A sense of adventure, a dose of beauty, a dash of serenity and the wonder of nature, these are just a few things that draw one towards the Himalayan treks. Himalayas are home to some of the tallest mountains in the world, and often play host to some of the most adventurous explorers in the world from time to time. From the most gruesome and challenging treks for the explorers willing to test their mettle against the formidable force of nature, to some leisurely treks that put the explorers in touch with nature and its tranquility, Himalayas have treks for everyone. With summers approaching and everyone starting to plan for that one big getaway, we take a look at the top 5 summer Himalayan treks in India.
1. Hampta Pass Trek
To begin with, let’s talk about one of the easier and shorter treks in the Himalayas. Located in the Manali region, this trek is roughly 14,000 ft above sea level and takes about 5 days to complete. Lush green fields, exquisite scenic beauty and majestic waterfalls are just some of the features of this trek that connects the valleys of Lahaul and Kullu. Although the trek can be undertaken all year round, the best time suggested is between June and September.
2. Kashmir Great Lakes Trek
Kashmir is famous for being the heaven on earth and this trek only adds to the reputation. The great lakes trek is probably the most tranquil one among the summer Himalayan treks. It is advised that explorers undertake this 7 day trek between June and August in order to take in the best that Kashmir has to offer in the form of magnificent lakes, captivating flowers, beautiful snow peaks and stunning waterfalls.
3. Tarsar Marsar Trek
Known to be a moderate level trek in terms of difficulty, the Tarsar Marsar Trek is one of the most popular treks in the Kashmir region and all of Himalayas. From the twin lakes of Tarsar and Marsar to the vibrant colors of the flowers on the alpine trees, this trek has something for everyone. This 7 day trek offers a highest point of 13,000 ft above sea level.
4. Roopkund Trek
For the explorers who want their time with nature to come with a sprinkle of mystery and history, Roopkund Trek is the one to go for. Situated at about 16,000 ft above sea level, this Himalayan trek starts and ends at Lohajung in the Chamoli region. Apart from the stunning forests, the striking snow white mountains and thrill that this trek brings with the challenges it puts up, one of the major landmarks of this trek is the Mystery Lake. The lake got its name when a forest officer found several human skeletons in and around the lake in 1942. There have been multiple theories about how so many people died in that spot, the most plausible being that it was either a group of pilgrims or an army battalion that got caught in a ferocious hailstorm. The best times to go for the Roopkund Trek are May-June and September-October.
5. Stok Kangri Trek
This is the most challenging trek when talking about the top 5 summer Himalayan treks in India. The Stok Kangri Trek is located about 25 kms from Leh district, standing tall at 20,000 ft above sea level. The captivating sights and the tranquil surroundings make this trek one of the most enthralling treks in the world. Months between July and September are considered to be the best time to take this trek. With the thinning air and harsh weather conditions, it is advised that this trek should not be undertaken without prior experience.