For trekkers and adventure enthusiasts, winter treks in the country are much more than adventures, they are a natural drug which keeps one's heart pumping and prepares them to conquer several other challenges. The states of Himachal and Uttarakhand are two beautiful states in the country that are crowned with the majestic Himalayan ranges, which is well known for quenching the thirst of adventure enthusiasts.
You will find out that not many people would categorise treks as winter treks; however, with the amount of snow in the Himalayan ranges, trekkers are now bound to categorise treks as per the weather conditions. While you would pass through the scenic beauties of the meadows, the magical oak trees along with ever-charming waterfalls and small hamlets, these treks would help you bring out the best pictures of the vast scenery and the snow-capped mountains.
Gather your wits and prepare yourself for a hike through the snow-filled mountains, narrow pathways and dense thickets which are truly a feast of panoramic views, which offer you breathtaking sunset and sunrise views, which you would cherish for a lifetime.
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A trek of moderate difficulty, the trek to the Mystery Lake of Uttarakhand or Roopkund Lake is a must for an eager trekker who is ready to battle several adversities which are common in the Himalayas. The lake is located in the lap of the snow-covered Mt Trishul, which is situated at an altitude of of 16,499 ft.
Well known for the presence of human skeletons found at the bottom of the lake, which are clearly visible once the snow melts, it attracts a large number of visitors.
The route followed in this trek is indeed a fascinating journey of coming across some of the most pristine contributions of oak and rhododendron trees. The trek finds its way through mountainous rivers, enthralling ridges, lush forests along with scenic meadows.
Situated in the Garhwal Himalayas, Kuari Pass is a place which offers many mesmerising sights. If you happen to be a beginner in trekking, then the Kuari Pass Trek is the right choice to make.
En route one would come across a large number of beautiful forests, which are filled with blooming rhododendron and oak trees.
The region is used commonly by the local shepherds and is truly a beautiful route for one to explore some of the richest meadows in the Himalayan ranges, which offer a brilliant view of the snow-clad peaks.The imposing and scenic beauty of the place can be seen from atop the Kuari, which in translation means a getaway.
Yet another gem in the Himalayan ranges, which is a favourite amongst trekkers from across the globe, is Brahmatal. The trek is a mixture of challenging terrain with picturesque beauty which makes it one of the most sought-after treks.
Situated amidst the Himalayan ranges which are wrapped up in thick blankets of snow, the trek does come across as a challenging one amongst a number trekkers.
The Hampta Pass trek opens itself to every adventure lover as an option to discover the unique landscape of Himachal Pradesh from Manali.
The trek proves to be a very surreal experience which takes you through some of the unusual lush-green valleys of Kullu, which would get wrapped up in snow.
Once at the summit, one would witness a magnificent view of the locations below. The panoramic appearance of the valley from the summit is surely a sight which leaves you spellbound.
Trapped between vibrant and colourful flora and fauna, Goechala in Sikkim is known as the gateway to the beautiful Kanchenjunga National Park, which would help you dive into the natural beauty.
The highlight of the trek does not restrict itself to the Kanchenjunga but also extends itself to various other summits; they make the trek an absolute adventure and give immense pleasure as you watch the landscapes, which are filled with a variety of flowers, attractive meadows and much more.