Top 10 Solo Treks in Uttarakhand

The wide variety of Solo treks in Uttarakhand have encouraged weekend travelers to live the dream and go for meaningful excursions in the lap of nature. While places like Chandrashila, Chopta, Nag Tibba, Kartikswami, Dayara Bugyal are getting popular as short escapes, long treks like Kedarkantha, Har ki Dun, Dodi Tal and Brahmatal are now becoming more popular amongst the solo trekking enthusiasts as fair number of people do explore these trails every week. 

There are generally two types of solo travellers, one who travel alone but join groups, and the other who prefer traveling on their own but they must trek with a local guide wherever they visit. There are several hiking companies organising these treks, you can either join the existing group departures with more people in the group or just reach the base of the trek and make arrangements on your own. 

We recommend pre-booking the trek as you wouldn't want to be stranded after traveling to such a far off place. New regulations for forest permits are made by the national park authorities, which only local hiking companies and registered guides will be able to facilitate. 

List of best solo treks (top 10 solo trekking routes) in Uttarakhand

1. Har ki Dun

Tucked away at a height of 3,500 meters, Har Ki Dun Valley 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.

2. 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.

Valley of Flowers Trek

3. 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.

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Patar Nachaniya (Enroute Roopkund).

4. Chopta - Tungnath Trek

Chopta Tungnath trek is one of those popular treks in Uttarakhand that can be undertaken throughout the year. Tungnath Temple is the highest temple of Hindu Lord Shiva. It is also a part of Panch Kedar.

The trekking will begin from Chopta. Chopta serves as the perfect base camp for your trek to Tungnath with its beautiful panoramic views of the snow-clad mountains. From Chopta, you’ll trek for 3.5kms to reach Tunganath temple, The easy gradient of the trek makes it quite suitable for people with moderate fitness levels.

Tungnath temple in Chopta after fresh snowfall of 2018 winters

5. Rudranath Trek

Rudranath, the highly revered temple of Lord Shiva is peacefully adorned in the Garhwal Himalayas. It is the fourth temple to visit in the circuit of the Panch Kedar pilgrimage.

The celestial temple is snuggled inside the rhododendron forests and the alpine meadows. The exhilarating trek to Rudranath temple can be either commenced from Sagar village, Helang or Urgam village.  

Rudranath temple is the toughest one to reach in comparison with other temples of Panch Kedar. The Himalayan peaks adding to the glory of Rudranath are Nanda Devi, Trishul and Nanda Ghunti.

Panar Bugyal, Rudrnath Chamoli.

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.

Kedar Tal Lake close view.

7. Satopanth Lake trek

Satopanth Lake is a crystal clear glacial green lake worshipped as a holy and a mystical lake. The triangular lake is situated at an elevation of 4,600mts amidst mountain peaks decorated with snow. Located 14kms from the town of Badrinath, the Satopanth Lake trek is moderately difficult which challenges you at times. 

However, the trails and the views of Chaukhamba, Neelkanth, and Satopanth among other peaks make the journey worthwhile.
Satopanth Lake

8. Kedarkantha Trek

Kedarkantha is one of the most scenic and popular treks in Uttarakhand. Lately, it has been gaining a lot of popularity as a skiing destination and is considered the best winter trek. But summers in Kedarkantha have their own appeal and these features make you want to visit Kedarkantha more than once. The trail takes you through dense pine forests with gorgeous views of the lush green meadows and the towering Himalayas.

Normally a trek to Kedarkantha takes 6 days but we have customized the package for a weekend getaway. Your trek will start from the lovely Sankri village and go through the mesmerizing Juda ka Talab. The Kedarkantha summit stands tall at an altitude of 3,900mts and the view from the summit is captivating.

Nitish Thakur
It's wintertime and getting flat land without snow is tough here. Trekkers enjoying the warm shed in their camps on the way of Kedarkantha Trek.

9. Pindari Glacier

Situated in the Bageshwar district of Uttarakhand, the Pindari glacier seated between the snow-shrouded Nanda Devi and Nanda Kot mountains. Situated at an altitude of 3,353 meters, the Pindari glacier trek traverses along the southern wilderness of the Nanda Devi Sanctuary offering invigorating views of majestic peaks like Panwalu Dwar (6,683 m) and Maiktoli (6,803 m).

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Trekking at Pindari glacier

10. Kuari Pass Trek

The trek to Kauri Pass starts from Joshimath which is the hub for trekkers and pilgrims. The Winter Kuari Pass trek gives you a golden opportunity to admire the impressive skyline of the mighty mountains from close quarters. On some occasions, you might come across the footprints of the rare Himalayan Bear or Leopard. The best of the Kuari Pass is that you can camp amidst the lush green meadows, consisting of vast green pastures with Himalaya Views.

Kuari Pass Trek

Top 10 Solo Treks in Uttarakhand Travel Tips

  • If you are doing a Solo Trek then select a trek based on your physical fitness, difficulty level, number of days and from your past trekking experience.
  • If you are beginner for Solo Trekking then start with small and easier treks, where you find accommodation and meals easily.
  • Prepare for the worst, keep essentials with you. Work on your Physical Fitness before starting the trek.
  • Solo trekking is difficult, expensive but equally rewarding.

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