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Treks in Himachal Pradesh

Himachal Pradesh, the abode of snow is known for its high passes and crazy landscape. Himachal Pradesh has many great treks to conquer and to fulfill the thrust of adventure. The landscape from grasslands to meadows to moraines to glaciers, it has got it all. There are many treks on all varieties of difficulty levels. The most natural way to explore the Himalayas is through trekking. From the dense forest of alpine and oak to snow-covered valleys, the features of the Himalayas just keep on extending just like the gigantic mountains surrounding these trekking routes. Himachal Pradesh, the land of the Himalayas situated majorly under the Dhauladhar range has a lot to offer through its trekking routes that one can endure. 

Top 5 Treks in Himachal Pradesh

Hampta pass trek

Hampta pass trek is one of the most beautiful treks in the country where one can experience the transition of landscape from the lush greenery of the Kullu region to the arid deserts of Spiti. The whole trek is like a package enveloped with lush alpine forest, meadows, and surrounded by snow-capped mountains. The thick forest of oak, walnut, and pine trees with water streams along the way makes it even more blissful. The transition from alpine forest to green meadows to moraines is in itself a mesmerizing bliss to the eyes. The trek is considered a dreamland of unpredictable terrains. The trek is at an altitude of 14000 feet with dramatic pass crossings in the Himalayas. The whole trek can be covered in 6 days, covering 25km. The beauty of the trek is at its prime which lies in the small corridor of Lahaul and Kullu valley. While on the trek one can also witness the picturesque view of the Chandratal Lake and can capture the majestic view of the Pir Panjal ranges.

Bhabha Pass trek 

One of the most thrilling treks in Himachal Pradesh, one can witness the drama of landscape changing from lush green to deserted mountains while ascending towards the pass. This trek will take you to a maximum altitude of 16125ft. It is also one of the most rugged trails and among the top 10 treks in Himachal Pradesh. The trek starts from Kafnu which is situated 208km from Shimla. From Kafnu the trek ascends to an elevation of 3100m to Mulling through the beautiful apple orchards. Once you Mulling, camp along the banks of the river then continue your trek to Kara to an elevation of 3550m, the ascend is a bit steep through lush green meadows, the air starts getting thinner, as Kara is the border line of Kinnaur and Spiti. From Kara to Phustirang to an elevation of 4000m which is also a camping site and the last part before reaching Bhabha pass. The last part, which is a steep path and covered with snow and will take a lot of strength, the whole trek journey to 4850m surrounded by snow-capped mountains and one can also view the distinctive landscape of Spiti. 

The Bhabha pass is a stunning glacier with its lower part covered with lush grasslands. After reaching the pass, the descending path towards Kaza starts then to Chandratal lake to an altitude of 4270m. Bhabha pass trek, the trek makes it one of the most astonishing trek because of all the scenic beauty it offers like the moon lake of Chandratal, the turquoise water ringed by high mountains. The whole trek takes about 8-10 days to complete it. After completing the trek, it will feel like a rewarding experience and the mesmerizing background of snow-capped mountains will be imprinted in your memory forever such is the aura of this trek. 

Kinnaur Kailash trek

The Kinnaur Kailash trek lies in the northeast part of Himachal Pradesh in the Kinnaur district. The trek is considered one of the toughest treks in the country. The trek starts from Sangla, one has to reach Sangla from Shimla which takes about 5-6 hours of road journey in the treacherous road of the mountains. The whole trek takes about 9 days to reach an altitude of 6349m. The most difficult part of the trek is to cross the Charang La pass which is at an altitude of 17400ft covered with snow and the weather condition is like a snow storm. Kinnaur Kailash trek is also an important religious pilgrimage as, at the top of the summit, a large rock resembles a Shiva Lingam. 

Shiti Dhar peak trek 

Shiti Dhar peak trek is also known as the white peak trek, with an elevation of 18000 feet. It is considered to be one of the best trekking summit experiences for those who have the next step planned to trek on the Great Himalayan trek. The trek starts from solang valley, which is around 10 km from manali city, then to dhundy which is another 9 km walk on the flat road beside the river Beas, then to climb through the thick green forest to reach Bakkarthach campsite, in the valley, one can notice the beas kund lake from the top of the valley. Then from bakkarthach to lohali basecamp (12000 feet), which has picturesque green meadow with streams, surrounding the beautiful dhauladhar range. The trek doesn’t stop here, it tests both the physical and mental strength of an individual, from the basecamp to advanced base camp to lady leg campsite with an elevation of 14500 feet, and with steep snowy gradient, one must not forget to carry snow gears along with them. After the tiring long steep gradient covered with snow, the summit becomes clear, the summit being surrounded by various peaks like friendship peak, deo tibba peak and many more in the dhauladhar and pir panjal range. The 42 km trek to an elevation of 18000 feet will chill your nerves but the summit is worth every step. 

Indrahar Pass trek

Indrahar pass trek lies in the Dhauladhar range of Kangra district. The Indrahar pass trek offers a panoramic view of the Manimahesh Kailash and Pir Panjal ranges. The trek journey is one of the most compelling trek routes and among the top 10 treks in Himachal Pradesh. Indrahar pass trek is also a part of the Gaddi Shepherds trails. The trek starts from Dharamshala to Triund which is 10km and takes about 4 hours to complete. The trek to Triund is easy and a fast paced route. From Triund to Lahesh caves to an elevation of 11800 ft which is a 9km trek journey through the meadows and oak trees is a pleasant route. Lahesh cave is also a campsite before starting your trek journey to Indrahar pass at an altitude of 14350 ft, which takes around 7 hours to complete the 12km trek route. This last part of the trek route is a steep and inclined route, it offers a magnificent view of the Pir Panjal ranges in North and Mani Mahesh kailash peak in east. From the Indrahar pass, one can view the panoramic view of the Dhauladhar range with snow-capped peaks. The whole trek takes about 5-6 days to complete it. One your way to the pass, one passes through rich wildlife and rare flora regions. The best time to go for Indrahar pass trek is from May to June and September to mid-october.

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