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. Chopta - Tungnath - Chandrashila Trek

Tungnath temple in Chopta after fresh snowfall of 2018 winters

Chopta Chandrashila trek is one of those popular treks in Uttarakhand that can be undertaken throughout the year. Chandrashila that literally suggests the ‘Moon Rock’ is the summit of the Chandranath Parvat on which the Tungnath temple of Panch Kedar is situated.

The trekking will begin from Chopta. Chopta serves as the perfect base camp for your trek to Chandrashila with its 360? panoramic views of the snow-clad mountains.  From Chopta, you’ll trek for 3.5kms to reach Tunganath temple, and further 1.5kms to reach the Chandrashila summit. The easy gradient of the trek makes it quite suitable for people with moderate fitness levels.

2. Nag Tibba Trek

 Paul Hamilton/ Flickr: Snow on Nag Tibba and Bandarpunch

Altitude: 3,025 mts
Trek Distance: 16 kms (approx.)
Difficulty Level: Easy
Duration: 2 days

Route: Dehradun- Pantwari - Nag Tibba

Located at an elevation of 3025mts, Nag Tibba or Serpent’s Peak is the highest peak in lower Himalayas of Garhwal region. The trek begins from the village of Pantwari and can be completed with ease in two days. A fairly easy trek, Nag Tibba trek is one of the most popular weekend treks from Delhi and Uttarakhand

Nag Tibba trek is open all year round with springs and summers offering a pleasant atmosphere and a great camping experience. Winters are no less with snow covering the trails and the grand views of the snow-clad mountains. From Nag Tibba, you can see the stunning Bandarpoonch peak, the Gangotri group of peaks, Kedarnath range and parts of Doon valley.

3. Kartikswami Trek

 Vikas Mehta (Facebook): Kartikswami Temple during Winters

Altitude: 3050 mts
Trek Distance: 3 km
Difficulty Level: Easy
Duration: 2 Days

Route: The temple is famous for the trek route from the dense forest to the ridge from where you can see majestic sunrise and beautiful sunset. It is also famous for its natural beauty, birds, and uninterrupted view of Himalayan peaks.

You can see snow clad peaks starting from Bandar Punch in the west, Kedarnath Dome, Meru and Sumeru, Chaukhambha peak, Neelkanth, Dronagiri,  Nanda Ghunti, Trishul and Nanda Devi group of peaks.

During March and April you will find an abundance of rhododendron on the trek, during Aug and September it's all green around and during winter you will see the clearest and closer view of the snow-clad Himalayan range

4. Deoria Tal Trek

Devariyatal Lake in Winters.

Altitude: 2,438 mts
Trek Distance: 2.3 kms
Difficulty Level: Easy
Duration: 2 days

Route: Delhi - Rishikesh - Rudraprayag - Ukhimath - Sari village - Deoria Tal

Calmly seated at an altitude of 2,438mts, Deoria Tal is an emerald-green lake with the enchanting surroundings. From Deoria Tal you’ll get to see the panoramic views of the gorgeous Chaukamba, Neelkantha, Thalaysagar, Meru, Sumeru & several other named & unnamed peaks of Garhwal Himalayas. The reflection of the mighty Chaukhamba peak the crystal clear waters of Deoria Tal is hypnotizing.

The trek to Deoria Tal begins from Sari village and is an easy one. Since it is just a 2kms trek, it is perfect for amateur trekkers and kids. If you can extend your trip, then you can trek further to Chopta, Tunganath, and Chandrashila.

5. Dayara Bugyal Trek

Altitude: 1600-3800 mts
Trek Distance: 9 km
Difficulty Level: Easy-Moderate
Duration: 3 Nights

Route: Dehradun - Uttarkashi - Barsu - Barnal Tal - Dayara Bugyal

An ideal trek for long weekends, Dayara Bugyal can be a perfect start for beginners. This region receives heavy snowfall during winters. The trek goes through open land and dense forest at different places ending up at the vast expanse of a lush green meadow. Most of the trekkers start their trek from Barsu village and they trek down via Raithal to see the scenic beauty of both the routes.

6. Valley of Flowers

Valley of Flowers Trek

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.

7. Kedarkantha Trek

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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.

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.

8. 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.

9. Dodital Trek

Altitude: 1350 - 4150 mts
Trek Distance: 22 km
Difficulty Level: Easy-Moderate
Duration: 4 Nights

Route: Dehradun - Uttarkashi  - Sangam Chatti - Bebra - Dodital

Dodital Trek is one of the most beautiful treks in Uttarakhand. Dodital is an emerald lake nestled amidst high mountains at an altitude of 3310 mts above sea level. With its serene setting and tranquil environs, Dodi Tal is arguably one of the most beautiful high altitude lakes of North India.  

10. Brahmatal Trek

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View from Brahamtal Top

The Brahmatal trek takes one through beautiful valleys, hushed hamlets, streams, and conifers, and oak forests. In winter, the region is covered in a sheath of snow and offered an unparalleled Himalayan view. Brahmatal provides a panoramic view of the Himalayas with Mt. Trishul and Nanda Ghunti, bird’s eye view of the majestic Roopkund Lake, and ample opportunities to capture the majestic snow-covered peak with their camera. For avid nature photographers, Brahmatal offers a lot of opportunities to capture nature at its best.

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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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