Top 10 Treks in Garhwal Himalayas

The vast wilderness of the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand is an ideal place for adventures and nature lovers to explore and experience. Himalaya trekking and mountaineering in Uttarakhand is quite popular with numerous treks and expeditions taking place in the higher altitudes. The Garhwali region of Uttarakhand is home to some of the wonderful treks that are a delight to our senses.

1. Valley of Flowers

Nestled in the Great Himalayas of Uttarakhand, at an elevation of 3600 meters, lies a hushed valley is known for myriad alpine flowers and shrubs that grace the region offering a kaleidoscopic landscape of different hues and colors. Valley of Flowers is situated in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand and in order to reach the beautiful floral valley, visitors have to trek to an altitude of 3,700 meters.

2.  Deoriyatal

Located at an elevation of 2,400 meters, Devariyatal is a beautiful high-altitude lake. The 2-km trek offers some of the amazing bird-eye views of Saari village and its lush green paddy fields. The majestic reflection of the mighty Chaukhamba peak in the emerald Deoriyatal is a sight to behold. Devariyatal is an ideal location to camp with family and friends. Camping just beside the lake is a rewarding experience.

3. Har ki Doon

Tucked away at a height of 3,500 meters, Har Ki Doon is one of the most rewarding treks in the Garhwal Himalayas which bestows trekkers with picture-postcard natural beauty in the form of cascading waterfalls, snow-clad mountains, forests covered with pine and oak trees, gushing rivulets and rivers. The magnificent snow-capped Swargarohini peak overlooking the valley is a breathtaking sight. 

4. Gaumukh

A well-known pilgrimage destination as well as the trekking destination, Gaumukh is the glacier from where Bhagirathi River (Ganges) originates. The mesmerizing trek route leading to Gaumukh involves medium grade trekking that takes one through lush green valleys, rivulets, quiet hamlets, and conifers and oak forests. The imposing Bhagirathi peak over Gangotri glacier is something that is etched forever in your memories.

5. Dayara Bugyal

Dayara Bugyal trek is the perfect choice for beginners as the trek route is easy to traverse as compared to other difficult treks. With verdant valleys and sparkling streams and vivid flora and fauna that one encounters, it is no surprise that Dayara Bugyal is one of the most beautiful treks in Uttarakhand. For nature-photographers, Dayara Bugyal offers a lot of opportunities to capture nature at its best.

6. Kedartal

At an elevation of 4,900 meters, Kedartal is one of the highest lakes in Uttarakhand. The trek to Kedartal is one of the most enthralling and rewarding treks in the Garhwal Himalayas of Uttarakhand. Camping in clear blue sky, under the imposing peaks of Mt. Thalaysagar and Brighupanth, is always a memorable experience. Kedartal is a popular winter trek which attracts adventurous souls to this place.

7. Dodital

Situated at an elevation of more than 3,300 meters, Dodital is one of the beautiful high-altitude lakes and a popular destination among trekking enthusiasts. The enthralling trek takes one through enchanting lush green valleys, hushed hamlets, and conifers and oak forests. From Dodital, one can also trek to Darwa pass and then to Darwa Top to catch a glimpse imposing Himalayan peaks.

8. Roopkund

Roopkund is one of the popular treks in Uttarakhand due to the skeletal remains that surround the glacial lake of Roopkund. The trail takes one through, green meadows of Ali and Bedni Bugyal offering breathtaking views of the imposing Himalayas peaks such as Mt. Trishul. Although Roopkund is a high-altitude lake, the trek is considered ideal for beginners due to its safer route and wide trails where one cannot get lost easily.

9. Chaainsheel Bugyal

Perched at a height of 3,600 meters, Chaainsheel is a hidden destination in Uttarakhand that has eluded trekkers for a long time. It is one of the least explored trekking destinations in the state and therefore the perfect place for adventure seekers. The verdant Chaainsheel consists of half a dozen meadows spanning several kilometers in all directions and is home to few high altitude lakes as well.

10. Dronagiri

Considered ‘Trek of the Year’ for 2017, Dronagiri is one of the least explored regions in Uttarakhand. Similar to many other hidden natural treasures of the Himalayas, this region is brimming with exotic flora and fauna. During the onset of spring and summer seasons, the vast mountain slopes are enveloped with countless varieties of alpine floral species that turn Dronagiri into a heavenly paradise.

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