Har ki Dun trek is a beautiful trek which go through the Govind National Park, which is famous for its wild flowers especially orchids. This area has some of the most beautiful forests. It was made popular by Jack Gibson, a teacher at the Doon school in the late 1940’s.The surrounding peaks and glaciers in the Banderpoonch Range are a mountaineer’s delight. The Har-ki-dun valley is famous for its flowers and meadows. The path follows the tons river from Netwar village up through the scenic villages of Gangad, Seema and Osla. Har-ki-dun has many camping places and also a forest guest house. A rest day is ideal to explore the nearby jamdar glacier or make a short excursion to Ruinsara Lake.
Rupin Pass Trek
Maximum Elevation: Rupin Pass – 4540mIt is a remote and beautiful trek from Uttarakhand (Dhaula) to Himachal Pradesh (Sangla), over Rupin Pass, following the Rupin River. The alpine meadows in the Govind National Park and the views along the way are outstanding. The trek passes through several villages and shepherd camps in the rupin river valley. Rupin is a tributary of the tons river and meets Supin River at Netwar. This part of the Himalayas is very beautiful and has not been spoilt by development. One can witness the Garhwali culture as well as the kinnauri culture. There is a stark difference between the two and the most prominent indicator is the style of houses.During the early summer months it is highly likely that one may encounter snow leading upto the pass. This makes this trek enthralling.
Chopta, Tungnath Trek
Tungnath trek is short and easy in the Chopta Tungnath trek which runs parallel to the sky-scraping Himalayan Treks. Tunganath is the highest temple of Garwal. During this hiking, one can enjoy clear view of majestic peaks of Panchchuli, Nanda Devi, Nilkanth and Kedarnath. Chopta gives a picturesque view of the Himalayas. In the early spring the Rhododendron forest glow red as the flowers bloom.
Area: Garhwal Himalayas
Altitude: 2,680 metres
Season: Round The Year
This beautiful trek is very popular. The Kuari pass is also known as Curzon’s trail since the British viceroy, George Curzon, attempted crossing it and loved exploring this area. Though the pass is not very high it offers excellent views of Nanda Devi, Dunagiri and other Himalayan peaks. The Nanda Devi national park and the Rishi Ganga gorge are visible from the first day itself.
Roopkund is a mysterious lake in the interiors of district Chamoli.The lake is rather shallow having a depth of about 2m with the edges covered with snow for most parts of the year. When the snow melts;human and equine skeleton remains can be seen, some of them with flesh attached. These remains have been preserved in the alpine conditions for centuries. It is believed that these are the remains of about 300 persons who died about 500-600 years ago. There are many theories about these findings but none are satisfying. Hence the lake is known as the Mystery Lake. Some believe them to be those of General Zorawarsâ€™ soldiers who died here in a vain attempt to conquer Tibet, while others maintain that they are the skeletons of the zealous pilgrims, who went on the Raja Yatra to the base of Trishul. It is however one of the popular treks in Garhwal as it abounds on spectacular mountain scenery. The trek to Roopkund is very scenic and passes through the magnificent Bedni Bugyal. The trek goes through the outer periphery of the Nanda Devi national park and is one of the best treks to view the magnificent peaks of the Nanda Devi Park.
Gangotri Gaumukh Trek
The Gomukh glacier is the source of Bhagirathi (Ganges) and is held in high esteem by the devout who do not miss the opportunity to have a holy dip in the bone chilling icy water.Gomukh is where the water of Ganga trickles down from the glaciers. The sages called it ‘Gomukh’, because in the distant past, it probably appeared like a cow’s mouth. Tapovan is an ideal location for the tourists looking for peace and adventure. Tapovan is located on an altitude of 4463m / 14640ft above sea level. Tapovan known for its beautiful meadows that encircle the base camp of the Shivling peak, Tapovan is a very pleasant surprised spot with a large meadow complete with bubbling streams, wildflowers and campsites. Herds of Bharal (blue mountain goats) is a common sight from here on mountain ridges. On the far side of the glacier the Bhagirathi I, II, III (6454mt), provide an equally impressive backdrop.Every year this place has been visited by thousands of tourist including foreigners for adventure activity like mountaineering & trekking.
Kedartal is a high alitude lake nestled in the himalayas below the gangotri glacier. The approach to the lake is via massive boulders and one can see snow near the lake throughout the year. The trek starts from gangotri and goes through some beautiful birch forests. This is a less frequented trek in this region as most of the trekkers prefer to go to Gaumukh/Tapovan.
Nanda Devi Trek
Mayali Pass Trek
Combining treks has become common in Uttarakhand and this is a new trek which crosses from the Bhagirathi valley to the Mandakini valley via the Mayali Pass. We start from Malla village near Bhatwari and finish off in Kedarnath. The highlight of this trek is the Shastru Taal, Kush kalian plateau and Masar Taal. Short treks to each can be done over 4 days but by combining all three this trek accomplishes another great pass i.e. the Mayali Pass. It passes through forests as well as high plateaus and offers some of the best views of the peaks on the southern side of the Gangotri glacier.
