Top Trekking Destinations in Uttarakhand

Uttarakhand or Uttaranchal as previously called is well known for the natural environment like the Bhabar and the Terai regions.

Located at the foothills of the Himalayas ranges, Uttarakhand is a destination for Hindu temples and pilgrimages.

In fact, that is why the state is referred to as ‘Devbhumi’, the Land of the Gods.

Also, the state has numerous trekking spots since it has international boundaries with Tibet in the north and Nepal in the east.  Nature lovers or adventure junkies, Uttarakhand has everything you wish for! Below are a few popular treks that are definitely the best of the best to choose and spend your holidays to the fullest. Placed amid the great Himalayas, every trek in Uttarakhand will captivate you by its astounding beauty.

Har Ki Dun

Har Ki Dun River View
In this image is a portion of the valley, a river which flows through it, and in the background, the Himalayan peak named Swargarohini. Local legend has it that Yudhishthira (one of the Pandavas from the Hindu epic Mahabharata) climbed this peak on his way to Heaven. ( Source: Wikipedia )

The Har Ki Dun – Ruinsara Tal trek should undoubtedly top your trek list when it comes to Uttarakhand.

The trail traverses through the most magnificent parts of Govind Pashu Vihar National Park and Sanctuary.

The 70km trek has underrated beauties! At 10,000ft, if you can witness thick forests, serene meadows, and sights of the Himalayan ranges from open grassland, what more do you need! Devsu Thatch is an extraordinary reward you get during your trekking.

Except for the monsoon season (the sanctuary is closed for 3 months), the Har ki dun trek has unique and enchanting vistas during the other seasons.

The base camp, Sankri is also the base camp for other amazing and stunning treks like Bali Pass and Kedarkantha.

Valley of flowers

Valley of Flowers (VoF)
Valley of Flowers (VoF)
scene from Valley of Flowers
A scene from Valley of Flowers, Impatiens sulcata, This flower paints the Valley of Flowers in pink in the first week of August.
Valley of Flowers; see trek in left-hand side and valley in front
Valley of Flowers; see trek in left-hand side and valley in front

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For attractive and colorful wildflowers covering the carpet of green lush meadows, the Valley of Flowers seems the best, rugged terrain, steep ascends and lissom trails throughout the trek has the most beautiful views of the mountains at different natural settings.

Starting from Rishikesh to reach the whopping altitude of 12654ft, it takes 6-7 days to complete the trek.

The Valley of Flowers National Park is a home for endemic alpine blossoms and a variety of flora and fauna.

Considered to be one of the most preferred monsoon treks in India, Valley of Flowers has a unique transition zone between the great Himalayan region and the mountain ranges of the Zanskar.

The Asiatic black bear, snow leopard, musk deer, brown bear, red fox, blue sheep are some of the prominent and endangered animals you might encounter during the trek.

Roopkund Trek

The roopkund lake in August2014
The roopkund lake in August2014 ( Source: Wikipedia )
Roopkund is located in Uttarakhand
Roopkund is located in Uttarakhand ( Source: Wikipedia )
Human skeletons in Roopkund Lake
Human skeletons in Roopkund Lake ( Source: Wikipedia )

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The Skeleton Lake trek is most famous for the mystery behind it.

Thousands of human bones and skeletons can be spotted at the bottom of the lake, which is at an altitude of 14,638 feet challenging terrain along with Bedini Bugyal grasslands and ascending on piles of snow makes the Roopkund trek the most thrilling trekking in Uttarakhand.

Lying at the route of Nanda Devi temple pilgrimage site, the trail will introduce you to cross-religion pilgrims, densely lush forests, cascading streams, huge clearing of snow throughout the 8-9 days trek.

 Pindari Glacier

Pindari glacier
Pindari glacier ( Source: Wikipedia )

Popularly called by the locals ‘the Soul of Kumaon’, the trek leads you to the Pindari Glacier which is in between the Nanda Devi Peak and Nanda Kot Peak.

Lying in the upper Kumaon Himalayas, the Pindari Glacier is the most popular summer season trek in Uttarakhand.

The trek is surely a treat for all hikers because of its stunning glaciers, torrent streams, breathtaking waterfalls, and overall blend of immense natural beauty.

Kafni Glacier on the right of the Pindari Glacier makes the trek a double delight!

Chopta- Chandrashila Trek

View from Chandrasila Peak
View from Chandrasila Peak ( Source: Wikipedia )
Chandrashila peak from Tungnath Temple
Chandrashila peak from Tungnath Temple ( Source: Wikipedia )
NandaDevi from Chandrashila Pk
NandaDevi from Chandrashila Pk ( Source: Wikipedia )

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A popular winter trek in Uttarakhand, the trek begins from Ukhimath, passing Deoria Tal, and ends in Chopta.

From the mini Switzerland of Garhwal Himalaya or Chopta village, one can admire the natural scenery and tranquility throughout the trek. Stunning views of Trishul Peak, Bandarpunch Upper Peak, Kedarnath, Chaukhamba Peak, Nanda Devi Peak will feast your eyes from the top.

The highest temple of Lord Shiva, the Tungnath Temple is also accessible through the Chopta- Chandrashila trek.

Camping by the Devariyatal Lake under the clear sky and chilling among the woods of deodar, pine, and rhododendrons are a lively luxury night. 

Uttarakhand is a paradise and a living proof of heaven!