State with majestic mountains and a huge variety of terrains offers numerous treks from relaxed, one-day hikes to week-long routes. A perfect place for adventure and nature lovers and for those who live and love the mountains.
At lower altitudes, the treks wind through forests of deodar, pine and oak while higher climbs lead to flower strewn alpine pastures and then to snow covered trails. The best season for trekking in Himachal Pradesh from May – June, and between mid September – November.
Let’s find out about some of the popular trekking trails of Himachal Pradesh.
1. Dharamsala to Macchetar – Triund Trek
A challenging trail that crosses rocky terrain and meadows of Triund – the most beautiful valley in Himachal Pradesh. A steep ascent leads to Indrahar pass, with views of the Pir Panjal peaks, and ends at the small town of Macchetar, connected by road to Chamba.
Altitude: 4,350m (14,272 ft)
Level of difficulty: Moderate to tough
2. Palchan(near Manali) – Beas Kund Trek
A 30-km round trek to the glacial lake of Beas Kund. The trail goes past the ski station at Solang valley and over glacial mountains the lake from where Beas river originates. This is a picturesque trial , surrounded by snow-clad peaks.
Altitude: 3,980m (13,058 ft)
Level of difficulty: Easy
3. Naggar to Jari – Chandrakhani Trek
A moderate trek for all the nature lovers. It offers splendid views of peaks surrounding Solang Nala, Deo Tibba peak , Pir Panjal ranges and leads past pretty and famed Malana village. It ends at Jari in the lush and beautiful Parvati valley.
Altitude: 3,500m (11,483 ft)
Level of difficulty: Moderate
4. The Chandratal Trek
Chandratal also known as the ‘Moon Lake‘. In this trek you will pass through the mountain ranges of Moulkila and Chandrabhaga . Enjoy splendid snow- covered mountain peaks and slopes and see some of the most scenic views. This whole trek offers amazing scenic beauty.
Altitude: 4800 m
Level of difficulty: Moderate
5. Kinnaur Kailash Circuit
A difficult trek that should be taken only by experienced trekkers. The trail passes through Charang Pass at the height of 5300 m. The Kinnaur Kailash range is revered by both Hindus and Buddhist.
Altitude: 5400 m
Level of difficulty:Tough
6. The Pin Valley Trek
The Pin Parvati Valley is one of the most scenic areas of Himachal. Starting at Manikaran, that is famed for its hot springs, the 130-km trek goes over the Pin Parvati pass to cold desert region of the picturesque Pin valley. While here one can enjoy the spectacle of two completely different landscapes, the snow clad Kullu hills on one side and barren cold desert of Spiti on the other.
Altitude: 5,319 m (17,451 ft)
Level of difficulty: Tough
May and June the best times for trekking in Himachal Pradesh. Get your backpacks ready and hit the road to explore one of the best trekking trails of India.
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Note:During the rains (June-September), the trans-Himalayan cold deserts of Spiti and upper Kinnaur are the best trekking destinations, as they are fully shielded from monsoon rains.