Trekking trails present the many facets of India. It is not just time well-spent on a long vacation but is an experience of a lifetime. India has many trekking trails that range from hardcore adventure treks to the easier treks that are mostly family-friendly.
Given the diverse geographical terrains and climatic conditions, treks in the country is an activity that is both exciting and a lot of fun. Immerse yourself in the beauty of nature and get lost in the beauty of the paths less taken in India!
Chembra Peak Trek
Chembra Peak is the highest peak of Wayanad and as such has become one of the most frequented places to trek in South India. Trekking instruments are available from District Tourism Promotion Council. A heart shaped lake can be seen when you reach the top of the peak. You can also view the entire district of Wayanad from here. It is a haven for nature lovers and photographers.
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Coorg in Karnataka is one of the choicest place to trek while on a South India tour. Situated in the Western Ghats, Coorg has favourable climatic conditions except June-September which are the monsoon months. Brahmagiri Ranges and Pushpagiri are famous for trekking holidays. Trekking can also be done near Iruppu Falls, Abbey Falls, Thadiyandamol and Nagarhole National Park.
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Kalsubai Peak Treak
It is the highest peak of Sahyadris in Maharashtra. Various trails are available to trek that leads to the peak of Kalsubai. The adventure starts from Bari village that is easily accessible from the Mumbai-Nashik Road. The temple of Kalsubai, located at the summit is dedicated to a local deity. The temple can be reached by climbing the slopes. Iron ladders on this route help the trekkers in the steep climb.
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Kodachadri in Shimoga district of Karnataka is one of the adventurous trekking trails of South India. Trekking here demands high fitness level. Trekking here can be done during October - February. Karikatte Gate is one of the trek routes to Kodachadri. Ganesha Guha, Hindlumane Falls and Belakallu Theertha can be viewed while trekking. With due permission of Forest Department, trekkers can make acamp out here also.
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Markha Valley Trek
A trek that might bring out the child in you is the one in the Markha Valley Range in Ladakh. Trekkers follow the flow of the river Markha river, that provides a soothing undertone to the whole journey. You can enjoy the calmness that surrounds you and lesuirely take in the beauty of the place.
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Nilgiri Hills Trek
Nilgiri Hills is a part of the Western Ghats and is situated in Tamil Nadu. It shares its border with Karnataka and Kerala. Ooty, Kotagiri and Coonoor of Nilgiri district are the most popular trekking destinations in the region. Favourable climate, gentle slopes and lesser restrictions make it easy for even amateur trekkers. April to June and September to December is the ideal time to trek Nilgiri as it is neither too hot nor too cold. Trekking permissions are to be procured in advance from the Forest Department.
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Situated in Kannur district of Kerala, Paithalmala which is a part of the Western Ghats attracts photographers, nature lovers and trekkers. An observatory tower at the hilltop gives a panoramic view of the valley. Dense forest cover starts once you reach the tower. Early morning is the ideal time to plan a trekking tour to Paithalmala.
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Pindari Glacier Trek
Located in the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand, Pindari Glacier trek is an enthralling adventure trek in India. Travellers can enjoy the beauty of nature that surrounds them and also enjoy the scenic view from its height.
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Pin Valley Trek
The Pin Valley Pass was discovered by Sir Louis Dane in 1884 in search of an alternate route to the scenic Spiti Valley. This pass connects Parvati Valley from Kullu to the Pin Valley of Spiti. Travellers can enjoy the picturesque view of the region as they trek through here. It is a haven for trekkers and photographers.
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The mystical lake of Roopkund where skeletons of unclear origins lie is the spookiest trekking route you can go on! Located in the Garhwal district this trek is sure to give travellers all the thrills and chills that they can ask for. Enjoy the snowy terrain and once you reach the lake be amazed by what you get to see.
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