Top 10 Best Treks in India

With the unique, exclusive blend of nature and culture, Indian trekking routes are absolutely worth the money and effort. Sprawled crossways five Indian states, the Indian Himalayas cover a large area at the northern borderline of the country.

In this article, we’ve enlisted the top 10 best treks in India to give you a summary of what choices you have for trekking in India. These are the famous popular guided treks in the Indian Himalayas based on the number of explorers. At last, the trek you end up picking will be based on personal likings more than anything else. The treks differ in terms of difficulty, duration, cultural elements, religions and, of course, inaccessibility. Depending upon these aspects and your budget, you can make a knowledgeable decision as to which trek would be appropriate for you.

So, here’s our list of top 10 best treks in India:



Chadar – The Frozen Zanskar River Trek
An incomparable trek along the frozen Zanskar river with lovely winter terrain and a direct glimpse of the early culture of Ladakh region, this is a thrilling journey for experienced trekkers. Icy routes, bone-chilling winds, untouched nature, and the experience of a lifetime, that’s what this trek is all about.
Location: Leh Ladakh
Maximum Altitude: 3390 m
Duration: 9 Days
Best Season: January to February
Difficulty: Level 3: Moderate to Level 4: Difficult
Remoteness: Fairly Remote

Chadar – The Frozen Zanskar River Trek
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Gangotri Gomukh trek
An expedition in the Garhwal Himalayas, this trek takes you to the Gangotri glacier at Gomukh, the origin of the Ganges. A natural delight, the area features a large variety of plants and animals, including rare blue mountain goats. The glacier is enclosed by beautiful mountains on all sides, a truly hypnotic sight to behold.
Location: Garhwal Himalayas of Uttarakhand
Maximum Altitude: 4463 m
Duration: 12 days
Best Season: May-June & August-Mid Oct
Difficulty: Level 3: Moderate
Remoteness: Moderately Remote

Gangotri Gomukh trek
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Ladakh – Markha Valley trek
Markha valley trek is a very famous trek in the Ladakh region. You’ll be covering a variety of terrains including dry mountains, watercourses, and minor villages with fields of wheat, barley and mustard. Covering several old Buddhist monasteries, the area is a storehouse of ancient Tibetan culture. A trek through this area will be engraved in your memory for a lifetime.
Location: Ladakh
Maximum Altitude: 5150 m
Duration: 7 to 9 days
Best Season: Mid-June to Mid-October
Difficulty: Level 3: Moderate
Remoteness: Fairly Remote

Ladakh – Markha Valley trek
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Kuari Tapovan trek
An expedition through the interestingly beautiful Garhwal region of India, this trek has you walking in the shadows of several 7000+ peaks. The area houses rare Himalayan wildlife such as the snow leopard and the musk deer. The highlight of the hike is the Kuari pass at a height of 4264 m. The hike is relatively easy, featuring a hands-on experience of the local Hindu culture.
Location: Garhwal
Maximum Altitude: 4264 m
Duration: 6 Days
Best season: April-June and September-November
Difficulty Level: Level 2: Easy
Remoteness: Not Remote

Kuari Tapovan trek
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Nanda Devi trek
Expanding to an altitude of 7816 m, Nanda Devi is the uppermost peak in the Garhwal region of India. Sprawled across the lap of the mountain, the Nanda Devi national park, covering exclusive Himalayan flora and fauna, is a home of beauty in and of itself. You’ll be trekking along Himalayan foothills and numerous small rivers, streams and glaciers. The place is an essence of pristine natural beauty, fascinating thousands of shutterbugs, trekkers and spiritualists every year.
Location: Garhwal Himalayas
Maximum Altitude: 4150 m
Duration: 10 days
Best Season: May-June and September-October
Difficulty: Level 3: Moderate to Level 4: Difficult
Remoteness: Moderately Remote

Nanda Devi trek
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Stok Kangri trek
Stok Kangri trek takes you to the uppermost climbable summit in India at a height of 6153 m. It is a moderately difficult trek in the Ladakh region that is picture-perfect for skilled trekkers, though it does not really need mountaineering skills. The royal view of the Himalayas from the Stok Kangri summit makes the entire trek an expedition to remember.
Location: Ladakh
Maximum Altitude: 5260 m (6153 m with the climb)
Duration: 9 days
Best Season: July to September
Difficulty: Level 4: Difficult
Remoteness: Fairly Remote

Stok Kangri trek
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Dodital trek
Between snow-clad mountains in the Uttarakhand area lies a small freshwater lake named Dodital. The lake is considered holy and is a site of natural beauty and cultural reputation. The leisurely-paced expedition to the lake takes you through soft snowy terrain with cool winter winds gusting through your hair. All in all, Dodital is a fine trek in the Indian Himalayas that you will lovingly recall even after many years.
Location: Garhwal Uttarakhand
Maximum Altitude: 3307 m
Duration: 6 to 7 days
Best Season: April to November
Difficulty Level: Level 2: Easy to Level 3: Moderate
Remoteness: Not Remote

Dodital trek
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Roopkund trek
Roopkund is a lake at a height of 5029 m, well-known for the human skeletal ruins found at its bottom. An expedition to the remote Roopkund lake takes you through untouched forests with rivers gushing below you. The lush greenery, the many birds of several species, the surrounding Himalayan peaks, the flat plains, the Hindu temples, all serve to make the hike to Roopkund an unforgettable experience.
Location: Uttarakhand
Maximum Altitude: 5029 m
Duration: 9 days
Best Season: Mid-May to mid-June and September to October
Difficulty: Level 3: Moderate
Remoteness: Fairly Remote

Roopkund trek
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Valley of Flowers
Situated high in the Himalayas of Uttarakhand at an altitude of 3658 m, the valley of flowers is termed appropriately: it is a huge valley flourishing with more types of flowers than one can perhaps count. It is a remarkable site surrounded by gorgeous mountains on all sides. The valley floor is splendid with flowers of all colours and the whole area has an intense, pleasing aroma. After an exciting hike in the Himalayan foothills, the valley of flowers feels like paradise on Earth.
Location: Garhwal Himalayas
Maximum Altitude: 3658 m
Duration: 6 Days
Best Season: July to September
Difficulty: Level 2: Easy to Level 3: Moderate
Remoteness: Fairly Remote (No Accommodation)

Valley of Flowers
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Goecha La trek
Goecha La, a trek in the core of the attractive Sikkim area, puts you face to face with Kanchenjunga, the third highest mountain peak on the planet. Be it stunning rhododendron forests, attractive hill stations, or clear blue Himalayan lakes, this hike has it all. The hike is quite challenging, but when you view the majestic Himalayas from Dzongri, you’ll undeniably find it worth the effort.
Location: Sikkim
Maximum Altitude: 4940 m
Duration: 10 days
Best Season: Mid March to June and September to Mid November
Difficulty Level: Level 4: Difficult
Remoteness: Fairly Remote

Goecha La trek
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