Author – Lysha Rohan
This mighty Himalayan mountain range is filled a myriad of different landscapes. These landscapes give make for many great trekking opportunities.
Following are some of the most adventurous and thrilling trekking trips that one can take in the Himalayas:
The Rupin Pass Trek
The trek lies at an altitude of over 15,000 feet in Himachal Pradesh. It is quite famous for the different landscapes that one can see throughout the eight-day journey. The trip starts from a small village called Dhaula in Uttarkashi and ends in the city of Sangla. The trek has a lot to offer including camping on riversides, the journey to Jhampa the hanging village, passing through several snow-capped mountains and making camps at their bases, etc. Perhaps the best thing about this trek is the fact that you almost always follow the Rupin River upstream, getting to see some mountain river scenery.
The Goechala trek is one of the most magnificent treks that you will ever take in your lifetime. It starts from Yuksom and goes through the Sachen mountain pass. This trek leads you right to the top of Goechala peak, from here you can catch a glimpse of Mount Kanchenjunga, the third highest peak in the world. If this is not enough for you, you can always take the more challenging Singalila trek, this trek takes much longer than the regular route, but you’ll get to see some amazing views of the Everest range.
Stok Kangri Trek
Stok Kangri is one of the most difficult and challenging treks that you can take in the Himalayas. The challenge is not just because of the difficulty of the terrain but also because of the altitude. The trek leads to the Kangri peak, which is located at an altitude of 20,000 feet. The oxygen level at this altitude is so low that even walking becomes a difficult. If you are someone who can tackle all this, then you have to take this trip. The entire nine-day duration of the trek is exciting and enthralling. But before you go, it is advisable to prepare your body adequately for the altitude by doing specific exercises.
The Tarsar Marsar Trek
The Tarsar Marsar is a trek that can be attempted by people with minimal previous experience in trekking. This trek takes across the Kashmir Valley, sometimes referred to as heaven on earth. This trek has little to offer regarding adventure, but it is more about the scenic beauty. The best time to embark on this trek is during the summer, as the snow melts away and the flowers on the Alpine trees are in full bloom. The trek is seven days long, and it might just turn out to be the most beautiful seven days of your life.
The Bagini Glacier Trek
The Bagini Glacier trek is filled with thrills. This trek is located at an altitude of 14,800 feet above the sea level in Garhwal. The most endearing part of this trek is the fact that the landscape just keeps changing every few kilometers. First, you pass through dense Alpine forests where very little sunlight passes through, then you go through lush green meadows and finally reach an area filled with snow-capped peaks. Trekkers who have previously visited these peaks have often say that they felt lost in this rushing wave of peace inside them when they were standing among the peaks. That’s how amazing they are.
This trek is for those who love the thrill of mysteries. The Roopkund lake for decades has been called the mystery lake or the skeletal lake; This was after a forest officer found scores of human skeletons in the lake area. Scientists and other investigators were baffled by this. No one had any idea how the skeletons got there. Later it was concluded that the skeletons belonged to a group of pilgrims who lost their lives in a severe hailstorm that hit the area a long time ago. Apart from the mystery, the trek also offers some fantastic scenery.
The Chadar trek is one that only very experienced trekkers should try to take on. During the winter, the Zanskar rivers upper streams completely freeze over in temperatures that could plunge to – 30°c. This frozen stream becomes a pathway on which trekkers can embark on to the Zanskar Valley.
Kalindi Khal Trek
The Kalindi Khal trek is in the mountainous Indian state of Uttarakhand. This trek starts from the Bhagirathi Valley and passes through various glaciers and snow-covered fields to end in the Alaknanda Valley. You will also get to see the Hindu holy sites of Gangotri and Badrinath. The Gangotri is the glacier that feeds the river Ganges, one of the largest rivers in the world.
Auden’s Col Trek
The Auden’s Col Trek takes you to the Auden’s Col Peak which stands at a staggering 5450 meters tall. The route starts at Gangotri and passes through some dense Alpine forests. You also get to traverse through some shallow crevices that would get your adrenaline pumping. This trek is extraordinarily challenging, and only those with a lot of trekking experience should even try to carry out this trek.
The Trans Zanskar Trek
This trek is perhaps the most challenging trek in this list. This trek can only be carried about by seasoned trekkers with years of experience on their backs. The route passes through icy cold places entirely covered with snow throughout the year. The trek involves climbing mountain summits, crossing glacial mountain streams, and many more challenges in the harsh terrain.
Lysha works at Lalco Residency – Hotel Mumbai and she loves her job. Helping clients and monitoring the progress of business strategies along with her leadership skills makes her perfect suit for Hospitality services.