Top 10 best Himalayan treks to do
The following are the top 10 Himalayan treks to take anytime of the year. Even though it was difficult to choose the greatest Himalayan hikes, because each journey is unique in its own way.
This compilation includes beginner-friendly treks such as Dayara Bugyal, Brahmatal, and Kedarkantha. They are ideal hikes all year — save for during the rainy season. Treks such as Hampta Pass, Valley of Flowers, Kashmir Great Lakes, and Tarsar Marsar are superb during the monsoon season. This is the period between July and September.
If you wish to trek in the snow, plan your trip between November and April. If you want to trek in the spring, check for treks like Sandakphu Phalut, Khopra Ridge, and Goechala between March and April.
Selected Himalayan treks for lifetime adventures
The Himalayas are home to the world’s tallest mountains. While the Everest Base Camp is a terrific option, the prospects for adventure abounds among the Himalayan summits. Over 100 of these summits exceed 7000m or 24000 ft. Mountain ranges west of the Indus include the Pamir, Hindu Kush, and the Karakoram.
1. Everest Base Camp Trek
This is our favourite Himalayan trek of all time. With great views of the Everest, it has an excellent track and wonderful tea houses to stay in.
Constant vistas of some of the world’s highest peaks will amaze you during the 11-day walk. The trail terminates at Everest Base Camp. From here you can stare directly up the Khumbu Glacier’s icefall towards the peak of Mt Everest, 3500 metres above you.
Along the route, you encounter three of the world’s ten highest peaks, including the Everest (8201m/26,906ft), Cho Oyu (8201m/27,940ft), and Lhotse (8,516m/27,940ft). The ice-laden walls of Pumori (7,161m/23,494ft) and Ama Dablam are equally impressive, albeit not as tall.
2. Poon Hill Trek
There are actually two Himalayan treks that can be completed independently or together. This journey, like the Everest Base Camp trek, offers a beautiful trail and fantastic tea house lodging.
If you only have four or five days, the Poon Hill walk is one of the best short treks in the Himalayas. It provides fantastic up-close views of Annapurna. If you have a little more time, try the trek to Annapurna Base Camp, located in the renowned Annapurna Sanctuary.
Get spectacular views of the south face of Annapurna I (8,091 m/26,538 ft), the world’s tenth highest peak. The walk to the base camp offers breathtaking views of the hanging glaciers and sheer cliff face.
3. Manaslu Circuit Himalayan Trek
The Manaslu Trip is a 14 to 16-day teahouse trek that circuits the world’s eighth highest peak. The tea houses and trail have been upgraded in recent years. The walk is quickly becoming a popular alternative to the Annapurna Circuit.
In recent years, the overall number of tourists rose to about 2000. Majority tourists arrive in October. This is one of Nepal’s best hikes, and it gets you away from the throng.
This Himalayan trek remains in a restricted region, thus trekkers must pay a weekly fee of USD 50 per. The journey begins at 435 metres and travels through a variety of landscapes as it ascends the Barun Valley to the Makalu Base Camp. It’s a real adventurous wilderness experience.
4. Upper Mustang Trek
One of the intriguing Himalayan treks is the Upper Mustang Trek. It bares Nepal’s desert grandeur and historic Tibetan civilizations.
The 18-day journey begins in Jomsom and ends on the far side of the Annapurna Range. To enter the area, you require a special permit. The journey must be organized as a tea house and camping trek.
Fewer tourists (around 1000 per year) travel to this isolated part of Nepal. The old “Forbidden City,” as well as ancient monasteries and caves, are among the trek’s highlights. The dry mountainous terrain resembles Ladakh in India, more than the other treks in Nepal.
5. Goecha La Trek
The Goecha La trip is an eight-day hike in the Indian state of Sikkim. The trek is one of the wettest parts of the Himalayas due to proximity to the Bay of Bengal. It also lies in direct line of impact from the Indian Monsoon.
The journey begins on a muddy track through dense rain woods. The lowland forest is gradually replaced by spectacular Rhododendron forests, fully blooming in early May. The first views are from Dzongri Top, from which you can see both Kanchenjunga and Mount Pandim
Many people stop in Dzongri, but it’s worth continuing on to Samiti Lake. Samiti is a sacred lake whose beautiful waters are the source of the Prek River. The Goecha La stands at 16000 ft.
