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22 Best Himalayan Treks To Do In 2021

Here are the 22 best Himalayan treks to do this year. Although it was not easy to pick the best Himalayan treks as every trek is beautiful in its own way, we have put together the best Himalayan treks that we think you should not miss!

Beginner-friendly treks like Dayara Bugyal, Brahmatal and Kedarkantha are great to do all year round, except in monsoon.

In monsoon, between July and September there are treks like Hampta Pass, Valley of Flowers, Kashmir Great Lakes and Tarsar Marsar.

If you want to trek in snow, target trekking between November and April. And, if you’d like to trek in spring, look out for treks in March and April, like Sandakphu Phalut, Khopra Ridge and Goechala.

To help you choose your trek based on your level of fitness, we have divided the treks into three categories of difficulty — Easy – Moderate, Moderate – Difficult and Difficult.

For easy navigation, here is the Table of Contents to quickly jump to your favourite section:

To see the complete list of treks and choose a trek based on the season, difficulty level, and month of your choice, head over to our  Upcoming Treks page.

10 Best Easy – Moderate Himalayan Treks

Let us begin with some of our most popular treks that are beginner-friendly and offer stunning scenery. Watch out for the best time to do each of these treks so that you can time it better for an amazing experience.

1. Brahmatal Trek

Duration:6 Days
Difficulty level: Moderate
Region: Uttarakhand
Best time to do the Brahmatal Trek: September – April
Altitude: 12,250 ft

Like several other treks, the Brahmatal too was explored and documented by Indiahikes. The highest point on this trek is the Brahmatal Top at 12,250 ft. It is a stunning trek. A new set of mountains open themselves up before you – Mt Chaukhamba, Mt Neelkanth, Mt Hathi Ghoda, Mt Trishul and Mt Nanda Ghunti are by your side throughout the trek.

Brahmatal is a great trek to do solo as well. In December, January, and February, there is a lot of snow on the trail. The trek runs until the end of April.

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View of Mt Nanda Ghunti from Brahmatal top. Picture by Vishwajeet Chavan

2. Dayara Bugyal Trek

Duration: 6 Days
Difficulty level: Easy – Moderate
Region: Uttarakhand
Best time to do the trek Dayara Bugyal Trek: September – June
Altitude: 11,827 ft

Dayara Bugyal has all the elements of a perfect Himalayan trek — superb forests, beautiful campsites, ancient villages, thrilling climbs to high points, wonderful mountain views and few of the best alpine meadows of Uttarakhand. These meadows are completely blanketed in snow in winter. All of this in an easy-moderate trek– a gift we rarely see.

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Dayara Bugyal-IndiahikesA trekker walks on the vast meadow that turns into a snowfield in winters. Picture by Vismay B Akka

3. Kedarkantha Trek

Duration: 6 Days
Difficulty level: Easy – Moderate
Region: Uttarakhand
Best time to do the Kedarkantha Trek: Dec – April
Altitude: 12,500 ft

Kedarkantha is one of the first few treks we began organizing. It has a stunning summit climb, and is a perfect trek to do in all seasons. The Kedarkantha peak stands at an altitude of  12,500 ft with a 360 degree view of other Himlayan peaks. Over the year we have discovered new and adventurous routes to the summit.

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Kedarkantha-IndiahikesFootprints of trekkers in snow creates a proper trail for other trekkers to follow on the Kedarkantha trek. Picture by Mit Sheth

4. Har Ki Dun – Ruinsara Tal

Duration: 8 Days
Difficulty level: Moderate
Region: Uttarakhand
Best time to do the Har Ki Dun trek: Mar – June, Sept – Dec
Altitude: 11,811 ft

“The Har Ki Dun – Ruinsara Tal trek brings out the perfect blend of culture and beauty in the Himalayas. Getting to experience the ancient Himalayan villages along with breathtakingly beautiful valleys, lakes and meadows is a very rare combination to come by”, says our co-founder Sandhya.

