Trekking trips always call for a sense of high adventure as well as an adrenalin rush that comes with such adventure-filled activities. The hills of North India especially due to the presence of the Himalayas make for extremely exciting trekking trips in North India. These trips are suitable for a group of friends banding together or even for families looking to enjoy some time spent well in the lap of nature. Here are some of the most exciting and appropriate trekking places in North India.
One of the first places that come to mind in the context of trekking trips in North India is that of Gulmarg in the Kashmir valley. The place is literally translated as the meadow of flowers and rightly so because of the beautiful carpet of flowers that it is covered in the summer months each year. Trekkers can savour the lovely sight of buttercups, daisies and forget me not in the summer as they scale the Pir Panjal range on foot. In winter, Gulmarg is one of the best-known skiing destinations in all of Asia and is frequented by snow trekkers and skiers from across the country and indeed worldwide as well. Plan a trip along with the family for one of the most unforgettable getaways of your lifetime!
Another lovely place in North India for trekking especially in the winter season is Auli situated in the northern state of Uttarakhand. Auli has lovely slopes full of snow ideal for trekkers and situated in close proximity to the mountain of Nanda Devi and full of coniferous forests adding to the majestic and picturesque uniqueness of this hill station. You can also trek to the local manmade lake that is resplendent in its beauty and avail of camping facilities or cottages for rent in this delightful location. It is thus indeed a trekkers paradise. It is lovely to spend winter evenings beside a crackling bonfire with scrumptious snacks for a lively and lovely evening out in the lap of nature in Auli.
Ladakh trekking trips are also a hot favorite with Indian and foreign tourists for the verdant and unspoiled beauty of this place. One of the specific places in the vast expanse of Ladakh happens to be Markha Valley. This is a lovely place which is located inside the Hemis National Park in Ladakh and is located close to the Indus valley in the extreme north of India. The best time to visit and trek in Markha Valley is between the months of May to October as the remaining months the area is snowbound and out of bounds for trekkers as such. Winters can be really harsh in Ladakh but other times are very pleasant for trekkers who can enjoy the crisp and clear mountain air to rejuvenate their souls and minds through a getaway from the hustle and bustle of modern city life.
Manali in Himachal Pradesh is also one of the most popular tourist as well as trekking places in North India. This is up north in the Himalayas away from Shimla, the capital city of the state of Himachal Pradesh. Manali is a very adorable trekking place when it is snow-clad in winters and also provides the prospect of many other adventure sports in its vicinity like white water rafting as well as paragliding for those who are more adventurous and want to experience not only the scenic forest treks but also savour the adrenaline rush of these other sporting avenues.
Plan your trekking trips well in advance in terms of travel and lodging to avoid any last-minute rush and hassles!