While most tourists set out on their expedition to the mountains during summers to escape the baking heat of cities and give themselves an adventurous holiday by trekking, it is widely said without any doubt that if you wish to have a unique experience of trekking you should not think twice before choosing chilling winters for trekking in India.
Winter trekking in India has its own glory. From the snow-laden peaks to the frozen lakes winter trekking can offer you never before experience which is worth the challenge that is sure to be a companion for the whole journey.
If you’re travelling certain areas like Ladakh or Chadar trek you’ll be lucky to find frozen waterfalls with shining crystals of falling water turned into ice.
So, here’s a list of the Best Winter Treks in India to make the most of this winter season and reward yourself with a glorious trekking experience that shall stay with you forever as a story to tell.
If you wish to have the experience of a lifetime you must visit Chadar Lake in February when the Zanskar lake is freezing due to the extremely low temperatures of Ladakh.
Chadar lake is situated in the forever white landscape of Ladhakh and is considered one of the toughest and most adventurous of all treks of all in India. So, if you really wish to challenge the banjar in you, you know what to choose!
Starting with tredding the ice-covered lake of Zanskar that is surrounded by imposing, steeping mountain walls. Chadar means blanket: here: ice sheet covering the lake Zanskar. The entire stretch is 100 kms over the arduous trail of Ladakh which takes 8 days in suitable weather conditions.
Altitude: 3383.28 metres
Duration: 8 days
Widely known as the Queen of winters, Kedarkantha trek is one of the most exquisite trekking destinations in India to explore the divine landscapes that could only be imagined in fairy tales.
Starting from the Sankri village it is a 20 km long trek that takes you through remote villages, snowy courses and expansive pastures. The trail is only one of a kind that offers most suitable campsites in clearings on the route surrounded by pine forests.
You should not miss the Hargaon campsite surrounded by great pines and Judaka Talab if you happen to set out for these illustrious trails. Reaching the destination is the most rewarding experience with the majestic view of famous mountain peaks like Swargrohini, Bandarpoonch, Black peak.
Altitude: 3500 – 12500 m
Duration: 6 days
3.Har ki Dun
Located in the lap of the magnanimous Himalayas of Uttarakhand, Har ki Dun is situated in the heart of Govind Ballabh Pant Park. Starting from Dehradun the trail leads you through dense forests, humbling valleys, clusters of walnut and willow trees to the Har ki Valley. The Valley gives you a picturesque view of Kala Naag, Bandarpoonch and Jaundhar glacier.
Duration: 7-9 days
4.Naag Tibba Trek
Naag Tibba trek is located in the foothills of Garhwal Himalayas, to the northeast of Mussourie. The peak is at 3048 metres height and is believed to be abode of Snake God or Naag Devta.
Local villagers trek to the peak to offer prayers to the snake go in order to protect their cattle from snake bites. The Naag Tibba trek offers picturesque view of enormous mountain peaks like Kedarnath, Nanda Devi and Banderpooch.
Altitude: 3022 m at Naag Tibba summit
Duration: 2 days
5.Khuari Pass Trek
Also known as the Curzon Trail in the honor of the former British Viceroy of India who first trkked through it, Khuari Pass trek is an easy trek that sneaks you into the expansive land of mighty mountains like Dronagiri, Chitrakantha and Tali.
It offers trekkers the most scenic view of India’s second highest peak, Nanda Devi. The noticeable trees include birch, oak, conifer and Rhoden drum with a variety of fauna like leopard pugmarks, Himalayan black bear, birds, etc.
It is one of the very high-altitude treks of the Himalayas that are open during winters and offer an exceptional experience to the wanderers.
Altitude: 3814.87 metres
Duration: 6 days
So, when are you setting out on your banjara trip!