India as a country provides you with countless opportunities to explore the diversities of the country. India is one of the best trekking places because of the existence of mighty Himalayas, fascinating contour of the various regions and the kind of diversities and cultures offered to the trekkers.
Probably, this is the reason since last decade trekking in India have gained a great pace. Trekking in India is becoming very promising in future. The increase in the list of trekkers is not only limited to Indian citizens but to the foreign people as well. It was actually in the 1970’s and 1980’s that trekking started gaining its popularity as an adventure sport. A lot of new places are being discovered regularly which are untouched and unheard. This is another reason we have an increase in the number of trekkers day by day.
Diversity of India as a Trekking Destination
Millions of people do trekking every now and then in India and it is taking trekking to new heights. From Kashmir to Kanyakumari, Western Ghats, Eastern Ghats, contains major trekking locations. These treks maintain some low and great altitudes ranging from 2000 feet to 25000 feet. These treks that can be conquered if you hold great passion and determination. You can start from Shivalik Foothills and trek to the highest points of the Himalayan ranges. It will give you a chance to gain insight into different places. Also you can explore a variety of fauna and fauna during your trek.
There is no limitation to the number of treks a trekker can do. According to the ability and strength of a person, be it a beginner, intermediate or an expert, India provides you the best of its treks. You can choose from numerous treks based on geographical location, physical strength, weather conditions. Without taking a lot of risk, one can do many treks in India.
Keeping in mind that India as a country is full of treks. For our better knowledge we have divided them into three types based on the difficulty levels.
A trek which is for a couple of days. It involves decent terrain without having much highs and lows is usually termed as Easy Trek. It has a walking of around 5-6 kms. You can complete the trek in a day as well if you are someone who even does walking everyday for 15-20 minutes. Also easy treks can be often described as low altitude treks. It has reasonable ascent and descend.
Some treks which fall under this category are Nag Tibba, Triund Treks, Kheerganga Trek, Prashar Lake, Chopta, etc. All these treks are short and beautiful and can be done in 2-3 days depending upon your speed and strength.
The picture was taken on the mid way of Triund Trek. You will find a shop there which is from 1984. The trek is fun to do and can be done with minimal requirement of trekking gears however these gears can certainly make your trek easy. This was his first trek.
These treks usually involves 5-6 hours of walking every day. They include some sharp ascent and narrow trails. Moderate treks continue for a week and requires a good level of stamina as it has a high degree of challenge. You need to have a good fitness level hence regular workout before the trek is a must. It will pass through lush green forest trails and will land you in ascending trails or in boulders and on top of trail in no time. It will also pass from areas secluded from popular habitat. You will be camping in the deserted places in the middle of nature.
Few examples are Hampta Pass, Kedarkanta Trek, Kashmir Great Lakes Trek, Har Ki Doon, Brahmatal Trek, Indrahar Pass, etc
The picturecaptured at Indrahar Pass Summit. Relaxing after a good trek is a must, we can see the trekker in normal shoes.
This trek demands walking 6-8 hours every day. It will continue for 8-10 days passing through steep inclines, big rock boulders, frozen river, snow covered fields. In this case, they will not only required a great stamina but will also be testing your mental strength as well. But before taking such treks you have to take extensive physical preparation. Also sometimes you might need to take the help of technical tools to climb the mountains. You also need to have a good knowledge of the gears as well. Treks going above the 14,000 feet usually considered in hard or difficult treks.
Rupin Pass, Bali Pass, Pin Parvati, Chadar Trek, Gomukh Tapovan Trek, etc are few examples of difficult treks.
This picture captured during Pin Parvati Pass. A trek which offers you such a variety within. Starting the day from bright sun to rain showers in between and ending the day with freezing cold nights.
However Chadar Trek is about 11,100 feet from sea level. Yet it falls under the difficult treks because of the intensity. Also the complete trek is over a frozen river which requires great skills and knowledge.
The almighty Himalayas has so much to offer for your trekking experiences. The mountains does not create the partiality between humans. They have the same to offer to a beginner or an expert trekkers. Trekking in India will offer you with all kind of treks and now further it will depend upon you, where you are willing to start your journey from.