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Must Do Treks In 2015

''Most of these can be attempted by a first-time trekker. Of course, health fitness is a must!''

All trips on one side and the one executed on feet on the other. It will be unfair to call yourself a travel freak if you haven’t trekked up the hills in the absolute wilderness or cut through glaciers of the Great Himalayas. In this piece, we have shortlisted a few treks that you must give a shot this year. Pick the one that suits you the most and start planning for them now. There is no particular season for treks. Knowing India’s diverse climate conditions, many trails can be attempted round the year. However, one must avoid trekking during monsoons as some routes turn real slippery due to rains.

This is one of the prettiest treks in India encapsulating vast rolling meadows, wide open plains turquoise blue lakes and jaw-dropping scenery. The trek is best done in July, when the Kashmir valley is blossoming with beautiful flowers. Some routes are flower-decked with such density that they demand careful stepping. After all, who wants to trample the nature’s gift, right? Keep at least a week reserved for this trek.

Journey to the base camp of Annapurna mountain is amongst the most enthralling treks in the world. Most treks to the Annapurna base camps start from Pokhara and generally spread over 10-12 days. The trek passes through terraced rice paddies, scenic villages, lush rhododendron forests and cascading waterfalls before reaching the base camp.

This trek is done along the border between India and Nepal. Experienced trekkers can trek these odd 30Kms in a day. It is the only trek in India that gives you best panoramic views of four of the highest mountain summits in the world – Kanchenjunga, Everest, Makalu and Lhotse. Another curious feature of this trek is the Kalapokhri (Black Pond). It is a beautiful black pond whose water never freezes and Buddhists consider it holy. Sandakphu Trek is the highest point of West Bengal. The Best time to do Sandakphu trek is May to June and mid-August to October.

Hampta pass trekking can be done in any season, but the best time to go for the trek is in the month of June to September. The trek is 35 kms long and starts from Hampta village in the Kullu valley and finishes at Chatru in the Lahaul & Spiti valley. The trek is spread over 4-5 days and is profusely decked with flowers. We strongly recommend this trek for beginners. The trek takes you through snow-clad valleys, thick pine forests, open meadows and finally through the unique barren landscape of Lahaul and Spiti. The sudden change is scenery is unique to this trek.

Valley of flowers trek in Uttarakhand is around 55 kms long and is generally combined with an arduous trek to Hemkund Sahib. Spread over an area of 11kms, the valley of flowers is in full bloom for a short time span in monsoons. The snow clad Himalayas in the backdrop of innumerable flower patches of vivid colours add to its beauty. It is a much sought after haunt for flower-lovers, botanists and of course trekkers. From the base camp Ghangria, the Valley of Flowers is a 3 km climb.

Dayara Dodital Trek in Uttarakhand is open for trekking round the year and is absolutely stunning. The trek starts from Barnala near Uttarkashi and ends at Hanuman Chatti after crossing Darwa pass. This trek is a picturesque bird watcher's paradise and one can spot birds like Monal, Whistling Thrush, Babbler and Wagtail on the way. The trek is tiring but the rewarding wilderness experience makes it worth it. The 6km trek from Dodital to Darwa Top is your lifetime opportunity to witness the regal flight of Monal pheasant, the State bird of Uttarakhand. As part of the trek, you also cross through picturesque dense woods of oak, pine, deodar and rhododendrons.

Resembling the tail of a monkey, it’s a breath-taking trek in Uttarakhand. Originating from Uttarkashi, trek to Bandarpunch is enchanting and goes through lush green forests and the breath-taking view of high altitude Himalayan peaks. The actual trek starts from Taluka, which is reached via Mussoorie and Mori. Spring months mid-September to late October are another best time to visit Bandarpunch glacier.

Kedarkantha Trek lies in the Govind Wildlife Sanctuary and National Park in Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand. It is a classic winter trek. But, the snow is very much intact in its route till April. This trek has some of the best and prettiest campsites in the Himalayas. The drive to Kedarkantha takes you through Mussoorie, Nowgaon, Purola, Mori and Naitwar. Once you reach the destination, you will be spell-bound by the mesmerising beauty of surrounding mountain range. On the way, you get to experience the life of remote villages of Garhwal.

Source / Review By : Team Triponomics

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