Tough Treks in the Indian Himalayas



The great mountain system of Asia, the Himalayas has been an outstanding significance of India for its history, religious faith, and mythologies. The Himalayas is home to more than 110 snow-capped peaks and the world’s highest mountain, Everest. The steep-sided peaks at such soaring heights is a splendid display of flora, fauna, and climate. Trekking and camping on these majestic mountains will obviously be a dream come true. Below are some of the toughest treks to do in the Indian Himalayan ranges. 


Brahmatal Trek

At 12,200 Ft, the Brahmatal trek is hidden in a deeper part of Uttarakhand. The trek is considered the best for its unique vistas, from shadowy forests of oaks and rhododendrons to snow-covered meadows. At the highest point, get stunning views of Mt. Nanda Ghunti, Mt. Trishul, Mt Neelkanth, Mt Hathi Ghoda, and more of them. Camping under the sky filled with millions of glittering stars is something we shall never see more than once in a lifetime! In March and April, the forest is highlighted by pink flowers. During winters, the scenery is entirely different, all capped with piles of snow. Beginning from Rishikesh, this 6-7 days trek would absolutely be a delight and worthy of your time.


Panpatia Col Trek

For a challenger and fun-out-of-thrill freaks, the Panpatia Col trek should be on their wishlist. The entire route is on ice and that’s what makes it more adventurous and exciting. At a whopping height of 5260 meters, Panpatia Col is attracting trekkers for its glaciers and snowfields. One minute you might be scaling a rugged terrain and in no time you would be entering a snowy fairyland. Chaukhamba and Nanda Devi peaks are the add-ons to your panoramic views during the entire trek. Commencing from Badrinath, the endpoint of the trek is Chopta and few may head to Kedarnath. The matchless trekking experience is an eye-catcher during May, June, September, and October.


Chadar Trek

The chadar trek is exceptionally a masterpiece of the Himalayas and tops the wishlist for adventure junkies. Considered to be the hardest trek because of unpredictable snowfall and bone-chilling temperature, the Chadar trek is a stroll on a frozen river! Imagine walking on a sheet of ice, underneath a flowing river. The temperature dips down to -30 degrees which results in the freezing of the Zanskar river. mid-January to February is perfect to trek since it’s the time when the sheet is thick and strong enough to walk on. Starting from a scenic Zanskar Valley, the 11,123 feet altitude trek requires lung power since its high altitude ascending with a heavy backpack!


Kalindi Khal Trek

Suitably called Big Daddy of treks in Garhwal Himalaya, Uttarakhand, the Kalindi Khal trek is the toughest trek yet absolutely rewarding. Beginning from Gangotri and ending at Badrinath, the trek takes you to unparalleled scenes of enchanting places like Gaumukh, Nandanvan, Vasuki Tal, and Kalindikhal. At 5946m, the trek is also a source of panoramic views of peaks like Satopanth, Vasuki, Bhagirathi, and many untouched beauties of the Himalayas. The trek route takes you through glaciers and snow lands to cover the stretch from Bhagirathi Valley to Alaknanda Valley.


 Auden’s Col Trek

The Auden’s Col Trek is surely the trek to test the patience, endurance, and skills of its trekkers. The shallow crevasses are what makes the trek a tough one. Massive attention and exceptional scaling are required. The most challenging treks in Garhwal Himalayas begins from Gangotri and throughout rewards you with different vistas taking you through lush birch and pine forests. June, Mid September to Mid October shall be the ideal time to do the Auden’s Col Trek. By the time you reach the endpoint of the trek, a tiny hamlet called Ghuttu you would have witnessed the jaw-dropping scenery of the Great Himalayas.


The Himalayas is, without doubt, a blessing of God and a living proof of heaven. All you need is to explore and admire the gift. You just need to know where and how and eventually fall in love with everything nature has to do with!