Winters are breathtaking, with knee-deep snow, the brilliance of white sparkling in the sun, frozen lakes, and icy mist on the trees. It’s also past time you threw a massive snowball at your best friend’s back. If you enjoy everything about winter, now is the time to plan your upcoming winter trek. The mountains entice all nature lovers with their beauty, which is amplified in the dead of winter.
In this blog entry, I’ll tell you about the best Himalayan winter treks.
I know this is an early post, but September is the best time to start planning your winter trek because you’ll have more flexibility with dates and flight prices. You’ll have plenty of time to prepare physically and mentally for your winter adventure.
- Ali Bedni Bugyal
- Dayara Bugyal
- Deoriatal – Chandrashila
The following are the Top 5 Himalayan Winter Treks:
Ali Bedni Bugyal
Easy to moderate difficulty
Ali Bedni Bugyal is a difficult trek to rival. Because it will stun trekkers in any season. The brilliant colours of the meadows in the summer. It’s the lovely snow-covered forests and the clearings within them in the winter. Not to mention the close-up views of Mt Trishul and Mt Nanda Ghunti, two of the most popular trekking destinations.
Protip This is a very uncommon trek that only a few people take. Close your eyes and choose this if you want to be completely alone.
Dayara Bugyal Winter Trek
Difficulty: Easy – Moderate
The Dayara Bugyal is a trek I enjoy because it is both a relaxing climb and one that rewards you handsomely. On such a short hike, you never expect such views and experiences! It’s even more beautiful in the winter, with the meadows blanketed in shimmering white snow.
Protip This trek is especially suitable for families and beginners in the winter due to the ease of the climb. If you’re an experienced hiker, don’t let that deter you; you can do this trek ten times and not get tired. I’d also recommend it to people who have seen it before in another season. In the winter, the hike is quite different.
Winter Trekking in Brahmatal
Easy to Moderate Difficulty
Sandhya, one of our co-founders, has a favourite trek. When she went the previous year. She was standing at the summit, with a breathtaking view of two of the world’s most famous mountains, Mt Trishul and Mt Nanda Ghunti. She also had a bird’s-eye view of the entire RoopKund trail in front of her. If you want a grand snow experience, read this personal note she wrote after her Brahmatal trek. Pro Tip Choose this if you want a grand snow experience. The majority of trekkers rave about the snow. Also, be physically ready because there are some challenging climbs.
Deoriatal – Chandrashila Winter Trek
Difficulty: Easy – Moderate Last winter, we were sorely missing this trek. When the Forest Service closed some key campsites, the popularity dwindled. However, new camping options have emerged. So we’re back on track with this epic journey.
The trail, with its vibrant forests, lake, and climb to the Tungnath temple and Chandrashila summit, remains charming.
Protip For the amount of effort you put in, this trek provides an extremely unfair reward. You can see almost all of the most beautiful peaks in the Indian Himalayas, including India’s highest peak, Mt Nanda Devi. You also get to see snow in the winter.
Kedarkantha Winter Trek
Difficulty: Easy – ModerateIs it necessary for me to introduce the Kedarkantha trek? When we first opened it up in the winter of 2011, it became an instant hit. It features charming campsites, a thrilling summit climb, and one of the best Himalayan winter experiences. Most trekkers regard it as a “bucket list” adventure, and they have every right to do so because such a perfect winter trek is rare.
Protip We are starting our trek from Kotgaon rather than Sankri. This new trail is remote and avoids the crowds. It’s also a lot nicer than the old route, in my opinion.
Phalut – Sandakphu
If you want a strong cultural experience, this is the trek for you. You get a glimpse into the Nepalese trekking culture. It’s a trek along the Indian-Nepal border that constantly weaves in and out of the two countries (it feels very international!).
It also offers views of Mt Everest, Mt Lhotse, Mt Makalu, and Mt Kanchenjunga, four of the world’s highest peaks. There is no other trek that can match it.
Protip Few trekkers are aware that on this trek, you will spend some time in tea houses and will also participate in the India hikes camping experience for two days.
- Kuari Pass Winter Trek
Difficulty: Easy – Moderate Whether you’re a seasoned trekker or a novice, the Kuari Pass is a trek you must take. It is a must-do in any season for views of Mt Nanda Devi (25,673 feet) and Mt Dronagiri (23,182 feet), two of India’s most famous mountains.
Protip There is an added attraction in the winter. Its almost perfectly crafted forests are blanketed in snow. Snowflakes falling from Oak leaves above a white carpeted forest floor transport you to a land fit for Santa Claus. All of this adds up to an unrivalled Himalayan winter trekking experience!
These are the best winter hikes to go on this year. Remember, you can get a good snow experience any time between mid-December and the end of March!