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The best winter treks in India not to be missed in 2021

IIn this post, I am sharing the best winter treks in the Himalayas.

I know this post comes out early, but you should start planning your winter hike in September – you will make it choose the dates you want and your flight tickets are then cheapest. You will also have plenty of time to prepare yourself physically and mentally for your winter hike.

Use this as a guide to help you choose your winter hike. Also pay attention to a few professional tips that accompany these hikes.

Table of Contents:

  1. Dayara Bugyal
  2. Brahma Valley
  3. Deoriatal – Chandrashila
  4. Kedarkantha
  5. Sandakphu – Phalut
  6. Quarry pass
  7. Nag Tibba weekend trek

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The 7 best winter treks in the Himalayas

Here are the top 7 winter treks you can do in the Himalayas:

1. Dayara Bugyal winter trek

Difficulty: Easy – moderate
Region:
Raithal, Uttarakhand
Duration: 6 days

You never see snow as much as in winter. This is Dayara Bugyal in winter. Image by Sudheer Hegde

This is a hike that I just love because it is such a relaxing climb and still gives you such great returns. You never expect such views and experiences on such an easy hike! And in winter (if that is possible) it is even more beautiful when the meadows are covered with white shimmering snow.

advantage Due to the ease of the ascent, this trek is particularly suitable for families and beginners in winter. But don’t let that stop you if you are an experienced trekker – you can do this hike ten times and you won’t get tired. I would also recommend it to those who have seen it in another season. In winter it’s a completely different hike.

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2. Brahmatal Winter Trek

Difficulty: Easy – moderate
Region:
Raithal, Uttarakhand
Duration: 6 days

best winter treks in india - IndiahikesThe Brahmatal Trek is something that all trekkers rave about for the snow experience. Image by Devang Thapliyal

This is our co-founder Sandhya’s favorite hike. When she left last year. She stood on the summit with a captivating view of two most famous mountains – Mt. Trishul and Mt. Nanda Ghunti. She also saw the entire Roopkund Trail – literally a bird’s eye view. I highly recommend reading this personal note she wrote after her Brahmatal hike to get an idea.

advantage Choose this option if you want a great snow experience. Most trekkers come back here and rave about the snow. Also, be physically prepared as there are some good climbs.

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3. Deoriatal – Chandrashila Winter Trek

Difficulty: Easy – moderate
Region:
Sari, Uttarakhand
Duration: 6 days

Deoriatal - Chandrashila - IndiahikesThere is a lot of snow on the Chandrashila summit climb in winter and you can slide all the way down from the summit. Image by Satyen Dasgupta

This is a hike that we missed very much last winter. It used to be one of the most popular winter hikes in India. The popularity waned when the Forestry Department closed some important campsites. But now new alternative campsites have emerged. So we’re back to running this big trek.

Of course, the path remains just as delightful with its lively forests, the lake and the ascent to Tungnath Temple and Chandrashila Summit.

advantage This hike is a very unfair reward for the amount of effort you put into. You can see almost all of the greatest peaks in the Indian Himalayas, including Mt. Nanda Devi, India’s tallest peak. And in winter you will experience snow. If the dates suit you, don’t think twice, just give it a try.

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4. Kedarkantha winter trek

Difficulty: Easy – moderate
Region:
Gaichawan Gaon, Uttarakhand
Duration: 6 days

Kedarkantha - India migrationsNo other trail will you see snow-covered pine forests like on the Kedarkantha Trek. Image by Bappaditya Chandra

Do I have to introduce this hike? This trek exploded in popularity when we opened it in the winter of 2011. It offers lovely campsites, an exciting summit climb and one of the best winter experiences in the Himalayas. Most trekkers consider it a bucket list trek, and they are entirely entitled because you don’t come across such a perfect winter trek every day.

advantage We do this hike from the Kotgaon route and not from Sankri. This new path is isolated and bypasses the crowd. I have to say it’s a lot nicer than the older route too.

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5. Sandakphu – Phalut

Difficulty: Moderate
Region:
Jaubhari, West Bengal
Duration: 7 days

Sandakphu - India hikesOn the way to Sandakphu – seen behind the sleeping Buddha with Mt. Everest, Mt. Makalu, Mt. Lhotse and others. Image by Anil Vesvikar

Choose this hike if you are looking for a strong cultural experience. You will get an insight into the Nepalese trekking culture. It’s a hike on the border between India and Nepal, constantly going in and out of the two countries (feels very international, I tell you!).

It also gives you a view of four of the highest mountains in the world – Mount Everest, Mount Lhotse, Mount Makalu, and Mount Kanchenjunga. No other trek gives you that.

advantage Not many trekkers know that, but on this trek you will stay in teahouses for a few days and also get the Indiahikes camping experience for 2 days. It’s a great way to experience the best of both worlds. While you get snow on this hike, it’s not as much as on our Uttarakhand or Himachal treks. So keep that in mind.

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6. Quarry Pass Winter Trek

Difficulty: Easy – moderate
Region:
Tapoban, Uttarakhand
Duration: 6 days

Quarry Pass - Meadow - IndiahikesThe snowy meadows on the Kuari Pass Trek. Image by Nachiketa

Whether you are an experienced trekker or a beginner, the Kuari Pass is a trek that you must do. It’s a must see for views of some of India’s most famous mountains – Mt Nanda Devi (25,673 feet) and Mt Dronagiri (23,182 feet) – any time of the year.

advantage There is an additional attraction in winter. The snow in his almost perfectly designed forests. Snowflakes settling on the oak leaves over a white carpeted forest floor will instantly take you to the land that Santas would envy. All of this offers you an incomparable winter trekking experience in the Himalayas!

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7. Nag Tibba weekend trek

Difficulty: Easy – moderate
Region:
Dehradun, Uttarakhand
Duration: 2 days

Nag Tibba - IndiahikesThe steep climb before reaching the summit on the Nag Tibba Trek in winter. Image by Vipul

We all know that hiking summits are incredibly rewarding. Because of this, trekkers flock to treks like Kedarkantha or Deoriatal – Chandrashila. On a trail like Nag Tibba you will experience the thrill of climbing a summit in just one weekend! And in winter the experience simply multiplies many times over.

advantage Rest at 9,915 feet, the summit of this hike is the highest in the Nag Tibba Range of the Garhwal Himalayas. From here you can see a 100 degree view of snow-capped Himalayan mountains such as Swargrohini, Bandarpoonch, Kala Nag, Srikantha and Gangotri.

You’ll also see Kedarnath Peak to the north, Doon Valley, and the Changabang Snow Peaks. With views like this one and a climb to earn, this weekend hike might be one of the best.

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Conclusion

So these are the good winter treks to explore this year. Remember, you can always have a good snow experience from mid-December to the end of March!

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