Himachal Pradesh offers many scenic trails for beginners and experienced trekkers, with its amazing scenery of towering mountain peaks and verdant valleys. This is our guide to the greatest treks in this ‘Abode of Snow.’ Here are our guides.
Sar Pass Trek
In the picturesque Parvati Valley, at an altitude of 4,220 meters, is the Sar Pass trek. It is a famous trek that changes at all the miles of its spectacular scenery. The tour starts in Kasol, the paradise of the backpacker, and crosses Grahan, Padri, Min Thatch, Nagaru, and Barshai. This walk is moderately hard and needs a decent fitness level. It takes approximately five days.
This is probably one of Himachal Pradesh’s most beautiful walks with views of the Kangra valley on both sides and astonishing Dhauladhar. The trek can start at either Dharmkot or McLeod Ganj, and head towards the picturesque Bhagsu Nag and the Khabrotu, which enables you to enjoy a lovely shoot of the glacier lake and the Dhauladhar snow-capped peak. The hike ends in the village of Bhagsu.
No matter which bases camp you choose, you will be welcomed by the amazing landscapes of mountain-capped peaks and pristine rhododendron, deodar, and oak forests. The climb starts with a simple walk, and after about 3 miles in some areas, you can find steep ascents that make it a moderate trek. The whole stretch is also called the 22 curves, as 22 sharp curves are along the way. It takes about four hours to finish this trek on one foot. Travelers can stay in one of the McLeod Ganj hotels or check in to Dharamshala’s remaining house in the Forestry Department of Triund Trek. The pitching camp at McLeod Ganj offers another choice.
Pin Parvati Pass
The Pin Parvati Pass is one of Himachal’s most difficult treks at a dizzying height of 5320.8 m and has many amazing vistas of the way up to relieve stress. It is located at a height of 5320.8 m. This walk links Pin Valley in Kullu’s Spiti Valley with Parvati Valley. Trekking through rough mountains, thick forests, scenic waterfalls, and glaciers, the exciting experience lasts 12-15 days. To reach the base camp in Kaza (Spiti River) a bumpy ride from Manali is needed.
You must stay a day of acclimation in Kaza as you walk through some mountainous areas. The trail follows through the whitewashed Mudh town, in the Pin Valley National Park where you can glimpse the ibex and snow leopards, the Mantalai marshlands, the grasslands of Odi Thatch, the Tundra Bhuj Pulley Bridge, and the medical springs of Kheerganga. After a difficult Himalayan walk, you can relax in the heated water springs. This trek is only suitable for savvy walkers! Travelers will pitch at different points along the way in a camp.
Hampta Pass Trek
The two main highlights of the Hampta Pass are the abundance of nature and remote culture. The hill will be at an altitude of 4277.8 meters and will meet the lush, green valleys of the Kullu, the rough mountains of Lahaul, wildflowers in Jwara, and the sandy terrain of Balu Ka Ghera. You have to go from Manali or Prini to reach the trail leading to Jobra, and the journey takes you 42 turns. Driving worthwhile are the stunning views of the Kullu Valley along the road. The trek finishes in Chhatru, and on the way, you can pitch a tent on numerous camping sites.
Shepherd Trail Gaddi Trek
This trail attracts nature enthusiasts, animal lovers, and experienced trekking enthusiasts. The trek starts at the valley of Kullu and ends at the Valley of Kangra (Dharamshala). Along the way you can cross the Kalihani (4,785.3m) high-altitude, snow-laden peaks (3,500m) and Khanpari (3,600m); shepherd hamlets, cattle-growing farms, thick and ice-cream forests. A lot of fruit trees and wild animals are also found along the way. The scaling of this tour takes approximately 18 days and is highly difficult.
Bhabha Pass Trek
The Babha Pass Trec is a spectacular, but one of the more challenging mountain treks starting from Kafnu (a tiny hamlet in Kinnaur), culminating in Spiti Valley. The reward is, however, divine beauty and ample natural beauty of the Himalayas. The seven-day walk leads you across steep paths, bubbles, icecaps, and narrow gorges up to an altitude of 5260 meters. The trail crosses the mighty peak of Hansbeshan, the Pin Parvati Pass, the towns of Baldar, Mude, and Kaza, and various monasteries of the Buddhist Republic – Ki, Tabo, and Kungri. The last leg of the trip is Kunzum La Pass and the picturesque Lake Chandra Tal.
Beas Kund Trek
This journey begins in Old Manali and crosses ancient villages of Burua and Shang which are totally cut off from the modern world. It then heads for Solang Valley, Dundi, and Bakartach’s verdant green wetlands to the Beas Kund, a small alpine lake with blue water. The hike is pretty simple and can therefore be performed whether by a beginner or by a pro. It takes approximately two days and walkers can stay in the Solang Valley tent overnight.
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