The myriad and unique landscapes of India beckon for a unique trekking experiences. Trekking in India takes place in different parts of the country be it the north, south, east or the centre of the country, each region offers something distinct and awe-inspiring. Himachal Pradesh is spread across valleys, and 90% of the population lives in villages and towns. The state has achieved 100% hygiene and all homes have washrooms. Shimla district has maximum urban population of 25%. The hill stations of the state are among the most visited places in the country. The government has successfully imposed environmental protection and tourism development, meeting international standards, and it is the only state which forbids the use of polyethylene and tobacco products.
Himachal Pradesh is blessed with immense beauty. True to its name, the state lies in the lap of the Himalayas. This Indian state is in the heart of the Himalayas nestled between Ladakh one side and Uttarakhand on the other. The state has been a popular tourist destination for years due to its flawless landscape and scenic mountains. However, it is gradually emerging as a popular trekking destination among adventure enthusiasts. The states diverse terrain allows for a number of adventure activities, of which trekking is the most popular. It’s a fantastic region for trekking with a handful of well trodden routes and numerous peaks between 6000 and 7000 meters. Access is via the hill stations of Shimla, Manali and Dharamsala. Regardless of your experience at trekking, Himachal’s trekking trails test your capability and limits while offering some of the best panoramic views of the Himalayan mountain range. Trekking in Himachal Pradesh has its own enchantment, thrill and timings. While winter has its own charm and appeal, monsoons are considered to be the ideal time to undertake most of the treks. The period of June through September is the best and suitable time to undertake any of the treks in Himachal Pradesh, as the entire region starts blooming with varieties of colorful flowers and lush greeneries.
Shali Tibba Trek
The Shali Tibba is a peak that is hard to miss. It towers over the district of Shimla, right behind the Mashobra ridge. The peak does not attract as much attention as it deserves. Shali Tibba, at an altitude of 9,423 feet, is surrounded by Shimla, Mashobra, Kufri, Fagu and Narkanda. This stand-alone peak provides a magnificent vantage point for a panoramic 360 degree view of Himachal Pradesh. The road leading to the base camp, Khatnol Village, winds through a quiet and beautiful valley of blue pine and cedar forest. Away from the busy streets of Shimla, the trek to Shali Top is beautiful, short and easy and can be completed in a single day. It is an ideal weekend trek in Shimla.
This is one of the most popular trek that you can do in short period of time. From Triund you have most spectacular view of the snow covered peaks of dhauladhar one one side and Kangra valley on the other. You have got different view at different time of the day-Sunset, moonrise, sunrise all present a different picture of the place. Triund is a short trek from Mcleodganj which can be done easily over a weekend. The main attraction is the sight of snowline and high mountain ranges. This is a small and an easy trek, which can be done either from McLeodganj or Dharamkot, which is 2 km ahead of McLeodganj. The trail is 7 km from Dharamkot and passes Galu Devi temple. From this temple, it takes around 3 hours to reach Triund. The initial half of the trek is a gradual incline and the last 2 km from Snowline Café involve a steep climb all the way till Triund (2,975 metres).
For people seeking a break from the hustle and bustle of city life, undertaking the Bijli Mahadev trek is a perfect opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the Himalayas. Named after the ancient temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, located atop the hill, this unique trek offers a perfect combination of adventure and spirituality. The relatively easy trek is perfect for both beginners and experts and enables them to experience the mysterious ways of God. This is one of the most unique treks in Himachal Pradesh, which is famous both for its breathtaking beauty as well as the unexplained religious occurrence that occurs at the temple whenever lightning strikes, namely the Shivligam being destroyed only to be restored by the priest.
Beas Kund is one of the most popular trek that one can do in a longer weekend in Manali. This trek takes you away from the hustle and bustle of Manali. Following the banks of Beas River expect great views of Pir Pinjal ranges. The meadows of Dhundi & Bakarthach are spectacular in its beauty. As you climb higher you reach the origin of River Beas. A small glacial lake is feeded by the melting snow of the higher peaks of the region. This trek is suitable for all age groups and no trekking experience is required.
Kareri lake is located high between the ranges of Dhauladhar is the perfect elliptical glacial lake. While majority of the backpackers are seen flocking to Triund or Indrahar Pass circuit, this short trek to Kareri Lake makes for a richer and quieter experience. The trek from here is an all ascending trail through holly oak and spruce forests. There is an easy glacial crossing over the stream running down from Kareri Lake during early summer. As you reach the secluded meadows of Harote, Kareri Lake is another 4 km trek up the narrow valley along the stream.
Famous for giving shelter to Dalai Lama at the Tsuglag Khang [Dalai Lama Temple], Mcleodganj is also known for its nearby tourist destinations like Bhagsu Nag waterfall, St. John`s Church, Namgyal Monastery, Dal Lake. On your way, one can take a pit stop at Laka [Snowline] which is two hours away from Triund. You can start for Lahesh Caves which is almost four hours away [4 kms], the trek from Laka to Lahesh Caves is quite steep and is a medium level trek. First time trekkers should take a guide along with themselves.
Mcleodganj Bhagsunag Fall Trek
Starting from mcleod ganj, the first stage is bhagsunag village with an ancient shiva temple, another one kilometer will take you to small but beautiful bhagsunag waterfall, towards north-east of the temple.now after a gradual ascent reach the highest point (2500m) of this trek and visit temple of galu mata. Enjoy surrounding, rest and back to mcleod ganj.
Malana Village Trek is one of the popular Trekking spots in Himachal near Chandra Khanni Pass. Malana in Himachal Pradesh is a tribal village, which is considered as the oldest democracy in the world. The trek ends at the Baralacha Pass on the Manali-Leh road. Malana trek lies a little ahead of the beautiful Chandra Khanni Pass in the tiny village of Malana, an isolated community that has its own language, customs and laws, governed by a parliament of village elders called Koram. The appropriate periods to visit this are, March to June and May to Nov. The permission must be obtained by the head of the villagers to visit the important places in the village. There are nearly 1100 persons in the village.