Indiahikes added the Ruinsara Tal trek, to the Har Ki Dun itinerary because Har Ki Dun trek is incomplete without the Ruinsara Tal.

Ruinsara Tal is located in complete isolation, and the Ruinsara valley is said to be prettier than the Har Ki Dun valley itself!

Click here to know more about the Har Ki Dun – Ruinsara Tal trek’s itinerary, price, dates and other important information.

Har Ki Dun - IndiahikesView of Mt Swargarohini and other prominent peaks on the Har Ki Dun – Ruinsara Tal trail. Picture by Anirban Banerjee

5. Deoriatal Chandrashila Trek

Duration: 6 Days
Difficulty level: Easy – Moderate
Region: Uttarakhand
Best time to do the Deoriatal Chandrashila Trek: March  -May, September – December
Altitude: 12,083 ft

The Deoriatal Chandrashila trek with Indiahikes is a 6 day trek. It is an extremely special trek because it is not just a section of the Himalayan ranges that you see, but all the major summits of Western and Eastern Uttarakhand from the summit.  

Not only that, if you trek during March – April, you will walk amongst the full bloomed rhododendrons too! And because of the different species of birds you get to see on the trail, it is rightly called as a paradise for bird watchers.

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Deoriatal - Chandrashila - IndiahikesA snow covered landscape of Deoriatal lake, with the Chaukhamba range in the background. Picture by Avijit Jamloki

6. Phulara Ridge Trek

Duration: 6 Days
Difficulty level: Easy-Moderate
Region: Uttarakhand
Best time to do the Phulara Ridge Trek: April – June, September – November
Altitude: 12,171 ft

The Phulara Ridge trek is great to do in September, October, November, May and June. It is a unique ridge trek in India, and one of the newer treks. The beautiful Pushtara meadows are another reason why every trekker must do this trek. 

Further, for a short duration of a trek, the Phulara Ridge trek has a beautiful dense forest section. If you are a wildlife, or bird lover, this is definitely the trek for you. We have spotted over 10 species of Himalayan birds on this trek.

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Phulara Ridge - IndiahikesThe ridge walk on the Phulara Ridge lasts for an entire day on your trek, giving a 270° view of the Himalayan mountains. Picture by Braham Gairola

7. Sandakphu Phalut Trek

Duration: 7 Days
Difficulty level: Moderate
Region: West Bengal
Best time to do the Sandakphu Phalut: Mid Sept – April
Altitude: 11,950 ft

The Sandakphu Phalut trek is one of the few treks from where you can see 4 out of 5 of the tallest mountains in the world — Mt Everest, Mt Lhotse, Mt Makalu and Mt Kanchenjunga. Amongst all Himalayan treks, this view is what the Sandakphu treks stands out for. Along with this, you also see the Kanchenjunga range with other Himalayan mountains, famously known as the Sleeping Buddha — an image that will stay with you for years to come.

A unique feature of this trek are the tea houses you will find. They are similar to hotels and restaurants, but are indescribably different. You will have to stay in one, to experience the warmth of a tea house.

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Sandakphu - IndiahikesThe Sleeping Buddha, as seen from the Sandakphu – Phalut trail. Picture by Anil Vesvikar

8. Valley of Flowers Trek

Duration: 6 Days
Difficulty level: Moderate
Region: Uttarakhand
Best time to do the Valley of Flowers Trek: July – September
Altitude: 14,400 ft

The Valley of Flowers trek is filled with legends. It is said the trekkers fall unconscious from the heavy scent of the flowers on the valley floor. The moment you enter the valley, you have a sweeping view of it’s vast expanse covered in a layer of flowers. Flowers, leaves, buds of various shapes, sizes, colours are seen here.

The trek also goes through the Hemkund Sahib, one of the highest places of pilgrimage and worship.

