Top 10 Treks 2019 in Uttarakhand

Home of some the magnificent Himalayan peaks in the world that gives rise to beautiful trekking experience, Uttarakhand is a potpourri of adventure activities such as hiking and trekking and camping. There are many trekking destinations that take adventurers up close and personal with nature and its ethereal beauty. The cascading waterfalls, meandering river streams, first-hand view of snowy peaks and lush greenery all around make the following destinations best among the rest.

1. 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.

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.

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.

4. Milam Glacier

Hailed as the gateway to the mystiques of Uttarakhand, the trek to Milam Glacier trek is one of the few accessible glaciers of Uttarakhand. The trek to Milam glacier offers mesmerizing Himalayan views that take one through verdant meadows, lush green valleys, waterfalls, pine forests, and isolated hamlets. One can have a spellbinding view of Himalayan peaks such as Hardeol (7,151 m), Mangraon (6,568 m) and Deo Damla (6,637 m) and Sakram (6,254 m) from Milam Glacier.

5. Adi Kailash

Devoutly referred to as ‘Chota Kailash’, the towering Adi Kailash mountain will leave you gasping for breath as one try to comprehend the sheer size of this peak associated with Lord Shiva. The prolong 18 km trek to Adi Kailash meanders through the dazzling Darma, Byans and Chaundans valley with cascading Kali River following your trail snow-shrouded Annapurna peak guiding you further.

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. Sunderdhunga Valley

Nicknamed ‘’Valley of Stones’, Sunderdhunga valley is one of the most mesmerizing glacier treks in the Kumaon Himalayas with abundant natural beauty in the form of waterfalls, verdant hills covered with pine and oak trees, gushing rivulets and streams. The trek allows trekkers to experience nature at its very best under the starry night sky.

8. 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).

9. Kafni Glacier

Tucked away at 3,860 meters above sea level, Kafni Glacier is an exquisite and untouched place situated on the east side of Pindar valley, at the footsteps of gracious Nanda Kot peak. The whole region is blessed with exotic flora and fauna offering a kaleidoscopic landscape of different hues and colors. The moderate to difficult Kafni glacier trek starts from the tiny hamlet of Loharkhet in the Bageshwar district of Uttarakhand.

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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