Top 10 Treks in Uttarakhand
1. Chopta Chandrashila Trek
Chandrashila Trek with Chopta is one of the most beautiful and challenging treks for everyone. travelers can tread in Uttarakhand. Soaring up at 13000 feet, adorned with mists, coniferous, and snow, this is one heck of a trek you must take.
The Chopta, situated on the Gopeshwar-Ukhimath road, is nestled at an altitude of 2900mts above from the sea level. Rich in flora and fauna, this enchanting way covers a whole illustration of the magnificent panoramas.
The chandrashila trek can be done all through the year except the months of December and January when the Garhwal Himalayas are covered with heavy snow. The summit of Chandrashila, a rock face above the Tungnath temple, offers a beautiful and nice sight of Nanda Devi, Kedarnath, Trishul and Chaukhamba peaks. The hike is short but the Tungnath, the highest temple in the Himalayas.
2. Dodital Darwa Pass Trek
Dodital is a good place located in 3024 m north of Uttarkashi. The lake is surrounded by the dense oak woods, deodar, pine, and rhododendrons. The forest surrounding the lake is also full of flora and fauna.The Dodital Lake is a beautiful covered and surrounded by pine and oak trees. Soak in the beauty of the region and keep staring for long at the lake.
You can also enjoy some birding. There also come across a variety of birds like Brown Fronted Woodpecker, Grey Tit, Himalayan Babbler, Red-Billed Blue Magpie, Grey Shrike, Bush Robin, Pink Finch, Munia, Common Chiffchaff, Himalayan Whistling Thrush, Himalayan Tree Pie, Tailor Bird, and Himalayan Monal.
When the travelers or tourists will go out from this trip definitely you will experience a lot of fun good memories. They also have a memory of this trip which you can never erase. It gives an idyllic set up for rest and recreation activities like angling, boating and bird watching. It takes two days to trek from Dodital to Hanuma Chatti via Darwa Top.
The serene surroundings, splashing streams, dense alpine forests, and crystal-clear water make for a perfect retreat. The lake is also a home of Himalayan golden trout. The panorama of this trek is beyond your expectations.
3. Dodital Bamsaru Khal Pass Trek
Bamsaru-Khal defines one of the routes from Gangotri to Yamunotri, along with a traverse up the Hanuman Ganga River, over across to Bamsaru khal. Bamsaru-Khal is a less founded valley in the Garhwal Himalayas, which is adjacent to the Ganga Valley and is known for its virgin Bugyals and beautiful peaks along a beautiful trek.
The Bamsaru Khal trek provides an opportunity to know about the Ganga valley, and the upper reaches of river Hanuman Ganga all the way to Gidara valley. This route is considered as the old traditional conjunction between Yamunotri and Gangotri. Bamsaru Khal is known for its lush meadows and wildflowers, offering splendid views of the Bugyals and the peaks that stand as guards along this wonderful trek. It is one of the least explored valleys in the Garhwal Himalayas.
The valley is well-known Ganga valley. The Dodital Bamsaru Khal Pass Trek provides a chance to see the Asi Ganga Valley and Chayya Gidara Valley. The trail passes through the picturesque places like Bhebra and Sangam Chatti. The route is considered as the old conventional joint between Gangotri and Yamunotri.
4. Gomukh Tapovan Trek
Gangotri-Gaumukh Tapovan trek is a popular trek of India. It is Located at the base of the Gangotri glacier, Gaumukh also known as Cow’s mouth is a source of holy river Ganga. On the other hand, Tapovan is located above the Gangotri glacier. This trek will pass traveler through glaciers.
Therefore, it is certainly one of the great treks best meant for adventure from across the globe. This trail is rated as moderate and therefore can be undertaken by mountaineers and non-mountaineers with good state-of-health. The Gomukh Tapovan Trek is one of the most exciting and moderate treks in Uttarakhand. Tourists will pass through an orchard of coniferous pine trees at Chirbasa and birch at Bhojwassa. The trek takes you to the Lanka and Gomukh from Bhojwassa.
The herds of Blue mountain goats known as Bharal are a common here on the mountain ridges. You will explore the Gomukh Glacier, just 4 kilometers ahead from Bhojwassa. From Gomukh to Tapovan the climb is sheer, and as you climb, the sight of the adjoining peaks becomes clear.
5. Har Ki Dun Trek
Har Ki Dun is one of the most beautiful valleys in the Western Himalayas. It is nestled in the middle of a cradle-shaped vale below the Har Ki Dun peak. A delight for trekkers, both in summer and winter, this valley is accessible through Govind National Park – known for its rich variety of flora and fauna.
The trail through alpine meadows, moraine ridges, glacier basins, pine forests, and ancient villages, gives you spectacular valley views and a chance to experience the wonderful slow-paced local lifestyle. Situated at a height of 3566mts, Har-Ki-Dun is enclosed with gleaming peaks and lush-green forest. The valley is rich with flora and fauna and is a veritable paradise for the nature lovers and photographers.