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Valley of Flowers - IndiahikesThe lush green valley seen from the trail. Picture by Harsh Kulkarni

9. Tarsar Marsar Trek

Duration: 7 Days
Difficulty level: Moderate
Region: Kashmir
Best time to do the Tarsar Marsar Trek: Mid-June – September
Altitude: 13,201 ft

The Tarsar Marsar trek in Kashmir is the prettiest trek in India. The only other trek that comes close to its beauty is the Kashmir Great Lakes trek. It is a moderate  trek, so you must come well prepared to do the trek.

The trek takes you from one lake to the other, from Tarsar to Marsar, and then to Sundarsar. You also get to camp beside two of these stunning lakes. In this aspect, Tarsar Marsar is better than the Kashmir Great Lakes trek.

At Indiahikes, we closely monitor the social, and political situation in Kashmir. The safety of our trekkers and staff on the slopes are always our first priority.

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Tarsar Marsar - IndiahikesSundersar lake en route to the campsite on the Tarsar Marsar trek. Picture by Raghavendra S N

10. Hampta Pass Trek

Duration: 6 Days
Difficulty level: Moderate
Region: Himachal Pradesh
Best time to do the Hampta Pass Trek: June – September
Altitude: 14,065 ft

“Hampta Pass was the first trek that we explored outside our big ones in Uttarakhand. This was in 2010. It is perhaps one of the best treks to do in Himachal. It is a trek close to my heart because I know Indiahikes put it on the map for trekkers to do. It is a trek that I would do again. My list of great treks is incomplete without this one in it”, says our founder, Arjun Majumdar

You must do this trek because it is one of the most dramatic crossover treks in the country pass. It begins from the lush green valleys of Kullu through a narrow gorge-like valley to an overhang high in the mountains. From the pass, you can see the entire Spiti valley in one wide panoramic sweep.

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Hampta Pass - IndiahikesThe Chandratal lake on the Hampta Pass trek lies close to 14,000 ft and is a spectacle to witness. Picture by Neha Chauhan

7 Best Moderate – Difficult Himalayan Treks

We have seen the 10 best beginner-friendly Himalayan treks till now. Let’s go a step further and see the best treks that test your endurance, both physically and mentally. If you are a beginner, you can still do them with a very good level of fitness.

11. Gidara Bugyal Trek

Duration: 7 Days
Difficulty level: Moderate – Difficult
Region: Uttarakhand
Best time to do the Gidara Bugyal Trek: Late-June and September
Altitude: 13,900 ft

The Gidara Bugyal trek is an ancient, and well known trek amongst other Himalayan treks. It is one of the largest high altitude meadows you will set foot on. It is possibly larger than the popular Ali Bedni Bugyal trek. Further, this trek has a beautiful ridge walk that not many treks can boast about.

The campsites on this trek are incredible. They are nestled in the grasslands of Gidara, just as you leave the wonderful forest section. 

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Gidara Bugyal - IndiahikesThe ridge walk on the meadows of Gidara where the clouds casually walk with you. Picture by Nitesh Kumar

12. Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Duration: 10 Days
Difficulty level: Moderate – Difficult
Region: Nepal
Best time to do the Annapurna Base Camp Trek: April and October
Altitude: 13,550 ft

The Annapurna Base Camp Trek is one of the most popular treks in the world. It is every mountain lover’s dream to climb this mountain, and if not the mountain itself, at least to trek till the base camp. The entire trek is about 70 km.

It literally brings you face to face with an eight-thousander – for a moderate-difficult trek, this is incredible! The fascinating Annapurna massif includes the world’s tenth highest peak. Annapurna I (8,091 m) holds an almost fatal attraction for mountaineers.

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Annapurna Base Camp - IndiahikesThe Annapurna Massif at sunrise, glowing from the top. Picture by Ajit Sane

13. Khopra Ridge Trek

Duration: 9 Days
Difficulty level: Moderate – Difficult
Region: Nepal
Best time to do the Khopra Ridge Trek: March-April and October
Altitude: 15,709 ft

There are treks in Nepal, and there is Khopra Ridge trek. One of the many reasons why you must do this trek is because of the 22 big mountains you get to see on this trek!