Satopanth Lake Trek
Satopanth Tal is a glacial lake in Uttarakhand, India, located in the midst of snow-capped peaks at an altitude of 4,600 metres (15,100 ft) above sea-level. The lake is considered to be of religious significance to the local people; residents of Mana village throw the ashes of the dead in the lake. Many people believe that the Trimoortis, viz, Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh, take bathe in the lake on an auspicious day. Certain species of birds are found here, which pick up the pollutants of the lake and thus keep the lake clean. These birds are not found anywhere. The local belief is that they are the Gandharvas disguised, who guard the lake against evils.
Geologically this is a glacial corrie lake. The alkapuri glacier is huge and a lot of corrie lakes are formed and this one is the biggest. The waters of the lake are held by the vast boulders and lateral moraines of the glacier. The beauty of this trek is that it starts at 3300m (the altitude of badrinath) and continues alongside the Alaknanda River until the alkapuri glacier. The junction of the 2 glaciers is a magnificent sight. The peaks of neelkanth, balakun and Satopanth give company throughout the trek. The camping locations on this trek are devoid of any trees and are beautiful alpine meadows. There are numerous waterfalls along the way which make the walk a pleasant sight.
Bali Pass Trek
Maximum Elevation: Bali pass or Yamunotri Pass 4800m
This pass was an old trekking route from the tons river valley to the Yamuna river valley. It continues to attract trekkers during the monsoon season when the snow melts and the pass is approachable from both sides. The pass is more approachable from the har-ki-dun valley as the gradient is small and gives good time for the trekkers to acclimatize to the altitude. The trek starts from Sankri and passes through the Govind National Park, which is famous for its wild flowers. It also gives you an opportunity to visit the sacred lake at Ruinsara on the way and to explore the less travelled path over Yamunotri pass to yamunotri temple. The meadowsnear the lake are an ideal place to rest and explore the nearby peaks and passes. Another highlight of this trek is that it gives you the experience of camping above 4000m.The area is surrounded by Banderpoonch range and some of the famous peaks are kalanag, banderpoonch west and Ruinsara. This region was made popular by Jack Gibson, a teacher at the Doon school in the late 1940’s.The surrounding peaks and glaciers in the swargarohini Range and Banderpoonch range are a mountaineer’s delight.
Kedarkantha peak, situated in the mountains of the tons river valley is a beautiful ridge peak; easily accessible anytime of the year. In the winters it snows in this valley and hence views from the summit are very rewarding. The trek goes through the Govind national park and gives you ample time to soak in the flora and fauna of this protected area. The summit lies at an altitude of 3850m and reaching the top is very satisfying as you are rewarded with views of peaks like the swargarohini, banderpooch, black and Ranglana.
Borasu Pass Trek
Maximum Elevation: 5360m Borasu PassThe Borasu pass is one of the many passes that cross into Himachal from Uttarakhand. It connects the Tons river valley with Baspa river valley. The pass is open only for a few months before monsoons and then for a month or two before the winter sets in. It is a high but practical traverse into the great Kinnaur Valley, takes 3 to 4 days from Har Ki Dun forest rest house to Chitkul road head in the Baspa Valley. From HarkiDun the trail heads north along the Maninda Gad. Beyond that the ascent eases and the path winds up for 5km through a flower strewn narrow valley. With a glacier trough further right, climb strenuously, for about 4 km to the pass. Descend the rocky slopes and down to the Baspa bed. Cross the river by a bridge and reach the Doaria camp grounds. From Doaria the trek to Chitkul is very easy on the legs. This trek is one of the best ways to experience the Himalayan culture of Garhwal and Kumaon.
Pindari Glacier Trek
This glacier is loated in Uttarakhand in Kumaun zone between NANDA DEVI and NANDAKOT mountains. The locals proudly refer to it as the Soul of Kumaon. It is one of the most easily accessible glacier of Himalaya.
Milam Glacier Trek
Milam Glacier Trek is a gateway to explore the mystiques of Uttarakhand. Milam Glacier is one of the remotest yet accessible glaciers of Uttarakhand. Milam Glacier is the largest glacier of Kumaon covering an area of 37square kilometers. The base camp for this 16km long glacier is Munsiyari. Milam Glacier is situated at the base of Mount Trishuli (7,065mts). Provision for food, porters and guides can be done from Munsiyari. Milam Glacier is perched at an elevation of 3,438mts above sea level, 60kms beyond Munsiyari. The trail to Milam Glacier goes through forests, waterfalls, villages, chunks of ice, wooden bridges. Milam Glacier is the source of Gori Ganga River which acts as an important tributary of Kali River. The trek is long, tiring and adventurous and thus graded at moderate level.