Enclosed with timeless beauty, Himachal Pradesh is truly impeccable. The tall snowy peaks, wooded forests, glacial lakes, flowering meadows are best discovered on foot and whether you’re a beginner or have traversed the most challenging slopes, this state has something for everyone. The state of Himachal Pradesh is blessed with spectacular trekking trails and is quite popular among tourists from around the globe as it offers panoramic views of the snow capped mountains. We present you the best treks of Himachal that are worth breaking a sweat for. Lose yourself to nature with these scenic trekking trails of Himachal Pradesh.
1) Indrahar Pass Trek
A popular mountain go in Dhauladhar go, Indrahar Pass is situated at an elevation of 4,342 meters over the mean ocean level. From the top of Indrahar pass, you can enjoy the spectacular view of the sacred pinnacle of Manimahesh Kailash together with the Pir Panjal Range. Indrahar Pass Trek follows one of the more established trails used by the Gaddi shepherds enroute to their summer grazing pastures in the upper Ravi Valley and Lahaul. Deodar trees, snow bridges, and snaky mountain streams are the main attractions of the journey.
Location: District Kangra
Duration: 5-6 days
Best time to visit: Mid May – October
Elevation: 4342 m
2) Beas Kund Trek
The Beas Kund trek is the most popular and stunning trekking trail in Himachal Pradesh. This trekking trail passes through the beautiful Solang valley, glaciers, snow-capped mountains and lush green meadows. With the beauty of valleys of Kullu and Manali, cascading waterfalls and the grandeur of Pir Panjal ranges in the backdrop, this trek will keep you connected with nature throughout. While trekking, you can take in the view of Mt. Hanuman Tibba and Seven Sisters from the Dhundi camp.
Duration: 7-9 Days
Best time to visit: April – November
Elevation: 4342 m
3) Hampta Pass Trek
Dwelling in the mighty Himalayas, Hampta pass lies to the south-east of Manali guiding you through the thickets all along the gushing Hampta river of Kullu-Manali valley to end in the barren valley of Chandra in Lahaul. The trail that begins from the Rambagh circle in Manali will fill you up with the sceneries of lush green meadows, snow-capped mountains in the backdrop and the variety of flora and fauna throughout its journey. The carpet of snow covering the majestic beauty of the Himalayan ranges makes the scenery even more pleasing to the eyes.
Duration: 12-15 days
Best time to visit: May – October
Elevation: 4270 m
4) Pin Parvati Pass Trek
Pin Parvati is a trek commencing from the lush green Parvati valley to the dull brown and blatant land of Pin valley in Spiti. The quaint villages with their own cultures and languages and the swift rivers of Beas and Parvati flowing by your side, the trek is one to surely etch into your memories forever. You will be spellbound when you witness the extreme ends of the Himalayas with green pines on one side and land of ice as you go up. The top of the valley is home to Buddhist monasteries Ki Gompo and Tabo. Hot springs and if luck favors, snow leopards can be the show stealers of the journey.
Duration: 15-17 days
Best time to visit: July – September
Elevation: 5319 m
5) Bhabha Pass Trek
The Bhabha Pass at an elevation of 4,865 meters acts as a bridge between the rich Kinnaur valley and barren landscape of Spiti. It fascinates you with its changing topography, from the evergreen and rejuvenating naturescape of Kinnaur valley to the stark cold desert of Spiti valley. While trekking, one can witness various buildings like Kungri Monastery, Ki Monastery and Tabo Monastery. The trail also passes through one of the most impressive mountain areas of the Himalayas i.e. Hansbeshan peak. The Bhabha Pass Trek is thus a fusion of natural spectrum and cultural heritage.
Duration: 20 days
Best time to visit: July to September
Elevation: 4865 m
6) Shepherd Trail Gaddi Trek
Shepherd trail, locally known as Gaddi trek, connects the rich and the pictorial valley of Kullu and Kangra. The trail is a serene walk through the remote and isolated areas of Himachal Pradesh, passing through various snow capped mountains like Khanpari pass and Thamsar Pass. The trail is enriched by several alpine woodlands and meadows, wild animals and colourful orchards and gushing streams. What make this challenging trek are the tricky tracks and slippery rocks. But the pristine waters of the lakes reflecting the surrounding mounds and spectacular view of the Dhauladhar range further makes the trail worth the strenuous walk.
Location: Kullu and Kangra
Duration: 18 days
Best time to visit: August – October
Elevation: 4800 m