During the winter, the Himalayan mountain trails are converted into a winter wonderland and covered in sheets of ice. They are attracting a wide range of trekkers for short and long hikes to take in the season’s magnificent splendour. The essential features of snow treks in India include passing through old woods, crossing frozen streams, and taking in the most breathtaking vistas of the snow heaven.
Here are a few of the best snow treks which are a perfect blend of discovery and adventure, and will assist both novice and experienced trekkers add new destinations to their bucket lists.
Kuari Pass Trek, Uttarakhand
Whether you’re an experienced trekker or a novice, the Kuari Pass is a climb you must take. In any season, it is a must-do for vistas of Mt. Nanda Devi and Mt. Dronagiri, two of India’s most famous mountains.
This trek allows you to get up and personal with these enormous mountains’ stunning skyline.
In the winter, Kuari Pass is a stunning walk. The hike will be snowy starting in late December. Daytime temperatures will be about 8-10 °C, but nighttime temperatures will be below zero. Campsites surrounded by snow-covered forests provide the impression of being in a fairy tale environment. Only in the dead of winter will you encounter this scene.
Kedarkantha Trek, Uttarakhand
Due to its relative easiness, the Kedarkantha Trek is a trekker’s delight and a rookie’s rite of passage. This walk, which is covered in shimmering snow throughout the winter, provides breath-taking views of the great Himalayan peaks. It also provides trekkers with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see life in the most isolated of settlements during the dead of winter.
It’s also one of the few treks that welcomes guest all year. In the winter, the Kedarkantha trip is a potential alternative for trekkers who enjoy snow. During the winter, skiing is also available at the Kedarkantha base camp and slopes.
Chadar Trek, Ladakh
Imagine travelling on thick layers of ice, with mountains on one side engulfed in snow and a stream on the other, gradually freezing or melting as you stroll past it. And, pique your interest, look up, forward, and around to behold unreal magnificence for as far as the eye can see. This is the Chadar Trek, also known as the Frozen River Trek, but 100 times bigger.
The Chadar Trek, also known as the Frozen River Expedition, is one of India’s most distinctive and difficult treks. Depending on the weather, the 6-day chadar walk across the ice Zanskar River in Ladakh can occur from late January to the end of February, or even the first week of March. In the summertime, the residents, or Zanskaris as they are termed, frequently use a road from Zanskar to Nerak and beyond for labour, which largely consists of trading products. The thick blanket of ice formed by the Zanskar river resembles a white blanket known as Chadar in the local language. As a result, the Chadar Trek is named after the frozen Zanskar River.
Though it appears to be a difficult journey, it isn’t the most challenging because it is essentially a flat stroll along Chadar with minor hills.
The breathtaking sights of the Kangra valley and the frozen Dhauladhar Mountain distinguish the Triund Trekking. Triund trip, which is currently open, is a great weekend trek that takes you away from the hustle and bustle of the city and provides you with views of the Himalayas. It is a favourite walk among Delhi residents as well as those travelling from Chandigarh. Because it is nearer to these places. Capture the breathtaking scene as the sun disappears into the ocean of clouds, leaving only a sliver of its radiance in the sky.