7 Best Places To Trek In Uttarakhand
“I walked slowly to enjoy this freedom, and when I came out of the mountains,
I saw the sky over the prairie, and I thought that if heaven was real,
I hoped it was a place I never had to go, for this earth was greater than any paradise.” • Daniel J. Rice, The Unpeopled Season: Journal from a North Country Wilderness
The Land of Gods, Uttarakhand is enriched with places where you can have this feeling. With its breathtaking mountains and snow covered peaks, the state has a whole lot on its plate to offer. Home to Nanda Devi, the second tallest peak in India as well as a host of other 7000 meter plus peaks, Uttarakhand is capable of meeting the needs of both professional and novice trekkers.
Known as the Garhwal Himalayas, it is further divided into the eastern Kumaon division and western Garhwal division. The best trekking season is between April and Early June and then again during October and November. Here is a list of some of the best places to trek in Uttarakhand.
Gomukh Tapovan or Gangotri Glacier Trek
This is a 4 or 5 day trek starting from Gangotri to the Gangotri Glacier. It is one of the most popular treks and is usually taken up as a religious pilgrimage. The literal meaning of Gomukh is cow’s snout and it refers to the origin of the Ganges River.
One can enjoy the fantastic view of Mt. Shivling on one side and Bhagirathi peak on other. Mount Shivling whose name refers to the sacred symbol of Lord Shiva, is exceptionally beautiful. It can take the hikers an extra 3 or 4 days for hiking around the Tapovan (meadow) covering different peaks and up the glacier. Treks In India
Deorital and Chandershila Trek
This is a 4 day trek starting from Rishikesh. It is a little longer than a half day drive to the trailhead at Sari village. An easy 45 min hike would take you to Deorital Lake which has great views. It is an amazing camping site. Next day you can trek to Chopta and then on to the summit of Chandershila. It contains breathtaking views of Chaukhamba. In April hills look all pink as they are covered with the blooming Rhododendrons.
Valley of Flowers Trek
This trek would take you to the most famous area for wildflowers in the Himalaya. Unlike the other treks, it is best done during monsoon season as the flowers are in full bloom this time of the year.
The monsoons sure make the trek difficult for the trekkers but the beauty of the flowers make all the hassle worth it. One can stay in one of the lodges at Ghangria in order to stay out of the rain at night and get dry. The trek begins from Govind Ghat and the first day is spent hiking to the small village of Ghangria.
This trek is the spooky one. This beautiful 6 day trek takes one to the “haunted” lake of Roopkund. Known for the human skeletons that can be seen in the lake, the legends say that the lake contains the ancient remains of several hundred people.