5 Bucket List Himalayan Treks For The Mountain Adventurer
Are you considering your next mountain climbing adventure and wondering where to go? Look no further than the Himalaya Mountains and add one of these five best, life changing treks to your adventure bucket list!
The Himalayas are the majestic mountain ranges that adorn the northern and north-eastern parts of India. The snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas and its picturesque presence have earned it worldwide fame apart from being one of the toughest mountain ranges to climb.
It has some of the highest peaks in the world including Mount Everest. The Himalayan treks are every adrenaline junkies’ dream come true and are undertaken by adventure lovers from across the globe, serving as major tourist attractions for decades.
This article provides the best guide to the top 5 Himalayan Treks that every adventurist should experience at least once in a lifetime.
Chadar Trek or The Frozen River Trek
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Considered one of the most difficult treks in India, the Chadar Trek can prove to be a death trap if proper preparations are not met. This trek is better undertaken under expert supervision and is one of the most popular among trekkers.
It is based on a frozen river that has converted into a trekking trail and quite naturally, the temperature of the region can lower to -25 to -30 degrees, making it difficult and exhilarating at the same time.
The beauty of the surrounding landscape of the trail, especially during the winter, is mesmerizing to say the least. The trekkers can expect to commence from Chilling and venture into the Zanskar Valley, where it ends.
The Trans-Zanskar Trek is yet another grueling trek in the lap of the Himalayas that is restricted only to the experts. However, it is a challenging trek that can satiate the adrenaline rush of those equipped to handle it.
It is advised to be trained professionally before one sets foot on this trek. Located in the Ladakh region, the trekkers who come here are welcomed with a sight of snug villages and elaborate monasteries. The villagers staying here are often seen extending a helping hand to the trekkers en route along the trek.
Experiencing snowfall throughout the year, the trekking region experiences extremely low temperatures that add to the difficulty of the trek.
Markha Valley Trek
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The Markha Valley Trek is fondly referred to as the ‘Tea-House trek’. Located in Ladakh, it encompasses the K2 and Karakoram Himalayan Mountain passes, two of the highest mountain passes across the globe.
The Markha Valley trek is immersed in Buddhist culture and is home to innumerable monasteries and stupas, scattered throughout the trail adding to its rustic charm. It is a relatively easier trek as compared to the earlier ones and is undertaken by many aspiring trekkers.
The Markha River flows through the cross-sections as the trek goes through the Hemis National Park. It has two pass-crossings, namely Gandala La and Kongmaru La.
Kalindi Khal Trek
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Kalindi Khal Trek is one for the daredevils. It can prove to be a worthwhile hiatus owing to the mesmerizing scenery. The trek boasts of glaciers, lofty peaks, snowfields and moraines among other notable features.
It is popularly quoted as the ‘Big daddy’ of treks. The Kalindi Khal trek is in Garhwal in Uttarakhand and extends over the expanse of Gangotri to Badrinath, from Bhagirathi Valley to Alokananda Valley.
Places of tourist attractions like Gomukh, Vasuki Tal, Nandanvan are parts of the package the Trek has to offer. The Kalindi Khal is a spiritual maven sought for the enhancement of the soul.
Goecha La Trek
Goecha La Trek, a popular trek that lies in Sikkim is the one-stop destination for all the mountain crusaders.
Proven to provide a trekking escapade which is unique when compared to its counterparts in the Himalayan ranges in India, Goecha La Trek is famous for its landscapes and romantic nature. A perfect place for a honeymoon for newlyweds willing to go the extra mile.
Goecha is nestled closely to the Kanchenjunga and gives visitors the view of 14 different peaks of significant importance.
Author Bio: A wanderer and traveler at heart, Rohit’s diverse travel, and food stories are shared on TransIndiaTravels.com to reflect upon his passion, love, and commitment to unraveling the smallest stories of the different corners of the world.
Do you have a bucket list hike in your future? I’ve climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro via the Machame Route, a hiking adventure that changed my life, and have toyed with the idea of making an attempt to Everest Base Camp. How about you? Let us know in the comments below.
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Wow i cant even imagine -30 degrees. Way to go!
Yep, that’s a little chilly! 🙂
We like day hikes. It is exciting to read your adventures on longer harder hikes.
A trek of this nature is definitely a bucket list item.
These all sound amazing, but yikes, that cold weather …
When I climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, I was the coldest I have ever been on summit night. It was brutal, very much like the conditions found in the Himalayas.
I would love to go on a Himalayan adventure! So Cool.
Bucket list for sure!
As adventurous as I am, this is something I probably wouldn’t attempt due to my natural clumsiness. Great post!
I’m pretty clumsy too so I get it! I’m on the ground more often than I mean to be. 🙂
Looks cold and slightly dangerous! I love it!
Agreed! On both counts!
What an amazing place!!!! I’ve always been fascinated and I never get tired of reading about it! CooL!
There are so many amazing places on this planet of ours…this is definitely one of them!
Not sure I could brave a hike with -20° temperatures! I live in Michigan, and I can only take so much cold! 🤣
Michigan weather would feel warm compared to some of the temps in these mountains.
I do believe that hiking can change your life.
Thank you for sharing. It really inspires us.
We are newbie at trekking and Mt.Kilimanjaro is in our bucket list.
We do need some help about getting trekking poles.
I’ve been researching but come to a bit of a standstill with an overload of information.
Do you have some suggestions? Any recommend would be appreciated.
Thank you in advance.
Hi Emma, thanks for your comment! I’ve summited Kilimanjaro myself and have a lot of gear recommendations on this post: https://travelswithbibi.com/2018/07/kilimanjaro-pack-list/
That’s very kind of you to help me.
Thank you very much, BIBI. 🙂
You are very welcome!