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High eight Off-Beat Himalayan Hikes for Summer season 2021

ANDYou know, I have a problem with trekkers. Most want to go to the mountains to experience solitude and nature. And yet they call us and ask us about the most popular (and crowded) hikes. Kedarkantha, Har Ki Dun, Rupin Pass … don’t get me wrong. These hikes are beautiful! It is not without reason that people sing praises of them. But they don’t make you feel secluded, at least not anymore.

These are hikes that have become popular because of their long time.

But there are newer hikes that are just as beautiful. And it bothers me that hikers don’t know anything about these hikes.

For this reason, I am making a list of the most famous hikes this summer. If any of these hikes doesn’t take your breath away, please let me know.

I’ve sorted them according to their difficulty. We will go from easy to difficult hikes. By the way, I did a brand new weekend hike that we opened at the very end!

I also mentioned small notes in this color with every hike. These notes will help you plan your hike.

Phulara Ridge. Image by Himanshu Singla

This is a hike that is hidden in sight. It starts in Sankri, the same base camp as the popular Kedarkantha. While Kedarkantha sees massive crowds, this hike watches silently.

“It’s the most beautiful tightrope walk in India. When you stand on the Phulara Ridge, snow-capped mountains stretch out in front of you in a 270 degree arc. On the other side, rolling hills stretch to the horizon. Mountain slopes fall below you on both sides. This tightrope walk takes three hours, but every minute you feel like you’re on a summit, ”writes our founder Arjun Majumdar.

Note: if you want to hike with your family this is a great option! Time from mid-April to mid-May for a safe amount of snow!

| Difficulty: Slightly moderate
| Region: Sankri, Uttarakhand
| Duration: 6 days
| Best month: April May June

Check Phulara Ridge dates here.

Mukta top. Image by Assad Dasad

Mukta Top is one of our newest discoveries. It is unfortunate that we could barely walk this trek. It has been buried in the snow since the beginning of winter. But we will open it this April.

With lovely forests, a beautiful lake and enchanting views from above, this hike is very promising. It is also a rare hike that you will see bamboo forests as it starts from a much lower elevation than most hikes.

Note: Honestly, it’s on par with Chandrashila, Kuari Pass, and Kedarkantha. Don’t think twice, it’s a hike to watch out for this summer.

| Difficulty: Slightly moderate
| Region: Kaflon, Uttarakhand
| Duration: 6 days
| Best month: March, April, May, June

Check out Mukta Top dates here.

Bea’s Kund. Image by Akhil Menon

This is a hike we started last fall. It is an old way in our country, but it has long been ignored.

To be honest, we regret that we have never walked this beautiful trail before! The wide valleys on this hike are rarely found, especially on such a short hike. With the River Beas in the middle of the valley and bright blue skies contrasting the landscape, this is a hike not to be missed.

Note: if you are looking for an easy to moderate hike in June, choose this one. The grasslands will be beautifully green and flowery and you will likely find some snow on the upper reaches of the hike.

| Difficulty: Simple – medium
| Region: Near Manali, Himachal Pradesh
| Duration: 4 days
| Best month: June July August

Check the details of Beas Kund.

Bhrigu lake. Image by Sandhya UC

For a long time, Lake Bhrigu had become a kind of excursion to the Alpine lake and back that blocked out all other advantages of the hike.

Our founders rediscovered this hike in 2017 and came back from the meadows stunned. “It comes close to the meadows of Bedni Bugyal and Ali Bugyal!” exclaims Sandhya UC, our co-founder. Coming from her says a lot because I know about her love for Ali and Bedni Bugyal. The meadows on this hike are something different – sheep are almost always grazing, and in summer you’ll see them against a beautiful blue sky. It’s perfect and a great hike for beginners.

Note: if you want to see snow, do this hike in early June. The lake is probably frozen too! Wait for greener pastures until July and August.

| Difficulty: Moderate
| Region: Near Manali, Himachal Pradesh
| Duration: 4 days
| Best month: June July August

Check the dates of Lake Bhrigu here.

