When it comes to adventure sports and getting away from the monotony of daily life, there is nothing more fitting than going for a trek. Experiencing the mountain life in its full glory, watching the sun cast its light on the snow-capped peaks or having a cup of tea in the lap of the Himalayas, is more mesmerizing than what you can imagine. 

Off lately, trekkers and mountaineers all over the world have been wandering India in search of unexplored trekking destinations, seeking new routes, and climbing unknown mountains. The Himalayas offer everything and more to anyone who wishes to explore them in their entirety: you can be sure not to be in dearth of a new trek for each week. 

So without further ado, let me tell you some of my top offbeat Himalayan treks for you to get onto next,

#1. Prashar Lake Trek- Himachal Pradesh

The one thing that we love about lake treks is the visually stunning journey they have to offer. Surrounded by the Dhauladar range, the varied shades of the Parashar lake is sure to entice you with all its beauty. You walk through the forest and a number of rivulets to finally enjoying a stunning 180-degree view of the Kinnaur peaks.

  • Elevation: 2,750 m
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Difficulty Level: Easy-Moderate
  • Route: Kullu – Bhuntar – Bajaura – Shayari – Bagi – Prashar Lake

#2. Chopta Chandrashila Trek- Uttarakhand

In literal terms, Chandrashila means “moon rock.” The trails of the Garhwal Himalayas provide the much-needed thrill giving you an overall incredible experience to cherish. A year-round adventure, this trek acts as a great nature escape taking you through Deoria Tal, Chopta, and the iconic Tungnath temple. 

  • Elevation: 4,090 m
  • Duration: 5-6 days
  • Difficulty Level: Easy-Moderate
  • Route: Haridwar/Rishikesh– Srinagar– Rudraprayag – Ukhimath – Deoria Tal – Sari – Chopta – Tungnath – Chandrashila

#3. Rupin Pass Trek- Himachal Pradesh

Known as the best Himalayan crossover, Rupin trek is everything you expect from a walk in the mountains. The ever-evolving scenery that changes with every turn you take combined with the view of snow-capped Himalayan peaks; it is an utter spectacle for every trekker out there. 

  • Elevation: 4,650 m
  • Duration: 8 days
  • Difficulty Level: Difficult
  • Route: Dehradun–Daula–Sewa–Jiskun–Udaknal–Dhanderas thatch-Upper Waterfall-Rupin Pass

#4. Great Lakes Trek- Jammu and Kashmir 

The ever-reigning queen of all Indian treks, the Kashmir great lakes trek is everything you can expect out of nature. This trek takes you through the alluring beauty of Kashmir and includes five alpine lakes. You can take a dip in the tranquillity of Kashmir and witness nature in its purest form, and maybe even give your camera a chance to capture the beauty from the scenic camping grounds. 

  • Elevation: 4,206 m
  • Duration: 7 days
  • Difficulty Level: Moderate-Difficult
  • Route: Srinagar-Sonmarg- Nichnai- Vishansar Lake- Gadsar-Satsar- Gangabal Twin Lakes- Naranag 

#5. Dayara Bugyal Trek- Uttarakhand

Dayara Bugyal is a high altitude meadow offering a picturesque view of the great Himalayan peaks surrounding the rough terrains. Perfect for beginners, this trek has abundant forests, ancient villages, thrilling high climbs and of course, some beautiful alpine meadows of Uttarakhand. 

  • Elevation: 3,048 m
  • Duration: 6 days
  • Difficulty Level: Easy-Moderate
  • Route: Dehradun – Uttarkashi- Barsu – BarnalaTal- Dayara Bugyal – Bakriya Top

#6. Chandratal Lake Trek- Himachal Pradesh

Also called the ‘moon lake,’ this one has become popular over the years as a trekking destination in Ladakh. In winters, this trek is nothing short of a wonderland covered by snow entirely increasing the thrill of trekking even more. 

  • Elevation: 4,250 m
  • Duration: 11 days
  • Difficulty Level: Moderate
  • Route: Manali- Jobra- Chikka- Balu Ka Gera- Hampta Pass- Shea Goru- Chatru- Batal- Kunzum- Chandra Tal

#7. Kheerganga Trek- Himachal Pradesh

Lying at the extreme end of the last inhabitant Tosh village of the Parvati valley is Kheerganga, a great choice for beginners in trekking. Hot water springs, panoramic sky-view, abundant lush green patches, and a small temple of Lord Shiva are all things that await you on this trek.

  • Elevation: 3,050 m
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Difficulty Level: Easy
  • Route: Bhuntar- Kasol- Barshaini- Tosh- Kheerganga

While we are not expert trekkers, experiencing Himalayan treks has proven to be a life-changing experience for many people. So, you can head to the Himalayas next time you feel exhausted by the city and you’ll find yourself never wanting to leave. Happy Trekking!

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Sakshi Bajpai

A major gym-junkie and foodie, Sakshi has juxtaposed life mantras. She loves to trek in the Himalayas, play badminton on the weekends and write about all things sports.

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