Top Five Treks in Himachal Pradesh

Himachal Pradesh is endowed with a wealth of natural beauty. Himachal Pradesh, which is surrounded by the Himalayas, the world’s youngest and highest mountainous region, is also home to a diverse range of plants and animals. With three mountain ranges, Dhauladhar, Pir Panjal, and the Himalayas, it is destined to be the country’s thrill centre. Trekking, unsurprisingly, tops the list of excursion opportunities conducted here. Himachal Pradesh is the definition of perfection, with its mixed forest of pine, deodar, birch, silver oak, and many other species. Not only that, but the presence of a large number of major rivers such as the Beast, Chenab, Ravi, Satluj, and Yamuna add to the state’s elegance. Trekking in such a setting is impossible to resist. Some of the most amazing treks have been shared below.

1. HAMPTA PASS TREK

Hampta pass is situated at 14,000 ft and is thought to be one of the easiest treks. On one side is Kullu valley with forests and grasslands, and on the other side is the landscape of Lahaul with almost no vegetation and barren mountains. Generally, it takes 4-6 days to complete the Hampta pass trek. You will be able to witness the beautiful scenic landscapes, the green meadows, and the glacial valleys. It might not be an adrenaline rushing trek, but it surely will be a memorable one leaving you in awe of its beauty. It has gained more recognition because of the snow which attracts a lot of tourism. There is a high altitude glacial lake known as the Chandratal lake which is one of the most famous lakes in India. Even though this trek can be completed in 4 days, an extra is added for a visit to this lake, specifically. May, June, and August through September are the best months to go on this trek. 

2. DEO TIBBA BASE CAMP TREK

Deo Tibba Base Camp trek is also known as the Chota Chandratal trek. It is situated at 6001m to the Southeast of Manali. The trail there is home to a diverse range of flora and fauna leaving you gushing over them. Views of the snow filled mountains like Deo Tibba (6001m), Norbu Peak (5226m), and Jahatsukh Peak (5050m) can be enjoyed by the trekkers. The biggest perk would be to see the sparkling blue water of the Chota Chandratal lake. The locals believe in the art of simple living and perseverance, and they host fairs and festivals which depicts a lot about their culture and is of great financial help and religious importance to them. May to October are the best months to complete this trek. 

3. BURAN GHATI TREK

Buran pass is situated at an altitude of 15059 ft. This particular trek has all the best things in it. It starts 150 KM from Shimla, from an ancient village called Janglik. The trail is full of dense forests of pine and oak trees along with plenty of flowers and herbs. The Dayara meadows on the way makes the trekkers stop to soak in its wonderment. Another attraction is the sacred Chandernahan Lake which remains frozen for most of the year. The panoramic view when you reach Buran pass can stop you in your tracks. After the pass, you need to slide for the most part. The Buran Ghati trek can be completed within 5-8 days and is a complete package. 

4. PIN PARVATI PASS TREK

The Pin Parvati trek can lead the trekkers up to 17457 ft and is situated at 5319 m. This trail is considered to be one of the most challenging and difficult trekking trails in all of India. People mostly go there for Mantalai, renowned for its age-old Shiva temple and the attractive lake. The springs of Kheerganga would captivate you with a hot bath along with the scenic view of Kheerganga, itself. You wouldn’t want to miss the magic of Tunda Bhuj, Thakur Kuan, and Odi Thach. This trek will require a lot of stamina and advanced trekking skills, so it is not advised for mere beginners. You can complete this trek within 12 days, but would still long for more. 

5. FRIENDSHIP PEAK TREK

Friendship peak is a popular name of Mount Friendship located at an altitude of 17346 ft. This place is considered to be a paradise for trekkers. One can be a witness to the beautiful valley of Sloan filled with colorful orchards, elevated meadows, and thick forests. From the top, you’ll be able to see the small streams. With the increase in altitude, the trek gets difficult as well. There are glaciated tracks, narrow ridges and snow beds. Dangerous, but fascinating at the same time. The Naggar Roerich Art Gallery, the Hadimba Temple, the Vasisht hot water springs are among the many tourist attractions. May to June and September to October are the best months for the Friendship Peak trek.