This state in northern India is known for its wondrous landscapes as the Himalayas crosses the state. Uttarakhand is popular for its various mountain peaks, gushing rivers, Hindu pilgrimage sites, and the legendary visit by the famous boys’ band The Beatles. The state is divided into two regions – Garhwal and Kumaon, each boasting several snow-clad peaks. At an elevation of 7816 meters, Nanda Devi is the highest peak in Uttarakhand. It is the second highest peak in India, while the highest Kanchenjunga is in Sikkim. The Himalayan ecosystem of the dense canopy of trees is home to diverse wildlife. Snow leopards, bharal, and tigers are found here in large numbers. The winter treks in Uttarakhand are extremely popular. If you are an adventure lover, coming for a trek to Uttarakhand in the winter is a must.
Some Places to Trek in Uttarakhand in Winter:-
- Kedarkantha Trek: This trek is popular among both beginners and seasoned trekkers. It is generally a six-day long trek in Govind Pashu Vihar National Park. The six days include the travel days from Dehradun to the base camp to the city. The biggest attraction of this trek is the summit climb of Kedarkantha. The climb to the summit is difficult, with the stretch becoming progressively steep. It becomes tough towards the summit, but this is the thrill of trekking. The panoramic view of the peaks you get after reaching the summit is the reward you get. Outside the summit, the trek is through the canopy of Himalayan forests. The Himalayan trees against the mountain peaks make for a picturesque view.
- Pangarchulla Trek: Pangarchulla is among the well-known mountain peaks of the Garhwal mountain range. Lying on the Lord Curzon circuit, the peak lies at 14,700 ft. It normally takes seven days to complete the trek, from Dehradun to the base camp and back. The trek starts through open meadows and grass fields, while notable peaks like Nanda Devi, Chaukhamba, Barmal, and Hatigori surround you.
- Har Ki Doon Trek: Lying comfortably along the borders of the Gharwal Himalayas, Har ki Doon is among the most popular winter treks in Uttarakhand. This trek is also known as the hanging valley. It is because of the cradle-shaped mountains that you will come across while trekking here. The trek is the most ideal for undertaking in winter. The trails are covered with snow, while the enchanting smell of the deodar and pine trees will keep you motivated along the way. According to legends, this is the same route that the Pandava brothers took in Mahabharata on their way to heaven.
So, if you are a fan of adventure, then you cannot miss out on these treks in Uttarakhand!