In the season of winters in India, it is altogether a different challenge for the trekkers – treks are highly challenging at the time of winters. India is filled with adventurous trek locations, which have the best scenic views, waterfalls, lakes, remote places, forests and gigantic mountainous ranges.
These types of treks are worth a try once as they will be etched inside your mind all the life.
1) Chadar Trek in Ladakh:
This is the most challenging trek in India. The word ‘Chadar’ is a local word which means the blanket of snow that carpets over the river and is used as a trail. There are many steep mountainous walls and the walk is over the frozen Zanskar River which is a tributary of Indus river.
The stretch is around 100 km and takes around 8 days to complete that too depending on the weather situation there. This trek is out of the comfort zone for the trekkers as they will have to spend nights in caves and eat pure Ladhaki food. Some people say that Chadar Trek will be possible only for the new few years. Post that, due to global warming, the river’s ice may not be as thick as it is today after it is frozen. Go soon!
2) Nag Tibba Trek in Uttarakhand:
This trek is the best for beginners, Nag Tibba is the highest peak in the Nag Tibba Range located at the Lower Himalayas besides Pir Panjal and Dhauladhar area. This place is the mythological base of Nag Devta, which has beautiful forests, birds and animals at the height of 9,924 feet above the sea level.
The view from here is of the Bandar Poonch peak, Kedarnath peak and the Gangotri group of peaks. This trek takes about 3-4 days to complete, with a walking distance of approximately 16 km.
3) Sandakphu Trek in West Bengal:
This trek is widely known as the ‘Trekkers Wonderland’, as it is the highest point in the state from where at the height of about 11,500 feet above sea level, there is a sight of Mt. Everest seen along with Kanchenjunga, Lhotse and Makalu. This place is rich in flora and fauna with an addition of thrill at each and every step of the trek.
In this trek there is a different thing which attracts the trekkers, there is a Black Pond or a Kalapokhri which is a pond whose water never freezes be it any season or weather. This place is considered to be very sacred by the Buddhists.
There is another famous point in the expedition called the Valley of Poison ‘ Bikhey Bhanjyang’ where a poisonous flower called Aconite grows, due to which the valley has derived its name. The trek takes around 9-10 days to complete, with every passing day it will keep becoming from easy to moderate and then finally difficult from where the thrill starts. Approximate distance covered in this trek is around 45 km.
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