Winter Trek in Himalayas


It is possible to trek in some part of the Himalayas throughout the year. However, winters make it even more interesting to explore the hilly destinations on foot. Check out some of the most exclusive travel destinations for winter trekking below.

Har-ki-doon – Ruinsara lake Trek

Suitable for : Easy to Moderate

Har ki doon is one of the easiest treks in the Garhwal Himalayas. It is around 3500 meters from sea level. The trekking trail starts from Netwar and passes through Sankri, Taluka and Osla villages.

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The peculiar feature of this vale is that Kauravas are worshipped here. There is a famous Duryodhan Temple in Osla village. Swargarohini, Banderpunch and Kalanag offer some of the best views during the trek. The minimum trek distance is 42 kilometers.

Kedarkantha Trek

Suitable for : Easy to Moderate

You can start the Kedarkantha Trek from Mussourie and walk through the twenty kilometers to Juda ka Talab.

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You can enjoy photography and bird watching too besides trekking as the Kedarkantha peak sprawls amidst the Govind Widlife Sanctuary and National Park. This trekking trail can even be started from Sankri.

Dalhousie to Khajjiar Trek

Suitable for : Easy

Himachal Pradesh is replete with trekking trails. One such trek is the 17 kilometer trail from Khajjiar to Dalhousie.

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You can even extend it to Chamba. Hiking through enthralling glades and glaciers make for an awesome trekking experience over here.

Sandakphu – Phalut Trek

Suitable for : Easy to Moderate

Sandakphu-Phulat trek around Darjeeling is the most popular trek in that region.

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It is also known as Singalila Ridge Trek as it passes from the national park with the same name. There are many trekkers’ lodges along the trail so you need not worry about getting food or water supplies.

Chopta Chandrashila Trek

Suitable for : Amateurs to intermediates

Chopta to Chandrasila trek is quite easy during summers. However, during winter, it becomes very daunting and tough.

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It includes 3 kilometers trek to Tungnath and then to Chandrashila. You get to see the fascinating views of the mountain peaks of Kedarnath and Nanda Devi from here.

Kuari Pass Winter Trek

Suitable for : Moderate

Kuari Pass Winter Trek is one of the most renowned treks in the Garhwal Himalayas.

Rolling meadows and dense forests of oak, pine and rhododendron make this trekking trail even more delightful. The sunrise over the peaks like Trishul or Chaukambha would totally mesmerise you.

Sunderdhunga Glacier Valley Snow Trek

Suitable for : Moderate

Sunderdhunga means a valley of beautiful stones. It is not that easy a trek. 

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Tharkot, Mrigthuni and Panwalidwar are some of the spectacular peaks seen from here. It is really blissful to witness the tumbling Sunderdhunga Glacier over here.

Dodital – Darwa Pass Winter Trek

Suitable for : Moderate

Snowfall makes Dodital to Darwa Pass Trek particularly tough during winters. You have to start from Bhagirathi valley and proceed to Dodital to reach Yamunotri through Darwa Pass.

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You can get grand views of Banderpunch from Darwa Pass. You might have to consider an overnight camp in one of the meadows while descending to the Hanuman Ganga.

Ladakh Chadar Trek

Suitable for : Moderate to Difficult

Ladakh Chadar Trek is like a dream come true for trekking freaks. It is indeed a very difficult trek and you should go only with a reliable operator.

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You can even spot the fierce wildlife along this way and explore the less visited caves through the trekking trail. It is really a once in a lifetime experience to enjoy this trek.

For anyone who is planning a trekking expedition, make sure you know that you would be walking amidst the chilling mountain peaks. It could get really tough to deal with the low oxygen level. Have all the necessary things with you. Carry a torch, woollen wear, lots of food, first aid kit and water with you. It is a bonus if you are hiking in a group.