The Top Summer Himalayan Treks In India For You To Choose From

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You know, I have an issue with trekkers. Most of them want to go to the mountains to experience solitude and nature. And yet, they call and ask us about the most popular (and crowded) treks. Kedarkantha, Har Ki Dun, Rupin Pass… Don’t get me wrong. These treks are beautiful! It’s not without reason that people sing praises about them. But they don’t give you that feeling of seclusion, at least not any more. The Top Summer Himalayan Treks In India For You To Choose From.

These are treks that have gotten popular by being around for a long time.

But, there are newer treks that are as beautiful. And it bothers me that trekkers don’t know about these treks.

This is why I’m putting down a list of The Top Summer Himalayan Treks In India For You To Choose From. If any of these treks don’t take your breath away, let me know.

Phulara Ridge Trek

This is a trek hidden in plain sight. It starts from Sankri, the same base camp as the popular Kedarkantha. While Kedarkantha sees massive crowds, this trek silently watches on.

“It is the loveliest ridge trek in India. When you stand on top of the Phulara ridge, snow-capped mountains stretch in a 270-degree arc in front of you. On the other arc, rolling hills stretch into the horizon. Below you, mountain slopes fall on either side. This ridge walk lasts three hours, but every minute, you feel you are on top of a summit,” writes Arjun Majumdar, our founder.

Difficulty: Easy-Moderate

Region: Sankri, Uttarakhand

Duration: 6 days

Best month: April, May, June

Mukta Top

Mukta top is one of our latest discoveries. Unfortunately, we have hardly been able to run this trek. It has been buried in the snow ever since winter began. But we’ll open it up this April.

With endearing forests, a lovely lake and bewitching views from the top, this trek has a lot of promise. It is also a rare trek where you see bamboo forests because it starts from a much lower altitude than most treks.

Difficulty: Easy-Moderate

Region: Kaflon, Uttarakhand

Duration: 6 days

Best month: March, April, May, June

Beas Kund

This is a trek we started running last autumn. It is an old trail in our country but has been ignored for a long time.

Honestly, we regret not having gone on this beautiful trail before! The wide valleys on this trek are rare to find, especially on such a short trek. With the Beas river flowing in the middle of the valley, and bright blue skies adding contrast to the landscape, it’s a trek you shouldn’t miss.

Difficulty: Easy-Moderate

Region: Near Manali, Himachal Pradesh

Duration: 4 days

Best month: June, July, August

Bhrigu Lake

For a long time, Bhrigu Lake had become an excursion of sorts to the alpine lake and back, blanking out all the other goodness of the trek.

Our founders rediscovered this trek in 2017 and came back stunned by the meadows. “It comes close to the meadows of Bedni Bugyal and Ali Bugyal!” exclaims Sandhya UC, our co-founder. Coming from her, that’s saying a lot because I know of her love for Ali and Bedni Bugyal. The meadows on this trek are something else — there are sheep grazing almost always, and in summer, you’ll see them against lovely blue skies. It’s picture-perfect and it’s a great trek for beginners.

Difficulty: Easy-Moderate

Region: Near Manali, Himachal Pradesh

Duration: 4 days

Best month: June, July, August

Buran Ghati

Any nature lover will go weak at the knees on this trek. This is by far the most perfect trek we have seen — it has the best parts of India’s greatest treks stitched together in one trek. I had sent you a brilliant video on it last week. Watch it here if you missed it.

This trek has the prettiest forest sections, unimaginably beautiful meadows of Dayara, and perhaps the best campsite out of all our treks, nestled in the meadows. To add to that is the thrilling pass crossing at 15,000 ft. where you rappel down a snow wall. It’s an incredible trek and I hate to say it, but I think everyone at Indiahikes is biased towards this trek!

Difficulty: Moderate-Difficult

Region: Near Shimla, Himachal Pradesh

Duration: 8 days

Best month: May,  June

Khopra Ridge

Khopra Ridge is our newest trek in Nepal. And not many people do this trek. It’s strange because it’s right there in the Annapurna Sanctuary, right beside the Annapurna Base Camp trail, and yet it’s hardly known. In my opinion, it’s a super underrated trek.

Difficulty: Moderate-Difficult

Region: Pokhara, Nepal

Duration: 8 days

Best month: April

Kedartal

One of our tougher treks, definitely not for beginners. It climbs up to 16,000 ft to the Kedartal Lake. You get up close to big mountains Mt Thalaysagar and Mt Bhrigupanth.

This trek rates high on adventure. It is also an endurance test of sorts since it has long days, tough terrain and climbs to a very high altitude. If you want to avoid treks like Rupin Pass and Gaumukh Tapovan, and yet experience the same adventure, then choose this trek.

Difficulty: Difficult

Region: Gangotri, Uttarakhand

Duration: 7 days

Best month: May,  June

Pundrik Lake Weekend Trek 

I’m super glad to introduce you to our newest weekend trek — Pundrik Lake. It is in the heart of Himachal, close to Shimla. It’s not a very tough trek, it covers short distances over two days and doesn’t climb too high either.

But for the ease of the trek, it’s incredibly rewarding. You have the rare opportunity to trek through pine forests for a long time (on most treks, pine forests end very quickly!). You then enter lovely grasslands, which slowly lead you to the lake. The trail and campsites are actually well-maintained, and surprisingly, nobody goes there.

Difficulty: Easy-Moderate

Region: Near Shimla, Himachal Pradesh

Duration: 2 days

Best month: April

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