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Top 5 Best Treks in Uttarakhand - Himalayan Daredevils

Written By Himalayan Daredevils

02 Jul 2024

Uttarakhand is one of the best places in India for trekking. Situated at the foothills of the mighty Himalayan mountains, Uttarakhand is full of beautiful rivers, snow-capped mountains, and majestic views. Uttarakhand treks are popular and very convenient for every level of trekker, whether they are beginners or experts. Some of the best treks in Uttarakhand that anyone can experience are the Valley of Flowers, the Kedarkantha trek, and the Har ki dun trek.

Why choose Uttarakhand for trekking?

Choosing Uttarakhand as a destination for trekking presents a rare combination of natural beauty, diverse landscapes, and cultural richness. Here are some of the reasons why Uttarakhand treks top among all the other Indian states in terms of trekking;

  1. Unique Natural Beauty: The state is home to some of the most amazing views overlooking the Himalayas; Nanda Devi, Trishul, and Chaukhamba are examples. Rhododendron, pine, deodar, and oak forests cover the area densely, thus providing a cool and soothing atmosphere there. The state has many rivers, such as the Ganga, and Yamuna, which are considered holy by many Hindus, and beautiful waterfalls.
  2. Different Trekking Routes: Whether you’re a beginner or an expert mountaineer, there are trails for everyone in Uttarakhand. Some popular treks include Valley of Flowers, Roopkund, Kedarkantha, and Har Ki Dun. These could be short trips lasting a few days or long ones taking several weeks to accomplish.
  3. Cultural Richness: Uttarakhand is also known as the “Land of Gods” due to significant Hindu temples such as Kedarnath, Badrinath, and Hemkund Sahib that mark major pilgrimage centers in this location. Visitors can explore the local hill villages, offering unique cultures that add to their adventure.

Popular Treks in Uttarakhand

Some of the popular Uttarakhand treks are mentioned:

1. Valley of Flowers: The mountaineers discovered the Valley of Flowers in 1931 while returning from their Mount Kamet expedition. Within this group, there were Frank Smythe, Eric Shipton, and RL Holdsworth. This geographical area was declared a national park in 1980, and twenty years later it was added as a second core zone to the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve, which is now under UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere (MAB) program. Here there are around five hundred types of flowers, and some of them possess healing powers.

2. Kedarkantha Trek: It is also known as the Queen of Winter Trek; trekking to Kedarkantha requires you to be mystical. Huge, snowy pines represent the staircase to heaven with their captivating beauty. Mesmerizing sky kaleidoscopes showing the sunrise and sunsets with stunning landscapes, you can’t say enough about it! The peak of Kedarkantha Trek is located at an altitude of 12,500 feet, which means that if you want to get there, you will have to walk on snow. It is one of the best treks in Uttarakhand due to its beautiful scenery and easy trail.

3. Brahmatal Trek: Definitely, alpine lakes are serene. It is no wonder they were the abodes of meditation for ancient sages. Though most alpine lakes remain closed during winter, there are two beautiful glacial lakes on the way to Brahmatal Trek. Many mysteries lie in those winters, and these frozen lakes make it even more mystical. Mount Trishul and Mount Nanda Ghunti, as seen from the summit, provide some spectacular views. These peaks covered with snow seem to be so close that they can be touched with hands.

4. Har Ki Dun Trek: Har Ki Dun is a valley shaped like a cradle located 12,000 feet above sea level. This thrilling trek combines ancient culture with mountain allure. Hidden amidst the Garhwal Himalayas, the Har ki Dun trail lets you experience alpine beauty at its best through meadows, grasslands, forests, streams, and rivers that mark your pathway up to the Swargrohini group of peaks. The Black Peak and Hata Peak help bring out this beauty in the valley by serving as perfect backdrops.

5. Kedartal trek: Kedartal, one of the most breathtaking glacial lakes, is positioned at an elevation of 15,500 feet. It receives snow from Thalaysagar and Brighupanth Peaks. This lake is the best place to experience huge peaks in detail. Its steep terrain, beginning with snow-covered paths, makes it a difficult trek, and this difficulty continues to mount in the next few days. The route takes you through colorful blossoms and lush meadows and crosses several streams on Kedar Ganga; it has all that one requires for exploration. If you are ready for an extraordinary adventure, then move straight to the Kedartal trek.

Planning Your Trek in Uttarakhand

Planning a Uttarakhand trek requires thorough preparation to ensure a secure and pleasant journey. Here is a guide on how you can plan your trek:

  1. Select Your Trek Exploration Routes: Find out which walks are best suited to your level of fitness and interests. The popular treks are the Valley of Flowers, Kedarkantha , Roopkund, Har Ki Dun, and Kuari Pass. Determine the exact amount of time that you will be available for trekking. Short treks may take 2-4 days, whereas long ones would take up to 7-14 days.
  2. The Best Time To Trek
  • Summer (April-June): Most of the treks are done during this season, as it provides pleasant weather with a clear sky.
  • Monsoon (July – September): suitable for the Valley of Flowers type trek, but watch out for landslides and slippery trails.
  • Autumn (September-November): This time of the year gives clear views and stable weather, which is ideal for most treks.
  • Winter (December-February): This is the best time for snow treks like Kedarkantha or Brahmatal; be ready for cold conditions.
  1. Physical Preparation: Start focusing on building cardiovascular endurance, strength, and flexibility through regular hiking, running, and strength exercises. If you’re considering high-altitude treks, make sure you acclimatize properly to avoid altitude sickness.

  2. Permits and Documentation: Determine if permits are required for your selected trek. Secure necessary permits from local authorities or forest departments. Carry valid identification documents, like a passport or Aadhar card.


Uttarakhand trekking is an extraordinary experience of the majestic Himalayas, a combination of beauty, adventure, and cultural legacy. In Uttarakhand, there are treks suitable for all kinds of tourists, ranging from the Valley of Flowers, which is calm, to Roopkund, which is tough, making it an excellent destination for trekking enthusiasts. The region has ready infrastructure with guides and tea houses, among others, to ensure comfortable movement while also offering beautiful scenery, different fauna and flora, and a hospitable community.

Picking one of the many Uttarakhand treks with Himalayan Daredevils will give you more than just a chance to climb the mountain or more than just a physical challenge, it will also lift your spirit through nature. If you would like to test your limits by climbing high altitudes or spending some time in quiet green valleys, then Uttarakhand provides you with the most unforgettable memories. Prepare yourself for this journey that takes you to see stunning locations in this Himalayan gem full of mountains and glacial rivers while travelers respect nature and embrace adventure.

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