject to frequent health checks while on this trek.
10. Goecha La
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Sikkim is a trekker’s paradise and Goecha La is one of the best Himalayan treks. The route is open from April to June, when one may fully experience the flora and fauna of the region. Goecha La serves as a base camp for those who want to attempt the Kanchenjunga south face. The trek takes one from the muddy foothills to the high rhododendron-laden hills from where Kanchenjunga and Mount Pandim opens up with all beauty. For many, the rote ends at Dzongri, but one may further trek to Samiti Lake.
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