Buran Ghati - Indiahikes - Sandhya UC - River viewBuran Ghati. Image by Sandhya UC

Every nature lover will get weak on their knees on this hike. This is by far the most perfect hike we have ever seen – it has the best parts of India’s greatest hikes put together into one hike. I sent you a brilliant video about it last week. Check it out here if you missed it.

This hike has the most beautiful forest sections, unimaginably beautiful meadows of Dayara and perhaps the best campsite of all our hikes, embedded in the meadows. Add to this the exhilarating pass crossing at 15,000 feet where you rappel down a wall of snow. It’s an amazing hike and I hate to say it, but I think everyone at Indiahikes is biased about this hike!

Note: We do this hike for the first time in May. (We usually start in June.) If you want to see a snow depth, choose May. If you want to see a good mix of green and snow, choose June! The abseiling to 15,000 feet will take place in both months. 🙂

| Difficulty: Medium difficulty
| Region: Near Shimla, Himachal Pradesh
| Duration: 8 days
| Best month: may June

Check the dates of Buran Ghati.

Khopra Ridge. Image by Himanshu Singla

Khopra Ridge is our newest hike in Nepal. And not many people do this hike. It’s weird because it’s right there in the Annapurna Sanctuary, right next to the Annapurna Base Camp Trail, and yet it’s little known. In my opinion it is a super underrated hike.

“When you stand on the Khopra ridge, you don’t see a big mountain or two. You see 23 of them! That’s a lot for any hike, including in Nepal. There are also very few hikes in the world that involve hiking on a ridge for two full days. Leave alone a hike with such amazing views of the mountains. When you combine these two, the Khopra Ridge becomes a very special hike, ”writes our founder Arjun Majumdar in his latest article about why the Khopra Ridge is a great alternative to Annapurna Base Camp.

Note: The views on this hike are great in April! The earlier you go in the year, the greater the view! So go here in April if you are looking for an adventure in the great mountains of Nepal!

| Difficulty: Medium difficulty
| Region: Pokhara, Nepal
| Duration: 8 days
| Best month: April

Check the dates from Khopra Ridge.

Kedar Valley. Image by Vikas Sharma.

One of our tougher hikes, definitely not for beginners. It rises up to 16,000 feet to Lake Kedartal. You are approaching the great mountains of Mt. Thalaysagar and Mt. Bhrigupanth.

This hike is very adventurous. It’s also kind of an endurance test as it has long days, difficult terrain and climbs to very high altitudes. If you want to avoid hikes like Rupin Pass and Gaumukh Tapovan and still experience the same adventure, choose this hike.

Note: Only choose this hike if you are very fit and have already gained experience with high-altitude hikes. With the kind of winter we’ve had this year, expect lots of snow in May even towards mid-June.

| Difficulty: Difficult
| Region: Gangotri, Uttarakhand
| Duration: 7 days
| Best month: may June

Check the Kedartal data.

8. Pundrik Lake Weekend Trek – Our newest trek!

Pundrik Lake Trek. Image by Yash Thakur

I am very happy to introduce you to our newest weekend hike – Lake Pundrik. It is in the heart of Himachal, near Shimla. It’s not a very tough hike, it covers short distances over two days and doesn’t climb too high either.

But for the ease of the hike, it’s incredibly rewarding. You have the rare opportunity to hike through pine forests for long periods of time (pine forests end very quickly on most walks!). You then enter beautiful meadows that slowly lead you to the lake. The trail and campsites are actually well maintained and surprisingly, nobody goes there.

Note: this is a wonderful weekend hike if you are near Delhi. All you have to do is get on a Manali bus and get off at Aut. We only have two dates in April. So register quickly! 🙂

| Difficulty: Slightly moderate
| Duration: 2 days
| Best month: April

Check the dates of Lake Pundrik.

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