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Himachal Pradesh has always been intriguing and enthuse inducing in the ardent travellers and adventure seekers. With its diverse terrain and enchanting natural beauty blessed with choicest of streams, rivers, trees, animals and the gigantic and regal Himalayas, Himachal Pradesh has been a favourite with the travellers since times unknown. Trekking in such a beautiful land then becomes a humble given to soak in the freshness of the cool mountain side. It doesn’t matter much if you are a beginner or a skilled trekker, for Himachal has numerous trails for everyone to enjoy its grandeur. Given here are 10 of the best treks in Himachal for you to choose from.

1. Pin Parvati

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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 can also visit the Buddhist monastries on your way, especially Ki Gompo and Tabo monastry. However, it is also one of the most difficult trekking trails and requires excellent trekking skills and techniques.

Trekking distance: 110 km

Trekking duration: Approx. 11 days

Best time: July to September

Maximum altitude: 17,500 ft

Difficulty level: High

 

2. Malna Village Trek

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This trek to Malana village is one of the most popular treks. It is a beautiful locale, a utopia hidden away in the mountains of Himachal, cut off from the rest of the world. The trail is picture-postcard perfect with birch forests, rhododendrons and sprawling meadows tagged along your way.

Trekking distance: 96 km

Trekking duration: 5 days

Best time: April to October

Maximum altitude: 9940 ft

Difficulty level: Moderate

 

3. Beas Kund

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Beas kund got its name from a rishi of ancient times, called rishi ‘Vyas’ who wrote the Hindu epic of Mahabharata. River Beas originates from Beas kund which makes it an exceptional destination for tourists and trekkers alike. The Beas kund trek commences from Manali, passing through the magnificent Solang valley. Beas kund is also a base camp for mountaineers for climbing Laddakhi and Friendship peak.

Trekking distance: 21.3 km

Trekking duration: 2 days

Best time: April to October

Maximum altitude: 11,416 ft

Difficulty level: Moderate

 

4. Baralacha- Chandratal Trek

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Chandratal, literally translating to ‘Moon Lake’ is named so because of its lake being that of the shape of a crescent moon. It is a refreshing lake in the midst of the dry and arid land of Spiti, with crystal clear water that turns different shades as the day progresses. The meadow spread around it makes it an ideal spot to camp. The snow covered massifs of Chandrabhaga and Mulkila clustered around it make for a beautiful sight to behold.

Trekking distance: 48 km

Trekking duration: 4 days

Best time: April to October

Maximum altitude: 16,043 ft

Difficulty level: Low

 

5. Chandrakhani Pass Trek

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Chandrakhani Pass lies in the Parvati valley which links the Malana valley to Kullu valley. The pass provides spectacular views of the Deo Tibba, Parbati and Pir Panjal mountain ranges. The trek begins from Naggar village near Manali.

Trekking distance: 84 km

Trekking duration: 5 Days

Best time: May to October

Maximum altitude: 11,975 ft

Difficulty level: Moderate

 

6. McLeod Ganj- Chamba Trek

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McLeod Ganj to Chamba trail is one of the most sought after trekking trails of Himachal Pradesh. Lined with bushes of rhododendrons and Deodar trees, the trail offers an opportunity to look at the Pir Panjal and Dhauladhar ranges from up close. The shepherds of the Gaadi tribe can be seen flocking their herds on their way from Chamba to Lahaul and Spiti. You can also witness from here, Mani Mahesh Kailash, which is believed to be the abode of Lord Shiva.

Trekking distance: Approx. 132 km

Trekking duration: 5 Days

Best time: April to June & September to October

Maximum altitude: 12,008 ft

Difficulty level: Moderate

 

7. Hampta Pass Trek

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Dwelling in the mighty Himalayas, Hampta pass lies to the south-east of Manali. The Hampta pass trek guides 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 striking contrast of the two valleys along with the awe-inspiring encounter with rare flowers and birds, glaciers, rejuvenating streams and exotic smells and sight of the varied trees including walnut, pine, oak, deodar and alder leaves you spellbound.

Trekking distance: 45.8 km

Trekking duration: 5 Days

Best time: June to October

Maximum altitude: 13780 ft

Difficulty level: Moderate with some relatively difficult stretches.

 

8. Deo Tibba Base Camp Trek

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Starting from Jagat Sukh lying 6 km southward of Manali, the trek concludes in the old village of Deo Tibba. You get to savour in the sheer beauty of the Chandratal lake and its green pastures where the Gaddi shepherds are often seen grazing their cattle. You also get to witness the tiny and delightful hamlets of Chatru on your way. The trek ends into a mesmerising view of the vast expanse of colourful flowers, Deo Tibba peak jacketed in thick layers of snow and a gurgling stream that has a natural rock bridge formed over it.

Trekking distance: 29 km

Trekking duration: 5 days

Best time: June to September

Maximum altitude: 14,700 ft

Difficulty level: Moderate

 

9. Trek to Triund Glacier

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The trekking trail taken for this popular trek of Himachal Pradesh is the one usually taken by the shepherds of Kangra and Chamba as well. Starting from McLeod Ganj, it takes you through the town of Dharamkot and lets you witness the serenity of the greenery around you, as you advance towards the Triund glacier situated at the foot of the Dhauladhar range. You will be able to witness some rare species of animals enroute, including some snow birds, musk deer and mountain goats. The trekking trail is fairly easy and can be traversed without the help of a guide.

Trekking distance: 6.6 km

Trekking duration: 2 Days

Best time: August to October

Maximum altitude: 97,650 ft

Difficulty level: Low

 

10. Kinnaur Kailash Circuit

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The trekking route Kinnaur Kailash circuit is quite long and strenuous. It needs the stamina and skill of an experienced trekker for this trek. That said, the trail is one to imprint your memories and heart for as long as you live with the resplendent vineyards, orchards, sprawling verdant valleys and snow bathed mountains all through the journey. There is a lot to learn too on the way from the varied cultures, languages and lifestyles of the different clans of the Himalayas to the rare and majestic beasts and birds of the mountainous terrain. The Charang La pass located at the height of 17,388 ft is sacred to Kinnauris, both Buddhists and Hindus. They revere it as the the path to the abode of Lord Shiva where He holds an annual rendezvous with all the other Gods and Goddesses in the winters. The circuit used to be 200 km longer in the olden days but now the path has been shortened making it comparatively less arduous.

Trekking length: Approx. 67 km

Trekking duration: 12-14 Days

Best time: May to September

Maximum altitude: 17,198 ft

Difficulty level: High


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