Top 7 trekking destinations this summer
It’s that time of the year again when you have to escape from the scorching sun to the chilly hilly terrains. What are your plans for this holiday season with your family or friends? We will suggest you the best places for your mini-break. This summer beat the heat with these cool destinations.
7. Tirthan Valley
Trithan valley is located in Kulu. It got its name from the Tirthan River. You will start loving this valley while crossing the river with a harness tied around your waist. The valley is also known for fishing with its clear river formed due to the melting of Himalayan glaciers. The great Himalayan National park found in the valley which was opened in 1984 is a place for trekkers and rock climbers.
The valley is also famous for the great Himalayan snow leopard which can be spotted if you are lucky enough. There are also chances of spotting black and brown bears during the trek.
You will never be bored with this place with its natural beauty of flora and fauna, apple orchids, dense coniferous forests and alpine meadows.
6. RoopKund Trek
Roopkund located in Uttarakand, at an altitude of 15,696 feet above the sea level, is a history in itself. This trek is actually like a hunt to find the secret lake of the Himalayas. This is a glacial lake which arose to fame when several human skeletal remains were found at the lake during the lake’s discovery. It is believed that the death of so many people could have been caused by the natural calamities like landslides and extreme cold temperatures. The Lake exists at the height of 15,600 feet and is located at the base of Trishul and Nandghungti glacier peaks. The trek takes you along the Pindar River accompanied by a lot of natural and exotic locations around you with a touch of smoothening cooling breeze.
Sandakphu is located at the height of 11,941 feet at Darjeeling in between Nepal and WestBengal. Once you trek to the highest point of Singalila Ridge which is also the highest point of West Bengal, you have the view of the world famous Everest, Kangchenjunga, Lhotse, Tenchenkhang, Malaku and many more renowned peaks . This is a place you should be at to see the sunset and its vibrant colors in the sky. The cool chilly breeze from the glaciers will pass by touching your face. You can also see the creamy clouds from the top of this point. No wonder it is called “Trekkers wonderland”.
4. Chadar river trek
Chadar river trek ranges from Leh to Ladakh upto a height of 11,125 feet. It is a fascinating view to see the Chadar, which is completely frozen in winter, melt in summer and flow with all its might. Right next to the waterfall there is a bridge which is a road from Zanskar to Leh. There is probably a chance of spotting a snow leopard on the trail. Trekkers will have to spend most of the chilly nights of the trek inside caves which itself is an amazing early man experience.
3. Great Kashmir lakes
Trek starts at 13kms from Pahalgam towards the slopes of Aru pasture. The trek is into the forests covering 7 lakes namely Vishansar Lake, Krishansar Lake, Liddar Lake, Gadsar Lake, Yamsir Lake and twin lakes Gangabal and Nundkul lakes. After four hours of trekking you reach the Tulian peak from where you can have a view of Liddar Lake which is formed from the Kolohoi glacier. The view from Zajibai pass, the highest point (13,467 feet) of the trek can be compared to a painting on canvas. The crystal clear blue water surrounded by the high green mountains is definitely a feast to the eye.
2. Kedar kantha Trek
Kedarkanta is a mountain peak in the Himalayas. It lies in Uttarakhand at an elevation of 12,500 feet. Trek starts from Sankri 220kms from Dehradun. Govind wild life sanctuary which is a habitat of various wild life falls into this area. During summers, the terrain is covered with lush green meadows and forests along with the fresh waters of Juda ka taalab which is at the height of 9,100 feet. Kedarkanta which means the neck of Lord Shiva is the native of pine trees, maple trees and rhododendron flowers. The mesmerizing Sunrise at Kedarkantha is just jaw dropping.
1. Rupin Pass
Rupin pass is a valley across the Himalayas with a height ranging to 15,250 feet above the ground level. It starts from Daula in Uttarakhand and ends in Sangla in Himachal Pradesh. It is an untouched virgin land with deep icy slopes which can be seen even in the month of May.
The view of white Rhododendrons, snow fields, green meadows and upper waterfall will leave your eyes stunned. You will pass through the uniquely floating village and have a view of mount Kailash at the end of the trek. Another good reason to experience this trail is that river Ganga and river Bhagirathi would be seen crossing your paths.