“I walked slowly to take pleasure in this freedom, and after I got here out of the mountains,
I noticed the sky over the prairie, and I believed that if heaven was actual,
I hoped it was a spot I by no means needed to go, for this earth was better than any paradise.” • Daniel J. Rice, The Unpeopled Season: Journal from a North Country Wilderness
The Land of Gods, Uttarakhand is enriched with locations the place you possibly can have this sense. With its breathtaking mountains and snow coated peaks, the state has a complete lot on its plate to supply. Home to Nanda Devi, the second tallest peak in India in addition to a bunch of different 7000 meter plus peaks, Uttarakhand is able to assembly the wants of each skilled and novice trekkers.
Known because the Garhwal Himalayas, it’s additional divided into the jap Kumaon division and western Garhwal division. The finest trekking season is between April and Early June after which once more throughout October and November. Here is a listing of a few of the finest locations to trek in Uttarakhand.
Gomukh Tapovan or Gangotri Glacier Trek
This is a four or 5 day trek ranging from Gangotri to the Gangotri Glacier. It is among the hottest treks and is often taken up as a spiritual pilgrimage. The literal which means of Gomukh is cow’s snout and it refers back to the origin of the Ganges River.
One can benefit from the improbable view of Mt. Shivling on one facet and Bhagirathi peak on different. Mount Shivling whose title refers back to the sacred image of Lord Shiva, is exceptionally stunning. It can take the hikers an additional three or four days for mountain climbing across the Tapovan (meadow) protecting totally different peaks and up the glacier.
Deorital and Chandershila Trek
This is a four day trek ranging from Rishikesh. It is somewhat longer than a half day drive to the trailhead at Sari village. An simple 45 min hike would take you to Deorital Lake which has nice views. It is a tremendous tenting website. Next day you possibly can trek to Chopta after which on to the summit of Chandershila. It accommodates breathtaking views of Chaukhamba. In April hills look all pink as they’re coated with the blooming Rhododendrons.
Valley of Flowers Trek
This trek would take you to essentially the most well-known space for wildflowers within the Himalaya. Unlike the opposite treks, it’s best accomplished throughout monsoon season because the flowers are in full bloom this time of the 12 months.
The monsoons certain make the trek tough for the trekkers however the fantastic thing about the flowers make all the effort value it. One can keep in one of many lodges at Ghangria in an effort to keep out of the rain at night time and get dry. The trek begins from Govind Ghat and the primary day is spent mountain climbing to the small village of Ghangria.
This trek is the spooky one. This stunning 6 day trek takes one to the “haunted” lake of Roopkund. Known for the human skeletons that may be seen within the lake, the legends say that the lake accommodates the traditional stays of a number of hundred folks.
Despite of all of the mysteries, the gorgeous surrounding make the trek value taking. The path begins within the dense oak and rhododendrons forests earlier than rising above treeline the place trekkers can get magnificent views of the enormous peaks of Trishul, Nanda Ghunti and Badrinath.
Rupin Pass Trek
Towering waterfalls, pristine views and flower laden meadows be certain that that is the trek meant to depart everybody glad. The path begins from the small village of Dhaula and over the course of 6 days one reaches to Rupin Pass. The space is usually uninhabited alongside the path and therefore the trekking gear must be ready with a eager eye.
Present within the Kumaon a part of the Garhwal Himalayas, it’s a spectacular trek passing by a wild area with unimaginable views of Nanda Devi, Nanda Kot and Trishul that are a few of the tallest peaks on this a part of the Himalaya. It is a 6 day trek alongside the banks of the Pindari River to the glacier. The trekking isn’t very tough and locals maintain the trek in excessive accord.
The 5 day trek begins from a small village of Uttarkashi and would take one to the gorgeous lake of Dodital. This trek might be taken up all of the 12 months spherical as a consequence of low elevations with an exception of the monsoon interval from June to August. The lake is known for its Golden Trout which may simply be seen within the crystal clear water. It is about in opposition to a forest of Oak and Rhododendron bushes which blossom in April.