On this year of adventure tourism, embark on a journey to trek on some of the most difficult Himalayan trails.
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 has earned it worldwide fame apart from being one of the toughest mountain ranges to climb and scale. It has he highest peaks in the world including the Mount Everest. The Himalayan treks neitherless to say is every adrenaline junkies’ dream come true. Without further adieu, here is a list of some challenging Himalayan treks that you can set your eyes on this year.
- Chadar Trek or the Frozen River Trek
Considered one of the most difficult treks in India, the Chadar Trek can prove to be death trap if not administered properly. This trek though better undertaken under expertise supervision is one of immense popularity amidst the trekkers. It is based on a frozen river that has converted it into a trekking trail and quite naturally the temperature of the region can lower down 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 winters is thought-inducing to say the least. The trekkers can expect to commence from Chilling and venture into the Zanskar Valley, where it ends.
- Trans-Zanskar Trek
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. So 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 to a sight of snug villages and elaborate monasteries. The villagers staying here are often seen extending a helping hand to the trekkers en route 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
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 aforementioned ones and is undertaken by large numbers of 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
Kalindi Khal Trek is one for the daredevils. It can prove to be a worthwhile hiatus owing to the mesmerising 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 located in Garhwal in Uttarkhand 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 trail 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 of honeymoon for the newly-weds willing to go the extra mile. Goech nestled closely to the Kanchenjunga, also gives the visitors the view of 14 different peaks of significant importance.