During the trek, tourists can spend time identifying the herbs and shrubs. Har-Ki-Dun is a sacred place and it is believed that the Pandavas went to heaven through this mountain. You can find the trees of rare Bramhakamal and Bhojpatra in the trek. Jaundar and Swargarohini glaciers are located in the southeast and the Bandar Punch mountain is perched in the west of Har-Ki-Dun region.
6. Kalindikhal Trek
A challenging Kalindi Khal trek nestled in the lap of the majestic Himalayas, feel a rush of adrenaline in tourists blood as tourists scale right up to a Himalayan pass 6000m high. Not just that, this mesmeric place is a spiritual haven decorated by gorgeous mountains of nature. Kalindikhal trekking experience starts from Gangotri banked beside the Ganga waters.
After seeking the Gangotri goddess’s blessing start off on your journey to Gaumukh, the birth point of the holy Ganges River. Get enchanted by the grasslands at Tapovan and mesmerized by several rivulets and peaks of Shivling, Bhagirathi and Meru.
The Kalidikhal trek is regarded as the ‘big daddy’ of all the treks in Garhwal Himalaya. This high altitude expedition commences from Gangotri, and its endpoint is Badrinath, which is reached via Kalindikhal.
7. Kedartal Trek
Kedartal also was known as ‘Shiva’s Lake’ is one of the highest lakes in Uttarakhand. This immaculate glacial lake is seated at an elevation of 4,912 meters above sea level in the Uttarkashi district. This emerald lake is formed by the melting of Kedar glacier, thereby giving birth to Kedar Ganga River which is an important tributary of Bhagirathi River.
Located in the Gangotri region of the Garhwal Himalayas, Kedartal Tal Trek is perfect for the mountain lovers. Amidst the snow-covered peaks and terrain, the trekkers can also get the glimpse of various mountain fauna species like the Blue Sheep, Himalayan Black Bear, and Goral. However, in order to enjoy the sight of all these natural splendors, travelers will have to accept all the challenges of the expedition.
8. Nanda Devi Sanctuary Trek
In the year 1934, a British team with 6 shepherds, was the first group to explore the Nanda Devi Sanctuary. The Nanda Devi Sanctuary in the Garhwal Himalayas of India is a unique geographical feature. A ring of peaks connected by massive rock walls which dip no lower than 17,000ft/ 5200 meters forming an impenetrable sanctuary.
the inevitable damage caused by expeditions and shepherds who were also finding their way in. Thereafter, many travelers made their way to the sanctuary, which eventually led to environmental issues and the sanctuary was closed in 1983 by the Government of India. However, now the scenario has changed and the place welcomes the tourists wholeheartedly. Trekking towards this high altitude sanctuary is an uphill battle, but once reached, the vista you observe is simply worth the entire struggle.
Various beautiful and enticing mountain species like Bharal, Himalayan Thar, Serow, Brown Bear and so on can be seen frisking in the sanctuary. Another fascinating fact about this trek is that treats the eyes with the sight of twelve peaks, a few to name are Changabang, Dunagiri, Trishuli and Nanda Kot
9. Nagtibba Trek
Located in the Lesser Himalayan region, Nagtibba or more popular as the ‘Mountain of the Serpent’ is a paradise for the adventurists. This range is named as Nagtibba as it is regarded as an abode of the Nag Devta, and local people of the region worship the respective deity. In addition to spiritual value, the trek is famous for providing the perfect sights during the sunrise and sunset.
Nag Tibba is a trekkers’ delight. Though it is a relatively unknown trail near Mussoorie it can easily be considered one of the best weekend treks for someone around Delhi. It is the highest peak (9,915 ft) in the Nag Tibba range of the Garhwal Himalayas.
The trek takes you through dense forests rich in flora and fauna and presents stunning views of Bandarpoonch peak, the Gangotri group of peaks, Kedarnath peak in the north, Doon valley and the snow peaks of Changabang.
The trekkers are also greeted by the vistas of the Bandarpoonch peak, Gangotri group of peaks, Kedarnath peaks, and peaks of Changbang. Thus, owing to the exquisiteness of this trek, trekking in Uttarakhand becomes worthwhile.
10. Roopkund Trek
Roopkund Lake or better known as the Skeleton Lake is one such rare place that is popular not for its magnificence, but for the mystery of the dead. There are thousands of corpses resting in and around the lake, and as per the folklore, it is said that a group of travelers was caught in a hailstorm. A furious hailstorm was caused because the local deity got enraged by the visitors.
One more fact that lures the adventure lovers towards this trek that its challenging terrain complements with the picturesque snow-dressed peaks and Bedni Bugyal grasslands. Furthermore, the lake is also famous for various religious reasons, and one of them is the ‘Nanda Devi Raj Jaat Yatra’.
It is a fact that takes place open once every twelve years. The Roopkund trek is an experience from the high altitude region of Loharjung, in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand at 3200m, to the ‘Skeletal Lake’ of Roopkund shadowed by the mighty peak of Trishul standing tall at 5000m. The trial for the trek that leads to the frozen Roopkund Lake also overlaps with the religious pilgrimage of Nanda Devi thus making this experience of trekking in Uttarakhand, an overall mix of culture and adventure.