6. Gangotri Glacier Trek
This day trip (pilgrimage) brings you to the source of India’s most revered river, the Ganges. The walk takes six days or more and begins at the end of the road near Gangotri. It meanders about 18 kilometres to Gomukh, the source of the Ganges at the base of the glacier.
The scenery is breathtaking, with views of Mount Shivling and the Bhagirathi range. The Gangotari Glacier trek is an excellent hike for viewing stunning peaks. At the same time you get a peek of one of the largest glaciers in the middle of the Himalayas.
The central Indian Himalayan treks, which comprise the states of Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand, are well-known for their trekking routes. Many of these treks are also Hindu pilgrimages that penetrate deep into the Himalayas.
7. Frozen River Himalayan Treks
An ancient path follows the frozen Zanskar River. This six-day trip connects the settlements of the Zanskar Valley to the village of Chilling, located on the road to Leh (Ladakh, India).
This Himalayan adventurous walk is best done in late January and early February, when the weather is coldest. The river freezes used as a trail. Average daytime temperature at this time fall to -10 degrees Celsius and nighttime temperatures are -20 to -25 degrees Celsius.
It is one of those Himalayan treks challenges that’s not just magnificent and stunning walk, but tough. Some sections of the river may not freeze entirely and a fresh passage must be carved. Working new treks in the snow snow-covered banks offers once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of ‘finding yourself’.
8. Kolahoi Glacier Trek
Trekking in Kashmir is unlike anywhere else in the Himalayas. The magnificent mountain meadows and stately pine trees is likened to hiking in the Alps of Switzerland.
The three-day walk up Lidder Valley to Kolahoi Glacier is easily accessible from Srinagar. It is an excellent first hike choice in Kashmir. The trail follows the Lidder River and provides panoramic views of the surrounding snow-capped peaks and wildflower-filled meadows.
You will meet the Gujjars, a nomadic group who herd sheep in the region for millennia. They live in the canyon during the summer. If you make it all the way to the valley’s head, your rewards include spectacular views of the Kolahoi Glacier.
9. Kailash Circuit Trek
See this stunning view of nature! The symmetrical mountain is one of the Himalayas most beautiful and sacred mountains. The Kailash Circuit trek is renowned as one of the world’s most demanding journeys for religious pilgrims.
Hindus see the mountain as Lord Shiva’s home. It is geographically and culturally significant as the source of India’s great rivers, including the Brahmaputra and Indus. The mountain is mentioned in ancient scriptures as the center of the globe.
A pilgrimage around the mountain will liberate them from the never-ending cycle of birth and death. Pilgrims have made the journey to the region for at least several thousand years. The trip is taken in a clockwise direction.
When most people think of Everest Base Camp, they are referring to the base camp on the mountain’s southern slope in Nepal. That is a more popular hiking route. But then you can drive all the way to Everest Base Camp in Tibet, but the trip beyond base camp is where things become interesting.
10. Snowman Trek
The Snowman Trek is a 25-day expedition over the Himalayan spine between Bhutan and Tibet. The walk is commonly referred to as the world’s most difficult because it crosses 11 passes, four of which are over 5000 meters high.
Aside from the passes, the trekker must contend with generally harsh weather. Prepare to be virtually isolated from the outside world. The journey begins in Paro and mainly follows the spine of the Himalayas between Bhutan and Tibet.
The best time to embark on this adventure is in October, before the snow comes to the high passes and shortly after the monsoon stops. The10-day trip begins in Paro Valley and leads to the base camp of Chomolhari (7,326 m), Bhutan’s second tallest peak. The mountain is sacred to Tibetan Buddhists, and due to the restrictions, just a few people have ever climbed it.
The hike mixes stunning alpine beauty with Bhutan’s distinct culture, to which outsiders have had limited access for many years. This is a camping excursion that reaches a high point of over 5000m in elevation.
The world has plenty of tourists attractions to offer. If you are planning an adventure to the Himalayan treks, you should do so in a group. Or at least join a group when you get here. Planning ahead with expedition companies will come in handy.