Uttarakhand has always been one of the renowned Indian trekking destinations since antiquity – also commonly known by the name of “Devbhoomi” – the country of gods. Numerous pilgrimage sites and crossed trekking routes in Uttarakhand are home to great happiness and fun for all kinds of trekkers, adventure seekers, or lovers of peace. The entire area of Uttarakhand has a profound serenity and unparalleled lush greenery that provides the hikers with a sense of peaceful exuberance.
Below are some of the most vibrant routes that can’t be skipped if you intend on a hiking tour in Uttarakhand
Roopkund is probably one of India’s most popular trekking routes, offering fantastic views from the top. Usually a 6-day trek, this trek is one of the most common in Uttarakhand thanks to the exciting campsites, picturesque roads, thick green forests, and beautifully undulating green meadows. After a wonderfully splendid ride, you can experience the eerily beautiful, gleaming blue Roopkund Lake (most of the year filled with ice). This trek is a whole dose of adventure for any traveler with steep climbs and enjoyable descents.
Gangotri Gaumukh Trek
The source of the holiest river in India, Ganga, and the towering Mount Shivling, the Gangotri peak, and the Kedardome peak are the Gomukh, which literally translates into ‘cow’s snout.”. Not only exciting adventure seers cover the Gangotri Gomukh trek, but they also cover pilgrims and devotees. You will cross several white sparkling glaciers, such as the glacier Meru and the Glacier Kirti Bamak, making this a rare experience. The level of difficulty of this trek is mild. Amateur-starter walkers can do it.
Valley of Flowers Trek
UNESCO UNESCO Word History Valley is one of India’s most popular hiking, thrilling hikers, and lovers of nature. In 1931, Frank S. Smythe accidentally discovered the valley of flowers as an unmissable hike. Over the open seasons, you are welcomed to the valley on all sides with vibrant colored flowers of various colors. The fresh, soothing water of the bubbling river will freshen your mind, body, and soul alike. It covers a distance of around 17 km from Joshimath. This hike takes 4 to 5 days.
Kedar Tal Trek
This 17 kilometers long walk from Gangotri, popularly called ‘Shiva’s lake,’ is one of the toughest ways for walkers to cross their borders and discover a new horizon. The entire walk has rocky terrains and a rough topography, which eventually gives way to the shimmering, transparent lake that lies on the route of Bhrigupanth, Join, and other snow-capped Himalayan peaks, on the top of the towering Thalayan mountain. During the trek, you will witness a rich quality of hypnotic high-altitude biodiversity.
Rupin Pass Trek
Rupin pass trek is also known as one of the most classical treks in India, as it resembles an exhilarating ensemble of nature and adventure. It gives way to amazing views on every turn. The most important part of this trek. This 9-day trek begins from a picturesque village hamlet of Dhaula and crosses several flora and luxuriant wetlands and rugged waterfalls. The unparalleled natural elegance and the white mass of the peak make it a long journey.
Pindari Glacier Trek
This trek is known locally as ‘the soul of Kumaon,’ because it is easy to reach, but hard to overlap with the towering snow-covered mountains and stunning moraines. This is one of the most spectacular treks to take with vast white snowfields located between the wider range of the Himalayas. This trekking road begins from Loharkhet and goes via Dhakuri to wind up at the spring of the Pindar River which meets the River Alaknanda at an altitude of 3,660 meters above sea level at the lap of the Pindar Valley.
Har ki Doon Trek
Popularly known as a valley of gods, this trek is a delight of walkers, amateurs of adventure, and walkers in general, settled in the ravished western Himalayan valleys of Uttarakhand. This valley can only be accessed via the Govind National Park, famous for its plenty of flora and fauna, situated beneath the Har ki Doon peak. The legendary Swargarohini 1, 2, and 3, Bandarpoonch, and Black peak all can be witnessed together.
This 5-day walk begins in the small village of Uttarkashi and finally gives way to the beautiful Dodital and Darwa Top Lake (viewpoint). The spring lake is located between the high snow-capped mountains and is regarded as one of North India’s most beautiful and calm lakes. The only characteristic of this tour is the Himalayan routes in the lake and a small temple of the Lord Ganesha (as per mythology this is the place where he was born). After a two-day trek from Sangam Chatti, 22 kilometers are reached.
Dayara Bugyal is popular as one of the easiest hiking tours for both amateurs and beginners. These green wet meadows are the grazing ground for local flocks at an elevation of 3.408 meters above sea level. This 6-day walking tour will take you through the colorful strewn wildflowers of oaks and apple woods. Starting from Raithal, the trek starts at the rolling green buggies. The walk is the perfect choice for trekking enthusiasts.
Much of the trekking tourist attracts devotees from the Hindus and pilgrims (as a result of the location of Rudranath’s temple, the fourth site in Panch Kedar Yatra). The trek to the Holy Site provides a splendid view of various natural shades. This moderately challenging trek crosses small villages with panoramic views over the Himalayas surrounding the Nanda Devi, Trishul, and Nanda Ghunti peaks. The whole path provides splendid views over pine forests, green wilderness, and lush valleys.