Know as the playground to Lord Shiva, Himachal is the perfect trekking paradise a trekker can ever ask for. With several snow clad mountain tops surrounding the rolling foothills, Himachal has a diverse landscape and an unforgettable scenic beauty. Not only the mystical Himalayan ranges but the blending culture of different communities attracts travelers and trekkers from all corners of the world. From the domestic hill tours of Dharamshala to the challenging tracks of Spiti, there are six major trekking spots to consider when in Himachal Pradesh.
6. The Trekking Paradise Of Triund Glacier
Popular as the trekking paradise among the foreign tourists, Triund Glacier Trek is a famous trail for its breathtaking views of Dhauladhar Ranges and the mesmerizing sight of Moon peak-Indera Pass. The glacier has a height of 2827 meters and is surrounded by imposing mountainous terrain.
The trek begins from Bhagsunath, nearly 1 km away from Mcleodganj and can take up to a total of three days for trek. The tramp from Bhagsunath to Triund is an approx journey of 9 km and then a 13 km return trip from Triund to Bhagsunath via Khabrotu. The best time to trek Triund Glacier is from March to December and is rated as an easy trekking trail. The trek is popular for the diversity of flora and fauna, with some spectacular view of the snow covered peaks. Another famous trek in Dharamshala is Kareri Lake Trek.
5. Unmarked Landscapes of Kinnaur and Spiti With Bhabha Pass Trek
Bhabha Pass was an ancient trade route that was prominent for centuries for trades between India and Tibet. The trek is an 11 day trail, which begins from Kinnaur and ends in barren Spiti region. Graded as a moderate mountain trek, the maximum altitude in the journey is 15224ft.
Due to the extended trek of 11 days, organized camping and proper food supplies should be carried during the treks. However, the trek can be shortened by beginning the journey from Kafnu and end it at Mudh. The trek covers the unmarked landscapes of Kinnaur and Spiti region. During the trek one can experience the diverse cultures and customs of rural areas and even visit several monasteries there.
Further Reading: Top 10 Most Beautiful Himalayan Treks
4. The Resting Place of Lord Shiva – Mani Mahesh Lake
At a surface elevation of 4080 m, Mani Mahesh or Dal Lake of Himachal Pradesh is located near the Mani Mahesh Kailash Peak in the Pir Panjal Range in Chamba district. The trek takes about four days and three nights in total and comprises some of the most mesmerizing sites in Himalayas. The expedition begins from Bharmour to Hadsar and continues to the open flat green meadows of Dhancho.
After an overnight stay at Dhancho, the trek goes through the stiff trail of Bhandar Ghati that tests the physical endurance of an individual. Finally, before reaching Mani Mahesh Lake or the resting place of Lord Shiva at the top the trek goes through Gauri Kund .The best time to go for Mani Mahesh trek is from July to October and also features the famous Mani Mahesh Yatra that begins from mid of August to mid of September.
3. The Lake Of Moon – Chandratal Lake Trek
Chandratal or the lake of moon is a natural lake at an altitude of 14,100 feet in the district of Lahaul-Spiti. The trek starts from Kunzum Pass and is a four day trip with beautiful arid landscape of Spiti. The best time to visit this beautiful lake stretches from late May to early October. With quickly changing heavenly views during the trail, trekkers remain spellbound when they take the first glance of Chandratal Lake.
The lake is about 2.8 km in circumference and has crystal clear water that changes the color to different shades of blues as the day progresses. The water body is surrounded by the Chandrabhaga & Mulkila Massifs with small meadows that make up a perfect camping spot. The most amazing fact about the lake is that the water in the lake comes from underground at such a high altitude.
2. Kinnaur Kailash Circuit or Kinnar Kailash Parikrama
Popularly known as the Kinnar Kailash Parikrama, is the trek to Kinnar Kailash Mountain in the district of Kinnaur. The mountain has a height of 6500 meters and is surrounded by the valleys of Kullu, Gharwal and Spiti. The best time to trek the challenging terrains of Kinnaur is from mid May to early October, however monsoons in June, July can be a major concern during the trek.
Located in the interiors of Kinnaur, the best place to set the first base camp is at Tangling Village. The trek begins from Tangling Village to Ashiqui Park which is nearly 9 km long but can take up to six hours of wearing hike. After a night rest at Ashiqui Park, the second course of trek starts towards Kinner Kailash peak, which is 10 km in length and can take almost 10 hours in journey.
Further Reading: Top 10 Tourist Destinations In Himachal Pradesh
1. Unforgettable Trek to Pin Parvati Trek
Exploring the untouched beauties of Manali, Pin Parvati trek is graded as the toughest trails in Himachal. With the maximum altitude of 17,500 Ft, the trek has duration of 12 days and covers an incredible voyage of 110 km. the journey begins from Kullu to holy place of Hindu Khir Ganga and then Tunda Bhuz to Thakurkuan.
After seating the camps near Parvati Pass, the trek continues to Wichkurung Thatch and explores the beauty of Wild life sanctuary Kanawar, snowfield areas, inhabited villages and thick alpine forest and wide glaciers crest. The best time to trek this beautiful valley is from the month of July to September. Some of the most amazing, unforgettable places during the trek are Rudranag, Barsheni, Nakthan Village, Khirganga, River Parvati, Tunda-Buj, Thakur Kuan , Odi Thach and Mantalai.