Top 5 treks of Himachal Pradesh
The lust for adventure takes you to unknown places, makes you meet new people, wandering in the meadows, walking down the serene beauty of Himalayan ranges. Himachal Pradesh is one such state popular for its snow treks because of its serene valleys and the soaring hills which offer an unparalleled picture of nature's best. The salubrious climate and the rich and vivacious culture add immensely to the beauty of this picturesque state. Along with its beauty, the scope of adventure activities is another solid reason for many to visit Himachal Pradesh. Like its neighbouring states Uttarakhand and Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh offers a number of trekking trails that differ in their level of difficulty ranging from easy to strenuous. Below we have listed down the top 5 must go treks in the Himachal.
5. Bhirgu Lake
Bhrigu Lake is a lake located at an elevation of around 14,100 feet in Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh. It is located to the east of Rohtang Pass and is around 6 kilometers from Gulaba village. One can reach the place by trekking either from the Vashishth temple, which is famous for its hot water springs, which is close to the town of Manali or from Gulaba village. There is no settlement in Gulaba and is actually an area of the Pir Panjal mountain range. Bhrigu Lake is named after Maharishi Bhrigu as Legend holds that Bhrigu Rishi meditated here and many local gods of the kullu region take a dip in its sacred water. Most prominent among them is Guru Vashisht, who traveled to the lake at least once in every two or three years. A matured forest of Fir, oak and higher altitude white Oak surrounds Gulaba from where the trek starts. Difficulties in steeps can make you a bit tired but you are equally rewarding because of the trail's breathtaking views. Trekking to the lake is as appeasing as being at the lake itself. You must definitely try this trail if you are exploring easy routes in the Himachal.
4. Hampta Pass
Hampta Pass Trek is one of the most famous and easy treks in the Manali region of Himachal Pradesh. The variation in the trails is enormous; Flourished with thick alpine forests, sprawling meadows, glacial valleys, this trek packs the punch of an idyllic adventure in the Himalayas. Moreover, trailing up to Hampta Pass also involves crossing through the high altitude alpine lake, reputed for its deep blue color, called Chandratal. Another exemplary feature is the passage through the captivating Rohtang Pass that stands at an altitude of 13,000 feet and is enveloped in snow throughout the year. Yes, it is an extremely adventurous trail and you experience that hair-raising feel while crossing the pass that makes this trek an simply exciting. This is a trek of moderate difficulty which has all the features of mountain topography and natural beauty. So, it must be in the plans of all mountain trekkers.
3. Dio Tibba
Deo Tibba trek is one which gives you ever changing vistas to view a centuries old glacier, a majestic view of the Deo Tibba and Indrasen peaks looming above you in all their glory and loads of inspiring and frightening sights of huge chunks of ice breaking off from the ice walls.
Deo Tibba is a fascinating route along the Jagatsukh nallah(canal). The trek is inclined upwards, a slow and a gradual incline, which ultimately leads you to Deo Tibba Basecamp. Huge mountains surround the trek, an array of colorful flowers is to be seen during the trek which gets you intoxicated with the purity of nature and bliss. A clear view of Deo Tibba and Indrasen Peaks can be viewed once you reach the last camp site during trek.
2. Chanderkhani Pass
Chanderkhani Pass is located around 30 kilometers from Manali at an altitude of 12000 feet located in the Kullu valley. The trek is one of the most beautiful and serene pass filled with splendid beauty. It offers you the perfect slice of adventure which would be loved by anyone. This scenic trek takes you through the gorgeous landscape of the Kullu region. The trail stays beautiful through the year. But during winter seasons, the trail elevates to a wonderland. The snow weighs down the branches of trees, lends a soft muffled quality to the sounds around, and caps the majestic peaks in the vicinity. You'll trek through the alpine meadows, up to the Pass. Because of the steep incline, this trek is rated at moderate difficulty.
Chanderkhani trek is one of the most beautiful treks that introduces the traveler to the remote, hilly cultures of Himachal Pradesh. The Pass offers fabulous views of the Deo Tibba peak, Pir Panjal and Parbati range of mountains.
1. Sar Pass
Sar Pass is a moderately challenging trek in the Parvati Valley of Himachal Pradesh. Situated at an altitude of 14000 feet, it can be considered as a great introduction to high altitude trekking. 'Sar' in local dialect, means a lake. While trekking, across the path from Tila Lotni to Biskeri Ridge, one must pass by a small frozen lake (Sar) and hence the name Sar Pass Trek.
It’s a perfect trek for those who want to experience all kinds of terrain. Forests, meadows, quaint villages, or snow-covered mountains, this trail offers a gamut of experiences to trekkers. It is the seventh heaven for both adventurous travelers and nature lovers. Other than winter, snowfall is usually expected in May every year. This trail is definitely one worth putting in your bucket list.