The beauty of the Khopra Ridge is the fact that it is a ridge. You walk two whole days on this ridge. So for two days there are big mountains on either side of you. There are very few treks in this world where you walk for two whole days on a ridge. Leave alone a trek with such astounding mountain views. When you combine these two, the Khopra Ridge becomes a very special trek.

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Khopra-Ridge-IndiahikesMt Dhaulagiri as seen from the Khopra Ridge trek in Nepal. Picture by Krunal Patel

14. Buran Ghati Trek

Duration:8 Days
Difficulty level: Moderate – Difficult
Region: Himachal Pradesh
Best time to do the Buran Ghati Trek: May – June, September – October
Altitude: 15,000 ft

Buran Ghati is the trek you get when you take all the best elements of all our different treks and put it into one trek. It is adventurous, to say the least, and full of meadows, a thrilling pass crossing, and historical villages.

The Rupin Pass trek runs parallely to the Buran Ghati Trek. The trail begins at the historical town of Janglik and goes into a delightfully deep forest and then bursts into Dayara meadows.

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Dayara Campsite on the Buran Ghati trekThe Dayara campsite on the Buran Ghati trek. Picture by Sandhya UC

15. Rupin Pass Trek

Duration: 7 Days
Difficulty level: Moderate – Difficult
Region: Uttarakhand
Best time to do the Rupin Pass Trek: May – June, September – October
Altitude: 15,279 ft

If there is a classic trek in India, it has to be the Rupin Pass. This trek is like an orchestra, building up momentum with surprises in scenery every hour or so. With every step, the trek throws up a new vista to see, a new scenery to unfold.

The Rupin Pass trek is a trek that gives you a true sense of adventure. There is a surprise in scenery at every turn. One of the biggest highlights of this trek is the climb to Rati Pheri from the Upper waterfall campsite, and the steep ascent to Rupin Pass through the Rupin Gully, all this at 15,279 ft.

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Rupin Pass - IndiahikesThe vast snowfields en route to Rupin Pass. Picture by Anirban Banerjee

16. Gaumukh Tapovan Trek

Duration: 8 Days
Difficulty level: Moderate – Difficult
Region: Uttarakhand
Best time to do the Gaumukh Tapovan Trek: May – June, September – October
Altitude: 14,202 ft

The Gaumukh Tapovan trek is one of the oldest and legendary Himalayan treks in India. It offers a chance to experience beautiful sunsets, get a view of Mt Shivling from the base to the summit, and last but not the least, the Gangotri glacier, the source of river Ganga.

The base camp for the Gaumukh Tapovan trek is Rishikesh, a must visit place steeped in culture.

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Gaumukh Tapovan Trek - IndiahikesThe first rays of the sun at dawn on Mt Shivling and Mt Meru. Picture by Chandana Puttalingaiah

17. Kashmir Great Lakes Trek

Duration: 7 Days
Difficulty level: Moderate – Difficult
Region: Kashmir
Best time to do the Kashmir Great Lakes Trek: July – September
Altitude: 13,800 ft

The Kashmir region is picturesque, with each lake being more beautiful than the previous. You get to experience the larger than life settings of the lakes on this trek.

After this trek, every other trek feels as though it is a movie on a small screen. Kashmir Great Lakes, however, is an IMAX 3D experience – such is the grandeur of the trek.  If you have not done this trek, put it on your bucket list!

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Kashmir Great Lakes - IndiahikesThe beautiful Gadsar lake in the background as trekkers trek through the trek. Picture by Krunal Patel

5 Best Difficult Himalayan Treks

If you are an experience trekker who has done at least 2 to 3 high altitude treks above 14,000 ft, here are the best treks that fall under the ‘Difficult Trek’ category, whose rewards outweigh the efforts.

18. Kedartal Trek

Duration: 7 Days
Difficulty level: Difficult
Region: Uttarakhand
Best time to do the Kedartal Trek: May – June, September – October
Altitude: 15,485 ft

Kedartal is a difficult trek compared to other Himalayan treks. This trek is for experienced trekkers, and adventure lovers. The trek climbs to the glacial Kedartal lake, that is surrounded by big mountains. Some of the most famous mountains rise in front of you in this cauldron – Mt Thalaysagar, Mt Bhrigupanth, Mt Nanda Parvat, Mt Jogin, and Mt Gangotri.

This trek is extremely challenging with river crossings, spider wall, and the sheer altitude itself.

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Kedartal - IndiahikesAs you get closer to Kedartal lake, Mt Thalaysagar appears right in front of you. Picture by Tanmay Bain

19. Everest Base Camp via Gokyo Ri Trek

Duration: 18 Days
Difficulty level: Difficulty
Region: Nepal
Best time to do the Everest Base Camp Trek: April, October – November
Altitude: 18,200 ft

The Everest Base Camp via Gokyo Ri is a much more rewarding trail to the base camp of the highest mountain in the world.

The biggest attraction of trekking in Nepal is its big, precipitous mountains. They literally surround you on all sides! On this trail, you will see Mt Everest, Mt Makalu, Mt Lhotse and Mt Cho Oyu and traverse Himalaya’s largest glaciers like Ngozumpa and see Khumbu glacier. The sense of being among big mountains also gives you a sense of legacies of great mountaineers. You are literally walking on the same trails they have walked on, filled with landmarks to their memory.

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Everest Base Camp via Gokyo Ri - IndiahikesThe trail en route Everest Base Camp near Chola Pass. Picture by Himanshu Singla.

20. Goechala Trek

Duration: 10 Days
Difficulty level:Difficult
Region: Sikkim
Best time to do the Goechala Trek:  April – May, September – October
Altitude: 15,100 ft

The Goechala trek route is almost 75 km long and it rises to an altitude 15,100 ft.  One of the biggest reasons to do this trek is the stunning mountain views that you get, not just one mountain, but 14!

The highlights of this trek are many. The most unforgettable one being the sunrise on the Kanchenjunga range. Further, in the summer months of April and May, you see countless, beautiful rhododendrons lining your path. The crystal clear Samiti Lake is another reason why you should do this trek.

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Goechala - IndiahikesA unique cloud formation above Mt Kanchenjunga seen on the way to Viewpoint 1. Picture by Geet Tryambake

21. Pin Bhaba Pass Trek

Duration: 9 Days
Difficulty level: Difficult
Region: Himachal Pradesh
Best time to do the Pin Bhaba Pass Trek:  July – September
Altitude: 16,105 ft

The Indiahikes Pin Bhaba itinerary is 9 days long. The base camp to do the Pin Bhaba Pass Trek is Kafnu. The vast expanse of the trek is overwhelming, you can do this as a solo trek as well. 

Pin Bhaba is known to be the most dramatic trek. Each day there is a complete change in scenery. It is almost like a brand new trek every day! When compared with its riskier cousin, the Pin Parvati Pass trek, where your life is at stake, the Pin Bhaba is not only a great alternative, but a more beautiful, and safer one.

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Pin Bhaba Pass - IndiahikesMakeshift bridge crossing in Pin Valley near Mudh. Picture by Jagadeesh D M

22. Bali Pass Trek

Duration: 8 Days
Difficulty level: Difficult
Region: Uttarakhand
Best time to do the Bali Pass Trek: June, September
Altitude: 16,207 ft

The Bali Pass trek is a difficult Himalayan trek. This is partly due to the high altitude that rises to over 16,000 ft. The Bali Pass trek is more than an adventure filled trek, you also pass through some historical villages and trek to Ruinsara Tal – a stunning high altitude lake.

Another aspect  that stands out on the Bali Pass trek is the rocky approach to Bali Pass itself. In the month of June and July the higher regions of the pass are covered in snow! In monsoon it is a drier patch. If you enjoy high altitude pass traverses, this is the trek for you.

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Bali Pass - IndiahikesThe final climb to Bali Pass. Picture by Dr. A S Tomar

Conclusion

Do you know of any other Himalayan treks that you consider the best according to you? Let us know by naming them in the Comments section below.

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